Kaia FIT Minden, NV: Katie Leao
How do I put into words the gratitude, love, and support I feel for the women and trainers in Kaia. If it wasn’t for this program I would still be sitting on the couch telling myself exactly what the doctors said: “Katie you will never be able to run, ski, hike, or bike ever again. Yet here I am just ran my first 10K and getting ready to train for a triathlon (take that)! I get up every morning at 4:30am whether I want to or not, look in the mirror and tell myself that I am strong, beautiful and Kan do anything if I put set my heart, mind, and body to it. This journey over the past 8 months has helped me not only overcome my fear of getting back in the saddle but helped me prove to myself that I Kan! It has been a long road to recovery for me over the past 3 years.
Most people think that surgery is just a physical process but after 11 knee surgeries, almost losing my leg, not working, not being able to take care of myself and not being there to enjoy my son’s first 2 years was devastating. I struggled to survive, I was my own worst enemy, always harsh about how I looked and felt, never letting go and knowing that I could not change the past and had to look and move forward. When Kaia came along last October I knew I had to make a change, finally grasp hold of my life and go for it. What I didn’t know is that Kaia would provide is a change on the inside too, how I truly felt about myself, and it opened up a world of bottled up regrets, negativity and emotional baggage I have been carrying around with me for so long. More often than not I think I cry more on the Saturday morning runs than I ever have before in my life. It has been such a great way to release and let myself just be. In October 2009 I weighed in at 175lbs and a size 12. As of June 29th I now weigh in at 133lbs (size 4) and going strong, even my husband is jealous of my arms, back and butt! So with that said THANK YOU ladies for everything. Kaia is not only about fitness but lifelong friendships, and teammates working together for the same goal…to feel and be beautiful on the inside and out, no matter what your age, size, or situation. We are all in this together and I am grateful for every day I spend with all of you! We Kan be anything, do anything and are KAIA strong!