April’s Inspiration: Melissa Keklak
I have been coming to class for the past three years and it has become my home, my outlet, my “me” time.
Three years ago I moved to LA to launch my own company, MMKpr. I moved from a small town outside of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, three thousand miles away from friends, family and everything I had known for the past 28 years of my life. The transition was one of the toughest experiences I have gone through, next to losing my mother. I was in a new city, I knew no one, I had no routine and I was trying to launch a successful company all on my own. I became depressed and lost and knew I had to start finding my own routine.
One thing I always enjoyed in Pennsylvania was working out and being active so I decided to look into fitness classes in my area. I had seen Sandy’s Zumba on Living Social and decided to start taking class with her. I knew I was where I was meant to be when Cold Play’s “Fix You,” came on during cool down; this song is my family’s memorial song to our mother. I remember sitting there with my head down and the tears streamed down my face but it was at that moment I knew I had found something and someone that could inspire me and give me something to look forward to.
Since that day, I have been coming to class for the past three years and it has become my home, my outlet, my “me” time. Then, last year I was working and traveling so much that I fell off the fitness wagon and gained 25 pounds. For short people like me, that is a lot. My family would bring up the weight I had put on so I decided it was time to give my all to Sandy and do my part with healthy diet as well as wine limitations (well I’m still working on the wine part at times). I am happy to say that in the past year I have shed 26 pounds total, thanks to Sandy’s militia fitness tactics.
While I am grateful to have lost all the weight, what I am most appreciative for is Sandy, who has become a true inspiration in my life, as well as all of the other amazing women that I get to see on a weekly basis. I look forward to seeing Patty come to class in her color-coordinated outfits (almost always with a shade of pink), chewing her gum and dancing around the room. I’m thankful for Fran who welcomed me with open arms for Christmas with her family this year when I couldn’t be with my own; Shannon and Holly for all their concern after yours truly had to get stitches for a clumsy spill into a door. Each and every one of you inspire me, all of you have such beauty and great energy.
Thank you, to all of you and to Sandy for being MY inspiration every time I walk through those doors.
You made all of us at SC Fitness tear up when we read your article! I am so happy you are part of this community. I remember the first time you came to class, quiet and shy, but that’s not you anymore! I love how you’ve come out of your shell, to the point of calling me out when I say you’ve got 26 more reps instead of 8.
It takes strength and courage for someone to look at their situation and make the decision to change. You’ve done that, and you continue to do that. As a mom, I do believe that your mother is so very proud of the beautiful inspiration you are.
We love you! xoxo, ~SC