I was born in Brasil in Itapema, a beautiful little town near the ocean. I played volleyball in high school and planned to become a teacher. At age 19, I took what was supposed to be a short trip to Portugal. After traveling through Europe for 2 years, I came to the U.S. in 2003. Not long after, I met a cute American boy named Eric at a Dunkin Donuts drive-through window. One year later we were married and, in 2007, had a beautiful baby girl, Emma.
With my family far away and few friends with kids, the transition into motherhood was hard. I have always had a passion for fitness but, after having my first baby, I just couldn’t find the motivation to get back into shape. One day, while walking at Rotary Park in Wilmington, I saw a group of moms with strollers who were exercising AND singing to their babies. I’d never seen anything like it. I watched the whole class and, when it was over, asked the instructor for information about the group. The very next day, I was there with Emma, at 10 months old, attending our first class. We loved it! We were outside, exercising, making friends, socializing, and—most importantly—I found a support network of other moms.
Trying to give Emma a sibling wasn't easy, but being part Stroller Strides helped to take my mind off things that made me sad. Exercising always brought energy and happiness to me. After several unsuccessful pregnancies, we finally got our little miracle, which we named Ava, in 2012.
And then, suddenly, Fit4Mom Wilmington Area was about to close up shop! I could not let that happen. I took over as owner of the franchise in 2013. At the time I was only thinking of myself and “where was I going to workout with my new baby?” But it didn't take long for me to realize that role of motivating other moms was incredibly fulfilling for me.
I can’t imagine my daily life without Fit4Mom. I particularly love Stroller Strides and I’m so grateful for my girls and for my lovely husband, who supports me no matter what. I plan to keep motivating new moms at Fit4Mom Wilmington until Emma is old enough to take over the business!