Four years ago (2014), my oldest daughter begged me to try a kickboxing class with her. She had a free week pass and loved going. What kind of example would I set if I chickened out and said, "no I don’t want to go" so I at least tried. I sucked it up and off I went. Walking in the gym for the first time I was thinking, "I CAN'T do this, I am so out of shape, there is no way I could keep up with everyone." Well guess what? I loved it! I met some amazing people that day who encouraged me to keep going throughout the class. There is something so rewarding about punching and kicking a bag. Every hit and kicked represented something that brought me down or a bad habit I wanted to break. All the years of making excuses and feeling sorry for myself, I let go during that hour. I FINALLY did something for ME! I couldn’t wait to go back again. A fire was lit inside of me that day. It was time for a new beginning, and boy was my life about to change!
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I’ve met some amazing people along my journey who inspire me each and every day. Especially Melissa, she is not only my CKO trainer but my best friend. She has been by my side since day one and continues to push me farther than I ever thought I was capable of. I can’t thank her enough for her role in helping me change my life. My journey is far from over, but I’m loving and enjoying every part of it. It has become so routine in my house that on certain nights MOM is at the gym and MOM is having a little “ME” time. I take 4-5 kickboxing classes a week at CKO WARWICK and CKO SKYLANDS. Yes, I’m a little addicted, haha. A fire has been lit inside of me and I want to see how far my flames can go. The people I’ve met at the gym are like family to me, the love and support I get from them is beyond what I ever thought belonging to a gym would be like. I love when members say they look forward to working out next to me in class because my energy keeps them going. It’s also a wonderful feeling when your kids say they are proud of you and love how I am in pictures with them now. I have coworkers, family, and friends reach out to me and say that I inspire them to get off the couch and take back their life just like I did. Who would’ve ever thought I could inspire anyone the way I was feeling 4 years ago? To hear people say I am an inspiration is such an AMAZING feeling!
Walking through the doors of CKO has changed my life in more ways than one and I’m forever grateful.