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We'd like to introduce you to one of the newer faces on our Body Back instructor team, Phoebe Ingraham!

Body Back Instructor

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I am originally from a small town in Upstate New York, a rural agriculture community where it was said there were more cows than people. I have lived in Seattle for more than 17 years, and always here in West Seattle! Fun fact, my husband and I are high school sweethearts and I've known him since I was 10. We have two highly energetic and precocious sons who keep us on our toes (hence needing to be fit!).

Professionally, I am still trying figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Recently I was lucky enough to choose to quit my job to focus on what my next adventure should be. Formerly I was the business manager for a couple of small businesses and have previously worked in a law firm too. (My kids have been way more challenging debaters than any of the attorneys I have worked with...) I am in the process of studying for my human resources professional certification exam and hope to find a role as an internal HR business partner...

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We'd like to introduce you to another one of our fabulous team members, Meghan Tavelli!!

Stroller Strides/Fit4Baby Manager & Instructor

Body Back Instructor

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Before having my kids, I was a preschool teacher turned business/office management. My educational background is in early childhood development and also elementary education. When I moved here from Portland schools weren't accepting teacher positions so I became a preschool teacher! After a couple years I wanted to try my hand with some business experiences and widen my options.

When I was pregnant with Jack I knew I would stay at home. I DIDN'T know that meant becoming part of the FIT4MOM West Seattle team...and I'm SO glad it does now! I started right where some of you start, in Fit4Baby. I loved the idea of a healthy active pregnancy. I soon realized that it was more than just a workout and that I was gaining this community of moms-to-be and I was HOOKED. I knew I had to start Stroller Strides as soon as possible. I was a little unsure of how far I could push myself since I...

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Meet Nicole and Jenna!

We are two friends who share a love for good style. Our friends have always come to us for fashion advice and encouraged us to share it with others. We then decided to start a styling business and turn our shopping habits into a career.

We both recently became mothers to a baby girl and baby boy and although being a parent has changed our lives in some way, it doesn't mean we have put aside our sense of style.

We believe that fashion is not about how much money you spend, but how it makes you feel. Our mission is to help you feel good about the way you look! We are so excited for this journey and can’t wait to help style you!

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About a month ago, we came across a local boutique here in West Seattle called Lika Love {they also have another location in Madison Park}. We loved the style and aesthetic of the shop and thought it would be so fun to do a styling event there. So we contacted the owner and set up a meeting. In the same week, we also connected with the fitness group...

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

Go hard or go home… that’s kind of been me since I was a little girl. As a West Seattle local who grew up in the Arbor Heights neighborhood, I committed myself to swimming at a pretty early age. The dedication, teamwork, and energy to be successful has tremendously helped me as a mom and a huge reason why I’ve been part of FIT4MOM for almost four years. During the day, I’m running Hazel Valley Elementary as a school principal to ensure the students and families of that community are getting the best educational experience possible. Education has been my passion for over 16 years and although it’s extremely hard to balance work and life- I love what I do. When I come home at night, I am lucky to have Noah, age 3 and Savannah, age 5 to graciously poor out tons of love as I walk through the door. My husband who works within the restaurant industry will often have dinner ready and is a huge support to making everything work!

On the weekends, we love to play sports, go to Seahawks games, spend time with...

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + more for greasing the baking dish + more for drizzling over the top
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry-ish white wine (I like Sauv Blanc for both cooking and drinking; Chardonnay would work well too)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice blend (I prefer a blend of 50% wild rice and 50% brown rice)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup raw pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley + 1/4 cup more for topping after baking
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage...
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For more info check out Christi @bazaarlazarr

Ingredients:

2 acorn Squash, halved & seeds removed

Olive Oil

Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper

1 cup Shredded Chicken (bake or get a rotisserie chicken)

2 cups Baby Spinach

1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds

Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions:

