Congratulations to Julie, our July Camper Spotlight. Julie expected to jump start her motivation with a 21-day challenge, but she’s still hooked. Below is the story of Julie’s journey over the past 7 months:
As many of you know, my daughter is Coach Caitlin. I would never have known about JCF if Caitlin was not part of the JCF Team. My official start day at JCF was November 1, 2015 but my true start date was a day in June at a family and friends boot camp session in the Park. As soon as I was introduced to everyone I immediately felt the camaraderie and encouraging, enthusiastic atmosphere surrounding the JCF family. After that session I would receive periodic emails of upcoming events. One email in particular caught my attention. It was a 21-day skinny jean challenge in October. So I thought, “Why not?” For 21 days I could handle the drive from Summit to JCF and it would be the motivation I needed to get back into shape after recent foot surgery. After the 21-day challenge ended I could not imagine not coming back and seeing all my fellow campers and continuing my journey to a “better body better life”. I’m happy to say, seven months later I am still a camper after that 21-day challenge and absolutely loving it.
Success for me is making it to 5 sessions a week. People ask me how I drive into JC every night. I explain that it is not the drive but the JCF family and the way I feel after every session that motivates me to come to as many sessions as I can as well as the motivation I receive from my fellow campers. In addition, I have to admit I do love to exercise – exercise has been part of my daily routine for the past 35 years. I will usually stick to a program that I love, but sometimes it just doesn’t love me, meaning injuries, which brings me to proper form, thankfully due to the watchful eyes of the coaches, my form is getting better and my back and neck are thankful! I have noticed, over the last few months that I am definitely stronger, stand up straighter have lost inches and finally my muscle % is higher than my body fat (yeah)! Thank you coaches for keeping an eye on me.
Prior to JCF I had been practicing hot yoga for nine years when I decided it was time for a change so I placed my membership on hold and I joined a large gym, which also offered hot yoga along with group classes, etc. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I did not feel comfortable in this large atmosphere. I missed my small hot yoga studio where I knew almost everyone and the instructor based classes were monitored. Unfortunately, during my first month at this gym I injured my foot. I placed my membership on hold and had surgery. After my recovery for the first time in my life, I was floundering – I knew I didn’t want to go back to the large gym. So I asked Caitlin to help me – she gave me some exercises to do at home and encouraged me to use weights. Soon I realized I do not do well on my own – I need the energy from a group to motivate me. That is why I am thankful for my JCF Family for encouraging and motivating me to do better every day!
If I can encourage anyone, just try to get out of your comfort zone and try something new if you need a change from your old exercise routine or, if you have never exercised, try a JCF boot camp session. At the age of 55 I love being challenged, especially by the younger campers. I often am pushing myself to keep up with the camper next to me counting burpees or squat jumps (I am a little slower, but that’s okay). I hope to continue this active, healthy lifestyle for a long time to come and “only have good and great days”. Go JCF “better body better life” and “all day everyday”.
Julie, we’re glad you decided to embrace a new journey! Hope you’re as proud of yourself as we are. Keep bringing that hard work and dedication!