ANGELA BEAMAN

Angela has done fantastic and continues to live a healthy lifestyle by working at it each and every day!  2014

Angela before....Angela now (August 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIKE W.

“I’m Mike W and if your reading this you are doing what I was doing this past July. I am 44 and not in the shape I wanted to be. Being the Husband of the best girl in the world and the father to the most beautiful 3 yr old girl I told myself it was time to change my priorities. Being 6’2” and 230 lbs I wasn’t ashamed of my size but notice my strength and stamina going down. Our family had been members of the Y.M.C.A. for a couple years but “belonging “doesn’t get you results. After looking at other fitness programs I kept coming back to G.I.M. The biggest reason…..the owners. This is not only their Business, it’s their passion.  You will always deal with them personally with questions, training, and motivation. By supporting them you are also supporting your community. (for me that means ALOT). Now back to me (lol). My wife and I joined the Fuel and Fit program in Aug. Neither of us really knew how to exercise CORRECTLY and though we cook at home we didn’t know how to cook and eat “clean” they also spend the time to teach the basic moves of the workouts especially Kickboxing. Being a specialized service technician I travel the Midwest for work which provided an extra challenge to this. Instead of excuses I made my health a priority and did what I had to do to commit to the 6 weeks. That commitment has been worth every second! Every day I am getting faster and stronger.  At the 5 week mark I had my annual physical for health insurance and here’s the results:

       Sept 2013               Sept 2014             Nov 2014

Weight                     233                        215                  201

B.M.I                       30.04                      27.5                  24

Bp                           136/90                  114/72

Heart rate                  80                          64

Triglycerides            169                          68

Cholesterol               218                        125

LDL                             145                         77

CURT PARROTT

Curt has worked out with us at Goals in Motion since June 2013.  As of September 2014, he is down 53 pounds and looking great!  Curt has learned that living healthy is not something accomplished in a few weeks or a few months.  He knows there is no end date, he puts in the work each and every day!  He comes to class almost every day and inspires all those around him!  Great job Curt!

Barbara Thoms Parrott's photo. 

JULIE LAFOLLETTE

January 2013 – May 2013

 

 

 

When I started Goals in Motion (GIM) in January, I knew it was time to take some time for myself and find “me” again.  I was pretty athletic in high school and college and could eat anything without having to worry about gaining weight.  Life then gave me four amazing boys within six years.   Their schedules became hectic, which meant lots of track and cross country meets, football, basketball, soccer and baseball practices and games, plus a full-time job.  Lots of eating on the run and not exercising took a toll on my body, mind and confidence. 

When I started the challenge in January, I was at the heaviest that I had ever been and was ready to get back to being the person that I knew I was under the extra weight.  I wanted to be able to do some of the things I enjoyed again, like running and biking, without being miserable or embarrassed.  I needed to become healthier not only for my family, but myself. 

I am thankful every day for Mardi, Sandy and the rest of the GIM family.  What you get from GIM is so much more than just an exercise program.  I’ve gone to other local programs and they cannot even begin to compare themselves to GIM.  GIM is a complete program with owners, coaches, instructors and other members that really care about your well-being and you as a person.  You get kickboxing and strength classes, extra cross training sessions, nutrition information, as well as a personal coach assigned to you to help guide you through the nine weeks.  The fitness classes are never the same, therefore, you never get bored of repetitive exercises.  This also helps to keep your muscles and body guessing and continuing to work hard.  Having a coach assigned to you that can get you through just about anything is a huge help as well.  Being able to have someone there to push you beyond what you think you are capable of, to ask questions about nutrition and to share your frustrations and successes is key.  Mardi, Sandy and the coaches will do that for you.  You get the whole package with GIM.

I finished my first challenge in March and lost 32 pounds and 7.5% body fat but I was still about 25 pounds from my goal weight.  I decided the best thing for me was to sign up for another challenge to get me to my final goals.  I also thought this would help reinforce the healthy habits that I started the first nine weeks.

