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Life is short, live it!

13 October

 

rp_dereksm-300x225.jpgIt has been a tough couple of weeks for some of our Get Fit NH family. My heart goes out to Laurie, Pattie and Linda, who all lost a brother over the last week or so. Patti J. had a bike accident and had surgery today for a broken collar bone. Sue, Carol, Deb and Scott are also out taking care of some long term health issues. Families in the Strafford area are grieving over the loss of a 13 year old boy. There are no doubt others out there with hurting hearts that we don’t even know about. This week is a challenging week for my family as we remember the anniversary of losing our little boy Derek.

And yet time, and our lives, march on. It’s been said it’s not what happens to us that matters, but how we react to it that defines our lives. Face it, life is not all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns, we know that. Stuff happens. For my part I am grateful for the support of my family, friends and for you all – my Get Fit NH family. Nancy and I never take for for granted the love and support you have shown us over the years.

At Get Fit NH we are physical preparation coaches, and it is our job to help you lose fat, get lean and look and feel great. But if that is the only impact we make I consider it a failure. To build the body and neglect the soul and spirit would be a great tragedy. There is more to life than bulging biceps and tight glutes (good thing, huh) :) Health is an important thing for a rich life, but it’s not the only thing.

So when the junk is flying around you and it seems like life is about to crush you, know that you have a family that is here for you. We laugh together, cry together and love together. If that’s too mushy for you, too bad. I don’t say it enough, but you all mean the world to me.

My challenge to you today is to hug someone just a little harder, smile just a little wider, and remember that you make a bigger impact on the world than you can ever imagine.

Believe it, and then go Make It Happen.

Coach Dean

 

21 Day “Healthy for the Holidays” Detox Challenge

11 October

 

You Don’t Have To (and should not!) Wait For The New Year to Start Getting Healthy.

“Give yourself 21 Days to Feel Amazing, Get Healthier Than Ever, Stunt those Sugar Craving, and Prime Your Body To Shed the Fat”

Join Us for the Get Fit NH
21-Day Detox Challenge
November 3 to November 23, 2014

I know winter is coming, but that is no reason to hide under those warm clothes and pack on a few extra pounds for the winter – you are not going into hibernation after all!

If you were one of the 250 people who participated in the Detox Challenge back in January and February of this year, you KNOW how good you felt when you cleaned up your nutrition after the holidays. And shedding some extra weight was just a really cool bonus.

We are psyched to partner up once again with my friends Justin and Janelle Yule from Fitness Revolution in Chanhassen, MN to bring you this all new and updated version of the 21-Day Detox challenge. If you missed out last time, read what some of our happy participants had to say from last time around…

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“I became very mellow and experienced better sleep and more energy.  Workouts were better and clothes got a bit looser.  (I think I lost 10 pounds!)  The food was good and I even got my husband to eat dinners that I prepared.  I learned a lot about the foods I hadn’t eaten before – mostly the non-sugar condiments and the non-gluten flours, etc.  Although I’ve had celiac disease for several years, I wasn’t experimenting with the alternative flours and oils, so that was very helpful.” – Maura

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“Thanks so much for the daily e-mails and support.  I hopped on my scale at home yesterday and I am down 9.2 lb.’s. The program outlined in the packet you sent over was very well laid out, easy to follow, and answered all the questions I had.  I enjoyed making and eating the recipe’s and I found the plan to fit into my life, far better than I imagined.  My husband and I plan to eat this way on a regular basis.” – Kathy

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“For me personally, this detox was for very personal reasons. I am pre-diabetic and have PCOS. Unfortunately these two diagnosis’s ‘double-team’ my body in this horrible over production of insulin based on hormonal imbalance and feed into one another in a vicious cycle. I noticed many positive effects from Detox, for one I didn’t have to sit on the edge of my bed for a few minutes first thing in the morning anymore. I was used to waking up extremely dizzy and that didn’t happen after a week of detox.. yay!” – Hannah

BONUS: This time we are upping the game by letting you team up with a partner for even MORE support! Join with a friend, neighbor, spouse, significant other, sister, brother, mother, father – You Get The Idea!

