Kyle Montoya-Chaves was born and raised in Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico. Obesity became a problem for Kyle in early adolescence. While he escaped many of the physical diseases that accompany childhood obesity, such as Type II Diabetes and high blood pressure, he suffered in other, mostly mental and emotional ways. He was always the “big kid”; the kid who couldn’t participate in sports with his peers or friends; the kid that felt isolated and left behind due to his size.
In his early twenties, Kyle made a life altering decision. He decided that being obese was no longer an option. He refused to be a statistic in the ever growing obesity epidemic facing the United States. He started small. He made changes to his diet and started to become more active. Six months later, he started lifting weights and found both his talent and passion for powerlifting. He has recently completely cut sugar out of his diet and is nearing Master level totals in his lifts. In the process, he has become a beacon of hope and strength for his community. He is a brilliant example of how far the combination of hard work, dedication and determination can get a person. He has lost over 200 pounds and is well on his way to reaching his goal weight of 200.
In the future, Kyle aspires to become both a personal trainer and a chef. He wants to continue to educate and inspire others who are facing what may seem like insurmountable odds in the fight with obesity. He wants to continue as a living example to others. There are no short cuts in life. Kyle is an example of the change that consistent hard work can produce.