Mom of the Month: February 2022

Each month, we are celebrating a member of FIT4MOM West Sacramento/Natomas for her commitment to a healthy lifestyle and dedication to FIT4MOM.

This month, we are spotlighting an amazing mama to two sweet boys! Meet our Mom of the Month for February 2022: Liz Vaage.

Tell us about who is in your family!

I have been married to my husband Michael for 8 years, but together for 18!! We have two beautiful boys who keep us on our toes, Ben (2.5) and Max (5 months).

Where is your hometown?

I grew up in Petaluma, CA, but now I call West Sacramento home.

What is your career?

I am an HR analyst.

How did you find FIT4MOM?

In 2019, my husband and I moved to West Sacramento when I was 9 months pregnant (do not recommend!!!!), and I was eager to find a fitness or running group. I turned to the community Facebook groups and sooo many mamas recommended FIT4MOM! I figured I had to give it a try as soon as I was cleared to workout!

How long have you been a member of FIT4MOM West Sacramento/Natomas and what has it done for you?

I have been a member of FIT4MOM since the fall of 2019 when Ben was just 6 weeks old - in fact, I think I came out the actual day he turned 6 weeks. It has provided me with the best mama community I could have ever asked for! Being a new mom in a new neighborhood is super lonely. I am super lucky that I found this group early in my postpartum journey.

What is your favorite class exercise?

Anything fast-paced, running or cardio - I was a big fan of the special 12 days of Christmas workout!!

What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

How hard and how rewarding it is all at the same time. In all my life, I have never been so exhausted, and my heart has never been so full.

What are 3 of your favorite things?

Spending time with my boys (husband included), coffee, and sunshine!!

What is your proudest mommy moment so far?

Seeing Ben embrace his new role as a big brother. He is the absolute best helper and wants to make sure everyone meets Max.

What advice would you give to a new mother?

It's not about perfection. Give yourself grace and remember the important things are to show up and show love.

Anything else you'd like to add?

FIT4MOM is a win-win-win-win!! I'm not sure of any other program that allows you to work out WITH your kiddos, organizes playgroups and activities, provides motherhood support, AND hosts monthly mom's night out events! Love this village.

We are so lucky to have Liz and her boys in our village. It wouldn't be the same without them!

Photo Credit Tina Swain Photography