March 2019 Mom of the Month: Nicci Matuszak

-Hometown: I grew up on the Southside of Chicago, now in Oswego

-Fit4Mom Member since: January 2018

-Members of your Family: husband Jonathan, Dominic is 4, and Carmela is almost 2.

-Current/Previous Career: Stay at home mom and I work at Lou Malnatis 2 nights a week.

-How did you find Fit4Mom? I found Fit4mom on Facebook and I’m so glad I showed up for my first class. (I was so nervous, but when I left, I couldn’t wait for my next class)

-What has Fit4Mom done for you (or meant to you)? Wow, where do I begin? Best decision I’ve made. I was in need of some physical activity and some mom friends. It has taken me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to be healthier for myself and my family. I haven’t felt this good about myself in years. I’ve met some amazing mamas, and good friends. We are all there to support each other and that’s a beautiful thing.

-What was your childhood ambition? I wanted to be a teacher.

-What does motherhood mean to you? For me motherhood is beyond what I thought it would ever be. It’s overloaded amounts of love, I never knew was possible. It’s laughter, happy tears, sad tears, stress and smiles. It’s learning new things every single day. Good days, bad days. It’s a bond with other moms who just get it.

-What is your favorite exercise? Squats, squats, and more squats.

-What is your proudest moment? Besides my kids, I’d say running my first 5k with the Run club. I went from never running a single day in my life to crossing the finish line.

-What are three of your favorite things (besides your family)? Wine, working out, and time with friends.

-If we asked your partner what they think your best qualities are, what would they say? I think he’d say I’m funny, I’m honest, and I’m ambitious.

-Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us: I have a Fashion Design degree and would love to open my own boutique one day.