Stroller Strong Momshttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com Let's S.L.A.M.Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:06:37 +0000en-UShourly1https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-SLAM-SSM-Logo-PINK-1-e1525237834615-32x32.jpgStroller Strong Momshttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com 3232Life Without SLAM? No Thank You, Ma’am!https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/life-without-slam-no-thank-you-maam/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/life-without-slam-no-thank-you-maam/#respondMon, 10 Dec 2018 06:37:17 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7713Hi SLAM Nation!  I’m Kelli Berger and I have been SLAM’n since my daughter was 4 months old…she’s now six and a half! I don’t really know motherhood without SLAM. Oh wait, yes I do. I went an entire year “without” SLAM and it left a big fat hole in my mom-life. But first, let’s […]

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Hi SLAM Nation!  I’m Kelli Berger and I have been SLAM’n since my daughter was 4 months old…she’s now six and a half! I don’t really know motherhood without SLAM. Oh wait, yes I do. I went an entire year “without” SLAM and it left a big fat hole in my mom-life.

But first, let’s start at the beginning. I was at the grand opening class of SLAM Savannah in 2012. Soon after, I became an instructor and absolutely loved every bit of it.  It fulfilled my teacher heart and ignited a fire within.

  

Military orders popped up around two years in, sending us off to DC.  I was 20 weeks pregnant with my second when we moved from Savannah and I knew that I needed the community. At that time Alexa was just wrapping her head around the idea that her mission was something others wanted to spread – and lucky for me, the timing worked and she trusted me to help her spread her vision. I opened SLAM DC shortly after moving there and will forever be proud of that little slice of the SLAM Nation pie.

  

Fast forward another two years and military orders surprisingly took us overseas to Australia for a year. Four years into only knowing mom-life as a SLAMmer, I was thrown into another country not only without SLAM, but without really knowing anyone! However, remember, I still owned SLAM DC – so I was very deeply consumed with the daily workings of the business: creating the schedule, planning events, communicating with members, planning challenges, merchandise orders – all of it!  I was still living the SLAM life – but without the touch-and-feel community. And you know what? That is the best part!  So yes, I had “SLAM” for that year – but I didn’t have my SLAM sisters in the flesh to make me laugh on a rough day, give me a sweat session to work through frustrations, or share a drink with on a MNO.  I realized that the in-person conversations, sweaty hugs, and high-fives were the things that I cherished the most.

 

When faced with yet another military move to a town without an SLAM tribe, I already knew the answer to the question: “Can you do this life without SLAM?”  Answer: “No thank you, ma’am!” I realized this was the perfect opportunity to create a new, in-person SLAM community. After a few months of settling my kids into our new home (3 moves in 18 months was very tough on their hearts) and ensuring that my SLAM DC partnership was off to a strong start, I decided to go ALL-IN on SLAM Clarksville!  I have unexpectedly fallen in love with this small-town and this community is something special. I get the real-life-touch component of the community my heart has been craving. In the literal sense, I’m a hugger…and I cannot wait to wrap my arms around the mamas of Clarksville and inspire them to thrive as moms, athletes, friends, and spouses. Get ready Clarksville, it’s time to Sweat Like a Mother!

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for information on our free preview classes and grand opening in January! Make sure to leave a comment while you’re there!

See you soon!

xo, Kelli

 

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Max your Recovery Windowhttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/max-your-recovery-window/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/max-your-recovery-window/#commentsFri, 07 Dec 2018 17:02:32 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7698The top two questions I get as a dietitian who SLAMs are: Have you heard of the _____________ diet? and Should I eat anything after a sweaty SLAM sesh? Most of you know my answer to the first question…steer clear of fad diets, eat whole foods in moderation, learn to enjoy fruits and veggies, blah, […]

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The top two questions I get as a dietitian who SLAMs are: Have you heard of the _____________ diet? and Should I eat anything after a sweaty SLAM sesh?

Most of you know my answer to the first question…steer clear of fad diets, eat whole foods in moderation, learn to enjoy fruits and veggies, blah, blah, blah. Let’s focus on some answers to the second question – fueling because of and for SLAM.

The short answer is yes. Yes, you should refuel after SLAM. The first 30-60 minutes after an intense workout are referred to as the Recovery Window. This is when the muscles can rebuild and re-energize 2-3x faster. Re-fueling now will help to lessen muscle soreness. This is also the time when you should replenish fluid loss (heavy sweaters can lose up to 2# of sweat or 32 ounces of water).

