Meet our July mama, Sheetal! She is currently enjoying her last few months at home with her little boy, before going back to teaching this fall. THANK YOU Sheetal for continuing to join in our virtual classes. You rock!
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from India and I have lived in the US for a little over 5 years.
When did you join FIT4MOM?
I joined FIT4MOM in 2018 when I was pregnant with Om and I used to do the Fit4Baby classes. I began Stroller Strides when Om was about 8 weeks old and I was instantly hooked because of the wonderful community of caring mamas!
What classes do you attend?
Currently I am doing my second round of Body Back. Other than that I have tried the Run Club (and loved it). I used to do Stroller Strides, but since we have gone virtual I have been doing a lot of nighttime HIIT classes and some Strength and Core classes.
Who is/are your workout buddy(ies) and their age(s)?
My workout buddy is my little boy Om. He will turn 15 months in a few days!
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
My favorite thing about FIT4MOM is the community of caring, supportive mamas. No matter how hard a day has been or what issue I am grappling with, it is heartening to know that I am not alone. Even though we can't meet up often anymore or we don't talk much, the mere thought that someone has my back and is rooting for me in this motherhood journey gives me strength.
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 am a Stay at Home Mom. Before having Om I was a Special Education teacher for elementary students in the Lake Washington School District. I will be going back to full time teaching this fall and am trying to make the most of this time with my sweet boy.
Share your thoughts on the concept of “it takes a village” – is it important for moms to join a village?
I have truly started to believe that it takes a village to raise a child well, especially in this day and age. Our children learn from what they see and the more diversity, respect, kindness and sharing they see, they will grow up to be those values too. On the other hand, having someone to vent to while dealing with sleep deprivation, teething, hormonal changes and what not helps keep me keep sane!
What is your favorite beverage?
My favorite beverage swings between a proper cup of Indian tea and margarita depending on the time of day. ;)
What is your favorite dessert?
My favorite dessert is ice-cream with chocolate, chocolate, chocolate cheesecake..... Basically, anything chocolate!
You are given 4 hours of FREE babysitting. What would you do?
Assuming that we are not in the middle of a pandemic anymore, I would take my husband on a city tour of bar hopping!
What is your ultimate child-free vacation destination?
We recently visited Cancun, Mexico. I would love to go back there (child free). It was one of the most beautiful places I have visited in a long time.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
I think I have learned to let go. It has been hard but also liberating to be able to let go of things I can't control and enjoy the things I can.
I am happiest when...
My little boy falls asleep and I sit there watching him feeling proud of being his mom!