Now 18 weeks later, I’ve met all of my goals that I set for myself in January.  I dropped an additional 24 pounds and 8.8% body fat in the second challenge.  I’m running local road races again and looking forward to doing a couple days of RAGBRAI this summer.  I’m in the best shape of my life and stronger than I’ve ever been both physically and mentally. 

It isn’t easy.  You have to work hard to see results both with the exercise and the nutrition, but it is well worth it.  GIM helped me find “me” again.  I’ve found a new way of life as well.  GIM is the place to be if you want a complete program…fitness, nutrition and a fantastic support system. 

NICOLE LUNDERS

 

 

 

Before Goals in Motion I felt lost, I knew what I wanted but I had no idea how to get there.  I weighed in over 200 pounds and often struggled with depression.  I have a wonderful family and amazing friends, but still something was missing. GIM opened my eyes to not only the physical toll that my unhealthy lifestyle had taken on me, but the mental and emotional defeat I had accepted.  Accomplishing my fitness goals has given me the confidence and courage to start on goals in other areas of my life.  I do not have to settle for just “surviving” life and taking what comes, I can make things happen.  GIM refreshed my sense of hope and I am so very grateful. I started Goals in Motion in 2011 with the primary goal of losing weight. I had just had my second little boy and pregnancy was not kind to me.  A friend recommended GIM and I anticipated great workouts – I was a little overwhelmed when my coaches gave me homework and encouraged me to set lifestyle goals, not just weight loss goals.  I remember being excited and VERY nervous. I put faith in the process and, with some great guidance, started making changes in my habits even bigger than getting up at 5 am to work out.  The owners, coaches, instructors and members encouraged me every step of the way.  I remember Kerri chanting “no more maternity pants” as we did high knees together.  I had great success, losing 27 pounds (and yes, those maternity pants) in 9 weeks.  Then I got pregnant with our third son – my husband and I joke that my slimmer figure and boost in confidence might have had something to do with this. 😉  I gained 50 pounds during the pregnancy, as I had with each of my first two.  The hope, happiness and confidence remained even as the scale went back the other direction. I knew I had just scratched the surface of my potential during the first challenge.  After Max was born I could not wait to get back at it!   I did a second challenge in May of 2012 again with great results.  I lost 25 pounds, ran an 8 minute mile for the first time in years and discovered that I love yoga. I signed up for maintenance but soon realized that I still needed the extra incentive and accountability of the challenge part of the program in order to get to my goal weight.  Fortunately, I am blessed with a very supportive husband who encouraged me to continue to set time aside for myself even with three kids under four to care for.   In return, my efforts have truly made me a better mother and wife.  I jumped into a third challenge in October of 2012 with a goal to lose 30 pounds and to cook two new recipes each week.  (Ok, so I also really wanted to win this one.)  I hit my goals and won the challenge!  And most importantly I finally “got it”…the true reward at the end of the challenge is not the food at the final party, it is the continued success of a healthy lifestyle.  I knew I wanted more of this feeling so I set more goals including getting more involved at Goals in Motion by becoming a coach.  (Bud, Angela and I coached our first Team Own It! in June of 2013 and it is more rewarding than I could ever imagine.) Now, a year after my last challenge ended, I have not only maintained my weight but lost a little more for a total of 60 pounds and 14% body comp.   I am stronger physically, mentally and emotionally now than I ever remember being in my life.   It took me some time to really embrace this as a lifestyle but now I can’t imagine life any other way.  I stay engaged with the constantly challenging workouts at GIM, by seeking out recipes and sharing them, reading articles that motivate me, and by celebrating the big and little successes with friends.  My desire to lose weight motivated me to join Goals in Motion but the physical changes pale in comparison to the brighter life I now lead thanks to Sandy, Mardi and the GIM family!  

