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Mom of the Month - Ashlei Winningham

Meet Ashlei, our Mom of the Month! Ashlei is wifey to Bryan and mama to two handsome guys named, Reid and Liam.

Ashlei is a longtime member and has completed almost ALL of our programs! She’s a regular at Strides and Boost and has completed both Body Back and Fit4Baby. She always has a smile on her face and is so positive. When Ashlei isn’t sweating it out at class or busy being an amazing mom or wife, she is a Counselor for middle schoolers. Talk about tough job!

Ashlei you are one awesome mama and we are so happy that you are a part of Our Village!

Hometown: Florence, KY

Family Members: Bryan (husband of 9 years), Reid (4), Liam (1), Cinnabun (dog #1) and Junebug (dog #2)

Favorite Exercise: I love all kinds of squats! And I loved when Cassie subbed a month ago and brought back “Bring Sally Up!”

Current/Previous Career: I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I currently work for Centerstone, working with middle schoolers at Noe Middle School. It’s never a dull moment!

What was your childhood ambition? I really wanted to be a physical therapist, but I hated all the science classes and didn’t want to physically touch someone. I actually went to college for 3 years still wanting to do that until I finally realized it wasn’t for me.

Proudest Moment: I feel like there are so many! But definitely, having my two boys! Both pregnancies and births were very different and hard in their own rights, but I learned how strong I was with both of them!

What is the farthest you have been away from home? Belgium or Hawaii. I’m not sure which is farther.

What does motherhood mean to you? I now know what someone means by the saying “your heart is on the outside of your body.” Everything about motherhood is literally the hardest thing I have ever been through, but also what I consider to be the best thing. I can’t imagine my life without my boys!

How did you find FIT4MOM? Through former instructor Heather Howard. I saw a post that she put on Facebook about FIT4MOM’s first birthday party and decided to check it out!

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? Everything! I started because I wanted to meet people and workout when I moved here 3 years ago. I love that there is now a place for everyone! I can bring my kids to workout with me after being gone from them all day. Reid asks constantly about going to Stroller Strides to see his friends now and gets upset if I’m go to workout without him. I have also nicknamed him “baby trainer” since I started coming because he constantly yells at me to run or go harder! Body Back taught me simple recipes to make that are healthy and the whole family loves. I also love when I have days off so I can go to a Boost class! The friendships and advice I get from other moms are great too! I have never met a group of women who are more supportive of each other and cheer each other on. I cannot say enough about how FIT4MOM has helped me and my family!

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I’m a huge sports fan! When Bryan and I started dating, he wasn’t the biggest sports guy, but that changed very quickly! He still laughs at how into games I get! I want to visit all the SEC football stadiums. I grew up watching sports and going to UK football games with my family. We now have UK football season tickets with my family, and I love tailgating with them and spending time together. While football is my favorite, I love all sports!

A few words from the boys:

  • How old is mommy? 8
  • What is something mom always says to you? “Happy birthday! I love you! I’m a sweet boy, and be kind.” His birthday is April 28...
  • What is mom really good at? Getting dressed
  • What is mom's favorite thing to do? Play with me and workout
  • What makes you proud of your mom? I don’t know.