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Learning (Relearning?) to Eat

28 July

partner250About 129,000,000 results.

That’s the number of sites that “The Google” spit back at me when I typed in the word “diet”.

One Hundred Twenty Nine Million.

Is is any wonder confusion reigns when it comes to what we put in the hole under our nose?

The truth is that there is “no one size fits all diet plan” whereby we all have the lean, healthy, high performing body that we think is the answer to all our problems.

BUT (there is always a but)…

But there are principles of nutrition which apply broadly that if adopted lay the foundation for health, fitness, productivity and perhaps even longevity.

And that is where Whole9 comes in.

I am a big believer that you need to know why you are making certain food choices, or you won’t keep making those choices when it gets hard.

It’s not just a matter of of putting together a bunch of great recipes for a few weeks.

It’s about learning and applying the principles of nutrition, meal after meal, day after day that is going to make the difference over the long haul.

So run, don’t walk to one of our nutrition seminars this week.

This is not just another thing to “try”.

I have personally witnessed Coach Nancy read, study, and pretty much dissect the guide we are going to put in your hands. She has put dozens of hours into recipe preparation. But none of that matters to you unless you make it matter to you. (ponder that for awhile!)

We have continually worked hard to provide our clients the best that science and real world experience has to offer through our fitness practice.

We WANT you to succeed, to reach your goals, and achieve your best health.

Make an appointment to be there this Wednesday or Saturday, or both.

Make It Happen!

Coach Dean

Whole 9 Nutrition Seminar 1
Get Fit NH Epsom
Wednesday July 30th
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Whole 9 Nutrition Seminar 2
Get Fit NH Concord
Saturday August 2nd
9:00am to 10:00am

 

 

 

Why Nutrition? Find Out Here!

23 July

partner250Just a quick reminder that you do not want to miss our intro to “Whole9″ and your opportunity to get your copy of our nutrition guide. The only way you can get one is by being an active client and coming to one of the intro meetings.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the guide:

  • Our nutritional “elevator pitch” – Nutrition in 60 Seconds
  • A list of food groups that detract from your health and fitness, and those groups that make you healthier
  • A detailed Shopping Guide, including helpful hints for making high quality food choices
  • The Whole9 meal planning template, outlining portion sizes, meal frequency and pre- and post-workout nutrition
  • Delicious, Whole30-approved recipes that follow our meal planning template, and a 7-day meal plan
  • A multi-category FAQ to help you hit the ground running
  • A number of helpful resources – additional recipe sites, references, books and movies

Set aside one of the following dates – we will see you there!

Whole 9 Nutrition Seminar 1
Get Fit NH Epsom
Wednesday July 30th
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Whole 9 Nutrition Seminar 2
Get Fit NH Concord
Saturday August 2nd
9:00am to 10:00am

Save The Dates. Whole9 Intro Coming Soon!

09 July

partner250We first discovered Whole9 when we did the “21 Day Detox” earlier this year. One of the books in the detox reference library is “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Nancy and I were so impressed with the contents and real world application in this book that we began to investigate further into partnering with Whole9 as a nutrition resource and guide for us and our clients. Please take a few minutes to read “Why Nutrition” and keep reading to see how you can get your very own copy of “Whole9′s Nutrition Guide for Get Fit NH“.

Why Nutrition?

Get Fit NH has teamed up with Whole9, specialists in the field of nutrition and a respected authority in the health and fitness community, to provide our clients with a comprehensive nutritional program designed to make you the healthiest you’ve ever been. Why are we focusing so much on what you eat? Because we believe nutrition is the foundation of any good fitness program, and the gateway to optimal health. And we think your nutritional habits play such an important role in achieving your health and performance goals that we’ve asked Whole9 to design this nutrition program for our clients.

Eat Real Food.

Our belief is that a good nutritional program should be centered around eating real food. We know that fad diets, crash diets, miracle pills and “meal replacements” are not part of a balanced, sustainable path towards improved health and fitness. Instead, we encourage you to eat high quality meat, seafood and eggs, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and healthy sources of dietary fats – it’s that simple. Just eat good food, put your meals together in a way that is simple, balanced and (most importantly) sustainable, and experience all of the tangible benefits that come from a nutritional plan designed to help you create a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.