NICK COCHRAN

March 2013 – August 2013

  

    

  

Here is Nick’s Story: “I have always been an unhealthy person, but before I started at Goals in Motion in March, it had reached an extreme. I topped the scales at 250 pounds and could hardly walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. If you looked up the definition of a couch potato in the dictionary you would see a picture of me, never exercising and eating fast food one or two times a day. I hadn’t seen much else of a grocery store other than the frozen food section and chip/pop isle. I was leading an extremely unhealthy lifestyle and if I didn’t make a change right then, it wasn’t going to happen. My mom had been doing Goals for quite some time and was in great shape. She encouraged me to try the 9 week challenge but wasn’t pushy. I could tell she was worried about my health, even if she didn’t come out and say it. Heck, for the first time since I could remember, I was starting to get worried about my health. At first I was very hesitant. Could I make through a full workout? Would I stick with it? Would I be able to stick to eating healthy and not eating the fast food I was so used to eating on a regular basis? I won’t lie, there were moments of doubt. There were moments that I wanted to give up and walk away. Moments that I didn’t feel good about my progress and where I was at with my weight. The support system at Goals helped me push through those times and strive to hit my level 10 each and every day. Every single person at Goals, all the way from the owners to the people who work out beside you every day, want to see you succeed and they genuinely care about you and your health. I finished my 9 week challenge with amazing results, losing 33 pounds, 7% body fat, drastically improving my sit ups, push-ups and mile run, and also lost 6 total inches. But more than that, I felt amazing about myself. I had accomplished something I never thought I could do, and it was opening up a world of possibilities for me. In fact, I was feeling so good about myself that I decided to do another challenge. After 20 weeks I had lost a total of 54 pounds, over 13% body fat, 10 total inches and was feeling better than I ever had in my life. The biggest accomplishment of my second challenge was the fact that I had, after 12 years, finally quit smoking. Thanks to Goals in Motion I am leading a healthy lifestyle, something I never thought I could do. I have become addicted to the feeling you get after a good workout and even though I don’t see the statistical numbers I did through my first two challenges, I can feel myself getting stronger every day. I am now in the process of training to be an instructor at GIM and plan on assistant coaching in the next challenge so I can pay forward all the amazing encouragement and praise I received when I went through my challenges. Goals in Motion is an amazing place, with amazing people, where you will see amazing results.”

JEN SIMPSON

May 2008- October 2012

    

