I have to say, I'm not typically one to share what goes on in my personal life, but 212 has helped me be the person I am today, and I'm grateful for that.
Three years ago I uprooted from Michigan to Rhode Island. I felt like a lost puppy. I left my entire world behind and for the first time ever felt like I didn't "fit in." I was never a "gym" person, but I've always stayed active playing soccer. Randomly and fortunately I had moved into the Rumford Center and kept hearing all this noise from the gym in the complex so I figured why not give it a shot?! The 212 Team was so welcoming and friendly, I couldn't not join. I was hooked, loved the classes and the people, and never got bored!
But then I had some life altering changes that led me on a downhill spiral and I was struggling to show up at the gym. Since my move, I got married, lost three grandparents, and then my dad, my rock and best friend, got cancer. I was a mess to say the least and was constantly flying to MI and not making the healthiest decisions. My dad passed away a year ago this month, the same time my marraige fell apart. I was once again lost and felt like I couldn't pull my sh*t or life together.
Kerry had continued to check in on me throughout this time, when I finally realized I needed to focus on my health. I slowly started coming back to the gym, but the 4+ months away made me so weak, I hated it. That's when I decided to do the Jeans Challenge with Alicia. She was awesome! I started eating healthier and was going to the gym 5-6 days a week. I felt like a brand new person, physically and mentally.
212 literally pulled me out of my slump and continues to push and challenge me to be a healthier person. I always look forward to those smiling faces and Sean saying "Hello" using a Michigan accent as I walk through those doors. I can't thank Kerry and the 212 Team enough for all the support and laughs they've given me. You all are seriously the best!