Accolades to our Exceptional Staff!

Here is what a member had to say about employee Ryan Allen, Membership Representative in Briarcliff Manor:

“Ryan is a great salesperson and representative of Club Fit. He is patient, courteous, very caring, and went above and beyond for me.


A swimming student had a lot of wonderful things to say to her mother about instructor, Joe Cave, Water Safety Instructor in Briarcliff Manor:

She has been enjoying all that has been offered at Club Fit. We would like to thank her instructor, Joe, who is an excellent teacher. She has learned a lot from him, and her swimming skills have improved dramatically. She thinks Club Fit is extraordinary and she looks forward to every time that she gets to go there.”


Briarcliff Manor Tennis Professional, Miguel Morales, received a thoughtful recommendation from a family he provides lessons to:

“Miguel is an effective teacher. He continuously challenges us with drills and advice in order to improve our level of play. He is quick to modify his teaching strategies whenever necessary to adapt to our learning styles / needs. He is invested in seeing us all improve, and also has done a wonderful job of encouraging us in a positive manner.  He is also a kind, caring person who has a positive attitude and great sportsmanship.  Anyone who works with Miguel will be immediately impressed by his calm, professional nature. He is a true asset to your team.”

 

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Rachel Morgano

IMG_20150923_095930149 Rachel Morgano2Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Rachel Morgano

Jefferson Valley – Receptionist

Rachel is currently pursuing a nursing career because she loves to help people in need.  She is very much looking forward to becoming a nurse practitioner.  Rachel also loves the positive environment at Club Fit with the friendly staff and all that Club Fit offers.  Welcome to Club Fit Rachel!

 

 


 

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Shannon O’Connor

20150924 Shannon O'Connor (1041x1850)Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Shannon O’Connor

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Shannon will be joining us as a Lifeguard this Fall. She recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Oneonta in Gerontology Studies, and hopes to work with older adults in program planning, advocacy, or social work in her career. Shannon has a passion for helping others and enjoys attending concerts, traveling, swimming, and playing the violin. After being a member of Club Fit in high school, Shannon is excited to be back!

 

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Vanessa Carter

IMG_20150923_095959426_Vanessa CarterWelcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Vanessa Carter

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Vanessa enjoys sharing time with loved ones, spending time outdoors, doing yoga, traveling, reading, listening to music and doing crafts. She is a college student studying psychology. She says that joining the Club Fit staff is very exciting because being part of a community established on the basis of wellness is very important to her.

 


 

Welcome New Club Fit Staff!!

20150917 Alex Denis2Alexandra Denis

Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley – Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Alexandra has a passion for running and animals. She likes to spend most of her time outside and enjoys reading books. She is currently a nursing student and has a large interest in the medical field.

 

 


IMG_20150915_150236092 - brandin oconnell2Brandin O’Connell

Jefferson Valley – Tennis Professional

Brandin has been teaching tennis for over 10 years. For the past five summers he has been running a tennis program on the North Shore of Long Island and has enjoyed teaching children and adults of all ages. When off the tennis court he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and hiking with his dog. Brandin and his wife have recently welcomed a new baby son who now occupies the majority of his free time!

 


20150915 Scott Sorbella-3Scott Sorbella

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Scott graduated from Hartwick College this past Spring with a degree in History and Philosophy.  He enjoys watching the Jets, Mets, Rangers and Knicks and going to flea markets.

 

 

 


20150908 Eric Hellberg2Eric Hellberg

Briarcliff Manor – Lifeguard

For Eric, life is all about passion. His love of swimming led him to become a lifeguard, and he thinks people should embrace who they are. He says life is too short not to do the things you love, so do whatever makes you happy. If you accept yourself and do what you like, you can live life to the fullest!

 

 


20150908 jessica goldstein2Jessica Goldstein

Jefferson Valley – Receptionist

Jess comes to Club Fit as a newly registered diagnostic medical sonographer.  Her interests include science, nutrition and art.  Jess loves the great environment at Club Fit and the very friendly staff.

