My name is Maureen, and I am a Kosama addict…but I haven’t always been eager to make a challenging workout part of my daily schedule. In fact, I spent a large part of my adult life trying to avoid any physical activity. After spending money on any and all gimmicky weight-loss products I could get my hands on, and belonging to a gym for countless years (which I utilized a few times a week by barely breaking a sweat on their elliptical machines), I continued gaining weight. I was absolutely in a state of denial. It was only in photographs that I realized how large I’d gotten. I had convinced myself that I was “big boned” and that, no matter how hard I tried, I was always going to be overweight. My family doctor even used the word “obese.” It wasn’t until 2011 that I made a decision that has forever changed my life. With a leap of faith, I signed up for Kosama. Having never even entered the building, the morning of my assessment came and I was filled with anxiety as I walked into Kosama Davenport for the first time. I gave it my all at each fitness station, but was shocked to see that (despite having attended a gym for the last few months), I was so weak. I could do one regular pushup, very few seconds of planking, and could barely hold a wall sit for 30 seconds. My measurements were recorded, my “before” photos were taken, and I was exhausted…both physically and mentally. I was beginning to believe this wasn’t going to be an easy way out. Yet, Monday morning came and I attended my first Kosama class. Countless times during that hour, I wanted to quit. I actually pictured myself walking out the door. I brainstormed the excuses I would give my husband for not returning. Half a minute of mountain climbers seemed like an eternity and I was certain the coaches were stopping the clock while I was doing plank jacks. The “old” me was showing her face and screaming “I can’t!” on the inside. However, the support I received from the coaches began to set Kosama apart from any other gym I’d ever entered—and it was this support that absolutely kept me going. To this day, I vividly remember dropping to my knees during those mountain climbers when I was joined by Lindsay, a Kosama coach, who told me I could do it. She finished the last several seconds of the exercise with me, gave me a high-five, and continued coaching. It was in this support, accountability, motivation, and conviction that I kept going back. Before I knew it, I had completed two months of Kosama & in that short time, I lost 17 pounds, 16 inches, and 6% body fat. My family and friends were so proud of what I’d lost, but I was most proud of what I’d gained. I gained a passion for being fit and healthy and I took back control over my body and my life. Fast forward to now & I am down over 60 pounds and continue setting goals for myself. I am in the best shape of my life and, as a result, I am a happy and energetic mother. I am forever indebted to the coaches at Kosama for their unfaltering support and to Nick and Lindsay Ulloa, for bringing Kosama to the Quad Cities. They’ve changed more lives than they know—mine included. The wall at Kosama once read, “In order to succeed, your desire for success must be greater than your fear of failure,” which is a quote from Bill Cosby. When you’re ready, the amazing coaches, countless supportive members, and I will be there to cheer you on. I say this with confidence to all of you that are considering Kosama "You CAN do it."