I am currently 58 years young. At 50 years old I was overweight, extremely inactive and eating very unhealthy. My cholesterol and triglycerides were off the charts, and I had high blood pressure. In December 2007 I had a mini stroke, or TIA after which an ultrasound revealed I had a 99% blockage in my left carotid artery. 3 days later I had major surgery, where the artery was cleared. I lost all my short term memory for approximately 6 months, and still have some short term memory loss. I also lost my ability to balance myself physically, and nerve damage in my neck and jaw.
In November 2008, 1 week before Thanksgiving, I had a heart attack. I did not know I was having a heart attack as the only symptom I had was very bad pain in my jaw, I was told later that this is very common in women. After 3 days, I was immediately rushed into outpatient surgery for an angiogram. I had a 99% blockage in an artery in the back of my heart, they were able to remove the blockage and place a stent in my heart. I woke up in intensive care. That is when I decided things had to change.
Many stressful things happened in my life between 2007 & 2012, which aggravated my health, but it was time to make some serious changes. I tried several different exercise programs in that time, but my blood work did not get any better. In the fall of 2012, I was told I was pre-diabetic, within .1% of starting to take medication for diabetes. I was so frustrated, because I had been going to the gym, and trying to eat healthier.
In January 2013 I called Kaia FIT in Minden. I talked to Darnette, she told me to come to the 6pm class and we’d talk and get going. My first BRIK. I was extremely scared as I had heard of the program and how difficult it was. Well, I showed up that day and I’m still going 1 1/2 years later. It was hard, I left there so frustrated with myself, I could not do anything, I felt so lost and wanted to give up!
After 6 months of starting with Kaia FIT, I had my blood work done. For the FIRST time since I was 18 years old, my cholesterol and triglycerides are NORMAL! I am no longer pre-diabetic. As a matter of fact, after a year and a half, all my blood work is within the normal range. My doctors are thrilled and have begun taking me OFF medications; the first to go…a beta blocker for my high blood pressure.
I am 35 pounds lighter, stronger and healthier due to Kaia FIT. No one asked me to write this, it is just how it is and I wanted to finally tell my story. I still have a long way to go, but I know I can do this with help from all my supporters at Kaia and my wonderful friends and family. I have such extreme gratitude to Nikki Warren for developing the Kaia FIT organization and all the wonderful coaches who are helping me with this life changing journey. I am who I am today and have hope for my future because of them and a lot of hard work on my part!
This is my story…You are never too young or old to become a better person for yourself! This program WORKS, physically and mentally!
Thank you Nikki Warren and everyone at Kaia FIT!!!"