Meet Our Village Monday: Laura

Today we are excited to feature Laura West! Although I have known Laura from the time she started Stroller Strides, I loved reading her answers and learning even more about her! Enjoy!

How long have you been with FIT4MOM?

I've been with Fit4Mom for 3 years.

In what way(s) have you participated in FIT4MOM (Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides, BodyBack)?

Stroller Strides and I did the very first session of Body Back

Tell us about your family.

My husband, Clay, is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the western district of Michigan and he is a JAG in the Army Reserves. I have one son, Zachary, who is 4 1/2.

What is one thing you love about Stroller Strides/Fit4Baby/BodyBack?

I love our village and I think Stroller Strides is a great workout. When we first moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago a few years ago, I didn't know anyone. Meeting friends through Stroller Strides was such a blessing.

Favorite exercise?

Skater Strides and sit ups

Favorite food?

Seafood and tacos

What are some things you like to do outside of exercising and being a mom?

I like to read, travel, garden, and do crafts.

What do you do for work or what did you do before baby?

I taught special education in Chicago for 12 years before getting married and having Zachary.

Have you played any sports in the past or what sport would you like to learn?

I played soccer a very long time ago.

What is a piece of advice you can pass on to fellow moms?

As moms we are so hard on ourselves sometimes. I think we need to realize and accept that it's ok for us to ask for help and it's ok that we aren't perfect.

Thank you for being part of our village, Laura! We appreciate you so much!

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