August! How is it August?? We're kicking off a new month with a feature about the awesome Jyoti Kataria! I met Jyoti during Stroller Strides classes and then had the pleasure of being in some Body Back and Body Back Boost sessions with her. Enjoy learning more about her today!
How long have you been with FIT4MOM?
I joined FIT4MOM in 2014
In what way(s) have you participated in FIT4MOM (Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, BodyBack)?
I've participated in Stroller Strides and Body Back. After Mik turned a year old I was really frustrated with not being able to lose my post prego weight, I was actively looking for friends with kids who I could interact with and who are going through similar stuff. My friend Becky introduced me to Stroller strides. We attended the birthday bash in May 2014 and I felt I found what I was looking for. A support system that was in the trenches of mother hood with me that gave me that boost for self-preservation, self-care and a tribe that you can have fun with.
Tell us about your family.
My partner Laura and I have a blended family. We have Balin (15), Conally (13), Mik (3), Raja our American short hair cat (8) and Albus Dumbledog our Golden Retriever (2). Laura is a partner in her family business with her brother. They run a manufacturing company in Wayland that manufactures filters for the Aerospace industry. Balin loves to play tennis, Conally is in Volleyball.
What is one thing you love about Stroller Strides/Fit4Baby/BodyBack?
In Stroller Strides I found new friendships & a great atmosphere all while I was getting fit. My son found new friendships and a great atmosphere to learn social skills.
After I went back to work in real estate for Griffin Properties, it got difficult for me to get back into Stroller Strides. Mik joined day care at Little House. That's when Body Back came in. It was the next step in the right direction. I could work out without having to worry about a toddler that out grew sitting patiently in a stroller for an hour.
Skater strides and wall sits are my fav
Total foodie at heart. Filet Mignon is right up there with Italian or street side TACOs.
What are some things you like to do outside of exercising and being a mom?
Wine tastings and stealing time from life to have dates with my wife, Taco Tuesdays with Mik, and traveling are few of my favorite things
What do you do for work or what did you do before baby?
Before Mik was born I worked for AT&T in retail and Business sales. Once Mik turned 2 I wanted to transition to a job that provided flexibility of time and used my existing skill set of sales and heavy customer care background. Being a buyer agent for Griffin properties and entering real estate enabled me to do that.
Have you played any sports in the past or what sport would you like to learn?
I love Cricket. I would like to learn to play golf.
What is a piece of advice you can pass on to fellow moms?
Enjoy and indulge in joys of motherhood. Time does fly by quick. I truly cherish my friendships I have developed because of Strollers Strides. All of you SS moms rock.
Thank you for being a wonderful and valuable part of our community, Jyoti!