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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My name is Elizabeth but I mostly go by Liz. I am married to a sailor and have one child, Wyatt. I am a huge animal lover and my dream job (besides motherhood) is to work at a clinic.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

One thing that surprised me the most about becoming a mom is how much your body changes! We live in a world where we are excepted to bounce back within a week after having a baby because celebrities do it!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

I joined FIT4MOM because I loved the concept of getting fit with my child but also with other women who know what it's like with postpartum body.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

I hope 5 years from now I'll be working as a veterinary technician...

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I am the youngest of 5 and the closest sibling in age to me is 16 years older than I am. I grew up a few miles down the road from my husband Trever, and although we met in Junior High, we didn't date until 4 years after graduating. Trever is a 6'6" studmuffin who has the jawline of a rugged mountain man, and I can spend hours staring at his butt (Our daughter likes to pinch random people's butts because she sees me do it to Trever WAY too much). We have a daughter, Adelaide, who is almost 2.5 and she thinks very scientifically and is a vigilant rule follower (she knows she's not supposed to walk in people's grass, so when we're at the park, she won't come to me unless she can get to me by sidewalk). We're expecting our second, baby Michael, sometime this October.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

How okay I am with skipping a shower. I would always much rather get an extra hour of sleep than shower.

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I'm originally from O'ahu, Hawai'i where I also had met my husband, Joseph. He is in the Navy and that's how we ended up here in Washington state with our little girl, Amari.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I think for me, the most surprising thing was not feeling an instant connection to my baby as soon as she was born. I bonded with our baby during pregnancy and had heard stories of how amazing the connection with your baby is the day of their birth. That wasn't the case for me, I felt I was handed this tiny human and didn't really know what to do. Luckily with time, my baby and I now have a great bond.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

I originally joined FIT4MOM because I wanted to get active after having my baby. I was never the type of person to got to the gym or workout at home so I needed something with routine and structure as well as daycare. After my first class, I was surprised that my body...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

I grew up in Anchorage, AK ("Alaska Grown") and currently live in Poulsbo.

2. Stroller Strides member since January 2016

3.Education

BA of Anthropology from University of Hawaii Manoa (And a double minor in Sand Castle Design and The Perfect Tan - j/k!!)

4.Past/Current Career

Past: After graduating college, I was a bank mortgage loan officer for several years before going back to school full time to complete all my RN pre-requisites. Still dreaming of completing my RN (babies and military life make it difficult).

Current: Currently I'm studying to become a certified Lactation Consultant while taking care of my two girls, Clara & Margot, at home.

5. Childhood Ambition

I wanted to be a zoologist and rehabilitate and release wild animals.

6. Furthest you've been from home

Cambodia

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides?

My friend was a current member and she kept asking me to come try a class with her. It took me a few months to finally go to a...

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Hi, I'm Stephanie West, mom to William Marlowe (almost 5) and Audrey JoAnna (3). I've been married to my husband Jimmy for eight years now.

We recently moved to WA in September after having lived in CT for eight years. My husband is active duty Navy and we decided to take this opportunity to live in a different part of the country, hence moving to WA!

I grew up in upstate NY and hope to make a permanent home somewhere in the northeast! I received my B.A. in French from SUNY Albany and got my M.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Central CT State University. I was an ESL teacher in CT for three years and truly enjoy teaching. When I'm not busy chasing after my two kids, I enjoy gardening, music, hiking, traveling, raising my chickens, and trying new things!

I went to my first Stroller Strides class in CT when William was 4 months old (all the way back in 2012!). My husband had just left for a seven month deployment, I was suffering from Post Partum Depression, and I desperately needed to get out of the house. I went to my first...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

Clovis CA born and raised then moved here to Poulsbo in 2014 with my husband, Josh, after living in Los Angeles for almost 3 years.

2. Stroller Strides member since May 2016 and I was hooked!

3.Education

BA in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Interpreting from California State University, Fresno

4.Past/Current Career

Past: High school sign language interpreter

Current: freelance interpreter/ mom

5. Childhood Ambition

To be an Olympic gymnast and mom

6. Furthest you've been from home

South Africa and Xiamen, China

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides?

I have always been active and enjoyed working out so when I was only going to the gym once a month after having my daughter i needed to find a way to workout with her. I was so happy to hear about Stroller Strides, it has solved that problem for me and has made me a happier, healthier mom.

8. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

Stroller Strides has made it...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

Literally born in Poulsbo, WA (in a home near Snider Fields) and still here now!

2. Stroller Strides member since July 2016

3.Education

I finished my Associates and then needed to work full time+ to provide for myself, my husband, and my stepson following a horrible mountain biking accident that left my husband unable to work for some time. I'll finish someday, maybe nursing.

4.Past/Current Career

Past: Sr Banker at Bank of America

Current: Stay of home mom

5. Childhood Ambition

World traveler and singer/performer. Also to be the voice of a Disney Princess.

6. Furthest you've been from home:

Oradea, Romania

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides?

Hollie mentioned it a few times and it was summer which meant I couldn't go on long runs with all my kids home from school, so I skeptically came and have come ever since.

8. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

Kept me consistent in workouts and constantly mixing up muscle groups!

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

Born in Port Angeles, WA

Currently Live in Poulsbo, WA as of July 2016

2. Stroller Strides member since July of 2016

3.Education

BA in History from University of Washington

4.Past/Current Career

Past: Professional Nanny, Personal Assistant and fundraising chair for well known rock band.

Current: Domestic engineer...and lab manager for scientific lab that does a lot of toxicology and taxonomy work.

5. Childhood Ambition: Travel the world

6. Furthest you've been from home

I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, to raise awareness and money for Huntingtons Disease in 2009

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides?

My good friend Jessica M, was a member and she loved the community it provided along with great workouts.

8. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

It forces me to get out of the house most mornings and get a great workout in and Its enriched my life with some wonderful new friendships.

9. Favorite...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

I was raised half in Portland and half in Spokane. Now living in Poulsbo.

2. Stroller Strides member since June 2016

3.Education

In my defense there was a lot of options and I am not so good at picking one. That being said, I have a B.A. in Art History, History and Spanish with a minor in Geography. All from Eastern Washington University. Go Eags!

4.Past/Current Career

I coached high school soccer through college, worked in costuming for the theater department and financial aid. After graduation I had a stint at Verizon for 3 years and now work for the Department of Social and Health Services in Port Townsend. Still trying if to find my "career."

5. Childhood Ambition

First female president.

6. Furthest you've been from home

I studied abroad in Spain for a month. It was A-mazing.

7. Why did you decide to try out FIT4MOM?

I was struggling a little with finding my "inner mom" and went online looking for moms groups in Poulsbo. I was sold on the getting back in shape...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live: I am from San Diego, Ca and currently live in Silverdale, WA

2. Stroller Strides member since: February 2016

3.Past/Current Career

Past: I worked for Sephora as a Color and Fragrance Expert and Ulta as one of their Prestige Color Artist. I also Freelanced for Smashbox, Too Faced and Murad. Coming from Sunny San Diego I had an amazing time doing weddings and proms. After I had my twins I became a SAHM.

Current: After having my boys it was difficult to go back to work because daycare was so expensive. As a Makeup Artist I wanted to be out there making people feel beautiful about themselves. I discovered LuLaRoe and fell in love. I was able be a WAHM and still make women feel beautiful about themselves.

4. Childhood Ambition: I actually wanted to be in the medical field and become Physical Therapist or be a Neonatal.

5. Furthest you've been from home: My parents took us to the Philippines when I was 13 years old

6. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides? I've always loved working out and...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

Hometown: Mill Creek, WA

Currently: Silverdale, WA

2. Stroller Strides member since December 2015

3.Education

Graduate of Chris’ Cosmetology College

4.Past/Current Career

Past: Cosmetologist

Current: Stay at Home Mommy

5. Childhood Ambition

I always wanted to be a dancer.

6. Furthest you've been from home

Cozumel, Mexico

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides?

I wanted to be apart of a healthy community with other moms.

8. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

It has given me the courage and confidence with my self. It has made me a great mother and wife, it has also given me great friends.

9. Favorite Exercise

Wall Sits

10. Three (3) of your favorite things (besides family)

Chocolate chip cookies, Coffee, Clothes.

11. Your hobbies (besides Stroller Strides of course)

Painting, Fashion, and working out

12. Favorite Movie or TV...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live:

I grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and currently live on Bainbridge Island.