The Whole9 Nutrition Program

We believe implementing good nutritional habits from the very start is so important that we provide all of our clients with a comprehensive printed handbook designed to walk you through Whole9’s nutrition program. Your handbook includes all the tools you’ll need to succeed, including:

  • Our nutritional “elevator pitch” – Nutrition in 60 Seconds
  • A list of food groups that detract from your health and fitness, and those groups that make you healthier
  • A detailed Shopping Guide, including helpful hints for making high quality food choices
  • The Whole9 meal planning template, outlining portion sizes, meal frequency and pre- and post-workout nutrition
  • Delicious, Whole30-approved recipes that follow our meal planning template, and a 7-day meal plan
  • A multi-category FAQ to help you hit the ground running
  • A number of helpful resources – additional recipe sites, references, books and movies
  • The Whole30, Whole9’s original program designed to “change your life in 30 days”
  • The Whole30 FAQ, to help guide you through your 30 day program

Getting the Guide

We will be holding 2 seminars in the coming weeks where will we go through the guide with you and teach you how to use it for best results. Coach Nancy has personally made every recipe in the guide and will have tips on planning and preparation.

Coming to a seminar is the only way you can get the guide. We are licensed by Whole9 to distribute the guide in hard copy only to clients only. More importantly we do not want this to be just “another thing to try”,  but for this principles to be the foundation of healthy eating for a lifetime. I know it is not easy for everyone to schedule one more thing into their busy life, but realistically if we don’t invest that short amount of time we probably aren’t going to invest the time to implement either. Frankly this was and continues to be a large investment for us to make, and we don’t want copies gathering dust on shelves.

Save The Dates

We will be holding the first two seminars Wednesday July 30th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in Epsom, and on Saturday August 2nd from 9:00am to 10:00am in Concord.  There you will receive your own copy of the Whole9 Nutrition Guide, as well as expert coaching on how to simply make it part of your life.

See you there!

 

To Buy or Not To Buy – That is the Question

27 May

veggiesThere are a lot of good reasons to choose locally grown, organic produce when possible. Those fruits and vegetables that have traveled the globe to get here usually are picked early and ripened through a chemical process. Others have to be treated so they do not spoil before reaching your grocer’s shelves. The perfectly round peaches, straight as an arrow carrots, or no blemishes on apples have to be heavily treated to avoid the pests or disease that like to eat them right before being picked.

Organic food is admittedly more expensive. If you want to maximize the good you do to your body while minimizing the cost, you could choose to purchase organic produce for the fruits and vegetables which tend to have the most pesticides in the United States. It is estimated that if a consumer avoids eating non-organically grown produce in the top 12 (“Dirty Dozen”) on this list, pesticide exposure can be reduced by up to 80%. This list was compiled by the Environmental Working Group.  Bear in mind that there are many fruits and vegetables that are not on this list — these were chosen because they are most commonly eaten.

EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with the rankings for these popular produce items. All foods are listed from worst to best.   (lower number =more pesticides)

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines – imported
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas – imported
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot Peppers
  14. Blueberries – domestic
  15. Lettuce
  16. Kale/ Collard Greens
  17. Plums
  18. Cherries
  19. Nectarines – domestic
  20. Pears
  21. Tangerines
  22. Carrots
  23. Blueberries – imported
  24. Green Beans
  25. Winter Squash
  26. Summer Squash
  27. Raspberries
  28. Broccoli
  29. Snap Peas – Domestic
  30. Green onions
  31. Oranges
  32. Bananas
  33. Tomatoes
  34. Watermelon
  35. Honeydew Melons
  36. Mushrooms
  37. Sweet Potatoes
  38. Cauliflower
  39. Cantaloupe
  40. Grapefruit
  41. Eggplant
  42. Kiwi
  43. Papayas
  44. Mangoes
  45. Asparagus
  46. Onions
  47. Sweet Peas – frozen
  48. Cabbage
  49. Pineapples
  50. Sweet Corn
  51. Avocados

If cost is a concern as you start your change to healthy eating and living. Use this list. If you purchase any items from the top of the list, pick these from the organic section of your store. Better yet support your local Farmer’s markets and buy fresh right from the source. You can talk to the farmer who grew your fruits and veggies for all the information about their products. Many of these farmers will gladly help you buy the best for your family’s needs.

To your best health,

Coach Nancy

Coach Meagan’s S3 Tips

14 May

DisciplineHi all, Coach Meagan here.

As I sit here planning my meals for the Six Week Sprint into Summer (S3) I thought I would share some of my strategies for the upcoming challenge. Many of you know how I am not a huge fan of cooking, but as you can imagine I have big goals that I am working toward- so I’m going to suck it up!

