#WCW: Allison

Today we celebrate the sweet Allison Kelly!

How long have you been with FIT4MOM?

I joined in May 2012 when Eli was 6 months old.

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

I have been a regular Stroller Strides attendee for all four years. I have also completed (1) eight week session of Body Back and (2) six week sessions of Body Back BOOST. I recently started writing blog posts and working on marketing and social media posts for FIT4MOM Grand Rapids.

Tell us about your family?

I married Jake (my 7th grade math teacher's son--it's a fun story :) ) in 2008 and have two sons (Eli--4.5 and Aaron--2 in June) and a black lab named Abby. Jake is a high school math teacher and we love being able to spend summers together.

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

I am so thankful for a group that strengthens me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I can't imagine motherhood without Stroller Strides being part of it.

Favorite exercise?

Wall sits!

Favorite food?

Chocolate and all Italian food (hence why I appreciate the workouts...)

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

I love reading, writing, playing the piano, decorating my home, frequenting Starbucks, and exploring new places with my family.

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

For as long as I can remember, I desired to be a stay-at-home mom so after I graduated from college, I was a nanny for a year before my son Eli was born.

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

No sports in my past. I was a band geek to the core. :) I'd love to learn how to properly throw a football. Does that count??

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

"Don't make parenting more difficult than it needs to be." It is something my husband said to me a few months after our first child was born and I find that it still rings true. To me, that statement is a reminder to not over analyze or over think or compare or convince myself that the worst possible scenario is going to happen. Parenting is tricky enough without the added pressure of feeling like there's only one right way to do it. Do your best, acknowledging that not every day will be great but that in the end, it will all be ok.

Thanks Allison for being such a valuable part of our FIT4MOM village :)

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