During the recovery window, you’ll need some carbs and protein. The ideal ratio is 3-4:1 grams carbohydrates to protein. The protein is necessary for muscle-rebuilding and overall recovery. Carbs help stimulate a greater insulin response. The insulin helps to drive carbs and amino acids (protein building blocks) into the cells to do their work. No need to calculate macronutrients and work on the perfect ratio. I shared that info so that you would think I was smart (wink) and to give you an idea of what types of foods you should choose. You’ll need more carbs than protein in your recovery snack or meal.

The timing is an important factor in choosing your recovery meal or snack. Let’s say class gets done at 10:30 am. Your recovery window lasts until 11:30 – which is a reasonable lunch time. But, if you have errands to run or a baby to nurse and put down or you’re a chatty Cathy (that’s me!) and won’t make it home in time for lunch, then you should have a recovery snack. If you’re busting out an early morning run or intense workout, your best option would be to have a well-balanced breakfast that would include some carbohydrates and protein – such as oatmeal with berries and plain yogurt (one of my faves) or scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast. Boom. All the right ratios and lots of good nutrients headed to those muscles.

What would be a good snack? Remember that snacks are not treats. Treats are special foods you enjoy on occasion such as a flavored latte or ice cream or Halloween candy. Snacks can be used for recovery refueling or a hold-you-over until the next meal. Here are some nutritious snacks that will help to max out your recovery window:

  • Banana or pretzels with peanut butter
  • Cottage cheese and fruit
  • Plain Greek yogurt and berries
  • String cheese and Triscuts
  • Almonds and raisins
  • Lara Bar
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Homemade energy bites
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Small smoothie with 1/2 banana, greens, and plain yogurt

Above I mentioned that the short answer to the refueling question is yes – eat something after your sweaty SLAM sesh. The longer answer includes overall recovery. Through recovery we become stronger and healthier. Our fitness gain potential is largely determined by how adequately we let our bodies recover. Adequate recovery includes multiple components; we will focus on three.

  1. Hydration. Not only do you need to replenish fluid lost through sweat and exhalation, but you to start workouts from a place of hydration. Most active mamas need at least 2-3L of plain water a day. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you need at least a gallon (4L) a day. If you’re not there, figure out how much you are taking in and start increasing by 10-20 ounces per day per week until you reach your goal.
  2. Clean Eating. Junk In = Junk Out. An overall nutritious diet will aid your body in recovering consistently and quickly. Clean eating clearly has levels and can get very “technical.” But, to put it simply, eat more food that is found in the natural state rather than an overly processed state. Enjoy lots of vegetables, fruits, high quality proteins, whole grains and enjoy small amounts of packaged and processed food. These foods provide quality nutrients that help you recover – vitamins, minerals, and and antioxidants. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  3. Rest. I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there for the five of you reading this who consistently get a solid night’s rest routinely. For everyone else – this is something to strive for and enjoy it on the rarity it happens. Sleep does a body good. You know how good you feel when you get a solid 7-9 hours (or you remember how good that felt once upon a time…). Quality sleep is the magic link in recovery. Until you can confidently add that to your daily routine, focus on the other aspects of recovery to max out what you can. 😉

Adequate recovery is the secret weapon in every Mamathlete’s tool box. Focusing on maxing out your recovery window and attending to the other aspects of recovery will help you realize your fitness potential. Nevermind the sleep aspect for now, tired mama. Instead, make sure you refuel after each intense, sweaty, and fun SLAM class!

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SLAM’s Gift Guide for Active Mamashttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/giftguideforactivemamas/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/giftguideforactivemamas/#respondFri, 07 Dec 2018 00:27:28 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7621It's the final home stretch before Christmas! You know what that means... last minute, stress induced shopping for your loved ones. Whether you're looking for gifts for an active Mom in your life or trying to figure out what you want to ask Santa for yourself, we're here to help! We pieced together some of out favorite gifts aimed at helping women live their best, most fit lives. Keep an eye out for our gift list for energetic children coming next!

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It’s the final home stretch before Christmas! You know what that means… last minute, stress inducing shopping for your loved ones. Whether you’re looking for gifts for an active Mom in your life OR you’re trying to figure out what you want to ask Santa for, we’re here to help! We pieced together some of our favorite gifts aimed at helping women live their best, most fit lives. Keep an eye out for our gift list for energetic kiddos coming next!

