Motivating Mom of the Month-September 2022: Lattany Geraghty

"Talk about perseverance and tenacity. Lattany gives no less than 100% at each class. It’s been a pleasure getting to know her over the last few months. She makes motherhood look easy and fun. (I mean it is fun most of the time! ) Big shout out to Lattany for making 20+ classes in our summer challenge - way to go! Making time for self-care! You rock!" -Shannon, Franchise Owner

"Lattany and Michaela are an absolute blast to have in class! Lattany's dedication to making each and every class is incredible, and her ability to get in that hour of self care while keeping her daughter smiling is awesome!! Love that she is apart of our village!" -Kara, Fit4Mom Instructor

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

My family consists of me (Lattany), my husband (Matt), daughter (Michaela, 1.5yo) and two golden retrievers (Liesel and Ellie). Both my husband and I are from right here in Northern VA!

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

Haha, my first Fit4Mom class was the Mother's Day 2022 event which was very cold and rainy! I was impressed that so many people turned out with their little ones despite the nasty weather. Honestly, that attitude and the fact that they still held the class in spite of the weather is a lot of what made me want to be a part of Fit4Mom! There are often reasons and excuses not to workout or do whatever else needs to be done, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do it anyway. I want other moms in my life that have that same perspective.

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

My favorite class format right now is Stroller Strides because Michaela is at the age where she loves learning the songs and the hand motions. She is always singing "if all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops" and "Wheels on the Bus" and so many other songs she learned from Stroller Strides!

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

My background is in child psychology, specifically trauma, and I now work full-time for an education company. I work predominantly evening/night hours so that my husband and I can alternate childcare. I'm thankful to work for an international company that affords me the opportunity to work full time while also being with my daughter most of her waking hours! Who needs to sleep.

What are 3 of your favorite things?

Coffee, podcasts, and running.

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

Clean my house and then go on a date with my husband! Probably to Alamo Drafthouse for a movie + dinner + drinks.

What has being a mom taught you?

Being a mom has made me realize how very fast time moves. Not only because I see how quickly my daughter is growing (and she is!), but because I see how fast she learns new things and how many new things she can pick up in even just one day. It makes me want to commit more of my energy to growing and getting better at things -- learning new words, skills, hobbies, learning about a new topic, etc.

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

Oh gosh. I attended a gathering of some people I had worked and researched with during my academic career when Michaela was about 10 months old. It was the first time I had seen them since she was born and I was anxious to prove that I was balancing my career and motherhood just fine. I didn't have a babysitter, so I attended with Michaela in a baby carrier on my back and handed her animal crackers to munch on when she got fussy. Eventually, she was done with that, so I took off the carrier, held her while I finished visiting with everyone, then returned home. When my husband got home, he asked why the back of my black shirt was absolutely covered in smushed and smeared food, including three WHOLE animal crackers still stuck to the back of my shirt with slobber. I was mortified! So much for looking like I had it all together!

Any words of wisdom for other moms?

When I was pregnant, someone said to me, "Before I had kids, I thought parenting was about understanding and controlling their emotions. But I've learned that it's really about learning to control and understand my own emotions." I have thought back to that so many times. I often find that my 1.5 year old's emotions are understandable -- she's throwing a fit in the store because she didn't get a nap and she needed one and because she's 1! But it's MY emotion of frustration or embarrassment that I need to understand and control before I can be much help with hers.

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

I love to brag on Fit4Mom! I tell everyone to come for the friendships, the workout is a bonus. :) I love running and the gym but especially post-pandemic, adult friendships seem more complicated than ever and throwing kids in the mix can make it feel impossible. Fit4Mom allows me to meet new people WHILE exercising WHILE doing something fun with my toddler. Multi-tasking at its finest!