Have you thought about our Move It And Lose It Buddy Challenge? A BYOB – bring your own buddy for motivation? The challenge starts in April, and is accepting registrants until the 31st of March. Have you been on the fence about an exercise program? Are you tired of the same old, and want to do different? Join April and other challengers for Fun, Fitness and Finesse!
The buddy challenge is a way to keep motivated, a friend to schedule workouts with, a way to keep on task. Not only do you get 12 weeks of workouts, but nutrition tips, and MOTIVATION as part of April Hartsook’s Want Different/Do Different Movement.
- Both participants must be 30+ pounds overweight
- We must have 15 pairs signed up and no more than 20
- If we do not reach the minimum number of participants, the event will be cancelled
- Must be 13 years or older to participate
- A doctor’s note is strongly encouraged, though liability waivers may be signed in lieu of a doctor’s note. Participants ages 13 – 17 MUST provide a doctor’s note
- The $300 fee includes:
- 12 one-hour group sessions for two at 8 AM every Saturday between April 6 – June 22 at Linebach Park.
- Beginner nutritional meal plan suggestions
- Packaged valued over $1400 in personal training service
Get started, get moving and get ready for shorts and bathing suits of summer – especially when you experience change with your BUDDY!
For more information and registration!
What wonderful stories of love! Our readers are so special to us, and as you shared your love stories you reminded us of how special you are! We tallied up the stories, used a random number generator and have a winner. Unfortunately we could only have two lucky couples so here are their stories:
Julie Adams Blue Spitzer – I love how I met my husband but I am going to write about my parents, Sam and Shirley Adams. They met on a blind date in Jan 1955 . Daddy was in the Army, stationed at Ft Knox in Louisville, Kentucky and my mom was going to secretarial school in Louisville. Some of my dad’s army buddies were going out with some of my mom’s friends but no one had a car. My dad had a shiny red Chevrolet convertible so they talked Sam into driving and going out with pretty Shirley. There were 4 couples in that Chevy and they went out dancing. They danced the night away. My dad was getting ready to leave for Germany but they were able to have one more date before it left. They wrote weekly letters back and forth for almost 2 years. I am not sure what were in those letters (we’ve never been allowed to read them) but they must have been powerful because Daddy came home from Germany and went to Ky to see Mother. They had a beautiful church wedding planned for May 25 1957 but that was not to be. My dad had an appendicitis attack just prior to the wedding. I have seen newspaper clippings about the wedding, “Nothing Would Stop This Determined Bride” They were still married on May 25, 1957 but not in a church. They were married in my dad’s hospital room. My mother in her beautiful wedding gown and my dad in his stripped pajamas. My mother was not allowed to stay in my dad’s hospital room so she went back home after the wedding with my grandparents. My mother says her wedding night was not as much fun as she had dreamed it would be. Now 5 kids and 9 grand children later they are still going strong and I followed their example. I met my husband on a blind date too.
Erin Dedmon Blakely - It was January 28, 2002. I walked into my Painting 1 class at UNCC and saw this boy, I walked right up to him and said “you got your hair cut, can I sit beside you?”. I had never talked to him before, but after that, we talked for the whole 3 hours of class. He then invited me to Bojangles for lunch, we talked more, he dropped me of at my dorm, exchanged numbers and talked more. I knew within the first few minutes that this boy was something special. He became my best friend, the love of my life, my husband and now he is Daddy to our beautiful little girl. We have now been together 11 years, married for almost 7 and share the love of a precious 3 1/2 year old redheaded girl. We would love to have a special night to ourselves. Since you are picking two couples, you could pick us and my friend Kandice Sage! They deserve it too!
Erin and Julie – contact Kelly Melang with Forsyth Magazines – email@example.com for your prize – two tickets to the Rascal Flatts concert AND dinner at Jeffrey Adams on Fourth!
by Kat Bodrie
Distress lights flash on my console. The astronauts are yelling; my bosses are shouting. One of my coworkers flails her arms and shouts, “I don’t know what I’m doing here!” Another screams, “Alien attack! Alien attack!”
