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finding confidence in motherhood: my love for FIT4MOM

A note from Rachel: Here's another love letter we recently received, not penned as such, but a love letter nonetheless. It's a perfect way to bring February, a month for love, full circle.

FIT4MOM saved my life. Well that's a bit dramatic but it helped me out of a lonely place I was slowly sinking into. As a new mom, I was overjoyed at the beautiful boy I had brought into the world and overwhelmed with the love and fear I felt at the same time. I also was shocked that the world did not stop when my baby came and that family had to work and friends had to care for their own kids. So I was alone, and suffering from postpartum depression, and high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, and probably other things I can't remember now. And feeling guilty for feeling anything but constant joy.

After two months I decided I had to do something. So I posted in a local blog for a mommy and me group and the owner of FIT4MOM Baltimore City offered up her Stroller Strides class as a great way to socialize and get some exercise. So I signed up! And then did not show up. I chickened out, afraid my C- section scar would burst and I would spray breast milk all over the place. I felt embarrassed explaining my fears to the owner when she followed up, but she assured me that I did not have to do anything I did not want to. So I gathered up my baby and we went. And I was so out of shape and my baby screamed the whole time and I was so embarrassed! Then an amazing thing happened... nobody judged how I was working out. The instructor held my son and made him smile while I worked out. It was an amazing, open place to just be yourself and work out at your own pace.

Eventually I got the nerve to talk to the moms after class and they did not care that my baby cried or that I was 30 pounds overweight. They just loved being around other moms. To complain or to rejoice in milestones or share secrets of the trade when they achieve a mommy accomplishment. They helped me find my old sarcastic, joking self, while being this new mom at the same time. I love these women. My son loves these classes and gets upset if we are not there.

They are my friends and this group has given me the gift of a community. And I could never have done it or pushed myself to do more without the encouragement of Rachel, the owner of the Baltimore City chapter. She is the true embodiment of a loving mom and strong woman who would never judge a soul. Thank you FIT4MOM for existing and helping me get my new life as a mother off to a great start, while helping me remember to never forget who I am as a woman! Strength in motherhood! I love my hood!

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Meet Morgan! She's our first Mom of the Month from our Body Back classes, though she also attended Stroller Strides while on maternity leave. Even though this interview was our initial meeting, she impressed me with her calm and poise. It was also pretty fun to do an interview with someone in non-workout clothes at a bar! We met at 1157 Bar and Kitchen for a drink and enjoyable mommy conversation!

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