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Who Wants to Get Active? 2010

February 2, 2010

On April 15th 2009 I weighed almost 200 pounds, 196 to be exact. Determined to get back to a healthy weight and get back to being fit, I worked hard with a trainer to loose 30 pounds. I went to the gym three to five times a week and calculated all the foods I ate EVERYDAY. It was hard work but it did pay off.


I no longer work with a personal trainer but in two months, October and November, I did loose another 10 pounds on my own. Working without someone to guide me has been challenging. I lack the skills a professional has to offer. I also have to sadly admit that I gained 14 pounds over the Holidays


Still 25 pounds away from my goal I now need a little spark to be re-energized and I definitely need professionals. After ten months of hard work, my routine is exactly that, a routine. Training has become stale or non-existent. For the past two months, I have found myself discouraged to get to the gym as the gym I go to is over-crowded and the classes I like taking are usually full.


Most people talk about starting to lose weight, but I want to focus on finishing losing weight.  I have been successful so far, but have hit a wall. I need help to finish what I started ten months ago.


I intend to utilize this opportunity as a way to reach my health goals and to be re-energized in continuing a healthy lifestyle. I hope to learn from professionals and from my peers on how to carry-out a healthy lifestyle that I can maintain for the rest of my life.


Training and running is exactly what I need to get that last push, to loose weight and become better fit.


Most importantly, I hope to meet professionals and people that are invested in creating a healthy lifestyle. I hope that through those contacts I might finally meet people that have similar goals and together we can be encouraging to one another.

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Hello everyone,

Here is the start to my new ACTIVE life. I am actually happy and scared all at the same time. Running a 6k is something I never thought I could do and April 18th I am going to do it. There are many different goals I have that I want to be able to fulfill. Attending school full time, working full time, and doing this is worth every minute. I go to San Diego State  University and I am a Biochemistry major. I am graduating in spring.

I am really tired of being overweight. I have been overweight my entire life and every time I try to lose weight I manage to gain weight instead. I am tired of the headaches, backpain, sleepiness, and being sick all the time that comes with poor eating habits and lack of exercise. I know my diet plan is going to have to change too. I am not going to deprive myself from food (because as people who know me know I love food) but it is time I make healthier choices. I am only 22 years old and I want to lose a good 20 pounds before my birthday on June 1st. My ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds and hopefully I can accomplish this by January 2011. Trying to go to the gym is going to be tough with my horrible schedule but I am going to make sacrifices to do so.  I wish us all the best of luck in this journey.

Any advice or help would be greatly apperiated. I am planning on tracking my weight each week to see if I manage to gain or lose weight.

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Hi Everyone!


My name is Cal Vincent and I live in Olympia, WA.  I meet my wife Nancy here in Olympia, retired from the Military and decided this was a great place to start a family.  We have 3 children at home Jennifer 18, Marshall & Matthew (twins) 15.  I have significantly gained weight since retirement and tip the scales at 300 lbs. My goal is to get back down to 195 lbs. within this next year.  I would like to be in great shape by summer 2011 and climb Mt. Rainier with my two boy's.  They both among others have been riding me hard to loose weight.


This is a great way of getting started and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.  My wife is will be supporting me by walking, exercising and meal planning with me.  I  recently got involved in fishing with Marshall and love to go out and explore the area for good fishing.  Being overweight has limited what I can do outdoors I actually fell down a couple times fishing.  So, now's the time to get out of the easy chair, get started and enjoy the outdoors without fear of getting hurt.  105 lbs to loose



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Ready for a Challenge!

Posted by mekani Feb 2, 2010

Seems like everyone I talk to had a difficult 2009.  Whether it was job loss, relationship issues, court issues, everyone seems to be glad to put 2009 behind them.  The last year was stressful for me as well.  While I'm so fortunate to still have a great job for a great company, my husband and I spent the year focused on legal issues and both of us let exercise fall off of our "To Do" list.   Finally, everything has calmed down and we can get back to an exercise routine.   I've put on about 10 pounds in the last year and I can't wait to get back in shape.  I'm tired of being tired, tired of not looking my best and tired of not being able to wear my favorite clothes.  I also have a 30th high school reunion coming up this summer and that is a great motivation to work towards looking my best.   My goal is to lose 20-25 pounds by June.


My challenges, probably a lot like you, are making time for exercise.  I take my stepson to school at 7:00am and go straight to work from there. More often than not, I pick him up later in the evening at 7:00pm from his gym (Dad picks him up from school and takes him to his gym).  In the past I've found that I tend to stick with a workout program when I tackle it first thing in the morning.  Before the prior year, my husband and I got up at 5:00 am three days a week to go to the gym, so I know I can do it!  So, I either need to get up at 5:00am and do my exercise or make myself do it after work before I pick up the stepson at the gym.  Last week, I tried going to the gym between work and before picking him up and that works out pretty well.  I have options, morning or evening, so I need to be flexible and do one or the other.   Here's where the excuses come in!  5:00am excuses: It's too dark to walk outside!  It's too cold to walk outside!  I'm too tired, I'll work out tonight! (which gets followed at 5:00pm by, I'm too tired to work out after work, I'll do in the morning.....I think you see the pattern,)  So, that's one of the bad habits I've developed over the past year.

Diet wise, I have a 47 year history of not eating well.  When I was young I was naturally skinny and could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound.  That all stopped in my late twenties and it's been a struggle ever since to reconcile my new slow metabolism with my engrained poor eating habits.  Add to that, I hate to cook and am not a big vegetable fan.  So, my work is cut out for me there.  My plan is to make small changes and make better choices.  I started trying Jamba Juice's oatmeal with fruit last week, and while it takes a little getting used to, I am liking it.  And guess what?  It is FILLING.  I don't get hungry for hours after, which is great.