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Here’s What You Get When You Join us for the Healthy for the Holidays 21-Day Partner Detox Challenge…

Detox Success Workshop That Walks You Through the Entire Program
*We’ll be holding a workshops on October 25th and 29th, but just in case you can’t attend the live workshops, we’re also going to provide a recording. You can watch at your convenience and as many times as you’d like!

Detox Meal Plan That Eliminates All The Guesswork

-> Discover the right way to detox

-> 3 levels for beginners, intermediate, and advanced detoxers

-> Get an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan

-> Learn how to transition to a long-term plan and still enjoy the foods you love

21 Delicious Fall Recipes That Your Family Members Will Love

Grocery Lists to Make Shopping Quick & Simple

21 Days in our Online Support Group to Ask Questions, Share Ideas, and Get Feedback – this was a favorite component of past detoxers!

21 Daily Tips and Accountability Messages to Keep You on Track to Your Goal – everybody loves these, too!

And a few other things we’re cooking up for you…

 

 ***By the way, you do NOT have to be a Get Fit NH client or even live in the area to register… Anyone, anywhere can participate!***

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21-Day Healthy for the Holidays Detox Challenge Dates:

Success Workshops (will be recorded)
Workshop 1: Saturday October 25 @ Get Fit NH Concord. 9:00am to 10:00am
Workshop 2: Wednesday October 29 @ Get Fit NH Epsom. 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Official Start of Challenge: November 3, 2014
Official End of Challenge: November 23, 2014

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REGISTER FOR THE HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 21-DAY PARTNER DETOX CHALLENGE FOR ONLY $21 EACH PERSON!

registernow**If you plan to purchase an additional program for your partner please do so in a SEPARATE transaction. It’s critical that they’re registered separately with their name and their email so they get all the materials, access links, and daily tips. Thank You! **

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What is a Detox Program and Why Should I Do One?

Do any of these things sound familiar?

– Sugar and carb cravings that are driving you nuts.
– A constant feeling of fatigue, lethargy, or anxiety.
– Just feeling like total garbage (brain fog, inability to concentrate), especially when you go on a “diet”.

If you answered “YES!” to any (or all) of those questions, you aren’t alone. Nancy and I are right there with you. And truth be told there are literally millions of other Americans who suffer the same symptoms.

Why?

Too much sugar in our diets is certainly a big part of the problem. Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, and Inflammation are just 3 of the results of eating too much refined carbohydrate. But sugar isn’t the only enemy.

Each and every day of our lives we are exposed to other harmful toxins in our food and environment. Food additives, pollution, skin “care” products, soaps, dry cleaning and hundreds of other things we don’t even think about (plastic bottles anyone?)

These toxins we are exposed to every day have been shown to contribute to:

Bloating
Gas
Constipation or Diarrhea (which is worse, I don’t know)
Canker Sores
Difficulty Concentrating
Excess Weight
Difficulty Losing Weight
Fatigue
Fluid Retention
Food Cravings
Headaches
Heartburn
Joint Pain
Muscle Aches
Sinus Congestion
Skin Rashes
Sleep Problems

More serious conditions that may benefit from a proper detox program may include:

Arthritis
Asthma
Allergies
Autoimmune Diseases
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diabetes
Fibromyalgia
Food Allergies
Heart Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Menopausal Symptoms (mood swings, poor sleep, hot flashes)
Menstrual Problems (PMS, heavy bleeding, cramps)
Migraine Headaches

Now you guys know that I am a pretty down to earth guy, and I don’t want to seem like chicken little running around saying the sky is falling. But I am guessing if you could eliminate some of these toxins you would want to. It’s kinda crazy to think that the food we eat, the water we drink and even the air we breathe can lead to health problems. Oh and those lovely prescription drugs – while I would never tell you to go off them without medical advice, you have to wonder about all those disclaimers at the end of the commercials while they play beautiful music with butterflies and people dancing through the field. :)

Nothing is magic guys. Pills, potions, lotions, drugs, diets or even doing a detox. I guess I am not much of a salesman, but it’s true. You have to put in the work long term to reach your health and weight management goals. I will tell you though that last year Nancy and I tested out the an elimination style detox plan (like this one) and it was what set me on my course to get to the lowest bodyfat I had every been measure at, at 9.2%.

So who is with us for the challenge?

