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September Mom of the Month-Rachel DeMarco

Tell us about yourself and your family.

I’m mom to two silly and amazing kids, Vincent and Madeline, ages 5 and 3.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

That my son could pee across the entire bathroom while sitting on the potty!

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

I had heard of FIT4MOM for a few years from friends in multiple places we’ve lived. About a year and a half ago, I bought a free month of classes at a charity auction when a local friend kept telling me to come try a class. I thought I would test it out for a month and just see what happened. From the first class I knew this was something I didn’t realize I was missing from my life, but definitely needed to be a part of. The village of moms is such an amazing support system. Being able to find workouts that fit into my schedule, with my kids at my side is exciting enough, but the community is the real reason I regret not joining sooner.

You attend to of our programs. What do you love about Body Back and what do you love about Stroller Strides?

I love the community of women I’ve found in both programs. Stroller Strides is great for getting out of the house, other adults to talk to, friend time for the little ones and to make sure I’m getting my body moving regularly. It was a great way for me to get back to taking care of myself after focusing on the kids first for so many years.

The women I’ve participated in Body Back with are so inspirational for me. Taking time for yourself is hard as a mom, but I’ve realized how important it really is. Surrounding myself with other women who push themselves to be stronger at every class has helped me to become stronger than I ever though I could be. Physically I’m stronger now in my 30’s after have 2 c-sections than I was in my 20’s.

What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

Don’t be afraid to come try a class, no matter what age your kids are. Whatever reason might hold you back: If you think your baby won’t stay calm, or your toddler won’t sit still, or your preschooler will be bored… You aren’t the only one and there are other mommas in all stage of life and motherhood right there beside you.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

When your life seems busy or overwhelming, make sure to schedule in the fun times too. Whether it's a big adventure, popcorn and a movie on the couch, or just a walk around the block. your kids and YOU need fun in your life.

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

With busy elementary and preschool kids, snack and lunchboxes are our go to items right now. We love the LunchBots line of stainless steel bento boxes.

What are your 3 favorite things?

Coffee, wine and books.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us!

I speak French and lived in Paris for two summers.