1. Preheat over to 425 degrees

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

3. Drizzle the squash with olive oil

4. Season with salt and pepper

5. Place cut side down on the baking sheet

6. Roast for 30-35 minutes, or until fork tender

7. Let squash cool slightly

8. Divide the spinach and chicken among the 4 halves

9. Top with pomegranate arils

10. Season with salt and pepper

11. Drizzle with balsamic to taste

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

Hello! My name is Jessy and I've lived in Seattle for almost 4 years with my husband, our two and a half year old, Vinnie, and our 2 German Shepherds. My husband, Nick, and I are both originally from Southeastern Massachusetts, but because of his job (US Coast Guard), we've moved around a lot in the past 9 years. Being so far from all of our families is hard, especially after having a child, but the awesome West Seattle community has made it a little easier. With great programs like PEPS, Co-op Preschool, and FIT4MOM West Seattle, I've come to love the area and will be super bummed to leave when the time comes. In my spare time, in the very rare occasion I have SPARE time, I am an artist. I love to paint, draw, photograph, crochet, and just overall create. I also have my own small business selling handmade gifts and such called "Bear With Me". During our family time, we enjoy camping and hiking in the many National Parks and other trails around this awesome area.

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Nicola from @thewonkyspatula

Ingredients:

(Per Person)

Large handful of red cabbage

1 small sweet potato, peeled and chopped into cubes

4 Brussel Sprouts

2 pieces of bacon

1 egg

Coconut Oil

Directions:

1. In a large pan add 1 tsp of coconut oil, saute the cabbage for 2-3 minutes on a high heat before adding a splash of water and reducing the temperature and placing a lid over the pan. Steam for 5 minutes or until tender.

2. Steam or power boil the sprouts for roughly 2 minutes and set aside to cool.

3. In another pan heat another tsp of coconut oil and fry off the sweet potato until golden and crispy .

4. Set aside the potato and add the bacon to the pan, once the bacon is full cooked and nice and crispy remove from the pan and cut into small strips.

5. halve the sprouts and add the pan to crisp up, add the bacon and mix.

6. Place the cabbage, sweet potato, bacon and sprouts in a large bowl.

7. Heat the pan again with...

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Recipe by Laura Bashar, Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 large leaves of kale
  • 2 cup cranberries, fresh
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 TBS orange zest, grated
  • 6 small oranges
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/4 cup mint, fresh, chopped

Directions:

  1. Rinse with water:
    • 1 cup quinoa
  2. Bring to boil:
    • 2 cup water
  3. When water is boiling, transfer rinsed quinoa and return to boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to low and continue to cook until the water is gone and quinoa is cooked, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Wash, remove from stems and finely chop:
    • 2 large leaves of kale
  6. Pulse in a food processor to coarsely chop:
    • 2 cup cranberries, fresh
    • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp honey
  7. When quinoa is done, transfer to a mixing bowl and mix with chopped kale. Allow to...
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Tell us about yourself and your family.

Hi – I’m Jen! My husband, Dan, and I live in North Admiral with our (almost) 3-year old daughter, Madeline, and 1.5-year-old pup, Baker. We’re due with baby #2 in early December! Madeline attends the YMCA West Seattle Preschool while Dan runs his own small business – Freewheel: Carbon Free Cargo -- and I work on health policy for Public Health-Seattle & King County.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had worries about not being able to do all the things I loved and worked so hard for once we had a baby. Yes, my life is different with a kiddo, but with the support of my family, I’ve found a way to keep doing the things that are important to me. I’m okay with how my life has shifted and it’s been pretty cool figuring out how to share what I love with my daughter.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

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Shrimp Ceviche

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients:

1 lb. pre-cooked shrimp

¾ cup lime juice

1 cup chopped red onion

1 minced Serrano Chile (ribs and seeds removed)

1 cucumber (peeled and chopped)

1 avocado (peeled and chopped)

1 cup chopped cilantro

2 cups spinach leaves

Directions:

Chop pre-cooked shrimp and place in to a glass bowl. Mix in lime and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Mix in red onion, Serrano Chile, cucumber, avocado, and cilantro. Serve over bed of cold spinach leaves.

