Motivational Mom of the Month: Liza Jamison

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

I found FIT4MOM online and joined last February. My first class was Stroller Strides which I loved, but Charlotte has never been a huge fan of being strapped into a stroller (or anything else, for that matter). I quickly joined Body Back and was hooked!

What do you love most about FIT4MOM?

I love it’s mission to include all moms, and that the goal of workouts is to feel better (rather than look better, although that happens too!) I find that the workouts are fun, but challenging and not overly serious, which is nice.

What is your role at FIT4MOM?

I recently started teaching FIT4BABY.

How and why did you decide to become a FIT4BABY instructor?

I really fell in love with Body Back when I started. For the first time in my life, i felt physically strong! I had always been able to make myself run and do yoga, but had never been able to stick with (let alone enjoy) a strength based workout. I found myself wishing that I had started strength training sooner (as in during or pre-pregnancy), so when Natalie said she was thinking of launching FIT4BABY, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! I want to help other women feel strong, empowered and more energized earlier in their motherhood journeys than I did. So far I have been so inspired by the strong pregnant mamas who take time out of their evenings to do something nice (but challenging!) for themselves and their babies.

Who are you a mom to?

Charlotte Gail Jamison, who will be 19 months old on 3/11!

What gets you out of bed every day?

Literally and figuratively, Charlotte. If you’re wondering what makes literally removing myself from bed easier, I would have to say that listening to a short guided meditation helps me set an intention for the day and feel more energized.

How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?

I’ve started doing my own tabata workouts, in addition to some online HIIT workouts on Popsugar. I also bought a (very affordable) Groupon for online yoga classes of varying lengths. These are good options for quick naptime workouts! Historically, I've been a runner, but not so much during the cold winter months.

Who in your life is your biggest fitness or just basic life inspiration?

Hmm, this is a tough question. My mom is absolutely my biggest parenting inspiration. She has always been so selfless and generous. I’m not sure I can site one single fitness inspiration.

How do you practice self-care?

Self care is tough with a toddler but I like to think I’m getting better at it. For a while I felt like self care has been making sure I get in workouts. Charlotte recently started daycare however, and we’ve been passing around a lot of illnesses in my house this winter. So...I’m learning that sometimes self care is actually forcing myself to nap, or sit quietly rather than exerting myself. I’m trying to be better about using a calendar consistently to schedule and block out time.

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Hard to pinpoint one thing, so I will share two pieces: “When in doubt, just do the next “right” thing”, and “Be kind to yourself”. Both are easier said than done, but I have found them to be helpful.

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

I grew up in Connecticut and New Jersey, but came to Virginia to go to UVA. It was there that I met my husband, although we didn’t start dating until I lived in Boston and he lived here in Richmond after college. I came back down here for our relationship (and because I really do love the state).

What is something you've done that you're really proud of?

I’ve always been proud of being a UVA grad (Wahoowa!), although I’m much prouder of my daughter. She has such an amazing spirit, endless energy and has a great sense of humor.

What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?

My husband and I really enjoyed Longmire on Netflix, although I haven’t finished the last season so can’t comment on my thoughts about the ending!

How did you meet your husband? Tell me about your first date.

My husband and I met on the first day of Tuesday-Thursday classes in our first semester of college. It was a Spanish class and we had been asked to introduce ourselves by stating our name, and something we liked that started with the first letter of our names. He was delightfully perplexed by this, being much more of a math and science than a language guy. I helped him say “My name is Trey and I like trains” (not necessarily accurate, but it fit the bill). We remained friends throughout the rest of school and 4 years later, a few days after we graduated, he asked me to go fishing with him. We consider this to be our first date, but we didn’t officially start dating until a year after that, as I moved to Boston and he to Richmond for our first jobs.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through a few different phases: a waitress, a veterinarian, a news anchor (This went on for a long time, fueled by my love for Katie Couric. It was actually through reading an article about Katie Couric that I decided I wanted to go to UVA (random, I know))

Thanks, Liza for telling us more about yourself and for being an inspiration and guide to pregnant moms through FIT4BABY! I love the advice to "do the next right thing." Thank you also for the reminder that self-care doesn't have to mean one specific thing, but can be anything our bodies need, whether it's a workout, a nap or reading out in the sunshine. Pregnant ladies, I highly recommend getting to know Liza better and joining her on Thursday nights at 7 pm for FIT4BABY.

Erin Sorkin

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