1. Lalabu High Waist Postpartum Leggings – $75
The perfect gift for the postpartum Mama! Whether you’re 2 weeks postpartum or 2 years, who doesn’t love a high quality compression legging? These are thick, have the perfect amount of compression, and ton of stretch. Wear them while you’re working out or simply running errands, we won’t tell either way.
2. Bathtub Tray – $22
Show us a Mom, we’ll show you a woman who needs some relaxation in her life. What’s more relaxing than a kid-free bath with your good book, a drink, and maybe even your favorite snack?
3. The Happy Planner with Fitness Section – $29.99
A 12 month planner so you can not only keep track of your everyday schedule and to-do list, but also journal about your health and fitness life!
4. S’well Bottle – $28
These water bottles are super popular right now, and with good reason! You’re water has never looked so chic and while staying so cold.
5. Tile Pro Series – $34.99
We all either know or are someone who loses their keys constantly. Stop the frustration with Tile! Easily find your keys, or whatever you need to keep track of (like the remote that your kid somehow constantly loses …just us?).
6. Paderno Spiralizer – $22.84
Turn veggies into noodles in minutes! Not only are faux-pasta like Zoodles (zucchini-noddles) hip, easy, and low carb, they’re also a great way to sneak some extra veggies onto your picky kids’ plate.
7. Coola Classic Sport Face SPF50 White Tea – $32
Sunscreen should be a part of everyones’ daily routine, no matter what season it is! It’s helps protect your skin against cancer causing rays while simultaneously preventing aging, and those are both are great reasons to lather up every single day. (Tip: most sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours to remain effective!) For active people, this Coola sunscreen is perfect for blocking those harmful UVA/UVB rays and still stays in place while you’re sweating!
8. Goodr Running Sunglasses – $25
It should be no surprise that we here at SLAM love our Goodr sunglasses! They don’t budge while you’re running, which is a huge feat in and of itself. They’re also super cute and yet still affordable- a combination we can all get behind.
9. Levo Oil Infuser – $149
The Levo Oil Infuser allows you to make your own herb infused oils! Healthy fats are an essential part of a healthy diet, and oils like olive oil and avocado oil are both SLAM approved for this very purpose. This oil infuser is a super cool and unique gift for the kitchen savvy Mamas in your life.
10. Batiste Dry Shampoo – $7.99
A staple in every active woman’s beauty routine. No explanation needed.
11. Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes – $17
Written by two Olympic Athletes, Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow is a cookbook full of fast, healthy recipes aimed at runners. Was this cookbook written just for us?!
12. YakTrak Ice Grippers – $23.36
A necessity for every runner that lives somewhere with snow and ice! We can’t be expected to just stay inside all winter, right? YakTraks provide traction on the roads during the slippery months.
13. Fitbit Wireless Headphones – $130
These aren’t just any headphones. These are headphones made for sweating in. They’re sweat proof, multi-device bluetooth capable, noise blocking, and (let’s be honest) super cute. We all need a pair for our runs!
14. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – $23.75
“Collagen is the protein that our body relies on to ensure the health and vitality of your skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints.” It’s also tasteless and easy to add to any drink, smoothie, or baked treat! If you’re looking for a protein source that also helps with nails, hair, skin, and gut health… look no further.
15. LUSH Sleepy Lotion – $19.99
Sleep is sometimes a rarity as a parent. Even when we do get to lay down, sometimes it’s hard to turn our minds off and relax. Sleepy Lotion is infused with essential oils to help us unwind and get a good nights rest, all while waking up feeling silky smooth.
16. Nuun Hydration Electrolyte Tablets – $18.04
A delicious tablet that you add to your water before, during, or after your workout to get be the most hydrated version of you possible.
17. Roomba Robot Vacuum – $549.99
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have a live-in maid? While that may not be feasible for most of us, the Roomba is basically the next best thing. Clean up after the kids at the touch of a button- dreams do come true!
18. Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pants – $58.00
“Leggings aren’t pants” …well, obviously anyone who says this hasn’t heard of these. The look of a dress pants and the feel of a yoga pant! Commence the weeping for joy now.

Be on the lookout for our next list, the Christmas Gift List for Energetic Kids! Now tell us, what’s on YOUR Christmas Wish List to Santa?

 

 

 

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Oh, To Be Called By Your First Namehttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/oh-to-be-called-by-your-first-name/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/oh-to-be-called-by-your-first-name/#commentsMon, 03 Dec 2018 14:02:02 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7565December SLAMer of the Month I am excited to “introduce” you all to Heather, our SLAMer of the Month from Cameron-Sanford! Her passion for helping others, for pushing herself, and for being the best darn example for her kids and for us to look to for positive support is so encouraging! Her wacky ways keep us […]

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December SLAMer of the Month

I am excited to “introduce” you all to Heather, our SLAMer of the Month from Cameron-Sanford! Her passion for helping others, for pushing herself, and for being the best darn example for her kids and for us to look to for positive support is so encouraging! Her wacky ways keep us motivated and laughing and we couldn’t be more proud to call her friend and SLAM sister! Read up on her SLAM journey below!

