Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This next year I am going to do...

I have heard this so many times. How many of you have said this just to be disapointed in the end. Going to a gym and signing up for a year membership and then only using three weeks or three months adn then having this membership that you can't get out of and just forget about after a while. If you are that type of person and just don't care anymore... then stop reading from this point. But if you are sick of being that person and want to know what really works read on.

In my research I have found out that most people just don't know how to create goals. Goals are what is going to get you to ultimatley were you want to be. I have heard so many people say that they just want to lose 20,30 50, 100 pounds and I politely tell them losing wieght is not a goal but a by-product of you achieving a goal. I would then ask them dream about something they have either done in the past ( high school or college) or would like to do in the future. Once that was established we would then put a program together to get them to the point where they can achieve those goals. Once those goals have been achieved then we need to improve on them and continue to get better. Oh yea, all this time they ( you ) have been losing weight.

Guys, don't let weight be your goal you will never achieve it. think out side of that and get with a trainer and let them help you get there. If they can't find someone or some group that can.

Stress and life

A man once told me that what doesn't break you makes you in this life. For the longest time I had a real problem understanding that concept up until recent times. What does that mean and how does it pretain to my life?

In our lives we go thru a series of ups and downs. In some cases it seems as thought we have more downs then ups but never the less ups and downs. Each experience good or bad is there to teach us a lesson in some way. Everything we do in this life has a purpose for a better good. Even in the bad times good lessons can come of them.

I have also learned that in each person we have two personalities. One that we show our friends and the public and then the second one is our true inner personality. In good times and less stressful times we can maintain our first personality pretty well. But the question is what happens when life really begins to suck and everything is and has gone wrong. Well, our try personality comes out.

If you are a very giving person when you are under a lot of pressure and stress you tend to give more. If you are a very selfish person you tend to become even more selfish. I have found in my own life that your inner core is magnafied ten times in times when out life gives us big problems. Cancer, seperation, divorce, death, economic, or any other issue will bring out the very best or worst in a person. This is were the lesson could lie for most people.

Who really are you and how has life really effected you?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Goals, Money and Fitness?

I have spoken with so many people over the last few weeks that I just need to write my thought out here. I know that this economy is not the best in the world. As a matter of fact more people are being laid off and most companies, besides those in the financial sector, are not giving year end bonuses. However please remember that YOUR HEALTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO YOU.

I am just not saying it because I own a health club but because it is true. I know lot of people that have a lot of money and have neglected their health for years. Either they were smokers, drinkers, or just plane did not eat right and healthy and it is now really catching up with them. Yes, they still have all the money in the world but now what good is that when your doctor says that you have months to live or your not able to teach your kids how to ride a bike, or you are not able to partake in an activity that if you did you would have fun doing (dancing, etc).

Three summers ago I was faced with a situation where I wanted to teach my youngest daughter how to ride her bike without training wheels Age 4). For me it was a breeze. I held her seat and pushed her and ran right next to the bike and then at one point I let the seat go but kept running and she had know idea that I had let her go until she noticed both my hands were no longer on her bike. Less than 5 minutes she learned,so did my other kids.

My neighbor on the other hand, even with all the money in the world had to get me to help his kids learn to ride. I saw him out there trying and not succeeding. He was stooped over with his hands on his knees gasping for air while his child after falling down laid there thinking that they would never learn. After watching for a few minutes I went out to help him and within a period of time his kids learned. He was very embarrassed and promised that he would never put himself in that situation again and would get himself in shape. He never did his job was just too important to him and he had every excuse in the world why he could not get himself started. He has never come out and said it but he is lazy.

I heard of a lady that sued the school system because her daughter got a letter from the school stating that her daughter was at risk for things such as high blood pressure and diabetes. When her daughter read the letter she was devastated and her mother got very upset. Now instead of doing something about it she decided to blame the school system for her own issues. When the news showed them side by side, the daughter looked just like the mother. I don't think the mother was upset because of the letter as much as she was upset that because she did not do anything about it for herself it has now hit her daughter. She was embarrassed, period. When asked why she did not anything about it she sited money...

