A Personal Makeover — Inside and Out
A twist of fate befalls a woman who is gifted with the “anti-athlete” gene, as she ventures into the world of fitness.
With three older brothers, you’d expect I’d have more of an aptitude for sports. But while each of my brothers enjoyed playing all kinds of sports, and seemed to have been gifted with strong athletic genes, I lacked co-ordination and felt awkward. What predominant gene did I get? The anti-athlete gene.
I wasn’t a horrible athlete, but I never felt the euphoria of being picked first for any team. Ever. I never hit a home run, never scored the winning goal, and never made a touchdown. I couldn’t run 10 metres without my calf muscles cramping into what looked like tennis balls. In grade eight, I signed up for shot put just so I could say—for once in my life—that I was part of the track and field team. Don’t even get me started on how badly I threw a Frisbee!
Consequently, after I left grade school, I stayed clear of any- thing that had to do with sports or unnecessary athletic activity.
It wasn’t until I discovered that I was three weeks pregnant with my first child at age 27 that I began to think about changing my anti-athletic ways. I wanted to set an example for my baby— something more positive than being a stay-in-bed mom.
Kimberley Payne’s Bio
Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and writer. Her writing relates raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Kimberley, who lives near Peterborough, Ontario, offers practical, guilt-free tips on improving spiritual and physical health. Her energetic and enthusiastic workshop presentations have encouraged listeners at churches, women’s retreats and conferences.
Why did I write it?
Many people assume that as a former personal trainer and fitness advocate I was naturally born with the desire to exercise. I wanted to share, in a humourous way, how this wasn’t actually true and in doing so, encourage others that health is an achievable goal.
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