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Denise Tells her Story to Coach Nancy (and you)

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Denise shares with me one of her reasons to coming to Cr8 Fitness. So many ladies in New Hampshire can relate to her feelings of hitting a point where she just wants a change. She has changed her outlook by hitting the gym with the ladies at 9am. I am impressed with her unrelenting spirit. It shows in her search for a place to call her own gym and in her constant striving while training. 

Denise adds a bit of crazy to the saying "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil"

Denise adds her bit of crazy to the term; "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"

Denise is here to stay. Its my pleasure to be her coach as she trains at Cr8 Fitness. 

Keep Making It Happen, Denise.

Hear Gretchen’s “Why does she train at Cr8 Fitness?”

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Gretchen and I go way back, well just about 10 1/2 years. That is because Gretchen has been training at Cr8 Fitness since almost day one. The first day I met her, she pulled into the parking lot after a day out on the water with her family. She often takes a long day or weekend trip for family time. 

What I didn't know that very first day was "why". Why was Gretchen at Cr8 Fitness and what was she seeking most. Sometimes those 'reasons why', are tender and dear to the heart. After meeting Gretchen once its not likely you'll forget her name and now you might have a deeper connection to Gretchen's story. 

I can't wait to see what the next ten years brings for all of us training alongside Gretchen. 

Hear it from Donna

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With 10 years of training at Cr8 Fitness, Donna is one of the best people to ask what she's seen during those years. She was kind enough to take time after training to fill us in on the details. 

I appreciate Donna because she is a hard worker and yet she is real. Donna has been with Cr8 Fitness when we didn't have our building up yet. She faithfully trains for her health. 

Keep Making It Happen Donna,

Coach Nancy


Laurie is Surviving Cancer

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I have some people near and dear to my heart dealing with cancer. At the mention of cancer, my ears perk up as I want to help, empathize, and do all I can to support those dealing with cancer. When Laurie first told me about her diagnosis, her next sentence was that she was a fighter and she'd deal with this. 

She brings joy to my heart as someone who fights and continues to pursue better health along the way. She shared with me how Cr8 Fitness has helped her.  

Going through cancer has a way of making you take stock of all that is important. Thank you Laurie from the bottom of my heart for making us part of your "important list"

A Super Proud Coach,

Coach Nancy

And the Winner is……

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The 6:15am crew squeaked out a win by 34 points. There prize will be determined when we get back from recovery week. I see pulled pork in their future.

All training crews had a ton of fun and did an enormous amount of work pushing, pulling, skiing, and carrying heavy stuff in August. 

While everyone who earned points for their training time enjoyed the benefits of the challenge, there could be only one winner. 

I need to mention some great things I saw during this challenge. I saw camaraderie displayed as people cheered on, helped and encouraged those working. I saw perseverance,   Scott D. from the 4pm training time had the most individual points earned with 240. That is 103 from second place. 

The 5am skied each Friday because one of their crew is recovery from cancer treatments. They skied for her.


The 9am had the biggest crew pushing, pulling, skiing, and walking around with heavy stuff. Often it was their first time pushing or pulling the sled. To see their face when they successfully completed a lap- priceless to this coach. 


We even took it outside at times. The weather can be brutally hot in August but at times, we could be out to check out the new sign on the road while carrying Kettlebells. I wish I could have heard the conversation of those driving by. 

Congratulations to all who Made This Happen!

I can't wait for next year. Who's in? 

Proud of ya'll,

Coach Nancy

You Make a Difference

Coach Nancy , Success Stories

Cr8 Fitness is around because of you. Dean and I do what we do each day because of you. You are a piece of our lives, we love dearly. 

We don't want you ever to forget how important you are. At times it is even sweeter to hear it from others. You make a difference when you get into training. That difference is seen in yourself and in those you train with. 

Take it from KIm at the 9am Ladies crew, You Matter!

This is a group of ladies you would love to train with. 

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


A 4,000 Foot High Spotlight

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​Don celebrating completing the 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers on Mt. Isolation with his kids as well as Stella. A long 13-1/2 mile hike that ended with 2 hours of night hiking by flashlight. This is his second time completing the 48 peaks, the first being 45 years ago in 1972.


​Did you catch that? Don has done the 48 4,000 footers twice. There is no doubt that once Don puts his mind to something, there isn’t much that will hold him back.

