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Heather and family! We have been so lucky to have you on board as a Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and Body Back instructor over the past year. You have been such a wonderful part of our village and we will truly miss you, Matt, Wesley, and Brooklyn. We know you will continue your journey helping others! Enjoy your time in South Carolina!

“Heather leads challenging, motivational workouts that are fun for mamas and kids. We were acting like animals one day and bear hunting the next. I’ll miss her encouragement and support in getting healthier!”

~Joy Robb, Woodbridge Stroller Strides/Barre Mama and Stroller Barre Instructor

“Heather is an amazing instructor and person! She has made classes fun and also works our butts off! She brings a smile and cheers everyone on. She is like our personal cheerleader! She will be greatly missed by everyone!”

~Reba Poskey, Woodbridge Play Group Captain

“Heather has been an amazing instructor that sure made a mama feel good about themselves. As an instructor, she pushed me to do my best and concentrate on me for an hour and that made me feel so good, even though it was hard. At our field trips, she took the time to stay longer just so I wasn’t there alone (because I was always late). Heather is an incredible woman, a strong mama, a loving friend, and I will miss her dearly. Good luck and I hopt to visit you soon!”

~Samantha Williams, Woodbridge Stroller Strides/Barre Mama

“Heather’s ability to marry her vast fitness knowledge and keep babies entertained is second to none! Her workouts are creative and incorporate something for both mom and baby to enjoy! Her presence will be deeply missed!”

~Tory Caudill, Woodbridge Stroller Strides/Barre Mama

Lest but not least a note from Heather to Our Village

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“Fit4Mom has been everything in my life that I didn’t know I needed! As a military family, we move around quite a bit. It is difficult moving somewhere without any close relatives or family. I knew we would only be here for about a year so I wasn’t really expecting to find many friends in the area. Not only did I find friends…I found a village. My Village! During my time here, I not only grew as an instructor...I grew as a mother, a friend, a spouse, and I gained my sense of self back after having my second baby (Body Back for the win!). My children have also experience the amazingness that is Fit4Mom! This is their village too! Words cannot express how much you have all meant to me over the last year. I only hope I can find other women as amazing as you have been as we transition to our new home in South Carolina. Thank you all for your support, encouragement, and love over the past 12 months! I wish all of you, your children, and your families the very best now and in the future.”

~Heather Hamtak, Woodbridge Stroller Strides/Barre and Body Back Instructor

#strollerstrides #strollerbarre #bodyback #fit4mom #fitmom #fitmomsrock #militarylife #militaryspouse #militaryfamily #movingwiththemilitary #awesometeammember #youwillbemissed

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How we become mothers looks different for everyone. I love to listen to women’s stories because each one is so unique to them. My husband and I were married over twelve years before we had our son. We were trying for nine and a half of those years, we did six years of infertility treatments and had even been approved to adopt. My husband is in the Navy and so it keeps us on the move a lot, especially lately.

After all of the ups and downs of infertility treatments, adoption paperwork, interviews and everything that goes with getting approved we received our letter to be listed as an adoptive family three days before we moved out of our house in Chesapeake, Virginia and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. That meant that our home study approval was no longer valid.

While checking into the hospital in Hawaii the doctor told me that I should take a test during my next cycle and the test may show some other options while we wait the nine months to get into their IVF program. Well, my cycle never came because I was pregnant! I was stunned because of everything we had gone through to get be approved for IVF.

However, I would not let myself get excited just yet because I had been told in Virginia that I had a ninety percent chance of having an ectopic pregnancy. Let me tell you the day that I saw that baby where he needed to be, my heart soared and I was so grateful. I never thought the day would come. We waited to tell our family once we hit the second trimester, this was easy because we were at least three thousand miles out in the middle of The Pacific. It was fun to see everyone’s reactions after so long of waiting for us to have a kiddo.

Once I knew my due date and did the math it was just over a month after my husband was scheduled to leave for deployment. Our hearts sank, because my husband would not be there to experience the birth of his child. We continued to prepare for our little monkey’s arrival between my husband’s ship coming and going for sea trails. I kept telling myself that I was not the first woman to have to deal with this and I will not be the last. So, just like any momma about to give birth I made a plan and found people that I was comfortable with to have in the room with me.

