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Name: Jessica Gerig

Child(ren) name and age: Jack (3), Baby Gerig #2 due in July

Where are you from: Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: One of the last classes of the Body Back program is called the 100s class, which requires 100 reps of each exercise. It’s incredibly challenging, but all of the moms cheer for each other, finish the tough workout together and celebrate at the end! One of my favorite things about Fit4Mom is the way that moms encourage and inspire each other.

Favorite Exercise: Bicep curls and wall sits

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: After my son is asleep, I enjoy cozying up on the couch, sipping a cup of tea and watching Bravo.

What motivates you to exercise: I exercise to improve my physical and mental health and to model a healthy lifestyle for my family.

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? I found Fit4Mom shortly after I made the decision to leave the professional world and become a full-time mom. I was eager to find a community of other moms and Fit4Mom provided that (and so much more!) This...

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Name: Katrina

Child(ren) name and age: Nell (5), Ben (3)

Where are you from: My childhood was spent in a small town called Parker City, but Chicago has been home for the past 12 years.

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: it’s hard to pick just one, but I think meeting all the moms at the 10th anniversary session last summer. Many of the moms from Chicago had moved to other locations so catching up with them. And knowing that everyone there would “get it” no matter what my kids were doing.

Favorite Exercise: I am a fan of squats and crunches. Upper abs and side obliques, but the lower abs we can leave lol.

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: my husband is very good about taking the kids at night if they wake up. Or even getting them to bed, so taking 30 minutes to watch a show and do my nails just makes me feel normal again.

What motivates you to exercise: My health, for a long time my joints have been bad. All of them. I have had multiple surgeries on wrists, knee X-rays, physical therapy for my back. The no judgement zone in all the...

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Teaches: Body Back in Vernon Hills

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Mom to: Evelyn (4.5) and Thomas (almost 2.5)

How did you first get introduced to FIT4MOM/Stroller Strides? I came across a mention of Stroller Strides online in 2014 when Evelyn was about 11 months old, took a Stroller Barre class at Diversey Harbor, and signed up as a member that day!

What made you want to become an instructor? After a couple of Body Back sessions, I had to share it with other moms! I’m not exaggerating when I say FIT4MOM has changed my life, physically and mentally. I feel strong, confident, and energized. Body Back allowed me to take time for myself, focus on my health, and realize what I’m capable of, all within the supportive community of FIT4MOM. I want to help other moms experience that!

What did you do before becoming an instructor? I was and still am a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Through my business, Melrose Street Custom Content, I work with marketing agencies and small business owners to create written content.

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I can’t believe we have come to the end of this eight-week journey. While it is the end of my Body Back session, it is certainly not the end of a revitalized healthy lifestyle for me and my family.

Final Results:

Over 5 inches lost total.

1.5 inches off my waist

1 inch off my hips

1.75 inches off my thigh

7.8 pounds lost

Strength gains of over 21% in each category (Burpees, Squats, Push Ups and Bicep Curls)

Held Plank for 2 minutes (almost doubled)

Went from 2 – 10 push-ups (push-ups are admittedly my weakness)

Overall percentage change of 292%!

Carrie asked us today to tell her something we want to carry on from this session to the next session and beyond. My answer was meal planning. Meal planning has been such an important piece to keeping me on track the last eight weeks. When there isn’t a plan, I give in to the temptation to grab fast food or take out. It also helped me shop more efficiently and cut down on my visits to the grocery store. How often do you visit the grocery store when you don’t plan...

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Progress:

I can’t believe we are in Week seven and assessments are at the end of the week! Now that I’ve stopped dwelling on the scale (it took me long enough!), I’m celebrating all of the progress I’ve made. I had to order a piece to attach to my wedding ring to keep it from falling off! If that isn’t a sign of my progress, I don’t know what is! I’m excited for my measurements and strength assessments on Friday. It has been incredible being on this side of the process. Assessment day is always my favorite as an instructor and it will surely be even more fulfilling as a client.

Success Strategies:

I’ve mastered planning and am extremely motivated to keep my meal planning up after the session ends. This is the major key for me to keep from derailing during the week. I shop after I teach class every Saturday and make my oatmeal energy bites every Sunday. I’m confident we have saved a lot of money on take out the last seven weeks. In the past, I would order dinner in whenever I didn’t know what to cook. By planning ahead, I don’t have to think about it at all...

