Monday, September 15, 2014

Why I am a Twisted Groupie! - Featured Client Kayla Marie

Why I am a Twisted Groupie!


I began my journey as a Twisted Groupie back in January 2014. I was fat and horribly unhappy. I had never really been that big before and I hadn't even realized how big I had actually gotten and how quickly it had happened. I found out how much weight I really had gained when I tried to put my jeans on and couldn't really get them on, let alone button them. I was devastated. I had just gotten those in August 2013. It was only the beginning of December. Then I saw the pictures of me from when we went to Disney World just the week before. I cried that night. The only things that I could wear were my yoga pants, and even those were starting to get stretched to their max. I went into a depression. I was so used to not having to work out because of all those years of dance and then being a waitress, that I didn't know where to begin. I would walk into our “company gym” that we have in the seed barn on the farm and just feel so lost. I would wander from one machine to the next, do a few reps, and then move on. I wasn't feeling or seeing results though. I was clueless, frustrated, and depressed. I didn't know what to do, but I knew I had to do something.

I really wanted to dance again, but I knew that wasn't going to happen. The only adult ballet and jazz classes that I knew of were at colleges and I didn't want to go that route. And when I searched for pole classes I could only find some in Dallas and Fort Worth. I wasn't willing to drive all the way there a couple of times a week. It already takes me nearly 30 minutes to get to University in Denton! So I decided that the best way for me to go was yoga and Pilates. Now at this point I had never taken a Pilates class and I had only taken yoga once so I was still a little skeptical, but I knew I HAD to do SOMETHING. So I started looking for studios. I looked at a couple of websites, but none had really struck my fancy. Then I came across this pink page. First thing I noticed is that this place had a cause. I thought that was pretty interesting and cool. I had never seen a studio actively promote a cause. Then I noticed the little lady on the right side of the page. Could this little studio in the middle of Denton actually have pole classes?!?! I nearly jumped out of my seat. I was so surprised I had to see it for myself.

The next day I called Khristen and talked to her about all the classes that they had. As soon as I hung up the phone I got on my computer and signed up. I will be honest, the first few pole classes I had were immensely frustrating. The other classes weren't much better. I didn't realize how weak I had become in my months of not doing anything. But luckily I’m hard headed so I stuck with it. Then came the day where I actually climbed the pole all the way to the top. It was a sealed deal. I started to train harder and eat better. I started to have more energy and I actually started to see some changes, and other people started to notice too. I was starting to get happy again. I was still very unhappy when I looked in the mirror, but then I learned how to look at the changes in my body. No, I was no where close to where I wanted to be, but I was getting there. By April I was in those jeans again.

It’s now September. I have lost at least 20 pounds, dropped about 3 sizes and lost 5 1/2 inches. I’m stronger then I have ever been. I’m also the happiest I have ever been. I found much more then I thought I would at Twisted Bodies. Carissa, Khristen and Becca are not just good trainers, but good friends. They always have time for you when you need it. Those qualities are hard to find in anyone these days. I also have found a family. I’ve never been truly excepted in mine, so it’s nice to finally say I have a good one. I’ve never felt so confident in my life. I walk with my head high and for the first time in my life I feel like I can say that I look goooood. I have high goals of starting to compete in Pole Fitness in the next year or two. I actually had the courage to enter a Calendar Girl competition and have made it to the final round alongside professional swimsuit models, a place that I never dreamed I would make it to. But the greatest thing that Carissa and Khristen and the studio has given me is the chance to dance again. In my wildest dreams, I never thought that I would be given the opportunity to perform the art that I love most once more. As long as I keep training like I am, I know I will get that opportunity again, even if its only once.  

Oh, and those jeans? Yea, they fit me better then ever. 

~Kayla Santalla


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