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Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded chicken breast

1 Tbl. Slivered almonds

1 Tbl. Dried cranberries

¼ cup chopped celery

½ tsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbl. Mayonnaise

2 cup chopped green leaf lettuce

Directions:

Mix ingredients together and serve over green leaf lettuce.

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I started my journey with FIT4MOM nearly 6 years ago as a client in Boise, ID. My husband and I had moved there from the Bay Area when I was 7 months pregnant with my first baby, Vance. I didn’t know a single person, we were an 8 hour drive from family and friends; by the time my sweet baby arrived I was so lonely, probably depressed and absolutely craving a Village. That first month after Vance arrived was tough! I had heard of Stroller Strides and decided to see if there was a local franchise. There was.

I was unsure of what to expect. Was this a walking group? Would I sweat? What should I wear? Did I have anything that would fit my 6 week postpartum body? I was so nervous, I didn't even know how to unfold my stroller!

Stroller Strides was like an instant family. That first class was fantastic! The workout was hard, but the instructor offered me modifications and the other moms were so welcoming. I signed up on the spot.

Fast forward a year and a half and I found myself living in a new state, here in Washington, with a second baby and the opportunity to...

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Blender Vegetable Soup

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 carrot

1 stalk celery

3 broccoli florets

1 (10 oz.) box frozen spinach

1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes

½ medium cucumbers

1 vegetable bouillon cube

1 cup hot water

1 Tbl. Chopped fresh garlic

Hot sauce to taste

Directions:

Put carrot, celery and broccoli florets into blender. Blend until chopped. Add thawed spinach, diced tomatoes, cucumber, vegetable bouillon cube, hot water, garlic and hot sauce. Blend until smooth. Heat over stove until warm if needed. (This recipe works best with a powerful blender such as a Vitamix.)

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Thank you all so much for voting and making us officially feel TOTALLY AWESOME!

We won Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Award for Most Invigorating Fitness Program in Seattle!

If you haven't checked out one of our classes drop in for a FREE class and see what all this awesomeness is about: Stroller Strides/Stroller Barre, Body Back, or Fit4baby!

For more information about Stroller Strides/Stroller Barre or Fit4Baby, email Meghan at meghantavelli@fit4mom.com.

For more information about Body Back or Boost, email Emily at westseattle@fit4mom.com.

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Tostada Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup lettuce, shredded

¼ cup tomato, chopped

¼ cup black beans (heated)

¼ cup red pepper, chopped

¼ cup corn kernels (defrosted or canned is ok)

¼ avocado, sliced

Salsa

½ cup pre-cooked chicken breast, shredded

1 Tbs plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbs. favorite clean salsa

Directions:

Place lettuce in bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss.

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Spinach Meatballs

Serves: 6 Serving Size: 4 meatballs

Ingredients:

½ cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

½ cup whole grain bread crumbs

¼ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tbs. ground black pepper

1(10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

1 lb. lean ground turkey

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients until well blended. Shape into 1 ½ meatballs. Spray nonstick pan with cooking spray. Brown meatballs on medium high heat. Keep moving meatballs so they are brown on all sides. Cook on low for about 15

minutes or until cooked through.

Serve on a bed of Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with favorite clean marinara sauce

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Tell us about you and your family:

Before I became a mom and moved to West Seattle, I grew up and graduated from Colfax High School (Yes, the one city that pulls you over for going one mile over the speed limit!) and graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Nursing from WSU (Go Cougs!). During nursing school, my whole family made the decision to move over to the Seattle area and I met my husband through a mutual friend (he went to UPS).

After graduating, and moving in with my husband in North Tacoma, I completed a residency program at St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood and worked for four years as an Operating Room RN....and I LOVED my job! However, my husband owns a company based out of Seattle and was commuting long hours every day, so the decision was made to buy and renovate our current house above Alki beach in West Seattle. Shortly after moving here, I got pregnant and made the decision to stay home and take care of our sweet baby boy Owen who is 3.5 months old.

