Motivational Mom of the Month - Angie DeAngelo

Happy July 1st Mamas! We're halfway through the craziest year ever and it's hard to believe! What's not hard to believe...we've got the BEST village out there filled with the BEST moms! Like our mom this month, Angie! Join me in getting to know a little more about Angie!

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

I found FIT4MOM on Instagram. I saw a picture of a group of moms working out together and thought it would be nice to be a part of a local mom community. I started attending fit for baby classes in March of 2019.

What do you love most about being part of this community?

So many things. I love that I am always welcomed with warmth and smiles. I love that we can talk about our real mommy issues at coffee chats with Jenna, and that we share coping strategies, empower each other, and never judge. I also appreciate that the exercises are designed for moms of all different postpartum body aches and pains. The instructors always show modified workouts to make sure we have a safe and productive exercise.

Who are you a mom to?

I am a mom to our 9-month-old blessing, Stella Grace.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Cuddles and being her favorite person in the whole world.

Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or one hundred duck-sized horses?

I think one hundred duck-sized horses. I would have to ask a lot more questions about what’s allowed in the fight to make my final decision.

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

I am a very outdoorsy person, so I either walk around the neighborhood or hike in the local parks.

How do you practice self-care?

I try to go upstairs earlier than normal at least once a week. I take a bath, make my chamomile tea with a slice of orange, and read a book while listening to Sadé.

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

I was born and raised in Poland. I came to America when I was 18 years old. I first landed in NYC and moved to Florida four years later. That’s where I met my husband and together we moved to Richmond for his career.

How did becoming a mother change you?

My road to motherhood was long and difficult. I feel like I changed on the way to becoming a mother. I got to know myself more through the emotional, physical, and financially exhausting journey of infertility. I was surprised by my own determination and perseverance, I had no idea I was someone who just wouldn’t give up on their dreams. Once I become a mother, I developed really strong feelings of compassion for other parents and children. I wish I could help every struggling mother out there and adopt every baby that doesn’t have a mom.

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

I read “Where the Crawdads Sing”. It was a great read. I follow Reese Witherspoon’s book club on Instagram, and she usually has pretty good recommendations.

How did you meet your husband?

Jon and I met in Florida. We were next-door neighbors for about a year, but officially met when he started training service dogs. I thought to myself that he must be a very selfless and big-hearted person to be able to train a dog for two years and then give them to someone in need. The 8-week-old golden retriever puppy was really hard to resist. I left a note for Jon with my phone number and I asked to call me if he ever needed help with Lola... so he called, and the rest is history.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a police officer.

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would she do first?

Reach for all the chocolate up on the top shelf.

Angie, I love the story of how you met your husband - so bold! And I agree, it takes a very selfless person to invest that much into a dog and then give them away! We are so glad you are a part of Our Village and you bring so much warmth to our Coffee Chats and Mom's Night In! We are so glad you found us on Instagram!