Name: Melissa Tydell
Child name and age: Evelyn (2.5 years old) and Thomas (7 months on 5/14)
Where are you from: Grew up in Overland Park, KS. Lived in Chicago for nine years before moving to Mundelein last summer.
Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: I attended my first class on July 10, 2014. It was a tough workout—but it was just what I needed. The skyline view we had from along the lakefront didn't hurt either! I signed up for a membership that day. Almost two years later, I feel happier and stronger. Because I can bring my kids with me, I’ve been able to consistently work out through different life changes, including my second pregnancy and a move to the suburbs, and I’ve met new friends along the way. The community has been incredible. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive. I always leave the classes feeling energized (and a little sore ha!)
Favorite Exercise: Anything with the bands. And I hold a special place in my heart for Stroller Barre!
Favorite Mom-me time of the day: Whenever I get a chance to read, I feel so refreshed and fulfilled. Bonus points if I have a coffee in hand or I’m sitting in a pedicure chair.
What motivates you to exercise: Exercise makes me feel stronger and happier—and it sets a good example for my kids of staying healthy and active. (Hearing Evelyn cheer me on and seeing her imitate the moves melts my heart!) Having other moms working out alongside me is also a big motivator.
Piece of advice for new moms: Be gentle on yourself and be open to help. Don’t play the comparison game: No one has it all together. We’re all trying our best. You’re a great mom!