Our little monkey, came February 2015 just over a month early. My husband was still out to sea doing more trails with the ship, but he arrived home the next day with just enough time before deployment to take his paternity leave. He deployed February 14th. This was not our first deployment, but it was definitely the hardest one for me to say goodbye to him. I was so scared, overwhelmed, exhausted, you name the emotion I was feeling it! Ok so maybe some of it was postpartum hormones, but hey what are you going to do.

Shortly after my husband left on deployment we received orders to Naples, Italy. So, while trying to figure out how to be a new mom I worked my way through the hoops that you have to jump through to move over seas. It was a crazy time to say the least. However, I learned to reach out and ask for help from people that I barely knew, but they offered and I needed it. It was hard, humbling and man what a blessing. I found strength that I never knew that I had. I learned that just because there are all these suggestions and “should do’s” that I know what works best for me and my kiddo and it is important for me to stand strong and confident in that. I am so grateful for that seven months of deployment but I am so glad that it is in the past.

Italy brought it’s own struggles, not having access to the same things that I had gotten used to as mommy comforts in the US. Having a ten month old and having no idea where to take him for activities. This was the first time that we had done a move with a kiddo. I ended up waving the white flag of surrender and hired a mommy’s helper, she was the best thing ever. She would come and love on my kiddo while I was able to put the house together, take a breath, read a book for a min or whatever. Ladies, the best thing ever, ever, ever, was when I finally broke down and hired a cleaning lady. Every two weeks she came with her helper, they spent three hours polishing the apartment from top to bottom while I sat and played with my kiddo. Mind you, I could not get the service here or at least for the same price versus value, but in that moment that is what I needed. To think I initially felt guilty for it, that is crazy. It gave me life when I really needed.

We have moved two more times since then. Before my son turned three he had five homes and moved four times. It was a crazy couple of years to say the least and I am grateful that things have calmed down, for now at least. Side note, this is not typically the rotation for most military, it is just happened for us that way because of where my husband was at in his career path and then he changed career paths.

I have learned you will be a happier momma if you find something that makes you happy. Lately for me it is sleeping in when my husband is home from work. You are the best momma for your kiddo, even on your worst days. When you feel refreshed you can be a better momma. Don’t be afraid to ask or accept help when you need it, it can truly be a blessing to you and the other person. Try and find other momma’s who have kiddos that are similar ages to your kiddos. I find that I feel a little less crazy when I see another momma of a three year old dealing with a similar issue that I am.

As much as I love to hear about how women became moms, I also love to hear things that work for them as mommas. I learn so much from each momma I talk to. I am always trying to find new ways to teach my kiddo. That is a huge reason why I love the Fit4Mom community because it is just that, a community of woman that are there with you and going through the same thing with you. I am so grateful to have found Fit4Mom so early in our tour here in the DC area you ladies rock my socks.

#IVFbaby #miraclebaby #militarymom #militarylife #fit4mom #fit4momvillage #dcmoms #fitmoms #militarymovesaroundtheworld #finallypregnant #thankyouforallyoudo #adoption #becomingmom

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Get to know one of our awesome Team Members, Katie Taves! We have an amazing, dedicated and talented team of moms here at FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa, and we want you to get to know a little more about each one of them. So for July, we'll put the spotlight on Katie Taves, Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre Instructor for our Springfield/Kingstowne Village.

Katie was the first instructor I took a class from and she was welcoming and provided modifications for me when needed. Katie is encouraging and isn’t hesitant to try new things during a workout. Katie is very sweet and always asks questions about my child and how she is doing. I enjoy my work outs and feel as though she pushes me!

~Mandy Welch, Springfield Village

Katie was one of the first good friends I made at Stroller Strides nearly two years ago. When I’m running late (nearly every morning) I can always count on her friendly smile to brighten my morning. I love that Katie make us count out loud…and calls us out when we’re not loud enough! My 2 year old can now count to 20 and down from 10 because of it! Kati is an unbelievable mother, a motivation instructor, overall rockstar…and have you seen her biceps??

~Emily McCrory

Read on to get to know more about Katie and her time with FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa.

1. Who are the members of your family?

Myself, husband Kurt, and 2 year old Grayson

2. Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in NoVa?

I’m originally from Virginia Beach and after we got married, we moved to NOVA. We’ve been in the area about 7 years now.