Yo! My name was Mommy, wife, and Sergeant before I found SLAM – now it is Heather. Doesn’t that sound nice? To be called by your first name? That sounds like friendship to me. I didn’t know I needed SLAM until I stumbled upon a grand opening announcement for Cam/San SLAM. I was hungry for and needed more out of my fitness routine, SAHM insanity, and interactions with other humans. Over a year ago I won a 30 day pass at that same grand opening. You may have heard me shout “Hooray”, even at the AK locations. 🤣 I made a commitment that day to max it out – maybe it was the cheap-o inside me, or maybe it was the burning desire to make a change.

For 30 days I worked my butt off but I didn’t die. Instead, I started building REAL friendships. (🙀) See, I had just left an 8 year career in the Army where I was confident in packing life saving parachutes, making everyone laugh, even mentoring Soldiers. However, I had no idea how to be a girlfriend – a sister. Since joining I have lost inches, gained strength, and felt like the little kid who finally climbed that rock pile-on top of the world! I have not given up! It started because my daughter was watching, then she became so busy trying to mimic the exercises herself. They really do look up to us for everything. 💜 Then, it was because all these incredible women where along side of me.

Now I see new Mamas come and I want to show them just how powerful they are! I may not be the best at doing burpees, but I’ll sure encourage you to do just one more! I may have zero coordination but I will stumble to hold you up! I look forward to running my first half marathon in March. Something that was just a dream before SLAM. My time does not matter because I know the journey getting there will be filled with laughter, love, hard work and hopefully a margarita or two. 🤣 You will never regret a day that you came to Sweat Like A Mother! 💜

Heather, we are so grateful that you gave SLAM a chance and that you found your SLAMily here at CamSan! SLAM Strong!

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Some Tips to Combat Those Picky Eatershttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/7451-2/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/7451-2/#respondWed, 21 Nov 2018 05:00:51 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7451Picky eaters. We all have them. And if you don’t think you do, just wait a little bit longer. I remember my first born would eat anything I gave him. As a dietitian, I relished in this and was so proud. But then he turned three and literally woke up one day saying he wouldn’t […]

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Picky eaters. We all have them. And if you don’t think you do, just wait a little bit longer. I remember my first born would eat anything I gave him. As a dietitian, I relished in this and was so proud. But then he turned three and literally woke up one day saying he wouldn’t eat his peas because they were green. Because they were whaaaat? Granted, this phase didn’t last forever, but he still has his weird aversions. He doesn’t like macaroni and cheese (the go to meal for children and he won’t eat it), noodles in general bother him, and some of my favorite fruits such as pineapple, bananas, oranges (because he “can’t swallow them”). And the list goes on….

Here’s the thing though: I keep giving these foods to him. He will eat bananas if I put peanut butter on them, oranges were a tough no for awhile, but now he feels able to swallow them better (insert eye roll emoji), and some noodles suit him more than others. My point is, don’t let your picky eaters dictate their meals. Granted you don’t want to waste time and money offering them foods they won’t eat, but tastes change, attitudes change, and the more they are exposed to something, the higher the chance they may eventually like it.

The rule in our house is that they have to try everything. There’s been a few times where my little ones are so horrified by the food that they think putting their tongue on it counts as trying it, but I really push for that “chew it up and swallow it” method. And if they’ve tried it once and didn’t like it, it doesn’t matter, they have to try it again. You may have heard that the idea of children needing to finish their plates can lead to obesity. The research behind this claim parents push for overeating when your child may be full. I’m not an expert in this matter, but as a parent I know I’m super thrilled when they lick their plates clean because it means at bedtime, they’re not going to be telling me how hungry they are. (at least I hope not). Regardless, forcing, I mean encouraging them to try everything gives them control in that they don’t have to finish the entire food, but they’re still being exposed to the item and will be more likely to actually enjoy that food as they get older.

It’s also easy to assume your child isn’t going to like something. Brussel sprouts for example have a bad reputation, but I dare you to put them on your little one’s plate; you may be in for a treat. Furthermore, it’s especially important to start doing this when they’re young. The older they get, the more aware they are, and the scarier a new food can be. Don’t think just because they’re one years old, they can’t have Brussel sprouts. It’s those one year olds that seem to be the best eaters!