I don’t know where to look, what to think, or how to act.
But I know what I’m feeling: complete chaos.
The cast and crew of Apollo 13: Mission Control put audience members right in the middle of history, helping them feel what the actual crew of the mission might have felt during the April 11, 1970, Apollo 13 mission.
All of the ways audience members with “Console Gallery” tickets are involved means people of all ages can participate. They might determine the answer to a critical formula, listen for the astronaut’s signal on a headset, flip switches on the console, diagnose the astronauts’ medical condition, or say “Hello” in Russian. (And be prepared for one lucky audience member to play a starring role in the show!)
Even those with “Press Gallery” tickets, which gives them a more bird’s eye view of the performance, have opportunities to participate. At a special, roped-off area before the show, they can sign in, flip through copies of the original Apollo 13 press documents, and write down their questions for the astronauts. (Walter Cronkite might ask the astronauts yours!)
Forget the movie from the 90s. Go see Apollo 13: Mission Control and put yourself right in the middle of the action. You might even learn a little about history–and the ability for ordinary people to make extraordinary successes–in the process.
For tickets and information, visit their website: www.apollo13live.com
For 47 years, the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) has graced Winston-Salem audiences with their performance of The Nutcracker at the Stevens Center, which the school now owns. This production of the world’s most popular ballet is certainly jewel we wear proudly in our crown as the city of Arts and Innovation. The UNCSA’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for many families and lovers of the arts in the area, bringing thousands to the streets of downtown Winston-Salem. The UNCSA’s production of the ballet is like a glorious advent calendar gift we get to open in anticipation of Christmas, chock full of ballet talent, exquisite costumes, stunning set designs and the live orchestra, directed by Charles Barker, as it plays Tchaikovsky’s score, is the sparkly frosting on the Christmas cake. The 2012 performance just celebrated opening night Saturday, December 8, 2012.As soon as the guests leave and Clara reluctantly bids Fritz goodbye, she dozes off with her nutcracker in her arms and the magnificent Christmas tree, illuminated by hundreds of fiber optic lines, quadruples in size to give the illusion that Clara has shrunk to the size of a doll. A troop of adorable baby mice and playful mice skitter and dance and made the audience laugh before harassing Clara. The now life-size nutcracker steps in to save her. After battling with the mouse king, with Clara’s help, the nutcracker kills the mouse king, and transforms into a prince (who resembles Fritz).A wintry scene opens as the family returns home to welcome guests to their Christmas party. The children did such an amazing job as the rowdy little boys play soldiers and tout their trumpets. Then the mysterious councilman, magician and toymaker, Drosselmeyer, who is also god father to Clara and Fritz, enters to entertain the children with tricks and toys and a gift of a special nutcracker to Clara. The following party scenes foreshadow Clara’s magical dream to come.
The Nutcracker Prince takes Clara through an enchanted forest where the snow flakes dance. The production does a wonderful job with the special effect of falling snow. As the music gets faster and more dancers enter the scene, even more snow falls, and faster, resembling a blizzard before the dancers peel off and the snow lightens. After intermission, the curtain rose and the audience gasped as a thick fog rolled off the stage and into the orchestra pit. The prince leads Clara to the Land of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy is presiding until the Prince’s return. The prince acts out the story for the royal court, recounting the battle with the Mouse King. To reward Clara’s heroism, treats from around the world dance for her: chocolate from Spain, tea from China, coffee from Arabia, vodka from Russia, Danish shepherdesses, and the always bizarre, yet comedic, giant Mother Ginger, who is rolled out before releasing her clown “Ginger Snaps” children from under her skirts, followed by a dancing bouquet of flowers, and ending with the Sugar Plum Fairy’s waltz with her cavalier. Clara wakes to find that it was all a beautiful dream.Based on the professional caliber of the production, unwitting viewers would be astonished to discover that it is an all-school production featuring students not only as the cast, but also in the orchestra and crew. However, world-renowned guests artists Veronika Part (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet) will join the UNCSA cast for the performances on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 14 at 7:30 p.m.Not only is the dancing and the music phenomenal, it is impossible to say enough about the costumes in this production. To get lost in the confections of the costume shop of this production would be a be a particularly sweet bit of heaven.The full performance schedule for the UNCSA production of The Nutcracker is: Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Ticket prices are: Prime Orchestra, $68; Orchestra Center, $50 for adults and $35 for children 13 and under; Orchestra Sides and Front Balcony, $45 for adults and $30 for children 13 and under; Center Balcony, $33 for adults and $24 for children 13 and under; Rear Balcony, $25 for adults and $20 for children 13 and under. Prime Orchestra seating for the two guest artist performances on Dec. 13 and 14 is $75. For the best deal in town take advantage of the great prices on The Nutcracker “Family Four Pack” for the evening performances on Thursday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 16: $130 for Orchestra Side/Front Balcony and $95 for Center Balcony. The “Family Four Pack” offer is subject to availability.