3. Where do you typically teach?

Kingstowne and Springfield Mall

4. Tell us your story about how/why you became an instructor for Fit4Mom LSBW NoVa.

I joined Fit4Mom as a member when Grayson was 6 weeks old. About a year later, I became an instructor. A few close mom friends from the village moved away, and part of me felt like I might stop coming to classes even though I knew it was important for Grayson and I. I have a fitness instructing background, so I knew as an instructor it’d keep me coming and I’d have to show up for other moms!

5. What is your favorite thing to teach?

Stroller Strides. It’s fun for mamas and kiddos and at the same time a great workout.

6. What is the BEST thing about being an instructor?

The example we’re setting for the little ones. I love when the kids are old enough to say “Go, mama, go!”

7. What is your WHY? Why do you keep doing what you do?

Staying connected to other moms. Of course I’d heard it, but I didn’t actually realize how important having a “village” is in motherhood.

8. What is one of your current wellness goals?

I ran a lot before I had Grayson, and it’s something I’d really like to get back into. I’d like to be ready for a 10k by the fall.

9. What is a fun fact that many may not know about you?

I’ve always loved dance and used to teach Zumba!

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I was hospitalized two months before my due date and my daughter was a preemie. My daughter spent two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Even though I bonded with the NICU staff and I knew she was receiving top notch care, those two weeks were emotionally and physically draining. I'm a clinical psychologist, and I knew I had the baby blues. As a mental health professional, I knew how common baby blues were and I also knew I had to do something before it evolved into post-partum depression. I talked to the NICU social worker and we discussed my strengths and what I needed in order to feel better. I am an active person and I had a very active pregnancy. Sitting around and not exercising was stressful for me. I was itching to work out again, but I knew I had to wait for my body to heal from pushing out a little human. While I was in workout limbo, I made my behavioral activation plan and began researching workout options. I looked up several gym/workout options, and then I found Fit4Mom.

At first, I had very low expectations of a stroller workout program and thought it would just be a bunch of moms with strollers walking around the mall while sipping on lattes (not that there's anything wrong with that), but I didn't care, I thought I'd be out of the house and walking with my baby near me. Then I went to my first Stroller Strides session and it blew me away! I loved the circuit training, body weight/cardio mix with nursery rhymes and baby friendly songs. I definitely got my sweat on/heart rate up and it helped me feel better physically. The other aspect I didn't expect was how much it would help me emotionally. Fit4Mom provided a great sense of community with other moms. I learned so much about motherhood from talking to these moms and the community was so supportive. Sleep regression? No problem, here's what to do. Difficulty breast feeding? No problem, try this. The conversations ranged from baby specific issues like dealing with acid reflux to just chatting about our day, and yes, we often had lattes after the workout. I had a place to be every day at 0915. This program gave me structure and a reason to leave the house every day and interacting with other moms who understood or at least heard my struggles. Between my baby being home (out of the hospital) and making big preemie gains, and the physical exercise and social support of Fit4Mom, I was feeling like me again. I ended up loving my maternity leave time, largely because of the connections I made during this time. Fit4Mom became my village and these mommas were instrumental in getting me get back to good after a very difficult time. I encourage any new mommas who are willing to be active and who may find themselves feeling stressed out or isolated during maternity leave to give it a try. I promise you, it's more than walking around the mall drinking lattes! It's a workout community, it's a mom community, and it's a village.

#strollerstrides #fitmoms #maternityleave #workingmom #strongmom #navymom #activedutymom #nicu #preemie #babyblues #postpartumdepression #myvillage #mystrength #findingmeagain #meafterbaby #FIT4MOM #Fit4MomLSBWKNoVa

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Motivating MOM of the month July

We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for July! Each month we will take a moment to honor one of our local FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa Moms for her efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle and for her dedication to the program. This month we honor Kathy Murphy from our Woodbridge village!

Kathy just makes me happy! It has bene such a pleasure to watch her conquering her post-pregnancy fitness goals over the past year - with hubby and baby in tow! I’m so proud to count her among our weekend warrior women, and can’t wait to see what the next year brings for her and her beautiful family.

~Heather Hilton, River Mill Park Stroller Strides Instructor

Kathy always comes to class with a smile on her face and the cutest little guy (Jackson) in her stroller! I’m so happy I have been able to see her more often over her summer vacation. Her smile brightens my day! I had the pleasure of participating in the Run club with her in the spring as well. She amaze me with how hard she works…she just never stops. She is so strong and such a wonderful role model for her son. Keep going, Kathy, you are awesome!

