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July 2018's Motivating Mom of the Month

The timing of our next Motivating Mom of the month selection couldn't be more perfect! This soon to be mama of three is one of our most veteran class participants, attending nearly 300 classes in her time with us! She is a model of positivity, confidence and strength and we are so excited to be recognizing her this month! Maude, we love you and are so happy that you and your growing crew are part of our village!

Here is what our instructor team has to say about Maude:

"Maude is such a fantastic role model of a mom. It is a joy to watch how much Maude enjoys her children and how artfully she avoids letting the “small stuff” cloud her view of motherhood. I have learned so much from the way she “moms” with heart and confidence.

Maude is friendly, relatable, and inviting. She connects with new and veteran moms alike during class, when she championed our Spring Run Club session, and in organizing Our Village’s Book Club. She has such a special way of bringing people together and making everyone feel happy. In class Maude shows up ready to work and her stamina, strength, and beautiful pregnant posture are all tributes to her hard work.

We are so fortunate to have you as part of our community, Maude! We love how many aspects of Our Village you have embraced and made special just by being you! We can’t wait to meet Baby 3 and watch you champion yet another phase of motherhood! Congratulations!"

"She is stylish, she is strong, and she is so very deserving of this month’s title as our Motivating Mom! Maude has been a pillar in our village for as long as I’ve been a part of it, and it is such an honor to recognize this fabulous, fit mama.As a fellow Mom, Maude has always been easy to talk to, resourceful and uplifting, and makes the balancing act of motherhood look easy! She always shows up to classes with a smile, powers through her workouts with strength, and sees to it that her children are happy - and who wouldn’t be with a mom like Maude?

What was most inspiring was the way Maude tackled her training during our most recent Run Club session! With baby #3 on the way, she proudly crossed that finish line pushing a DOUBLE STROLLER - and those legs can move! That baby is one lucky arrival and we can not wait to meet the newest addition to your beautiful family. Maude, we love you and are so excited to celebrate you as our Motivating Mom this month!" - Instructor Lisa

"What a wonderful time to be honoring Maude as our motivating mama of the month as she prepares to become a mother of 3! Maude is such a special part of our village, largely because she has such a warm and welcoming personality that makes anyone she talks to feel right at ease. But she is one tough mama when it comes to her workouts where her strength and effort shine through. Congratulations Maude on this recognition, you deserve it!"- Instructor Carolyn

Here's some more about Maude:

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband, Jim, and I have Olivia (3.5), James (22 months), and #3 due August 23rd! We'll have three kids 3 and under for a couple of months, so wish us luck!

2. What is/was your career?

I worked in brand management. I decided to postpone my return to work... a decision I keep extending as my family grows.

3. List 3 of your favorite things:

1) we set aside 'family days' when we make sure we have no plans and we instead simply bond with each other ; 2) I love keeping active and fit, whether it's running around with (or after!) the kids, going on walks, or doing Stroller Strides ; 3) I love food!! One of my favorite things is to eat some great grub - I appreciate both good ol' pizza and fancy foie gras.

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

Jim says I approach everything in life with a positive and optimistic mindset.

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

Olivia was born November 2014 and I joined Fit4Mom Spring 2015. Looking back, I wish I knew about Stroller Strides sooner! The past 3+ years in the F4M community have kept me sane with tailored exercise and support from amazing instructors and moms. I would not have been able to get back in shape - and stay that way - without Stroller Strides. Finishing up this 3rd pregnancy, I feel strong!

6.What is your favorite class exercise?

Burpees! I love a good torture.

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

How fiercely in love with your children you become. They truly became my world and changed my perspective on what matters in life.

8. What is your proudest mommy moment so far?

I have to say running a 5k with a double stroller at 28 weeks pregnant. I was not only proud of myself for signing up but also for training and completing the race with a smile.

9.Any advice for other moms out there?

It's ok to give yourself time away from the kids. I find that I'm a better mom when I've taken care of myself with a date night, a nap, a mani/pedi, or a night or two away.

Maude, we wish you the best as you prepare for baby #3's arrival! We love you and everything you bring to our village each day! Congratulations again! We love you!