Current Spotlight – Kathy Nolan

Kathy Nolan exemplifies gratitude and resilience. Here is her story in her own words:

Tell us about yourself. 
Who am I? My goodness, that could take forever! I’m a life-long learner/educator; sister, wife, friend, colleague; and I don’t take myself too seriously. Life’s just too short for that nonsense! 

Describe your accomplishment.
During a dance with cancer this past year that is now cured, I lost 60 pounds and have maintained that loss since my last treatment on January 9, 2019. Recently, I purchased an Apple watch and have begun walking over a mile everyday along with working out with Sonia at “Get 2 the Core”. 

How long have you been pursuing your goal? 
Well, when you are born a size 6X, LOL… I’ve been pursuing a weight loss goal all of my life. I’ve never been thin or even average always overweight and very concerned about it. Tried many diets and lost and gained weight over and over again repeatedly. 

What were three key things that helped you achieve your goal? 
I haven’t achieved it yet as I have 30 more pounds I plan to lose and also to run a 5K race in the fall. Cancer, as bad as the treatment process was, was a gift to me with the weight loss. However, I would highly recommend you not using it as a weight loss tool. 

What obstacles did you face in achieving your goal? 
For months, I couldn’t eat due to the treatments and how they made food taste to me. Now that I can eat and some foods taste good again, I must be cautious with what I eat, ensuring the food I consume works to help me regain my health but not additional weight. That is a life-long challenge for me. 

What advice can you offer for others with a similar goal? 
Don’t quit trying! Health feels so much better that being in an unhealthy state. Keep up with the exercise again, DO NOT QUIT! And finally, don’t expect it to be easy. Changing habits and overeating is a habit, takes time and perseverance.

Why did you choose Get2TheCore Fitness? 
God found her for me. I did an internet search for trainers in Stark County and was drawn to [Sonia’s] website. She met me where I was and never let me lose faith in what I could accomplish.

How long have you been a client at Get2TheCore Fitness? 
Three years and I plan to continue with her indefinitely. I’m trying hard to get two sessions in each week when my schedule permits but in the meantime I’m walking in hopes of walking/running a 5K in the fall. This goal scares the bee gee bees out of me but that keeps me motivated.

Previous Spotlights

Molly Merryman – Molly Merryman, the Mount Fitness Challenge winner, balances a busy career and family life as she crushes her fitness goals: losing weight, being more physically fit, and, most importantly, being active and “having energy now and into my retirement”.

Kim Spoonhower – Sonia helps strengthen your core, and with that strength comes the confidence to conquer the world, one small goal at a time.

Judy Moore, Trailblazer – Join Judy and set a goal for your own fitness this fall and blaze your own trail in a local park or neighborhood!

Be Your Own Supermodel – This summer, put on your shorts, pull on your swimsuit, and define beauty and health for yourself! Make the most of the long, sunny days and get out and get active!

Kate Wartko – 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.”

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.