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Motivating Mom of the Month: February 2021

"I met Teresa at the crack of dawn one morning at My Gym Alexandria before a Body Back class. She and I quickly became members of the “early morning crew,” and I knew I could always count on seeing her friendly face at all of those early morning workouts! Teresa’s kids are a little older than mine, so she gave me hope that I would get through the super difficult toddler years and find a light at the end of the tunnel. Teresa has always been such a fun mom to talk to and get to know, and I really miss seeing her in person at our early morning classes. I’m always so happy to see her name and her familiar, friendly face pop up in the Zoom window when our paths cross in class these days!"-Amy Vanden Boogart

"Teresa is so amazing at making time for herself to work out. When we were doing in-person classes, I could always count on seeing her bright and early twice a week at Body Back class. She's really committed and she's so supportive of other moms in class also!"-Amanda Martin, Fit4Mom Instructor

"Teresa is so dedicated! It’s amazing how she wakes up multiple times a week SUPER early to fit her workout in! She is very encouraging and always there if you need advice or support! Keep going strong, mama!"-Annie Sevel, Fit4Mom Instructor

Who are the members of your family and where are you originally from?

I'm originally from Vinton, VA

Husband Ed, son Mason (12, going to Middle school next year!), daughter Mackenzie (7)

When was your first Fit4Mom class and what do you remember about it?

February 2009, Thomas Jefferson Center, Arlington. I remember being nervous, and waiting for others to show up with strollers to ensure I was in the right place.

Where can we find you? What is your Fit4Mom routine these days?

Early 5:30am classes. My kids are too old for strollers.

What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?

I'm a Human Resources Business Partner for a government contractor

What are 3 of your favorite things?

Watching my kids activities, Dark Chocolate, Coffee (decaf)

You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?

Go clothes shopping

What has being a mom taught you?

I am stronger than I thought.

What is your funniest or most embarrassing mommy moment so far?

Most embarrassing is that my daughter likes to blame everything on everyone else and tells her teachers.

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

Take time for yourself!

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM? What would you tell someone thinking about joining?

The flexibility in the workouts and the early morning options! I really appreciate that I can work out at home. I've also loved getting to know other moms who struggle with the same challenges.