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March's MOM - Motivating Mom of the Month

We are excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for March! Each month we will take a moment to honor one of our local Fit4Mom Montgomery County Moms for her efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle and for her dedication to the program. This month we honor Emily McDougall.

Instructor Claire says, "Emily has attended consistently since her very first day! She always shows up with a positive attitude and works hard! It is awesome to see her take advantage of all the benefits of stroller strides; challenging herself during the workout and staying after so Teddy can play and she can socialize with new friends. Emily is a motivating example of how to embrace the Fit4Mom mission!"

We asked Emily a few questions so we can all get to know her better, and here is what she had to say:

1. Who are the members of your family?

The members of my family are my husband, Mike, my son, Theodore (Teddy) who is 16 months old, and me.

2. What is/was your career?

I am a registered dietitian though I currently am staying home with my son. Before having Teddy I worked as a clinical dietitian in an ICU.

3. How long have you been a member of Stroller Strides of Montgomery County, and what has it done for you?

I have only been a member of Montgomery County Stroller Strides since early January, but it has given me more confidence and motivation to get fit and concentrate on my health.

4. What is your favorite strides exercise?

My favorite Strides exercise is also my least favorite: stair suicides

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

What has surprised me about motherhood is how much it has changed me. I'm more patient, more stressed, happier, more tired, more emotional. All of the cliche things that I heard about becoming a parent are so true!

6. List 3 of your favorite things:

  • Teddy, my son
  • how good I feel after exercise with all the endorphins running through me
  • dessert with a glass of wine

7. What your proudest mommy moment so far?

My proudest mommy moment so far was when the orthopedist told us that Teddy's hips were totally healed (he was born with hip dysplasia and was in a brace for the 1st 3 months of his life) and that he no longer had to wear his brace because we had done a good job with having him wear it.

8. Any advice for other moms out there?

Since I'm a dietitian my advice is food related: your child knows how much or how little he or she needs to eat so trust them. It may seem like too much or too little to you, but they know instinctively so follow their lead!

Thank you, Emily, for being such a valuable part of Our Village here at FIT4MOM Montgomery County! We truly appreciate you!

Check back to see who our MOM will be next month!

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