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Mom of the Month - Meaghan Gift

Meet Meaghan, our July mom of the month. Meaghan is wifey to Tommy and Mama to Marrett Jane.

Meaghan has impressed us all with her dedication and hard work. She has been through all of our programs and is a regular both Strides AND Boost! The results from her first round of Body Back are INSANE! She’s beginning her second session in July and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes then!

Meaghan, we are so happy to have you as a part of Our Village!!

Hometown: Louisville

Tell us about in your family... My husband, Tommy, and I have been together 9 years, married 4. I am mom to Marrett Jane, 6 months, and Frankie, a 6 year old dachshund-terrier mix.

Current/Previous career: Nurse Practitioner

What was your childhood ambition? Definitely to be a mom. I was never one of those kids who knew what job I wanted to have when I grew up but I always wanted to be a mom. There are pictures of me as a little girl holding my cousin who is almost as big as I am.

What does motherhood mean to you? As I mentioned, I have always wanted to be a mom, but it took several years for that to happen for us. I consider being a mom to be my most important job, and we feel so lucky to have our little one. I try to keep in mind that quote that it's not about being the perfect mom but about being the perfect mom for her.

What is the furthest you have been away from home? Europe

How did you find FIT4MOM? I think I was scrolling on social media and saw something about Fit4Baby. It took me a while to get pregnant so once I was I wanted to do everything I could to prepare which lead me to doing two rounds of Fit4baby. I had always been into exercise but wasn't sure how to keep that going while pregnant so the program was great for me.

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? I loved FIT4BABY and was so eager to get back to exercising postpartum that I attended my first Stroller Strides class the day after I got cleared from my OB to exercise. It just took off from there. Stroller Strides became our daily activity during my maternity leave. I enrolled in Body Back when my baby was 3 months old, and I admit that I had no idea what I was in for. It was an amazing experience. In 8 weeks, I was able to completely lose the baby weight plus significantly more. After a year of fertility treatments and all the changes that come with pregnancy, through Body Back, I was able to feel like my body was my own again. On top of all that, everyone involved in FIT4MOM has been so nice and supportive. I enjoy being able to work out guilt free by bringing my daughter to Stroller Strides and know that no one will be irritated if she cries half the time or if I have to take a break from whatever exercise we are doing to jog around with her to settle her down. That said, Body Back also empowered me to not feel guilty if I need to take time to care for myself because that ultimately makes me a better mom.

Favorite exercise: I am a cardio junkie so running is my go to exercise. I attend a couple Boost and Stroller Strides classes a week too. I like how they always different. I am always impressed by the creativity of the FIT4MOM instructors.

Proudest moment: I don't have one specific moment, but I am very proud of where I am in my life, with my family and my career.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I come off as pretty reserved, but my husband and I love to sing and dance in our kitchen while we cook as we try to determine what our perfect karaoke song would be...even though we haven't been anywhere where we would need to have the perfect karaoke song in years.