Happy November Mamas! One thing I love about FIT4MOM is that no matter where you go, you can find your village. Our November Motivational Mom of the Month can attest to that as she just recently moved to RVA from Denver! Please give a warm welcome to Amanda Pando!
How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?
I have been apart of a FIT4MOM for 3.5 years. I joined my local FIT4MOM location, which was FIT4MOM North Metro Denver, when my youngest was 6 weeks old. When we moved to RVA four months ago from Denver Colorado the very first thing I did was find the local FIT4MOM because I needed to find my new village.
What do you love most about being part of this community?
Being new to VA, and new to being a SAHM I love the camaraderie that FIT4MOM has. It’s nice to talk to other mothers, and know that the things and feelings I am experiencing are completely normal. I know that I am not alone in this journey, strength in motherhood.
Who are you a mom to?
I am mom to Robert who just turned 5 in September, and Liliana who is 3.5 years old.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
My favorite thing about motherhood is watching everything through my kid’s eyes. Everything is new to them, and they have so much wonder and curiosity.
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?
Neither, haha! If I have to pick, I guess I would go with a hundred duck-sized horses. Horses are nicer than ducks, right?
How do you stay fit when you're not working out with FIT4MOM?
With my youngest at home with me during the day it can be difficult to get a traditional workout in. If Liliana lets me have some time to workout, I will write my own Body Back type workout. On days she wants to be with me, and on weekends, we will do dance parties, Nerf gun war, and play tag.
How do you practice self-care?
Self-care, what is that??? Since becoming a SAHM I have not been the best at this, and I know that I need to be better about it. Right now the majority of my self-care is attending Body Back, and FIT4MOM moms night out. I am still trying to find my balance.
Where did you grow up and how did you end up in Richmond?
I grew up in a small town south of Denver, Colorado. I lived there until I got married, and my husband and I lived just north of Denver. Myself and my kids were born at the same hospital my mom was born at. We relocated to the Richmond area this summer because my husband got a job at Capital One. It was a very hard decision for me to move out here; my entire family lived within 50 miles of our house, I owned a salon, and was instructing Body Back. I am glad we made the move. I am loving it here, and it has made my husband and I stronger as a couple because we have had to lean on each other.
How did becoming a mother change you?
In all honesty motherhood has been difficult and amazing at the same time, it also tries my patience. I have also become more aware of the world around me. Reading and seeing certain things affect me differently now that I have kids.
What is the last great book or television series you've read/watched?
I did enjoy The Pigeon Goes to School ;) My 5 year old is learning to read, so the only reading that has been happening in our house lately is children books. I totally binge watched Dead To Me, and loved it.
How did you meet your husband?
I met my husband on eHarmony. I didn’t like the type of men I was meeting when I would go out, but that could have partly been how I was dressing at the time too. I was ready to meet a man that was at the same phase of life I was. I was nearly 30, and wanted to be with someone that was ready for marriage and kids.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
It depends on how old I was. I have wanted to be everything from a school bus driver to the president. The only thing that I have wanted consistently through out my life was to be a mother.
If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?
As a kid I LOVED my pedal car. I would pedal just as fast as my little legs would go down our driveway, and I would slam on the brakes to spin the car. I am sure the first thing I would do is hop in a car, and try and spin out.
Amanda, I can’t imagine moving across the country and leaving all of your family behind but we are sure glad you found your way to us! I think we can all relate to needing to practice more self care too! Thank you for sharing a little bit about yourself with us!