~Heather Hamtak, Woodbridge Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre Instructor

Kathy truly understands balance. She teaches young children all week - a job that demands an incredible amount of patience and creativity, and can be very tiring. She does all of this while training with both her husband and son for Run Club races. Plus, she knows how to have fun! She always has a big smile on her face which make everyone happy around her. I just love being around Kathy and the whole Murphy clan!

~Robin Houlahan, Run Club Coach and Stroller Strides Instructor

Where are you originally from?

I am a born and raised Northern Virginian. I grew up in Springfield, VA.

When did you join FIT4MOM?

April 2017 with Fit4Baby

What classes do you attend?

During the school year, I am a weekend warrior at River Mill Park/Potomac Mills. During the summer, I can add Stroller Barre/Stroller Strides at Potomac Mills. I also have done the last two sessions of Run Club.

Who is your workout buddy and their age?

My workout buddy is my 13 month old son, Jackson. On the weekends, my husband, Ethan, joins me for the Saturday Family classes (when he can).

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

What isn't there to love about FIT4MOM?!? I get to work out with my child and have fun doing it. I get to meet other moms who are also going through very similar things. THe Mom's night outs that I have done have been a blast. Adding Run Club has allowed me to build up my stamina for running again.

How has FIT4MOM changed your lifestyle choices?

FIT4MOM has given me the chance to begin to instill a healthy lifestyle in my son. Even though he is only 13 months old, he is watching what we are doing. I want him to be healthy and active and the best way I can do that is be healthy and active myself.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

For the past nine years, I was a special education teacher in Fairfax County. Next school year, I will make the move closer to home (yay, shorter commutes!) and will be a special education teacher in Prince William County.

Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?

100% yes! It is very important to be a part of a village! Having a sounding board when your child is doing something and you need advice from others is vital. There's no right answers sometimes, but knowing that others have gone through these stages and say it's going to be okay is so helpful. It's getting to meet people, who just so happen to live in your neighborhood, and become friends with them. And then it's seeing your little one begin to develop a friendship and interact with others at playgroup or after class.

What is your favorite beverage?

Have to have my coffee every day.

What is your favorite dessert?

Cupcakes!

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?

Take my husband and hop on our bikes and go out for a nice, long bike ride on the W & OD trail. We did that all the time pre-Jackson and look forward to getting out there again when Jackson is just a tad bit older.

What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?

Germany and Ireland.

How has becoming a mother changed you?

I've definitely learned to try my hardest to separate my home from my work life (which as a teacher is REALLY hard to do). Now, since Jackson is more aware of things, he's taught me to live in the moment and enjoy the small things.

I am happiest when...my family is happy.

#teacherlife #teachermom #motherhoodisreal #momofthemonth #supermom #fit4mom #fitmom #strollerstridesforthewin #ourvillageisyourvillage #findyourtribeandlovethemhard #lifelongfriendships #motherhoodsupport #weloveallmoms #allthemoms #runclub #bikingisawesome #welovefit4mom

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Aloha and laki maika’i Kellie and family! We have been so lucky to have Kellie on board as a Stroller Strides instructor over the past 6 months. She helped us to launch our Red Line/Hidden Pond locations and has been such a huge part of our village. We will truly miss her, Mika, and Bear. Enjoy your time in Hawaii!

“Kellie is always positive and kind. I love that she’s always flexible with her plans, and supportive of the mamas in class.”

~ Laura Wooley Davis, Burke/Hidden Pond Stroller Strides Mama

“From the first day I started class, Kellie made me feel at home. She was so kind and welcoming. It felt like she was a lifelong friend and not an instructor. I love how caring she is with each individual mama. Classes will definitely not be the same without her strength and motivation.”

~Miriam Hamilton, Hidden Pond Stroller Strides Mama

“Kellie always puts together a hard workout, but she did it with a smile on her face, so she’d trick you into enjoying it! She was always so wonderful with getting Henry to laugh and stay calm during class, so it was easier to have fun with the workout.”

