Motivational Mom of the Month - Lulu Garcia

Our May Mom of the Month is our first client to ever participate in all 3 of our programs! Lulu started with us in FIT4BABY, spent her maternity leave with us in Stroller Strides and has now transitioned to Body Back.

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

It was just over one year ago in March 2018, when I was expecting my second daughter that I came across FIT4MOM while I was researching yoga and fitness classes for pregnant mamas.

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

From the first time I met Natalie I loved how welcoming and personable she was, as were the other instructors. They genuinely care about you. You are not just a face in the crowd like at other places. That made me commit to it. Also, the feeling of being surrounded by other moms really helps. It takes away a lot of the overwhelming feelings of motherhood.

Who are you a mom to?

My 4-year old Daniela and baby Maya Sofia who is 9 months.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

I love the snuggles, cuddles and unconditional love from kids!!! I love to see them growing and learning and witnessing how they become their own selves.

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

Neither!! But if I needed to pick, I guess I would rather deal with one horse-sized duck.

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

I like to run. I used to train for marathons but now I just run as a cardio work out (at the YMCA). It is an efficient way to burn calories and to release stress

Speaking of FIT4MOM - did you know you are the first client to participate in all 3 of our programs (FIT4BABY, Stroller Strides and BodyBack)!? How has your experience been with each of those?

I was very surprised when Natalie told me. It made me very happy!

I had tried many different classes in the past but had never tried HIIT before and I fell in love with it. Staying active during my pregnancy was very important to me. I bought my first pass after my first FIT4BABY class and attended until the day my water broke. I would definitely recommend it to any pregnant woman. It is very fun to see the bellies growing as the weeks go by. Then, during my maternity leave I did Stroller Strides/Barre and it was so helpful in many ways. It gave me a reason to start a routine and get out of the house, gave me energy and helped me gain my strength back. It is so hard to deal with a postpartum body but being in a group of mamas, the village, gave me the confidence I needed to know that everything was going to be OK. After a few months I was ready for new challenges and Body Back Transformation seemed the best way to continue. I am sad that BBT is coming to an end but my journey with Fit4Mom will for sure continue.

How do you practice self-care?

I struggle like many moms to have a good life balance but I try my best. I exercise 3 to 4 times a week, and practice meditation at night. I do one special thing a month for me, it could be a facial, a haircut, a pair of new jeans, buying that expensive makeup or new nail polish, something to pamper myself because I deserve it.

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

I was born and raised in México City and moved to Richmond in 2013 after getting married to an American citizen. We both relocated here for my job. It was a big move but glad we did it. Sometimes is hard to be a foreigner but I have found that motherhood has helped me to feel more connected regardless of having different backgrounds. We are all women experiencing the same challenges.

How did becoming a mother change you?

I feel that all moms are superwomen. Creating life is the most amazing miracle. Raising a human being is a BIG DEAL. I think I am more compassionate with others now, especially with other women. We all need unconditional support, with no judgments. When you become a mother your priorities change and before you know it, your identity fades, you are still you but sometimes it is hard to recognize yourself, it is really important to have a network, a village, to find a safe space and to relate to others in the same situation. I am very grateful for people with a BIG HEART like Natalie who puts a lot of effort into nurturing this community.

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

I don’t watch much TV but after the Oscars I watched “Roma” and “Period. End of the sentence”, usually Netflix or Amazon Prime are my go-to channels. “Roma” is a masterpiece, I highly recommend it: the cinematography is amazing and it is an intimate reflection on Mexico City’s history, sounds, issues and feelings with female figures at the center. The documentary short film “Period. End of the sentence” made me appreciate how lucky we are and how much we take for granted, when women in other parts of the world are still fighting for their rights and don’t even have access to basic products.

How did you meet your husband?

We met at LAX. Joe was living in Los Angeles and was interviewing for a job in Mexico City and I was living in Mexico City and flying back home from LA after a business trip. We were sitting next to each other at the airport gate and started talking. We switched seats in the plane to sit together and two days later we met for dinner in Mexico City. After dating for two years (and many trips to L.A.) we got married and moved to Richmond.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A scientist, haha! Very nerdy I know but I didn’t fall too short, I am a food engineer/scientist.

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

Go shopping!! Cash or credit

Thank you so much Lulu for your awesome interview! I’m slightly obsessed with the story of how you met your husband...we should pitch that to Hallmark movies ASAP!

- megan