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January Mom of the Month and Instructor Profile....Karie M.!

Tell us about yourself and your family.

Hi, I’m Karie. I live in Silverdale with my husband, Greg and our two kiddos, Bode (2) and Molly (1)

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

What surprised me the most was how I was able to do everything by myself and not fall apart. My husband deployed a few weeks after Bode was born, and we lived in Okinawa. So, I had no family near me to help out or give me a break.

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

When Bode was 5 months old we moved from Okinawa to Silverdale. I was so sad to leave my mom friends behind, as I just formed those friendships. I was googling “mommy and me playgroups in Kitsap” and Fit4Mom came up. I liked the FB page, and after messaging with Magda it took me about 3 weeks to actually come to class. I love Stroller Strides. I met my best friend at class, I love seeing the friendships my kids have made. I get a great workout in, and then get to hang and chat with my friends while the kids play. What’s better than that?

Why did you decide to become an instructor? What is your favorite part of instructing?

So, when we had our moms weekend back in June. I think it was after midnight, I mentioned to Stephanie that I wanted to be an instructor so bad, but the last time we were hiring instructors, I wasn’t in a good place. I had just had Molly a couple months before, and we had been sick for 6 weeks at that point. I came back to class for 1 day before we all got sick and it was so hard recovering. Fast forward back to June, I was asked maybe a week or so later for more details on why I wanted to be an instructor. I’m normally a shy person, so this has really brought me out of my shell. I love instructing and helping moms reach their goals. Stroller Strides has given me a lot of confidence with my new Mom body, and I want to help other moms reach their goals, and ultimately love their new bodies as a Mom.

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

This is the question you answer at many stages in your life-grade schools it’s about high school. High school it’s about college. College it’s about once you enter the workforce. Marriage, where are your dreams of living, future home and kids in that 5 years. 5 years from now my kids will be in school and I really hope I’m just as happy as I am now. I might not have kids in strollers anymore, but I hope I will have branched out in other ways with FIT4MOM.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?

There are a few things that I recommend to everyone:

1. Nose Frida.

2. Mamaroo

3. Bob Stroller

Any advice for new moms? What about advice for veteran moms?

My advice works for both new moms and veteran moms-don’t compare your kids to other kids.

I know it’s hard not to do, and it’s something that just happens, just like we compare ourselves to others. I worried and compared Bode to other kids until Molly came along, and then I realized that every kid is different, their own shapes and sizes. Their own personalities and quarks. And they are all wonderful and magical little humans.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I think I’ve mentioned this before but I have a huge fascination with Mt. Everest. I love watching documentaries and following the live updates from base camp online. I don’t know if I’d ever want to summit Mt. Everest, but I’d love to trek to base camp and see it in person.

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