October of last year I won a $50 credit for Karna Emerald Coast via Facebook. I decided to use the credit and enrolled in the Monday night Restore the Core class. I figured it was a once a week mat based Pilates class and would be a great way to strengthen my core. I had just purchased a paddle board and wanted to get stronger on it. Little did I know what a life changer winning that credit was.
I completed the session and thoroughly enjoyed it. I even found a couple of my friends were going that I didn’t get to see very often. Getting to see them more frequently was a great incentive to keep going. When the second session ended, one of the teachers in my youngest son’s preschool class encouraged me to try the early morning workout program called Karna Camp. For the record, I am NOT a morning person. Not even a little bit. But Sara was so encouraging that I decided to give it a try.
Getting up that first morning at 5:15 was a bit like starting a new job. I slept poorly the night before because I was afraid I would sleep through the alarm. I was awake at class, but that was about it. I felt very uncoordinated and slow. But I made it through the class and the rest of the day was amazing. And productive. I was sore the next day, and the day after, but I was hooked.
Honestly, it took 7 weeks (!) before I stopped being ridiculously sore. I discovered Epsom Salt baths, copious amounts of Motrin and lots of bananas. I’ve been challenged more than I thought I could handle and I’ve grown in ways that I didn’t think possible. It really is about more than just working out now. It’s about growing, finding a healthy outlet for frustration, and changing the way my body looks and feels. It is also about camaraderie with a group of women I barely know, yet I am now somehow connected to. We challenge each other and push each other forward.
Most of the time we do our classes out on the pool deck overlooking the Destin harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. When it rains or is too cold we move the class into the ballroom. But we always meet. I’ve missed one Restore the Core class, yet somehow have not missed a single Karna Camp class. I’m not sure what has made me so consistent in attending except that I know that my body and mind need this time to work everything out.
It’s been a good journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Preferably to a smaller jean size. 😉