February 2018 Motivating Mom of the Month

This months MOM of the month vote was unanimous among our instructor team - she is as kind, determined and committed as they come! A stronghold in our Body Back Transformation community, this beautiful soul sets an amazing example on the importance of self care, rolling with the punches of motherhood, and is known for her kindness and grace! We admire her strength and want to celebrate the fabulous Kristen Ripka as February's Motivating Mom of the Month!

"What a breath of fresh air! Kristen is so kind-hearted, hard-working and down to Earth. Her positive attitude impacts everyone around her. She has absolutely rocked our Body Back program, taking it by storm and showing us all what an inspired mama can accomplish. She makes little mom wins look easy but stays so real about it. It’s because of this that other moms want to model their successes and challenges after Kristen’s relaxed but determined approach. It has been so motivating to watch Kristen’s physical transformation and motherhood journey and we are all better for having her as part of our FIT4MOM community. Thank you so much Kristen and Congratulations"!!! - Instructor Sarah

"I'm thrilled to be honoring Kristen as our motivating mama this month! Kristen's friendly, kind personality was immediately evident when she started coming to Stroller Strides with Emma. She always makes everyone around her feel so comfortable and when she calls Emma "Goose" you can't help but smile! I love how Kristen keeps motherhood in perspective and really respect how she values the balance she has between her work and family life. But one of the things that really stands out when I think of Kristen is what I've come to observe through her success in Body Back. When she's working hard, Kristen has a determination like none other. You can see it in her face when she wants to give in but refuses quit. It's so admirable and definitely helps motivate our other Body Back mamas! Congratulations Kristen, you're such a valuable part of our Fit4Mom village and this is well deserved"! - Instructor Carolyn

"Kristen is such a strong Mom! I met Kristen back when my oldest was 7 weeks old and she greeted me with a smile and confidence with her newborn! That steady strength even in the newborn chaos is what I always admire about Kristen. Her quiet strength that propels you to keep working hard along side her whether it is at Fit4Mom or just being a mom in tough moments. Thank you Kristen for always giving our village your very best"!- Instructor Colleen

"Kristen was the first person who told me about Stroller Strides- so I owe her for bringing me to this amazing village! I met Kristen in prenatal yoga and she was so open and friendly right away! She has brought this attitude to stroller strides, befriending everyone she meets, offering up helpful parenting tips- and always rocking her workouts! After maternity leave Kristen was a dedicated Saturday attendee and then moved onto Body Back. She has consistently pushed herself to work hard and has been so committed and dedicated to her workouts, self care and her daughter, Emma. It has been such a pleasure to get to know Kristen both in and out of FIT4MOM classes over the last 2 and a half years"! - Instructor Meg

"Kristen was one of my very first friends at F4M and I can remember us “twinning” at the REC center with same cars, baby birthdays, and new Mom life! I connected to her kindness immediately and was always been drawn to her collected Mom strength! She has since been the brightest light in our village and ON FIRE in Body Back, kickin’ things up a notch and showing us her commitment and determination! We are so honored to celebrate this special mom and love you, Kristen"! - Instructor Lisa

Meet Kristen!!!

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband Brett and our daughter Emma (Almost 2 ½)

2. What is your career?

I work as a Wholesale Account Executive for Dooney & Bourke, based in Norwalk, CT. I have worked for Dooney for 14 years!

3. List 3 of your favorite things:

Besides the joy I get out of waking up early to go to Body Back Classes, I love spending time in the summer in Newport or Block Island with Brett & Emma. I also love giving presents and watching them get opened!

4. What would your partner say is your best quality?

I think he would say my patience, since he doesn’t have any :-)

5. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM Southeast Fairfield County, and what has it done for you?

I have been a member of FIT4MOM since January 2016. Thanks to Colleen Carney Cannon for encouraging us to go after our Mom Group at Willows one day! My only regret is that I did not get there sooner after Emma was born since

I had to go back to work in February. I used to love going on Saturdays with Emma, and having the support and the sense of community with all of the other mamas! I recently have become a Body Back addict, and am happy to say I have been there since the Body Back Launch, and they can’t seem to get rid of me!

6. What is your favorite class exercise?

I would have to say the Russian Twists or Burpees, since both of these exercises I could barely do when I first started.

7. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

I think every day something surprises me about motherhood! The unpredictability of each day, full of unkowns and new milestones!

8. What is your proudest mommy moment so far?

There are so many proud mama moments, but I would have to say when I hear my daughter say “Please, Thank you and Bless You when someone sneezes” It makes my heart just melt a little.

9. Any advice for other moms out there?

I think my advice would be to make time for yourself. It is so important to take care of your family, but you need to make sure you make some time for YOU.

Kristen, your dedication to your family and yourself is truly admirable! It has been so wonderful watching you take control of your well being in our Body Back sessions. We cannot wait to see all the great things to come for you as you get ready to rock Body Back session #5!! It has been an absolute pleasure having you part of Our Village! We love you!! <3 Stay strong mama - you are on a roll!