Want to spend a special day with your girlfriends? Want to go and enjoy shopping without the hassle of driving? Lunch included? Think about Forsyth Woman’s Consignment Shop Hop!
I went on the Shop Hop last year and had a blast! I didn’t know everyone on the bus but we became great friends by the end of the day. The bus stops at local shops, everyone goes in and shops for a short amount of time, then we board the bus for the next stop. Forsyth Woman has great prizes all day long, pulling out tickets and giving away spa time and other goodies after each stop. Some of the shops had a great prize to give away after shopping in the store. We hang out on the bus looking at each others deals, with plenty of room to hold the bags.
Some shops are clothing, some are clothing and housewares, and many have decor. It’s a great way to start the Christmas shopping early and get it out of the way.
What did I love the most? I spent the day with some friends, someone else did all the driving, lunch was provided and I won a prize! What a great way to spend a Saturday with my friends at Forsyth Woman!
Think about the Consignment Shop Hop – only $25 for your seat to a day of shopping and fun!
The New Leash on Life program is a pairing of homeless dogs with the most unlikely of trainers, Forsyth Correctional Institute Inmates. How does this work? An inmate is paired with a dog in need of socialization and rehabilitation, both then go through a 10 week program where the dogs are crate trained, taught the basic obedience with Professional Dog Trainers then when the dog graduates it goes to a great home with adoption.
Not just the Inmates go through a rigorous training program and qualification process, but the dogs that are chosen as well as the families that adopt. Many dogs come into the system unable to be adopted, this program gets them to a point where they can find a forever home. Some of the inmates say that the program has changed their lives, in the 10 week program they have learned responsibility, and discipline, something they will take with them outside of the Correctional system.
Want to help? There are several different ways:
1. Adopt a Dog! New Leash On Life has a doggy class graduating the 7th of August, if you’ve thought about adopting take a look at the graduates you may fall in love with one.
2. It costs money to run this program, any donation from a token “we believe in you” to a gift that puts a dog through the program, as a non profit your money goes not not just helping dogs in a need of a home but the inmates as well.
3. Wear the New Leash on Life T-shirt – stop by and pick up yours. Wear it proudly around town and answer questions about the program spreading the word.
4. They are always in need of supplies, dog food, dog treats, training videos, books you name it.
5. A little time goes a long way, help volunteer with the program or with the Humane Society to put up flyers, answer phones or just help out.
These dogs and their trainers are taught to love and trust, some come from backgrounds that have broken that part of them, help Forsyth Woman and Forsyth Family give these deserving dogs a NEW LEASH ON LIFE.
Today I choose happiness over fear.
Peace over Anger
Joy over sadness.
Today I blame no one,
Today I will make mistakes
Learn and Grow
Today I stop complaining
Accepting what I cannot change
Throwing away the rest.
Today the mask comes off
I am open and honest
I am who I am
Today I make a choice
for a better tomorrow.
Yesterday was our first Move It AND Lose It Workout! Part of our workout challenge is for the women meeting in different parks around Winston Salem for their Saturday or Sunday workouts! They get to see beautiful places AND get some great workouts. Outside workouts sometimes comes with complications, but isn’t that life? Complications where you work on Plan B?
