Hi, I’m Cathy Gooden
With more than 30 years experience as an executive in nonprofit organizations and a health and wellness leader, my superpower is helping people transform into the highest expression of themselves. Below is my story.
From a young age, most of us learn how to perform.
We’re taught to push down our difficulties, put on our shiny suits, and project confidence to the world…but that’s not the whole story.
Years ago, I projected: “I have my shit together! I can run a large non-profit and take care of my family’s needs and be perfect!”
The truth? I didn’t have my shit together all the time.
No wonder so many of us are exhausted, stressed, and ready for a change.
I was living the life I thought I was expected to live: a lucrative career as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, consistently taking charge, and striving to ensure everyone else’s needs were met before my own.
(Fellow people pleasers and perfectionists, I see you!)
On the outside, I appeared to have every piece of a happy and fulfilling life. But I was living behind a mask.
I spent a year hiding my severe fibromyalgia symptoms from my staff, unable to get out of bed some mornings.
I was hiding my pain and the truth about what this lifestyle had been doing to my inner and outer worlds.
Then one night there was a knock on my door and it changed everything.
My husband Chris and I were getting ready to leave the house to pick up my son Zack when we heard someone knock. On the other side was a police officer looking for Zack, who was there to tell him something that none of us were prepared to hear.
We learned that, on his birthday, January 1st of 2016, my ex-husband took his own life.
Zack’s father hadn’t been found for days. He had become a recluse. No one, not even myself or my son, knew that he had lost his job a year earlier and was alone, living off his retirement plan. I can’t imagine the pain he must have been in to take his own life.
Having to tell my son about what had happened broke my heart.
I felt guilty. I blamed myself, knowing that he had spent so long living a life we knew nothing about. I felt shame for the way he passed.
I was caught in a pattern of stress eating, which only fueled my issues.
I “soothed” my stress for a fleeting moment with a buttery English muffin, or numbed out with a scoop of ice cream.
Without a clear plan, I walked away from my leadership position at work and discovered Wildfit which radically changed my relationship to food — as well as my body, my health, and my whole self.
A major part of this transformation included releasing 25 extra pounds of weight that I had been carrying around…
…as though the feelings I’d been holding onto were buried within my cells.
My transformation was so incredible that I knew I had to support others in their journey too. I have been a Wildfit coach for 5 years now
Upcoming WILDFIT Classes
Class 1: September 12, 2022
I also offer personalized one on one coaching for those who have been through the challenge