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December Mom of the Month....Carolyn!

Carolyn is one of the amazing mamas part of our Body Back program! Her energy and spirit is so positive - we love her so much!

Tell us about yourself and your family.

My name is Carolyn and I live with my husband and our six-year-old son in Poulsbo. I work full time at an Ad agency, and David works at a Software company in downtown Seattle. Conlan attends the first grade at Silverwood School here in Poulsbo. We have a small sailboat, and we love to spend time sailing, camping and hiking as a family.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I'd say what surprised me the most is how all-encompassing it is. Before the baby came, David and I imagined that we would keep up with most of our pre-baby activities. This turned out to be really unrealistic for our family. Life kind-of went on hold that first year or two as we worked through nap schedules, recovered physically, mentally and emotionally, and generally got to know what the new 'us' looked like.

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

I joined Fit4MOM because I was no longer physically fit enough to do the things I used to really enjoy doing (like hiking.) And no matter how much I tried to get myself moving, my fitness was still in decline.

I love it because it works. I feel better now that I have felt in years.

I also love it because the women there are so supportive, and everyone focuses on our own work. I never worry that someone is watching and quietly judging me, and that has freed me to focus on the workouts instead of what others might be thinking.

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

With no obstacles, I'd focus on a teaching certificate. I got really close to a teaching degree and certificate, and then changed directions. I would love to teach music.

What is your favorite go to "kid" equipment that is your must have?

My son is getting older now, but when he was little, it was the BOB stroller, hands down. That thing is seriously sturdy. It never ceased to amaze me.

Any advice for new moms?

My advice would be to go easy on yourself, but that's pretty much what everyone says, and it is almost unthinkably hard. More specifically, I'd say: give yourself permission to have hard days and to not love every moment, and to realize that it's a big transition and some things actually are kind-of awful (like not getting sleep...)

I think that, as new moms, we are inundated with this message that everything is supposed to be magical and beautiful, and it can feel like a failure if we don't always feel that way. Find that friend to whom you can say "I love this baby, but . . .”) Because we all to through that on some days.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I rode a motorcycle (my Kawasaki Ninja) up to my second trimester. It has a new home now, and I miss it!

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