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December 2018 MOM-Motivating Mom of the Month

We are so excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for December! 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....Lauren Birrer!

I vividly remember Lauren's first Stroller Strides class and when I think back to that day and everything she has accomplished since I am in complete awe. Lauren has not only used FIT4MOM as a way to connect with other moms & their kids or to get a workout in for the day, she has committed 150% to leading a healthier lifestyle through her dedication to Body Back Transformation (& her normal Strides routine). The Lauren I see today is a strong, confident, and happy woman who continually inspires those around her. Not to mention an amazing mom showing her son that hard work leads to success and happiness. I feel lucky to work closely with Lauren and can't wait to see everything in store for her as she continues on her journey. ~ Instructor Katie H.

Lauren is such a motivation to our village! I love her dedication to each and every class. She is always smiling her way through class at Stroller Strides. Lauren has been a role model to her son and to others showing the positive results of hard work and commitment. I value her opinions on this journey of motherhood and find her positive attitude to be very encouraging! ~ Instructor Colleen

Who are the members of your family?

My husband, Michael, and our two-year-old son, Michael James. We also have a sweet Yorkie named Lucy.

What is/was your career?

I taught for eight years for MCPS and am a certified elementary school teacher and school administrator. Currently, I am taking a “mommy gap” in my career to be a stay-at-home mom and enjoy motherhood with my son while he is young.

When was your first class, and what do you remember about it?

My first class was in May 2017 at the Clarksburg Outlets. Katie was the instructor and I specifically remember her using puppets in class and thinking to myself this is amazing! At that moment I knew this was the place I was supposed to be! I also remember the kindness and welcoming feeling I experienced from Katie, Heather, and Andie during class.

Where can we find you? What is your FIT4MOM routine these days?

You can find me in Clarksburg! My schedule is Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at Stroller Strides and Monday and Wednesday at Body Back! Needless to say, I love Fit4Mom!

What is your favorite strides exercise?

My favorite Stroller Strides exercise would be the three deep breaths and a smile! Haha! Just kidding, although I do love that part too! My real favorite part is using the bands for upper body.

What has being a mom taught you?

Being a mom has taught me so much! I think most importantly it has really instilled a deep sense of gratitude within me and helped me see the true beauty of life.

List 3 of your favorite things.

Besides my faith, family, and friends, I would say: decorating, organizing, and learning.

Give us a giggle- What is your funniest or most embarrassing mommy moment so far?

Once I was in the store with my son when he was about 10 months old. We were in line to check out and all of a sudden he started pointing at a guy close to my age and kept saying Dada! Over and over and pointing. It was pretty funny at the time and also embarrassing! Luckily the guy just laughed and wasn’t creeped out.

Any advice for other moms out there?

Slow down and try to find the beauty in the little things. Also, don’t forget about self-care and how important it is to take some time for yourself to rejuvenate!

What would you tell someone who is considering attending their first #fit4mommoco class?

Come! Don’t worry about it being too hard or really about anything! Everyone is very nice, welcoming, and there are modifications for everything! Being with other moms every day or almost every day AND being able to work out with your baby and/or toddler in tow is AMAZING and truly a gift!

Thank you, Lauren for being such a valuable part of Our Village here at FIT4MOM Montgomery County! We truly appreciate you & the positive energy you bring to class and Our Village!

Check back to see who our first MOM for 2019 will be in January!