Mike and I have been working over the years to incorporate more turmeric into our daily diets. WHY? Because turmeric has powerful components that are know to be anti-inflammatory and strong antioxidant benefits.
We use it in our cooking and everything tastes like turmeric.
We (Mike) puts turmeric in our shakes - belch…
We add it to our coffee… better.
And now we have found Turmeric Lattes.
D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S… when made correctly.
Turmeric Lattes are also called ‘Golden Milk’ but I think that sounds kinda gross.
We found our perfect Turmeric Latte at Wicked Brew in Bangor. The owner makes it with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, ginseng, your choice of milk and local honey.
It is AMAZEBALLS. And we are jonesing for them all day - everyday.
I have Pinterested the heck out of these guys and everything I try at home tastes like gritty dirt.
Anyone have a great recipe that tastes like magic?
On Saturday we hosted the 4th annual Burpees for Turkeys event to help with hunger-relief in Maine.
Food insecurity in Maine is a huge issue –more than 200,000 Mainers live with food insecurity - meaning they lack enough nutritious food to live a healthy life.
1 in 5 children in Maine live with food insecurity – and 1 in 3 children in Washington county live with hunger.
This. Blows. My. Mind.
How can it be possible that 20% of the children in our great state live with hunger?
As a mother, this is devastating to me. I can not imagine not having the resources to feed my children.
The thought of a child being hungry absolutely kills me.
For a lot of families in our state, mothers are making the decision to keep the heat on or to feed their families. That must be an incredible struggle. Knowing that your child is hungry and having to make the decision to keep them warm, or filling their little bellies.
There is good news…
We have organizations like the Good Shepherd Food Bank whose mission is to end food insecurity in Maine. GSFB focuses not on just filling bellies but also on providing fresh nutritious food from local Maine farms.
AND at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness we have an incredible community who can come together at events like this and raise money for hunger-relief.
We are so proud to say that Saturday’s event raised over $7,500 - or enough to provide about 30,000 meals to Maine families who would have otherwise been hungry.
YUP - you read that right.
GSFB is able to leverage the money raised and stretch the dollars to do the most good. They can provide 4 meals with just a $1 donation.
Just $5 per week feeds a hungry child for an entire week. AMAZING!
Burpees for Turkeys started in 2015 and has raised over $29,000 to help with hunger relief in Maine.
We are so thankful for the way that our community pulls together to create this kind of impact in our community. We are so thankful for the participants, for the people who donated so generously, and for organizations whose mission is to end hunger in Maine.
We have already started the planning process for Burpees for Turkeys next year and we are excited to have even more of an impact to help end hunger in Maine.
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We believe that Healthy Living has the capability to transform your life. The confidence that is gained through taking care of your body, mind, and spirit builds leverage in all aspects of a person’s being. Our mission at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness is to inspire people to enhance their life by forming healthy habits that can be sustained for a lifetime and through that we make the world a better place.
However, we understand that not everyone can afford our services. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with a generous donor who has offered to sponsor 2 new clients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford our services with 3 group training sessions per week for an entire year.
If you know anyone that might be interested in this life transformative opportunity please forward this message along to them. We are excited to spread the word and help 2 individuals transform their lives through healthy living.
Paige & Mike Wilcox
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
Scholarship Program Details
Healthy living has the capability to transform your life. We are offering an opportunity for two individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to join this type of training program free of charge through this Scholarship Program.
Wilcox Wellness and Fitness is generally geared to working adults ages 30-60, however we are open to working with any adult willing to commit healthy living to transform their lives. The scholarship application is available to adults who agree to meet program requirements but would not be able to enroll without financial support.
Program requirements if selected:
To apply, send a 1-2 page essay explaining how committing to healthy living would transform your life and why you would be a good candidate for this scholarship. If possible, include an example of a time that you had to stretch your limits to meet a goal you had set for yourself.
For more information and to apply visit:
We are looking forward to helping you transform your life.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Ironman 70.3 in Old Orchard Beach. What an incredible event and location.
The conditions could not have been better and everyone was in a spectacular mood.
The race coordinators did a terrific job organizing the event - everything was super smooth, especially the aid stations, an incredible turn out and such an important help to everyone who participated.
When I entered this race, I was nervous - I’d had a couple races in a row where I didn’t perform very well and I was scared that it might happen again. I thought about the typical things people think about when competing in a race.
I hope I perform well.
I hope that I give it my all.
I thought of all the little details of what I need and when I need it.
Then the questions start… Will the water be choppy? Will my bike tire pop? Will I forget to eat food and hydrate at the proper times? What will I forget?
There is so much to think about, you can sometimes forget about taking it all in and being mentally available to see things and learn along the way.
So for this event, I switched my mindset from freaking out about the details and the conditions and set my intention. My intention for this race was just to learn.
