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February 2020: Whitney Katzer

Meet our February mom of the month who we heart very much, Whitney Katzer! This is our valentine to her because we think she is a total sweetheart. We've known Whitney for almost two years and have been alongside her for a few Body Transformations and hundreds of studio workouts. She has gotten so much stronger (literally and figuratively one of the strongest women we know) and we have also seen her strengthen her friendships with many fellow moms in the studio along the way. She is kind, supportive, ridiculously funny and she will always have your back. Our coaches love her because she brings her A game and a sense of humor and she will always catch a missed move and gently remind us when we forget (gurl, thank you!). She keeps us up-to-date with incredible healthy recipe ideas that she generously shares with the group and of course those homemade whole wheat cookies are legendary! Women like Whitney make even the toughest workouts fun and rewarding and class is always that much better when she's there because she brings smiles, determination and positive energy with her. If you see Whitney this month, give her a BIG HUG because she is amazing.

Where are you originally from?

I am from Glendale, California. I was born and raised in a small pocket of North Glendale called Sparr Heights. We recently bought our forever home in the same area just two blocks from my parents who still live in my childhood home.

Tell us about your little workout buddies!

I workout with some pretty awesome ladies! After my first Body Transformation, I realized there is something special about working out with moms. We can all relate to one another in a special way that no other workout group can, we are MOMS! My ladies push me to workout harder in class and it is so nice to have conversations after workout about kids, husbands and life. We’ve even met up a few times outside of workouts and formed our own facebook and text message group.

How did you meet your husband?

I met my husband on the first weekend of my study abroad semester in Salzburg, Austria. All the students in the study abroad program decided to go to a local bar together. We barely knew how to get there and didn’t know any German (the local language). My girlfriend and I were on a mission to meet some hot guys so we split up from the group and went to the bar next door by ourselves. It was a super busy Friday night, we had a hard time getting a drink and no men were paying attention to us until…a guy that looked like Mr. Bean came up to us and offered to take us to the back where he had seats and buy us a drink. We turned him down (I mean, he looked like Mr. Bean!). After waiting a while and still not getting a drink he came back and reluctantly we went with him. My friend walked with him while I scanned the bar for someone HOT. I spotted someone! He walked up to me and said, “You’re in my seat.” He then said he was just kidding and proceeded to buy me a drink. My friend and I left the bar with him (no Mr. Bean) in search of our fellow study abroad mates, but they were nowhere to be found. So this lovely man took us to every bar until we found a group of girls from the group. We left when the bar closed. I was arm in arm with my guy and the girls were in front of us, then all of a sudden a group of drunk men got between us and started yelling at the girls. The girls grabbed me and we started running, I looked back and my guy had slammed these men into a car. We ran until we were safe and about to go through a tunnel that led us to the street to our house. At this point I did not have this guys number, I barely knew his name and I knew he would never find me once I went through the tunnel, but I went with the girls any way. Walking slowly hoping he would find me I saw someone coming through what seemed like a secret passage I never noticed before, it was him! We got to a part of the street where we were close to our house but not too close (I didn’t want him to know my address yet) and exchanged phone numbers and said our goodbye’s. Then one of the girls noticed she had left her camera in the bar. What did my guy do? He called his friend who rescued her camera. He helped us find our friends, he saved us from rowdy men and rescued my friend’s camera all on the first night I met him. He had to be special. While I was abroad we continued to date, then did long distance for a year until I graduated college and moved to Austria. We lived together in Austria for about a little over a year, had a government wedding in a beautiful castle in Salzburg, then moved back to Glendale where we have been ever since.

Tell us a little about your career

I teach over 180 high school students math at Crescenta Valley High School. I teach the lower level classes which are typically filled with the younger students who still haven’t reached peak maturity levels. They are goofy, funny, squirrely and challenging, but I love it.

How did you find out about FIT4MOM and what classes do you attend?

After having two kids I was ready to start working out again. I found FIT4MOM after searching for workout classes in Glendale. Still on maternity leave with my 2nd kiddo I tried stroller strides at Americana and it kicked my butt. I was unable to continue to attend strides due to going back to work after maternity leave. After several very kind phone calls from Kat asking me to call her when I was ready to try something different I tried the community Body Transformation classes offered during summer. I immediately fell in love! It was close to home in an air-conditioned studio with all Mom’s and was always a KILLER workout! I did two transformations and have now been a Boost member taking Monday and Wednesday Body Transformation HIIT classes for a year and a half.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

I love that the workouts are always different, and that the classes are filled with mom’s who pass no judgment if you can’t do all the jumps or lift the heaviest weights. I also love that even if I’ve had a crappy day I always feel great after the workout. Fit4Mom has made me a happier and healthier mom.

How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids and your hubby?

In the morning before school I will give my girlies their cards from mom and dad along with a little gift. We’ll probably get my parents to watch the children and go out to dinner, as the 15th is also my birthday.

What is your proudest moment as a mom?

The proudest and most funny moment happened just a few weeks ago. It was the last day of winter break from school and my youngest daughter, Charlotte had been up all night coughing. I took her to the doctor just to make sure it was safe to send her to school the next day. I was home with both girls so I had to take them both with me. Mackenzie, my oldest, hadn’t yet gotten her flu shot so when I made the appointment for Charlotte I also made sure Mackenzie could get her flu shot. I told her that she would be getting a shot after the doctor checked Charlotte so she wouldn’t be surprised. She cried when she got the shot, but didn’t seem overly bothered by it. After the doctor appointment we went to the Starbucks in the grocery store across the street, while there got some groceries and I even let both girls pick a toy to take home. When we got home Mackenzie proceeded to stomp in the house straight to our den. A few minutes later she brought me a picture she had drawn with blue crayon. It was a picture of a monster with the word Mom written on top. The monster and the word mom were crossed out, On the same drawing was a picture of a little girl with a sad face and dot on her arm and the name Mackenzie written on top with rainbows decorating the name. She said “Mommy! Do you know why I drew this picture?!?!” I said “No, honey I thought we had a really good day together.” To which she replied “YOU MADE THE Doctor give ME a Shot!” She then proceeded to draw 5 more pictures in similar fashion. I am so proud she was able to express her feelings not only in words, but in pictures with no tantrums, no hitting and no screaming. I am also proud that I have two kids that are kind, loving and caring for each other. It is so fun to see them play and interact with one another.

Have you ever thought, gosh I can’t do this, and why?

Every day I think” I can’t do this,” but it always ends with “right now.” Some days are more mentally draining than others and I am a mom with two beautiful kids and a full time job. I can do a lot, but I can’t do everything. I know that even if I am not capable of doing something “right now” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it later. Later could mean later that day or later in life. I’d really like to become an Assistant Principal, but my priorities lie with my kids right now. I don’t want to miss any opportunity to be with them. I can become an Assistant Principal later.

How has becoming a mother changed you?

Becoming a mother has made me more patient, kind, empathetic and efficient. I also have more love in my heart for the two little people I made than I ever knew possible.

What advice would you give a new mom?

Your body grew a human! Be kind with your thoughts and words toward yourself, you are amazing!