Meet Katie, our February Mom of the Month! Katie is wife to Will and mom to Max, Frankie and angel baby, Meyer. She is also a nurse practitioner at UofL.
Katie is one of our Body Back and Boost mamas and was a huge influencer over the start of our Seneca Boost location! Coach Natalie says “Katie has found her strength in Body Back and encourages every mom around her to find their own strength too! She is your biggest supporter and helps all the Body Back mamas with details of the nutrition plan.”
Katie, we are so happy to have you and your sweet family as part of our Village!
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Family Members: My husband Will who I’ve been with for 15 years and our sons: Max who is 5, Frankie who is 2, and our son Meyer who passed away in infancy in 2015.
Favorite exercise: I was about to say running, but that sounds crazy, so instead I’ll go with plank/side plank, and all the variations. Such a great full body strengthening move. And it’s low impact so pretty much any woman can benefit from it, regardless of whether you have a bad back, or bad knee, or weak pelvic floor, or diastases; I love that it’s a low barrier exercise with universal benefit.
Current/Previous career: I’ve been a nurse practitioner since 2009. I first worked in Cardiology in Miami Beach where we lived until moving back to Louisville in 2011. I now work with University of Louisville Neurology on the Stroke Team and have really enjoyed my time there. I currently work 3 days a week which provides me a wonderful balance between my work and home life. I feel incredibly lucky to have that opportunity.
Childhood Ambition: I was really into animals and wanted to invent a cap that you could put on your pet to translate their thoughts into human language. I never followed through on that, but I’ve accomplished most of my other dreams, so I’m ok with that.
Proudest moment: This past year, I raised almost $5000 for Kourageous Kids in an annual fundraiser in memory of our son Meyer. I’m so proud and grateful to know so many generous people, and to be able to help pediatric hospice patients and families. Another proud moment, related to Fit4Mom actually, was in September last year after finishing my first round of Body Back. I ran my first 5k race since before having kids; 2 awesome Fit4Mom friends ran with me in the Steps to Independence Run/Walk for Down Syndrome of Louisville. Not only did I complete it, but I broke 30 minutes (just barely,) which I never imagined I would be able to do at this time in my life.
Something that would surprise us: I score a perfect on the first time I sing any Pearl Jam song on Rock Band.
What is the farthest you have been away from home? I have been to Israel a few times, otherwise to Western Europe a lot. But I haven’t traveled out of the country since the kids were born and I hope to do a lot more of that once they are a little bit older.
What does motherhood mean to you? It is such a responsibility to be teaching and instilling values on the next generation. It’s a lot of pressure but I think about that every time I communicate with my children. They have their own personalities for sure, and I can’t change that, nor would I want to, but it’s my job to teach them to be good humans and caring citizens. We’re working hard on generosity lately.
How did you find FIT4MOM? I was introduced to it by a friend who was involved. Then once I first heard the name, it kept popping up in conversations with more people and I had to check it out for myself! I’m SOOO glad I did.
How has FIT4MOM changed your life? Well, we are definitely leading a more active, healthier lifestyle together as a family now that I’m not so tired all the time. Being active has given me so much more energy than I thought was possible while raising young kids, and I think my kids notice the difference in me. My husband definitely does and he’s very supportive of my getting to classes because he sees how much happier everyone is when mom is happy and feeling good.
A few words from Max, age 5....
- How old is mommy? I don’t know. Uh, 35?
- What is something mom always says to you? I love you. Is that the right answer?
- What is mom really good at? Helping me get things up high so I can play with them
- What is mom's favorite thing to do? Play with her babies.
- What makes you proud of your mom? That she plays with me when she’s free to play with me. Also we like to work together growing our baby trees.