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Motivating MOM of the Month

"Amy is amazing! No matter what’s going on in her life she’s committed to coming to class and giving 200% every single time. She always has a kind word to say, she is super motivating, and she does an awesome job keeping the energy high in class. When I first started teaching, she was so kind as to offer words of encouragement about how the class went. I will never forget how gratifying it was to have a long time client take time out of her day to message telling you she loved class, or meditation, or whatever. That is just the type of mama she is, handling her own (and rocking it) and looking out for others as well." - Liviya Piccione-Sand, Body Back Instructor

"Amy is a Rockstar! She works hard and is sure to take time for herself each week, despite having 3 kids (including a set of twins!) and an intense job. She has little time for herself, yet makes sure that her health is a top priority. On top of that, she is truly one of the kindest people I know. She is always motivating others, shows up and gives 110%, and has a great sense of humor. I love having her in class each week!" - Jenna Parkhurst, Body Back Instructor

" ‘Do we have any weights heavier than 10lbs?’ This is what Amy asked me at a recent Body Back class. Thinking back to Amy’s very first class in January 2018, she told me she didn’t think she could do 20 reps with those 10lb weights. Look at you now, Amy! I am so proud of how hard you have worked. Your strength and more important your confidence is at an all time high! You always prioritize time for your health but also enjoy life and have mastered that balance. I love seeing you in class and seeing your determination as you push yourself a little past comfortable! We are so lucky to have have you as part of our village! But don’t worry, I’ll have those 15lb weights for you next class;)." - Krista Long, Body Back Instructor

"Amy is one of the most determined women that I have ever met. She is my superhero mom. Nearly 5 years of being a client, I have seen her go through many phases, changes, and struggles and has ended them all in success! She makes it all look so easy. Being a mom of three littles under the age of five is quite the task. With little Mr. Z she was a first-time mom, and oh, by the way, also working on her PhD. I was so proud of her once she graduated. Over the last year, I have seen her make the most positive transformation of all. Body Back has given her so much confidence, strength, and empowerment to help her realize what she is made of! I’m so grateful to have her in my life." - Shannon Link, Franchise Owner

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

My family includes my husband, Matthew, my 4.5-year-old son, Zachary, and my twins, Max and Madison (Maddie), who are almost 2.5. We also live with our amazing au pair, Maxmiliana, who is originally from Brazil. I am originally from Long Island, NY, and much of my family still lives up there. I’ll always consider myself a New Yorker, even though we’ve lived in Northern Virginia for 13 years now.

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

My first Fit4Mom class was all the way back in January 2015 when Zachary was about 9 weeks old. It was when Shannon had just started her franchise a few months prior, so we were a small group doing Stroller Strides at Melina’s Dancing Garden in Lorton. I was desperate to work out and get back in shape and also to connect with other moms. I remember thinking that the moms seemed so friendly and had clearly formed some great friendships already, and I desperately wanted to be a part of that community. I remember that Shannon talked with me at Great Harvest after class and was so welcoming and kind, and the rest is history!

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

I began doing Body Back when the twins were about 1, and I never looked back! I adore Body Back and try to sneak in as many classes a week as I can. You can almost always find me at the Kingstowne My Gym location on Tuesday and Friday mornings (shout out to my #crazymorningcrew) and Wednesday evenings, and I also try to go to the Saturday morning Lorton class as much as I can.

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

I am the Director of Curriculum and Product Development for a small educational publishing company. I work 25-30 hours a week and am blessed to work from home. We create curriculum and other materials to teach beginning and struggling readers how to read. Although it is often stressful, it is amazing to have a flexible work schedule, and I try to balance work with the kids’ activities as much as I can.

What are 3 of your favorite things?

I love good coffee, a good workout, and the beach!

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

I would probably take a marathon nap, and then watch one of my favorite shows while sipping a hot cup of coffee (or maybe a glass of wine) and eating a treat!

What has being a mom taught you?

Being a mom has taught me so much about patience and about letting things go. Letting go of things has never been easy for me, but when we had three under three, I realized that I just couldn’t hang onto and stress about every single thing. I still struggle with this notion, but I try so hard to focus on the good things and remember that no mom is perfect, but every mom is perfect for her children.

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

When the twins were a few months old and I was pumping breastmilk like a maniac all day, every day, I had a very embarrassing (and gross!) experience. I had a big bag of pumped milk, maybe 8 oz. – it was in one of those breastmilk storage zip-top bags. I had it in my hand and was going to put it in the fridge, and then all of a sudden, it was gone. I looked EVERYWHERE for that darn bag for days, and I could not find it! A few days later, while I was heading someplace in the car, I realized my purse was wet. Turns out, I had shoved the milk into my purse for some reason, and it had spilled allllllll over everything. I definitely cried over the spilled (and smelly!!) milk that day!

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

My biggest recommendation, especially for new moms, is to get out of the house when your kids are young. Things can be so monotonous and stressful when you’re stuck inside, but if you can get them out into the sunshine, the mall, the library, or a Stroller Strides class, it will make all of you feel so much better. Whenever my kids are totally nuts and I feel like I’m about to explode, I try to think of someplace to go and something to do, even if it’s just a quick walk outside. It’s good for you and for them!

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

My favorite thing about Fit4Mom is that there is something for every stage of motherhood. My Fit4Mom journey began with Stroller Strides, but now Body Back gives me what I need to keep myself healthy and strong. No matter which program works best for your lifestyle, you have a great community of other Fit4Mom moms who are there to share the journey with you. I would tell a mom who is thinking about joining to absolutely try it. It will give her a reason to get out of the house and a chance to connect with other moms, and it will likely be the beginning of some long-lasting friendships. Getting out the door is the hardest part; once you’re there, it’s easy!