I’m so excited to have been chosen as September Mom of the Month!! Thank you for letting me share my story!
I grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts where most of my family still lives. I left there after high school to attend college at Arizona State University and was out in the Phoenix area for about 7 years. My sister was in the Air Force at that time and just got stationed at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. With school done and nothing tying me to Arizona, I decided to move up to Colorado with my sister 2 weeks after visiting her there! I packed up my car with everything I could fit and hit the road. It was the most spontaneous thing I ever did but my best decision ever because through her and her coworkers, I met my husband Dave. He was still a student himself but after a couple years he graduated, and we were off to San Angelo, Texas for his tech school in the Air Force.
After San Angelo, we were stationed in North Carolina. We got married during that time and eventually had our beautiful, amazing daughter Taryn. As a first-time mom, I had heard great things about Fit4Mom, but I had a million excuses as to why I couldn’t make it to a workout. Eventually we left N.C. and moved to D.C. and had our second child, our son Nash. I got the double stroller and walked along the Potomac River with the kids but still made excuses to why I couldn’t join my good friend at her Stroller Strides group. I’d see the moms working out in the mall or out at the parks but told myself, my kids wouldn’t stay in the stroller, my kids wouldn’t let me enjoy a workout and some mom time.
Then came another move. This time to San Antonio and Dave and I were super excited to get back to Texas! With every move as a military spouse there is so much leg work to be done to find doctors, hair stylists, grocery stores and of course friends. It’s tough to find where you fit in in a new town. I had joined a couple Moms groups and I just wasn’t clicking with anyone. Then I saw Fit4Mom was offering barre class, which I had been wanting to do for a long time, but thought was impossible to do with the littles, as barre studios don’t often offer childcare. I signed up for the first free preview class I could and told myself the time was right and no more excuses. I was immediately welcomed by so many great moms that first day and the workout was just what I was looking for. Right away I knew I had finally found my tribe! And by the way, my kids totally surprised me with how great they behaved in the stroller during my workouts.
I try to attend at least 3 classes a week but sometimes go as many as 5. I love the support of the other moms, I love the community for myself and my kiddos and I love all the fun stuff we do beyond working out like playdates and Moms nights out. I have made some dear friends that I know I will be keeping in touch with after we have to say goodbye to San Antonio and leave for our next duty station. My kids watch every workout I do, often cheer me on and usually do some of the moves at home! I love the positive influence that Fit4Mom has made in all our lives (even Dave, who attends Saturday workouts when he can) and I am currently the most healthy and fit I’ve ever been!