I should start off by saying that I am a nerd. Comic books, Comic movies, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Star Trek. I love them all. But most of all, I’m a huge Wonder Woman fan.
Since this is for Stroller Strong Moms and fitness we’ll get back on track. ;) I was always active in sports growing up. I played soccer, softball and basketball. They offered a weight lifting class in high school and I thought it would be fun. It was, I enjoyed lifting weights and working out. However, I only did cardio when it was part of a sport. I tried to keep up with exercising and lifting weights in college but it was inconsistent. However, I had always considered myself athletic and in shape.
After college I married Courtney and our life in the Army began. Wherever the Army has sent us I’ve been active and gone to the gym. In Fort Lewis I played intramural soccer and lifted weights, in Fort Knox I lifted weights and attempted to get into running. But it was Fort Bliss that my fitness really took off. Not only did I left weights but I took classes too; Step, Yoga, TRX, Spinning and Intro to Running. Intro to Running was taught by my friend Melissa who was in fantastic shape. Because of her I got into running and ran 3 miles for the first time in my life. I still consider that moment to be one of my greatest accomplishments. I ran religiously 3 times a week and it was my top priority. I trained and ran in the El Paso Marathon in 2010. A few weeks later I was sidelined by chronic shin splints and once I started to recover from them I was pregnant with terrible morning sickness.
We moved to Fort Benning in the summer of 2011 when I was just over halfway through my pregnancy. I wanted to get back into working out but being pregnant gave me severe back pain. Once I had Connor some friends told me about this class where you take your kids in the stroller and workout. They swore that I would like it. I was hesitant and felt disconnected from the military community. (This is our first time living off post.) Instead I worked out with a friend even through my next pregnancy. Once I had Colin in February 2013 I had a harder time losing the baby weight. My friend that I had worked out with for over a year moved to England and I thought what did I have to lose? In July I looked up and decided to go to this “Stroller Class” that my friends had been telling me about for 2 years. I was late to the first class and instead of getting out and showing up late, I sat in my car and cried. Then I got out and walked Britt David swearing that I’ll be early tomorrow. I was and Brooke was my first instructor. She was so welcoming and nice. I showed up regularly after that, late or not. Connor and I both made friends. While I didn’t see any results in the first several months by February I could fit into clothes that I had worn between my pregnancies and some workout clothes from before I was pregnant.
Since joining Stroller Strong Moms I’ve run 8 5ks, ran the relay in the Soldier’s Marathon and Ran Across Georgia. I’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. Stroller Strong Moms became not only part of my routine but it was something that I looked forward to each day.