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Hating hard, but loving the results!

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:02 PM
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Default Hating hard, but loving the results!

I've always enjoyed exercising and always sought routines that were challenging. However, there was a 5 year spand where exercising got away from me. An unplanned and unexpected opportunity came my way that allowed me to become an entreprenuer. I worked varied hours, including evenings and weekends, and was driving all around my home state closing deals. When I did cook it was mostly for my children since I was eating out most of the time due to my schedule. Besides, I had to work my butt off since my marriage had pretty much ended, but not yet terminated. The hard work paid off in that I was able to move to another state for a new beginning and purchase my own home in my own name, but I gained 35lbs by the end of it all. At the age of 33 after having two children I was a size 6, but had expanded to a whopping 12/14 size. I would have never thought in my wildest dreams I would ever let myself go. Life and all its ups and downs proved to get the best of me.

After a year of losing my mother unexpectedly I decided I had enough of life getting the best of me. Life is not ever perfect, but I realized my attitude can be if I so chose. I have no control of the external events around me, but I have control of my attitude. The attitude of grief, laziness and defeat was out! I tried P90X and Insanity, but they were'nt doing anything for me. I felt as though they didn't focus on my problem areas, hips, thighs and butt. Then I discovered Cathe in Deceimber 2011, and have been hooked ever since.

I remember my first rotation included three dvds, HiiT 30/30 and Butts & Guts, but I can't remember the third one. Anyway, by February I was able to graduate to to Athlectic Training (AT) and HiiT 40/20. By this time I had created a exercise plan that takes me out to the next two years, I call it Workout Step Schedule to STS.

It took me nearly 6 mos before I could graduate myself to Step #2, Circuit Blast and Slide-n-Glide. I remember when just the warm up in AT felt like a full cardio workout. I had to take a break just from the warm up.

I've been doing Step #2 since July 23rd and I see myself graduating to Step #3 by the end of this month. I was giving myself 3 mos to master each Step before graduating, but I'm now down to 30 days. Progress #1. Furthermore, I love and was missing AT so much that I decided to break from my plan and do it tonight. I did AT with 10lb weights! Progress #2.

Although I'm only down 10lbs, last week, out of the blue, I decided to try on a pair of shorts I couldn't get past my hips. They slipped on, zipped up and buttoned with ease! Those shorts?, you ask are a size 10. Progress #3.

Cathe, I hope you will be around for a long time and continue making fun, challenging exercise programs. I work out six days a week and if I miss just one day from my schedule I'm not a happy camper. My life is so different now, because my attitude so different.

Joyce Myers's favorite statement is, "I'm not where I should be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be!" My ultimate goal is a size 8. I will get there, thanks to you.

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:39 AM
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Just want to say congratulations on all your hard work. I'm glad it is paying off for you. Cathe's workouts really are life changing!
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:06 AM
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Congratulations Tahitia, well done!
It feels great to be able to keep on exercising not because i have to loose weight but because I enjoy it. This how I feel right now ;-) Cathe has changed my life for sure.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:02 PM
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Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us! AND CONGRATULATIONS FOR GETTING INTO THOSE SHORTS!!

I can relate to much of what you said as I also reclaimed my life and my health after ending a marriage that was making me very unhappy, and I was burying my problems with unhealthy behaviors, including not taking very good care of myself. Once I managed to do that one big thing to improve my life, everything else seemed doable, including losing weight. I, too have gone from a size 12/14 and have pretty much made my goal of being a size 6/8. And I've relied on Cathe to get there. I know you'll reach your goal as well!

Take care!
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:09 PM
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Congratulations to you!!!
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