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Motivational Mom of the Month: Kate Brady

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I heard about Stroller Strides from someone in a moms meetup group. I attended one of the ACAC classes in November 2016 when Ella was just 9 weeks old. I joined in January and then became an instructor in March.

What do you love most about FIT4MOM?

I love that FIT4MOM tailors their workouts to the pregnant and postpartum mom and the issues we face. That is not something you find anywhere else.

How and why did you decide to become a FIT4MOM instructor?

I actually got an email that Natalie was hiring instructors a month after my first class. I hadn't been back to class again yet, but knew that as a fitness instructor, this would be the perfect class to teach with my baby. I emailed Natalie and went back to class the next week.

Who are you a mom to?

I am mom to a sweet, smart, and crazy energetic, 17 month old daughter, Ella.

What gets you out of bed every day?

The goal of starting my day before Ella wakes up is what gets me out of bed early. I like to have some time to myself to get my day in order before the rush of getting her up and ready.

When you're not exercising with FIT4MOM how do you stay fit?

I also teach barre at The Barre Boutique. Finding time to workout for myself has really been a struggle since having Ella, though. It wasn't really until Ella got down to one long nap per day that I was motivated to fit in workouts for myself. I try to get to the gym once a week for either a strength workout or a swim in the pool. I also love to do our FIT4MOM instructor training videos at home when Ella is napping.

When you think about being fit and healthy, what is the thing that motivates you the most?

Having my body feeling and performing at its best keeps me motivated to be healthy and fit. Eating well makes me feel good. My body is off when I eat things that aren't a part of my normal diet. I workout to be strong so my body can perform tasks like walking up stairs or holding Ella.

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Who in your life is your biggest fitness inspiration?

My husband is my biggest fitness inspiration. He is a triathlete and lifts weights. He is incredibly motivated and has great time management skills. He gets up at 4:30 every morning so he has time to fit in his workouts every day without sacrificing any time with us. He inspires me to exercise even when I am not in the mood, and I always feel better afterward.

Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?

I was born and raised in Virginia Beach. My husband (then fiancé), was in graduate school at VCU when I graduated college, so I moved to Richmond to be with him.

How did you meet your husband?

My husband was friends with the older brother of one of my best friends in high school. We met at their house one weekend when their parents were out of town. The rest is history...

Did you and your husband celebrate Valentine's Day? How?

Both of our birthdays flank Valentine's Day, so we usually don't celebrate too much. He got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a bar of dark chocolate. We both got Ella to make Valentines for each other.

What were you like in high school?

I was the overachiever in high school. I was in all the clubs, I was a teacher's pet, and I was class valedictorian.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a mom when I grew up. It sounds corny, but it's true. When I was a little girl, I had baby dolls that I treated like real babies. At daycare, I tried to help feed the babies and change their diapers. I became a babysitter as soon as I possibly could. In high school, my friends called me Mama Kate because I took care of everyone. I even wrote my college admissions essay about how my maternal instinct and desire to be a mom could translate into success in different careers.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

"To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is unacceptable."

Thank you, Kate, for helping us all get to know you better! The struggle to balance motherhood and self-care is real. That's why It's always so inspiring to hear how moms are making time for themselves. Getting up before the kids and working out during nap time are great ways to get a little "me" time. Take a cue from Kate and take time for self-care. And if you attend one of her classes, please be on time!!

- Erin

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