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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kim found her MOJO!

Here's her story:

A year ago I decided to make some major changes in my life. While I did not have any serious health issues, I was overweight, had high blood pressure, was exhausted and out of shape. I decided it was time to focus on my health along with transitioning from a corporate career to purpose-driven ventures. For the past decade I had been completely focused on my family and my career which left little to no time for myself. I was an occasional runner but did not make it the priority that it needed to be to keep healthy and fit.

As I left my corporate job and decided to renovate my life, I looked into ways to get in shape. I was turning 50 this year and wanted to set fitness goals for myself. I decided to join a bootcamp and train to become a tri-athlete. I looked at various options and chose Mama Bootcamp. I like working out with other women for the camaraderie and support. I also liked that many of the women were first time tri-athletes so I was in good company.

As I began training with Mama Bootcamp I was apprehensive about the swimming part of the Tri training. I am a strong swimmer, I grew up at the beach in San Diego, but I had never swam competitively and, hence, did not have form or technique. The boot camps began and it was very difficult at first. I had not had any strength training or regular core workouts in a long time. It was difficult to do even some of the basic exercises, but I stuck with it and went to 2 to 3 boot camps a week and then started the Tri training a month later. The coaches were very motivating and made the work outs fun.

It has been an amazing experience! I competed in 4 triathlons over the summer, I climbed the back side of Half Dome in Yosemite, I hiked 100 miles over 9 days and I am training to run the California International Marathon in December. I am in the best shape I have ever been in for a very long time, possibly my entire life! In the 6 months I have worked out with Mama Bootcamp I have lost a total of 53 inches and reduced 9% body fat. Working out with the coaches and women of Mama Bootcamp has been a life changing experience. It is a fun and supportive environment where I am getting in shape and spending time with amazing women.

I look back at my last ten years and I affectionately refer to them as my ‘Fat Forties’….Now I look at turning 50 this year and I call this next decade my ‘Fit Fifties’…I can’t wait for all the adventures that I am fit to enjoy!!

Kim in 2009:
Kim in 2010 (on Half Dome!):

And here's Kim herself:


Krista said...

What an amazing transformation! Go, Kim!

Anonymous said...

Kim rocked her training! She is so "coachable"!! Love you girl!