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This is long overdue! Kristin joined our FIT4MOM team as a Membership Manager this past January. This year is all about growth and our goal is to have supportive programs available to all mamas in our community. Kristin has been working on communicating with new mamas, helping them choose what program best meets their needs and helping them get scheduled to join our village. Working along side her this past year has been amazing! Denise

From Kristin...

I am from Northern Virginia and have a background in performing arts and nonprofit administration. My husband's job took us to Gaithersburg, MD when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first son so it was the perfect time to transition into being a stay-at-home mom. Living in a new town with a newborn was very isolating, especially when I dealing with a colicky baby at home by myself. My friend recommended I look to see if there were any stroller strides classes in my area so I could get out and about with my son in a baby-friendly environment. I remember being so nervous about going to my first class... what if I wasn't fit enough to keep up? What if my son started crying and disrupts the class? What if I needed to feed him in the middle of class? Luckily, I faced my fears and ended up finding a wonderful community of welcoming moms, instructors, and kiddos.

When we found out my husband's job was bringing us to Virginia Beach, I immediately started looking up Fit4Mom classes in the area so I could find a new community for my children and I to be apart of. At this point, I have participated in Stroller Strides, Body Back, and Run Club programs and am a huge advocate of all of them, no matter what your fitness goals. I am so proud (and surprised!) at what my body is capable of even after having kids. I never thought it would be possible to be the strongest I have ever been in my life in my thirties.

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From Our Instructor Molly.....

I remember Kristin and Odyn’s first Stroller Strides class fondly! Mainly because I got to snuggle this sweet baby boy so his mom could workout. What struck me most about Kristin was her determination that class. There might have been some moments of “holy cow what have I gotten myself into!” However, Kristin persevered through the class and joined us!

Her perseverance and commitment to her health and happiness (along with Odyn’s!) gets Kristin out to class five if not six days a week! I have loved our pre and post workout chats. Kristin is always a kind, compassionate and loving listener to anyone who needs a friend! She is also incredibly welcoming to any new Mom who comes out to class. She leads with her heart in all of her interactions with our moms and their kiddos and we are so grateful to have Kristin and Odyn in our village!!

More about Kristin....

My amazing husband, Joshua, and I have been married for 4 1/2 years. We met and starting dating in high school and then continued dating all the way through college at Auburn (War Eagle)!

Our little man, Odyn, just turned one this month. When we have family time we love to spend it outdoors; hiking, biking or just walking around the neighborhood.

My faviorate part of being a mother is watching Odyn grow and change everyday. He makes me want to be a better person and to be the best that I can be.

I would tell her to hang on! The days seem so long sometimes but with the unconditional love from your little one and the support of other amazing moms(like my stroller strides moms :) ) she will get through those days. Also, Don't be afraid to put yourself first occasionally, everyone needs a few moments to recharge throughout the week.

We have been attending Stroller Strides since mid September 2017 and try to go Monday-Friday. I started for myself. I first came to SS because I needed to be able to workout everyday and have something to occupy our mornings while my husband was away. We stay becuase of all of the amazing women that I have met over the months, the awesome playgroups for Odyn and the killer workouts for me.

We would not have been able to survive those long months of military training without our Stroller Strides family!

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What does your company do?

I have the privilege of listening to people's wants, needs and goals financially and then together we create a plan to pursue these goals.

What would local parents love about your business?

Local parents would love to be educated on the options available to them to help them achieve their financial goals and be more confident about their financial future.

Do you have any products/sales you're highlighting right now?

*Knowledge of the BRS Retirement System- military families, with less than 12 years service, have to make a decision on by the end of the year

*Extensive knowledge of Military Benefits including TSP

*Investments, life insurance, debt consolidation

Where can we find you - online or in person?

Online at mmmckenna@firstcommand.com, phone 716-860-1996, in person at any First Command Office (Chesapeake-home office, VA Beach, Norfolk or Lynnhaven.)

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Let's Make a Difference!

One of the components of Our Village is our “Moms with a Mission”. Each quarter we choose an organization to provide you with a platform to help better the community where you live and play. We organize and inspire members to participate in activities focused on giving back to children, families and the environment.

This quarter we have chosen to support a local organization called 99 for the 1. A mobile homeless outreach program. Find out more in this video

Their Mission:

A one stop shop to make those in need feel good again. They can walk in one door, shower, shave, get clean clothes, fill a bag with hygiene products for the week, get a meal and walk out the other door feeling good about themselves. We don’t want to give a hand out, but more of a hand up.

We are asking for your help Mamas! Please help us collected the items below, instructors will accepting the items all month - These are the items that they are currently in need of:

Shoes

Socks

Underwear (new in pack)

Deodorant

For each item you donate you'll receive a raffle ticket to win an ultimate FIT4MOM bag!

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Sara Farrell - Questions from the wonderful Kimberly Applegate

1. What are your 3 favorite foods? My 3 favorite foods are my mom’s homemade spaghetti, a really good burger and pancakes.

2. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? When you think things are too difficult – dig deep. You may surprise yourself and find strength you didn’t even know you had.

3. What item that you don’t have already, would you most like to own? A yard service. Our yard is huge but instead of hiring someone to maintain it we bought a riding lawn mower. Ugh.

