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9 weeks ago we brought home our 2 precious sons from Haiti. I went straight from summer time trying to entertain kiddos/running a biz to a mom of 4! Eeeek. Everything is going really well for the most part. Really, the kids are all so resilient. They amaze me!

I am the one having a hard time honestly. I am having a little crisis of identity again. I say again, because I remember feeling this way after I had my first baby, Mackenzie (now nearly 12.....wth?!?). On a run the other day it hit me, I feel the same way I did postpartum with Mackenzie. The hardest part for me was/is who am I now in this role. I went from spending my days running a successful business I am passionate about, working out and planning healthy meals, back to discussing snacks and begging a 3 yr old to "just put on the dang shoes!" I am ready to thrive as a mom of 4. I just need the space to refill my cup. I KNOW my staff is excellent at this!

The way out for me before was to start taking care of myself. Self-care started a whole new journey that helped me find who I am as a mother....

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At business-y type of events people always talk about how important your "why" is. I love the thought behind it and think it is important to know the why behind anything we are doing. Otherwise we will lose heart when it gets tough. I have always said "to give women the strength for motherhood." That is totally true, but for me it goes so much deeper.

Growing up I was an athlete that was always running around. I was very fit, but couldn't even see it. I still remember my bestie and I doing crazy "Women's Day" magazine diets (cabbage soup or shakes, ugh) What on earth! Looking back I cannot believe my teenage self thought she needed to lose weight!

Fast forward to after my husband and I had our oldest daughter. She was about 6 months old when I just hit the wall. I knew I had to do something. I know many moms that love the infant phase, but girl, it was hard for me. I was so depressed. I was just keeping my head above water every day and it never occurred to me it might be postpartum depression. I just thought I...

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One of my favorite people, Farel, has said in many trainings I have attended that sometimes it is just about lengthening the pause. When there is a trigger, event, situation there is always a pause, albeit sometimes very short, before our reaction. Some times it is just about lengthening that pause and doing nothing. Just be.....

Doing nothing is not easy, especially for us do-ers. Often when we just react and squeeze the pause so tight, we don't love the way we react.

  • We lose our temper with our kids.
  • Eat our weight in chocolate.
  • Snap at our husbands.
  • Say unkind words that we wish we could take back.

Just try it the rest of the week. Hit the pause button when there is a situation that you would normally react with something that does not serve you. We have talked about it at Body Back and it really does work. It gives you time to decide on your reaction or decide not to react at all.

This is a great thing to teach our kids too!

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I have actually become more of a morning person since becoming a mom. When I started my journey towards health I quickly realized I needed to figure out when I would get it in. There were no Stroller Strides classes near me so I needed to find the time without my daughter. That became early in the morning. Once she was sleeping through the night (at a young age, don't hate me) I started waking up early to get it in. That way the craziness of motherhood wouldn't get in the way. I know it isn't always easy, but our days still go so much better when I get up before my girls.

Take the time to listen to this podcast by Michael Hyatt. It has some great tips!

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Ahhh summer! The beginning of summer is so exciting! Play dates, lazy mornings, barbecues and tons of swimming. We have had a great time, but it is time to get back at it!

Anyone else have a lot of fun but let some goals slip? I have! I am not discouraged though. We can do this! Here are some great tips from Lisa about how to start our Mommy New Year out right! Read more...

I am getting an accountability group and really focusing on the gamechanger ones to get things going!

To help you get into that healthy routine get half off of your first month with any of our monthly memberships with our BACKTOSCHOOL2015 coupon code!

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I am a first born, Type A, perfectionist personality.....I just am. I sometimes think I have it under control and then....

I have the most amazing team and my role in our team now is to support, uplift, and encourage them so that they feel successful just like they make each momma in their classes feel. I spent a bunch of time making a new newsletter for them so that they have everything they need to go out and love on all of you and offer that love to more moms. In my desire to get them this information on the 1st, because that is "right", I clicked the wrong button. During fielding questions about Halloween candy (no, you cannot have a piece at 9:00am!) and talking on the phone I accidently sent the email to everyone...not just the team.

Instantly I was sick to my stomach and panicked on my dear friend and teammate. I frantically tried to un-do my mistake, but I couldn't. It's not the end of the world I understand that rationally, but I crumbled.

You would have thought it was life altering! I was a mess. Crying and feeling just awful. I was talking...

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How did you meet your husband?

I have been married to Jesse for 4 years! We met through friends 12 years ago and have been together ever since.

Mommy to?

I am a proud mommy to my 2 year old daughter Carmendy

How did you hear about Fit4Mom?

I found Fit4Mom when I was on an outing to Granada park when Carmendy was just 5 weeks old! I chased down one of the moms to find out what they were doing. I joined the following week and have been a proud member for 2 years and an instructor for 1 year!

Favorite part of Fit4Mom?

My favorite part of fit4mom is the friendships I have formed. I joined for the exercise element but never knew that I would get so many dear friends that I know will be in my life forever!

Something we might not know about you?

I am a type 1 diabetic and wear an insulin pump at all times. I was diagnosed in my early 20s and even though there is no cure for my type of diabetes, I use exercising as a tool to help with my disease! Thanks to fit4mom I am able to do that on a daily basis!

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Take a moment to see why Metro Phoenix Fit4Mom is so incredibly proud of Amy!

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What is your first reaction when you think of working out? For many people it is a subconscious reaction to groan, sigh, picture pain and dread it. I hope not, but unfortunately many of us have a connection between working out and "just getting it done."

We can do better!

Have you ever asked your kiddo to go run around at a park? What is there reaction? Typically an enthusiastic "YES!" When does that change?

At Fit4Mom we do want moms to challenge themselves, sweat, and stay in the uncomfortable space. We also want moms to find community, laugh, be silly and enjoy your hour with us. We hope that starts to change the mental connection you have to working out. You are more likely to continue being active if you enjoy it.

At Stroller Strides at Metro Phoenix Fit4Mom we also make a point of "fun for baby" being part of class. It isn't just because Elmo is cute that we had him come to class. I don't dress like a giant pumpkin just to make a fool of myself in public. My team and I want to keep our kids connecting working out with fun in hopes that...

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We are going to feature a new mom each week on our blog to give you each a chance to get to know each other! This week it will be me, but don't worry you won't have to see me on here again :)

Name: Kristy Clay

Married to/how did you meet: Alex Clay for over 14 years. We are high school sweethearts.

Mommy to: Mackenzie (8) and Tatum (6)

How did you find Fit4Mom? I discovered Fit4Mom (then Stroller Strides

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