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We'd like to introduce you to one of our fabulous team members, meet Brittney Mark!!!

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You may know me as the FIT4MOM paparazzi, jumping in an out of workouts to capture an impressive plank, bicep curl, or beach side mountain climber. You may know me as mom to the blue eyed gem with the always groomed, side combed luscious red hair, Griffin (Griff, or Baby G). Here’s a chance to get to know Brittney, behind the FIT4MOM scenes.

Before I became a mom I worked in radio for nearly 9 years, 5 of which I had the joy of a 4a alarm clock to be part of a talk radio morning show. That’s where I got the passion for producing and marketing through social media. The listeners knew me on air as “Social Media Maven Brittney”, reporter of the trending topics of the hour on social media.

Staying home with Griffin was a no brainer for our family. But in true form I wanted to make sure I kept busy, because keeping a 7 month old alive daily isn’t enough, right? I’m the owner/artist of my own business,...

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Servings: Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

9 large eggs

8 ounces ground italian chicken sausage

1 red, green, or yellow pepper, I used a mix of colors because that is what I had

½ cup frozen kale, chopped

¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a muffin tin with non-sticking cooking spray or use coconut oil. I used coconut oil. Set aside.

Brown the ground sausage in a medium-sized pan over medium-heat.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and then add in the sausage, peppers, kale, and pepper. Pour the batter into the muffin tins, filling ¾ of the way. Bake for 20-25 minutes, my oven needed 23 minutes.

Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes, use a knife to loosen from the sides.

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Thank you for your nomination and thank you for your votes! We made it into the Top Three for Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Awards and now we want to WIN!

I bought FIT4MOM West Seattle with the goal of creating a true community for moms. We think we've done a pretty good job of that and through that community we have changed the lives of not only the countless mamas in it but have impacted the lives of their families and kiddos as well!

We need YOUR help now. If you haven't voted yet, will you take a quick 30 seconds to do so now?

We're proud to be your village! Thank you!

https://goo.gl/nXsb47

XOXO,

Emily & the FIT4MOM West Seattle Team

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Servings: 2

Ingredients:

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1 Tbs. finely chopped shallot

2 tsp finely chopped tarragon

2 cups shredded turkey meat

1/2 cup halved red grapes

1 sliced celery stalk

4 cups butterhead lettuce

Directions:

Whisk together first 5 ingredients to make dressing. Combine turkey, grapes and celery with dressing. Place 2 cups lettuce on 2 salad plates and top with turkey mixture!

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I’ve been the Director for Little Gym for almost 16 years. My background is in elementary education and I have always been an active person so this has been a perfect fit for me. Just like FIT4MOM, The Little Gym meets each student at their point of need. We create a non-competitive and positive learning environment that creates opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all while having some Serious Fun! Our gym offers a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics (4 months-12 years), plus fun extras like birthday parties, camps and more. I think the unique thing about The Little Gym that differentiates us from other gymnastics programs is The Three-Dimensional Learning approach to skill development—Brain Boost!, Get Moving! and Citizen Kid!

I love living in West Seattle with my husband and two daughters and enjoy getting out and about with them during weekends and vacations. My daughters attend school with some of the students from The Little Gym so it’s always fun to be known as “Teacher Dana” to the kids in the neighborhood....

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Serves: 4, Serving Size: 3 lettuce wraps

Ingredients:

1cup uncooked brown rice

1 pound cooked shrimp

1 Tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 Tbs. lime juice

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup fresh cilantro

1 cup fresh mint leaves

12 Boston lettuce leaves

Directions:

Cook brown rice. Chop shrimp. In bowl, mix soy sauce, lime juice and garlic with shrimp. Let marinate about 20 minutes. In lettuce leaves, divide rice and shrimp mixture. Top with desired amount of carrots, cilantro and mint leaves.

Enjoy!

