Congratulations Miss October!
We are proud to announce Junne as our Featured Bootique Client!
I still remember Junne’s first dance fitness class. It was on a Sunday and as I introduced myself, she replied with news that she was hungover. That brought an immediate smile to my face and I’m happy to share that Junne has been making me laugh ever since. Even more so, I’m happy to learn that not only does she manage to get to dance class on a Sunday without being hungover, but she’s actually adopted quite a few healthy habits during her training with us!
We’re fortunate to see her active social media participation – checking into every personal training group class and encouraging other members to get to class too! Plus, she’s an amazing chef, always sharing wonderful food made in “The Thai Chick’s Kitchen“.
Always a blast to have in class (and to hear how sore she is after class…) – Junne is a wonderful part of our Bootique family.
What would you like people to know about you?
I was born and grew up in Bangkok Thailand. So the first 30 years of my life was spent there. Went to Bangkok University school of Communication Arts in major of Advertising. I chose to go there because there was only a couple of math classes ? That was my weak point. Also back then jobs in Advertising business were pretty popular. Anyway I started my first job right after my graduation as an account executive, very proud,very excited to start my adult life in that business for seven years working for my first boss (who pass away in July this year). Because the payment rate in Thailand start very low, even if you have a bachelor degree my salary was only enough for me to survive each month but I would have nothing left for me to save. I then got a part time job with a band and I was a professional lead singer for almost 10 years. It was easy in my early twenties to work two jobs until I turned 27 then I walked away from my first job for a better salary as a Media Director for another media company and Event organizer. I was hoping that I could make more money so I could quit singing. It turns out I miss singing even more after long day of lots of meetings and everything in the advertising world in Bangkok, so I took another big step and quit my day time job and open a small restaurant with friends.
That is when I found out how much I really enjoy cooking and dealing with food, not so much as a restaurant owner, but cooking made me happy. I was still singing with two bands, and those guys were my second family I couldn’t leave them.
I met a lot of successful people and worked with a few famous artists in Thailand. I went on some big stages a few times singing with famous artists and got to be a small part in their albums. It was, over all a pretty wide variety of experience in 10 years three careers that sometimes worked together. We ended up having to close the restaurant after almost a year because of flooding in the area where it was located.
My mom and family still lives in Thailand and some of you guys got to meet her when she came out to visit for the last 3 months. When I got married in 2010 and moved to San Diego I had to start everything over again but this time I have my teammate Bruce. I had to change all my identification, go through the immigration process, adjust to a new culture, and figure out what I wanted to do. It took me a few years to adjust my attitude about being a house wife. I remember I told Bruce if I clean stuff for him it doesn’t mean I serve him, but I have a lot of energy I use to work two jobs I need to be useful or I will go crazy. I started to show people what I’m good at. Beginning with my friends then Bruce’s friends that become my friends then their friends know that I can cook and I can teach them to cook Thai food. So That’s what I’m doing now. Part time Thai chef cook and cater for a small private party or cooking class.
I’m pretty happy being a wife and part time chef. I sing in the kitchen when I work alone ?.
Living in San Diego gave me an opportunity to learn about so many different types of food, and how to modify Thai food in a healthier way.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of our classes?
Bruce introduced me to road biking in 2012. We went on our first bike trip in Alaska. We started from Fairbanks and rode down to Valdez. It took us 6 days, but I only picked 3 easy days of riding with him and friends of ours. That is first physical activity that I did. After the bike trip in Alaska he took me to hike Mt. Whitney. We failed because of my bad altitude sickness but Bruce saw something in me and sure enough we went back for the second time. I was better prepared but Bruce came down with a respiratory infection before we started so we only made it to the same spot again. After he saw me work out with Bootique he can see I am a lot stronger so he’s going to make us try it again, probably next spring, this time no camping just up and down in one day. I guess I like hiking too. Bruce reminded me of a life I almost forget, being out side running around sweating in the sun just like when I was young before I had to work a full time job. He did a pretty good job of convincing me that I needed to spend sometime enjoying the out doors.
Tell us an interesting or unusual fact about yourself.
I can go eat out then come home and copy the dish I like. Most of the time for savory dishes I nail it. I have a very good palette when it comes to figuring out what’s in the food.
How about sharing one of your guilty pleasure?
Thai Noodle dishes, all of them any kind. The worst thing is I have to make it because some of them I can’t find at any Thai restaurant in San Diego, or they make it and it doesn’t taste right. So when I make it, I eat a lot!!
How long have you been training with Bootique Fitness?
I don’t know. I started with dance class probably around fall last year? maybe? Then Jaylin tricked me in to trying the bootcamp I started at the beginning of this year and I have been going ever since ? “… I’m tricky – Jaylin”
What was your life like before Bootique Fitness? How is that different now that you train with Bootique?
I was okay but not real healthy, let’s say that. Lucky I’m tall, most of the time I don’t look over weight to other people, but I had high cholesterol, high triglycerides. I did some exercises. I was doing Pilates with Eva Wennes once a week for about 2 -3 years before Bootique and went on an anti-fungus weight loss program for about 2 months. I got rid of 15 lbs but I knew I needed to continue to exercise because my blood result still weren’t that good. Once Jaylin asked me to try boot camp with the girls and I really liked it. Not just the workout, but to make new friends as well.
What results have you seen since coming to Bootique Fitness? How do your results make you feel?
I can not eat a lot of noodle anymore!!!! It’s good but sad ? I mean after I work out I’m always super hungry. I put a lot of food on my plate and plan on eating them all but I can’t!!! I eat smaller but more often and I like my body better. Most of all the numbers in my blood test are now perfect!
Tell me about your experience with the trainers.
I think I have been training with everybody but one. Everyone has their own style. I respect them all.
Everybody is very welcoming the first few times. Once I stuck around long enough I feel like we’ve become more than trainer and client, not like best buddy ever, but I can feel there’s a lot of good feeling between people in the classes.
What are your favorite/least favorite exercises?
My favorite one maybe a V-up my least favorite one probably bear craw and frog jump.
What do you enjoy the most about Bootique Fitness?
Girls supportive energy, greeting cheers and laughing at the class.
What would you say to someone on the fence about making a change & committing to their goals?
If they are somebody I know or they knew me, I would probably say, “If I can do it you can do it too”. If it is somebody else I would tell them to think about how happy you would be if you can achieve your goal, feel better about yourself, and your health so don’t wait. The sooner you start, the faster you will get to where you want to be.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I can’t do this all on my own.
I’m no superman.
Nice Scrubs reference 🙂