About a year ago I started thinking about turning 50 the “Golden Life Anniversary”. I asked myself, “What do I value?” I value my faith first, my family, friends, having fun, fitness, and food. Being totally honest food all too often came first, thus my life long struggle with maintaining a healthy weight.
In October 2013, I met with a co-worker over coffee. I shared with him my desire to spend the next year of my life preparing to turn “FIT and Fabulous 50!” I was committing to no flour, no sugar and no alcohol. He asked, “What about fitness”? I told him I was in search of something new and inspiring. He shared about his wife’s journey to become a coach with Kaia FIT. Shortly after I received an email from his wife, Coach Krysta! On October 14th just three days after turning 49 I started at Kaia FIT Carmichael and what I lovingly call my 365 day journey to turn “FIT and Fabulous 50!” I committed to putting my focus on my faith, family, friends, fun, fitness and eating healthy.
During my first week at Kaia everything was a challenge. I couldn’t jump or squat and had no flexibility. Balance was my friend! After every class I felt stronger and stronger. It has been 7 months and now I can do 1000 jump ropes, military push-ups, and a handstand! Also with an encouraging hand from of Deanna I nailed the high box jump too! Kaia has motivated me to go beyond what I thought was possible. It has given me confidence in my abilities and I get daily support from my Kaia Girls.
This spring I joined Kaia’s I Kan Run Team with the ultimate goal of running a ½ marathon someday. The combination of Kaia and I Kan Run has helped me to make the dream a possibility. On June 8th I will run the 13.1 mile Women’s Fitness Festival with my biggest fan and hero my daughter Brittany surrounded by all my Kaia Sisters. I am now that woman I always wanted to be. The woman that puts on her runners and heads out the door for a rejuvenating 5 mile run.
Kaia has taught me there are no limits to my fitness goals, that genuine women do exist, and that they care about me and my success. I now believe exercise is fun and worthwhile, and that pushing past the “I can’t mark” will get you to that next level. If you asked me the best thing about Kaia I would say relationships. My daughter-in-law and I have bonded in the best way since she joined Kaia. Now that my best friend joined I get to see her daily and watch her transformation. I have made so many beautiful friendships that will last a lifetime, my Kaia family.
You are a true inspiration Cynthia!! Your smile and energy is contagious!! Thanks for lifting up your Kaia Girls and your IKR Team. We <3 You!
WOMEN’S FITNESS FESTIVAL . Come run with us or cheer on Cynthia and the girls at the WFF! Sign up to be on the cheer squad at Kaia FIT Sacramento or Kaia FIT Carmichael! We need you!