Motivational Mom of the Month - Mary Alex Murray

Can anyone else believe it’s July!? This month’s Motivational Mom started with FIT4MOM in Body Back and has now joined us for the summer in Stroller Strides!

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

Fit4MOM was recommended to my by a friend of mine when I was pregnant. I thought about joining over my maternity leave time but I was too overwhelmed by being a new mama. Finally, after following Instagram for awhile, I decided to join a Body Back Transformation group in January when my daughter was 6 months old. I’ve been coming to classes now for 6 months and I love being part of the village!

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

My favorite part of the Fit4MOM community is that I can come to work out AS I AM with zero judgement. If I feel like my tummy is showing during a certain exercise, if my baby is crying and needs to be soothed instead of me doing squats, or if I need a modification because something isn’t working for my body-I feel zero judgement from other moms who are there. We are all working to be our best selves and because we are all mamas-we don’t judge!

Who are you a mom to?

I am a mom to Addison, a feisty and vivacious little girl who turns ONE in July!

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

My favorite thing about being a mom is hard to choose but aside from all of the kisses and cuddles, I’d say that my favorite thing is watching milestones develop. It’s so neat to watch my daughter work on a skill like crawling and eventually master it!

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

Ugh. I guess I would choose a horse-sized duck. I grew up riding horses so I don’t think I could be violent towards horses but once a duck chased me when I was younger so I could possibly get revenge on a horse-sized duck.

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

When I’m not working out with Fit4MOM, I like to go on family walks with my husband, daughter and chocolate lab mix. I also enjoy doing BeachBody videos because they are only 25 minutes!

How do you practice self-care?

To me, practicing self-care has been the hardest thing for me to learn as a new mom. It’s taken me a while to develop this skill and to be honest, I’m still working on it. But something I learned through Body Back Transformation was the importance of taking a little bit of time for myself each day. That might mean doing a work out but it also might mean having a glass of wine and watching Real Housewives. The biggest thing for me has been to just learn to ask for that time and to share when I need help finding time for myself. My husband is a huge support with that.

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

I actually spent the first ten years of my life in Latin America. My family lived in Mexico City for five years and Puerto Rico for five years. We moved to Richmond when I was ten because my dad grew up here. I moved to Washington, DC after college and after meeting my husband, we moved back to Richmond two years ago when we were looking to buy a house and start a family.

How did becoming a mother change you?

Becoming a mother has made me more joyful. I’ve always been an energetic and happy person but being able to experience simple joys through my child has really made me find so much more happiness in every day life.

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

I’m heading to the beach this week so hopefully I can actually find time to read a whole book! But for TV series- I just finished Dead to Me on Netflix and I highly recommend it.

How did you meet your husband?

My husband and I met at UVA when we were both in the Education school there. But we never dated or even became friends! He moved to Tennessee after college and I moved to DC. Five years later, I was waiting in line to use the bathroom at a bar and he came up to me and said “I know’re a teacher!” ....and the rest is history I guess!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a teacher. I would hold classes with my stuffed animals and my dogs and I wrote report cards for them that I would give to my mom.

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

My five-year-old self would probably first cry and be very confused! But then....I would probably want to go to my classroom to play with the teacher supplies because I always loved to play school and I would think it was SO cool to play with the white boards and markers!

Mary Alex, I think we can all relate that carving out time for ourselves is tough and something we all need to work on! And I love what you said about FIT4MOM - we are a judgement free group of mamas who are there to support each other!