Last Thursday, my husband was offered a position in Oklahoma City. When he called me to discuss the position, the first thing that came to my mind was, “What in the hell is in Oklahoma?” I was shaking my head when he told me. I’ve never been there, never heard anything about OKC, plus it’s FLAT! Going from a beautiful mountainous region with awesome ski trails, beautiful coastlines, and gorgeous wildlife to a cowboy nation didn’t sound like my cup of tea.
I was very reluctant when Justin told me about the city, but decided to do my homework and check it out. I was surprised at my findings. Did you know that there are about 50 National Forests, and the state the highest number of lakes created by dams in the nation (about 200)? Also, it’s only 3 hours away from Dallas, 7 hours away from the ocean (that’s ok, we used to be 15+ away when we lived in Indiana), and it’s a good midway point for both of our families in Indiana and Arizona. I was REALLY surprised to find that the cost of living is 30% cheaper than Maine. I like that! And taxes are extremely low as well.
All in all, I’m pretty stoked. Especially since I found out that in 2009, Oklahoma City was the Second Fattest City in the Nation. So I have some great advantage here. 😉 I think they need a hard core trainer to get them into shape so we can bump them up to the Fittest City in the Nation!It’s going to be so hard to leave. We’ve made some real connections with a lot of people here. One wonderful thing about Maine is that everyone is so caring and nice. All of the people that we have bonded with have opened up their arms to our family. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Portsports, we wouldn’t have found the amazing group we hang out with. They’re great people, and they’ve helped us become comfortable and accustomed to Maine, and they also helped me build my business! I don’t know where I’d be without them. 😦
It’s especially going to be hard to leave my bootcampers. I told them we were leaving this past Wednesday, and then I cried in my car after class. I’ve met some amazing individuals. I’ve watched them start off on a hard path, now they are focused to live a healthy lifestyle. It’s been a wonderful, but hard journey for everyone. And I know that all of my clients will continue to the tools I’ve given them, and they will continue to inspire others around them. Below, is a heartfelt letter from one of my bootcampers, Bob Ferro:
“I want to say a sincere thank you for all that you have done for me. Your class has been so much more than me just losing weight and getting back into shape (as of this morning I have lost 29 pounds since Jan 1st!!!). It has improved my sense of self greatly, made me realize that the choices I make have a huge impact on my day to day life and that, even at the ripe old age of 48, I can still be active, engaged and enjoy life. Thank you seems inadequet, but it will have to do. You are an inspiration and a hell of a trainer. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You will be missed greatly and those Okie‘s are in for an amazing experience.”
And the other day, I received another letter from a hard core bootcamp Kate Patterson:
“Thank you so much for all the help and support you have given me over the past 2.5 months! You have really helped push me through mental blocks and strive for more, and that’s just not in the fitness aspect!”
When you have true passion for your job, it shows, even when you think you’re not doing much. 🙂 You will be missed, Maine!!!!