Here are the steps I take to make my nutrition go as planned:

1) Plan my meals for the following week Wednesday morning. From that create my grocery list.

2) Grocery shopping on Sunday- stick to the perimeter of the store to avoid temptation (with the exception of frozen veggies!) and stick to the list!

3) Sunday is my prep day. Remember how I said I don’t like cooking? Half the battle (for me) is prepping. If you don’t have it prepped and planned ahead of time there is a pretty good chance you will forget something or just skip it (like adding those extra veggies, because you didn’t want to cut them up!) “Prep day” entails primarily:

- Cutting up veggies and bagging them for each meal they’re going with.

- Prep meat- whether that means cutting it up or just taking it out of the package, adding the veggies, and sticking it in a freezer bag labeled “Monday Dinner”

You can add these tips to fit your schedule too. By taking the time do this you’re saving precious time during the week and there is no extra thinking involved.

Make sure you take into account days where you might be working late or getting home late. When you plan head you can mark those days down for dinner in the crockpot. That way when you get home your house smells amazing and you are eating your nutritious, planned, and compliant meal.

Here is a quick lunch idea…

On your prep day as you are cutting all of those veggies throw a handful of each into a pot. Cook a couple of pieces of chicken and scramble up some eggs and throw that in the pot with the veggies. Add water and a small amount of chicken broth (check the ingredients on those chicken broths!) and you just made yourself soup for the week for lunch. :)

I hope these tips were helpful to you- let’s Make It Happen!
-Coach Meagan

Some Green(s) Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

16 March

hWhile these recipes might not be your traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare, they are easy, tasty, and streaked with lots of beautiful green.

Start your own traditions!

Start Your Day Off Green Shake

  • 1 scoop of Raw protein powder (UMP or SFH also works great)
  • 1 cup kale leaves, center rib removed
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 over ripe banana, frozen & cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 6-8 ounces of water

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Divide between glasses and serve immediately.

Green Egg Casserole

  • 8 large eggs – beaten
  • 1 cup chopped frozen spinach – thawed and drained well
  • 2 Tablespoons Jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare one large casserole dish or two eight-inch dishes with a light coating of oil. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Pour mixture into casserole dish and cook for 35 minutes or until eggs are fully set.

Crispy Green Beans With Pesto

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups fresh green beans, ends trimmed and chopped into 1″ pieces
  • 1/4 cup homemade pesto (store-bought is fine but just not as good and healthy as homemade!)
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted pine nuts

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Cook garlic on medium-high heat for about 30 seconds, remove from skillet and set aside. Add beans to the same skillet and sauté for about 6 minutes or until beans are cooked but still crispy. Return garlic to the skillet and cook an additional 30 seconds (just enough to quickly reheat garlic). Remove from skillet and cool down a bit. Toss with pesto, sprinkle with pine nuts and serve. This dish is also very good on a salad, in case you have leftovers!

Pesto

  • 3 rounded cups fresh basil leaves (about 2 bunches)
  • 1/2 medium garlic clove
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • salt, to taste

In food processor (I use a blender, but be careful not to overdo or you’ll end up with green slime instead of pesto), combine basil leaves and pine nuts. Pulse a few seconds. Add garlic and pulse again. Slowly add olive oil while the food processor is on. Stop food processor and scrap down the sides with a rubber spatula. Add a pinch of salt if needed and serve.

Salsa Verda Chicken

A bright, refreshing and spicy green salsa recipe served over grilled chicken.

  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 1 cup cilantro, packed
  • ½ cup parsley, packed
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small shallot ,chopped
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of ½ lime
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice (fresh is best)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • extra virgin olive oil for grilling

Combine all ingredients except chicken in a blender. Blend until puréed. Combine chicken breasts with half the salsa mixture in a large bowl, toss to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, up to overnight. Heat a stove top grill pan (or outdoor grill if it’s not 8 degrees where you are) to medium heat. Grill chicken breasts for about 5-7 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through. This will depend on how thick your chicken is. Once cooked through, remove from grill, spoon remaining salsa over the top of each chicken breast. Serve with a lime wedge and garnish with cilantro.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you want to be 21 again?

24 February

31_Again-3D_Cover“The healthy life:  It’s not just about losing the weight; it’s about losing the lifestyle and the mindset that got you there.” - Dr. Steve Marboli

Jenn from 5:00am Concord recently sent me that quote. If you know Jenn’s story, you know you should pay attention.

