Hi, I'm Sandra Lejeune, sister to Crystal. I am a mother of four with a love for fitness; I live a fulfilled life of happiness and healthfulness. But, it wasn't always this way.
My childhood wasn't exactly picture-perfect. My parents lived a life of drug addiction, and I feel as though that heavily impacted my life direction. Their decisions made me want a better life for my own family and myself. I was a single mom for ten years, working as a waitress and later secretary, all while juggling the many responsibilities that come with parenting. I was lost for a very long time, being a smoker and a young person who liked to party, but one day, I got saved and decided to change my ways. I began teaching 2nd-grade students and continued to do so for seven years. I worked hard to give my children the life that I never had, offering them the opportunities I wasn't afforded. I met my husband and later married him in 2011; I had a baby in 2012. I gained 40 pounds after delivering; it was a great struggle to try to lose the weight. I, on more than one occasion, turned to weight loss products to help, but nothing was keeping the weight off. I've heard about the numerous success stories that Crystal and the trainers would share, but I was still too stubborn and resentful to give it a try myself. I felt that the gym had stolen my sister from me. However, I couldn't successfully lose the weight by myself, and I found myself in an extremely dark place. I felt hopeless, depressed, defeated, tired, and frustrated; I couldn't stand the person I saw in the mirror. I wanted to give up, but, I reached out to my sister, and I'm extremely grateful that I did. I got with a trainer, joined boot camp, and I'd soon lost those 40 pounds. All the while, I found myself falling in love with the gym and spin. One of my turning points was when I would run with people to the finish line at races, even after I had already finished. I would push them, motivate them to keep going. I realized that I enjoyed helping others finish more so than finishing myself! I stayed in boot camp encouraging my boot camp sisters, and I soon realized, after steadfast prayer and fasting, that I had been avoiding my calling for so long: my call to be a trainer. I have now gained a strong passion for fitness, and I find immense joy from helping others reach their goals (not only weight-wise but also in their personal lives) and encouraging them to chase and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I realize now why Crystal loves fitness so much; this gym founded on God is one of the few places I've found peace and encouragement in. It's more than just a gym to me; we, all of us, are a family and a team, all with the same goals in mind. Through this place, I have found myself again; I have been recreated, transformed, and I am brand new. I now get to work with my sister and godchildren, and my own children attend boot camp as well. And now, my husband has joined in on our lifestyle. I am the happiest I've ever been. We live in bodies we love and with a gym family that we love. My sister was right, crazy really works. Come get crazy fit with me!