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The Winner of YOU 2.0 in 2021 is……

Back in January of this year, we began a 6 -week nutrition challenge. There were 56 people who joined this challenge to eat healthier, lose some fat, and gain some health. What is crazy about this challenge is 24 of those people do not train with us at Cr8 Fitness. You spread the word and invited friends and family to join you on this quest. We had people from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Texas and Greece. (Kinda cool if you ask me.) Since my life goal is to change the world, you made me proud that you spread the word like that. 

Winning this challenge took consistency. Since we were not looking for losing just body weight but body fat, you had to work a bit harder to achieve results. We used the InBody scan to determine our results. The InBody can delineate between overall weight, muscle mass, body fat, and hydration levels. The results were close. In fact the winner took the prize by just one tenth of a percent. Let me say that again. the winner won by just the smallest of fractions. Not only that but there were 8 people within 1.72 percentage points away from winning. I am so proud of this group. If only I could award them all a prize.

The prize is a week's worth of dinner meals prepared by me, Coach Nancy. The winner will be able to choose their 7 meals from a menu. That way they can order ahead what they know their family will enjoy. You can check out the Winner's Menu plus see all the recipes here

So knowing that this person won by .1% and that 7 other people were within 1.5% you know the competition was tight.

In fact I need to shout out some of the accomplishments of this person before I disclose their name. They were involved in helping others through this challenge from day one. Our group had a private Facebook group and we often shared recipes, tips, ideas, struggles, and inspirational quotes. One person took it on themself to organize all the recipes that were posted in the group during the six week period of time. She accumulated 77 pages of recipes for our group to use going forward. She also won a mini challenge at the beginning of YOU 2.0 and walked away with this knife set.

Many of those in YOU 2.0 in 2021 already have guessed who is our overall challenge winner. Congratulations to Holly Kemp for losing 12.1% body fat in the last six weeks.  

Here is what Chris said about Holly during the challenge: "When this busy mom of a tribe is not cranking out homemade sausage or making a recipe book she’s probably ...researching a new vaccine for Covid while doing pushups!! Holly you are awesome!!" (by the way I don't think Chris and Holly have ever met personally- they are YOU 2.0 friends) Holly also celebrated a birthday during the challenge, Happy Birthday Holly. 

Congratulations to all who worked hard during YOU 2.0 in 2021. Taking steps to make yourself healthier will automagically make you happier. The whole world needs a bit more happier!

Watch for an InBody Scan Challenge to start in April.

Coach Nancy

Remember if you want to sneak a peak at what she has won here is the Winner's Menu. 10 Recipes for YOU.  

Christmas is Remembered All Year

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Family, music, traditions, giving gifts, and special occasions help to make this time of year special. At Cr8 Fitness we've put all of those wonderful things into a special training that has become a tradition around here. "The 12 Day's of Christmas" is not only a song we love to play but also the name of the training we do on the last day before Christmas. It seems to be one of those special trainings that is remembered far past the day or the week of Christmas. In fact Jennifer from 9am said she has been to 8 of them and can remember them all. Lyn at 6:15 found this year was special as she finished the entire training before time expired. I found Sue and Judy who were new to "The 12 Days of Christmas". Here's what they had to say:

It makes my day to see all the work that is accomplished in less than an hour. What a treat to know others enjoy it too. 

So when the hot days of summer roll around and we talk about wishing for cooler weather. Remember "The 12 Days of Christmas". 

Merry Christmas everyone,

Coach Nancy


Here’s Your Winner!

........ (hold please, I'll tell you in just a moment)

S3 is a challenge we've done for the last 11 summers. During this 6 week Sizzlin Summer Slimdown (S3) we had 51 participants. Our goal was to lose bodyfat and thereby gain more health. At this time in our country, being and staying healthy is your best option to fight off any crazy disease that plaques our world.At the end of S3, many of you dropped percentage points in your bodyfat. I'm not talking pounds or total body weight; percentage points! As I recorded the numbers this year it was a recurring theme to see a drop in 1.3, 2.4, 1.5, 3.3, 4.2, 3.7 points dropped.And then I saw a 5.7 and yet one more was higher. One person out of the 51 dropped 6.2 percentage points in 6 weeks. That is a total of 33.7% lost in bodyfat. Wow, that is awesome!At the beginning of S3 Dean and I committed to awarding 50% of the fees away. That is a grand total of $869. Half of that money will go to a local business that has suffered because of Covid. And half will go to our winner.

Without anymore chatter, $435 is going to Meredith Esonis. She rocked this challenge by dropping 6.2 percentage points of body fat, which is just incredible. That means her total body fat went down by a third in 6 weeks!

In Her Words  - "Baby Steps"

"Wow! I didn’t expect such a significant result. Mostly because I kept thinking ‘baby steps’.

I needed a focus to try to gain some control back. It has been a challenging year and a half for several reasons. S3 came along at the right time. The program was easy to follow, not overwhelming . The design was such that it allowed me to make small changes and then build on those new skills. This kept me in the present, not looking ahead; just looking at today. The group page was vital for a feeling of support. I wasn’t alone... obviously not with all the great results that were achieved!

Thank you for all that you do! You make such a difference."..

It’s Easier than You Think

Today is a great day, isn't it? It is just about noon as I write this and my day has already been full of laughs and hard work. I've done most of the laughing and you've done most of the hard work. 🙂 I have the best job ever. Beside watching lives tranform and health being gained or kept, I enjoy the privilege of working alongside you. 

The New Normal isn't a phrase I enjoy very much. Life is what it is now and at some point things will change again. Until then I am taking advantage of each moment because I have that moment to do so. At Cr8 Fitness I see others who think like I do. They are going to enjoy life in this moment fully. 

