If you were at Village Pointe on Sunday you may have seen a spinning class outside. It looks like fun, but this class comes with a powerful message. Meet the Omaha woman whose journey is inspiring many to love who they are.
It's go time at Sweat, Cycle and Soul and as they sweat, Kelli DeWispelare cheers them on. Kelli's journey has been far from easy. “I spent a lot of years struggling with body image and eating disorders." Her struggles with body image began when she was just a child. “Preschool, running through the sprinklers with my sister was the first time I felt my thighs touch."
She battled eating disorders and body issues for nearly 14 years. “I've not ever talked to one girl who does not have something where she struggled with an image or some body part she didn't love about herself."
Kelli decided to use her struggles to help others and opened a studio near 180th and Q streets in January. Her goal for her clients is to not only sweat, but learn to love who they are.
“There's days where you're doing cycling or Pilates and people break down because they can relate,” said Sarah Durren.
“I just feel stronger on an everyday basis,” says Teresa Nichols. “I have a small child. I feel like I'm energetic."
And as Kelli's clients cheer each other on during dark moments, she realizes it just takes one to make a difference. “You can run from anything, you can move anywhere, go anywhere, but it always starts with you."
Her message is getting through. Kelli sent her story to Simon & Schuster, which published her book.