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Meet our March 2018 - Mom of the Month

Meet Diane! Diane found FIT4MOM while on her maternity leave with her sweet boy, Jack. Heading back to work, Diane was far from done with Our Village. She has completed two Body Back transformation sessions, which completely changed her life. And did you know Diane helps plan all our Mom’s Night Out events? We are so thankful for all you do and all you bring to this Village and are so lucky you found us!

  • Hometown: Cicero, IL but currently living in Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Tell us about who is in your family: My husband Greg, son Jack (18 months), and baby #2 (gender is a surprise) on the way!
  • Current/Previous career: I was a registered nurse at Rush University Medical Center for 8+ years before attending graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. My first NP job was working in endocrinology at Rush but I currently work in Hepatology at Loyola University Medical Center.
  • What was your childhood ambition? I always wanted to be a teacher. I had a mini classroom set up in my parents’ basement with a chalkboard, stool, and old outdated textbooks. I still think that I will eventually end up teaching college nursing students someday. My alternate dream job was to be a model, but it didn’t take me long to realize that wasn’t going to happen.🤣
  • What does motherhood mean to you? Motherhood is the most exhausting, yet fulfilling, adventure I have ever been on. It's knowing what it’s like to truly love unconditionally and finding strength in yourself you never knew you had. I look forward to tomorrow (and the rest of my life) because I am a mother.
  • What is the furthest you have been away from home? When my husband was nearing the end of a work trip, I jumped on a plane and met him in Germany. From there we traveled to the Czech Republic and Italy. It was quite an exhausting trip!
  • How did you find FIT4MOM? I originally came across FIT4MOM in a Facebook thread. Lesley immediately reached out and invited me to try a free class. After missing my 1st Saturday morning Stroller Strides class due to oversleeping with a newborn, Karen rescheduled me for the following Saturday and I forced my husband to join us. From there I signed up for the maternity leave pass. I met some wonderful women and getting us out of the house a few mornings per week kept me completely sane!
  • How as FIT4MOM changed your life? Where do I even begin? Body Back itself is life-changing (which is why I completed it twice and am already looking forward to joining another session post-baby). The classes are addicting, the food recipes are delicious, and I’ve gained an amazing group of friends. I gave it 100% and lost 35 pounds and way too many inches to count. I am now the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been and am a better wife and mother because of it!
  • Favorite exercise: 100% Tabata classes! It’s fun, challenging, and I am always sore the next day. I now know I can do ANYTHING for 20 seconds!
  • Proudest moment: Experiencing an all natural childbirth with my son (Body Back comes in at a close #2). It was definitely the hardest thing I have ever done and I plan to do it again in August (God willing)!
  • Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I know no one will believe me, but I am actually an extremely shy person. It takes a lot of self-encouragement to get me to step outside of my comfort zone. The FIT4MOM Village has definitely helped me with this problem!