Kelli's Story

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I got asked to write my "fitness story" a few months ago and thought to myself, ”I don’t know what to say, I don't think I have a special story.” So, I politely put it off and said maybe another time. Inside I was kinda hoping they would forget and ask someone else with more to say. Then I got asked again as The Change Up was finishing. I talked to my coach, Cynthia, about it and she thought I would have a great story to share. What was I to share? Did they know that I basically failed my first boot camp last year? Most people didn't even know, including my coach, that I had already tried RBBC Lite last summer and had given up.
So that's where my Get Fit story begins. Then came Sign ups for Rock Body Bootcamp Season 12. Something inside me wanted to try again so badly but I felt embarrassed to show my face as the same person; I'd already failed, and didn't know how to restart. I was at the weight I was when I was 9 months pregnant--except, I wasn't pregnant anymore. My daughter was 13 months old and I was still wearing my maternity clothes.
I had talked with a few close friends who also happened to be Get Fit members about it all. I felt like I was failing God for not taking care of myself so that I could be a better wife and mother. I was having joint pain to get on the floor and play with my daughter and was exhausted all the time. This was not the person God designed me to be. But how could I get past feeling like a failure at the start? Both of these godly women told me, I haven't failed anything or anyone. God gives us fresh starts and uses us right where we are at. I was trying to do everything the world tells moms and wives they should do and in that I was losing site of seeing all the amazing blessings God had given me. I had a fear of failing again but gave it to God (cast all your fears on Him) and signed up for RBBC12 with a coach I knew nothing about.
At the kick off meeting someone said, "Don't give up. It's going to be hard, you will want to quit, but don't do it, because if you do, you will be looking at everyone else wishing you hadn't." Boy, was that true! I already knew what that felt like. I did not want a repeat of that and decided right then I was committed.
A few weeks in we had a special MJC workout where they asked us to bring our love because it was Valentine’s Day. I wanted to go but my love had to watch our baby in order for me to go. My coach had asked if I was going and I told her I wanted to but that I'd be alone. She immediately told me "I'll be your love... Coach love." I remember sitting at home and teared up because that was a turning point for me. She didn't have to do that for me, but she did and it made me feel noticed, cared about, and part of a team. She was there to encourage me and help keep me focused on my goals.

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Another emotional moment for me was when one of the trainers used my name during a workout. She simply walked by me and said, "Good job Kelli." How did she know my name? I had never even talked to her. It might sound ridiculous but that’s the thing that is different about Get Fit that made a difference for me; that personal connection you get from someone taking the time to learn names of people in their class. The trainers noticed when I was getting stronger and would help me take it to the next level.
There were definitely obstacles and there always will be: it's called L I F E. But God is always there.
When I walked back into Get Fit in January I couldn't do an assisted pull up, now I can do 20.
I couldn't do a box jump but now I've conquered them.
I dreaded the half lap for warm up because it felt like a workout itself, now it's actually a warm up.
I have become more confident in who God has created me to be.
I enjoy playing with my daughter because my body isn't hurting, and I have become stronger!

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STATS:
LOST 35 lbs since January
13.3% Body Fat
17 inches
January assisted pull ups:0 --------------------> Now: 20
January plank: 1:12 -------------------->Now: 3:19
January push ups 15 on my knees -------------------->Now: 38

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What Kelli forgot to mention in her story is that she competed in our first ever Get Fit Games and was the Female WINNER. She KILLED it.
Kelli, thank you for allowing us the privilege to be a part of your story. You are such an inspiration, and radiate joy, and it is an honor to have you as a part of the Get Fit Family. We have loved watching how far you have come and look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish.temp-post-image

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