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Scene FitnessBY TROY HUGGETT, M.S.You look in the mirror and wonder to yourself: How did I let myself go this far?Whether you are brand new to fit- ness, or you’ve simply fallen outof shape recently, here is the quick be- ginner’s guide to get you back on track quickly. Change your in-front-of-the-mir- ror thought bubble to: Wow, I’m looking amazing! by reading on and taking the action steps below.Start with Motivation: Why do you want to get fit again? There must be a rea- son that you desire to change your body at this time in your life. Think about it until you have a very clear, very specific reason.There is no wrong answer here. We all have our own personal motivators for wanting to achieve our best selves. What’s ultimately important is that your reason is specific and powerful to you.Once you’ve determined what your motivation is, write it down where you can see it every day. Think about it. Fo- cus on it. Don’t ever let go of it. Many of my clients place a written statement by their bed and read it just before retiring for the night and once again when they wake up. This statement needs to be an “I am” statement. State what your goal is in the present tense and visualize yourself already having attained the body shape, health, fitness, etc. that you desire. In ad- dition to this approach, many have placed a notecard on their bathroom mirror and/ or taped to the steering wheel of their car! Doing this helps keep the motivation/ goal first and foremost in the mind!Work on Education: You need to eat right and workout smart in order to quick- ly achieve your goal body. Do you know how to do this? Are you sure?While there is more information on fitness available to us today than ever before, all of the information noise often gets in the way more than it helps. Don’t expect to know exactly how to get into shape by yourself.A successful body transformation plan should be made by a fitness profession- al, like myself. I’ll take your personalBeginner’s Guide to Fitnessinformation into account and will answer any and all questions to ensure your suc- cess.Seek out Support: It’s time to have an honest and vulnerable conversation with the people in your life who matter the most. Let them know how far you’ve let yourself go. Let them know what your goal is. Let them know why this matters so much to you.Your success rate depends heavily on the support system that you build aroundyourself as you begin to implement healthy lifestyle changes.It’s very possible that you’ll find one or more people in your life who are threatened by your desire to improve your body. While this can be upsetting, try to approach it with understanding. The best scenario would be them joining you.A little caveat – This is so important I am saying it twice... when telling people your goals it is very important to be selec- tive in who you seek out for support and share your goals. Unfortunately this is the real world and not everyone is as excited for you to succeed as you. A support sys- tem is extremely valuable in your pursuit of your fitness, weight loss, health, or any goal, as long as you select people who re- ally want you to succeed as much or more than even you.Please feel free to call (269) 967-6300 or email me (troysfitnesspros@hotmail. com) to get started on your body transfor- mation. Let me be your support system!Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Meeting Monthly in MarshallMultiple Sclerosis (MS) is a long term or chronic illness that affects the central nervous system and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disease. The immune system normally attacks bacteria and viruses but in MS, the immune system incorrectly attacks the healthy myelin covering of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. This causes the nerve impulses to move slowly or not at all. This results in unpredictable symptoms such as numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. MS affects everyone differently.MS is not fatal, contagious or directly inherited and is not al- ways severely disabling. Women are diagnosed with MS about two to three times more than men and is usual- ly diagnosed between the ages of 20and 50. Being diagnosed with MS is not a reason to stop working or doing the things that one enjoys. You can still have children, exercise, and generally live a healthy life.MS is treated by using disease modifying therapies to slow the progression, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms, and maintain and improve function with rehabilitation and exercise.Calhoun county has a MS support group that meets monthly in Mar- shall. Their goal is to empower in- dividuals and care partners affected by MS to live their lives to the best of their abilities. They focus on MS related issues, nutrition, exercise and other items of importance to the group. Please contact Denice at (269) 275-3903 or dmr1350@yahoo. com if you want more details about the support group.HEALTH & FITNESS I SCENE 4302 13

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