Sorry for the lapse in posts this past month. I couldn't get in the right mindset while we were traveling and I have had a difficult time getting the motivation to write anything since we got home. Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me!
The new year brings all sorts of resolutions and new intentions, but when it comes to fitness I find it really difficult to be motivated when it's so cold outside! I'm not a fair weather runner and I truly enjoy a good run in the rain or a bundled up run when it's in the 30s or 40s, but these temperatures of "-1 feels like -13" here in Kansas have completely sidetracked all of my running progress. It's too cold for me to run, and much too cold for me to run with Jack in the stroller, so I'm putting my distance running on hold for a while and switching things up. What am I doing, exactly? I joined my local Stroller Strong Moms workout group and it's amazing! It meets 5 days a week at an indoor facility with an indoor track (they meet outside when it's warm) and you bring your babies in strollers and do circuit workouts and run laps and we even did yoga one day. It's a fantastic way to get a good workout in (although you do have to stop make sure your kid isn't screaming their head off sometimes), it's fun for Jack to socialize with other babies, and it's a great way to meet other moms who have similar priorities. Jack is too young to mimic our moves, but it's fun seeing the 2 and 3 year olds copy their moms when we do lunges or downward dogs. It's a great way to encourage fitness and health in our children from an early age, and even though I've only been going for a week and despite being more of a solo exerciser, I am thoroughly enjoying it and plan to continue participating until we move this summer.
Stroller Strong Moms groups meet in a variety of locations all over the country (many locations tend to be near Army posts), and if you're looking for a way to meet other moms and challenge yourself then I highly recommend it. It's a bit pricy (I had a hard time getting over the $50 a month price tag) but then I realized that if I take Jack to the hourly daycare on post it's $4 an hour and for me to get a decent workout in I'd have to pay for 2 hours each time I went to the gym...which would cost $176 a month if I went 5 days a week. So I'd say it's a great deal!