I am so incredibly honored to be nominated as the inaugural Mom of the month!
My name is Megan Smith and although I was born in Ohio I consider myself a Texan. After several moves as a very young child, my family ended up in the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound, Texas when I was in the third grade. In the 7th grade I met my best friend who would later become my husband. After I graduated from the University of North Texas we got married in front of our closest family and friends. Right after college I began my teaching career at the same elementary school I had attended as a child. I taught 2 years of third grade before I was given the opportunity to move down to my dream job teaching kindergarten. That same year is the year I was blessed with my first born, Hudson.
When Hudson was just 3 weeks old we moved from Texas to North Carolina where Chase began medical school. We spent 4 years in North Carolina where I continued to teach kindergarten and first grade and where we welcomed our second child, Alina to the world. While in North Carolina, my husband was consumed by medical school and I worked to support our family. Chase graduated medical school in May of this year and we matched with University hospital here in San Antonio. We moved here the first week of June and just 3 short weeks later welcomed our third child, Gibson into the family.
I always felt it was difficult for me to find time to work out after work and balance taking care of the kids and the house alone most days. I've always enjoyed running and loved it even more because it was a form of exercise I could do with my children and not have to leave them in childcare longer than needed. I had heard of Fit4Mom but always made excuses to why I couldn't join. After having Gibson I decided to take a year off teaching and focus on being a mom and it was then that I decided it was time to do something for me. I saw that a brand new Fit4Mom was beginning in Alamo Ranch/Helotes and I could attend the grand opening for free. Being new to San Antonio and not knowing anyone here I thought it would be a fun activity to get me out of the house. I left that grand opening, feeling exhausted from a great workout but uplifted by the amazing women who were there cheering me on.
I went home and told my husband that this was what I had been looking for, a place I could take my kids with me to workout and they get to participate in the workout instead of being left in childcare. I no longer had an excuse to get out of the house and take care of me. What I thought would just be a free event to get me out of the house has turned into a home where I have met amazing women to do life with. Every workout I feel stronger and even when I feel like I can't, my Fit4Mom family is there to encourage me and say I can. In just a few short weeks I am closer to my pre-pregnancy weight, fitting in my clothes better, feeling stronger and above all I have met some amazing women that I now get to call my village!