The 9am ladies are one group of peeps that have a robust training inside the gym and also on Zoom. I talked with a few of them after training today asking them why they found it easy to come into the gym. 

I appreciate these ladies taking time just to shout out all the goodness they see at Cr8 Fitness. Their attitude is amazing. Keep Making It Happen.

Coach Nancy


Fill Our Parking Lot

I don't know about you but I feel a bit exhausted when all the news and talk is tragic, horrible, and chaos. I am in the mood for some positivity and doing good. Here is how we are going to start doing that in our world. We'll start with our town and go from there.

One of our very own peeps has some very large health issues right now. Of course that means they are quarantined. Petra, our 5am peep, has been staying away from training at the gym. She did venture out last week while no one else was around to say Hi to all of us in the parking lot. 

I'm sure you have seen her note. Here is how we are going to Fill Our Parking Lot. As each of you come into training, or to pick up your protein, or to visit me; I would like each of you to pick up a piece of chalk and write Petra back. I know we can take our empty lot and fill it with bits of goodness for her. 

Our first step in changing the things we talk about from all bad to good is to Fill Our Parking Lot UP! I'll buy more chalk if I need to, lets do some good and change the world.

Coach Nancy


Making It Happen While Away

Good things do happen while you're away. I haven't heard of any other gyms that have such Cr8- tive people. (Did you see what I did there with the word Create?) I am truly proud of the ingenuity and determination of our peeps. Zoom has been a great tool to use to get your training in while you're away. 

Recently Lori was able to spend some time up North. She Zoomed in during the ladies training at 9am. Since she didn't pack all the regular tools we use in the gym she improvised. I was rather impressed when she pulled out a Rock for her training tool. The rest of us were using Dumbbells and bands and medicine balls. I believe Lori invented the "Splash Rock". The ladies that day were amazed that as we did slam ball she took her rock and threw it into the lake only to retreived it each time. Of course with each throw she sent up a great 'Splash'. It was one of those tropical feeling days so I don't think she minded.  

Lori isn't alone in using rocks for training. The famous Dan of 6:15am training had everyone wishing they were all zooming in alongside of him recently. The view of the morning sun across the lake gave us the sensation of being away even just for the hour in the gym. It was great to see Dan use the bands he had packed but he used a rock for some extra weight to press and deadlift. 

I am thankful we were forced to give Zoom a go round for training. It has proven an amazing tool to keep our training going. The phsical training we tackle in the gym or while away builds our bodies defense mechanism against anything unhealthy. Dan and Lori are just a few that are Making It Happen while away. A shout out goes to Sue and Jennifer as they both recently traveled to Ohio and zoomed in from there. 

I am amazed and proud of all the Cr8- tive peeps that train with us at Cr8 Fitness. The Little Gym in the Woods is an amazing place to be. 

Coach Nancy

Making It Happen – Camping

I am so inspired by the people at Cr8 Fitness. Truly this is the greatest group of peeps around. A highlight of my morning was Sherry and Lynn. Both ladies are away camping and yet were on Zoom to get their training in for the day.

Lynn and I chatted a bit on Zoom while Sherry got herself a coffee before joining in. Three months ago we wouldn't have even thought about this form of getting training done. Now we can video chat after training, how cool is that? 

Next time you see these ladies give them an air high five for Making It Happen - Camping.

Your proud Coach,

Nancy

 

The Brady Bunch, Hollywood Squares, and the Waltons all in one place

For the last month or so we've all been "Staying at Home". And yet meeting together on Zoom is working for our training but also for us. Everytime I start a training time, I have all these happy faces looking at me and the show 'The Brady Bunch' comes quickly to mind. Usually somewhere in the conversation with all the laughter and back and forth chatter I am reminded of the silly game show 'Hollywood Squares'. The sweetest time of all is after training when we bring it back into the Middle. (middle being what we called it as we gathered together in the middle of the training gym) The 'Waltons' were a family that as they ended their day they would individually shout out goodnights to each one. As we end our time as a family each training hour, we shout out goodbyes. Thank you for bringing good memories back to my mind. Thank you even more for making great memories as a family.

Enjoy your day today and each day with family and friends. As soon as we can I'd like to get together. We're preparing for that already.​

Until then, lets make the most of each day and Make It Happen!

Coach Nancy



Spotlight on Andrea

I heard Andrea's story about carrying cement and I wanted to share it with others. It's not often that someone proclaims the joy of hard work while smiling. She actually said she loved it. She is such a trooper. Andrea can share a story and make each part of it bring a smile to her face and everyone listening. I know she has challenged those who train near her with her enthusiasm. Andrea can tell it better than I can. 

Did you catch that about the cement? She carried buckets of it. When she told me this story for the first time, she showed me how the men would swing the buckets. It was like a Kettlebell Swing with a 5 gallon bucket. That is strength and power in action. 

I love hearing how the training we do in the gym magnifies and is on display outside the gym. Tell me your story. 

Coach Nancy


Spotlight is on Belinda

Hard work is HARD. (Profound I know.) Commitment, Persistence, Energy and Sweat are just part of what goes into training at Cr8 Fitness. As your coach I know what you do here is HARD work. It's supposed to be. I want that hard work to be mixed with laughter, camaraderie, jokes, and encouragement. It feels like family. 

Belinda came to Cr8 Fitness just about a year ago. After a year of training with us, she earns a spot in the Hall of Fame. You'll soon see her wearing her RED shirt that highlights this honor. Congratulate her when you see her next. Also tell her Happy Birthday. She started training with us on her birthday.

Congratulations Belinda and Happy Birthday! Here is to many more years of celebrating your birthdays with us. 

Coach Nancy

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