To say that Kahley answered a prayer is not a stretch from the truth. The second I saw her Facebook post about wanting to help someone with a free month of Pilates work-outs my stomach literally fluttered. It may sound dramatic but if you have ever been in a season of life where you have literally given so much of yourself to others that you have left your own self-care in the dust for multiple years you would probably understand that feeling. "This is it" was all I kept saying to myself and quickly responded to Kahley to put my name in the hat. And every day that passed until her choice was announced, I literally prayed that if I was chosen I would take full advantage of the opportunity and really use it to turn over a new page and really start carving out some time for me so that I can be better for others around me. And what do you know, Kahley answered that prayer, as I eluded to at the beginning. Here I am, the most inflexible, out of shape person I know about to take on what is really one of the most beautiful work-out regimens I've seen. From the first day I could see why it was so different than any other methods I've tried in the past. Every muscle hurt, but it wasn't a "I hate life" hurt, it was more like a "I'm finally using these muscles again and it feels good" hurt. So for four days a week I groaned and grimaced and asked Kahley to back off, wait, hold on, give me a break. None of which she did, because she knew I had more in me than I knew I had. I felt stronger, more flexible, even stood taller iT felt like. By the end of the month I got two wonderful compliments from my husband that my face looked slimmer and my booty looked higher...never a bad thing in my book.
Now comes the time for my confession...did I use this opportunity to its full extent and REALLY make the choices necessary to see big results in a month's time? Sadly, the answer is no. My diet really is where the overhaul needs to be made, along with carving out an hour for myself a few days a week to really work on inner and physical strength. It all works together and the quote I kept hearing from Kahley is "it's not an option for me". NOT working out is not an option. NOT eating meals that nourish the body is not an option. This is the mindset that I took away after my month came to an end and that is what I hope to continue to use as my motivation moving forward. This was not a one month then go back to the way things were kind of experience for me. I have no intention of staying in that season. With a little more help and motivation, I truly believe I can regain confidence in my abilities, my appearance, and my overall wellness. So my story is to be continued but this experience will never be forgotten. From one incredibly gracious receiver of another's kindness to the one who offered a new beginning, Kahley, I am truly thankful for our time spent together and will use your drive and passion for helping others, as well as taking care of yourself, as the motivation I need to continue with this journey. Thank you is not enough but is all I have!
Be well and happy holidays!
Your spirit, energy and desire to work hard inspired me every time we worked together! It was my honor to have had the opportunity to work with you and I KNOW YOU HAVE EXACTLY WHAT IT TAKES TO REACH YOUR GOALS!! We all have everything we need inside of us, you just have to want the change bad enough, make today the day and go for it! I believe in you and am here for you every step of the way!!