December Mom of the Month - MICHELE PICKEL

Instructor, Lauren Murty: "Michele is one of those moms in class that brightens your day with her witty sense of humor and awesome personality! Not only is she fun to be around, but she is fierce when she sets her mind on her goals. It has been such an honor watching Michele transform in Body Back--both physically and mentally! I'm so happy that she and her family are apart of Our Village!"

This month we recognize MICHELE PICKEL for her accomplishment and dedication to fitness, motherhood and life! Our Brea, Fullerton, Placentia and Yorba Linda Fit4Mom Team would like to say, "THANK YOU, MICHELE," for being part of our Stroller Strides family!

1. Who are the members of your family?

My husband, Jimmy, my 15 year old Tatum, my 15 month old Teagan, and kitties, Mittens and Frizzy.

2. What is or was your career?

I had a 15 year career as a mortgage consultant in Arizona. I am currently a stay-at-home mom and in Real estate school.

3. How long have you been a member of Stroller Strides of North Orange County and what has it done for you?

I joined SS exactly one year ago, and it has not only changed my body, but my relationship with food and exercise. I just completed my first round of Body Back, and if you are considering doing it!! It works! Something takes over you and you have will power you never thought you would. Down 15 pounds now and 12 inches.

4. What is something that has surprised you about motherhood?

Disclaimer: I have a teenage girl!! I've always been amazed at how quickly your emotions can change towards your kids. One second you're yelling, the next second you're staring at them sleeping. Roller Coaster.

5. Favorite website(s)?

Pinterest, Yelp, Amazon (Prime is dangerous). Free shipping doesn't mean it's a deal.

6. List three current obsessions.

Disclaimer again: I have a teenager, so don't judge me. lol Some of her text messages come through my iPad., so my husband and I get a good laugh occasionally. I'm also obsessed with the show, "The Affair" and how strong I've gotten after Body Back. I want to keep going!

7. What is your child's/children's favorite thing about you or favorite thing that you do?

My teenager told me the other day that she looks for friends that are outgoing like me. She also likes the notes that I put in her lunch and when I knock on her door with a snack and surprise her. Teagan loves to dance with me.

8. Any tips for other moms out there?

Mom friends are so important. I didn't have any with my first because I had her young. This time around it has made such an impact on my life. I love my mommy friends.

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