Guy,s have you noticed that in most poor areas of the country, there are a lot of fast food restaurants, movie theatres, Walgreen's(just had to throw that last one in for laughs). Have you also noticed that most poor individual are very over weight. It is well known that where you find poverty you will find obesity. Only if they focused their money on instead of Fast food,.... Fitness. I guarantee they would feel better about themselves.

Guys, don't let money stop you from getting in much better shape. Yes money can pay the bills but it cannot but you good health. I will have more to say on this soon.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Why is it so hard?

Well, lets just get to the problem at this or any other time of the year. People don't set goals or the goals they set are not realistic. I was watching the "Biggest Loser where are they now" and a few things popped up at me.

1) The ones that have been semi successful have stuck to a program and made life changing decisions
2) The ones that have not been successful have not developed a plan for after the show and just took it as a game and not something that they could or wanted to do after. I my eyes they were just in it to be on TV.
3) Those that were successful truly changed their life, literally. When they got back from being on the ranch they even changed occupations.
4) Those that didn't, never made the life changing jump.

I have found out that in life when we want to do something, we let nothing stop us from accomplishing whatever that task may be. When you have questions or when you are just not sure, we tend not to consider it a priority so we tend to lose interest very quickly. I have also noticed that those with short term and then long term goals tend to stick to the task much longer than those that are "just throwing something up against the wall to see if anything sticks". I see that mentality does not work at all. Not even "good intentions" work well. You need to have a passion for it so that it will work for the long run.

I think that there is a lesson we can learn from one of the winners of the show and that is without a consistent program and proper goal setting, it will not work. Guys, here is a dose of reality, you never make it to a point were you don't have to do something to keep fit. This is why goals are so important. We need them in life so we must need them in our fitness journey.

Ask your self this question, why do you work for a living? What is the point? Well when you really think about it, it is so that you can reach your life goals. A new home, a good retirement, a new boat, a new car, etc. For you to be able to get these things and then maintain them you must work to make the money to get them. Think if you could just go to a store and just get what you wanted and you did not have to pay for it and money did not exist. Would you work? I think not. Look at your lottery winners. They said that they would not stop working but then when they got that money that job they had just doesn't seem to have that same luster it had just a week before and they end up quitting. Why did they quit? Lose of meaning and drive.

Let's remember that in our fitness journey. Create goals and then go after them and remember losing weight is not a goal but a bi-product of you creating and achieving the goals you set. If you follow this advise, one day you will thank me for it. If you have any questions about this or anything else I have written please call me at 262-567-0362.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Born to be Big

I just read an article from Newsweek that I want to bring to your attention. Here is the issue according to this article: Is early exposure to common chemicals the problem on why our kids (4 months and younger)are getting fat or being born fat.

This very lengthy article goes on to say that "the prevalence of obesity in infants under 6 months has risen 73 percent since 1980." It then goes onto says according to Robert Lustig of the University of California that "it (infant obesity) poses a problem for conventional explanations of the fattening of America. Since they're eating only formula or breast milk, and never exactly got a lot of exercise, the obvious explanations for obesity doesn't work for babies, You have to look beyond the obvious."

This article goes on to site other well learned scientist and there thoughts on this subject. Reth Newbold of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in North Carolina states, "Exposure to environmental chemicals during development may be contributing to the obesity epidemic." Her argument was that "you eat no more than your skinny friend, and exercise no less, yet you are still unable to shed pounds."

There are many other arguments that are given for chemicals being the culprit to our obesity problem but here are my thoughts.

Whereas I can believe that chemicals do and have an impact on our health I don't believe that it is the only culprit. The bottom line here is that we are lazy Americans. We eat the wrong foods at the wrong time for the wrong reasons and then don't exercise. We use excuses like our work-life, or a sick relative (immediate family), or we mentally use our own physical issues from doing something to get our bodies moving.