 

 

 


20150908 Brad Maisey2Bradley Maisey

Briarcliff Manor – Tennis Professional

Brad is originally from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.  While playing tennis for Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Brad broke numerous school records, including the all-time singles record, going 71 and 4 overall. Brad is a massive All Blacks fan, which is New Zealand’s national rugby team. He lives in White Plains and enjoys fishing and running in his down time.

 


20150908 cristina hopper2Cristina Hopper

Jefferson Valley – Water Safety Instructor

Cristina loves to be active whether indoors or outdoors…skiing, swimming, rock climbing, or dancing. She has a background of 14 years of competitive swimming, and still has the same level energy and love of aquatics. She’s thrilled to join the Club Fit
aquatics team so she can share her passion and expertise for swimming.

 

 


 20150908 Nicole PetrovichNicole Petrovich

Jefferson Valley – Café Counterperson

Nicole is a returning staff member and is currently attending Mercy College.  She has a passion for dancing – she has been dancing since the age of 3!  Nicole loves the comfortable environment Club Fit provides.

 


20150831 Jen Muller3Jennifer Muller

Briarcliff Manor – Membership Representative

Jen is returning to the Club Fit family after a year off performing mission work.  She travelled to four different continents as part of the World Race.  Jen loves Club Fit and working out.  She says life is too short to be anything but happy!

 

 


20150828 Jordan Griffith2Jordan Griffith

Briarcliff Manor – Sports Instructor

Jordan has coached and trained basketball players at the NBA, pro, college, high school and youth levels for almost a decade. For the 2014-2015 season, Jordan was the color commentator on the MSG television network for the Westchester Knicks NBA D-League team, as well as a high school boys and girls analyst for the MSG Varsity network. He is currently an assistant coach for the Stepinac High School varsity basketball team, and he also coaches the Crusaders’ freshman squad, as well as multiple AAU and CYO teams. Jordan played for, and graduated from, White Plains high school in 2007.


20150828 Andy Aronstein3Andrew Aronstein

Briarcliff Manor – Racquetball Coordinator

Andy is a returning staff member.  He has always had a passion for sports and competition and loves to be around other athletes mastering their craft. Racquetball’s mix of speed, skill, and strategy drew him in 20+ years ago and he says it’s always fun introducing new people to this fantastic sport!

 

 


20150820 Alessandra Cash2Alexandra Cash

Jefferson Valley – Café Counterperson

Alee likes to draw and paint, listen to music, hike and play with her nephews.

 

 

 

 


20150814 Lisa Canning2Lisa Canning

Briarcliff Manor – Group Fitness Instructor

Lisa’s passion is dance and fitness, helping others to become their best self through movement. She has been dancing her entire life and loves teaching Zumba.  Lisa finds Club Fit to be a supportive, motivating and fun environment to get and stay fit. She is excited to join the Group Fitness instructor team!

 


20150814 Chioma BlinnChioma Blinn

Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley – Human Resources

Chioma is so excited to be a part of the Club Fit family! She loves music, dancing, reading, snowboarding and playing sports – especially soccer!  She is excited to be working with all the staff at Club Fit, and is looking forward to being a part of such an awesome and dynamic team.

 

 


20150814 Benjamin WeinsteinBenjamin Weinstein

Briarcliff Manor – Personal Trainer

Ben’s passions are football, physical therapy, basketball, training, and mentoring children with disabilities.  He is a Physical Therapy Doctoral student at New York Medical College, and he has worked with professional and D1 athletes at a Strength and Conditioning facility.  He loves that Club Fit’s staff is so friendly and hardworking!

 

 


20150807mcruzMichele Cruz

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Michele is a Certified Teacher in Childhood and Students with Disabilities.  She holds a Master of Science in Teaching Childhood and Special Education.  Her passions are family, teaching and staying fit!<3

 

 


IMG_20150804_152405061 PatrickPatrick Campbell

Briarcliff Manor – Sports Instructor / Sports Activities Assistant

Patrick loves basketball, yoga, guitar, and Buddhism. His professional career includes basketball, player development, and life coaching. He loves the diversity of fitness paths at Club Fit.

