Mom of the Month - January

We are excited to announce our MOM (Motivating Mom of the Month) for January! Each month we take a moment to recognize one of our local FIT4MOM Palos Verdes & San Pedro mamas for her hard work and dedication to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Meet Mary Tufekcioglu! Mary is our Motivating Mom of the Month for January!

“Mary consistently shows up with a great attitude, and puts forth her best effort. No doubt, she motivates me to work harder toward achieving my goals!” – Simi Conard, Instructor

We asked Mary a few questions, and here is what she had to say:

Who are the members of your family?

Our little family consists of my husband Ediz, my mother Giovanna who lives with us, my 14-year-old stepson Mert who lives in Turkey, our 2-year-old daughter Leyla, and soon to welcome our little boy in March 2017!

When did you come to your first FIT4MOM Palos Verdes & San Pedro workout and who or what got you there?

I joined the group in February of 2015 … Leyla was 5-6 months old and I needed an exercise regimen where I didn't have to leave her. I still enjoy coming because I can get a good workout, fresh air outdoors, and Leyla plays with her friends!

What is your FIT4MOM why - what keeps you coming to workout, keeps you involved?

I've always been on the heavier side, and prior to having Leyla, did a lot of exercise (kickboxing at Atomic Boxing, and then with Kim at Journeys, long time member of LA Fitness/Bally's and then Equinox). For different reasons, I limited all that exercise over the past couple years (bad knee, new mommy recovering from c-section, etc.) – FIT4MOM allows me to get regular exercise at my own pace without having to leave Leyla, and bottom line: we both enjoy it together!

What is one of your favorite exercises you have done with FIT4MOM?

I really enjoy the more creative upper body band exercises! And squats … I have strong legs (thanks to the FIT4MOM instructors!). (NOTE: I did not mention stairs … at all.)

Lightning round:

  • Favorite Stroller Strides song? “Wheels on the Bus” … Leyla loves it!
  • Best breakfast before a workout? Apples and carrots DURING the workout … we're usually late because Leyla takes forever to eat her oatmeal in the mornings???
  • Most delicious dessert you have ever had? Turkish rice pudding! But honestly nothing beats a good old fashioned homemade Sicilian cannoli.
  • I feel _______ after a FIT4MOM workout. Tired! But Leyla loves her playground time so we try to stay afterwards.
  • Before I had Leyla, I said I would never… quit my corporate job but now I work with my husband in the family business, and wouldn't trade being Leyla's Mommy for anything in the world.
  • Any advice for other moms out there? Listen to your inner Mommy voice … you ALWAYS know best for your kids