Jama at Kaia FIT Sacramento's 5k Resolution Run
Jama is an inspirational example of how Kaia FIT can really change lives. She was kind enough to put her story in her own words and I’m sure you will enjoy reading about her journey as much as I did!
“I started Kaia FIT in June 2011. I was roped into it by Kaia-girl cutie Kim Dunlap. Kim and I work together, and she was always telling me about these crazy workouts that she was doing and telling me how much I would love it. I initially thought she was insane, but after watching her for a couple of weeks and seeing how much more streamlined, toned and generally healthy-looking she was getting, I knew that whatever she was doing, was what I wanted to do!When I first walked in the door of Kaia I was the most heavy I had been in my entire life, I was a total couch potato, and so addicted to sugar I was practically snorting it! The first person I met was Casie, and when I introduced myself, she was so welcoming that it immediately felt like I had known her my entire life. That was honestly the first thing that impressed me the most about Kaia, the genuine care and concern that each of the coaches showed to each person. They were ready from day one to celebrate our victories, and help us where we were struggling. I desperately needed someone to be on my team, because I had begun to not root for myself anymore.
The first two weeks were so hard, between detoxing, sweating, being sore, and generally moving my body in ways it had not moved in twenty years! And to add on top of that, in my personal life I was going to class to get my real estate license while working full-time. So, by the beginning of the second week, after what I felt like was a terrible workout performance, I got in my car and cried all the way home! The next day I talked to the coaches and they said that was actually a pretty normal side effect of the detox and that if I could work through it, I would come out on the other side much stronger. That afternoon at the end of the session Coach April gave us the most inspiring encouragement I had ever heard. She talked about “letting it go”. This meant to stop thinking about what I wanted to look like at the end of the session, or how much I wanted to weigh. I had to focus on each day, each workout, each squat thrust, each breath, until everything else was out of my mind. This was so empowering to me! It also meant that if I had a crappy workout one day, it had no bearing on the next workout. I could start each workout fresh and not undo any of the progress that I had already made. And the best part was that I was building confidence in myself, and beginning to root for myself again – GO ME!
So, now each time that I work out, I pour myself into it, and challenge myself to do things that I have not done before. Sometimes that simply means just doing a couple of reps in “Kaia”, or sometimes it means climbing a wall backwards until I am in handstand, or participating in the Resolution Run. Someday I will climb that terrifying rope that hangs in the gym, but probably not today. After all, a girl needs a goal to work toward!
In the meantime, I have been at Kaia for every session since June 2011. I totally aced my real estate exam, I lost over 30 pounds, and have gone down from a size 16 to a size 10! I have taken the care and concern that I was shown by the coaches, and I really try to give that in turn to the other beautiful Kaia girls sweating it out next to me. I have met some really awesome ladies these last seven months, and although they may not know it, they have given me encouragement and strength as I watch them struggle and fight and prevail. This is something that I know I cannot do on my own, but with the support of such a strong army of women beside me, I cannot think of anything else that I would rather be doing!”
Thank you so much for sharing, Jama! We are so happy to have you as a part of our Kaia family and look forward to sharing in your future successes, including climbing that rope!