 

 


IMG_20150804_152423837 JeanJean Araujo

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Jean is very happy to come on board with Club Fit. She enjoys working as a team player and being around children. She loves spending her free time with her three daughters and two grandsons. She also has a Yorkie pup at home, as well as two cats. She has been an animal lover for many years. She enjoys good food and good company, trying new restaurants, and soaking up the warm summer days.

 


IMG_20150803_110928671 ArlynArlyn Imbert

Briarcliff Manor – Fitness Intern

Ami has many passions. They include drawing, designing, lifting, cooking, swimming, and helping others live a fit life. Her background is in Exercise Science, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition. She loves how passionate everyone at Club Fit is about what they do!

 

 


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Julie Iarocci

Jefferson Valley – Café Counterperson

Julie’s favorite hobby is photography. She enjoys catering parties with her mom, and hopes to find a future in photography.

 

 

 

 


IMG_20150722_095415112 SaraSara Resnick

Briarcliff Manor – Child Care Worker

Sara has been a camp counselor at Club Fit for three years now. Her degree is in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She loves hiking and traveling. Her favorite thing about Club Fit is the cohesive and enjoyable atmosphere!

 


IMG_20150713_121651768 GinaGina Capicotto

Briarcliff Manor – Group Fitness Instructor

Gina has been working in the fitness industry for 16 years. She is certified to teach spinning, body pump, kickboxing and also teaches step. When she is not teaching, Gina manages two Pediatric offices in Mount Kisco. She loves working out and is excited to join the Group Fitness staff at Briarcliff!

 


IMG_20150713_120531727 ZachZachary Grossman

Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Zach has been a member of Club Fit for a few years. In his free time, he enjoys working out and playing the bass guitar.

 

 

 

 


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Michelle Dyckman

Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Michelle is currently obtaining her MBA in Marketing. She coaches girls basketball at Walter Panas High School. In her free time she enjoys playing basketball, volleyball and skiing.

 

 

 


IMG_20150710_143729451 AllisonAllison Saffo

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Allison is currently a student at Iona College, majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Pre-Law. When she is not in class or working, you can probably find her running, playing a sport, or doing something crafty. She’s always up for an adventure and loves doing new things!

 

 


IMG_20150710_143648751 KellyKelly Becker

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Kelly is currently a student at SUNY Potsdam, majoring in Early Childhood / Childhood Education. She plays softball for the University, and enjoys drawing and anything to do with sports!

 

 

 


IMG_20150708_130005160 ClariceClarice Chastang

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Clarice is active in endurance events marathon and triathlon.  She was the captain of her triathlon team at Syracuse University.  She is impressed by the spaciousness of Club Fit and variety of fitness equipment and programming.

 

 

 


20150707 Olivia Paganelli2Olivia Paganelli

Briarcliff Manor – HR Seasonal Admin

Olivia is a student at Providence College and recently studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Olivia loves soccer, singing and traveling. Her favorite Club Fit experience is taking Danceology class with her mom!

 

 


20150701 Johanna Godinez AriasJohanna Godinez

Briarcliff Manor – Group Fitness Instructor

Johanna, nickname Jo, has been active in the fitness industry for several years. She holds a BS in Marketing, an MBA in Management and is a Personal Trainer as well as a certified 200 hour yoga and Zumba instructor.  She enjoys traveling, racing, surfing, yoga and loves the active lifestyle.  Johanna enjoys our youth programs and will be teaching yoga to our campers again this summer.


20150701 Wendling Melanie2Melanie Wendling

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Melanie is very happy to be a part of Club Fit and can not wait to start working!

 

 

 


20150701 Tyler Kroll2Tyler Kroll

Jefferson Valley – Lifeguard

Tyler’s hobbies include football, basketball, swimming, and working out.  He is passionate about these activities.  Tyler has three years of experience working part time at indoor pools and waterfront locations.  Tyler likes everything about Club Fit, and is impressed by the full range of activities available.


20150701 Brooke SavastanoBrooke Savastano

Jefferson Valley – Café Counterperson

Brooke is a returning staff member.  She loves hiking and is majoring in Marketing in college.