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I grew up in West Seattle. It wasn't so long ago that Alki was mostly lined with little beach houses and there was always street parking in the Junction. My husband, Jeff (also a Seattle-area native), fell in love with West Seattle after we were married and we decided to move here for good. We now have James who is 5 and starting kindergarten soon, and Nina who is 2 and getting psyched for potty-training. I work as a Paralegal and (more recently) HR Manager at a law firm downtown. My husband is a long time Amazonian.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

How intense the worry and anxiety can be. How you want so desperately to keep your children healthy and safe and you realize how much is completely out of your control. Don't get me started!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

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As we head into our final week of our Summer Body Back session and prepare for final assessments we wanted to throw it back to this time last year with our Fight Song BB highlights video:

This is YOUR Fight Song

Unlock YOUR Personal Possibilities and Register Today for our next session!

9/12 - 11/3

M/W 6:30p - 7:30p Hiawatha (outdoors)

M/W 7:30p - 8:30p TBD

T/Th 5:30a - 6:30a VFW

T/Th 9:30a - 10:30a Hiawatha (outdoors)

T/Th 7:30p - 8:30p TBD

Body Back® is a results-based workout designed for moms who want their body back, whether they just had a baby or their last child was born twenty years ago! Most importantly, it will help women unlock their personal possibilities in an inspiring and powerful environment. Body Back® clients experience targeted high-intensity workouts, inspiration and motivation in every class.

What Does Body Back® Include?

8 weeks of:

Twice Weekly Group HIIT Workouts

Nutrition Guidance and Food Journaling

At-Home Workout Emailed...

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#‎FIT4MOM‬ is 15 years old this month! That's 15 years of inspiration, empowerment, and the ever growing village of strong moms!

To celebrate we asked, "Why do you Fit4Mom?"

Check out WHY our Mom's spend their, mornings, evenings and weekends with Our Village: https://youtu.be/NC_jHzlxP6A

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I live in the Seaview neighborhood with my husband, Josh, my 21 month old daughter, Alina, and our Havanese, Pippa. Our second daughter is due October 2nd! We’ve been in West Seattle for 6 years now and love our community. We spend most weekends around the neighborhood with family or friends. We love to cook, play at local parks, and rarely say no to weekend brunch. My husband works for T-Mobile and I am CEO of our household.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I never thought of myself as a stay-at-home mom, so I was surprised by how much I love staying home with Alina. Turns out I thrive on the routine as much as our toddler!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

After Alina was born, I felt the isolation that comes with being a stay-at-home parent. At the same time, I struggled to make time for exercise. I began stroller strides as a way to connect with other mothers in our community since it fit with my schedule. I love modeling the benefits and...

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Tell us about yourself and your family. We are an energetic and active family of four! Spencer (4), Henley (3 mos), my incredible Husband Mark, and I live in the Alaska Junction with our loving goldendoodle, Thomas. Having an infant hasn’t slowed us down much as we still enjoy sailing, traveling, and exploring wonderful West Seattle! When I’m not on maternity leave (which I am LOVING), I am an HR Manager for a software startup downtown Seattle and a volunteer with CHEER Seattle, Seattle’s adult cheerleaders for charity.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom? As a new mom, I quickly realized that you could still be superwoman on minimal sleep! After giving birth to our firstborn, Spencer, I was shocked how our world was turned upside down in a crazy beautiful way. It’s by far the most challenging and rewarding job there is.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it? When my firstborn arrived, I had a built in group from a prenatal yoga class I attended. Fast forward a few years and when I was pregnant with my 2nd, I...

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A few tips from our FIT4MOM West Seattle team:

1) Apply sunscreen

2) Grab your sunglasses

3) Pack up some beach toys

4) Fill up a few water bottles and prep snacks

5) Call a friend...or five

6) GET YOUR SUMMER ON!!!

