MEET A MOM MONDAY: Brittany McDonald: BElagree Fitness–OPENING TOMORROW!

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Kingwood?
I am originally born and raised in the small town of Orange, TX moved to Houston in high school and ended up graduating from University of Houston, lived in the city for 7 years then relocated to Kingwood in May of 2018.

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
I have a little boy who is 4, and 2 bonus kids- 12 and 10.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
Since I have created my life and business around fitness many people would be surprised to know that I have always struggled with my weight and at my heaviest, I weighed 200 (I’m 5’2)  pounds, and eventually ended up losing 80 pounds!

What is your go-to activity for yourself for pampering or for fun?
My favorite go-to activity for myself is a workout of some sort, usually a run on a gorgeous day! It is the ultimate reset for me to just clear my head of all the day to day stresses. However, when you become a mom all of that changes, I can’t just go for a workout anymore whenever I feel like it because the group fitness that I enjoy doesn’t offer childcare so I have to coordinate with my husband, mom, etc. just so I can do something that keeps me sane…which is why at BElagree fitness we have drop-in child care available. Everyone needs some ‘ME’ time, so for 50 minutes, I am able to get my favorite workout in, taking care of myself while my little is still on site but in the other BEkids room.

Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?
I am just rolling with the punches as they come if someone ever comes across a book on exactly how to raise these little humans please let me know!

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the
corporate world? Please share!
I am opening BElagree Fitness on January 29! It is the ultimate total body sculpting workout. It is something I have done and taught for years and I am obsessed with it. I cannot wait to bring this to our community as we will be the ONLY megaformer high-intensity Pilates studio in our area. We are also changing the fitness game by offering our drop-in child care, BEkids! We are the ONLY boutique group fitness studio in our area to offer this!

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
HKA has been SO welcoming, unlike any place I have ever lived before. I have come across moms who were all total strangers that sit down at the same table for lunch and 15 minutes in they’ve all formed some sort of bond.

What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering,working, etc)?
I struggle a lot with mom guilt, before my marriage I was a single mom juggling a newborn, finishing my degree, as well as working, so I am no stranger to hard work and my son has been by my side through it all. There were so many times where I would have to bring him to college with me or a meeting, and I felt so guilty because he would just sit there so well-behaved like he knew, “I have to do this for Mommy because Mommy is doing this for us.” But ultimately, I think as a mom it is very easy to lose sight of what we do today is ensuring our children’s tomorrow, however, I still don’t think there is really anything that can be said to rid of the mom guilt completely.

What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids?
I would tell the old me before my son was born, “You don’t know frustrated, you don’t know busy, you don’t know tired, you don’t know how strong you are, and above all else, you don’t know what love is.”

What is your proudest mommy moment?
Okay so now is total mommy bragging mode! Honestly, I think my son hung the moon, I mean what mom doesn’t think that of their kids! He’s remarkable and talented in ways that I have never seen. Every day that I get to be his mommy is the greatest day of my life, yes even on our bad days, because in every single day I get to slowly watch him become this incredible little person, all on his own, with nothing more than my love, care, and guidance. Children truly are just incredible in that aspect that no matter what you do, their little souls are on their own journey and they were born to be exactly who they’re meant to be. 

What is your favorite thing to do in the HKA area?
My favorite thing to do in the HKA area is to enjoy the beautiful nature we have, we’re so close to the 4th largest city but yet you can enjoy an amazing run on the Greenbelt trails, spend the day on the lake, and enjoy so many great parks.

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