We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for September! Each month we will take a moment to honor one of our local FIT4MOM Lorton~Springfield~Burke~Woodbridge Moms for her efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle and for her dedication to the program. This month we honor Jacquie Mendoza from our Springfield village!
"Jacquie is such an inspiring mom to her little girl Emma. Not only is she a participant in Stroller Strides but she also decided to make a life time change by coming to our Body Back sessions! She has such a calm personality and has a smile on her face every time we see her! We know nothing can bring her down! “You got the eye of the tiger, a fighter… dancing through the fire ‘cause you are a champion… and we’re gonna hear you ROAR!” Thank YOU for being part of our village!"
~Rebecca N., Body Back Instructor
“Jacquie is an amazing mom and inspiration to everyone that she comes in contact with. She always has a smile and encourages others while giving nothing less than 100% herself. She just completed her first Body Back session and had amazing results despite having to work through some tough situations. Despite the obstacles Jacquie NEVER gave up!
She works part-time and is raising a toddler. She has done an amazing job improving not only her health but becoming a positive role model regarding nutrition and health for her little one.
Jacquie has signed up for a second session of Body Back and I can't wait to see what else this strong and determined momma accomplishes!”
~Melissa B., Body Back Instructor
We asked Jacquie 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?
Myself, my husband Manny and my almost 3 year old daughter Emma. We also have two pugs, Sadie and Clark.
2. What is/was your career?
My most important job is Mom - I'm home with Emma 4 days a week but I also work. I work for CBRE (a Commercial Real Estate firm). I do billing and administrative work for a team of Real Estate appraisers.
3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM Lorton-Springfield-Burke-Woodbridge, and what has it done for you?
I have been a member since January of this year. I just completed my first Body Back session and I am on my second round. The amount of confidence and strength I have gained since joining is priceless! I absolutely love our village.
4. What is your favorite class exercise?
5. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?
The amount of love I can feel for one little person is just amazing to me. I have never felt love like that before! You think you love your partner until the little ones come along, it's just a whole new level of love.
6. List 3 of your favorite things.
Fall, coffee and my family!
7. What is your proudest mommy moment so far?
I have a lot of them, I just love teaching her something and then having her retain that and spit it back out to me. She tells me to "be careful" all the time. My favorite heart melting moment lately was when she told me I was her "best friend."
8. Any advice for other moms out there?
Take time for yourself and don't feel guilty about it. Exercise, especially, is an instant mood lifter and stress reliever, and we need and deserve that in our busy lives!
Congratulations, Jacquie, on taking the next step in your wellness journey and thank you for choosing FIT4MOM Lorton~Springfield~Burke~Woodbridge to support you along the way. We can’t wait to see how you ROCK these next 8 weeks!
Check back to see who our MOM will be in October!