Here is Jen’s story: “I lived my whole life on the “chunky side” with my first negative scale memory dating back to 5th grade.  Dieting my way through high school I graduated around 190 (not big, but not small either).   I progressively added a few pounds each year and met my husband in 2004 weighing 216.  (I know this thanks to Weight Watchers’ weekly weigh-in.) I broke my ankle severely in 2005, and tipped the scale at 245 (after a long bout of immobility and pain).  I got married in 2006 and was lucky enough to see the 209 mark after 12 months and $2,500 in personal training.  I spiked back up to 235 in 2007 and found myself living on chicken, spray butter, and lettuce until I hit 220 in 2008. I sat in my doctor’s office in January of 2008 after multiple medical concerns and was diagnosed with cystic ovaries, pre-diabetes, and insulin resistance – all weight related illnesses with side effects that included intense night sweats, facial hair growth, acne, heart palpitations, blood sugar variations, and excessive hormonal imbalances that mimicked perimenopause.  The best the medical profession could offer me was fat absorption prevention and metabolism boosting drugs that proved ineffective with scary side effects that were borderline dangerous.   They suggested I try a liquid diet.  I also heard repeatedly, “Have you tried Weight Watchers?” A friend introduced me to Goals In Motion and my health and life will never be the same.  I, of course, “knew it all.”   Why do a challenge?  I know what I am doing!  I have paid personal trainers.  I’ve done Weight Watchers.  I can do my own diet.  I just need a gym with a program I can follow and friends to help me with accountability – RIGHT?  WRONG!  I didn’t know how much I had to learn and how much I bought into the lies of the doctors, society, and (of course) myself. My first 9-week challenge was in May 2008 yielding a 24 lbs weight loss and the beginning of my journey under the 200 pound threshold.  I backed up those 9 weeks with 9 more in August 2008 which took me down another 23 pounds.  Now in the 170’s, I had a new lease on life!  Over the next several years I would chase more goals and have success in maintaining life in the 170’s.  As happens…when life, work/travel schedules, and injuries get in the way, my clothes got snug and the scale crept back up to 180.  This was unacceptable for me I didn’t want to slowly lose all the success I had achieved.  I had been an instructor and coach at GIM since early in 2009 and began teaching healthy cooking classes as The Food Mentor in 2010 as a way to pay some of my food knowledge forward.  There were plenty of people who had told me that they looked to me for inspiration, and I knew that I had to walk-the-walk once more.  In Aug 2012 I stepped into challenge number three, aware of the food choices to make, knowing the hours that needed logged at the GIM, and the inconveniences I would have to face.  My coaches were there to push me, teach me, and guide me just like they were in 2008, which proved vital for hitting the goals I set for myself.   After 63 daily food journals, peddling my bike versus driving to GIM, and attending over 70+ classes, I can celebrate at 158 and a body comp of 23 percent.  This is my new personal best! Stats are really just that, a marker to evaluate if you met tangible goals.  For me I had to learn that it is not the scale that I am holding up as my marker of goal achievement.  It is an inner peace that the negative thoughts that haunted my thinking for years have vanished.  Thanks, Goals In Motion, for being the place of blood, sweat, tears, and joy…I am so grateful. I am empowered, stronger, healthy, and can smile from the inside out not because of the size of my jeans, but because I can look back and know that my husband, my family, and my friends loved me before …and will love me after…. this transformation.   But most valuable, I learned to love me like Christ loves me.  The Lord has blessed me with so much; to Him I give all the glory as I strive to be a good steward of this body He has given me.” Jen Simpson- Oct. 2012

ANGELA RENKEN

Post Challenge by Angela Renken, September 24, 2012 Photos from May 2012 (pre-challenge) and July 2012 (post-challenge) They say a photo is worth a 1,000 words.  So here I am sharing my “words” with the world.  Sure, it’s embarrassing BUT…

 if I can inspire just 1 person to stand up and say “I can do what she did!” then I have succeeded. Goals In Motion has a proven program that saved me.  When I started the challenge in May 2012, I was at my heaviest point.  I’d ignored the issue for over 10 years.  I could not have imagined the physical and mental transformation I would go through.  Sure, I knew I’d lose a few pounds but to be in the best shape of my life (at 41) in less than 4 months?  Incredible! The GIM classes and clean eating are still as important to me today as they were during the challenge.  Now, 2 months post challenge I have lost an additional 7 pounds (down 26) and dropped another pant size (from size 12 to size 6!). Why do I recommend GIM? 1) Because the support you receive is 2nd to none. 2) The coaches, trainers and members are friendly and supportive. 3) Just like life, you get out of this what you put into it. 4) Oh and IT WORKS! For me getting fat was sooo easy.  Shedding the pounds took dedication and effort but I wouldn’t change a thing. This sums up the past few months for me – “It’s not about perfect.  It’s about effort.  When you bring that effort every single day, that’s where change happens. ~ hasfit.com”

MARNIE STEIN

Marnie Stein posted…..”I had my first diabetes checkup on Monday since joining Getting in Motion in June. My A1c level is the lowest it has been in years! My endocrinologist was thrilled and said it was definitely due to Gettin in Motion. Thanks Sandy and Mardi”

