Christina Schepart: 2019 MOLO Mom of the Year
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"When I became a mother (a little over 2 years ago), I was solely focused on my baby and what he needed. I didn’t know what self-care was or what it meant to have mom friends who truly understood me and what I was going through. That’s when I found Baby Boot Camp. I never loved working out but I thought that maybe it could help me lose the baby weight I felt so awkward in. I had no idea how much I would gain from this amazing group of women. Eventually, I became a stay at home mom and Baby Boot Camp became part of my daily routine. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to become more involved with my local franchise. That’s when I decided to apply to become this year’s Brand Ambassador and enable others to recognize the benefits of this life-changing moms group.
"This year was my second MOLO and it was so different for me than my first year participating. With my first pregnancy, I stopped working out around 12 weeks pregnant. I was working full-time in a job that had me traveling a lot. I didn’t spend time working on self-care, and it didn’t even occur to me that I should! I also gained a lot of weight during my first pregnancy, around 45 lbs. Last year I was focused on losing that baby weight and learning to be a healthier me. MOLO inspired me to do exactly that. It was really hard to lose the weight and I wanted to make sure that this time around, I didn’t have to work as hard to get back to feeling like me again.
"I was 16 weeks pregnant with baby #2 when MOLO started this year. I wanted to use MOLO to make sure that I was taking care of my own wellbeing while also maintaining a healthy pregnancy. MOLO helped me plan my meals ahead of time to ensure that my family and I were getting the most out of our food. I took time out of my busy days to focus on me with breathing exercises and reflecting on things that made me happy. I took little steps to find a healthier me. The social media aspect of MOLO was great, both my local tribe as well as the national MOLO page. The women on these sites helped to inspire me with new recipes and simple ways to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. I was also able to eat things in moderation without depriving myself of small treats; hey, I want to enjoy this pregnancy too!
"During the second month of MOLO, I had one of my monthly OBGYN appointments. I found out at that point I had only gained 8 lbs so far in my pregnancy. I also noticed that I didn’t gain any extra weight from one month to the next, but I was still growing a healthy baby. No weight gain was definitely not my goal, but the result of my hard work and dedication to my health. By the end of MOLO, I was 24 weeks pregnant and felt better than I had in a long time. I was able to keep up with most of my daily and weekly challenges, I meal planned and meal prepped. When it came time for my post-MOLO physical assessment, I felt strong, MOM STRONG! I was able to crush my pre-MOLO assessment numbers, improving in 7 out of 8 of the challenges. I couldn’t believe how strong I had become.
"Every MOLO I learn something different about myself. This time around, I learned that I have potential I never knew I had. I could not have achieved these goals without the help and support from all my Baby Boot Camp moms; they are my tribe and I would be lost without them.
"Eating healthy and taking care of myself is not something I only do during MOLO, but it’s now become part of my daily routine. For the first time in my life, I actually enjoy working out and am physically stronger than I have ever been. It is important to me to keep up with my progress and to teach my family the importance of not just physical health, but mental health as well." -Christina Schepart
Nominated by Anna Markouris, Owner & Instructor of Baby Boot Camp Morristown & Parsippany, NJ
“Christina has been a crucial part of our community ever since attending her first class in 2017. She is not just a member, but also an inspirational contributor. The love she has for her family is evident through her commitment to her own personal wellness in addition to the camaraderie she provides to other moms. Christina has embraced motherhood with an understanding that we are always learning and growing, and in order to progress we must work together as a team. When women support one another, they bring out the best in each other, they become leaders. When I think of Christina, I think of a leader. She took the hard work she puts into each class and used it as a catalyst to empower all of our 2019 MOLO moms. We watched her create, work towards, and conquer her goals. She meal planned and prepped the entire eight weeks of the challenge and got her family involved in trying new fruits and healthy recipes. She beat her pre-MOLO fitness assessments, focused on hydration, and made time to take care of herself with weekly gratitude activities.
"Watching Christina's personal commitment to healthy nutrition, fitness and mindfulness are not the only ways she helped to lead and inspire our group. Everybody’s ‘Why’ is extremely unique, but at the end of the day our, ‘Why’ is connected to striving to do what is best for our kids. With love and honesty, Christina exemplified the benefits of self-care by sharing her journey and experiences, both easy and hard. Despite difficult phases or setbacks, she never gave up. There were days, due to winter illnesses and the challenges of the second trimester, she may have needed to slow down, but she never used these times as reasons to give up. Rather, she took her self-care down another path and rested and focused on different aspects of her wellness until finding the energy to pick up where she left off. This commitment demonstrates that wellness was not just an eight-week long focus for this mom, but rather, a lifelong journey.
"Growing alongside a community of so many women with beautiful and diverse backgrounds may seem huge and overwhelming, but on the contrary, we are all bonded by one incredible passion. Christina showed us that in order to do what is best for our children and families, we must first embrace a lifestyle of taking care of ourselves. She took on this quest, and not only grew personally, but made sure to reach out and connect with other moms, igniting a spark in us to become leaders of our own journey. I am honored to have learned with her, from her, and to call her a friend.” -Anna Markouris