That quote sums up perfectly “21 Again – PPW for Life”.

“21 Again” is the next phase of the 21-Day Detox Challenge. On March 5th we will introduce this new program and help you understand more what food can do to help or hinder your health.

Not sure if “21 Again” is for you?

Ask yourself this:

  • Do I need help planning your menu, knowing what foods to add back into your day and when?
  • Do I need accountability, new recipes, a support group?
  • Do I need help on how to best shop for those foods, where to find them, and being cost effective?

Those key questions will all be addressed in “21 Again”.

And if you didn’t do the 21 Day Detox Challenge, can you still be “21 Again”?

Yep, you’ll be able to join in right where everyone else is.

Our main goal for March 5th is to have each person walk out of the room with a week’s meal plan all done by you. I’ll teach you how to easily make a plan, adjust it, and keep it moving forward to the next week.

This seminar if free and open to the public, so invite your friends, co-workers and family members.

Make It Happen!

Coach Nancy

21 Again Intro Seminar
Date: Wednesday March 5th, 2014
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Place: Get Fit NH Concord

 

 

Is This Moderation? You Decide.

10 February

Junk Food “I eat sweets every once in awhile”, “I have just a few treats each week”, “I eat pretty good”

These are just a few statements I have heard as I review and look at nutritional food logs each week. Recently I did a comparison study of actual food logs.

Now before you say, “I would never eat that, I eat healthy”, I want to say prove it.

Do a three day food log. Make one of those days a weekend. Then turn it in to me for review.

Are you going to take me up on my offer? Why not?

Are you living a lie and don’t know it?

Are you eating foods in “moderation” not realizing they are hindering, if not stopping the progress you want to make?

Is moderation really moderation?

These two food logs are loaded down with a lot of  vegetables. Both of these have more vegetables in the average log I look at, and that is a good thing.

But what else is in there?

Food Log #1

  • Summer Squash           28
  • Lettuce            8
  • Asparagus       8
  • Pasta Sauce     35
  • Salad    33
  • Salad    33
  • Carrots            35
  • Tomato Sauce 25
  • Salad    33
  • Salad    33
  • Celery 2
  • Carrots            12
  • Green Beans    43
  • Salad    10
  • Pasta Sauce     47
  • Green Beans    86
  • Yellow Peppers          12
  • Pasta Sauce     35
  • Broccoli           51

Total Calories           569

-           Loaded with Vitamins, minerals, and fiber

Same food log…

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup    230
  • Subway Cookies         400
  • Frosting           140
  • Swedish Fish   140
  • Dove Chocolate          210

Total Calories           1124

-         no nutritional value

Food Log #2 

  • Peas   100
  • Veggies 120
  • Spinach 5
  • Peppers 19
  • Carrots   35
  • Peas  62
  • Lettuce 15
  • Tomatoes 11
  • Cucumber 23
  • Carrot 23
  • Broccoli 2
  • Salsa 20
  • Spinach 5
  • Peppers 19
  • Carrots  35
  • Peppers  31
  • Peas 100
  • Spinach  5
  • Spinach    5
  • Lettuce  15
  • Tomatoes 11
  • Cucumber  23
  • Carrots  23
  • Broccoli  2
  • Lettuce  15
  • Tomatoes  11
  • Cucumber  23
  • Carrot  23
  • Broccoli  2
  • Peppers  19
  • Spinach 7
  • Peppers  19
  • Spinach  5
  • Carrots 35

862 calories

-  Loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber

Same Food Log:

  • Lindt choc   230
  • Chocolate chips    210
  • Chocolate chips    210
  • Reeses p-nut butter cups  210

Total Calories 860

no nutritional value

The take home

The calories consumed by the few sweets on the first food log doubled the amount of calories eaten by the same person through veggies. The bigger factor is that the ‘sweet’ calories provided nothing for the body as far as nutrition.

The calories from moderate eating of sweets on the second food log equaled the calories in that long list of veggies eaten. This person really did a great job getting their vegetables in, and it shows you the power of veggies. LOADS of vegetables. relatively few calories. I bet it took longer to prepare, eat and enjoy them.

I could go through that much candy in about 3 minutes, you?

But where is the “moderation” in this? If your plan called for 1700 calories a day you are eating half in sugar, which not only saps your body of nutrients but is taking the place of nutritious calories, like in lean protein and healthy fats. And if you are just adding it on top of everything else you eat, is it really a mystery you are not losing body fat like you want to?

