Success Stories


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"I am super terrible about exercising. I like being active but I don’t like “working out”. I especially don’t like going to a fitness center and working out with a crowd. And it’s often about silly things like I have to wear reading glasses to set up the machines and I don’t want to exercise with my reading glasses on so I am usually carrying them around, lying them on the floor, trying to remember to pick them up, etc. I was fortunate to be dancing in the Allegro School of Dance “Nutcracker” during a year that our director was also a personal trainer. So I agreed to try working with her, thinking I would work out for three months with a personal trainer and then be “addicted” so would then be on auto pilot. Well, the “addiction” never happened. I still don’t like exercising in a systematic fashion. I simply need help. I have worked with Personal Training by KT for over one and a half years now. I am active outside of training and eat healthy in general. I am definitely stronger so can handle activities I like to do or need to do like hauling wood, or dragging my kayak out of the lake! I ballroom dance and I know my work outs have helped my stamina and dance posture. I brought my weight from 140 to around 125 pounds - my ideal weight - and have maintained that during this time. I have really enjoyed the input I received initially on diet and nutrition despite having quite a bit of knowledge and prior input. KT gave me a “system” that was easy to implement and maintain. I really enjoy the friendship I have with my trainer. And I love the privacy. Most importantly, I feel healthy, stronger and more confident about life."

AmandaAmanda

"If you ever thought about doing a Tri, but told yourself you wouldn't be able to make it, that is probably fear and a lie! I thought the same thing but my goal was to complete a Sprint Triathlon by the end of fall 2015. So I set out to compete the Lake Marion Tri and finished! I can now call myself a triathlete.  It is 90% mental and 10% skill!! I have to be honest in that I did not train well for this and pushed myself too hard and acquired an injury in my foot and leg 2 weeks before the event which caused me to walk/run (mostly walk) the 5k. I panicked about 50 yards into the swim and almost deliberately disqualified myself but switched to back strokes and talked myself through it. The biking I thought would be easy but the wind was against us two-thirds of the way. It was not easy! I didn't break any records and honestly thought I would come in last! But I pushed through and completed it and it feels so good! So when something seems too hard to do, just focus on doing the best you can and fight the mental battle and you just might surprise yourself!"

Jordan

  • Goal: Feel good about herself
  • Occupation: Mayo Clinic, Mother
  • Age: 24
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Jordan is a 24 year old that works in surgery at the Mayo Clinic. She is the mother of an almost 11 month old and has a husband who, since beginning this journey with her, has lost over 20lb. Jordan knew the time had come to hire a personal trainer when she knew she was going to be in three weddings in the summer and wanted to lose the rest of the weight she had gained during pregnancy. She stated, "My mentality was that I'm sick of carrying around this extra fat and knew I needed that extra push to get me started and keep me going." Together, Katie and Jordan developed goals, which were to feel good about herself and fit into the bridesmaids dresses she had orders. All which were order in a smaller size. Jordan was ready and determined! Katie helped Jordan stay accountable the whole way to see her goals through. Jordan said, "She did an awesome job of pushing me to keep going even though I wanted to quit numerous times." Jordan now feels better about herself and healthier than when she started. "Although I'm not getting in as much exercise," Jordan states, "I just signed up to run a 5K so I have to get back into the 4-5 times a week of working out!" Jordan's future goals are to run the 5K, lose 6 more pounds, and keep up her energy levels. Jordan recommends Katie, "to anyone out there looking to lose weight, get back in shape, or even just to have that per- son there to hold you accountable."

