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Stephanie Matalone

I have gained a support system and a family here in Salt Lake. I moved to the city 8 months pregnant and didn't know anyone. I had my son and winter soon came. I was in the house all day and only talked to an infant and quickly become lonely! Being a new mom can be really, really difficult and it is so nice to share that struggle with others who not only understand, but who do not judge you. These ladies are my best friends and I truly feel lost when I miss a class and do not get to see them.

Don't get me wrong, the workout is great, but I love sharing motherhood with other like-minded people! My favorite thing about this group is being able to come to class and say "Hey, my kids did this ridiculous thing" and have other moms tell you it's normal! These ladies are always willing to lend an ear when you feel overwhelmed and genuinely care about your well being and your family. They will check-up on you when you miss class, babysit your kid at the last minute, and offer to bring you soup when you are sick with their own toddlers in tow!

I have seen the most success in my confidence as a mother. Navigating the waters of motherhood is crazy when you go it alone! You always wonder if you are doing the right thing, which method to use, what to feed your baby, etc. You are constantly questioning whether you are doing this whole parenthood thing right and talking to your significant other doesn't always cut it. I often felt so unsure of what I was doing before I joined this group. Once I got into it and started talking to these amazing women and sharing stories, I got the support I needed to feel that I was doing a good job. I got ideas and was able to ask questioning from others who are going though the same struggles. When I was unsure of trying the "cry it out" method to get my stubborn kid to nap, they helped me with techniques and shares their own journeys. Now my kid sleeps like a champ!

I am in the best shape I have been in since I was a competitive rower in college. I am an avid snowboarder and this is the first season I have started without wanting to cry on my first run from the burning of a thousand suns in my legs. I also have been able to start run a 5k for the first time in years. I know my body will always look different after having a kid, but I am starting to feel sexy again!

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