Like Dean says, moderation isn’t always the end all, and you have to be realistic in what moderation really is.

Something to think (and act) on.

I am waiting for the food log.

Coach Nancy

From Fat to Fit: Spotlight on Coach Dean

03 February

Methinks I should have gone first on these Coach Spotlights so the bar was not raised so high with Meagan, Erin and Nancy!

How about some fun facts to know and tell?

As Nancy shared we met in school, and because we had the same last name we shared a mailbox (it was a small school). For a couple weeks I would find anonymous “interest” notes in the mailbox and couldn’t figure out where they were coming from. Duh! In my defense I just didn’t think anyone as beautiful and wonderful as Nancy would have any interest in me – who knew? Always makes you wonder when the ugly guys end up with the good looking wives. Anyway, we have been married 28 years as of Saturday February 8th, so I guess it worked out ok! :)

family

The Carlson Family (sans Kimberly)

Besides the whole last name thing, there was some other things we had in common. Her dad and my dad are both only children. Her dad and my dad are both Civil Engineers, and her mom and my mom are both nurses. And no, she is not my sister!

I grew up playing sports, and was really not an exceptional athlete at all. I went to a small private school and lettered in 3 sports (basketball, baseball and my first love soccer), but I probably would have gotten eaten alive at a larger school. My strategy now is to outlast all those guys that used to kick my butt back in the day. I actually am doing pretty well so far at that one!

I served 3 years in the Army at Ft. Benning, GA, which is where my son Tim is now stationed, and where he and Jeff spent the first couple years of their lives. Went back there for the first time in over 25 years when he graduated from selection school late last fall, which was kind of cool. Next time we go down I look forward to spending a little more time poking around.

After leaving the service I got a job with Domino’s Pizza in Manchester as an assistant manager, eventually working my way up to store manager and assistant supervisor of all three Manchester stores. That is really where my fitness journey began, because that is where I started to pack the weight on. It is a tough environment to be in. Fast paced, late night, grab and go – really just excuses I know, but those excuses eventually turned me into a serious fat boy.

Fast forward a few years, Tim is 15, Jeff is 14 and surprise – Nancy is expecting again! God certainly has a sense of humor, because we thought we were well done with kids. I am so glad now that He had another plan, but that was a doozy. I was working in the CAD department at A&B Lumber in Pembroke, and Nancy still had the daycare. Obese, pre-diabetic, and in a couch coma most of the time. Go to work, eat too much junk, sit on the couch and watch TV after work, go to bed and repeat. I still tried to play some pickup basketball here and there, but I am not sure I ever realized how poor of shape I really was. I got a clue at a church picnic, in fact the same one the picture on the wall in the Concord gym was taken at. There were some games and activities, and I came in dead last at a couple of the more active ones. I figured it was a normal part of getting older, I mean I was 33 or 34 after all – practically an old man! Never dawned on me that I could (or should) actually do something about it.

And then the wake-up call. Nancy is 5 months pregnant with Andrew (who is now about to turn 11) and I get a call on my phone at work from my son Jeff, who was homeschooled. “Derek is not breathing. Mom is working on him.”

And life changed forever.

Derek died of SIDS three weeks shy of his first birthday. We thought the stress was going to cause Nancy to lose Andrew. And yet by the grace of God here we are, over 11 years later, with 2 little girls added to our family, and with a whole second family called Get Fit NH.

When Derek died it made me realize I was wasting my own life. I couldn’t keep up with my teenage boys, and our family was going to get bigger soon. How would I ever be able to keep up with Andrew when he was 13 or 14 if I can’t even get off the couch now? At that time I weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 280 pounds and wire tight 46” pants. 9 months later I was down to around 200 pounds, and that is where you all come into play. I loved training again, having lifted weights in some capacity since I was 14 lifting the old Sears concrete filled barbells in the barn. People asked me how I did it. This is America, so I figured I would make them pay me to find out! :) Seriously though that is when I started my education in fitness training, including a 3 year mentorship with King Sports International, and now have earned more training credentials than are worth talking about. And I continue to work at my craft because now I have a passion to be a better version of who I was for so many years.

 

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The Get Fit Family!

