I was crazy busy, and I had no energy
I am 42 years old. My husband, Chip and I have 3 wonderful children and live in Malvern. I am a kindergarten teacher in the Great Valley School District. I love to read and watch TV. My favorite thing to do is hang out with friends and talk. Now, I have the energy to do even more fun things with my friends and family!
My life before PK was a stereotypical mom life. I woke up early to pack lunches, organize my kids and then went to my classroom for 9 hours before coming home to a crazy evening of homework, after school activities and dinner. I would then collapse on the couch at 9pm to sit for a few hours before dragging myself to bed to do it all over again the next day. I was crazy busy, and I had no energy. I couldn't keep up with my kids activities or my students. Over the past 8 years, my weight has yo-yo up and down while my husband has improved his overall health dramatically. I was noticing that I was struggling to find things that we could do together or as a family. It scared me to think about the future.
I was very apprehensive to start at PK because I have tried many other kinds of exercise plans and I get bored and stop going. In the past, I have had a lot of foot and heel issues that have prevented me from doing a lot of walking. I didn't know if I'd be able to do the exercises and if my heel & foot pain would return.
Since joining PK in November, I have lost more than 30 pounds and have lost inches all over my body. Most importantly, I have increased my energy level and am willing to try and do different things with my husband and kids again. This summer alone, I've tried yoga, paddle boarding, hiking and completed a 5k Mud run with my husband. I also notice that I sleep much better and actually look forward to going to PK to swing bells. At the beginning of the school year, my students and I do something called "Lettercise" to help them learn the letters and sounds for each. I noticed last fall that I was not able to jump around and model the exercises like I wanted. I would be winded when the song ended. At the end of the school year, I played the song again and did the exercises with my students. I was shocked how much easier it was than in the fall and how I felt when the song ended. I can't wait for school to start so I can dance and play with my new students the way I want too.
My life is still crazy busy with my family and career. But I now, look forward to finding an hour for me to go to boot camp. I attend at least 3 classes a week (sometimes 4). I sleep much better and wake up easier too. I have a long road to go- but I am hopeful that I can continue to improve my health and try new things with my family. Since starting at PK, I now understand the importance of setting and achieving mini-goals. I have the "goals" card that Kate made for the Little Black Dress Project on my mirror with those goals all completed and I wrote more goals at the bottom.
I've recommended PK to my friends because it works!! I have never stuck with anything this long. Every class is different and I have found that I enjoy working out with other people. It's nice to make new friends and get to know others who are working towards similar goals. It's a great place for me to be "Kim" not just someone's mom or a Kindergarten teacher.
Kim C. Malvern, PA