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June's MOM - Motivating Mom of the Month

We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for June! 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 Kathy Blake.

" Whether at Stroller Strides or run club Kathy is always pushing herself further. She is a veteran of both and continues to show an increase in strength and endurance at both. While I'm sad her time at Stroller Strides is winding down, I'm so excited to be able to see her continue on with run club and crush her goals!!" ~Instructor Kristy

"I love how consistently Kathy attends class, and how she's always smiling no matter how tough the workout. Because Ethan is her youngest child and she has two "big kids", she also has a great perspective on parenting to add to our Fit4Mom village." ~Instructor Ashley

"Kathy approaches her work outs with a no-nonsense attitude. She is there to push herself and she does!" ~Instructor Claire

We asked Kathy 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?

Myself, Carl (my husband), Ryan (age 10), Audrey (age 8), and Ethan (age 3.5)

2. What is/was your career?

I am a child psychologist. I work part-time at a private practice conducting psycho-educational evaluations.

3. How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM Montgomery County, and what has it done for you?

I have been a member of FIT4MOM Montgomery County for the last 3.5 years. Plus, I did an additional 2.5 years with FIT4MOM when my daughter was little. Despite having three kids, thanks to FIT4MOM, I am in better physical shape now than I have been at any other time in my life. I am especially grateful for running club. I had never run or done any type of sport before. Now I can confidently complete a 5K and actually call myself a runner!

4. What is your favorite class exercise?

Ashley's clam shells--I can always feel the benefit/burn of that little movement the next day.

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

Just how much I love being a mom! Before I had kids, I thought I'd want two kids, but becoming a mom made me want three :)

6. List 3 of your favorite things:

Ryan, Audrey, and Ethan, of course. But, besides them, I'd say:

  • the beach
  • chocolate
  • reading a good book

7. What your proudest mommy moment so far?

A few weeks after Ethan was born, I was sitting on the couch holding Ethan when my oldest, Ryan, came over to me and said, "Thank you Mommy for having Ethan" and gave me a big hug. Then, Audrey came over and did the same thing. What great kids!

8. Any advice for other moms out there?

Enjoy your kids while they are little. I know the days are long, but the years really do go by fast!

Thank you, Kathy, for being such a valuable part of Our Village here at FIT4MOM Montgomery County! We truly appreciate you & we will greatly miss you as the next chapter in your life begins!

Check back to see who our MOM will be in July!

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