Congrats to Melissa for being this month’s Camper Spotlight
Our Camper Spotlight for the month is Melissa S. for her consistency and continued success! She impresses the JCF Family at each session and embodies the JCF spirit! Congrats on a wonderful transformation Melissa …job well done!
Here’s Melissa’s story in her own words….
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
I forget who posted this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the JCF page way, way, way back in January. Although the context is different, it still struck a chord in me.
When I joined JCF Health & Fitness in March 2012 I was bored with the classes I’d been taking at a local gym. “Bootcamp” seemed extreme enough to get me motivated again. I had to exercise. I wasn’t happy with the number on the scale or with the way I felt and looked, so imagine what would happen if I stopped exercising!
I wasn’t so worried about exercising or even the early start times. I had been doing some type of workout consistently for years and the spin classes were at 6:00 am. But I wasn’t sure if I could do this program.
Turns out most of the exercises were hard! On my first day we had bear crawl introductions. What?! Then came burpees, more bear crawls, and mountain climbers. Oh how I disliked them. But I just kept showing up, 2-3 days a week. And little by little I got better at stuff.
I started with 5 lb. weights, gradually increased the weight and now I’m up to 15 lbs. I picked up a 5 lb. dumbbell recently and I thought it was mislabeled. It was so light! I got stronger without realizing it.
Thanks to the Rock My Skinny Jeans Challenge, my eating habits have improved too. I’ve learned a lot about nutrition from Daris and while I don’t eat “clean” all the time, I make more conscious decisions about what I eat and drink. I lost 20 lbs. and 1-2 sizes during the challenge and have mostly kept it off.
Daris is great motivator. As a trainer he provides a different workout everyday so your brain and your body don’t know what to expect. He has an ability to make you believe in yourself even when you don’t want to. His positive energy is infectious. He also has an *annoying* habit of always being right :) Like when he says “you can’t out-train poor nutrition” or “think long, think wrong.”
The support from Daris and his team and the encouragement from the other campers definitely make JCF a unique fitness experience.
All I wanted when I joined JCF was a new fitness routine. What I got was so much more. Working through the JCF process I’ve made new friends, become stronger, increased my energy, and I’m even more punctual :) All day, every day!