Complete Health Thanks to Cathe and Her Crew by Karen

Complete Health Thanks to Cathe and Her Crew by Karen

Complete Health Thanks to Cathe and Her Crew by Karen

As I approach my 30th birthday this February my husband recently told me he thinks I look stronger and better than I did when we met 11 years ago. For the first time in my life I could acknowledge to my husband and myself that I agree with him. I could actually say the words, “Thank you” instead of arguing that he was wrong. Thanks to Cathe and her passion I have discovered and maintained true strength, health, and confidence in my life.
A few days before my youngest son’s first birthday I began having constant heartburn, nausea and abdominal pain. I was unable to eat anything without it making me sick. I was living on a liquid diet and was losing weight. After a year of doctors visits and tests that revealed everything was normal I finally went to see a specialist. Within a month they discovered that I had gastroparesis and my stomach was not emptying on its own. I struggled with anorexia through high school and college and my doctor believes this is the cause of the gastroparesis. The solution was medications and a low fat, low fiber diet. I was unable to eat any fresh fruit or vegetables or whole grains. I was used to eating a healthy, balanced diet and found this to be a true challenge. After living for a year with gastroparesis I found myself getting sick frequently and having low energy levels. I was exercising using multiple different at home dvds. My doctor said strengthening my core and walking would help my stomach empty. I was trying my best to control my health through fitness since I could not control it through my diet. Despite my best efforts I was still struggling.
A year after being diagnosed with gastroparesis I faced another challenge. I was furiously cleaning the house two days before Thanksgiving as my parents were coming for the holiday. I started to feel incredibly tired and achy. I developed a fever of nearly 105 degrees and went to the ER. I was diagnoses with Toxic Shock Syndrome and spent three days in the hospital. At that point in my life I was underweight and if I was truly honest with myself, quite depressed.
I continued to get sick and was unable to take care of my two sons. My youngest has a genetic disorder and I was struggling to be able to care for him. As he continued to get older and bigger I knew at some point I wasn’t going to be able to carry him out of the store if he decided he wasn’t going to cooperate that day. I was not strong enough and did not have the endurance. I was also spending more time sick in bed than time making memories with my two boys. I knew I needed a change and that’s when I found Cathe.
I decided to get back into step aerobics since this was something I had enjoyed through high school and college. I ordered a step and it came with Cathe’s basic step and cardio and weights video. I loved working out with Cathe and her crew the first time I tried the video. I remember thinking I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to follow the steps in her cardio and weights dvd, but it looked like so much fun I had to try. I now own most of her step dvds and the dvds with more intricate choreography are my absolute favorites. The time flies by because I am having so much fun with Cathe and her workout crew. Instead of feeling like I have to work out, I find myself wanting to work out because I finally am getting results and enjoy Cathe and her workouts so much. I have recently begun using Cathe’s workout rotation and find myself doing her HIIT, kickboxing, and boot camp dvds and loving those as well. Cathe has a true passion for health and fitness and i t clearly shows.
Because of Cathe and her passion I have regained my strength, emotional health and quality time with my two boys. Her workouts have helped my gastroparesis symptoms immensely. I can now eat some fruits and vegetables and my core is the strongest it has ever been. I don’t struggle with nausea, abdominal pain and heartburn as much since working out helps my stomach empty faster. Because of Cathe I have the physical and emotional health I craved all these years. I can spend quality time with my boys and teach them the importance of good health. I can finally say to my husband “thank you” when he tells me I look strong. I feel satisfied and complete. I truly believe I will be working out with Cathe and only Cathe for the rest of my life. Thanks Cathe for giving me my health, family time and confidence back!

2 thoughts on “Complete Health Thanks to Cathe and Her Crew by Karen

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, Karen. Wonderful to see how far you have come and how well you are doing!
    Blessings on you and your family!

  2. Thank you, Karen for your open and heartfelt story. You are to be congratulated for all your hard work in taking charge and taking care of yourself and your health. Cathe is the best in the industry – thanks to Cathe as well! Wishing you the best for continued health through your ongoing commitment to wellness.

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