Tuesday, May 18, 2010

From Fat to Fit

I have just finished reading the book From Fat to Fit by Carole Carson.  Let me tell you, this is an inspiring story!  I love the warning on the book!  WARNING:  rading this book may dramatically improve your lifestyle!  Possible side effects:  A sudden impulse to get in shape and make friends.
The book starts out with Carole's story on deciding to get fit by her 60th birthday.  She decides to contact her local newspaper and offer a story, this turns into a weekly story and putting her weight and measurements out there for everyone to know and see!  Talk about pressure.  The whole town is watching what she does!!  She has great success and meets and surpasses her goals and decides to continue her journey and this leads to highlighting others on their own journeys. 

As she starts thinking about taking this journey to include the whole town.  She is on fire and inspiring others to get healthy and fit as well!

In 2004, Carole pioneered the concept of community weight-loss programs by creating the Nevada County Meltdown, an eight-week program during which over a thousand people lost nearly four tons of surplus weight. She says there’s never been a better time to help communities get FIT:

F = Focus on fun. Creating the event needs to be as much fun for organizers as it is for participants. Contributing to others will help organizers stay in touch with their vision, and the experience will lift the spirits of participants.

I = Innovate and improvise. Every community and every individual is unique: one size will not fit all. To achieve maximum impact, each program must be relevant, timely and tailored to the community, and the content must meet the particular needs of the individuals.

T = Team up. Encourage everyone to participate: medical experts, media, fitness clubs, food markets, hospital personnel, employers, government officials, educators, religious leaders, employees and family members. The goal is promoting community-wide fitness for every individual.

Since Carole’s pioneering effort, over 300 community weight-loss events have occurred across the United States. Marge Delozier, for example, organized a spring 2010 community weight-loss program in Lewiston, Pennsylvania, now in its third week. Marge says, “This has been a great exercise in pulling talents from the whole community. We are all so excited. If anyone is thinking about creating an event, just do it!”

Seriously, this book will make you want to get started on your own journey.  One of the things that really stood out to me was this is not easy for anyone.  It is hard work, but it is so worth it.  Reduced illness and sickness, reduced dependency on medications and excuses.  Feel better, look better, and sleep better!

I don't want to give away too much from the book, you will want to read it.  Be inspired to be healthy for yourself and inspire others to be healthy!

First if it necessary to stand on your own two feet.  But the minute a man finds himself in taht position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms.  - Kristin Hunter

Amazing things happen when we all help each other!

There is also Fat to Fit Meltdown Manual  Create Weaponsof Mass Reduction in Your Community by Carole Carson

This is everything you need to get your community started on their own journey and how to become the catalyst for fitness in your community!

This manual give you all the tips and steps to get your community healthier. 

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.  - Charles D. Gill

Be sure to check out Carole's website - FromFat2Fit.  Follow Carole on Twitter