~Leanor Cimino Alt, Hidden Pond/Burke Stroller Strides Mama

“Fit4mom has not only bene a wonderful experience, it has changed my life. When I first stumbled upon a stroller strides class, I had no idea what to expect. The workouts were intense and being able to bring my kids with me was a game changer. To this day my kids sing my favorite song from that very first class Shannon taught, and still continue to ask when we are going to the next! I never in a million years dreamed I would be an instructor, but with such a great group of women on my team, how could I not? I will dearly miss Fit4mom and all the friends I have made. I will miss my team even more as they have been a great group of women to be a part of. Thank you so much Shannon for everything, to my team of wonderful women, and all of my Fit4Mom friends! You truly are an inspiration and I’m so glad I go to be a part of this village!”

~Kelli Buck-Izquierdo, Stroller Strides Instructor

#wewillmissyoukellie #greatteam #dreamteam #farewellaufwiedersehengoodbye #seeyousoon #Fit4MomLSBWKNoVa #alohahawaii #thankyouforallyoudo

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No matter what your background was before, being a mom is hard work. We all were busy and successful women before that little baby changed us into Mom. Little did I know, no matter how grand my plans and thoughts, that even something that I love, like exercise, would not be so easy to fit into my new life.

Finding Fit4Mom has been such a huge blessing in my life and I almost let my ego get the best of me and not join this amazing tribe. I am often coy about what my non mom job is- I am a personal trainer and a Captain in the Army Reserve. Fitness and exercise has always been a huge part of my life so the fact that I was struggling with it post baby really shocked me. I worked out though my entire pregnancy and just assumed I would jump back into my routine as soon as I was able. Well once Jack was here, I did want to workout, but I had a much harder time than I anticipated getting into a routine. And this is where Fit4Mom comes into my story.

I never thought I would need, let alone want to be part of a group like Fit4Mom. After the holidays, I realized I needed to change something because I wasn’t happy. I needed to exercise with more regularity and I needed more mom friends. I generally knew that Stroller Strides was a thing but that was the end of my knowledge. Thank goodness for Google and I was quickly connected with the Springfield franchise.

Signing up was most definitely a move outside my comfort zone- I had never been a fan of group exercise, I am not a joiner and am fairly shy socially, and I just wasn’t sure what I was going to think of the workout. I very quickly realized that this was an amazing group of women who are incredibly supportive of each other and the workout isn’t something to sneeze at. I was hooked after one workout and I have not looked back since. There are very few places were blowouts and burpees go side by side, and here it is a seamless union.

Finding your groove as a mom is no easy task. For me, there is no question, that Fit4Mom has not only moved me out of comfort zone, but into made me a better mom and happier person. And for that I am forever grateful.

#firsttimemom #welcometomotherhood #beingmomishard #findingyourgroove #postnatalfitness #mommyandme #exercisewithbaby #findyourtribe #ourvillage #strollerstrides #fitmoms #fitmom #fit4mom #fitmomsrock #allstagesofmotherhood #moveoutofyourcomfortzone

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Transitioning between pregnancy to post-partum takes a lot of adjusting! Not only mentally for the mother, but physically as well. Of course lack of sleep, restless nights, milk production, constantly carrying a newborn, and recovery from labor are all part of the physical, but there are also changes happening internally that we don't often address until symptoms arise. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin is released throughout the body to affect ligaments and joints to help open the pelvis during labor and delivery. It is a common reason why women feel discomforts and pains through their pregnancy. After a baby is born, the hormone continues to circulate in smaller amounts, as the body returns to it's new "normal" state. This process can take months and can often times lead to other pains that a new mom may experience, especially when coupled with cradling a new born, breastfeeding, and sometimes less desirable sleeping positions. New moms may feel joint pains that they have not experienced before. Although it is common, it does not need to be normal. Your body is going through a lot of changes and addressing proper stability and mobility of your joints can be helped with chiropractic care and proper rehabilitation. Chiropractic care, through adjustments and manipulations, can help correct spinal restrictions and restore normal muscle balance.

Commonly, we see new moms in the office with lingering pelvic or low back pain or new onset of neck and shoulder pain. Radiating pain into the leg, such as sciatica, can also occur post-partum. These symptoms can be evaluated, addressed and treated by a chiropractor. Coupled with proper exercises, it can be an effective way to help with pain instead of medication. We take into consideration mode of delivery and symptoms during pregnancy during the initial evaluation for a more comprehensive exam that will help focus treatment and therapy for each new mom.