Participating in an IronMan is such an incredible learning environment. You have 70.3 miles of challenge - 1.2 mile swim, transitioning to a 56 mile bike ride, transitioning to a 13.1 mile run. That is a lot of miles to think, to break through mental blocks, and fight through many challenges along the way, all while being surrounded by an incredible community of people all working towards a common goal - to get over that finish line.
I want to share with you the 6 things (okay 7) that I learned from just being aware of those around me.
The importance and power of gratitude.
The night before the event I had some time to myself as my family was at Fun Town Splash Town USA (while I’m freaking out at the hotel about what I am trying to accomplish in the morning).
So, I sat down on the little deck at the motel and started writing. Here’s what I wrote:
“....I will be incredibly grateful tomorrow. I will trust that no matter what happens, it is meant to be. My body may not be as prepared to push a pace or even finish, but my mind is ready…...I will be grateful for the opportunity to do my best.”
It was just a short paragraph and it only took 10 minutes or so, but it changed my entire perspective for the challenge ahead.
As soon as I closed that journal I was ready to rock. I let go of all fear and realized that I have this awesome privilege to swim, bike, and run in an awesome location with some pretty cool people and my family was there to support me.
I was grateful, incredibly grateful for the opportunity and it carried through to the event the next morning. Typically worried about every detail (and trying to hide it), I was excited to get started.
When I was tired and ready to give in, my gratitude for being in this situation shined through and pushed me towards the finish line. My gratitude pushed me through the most challenging portions of the event.
It does not matter what size, what shape, what age - it doesn’t matter what you look like.
After the race I was talking with Katie (our senior trainer) and a few of the other people from the gym that did the event with us. We just couldn’t believe how many people who, seemingly, would never be considered a triathlete by appearance, just flying right past us throughout the entire event.
We all had so many stories of people 20-30 years older than us cruising right along, running right past us.
I had more 60 year old men and women shoot right past me as I was giving it my all than I would have ever guessed. It was just incredible.
Then, there were people who were overweight, underweight, short, tall and everything in between. It was just remarkable to see so many walks of life working through the same challenges - swim, bike, run.
We joked during the conversation that if we had seen some of these people in a restaurant in plain clothes we would have never guessed that they could (or would) whoop our butts at this event. But they did and it truly doesn’t matter what you look like as long as you compete with yourself and enjoy the process.
It was just fascinating to see all the different people out there doing their very best. And that is what life is all about - just doing your best in any given moment regardless of the level you are at.
Mental games are pretty funny.
It’s a pretty long day when you are completing an Ironman 70.3 event. Typically it takes the average person between 5-7 hours to finish.
That’s a lot of time to be in your own head and boy are there a lot of mental games going on in there.
For me, most of my mental games come during the run - my most challenging event.
But, I started playing those games in the first half of the bike. It’s a 56 mile bike ride and at about mile 15 I’m like, holy crap, I still have 40 more miles to go.
5 miles later, singing a different tune, sweet 20 miles in, I’m almost halfway.
The halfway mark hits and I can’t believe I have to basically repeat 28 miles, argh!!
So, every 5ish miles my mind would oscillate from dreading to relief to pride to “are you crazy man, what are you doing here!” - that’s when I needed the gratitude to kick in.
Next up is the run and seriously, where is the mile 1 marker….I feel like I’ve run 6 miles already, where is it?
Then mile 3, massive realization - THERE’S 10 MILES TO GO.
I. AM. GOING. TO. DIE.
Then, just 3.5 miles later, it’s like wow I’m halfway, I think I’m feeling pretty good and I got this.
Finally, as I come to the last 2 tenths of a mile I think I’ll be really cool and start to run a little faster as I approach the crowd - YIKES, hamstring cramp - you are not cool, slow down and just get there.
Wait, there’s a little uphill, I’m going to die.
YUP. NOT. GOING. TO. MAKE. IT.
And to the finish tunnel with all the people cheering and my family to support, my mental games are over and time to celebrate survival!
Seeing your friends do their best is an inspiration.
I am lucky enough to have a group of people around me that also enjoy these events. We train together, check in with each other, and keep each other motivated and accountable.
It’s exciting and I think we all know we need each other to stay on a good training schedule.
So, a huge highlight and inspirational lift comes from seeing these friends fight the same battle I am fighting and to see them succeed.
Everyone has crazy schedules, obstacles, challenges beyond just training. We all have lives and it’s just so inspirational to see others sacrifice, overcome, compete, and give it their all.
I left this event more inspired by people thanks to the strong support of our group. We all had great events and had so much fun in the process. I would almost say I’d love to do it again this weekend, but then there is still some chauffage I’m dealing with. And my wife might kill me… the only thing harder than an IronMan is keeping a 4 year old and an 8 month old contained at the finish line to see .2 seconds of the event.
Cheering for others creates motivation.
