Motivating Mom: Dedicated Mom Deleah

Happy Monday! We're excited for you to meet Deleah, our Motivating Mom of the week! Read below to see how she has changed her life for the better and is inspiring us all to live happier and healthier.

**Tell us about yourself.**

My name is Deleah, I'm a 30-year-old mother to three boys. I am a bachelors degree prepared Registered Nurse with a centralized focus in the operating room. My husband is active duty in the United States Coast Guard and upon transferring our family 1,200 miles north, away from all family and support I became a stay-at-home mother for the first time. Once settled in a foreign part of the country I began to feel alone and unmotivated. I realized it was time to make a change.

**What motivated you to make a change?**

Feeling a major detachment from social interaction was the driving force. I desperately needed to make friends, get out, and socialize. Not only for myself but for my young son.

**What are you doing to get/stay so healthy!?**

Currently I am a member of Stroller Strides of Southeastern Connecticut. I attend class four times per week. I use the hour-long class to focus on my strength and I end up pushing myself further than I expected.

**It can be SO HARD to find “me” time when you are taking care of your family, how were you able to make these healthy changes and stick to them while still doing all of you other day to day duties?**

I believe that to be a healthy and effective positive role model one must first focus on their own well-being. I begin each day with one hour of "me" time. It is my time with friends to focus on endurance, strength, and emotional uplifting. It is at the conclusion of the workout I am feeling the most energetic. That surge of endorphins gets me through the day and motivates me to take care of everyone and make sure all needs are met.

**How do feel now?**

I can honestly say that I am the most fit I have been in my entire life. I have always been at a healthy weight although have never really had any cardiac endurance or fortitude, UNTIL NOW. At this point, I feel exceptional and I feel I have the strength to take on almost anything. I am proud to share that during fit testing I was able to maintain a five minute plank hold.

**How has this changed your life?**

Stroller Strides has absolutely changed my perspective of group fitness. I like to think of stroller strides as family, fun, and fitness. My son and I have gained so many positive benefits, fitness being a small part of it. The friends I have made will last a lifetime. Their advice and support has helped me get through many parenting speed bumps. Most of all I have displayed for my son firsthand the power of fitness and surrounding yourself with happy, inspiring individuals. My 2 year old has learned his ABCs, can count to 20, and can sing along to countless songs. I attribute most of this to Stroller Strides.

**What advice do you have for other moms who want to get healthy?**

Make the change, take action, and give it all you've got. You've got one shot at this life, so do it right. Love the body you've been given and make it strong. Be an inspiration to those around you and provide support to those who need it most.

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