I am excited to do it right alongside with you, and we won’t leave you hanging, I promise.

When you sign up for the Get Fit NH 21-Day Detox Challenge, we will give you all the education, tools and support you need:

  • Two Detox Success Workshops to choose from That Walk You Through the Entire Program
  • We’ll be holding a workshops on October 25th and 29th, but just in case you can’t attend the live workshops, we’re also going to provide a recording. You can watch at your convenience and as many times as you’d like!
  • Detox Meal Plan That Eliminates All The Guesswork
  • Discover the right way to detox
  • 3 levels for beginners, intermediate, and advanced detoxers
  • Get an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan
  • Learn how to transition to a long-term plan and still enjoy the foods you love
  • 21 Delicious Fall Recipes That Your Family Members Will Love
  • Grocery Lists to Make Shopping Quick & Simple
  • 21 Days in our Online Support Group to Ask Questions, Share Ideas, and Get Feedback – this was a favorite component of past detoxers!
  • 21 Daily Tips and Accountability Messages to Keep You on Track to Your Goal – everybody loves these, too!

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REGISTER FOR THE HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 21-DAY PARTNER DETOX CHALLENGE FOR ONLY $21 FOR EACH PERSON!

registernow**If you plan to purchase an additional program for your partner please do so in a SEPARATE transaction. It’s critical that they’re registered separately with their name and their email so they get all the materials, access links, and daily tips. Thank You! **

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Reasonable Expectations?

 

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While weight loss tends to be a major focus for people, there were some other awesome benefits as well. Let me share just a few of the things that participants shared upon completion:

  • Better Sleep
  • Eliminated Hot Flashes
  • Got Off Medication
  • Decreased/Eliminated Chronic Pain
  • Better Digestion
  • Flatter Belly
  • Reduced Acne
  • Improved Relationships With Food (Less Cravings)
  • Enhanced My Relationship With My Spouse
  • Never Hungry
  • More Energy
  • Had Fun Trying New Recipes
  • Pants Fell Off
  • People Notice More Happiness
  • Kids Got Into It And Want To Eat Healthy Now!!!!!

 

How Can I Be SURE This is the Right Program For ME?

Well, the fact is, this program is SCIENTIFICALLY-BASED & PROVEN TO WORK for regular folks (meaning you don’t have to be some hard-core athlete or professional that works out all day) just like you and me. So far over 2000 people have successfully gone through the 21-day Detox program. Now It’s Your Turn!

 

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REGISTER FOR THE HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS 21-DAY PARTNER DETOX CHALLENGE FOR ONLY $21 FOR EACH PERSON!

registernow**If you plan to purchase an additional program for your partner please do so in a SEPARATE transaction. It’s critical that they’re registered separately with their name and their email so they get all the materials, access links, and daily tips. Thank You! **

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Something HUGE is coming…

09 October

oht It’s true, and you will want to be there!

Mark your calendars:

When: Saturday November 1, 2014
Time: 8 AM – 1PM
Where: Get Fit NH Concord
Who: You, your family, your friends, and some of Concord finest businesses
What: November Family Yard Sale & Fundraiser

This will be our first annual yard sale and vendor fair. We want this event to go down in history so we need your help! Here is what’s in it for you:

Get Fit NH students: Forget spring cleaning! Let’s spare ourselves some time this spring and do some pre-winter cleaning. We are inviting all of you to gather up any items that you would typically sell at a yard sale (ie: clothes, dishes, books, etc) and bring them to Get Fit NH on November 1st and sell away.

We are inviting the entire community to come shop around so if you have things you want taken off your hands we can help! And here is the bonus- You get to KEEP your profit. That’s right- keep it. All we ask is that you invite your friends and family to come check out the big huge yard sale at 287 South Main Street in Concord.

You do however have three choices if you wish to participate in the donation part of this event:

  • You can choose to donate 10% of your yard sale profit to Operation Hat Trick. Operation Hat Trick is a NH based organization dedicated to the support of our wounded warriors. (Read more here: www.operationhattrick.com)
  • If you so choose- any items that are not sold will be donated to our local homeless shelter, Open Hands Resource Center.
  • Or you can keep your profit and bring any unsold items home with you :-)

All we ask is for you to invite and share the good word.

