Letter: What Rapp Fit did for me (and can for you)

I have wanted to write for some time to reach out to the community and encourage anyone and everyone to come to Rapp Fit.

Rapp Fit started in March 2014 at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s gymnatorium with two fitness instructors who donate their time two nights a week to teach a by-donation-only, hour-long fitness class. But to properly encourage you, I thought I would share a bit of my story. I am a 41-year-old Rappahannock wife, mother of five and a former employee of Rappahannock County Public Schools. Many of you may know me, many may not.

Sara Kleppinger before she began getting fit, right, and in a recent photo.
Sara Kleppinger before she began getting fit, right, and in a recent photo. courtesy photos

The day the classes started was the day I started my fitness and health journey. I have been through a lot personally, as most of you have, and I coped with my situations by emotional eating. That has been a real battle for me. I love food! All kinds! I have a very open palate — which isn’t a bad thing, except when it’s not healthy and good for you, or you like to stay up late and eat junk food to soothe yourself. Also, you have to look in the mirror when all that eating is said and done.

I joined Rapp Fit for me. I did it because I needed to make some changes for me. I have a duty and responsibility to be here for these beautiful five children that I have been amazingly blessed with. Since there are not a lot of reasonably priced options out there for a busy stay-at-home mom, I thought two nights a week for a three-dollar donation isn’t half bad. Actually, it is extremely under cost, if you look around at the Warrenton and Culpeper fitness centers/gyms. Every donation goes back to the local Parent-Teacher Organization. So, it’s a win-win for everyone. I am able to work on myself, get reasonably priced classes and an amazing workout, and the money that I give goes back to the PTO and schools.

Since March, I have lost a considerable amount of weight, between 35 and 45 pounds; I am probably more fit now than even at my smallest as a young adult. Maybe lots of you have seen other ladies or me walking around Little Washington in the mornings or evenings, or at the schools, or jogging down Route 211. There is a group of us ladies who are committed to one another and to fitness, health and well being.

You, too, can join us. And you don’t have to be a woman! We have had one man come to our classes, and a group of us went to [the obstacle race] Virginia Mudderella 2014 with two husbands who joined us in the race.

I challenge and encourage each of you to start caring for you. If I can do this, anyone can. Sometimes the toughest battle is the battle within. It is just sheer determination for me to keep going. Do I have setbacks at times? Absolutely. But I just pick myself up and keep going. This isn’t a sprint for me, it isn’t even a marathon, it’s a lifestyle change that I am committing myself to.

Please come and join us on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the RCES gym. You just come, and you go at your own pace. You don’t need to keep up with the rest of us, if you’re just starting or you can’t. You do what you are able to do, and we will all cheer you on for the good job that you do. I look forward to meeting you!

Sara Kleppinger

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