Learn More

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Kristin Shapiro

When my son was 4 months old I started taking Stroller Strides classes. I absolutely loved it! It was a great work out, it got me out of the house, and I was able to meet and connect with a lot of really wonderful mamas. As my son got a little older, it was getting harder for me to make it to class because the timing fell during his first nap of the day. I was determined to continue working out and lose the last of my baby weight but was also desperate for my baby to sleep. That's when I turned to Body Back. I went to a preview class and was absolutely hooked.

I was able to get a high-intensity work out and was surrounded by a group of strong mamas, but also got one glorious hour by myself twice a week. I also really liked the nutrition tracking aspect of Body Back. When adjusting to motherhood, I had developed a lot of bad eating habits while trying to survive those first few months of life with a newborn. The nutrition portion got me back on track with my eating habits, but with realistic menu items that my entire family (including my new eater) could enjoy!

I cannot recommend Body Back more for mamas that need that extra boost to reach their fitness and nutrition goals in a more hands-on environment. After participating in the program for 3 sessions, I was the strongest I had ever been at my life! ~Kristin S.

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From our Instructor Sara… I met Ali last summer at Mt. Trashmore shortly after she joined Stroller Strides. I immediately noticed her easy smile and welcoming disposition. I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know her and little Otto over the past few months. It is clear that she has a love of fitness and being active (hello, she can SURF!). But beyond all of her hard work and sweat you will see a woman who is an exceptional mother, a great friend and a key member of our Village. We are lucky to have you, Ali!

From Ali….

How long have you been married? How did you meet?

I've been married to Mal for almost 5 years. Believe it or not we are a match.com success story. He was stationed in Newport, RI and that is where I grew up, we went on one date and I knew this was the dude for me.

How old are is your little one?

I have one son, Otto, and he is 16 months old.

What do you like to do as a family?

We love to be outdoors, we live at Chix beach and there's nothing a little salt and sand can't fix.

What is your favorite part of motherhood?

My absolute favorite part is looking at Otto every day and feeling such love and awe for the little miracle he is. No matter how tired or worn out I am, his hug or smile is worth it all.

What one piece of advice would you give to a first time mom?

Never hesitate to ask for help!! If you need a break, ask for one. Don't worry about the small stuff, laundry can wait, order take out, use paper plates so you can toss em if dishes are overwhelming. DO you!

How long have you been involved in Stroller Strides?

My husband is in the Navy and we moved here in April 2017 and I think I joined Stroller Strides around July or August 2017.

What brought you to us?

Believe it or not Jess Schenck's mother in law goes to the same church as my mom and long story short, they got to talking and connected us.

Why do you stay?

UHH, cause ya'll rock. Otto has blossomed socially with the playgroups and play dates and I have met great friends who share the same interests as I do. It has truly been a blessing to find this group as you have become part of our family's routine. Keep on rocking!!

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What does your company do?

Usborne & More sells the most engaging, exciting and educational books on the market today!

What would local parents love about your business?

The company sells over 1,800 bright, colorful, and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects and ages.

Do you have any products/sales you're highlighting right now?

Enjoy 14% off your entire order in February in honor of Valentine’s Day!

Where can we find you - online or in person?

Online. the link to my website to search books and make purchases is https://y6875.myubam.com

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From our Instructor Kim ….I remember meeting Dani for the first time at the field house. She was new to class and like the rest of us a little nervous. As soon as we started chatting I knew this was her village. She walks into every class with a smile and positive attitude . Dani is always willing to reach out to a new mom at class, tell her story and share her experience at Stroller Strides. She doesn’t hesitate to welcome that mom with open arms. We have watched her grow as a strong and confident Momma, and as a friend. We will miss her and Ava. Wishing you and your family the best of luck Dani. Always remember we will always be your tribe no matter how many miles between us

From Dani....1) Chris and I have been married a little over 3 years. We were introduced by mutual friends at a BBQ in Monterey California and pretty much started dating that night. He’s hilarious and literally the kindest person I’ve ever met. We have our daughter Ava who is 16 months and we just found out we have another on the way!

We love being together. We love eating, cooking, hiking, going to the aquarium and the zoo and exploring our new areas every couple years. We are military so we move around quite a bit!

2) My favorite part of motherhood is watching Ava grow and do hilarious and awesome things like mimic us and develop her own little personality. My other favorite part of motherhood is meeting other mommas and babies and sharing this crazy beautiful experience of momming.

If I could only share one piece of advice it would be to get out of the house and find your tribe. Find other mommas who want to build a village and share in the experience. The feeling of support and the friendships that develop are priceless.

3) I started SS when Ava was 3 months old. I had found the group online after desperately searching for a something to help me get my little one out of the house. I was terrified to start and had to talk to Denise twice before getting up the courage to go. It was by far the best thing I’ve done for myself and Ava! We usually try to go to all of the classes when the weather is good, and you’ll typically find us at the field house during winter. We love all of the instructors and have a great time meeting new mommas and babies at each location.

We stay for the village!! Thank you SS for being our family, our friends and our support while we’ve enjoyed Virginia!

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1. What are your 3 favorite foods? Mama’s cooking, boudin, and whiskey.

2. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?

“Keep on keepin’ on!” – Joe Dirt. Wisest words ever spoken.

3. What item that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?

The endurance of Mo Farah and the legs of Beyonce.

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