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Nick Anderson

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  • Goal: Become Fit
  • Occupation: Joining the Air Force
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Nick Anderson began his weight loss journey in May 2011 with a goal of be- coming fit. He succeeded by losing 40lbs and discovered that he had more goals he wanted to achieve. He dedicated the rest of his weight loss journey to become more fit, gain strength and endurance, and join the Air Force. In order to join the air force he needed to be under the max entry weight. Nick placed himself on a well rounded routine to achieve success in the most efficient way. He started by making eating "a lifestyle instead of a weekly/ monthly decision." He also added intense strength training sessions and cardio into his daily routine. Nick adds, "Instead of driving to work, I made it a note to ride my bike at least twice a week to work, which does not take as long as you may think if you live in a city like me." Nick eventually lost 40 more pounds and reached his goal to be under the max entry weight for the Air Force. Nick states his new goals are, " Maintain my weight, or even getting a little lower. I would really like to see my abs in all their glory for once in my lifetime, so that is one of my biggest goals. For the Air Force, there are also awards for doing better for the physical fitness test, and I am working now to achieve that goal." On working with personal trainer Caitlin, Nick said he received, " great positive mo- tivation, incredible advice, awesome tips, and a visual of what I could be if I worked hard." Not knowing where to start his journey he states, " I know it would not have happened if I did not have a trainer." Nick's advice for all others trying to lose weight is, " Do not put working off for to- morrow, do it now! Otherwise it will never get done. Push through, and you will come out feeling a lot better than you thought you would. Make it a lifestyle, and you will find losing the weight is easier than you think."

 Pam Lemke

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  • Goal: 1st place winner of the PT with KT Walking Contest
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With 36 years in the military, two overseas deployments, and caregiving four days a week for her father, Pamela Lemke knew hard work. Overweight for most of her life, the grandmother of three had back problems, neuropathy, and a foot condition called plantar fasciitis. She was at risk for diabetes, perhaps associated with a sweet habit formed after kicking a cigarette addiction. And while ready for a lifestyle change, Pamela learned that her medical conditions would likely make exercise difficult. It all, however, proved no match for her spirit. "I was very mad, but I still needed to challenge myself to take off another 48 pounds, because the more I lose, the lighter my load is on my back." she said. " Well, Katie's contest came in just the nick of time. I really wanted to challenge myself." The Kenyon walking contest, which virtually took participants from their start point , provided incentive and structure, allowing Pamela to track her miles and build a walking schedule. "I was walking eight miles in the morning [with] my wiener dogs, walking four miles in the afternoon, and five miles at night," she said. On the days she took care of her father, she would complete four miles in the morning, and later take her father on a two to three mile walk around a nearby lake. She would end the day with six to eight miles on her treadmill." I truly did not work as hard as I worked in this contest," she said. "What I am really thankful for is that I lost 54 pounds, and I am so thankful for your contest because I pushed myself to get out of my rut, and that's what I did. So thank you, Katie! I am so grateful you came to Kenyon!"
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Rochelle Erickson

  • Goal: Weight loss
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Rochelle had several important reasons to seek out a personal trainer: her husband, her son, and herself. "I was worried about my husband and son's health and wanted to make this change for myself in order to make healthier changes for all of us," the 40-year-old said. "I had done the diet and exercise thing before and had results, but nothing ever stuck." And it was support she felt she'd lacked. With a goal to lose over 50lbs, Rochelle and her trainer Caitlin agreed on a 1-2-2 work week schedule: one day with Caitlin, two individual workouts, and two days of rest. After awhile, Rochelle saw success in weight loss, and a new mentality about exercise that still amazes her. "I now look forward to exercising," she said. "I never would have imagined that. I actually miss it if I don't get to the gym when I should." Still maintaining five days of exercise a week and gaining nutrition help from myfitnesspal.com, Rochelle says she feels confident she'll lose that last 25 pounds. In the meantime, she has new clothes, more energy, and renewed perspective. "My family and friends have definitely noticed a difference in me, and hearing their compliments and having their support is great motivation to get to my goal," she said. "I just want to say having Caitlin as a trainer has been a wonderful experience for me! She gave me the courage and strength I needed to help me succeed!"

