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May INSPIRATION of the Month

Gaia Fit has brought back our highlight of the month… this time with a little twist. Rather than the coaches choose, our athletes choose!

Every month, we will ask our Gaia Fit family who they think deserves to be INSPIRATION of the month. Getting this started was fun and inspirational within itself. Our Gaia Fit TRIBE is so supportive of each other, we received countless emails referencing EVERYONE. We will share more of that on Facebook Live this coming week.

By the end of the week, one person received some special recognition from her fellow tribe members. I am not sure if it was more cool to hear their words or to see her HUMBLE reaction to being Gaia Fit's INSPIRATION of the month. Here is what some of your fellow Gaia Fit Tribe members had to say about you Jill...


"I nominate Jill at 6am boot camp. She's attends regularly, works hard, and has a good attitude!"


"I would like to vote for Jill S.   She is a great workout partner and encourager.  She always shows up a few minutes early and is ready to workout.  She seems to push herself to do her best in class.  I usually workout next to her and I have seen her make good progress along the way."


"I have a nominee for Inspiration of the Month... I think Jill falls in this category. This morning she was talking about how she has built up her arm strength and "can actually do things now," which is pretty great! (and she kick my butt doing those push ups on the ball). She is always a motivating partner and I feel like she holds me accountable to making it to class when she asks if I will be there some days."


Now let's learn a little bit more about JILL the INSPIRATION!

Name: Jill Marie Shively

Family: James - husband of 13 years, Abby - 10 and Lucas - 7 both at DIS

Occupation:  My official occupation is that I work from home for American Institutes for Research, a research and technical assistance non-profit organization in DC. I support staff that are in the field to improve schools and districts across the country that are struggling. I have worked with this company for 15 years.  My upcoming volunteer occupation is the DIS PTA Board President. I look forward to leading the DIS PTA Board for the next two years and continue the support of Daniel Island School. :)  

How long have you been taking Gaia Fit Boot CampI started a year ago in May! :) (HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY, Jill!)

When/How often do you attend? I started only going to Bootcamp twice a week at 6am. I also now attend Small Group twice a week at 6am on Mondays and Friday.  

What motivated you to start going to Gaia Fit Boot Camp? I had lost most of "baby weight" (~40 lbs) when we lived in Toledo just using an elliptical and Weight Watchers, but when we moved to SC, I discovered the amazing food and drinks the south has to offer. Plus, I love to cook/entertain and have learned to make some great southern dishes. I had to do something to keep weight from coming back, so I started going to the gym early in the morning and I would drive by bootcampers on my way to the gym. I decided to try it... but it took me a while to muster up the confidence to just show up! I have to admit that I work this hard and continue to (1) feel good, but mostly (2) eat and drink what I want without too much guilt! :) 

What motivates you to keep going to Boot Camp? I can do things I NEVER imagined I could do....burpees, pull ups, push ups, planks, etc. I will admit I cried the first time at bootcamp - mostly because I truly thought I was in shape and it was evident that first time that I wasn't close. I'll never forget what Mary told me that first day - turn that frustration into motivation to keep going and growing. I used to just run and elliptical at the gym which did something, but not where I am today! I feel great and confident - muscle strength and definition is something I never knew how to achieve.

What would you say to someone thinking about joining Boot Camp? Push yourself and do will not only feel great, but you will feel accomplished. Mary is a great coach...she truly pushes you but in a way you feel supported and comfortable. And the women I work out with every morning are a true supportive community. At 6am the weather and environment is just perfect...the coolest point of the day and working out in the dark (and sometimes the rain) is perfection!  

Do you have any cool health goals you are working on that you would like to share? I am not a good goal setter so to speak. I kind of live life and see where it takes me. I can tell you what one of my goals SHOULD BE: to drink more water and as we enter into the summer season, I really need to make a point to drink more to replace the crazy sweating. I also need to figure out how to energize my day - while I go to bed early, and get up early - working out doesn't seem to really give me the energy people talk about. 

Anything else you would like to share... One big surprise from the month of May is that I am enjoying Yoga! I never considered myself a yoga person but after a couple clasess - the quiet and stretching is a great addition to my week! Lastly, I just wanted to thank Mary and the rest of the 6am Gaia Fit ladies for the support over the past year. Coming to Boot Camp and Small Group would never happen regularly without a great coach and community! Love to you all! 

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