I found myself down mentally at multiple times during the run. I was certainly tired and feeling some hamstring cramps. I think I was starting to feel a little sorry for myself at times and I would try to shift my focus on to some of the other athletes to get my mind off suffering.
In doing so, I found myself saying things like “great job” or “we’re almost there, you’ve got this” or “wow, this shade feels freaking awesome, you look great! Keep it up”.
After a couple of times cheering some folks on, I realized that it was giving me energy, it was inspiring me, and lifting my spirits. I was shocked at the time, but realize how much that makes sense.
When we cheer others on, it feels good!! So, I continued to give some positive encouragement to those who looked like they needed it and it helped me push through when I was feeling down.
Four-year olds like to race too!
I was lucky enough to see my wife and two children just before the finish line. I made my way over to them, gave my 8 month old a kiss, a high five for my 4 year old and a hug for my wonderful wife for being there!
It was such a relief to see them, to be done, to have finished and just see their smiling faces. It felt amazing and I was really proud of my effort and my result for the event.
But I was tired, legs were pretty hurt, and my knees did not need any more pounding. I made it through the finish line, walked back to see my family and here comes Hazen (our 4 year old) ready to rock and roll.
“Hey daddy, is it our turn to race now, I want to race too?”
Wow, this can’t be happening.
He runs over and starts making a pretend starting line, runs about 20 yards (20 yards farther than I wanted to run at this point) and makes his pretend finish line.
He is very excited and ready to race! Yikes. I, obviously, have no choice.
“Let’s do this buddy!”
He counts it down and off we go, well off he went.
I hobbled behind trying to keep a smile on my face while my body was seizing up.
I love that my son was at the race and had no concept of what I was doing, he just knew I was racing and that he wanted to race too. He lives in the moment everyday, which I know I should do more of.
So, after I completed 70.3 miles, I also raced my son about 20 yards - that’s a great day if you ask me!!
If you are interested in training for a big event, we would love to chat with you. Events have an incredible way of challenging you to be more than you thought you could be and to keep you motivated to train even when the going gets tough.
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
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We are in the business of getting lasting, sustainable results for our clients. Our mission is to inspire people to enhance their lives by forming healthful habits they can sustain for a lifetime.
We study the obstacles that get in the way of people achieving long term success. In our business we have been able to remove a lot of the barriers that get in the way of people committing to regular exercise – scheduling issues, not knowing what to do when they get to the gym, motivation to complete the plan once they get to the gym, not knowing if their form and technique is on point, etc…
The “all or nothing” mindset can be a major reason why people fall off the healthy living bandwagon.
In this message we hope to shift your mindset so this doesn’t happen to you.
First lets explain the story with our imaginary friend Sally.
Sally is ready to get in shape! She throws out all the junk food in her house and signs up to hit the gym 5 times per week!
She decides that she is going to ‘eat healthy’ so she buys all of the health food she can find – rice cakes, frozen veggie burgers, calorie controlled frozen dinners, and more rabbit food.
Motivation is through the roof her first week or two…maybe even three. Then reality creeps in. She misses sugar. She misses real food. Cravings are legit. She’s sore and tired. Things were “easier” before she started this new venture.
Something comes up you fill in the blank her best friend from college comes for a visit, her 3 year old gets sick with the strep throat, work gets crazy busy SO she misses a few days in the gym. Then she justifies skipping a few more days in the gym. It’s a stressful time, she is out of her routine, her habits haven’t become SOLID yet and she finds herself back in the bakery because she’s been working hard and she “deserves” it.
Just like that she is off the wagon.
She has gone from ALL.
To now NOTHING.
Within 6-12 weeks of starting the journey, Susan is right back to where she started – eating what she wants and not working out…except now she’s got a gym membership bill to pay for each month.
It does not have to be that way.
I’m not sharing this story to be negative! I’m sharing it because this is the reality that many of the people we’ve worked with here at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness have faced in the past, and they’ve been able to change that story.
We understand that slip ups happen and we help mentally prepare our clients to get back on the train. It’s simple – what happened yesterday does not matter – it is the choice that you make in this very moment that counts for your future.
Instead of going from 0 to 60mph overnight, if Sally had taken less of an all or nothing approach, she would still be on track. Defining a REAL, sustainable plan of action is one of the top ways we help our clients get results.
We also keep it super simple. We have 5 Habits for Massive Impact that we want clients to commit to… All we want you to do is: starting your day with breakfast, nourishing yourself throughout the day with healthful snacks, eat whole foods only, drink half your body weight in fluid ounces of water, and making it to just 3 training sessions per week. Follow these habits just 80% of the time and you will be good as gold!
We also will encourage you to be slow to implement these changes. Focus on one habit at a time and build off that momentum. If you’ve ever tried to change everything overnight, you know it rarely works. Maybe you even relate to Sally’s story or you know someone who relates.