So what else is in it for you, you ask? GREAT QUESTION!

We have invited some really great local businesses to come hang out with us as this will also be a vendor fair! We invited Amy Troy from Chichester Massage & Bodywork Center, Evolution Rock and Fitness, Runner’s Alley, and several other businesses to come out and talk to you all, so come join us in supporting these local businesses!

open_hands_resource_center_picture_logo_lol.9060906_logoIf you are planning on participating in the yard sale please contact Coach Meagan by October 25th.  If you are interested in donating to Open Hands Resource Center please bring your items to the gym by 1 PM on November 1st. We will be happy to donate them for you :-)

 

Open Hands Resource Center mentioned they mostly need clothes, linens, food, and hygiene products. You never seize to amaze us with your generosity.

Thank you for reading and again please help us make this event HUGE!

Coach Meagan

 

Expectant Moms Exercising Their Right to a Healthy Pregnancy

30 September

 

 

Get Fit NH_cvProper care and fitness coaching can lead to easier deliveries and quicker recovery

Sep. 30, 2014 – CONCORD, N.H. — At Get Fit NH, Dean and Nancy Carlson encourage their clients to make training a habit and to integrate it fully into their lives, and their clients have done so. There is no better evidence of this than the fact that in the past year, five Get Fit NH clients, Carolyn, Jill, Kim, Amanda, and Katie, have continued to train throughout their pregnancies. None of these women considered for a moment stopping their training because they were pregnant. As Jill put it, “Part of my reason for joining the Get Fit Family was to lose weight and get in shape to have kids.  I will not let 4 1/2 years of hard work go to waste!”

People might be shocked to hear that these women train 3-4 times a week while pregnant. While they are certainly dedicated, they are also smart.  They know that anything that helps mommy stay strong, fit, and healthy is also good for the baby. The lowering and raising of the heart rate when training resembles labor. A woman with a strong healthy body can have an easier delivery and recovery than those who choose not to exercise.

Herself a mother of 6, Coach Nancy understands that energy levels and a body’s readiness to train can change frequently, especially when pregnant. The women all credit Nancy’s care and dedication for allowing them to continue training throughout their pregnancies.  “This pregnancy I am hooked up to a heart monitor during training.  This may be the most interesting part because I am really able to control my intensity and workouts all while keeping my heart rate in check.”, says Jill. Nancy also  monitors them closely, checking in with them frequently. Each lady is required to subtly check in throughout training and encouraged to respond with at least five words so Nancy can gauge how they are doing. She will quickly and discreetly modify exercises if the women are experiencing any discomfort.

Carolyn S. described her experience. “During my first trimester, I was able to participate in all of the exercises although there would be days where I felt so tired that I appreciated being able to choose a modified version of the exercise.  I felt like I had plenty of energy during my second trimester.  On certain days when I was uncomfortable, Nancy quickly came up with another option for me to do that would allow me to continue training.”

Perhaps most important, Nancy cares for her expecting clients’ current emotional state. As Jill puts it, “Nancy understands when you break out in tears for no reason, and doesn’t hold it against you.” She makes sure to remind them that their bodies are changing in multiple ways to prepare for childbirth, that they may not be able to do the same exercises that they could before and encourages them not to get frustrated.

Nancy sounds like a proud mother when she talks about her clients who train throughout pregnancy. “Training when it is just you is difficult. We should all get a high five each day for making it happen. But when you are training while feeling morning sickness, or uncomfortable at nine months pregnant you deserve a double high five!”
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Get Fit NH has been named Best Gym in Southern NH five consecutive times from 2010 to 2014, and Coach Nancy has been recognized as the Best of the Best Trainer 3 times during those years. Call 344-2651 today and request your no obligation Success Session to see if Get Fit NH is right for you.