Now don't get me wrong I am not saying that everyone needs to go out a run 5 miles a day and eat rabbit food washed down with 8oz water. But what I am saying is that we as adults have settled for second best in our lives and where it is showing ultimately is in our children. We are fatter thus they become fatter. Did you know that if you are a smoker that the likelihood of your children experimenting with it is 100%? Did you know that the alcohol you drink will someday also be drunk by your lovely children? Who do we blame then? Yes, they may be old enough to make their own decisions, but what example did we give them to follow? Yes, "the sins of the father will visit the son".
I remember watching a program on TV where a mother was suing a school district because of a letter her daughter (who was in HS) got in reference to her daughter's health. You see the school was taking an initiative to help their obesity problem by spotting those children that need help in that area and trying to help them. When the girl received the letter of course before she got home she opened it and read it and then cried when she got home. The mother was upset at the school stating that her daughter had the potential of being Obese. The mother was outraged and went to sue the school system. What made this report funny to me was that when they showed pictures of the mother and daughter next to each other, SHE WAS A SPLITTING IMAGE OF HER MOTHER! The question you should ask was is the mother upset at the letter about her daughter or was she upset that the mirror was turned to her and she was embarrassed for the position she put her daughter in by their way of living. I don't know the answer to that question.

In summation whereas I do believe that chemicals have had an effect on our health but I don't believe that it is the "means to and end". We need to stop looking for excuses on our short comings and just get it done. Start eating right and stop using our busy lives as a crutch. Get out and exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Yes rain or shine. 30 minutes will not hurt you. Get out of your comfort zone (God bless America) and get it done. Look for opportunities to exercise instead of opportunities to sit on your butts and complain while eating cookies and ice cream. Trust me it will make a world of difference in our kids and articles like this one will not be written.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Still doing it

I am very proud of Mary and Rick. After the challenge was over their biggest concern was not going backwards. They asked Sally and I many times what they needed to do to continue on the path of better and improved health and fitness. Well guys you are doing it. After the challenge was over it would have been easy to stop doing what got you to lose 115 pounds (rick) or 70 pounds (mary) but you didn't/ You kept it up and for that you are reaping the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Keep it up.

For those that are reading this blog take their lives as an example of you ability to change. 9 months ago this would not have been possible. Trust me, it wasn't in the cards for them to do. But now they can and somewhat enjoy it. What we as people do is that we get ourselves to a point where we lose a lot of weight and then we go back to what we were doing before that got us to be so heavy and out of shape to begin with. Then you have to start again heavier than you were in the beginning. Once you begin the journey, DON'T STOP! Keep it up. Life will become much sweeter.

If you have any questions please e mail me at parkersplace1@sbcglobal.net or call me at 262-567-0263

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Obese people have 'severe brain degeneration'

I read this article about obesity. I DID NOT AUTHOR IT! So don't blame me. Read it and give me your opinion. There are a lot of truths in this article.

A new study finds obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals. Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said today.
Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by 8 years.
The results, based on brain scans of 94 people in their 70s, represent "severe brain degeneration," said Paul Thompson, senior author of the study and a UCLA professor of neurology.
"That's a big loss of tissue and it depletes your cognitive reserves, putting you at much greater risk of Alzheimer's and other diseases that attack the brain," said Thompson. "But you can greatly reduce your risk for Alzheimer's, if you can eat healthily and keep your weight under control."
The findings are detailed in the online edition of the journal Human Brain Mapping.
Obesity packs many negative health effects, including increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some cancers. It's also been shown to reduce sexual activity.
More than 300 million worldwide are now classified as obese, according to the World Health Organization. Another billion are overweight. The main cause, experts say: bad diet, including an increased reliance on highly processed foods.
Obese people had lost brain tissue in the frontal and temporal lobes, areas of the brain critical for planning and memory, and in the anterior cingulate gyrus (attention and executive functions), hippocampus (long-term memory) and basal ganglia (movement), the researchers said in a statement today. Overweight people showed brain loss in the basal ganglia, the corona radiata, white matter comprised of axons, and the parietal lobe (sensory lobe).
"The brains of obese people looked 16 years older than the brains of those who were lean, and in overweight people looked 8 years older," Thompson said.
Obesity is measured by body mass index (BMI), defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters. A BMI over 25 is defined as overweight, and a BMI of over 30 as obese.
The research was funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Center for Research Resources, and the American Heart Association.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

