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Dream Come True!


Friday, March 29, 2013

When I first began my weight loss journey I joined a health club that is part of a local hospital near me -- I loved it because there were people of all ages and sizes, and they didn't discriminate. The classes were amazing, the facility is beautiful, always voted one of the best in our area year after year. When I started attending classes there and getting to know the instructors, I thought to myself that I would love to work there someday -- now mind you, this is when I was morbidly obese and I don't know who or what reasoning put that thought into my head, but there it was.

As the membership dues are high, as I neared closer to my weight loss goal, I needed to stop my membership since we are a single income family and I couldn't justify the cost any more -- I began going to the YMCA and for a family we could join at a fraction of a cost of this health club. But I have to admit, it broke my heart a little. The instructors had become my family, my cheerleaders. This was the track where I started running at, this was where I learned what "boot camp" is really about. This is where I tried spinning, zumba and NIA for the first time. This was my place. I told my boot camp instructor at the time that it felt worse than a breakup. But when you are on a fixed income, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

When I became a Walk Leader about a year ago, and I reached out to the fitness director at this Wellness Center, who happens to be my old boot camp instructor, I thought it would be great to teach my classes there. We went back and forth, but the timing wasn't right, however I never gave up on the dream to teach at this amazing wellness center. I began classes at a local church, but I kept her in the loop on my classes, and offered to teach free demos, etc. Well I am happy to say that a year later I am now an instructor on staff at the wellness center! Last night I had a free demo to promote my class that starts next week.

It just goes to show -- never give up on yourself-- or your dreams! They really do come true. And sometimes that little voice in your head, the one that says you can, is worth listening to.








My dad on the left, my friend LaTannya, me and her daughter Taria

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2013 12:18PM

    Just catching up .... emoticon !!!!!
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KITHKINCAID 4/1/2013 3:37PM

    Oh sweetie, I'm so proud of you. And I needed to read this blog because I need to know that good things can happen if you just keep pushing forward which is what I'm trying to do too. You look so happy! Way to go!!!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/31/2013 12:03PM

    Congrats! How Awesome!!

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EATVEGAN 3/31/2013 12:44AM

    Congratulations, I am really happy for you. emoticon

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KATHIERAE 3/30/2013 10:44PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this story!! I am really good at ignoring (or stuffing down inside me) that little voice... You are an inspiration, and I am so happy for you!! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 3/30/2013 10:33PM

    What an inspiration you are!!! emoticon on making another dream come true!!!! You are so right about believing in yourself, and not giving up!

So very happy for you!! Wish you great success with your new class!!

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LINDAKAY228 3/30/2013 8:32PM

    Awesome!! Congratulations!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 3/30/2013 5:25PM

    Congratulations!! Awesome!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/30/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So happy for you! What a great story! Love it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMALLERMELORIE 3/30/2013 1:13PM

    Kathy, I am so proud of you. You are right...never give up on your dreams. You are such an inspiration.

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ROBYNROSE26 3/30/2013 12:40PM

    Congrats Kathy, that is so amazing!

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PURPLELVR7 3/30/2013 8:27AM

    That is emoticon emoticon

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LASKIE2 3/30/2013 7:11AM

    emoticon with your new endeavour & for keeping your hope alive.

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CHICAT63 3/30/2013 6:57AM

    Woohoo, congrats !!! emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/30/2013 3:03AM

    this makes me so happy! i love you!

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KPETSCHE 3/30/2013 1:19AM

    How awesome for you! Congrats!

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THENEWDARLENE 3/30/2013 12:40AM

    emoticon Congratulations on reaching this goal! Wish I lived close enough to take a Walk class with you.

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WOLFKITTY 3/29/2013 10:10PM

    Congrats!!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/29/2013 10:08PM

    That is so awesome!! Congrats!

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UNICORN212 3/29/2013 8:59PM

    I hope having your classes here puts more in your pocket than the other facility. The pics are amazing!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/29/2013 8:41PM

    Your story is so amazing, AND, so are you! Congratulations on your inspiring success. You are definitely an inspiration and a Sparkpeople success story!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/29/2013 8:02PM

    YOU ROCK! Congrats!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/29/2013 7:44PM

    That's SO awesome, congratulations!!!

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PARKERB2 3/29/2013 7:32PM

    Looking good!

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