Capture Your Now

30 September

Over the weekend I spent a little bit of time packing up my house. As many of you know I sold my home and will be moving to Nashua very soon (not to worry- I am not leaving the Get Fit NH family. You can’t get rid of me that easy!) Anyways as I was packing I came across a binder my mother kept for me while I was in boot camp. She saved every single letter I wrote her all the way from day 1 through day 80. I can’t tell you how thankful I am that she saved these letters. It was funny (now) to relive some of those memories.

journalLetters/journals are funny like that. They capture the “now”. They capture exactly what you are feeling and how you are feeling and what is making you feel that way. As I read these letters I honestly revisited some of those emotions. At first all of the letters were sad filled with expressions like why did I do this, what was I thinking, I am going to fail, time is dragging, I don’t understand….then the next month the emotions eased up a little. Expressions like I am starting to understand, I really like _____, I need to work on ______, I killed it on _____ and then last month there were hardly any letters, but the ones that I did write were all positive filled with stories about what we did that day and what kind of events were coming up.

So what is the purpose of me sharing this with you?

This can be applied to any goal. My goal was to earn the title Marine.

Was it easy? Heck no!

Was it an emotional roller coaster? Absolutely

Did I learn a lot about myself? Yes

Did I GIVE UP? NO!

If I gave up then, I can assure you I wouldn’t be writing this today and you need to think about your life in the same way. Set a goal today and get excited to share your story. All of those emotions apply. At first it is hard- really hard- but it does get “easier.” By easier I mean you fall in to a routine. You know what works for you. You strive to get better because you know how far you’ve already come. Keep a journal if it helps. Capture the moments and look back on it. You’ll realize on those days that your feeling weak that it is not worth going back.

 

-Coach Meagan

Color Run 2014

17 September

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On Saturday October 11th Get Fit NH is headed over to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to get colorful! The Color Run is coming to Loudon and we have a team ready for you to join, Our start time will be 10 AM.

We always have a great time when NHMS sponsors these events, and seeing as we are now the “Official Gym of New Hampshire Motor Speedway” we want to make our presence known!

. This is a great 5K for the entire family. You can walk it, run it, skip it…..whatever! Big kids and little kids – oh and adults too- can enjoy this event. Go in looking plain and come out with pzazz!

Here is the link to join our team. Please make sure you let us know you joined and we’ll give you the top secret meeting location ;-) Our team name is Get Fit NH!

-Coach Meagan

Racing to Fitness with New Hampshire Motor Speedway

15 September

 

NHMS_BlackAs many of you know we have been coaching the team up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for over two years through our corporate onsite fitness coaching program. As a huge NASCAR fan it has been really cool to get to know the team at NHMS and learn a little more about how a major sports entity functions. I had been to Sprint Car races up there before we started working with them, but I had absolutely no idea how busy that place is and all the different things they do.

Did you know that from when the track opens in early spring until the snow flies there is something going on, on track, virtually every day? The Rusty Wallace experience lets you get in and drive, the Sprint drivers come in for testing, all levels of motorcycle racing and instruction, even bicycles are up there using the track. On the weekends are a number of racing series for “regular people” like the Legends and Bandolero cars, where all ages learn to drive, race, and have a blast. And all that is just the tip of the iceberg. Many of you have gone up to the track and participated in the Renegade Playground, or the Color Vibe, or one of the many charity 5k’s they have hosted. These guys do a lot!

This weekend is the second race in the Chase for the Championship, which means the team at the track is working like crazy people to make sure the thousands of NASCAR fans coming in this week have the time of their lives. I cannot tell you how much respect I have for Jerry Gappens and the team he has working with him. We in New Hampshire should be very proud of NHMS and all they do for the community and the state. Not every track gets to be part of The Chase, and it is a testament to what they do here.  Growing up in this area I used to go with my dad to what was then Bryar Motorsports Park, and from those humble beginnings has risen one of the crown jewels of NASCAR, right here in little old NH!

But what I am REALLY pumped about announcing today is that Get Fit NH has partnered with NHMS and we are now the “Official Gym of New Hampshire Motor Speedway”.

How cool it that?!!!

We are absolutely thrilled to continue to bring our world class fitness coaching to this world class organization. I can always count on a smiling face and enthusiasm when we get down to the business of getting fit, and I count it a great privilege to be called “Coach” by this amazing group of people.

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t visited NHMS lately, this is a great weekend to get on up there. I know that Jerry, Jen, David, Lisa, Kendra, Wendy, Tabitha, Jeff, Donna, Jessica, Kayla and the rest of the gang will be glad to see you.

Make It Happen,
Dean

P.S. Root for the 24!