If you’ve given a food multiple tries with no success, it’s time to liven it up. Maybe that means cinnamon on sweet potatoes, ranch on carrots (gasp!- but seriously there are some healthy ranch dressings out there), or sneaking spinach into smoothies or muffins.  If there is a will, there’s a way.

Lastly, include your children. I have safety knives that mine can use to help me cut up fruits and veggies and they get so excited to do this. By involving them in the process, they may be more apt to eat it. Talk about where food comes from: apples grow on trees, pineapples grow out of the ground, and so on.  Let them pick out some produce at the grocery store. Educate them on why fruits and veggies are so good for them. This all makes food less scary and more appealing to them. Also, eat dinner with your babies. I know some families who feed their baby and put them to bed before they eat their dinner. How confusing for a little one to sit and eat alone when you’re sitting there looking at them. They learn from us and by showing them healthy foods on your plate, they really will become better eaters based on that alone.  Children love experiences, and by giving them happy experiences with foreign foods, they may be more apt to eat them.

The following snacks are picky eater approved at my house and are also healthy and delicious:

Veggies and hummusseriously, my picky eaters love hummus-they eat it with a spoon

Celery and peanut butteryou’ve heard of ants on a log, if raisins on top don’t do the trick, try mini chocolate chips—anything to get them to eat celery

Trail mix—my babes don’t like nuts, until it’s nuts and m&ms and then it’s a winner

Sweet potato fries—not the kind doused in marshmallows and brown sugar, but roast some sliced sweet potatoes with cinnamon and salt, and they’ll gorge them down

Popcorn—this isn’t the most nutritious snack in the world, but it’s got some fiber and makes kids so happy; pair it with some fresh fruit

Plain Greek yogurtwith a bit of honey

String cheese—also paired with fruit, it’s a great snack

Apples and peanut butteralways a hit (anything with peanut butter, really)

So remember to keep encouraging those little ones to try new foods and old foods, keep including them in all aspects of grocery shopping, food prep and the actual meal, and don’t be afraid to disguise the healthy stuff to get them to eat it. Just don’t expect results over night, I don’t promise miracle 😉 .

 

 

 

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#SLAMlife is the Best Life in Jacksonville!https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/slamlife-is-the-best-life-in-jacksonville/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/slamlife-is-the-best-life-in-jacksonville/#respondWed, 21 Nov 2018 01:59:19 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7478Hola! It is my great pleasure to announce the beginning of my journey as a SLAM Boss! My name is Danielle Gutierrez and I am honored to enter the ranks of some of the most incredible women I have ever met! Fitness and wellness is my passion. In college my major was Exercise Science. I […]

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Hola! It is my great pleasure to announce the beginning of my journey as a SLAM Boss! My name is Danielle Gutierrez and I am honored to enter the ranks of some of the most incredible women I have ever met! Fitness and wellness is my passion. In college my major was Exercise Science. I continued to get my masters degree and developed the curriculum and taught a 3 credit hour Boot camp fitness class that the university continues to implement in their program. After my masters I spent a summer in Brazil helping to cardio train the Minas Gerais soccer team through spin classes in the pool. Yes that is a spin bike under the water!

When I arrived back home I landed a job teaching PE and coaching track and field for a prominent high school in my hometown of Tallahassee, FL where my passion for exercise began to translate into an opportunity to empower young people to be their best self both physically and mentally. My passion for fitness led me to Jacksonville, FL in 2010 where I taught yoga on the beach and personal trained at a private gym. I met a Navy helicopter pilot at a local running event and 2 years later we were married. I eventually went back to school to get my masters in occupational therapy after feeling as though my desire to help others might be suited for clinical health. I was able to increase my anatomy knowledge for understanding upper extremity function that enabled me to help rehabilitate ages ranging from young athletes to elderly.

The Navy has led my family on an incredible journey that has taken us to San Diego, CA, Naples, Italy, and Okinawa, Japan. When my husband received orders to Leavenworth, Kansas you can imagine that I was less than enthused. I came kicking and screaming to the Midwest, however, as soon as I met my new neighbor on base, she introduced me to Stroller Strong Leavenworth, where I met some of the strongest and most amazing women.Through the encouragement of my fellow SLAM sisters I was able to reach a goal of mine to become a 200 hour trained yoga teacher, which has allowed me to work on innovative occupational therapy/yoga sessions to produce best outcomes for patients. In the past I have struggled to find my place as a military spouse, always putting my career second to my husband’s. When my third baby was born, I found the struggle to be even more difficult. Through SLAM I have learned how to become empowered not through my career accomplishments but through my character and perseverance in the difficult rigors of military life. I found motivation through this tribe of women to attack the track and life as a military spouse/mom with the same strength and joy. I am so grateful for this community and my goal for SLAM Jacksonville is to empower moms of all stages and ages, military or not, to be their very best in order to give back to their families and community. I want to spread the love through B.A. workouts!