I started training some clients one-on-one at the house, still working full time at A&B, and then starting mulling around doing group training. Really it was Dan Yeaton (that is Danno to you) that finally got me off my butt and in May of 2008 we started Get Fit NH outside, in my yard under a halogen light connected to my basketball hoop. We had eight friends of mine (including my best friend Nancy) coming, and then 2 days before we were going to start we got our first paying client sign up through the website – we were in business!

And it has blossomed from there. Sometimes (usually) I still can’t believe it. By the grace of God, the support of more people than I can name, especially Nancy, and a bit of hard work I now get to do what I love – which is train you! We have been so blessed with a fantastic team of coaches through the years, and of course I think we have the best clients in the world.

How cool is that?

Thank-you for all you do, and keep Making It Happen!

Coach Dean

Ten Things You Might or Might Not Know About Coach Nancy

20 January

(in no particular order of importance or significance)

  1. nancy2I have three brothers and one older sister. My brothers are to blame for any competitiveness you see in me. They are also the reason for me being on the winning team of anything I play. My siblings and their families all live in or near Indiana, which is where my parents still live. I of course had to make sure I won the “moved farthest from home award”.
  2. I stalked Dean for about three weeks before he noticed me. Yes, I was a secret admirer. I wrote him notes and left them around where I knew he would find them. Eventually I fessed up and we’ve been together ever since. And of course, I won the award for “meeting my spouse in the most unusual way”
  3. Dean and I will soon celebrate our 28th anniversary. While I didn’t win the award for being married first in my family. I did win the award for having the most children. Tim, 27, Jeff, 26, Derek, Drew, 10, Karalynn, 9, and Amy, 7. My youngest brother has since tied me with six children but I did it first!
  4. While I have worked in many different jobs, the longest was owning my own day care. I had this day care in two different states in three different locations. I operated the day care for almost 17 years. Again, I am the only sibling to own her own business.  I win that category as well
  5. nancy2When I met Dean my name was Nancy Carlson. Think about that for a minute…… My married name is actually Nancy Carlson Carlson. I just happened to fall in love and coaxed a man with my same last name to marry me. This makes for a very difficult situation when we tried to explain to our kids going to grandparents and Aunts and Uncles. They were almost all Carlson’s. So now I am winning and making unique impressions on more than just my side of the family. I have yet to meet another person who has done the same thing.
  6. In high school I played football. Yes, my brothers are responsible for the competitive edge. In fact I am so competitive, in my high school yearbook each senior picture had a list of accomplishments during their school years. I wanted my list to be long so I joined as many different clubs and teams as I could. If being well rounded was an event back then, I would have won. Some of the crazy things I did was be a Pom Pom girl, cross country, swim, French club, football, several plays, and other things that I can’t even remember.
  7. I was raised to love my God, my country, and my family. I remember so clearly the celebration of loyalty when our country turned 200 years old. I am still in love with this great nation. I am a patriot through and through. Sure I wish some things were different. There is not a perfect place on this earth.  I have so much joy in traveling around seeing all the great monuments and natural occurrences in the USA. I wish I could say I’ve been to all 50 states but I have not. In fact I have only been west of the Mississippi to travel to Texas, where Dean was stationed and our first son was born. If I could give out an award it would go to the best country ever.
  8.  Nancy skydivingI am a swimmer through and through. I swam competitively from 6 years old to high school. I love being in the water or near it. My parents have a small cabin in Wisconsin. We would stay there all summer as kids. My dad was a firm believer in making sure his two daughters could do everything his sons could do. (maybe that is where I get my competitiveness from). If I went fishing I found all the worms I would need, put the worm on the hook, as well as cleaned the fish too. I enjoy fishing to this day. By the way, I can drive a standard car and change oil because my dad made sure I could if needed.
  9. I would follow Dean to the end of the earth. There are quotes from the movie: Show Me the Money, “You had me at Hello” and “You complete Me”. That sums up Dean and I. He has always wanted to own his own gym. It was a no brainer when he suggested Get Fit NH. I was in. I would do whatever I could to make his dream come true. In doing so I have found my love of coaching. I was a shy kid. It would shock most people to know I talk in front of people. The Get Fit NH family has made me break out of my comfort zone in more than just this one way.
  10. God is a very important part of my life. I have gone through too much, seen too much in life not to think it was organized and put together by someone greater than myself. All that is good in me, is from God. I trust you see it.

I love my Get Fit NH family. I am so thankful you choose to train with us. The stories you’ve created because of stepping out of your comfort zone inspire me and your Get Fit NH family. Continue to Make It Happen.

Coach Nancy