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Meet Dawn! Our Mom of the Month AND New Body Back Instructor

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.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?

My hope is that in 5 years I will be active in my daughters' schools. I hope to be a part of the PTA and volunteering in their classrooms regularly. If I didn't have any obstacles I would pursue my dream of renovating old craftsman homes. I've watched too many hours of HGTV and I am convinced I could do it too!

What is your best mom hack?

I LOVE prepping healthy foods on the weekend so I'm not tempted to cheat during the week because I am pressed for time. I hard boil eggs for breakfasts and snacks, make veggie bags and kale chips for snacks, and make salads for my lunches. Sacrificing a little time on Sundays really helps me to make healthier choices during the week.

Any advice for moms stuck in a rut?

Instead of thinking of all of the reasons while you CAN'T start thinking of all the reasons why you CAN. I used to have the biggest chip on my shoulder about exercise. I did it because I knew I needed to for my health and weight management but I always dreaded doing it. A little over a year ago I had a dear friend get diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, another friend get diagnosed with cancer (a battle she recently lost), and my dad get diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Their lives changed dramatically and it made me realize a lot of things I take for granted about my body and my health. Since then my feelings have changed about working out. I feel blessed that I CAN push my body and get stronger (mentally and physically) and that your health is not to be taken for granted. Every time I'm working out I think of them and it helps to give me that little push to keep going.

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