Check out details and updates on Stroller Strong Moms Jacksonville on their webpage, Facebook and Instagram!

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From Wanting to Ralph to Running Raceshttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/from-wanting-to-ralph-to-running-races/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/from-wanting-to-ralph-to-running-races/#respondThu, 15 Nov 2018 01:09:51 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7403I will never forget the first few times Robin came to class. I was seriously worried she was going to throw up. She mentioned it a few times and we discussed alternative breakfast choices, but ultimately she wasn’t used to the high intensity of SLAM and I thought for sure she might not last. But […]

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I will never forget the first few times Robin came to class. I was seriously worried she was going to throw up. She mentioned it a few times and we discussed alternative breakfast choices, but ultimately she wasn’t used to the high intensity of SLAM and I thought for sure she might not last. But last she did, and really, she thrived. We’ve been lucky to have this mama for over a year now. She makes everyone laugh with her “that’s what she said” comments, always tells the new gals how things used to be at her first few classes, and she genuinely tries to make all of the events that she can, even as a working nurse. She may be running her first official 5k this weekend, but she forgets she ran an unofficial one with us in March as well, and she crushed it!! We look forward to seeing the continued strength in this sweet and fun mama!
-Brittany
Hey everyone!!  I’m Robin and I’ve been a member of SLAM Southern Pines since August of 2017.  I’m originally from Texas and met my husband after college while he was still active duty.  We were set up by a mutual friend.  After getting out of, and then back into, the Army, we moved to Ft. Bragg in October of 2015.  I spent my whole life in Texas and this was my first move with the Army.  I had a bit of a hard time making friends, which was especially obvious after I had my sweet baby in December of 2016.  I was definitely looking to meet a group of women who were supportive and dealing with motherhood and life in general just like me.
I hadn’t been motivated to work out since I quit playing sports in high school.  I felt like so many women do after having a baby; I was self conscious and looking to feel confident again.  I knew I needed to do something but I didn’t think I would have time since I had a baby to look after.  That’s when a friend told me about the SLAM grand opening in Southern Pines.  I went to my first class and it truly kicked my butt.  It was another week or two before I found the nerve to go back. I only went once a week for the first few weeks and I felt like I was going to throw up every time.  But I was lonely and determined to make it through a class without quitting.  Now I SLAM 2 to 3 times a week and feel terrible when I miss a class.  I basically try to schedule my week around class, as well as the other events our awesome leader Brittany Hampton organizes for us.  And this month I will be running in my first 5K, which is something I always wanted to do but never thought I could.
I am so thankful for this amazing group of women and SLAM Southern Pines.  Life is truly happier and healthier because of them.  I also truly appreciate the privilege of being SLAMer of the month.  It is recognition I don’t deserve but am so thankful for!!!

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Your Thanksgiving Meal in Burpeeshttps://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/your-thanksgiving-meal-in-burpees/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/your-thanksgiving-meal-in-burpees/#respondWed, 07 Nov 2018 23:20:24 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7381I love Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because it’s the underdog holiday. Nestled between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving decorations only get a sliver of department store real estate next to the discounted costumes and tree trimmings. Or, maybe it’s because it’s a time to feast with your family and friends – enjoy delicacies that only come out […]

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I love Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because it’s the underdog holiday. Nestled between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving decorations only get a sliver of department store real estate next to the discounted costumes and tree trimmings. Or, maybe it’s because it’s a time to feast with your family and friends – enjoy delicacies that only come out this time of year. Either way, I’m a big fan of this holiday.

The meal, while quite delicious, can pack quite a punch calorically. According to the Calorie Control Council, the Thanksgiving meal itself averages out at 3,000 calories. Include drinks and appetizers throughout the day, and this one festive gathering can amount to 4,500 calories. To put it in perspective, a pound of fat is equivalent to 3,500 calories. Many mamas need between 2,000 and 2,500 calories each day (this estimate is just an estimate and does not account for training schedule, nursing, pregnancy, age, height, weight, child’s first name or any other factor). The average Thanksgiving Day food intake can be double the average mama’s needs.

So, how many burpees would your average Thanksgiving meal “cost?”