America is out of shape

I was watching the TV the other day and I notice on "Good Morning America" a lady who was talking about America and our obesity problem. She is their expert nutritionist and to say the least very truthful.

She showed concern on how fat we have come as a nation and the ramifications that it will have on us as a nation. She stated that with the obesity of today this could have a profound effect on our national status as a "Super Power" in the world. She stated that unless we wake up we will find ourselves looking in on what we use to be.

I both agree but disagree with her.

I agree that we are getting heavier every year. I agree that this obesity, for the majority of people, can be stopped. But because of our laziness it hasn't happened. I agree that we know what we have to do we just don't have the desire to do it. I agree that Diabetes (type 2) is up big time and High Blood Pressure is also up and both of these in most cases can be avoided just by exercise. I agree that we eat way to much and at the wrong times and for all the wrong reasons. I agree that we have too many diets and diet plans and this is confusing so many on what is good from what is just a fad.

However I don't agree on our "Super Power" status and this is why. You see she left one major important thing out of her equation, GOD. He gave us that status and no one but him can take it away from us, NO ONE. Yes, we have fallen as a nation and run( and for some walked) far away from God in so many ways. But in the end we are still a Christian nation and a freed people and with this in mind our "Super Power" Status is still very strong.

Remember, only God can take away something that he gave us freely.

For my weight loss challengers 2007, 2008, and 2009

I saw this the other day and I wanted to share it with you.

Dieting may not be fair, but I have two choices: I can feel sorry for myself, stop following my plan,never reach my goal, and contiue to be unhappy with myself. Or I can sympathize with myself but go ahead and do what I know I need to do. Everyone experiences some kind of unfairness in life. This is one of mine. Besides, the greatest unfairness to me would be if I let this excuse prevent me fromreaching a goal I strongly want to achieve.
Please remember that slow and steady wins the race. Stay the course and in the end you will live a better quality life.

thank you

I want to thank You for what you have already done.
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going
to wait until the pain in my body disappears;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I
understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed;
I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive.
I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties.
I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.

I'm thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

my daughter winning

She won everything but the uneven bars. But she won the overall. Good job Peanut Butter.

my daughters gymnastics

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Lemons into lemonade

I cannot speak for either family nor would I ever attempt to do so. I believe the letter that Mark Benson wrote was one that he needed to in his mind, set the record straight. As difficult as it has been for the Bukowski family it has been as difficult for his family. Jennifer, Courtney, and Sofia have passed and as difficult it is for the family to get their heart around it they will go on never forgetting but always remembering the good times that they shared. However, Mark Benson’s family will forever live in exile. They may forever be looked at in the social eye and media as bad people.

I don’t believe that the public really looks at his family as bad people but people that fell into a bad situation. I do believe that over time people will forgive but never forget. Mark, for what you did and then by owning up to it, I believe that the public will have much more respect for you and your family.

The healing process for the community has come and now gone and is complete. Here are the positive things that have come from this tragedy.

1) An Awareness of the issues surrounding OUI and DUI
2) An Awareness of people beginning to take responsibility for their actions
3) An awareness of people now asking for help
4) New programs emerging to help those that want help
5) Tougher laws being looked at by Congress
6) An understanding of where the danger really lies (alcohol and prescription medications)
7) Zero Tolerance

We must never forget but not relive. We must look at this as an experience (bad as it may be), but most of all, we must go forward, remembering all of those that have passed away and now start the process of celebrating their lives and what they meant to us.

