Kaia FIT Carmichael: Linda T

I’ve been considering doing a Kaia testimonial for some time, and today as I was driving to Whole Foods and thinking about what I would write, tears came to my eyes. I thought, “Okay, this must mean it’s the right time.”

A little background: I joined Kaia a year and a half ago, after my daughter, Amanda Delsohn (now owner of Kaia Oahu) and Sacramento Manager Megan DeGuerre talked me into it. I was almost 65 and thought they were crazy. I liked to hike and did a few sun salutations in the morning, but that was about it. But they convinced me, and I started at the Sacramento gym at 5 a.m.

I loved it. My muscles ached for weeks, but tired and sore as I was after every session, I grinned all the way home. Every day I tried something new. I couldn’t believe I was able to do the things I was doing. I made new friends and whenever I hesitated or struggled to keep going, an amazing Kaia girl or coach would say, “Linda, you got this.” Those words meant everything to me.
I had so little upper body strength when I joined, I couldn’t lift my bag into the overhead bins on a plane. I’m 5’3” so already a little height-challenged. But now, I toss that bag up like it’s filled with air. At pet stores, I easily fling a 40 lb. box of cat litter into my cart. As I celebrate my 66th birthday, I’m stronger than when I was at 30, my posture is better, I’m healthy and have tons of energy.

But what I wasn’t expecting is how taking physical risks has had an impact on other areas of my life. I’m friendly, but basically an introvert. Crowds made me uncomfortable, so I’d never run in events. Now, I’ve run in two 5Ks with my Kaia sisters, and have signed up for another this month.
In my jobs, I’ve almost always worked behind the scenes—and avoided public speaking. A short while ago, I attended a writer’s conference and was asked to talk to a group about a mystery novel I’d written and published. I walked to the podium and looked out at more than 200 people. My legs shook and my heart pounded. I didn’t think I could do it. Then a voice in my head said, “Linda, you got this.” I took a deep breath and when I spoke, my voice clear and confident. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the strength of Kaia behind me. Thanks, Kaia.

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