April is a new month and that means we get to introduce you to one of our favorite FIT4MOM all stars, Zoila Galeano. Two years ago she came to a free class and joined the group and since then we have watched her become stronger, faster and more confident. She is witty, clever, and has the poise of someone who sees possibility whenever challenges arise. She is consistent with her fitness even when life gets crazy and is always kind to the other moms in class. Her goal of running one race every month has inspired everyone around her! She is an incredible role model for her family and she exercises with her kids whenever she can. They look up to her and it shows! She even inspired her husband to come to a Run Club Open House and when we chatted with him, he said that Zoila has motivated him to work out more.
April 2019: Zoila Galeano
Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Southern California. My earliest memory is walking to the Original Tommy’s on Beverly and Rampart with my mom. We later moved to La Puente, then Chino and after college I moved to Burbank with my sister and have been here ever since.
Tell us about your little workout buddies!
I’ve got two workout buddies! My oldest son Damian is eleven and incredibly active. Apart from his sports, he and I study martial arts together. My littlest dude, Mateo is two and loves chillin’ in the stroller while we go on walks or runs together.
How did you meet your partner?
Well, actually… he interviewed me for a job on a sitcom. He hired me and the rest is a very telenovela-esque history.
Tell us a little about your career...
I am a television drama writer. I fought this calling for a long time. I started my career off as a production assistant for Carlton Cuse (the guy behind Lost, Bates Motel etc.) then moved over to Post Production. That was a good move because I met my husband in Post. Then I dove into reality TV and bounced back and forth between that and scripted. Finally, I couldn’t fight it anymore and I “came out” as a writer. Since then, I’ve worked on a few TV shows and couldn’t be happier.
Are you working on any projects right now?
I recently sold a chat fiction story to a company called Hooked, I’m pitching a TV series, just pitched another one (fingers crossed) and have interest from someone for a children’s book based on a TV show my friend and I sold a few years ago. And, it’s staffing season right now (aka The Hunger Games for writers) so pray for me. It’s always a hustle in this business and I’m always hustling.
What was your weirdest experience on the job?
I was working on a show with and about WWE wrestlers. We were at a wrap party at a producer’s house. Everyone was being rowdy and a few of the wrestlers decided to slam people into the pool. Suddenly one of my friends came running with two ginormous wrestler chasing after her. She ran and hid behind me! The wrestlers looked at us and decided it would be hilarious to pick us up and slam us into the pool. I was wearing a skirt with a thong underneath. Hell no. This seven-foot wrestler comes at me. I point my finger in his face and yell, “No! Do NOT come near me!” He stopped in his tracks, put his hands up and walked away. I stood there shaking, not believing I actually stopped a seven-foot wrestler with my finger and my voice.
How did you find out about FIT4MOM and what classes do you attend?
When I was pregnant with my second baby, I kept seeing the Stroller Strides moms. It felt like everywhere I went, I kept running into them. I kept meaning to check them out, but never got around to it. A few months after having my son, Athleta had a free HIIT class. I decided to go and, lo and behold, it was FIT4MOM teaching the class! I thought, “Man! I can’t get away from these people!” I ended up loving the class and signing up. No regrets.
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
Everyone says it, but I love the community of Fit4Mom. I joined during a really hard time in my life. The week my son Mateo was born, my father died. Five months later my mom had a stroke. Working out was always my solace and stress reliever. I could always count on it to help me get through tough times. This time however, my go-to’s (running and high intensity classes) were impossible. I would start, then get overwhelmed with emotion and have to stop. I realized the activities I was doing were solo sports. When I joined FIT4MOM and Body Back, I was suddenly surrounded by supportive strong women who didn’t know what I was going through, but their spirit helped me heal. They have no idea how much they saved me.
Tell us more about your running resolutions for 2019!
I’ve been a runner forever. I’ve done four marathons and countless other races.
I’ve always wanted to do a race a month. It’s been on my bucket list for years, but something always got in the way. The last few years, have been a struggle to run at a pace I’m happy with. I ran a few half-marathons and didn’t feel great about my time. So, I decided to switch my focus. I took another look at my 12 races in 12 months goal and decided to go for it. The intention was to focus on having fun and improving my speed. I’ve run four 5ks so far and each one has been a tiny bit faster than the last. I’ve done an 80s themed one, a Shamrock Run, one for charity, a Nighttime New Years Eve run and in May I’ll be running at Universal Studios dressed like a Minion.
What is your favorite family activity?
We love traveling. Last year, we did our “southern tour” and visited family in Tennessee then drove to Georgia and finished it off with a first-time-ever-for-all-of-us trip to Disney World. Our goal is to take the boys to Honduras and Puerto Rico so they can see their Hondu-rican roots.
What is your proudest moment as a mom?
There is no one moment. It’s ongoing for me. I feel like I’m showing my boys what a strong happy woman is like. I make time for myself and take on challenges in all areas of my life. I hope watching me fail and get up will instill in them a go-get-‘em attitude no matter how daunting the task.
Have you ever thought, gosh I can’t do this, and why?
I think that pretty much once a week! LOL! Life can get challenging and I think it’s normal to freak out about it once in a while. Netflix and Treadmill or time with friends or hubby usually puts everything back in perspective.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
I don’t suffer fools or toxic people in my life anymore. Having my boys has made me stronger than I could ever have imagined.
What advice would you give a new mom?
Don’t be so hard on yourself and just breathe. You are the perfect mom for your children. Feel free to read blogs and listen to advice, but don’t waste too much energy on that. If your child is happy and healthy, you’re doing a great job.