January's MOM - Motivating Mom of the Month

We are excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for January! 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 Monique Fields.

Instructor Cara says, "Monique has been a part of the Stroller Strides family for as long as I have! Not only has she been an amazing fitness role model for everyone - always giving it her all-- she has also been welcoming to new moms, sweet to all the kids and hilarious. It is wonderful to see that after 6 years, Monique is still such a pivotal and enthusiastic part of the Stroller Strides community! Plus, she is great at shutting your car door if you inadvertently leave it open in the mall parking lot....bonus! Thanks Monique for all the great workouts and here is to many more!"

We asked Monique 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?

Our family is made up of 4 people & 2 dogs. Jason, myself, Johnny, Emily & Meimei & Milly.

2. What is/was your career?

I used to be an endodontist, a root canal specialist. So make sure your kids brush their teeth & go to the dentist!!

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

This one even surprised me! I joined Stroller Strides in October 2008!! I have been a member for over 6 years! Our son Johnny was only 3 months old.

Stroller Strides initially gave me a reason to get dressed & leave the house. It later got my body back. Then, it kept me in good health throughout my pregnancy with Emily. To date, Stroller Strides has taught me to know my body, what exercises work what muscles & how to constantly change things up to keep your body guessing, all while meeting other great moms & their families & even finding some of my best friends in the whole wide world. For my kids, Stroller Strides has taught them how important physical activity is & of course, that the last & most important stretch is always a SMILE!

4. What is your favorite strides exercise?

My favorite exercise is running the stairs.

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

Every day I'm surprised by how much I love my kids & how much they love me back, unconditionally. I've made SO many mistakes, & I'm surprised we are all still okay! I'm also frightened by how much I sound like my mother :)

6. List 3 of your favorite things:

  • My family
  • laughing with friends
  • mint chocolate chip ice cream

7. What your proudest mommy moment so far?

My proudest mommy moment was watching Emily float & swim at 2 years old & watching Johnny complete his first triathlon at just 6 years old. They are already more accomplished than their mommy!

8. Any advice for other moms out there?

Keep trying new things. I never used to exercise & if I didn't try Stroller Strides, I would not be the person I am today. Also, don't hesitate to call on your family & friends. We all need help. Being a mom is tough.

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

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

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