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Little Miss Fit(ness!)

No model left on her behind. Whether it’s walking, biking, rock climbing, or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking a few spots further AWAY from the store, tell us what makes your heart jump(rope) for joy! Remember…nothing tastes as good as fitness feels!

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  1. April 3, 2013

    I just sent out a group e-mail but wanted to post here too in case anyone still reads this blog-Let’s go fly a kite on April 28th at the Owen Bell Park in Dayville! we can turn the park Red and show Northeast CT that the Follow the Fifty Models of Heart Health are still doing our thing! Bring your families and bring a heart healthy snack if you want to. Also bring a kite or ball or frisbee and plan to have some fun! This can be a day of exercise in the park and fun for the whole family. Let’s get outside and shake off the cobwebs that started to grow over this long winter! See you there! thump, thump

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  2. September 20, 2012

    This is how I felt last weekend after the Alexander’s Lake Race…still reaping the benefits of that day…”I didn’t take this whole race thing very serious. My thoughts were if I walk and at least finish, then good for me! Just the walk from the parking lot to Byrnes was making me winded. I sided up with Brenda and the race starts…she was off like a rocket! Great job! So I huffed & puffed my way thru the first 2 miles, walking, then running. Diane & Kelly close by the whole time. Thank you girls!! You pushed me along & kept me motivated and that’s when something deep inside of me pushed to the surface and made me want to finish this race more than ever! A piece of me that I thought died a long time ago…came back. I don’t even know how to describe how I am feeling right now. The hugs and support from my FTF sista’s gave me strength and also, Amy & Dawna made those last few steps easier! Many thanks! And last of all…my sister! I am so proud of the person she has become. She wasn’t feeling the walking thing today, but she showed up because of me. And she was there every step of the way for me, for all of us…and most of all…for Linda. My whole family should be very proud of her!”

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  3. July 17, 2012

    Thank you, once again, FTF organizers, and a great big THANK YOU! to Monique Wolanin for showing me that jogging is possible and actually (dare I say) easy!!!!

    Before the “Joggin’ the Noggin” event this past Saturday, I had always dreamed of the day that I would be able to jog. I admire runners, and I KNOW there is a runner inside me that is dying to get out!!! However, because of my size, I was afraid of the effects of 200+ pounds banging down on my knees, shins, and ankles. I didn’t want to suffer an injury that would set me back from walking and exercising. Well, that misconception was blown away on Saturday! As I listened to Monique tell us about the woman who claimed she couldn’t run, and then did run, I wondered, “Could I run, too?!” And when Missy Bonsall shared that she, also, is running, when she thought she couldn’t… well, I figured I would give it a try when we went outside. As I took my first steps, I tried to remember everything Monique told me about proper form. I was excited as my feet fell and I didn’t feel any pain! Not only that, but I didn’t feel any pain on Sunday, either, so I went out Monday evening to try it at home. Guess what?! NO PAIN!!!!! So I went out again tonight, and you know what?! Not only do I not feel any pain, I actually feel something that I haven’t felt in a long time… it is called PRIDE! I tried something that I thought I couldn’t do and I DID IT!!! I can’t even put into words how good this feels! The runner inside me is doing cartwheels and handsprings, she is so thrilled! And the best part?! I know this is only the beginning…

    With all my heart, I thank you, FTF & Monique, for saving my life, for changing my life, and for giving me a new (healthy!) life. <3

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  4. May 29, 2012

    Did the Color Me Rad 5k in Hartford this weekend. It was awesome and I feel so accomplished from it! Can’t wait to do it again next year!

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    • May 29, 2012

      Nice! Must have been warm and water worthy!

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      • May 31, 2012

        It was awesome and colorful!!

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  5. May 28, 2012

    Exercise Alert! A reminder that fitness instructor Amy Williams will hold resistance band classes OUTDOORS every Wednesday night from 7 to 8pm at the Farmers Market Pavilion on the Putnam Rivertrail, just off Kennedy Drive. Only $4 per class with a 5 class minimum commitment (and you don’t have to take the classes consecutively.) To join, contact Amy at 860-455-3048, at mikewithamy@att.net or just show up this Wednesday! What a great sight it will be to see everyone exercising together outdoors on Wednesday evenings! Special thanks to our HealthQuest Northeast CT partner – the Putnam Economic and Development Department for coordinating this effort!

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  6. May 25, 2012

    I remember thinking not that long ago, that I could never find the time to go to a gym or add a workout into my day. How could I afford a gym membership? Classes are expensive, I’m too tired, etc. Oh, you know the excuses. We all have them. And there’s a million and one of them.

    Now, every day is an adventure. What can I try today? And where? I’ve found so many free or low cost fitness activities that I can do alone or with my family. I now have to pick and choose what I want to do. How could I have missed all these choices!

    I can walk (one of my favorites)! I can walk in my hometown of Putnam, on the river trail, on a track or on the sidewalk! I can walk at Thompson Dam with a group or on my own. There are walks in Killingly/Danielson, a brand new track in Plainfield, a track near QVCC, and more! Ooooh, don’t forget Walktober! Can’t wait. What to do first?!

