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This month we have the privilege to spotlight one of our fabulous instructors, Eliza Selan! Let's learn a little more about her!

1. Who are the members of your family?

I am the wife of Benje and mother to our 4 year old son Connor as well as our almost 12 year old greyhound Pinky Higgins and our 6 year old cat Sunshine. I am also mother to be to baby number two due this Fall.

2. Where do you typically teach?

Hillside Park in Ashburn and the Sportsplex in Sterling.

3. Tell us your story about how/why you became an instructor for FIT4MOM Ashburn.

I found FIT4MOM Ashburn a little late, my son was already 2.5, but I loved the Stroller Strides classes and the whole FIT4MOM Ashburn family. When I was asked if I would be interested in teaching I thought it would be a fun way to challenge myself and be a part of the FIT4MOM Ashburn team. Teaching was totally out of my comfort zone, but I hoped to...

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We are so happy to introduce our April Mom of the Month, Cathy Fernstrom! She and her adorable daughter Mabel joined us almost a year ago and have been such a fun addition to Our Village! Let's learn a little more about Cathy!

1. Where are you from originally?

Cleveland, Ohio

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

Being able to work out and not have to worry about providing daycare for that time.

3. What do you remember about your first Stroller Strides class?

I was pleasantly surprised how challenging it was.

4. What motivates you to exercise?

I want to live a long life to be there for my daughter.

5. What is your favorite part about being a mom?

Seeing Mabel happy.

6. What is your favorite thing to do when your little one is napping?

Catch up on DVR.

7. What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

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This month we are shining the spotlight on one of our Stroller Strides instructors - Jessica Siemer - to get to know her a little bit better! She is a great instructor and we love having her on our team!

1. Who are the members of your family?

I am married to Tim and a mom to Ian (2 years old) and Anastasia (3 months old).

2. Where do you typically teach?

Village at Leesburg

3. Tell us your story about how/why you became an instructor for FIT4MOM Ashburn.

Before I had my son, I was very active and in the best shape of my adult life. Once I had him, I was struggling to find a way to workout with my son. He didn't do well in the gym daycare, so when I found FIT4MOM, I decided to give it a try. I only had to attend a few classes to know it was a good fit. We were away all summer at which point I decided I wanted to pursue my personal trainer certification-more for my own betterment than anything else. I completed that program in the fall of 2016. When I returned to the...

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This month's Mom of the Month is Tracy Mattos! Tracy is mom to adorable Kourtney and always comes to class and Our Village activities with a smile!

We love having Tracy in Our Village! Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself this month!

1. Where are you from originally?

I'm originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

The fact that I can bring my baby with me to workout and it's a really intense workout.

3. What do you remember about your first Stroller Strides class?

How welcoming everyone was even though I had a fussy 3 month old.

4. What motivates you to exercise?

I want to stay healthy for my daughter.

5. What is your favorite part about being a mom?

Everything! But I think the absolute best is the unconditional love and feeling needed.

6. What is your favorite thing to do when your little one is napping?

Cook or...

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This month’s Mom of the Month is Sydney Martenis! A mom to sweet Madelyn, our instructors described her as someone "who uses her hour to the fullest and sweats with a smile." They added, "she has a way of instantly brightening your day!"

We are so happy to have her in Our Village! Thanks for sharing a little more about yourself on the blog this week, Sydney!

1. Where are you from originally?

I am (mostly) from San Diego, California--my dad was in the Navy so we moved around quite a bit. But I was born there and spent my high school years there, which was pretty great.

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

I love the community--both in respects to having fun, having motivating people to work out with, and seeing other moms on a regular basis.

3. What do you remember about your first Stroller Strides class?

I vividly remember not being able to do a burpee and being generally intimidated.

4. What motivates you to exercise?

I like to eat...

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This month’s Mom of the Month is Ashley Wood! A mom to sweet Howard, our instructors described her as someone who is "vibrant and tough and always makes the class smile!" They added that she is "a thoughtful mama (who) works to get all she can out of her workout on good days and bad."

We are so happy to have her in Our Village! Thanks for sharing a little more about yourself on the blog this week, Ashley!

1. Where are you from originally?

Florida

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

Having a community of moms to go along with on the beautiful and sometimes hard journey of motherhood

3. What do you remember about your first Stroller Strides class?

I remember being immediately thankful that I found a way to exercise without worrying about leaving my son in childcare that he despised!!

4. What motivates you to exercise?

Exercise makes me feel good. It gives me energy and clarity.

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This month’s Mom of the Month is Rhea Kyna! A mom to sweet Olivia, our instructors described her as “positive, smiling, and always attentive to Olivia.” They added that she is “always hard working and never complains no matter what (we) throw at her.”

We are so happy to have her in Our Village! Thanks for sharing a little more about yourself on the blog this week, Rhea!

1. Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Oxon Hill, Maryland (National Harbor).

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

I love Stroller Strides because I am able to exercise and still care for my daughter. And how the exercises involve the kids by singing along to tickling their feet.

3. What do you remember about your first Stroller Strides class?

I really did not know what to expect but I do remember how empowering it was to work out with a group of moms pushing their babies in strollers!

4. What motivates you to exercise?

To be able to fit back into my jeans...

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Since being diagnosed with — and treated for — breast cancer in 2009, author Judy Fitzgerald has made it her mission to learn everything she can about the causes, treatment, and prevention of the disease. She details her experience, her discoveries, and her appeal to further breast cancer research in her book entitled A Teacher’s Journey…What Breast Cancer Taught Me. More recently, she founded an organization called Sisters4Prevention with the help of her mother, sisters, and sisters-in-law. Sisters4Prevention strives to support breast cancer education as well as the development of a breast cancer vaccine.

On her blog, Fitzgerald shared a month’s worth of steps for breast cancer prevention. We are fortunate enough to benefit from her years of research through the short excerpts below from her “31 Days of Prevention.” The entirety of her post can be found at http://sisters4prevention.com/judyblog...

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This month’s Mom of the Month is Megan O’Shaughnessy! A mom to sweet Hudson (with a little one on the way), our instructors described her as “the first one to challenge herself with a red band,” “steady and strong — always ready with a friendly chat or extra burpee,” and “a great example for new moms.”

We are so happy to have her in Our Village! Thanks for sharing a little more about yourself on the blog this week, Megan!

1. Where are you from originally?

Clifton, VA- so just a 30 minute drive from Ashburn

2. What is your favorite thing about Stroller Strides?

I love starting my day with a good workout, and then being able to have Hudson with me is great. I know he loves the playgroups afterwards, especially in the winter months when it’s harder to get out!

3. What do you remember about your first Stroller Strides class?

I came to the Fall class last year and remember thinking how hard the arm exercises and lunges were. I’d been running with Hudson up until that point but strength...

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