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December Motivating MOM of the Month

We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for December! Each month we 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 Jill Tamminga from our Burke village!

“Jill is an integral member of the Burke Early Birds (Body Back). She pushes herself hard every class and encourages those around her. I love having Jill in class because she is a true leader, willing to jump into the hardest of workouts with enthusiasm and takes on challenges to increase the intensity. Plus, she does it all with an incredible smile! She really is a motivating mom!”

~ Megan Schmid, Body Back Instructor

“I love working out with Jill! She is always encouraging and up for conversation, even at 5:15am. She challenges herself and others in class. Her determination is clear. We love having her and Jojo in our Stroller Strides village as well. She is always there to help when you need it and sets a great example as a mom of three kiddos!”

~Jenny Bezos, Burke Playgroup Captain

“Jill is a Wonder Woman! She always comes to her workouts with a smile and determination to reach her fitness goals! I am truly inspired by her and her passion for life! Way to go, my sweat sista, Jill! We love you!”

~Candice Agustin, Stroller Strides Instructor

Who are the members of your family and where are you originally from?

My husband is Pete and we have Max who is 8, Tess who is 6, and Josephine who is 17 months. My Dad was in the Navy when I was growing up, so I lived in many different places. My parents have retired in Southern Maryland, so that is now home.

When was your first Fit4Mom class and what do you remember about it?

My first Fit4Mom class was back in June 2012 out in California. I actually remember the day before my first class more than the actual class. We had just moved to CA and it was my husband’s first day of work. I put 2-yr-old Max and 6-month-old Tess in the double stroller and walked across the street to the park. While there, I saw the class. I specifically remembered seeing one mom’s bright orange shoes. We ended up at the swings together and I’m so glad I asked the question! The next day was my first class and I was hooked! I went to three classes a week for the next two years, did a couple sessions of Body Back, and eventually became an instructor. I was so glad to find this Fit4Mom when we moved here in May 2018!

Where can we find you? What is your Fit4Mom routine these days?

I’m a Burke girl! I try to get to as many classes at Abiding Presence as I can and go to Springfield Town Center occasionally as well.

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

My career was a Naval Flight Officer in the US Navy. An NFO is like Goose, expect my plane was the E-2C Hawkeye (not the much cooler F-14 Tomcat). It’s the Command and Control aircraft for the Carrier Air Group - all the planes that fly off aircraft carriers. I stayed in for 11 years before deciding that being home with Max was far more important. Then I was a Defense Contractor, a Stroller Strides instructor, and a Sales Rep for my brother’s company over the next 6 years (not at the same time!). Now, I am a stay at home mom!

What are 3 of your favorite things?

A good book, hugs from my little people, a good glass of wine

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

Get a pedicure while reading outdated social magazines, go shopping for me, and eat sushi while reading a good book.

What has being a mom taught you?

Two big things: 1. Things are not necessarily on the timeline I think they should be on and that’s OK! It will happen eventually. 2. It’s OK to let go sometimes. The kitchen can wait!

What is your funniest or most embarrassing mommy moment so far?

At the acceptance interview for Max’s daycare when he was 10 weeks old, his diaper leaked all over my shirt just before I went in to meet with the director. Tess’ potty training did not go very well and anytime I left her with someone else, she pooped her pants! I left the basement door open here in this house and 11-month-old Jo tumbled down the 10 (thankfully carpeted) stairs. Yes, she was fine, but I did call the doctor to make sure.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Have fun and give yourself a break - it’s not going to be perfect all the time.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM? What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

Of course, the workouts are amazing, but it is all about the village! Knowing there are moms that I trust in the same situations that I can complain to, commiserate with, and get advice from is such a relief! I would tell another mom that the workouts are bonus - it’s the other moms that make it amazing.

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