Normally we are all scrambling as summer approaches to have our best beach bikini bodies. When Fall weather hits, it is easy to forget about eating healthy and procrastinate on those workouts, since we are adding extra layers of clothes and swimsuits are tucked away never to be seen again for a few months. Then the holidays hit and forget it, trays of delicious home-baked cookies and treats at every turn combined with overeating at every meal. It’s a recipe for disaster, no pun intended. We here at the WTA are combating the fall 15 with our “Get Fit for Fall” Challenge.

HOW TO I PARTICIPATE? Scale, snap, speak

The best way to get started with this challenge is with the ugly truth – step on that scale, snap photos and speak your goals and progress by creating your very own blog on the WTA web site.  I guarantee this will encourage others to partake; even more importantly will motivate YOU! Accountability is the key.

Given the nature of our professions, many of you are already in great shape so please add tips and tricks that have proven effective for you and encourage your peers!

MY PERSONAL STORY from plateaus to progress
I have always been a runner and have lifted weights for the last 15 years; always feeling relatively fit although I knew I had reached certain plateaus. But not anymore! Recently, WTA member, Daina Carauskas (read her blog at: turned me onto the paleo diet. I hate to say it but this is the fast fix I have been seeking; I have seen results almost instantly. I am new to the paleo-lifestyle but highly recommend Robb Wolf’s book, The Paleo Solution, to help get you started on a gluten-free existence.  I am amazed at how much better I feel and look by cutting out bread and other gluten and sugar filled items. There is a saying in the weightlifting community, “bread makes you dead”, and clearly that is precisely what it is doing. Wolf claims that eating bread is akin to smoking a pack of cigarettes daily! Stay tuned for before and after pictures.

I also encourage all of you to post workout tips, workouts of the day (WOD), etc. If you need more information on general fitness visit: and Peak Life Performance on FaceBook.  And as always, I am available for personal training sessions.

Why Should I Particpiate?

Duh – Free sh*t! Participants will receive an Under Armour coupon good for 40 percent off, weekly winners (those that are most active online) will receive a case of Muscle Milk and/or  t-shirts and the top winners will receive $100 gift certificates courtesy of Mission First Tactical (those that are the most active online and/or made the most progress)!  The challenge will run until 15 December, 2011 so get started – NO EXCUSES!

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Comment by Lisa Brennan on October 4, 2011 at 10:33am

Today is the day I get my energy back ! not to mention a much better body. I must admit I am probably the most out of shape and I havent regularly excercised since the academy 4 yrs ago but I have no more excuses , I have a newly built gym in walking distance to my house. If i cant get there then I am truly pathetic. So Im ready for the challenge. To Ruth Wedster I do have a bad thyroid and never thought the it would be a gluten intollerance so I am going to start with changing that. Wish me luck everyone .....p.s. working midnights sucks for eating habits

Comment by Ruth Wedster on October 3, 2011 at 2:39pm
Ive been glutten free for 2 years now and it's changed my life...Ladies  bad thyroid is often a indicator of glutten intollerance. My energy is amaizing  ..
Comment by Shauna Mccann on October 3, 2011 at 8:21am

Im officially starting today.  I have the P90X workout system.  This really does work if you follow it.  The work outs are around 50 mins. long but you feel great once you finish.  I also am going to our local rec center with my husband to build some extra upper body strengh as well. 


Good luck everyone!




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