We’re so excited to share with you the personal story about this months’ spotlight member of our tribe, Kellie Rathbone. We love having her as apart of our tribe, her dedication with living a healthier lifestyle is encouraging! Here is our January 2019 Spotlight Tribe Member: Motivated, Successful, and Inspiring; Kellie Rathbone!
“I was born in La Mirada, CA. I am Greek, French Canadian, Irish, and English. I grew up in Covina, CA, and then moved out to the desert, Indio, CA, for my high school years. I’ve lived in Covina, Montclair, Indio, Palm Desert, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Culver City, Hesperia, and now Riverside. Let’s just say I moved around a lot! I was the only child until I was thirteen. I have a little brother, Jacob, who is my favorite human! My mom is also one of my best friends. I have a boyfriend, Jason, whom I’ve been with for 6 years now.
I work at UPS. I am a Health & Safety Supervisor/Trainer. I love my job! I have no kids, but I do have two fur babies, Ruby, my Bulldog, and Pita, my rescued Chihuahua. Hobbies? I love spending time with my loved ones, music – rock n’ roll – I love anything with an amazing guitar, concerts, being outdoors-hiking, motorcycles- Harleys, working out, my two dogs, and living a sober and clean lifestyle.”
Did you play sports growing up or take part in any extracurricular activities?
“I was in ballet and tap for 4 years. Then, in middle school, I was on the cheer team. (Definitely wasn’t for me, though). I loved swimming growing up. Everyone asks if I played volleyball because of my height (I am 5’11), but I never got into it. I didn’t really commit to any sport.”
What is your motivation to work out? What made you decide to start your fitness career?
“I have had some major challenges growing up, as I’m sure we all have, not always making the best decisions and it affecting me negatively. I can say now, this is the strongest I’ve been mentally and physically. In the past, I tried so many ways of losing weight. Crash diets, not eating, I had an eating disorder in high school up until my early 20’s which hurt my body badly, and then my typical working out for a week and then giving up. I was also confused as to what exercises to do. Questioning if I was doing things right or not.
To top it off, the past 5 years working out was not on my mind as I was battling my addiction – Alcohol consumed every single aspect of my life. It came to the point that I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and needed to do something because I was not happy with myself. I was flat-out miserable. My motivation only lasted a few days, and I knew I needed accountability when it came to working out, which is why I joined the Village. My motivation is to be a better me and live a healthy lifestyle to see myself consistently grow. It’s not about how thin I look, or how much weight I’ve lost, but how I feel inside which blossoms externally. Even when I am exhausted from work, as I work a graveyard shift and do not get home until 3:00-4am, I’m still there at the studio ready for my workout because I understand the value of doing it. Do I have hard days? ABSOLUTELY. But, your motivation turns into dedication. Working out ties into my life now. As I mentioned before, I live a sober lifestyle. Two years ago, I would have never fathomed where I am today, and that, in itself, keeps me so, so motivated/dedicated.”
How does working out make you feel versus before you started?
“I feel like a completely different person! My energy levels, the physical strength that I have now, my confidence, all of these things have flourished. Working out has affected me mentally, physically, and spiritually. I am not in denial now when it comes to my health and fitness. I look forward to my workouts because I know how I’ll feel after, and it makes me feel proud of myself for sticking to something that has changed my life for the better!”
What are your fitness goals now that you are familiar with your fitness ability?
“If you would have asked me this question the first month of working out, I would have said to be thin and lose weight. NOW, my fitness goals are to get stronger, lean, build muscle, of course, see my body fat percentage decrease, and to achieve self-improvement.”
What do you do to make sure you have time for your workouts?
“My workouts are permanently assigned to my routine, then I figure out how to make time for everything else. I know without my workouts, I won’t be 100 percent in anything else that I do. We all have time. It’s just actually making the time and deciding to do it. I learned to discipline myself. I made up hundreds of excuses as to why I didn’t work out – “I’m too tired, I work too much, I have a bad knee and back, I can’t afford it, I’ll do it next month, I’ll just eat healthily, I have way too much going on,” all these thoughts and excuses while I sat on my butt! I know without accountability, I would struggle and probably the only workout for a week and give up as I used to do, which is why I am at the Village and have never missed a day!”
What is something positive you’ve learned about yourself since you started regularly exercising?
“My limiting beliefs of myself are subsiding. I know I can do this and have learned about my strengths tremendously. Regularly exercising helps me in a lot of aspects of my life. I’ve learned discipline, to push myself, and that it’s not about the numbers on the scale! I’ve also learned to be patient with myself. Results do not happen overnight. It is a process.”
What kind of milestones have you accomplished & what were the results?
“I have been scared to step on the scale. I remember my first weigh-in, I told Coach Fatimat to not tell me what the numbers were. I ended up looking accidentally on the paper it was listed on. It didn’t shock me, but I also didn’t feel happy. Numbers, numbers, numbers! Honestly, I haven’t weighed-in since October. I guess I’m due to see the results, but right now, I just like how I feel. I can physically see the changes and mentally feel the changes. My commitment and consistency in working out is a milestone for me.
Another milestone that I have accomplished is my sobriety. I have been sober for 21 Months. April 10th, 2017 is the day I made a decision to seek help and change my life. I am not ashamed of what I turned into, or my past, because I know my story can help someone else, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without all my troubles. Improving both my health and fitness are two huge accomplishments that I am proud of. Every day I am grateful for these milestones, and I continue to challenge myself and take things day-by-day.”
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining the Village?
“Stop self-doubting what you know is right! You have time. You’re ready now. Don’t think you’ll be ready next month, because “next month” will turn into never. Show up and do what you can. I just dove into it. I could only bear 5lb dumbbells my first month. So what? I couldn’t do every exercise perfectly, and? No one is perfect, and we have to start somewhere. Remember, you are worth a healthy life. This is about YOU, and being a better YOU! Gaining self-love and seeing your body change over time is a beautiful thing!”
We LOVE you, Kellie! We’re so grateful to have you be apart of our tribe! Thank you for sharing your story with us all and inspiring others! Don’t forget to show Kellie some love by leaving a comment below!
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