Rewind to Summer 2015. I'm working as Construction Engineer of a Kansas DOT office, constantly stressed as I command scores of workers and sign off on checks for million dollar projects. My husband worked an even more stressful job as an Army officer. Having fulfilled his commitment and needing a change from what both of us were doing, we left Kansas when I was 6 months pregnant with our daughter, Mila, and moved to Indiana for a new start.
I showed up to FIT4MOM at 2 weeks postpartum, to quite a bit of shock and confusion. I told them if all they let me do was walk, then that's all I would do, but I was bored and clueless at the whole raising a child thing (I had never even babysat before). I really enjoyed the exercise and especially the people. I would stay for an hour after class just chatting with the moms and letting Mila play with the other kids.
About 3 months into my membership, we had a Get Fit Challenge and I took full advantage of it. I've always had high cholesterol and knew I needed to revamp my diet. It's difficult to find the motivation when you're married to someone blessed with a speedy metabolism who hates vegetables. I may have only gotten my points for vegetable eating once, but that was the hurdle I needed to get me going on the right path. Here I am, lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight and finally have my cholesterol in check, because I got the support and motivation I needed from my fellow fit mamas. As an instructor, I hope to offer clients the support they need to meet their fitness goals and the resources they need to (possibly start and) maintain a healthier lifestyle.
So come for yourself, come for your kids, come for the support and advice, and come for the fun!
Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby Certified
Pre and Postnatal Exercise Certified
ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Owner, FIT4MOM Northwest Indiana
One warm morning in August 2013, I laced up my tennis shoes and put on some workout clothes that hadn’t been worn in quite a while. I quickly packed up some snacks, toys, my 9 month old daughter and we headed to Wicker Park. That was my first workout class with FIT4MOM and after the first introductions and exercises, the nervousness wore off. I started to feel like “ME” again. Myself, an individual,.. separate from all the other things I was in life. A wife, a mother, a career woman with 2 jobs, 3 pets and a to-do list with the same things written on it for entirely too long. After the workout was over and meditation was done I realized I could think more clearly and I actually had a smile on my face. I talked to a few moms and they “got it”. The stories were familiar,... the teething baby and sleepless nights, grocery shopping long overdue, and all the juggling that needs to be done to keep things somewhat running in a household. I drove away with a smile of satisfaction. I had put MYSELF first today, even if it was only for an hour. My postpartum body would be thanking me later for the extra energy I had received, improved confidence in myself that I could do hard things, that I was strong, and over time my clothes would fit better too. I felt less stressed and realized that exercise has always been an outlet for me. It renewed my spirit and I was more “present” with my child afterwards. I thought, “what a great way to start my day” and I have been hooked ever since. My experience with FIT4MOM has been so positive and life-changing. I made the decision to get my certification as a prenatal/postnatal fitness instructor! I am proud to represent Northwest Indiana and I look forward to giving back to Our Village by instructing Fit4Mom NWI Classes. I look forward to helping YOU put your health first, and I’m pretty sure we’ll make some cool memories with our kids along the way too. In Stride, Char
Certified FIT4MOM Fitness Instructor/ Stroller Strides Certified/ Fit4Baby Certified/ Adult/Child/Infant/CPR/AED Certified