Meet Kristen - Our Mom of the Month!
Name: Kristen Donaldson
Child name and age: Connor 2.5 years and Clare 7 months
Where are you from: I grew up in Las Vegas but was actually born in Arizona and lived in Germany until I moved to Vegas when I was almost 5.
Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: When my first was born in the dead of winter, I was a new mom that had no friends with little babies and really needed to get out of the house, so I googled "mommy and me workouts". I found that there was a Stroller Strides class less than a mile away that I could try for free. Connor was about 8 weeks old and we've been involved ever since. I loved that this was a place any mom was welcome. Fit4Mom has introduced me to some amazing ladies and their kiddos, so I truly have a little village of support that are there to help, guide me and even just provide a laugh.
Favorite Exercise: fire truck abs (even if I still have trouble remembering the song)
Favorite Mom-me time of the day: I love when both take a nap at same time and I can do whatever I want... But then there's those rare days when I can leave daddy with them and go get a pedicure and drink my hot tea in peace and while it's still hot ;)
What motivates you to exercise: I started Stroller Strides when I knew I had a wedding dress to fit into six months after my first was born, but now it's knowing that I feel better when I work out (and I get to see my mommy friends too).
How has Body Back changed your life? I have done Body Back twice and both times it was well worth it. The first time I was able to get into and even take in my wedding dress which was purchased before I got pregnant with my first. The second time I did it because I was starting to feel down about how "yucky" I felt and looked and now, I feel so much better about myself and I think that makes me a stronger mom (literally and figuratively). Plus the compliments from the hubby help too :)
Piece of advice for new moms: Don't be too hard on yourself - you're doing great at raising that little one and make sure to take some time every day for you too.