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November Motivating MOM of the Month

"Lauren is a Fit4mom OG! I’ve been attending classes with Lauren for the past 3 years and it has been such a pleasure to get to know her and her family. I always love to laugh, chat about our crazy little people and get strong with her! She gives nothing less then 100% of her best effort every class and makes new mamas feel welcome into our village with her amazing smile and personality. Lauren is one special lady and we are so lucky to have her with Fit4mom." – Candice Agustin, Stroller Strides instructor

"Lauren Nguyen was a mama with whom I really felt a connection with early on in my Fit4Mom journey. She has a calm and warm demeanor that immediately makes me feel like everything is going to be ok, no matter what kind of day I'm having. She's realistic and respectful when discussing all aspects of motherhood, sharing her own experiences and always willing to listen and sympathize with my struggles. Lauren and her kids are such a special part of our Burke village, and I feel so fortunate to know her." – Abbe Minor, Leads Manager and Burke Mama

"Lauren's warm smile and calm demeanor are a-maz-ing! I love how dedicated she is to attending class and setting a great example for her littles! You rock Lauren!" – Joy Robb, Stroller Barre Instructor

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

My family consists of my husband, Hoang, and kids, Madelyn (3) and Joseph (1). I am originally from New York, but have lived in Northern VA for most of my life.

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

I first attended a Stroller Strides class in 2016 when my oldest was less than a year. I don't remember much from that time period because she didn't sleep (ever) and neither did I, but I do remember that she cried most of the class (because she hated strollers, car seats, life...) and I was ready to just give up and leave early, but the instructor took her out of the stroller and held her while she taught so that I could work out.

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

I attend classes at the Burke location.

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

My current job is keeping these kids alive on a daily basis, and attempting to help them to become kind human beings. Pre-kids, I used to teach students with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. Raising toddlers is way harder.

5. What are 3 of your favorite things?

Chocolate, music, and sleep.

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

I've dreamed about this answer: I'd scrub and organize my house from top to bottom without little people undoing it all behind me, get through a portion of my untouched to-do list in quiet, and eat alone, sitting down, without having to share.

7. What has being a mom taught you?

That my heart now lives outside of my body, and that this makes life way more beautiful and way more terrifying.

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

Probably anytime that someone (too frequently) stops me in a store, restaurant, school, church, etc., and tells me that they recognize us from <take your pick: a store, restaurant, school, church, etc.>, and then tells me how cute my kids are and how they are exhausted just watching me parent them.

9. Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Be gentle with yourself and with your kids, and learn to forgive (both yourself and your family members) the way that toddlers are able to forgive-- unconditionally and immediately.

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

FIT4MOM is a great place to get a good workout when you want to have your kids with you, but it has also been a place where I've been able to ask all of my questions of moms with kids the same ages, where I know I can come when we're having a hard morning at home and my kids will be safe and happy, and I can get some much needed adult conversation. It has given us routine and predictability, and great relationships (for both me and my kids).

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