We have online students all over the world! Each one with an inspiring story. Kelly is no different!
Her story touched all of us here at SHiNE and we knew that we had to share!
Tell us about yourself:
Hi! My name is Kelly and I live in Tucson, Arizona with my wonderful husband of 14 years and our awesome little boy who will be five in August. I am a full-time wife and mommy with Multiple Sclerosis. Let's be real, life has its ups and downs. I have spent a lot of my adult life in a "Functioning Depression" and just getting by and surviving.
After dealing with 7 years of unexplained infertility issues, I found out I was pregnant with my son. A week after his birth, I got a phone call that my dad, who lived 2,000 miles away had passed away. Totally unexpected and too far to attend the funeral. Then three months later I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis... those two events put me into a darker "Functioning Depression." While I was and still am so thankful and grateful for my son, I was still depressed.
Why did you start SHiNE:
With depression came massive weight gain and unhealthy eating habits. At the end of the summer, September 2016, I told myself that this next year was going to be my year! Let's just say 2016 - 2017 was, and still is, my year! I searched all over the internet for an online class and videos that were easy and fun. I found SHiNE online!!!
What is your favorite part of SHiNE:
The music, the choreography, the energy, and the upbeat personality of Kendall and the girls in the classes! Also, I have never taken a dance class in my life, so the fact that there are tutorials online make the tricky routines easier!
How often do you SHiNE:
I SHiNE 3 - 4 times a week through the online classes!
What is your favorite SHiNE routine:
"Happy Hour Begins Now" is my current FAV!
What is a "must have" when you workout:
A sports bra and lipstick :)
What is your favorite treat:
I have two... because two is better than one!
Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake and Reeces Cups... YUM!!
What's something that would surprise us about you:
Between SHiNE and watching my diet, I have lost 40 lbs. this year!
Working out can be hard. How do you stay motivated:
My son keeps me motivated! Plus, SHiNE is fun to me, so it is hard for me to not workout.
It also lifts my spirts... like a really good therapy session!
What are some of your favorite hobbies:
SHiNE has honestly been my latest hobby. My son has Apraxia of Speech, so between school and Speech appointments, there isn't much time for a hobby. I guess, taking care of business is my hobby!!
I am currently coordinating an awareness walk for Apraxia Speech.
What fitness item do you swear by:
A nice pair of shoes to be comfortable in when doing SHiNE. They make all the difference!
What are your health and fitness goals:
To continue to be a better me and stay healthy for my son and family.
I would like to lose another 10 - 15 lbs. and then focus on building muscle and toning.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about joining SHiNE:
Just try it! You will smile, get your sexy back, and feel good about yourself.
No matter the age, weight, or ability... SHiNE is for everyone!
I am in pain all day, every day! I manage to stick with SHiNE because we can "fake it till we make it."
Just keep moving those feet!!