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March 2020: Christy Filek

We are so excited to introduce our March Mom of the Month, Christy Filek! She has been coming to Stroller Strides for years - first with her son, and then during her entire pregnancy with her daughter (#pregnantgoals). Now she attends with both children in tow and we love all the kid cuteness and positive energy she brings with her to class. She is strong, determined, supportive and just the sweetest mama to her babies. We feel lucky to know her because she is a great friend and role model and she knows that whatever the struggle, self care will help to get you through!

"Christy is an amazing woman, mom and friend. She is the best person to go to if you want an honest opinion, need a good laugh or must know what's good to binge watch. She encourages everyone she meets to be their best self no matter what they are facing and can always find a bright side to any situation." Candice Mika

Where are you originally from?

I am originally from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Tell us about your little workout buddies!

Alec is 21 months and a real firecracker! He loves running around like he's got bees in his pants, blowing bubbles, hunting for cool sticks, roughhousing with his dad, and getting messy.

Madeline is just six months and is a total joy. She is super smiley and loves watching her brother act like a goofball. She loves being tickled and being a part of the excitement.

How did you meet your husband?

Andy and I met in college. We were great friends for a long time before we started dating. We have been friends for 20 years, have been dating for 15, and in April we'll be married 5 years.

Tell us a little about your career before babies.

I started my career as a high school English teacher. I then went into teacher coaching and training, which lead to corporate training. These days I am a stay at home mom and I love every second of it... well maybe not EVERY second :)

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

I heard about FIT4MOM through the wonderful Candice Mika. I started going to the Monday and Wednesday Stroller Strides Classes at the Burbank location and the Stroller Barre on Fridays at the Glendale location. These days I have cut back to just Wednesdays and Fridays.

What is your favorite thing about FIT4MOM?

I love meeting the other moms and having a place I can comfortably take both kiddos- even if one or both are having a meltdown. The classes help get my endorphins going and keep me energized and able to keep up with two kiddos.

I have made a lot of great friends through FIT4MOM. We moved to LA when Alec was only 6 weeks old. I had no mom tribe! I was so grateful to find this.

What is your favorite place to go with your family?

We love grabbing some food from Portos early in the morning and then hitting a park.

What is your proudest moment as a mom?

I was really worried about what having two kids under two would look like and how I would ever manage it in a million years. But here we are, six months in, and we have really found a rhythm. It's still challenging, but it's been so wonderful. I'm very proud that I've figured out how to keep us all rolling along- it takes a lot of planning.

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

YES! The worst feeling in the world is when both kids need something dire at the exact same moment. When both kids totally lose it at the same time, it is so daunting. At first I thought it would break me, but I survived :) I learned to breathe though the moment and remind myself that this is just a blip that we can get through.

How has becoming a mother changed you?

I have learned that I can function on much less sleep than I ever thought possible. I have gotten really strong- physically and emotionally. And I drink a lot less wine, but way more coffee :)

What advice would you give a new mom?

Trust what feels right. If you want to work, work! If you want to stay home and can, stay home! The only right way to do things is to figure out what works best for you and your family- it looks different for everyone. I would also say hang on to your sense of humor. Almost everything that causes me stress and frustration is usually pretty hilarious if I can just step back from it for a second.