#fit4mom #prenatalfitness #postnatalfitness #themotherhoodisreal #fit4momlsbwknova #strollerstrides #strollerbarre #fit4baby #bodyback #takingcareofyou #exercise #chiropractor #post-partum

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We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for June! Each month we will take a moment to honor one of our local FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa Moms for her efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle and for her dedication to the program. This month we honor Amy Gamulo from our Burke village!

I have made some great friends since joining Fit4Mom and Amy is definitely one of them! Pushing a stroller with 2, sometimes 3 kiddos, challenging herself physically during a workout, and making everyone she meets feel included and special…all with a big smile on her face! This lady has got it going on! I admire her on the daily for the kindness, humor, and strength she radiates! I always look forward to working out, chatting, and laughing with her almost every day during and after class. Thank you Amy for being YOU! Love ya!

~Candice Agustin, Burke Stroller Strides Instructor

Amy is our resident pun queen! We are so happy she decided to join us and share her killer humourand workout skills with us last year. Since then, she’s added to her crew by caring for her niece each day and we are so impressed that she is juggling three kids on a regular basis. Amy, thanks for keeping us laughing and thank your kiddo for keeping my kid entertained during class!

~Jenny Bezos, Burke Playgroup Captain

Where are you originally from?

I grew up near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and moved down here five years ago to be with my husband. I go home occasionally to stock up on maple syrup!

When did you join FIT4MOM?

I joined FIT4MOM in March 2017.

What classes do you attend?

I am almost always at the Burke Stroller Strides and Barre classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. My four-year-old, Teddy, gets so excited when I tell him it's an exercise class day: he loves seeing all his FIT4MOM friends!

Who is your workout buddy and their age?

My tagalongs are Teddy (4), Charlie (1.5), and my niece, Ellie (4 months), who I watch during the day while my sister is at work.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

Just one?! The people. The workouts. The motivation. The instructors. The bonds. The sharing. The baby holding. The Moms Nights Out. The inclusion. The squats. The squats. The squats. The bubbles! The field trips! The Village.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

I was a teacher, a lifetime ago. Then I worked for the International Monetary Fund when I moved here.

Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?

I didn't want to like FIT4MOM. I didn't want to be part of a moms' club! But after my first class, I couldn't stop thinking about the group of moms who seemed so tight. I wanted (needed!) to be a part of that! And now I am (sorry, Candice, for being a part of such a close-knit village that I sometimes chat during class!).

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?

Ugh, declutter the house, without "helpers." Yes, I'm that kind of exciting.

I am happiest when...’

...the people around me are happy. And the house is clean.

#FIT4MOM #themotherhoodisreal #strengthinmotherhood#Fit4MomLSBWKNoVa #ourvillageisyourvillage#motivatingmomofthemonth

#May2018MOM #thanksforyourdedication #ourmomsrock#momfriends

#strollerstrides #strollerbarre #allthemoms

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Your proud wives, daughters, granddaughters, sisters & friends!

It is time to celebrate all of the men in our lives! Whether it is a father, husband, uncle, family friend, grandfather, and more - many of us have men we look up to and want to celebrate this weekend. Here are a few words of thanks and appreciation from our Fit4Mom family!

My husband works so hard, and then comes home and is an amazing father and husband. One of my favorite parts of the day is watching the kids’ faces light up when he gets home. I couldn’t ask for a more loving and supportive partner. Love you to the moon and back! - Jenna

My husband is the most involved father. He is so busy with work, but always makes time to do special activities with the girls! - Victoria Redman

I appreciate that my husband goes above and beyond at night, even after a full day of work. - Jess Short

My dad would drop whatever he is doing to come fly down and help me if I ever needed his help.

Seeing the exchange of love in your eyes to hers as you walk through the door at the end of the day brightens my world. Thank you for being an amazing father to our two beautiful girls! - Emily

My husband was a man who didn’t necessarily want to have children- he didn’t care either way. Now that he is a Dad, he just loves it. He is fun, loving, caring, and the ultimate “Tickle Monster.”