colleenRonningenColleen Ronningen

  • Goal: "Bridal Boost" Program
  • Occupation: Dental Manager
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Like many brides-to-be, Colleen Ronningen (formerly, Ohr), hired a personal trainer as part of wedding planning, with the goal of looking her "best on her big day." Already slim and active, Colleen wasn't preoccupied with weight loss; instead, she wanted to tone and eat healthier. And she immediately knew who would bring the most results, and laughs. "I had been to a couple of Katie's classes prior to having her as my personal trainer and knew that by how much fun we always had in class and her positive attitude if anyone could help me it was her," she said. With about nine months to train before the wedding, Colleen and Katie started with goals and a tailored fitness and nutrition plan. Although she already felt pretty comfortable with healthy habits, Colleen said Katie helped her take her knowledge to the next level, and never hesitated providing on-the-spot advice as she considered new food options. "Katie was always there to answer questions I had - whether during our sessions, in group classes, via email or a phone call; she would respond in a friendly manner," she said. "I never felt as though I was a bother. Many times I would be confused as to what options I had to choose from for brands of food and how to switch up my meals; Katie was a great help! I never missed a weekly session because of how great I felt when I left after working out. She was always a motivator and I looked forward to the achievement I felt each week." Now married, Colleen said she's still committed to her training regime, and opted to continue sessions to keep her fit and prepare for an expanding family. "I still watch what I eat and try to exercise as much as I can; besides I don't want to run into Katie and let her see that just because I'm married now I have let myself go. So I signed up for more sessions!," she said. "I love it so much that I can't wait to get back in the groove; that way I can continue with my achievements and keep learning new ways to have fun while working out! We are hoping for a baby soon so Katie will have her work cut out for her."

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Lorri Brunette

  • Goal: "First Step" Program- Post Partum weight loss
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Forty-year-old Lorri Brunette was contending with major life changes when she hired Katie as her personal trainer. Having recently gone through a break-up, Lorri was also a new mother celebrating her 40th birthday, and at 171 pounds hadn't shed her baby weight. "I was feeling kind of down," she said. "I had had personal training before and knew the benefits of having someone there to keep you motivated versus trying to go it alone. And I needed help!" Sometimes the most trialing of times bring triumph. Focusing on weight loss and one outfit's perfect fit, Lorri committed to a nutrition and fitness plan that eventually brought her down more than 25 pounds. And even more, she said, gave her a style of living she knew was better for her and her son. "The fact that I'm 40 and have a new baby has really motivated me to think about my long-term health," she said. "I'm not just thinking about weight loss, but also eating healthy and the stress relief and mood-elevating benefits of working out." Still training with Katie to track progress and mix-up her work-out routine, Lorri says she's "firmly committed" to keeping her shape firm, her energy high, and her lifestyle healthy. "Losing weight and being healthy is hard," she said. "It takes commitment and for most of us, a lifestyle change. There's no magic pill, but there is help! Thanks so much, Katie, for being part of me getting my life back on track."

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Tammy Steele

  • Goal: Weight loss
  • Occupation: Mayo Clinic Employee
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Like most clients, 38-year-old Tammy Steele hired Katie as her personal trainer because she wanted to see results. Already committed to an exercise regime, including a boot camp class, Tammy remained disappointed with outcomes and knew she needed to consider her nutrition to overcome her weight loss hurdles. "I was doing pretty good with exercising, but needed help with nutrition, and Katie could help with both," she said. "I was ready to do whatever it took to see some results." And results she got. Twenty-five pounds down, Tammy is now hungry for exercise, saying, "If I don't make it to the gym enough, I get sluggish and a little crabby." She's also as wise about nutrition, knowing that it will always require attention to maintain what she's accomplished. And she credits Katie for giving her the confidence and accountability to achieve her goals. "She was always willing to help with any questions or concerns I had and showed me that with small changes I could be successful," she said. "She always knows when I need a extra push, a little encouragement, or a new goal/routine." Empowered and dedicated, Tammy wants to continue her good habits, with hopes to lose a few more pounds and improve her 5K time. "I am a different person physically and mentally," she said.

