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Motivating MOM of the month!

We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for October! 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 Reba Poskey from our Woodbridge village!

“Reba is one of the first mamas I met when I came to my first stroller strides class. She was welcoming and made me feel comfortable & accepted. She is always one of the first ones to show up to class with a big smile on her face. It is so motivational to watch her working hard in each and every class. Her daughter Anastasia is the cutest little girl! Raising a one year old is hard work! Although that is the case, Reba takes the time each week to find an hour for herself several days a week to better herself. She is such a good role model for her daughter and I am so very happy to have her as a part of our Fit4Mom village!”

~Heather H. (Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides & Stroller Barre Instructor Woodbridge)

“I met Reba at her second class at the Potomac Mills Mall. She was easy to talk to right from the get go. Her little girl Anastasia is always full of smiles and giggles. Reba gives 100% at each class – she is a great role model for Anastasia. She hasn’t missed a class since she started, that is true dedication to self care. Thank you Reba for your continued trust in our programs and your support in our village! We appreciate you and look forward to seeing little Anastasia grow to be a strong young woman one day just like her mama!”

~Shannon L., Franchise owner, FIT4MOM LSBWK NoVa

We asked Reba a few questions so we can all get to know her better, and here is what she had to say:

1. Who are the members of your family?

Kristopher (husband), Anastasia (daughter), and myself

2. What is/was your career?

I had just got into a job working as a vet technician when I became pregnant (surprise) with Anastasia. My goal was to become a vet; however I decided to become a stay at home mom and do not regret it at all!

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM Lorton-Springfield-Burke-Woodbridge~Kingstowne, and what has it done for you?

I started at FIT4MOM spring of 2017; just a couple weeks after we moved to Woodbridge. There was some chatter about Stroller Strides in a FB group and I figured I would try out a class. Right from the first time I knew I had found my fitness program as well as my mom tribe! It’s been 6 months with FIT4MOM and not only does it keep me fit & healthy, but I have found a lovely group of mom friends. I desperately needed that since I had just moved from a state where I was born and raised. My closest family lives 5 hours away. It was very tough the first couple of weeks knowing no one. The ladies during my class welcomed me right in and I still get the same welcoming feeling going to class today. I love the friends my daughter is making and that I also get some adult conversations as well as motherly advice. This being my first child I am trying so hard not to let her down and getting advice as well as encouragement from the moms in the village make my days better. If this village didn't exist I know for a fact I would have lost my way and would have gone mad. My husband even says he has noticed a change in my mothering as I am not scared of it anymore but am embracing it. FIT4MOM has taken away my worries and fears of being a mom and I am thankful to be a part of this village!

4. What is your favorite class exercise?

Hmm … I know my least favorite is burpees. LOL! But I do love popcorn squats and ABC squat jumps!

5. What is one of your current wellness goals?

Make all my fat turn into muscle! A bonus would be to lose the baby pudge but I know that will most likely take time!

6. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

Growing up without a steady mom was tough; I knew what I didn't want to be as a mother, but never knew the right way to do it. I guess the most surprising thing for me is how my motherly instincts still kicked in and that Anastasia takes my weaknesses and teaches me the right way to do it. I know every morning I will get a huge smile regardless of how tired and grumpy I am! I am blessed beyond belief with how much she understands and that we are both learning how to figure this out together!

7. List 3 of your favorite things.

Anastasia’s smile every morning, her laugh, and when she lets me have some cuddle time!

8. What is your proudest mommy moment so far?

Hmm … so many to choose from. I think I will have to go with the first time she stood up by herself unassisted. Anastasia and our dog were crawling around and she pushed up on the dog to her feet and stood for almost a minute by herself. I was so proud of her and her face was a mixture of accomplishment and excitement. Of course, she hasn't done it since and I didn't have my camera (seems like picture perfect moments happen all too often without my phone nearby) but I remember that face and it made my heart happy. I only know what’s coming soon, walking!

9. Any advice for other moms out there?

Put down your phone, computer, and/or remote and love your baby no matter what age they are. I feel a lot of moms resort to them when their child is playing (me included) and we need to stop and cherish these moments. They go by so fast and our child(ren) want our full attention -be present! Never doubt yourself on whether you’re a good mom. You are all they need! Really it’s true! I know sometimes I doubt myself but I always remember that I give 100% to them and that's what they need/want. Also if you are going through a rough patch (sleep regression, teething, potty training, sickness or just the terrible toddler stage) THIS TOO SHALL PASS. That was/is my favorite saying because it will! Trust me, your child will sleep again, will get all their teeth in, will use the potty, and will get better/older. So take a deep breath and remember this too shall pass.

Reba, we are so glad you and Anastasia found our village – we love having you both! Thank you so much for sharing your honest insight in to this journey called motherhood.

Check back to see who our MOM will be in November 2017!

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