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Meet Halley - August's Mom of the Month!

Name: Halley Winer

Child(ren) name and age: Liam (4 years) and Mason (16 months)

Where are you from: Chicago born & bred! But grew up in Northbrook (northern suburb).

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: Two favorites. 1. I love that when I’m at a Fit4Mom class, the kids can act like total cuckoo birds and no one bats an eye. Whether it’s needing a snack/toy/iPad adjustment every 30 seconds to just general screaming, it’s NBD and everyone just continues on with their workout or dealing with their own crazy child. 2. I exercise more now than I have my entire life. In fact, I went to a Stroller Strides class the morning before Mason was born! (Cardio, strength & contractions!) Fit4Mom classes get me out of the house, get me moving, and keep me sane and healthy all at the same time. Kind of the perfect situation, really!

Favorite Exercise: Burpees! KIDDING, literally hate those. Really anything that makes me feel strong. Core, biceps/triceps, squats... I love being sore the next day.

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: Obviously after the kids are in bed, I curl up on the couch in a blanket and enjoy some quality Bravo.

What motivates you to exercise: Being strong for my kids and showing them that exercise is important for mind and body... And also, if I’m being honest, my Apple Watch nagging me to get it together!

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? I met two of my best mom friends from Stroller Strides, Lauren and Jeannie. Our firsts were all born within a couple months of each other and we were all pregnant with our seconds at the same time. (Lauren and I had ours only 4 days apart!) They’re also the worst, because they both left Chicago, but I don’t know what I would do without them and our daily texts about momming.

Piece of advice for new moms: The first four months are literally terrible. Sleep deprivation is torture. But after that (aka when you start getting more sleep for you and more interaction from them), it’s the best and keeps getting better everyday. Also... Easier said than done, but not everything is as big of a deal as you might think it is. So they have a late nap one day. Or they skip a meal. Or they have a 5th diaper explosion in one day... There’s always tomorrow.