If you want to get out of the all or none mindset (or know someone who needs to), let’s chat! Click here to schedule a phone call to learn more about how we work with our clients and to see if we would be a good fit for you.
There is a better way, and we can help you navigate a better path.
P.S. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, so simply click here and let us know you’re ready to chat. Together we can help you find real, sustainable success.
You have big goals. There’s a result you desire. You want to live a BIG life that is free of limitations.
Maybe your goals are weight loss related, maybe it is to start your own business or change careers, maybe it’s to play with your kids without getting winded, or run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication.
Whatever it is, your daily habits are going to have more impact on meeting that goal and sustaining it in the long term.
If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are VERY small that they were successful. And if they were, chances are that they couldn’t sustain the result. The reason is…
They were chasing a result while ignoring the process and focusing on the daily habits that shape their life.
To be successful with anything long term, whether it’s nutrition, weight loss, fitness, business, performance – literally anything – you have to learn to fall in love with the process.
It’s not some grand action that gets you to lose 30 pounds. It’s the accumulation of the choices you make each and every day – the PROCESS – the HABIT - that gets you to the RESULT, not the other way around.
So if you ever find yourself frustrated with progress toward a desired outcome, be sure to stop and ask yourself – “are the behaviors I’m practicing every single day going to lead to the result I desire?”
The answer should be pretty clear.
And if the answer is “no”, what are you willing to change to make the answer “yes”?
Habit change is not easy. It is HARD!
Think about what you do on a daily basis – are these habits bringing you closer or further away from your goal? We don’t suggest going for a full lifestyle overhaul all at once, but rather be conscious of the choices you’re making each day knowing that each choice either widens or closes the gap between you and your goals.
Need extra support with this? Download our Habits for Massive Impact PDF to learn about the 5 habits that we believe will have the most impact in your life.
What choice do you continuously find yourself making in your daily life that you’d like to commit to changing to bring you closer to your goal? Hit reply and share your insights!
To Your Success,
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We are incredibly proud to be recognized for the SECOND YEAR RUNNING as Bangor’s Best of the Best Fitness Facility. Our dedicated team works extremely hard to create a comfortable atmosphere where clients feel safe, free of judgment, and confident to do their best. It’s amazing to witness this like-minded community of people who all help to support each other’s healthy lifestyle.
We really believe this award goes out to everyone who is part of the WILCOX community – you are the people who make this place the Best of the Best!
We continue to be inspired by the passion of our team and the courage and consistency of our clients. The stories of adventure, success, struggle, triumph, challenges, and daily wins keep all of us motivated to continue our mission of creating positive IMPACT in the community. We 100% believe in the ripple effect that being in tune with your health and fitness has on the people who surround us! Your energy and confidence will most certainly IMPACT the people you see everyday! Keep moving forward and thank you for inspiring all of us!
If you voted for us - thank you so very much for the love - we feel the same way!
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
Nash led this week’s trainers training trainers workout. He took the group through an 8 minute warm up, which consisted of full- body myofascial releases. Then, we moved on to a flow warm- up, followed by a circuit and cone game.
The workout was intended to start out slow and speed up throughout, while allowing each person to be as competitive with others and against themselves as they wanted.
During the cone game, players had 3 timed rounds to turn over as many cones as possible while they skillfully darted around obstacles in the way.
Two people at a time competed against each other to turn all the cones one way or the other and try to beat each other to the cones in a time limit. Nick proved to be the champion overall in this competition.
The group ended the workout with a different circuit that focused on different muscles.
Interns Mitch and Luke led TTT (Trainers Training Trainers) this week. Wednesday was the last day of their internship and they were ready to put the skills they have learned in the past few weeks to the test.
They both love basketball, so it only made sense to teach a basketball themed TTT. Starting with Luke’s warm-up, the group did some side shuffle drills and some quick passing work to get a sense for the speed required for the workout.
The group maintained good spirits while they tried their best. Katie Rey. said at one point, “I quit basketball in 1st grade because no one would pass me the ball….and I started doing cartwheels instead and then I was a cheerleader all through high school.” Katie N. said, “yeah I'm not basketball inclined.” While there were a few moments like these of joking around, the group was very competitive during the team competitions.
Mitch and Luke admitted with smiles on their faces at the end of the session, that it was, “nice to see the trainers sweat.”
Positive attitudes, motivation, smiles, determination, and a little (or a lot of) sweat got the group through the workout.
This week it was Nick’s turn to lead TTT (Trainers Training Trainers), and he really took control of the session! Nick decided to use the trainers as a guinea-pig group for a new circuit he made, which consisted of 5 or 6 different exercise stations.
Each person started at a different station and would do 45 seconds of the workout at that station, with a 15 second break between their 3 sets at that station. This break allowed people to catch their breaths while not having to worry about switching stations.