RBBC NEW COACH: Reese Campos

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I have been fortunate enough to be athletic and active most of my life. Growing up, I was involved in multiple sports and danced from age 5 through college. My parents were always shuttling us from one thing to the next, so nutrition was never a priority in our home. Eating out, fast food and anything that could feed hungry, active teenagers was usually on the menu. After I was married and in college, my waistline could not keep up with my eating habits. Once I stopped playing sports and dancing, I gained weight quickly. I tried to go to the gym, but I just hated it! I had no idea what I was doing in there. I wasn’t sure what muscle group should go with cardio or when to mix in some abs on chest day. It was all Greek to me. I just had no clue how to work out or eat right and ultimately lose some weight. I was stuck. Then we started growing our family. I lost the weight after having my first son, but stress and my health quickly declined right before getting pregnant with my second. I was 26 years old, overweight and on cholesterol medication due to high cholesterol. My doctor recommended a healthy diet and exercise to help lower my numbers. Again, all Greek to me.
Shortly after this, my dad had a heart attack at age 55. I had 2 children by this time and my dad’s heart attack was my wake up call. I had to start something, start somewhere, do something or this would be my fate too. In 2010, I signed up for my first half marathon. I trained for months and 2 weeks before the race, I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I still ran my race, but I was still overweight. In 2012, I tried CrossFit. I loved the athleticism, the competitive nature of the workouts, but I still had no idea how to properly fuel my body to change it, so I started looking for another gym. In 2013, I ran into Kyle and Natalie Loretelli at a wedding. Natalie looked amazing and raved about Get Fit. She invited me to come try it and not a few days later, I got a message from Tara asking me to come check it out. I signed up and a month later I was in The Underground Bootcamp. I met new people, made new friends, reconnected with old friends and then someone convinced me to sign up for RBBC9. I signed up for Jamie’s team! I needed a butt kicker and Jamie was awesome! My motto during this boot camp was to say I finished something! And I did! I lost my extra baby weight and felt great. I was finally starting to understand what eating right looked like! It wasn’t non-fat, low-fat weight loss shakes, it was REAL FOOD that tasted good. Food that I could grow in a garden and that made me feel good eating it!
As time passed, my excitement wore off and then the holidays hit. Stress hit, class parties ensued, fancy holiday cocktails were poured and I felt gross. Well, January of 2015 rolled around and so did RBBC12! I was on Michelle K’s team! This time, I wanted to do another round of RBBC not so much to lose weight, but to continue my journey of overall health. This boot camp was different. I didn’t feel like I was learning as much about the food as I was learning about my total health. I started to understand how food, fitness and my faith worked together. When life’s stresses would hit, I wasn’t running to food or to alcohol. I started running to the Lord and sometimes, to the gym. I would still struggle, but when I did, Michelle would remind me where my source of strength truly was and it was in my relationship with Jesus. On the first day of detox, I sent Michelle this verse, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. I knew my life needed to include Jesus, but I never realized how my physical health needed to include Him too. I have to make the daily choice of surrendering my will to His. Even if my will is to indulge in frozen yogurt because I’ve had a rough day. Surrendering that will took strength that only Jesus can provide.
My journey to overall health has come full circle. I’ve had to learn how to exercise and when I don’t know all the moves, my Get Fit trainers are happy to show me the way. I’ve learned about real food. I’ve changed the things I bring into my home so my kids can learn about real food too. And the most important thing I’ve learned on this journey is to remember my relationship with the Lord is the key. He is my ultimate source of strength and power. With Him, all things are possible! I can learn, I can change my family tree and I can live a life that fully glorifies my Savior, from the inside out.

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