Creator, producer, and host of several podcasts dating back to 2010, including Beyond Your You, IBM Talking Big Data, and IBM Information Champions.
Nicole Fox’s weight-loss journey started about three years ago. She was in her 30s; she had high blood pressure and was borderline diabetic. That all stemmed from her weight, which was nearly 500 pounds.“You never think that you weigh almost 500 pounds,” she said. “It was shocking. I thought to myself, ‘What are you doing? This is no way to live a life. I’m not going to have a life if I continue like this.’”After struggling with weight issues her entire life, Nicole flipped the switch and “changed 100%, diet-wise.” She cut bad carbs and fast food, and added more protein and vegetables. She’s now lost 260 pounds.“This is my life now,” she proudly proclaimed. “I’m not going to fall back into my old patterns. This is who I am. If you have discipline, drive, and determination, nothing is impossible.”Check out Nicole’s before and after photos, and be sure to follow her on Instagram @_nicolemfox If you’re in the Puyallup, Washington, area once the stay-at-home orders are lifted, visit the Orangetheory Fitness South Hill studio; Nicole will probably be there! @otf_southhill
This episode is coming to you in two parts. Part I was recorded in late February for an episode that was to air in March. Now, with the global coronavirus pandemic keeping most of us shut in, that seems like years ago.Part I of Dara Berkhalter’s story is still incredibly inspiring. You’ll for sure want to listen to this entire episode to hear her tell about the struggles she went through to go from a traumatic ligament-tearing fall to running her first-ever nonstop mile. Along the way, she wrote -- and rewrote -- what she refers to as “her scary fitness novel.”But before we get to Part I, we’re going to start with Part II -- which is all about how Dara and her husband, Jason, have brought so much fun and laughter to our new shut-in lifestyles during the coronavirus.To experience some of the joy that Dara and Jason are doling out, follow Dara on Instagram @DaraJ18 (her account is private; just ask to follow). Be sure to check out these favorite videos:“Men in Black” - Jason’s fave“Freaks” - Mine
For most of his 25 years, Chase Smith has struggled with weight. He had an unhealthy relationship with food that led him to binge eat. When he was sad, he ate. We he was happy, he ate. Through most emotions, he ate. That led to him weighing 382 pounds, and dealing with high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, sleep apnea, being pre-diabetic, and taking multiple medications a day for his various conditions.He had tried many of the “newest, latest, greatest fad diets on the market,” which would help him lose 30-40 pounds quickly, but he would soon give up and regain the weight.In January 2019, something changed. Hear Chase tell how he has managed to change his outlook, lose nearly 170 pounds, keep it off - and gain a new perspective on healthy eating. Connect with Chase on Instagram: Instagram @changing_chase#weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitness #workout #orangetheory #orangetheoryfitness #otf
This is our second episode marking Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. In our previous episode, we talked with one of the nearly 1 million Americans who is living with MS. We learned that MS has no known cause, but it is believed to involve some combination of genetics and environmental factors. Today, we talk with David Olges, a professor in the field of Counselor Education and Supervision, who has also been dealing with MS for several years. David's background as a counselor has helped him develop strategies that all of us can use for handling stress and anxiety. Most people respond to the content of their anxiety or what they’re thinking about as an attempt to control it. Instead, if you focus on managing the feeling of the anxiety, the problem usually subsides.For him, he has to deal with knowing an attack on his nervous system will hit. Knowing what, when, how bad, and how often --  that’s what he has learned to manage."The emotional reality that a symptom, any symptom, can hit at any time -- has taken some getting used to,” he said. "But now I can take on scary things and beat them. It’s given me confidence. I can do this, as hard as it is! And that’s hope. Hope is huge for anyone with a chronic illness."Activities and Resources to Support the Fight Against Multiple SclerosisDavid Olges on FacebookNational MS SocietyMultiple Sclerosis Association of AmericaIndiana chapters of the National MS SocietyTurn the Canal Orange - March 5, noon ET - IndianapolisWalk MS Indianapolis - April 25Orangetheory Fitness Nickle Plate
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Carmel, Indiana, United States of America
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