Who Am I?

I started this blog in 2011 and it has really changed and evolved over the past several years.  I initially started writing while preparing for my first figure competition, then my first bikini competition.  I then switched gears and began writing about CrossFit, but ultimately Christ hijacked my blog and now I mostly write about my faith and experiences.

I did my first figure competition in November 2011.  I have also run a half marathon and danced competitively for about 15 years.  I was an ACE-certified personal trainer in my younger days and have done graduate course work in Sport & Exercise Psychology. I competed in my first bikini competition in March 2013, but found I was in a bad place mentally afterward.  I decided to pursue something different.  CrossFit was something I had toyed with the idea of doing for a long time, so I started in May 2013 and in July 2014, I got my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification.

All of that said, in January 2015, I took a hard look at my life and realized that CrossFit and fitness in general had become idols in my life.  I was training CrossFit 6-7 days per week, spending money on extra coaching, and talking about CrossFit all of the time while at the same time I was not even making it to church once per week on a regular basis or titheing consistently.  I needed to get my priorities straight, so I took a hiatus from structured training for 2015.

I am a person of faith.  After a ten year hiatus, I found my way to a relationship with God, to an amazing church, and a life of purpose and faith in Christ.  My life has been utterly transformed from an agnostic, nonreligious skeptic to a passionate follower of Christ.  In 2015, I became involved with an anti-human trafficking cause group in Chicago.  I also went on a mission trip to Cambodia in June sharing the Gospel and raising human trafficking awareness to remote villages.  The next step in my journey is moving to the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago in January 2016 to help my church plant a new campus.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Laurie says:

    Hi there! I am also a figure competitor and interested in getting my masters in Exercise Psychology. I would love to chat with you!!

    1. kaykayla85 says:

      Hi Laurie! Awesome. It’d be great to chat. How about you add me on Facebook? Kayla Drumwright. Talk to ya soon!

  2. Laurie says:

    Ok- I just found your reply lol and I will add you on facebook! I am loving your blogs. They are so inspirational! I have competed 5 times and also gearing up to compete April 27th. The pressure is on since I have competed on Natnl stage and now I keep hearing of more shortcuts (ie clen and anivar girls use and I opt not to. This makes me discouraged , so trying to remember first prep and how much fun I had just being dedicated to my blood sweat and tears of training.
    Chat soon!

  3. I just found you and I feel like you are living my life! I look forward to reading more and am working on getting my own story out there. Hope to connect!

  4. Christine says:

    Hi, I just found you! Love your blog. I am thinking of doing a bikini competition using crossfit as my training.. Would like to know what you think about this? I’m looking at where to start with this. Thank you

    1. kaykayla85 says:

      Hi Christine. Thanks!! I definitely think it’s doable, but haven’t actually tried it myself. If you are looking for a competition prep coach who could incorporate CrossFit into prep, I would suggest you contact Allison Moyer: http://www.alli-fitness.com. She is a CrossFit athlete and National figure competitor. I also know that Jacqueline Kay Kastalic is a pretty well-known bikini competitor who trains CrossFit. You might want to check her out online and see if there is any helpful info out there from her.

  5. MarCelo says:

    Hi, Kayla what next on the agenda for you, Miss Fitness? Is there an outside e-mail address to reach you at? Thanks.

  6. MarCelo says:

    Hi, Kayla what’s next on the agenda for you, Miss Fitness? Is there an outside e-mail address to reach you at? Thanks.

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