2. Stroller Strides member since August 2015.

3.Education:

I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Finance.

4.Past/Current Career:

I recently became a stay at home mom, but before that I was the VP of Sales and Client Services for an internet marketing company in Seattle.

5. Childhood Ambition:

My childhood ambition was to become a checker at the grocery store. I thought using the scanner and the microphone was AMAZING!

6. Furthest you've been from home - Australia.

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides?

I didn't know what to do on maternity leave after all the visitors left. I needed to get out of the house, meet other moms and start to take a little time for myself.

8. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

Stroller Strides has made me feel physically better, but more importantly it has given me a community of moms who completely understand,...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live: I grew up in Sammamish, WA, and currently live in Silverdale.

2. Stroller Strides member since: July 2015

3. Education: I went to the University of Washington and studied Journalism and Comparative History. I also completed my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at UW.

4. Past/Current Career: Right out of college, I joined Teach for America and moved to Phoenix, AZ, to teach Language Arts at a low-income charter school. I then taught for two years in the Seattle School District and one in Bremerton, before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

5. Childhood Ambition: To be the first girl to play baseball in the major leagues.

6. Furthest you've been from home: During college, I spent a summer completing a research project in Greece. We lived in Athens and traveled to most of the islands. It was an amazing opportunity!

7. Why did you decide to try out Stroller Strides? I love working out, but didn't want to put McKenna in the Y childcare, so Stroller Strides was a perfect fit for us!...

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Hey, ladies! My name is Kaylee Sanchez, my daughter is Akaya India, and I'm married to my wonderful man, Jefté (Jef-Tay).

I currently live in Suquamish, which is across town from the house I grew up in from 2-18 years old. After graduating in 2005 from Kings West High School in Bremerton, I went to George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon to study Education and Spanish, and to play soccer. After 2 years, I migrated south to finish my studies at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. I stopped playing competitive soccer in order to spend significant time studying abroad in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Toward the end of my studies, I met Jefté and we felt the most instant connection. We quickly fell in love. I thought I'd stay in LA near his family, but when visiting my family, I interviewed for a Spanish teaching position at the private K-8 school I went to as a kid and got the job. A year into teaching, Jefté moved to WA and we got married. After 5 years of teaching, I decided to stay home with my new little baby girl. It was so hard to say...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

Hometown: Chimacum, WA

Currently: Bainbridge Island, WA

2. Stroller Strides member since Aug 2015

3.Education

BS in Hospitality Management

Licensed Master Esthetician

4.Past/Current Career

Past:

My first career was in hotel management and I was drawn to it through my love for travel. I love hotels and helping to creating a memorable experience for guests. It didn't take long for me to realize that as much as I enjoyed all those aspects of the industry, selling hotel rooms and meeting space was not for me.

Current:

I've been an esthetician for the last 12 years. Skincare is my passion and I'm grateful for the company I work for. Skin Spirit is a leader in the industry and we are constantly striving to provide the best treatments in anti aging and skin health.

5. Childhood Ambition

I probably wanted to be famous, but then realized I'm terrified of public speaking and have no musical capability!!

6. Furthest you've been from home

Australia or...

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Meet our July Mom of the Month....JESSICA BURNS!

1. Hometown and where you currently live

Watford City, ND

Currently reside in Poulsbo, WA

2. Stroller Strides member since February 2016.

3.Education - B.A. Psychology/Addiction Counseling (Jamestown College)

Master's in Teaching K-8 certification (City University)

4.Past/Current Career

Past: Private Nanny/Household Manager for several families in Samammish, Redmond, and Bainbridge.

Current: Web Administrator for Kickee Pants (love, love, love my job!)

5. Childhood Ambition

When I was younger I loved taking care of children and envisioned becoming a Pediatric Nurse. Maybe I will take up the course-work again, when life settles down a bit! Ha!

6. Furthest you've been from home

Hawaii

7. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

I tried out Stroller Strides for a couple of different reasons: 1. I needed a place where I would feel comfortable working out and preferred not using a gym-like setting. 2. A little over a year ago my husband...

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Hi! I’m Leanne Wetzel, mother to Emiline (Emily) Lena and wife to Pete.

