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Mom of the Month: Jen DeYoung

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?

I’ve always turned to running to exercise/ decompress/ me-time. When my daughter was about a year old, I got side-lined with a running injury. I didn’t know what other exercise to do that could fill the void and that would fit with my family life. I got into a big rut physically and mentally and after spinning in circles, I finally decided to give Body Back a try. A couple of mom friends had done it and loved it (and looked amazing!) and I thought it would be a good way for me to learn some complimentary exercises to running. Well, I was quickly hooked – not just the classes but the community too pulled me in—I loved being a part of a group of such positive, determined, supportive women. And I loved feeling strong again! After a year of Body Back/Shred, I fully healed from my running injury and moved onto Fit4Baby. Can’t wait to check out Stroller Strides and get back to Body Back!

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

I’d love to have completed an ultramarathon.

What is your favorite go to piece of baby gear?

Our Ergo!

Any advice for new moms?

One of the biggest lifesavers for me after my daughter was born was committing to one activity a day (two proved to be a lot; three was too many, for sure)—whether it be a baby & mom yoga class, meeting someone for coffee, a trip to the grocery store, etc. This forced me to get out of the house and feel like I was part of the outside world. It also taught me to get comfortable with whatever was thrown my way—blowouts, meltdowns, or, if I was lucky, blissful baby sleep.

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