“People! Thank God.”
Those were my first thoughts as I pulled up nervously to my first Stroller Strides class in June, 2013. Five days previously, we brought home our bouncing ten pound baby boy, Luke. I had experienced four whole days at home with him and while I was beyond thankful to have the time to bond with him, my 100% extroverted personality was feeling lost.
I found out about Stroller Strides online when I went looking for an activity for us to do for the next 12 weeks of maternity leave. Working out. Being outside. Mom’s Night Out – this was a no brainer for me.
So, there I am – getting my fancy, new stroller out and placing Luke’s infant car seat into it (Boom – I got this.) As I walked up – Ms. Lisa Christesen walked over to make me feel welcome. She then proceeded to put sunscreen on her kids and get them set up in their double stroller like a well-oiled machine. Who was this woman!? Little did I know she was about to run us through an intense workout while simultaneously handing out snacks and solving her kids' sibling conflicts. I just decided she was a magician, and got to the workout.
“Hi, my name is Lindsay and this is Luke, who is 6 weeks old.”
The first station was an arm workout. Now, I was a marathon runner – saying I showed up confident was probably an understatement. But what I quickly realized is that I had zero arm strength – like nothing. Looking back, I was lucky I could carry Luke. When Lisa led us through the tricep and bicep exercises – it was an eye opener (as was how I felt the next day!).
With my confidence shattered, I pressed on with the group, which led us running up a large hill. Running – thank God!– I got this. As I arrived at the top of the hill just after Lisa, another mom came up the hill behind me panting and yelling, “You are six weeks post-partum?!”
Now, this probably would have made some people feel uncomfortable, but I am the type of person that would have had the same reaction. After I detailed the fact that our precious Luke came to us through adoption – she appeared to be willing to be my friend.
After finishing the workout, I knew that I had met my people. They have been my people ever since. I have gained and lost 70 pounds with them. I have cried with them. I have laughed with them. I have been kicking ass and getting into the best shape of my life ever since meeting them. #thankfulisanunderstatement
And little did I know that ten months later, after the birth of our twins, that I would turn into that suntan lotion-applying, snack-giving, problem-solving supermama that I met on day one.