RACHEL QUILL

Profile PictureThank you Goals in Motion!!!  My doctor was extremely impressed with my blood results so I wanted to share.   My total cholesterol went down from 206 to 162; my bad cholesterol went down from 127 to 84; my good cholesterol went up from 58 to 78 (even though 78 is way beyond the upper limit of 55, my doctor says that it is great that this happened.  She said that only a very healthy diet coupled with serious exercise can increase HDL.  I told her….that it is exactly what I am doing at Goals in Motion).  My triglycerides went down from 103 to 40. My doctor also tested several of my hormones (human growth hormone, cortisol, DHEA, and testosterone).  The most important one for me was the testosterone.  My testosterone has been terribly high since Year 2000, causing havoc in my life.  The maximum level for a woman is 0.74.  Mine was 1.1.  Now, my testosterone is at a wonderful 0.61 level.  This is the first time in many years that my testosterone has been normal. Lastly, I am no longer on blood pressure medication and it continues to be at normal levels! All of this is beyond wonderful for me and no less than a miracle.  I never dreamed how immensely my life was going to change when I walked through the Goals In Motion doors for the first time!!! I walked in a very unhealthy person and today I am happy, healthy, and I have also taken up running and have now completed many races, including a couple of marathons!!! Forever grateful, Rachel Quil

HOLLY RUSSELL

Dam to Dam 20K-2011 2:28:26 with a pace of 11:59 minutes/mile Dam to Dam 20K-2012 2:10:22 with a pace of 10:29 minutes/mile So a total of 18 minutes off of my 20k and an average of 1 min 30 sec off of each mile!! Thanks for everything Goals in Motion!!!  Many months after my challenge I continue to feel great and have found my level 10 in life! Goals in Motion has been the right track to keep me strong, healthy and happy! Holly Russell

GABE BAUMANN

  
Mardi & Sandy,
When I started my challenge back in January 2011, I was not prepared for what kind of transformation I was in-for.  Thanks so much for Goals in Motion! After 18 weeks of workouts with the Goals in Motion family I went from 199 lbs to 165 lbs and brought my body fat down from 19.4% to 10.2%. … Now at 34 years of age…I’m in as good of shape as I have ever been…it’s crazy how good I feel!! Thank you & God Bless
Gabe

