Bekah Siegfriedt is our March Mom of the Month and we are so excited to share her interview with you. She is a busy mom, wife and NASA rocket scientist. Balancing life, fitness and the universe is not an easy endeavor, but Bekah is a big picture kind of mom. She takes care of herself so she can have more energy for all the demands of her busy life and the presence of mind to enjoy her beautiful family. In class, Bekah always brings a positive attitude and she really cares and goes out of her way to make the other moms feel comfortable, welcome and heard. It's that community spirit that makes us proud to call her our March Mom of the Month.
March 2019: Bekah Siegfriedt
Where are you originally from?
I am from a small town in Texas near Austin called Fredericksburg. It's wine country! If you get a chance to go to Texas , you should check it out!
Tell us about your littlest workout buddy?
My little workout buddy is named Milo. He is 14 months old and is a cute little stinker! He has just learned to walk and is keeping me in shape chasing around after him!
How did you choose his name?
My husband and I were struggling on a name. We went down a list and started from name 200 since we didn't want something really common. Milo was named 204 and after we read its meaning, we both gave it a thumbs up and didn't look any further :). Milo means mild/calm/peaceful and we felt in this day and age, it was a great meaning to a name! We need more of that in the world.
How did you meet your partner?
I met Gordon while we both lived in Austin. He was the roommate of a classmate of mine and we met through mutual friends. The only reason I went on a first date with Gordon is because I lost a game of rock, paper, scissors. Best game I EVER lost!!!! :)
Tell us a little about your career...
I am an aerospace engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab where we build robotic interplanetary space missions that search for life on other planetary bodies (planets and moons!). I work on the next Mars rover, Mars 2020, which is launching in July 2020 and landing in February 2021. My favorite part of working at JPL is that the whole world comes together to work on these projects. There are no borders or barriers when it comes to space. We all unite and come together for a common cause, to find life on other planets!
As a working mom what is one tip or advice you would give other working moms?
They say on airplanes to put your oxygen mask on first! Make sure you are taking care of yourself so you can be the best mom, employee, and partner. It's ok that your priorities change daily/hourly/by-the-minute. Some days YOU are first priority, some days your kid(s) are, some days your partner is, and some days your job is. Just do what fulfills you in that moment!
How did you find out about FIT4MOM and what classes do you attend?
A mom in my mommy-and-me class told me about Stroller Strides and we went for a while and loved it! Then I had to go back to work. I was looking for a class I could take outside of work and after Milo went to bed and that is when I read about Body Back from all those awesome emails! I have done 2 Transformations and am now a BOOST mama!
What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?
FIT4MOM saved my life! I am such a happier/calmer/more energetic human because of it! I love Body Back because I walk out of there knowing my butt got kicked and those endorphins are awesome!
What is your favorite family activity?
We LOVE to go hiking and smell the fresh mountain air. We bought a hiking backpack for Milo and he loves to be up high and see everything. It makes all of us so happy.
What is your proudest moment as a mom?
I managed to make time to pump at work! There are lots of male engineers who, when they asked why I was leaving a meeting, found my answer ("going to pump so I can feed my child") very awkward :D
What has been the most challenging part of motherhood?
I was diagnosed with postpartum hypothyroidism about 6 months after I had Milo. Thinking it was just the stress of returning to work 3 months after birth, I started feeling very depressed and was gaining a lot of weight in a very short amount of time. I didn't do anything about if for another 3 months thinking it was just a temporary part of figuring out motherhood and it will pass. I was so miserable and had gained 30 pounds, I decided to make time to go see someone. Turns out my thyroid was WAY out of wack. After my diagnosis, I went through the phases of grieving and came to the realization that I am so fortunate all I have to do is take a pill once a day, and be mindful of what I do with my body and mind to get back to Bekah. I know others are not as fortunate and my heart is with them. It's taken time, and FIT4MOM, but slowly, every day I am feeling better and better.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
The definition of the word "love" has changed for me now that I am a mother. I had no idea I could love something so much! The universe and everything in it is just so much more beautiful and precious!
What advice would you give a new mom?
Be kind to yourself! Light some candles, take a bath, and take deep breaths as often as you can! We are all in this together! You got this mama!