Tammy has such a positive attitude and is an absolute joy to train. Her positive energy and strong work ethic is contagious and especially helpful during the Early Bird sessions when most people are half asleep. We just love that Tammy is always willing to try new exercises and the brightness that she brings to the training sessions.
"My name is Tammy McLaughlin, I'm 43 years old, I am a certified dental assistant and clinical team leader at creative Dental Solutions, and I also hold a massage therapy license on the side.
I was so nervous about making email contact, I scoured every inch of the website over and over and over again and I bet I filled out that initial contact form a dozen times before I actually hit send.
I was so worried about feeling uncomfortable and out of place like I had in past other gyms, but I very quickly found that I had nothing to worry about.
The trainers are wonderful group of people I love every one of them. Their positivity, caring, and happiness is contagious, and the people that I work out with, they're like family. I love that it feels like we're all in it together.
I look forward to seeing these people everyday and I love to meet new clients because I know how much they're going to love it here too.
I was miserable. I'd been physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted for so long. I was stuck in a routine of terrible insomnia only to fall asleep 30 minutes before my alarm would go off, and then hit snooze 5 times, not having enough time to eat breakfast and then head off for a very long day of work.
Then after work I would come home eat and fall asleep in front of the recliner until it was time to get up and go to bed and then repeat.
I had chronic headaches, chronic brain fog, and a chronic bad mood which wasn't good for anyone.
I also have a family history of Alzheimer's disease. If that's in the cards for me in the future, will committing to a healthy lifestyle change that for me? I hope so, either way I want to ensure that I'm able to fully enjoy my life whatever the future brings.
I think the biggest impact for me is that training here has given me back control of my life. It's so much easier from the state I'm in right now to be aware of how I'm feeling both mentally and physically, and how little change is an activity and nutrition have such a huge effect. I have so much more energy than I had before. I no longer have a chronic headache and I can think so much more clearly, and I'm just generally so much more happy."
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness is so proud to announce our partnership with Sarah’s House in Maine. We have pledged to raise $5,000 annually for this incredible organizations through our new Check-Ins for Charity Campaign.
Sarah’s House has overwhelming support from the community at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness and we are incredibly excited to be supporting this incredible organization.
Sarah’s House provides a ‘comfortable home away from home’ for cancer patients and their caregivers while they are receiving cancer treatments in the Bangor area. Sarah’s House serves people in Maine who need to travel more than 30 miles to receive their medical treatments.
At Sarah’s House, patients and caregivers tap into a wonderful support community and are able to connect with others who are fighting the same fight with cancer.
I first learned about Sarah’s House through a Rotary presentation about a year ago. Being from a remote community in Maine, I was very moved by the amazing work that they do to support people who are traveling to receive medical treatments.
I didn’t know Sarah personally but I do know that she was about my age when she was diagnosed with cancer and her daughter was about the same age as my son. I was very moved by her story and her ability to go through the most difficult time of her life and still fight to help ease the burden for others.
The past few weeks we have been meeting with the organizers and board members of Sarah’s House. We are even more excited to get behind their mission, give back, and do more good.
If you have a few minutes today and want to learn more about Sarah's House- take some time to watch this video. (get the tissues ready)
Here is how our check-in for charity program works – every time a client checks in to Wilcox Wellness & Fitness on Facebook we will provide a donation to Sarah’s House. We will tally up all the check-ins on a monthly basis and cut a check directly to Sarah’s House.
We are so excited to be working on this new initiative to support Sarah’s House!
You Check-In. We Give Back. Together We Do More Good.
Paige & Mike Wilcox
Last week, my family and I took a three day hiking trip to the Zealand Falls Hut in the New Hampshire White Mountains. We were doing a ‘fill in’ to bridge the gap between the summer crew leaving and the fall crew arriving.
Our responsibilities were to cook and serve breakfast and dinner to the 30-50 guests, clean the hut, and deliver the weather report. My dad was really the leader of this entire operation - he has been volunteering for the AMC for 30+ years.
It was our 3 year old son, Hazen’s first hike in the white mountains and he did incredible - hiking the 2.8 miles up and down on his own. He loved scrambling up over the rocks. It only took a little ‘trail magic’ and encouragement to keep him going on the flat spots.