It is not as easy as you think

I consider myself to be more in shape than most. I don’t run everyday but I can still run a comfortable 7 minute mile and hold it for 8 miles easy. I lift weights at least once or twice a week and I eat pretty well. But even I know my limits.

In today’s society we as a nation are not getting thinner but much fatter. Yes, much fatter and still we don’t have a clue! I was once at a car show and way in the back was the military. They were, I guess, recruiting and they had a chin up bar set up. As I was reading their sign it said, “5 chin-ups receive an army pen, 10 chin-ups receive an army hat, and 20 chin-ups receive an army shirt with the words “pain is weakness leaving the body” written on the back of it. There was a father with his little girl standing in line right in front of me and she wanted one of those shirts really bad. When I looked at him though, he was at least 30 pounds overweight and at least 3 months pregnant. I thought to myself, “Who is he kidding?” Well he gets up there and makes a total fool at of himself. He got a total of 2 done.

What concern me was not that he did something that his body was not ready for but that he thought he could just bang out 20 with no problem. I think he got a rude awakening. We have a tendency of thinking that we are ready for something when in reality we are not. Why? We don’t practice enough and we don’t put the time in to totally prepare our bodies for that activity. I just heard of a man who died trying to complete a triathlon. Yes, he died doing the swim, the most demanding and hardest part of the competition. I can’t speak for him nor was I there but I was told that he looked really out of shape and not prepared for it in any way. My condolences to his family and I hope this teaches us a lesson. We should not take any of these athletic sports for granted and we MUST practice before and get ourselves in some sort of condition before competing.

Competitive sports are not to be taken lightly and if you do take them lightly the consequences could be devastating. Prepare yourself and take it serious.

Kevin Ellis CPT

Friday, July 3, 2009

Workouts 300

My new DVD is out. It is called Workouts 300. It will give you ideas for your chest, back, arms, legs and shoulders. There is also a home workout on there. Coming in the fall I will have a second DVD for those that travel a lot. The price is $19.95 plus shipping.

At Parkers Place many people have used my methods and many have had great results. Just look at my blog over the last 3 years and look at the testamonies. Try it. It iwill give you instruction on how each move should be done and the tecknique behind each move. You can request a DVD and mail your check or money order to Parkers Place 125 North Fowler Street, Oconomowoc WI 53066. Or you can call Kevin Ellis at 262-567-0362 for more detail.

The bonus part is that I will do it with you!

She is right!

I was watching the morning news today and there was a doctor (Nancy Snyderman on NBC) that was talking about where we are as a society today. She is so right! We are not getting thinner and more fit we are getting fatter and more out of shape. Because of this she says the “we are going to ultimately lose our super power status as a nation”. Think about this, back even 50 years ago we did so much in reference to our daily living. We walked more, we road our bikes more, we played out in the streets more. There was more farming done so we worked more outside.

Now look at us. Whereas, it was very hard for me to stay inside, especially during the summer, I always wanted to go out and play with my friends. Now they just want to play on their X-box or even worst yet, they do go over to some ones home and they still stay inside that person’s house and PLAY X-BOX. We drive everywhere. Even to the point where I know some people that drive to get their mail in their mail box.

We have become so lazy that we will pay dearly for it. Remember when we where in high school and we wanted to see a friend, did we not get on our bikes and ride to their house? We did not care where they lived we just needed to get out and go. Now, look at us, we find excuses on why we don’t do that now.

With technology at our finger tips we have become much more impatient and much lazier. A great example of that are computers and the microwaves. Right now we can get anything we want on the internet in less than 1 second. If by chance it takes 10 seconds we begin to complain and threaten to take the unit back. Or what about our foods? Now we just microwave them in half the time. In both cases the computer is making us lazy and the microwave is taking all the vitamins and nutrition out of our food which is making us unhealthy.