About five hours of burpees.

Non-stop.

According to JustHealth.net, doing a minute of burpees burns between 8 and 14 calories – if you are doing between 10 to 20 burpees per minute. It looks like they are including the push-up too (ugh). Averaging 15 burpees per minute, you’re looking at 4,500 burpees for Thanksgiving.

I’m not an advocate of calorie counting and I do not recommend avoiding a day full of fellowship, family time, laughs, and good food just so you do not go over your energy needs. I hope to put the meal into perspective and encourage you to use your tool of moderation as your guide when you are filling your plate or glass.

Here are a couple of tips to lighten the load of Thanksgiving:

  • Workout in the morning before the chaos of cooking, hosting, visiting, traveling, and eating take hold.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast and decent lunch to avoid being overly hungry when the bird hits the table.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day. If you are enjoying cocktails, alternate your beverages with huge glasses of water.
  • Survey the goodies before you make a choice. Decide to enjoy the food that you put on your plate. Make this your one plate of food.
  • Wait at least twenty minutes before deciding on seconds. Choose dessert as your second helping rather than another round of mashed taters, gravy, and stuffing.
  • Don’t forget the leftovers! Turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, cranberry sauce for days…some dishes taste better the second time around so leave some of the food to enjoy over the weekend.

And lastly, should you overindulge at the Thanksgiving meal, give yourself grace. Get up on Friday and eat a healthy breakfast. Go workout. Drink lots of water. One day of indulgence is not going to “wreck everything” or “make you a horrible person.” (These are real quotes I have heard from clients) Just like one healthy meal won’t turn you into Shalane Flanagan, one “off” meal will not ruin your health efforts. Be done with it and move on.

Oh – one more thing. If your hair is done and your make-up is on and you’re dressed up – please do not bust out 4,500 burpees for the pie. Girl. Instead, encourage your SLAMFam to bust them out throughout the month of December. 😉

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Giving thanks for SLAM Wheaton – November SLAMer of the Month!https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/giving-thanks-for-slam-wheaton-november-slamer-of-the-month/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/giving-thanks-for-slam-wheaton-november-slamer-of-the-month/#commentsThu, 01 Nov 2018 16:38:22 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7358November SLAMer of the Month- Wheaton! Tracy has been “all in”/ fully addicted to Stroller Strong Moms since the day our Wheaton location opened. Since our Grand Opening, Tracy has come to classes (50 to be exact) with a smile on her face, encouraging words, high fives and an immense amount of determination. She works […]

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November SLAMer of the Month- Wheaton!

Tracy has been “all in”/ fully addicted to Stroller Strong Moms since the day our Wheaton location opened. Since our Grand Opening, Tracy has come to classes (50 to be exact) with a smile on her face, encouraging words, high fives and an immense amount of determination. She works hard, crushes goals, and is quick to help any SLAM sister or kiddo in need. It’s been such a joy to watch her grow stronger every day and Wheaton is SO ridiculously lucky to have her as part of our tribe!

Hey SLAM Nation!
Tracy here! I’m completely humbled to be SLAMer of the month and excited to have the chance to share a little bit about SSM-Wheaton.

Barely a year ago I met my good friend, fellow preschool mom, and amazing SLAM boss, Casie Bucci. Small talk at a school function revealed she was a fitness instructor. I distinctly remember her eyes lighting up when she talked about Stroller Strong Moms and how it had changed her life. I didn’t understand what she meant then–I had never heard of SSM, nor considered a high intensity workout with kids in tow–but her excitement, passion, and gratitude for her community was so clear. And apparently irresistible.

Today I more than get it. I’m all in. I love it. I need it.

I positively count on the endorphin and adrenaline rush I get three days a week. I’ve played a lot of sports and done a lot of fitness programs in my day, but Casie’s workouts are honestly the most thoughtful and creative. Every week is such a fun opportunity to push and challenge myself.

But what really has me hooked is my SSM sisters. They say you meet your people in college. I found mine SLAMing in Wheaton.

We sweat and laugh and grimace and cheer and coo at the babies and grit our teeth and breath deep. We hoola hoop and Thriller dance and grape vine with the best of them. We show up. We talk about the world and our kids and share all manner of snacks and toys to keep the peace. We meet for coffee and give hugs and drink wine later on.

I am so grateful for these ladies.

I love that I get to spend my mornings with them and my kids, out in the elements (whatever they may be in Chicago), filling my lungs with fresh air in a beautiful setting. I feel healthier, stronger, and more balanced than I have in years.

