Pic Taken at our 2015 Little Black Dress Project Dinner Night
We are so excited to share the personal story about this months’ member! We love having her as part of our tribe and we hope you enjoy getting to know her a little bit more! Here is our June 2016 Tribe Member Spotlight: Mother, Wife, Teacher Colleen Kiemele!
Give us a little history about yourself. Where were you born? Did you play sports growing up?
I was born in Santa Ana, California and moved to Riverside when I was three. My parents still live in the same house that we moved into. I have one younger sister who is three years younger than me.
Family Business!! My mom was a middle school PE teacher and my dad was an upper elementary school teacher. Both of my parents coached after school sports, but I didn’t play any organized sports until I started playing softball in 5th grade because we commuted from Riverside to Orange County every day. My parents worked in Orange County and my sister and I attended school in Placentia until I was in 6th Although I didn’t play organized sports, I was very athletic and active. I remember that I was one of the only girls that the boys would let play football with them in 6th grade.
An Olympian? When I was in 4th grade, Los Angeles was hosting the 1984 Olympics and we had Olympic events at school. I tried out for and made most of the events. I remember competing in the long jump, probably because my parents have a picture of it. It was a great experience and gave me a lot of confidence in myself. Right before I was to start 7th grade at the junior high where my mom taught, my mom got a new job in Moreno Valley so I started 7th grade at Gage Middle School.
Always Loved Fitness! I didn’t know many kids, but I loved PE! I learned how to play so many new team sports and I was good at them! I made All-Stars for my PE period for every sport for two years! I loved the competitiveness of the program! Although looking back I totally understand how many students would have felt inadequate and disengaged from physical activity. As a physical educator, I try to remember this and teach life-long fitness rather than just team sports because it can be difficult to find organizations for team sports as an adult and everyone should find a physical activity that they love!
Super Mom… I’ve been married to my husband, Rob, for almost 11 years. We have two children, Cody, 10, and Caitlin, 7. I graduated from CSUSB with a degree in Kinesiology. I earned my Masters’ degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education and I’ve been a middle school physical education teacher for 14 years.
What is your motivation to work out?
My motivation to work out is that I want to be the best version of me that I can be at this point in my life. Right after I got married, my husband and I started our family. During my two pregnancies, I didn’t eat a healthy diet, partly because I was craving French fries all of the time! I didn’t exercise regularly, but I was getting some exercise walking at work. I started working out again about 3 years ago to try and lose some weight for my sister’s wedding. I was able to lose about 10-15 lbs on my own, but that wasn’t enough for me to be healthy. Part of my motivation is that I want to be a good example and role model for my children and my students, but most of my motivation comes from me because I don’t want to go back to where I was before. I’ve worked too hard to come this far and I’m not buying any more clothes in bigger sizes!
How does working out make you feel?
Working out makes me feel normal, like my world is balanced. I love knowing that I’m working really hard and that I’m getting stronger! I try to stay really focused during our workouts so that I know that I’m working as hard as I can without taking a chance of injuring myself. I love how Coach pushes us to reach our maximum potential so I know I’m getting a great workout, both physically and mentally!
What are your goals?
It’s definitely time for me to review my goals…I met my weight loss goal with the Little Black Dress Project in November and I have been able to keep my weight within 5 lbs below that goal. I’d like to lose a little more weight, but I know that I really need to focus on my nutrition and make that a priority if I’m going to make that happen. I am also trying to work on time management to help me achieve better balance in my household. We are a very busy family, as most families are, and I struggle to get everything done. It’s definitely time to review my SMART goals!
What do you do to make sure you have time for your workouts?
I make sure that I schedule my workouts in advance. When I schedule in advance, I can work around my kids’ schedules. Sometimes, plans change and I’m not able to make it to a class. Instead of beating myself up because I had to change my schedule, I just make sure that I’m getting in my classes for the week. It has taken me a long time to realize that sometimes I need to put myself first, and sometimes that means my workouts come first. My family understands that my workouts are important to me and I’ve had talks with my kids about why my workouts are so important to me…so it’s just another day if they have to go to workouts with me.
What would you say to someone on the fence about joining the Village?
If someone is on the fence about joining Village Coach Fitness, I would tell them to give Coach Fatimat a call because there is nothing to lose, except unwanted weight. I love being a part of the Village because we are a great support system to each other. Coach is great at getting to know members and how to best motivate them because she cares about us! She’ll let me know if I should be using a heavier weight and she’s ready with suggestions to modify the exercise if anyone is having trouble. If I miss a class or two, Coach will reach out to see if everything is okay. Our Tribe is truly about each member becoming the best that they can be and Coach Fatimat is the reason that I will be a life-long Village Coach Fitness member!
We LOVE you, Colleen and are so grateful to have YOU in our Village Tribe. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. 🙂 The Working-Mother-Wife-Teacher Syndrome that make people run in a circle, not a problem for this amazing lady! She’s got them all under control!
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