The bottom line here is that we need to get back to the basics. We need to put on our shoes and go exercise. So many of you are so lazy that you feel that as long as you take medication you will be fine. Medication, for some, should only be a temporary solution to the problem. In most cases with proper exercise and diet you can stop taking those pills and begin to live again. Yes, there are some that need medications, such as type I diabetics (not type II), but for most you don’t (I am even referring to HBP and High Cholesterol). If most doctors were honest with us they would tell you that with the right regular exercise program 90% of medications would not be necessary.

Guys do you really think that it is attractive walking around with an alcohol gut looking like you are 9 months pregnant? Then you complain about back problems to your spouse (who just came back from the gym). So you take a pill to make the back problems go away and then when it does you think you are OK. No, you are not OK, you just deaden the pain. The problem is still right out in front of you.

Women do you think it is really attractive when you walk around with hips that when you walk, if you walk in the woods on a dry day, could start a forest fire? Then you complain when your spouse goes out and looks at other women.

In both cases with the proper discipline you can concur these issues and become better people for it. The funny thing is that we, as Americans, know exactly what we should be eating and we choose not to. Then when we gain weight we complain. Then when someone comes along side you to help you, you use every excuse you possibly can to fight the person helping you.

Guys you have two choices here;

1) You can turn from your ways and begin a good exercise and nutrition program, which we know will put you in much better shape or
2) You can continue the way you are and live a miserable existence (admit it). Or let me put it a different way, living second best.

Anyway you look at it, it is your choice and what you choose will ultimately determine the fate of this country. Yes, YOUR COUNTRY!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Final Weigh in revisited

The weigh-in is over and here is a brief recap of this year.

We started with 16 people and 12 finished. Here are their results.

Place, Name, Starting, Ending, Total, Percentage

12) Josh F., 380.8, 353.2, 27.6lbs, 7.25%
11) Steve F , 328.4, 289.4, 39.0lbs, 11.88%
10) Marsha H, 175.4, 151.8, 23.6lbs, 13.45%
09) Krista O, 287.0, 238.2, 48.8lbs, 17.00%
08) Debbie L, 312.2, 259.0, 53.2lbs, 17.04%
07) Mark M, 285.2, 236.2, 49.0lbs, 17.18%
06) Darcey L, 189.0, 156.4, 32.6lbs, 17.25%
05) Josh B, 326.0, 241.4, 84.6lbs, 25.95%
04) Tracie B, 245.4, 177.4, 68.0lbs, 27.71%
03) Rich A, 395.0, 279.6, 115.4lbs, 29.22%
02) Vic G, 326.4, 221.4, 105.0lbs, 32.17%
01) Mary S, 209.6, 140.0, 69.6lbs, 33.21%

Those that did not finish were;

Joe T, 420.4, 376.6, 43.8lbs
Jennifer L, 315.0, 292.8, 22.2lbs
Pete W, 265.2, 258.0, 7.2lbs
John S, 356.8, 314.0, 42.8lbs

Congrats to all who finished. Now you have a second chance on life. Make the best of it.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Final Weigh-in

Well it is finally over. No it is not, it has only begun. In January we started with 15 people and in the end 12 lasted the full 6 months and for that they have reap a benefit that will last them a lifetime. They have a new start on life. Whereas some have completed their goal and now need to maintain, and still some need to still lose weight, all have gained an experience that one day they will tell their grand children changed their life forever.

My goal and desire (as it always has been) was to give them an opportunity to begin a new life much better than their past. To get them off of their medications or at least reduce them. To let them feel better about themselves and to dream and have those dreams come true. Some told me that they haven’t felt so good since their high School years and others told me that they had never been so fit, but all pretty much agreed that the experience was well worth the time in the end.

Some (if not all of them) had some question about how certain things were run this year and I would not give them an idea on how and why I did certain things. Well, now I will tell why I did what I did.

