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Lauren Pedecone - February 2024

Introduce us to your family!

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Ron, and we have three kids-Michael (10), Maggie (7) and Mia (4). And we have two dogs-our old man, Gambit (14) and King (7).

How long have you been a member of F4M Naperville? What made you come to your first class and which classes have you participated in?

I have been a member of FIT4MOM for almost 10 years! I started when Michael was just a few months old in Stroller Strides during the summer. We went almost everyday and loved it! I have worked for FIT4MOM as an instructor for almost all of that time and took over ownership of FIT4MOM Naperville five years ago. I was at a wedding with friends who were talking about this awesome class they were going to with their first born kiddos, so I had to try it. And that was it! We were hooked. I have participated in every single class offering as an instructor and client! Each of them is so unique and they all blend well together.

What are your favorite things to do with your family?

We love working out together, watching Chicago sports, swimming in the pool and doing puzzles.

What is your favorite part of FIT4MOM?

This is a super tough question because I'm biased and love everything. :) I love the classes and all our programs; giving back to the community; our amazing, dedicated staff; all our social events (or else I probably wouldn't have a social life!); our book club; and our big charity events. But my favorite part has to be the endless and selfless support that these women give to one another. They are truly a "community in motherhood" and will rally and give the shirt off their back for each and every mom in the village at a moment's notice. From meal trains, charity events, donations, phone calls, late. night meetups, sharing and swapping advice, wisdom and everything baby related, and everything in between, they are the most supportive, kind, amazing group of women. I love when they find their "village within the village" and know that they can trust each other to be there each day. Moms need moms through every single part of motherhood, and my heart explodes when the moms find their close friends within the village. I then know they have a shoulder for life!

What has been your biggest gain since joining FIT4MOM Naperville?

I would say that I didn't realize how much I needed moms in my journey through motherhood. There are so many times that I reach out and lean on the moms in this village during hard days, long days and tough stages of parenting. I have found my closest friends through FIT4MOM and I would truly be lost without them. They make me laugh, make me smile, and make me feel like I am not alone in motherhood. And, we have a TON of fun at all the social events. I have made memories to last a lifetime with my family that I wouldn't have had without FIT4MOM.