Here’s hoping your Christmas was a great one. Here’s hoping that Santa was good to you and yours. Here’s hoping that those family gatherings were wonderful. Here’s hoping that you thoroughly enjoyed those delicious Christmas feasts. Here’s hoping none of it made any difference in pants or dress sizes.
And that’s where “hoping” usually crashes head-on into a brick wall!
That’s the thing with our weight challenges, isn’t it? We talk ourselves into a little bit here, a little bit there. We lie to ourselves and say that we’ll hit the treadmill tomorrow. We fool ourselves with the “promise” to do something about that extra weight “next” week.
You know the story though. “Next” week never really gets here. How do I know? Because I had years of “next weeks” and even though it was obvious to everyone except yours truly, I gained pound after pound until the scales waved at 300 as it rolled by on my “weigh” to an all-time high of 305.
Trust me, I know how it feels.
And if you know how that feels, then step up to The Challenge. Take that first step, scary as it may be, and begin taking control of your life once more. Take it from the guy who’s been there, ate that and outgrew the T-shirt.
The Challenge ’17 kicks off next week with a dinner. Yes, you read right. We’re going to begin by eating – because getting healthy is never about not eating. The good folks at Franciscan Health are going to serve up a healthy meal and begin teaching us that we don’t have to starve to lose weight.
The week after begins the workouts – twice a week for 10 weeks.
And let me stress that these workouts are not be as bad as you think. No one expects professional athletes out there. I remember one of my first times being so discouraged I wanted to quit. The trainer asked me afterward if I was OK and I said, yeah, just peachy. I used to be an athlete. I used to be able to do 10 times this much . . . she just listened and when I got over myself and my rant she calmly explained that “today is what matters.” And then she said something that has helped me get through days when I just don’t feel like working out. She said that whatever I was doing in the gym that day was better than sitting on a couch.
The lightbulb went on over my dim little head! I realized that I wasn’t going to kill it every time I hit the gym, but even a little effort was better than the sedentary lifestyle I had fallen into. One small step at a time – the exact opposite of one little bite at a time that got me into that mess. That’s all it is. Just take one little step at a time.
Gang, if any of these words ring true for you then here’s your first step. If you want a better life, want to stop breathing hard every time you walk, want your body to not feel like it does now . . . then accept the challenge from yourself and do this.
Here’s the deal. It’s almost New Year’s. Everyone is making resolutions, most of which will be gone quicker than a second helping of mashed potatoes. This program will do you right. Here’s what you get:
1. Franciscan, for the very first time, is adding cardiology, to the mix. There will be FREE professional nutrition and general health advice from Franciscan Health and Franciscan Physician Network dieticians and cardiologists.
2. You get a FREE 10-week membership at Athena Sport & Fitness.
3. You receive 20 FREE individualized training sessions with a certified personal trainer (on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30).
4. In addition, the person who loses the biggest percentage of body weight will also WIN $500.
C’mon! Send me an e-mail and sign up. What do you have to lose? A lot! But more importantly, what do you have to gain? A life!

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