My father taught me how to take care of my car, how to find treasures in the world around me, and how to take a spontaneous adventure. My husband shows me the value of patience, the importance of a good plan, and intense love for our sons every day. Both of these men are incredible examples of what it means to be a dad. Happy Father’s Day! - Laura Davis

My husband is my favorite “father figure.” He is a hard worker who puts his family first, and we are grateful. -Kate

I couldn’t be more grateful to have had the best dad in the world, who showed me what a true man and father is, and loved me into who I am today. I wish him a happy Father’s Day in heaven. I know he is proud of the amazing father my husband is becoming, and how he always puts us first. - Lauren Nguyen

My husband, Matt, deserves a huge shout out from me because there are no limits to his dedication and hard work for our family. Love you, husband! - Stephanie Curl

I am so grateful to my husband for his enduring patience and extreme love for our children. In particular, he patiently cuddles with our four year old until he falls asleep and if needed, crawls back into that toddler bed in the middle of the night.

To my Husband, Thank you for loving all the crazy! We appreciate you! - Candice and your girls

I’m so blessed to have a dad that has taught me the most important life lessons: live every moment to the fullest and don’t stress over things you can’t control. He’s the best! - Abbe Minor

I admire my husband’s dedication to our family. He works hard to support us and tries to do all he can to spend time with myself and the kids. Best Dad and Husband Ever! - Melissa D’Avilar

Nick is an amazing dad that gives everything to us! - Cassie Morrell

Jordan is the best best for Wyatt and keeps things fun and silly! - Jessica Bonds

Chris is always able to make the kids laugh, no matter their mood! - Kelly L.

Clayton never loses his cool- even when both kids are screaming!” - Laura D.

I appreciate that my husband gets home from work and goes straight into daddy time until our baby goes to bed. He also does all of the dishes so I can have “me” time at night”.

Andrew will always let me have “me time” every day by giving our baby a 30 minute bath while I relax.

I appreciate that my husband puts his family girls first at any expense. He supports me as a mom, especially while breastfeeding.

He helps me find the time to work out for my mental and physical well-being!

He always tries to make me smile, sings silly songs, and takes care of yard work.

My husband supports breastfeeding and pumping. He always makes sure the bottles and pump parts are clean. He helps with everything and all of the hard nights.

He is so loving and thoughtful with our son!

I appreciate that you let me sleep and feed me.

He is our rock! The best parent and role model we could ask for. We love you!

Dad, thank you for being my guiding star throughout my life and an amazing G-Pa to all of your grandchildren. We love you! - Love, Emily

I am grateful for my fahte’rs musical influence. I appreciate all the sacrifices.

Dear Hubby, Thank you for going above and beyond to take care of our babies. I appreciate the true partnership and how you never feel that parenting is a mommy-only job. Thank you for waking up in the middle of the night, outings, and everything else you do! - Dana

I’m grateful for Jamil coming to work out with me. I think we are setting a good example for our baby.

I appreciate when my husband washes the bottles.

Feliz Dia de Papi! Happy Father’s Day! Thank you for taking care of baby girl so I can go to sleep at 6pm J We love you with all our hearts!

Dear Dad, I am grateful for always being there me, for being a role model, and someone who my son can look up to.

My husband and my dad - Hardworking Handy men!

Thank you dad for teaching me so much and supporting me.

Mike (Dada), for being such a fun dad.

Dad - Mr. Mom for me and my sibilings - cooking, laundry, kids taxi service, wedding planning- EVERYTHING!

Supporting, loving, fun!

Always knows what to say to make me feel better.

Jordan - for teaching me how to have fun and be silly! - Jessica

My husband - he’s caring and fun.

He lets his wife sleep in on the weekends and cooks dinner!

Husband- Career goal setting

My dad gave me a love of science and math.

Jeff Summers (Dad)- Thanks for teaching me independence. - Cate Ware

The father figure in my life that I’d like to thank is my husband. He’s an amazing father to our baby daughter - he showers her with love, has spur of the moment dance parties with her to make her smile, writes her stories that he turns into books, and so much more. He is usch a great support to me- he has taken over a lot of the cooking to make sure I get fed while I focus on breastfeeding. He changes diapers in the middle of the night so I can get an extra r5 minutes of sleep before the next feeding and he tries to get me to nap (even when I fight it!). He encourages me to take time for myself and values fitness as a family. - Jen Ward

To my husband Jeff. You are truly a great role model for our little Julia. She is learning so many valuable lessons from you about trust, integrity, honesty, importance of family ties, and that a family's work together to overcome all the daily challenges of our hectic lifestyles. And most importantly she's learning that the NAP always comes first - otherwise it might not get done! Thank you for all your support on this crazy ride with me! ~Shannon