Another week and another awesome blog from the group. Today we’re sharing a bit from Carla, one of our 5:30 folks who has been coming regularly since August 2017. Carla, take it away!
I was really trying to come up with a clever way to start this blog. But each time I typed something, it sounded more and more corny. So, like I’ve been doing almost every Wednesday at 5:30a since Aug 2017, I told myself to JUST SHOW UP; nothing fancy required.
Here’s a little story on how I came to be a fitness enthusiast. A decade ago, I was in a relationship with a cheater. I didn’t find out about the cheating until 2+ years in. However, once I found out, I didn’t immediately walk away. Why? Because, I was unhappy with myself. I had gained a significant amount of weight in that relationship, my finances weren’t great and I was completely stressed out. I had gotten so focused on my boyfriend and my, then, 8-year-old son, that I’d let myself go—physically and mentally. Self-care had been on the back-burner for years and it showed!
One day I saw a picture of myself and felt a rush anger come over me. There was something about seeing that photo and how different I looked; compared to the day I met him, that made me want to seek revenge. I laugh now because it sounds so ridiculous but at the time it was the fuel I needed to make the necessary changes that would eventually get me back to a happy, peaceful place. My plan was simple. I was going to start working out, lose a bunch of weight, get back to my former sexy self and then break up with him. Yes, I was going to make him watch me do my thing, without a hint that he would get cut after I reached my goal (insert evil laughter here).
About 5 months into my weight loss journey, I decided that keeping him around until I reached my goal wasn’t worth it. I was feeling like a new woman. I had lost my desire to seek revenge; I had more zest for life and zero interest in having him in my presence. So, one day I calmly said to him, “I have nothing more to give in this relationship. After today I do not want to see or hear from you again. I wish you the best but this is the end for us.” Just like that, I was free. No tears; well from me that is. He cried a lot (insert shrug here). But I had total peace around my decision and I said what I had to say with finality. It was time for me to pour into myself and my son without the weight of someone who didn’t deserve my time.
Fitness helped heal my broken heart. I found childlike joy in jumping rope, channeled my inner Lance Armstrong in spin class and fell completely in love with nature on weekly trips through Griffith Park and Santa Monica trails. I was a new person and everyone was noticing. People asked me how I was losing the weight because they wanted to as well. I shared my story of how and I why I was ‘getting my sexy back’ and I jokingly told them, “You need to GYSB (Get Your Sexy Back) too!” Friends started shouting me out in their FB posts, “Hey Carla! I’m working out today! GYSB Baby!” It felt good to know that I was inspiring so many people to get moving. I loved the GYSB shout-outs so much that I hired a trademark attorney and made GYSB® official. My IG handle @GYSBmovement in case you ever want to check me out.
Fitness helped heal my broken heart. I found childlike joy in jumping rope, channeled my inner Lance Armstrong in spin class and fell completely in love with nature on weekly treks through the Griffith Park and Santa Monica trails. I was a new person and everyone was noticing. People kept asking me how I was losing the weight. They were interested in doing the same. I shared my story of how and I why I was ‘getting my sexy back’ and I jokingly added, “you need to GYSB (Get Your Sexy Back) too!” Friends started shouting me out in their FB posts, “Hey Carla! I’m working out today! GYSB Baby!” It felt good to know that I was inspiring so many people to get moving. I loved the GYSB shout-outs so much that I hired a trademark attorney and made GYSB® official. My IG handle is @GYSBmovement in case you ever want to check me out. My goal with the GYSB® movement and The Carla Palmer Show (FB and YouTube) is to inspire people to always work towards getting to the next level of optimal living. Whether it’s physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, environmental or emotional, something always needs attention.
For me, I need fitness to stay exciting so that I can continue to crave the goodness. So, in August 2017, when I overheard Elliot Percival speaking with his Tom’s colleague about a 5:27am workout at the California Incline, I quickly inserted myself into the conversation to get the deets. He gladly pulled up the NPLAX FB page and told me to get the exact location from the tracker and to JUST SHOW UP. The next morning, I rolled out of bed, laced up my sneakers and headed to the beach, uncertain of what I’d find when I got there. As I parked my car, I noticed in the distance there was a group of people I could barely make out in the dark. They were jumping up and down. I thought, “oh my!! what in the world have I gotten myself into?” I was intrigued. As I got closer, I could hear the chanting. But, it wasn’t creepy, it was actually kinda silly and fun—just like me! Then I got excited! I reached the group just at the end of the warm-up when they were passing out free hugs and warm smiles. I knew then that I’d found a good tribe.
The workout that day was tough. I was slower than most but I loved the push and the positive energy as we passed each other up and down the incline. The cheer tunnel at the end sealed the deal. You’d think it would suck to finish the workout slower than most. It’s actually not bad at all because you have MORE people high-fiving you through the cheer tunnel. It felt amazing! I mean seriously, who else was up doing THIS at 5:27a.m.? Even if I came in slower than everyone else, being out there was more than what the average person was doing at home in bed. This was a total WIN! Thank goodness I jumped into Elliot’s conversation the day before. It pays to be a little nosey. Elliot embodies the NP spirit: positive vibes, sincere encouragement and a willingness to get in the stretch to be better. Also, November Project aligns with my values and the spirit of GYSB®. The only thing I hate is that I didn’t find them sooner. This group has pushed me beyond my limits in fitness. And that same willingness to get in the stretch in those workouts has carried over into other areas of my life; including my work as a fundraiser and setting a great example for my 19 –year-old son. He thinks his single mom is superwoman—I kind of dig that.
I’m thankful for November Project and brag about the group every chance I get. While I constantly encourage folks in my network to Just Show Up, most of them politely say- “one of these days I might join you.” For the majority of them, that translates into “You’re crazy if you think I’m gettin up that early to huddle up and jump around with you weirdoes.” I just smile and tell them that I’ll leave the invitation open for the day they’re ready for a challenging, life changing experience.
So, now I’m sitting here trying to find a clever way to close this out… Do Good LA? HA! Sorry Kaitlin and Jesse. That’s all I could come up with. Thanks for letting me share. Carla/GYSB®
Friday 5/31 – NP LAX monthly social gathering
Wednesday 6/5 – Pride tagging day. We will also be working out down by the Greek!
Sunday 6/9 – November P(ride)ject Scavenger Hunt
Yearbook photos – Start getting hyped!! Official theme and date will be announced on Tuesday!
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