My son Ivan will be 2 in September, and I’m finally really starting to try and get back in shape. I used to exercise all the time, so I never thought this would be so challenging. It’s harder than I thought it would be, just because of major time constraints, injuries (I dislocated my shoulder when I tried to start swimming last year!), and a seemingly endless parade of colds and flus that just knocked me out.
I used to be so motivated that I never took classes; I just did my own workouts. Things have changed, though, and now I need the structure of the class, A) so I don’t injure myself again and B) so I’ll go. I’m trying to do a variety of different things, combining body sculpting with cardio barre and pilates and then jogging in the park a couple of days a week. But my all time favorite workout is body sculpting – because of Karrie.
It’s really hard to get out of bed and drag yourself to the gym to be at a class that starts at 7am sharp. It must be even harder to teach one. And yet Karrie brings this life and energy that makes me look forward to going. She’s a force of nature and is totally herself. No BS, no pretending, just Karrie. She’s hilarious, and she talks about her life and asks everyone about theirs. She says things that make me laugh out loud, things like “We are SO sexy and hot right now!” when we all look like something the cat dragged in, or “I know you want to punch me in the face” when we’re doing a killer set of reps and she pretends to get the numbers wrong and has to start over at 1 again.
The other day a bigger girl was right near me. Karrie came over to her and told her her pants were loose – which means she’s losing weight. Okay, by now you know I’m sensitive, but that really made an impact on me, and I realized how much Karrie is making a difference in our lives.
She works a full time job, is pursuing a career doing voice-overs and other fun acting and comedy stuff, and has a side career as an instructor and personal trainer. I’m sure she has days where she doesn’t feel so great, or wonders if any of it is worth it. I know her real passion is the acting and voice-over stuff. But every single day that Karrie teaches a class, we get a present. We get HER. She’s making a difference.
She’s helping me get through my workout and get my body back up to code, and her funny stories and anecdotes help me shift my energy in the morning and set the tone for my day. I work with a lot of people who are sad, lost, lonely and confused, so I need brightness, light, and fun to counteract that stuff and help people get to a better place. Karrie’s work with me helps me do better work with my clients. A domino effect takes place.
I think we all have days where we don’t feel like what we do matters. Or we worry that we’re not where we want to be. But just by the virtue of how we interact with others, and what we bring to the table by being ourselves, does make a huge difference. We might not see it that way, but it matters. What you do matters. How you smile, how you talk, what you make, what you share. You make a difference.