December Member Spotlight, Kate P.

December Member Spotlight, Kate P.

Kate has been with KFIT for almost 3 years. She can’t wait to become a vet and get that exclusive pink hoodie! Kate has come so far in the last few years. The most rewarding thing to see is how confident Kate has become not only in the gym but outside the gym as well. We love watching her reach her goals month after month!

At 12 I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and had to eliminate a lot of fatty foods from my diet. It resulted in me being at a “healthy” weight for the first time in my life. I maintained that weight until I had my first baby. I was young & didn’t know anything about nutrition & exercise while pregnant. I ate whatever I wanted and, due to being seriously ill, I spent 3 months on bed rest. I gained 60 lbs and only lost half of it before having my 2nd baby six years later. When my youngest was 2, I lost 50 lbs by under-eating and over-exercising. I became obsessive over everything I ate and every calorie I burned. I knew it wasn’t healthy, but I was skinny and it felt great. Except, I wasn’t really happy. It’s impossible to be when every thought you have all day, every day is about what you’ve eaten and if you’ve exercised enough to offset the caloric impact.

My weight started creeping back up as I entered my 30’s. At first it was 20lbs, but I was healthy looking still. As I neared 40, I had gained back the 50 lbs plus 20 more to keep it company. I weighed more than I had when I gave birth to my first. I hated my body, not just how it looked, but that it had betrayed me. I hadn’t stopped working out all those years. I weighed, measured and accounted for everything I ate. Yet, the pounds piled up. What I didn’t know then is that I had killed my metabolism over the nearly 2 decades of starving my body. After trying every gym, workout DVD program, diet and, for a couple of months, nothing at all, I knew I had to swallow my fears and give KFIT a try. A friend had been posting on Facebook about her KFIT workouts for two years and I had looked at the website at least a dozen times. On January 23, 2016, I nervously walked through the door for my intro class. It took me 10 minutes and several encouraging texts from my husband to get out of the car, but I haven’t looked back since. And I couldn’t be more grateful to Heather for spreading her KFIT love over social media!

In late 2016, I had a setback after suffering an ankle injury during a soccer game. Surgery came with 6 months of downtime, and I couldn’t wait to get back to KFIT. I was nervous of re-injuring myself and lost quite a bit of mobility, balance, and conditioning. The coaches worked with me, modifying workouts as necessary, but also encouraging me to try a little harder when they saw I was ready. The outward changes may not be all that noticeable, but the internal ones are huge! I actually like myself. Thanks to the guidance of Kerrie and KFIT nutrition plans I understand the importance of eating enough and making smart choices to fill those needs. I’m no longer punishing my body for the cookie I ate or working out in anticipation of a food/drinking event. I love feeling strong and skinny isn’t even a goal anymore. Progress now looks like doing my first unassisted pull-up, hitting a PR on a lift or running ( I HATE running) during a workout. Feeling good outweighs the number on the scale. It’s pretty amazing what our bodies can do when we fuel them properly and love them. The only reason any of this was possible is the unique environment KFIT coaches and members have created. The unconditional support and encouragement mean you can try and fail and will be cheered on to try again. KFIT is definitely so much more than just a gym!