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Meet Kelly - Our July Mom of the Month!

Name: Kelly Tracy

Child name and age: Jack (2 years old)

Where are you from: I grew up in Streamwood, Illinois. I lived on the Northside of Chicago for eight years before moving to Morton Grove.

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: It's hard to pick just one thing. The sense of community is the first thing that comes to mind. Jack and I started Stroller Strides when he was five months old. It was shortly after I started staying home full-time and I was looking for a way to meet other moms. I was also ready to get back into shape. It's become so much more than that though. I never would have imagined the support and friendships that have come as a result of this group.

I'm also a huge believer in Body Back. I've completed two full sessions and it's completely changed my relationship with food and fitness for the better. It's so rewarding to see how your body and strength level can change in only eight weeks.

Favorite Exercise: Any type of plank

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: Unless I have something fun planned with friends, I look forward to my weekly shopping trip to Mariano's. It's often the only time during the week where I'm not running around with a toddler in toe. I can grab a coffee and stroll through the store. At the same time, my husband and Jack get to spend some quality time together. It's a win-win.

What motivates you to exercise: The way I feel after a workout motivates me to exercise. I've never regretted a workout. I try to remind myself of that on days where it takes a little extra motivation to get myself into gear.

Piece of advice for new moms: Trust your instinct. Even as a brand new mom, you know what's best for your child. When I first had Jack,I remember being really overwhelmed by all the information that's out there. Once I blocked out the noise and stopped googling everything, my confidence as a parent grew.

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