Ninja Joyce

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I lost twenty pounds, two inches off my hips and four inches off my waist. But that is not my best accomplishment during Snatched. I gained confidence by being part of a [fearless] group. - Ninja Joyce

When Mark asked us to share at the end of Snatched what we learned, I said, “I found out I like other people.” I celebrated my 53rd birthday working out in a tutu surrounded by new friends. I lost twenty pounds, two inches off my hips and four inches off my waist. But that is not my best accomplishment during Snatched. I gained confidence by being part of a group that included my fearless and kind seven o’clock in the morning class and all the other “Snatcheders” on Facebook and in training. I was surrounded by ridiculous, smart, dedicated trainers and staff who accepted me just as I was – busting out of unfortunate spandex while cursing at squats.

I quickly began to see myself through the eyes of this community, and, after years of hiding, I came out as me. I had forgotten how to have fun and certainly never thought I could have a blast in a gym. I found out I am strong in body and mind. I remembered that I am silly and brave. My body is transformed and continues to amaze me, but more than that, my spirit is coming out to play, which is expanding my life.

My husband and I did Snatched together, which brought us closer. We are emerging from a 20-year period of rearing two children, one with special needs. We did Snatched for ourselves after years of care-giving. It is our gift to each other. I have been working on a book for many years and nearly completed a final draft during Snatched. I took the possibility from the club into my writing studio. I encourage you to take the leap . . . Especially if it scares you.

The real answer to Mark’s question, “What did you learn from Snatched?” is: “I learned that I am worth showing up for.” That’s what I did – I showed up.

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