Why I’m Not Embracing My Mom-Bod, and That’s Okay

Let me make this perfectly clear, all bodies are beautiful and capable of amazing things. I’m all for positive body image and loving yourself no matter what – if that’s truly how you feel. If you’re anything like me, you might not be as ready to accept and embrace the body that pregnancy has gifted you, and that’s okay.

I want to love my Mom-bod. I really do. Unfortunately, I just don’t and that needs to be okay. I know that my body is amazing. I have so much respect and admiration for the incredible things it has done. My body has withstood seven IUI’s in three years, three pregnancies, one miscarriage resulting in one D&C, one vaginal birth, one C-section and the capacity to care for two awesome children. All that and I’m still not feeling the love! To be honest, I most likely won’t feel it until my body changes, and that’s okay.

There is a fantastic body positivity movement happening right now and I love it! As great as the message is, there seems to be this pressure...


Train for Denver’s Mother’s Day 5k with FIT4MOM

Denver, CO –FIT4MOM Greater Denver is offering an eight week training program for Denver’s Mother’s Day 5k that will take place on May 14th, 2017. Training begins the week of March 19th. Registration is now open to any and all mamas, partners, kiddos, dogs, cats, goldfish, literally anyone! Okay, maybe just moms and partners.

The FIT4MOM Mother’s Day 5k training is designed to prepare runners at any level to complete 3.1 miles. Maybe you run marathons on the reg, maybe the only marathon you partake in comes with a comfy seat on your couch and the remote in hand, either way, this training is for you. Simply go to the FIT4MOM site and reserve your spot under team FIT4MOM Greater Denver.

"This is our 5th year participating in the Mothers Day 5k with FIT4MOM! Every year it is a great way to start the day with such a strong and fit community of moms, dads, grandparents, and kids. This year we expect to have a bigger...


A Quick Q&A with a Stroller Strides Member: Part 3

Stroller Strides welcomes moms in any stage of life. Your kid/s could be 3 months, 3 years or 33 years old; there will always be a spot for you in the warm-up circle. Wherever you are in your motherhood journey, don’t hesitate to join a tribe and be a part of an amazing program. Stay for however long you choose; kids in strollers are not a requirement!

Keri Carland is a long standing Stroller Strides member, working it in Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree, Colorado. If anyone can vouch for Stroller Strides as part of a lifestyle, it’s her!

  1. How long have you been a part of Stroller Strides?

Keri: I originally joined Stroller Strides when my first child was 1 years old. He is now 11 - so I guess that makes it 10 years!

  1. How many kids do you have?

Keri: Four. Three boys a one girl. Ages 11 down to...


A Quick Q&A with a Stroller Strides Member: Part 2

Stroller Strides means something different to everyone, and yet there are many common themes members tend to agree on. Community, friendship, support, encouragement, camaraderie, social outlet; these are just a few of the ways members describe Stroller Strides. For every unique experience there is a story waiting to be shared.

This story belong to Kyleigh Shipp. Kyleigh is a member in Parker and SE Aurora, Colorado. Read below how Stroller Strides has changed her life.

1. How long have you been a part of Stroller Strides?

I joined Strides when my son Benson was 6 months old- in the summer of 2014. I would have joined earlier if I had known about this amazing group!

2. How many kids do you have?

My son Benson turns 3 in February.



A Quick Q&A with a Stroller Strides Member: Part 1

Stroller Strides is one of those programs that makes people say, “It totally changed my life!” It’s more than a fitness group; it’s a community of moms, and sometimes dads, who work, play and love hard. These women encourage and support each-other through all of the ups and downs of motherhood, and basically life in general.

With all Stroller Strides has to offer, we decided to find out what the members had to say about their own experiences. Personally, I can’t say enough positive things about this program and I’m not the only one!

Linny Pettit Unzicker is a member of Stroller Strides of Greater Denver at the Littleton location. She is also the co-playgroup captain, planning fun activities for the kiddos to participate in. Here is what she has to say about her experience with Stroller Strides.

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Approximately 45% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions this year. Are you one of them? Maybe you’ve made resolutions in the past. If so, did you stick to them? Personally, I make New Year’s resolutions every year and by February I’ve either forgotten most of them or have just, plain given up. This is not uncommon. According to, only 8% of people are successful at achieving their resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I want to be part of that 8%!

In order to get there I’m going to have to make some changes, and I’m guessing you are too. So I’ve put together a few ideas to help us keep our resolutions this year. 2017 is the year that the slackers will prevail!

1. Write down your goals.

Make a list. Make ten lists! With each goal, write down why you want to achieve that goal. People tend to do better when they write things down. It keeps things fresh in the memory. Put it in your computer, your phone, your tablet, your planner, on your fridge, on the mirror in your bathroom. When you are forced...


Holiday’s are fantastic! They’re exciting, nostalgic and full of magic. Who doesn’t love seeing their little ones give thanks at the family dinner table or open gifts from Santa with whimsy in their eyes? Someone has to make all this magic happen and that can be incredibly stressful, especially for a busy mom. As we enter the holiday season with our family obligations and ever so many “to do” lists, we find ourselves searching for ways to manage the stresses that seem to overwhelm us.

There are many simple ways to de-stress during the holiday season. Here are 8 stress relieving tips for you.

1. Meditate

Meditation can take as little as 5 minutes. A quick time-out to clear your head, letting go of all things negative and inviting in the positive can have a huge impact on your day and your psyche. Sparing a few minutes to pay attention to your breathing instead of your holiday budget can help to melt the stress away.

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Stroller Strides is Moving Inside with a Few New Locations

Denver, CO – Stroller Strides of Greater Denver is moving indoors on Nov 1, 2016. Many of the groups will return to last year’s locations while others will be breaking-in some new digs.

For those who have not yet experienced the awesomeness of Stroller Strides, here’s the run-down:

“Stroller Strides is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities.” (

Stroller Strides spends the summer outdoors in parks and beautiful public spaces. Moving indoors allows Stroller Strides members to continue to get their sweat on throughout the long Colorado winter. Each location provides a warm, safe place to work-out with the kiddos in tow. Some of the locations even allow for an occasional outdoor class when the weather is nice.

With seven locations in the greater Denver area to choose from, members and prospective participants are sure to find one that...


Looking for classes in Northern Colorado? Check out the new FIT4MOM NoCo

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