 

 

 


20150701 Timothy CapursoTimothy Capurso

Jefferson Valley – Tennis Camp Counselor

Tim has been a member of Club Fit JV and now joins us as a summer Tennis Camp Counselor.  Besides his love of playing tennis doubles, Tim also enjoys listening to music, running, going to the beach and hanging out with friends.  Tim is an Education major at Assumption College with aspirations of teaching high school English.  Tim loves that everyone at Club Fit is committed to being fit and living a healthy lifestyle.


rebeccabonielloRebecca Boniello

Briarcliff Manor – Massage Therapist

Rebecca Boniello has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for the past 8 years. She is a former employee of Club Fit, and is returning after living in Texas for the past 3 years. She enjoys practicing yoga, taking spin class, and long walks with her dogs. Her modalities include: swedish, deep tissue, maternity, and trigger point massage. She looks forward to meeting members and providing therapeutic services for each client she sees. Rebecca will be at the club on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so book an appointment today!


20150617 angelinacurcioAngelina Curcio

Jefferson Valley – Child Care Worker

Angelina is currently a student at Sacred Heart University. She is joining Club Fit’s Energy Center team as a Child Care Worker. She enjoys running, playing soccer, and reading. She has great experience working with children as a baby sitter, a soccer coach, and camp counselor. She loves Club Fit’s atmosphere, “It’s very welcoming and friendly.”


jonathanwebbJonathan Webb

Jefferson Valley – Tennis Camp Counselor

Jonathan is no stranger to JV Club Fit as he has been a member since the age of 7.  Besides his love of Tennis, Jonathan’s interests include space exploration, music, and skiing.  He will be attending Purdue University this fall studying Aerospace engineering.  Club Fit is like a family to Jonathan and you will see him on the courts as a Tennis Camp Counselor this summer.


shannoncurtinShannon Curtin

Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Shannon has been a member of Club Fit for many years. She enjoys reading, working with children, and playing volleyball. She loves the positive and motivating environment at Club Fit!

 

 


TimKesslerTimothy Kessler

Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Tim has been a member of Club Fit for two years. He uses many parts of the club including the fitness and aquatics center, as well as the basketball courts. In his spare time, Tim enjoys playing the guitar and piano, and also sings.

 


 

Club Fit Instructor and accessories maven Barbara Aronowitz

— written by Club Fit Member and Guest Blogger Lisa Skelton

Club Fit Instructor Barbara Aronowitz is co-owner of In2Style accessories, available in The Shop at Club Fit

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Barbara Aronowitz in The Shop at Briarcliff, which carries In2Style accessories.

Many of us know and love Barbara Aronowitz for her heart-pumping Spin classes at Club Fit Briarcliff. But what many members DON’T know is just how long Barbara has been a part of the Club Fit family, and the roles she has played in the Club’s history!

Barbara, who now lives in White Plains, was a member at Club Fit Jefferson Valley when she joined the staff as a Group Exercise instructor in 1988. But it wasn’t about Spin back then. “We taught any and every Group Exercise class, Step… any new program that came along,” she says. In 1997 she moved to the Briarcliff club as Group Exercise Manager, and then became part of the club’s original Human Resources Team when it was established in 2001.

All the while, she continued to teach and eventually became a certified Spin instructor, which is her current role at the club these days, where she teaches four classes. Along the way, Barbara has become close with co-workers and club members alike, including Spin class participant Patti Loomis. Patti, who lives in Briarcliff Manor, has been a Club Fit Briarcliff member for 15 years, and loves it. “I take all of Barbara’s Spin classes, and also enjoy Pilates and Definitions.” The friendship between Patti and Barbara began about three years ago, and has now bloomed into a business partnership.

Patti, a former paralegal, was running a gift and accessories business from home, attending distributor shows at the Javits Center in Manhattan and visiting New York City showrooms and selling through local shops. Barbara started tagging along to these shows and one day, about six months ago, the light bulb went on: “Why don’t we go into business together?” And In2Style was born.