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

I am Chrissy and I have been doing body back since my son Byron was just a few months old. He will be 2 this July! Cam, my husband is a stay-at-home dad and I work as a nurse. I was born and raised in North Seattle and moved to West Seattle (Luna park neighborhood) about 5 years ago--we love it here.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

Once I became a mom I was most surprised by how exhausting and time consuming it was to just make it out of the house with a newborn. I was surprised by how someone so small could suddenly have so much influence over all my daily activities.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

I joined fit4mom to get some exercise while on maternity leave. Emily ran up to me on alki while she was teaching a stroller strides class and gave me her card while I was walking by with my 3 month old. I liked her energy so I gave it a try.

I loved it almost instantly. It reminded me of my high school volleyball...

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My family is a cute little unit of three. My husband, Marcel and our four month old, Amelie. We moved to Seattle from Arizona two years ago and feel so at home here! My husband is in technology development and I've been a nurse for awhile. I'm mostly SAHM right now - Amelie is the cutest full time job I've had yet.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I was a pediatric nurse before Amelie. I taught preschool and nannied before that. I thought I knew kids. Nope. There's something different about knowing your own child. She's already strong willed, determined and not afraid to tell me how it is. I was surprised by how beautiful and challenging it was all at once. It's been a whirlwind four months!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

I had seen women posting about it in The Facebook group, West Seattle Moms, and followed the group on Facebook but never made the classes when I was...

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My husband Jeremy and I moved to Seattle from Arizona in 2008. I love the Northwest. My husband (growing up in sunny AZ) does not always share my sentiments. : ) We have an almost 2 year old son and another on the way - due September 8th.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

Oh gosh...I don't know. Everything! You know those families that make getting out of the house with a newborn baby look easy? That was SO far from my reality! Everything felt like a struggle. But I also never realized the capacity my heart has to love...so much you physically feel it in every fiber of your being...and how emotional I would become over things that I never used to blink an eye at. I guess you could say it's how much I've cried since that first pregnancy...for a multitude of reasons! It was a rare occurrence before pregnancy but ever since that first little man started growing - so have the water works!

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

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I previously shared that I finally stopped making excuses, signed up for a session of Fit4Mom Body Back, and will be blogging weekly updates about the 8-week adventure.

Well, last week was Week 1. Except… it coincided with our trip to visit John’s family in Florida and I couldn’t actually attend any of classes. I was a little nervous that I’d miss out on some of the kickoff excitement and relationship forming, but luckily a major component of the program is a private Facebook group.

In the Facebook group, fellow Body Back mommas share healthy recipe ideas, laughs and encouragement. They even help with accountability by requesting ‘sweaty selfies’ after the at-home workouts. I was able to jump into the community even though I was all the way across the country!

When I signed up for the program, I knew I’d be out of town for kickoff week. I intended to ‘live it up’ while on vacation, perhaps over-indulging before my return to Seattle where 7 remaining weeks of Body Back would be waiting for me. But once I was invited to the Facebook group...

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Casey von Stein is a former Stroller Strides mama who is now blogging about her experience in our Body Back 8 week session. Be sure to follow her on her blog at: www.missfreddy.com

“I can’t this round. My husband travels for work and it’ll be too hard to make the classes.”

“Not this time. No childcare.”

“I can’t this session. We joined a gym so I’m good.”

You name the excuse. I’m pretty sure I gave it to Emily (owner of Fit4Mom West Seattle) when she asked me (persistently) to try Fit4Mom Body Back.

Finally, she said “Casey, there will ALWAYS be an excuse. Moms ALWAYS find reasons to keep from making themselves a priority. Just say yes.”

no more excuses

I had Jill 17 months ago and, for me, the weight loss looked VERY different the second time. With Colin, it slowly came off as the weeks passed. With Jill, it just stayed there. I breastfed. I drank more water. I ate less food. I ate more food. I wore a Fitbit. We...

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My husband Luc and I have been married for 10 years and have Josie who is 14 months March 3. Funny thing, Josie was born a month early and spent 3 weeks in NICU. We also have a 10 year old Schnauzer named Otto who is chased by Josie.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

I think I was most surprised by how time passes when you don't sleep for a year. One day you "wake up," a year has passed, and your little baby is pushing for independence and running circles around you.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My husband and I were high school sweethearts and began dating when we were 16. Even though he went to UW and I went to WSU for college we were still in love and he proposed two years after college. We got married in 2004 and have two daughters...Amelia (5) and Hazel (3). We LOVE West Seattle and have lived here since 2006.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

How inefficient I was before I was a mom! I feel like what used to take me a couple hours to do before kids, I can do now in 30 minutes if my husband takes the kids to the park.

Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?

I was looking for a new workout class and a dear friend told me I HAD to try FIT4MOM. I started this summer with evening classes on Alki and I was hooked. I love it because every class is different so I never get bored and I love the community of moms.

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Tell us about yourself and your family.

My husband and I are both from Colorado, which is where we met. My husband’s name is Sean and he’s a web developer. We’ve been married for almost three years. We got married on Kauai in a small intimate ceremony on the beach officiated by my step-father. Our daughter, Olive, is 16 months and is the sunshine of our lives. She is funny, smart, strong, active and always keeping us on our toes. My sister, Heidi, lives here in West Seattle with her husband and 4-year-old son. The rest of our family lives in Colorado.

What surprised you the most once you became a mom?

Honestly, breastfeeding surprised me the most. I had a really difficult time with breastfeeding and went to the lactation consultants at Swedish several times in tears. It’s just not instinctual, or at least it wasn’t instinctual for me. Although we had a very difficult time for months, I continued to breastfeed until Olive was 11 months. Another surprise is how you can function on such...

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When I became a mother nine months ago, it was easy to let the role completely

overcome me. Mother was a new identity, and it came with a constant 8-pound

reminder that I was no longer calling the shots. It was easy to let “mom” become

synonymous with “me” and let my other identities take a back seat.

Well, it was easy for a little bit. I had just gone back to work after maternity leave

when I heard about Body Back. I was lacking confidence – it was so easy to focus

on everything that was out of my control when my baby was teething, the house

was a mess and I could no longer manage being on time for anything.

And don’t even get me started on my own body! It no longer felt like my own. I

was nursing every 45 minutes for hours on end, couldn’t fit into any of my clothes

and got winded loading up the car. Control and confidence felt like distant

memories.

Body Back gave me the space to reclaim the old me while celebrating the new

“mom me.” It challenges me to take control of my choices – what I...

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I loved being pregnant, but after I had my daughter I was also pretty jazzed at the prospect of wearing my favorite jeans -- the ones in the back of the closet with a real zipper-and-button combo.

I started walking, then got back to running with my doctor's approval. But I didn't have any bounce to my step. And although I ate healthy foods, I really wasn't sure how to adjust to life as an active, breastfeeding mom.

When Viv was 8 weeks old, I joined Body Back with the goal of eventually retiring stretch pants. After one eight-week session, fitting into jeans was near the bottom of what I'd accomplished. I was part of a community of positive, hard-working moms who helped keep me physically challenged yet emotionally supported. I ran a half marathon and set a personal record -- much to my surprise! I swear my butt was two inches higher. And thanks to the combination of a darling newborn and the endorphin rush that comes after hour-long high intensity interval workouts, I was also really happy despite all the challenges of being a new mom.

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One Year Anniversary!

One year ago I started my Body Back journey. Looking back there were so many emotions going through my head.

How was I going to explain to my husband this Body Back program was something that was going to help me become a better mother and wife? Why was I feeling so guilty for wanting to get healthy again? Was it really even possible to get out of the house alone with a 1 1/2 year old and a 2 month old at home? What if my babies wake up and I'm not there? Was it selfish of me to want my own alone time?

I swear there were times I felt just getting to Body Back was harder than the actual workouts. Don't get me wrong...the workouts killed me but as we all know as women and moms we take on everything and make sure everyone is taken care of before ourselves. So I did what I had to do... Since I was apart of the morning crew it meant that I would have to wake up my daughter, Emma, for a 5:00am feeding so that I could make the 6:00am class. Sometimes Emma wasn't happy about the 5:00am feeding so I had a lovely date with the breast pump...good...

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