PAULA NEUMANN

Lost 101 pounds and 18% body comp in less than 10 months!!!  Paula’s weight loss journey is described by her below…..   My name is Paula Neumann and I joined GIM in May 2008 at the age of 36. Prior to GIM I was unhealthy and overweight and I had struggled with these two things most of my life.  I was overweight as a kid and started dieting in middle school.  I would gain and lose weight continuously with fad diets.  As I got older it got worse.  By the time I was in college, I would gain up to 40 pounds over the school year, then diet all summer to lose it.  If I didn’t diet my weight would continue to go up.  After college I married Kevin and started my career as an accountant.  Like many of us do, I let work and family become priority, not myself.  When my daughter was 3, I was encouraged ot join Weight Watchers.  I lost 80 pounds in one year, basically by cutting calories.  Within 6 months, all of the weight came back.  I lost some of this weight after my son was born, but then decided I was too busy for “diets.”  By the time I joined GIM I was at my heaviest weight ever, 10 pounds more than when I started WW.  On top of the weight gain, I went to my yearly physical adn my doctor told me that my cholesterol was very high and that if I didn’t do soemthing I would have to go on medication. I was determined to make a change in my life!!!  My husband Kevin helped me take the first step…he bought me a 9 week challenge at Goals in Motion.  At first I have my doubts…how would I ever make myself get up at 4:30am to work out?  I could barely get myself up to go to work adn I had tried for months (or should I say years) to lose weight and exercise.  Would I stick with it?  Could I physically do it?  (At that moment I knew I could not even do 1 sit ups and I had never run a mile in my life.) Now I can say I DID IT!!!!  I lost 101 pounds in 10 months and I have dropped a total of 18% body fat!  It’s my hope that this story will inspire others to give Goals in Motion a try. How did I do it? There were 3 contributing factors that made my GIM experience a success.  People, Nutrition, Exercise. People:  My husband Kevin!  He supported me at home by taking care of the kids so I could exercise every morning, helping with meals, and just listening to all my struggles and triumphs over the past year.  Richelle, my coach at Goals in Motion, who looked at my food journals daily and taught me how to make good food choices and also explained to me how to do the exercises in class with proper form and/or how to modify to suit my fitness abilities.  Lori, my good friend and work out partner, was at GIM every day and would never let me quit!!  All three of these people had no doubt that I could do the program and I want to tahnk them for having faith in me!!  I would also like to mention Mardi and Sandy, owners of GIM.  I believe that they truly want to help everyone succeed!  They get to know you as a person and they set up an environment that is comfortable for anyone to ask for help or advice.  They are inspirational and bring such enthusiasm to the studio every day.  Last but not least, I want to mention the instructors and classmates.  They are ll fun to be around and very supportive.  Their positive attitudes really make the experience of exercise enjoyable (something I did not believe could be possible.) Nutrition:  The GIM program teaches you about the importance of balancing proteins, carbs, and healthy fat intake.  They help you understand that the quality of the food is just as important as watching the quantitiy…and how to make this a lifestyle change.  My coach was diligent about reviewing my food journals and giving advice on how to improve them.  I would never have believed I could consume less food (I was an over eater) but still feel satisfied and energized.  Cutting the crap food and eating healthy makes you feel great!  I have to admit it took a bit to adjust to the food- the withdrawals  I felt from sugar were tough at first, but then I realized food is not the most important thing in my life.  I wanted to feel better and be healthier.  I no longer wanted to walk around stuffed into my clothes, and every day…hating to decide what to wear to work and if it would fit.  Learning how to eat has made a huge difference in my life and has been a big factor in how I have maintained my weight for over 2 years. Exercise:  Exercise is something I had always dreaded and avoided, but the GIM program made me realize it was too important to go without it in my life.  The program has variety which helped me from becoming bored.  Both the strength training and the kickboxing made me feel empowered.  I found the program to be tough every day.  I even felt like crying some days because I couldn’t do all the exercises, but in my head, I could hear my coach saying “just modify” or “you can do anything for 10 seconds.”  I learned that if I gave my best every day…”my best” eventually would get better.  The program is challenging but if you want results it should be challenging!  I think back about how my 2 week goal was to do a single sit up and now I can crank them out with a 20 pound weight on my chest.  Sandy and Mardi have told me that intense workouts and good/clean eating will get me where I want to be and keep me there.  These words have proven true!  I not only reached my 100 pound goal but I have successfully maintained this weight loss for over 2 years.  I would not have expected in 10 months time I would be in the best shape of my life.  Thanks GIM!

       

 

 

Peggy Ochylski

(This is a note sent to the GIM owners and Peggy’s 9 Week Challenge Coaches) Okay, this is just to thank you all (and all of the Goals people) for making me into such a stronger person and more healthy.  I actually participated in the Earth Day Valley Junction 5K today (and only ran once two weeks ago to prepare) — finished it in 30.25 and RAN THE ENTIRE WAY!  Have never been a runner but it has been on my bucket list.  Took faith in myself for how hard I push myself and am pushed at Goals to be able to get this done.   I felt so awesome – so strong – so healthy – and so proud of myself.  I never, ever could have done that prior to becoming a GIM addict – NEVER!!!!  I seriously credit all of you for making such a huge change in my life.  I will definitely be doing some more 5K’s because it was such an incredibly gratifying feeling.  Shocked the heck out of my husband when I came across the finish line in 30 minutes – also, my 17 year old daughter was at the finish line with balloons for me.  They were both so proud of me.    So, thank you guys for all your have done for me – you are all amazing.   Peggy O.       

