by Jude Jacob Kayton August 01, 2019
I’m 27 years old and I live in Nashville, Tennessee. I was born with one leg and am learning to stay active regardless. I love to share my story and let others know they can still be active with a prosthesis.
Over the past 5 years I've become much more active. My fitness journey has been about finding confidence in myself. When I moved to Nashville, I became a member ofTITLE Boxing Club.
It was the first work out I felt I could really participate in and actually enjoy. It made me want to try new things.
Boxing is great for my overall body and stress relief. My prosthesis goes all the way up to my hip, so I always assumed I would have to stay on a stationary bike or elliptical to get in lots of cardio, and I got bored easily. Boxing allows me to keep moving and get in a great cardio workout, and I feel like I can participate just as much as everyone else. My trainers are amazing; they don’t let me say I can’t do something, and they aren’t afraid to tell me to go beyond what I can do. The truth is, I’ve learned (in the last few years especially) that I can do a lot more than I ever thought I was capable of.
There’s been a big evolution of prosthetic technology since I was born; when I was young it was all mechanical and focused on safety. As I got older and stronger, I started using hydraulic legs, and then, in high school, I advanced to microprocessor knees. Essentially, “microprocessor” means that the knee is computerized; I plug it into the wall at night to charge, and it has settings that are specific to me, measuring my stride and how fast or slow I tend to walk. I’ve had two new prosthetic legs made in the last 5 years, which is really what has allowed me to increase my activity level so much. I knew what features I needed, but there was still a lot of trial and error in the process of making each leg.
Because of that, I’ve never had a running blade or hardly any experience with running at all. I’ve recently discovered theChallenged Athletes Foundation, an NGO I’ve been getting more involved with, and realized they provide grants to give running blades to people who need them. I’m crossing my fingers as I get ready to apply for a running blade through CAF in the fall of 2019.
I grew up in a family where we loved to laugh. When I was younger I was less comfortable with my leg. I used to have a cosmetic cover on it. I finally realized people were uncomfortable because they were picking up on my own discomfort.
And it makes my missing leg less of a big thing.
I think the most important thing when it comes to resilience is to have someone with you who you trust, someone who can keep you accountable and push you forward. There are times I’ve wanted to back away. For me this person is my roommate who I grew up with. She always keeps me focused on my goals.
Last week I had a bad training session, but I went back the next day and it was better. Remember that everyone is human so there are days you will fail and everything is terrible. That’s ok! But come back and do it again. Ask for help and keep coming back.
I first heard aboutFRÉ fromAnnie Miller through her IG. She was very convincing. I usually don’t buy things I see someone talking about on IG. But in this case I’m so glad I did! I really like the products. When my activity level went up I started sweating more and breaking out. I found that123FRÉ helped a lot. I also loveGLOW ME since I work at a gym and can’t wear heavy makeup. WithGLOW ME on I feel like I don’t need any other makeup. I love that it has SPF 15, and since I started using it I’ve stopped buying expensive foundation.
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