While we were in the hut, we had the pleasure of meeting many amazing people, one of whom was Greybeard. This is Dale Sanders trail name. Dale is a thru-hiker on a mission to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. As if that wasn’t impressive enough - at 82 years old, Dale is working on setting the world record to be the oldest person to complete the mission.
The Appalachian Trail or the A.T is about 2,200 miles in length extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. Thru-hikers carry everything they need in their pack and camp along the trail. Occasionally they are able to stay in huts like Zealand Falls and enjoy a delicious meal or two and a nice warm and more importantly, dry place to sleep. Dale anticipates his trek will take him six and a half to seven months - hiking from Georgia to Maine and he is on target to finish before the end of the year.
When we first encountered Dale at the hut, he looked a little listless, he was ready for that meal and a bunk to lay his head. He had a just come from 8 days straight on some really tough terrain sleeping under the stars and on this day completed 10 miles - just a reminder, Greybeard is 82!!
The neat part was, once he got a little nourishment in his system he perked right up and started sharing stories about his journey. The next morning you would have thought he was 32 as he put on a performance at breakfast with his “spirit dance” to inspire the 40 other people in the hut to live life without limitations and believe in yourself and what you can accomplish . If you ever have the opportunity to talk to a thru-hiker - I highly recommend it! Their perspective on life and what is important is absolutely incredible, Greybeard is a prime example of that. What an experience for him and everyone he comes into contact with.
I asked Dale over dinner what motivated him to keep going - he told me that he is hoping to inspire others to adventure and to never put limits on yourself no matter the challenge in front of you.
Imagine that - this 82 year old man - out on a 2,200 journey - in the wilderness for months and he is driven by inspiring others. I told Dale that I wanted to share his story with you all and he was thrilled.
Let’s all take a little inspiration from Dales sweat, gumption, determination, and his journey. Imagine being Dales age - 82 and deciding that you were going to do something this epic - just to inspire others.
To me, that is the definition of living life without limitations. Dale is 82 years old and still living a life of epic adventure.
Thank you Dale, for inspiring me and for allowing me to share your story!
To read more on Dale’s journey, check out:
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If you normally find broccoli, summer squash, or zucchini purchased in the supermarket too bland for your taste buds, try growing them for yourself. When they’re as local as your backyard, they’ll be fresh, organic, and flavorful. Further, kale plants will keep producing all season long, even after a few hard frosts—great for several healthy side dishes. And hot pepper plants, like Jalapeños, can be brought indoors to beautify your home for the winter, and then put back out to fruit the following summer.
Finally, growing your own veggies, you’ll often be pleasantly surprised by what you find. This harvest yielded conjoined summer squash—two for the growth of one!
*Warning: one summer squash or zucchini plant is enough for one family. You will receive so much healthy fruit from a single plant that you’ll have to get creative with what you do with them. Try using them up in soups that you can freeze or can.
(Contributed by our brand spankin new trainer, Kenny Darling)
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
We often receive questions about exercising while pregnant. This is a topic that I feel passionately about as a mother who has enjoyed the benefits of being active during both of my pregnancies, and as an owner of a health and wellness facility.
There's a lot of different information about this topic on the internet, and many doctors have different opinions on the type of activity that a pregnant mother should engage in.
Personally, I was devastated when a nurse at a major OBGYN clinic told me off the cuff that I should discontinue my exercise when I was 3 months into my first pregnancy. After a little research, I soon learned that her recommendation was outdated. In 1998 when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changed their position on exercise during pregnancy deeming the benefits outweighing the risks.
Making the decision to continue working out (particularly in a controlled, safe training environment) is a very personal one. I worked out all throughout my first pregnancy (up until 37 weeks) and I had a great pregnancy and an even better delivery. Even on days where I felt nauseous, if I could just get moving, the nausea would subside and I would feel ‘normal’ again. I am now about halfway through my second pregnancy and enjoying the benefits of being active.
As with anything, we recommend doing your own research and determine if the benefits of an active lifestyle will outweigh any potential risks. Here are a few of the health benefits to the mother and baby that were factors in my decision to continue working out throughout my pregnancies.
Health Benefits for Mama