RAEJEAN WARREN – 70 Years Old

WOW!  If you are alooking for a fantastic fitness program that is fun, in addition to having a supportive and friendly atmosphere, this is the one!  Sandy and Mardi are great and they call every member by name.  The coaches encourage you to set personal fitness and diet goals as you progress through the 9 Week Challenge.  The coaches review your food journals and provide suggestions on your food choices.  The coaches have team meetings so that you meet other participants and discuss your goals, obstacles, and progress.  Everyone encourages each other.  The instructors help you with the correct form and push you to be your best. Goals in Motion has been the best gift I could have ever given myself.  Good health is one of the most important aspects of a person’s life.  To date, I am the oldest person to sign up and finish the challenge.  I set a personal goal to greatly improve my strength, flexibility, and balance.  I accomplished that and much more!! Sandy was encouraging from the first day I walked into the studio and inquired about the class.  I was wondering if someone my age was capable of taking these classes.  I was encouraged to give it a weeks try to see if I would like the classes and to see if I was able to perform the exercises and kickboxing.  Well, I started the next week and never looked back.  I signed up to start the challenge 3 weeks early as I knew I needed additional time to work on proper form.  I improved in every aspect of the program – push ups, situps, body comp, sit and reach, and I also lost 10 pounds.  I feel so much better and have more energy. Many members have belonged to other fitness programs.  However, they sing the praises of Goals in Motion as their favorite exercise program and many members have come back for another 9 Week Challenge or for maintenance.  Thanks Sandy and Mardi!!

 

 

STEVE PATTEE

In February 2007, I turned 50 and felt I was in pretty good shape.  But during the past two yeares, pursuing my addiction to sports car racing, I started becoming dangerously fatigued towards the end of long races.  Not a great idea when you are topping 170 pmh.  I knew that if I wanted to be competitive in racing, it was time to get myself into better shape.  And for that I called my good friend Mardi at GIM. Did I say better shape?  What I found after my initial consult with Mardi, I found that I was in terrible shape!  I am 5’10” and weighed a little over 200 pounds and my body fat was a staggering 26%!  No wonder I was getting tired.  I needed a program to get myself into shape. Most people dont think sports car raacing is much more than driving around a track, and after all, its not that physically demanding driving around town, is it?  The fact is that sports car racing demands that you be in peak physical condition.  The G-forces and stresses constantly have your entire body working to stabilize itself.  Temperatures insdie the car regularly reach over 120F.   And with all the safety gear on (drivers suit, helmut, glvoes, fire proof underwear) body core temps can hit 103F.  Combine that with maintaining a 130-150 heart rate with no rest for up to 2 1/2 hours, sports car racing can be grueling.  As all thse factors take their toll, mental fatigue becomes the major issue.  The consequences for a mental mistake can be dangerous if not deadly. Mardi developed an approach for me that began with personal training 3 days a week.  We started off slow and it still nearly killed me.  I had a special “dark” place in my heart for bag climbers and grasshoppers.  But with Mardi and Sandy’s encouragement, I stuck with it and began seeing results.  I started losing wieght, my body fat dropped, and my recovery time was getting shorter.  After 3 months I had lost 20 pounds and dropped my body comp down to 21%.  During that time I also managed to compete in a few races and felt an increase in stamina.  This really seemed to be working! After the 3 months, Mardi and Sandy convinced me to sigh up for the “CHALLENGE.”  Piece of cake, I thought.  After all, I had been “training” for 3 months, right?  WRONG!  The CHALLENGE was a challenge!  I modified my diet drastically, I worked out 6 days a week instead of 3 days a week, and I drank lots of water.  After a few weeks, I found I actually WANTED to go work out, I didn’t hurt too much anymore, I felt better, and water started tasting, well, GOOD. At the end of the CHALLENGE, I had lost a grand total of 35 pounds and dropped over 11% body fat.  My ability to perform on the track greatly increased.  I can drive at “limit” for hours now and feel great when I get out of the race car.  In the late stages of a race, now I’M the one who is doing the passing, not the other way around. It’s been 1 1/2 years since I first started going to GIM and I have to say it is the single best thing I have ever done for myself.  I continue to work out at GIM almost every day and my performance on the track has continued to improve.  I feel better, have more energy, and can see myself racing competitively for years to come. Thanks Mardi!  Thanks Sandy!