He has a sense of humor that tends to sneak up on you. I emailed him the day he climbed Mt. Isolation. This is what he wrote me back: “Thanks for the note and your concerns. I am OK, just schedule challenged. Yesterday I spent 14 hours climbing my last 4000 footer which made me miss class (I was going to wear my Tu Tu on the hike but my backpack got in the way)”.

As his coach, I didn’t need to learn about his climbing 48 different peaks twice in his life so far to know that though. He has tackled getting to his goals in the last year. When he first came to Get Fit NH he wanted to:

  1. ​lose some weight ​ 
  2. ​increase his ability to be active at a higher level. 

​In less than a year he has done just that. In his first six months he lost the weight he had desired. His goal for the summer was to maintain his weight while he had a bit more of a relaxed mindset and traveled. He did just that.

Don has also accomplished gaining more energy to do more - hello, 48 peaks!

I want to take this time to say congratulations to Don. Being a member of the 48 Footer club takes dedication, time, energy, and grit.

The 5am crew asked Don if they could go hiking with him on his next hike. He said; “Sure, I’m going Saturday.”

Keep Making It Happen!

Honored to be his coach,
Nancy


And the Winner is…

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​Katie Bean from Team MTXE!

​I am so proud of all those that participated in Sizzlin 'Summer Slimdown 2018. This year our challenge was a Coach driven as each person chose a coach to work with for six weeks. It was a group effort and we all need peeps.

​We also awarded the individual with the biggest percentage of inches lost from their hips and waist.

Katie chose Team Mental Toughness- Extra Effort. With her team behind her she won the Grand Prize of over $2400. I'll let Katie tell you more of her story.


​"In April of 2017 I began my weight loss journey. The ​gym I go to runs a weight loss challenge every spring. I hadn’t been going regularly, but decided to finally get serious about losing weight. I started off at almost 180 lbs - always tired, in pain, and depressed. I struggled to keep up with my young son. During the 8 week challenge, I lost 25 lbs. I continued to lose over the summer and by October I had lost almost 45 lbs. Then my mom got cancer, and things got stressful and the pounds started packing back on. I stopped going to boot camp and gained 15-20 lbs back over the winter. I was sad and frustrated because I had been so close to my goal.

Fast forward to this April. I was really looking forward to the weight loss challenge because I was set on reaching my goal, and hopefully winning the grand prize. It wasn’t always easy, but I stayed focused with the help of my family and coach. I ate clean, got back into hiking, ran up and down my driveway too many times, and push mowed my lawn with my old jalopy mower (the one that caught on fire last summer, lol).

​During the challenge, I lost 19 lbs and several inches off my waist and hips (the inches were what counted in the contest). I’m down almost 50 lbs from last year and only 6 lbs away from my goal weight. This past Saturday was the reveal party to announce the winner... I knew I did well, but I had no idea how well others had done (there were over 200 people participating). To make this long story short, I did it - I won!

I’d really like to thank my amazing and patient husband Jon who was there to listen to me stress, help me out, and who was happy to stay home with Jonathan while I was off hiking or exercising (even on Father’s Day). He even ate veggie wraps that tasted like lawn.

Also a huge shout out and thank you to my coach, Nancy Carlson. You make training personal and fun, and you’re always there to push me harder or email me when I don’t show up. You changed my way of thinking and taught me how to eat right and not diet, which is huge. And, you are a huge inspiration to me. During training I always think, what weight would Nancy pick up? You’re old enough to be my mother and you’re still stronger than me (and you have a great sense of humor, lol).

So in closing, here are some before and after photos, my coach and I, and a photo of my first purchase with my prize money - a new push mower!"


Katie did an amazing job. She rocked it and so did many of you. Katie didn't stop after S3 last year. She kept on pursuing her goal. The take away is life can get in the way if you allow it or you can make a decision and keep on going until the job is done.  Katie has more to go and with that new lawn mower and all of Get Fit NH behind her, she will be there soon. 

Keep Making It Happen,

Coach Nancy

Shining the Spotlight on Cara

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​Cara is one amazing lady. She works consistently every day on herself. She's taken time to change her life one step at a time. 

I couldn't be prouder of Cara. She struggles like the rest of us. She has great days and crazy days. She doesn't let her situation dictate her life though. She takes charge and Make It Happen.

Proud to be one of her Coaches,

Coach Nancy

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