    I can go to a Laughter Yoga group session once a month for free. I can do Qi Chong at work on Wednesdays. I can go swimming in Plainfield or Thompson or a lake or a pond (ok, maybe not quite yet…although I did go in the ocean last week). I can go to Tai Chi at Rotary Park for free. I can join my FTF sisters at the Farmer’s Market Pavillion and use resistance bands!

    I can drop in Nia, or Studio 411 (?) or Body by Design or Kononia or another facility for a class in Zumba, Yoga, Nia, Pilates or more. And guess what? They aren’t that expensive.

    Excuses be gone! Make the time. Pick a pleasure and GO!! MOVE!! And drag others with you. Be their model too. And guess what…remember how “tired” you were? The more I move, the more I want to move and the more energy I have. Live, Laugh, and Love…yourself and others.

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    • May 31, 2012

      I really love your enthusiasm and am so glad that I got to meet you last Wed. I look forward to walking with you again….and maybe even checking out the hulahoop group at Owen Bell on Tuesday!

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  7. May 20, 2012

    So exercise comes in many forms- today my husband and I are going to the Pierogie Festival where there will be Polka Dancing all afternoon!

    Plan on dancing and not eating Pierogies or Keilbasa!!

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  8. May 7, 2012

    Had a great time playing tennis with my good friend and coworker Donna Hendrickson! We actually chased balls more than anything, but we are both softball gals and thought we were playing a game haha! I was definitely sweating! Then I went home and did some exercises with my resistance bands, along with sit ups and push ups with my ball. I did it while I watched TV (hmmmm isn’t it amazing to watch the TV and keep moving and not root yourself to the couch?) 🙂 Loving living life the healthy way and having much more energy! And I am down 9 pounds 🙂 WOOHOO!

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    • May 7, 2012

      Sounds like the program is going well!!

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  9. May 5, 2012

    So now I am looking for my next local run- and found it- The Plainfield Fun Runs begin on June 5th 6pm at Plainfield HS track. Had so much fun today going to go there. They are open to all ages and levels so worth a try.

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  10. May 3, 2012

    Thank you Lee for spreading the word about my Hoop meet-up on Tuesday’s. I so look forward to hooping with you again!! Should anyone have any questions send me an email.

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  11. May 2, 2012

    Will be getting back to Curves next week. Also, I will see my knee surgeon and ask him about what I can do for the 5k walk. I’m hoping he says I can train for it, or at least 2.5k. I’ll know by next Wednesday.

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  12. April 28, 2012

    My 23-year-old son Jeff is my coach. He is a personal trainer and is a “gym-rat.” He knew when he agreed to be my coach that he was up for a challenge as my favorite form of exercise is reading a book. Last weekend, Jeff gave me a gift – an iTunes gift card. He went on to explain this gift came with conditions: 1) I could only use it to download an audio book onto my iPod; 2) I can only listen to this book while I am walking; 3) my audio book needs to be at least 8 hours long; and 4) I must complete it within 7-10 days… I think I asked the right person to be my coach!

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    • May 1, 2012

      I love Jeff already- a son who really cares about his Mom from another Mom who shares the same exercise passion as you!! 🙂

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    • May 2, 2012

      I think your son is a motivational genius!! What a wonderful way to show you that he knows you and cares, not only about your well-being, but about what motivates you! I hope you pick a great book that makes you want to keep moving!!

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    • May 2, 2012

      Fantastic…not only is Jeff a wonderful son, but he must be a great personal trainer with creative ideas like that!!!

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    • May 8, 2012

      That is so awesome! What wonderful, thoughtful,conditions! Talk about motivation!! I love it! Enjoy your audio book!

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  13. April 22, 2012

    Your posts have inspired me.

    Okay, did not do as well as others…started jogging today while doing my daily 1.5 mile walk. Jogged maybe a quarter of a mile in total. Remembered to grab my red FTF t-shirt out of the laundry before heading out, (this type of daily commitment should earn me the cost of another shirt).

    I am sorry to all you beautiful ladies out there. Here I am a red bulletin board (from someone who does not like to be noticed at all, this is the hardest commitment) with the red face to match and an open mouth to try and catch my breath! It started raining, so my wind swept hair was now also sticking to my head. It Was Not Pretty.

    Looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow!

    Could use some tips about jogging/running for beginners. Do running shoes make it any easier?

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    • April 23, 2012

      Marion, Google “Couch to 5k”…the plan is there and it works! I am walking 5k’s about 4 days a week which I want to up my mileage…but it works for sure:)

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      • April 25, 2012

        Sounds like you are off and on the move- which sounds good to me. Good running shoes do make a difference- you need the support, which these provide. It is best to purchase these at a shop which specializes in exercise and activity equipment. They will have people who can help and advise. There is one of these stores in Downtown Danielson and one in Old Mystic Village, another exericise store is in Lisbon Landing.
        🙂

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    • May 2, 2012

      Marion,
      Congrats…you are well on your way to becoming an athlete. The most important thing you can do is invest in a good pair of running/walking shoes. Go to an independently owned running/walking store. The staff there is specially trained to get you into the right shoe. The wrong shoe could lead to an injury that may sideline you. I did a little web search and there is a store in Worcester, MA called Sneakerama – here is the link: http://www.sneakerama.com/.