Over the last few years my eyes have been opened to the fact that we have become a very overweight society. Well, let’s call a spade a spade; we have become a very FAT and lazy society. Now not just in the sense of being overweight but also in our attitude to settle for second best in everything we do. When we fall short of our goals we can always find someone that will say that is was “ok” but very few will say “No! It is not OK, you are better than that so now get out there and get-it-done”. Of the three people that quit, that was their problem, they had people that would enable them to settle for second best instead of challenging them to stick it out and finish.

On several of the challenges as soon as the challenges got a little hard (i.e. The Obstacle Course) I would have people coming to me to change that challenge in some way. I never gave in, why because I knew that you could complete whatever task I put in front of them and I was not going to enable them to fail. Then when they did complete it they were a better people for it. We have become too nice to those that, at this point in their life, we should be challenging. Unfortunately, my job was to and is to challenge you to become better people. For some it is working but for most it is not.

I can say that those 12 who finished are better people for it.

Marsha H 175.4 151.8
Debbie L 312.2 259.0
Josh F 380.8 353.2
James F 328.4 289.4
Krista O 287.0 238.2
Josh B 326.0 241.4
Vic G 326.4 221.0
Tracie B 245.4 177.4
Darcey L 189.0 156.4
Mark M 285.2 236.2
Richard A 395.0 279.6
Mary S 209.6 140.0
They just have not finished the task in front of them; they have begun a new life a second chance, a chance to tell a story but this time with a good, happy ending. Now to those that did not finish and quit before the end, yes you failed, but it is not too late. You can still change your life but it will take a strong effort for you do to that. Get with a person that will not let you settle for second best and will hold you accountable and get rid of all those people who have gotten you to where you are today. Those bad influences are just that bad for you get rid of them. No it is not “ok” to be on medications that you really don’t need to be on if you lost the weight. No it is not “ok” and you are not “just think boned” people. You are made in the image of God not a “cream-puff” or a “hamburger” and don’t let anyone tell you any different. I am here for you and can help you.

Now to all, may God bless you and keep you. May he shine his face upon you and may you never, never, never forget the blessing He has given you…..LIFE.

AAU track and field

My kids are the greatest gift I have ever gotten. They have made it to Regionals.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The final challnege

Last year’s challenge was very hard and took over 2 hours to complete. They took a whole bunch of dirt and filled a hole 10X10X4 then after that was done they took 3 tons of rock and move it into a truck by hand. This whole year some of the challenges were the same and they just knew that because it was going to be at the same location, the challenge was going to be the same. Well, surprise surprise, they were very shocked when they found out it wasn’t what they thought.

This year they had to take two pavers weighing over 200 pounds apiece and run them in a relay. Only one person could move it at a time and they were to pass it, like a relay to their team mate who would them pass it again until everyone on that team had run with it 30 meters.

Then when that was done they had to move a 700 pound bale of hay another 30 meters, end over end, in relay style. This time two could only go at a time. Once they got to one side they had to turn the bale of hay around for the next two people.

Once that was complete, they then had to take 3 tons of wet lime stone and move it 50 meters passed a line. Every bit of that lime stone had to be moved before a winner could be declared. Vic’s team won the final challenge but it was close. Congrats to his team.

As I had mentioned to the challengers, this may have been a final challenge but it is not THE FINAL CHALLENGE. That challenge comes as soon as they put on their regular cloths and go back to their life every day. What are you going to do when life starts throwing you curve balls and the excitement of the competition is gone? This is the real challenge. I hope I have prepared them for that time to come.

Monday, June 15, 2009


It is one thing to play volleyball in a gym on a hard floor and it is totally something different when you are playing on sand. I found out the sand moves and to get your footing for a spike is almost impossible.

This week the WLC played volleyball. They broke into two teams and for giggles I had another team which consisted of Sally (WLC trainer), Jodi, Kathy (WLC trainer), Sue and me. We went against Vic and his team, Mary, Mark, Marsha, Steve, and Darcey and Rick and his team, Josh B, Josh F, Debbie, Tracie and Krista.

