Meet Rachel Shults! Rachel is our Mom of the Month for September 2016. She is also our newest Baby Play Date Captain. That’s right, baby play dates are back (stay tuned for more information on this!) For now, enjoy getting to know Rachel, and be sure to say hi when you see her at class!
Where are you originally from?
I have lived in the greater Seattle area all my life! I currently live next door to the house where I grew up.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
What classes do you attend?
I currently attend Stroller Strides and Friday Night Fit Club.
Who is your workout buddy and their age?
My little man’s name is Westley and he is 11 months old.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
This question is so unfair, there are so many things! I love how empowering it is for mothers as well as mothers to be. I feel that since I found out I was going to have my son, people have focused on what I could not do and when I go to class I am encouraged to see what I can do. That was incredible for me while I was pregnant. I really did not know how to be active until Fit4Baby, and everyone told me to just take little walks, but I could not go very far. In class I saw how much I was actually capable of and I think that is a feeling every new mother should experience.
How has FIT4MOM changed your lifestyle choices?
FIT4MOM has motivated me to choose healthier foods to fuel my body, not just eat whatever is easiest, because it is hard to work out when all you have in you is five cups of coffee and a granola bar. It is more than just physical for me though, after my son was born I became incredibly self-deprecating. Now whenever I feel frustrated I just remind myself to look back at everything I have accomplished in the last few months.
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?
Currently I stay home with my son, but before I worked for Lake Washington School District, in the Extended Day program.
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
Yes! Going through motherhood is tough, and I found it to be so isolating before we started Stroller Strides. A village of moms is a great place to just be able to talk and socialize with like-minded ladies who are supportive. It really helps to get you out of the house and doing something for yourself. I found out how important that was when my baby blues lifted almost instantaneously. Being a part of a village can help shake those feelings easier than just hoping they go away.
What is your favorite beverage?
I really like coffee, especially frappucinos. But mostly I drink water.
What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite dessert is all the dessert. Right now I want a chocolate muffin.
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
Eat a really nice meal really slowly, shower, then sleep. Or go to the mall and shop like crazy and then eat a really nice meal as slowly as I want.
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
Disneyland or Disney World…. Does that count as child-free?
How has becoming a mother changed you?
Becoming a mother has changed me significantly, sometimes I wonder if I am the same person I was before. I am amazed at how much I can love Westley even when he is spitting up in my hair right after I get my first shower in days. I think I have had to become even more flexible than before, nothing goes the way I plan it anymore and I have just had to adapt and get over it.
I am happiest when…
I am happiest when I get to hang out with both my husband and my son.