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March Mom of the Month - Clare Pasquesi!

Name: Clare Pasquesi

Child name and age: Emma is 2.5 years old and Andrew is 7 months old

Where are you from: Originally from Omaha, NE but have lived in Chicago for the last 7 years

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: I am so grateful for Fit4Mom! I started with Stroller Strides classes 2 years ago when my oldest was 6 months. At that point I was needing to find a good workout, for both physical and emotional reasons, but wasn't feeling comfortable finding child care for my daughter "just so I could exercise" (I now know that was a silly thought-exercise is so important for overall well being.). Stroller Strides was a gift for so many reasons: 1) It was a Great workout! 2) My daughter was a part of the workout-no child care needed. 3) It was a community of Positive and supportive moms (Mom friends!). 4) My daughter, and now son, were surrounded by other kids both young and old. The post-workout playgroups are amazing! 5) It was my introduction to the greater Fit4Mom programs. Since starting, every single Fit4Mom workout and event that I have attended has been nothing but joy! I am currently participating in the Body Back program. It has been life changing! Being a mom is the greatest, yet hardest, job. The Fit4Mom community has been the best support group for me throughout these last 2.5 years of being a mom.

Favorite Exercise: I've always been a runner, so I love that I can get some running in during Stroller Strides classes. However, since participating in the Body Back session, my new favorite exercise is push-ups, because I feel stronger now than I have ever been #momstrong.

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: I started the Fit4Mom Body Back classes in January, they are my favorite 'mom-me' times during the week. It is a great workout with an amazing group of women!

What motivates you to exercise: I am a mess if I don't exercise! I am motivated by how I feel overall when I do exercise. When I exercise I am more positive, more confident, have more energy, and feel proud for taking care of myself.

Piece of advice for new moms: Take care of yourself! You will be a better mother if you do!

"Imagine a pine tree standing in the yard. If that pine tree were to ask us what it should do, what the maximum is a pine tree can do to help the world, our answer would be very clear: “You should be a beautiful, healthy pine tree. You help the world by being your best.” That is true for humans also. The basic thing we can do to help the world (our kids) is to be healthy, solid, loving, and gentle to ourselves. Then when people look at us, they will gain confidence. They will say, “If she can do that, I can do that too!"

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