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Fitness & Motherhood

Are you like me and wondering where summer has gone?  My family had a jam packed summer full of vacations, play dates, camps and spending time with family and friends but it all went too fast! The days of lounging by the pool and sleeping in will soon be over and waking up to alarm clocks and the mad dash to get ready for school will soon take over. 

This year my family will be in for an adjustment, as my son will be going to kindergarten! I am definitely that mom who is dreading her baby going to school everyday. I will miss him so much!  As a former kindergarten teacher this should not be so hard for me but it is!  Last year he went to preschool three days a week and this year we will have to go five days a week which will call for some planning and organization.

We’ve all had those mornings where we are rushing out the door already ten minutes late and the kids are eating breakfast in the car.  Here are a few tips to make those mornings a little stress free.

• Pre-pack healthy lunches the night before so all you have to do is grab them in the morning.

• Give the kids a little responsibility in the morning.  Make a checklist of the tasks they must complete, such as brushing their teeth, washing their faces, packing their bookbags, etc…  If you have a non-reader you can make picture cards.

• Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you plan.  Use this extra time to enjoy some quiet time, meditate and relax before your busy day begins.

• Lay your workout clothes out the night before.  If you are not able to workout once the kids are at school try waking up before the kids and get your workout in. It's still important for you to have a little time to yourself!

I hope these tips can transition you smoothly into a new school year.  Good luck to the students, teachers, and parents as they embark on a new adventure.  To all of the parents dreading their babies leaving them, you are not alone but know as a former teacher your babies will be fine.  Now I just need to keep telling myself that!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.


Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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