      I have purchased shoes at the following stores and know their staff is qualified to fit you properly. If you feel like a road trip, Kelleys in Mystic, Marathon Sports in Boston and Fleet Feet in West Hartford are all good.

      Another tip – never increase your mileage by more than 10% each week. If you follow these two suggestions, it will help you to stay healthy!

      Good luck and please do not hesitate to ask me any questions.

      Kip Parker

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    • May 8, 2012

      Hey Marion,
      I know you posted this a while ago….How is the jogging going for you? I just learned that there will be a beginner runner “club” of sorts meeting at the Thompson damn on Wednesday nights starting at the end of May. It looks really good! Facebook message me if you are interested and I’ll send you the details. I am definitely NOT a runner but I am going to give this a shot, it looks fun! I would love to have other FTF sisters joining us too!

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    • June 2, 2012

      Marion, I am right with you. With this commitment it meant stepping WAY WAY out of my comfort zone…I don’t like to be the center of attention; always in the back row for pictures. I was kind of laughing when you mentioned the red face. I will walk with you anytime because we would MATCH! I’m purple-faced by the time I finish. But you know, I’m thrilled I did this. It’s got its challenges no doubt, and I struggle but I also pat myself on the back. I even went to one of the Ruby filming sessions and participated (can’t believe it!!) This intiative is about Heart Health, but you know, for me, it’s so much more!!!! Oh, and I chew sugar free gum when I exercise to avoid dry mouth. So thank you to YOU ALL who help me just by blogging or posting on FB. I might not know you…but I feel your struggles and your triumphs and it keeps me motivated…

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  14. April 21, 2012

    Yikes- Just jogged 3 miles in Pachaug State Forest with my husband/coach. Didn’t think I would ever do that again. My legs were dragging but it is good to know that I can still move and sweat and breathe hard!!

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    • April 22, 2012

      Great! I am so proud of you.

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      • April 25, 2012

        We will start to jog together!! Thanks.

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  15. April 19, 2012

    I love to hula hoop! I hope to stop down for some good clean fun!

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  16. April 19, 2012

    Wheee!! Coach Chuck bought hula hoops for me and the little guy and I’m not sure who is worse, me or Lucas.
    I used to be able to do this as a kid. Maybe I need a refresher course. I’ll have to let my teammate know and see if she’s game. Tuesdays you can usually find us hoofing it through Putnam.

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  17. April 19, 2012

    I love aquacize! Being in the water feels great and it is a wonderful workout. I go to the Conference Center in Southbridge where they have both morning and late afternoon classes. Great for toning! 🙂

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  18. April 18, 2012

    Do you want to feel like a kid again? On Tuesday nights at Owen Bell Park in Dayville from 5:30 until dusk, weather permitting, Judi Anne Jones of Creative Game Parties hosts an open hoop session. I could never hula hoop as a kid but these are weighted hoops (around two pounds) and are much easier to hoop with. This is a great workout, burns lots of calories and good for slimming the waist. The music is upbeat and makes the time fly by. You can bring your own hoop or Judi has hoops available. Hope to see my fellow FTF sisters soon. I’ll be on vacation for the next two weeks but will be back for the May 8th session.

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    • April 19, 2012

      What an awesome tip Leslie! I’m going to try to make it, and I think I’ll bring my son too!

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    • April 19, 2012

      Oh my gosh! That sounds like SO much fun! Gotta try to get there!

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    • April 19, 2012

      I love to hula hoop! The weighted hoops are so much easier for sure. I used to be able to hoop with my toddler on my shoulders at concerts…that was just about 2 years ago. But, since my back surgery, my hips don’t seem to sway the same, so I’m not so good at it anymore! Folks, hooping is where it is at if you are able!

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    • April 21, 2012

      Wow, that sounds like fun. I could do that on my way home from work, if I change to play clothes.

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    • April 22, 2012

      That sounds like fun.

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    • April 23, 2012

      I am also of the hula hooping past ..funny that this Saturday was able to teach my five year old Grandaughter how and within 10 mins she could keep it going for MUCH longer than Grammy! A refresher sounds really good…

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      • March 21, 2013

        Hi Linda:

        Letting all Follow the Fifty Models know space still open for Hoop Dancing classes starting Monday, March 25th 6:30 – 7:30pm. Reasonable Price. Register with Killingly Parks and Recreation. Also be on the lookout for Free Hoop Jams this Spring/Summer at Owen Bell Park. Hoops and great dance music provided. Come see what all the HOOP is about!! 🙂

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    • April 24, 2012

      I wish I had read this earlier today, I would have been there! But my teammate Marion and I did walk the Putnam river trail. Next Tuesday I may try to convince her to try the hula hoop group instead!

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    • May 3, 2012

      Thank you Lee!! Bring your buddy!!

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      • June 6, 2012

        Are you still hula hooping on Tuesdays?

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