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Progress:

Still holding strong on the no alcohol or soda front! I gave up alcohol for Lent one year, which is roughly six weeks. That is the longest I have ever gone without (since being of legal age 😊) except of course for the nine months of pregnancy. I have not seen big movements on the scale, but my clothes are fitting better and I feel so STRONG when I work out. That is huge in itself! I feel like we often get caught up on that number on the scale. I am guilty of this. I keep reminding myself that success in Body Back can be measured in so many other ways than weight!

Success Strategies:

In case you haven’t read my previous blogs -there is a theme here -, plan, plan, plan! Just tonight, I went to make dinner and realized I was out of eggs. I am literally never out of eggs, I don’t even know how that happened. It is early in the week and I have a meal plan written and shopped for. This made it extremely easy to substitute a different healthy meal for tonight. Two months ago, that would have been a wonderful reason to order completely unhealthy...

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Name: Irina Konchan

Child(ren) name and age: Nicholas(8), Alisa(6) and baby Brandon who just turned 1!

Where are you from: I am originally from Belarus, but have lived in the Chicago area for the past 17 years

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: Brandon’s first army crawl happened on the floor of the gym after the Stroller Strides class and he learned to clap during the “Hello” song!

Favorite Exercise: I have a love-hate relationship with wall-sits. I hate the burn, but love how strong my legs feel afterwards.

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: When everyone is tucked in their beds at night and my washing machine’s complete cycle signal hasn’t gone off yet, I love to sit down on the couch, put my feet up and watch my favorite Masterpiece show on PBS.

What motivates you to exercise: Stroller Strides Glenview has an awesome group of moms. Seeing them in class every time, makes me want to come too. Also, watching my kids mimic my every move when I work out reminds me that I am someone’s role model every minute of every day. If my kids grow up...

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Progress:

It’s the middle of week five and I have still not had any alcohol or soda. I had a couple moments of weakness in the form of a piece of candy last week and a Girl Scout Cookie over the weekend. It made me feel crappy, but I’m over it now. Onward and upward! 😊 I’ve been great about getting my workouts in and sticking to my planned meals and snacks. I even had a trip to my home town for a “Bubbly Brunch” and turned down a donut cake (yes, there is such a thing as a donut cake!) and said no to the bubbly. It feels good to have self-control most of the time, even if I have a few minor slip ups.

Success Strategies:

My most successful strategy so far is planning. From my meals to my workouts, planning is key. I can’t get down on myself when I do have slip ups. I won’t let one bad decision (er, cookie) derail my progress and success. On Body Back days, when I am especially hungry, I pack a snack bag with my favorites. I’m not tempted to buy something unhealthy on the go when I went through the effort of packing a snack...

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Progress:

It’s the middle of week four and I have still not had any alcohol, wine or dessert. While the scale did move some last week, I’m much more excited to see the changes in the way my clothes fit. We had a snow day last Friday, so I had a little extra time to plan out my week. It is amazing how writing out my meals sets me up for a week of success. I could have all the ingredients in my house for a recipe, but if it isn’t written out and if I lack motivation, then it doesn’t happen. When these eight weeks are up, I WILL continue this habit of planning our weekly meals. (note to self for later😊)

Success Strategies:

Plan, plan, plan! We have eaten a couple meals out lately and the key is to review the menu and decide what I’m having before I get there. This is very helpful to ensure that when I get to the restaurant I don’t have to read the menu eight times. Knowing I’m getting a salad or something healthy keeps me from being tempted by the appetizer and dessert sections. When I’m not doing Body Back, I like them to bring me #alltheappetizers....

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Teaches: Stroller Strides in Evanston. I'm also getting certified to teach Body Back!

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Mom to: 20 month old twins Paige and Madison

How did you first get introduced to FIT4MOM/Stroller Strides?

I had heard about Stroller Strides from another mom in a new mom’s group I was in. When my friend Bailey told me that she did Stroller Strides and invited me to class, I was hooked!

What made you want to become an instructor?

I loved how strong I felt coming to classes and wanted to make other moms feel strong too.

I also love the friendships formed through FIT4MOM!

What did you do before becoming an instructor?

I managed social media and customer service for a few restaurant franchises.

What is your favorite part of instructing? Favorite song/exercise?

I love singing silly songs and making the moms laugh (or they might be laughing at my bad singing skills) I...

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