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Monday, April 25, 2011

Member Monday

Hi, my name is Sheryl. I'm a very blessed mommy to Kara (3 years old) and Noah (10 months). I attend Stroller Strides at Kapolei even though I live in Ocean Pointe because we are slow moving in the morning!

My husband Sean is in the Army, but he's in the National Guard full-time, which means that we enjoy a lot of the great perks that the military has to offer without having to PCS every few years... not that I'd mind moving too much. I feel so fortunate to have been born and raised here, but I'd love to live somewhere else for a bit, just to experience new things.

I used to play volleyball and basketball in high school, and kept pretty active in college with intramural sports. I really got into weight training a few months before I got married. I loved how how strong I felt.

Shortly after our wedding, my husband went on his first of two deployments, and it was a pretty stressful time for us. I stopped going to the gym and didn't eat as well as I should have. I turned into such a couch potato. When my husband returned, I was determined to get back into shape and I started running again... and a month later I found myself pregnant with Kara.

I gained more weight than I should have, but I lost most of it a few months after Kara was born. When I found out I was pregnant again in 2009, I was determined to be a fit mama and exercise throughout my pregnancy, but was sidelined with a few complications. I ended up gaining about the same amount of weight, but I was so much bigger this time around (apparently I was carrying a big baby--Noah was born at 37 weeks, weighing in at 8 lbs, 7 oz!).

After Noah was born, I told myself that I'd hit the gym hard after the kids went to bed at night, but Noah is my sleep challenged baby, and I just never felt comfortable about leaving him to work out.

I decided to join Stroller Strides because I needed to be able to work out with my baby during the day (since the night workouts were just never going to happen). I love it! I suck at running, and it's so great that Stroller Strides has something for everyone. I've noticed a huge difference in my energy level and the way my clothes fit, and it definitely motivates me to keep working toward meeting my fitness goals.