kariDouglasKari Douglas

  • Goal: Marathon run
  • Occupation: Business professional
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Mother of two and businesswoman Kari Douglas had a long road ahead of her when she enlisted Katie to be her personal trainer. 26.2 miles, to be exact. "I hired a personal trainer to help me train specifically for a marathon," she said. Not a stranger to the gym, Kari already appreciated the outcomes of a workout regime. She just needed the strategies and support as the miles accumulated. "My mentality: I've always enjoyed working out, just needed someone to push me a little more." That push took her from start to finish; she completed her Las Vegas marathon. Kari said that Katie's support kept her training on track and kept her accountable, which was a difficult feat in itself given a hectic schedule that includes two children and a demanding work life. Kari's goals are less precise now. She said she wants to continue to slim her figure and to reach her "optimal health and fitness level."

melissaPerkoMelissa Perko

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  • Age:27
  • Beginning Weight: 157
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It was a simple yet burning desire that prompted then bride-to-be Melissa Perko to hire Katie as her personal trainer: that perfect wedding dress fit. "I was getting married in three months, and I didn't fit into my gown!" she said, adding that she'd already dropped 40 pounds, but couldn't shake those final few. "I hired a personal trainer because I felt lost....Well, as you can imagine, I gave up trying, and gained the weight back. I knew I couldn't do it alone, so I hired Katie. I just didn't know enough to help myself, and boy was I surprised at what I didn't know!" First to manage, that "food monster" sabotaging her efforts. Melissa said Katie helped her take responsibility for the calories she ate, and put her on weight training and cardio circuits. Combined with Melissa's commitment, it was a winning combination. "Instead of seeing it as a punishment, I saw it as something relaxing and enjoyable," she said. "I always looked forward to my personal training sessions." Now a wife living in Duluth, Melissa says she feels the improvements inside and out, noticing a stronger heart, moderated blood pressure, and lower stress levels. She also feels more overall confidence, and wore that wedding dress with pride. "I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to Katie. Hiring a personal trainer was the best thing I could have ever done with my life. I have learned so much, and have accomplished many goals. In many ways I believe that Katie has saved my life, without the knowledge I gained from her I would go back to my old ways without thinking twice, and, as I'm sure, gain my weight back and all of my health issues that followed it. Again, thank you, Katie, you're the best!"

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Mattea Squires

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  • Occupation: Office manager, Dependency technician, student
  • Age: 26
  • Beginning Weight: 160
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Mattea Squires was seeking an awakening of sorts when she decided to enlist Katie as her personal trainer. "At the time I hired Katie, I was really down on myself and didn't feel healthy or good about myself," she said. "All I wanted to do was eat and hide from the world. I knew I needed someone to help me." Help meant a healthier path - goals, diet and exercise - that led to changes inside and out for Mattea. "We set a diet plan out and had a set calorie intake," she said. "We also set a goal of losing 30 pounds by July 1 (9 1/2 months away). A lot of other goals were set including strength training and cardio workouts. Most of all, I wanted to feel good about myself." With calorie limits and a workout program in place changes came quickly, and it bolstered her resolve. After three months of personal training with Katie, Mattea decided to go it alone, working out and following a food regime that became increasingly intuitive. "I know what is healthy, and what isn't," she said. "I have focused more on diet than the workouts because I work two jobs and go to school, but I try to be more active than before. Still every week that goes by I can tell the difference in my body. My life has changed tremendously." With a wedding planned for August, Mattea is about three months ahead of her weight loss schedule, which she said allowed her to more enjoy the details of planning...dress shopping, in particular. "I felt great and beautiful, and I know I wouldn't have even wanted to try dresses on if I hadn't lost all that weight." "I would recommend Katie's programs and guidance to anyone," she continued. "She is the reason for my happiness and love for myself today."