This was a round robin game were you can score points both on offense and defense and each game was to 15. In the end Vic’s team had the most wins at 3 followed by Rick’s team at 2 wins and bring up the rear Sally’s team with just 1 win.

Then we came back and had the weigh-in. If I told you that this was getting interesting I would not doing it any justice. At this time for the first two years we pretty mu knew who was going to be the clear winner. This year, over the last four weeks we have had different leaders. We have had Rick as the leader than Mary than Tracie. Here is the latest top 10

Name Pounds lost Percentage lost

10) Steve Foust 45.2 pounds 13.76%
9) Mark Meinhardt 40.2 pounds 14.10%
8) Debbie Lorenz 49.8 pounds 15.95%
7) Darcey Lowerre 31.8 Pounds 16.38%
6) Krista O’Brian 55.2 pounds 19.23%
5) Tracie Brasch 65.4 pounds 26.65%
4) Josh Branham 88.4 pounds 27.12%
3) Richard Andrus 107.8 pounds 27.29%
2) Vic Glassey 91.2 pounds 27.94%
1) Mary Schiefelbein 61.2 pounds 29.20%

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Yellow Brick Road

How many times in your life has someone told you that you could not do something either because of and physical or mental issue? How many times have you heard that you were too old to do something or you were not smart enough to do something?
Over the last four months these challengers have run miles, lifted more weight than ever before, gotten a mental hold on their eating habits, Kayaked over a half mile, played indoor soccer, and now run a 5k (3.1 miles) in under 45 minutes. The fastest time was 28 minutes which turns out to be about 9 minute miles. This is after I was told that she could never and would never run that consistent.
Take into consideration that some of them are suffering with ACL issues and lower back pains, physical disabilities which after the challenge is over could lead to surgeries, with all that said they put that aside and GOT IT DONE.

I hope over the last 5 months they have inspired you all to GET IT DONE. This is the last month and it is heating up now. Stay tuned for THE FINAL WEIGH-IN. Who will win, nobody knows.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Kayak Challenge

Last year at this same time on this same weekend the Weight loss challenge people were to hold their water challenge. It is was to be a quarter mile lake course that they were to kayak. It never happened. Why? That same week we had a flood of rain come upon us that flooded the lake. Last year WLC went and did service work.

This year, however, we got it in. At first it began to rain but when they hit the water for the challenge the sun came out and the water was calm. This was an individual event that can only be won by the fastest time over the half mile course. The winner this year was Rick who finished the course just ahead of Mary by 1 second. Each challenger competed and did their best. Some who had never kayaked before said that they really enjoyed it. It was grueling for them but in the end they did well and all finished.

Welcome Kathy our new Personal trainer for the blue team. She was our runner up weight loss challenger in 2008 and she lost 100 pounds and has kept ALL of it off.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Truck Pull

The dreaded truck-pull. So many were afraid of it, so many told me that they could not do it, but in the end all did it. All of them had heard that it was going to be a hard challenge. I had two of them come up to me and tell me that they just could not do it. One excuse after another, from a bad foot, to a blown knee. But together they could do it and they did. My goal here was to show them that, yes they are right; in it of themselves they cannot pull the 6500 pound truck up a slight incline 300 meters. In it of yourself they would probably hurt something. But with a partner, with a person that can come along side them and help them in the task YOU CAN DO IT AND ACHIEVE HEIGHTS THEY THOUGHT WERE IMPOSSIBLE. Below you can see their effort and their times. Please note this was a 300 meter course and they are pulling a 6500 pound truck up an incline.

Mark and Krista 2:55.00 seconds

Rick and Mary 2:44.00 seconds

Vic and Marsha 3:04.00 seconds

Josh and Tracy 2:53.00 seconds

Steve and Darcey 3:28.00 seconds

Special thanks to Auto Connections for the donation of the truck, to the Oconomowoc school system for the use of their driveway and to Vic Glassey for donating his pull-ropes. Thanks guys this challenge was successful because of all of you.