Our Plan A started with “I need EVERYONE to show up tomorrow, to pick up packets, to receive your nutrition information and writing journal, and to be present for our first drawing (door prize- $50.00 gift certificate) just for showing up, to get instructions moving forward and most importantly tobe placed on your respective team! (remember this is NOT optional)”
When the heavens opened and lightening hit the ground, we immediately went to PLAN B, a change in venue. ’This is good for everyone, it shows that you have to have determination, that you are coming to workout no matter what the weather. Work with Plan B and learn to be flexible but keep the workouts going,” says Coach April.
Forsyth Woman Magazine reps went and called everyone about the change, and yours truly went over to PLAN A meeting (Wake Forest Track) and made sure no one was missed. Sadly for me, I got to watch the Wake Forest Men’s Lacrosse team battle NC State (say it together, poor you) as I made sure everyone was at the new covered park.
Our first meeting started with workout instructions, journals for self discovery, and a meeting of friends with shared goals – friends that will support each other, make each other come up with Plan B’s to fit their workouts in their schedules, friends that will hold each other accountable so everyone can MOVE IT AND LOSE IT!
The first meeting and workout went off without a hitch (ok, a few hitches) but everyone gave it everything AND a few even threw up when done (sign of a GREAT WORKOUT.) Congratulations to everyone in our Move It AND Lose It, despite the weather and many a good excuse to go MIA when it came to being outside in the rain, you came, you conquered, you DID IT! Now put your Plan B in place and we’ll see you next weekend!
Part of your challenge is going to be to stop doing what you WANT TO
DO, and learn to DO Different!”
So when the heavens opened and the lightening hit the ground, our first workout had to be moved to a more sh
There’s so many great quotes out there, we want to share a little inspiration with our challengers! Just signing up and making the decision to change is motivation enough. You may not know it, there’s a lot of other women watching what you are doing and taking inspiration from it! First workout is this weekend and we can’t wait to get started!
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It’s successful outcome.”
Accept who you are right now and start this task with an open mind and heart. Any decision you’ve made, choice you’ve made, thought you had yesterday stays exactly where it belongs – yesterday! Today is your new day to be happy, healthy and leave everything else yesterday, where it belongs!
“I believe life is to be lived, not worked, enjoyed, not agonized, loved, not hated.”
So much new opportunity is out there simply waiting for you, if you choose to see it. Not happy? Pretend to be happy and sooner or later you’ll find out you’re not pretending.
“Be who you are, everyone else is taken.”
You are beautiful, you are unique, you are special! The outside beauty is reflected by the beauty inside, know that you are a unique part of this world and here for a reason!
Find the attitude in the work and find the beauty!
As you start your new workout, meet new friends, and find a new you – know that we are here behind you with support, many are living vicariously through your adventures!
Now get out and Move It And Lose It!
Today is the first day of Spring, and new beginning! The “vernal equinox,” vernal meaning Spring, and equinox meaning “equal length.” This is the celestial tipping point where day and night are of equal length (let the inner geek out.) Sure it’s, MARCH but the trees are blooming, you can hear the frogs in the creeks, there’s birds everywhere. It’s an exciting time to renew your vow to yourself. Make it a point to celebrate who you are and then make your list of where you want to be, not just the BIG things but the little things. A sampling of my list:
Get a raw egg to stand upright! Yes, you can do this on the Spring Equinox, I won’t tell you how long I was in my kitchen (it’s still dark at 430am) but I got it!
Take my dog for a walk everyday – she’s so much happier AND she really needs it. A daily walk is the dog’s therapy – she gets to read the poo poo bulletin board and I get to stand and watch her while doing NOTHING.
Write my morning pages every morning, one page long hand that is then thrown away. This is my daily brain dump (could be great writing, could be drivel) it helps prepare me for the day.
Work on adding some type of fruit and veggie to every meal.
Packing my boys lunches for school – have you seen cafeteria food lately?
Call one person a day to just chat – especially my friends that don’t live close.
It doesn’t take much to make yourself happy, not a single thing on that list costs any money – but as the Earth starts a new, I choose to start anew too. What would you add to your list?
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