So thank you and so much love to the whole SLAM World and especially to the mamas in Wheaton.

Happy SLAMing and thanks for reading!

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If You Can’t Find Your Tribe… Build It!https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/if-you-cant-find-your-tribe-build-it/ https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/if-you-cant-find-your-tribe-build-it/#commentsTue, 30 Oct 2018 15:22:51 +0000https://www.strollerstrongmoms.com/?p=7323Hey, hey Amanda here! SLAM DC alum and owner of the soon-to-be SLAM Fort Hood! I can’t wait to bring the SLAM swagger to the mamas in Killeen, Harker Heights & Fort Hood. Here’s how it all got started: The Beginning & my first SLAM I moved to Washington, DC as a brand new mom; […]

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Hey, hey Amanda here! SLAM DC alum and owner of the soon-to-be SLAM Fort Hood! I can’t wait to bring the SLAM swagger to the mamas in Killeen, Harker Heights & Fort Hood. Here’s how it all got started:

The Beginning & my first SLAM

I moved to Washington, DC as a brand new mom; my first son was only five weeks old when we drove from Dahlonega, Georgia to Arlington, Virginia. Once we arrived, I knew making connections would be crucial to surviving a new place, in this new role, with this new human. I needed a tribe.

I went to all the mom’s groups I could find. During one of them, another mom invited me to her “moms workout group.” Sure, I thought, why not? But here’s what I didn’t tell her: before pregnancy, I participated in Figure Body Building competitions and had spent a lot of time in gyms, programming workouts for others, focusing on heavy lifting, and fueling my workouts. Before that, I did a lot of yoga, focusing on the challenge of the physical practice. Before that, I had danced at a ballet conservatory. Since giving birth and moving to DC though, I hadn’t found my jam for working out. I was looking for something a little more than just time to work out. I wanted to make friends!

So there I was, heading to a SLAM class to check them out, skeptical it would be “enough” for me, but feeling desperate to combine something social and mom-friending with fitness

It was SLAM DC’s six-month anniversary. I went. It was challenging! I hadn’t really worked out much since giving birth. And I wasn’t really into endurance… ever (remember, I was lifting and competing beforehand, NOT running). But most significantly, everyone was really nice and welcoming! I got a great workout in and made some new friends. It brought together my workout and my desire to connect with other mamas.

But I wasn’t hooked right away. I was skeptical because I had never been much of a joiner of clubs, a sorority, team sports, or much of anything where someone could potentially feel left out. It made me uneasy. I preferred smaller groups and hanging on the fringe. SLAM surely had some of those drawbacks, right?

Nope. The more I went, the more I experienced that SLAM is more than just the workout, more than a group of friends; the culture of SLAM is a genuinely supportive, kind, and inclusive community.

The Middle – Instructing

We are very fortunate that I didn’t have to rush back to work after Nathan was born. Once we got to DC, I was faced with the choice of going back to work or not. “Work” for me had been digital marketing, and before that television production. I went back to freelancing for a bit, but quickly found it wasn’t a good fit. So then now what…

What if I taught fitness? What if I taught yoga? That’s when the owner of SLAM DC, Kelli Berger, and I chatted about her wanting to expand the yoga program. So, with her supportive nudge I finally got my 200-hr Yoga Teaching Certificate and started teaching yoga for SLAM DC. Then, I added a few studios into my schedule and taught barre classes and boot camp classes.

The End – Another beginning

Military spouse life is rough. We move frequently, which is mostly really exciting and intriguing. But this time… this time was painful. As my time dwindled in DC, I hated the thought of leaving SLAM DC. What was I going to do without my mama-friends? …without my tribe?! I had made amazing friends who had cheered me through some major fitness milestones (this non-runner checked the Army 10 Miler, a Ragnar, and a marathon off my bucket list). I had chatted about mom-milestones, I had complained, I had sought advice from, I had leaned on these women in emergencies… and now I was moving away from them while eight months pregnant with my second child. And of all the SLAM locations, there wasn’t one where we were headed.

We arrived in the Fort Hood area in September, just in time for me to give birth to our second child. Literally, just in time.

There’s a saying “if you can’t find your tribe, build it.” So, without further ado… Let’s get this tribe started: a fiercely supportive community of SLAM sisters who can lean on each other in fitness and in motherhood. I am humbled to be carrying the SLAM torch to the Fort Hood area and I can’t wait to get SLAM’n!

For more information on our newest SLAM Affiliate, follow Stroller Strong Moms Fort Hood on Instagram and Facebook! To sign up for the newsletter for all the class information, head over to the webpage

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