Today, Barbara and Patti are selling their wares at The Shop at Club Fit, where shop manager Lauren is helping move their merchandise along. “We love to get feedback, so we hope that shoppers let Lauren know what items they’d like to see offered,” says Patti. “We’re out all the time looking for the latest, newest trends in accessories.” Barbara and Patti also pride themselves on offering multiple price points. “We have things for everyone’s budget!” Keep that in mind when holiday shopping time comes around!

Interestingly enough, this new venture brings things full circle for Barbara, who has a degree in Fashion Merchandising! She says has loved being with Club Fit for these past 27 years, especially because of the flexibility she has had to grow within the club, as well as outside the club. “I feel like I have a special relationship with Club Fit,” she says. “It’s just a great place!”

To get in touch with Barbara and Patti about their venture, or to offer suggestions on what you’d like to see in The Shop, you can email in2stylebp@gmail.com. They’d love to hear from you! Or just tap Barbara on the shoulder after Spin class, she’s always ready to talk shop!

Healthy Aging and Exercising for a Healthier Lifestyle

EXERISE MAY BE THE CLOSEST THING WE HAVE TO THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!

For many of us, working work full time, sitting at jobs all day, commuting to work or being busy taking care of children and/or family, leaves little time to take care of ourselves and not enough time to exercise. How can you make fitness part of your life, improve your health, feel better about yourself and help you to lose weight? How do you begin?

Here are some tips to help you get started:

● Before starting a daily exercise program consult with your doctor if you have a current medical condition, disability or have not been exercising and would like to start. Ask if you should take any special precautions when you exercise.

● Start slowly and set realistic goals for yourself. Start gradually with exercising for 15 minutes twice a week, and then add another session. Also, slowly increase your training times by a few minutes each session.

● Plan ahead and make yourself a priority. Set time for yourself on a daily basis as to when you will exercise.

● Reward yourself: Set achievable goals for yourself. Start with small goals and when you achieve them reward yourself.
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Guidelines from The American College of Sports Medicine suggest that:

1) Healthy adults under the age of 65 should aim for:
– Moderate intense cardiovascular exercises 30 minutes a day (aerobic exercise), five days a week or vigorous intense exercises 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week and strengthening-exercises twice a week.
– Flexibility or stretching exercises are also recommended a minimum of 2-3 days a week

2) Healthy adults 65 years or older:
– Low-to-Moderate aerobic exercises, 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week and gentle strengthening-exercises (very light weights), 2- 3 times a week

– Flexibility or stretching exercises at a minimum of 2-3 times a week

Types of Aerobic and Low-to-Moderate Exercises:

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If you want to determine your fitness level, refer to the reference guide from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/measuring/index.html.

For beginners, you can simply start out by learning the basics of the talk test, which is a rule of thumb for doing moderate-intensity activity and you can still talk, but not sing during an activity. However, if you are doing a vigorous-activity you would want to learn how to find your target heart rate and determine what intensity range you should be exercising at for optimal cardiac performance. Check out the Stay Healthy Website to determine a simple way to find your target heart rate at: www.cancer.org/healthy/toolsandcalculators/calculators/app/target-heart-rate-calculator. Once you find your target heart rate, wearing a heart rate monitor will make it easier to monitor your desired rate.
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If you would like to improve your current level of fitness, or have had an injury or illness, but still have questions about how to begin a safe exercise program our experienced and dedicated licensed physical therapist can help you get started. We also offer a free 10 minute screening at IvyRehab Briarcliff (914) 762 – 2222 and IvyRehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245 – 8807 Check www.ivyrehab.com. Medicare and most insurances accepted.

Here’s to a healthier lifestyle and healthy aging!

Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, MS
IvyRehab Briarcliff
IvyRehab Jefferson Valley
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References:

(1) Exercise: Designing a Cardiac exercise Program. New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://nyp.org/health/cardiac_exercis3.html

(2) American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://www.mhhe.com/hper/nutrition/williams/student/appendix_i.pdf

(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/measuring/index.html

(4) American Cancer Society. Stay Healthy. Target Heart Rate Monitor. Retrieved September 2, 2011 from:
www.cancer.org/healthy/toolsandcalculators/calculators/app/target-heart-rate-calculator

National Physical Therapy Month is Celebrating Healthy Aging

By Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director
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National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is hosted by The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) each October to recognize how Physical Therapists help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. This October the focus is on Health Aging.

