Facing fear head on...

Growing up my dad would always say, "You just have to find something you love!" In Junior High, I tried out for a few sports, but didn't make the fist cut. I heard a very clear message, "You're not good enough." I decided to not "compete", not try. I never cared for working out, and I tried everything. Once I got to college, I had the 24-Hour membership, like we all have. I would go 3 times a week, and do my 8 machines with 3 sets of 12, so I could continue to eat my favorite Mexican food without gaining "too much weight."

Fast forward a decade and I found myself at home with a 2 1/2 year-old who challenged me in every way possible and a 4-month old who cried 1-2 hrs every night between 12-2am. My husband had gone back to school while being an attorney at a law firm -- he was working 14-16 hr days, 6 days a week. I will never forget looking at the clock, it was only 8:30am, and yet I had felt as if I had been up for 5 hrs already! A dear friend of mine told me about Stroller Strides. I had my doubts as she said it was a really good workout! This friend is and has always been so active, so fit, so strong -- she makes burpies, pushups, and sit ups look like nothing. But I was desperate . . . I went. I will never forget that first day . . . nervous. As we started, they started to RUN! I NEVER RAN BEFORE KIDS! I despised running. Running made me feel like a failure. Up to that point, running was ugly, sweaty, panting . . . ugly. Then my spirited Katie said from the stroller, "Run Momma Run!" It was through her words and tears welling in my eyes, I knew I HAD TO! I HAD TO FACE MY FEARS, as I ask my girls to face theirs every day. From that day on, I ran. I went to class 4 times a week for over a year.

It was Stroller Strides where I found much more than exercise: answers to all my mom questions, humble moms, myself growing stronger physically. I found myself content as I had faced my fear of failing in regards to working out.

There are so many things out there competing for our attention as women: marriage, children, children programs, meals, house, friends, family . . . but how do you get recharged? How do you take care of you as a women? It has been through Stroller Strides and Body Back where I have found a community of support. Through the community I finally have an answer to my dad's advice ("You just have to find something you love!"): relationships and growing physically stronger in community!