Tell us about yourself and your family.
I met my husband in Japan while I was teaching on Yokosuka Naval Base and he was working on the Reagan TDY for 5 months. We met 2 months into my 2.5 year contract. Long distance between two countries was pretty difficult and I logged a ton of flying time for visits but it was well worth it. We got married in Vegas in December 2017 and welcomed our daughter in Japan in March 2018. She will be 1 this month...how did that year go so fast?? We moved back to Washington in June.
What surprised you the most once you became a mom?
After being a teacher for 13 years, I thought my patience was all but gone. Willa rejuvenated it and now I’m more patient than I have been in a very long time!
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it? Both Body Back and Stroller Strides/Barre.
I joined FIT4MOM because my wonderful friend Chelsea knew I was struggling with being a first time mom, moving to a new state with no family or friends and being uncomfortable with my baby weight. Stroller Strides got me out of the house, allowed me to vent and socialize with other women. I needed an outlet and Stroller Strides and Barre absolutely provided that. How amazing that I could bring Willa with me and still get a great workout! Then I found Body Back and oh man, did it challenge me! One hour of intense training...baby free. The best part of the classes is that you give what you can. You can level up any of the exercises depending on how you feel that day. The instructors support you throughout every class and become part of your journey.
What would you tell someone thinking about joining?
Tie your shoes, pack the snacks and get here. You won’t regret it! The first step is showing up :)
Any words of wisdom for other moms?
Ask for help if you need it. There is always someone who is willing to give advice, help or a hug.
What is your favorite go to piece of baby/kid gear?
Lately it has been Veggie Straws, they are the cure for everything...does that count? Also, any toy that makes noise has been effective at keeping Willa entertained.
What are your 3 favorite things?
- Family time
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!
I wanted to be a detective when I grew up...I still do! I devour military mystery books and think I would look pretty cool with a badge.