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November Session 8-Week Challenge Winner!


Congratulations to Leah Larson of the West Des Moines location – our Session 9 Winner!
Below is her success story. Her club is so proud of her and is looking forward to her future success with Kosama. Leah is now competing for the Kosama Body Challenge against all the Des Moines area Kosama locations.


“My experience with Kosama started in Session 9 on November 6th which also happened to be my 13th wedding anniversary. I had wanted to do Kosama for the past couple of years but always found excuses to not get started. The day before I registered for session 9, I happened to be at a car dealership walking through the lot when I discovered my belt broke. OMG! That was definitely a defining moment. The next day was my anniversary, and I was so upset that my wedding ring didn’t fit and hadn’t for awhile. I finally said “NO MORE EXCUSES!!!” Things had to change. So I decided that this was going to be my anniversary gift for me and my husband.

As a mother of 3 young children (2, 5, and 8 years) I no longer wanted to be the example I had been. I was going to make ME a priority. I thought this is going to be even more difficult because of the session being through the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s). But really what better timing to end the year 2011 being healthier?
Before starting at Kosama, I hadn’t worked out consistently in over 10 years and ate whatever I wanted. I went from confident to discouraged. Especially since I had put on 70 pounds since my wedding day and weighed the same if not more than at the end of any of my pregnancies. My thyroid issues and bad knees (even after having surgery) could no longer be my excuse. I had hit bottom and was ready for change.

During my first week, I loved it so much that I would wake up 1-2 hours before my alarm in anticipation of what the workout would include, even though I was very sore. At week two, I got sick and continued to get worse the next 4 weeks after having been told it was a virus that needed to run it’s course. By week 6, I decided to go to the doctor again. I found out that I had pneumonia, a sinus infection, and an ear infection. I continued going to class despite all of this.

At my final assessment, I was a little nervous as to what the results would show. I have failed at many programs and was prepared to not have good news and did not have any positive expectations. What a wonderful surprise! The results were that I lost 10.6% of fat and gained over 19 lbs of muscle.  I have enjoyed every bit of this experience and am so thankful for every one of my Kosamies, coaches, and especially for my husband for their encouragement.

I am so pleased with my results and am excited to see what the next 8 weeks brings for this Kosama Mama.”


Congratulations also to our runners up:

2nd Place: Shannon from Altoona

3rd Place: Kelsi from Clive

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