This is Joy, my bubbly, enthusiastic, encouraging exercise coach at the Herbalife Nutrition Club in downtown DeLand.Â Â When asked about her plans for upcoming Valentine’s Day, which fell on a day of our regular exercise class, Joy said that her guy, (a nurse) was working a double shift that day.Â So the only celebration would be with her children.
This little tea towel certainly is no substitute for wine, roses, chocolate, and the man in her life, but it was a small reminder that others love and appreciate her.
Joy runs the fit camp called “Fit over Fifty,” which I attend regularly.Â She is a miracle worker, having succeeded in making me want to come exercise.Â Â I’ve NEVER liked exercise or anything that makes me perspire.Â I don’t even like to work hard enough to break a sweat rotary cutting fabric!Â The class is low impact and fun. Â Though clearly the oldest attendee, I think some of those girls should be carded.Â I wonder if they truly are eligible for Fit over Fifty! But this old gal goes anyway.
As a matter of fact, when I was a relatively fit high schooler, I was required to participate in the annual, mandatory 600 yd. walk/run.Â I don’t recall just why it was required, but it had something to do with assessment of youth fitness in the schools.Â It did not affect our grade, but was a required activity. We were to run as long as possible then walk until we could resume running. I took shamelessÂ pride in placing last every year.Â There was no medal for last place, but I didn’t care.Â I walked the entire 600 yds., avoiding a sweat. PE was not the last class of the day!
So for Joy to have motivated me to exercise regularly and enjoy it (well, I enjoy the camaraderie) is quite an achievement.Â I am so appreciative of her encouragement and support and I feel soooo much better!Â This little towel was a small kindness for all she does.
These words by favorite contemporary philosopher, Mary Engelbreit,Â seem to be written just for Joy.
P.S.Â I had to smile when Joy, with a big grin on her face, asked if I made this with my serger.Â Bless her heart.