Current Spotlight – Katie Wartko

Exercise “Lifts the fog”

Kate Wartko’s life is rich with family and success as a wife of eleven years, a mother of two young children, and a small business owner. In the midst of her busy life, Kate celebrates two significant accomplishments in this month’s Client Spotlight. By sharing her story, Kate hopes that her hard work and courage can inspire others who may share her struggles with depression and anxiety.

Her first accomplishment is getting help for the anxiety and depression that she has battled for years. Kate notes that it was difficult to accept her mental illness because it has always been “hush hush”. Kate describes her journey to acceptance:

“Acceptance is not a weakness, it will help you move forward. You learn you are just wired this way. You learn that it is something you will fight every day. The strong ones get help with medication and counseling. Forgiveness in yourself and letting go will help in the ability to rise above. “

Kate notes that in addition to counseling and medication, exercise and regular workouts significantly help with her depression; she describes it as being “lifted out of a fog”. Kate notes that in addition to exercise, Sonia herself “not only helps your body get stronger, she makes your mind stronger as well.”

In addition to the work Kate invests in her mental health, she also succeeds at putting herself first to get healthy and exercise more. She recently lost forty pounds in three months. She incorporates three workouts with Sonia and several on her own each week. She also keeps a food journal and adheres to a diet of clean eating.

Kate says that her health journey can be frustrating at times when the scale just won’t move, but she appreciates Sonia’s expertise to make adjustments as well as her positive encouragement to keep Kate moving forward. Kate notes the value of a personal trainer:

“You can always talk yourself out of a walk or a regular gym. But [Sonia] is scheduled and honestly, she means so much to me I don’t want to let her down. She’s always rooting for me.”

Kate learned to put her own health first, sought help for her mental illness, and is thriving with renewed energy and strength. Kate’s motto is, “I want to be like a sunflower, so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” Kate’s story and the importance of exercise in her journey may be the very ray of light that inspires someone else on their own journey towards health.


Previous Spotlights

Bridgett Rinalli – Her long road to recovery reminds us to give our bodies the gift of time to heal and strengthen. “Never lose sight of sight of your goal, even when its really, really hard! Stay the course.”

Donna – Donna is 60 years old and enjoying life after she adopted a lifestyle of fitness, nutrition, and healthy living. Donna’s favorite color is yellow, which is “bright and warm” like the sun and the warmth and inspiration her story offers others.

Carol Cain – Carol offers the following advice to others with similar goals of improving their fitness: “Every journey up a mountain runs into rainy days or even landslides. But one keeps climbing by alternate routes to the summit”.

Connie Bradley – Connie Bradley exemplifies perseverance along her path towards health and fitness. Connie began her remarkable journey six years ago, and along the way lost 140 pounds, completed two half marathons, and one ultra marathon.

Judy Moore – Judy Moore is mother to three children and a volunteer at Akron Children’s Hospital for over twenty years. She has been a client at Get 2 The Core Fitness for the past 2 ½ years where she has worked to achieve improved balance, strength, and stamina.

Beth Brinkley – Beth Brinkley began working out at Get 2 the Core Fitness two years ago, and is proud that she feels more comfortable in her clothes, she makes better choices with eating and exercise, and most importantly, she feels healthy.

Alisa Shepard – Alisa Shepherd is a cancer survivor, a new grandmother, and in the past year of working with Sonia, Alisa has been meeting her goals of improving her health, losing weight, gaining strength and improving back and leg pain caused by spinal stenosis.

Don Eagon – With dogged determination, Don Eagon, an avid cyclist and cancer survivor, persevered along many difficult roads on his health journey.

Pep the Elf – Those holidays are just hard to get through without getting off track. Pep the Elf has found some tricks to try to help you get through them with him.