**UPDATE** Sarah just emailed to let me know that Stephanie had reached her goal that she set for herself, and is ready for her APFT. CONGRATULATIONS Stephanie!! Here is her spotlight below:
Welcome Stephanie to our mom spotlight. Stephanie is a killer runner, usually in the front of the pack, pushing her double stroller! Stephanie attends classes at Ocean Pointe (M, W), CORP (Tu, Th) and occasionally on Fridays at Kapolei.
"Hello! My name is Stephanie. I have two children, Jennifer (5) and Patrick (1). I am originally from Connecticut and moved to Hawaii 2 and a half years ago. My husband is in the Navy, and is stationed at Pearl Harbor. I have always had to stay in some kind of shape to pass my APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) because I was in the active Army for three years and I am currently in the Hawaii National Guard. During my pregnancy and after the birth of Patrick, I didn't do any exercise at all and wasn't eating what I should, and too much of what I shouldn't.
I finally had to take my first APFT with my unit. Part of the test is a 2 mile run that has to be completed within 21 minutes. I barely made the 2 miles in that time. I had never done so poorly on my run, and I felt horrible about it. That Monday, I was browsing the computer and came upon the Stroller Strides website. Stroller Strides has given me the motivation to start exercising, and Weight Watchers has helped me on the food side. I have lost almost 40 pounds since October and feel a lot better about myself. My unit is taking another APFT in April and I can't wait! Besides running, I like to hike, read, scrapbook and photography.
Stephanie ran in the Straub/Kapiolani Women's 10K this weekend (see photo above), and finished in an amazing 50:02 minutes (thanks Sarah for the info!). She is planning on running the Honolulu Marathon this December, and has already begun training for it.
Thanks Stephanie for taking part in our mom spotlight "series!" You are truly an inspiration!
Stephanie, Patrick and Jennifer pre-Stroller Strides