Kaia Vet/KAT Girl/5AM Rockstar, Jama Myers, has been with us for over 2 years and is a continual example of dedication and perseverance! She is always smiling and kicking booty; we couldn’t be happier to feature her again on this blog!
Check out her original Kaia story from almost 2 years ago by clicking HERE!
Below you will find her current Kaia update! Thank you for sharing Jama! We love you!
“I am so honored and excited to be asked to write a follow-up to my Kaia Girl Profile! My original profile was posted in January 2012, which was about seven months into my Kaia journey. I had already made so much progress at that time, and I knew I was going to continue my workouts, but I wasn’t really sure what was left for me to do…WOW, was I wrong!
After all of the changes that I had gone through in my first seven months I was still having body image issues! I was still allowing the scale to dictate how I felt about myself. So I knew I still had to make some drastic changes in my thinking. Kaia was opening my eyes to all of the positive things that my body could do and I was allowing this inanimate object tell me that I still was not good enough. So, just like the junk food that I had gotten rid of, I threw the stupid scale out! That’s right, straight in the trash!! And it felt so good, like I had just been released from a 20 year prison sentence – total freedom at last! I allow weigh-ins during BRIK assessments only, and the rest of the time I just let my body be my guide.
I am now almost 2 ½ years into my Kaia lifestyle and there are still ups and downs – I suffered a major ankle sprain in November 2012 that sidelined me for about 6 weeks. I was so depressed that I sat around and ate the entire time! I gained 10 pounds and when the January 2013 BRIK rolled around it was so hard! Due to my ankle, and crummy food choices, I was back to walking instead of running, struggling just to make it around the building. There were many times I just broke down and cried thinking that I would never get back to the strong and confident version of me that I loved. With the help and encouragement of the Coaches and my fellow Kaia girls I learned to shift my focus back to proper form and my goals became about more about doing “perfect squats” and less about “running a 10 minute mile”. I had to rebuild my confidence by setting myself up for success for the things that I could do, instead of dwelling on the things that I temporarily could not do.
I am happy to report that my ankle is no longer bothering me and that the CORE session prior to, and the last BRIK session of 2013, were probably some of my best sessions in terms of building strength and finding my inner power again. This year was also when I finally decided to become a member of the Kaia Alpha Team (referred to as “KAT Girls”). What a beautiful experience that has been! You would not think one simple contract and a bracelet would make that much of a difference, but it is really exhilarating! I love being a cheerleader for the girls around me and being a KAT Girl has helped me to fully embrace this role and realize how important it is for the spirit and team building of everyone around me. While on my KAT Girl high, I somehow found myself signing up to run on a relay team for CIM. Knowing that I completely suck at running (toe runner over here!) and that I would rather have my eyes poked out than run a mile, I decided I had better get some training, so I signed up for I Kan Run. The cherry on top was being chosen to be the captain of the I Kan Run relay team! What?!? And now the weirdest thing has happened – I actually enjoy running and even miss it when I am not able to get out there! My husband teases me when I am pouting about not being able to make a run and says “I don’t even know who you are anymore!” He is so proud of my progress and even joined with the Kaia girls in running The Color Run this year. You might remember him, he was “The White Knight”, an all-white version of Batman!
In closing, I have to give a huge shout-out to the Sacramento 5 a.m. crew – the Early Birds, Sunrise Soldiers, Zero Dark Divas – both veterans and new girls alike, and yes, even you boogers that jumped over to Carmichael! I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing group of women! You are my daily inspiration with your sleepy eyes, bed head, early morning dance moves and your fierce determination. I absolutely love each and every one of you and I know that without you, this journey would be difficult and probably really boring! So thank you Kaia and thank you to ALL of the Kaia Gurrls that have been there along the way helping me to evolve into the best version of myself that I could possibly imagine! I am so excited for the many years of sweat, fitness and fun to come! xoxo”