I am a rare military brat because I went to the same school in Kansas from kindergarten thru graduation. In fact, my parents still live in the same “temporary 4-year home” I grew up in. I went to Kansas State University to study computer science. After graduation, I went to work for Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, NE, where I met my husband.

Pete has always loved Seattle. In 2010, he took me on a Pacific Northwest road trip (including a stop to Vancover during the winter Olympics) and I was hooked. We committed to moving there “someday”. In 2013, we took the leap of a lifetime leaving our friends, family and secure jobs and started new in Bainbridge Island. I worked for a wonderful small marine software company called Tideworks. Then in March 2015, we welcomed our daughter Emiline (Emily) Lena. After she was born, I decided to stay home with her full time.

I went to my first Stroller Strides class in August 2015. (You can read more about that story...

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1. Hometown and where you currently live

Walnut Creek, CA

Bainbridge Island, WA

2. Stroller Strides member since July 2015.

3.Education - BA in Psychology Minor in Italian

Culinary Arts degree from le Cordon Bleu

4.Past/Current Career

Past: Chef

Current: Mom/Wife

5. Childhood Ambition

You know, I remember changing my mind a lot (not too surprising) but there was a stretch I wanted to be a veterinarian. Probably lasted a year.

6. Furthest you've been from home

Either Nepal or Indonesia. Not exactly sure which is further.

7. What has Stroller Strides done for you?

Given me a way to exercise and be healthy that would otherwise feel impossible. I'm thankful for that.

8. Favorite Exercise

"Hi my name is mom" and partner see-saw. (As I like to call it)

9. Three (3) of your favorite things (besides family)

Travel

Food

Sparkling Water

10. Your hobbies (besides Stroller Strides of course)

Cooking

Hiking

Collecting Postcards

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1. Hometown and where you currently live- home town- Ft. Worth, Texas and currently live in Poulsbo

2. Stroller Strides member since - the Grand opening.! I loved that day!

3.Education- BA in Speech Communications, M.B.A. In Service Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship.

4.Past/Current Career- Past: Director of Marketing for several Senior Living Communities,

Current: Level V Business Builder with Rodan + Fields

5. Childhood Ambition- personal- to run a marathon (and I have!), professional- to be a pediatric cardiologist (clearly didn't happen!)

6.Furthest you've been from home- studied for a semester in high school in London, England

7.What has Stroller Strides done for you?- LOVE the mommas and kiddos I meet! and keeps me centered in my busy life

8.Favorite Exercise- squats!

9. Three of your favorite things (besides family)- 1. the water (any kind except drinking it), 2. shoes, and 3. people

10. Your hobbies (besides Stroller Strides of course)- tennis, volunteering, decorating, attempting to...

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I have always been quite versed at making up excuses to avoid exercising. In summer 2015, I was full of them. I was on maternity leave after the birth of my daughter, still debating if going back to work was the right choice for our family. Thumbing through the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation events catalog trying to find ways to get out of the house, I saw a listing for Fit4Mom Stroller Strides. It sounded like fun and one of the few things we could do while she was so small. But then the excuses started to fly. It said Stroller Strides was “a 60 minute total body workout”. After 7 years working a desk job, I was seriously out of shape. My petite figure hid it pretty well. Actually, lets be really honest, I had NEVER really worked out even before then. I had tried working with a personal trainer for a while before I got married and there were a few times when my college roommate dragged me to the university gym. But every time my excuses got in the way after just a couple of days. And the more I read that listing, the more I convinced myself there was no way I...

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My WHY to start FIT4MOM in Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo was a long time coming. I had been in a job that I liked and felt comfortable in, but did not feel fulfilled. Then, on Christmas morning in 2012, I got the best gift: our son Charlie. Having Charlie changed my world and my perspective. I couldn't imagine not being with him but I struggled emotionally and felt very lost, even when I was with other mothers. After I went back to work part-time, I felt lost and pulled in many directions. When I was at work, I thought about our son. When I was with our son, I was worried about work. Nothing felt right.

When my son was about 15 months old and I had just recently found out I was pregnant with baby number two, I found out about FIT4MOM. I just happened to be sitting next to the owner of the FIT4MOM in my then neighborhood and she told me about an anniversary event the following week. I had the day off from work so I figured why not?

I was hooked. Even though I didn't know anyone, the other moms talked to me. They cheered me on. They played with my son...

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