Meet our mom of the month, Crystal. This superstar mama inspires us with her dedication to fitness, her motivation, and all around positive, sparkling personality. Thanks for being part of our (virtual) village!
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Northern California and met my husband in San Francisco after college.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
2016 while pregnant with my second child, Natalie.
What classes do you attend?
I started with Fit4Baby, then Stroller Strides, then Body Back and now I'm a Body Back and Run Club member.
Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?
Thomas is 6 and Natalie is 3.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
It has been my lifeline, this year, especially! I knew I liked to exercise but I don't think I realized how important it is for my physical and mental well being. The format of the FIT4MOM community is the best I've found and the one program I have stayed with the longest. I love the comradery, the coaching, the group fitness, the fact that classes are different Every. Single. Time. I am always on my toes, sometimes literally, and I love how fast paced the workouts are. I also feel like the community is real; people can be quiet, funny, engaged or not, and all of those things are accepted and encouraged.
What is your current job? Or what did you do before staying at home (if you don’t currently work outside the home)?
I am a Vice President of Operations for my ad agency, MediaCrossing. I run all the social ads for my clients, so those ads you get on Facebook? Yeah, probably me. Sorry Not Sorry!
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
Villages are what helps keep you sane during any time of parenthood. Finding other people who are going through similar circumstances, who have an outlook on life that is focused on family, health and friendships is what a village is. When you can deepen relationships within a village things get even better. It takes work and energy so it's wonderful that the FIT4MOM village includes all the aspects of what is important to me in a single place. It has facilitated health and wellbeing.
What is your favorite beverage?
Lattes, Wine, Water, in that order.
What is your favorite dessert?
Dark chocolate, but, I'm kind of picky. There is this chocolate torte thing drizzled with olive oil and sea salt from my favorite restaurant in San Francisco that I literally dream about. If it's not that, I'd probably eat cheese instead.
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
Sleep, workout, shower, and get fully ready for a day. Or, go out to dinner with my husband. Turns out, I really like the guy!
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
At this point, anywhere I can go for more than 3 days at a time to rest and recuperate, and then, experience an actual vacation. If it's a place, I'd go to Hawaii or where we honeymooned, Canouan Island.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
I am quite different now that I'm a mom. I'm still super driven and self motivated, but a lot of my focus has shifted to my kids. I've learned that I have more patience than I thought existed in the universe and that I'm pretty good at picking battles. I also know that I'm a better mom when I have rest and have exercised.
I am happiest when...
My kids are calm, happy, laughing and my husband and I are laughing about something.