Kaia FIT Reno, NV: Cathy Stewart

Like so many of us, I didn't know how good I had it when I was younger. I was a singer, I was a dancer, I was in tune with my body and spirit, and I took it all for granted.

Two months ago I realized I didn't recognize the person I'd become. I had been putting on weight ever since I graduated from college and was essentially operating on auto-pilot, eating fast food every day if I ate anything at all. I couldn't bend over to tie my shoes without feeling out of breath. I was suffering from chronic pain and migraines. Between the depression I've been battling my whole life and trying to come to terms with some truly life-changing events I was not in a good place. Then, at the end of December 2014, a switch in my brain flipped - I knew I had to do something and I had to do it NOW.

I was fortunate enough to find Kaia and it has changed my life. It hasn't been easy to change years of bad habits, but with the support structure of my coaches and sisters I have achieved so much and it has totally been worth it. In the last seven weeks I've lost 25 pounds, two pant sizes, and gained so much more. Not only have I met some amazing women, but I have my life back. I am no longer at the mercy of my pain - I have energy and can't seem to stop smiling. I sleep better, have reacquainted myself with my spirituality, and I can sing and dance again. In short, the girl I was is now very present in the woman I am.

Kaia has helped me relearn mindfulness and to be present in my daily life. It is a constant reminder that there must be balance and focus in order to achieve my goals. One of the things I love most about Kaia is that the mind and spirit are just as important as the body. By strengthening one we can strengthen them all and become the women we aspire to be. I am more grateful for Kaia than I can ever possibly convey, and am a true believer that if we are ready to change then the means will present themselves. Kaia has been that for me.

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