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DEAN: Balance ball, balance boards, dumbbells
CHRIS: Recumbent bike
JOE: Swiss ball and jump rope
SARA: A treadmill and free weights
BECKY: Large exercise ball
JEN: Hand weights, a resistance band, videos
NICOLE: Stability ball, dumbbells, resistance bands, a kettlebell, yoga/Pilates mats/props/straps, and lots of fitness DVDs

In the grocery, I usually head for _________ first. 
DEAN: Fruit
CHRIS: Fruit and veggies…but I do stop and grab some Combos
JOE: Fruits and veggies
SARA: Deli for chicken salad & turkey
BECKY: Produce
JEN: Fresh fruits and veggies
NICOLE: Produce (gotta be organic!) or bulk foods section

My personal motto: 
DEAN: “Think first, then eat.”
CHRIS: “Your daily actions and words can impact more people than you realize!”
JOE: “Everything matters, but one thing won't make or break you.”
SARA: “Goals can only be achieved if you set them, and do your best to reach them.”
BECKY: “I can't, can't do anything.”
JEN: “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.”
NICOLE: “Make yourself a priority.”

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Member Comments

  • It's nice to see the ones we working with can open up there hearts to us so honestly. - 5/3/2013 4:39:17 PM
  • I admire all of you for admitting not only your strengths but also your weaknesses. Makes me feel like I am not doing so badly. - 12/4/2012 7:36:48 PM
  • oh my gosh you absolutely put a real face on each of these people i love so much and have come to think of as family for so many guys are the most successful for sure
    the lady mary (aka woweetoo) posseing through on the ever faithful camel clyde - 12/4/2012 4:39:10 PM
    Nice article. I'm trying to find more information about Sarah and Joe - can't find it. - 12/4/2012 1:31:16 PM
  • Loved this article! It was fun! - 12/4/2012 7:56:46 AM
  • Loved these--thank you for sharing! (And I'm tickled to read that someone else eats Combos, too!) - 12/4/2012 7:06:11 AM
  • Where is Coach Tanya in this article???? Just asking - 8/25/2012 12:12:23 PM
    Thank you for the tips - 5/1/2012 7:40:24 AM
  • This one really hit me - "BECKY: “I can't, can't do anything.” " - 5/1/2012 6:41:49 AM
  • Thank you for sharing you knowledge with us all. Just what I needed to hear.
    Jenny - 5/1/2012 4:23:31 AM
  • “There are no short cuts to any place worth going.” - Great motto! - 5/15/2011 9:39:22 AM
    Great article lots of good information. I copied down the personal mottos and placed them on cards around the house for my family to read. May be one of them might get some inspiration. - 9/9/2010 6:37:58 PM
  • It is really good to read what the experts do for fitness and how they stay motivated! Thanks for a great artickle! - 7/7/2010 8:06:53 PM
  • It is really good to read what the experts do for fitness and how they stay motivated! Thanks for a great artickle! - 7/7/2010 8:06:50 PM
  • This was a nice article - gives one lots to think about and good guidance - handy snipets to use, as someone suggested, to make signs, notes, etc.
    There is one more question I wish were asked.. What did you do to keep the belief that the goals can be attained.. or in another way - What do you tell someone who seems to be keeping themselves from working towards the set goals? - 2/17/2010 2:04:57 PM

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