I'll touch base again and let you know how the training schedule looks and how I'm going to make it work with home, work, and well, everyday life.  It's important so it needs to be a priority so I'm going to make it one!

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My name is Blake Nichols and this is my story of my first steps from fatness to fitness!


To start out with I'm 40 years old and live in Nashville TN.  I'm not a country music star but I have seen quite a few of them on TV.  I am a pastor for a campus of New Vision Baptist Church, an incredible church in Murfreesboro TN and I love my job.  I've have been married to the beautiful Rebecca for 15 years and we have 4 terrific girls Samantha 13, Sydnie 10, Sara Kate 6 and Donna Shae 4.


The bad news is that I'm fat!   As of the writing of this blog, I tip the scale at around 250 lbs and have high blood pressure and sleep aptina.  I am defanitely out of shape and unhealthy.   I've started beathing hard when I walk up the stairs to tuck the girls in at night and I know that if I don't start doing something to get active that it's a down hill slide from here.  I don't want to be the guy that has to sit down to catch his breath after crossing the room. I want to be there for my girls.


I know that if I set my mind to it and work hard I can start fixing this problem.  A few years ago I got excited and worked for 5 months and lost 30 lbs and was able to run a mile.  I used the Adkins diet to accomplish the weight loss and unfortunately, put the weight right back on when I came off the diet and stopped exercising.  But I know that I can do this!   I want to learn the skill set to take it off and keep it off.


As I enter this mid-life point I'm ready to do something that is a life changer for me and my wife and for my girls.  I'm not sure if it's right to quote Michael Jackson on living a heathy lifestyle, but as he once sang, "I'm Wanna Make a Change For Once In My Life, It's Gonna Feel Real Good, Gonna Make A Difference, Gonna Make It Right. "


This is why for New Years I set a goal to lose 15lbs and run in a 5k by Summer!


As I was trying to get some direction for this resolution I came across the "Who wants to get Active" Program.  I'm ready to start challenging myself.  I don't know what is possible to accomplish in 8 weeks of training, but I'm excited to see.   I want this to be the launching point to a new life style and I'm ready to work.


Here's a verse I found last Monday:  Haggia 2:4  "...Be strong, all you people of the land and WORK!"  declares the Lord, "For I am with you!..."



No turning back now!



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Welcome to Who Wants to Get Active 2010! My name is Coach Jenny Hadfield and I will be your guide and coach along the way. This program is close to my heart because I stumbled into racing along my journey and it changed my life. I was 35 pounds overweight, out of shape and unable to even make it down my block. My co-workers challenged me to train for and participate in a local 5K. At first I told them they were nuts -- but little by little we trained together at lunch and my body and mind began to adapt. Soon I was able to tackle 3 miles without whining! I drummed up the courage to participate in that 5K and reached the finish line! It didn't even matter that I was almost last and beaten by a 72-year old man (and they announced it over the microphone). Crossing that finish line changed my life forever. I fell in love with the process of training with a group and reaching for challenging goals.


Training to run and walk it off with a social network is a fun, and highly effective strategy for learning to get active and stay active. The key to making it part of your lifestyle is to integrate the program into your lifestyle. That begins by starting with a program that closely matches your activity level. That is why we have three teams (Run It Off, Walk It Off, Bye, Bye Baby Weight) and programs to get you to that finish line. Getting to where you want to go is a lot easier when you make small changes on the route to reaching the finish line. Research has shown consistently that major lifestyle changes are difficult to maintain and don't last. The destination is to lose weight, however the journey is to make activity a part of your every day lifestyle. Because when you do so, everything else falls into place.

Review your training program and let me know if you have questions along the way. We can all learn from one another, even if we are on competing teams! Every training program includes 3-4 run, run-walk or walking workouts every week. You'll also notice, every week includes rest days and cross-training days as well. We grow stronger when we rest in response to the demands (stress) of running and walking. Cross-training activities like cycling, swimming and rock climbing are wonderful compliments to your training regimen and allow your muscles a break from the impact of running and walking. Cross-training also keeps your program fresh and you're never doing the same workout every day!

The programs gradually progress throughout the next two months and prepare you to tackle the race distance this spring. Remember, the key to getting where you want to go is by starting with where you are. The goal of the first few weeks is to perform just enough activity so when you finish, you have a smile on your face and you look forward to the next session. That means keeping the intensity at a conversational effort and one where you can talk while you are moving. Find your happy pace and you'll find the key to reaching your goals.

Make time for the workouts by planning them ahead of schedule. The great thing about training for an event is you know what you need to do now for the next tow months. Plug it into the most convenient time of day and stick with it. Every workout is a piece of the puzzle that will prepare you for race day.

Although you will have to take every step on your own, you have a team and a coach every step of the way to support you. Over the next few weeks I'll provide you tips and tools needed for reaching your goals to run it off, walk it off and say goodbye to the baby weight. You'll learn how to go farther and faster, how to eat to lose weight and perform stronger, tips for staying motivated and ways to prevent getting hurt. I will share with you my three golden rules for racing and how to stay active for a lifetime.

I'll be posting notes for each team in my weekly blog, but if you have any additional, specific or general questions, don't be shy. Take this week to plug your training days into your lifestyle and let your body and mind adapt to the rhythm of training. There's something magical about training for a race. Every workout is purposeful and milestones are reached almost weekly. It's a very exciting journey and I'm excited to be your guide. Giddy up!

Happy Trails,


Coach Jenny

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