I can't say enough about how wonderful Kathy is. Her dedication, focus, and positive spirit to recovering from a bad situation of breast cancer inspires me every day. Take a intimate look about her journey and interview below.
Tell me about where your personal journey stated?
My Training Began with Sandy in July of 2011, just 3 years after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I think of how I was back then, and all that she has done to train me as to working out, eating right and the importance that one does not work without the other. Sandy is my miracle worker. She took a marshmallow and trained it to keep the goals small and attainable. Through nutrition, meal planning, cardio plans and personal training 2 to 3 times a week. I sweated until there was no more marshmallow, just a firmer shape. At 68 years of age, I now get looks from the guys that I wish I’d had when I was 18. And my husband loves it! Sandy has guided me to be able to work out on my own, something I was unable to do until I met her. With Sandy's kind, supportive, encouraging and caring help, I have learned to eat clean and work my body right so it stays healthy. I consider Sandy to be my close friend. I have loved and hated how she has made me work. I can only say thank you Sandy for what you have helped me accomplish, and I look forward to continue learning from her.
Where are you now and How do you feel compared to before?
After dealing with the Cancer, to heal, all my doctors told me to eat, so I did. Then I was so miserable at 185 lbs+/-. It was obvious I was no longer in control of myself. But now I’m so close to reaching that first goal from back in 2011. Because of the Cancer and treatment for it, I haven’t been able to wear my wedding ring due to swelling and possibly because my weight was a tad out of hand. My first goal was to lose the weight till I could wear my wedding ring again. Bit by bit in keeping my goals small and attainable, I am almost there. But totally now, I am healthy and I’m so glad for that. I’m still under the care of my Oncologist, I am 9 years out, but she is also amazed at my progress. Most importantly I’m in control of myself once again.
What made you decide to work with me?
After several years of surgeries and follow-up therapies, weight watchers, exercise DVD’s, weight loss pills and powders with no real results, I flat out needed help. It was my husband that came to my rescue. He contacted a friend in Idaho who said she knew a personal trainer here in Utah. After going on line and reading up about this trainer I asked “what could this trainer offer that I hadn’t already tried.” So, I discussed the different programs with my husband (after all it was his idea), and I (we) decided I should contact Sandy. That’s right, it took a friend in Idaho for me to find Sandy. Sandy wanted to know if I really wanted to change. So, I decided to work with Sandy and she agreed to work with me. I didn’t know what was instore for me, but through all the sweat and hard work and learning to meal plan, I still look on that day as my Happy Day!
What key things did you learn while working with me?
Nutrition: eat clean, start from scratch, fresh food, no processed food.
Meal planning: important to know what you are consuming, protein, carbohydrates, fats. (This is still a little difficult for me, so I use a program to help me keep track. (Calorie King)
Workouts: To work a different set of muscles each day, or mix up the days they are worked out. Example: Chest and Biceps, Back and Triceps, Abs and Lats, Legs (Quads & Hamstrings) and Calves. And how to use the equipment I have at home as well as the machines at the gym.
If I want a healthy firm body, I have to go out and work on it. It won’t happen by just wishing for it!!!