As movement experts, the goal of the Physical Therapists at IvyRehab Briarcliff and IvyRehab Jefferson Valley, which are now located inside Club Fit, will be offering free 10 minute screenings and advice to its’ club members to overcome pain, gain and maintain movement, and preserve their independence-without the need, in many cases, for surgery or long-term prescription drug use.

If treatment is required individuals now have the opportunity under the Direct Access Law in New York State to be evaluated and treated without a prescription for 10 visits or treatment within 30 days before seeing their physician.

Exercise may be the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth. The right type and amount of it, prescribed by a physical therapist, can help prevent or manage many age-related health conditions.

Stop by the lobby at Club Fit Briarcliff on the following days/times to learn tips on aging well and about Direct Access. You can also sign up for a 10 minute free screening for sports, balance and/or spinal screening by our Licensed Physical

Therapist:
10/05/15 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Monday) Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director
10/15/15 8:30 – 10:00 AM (Thursday) Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director
10/19/15 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Monday) Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director
10/29/15 5:00 – 6:00 PM (Thursday) meet our NEW Director Brian McLean, DPT

OR Stop by the lobby at Club Fit Jefferson Valley:
10/01/15 7:30 – 8:30 AM (Thursday) Jacek Golis, PT
10/06/15 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Tuesday) Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director
10/12/15 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Monday) Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director
10/22/15 4:00 – 5:00 PM (Thursday) Deborah Lenihan, PT, Director
10/26/15 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Monday) Meryle Richman, PT, DPT, Senior Director

At either location fill out a free raffle and win a chance for a free gift ($75.00 Basket/gift card), when you stop by to say hello and learn more about how the staff at IvyRehab can help you. Any questions please contact us at IvyRehab Briarcliff (914) 762 -2222 or IvyRehab Jefferson Valley (914) 245 – 8807. Visit our website at www.ivyrehab.com.

Committing to Big Change.

Kendra2croppedI’m making a big commitment to weight loss and setting a huge goal for myself. Over the next two years, I aim to lose 100 pounds.

With a 50 pound weight loss under my belt, I have the confidence and the tools to develop a sustainable plan to lose the rest of my excess body weight, and hopefully for good. This is a huge decision, and an enormous undertaking, but I know that I’m ready.

Setting a goal of losing 100 pounds is not about obsessing over the scale pound by pound, and achieving this specific goal “or else.” Instead, it’s about putting a big stake in the ground to keep my eyes on the horizon of long-term change. With the gratitude that comes from cancer survivorship, I’m ready to do whatever I need to do to minimize health risks in my future.

I’ve carried extra weight all my life. In fact, I have developed a strong sense of identity around being bigger and stronger than average, and in being comfortable and confident taking up space and having a powerful presence. That is a lot of really great work that I have absolutely no intention of undoing. I’m not setting out with the intention of changing the shape of my body to fit into a smaller clothing size. My goals are pinned on good health, longevity, and improving my athletic abilities to have more fun!

To eventually accomplish this Herculean task, here’s what I’m going to do:

  1. Having already gotten the thumbs-up at my annual physical, I’m now going to check in with my doctor periodically, to make sure I’m on the right track.
  2. Do my homework to build a nutrition and exercise plan that I know I can support with the time I have to put in.
  3. Move at a sustainable pace. I’m not going to do anything now that I intend to stop doing when I lose my excess weight. This means, I’m going to exercise several times a week and continue to enjoy the foods I love on occasion, even if it means I move at a less aggressive pace.

Here’s what I’m NOT going to do:

  1. Allow negative self-talk.
  2. Obsess over calories.
  3. Quit.

At this point, I know myself well enough to know that when my mind is right, my body will follow. So, by that logic, if I remain my own number one fan, I can’t lose.

Wish me luck! If any of you have had success with big changes, I’d love to hear about it.

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