(L-R) Erin Eskuri, Peggy Moore, Ogi Carter, Aleathea McWilliams, Carmen Robles and Alicia Cervantes

I joined the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge because I was in pain all of the time. 

I had both knees replaced but that didn’t alleviate the pain. I also have fibromyalgia and sciatic nerve damage. I’d been to physical therapy four times and taken numerous different kinds of prescriptions and over-the-counter pain pills. I was also treated by a chiropractor and received acupuncture.

I was at NorthPoint Dental Clinic and while there I ran into nutritionist Karen Blanchard. She asked me if I would be interested in doing a 10-week challenge consisting of exercising at 6 a.m. I ask her if she was kidding and I told her “no way.”  A week later I saw Peggy (a participant of the challenge) and she told me about the challenge because she knew about my pain. She said that she was going to join, so I thought what do I have to loose except weight and a little sleep, while at the same time gaining strengthen and toning my body.

During the first challenge I did most of my exercises using a chair because of my knees. I wanted to get strong enough to do my exercises without using the chair. I also liked the results I made doing the previous challenge round.

I am originally from Alabama, I still have family there. I moved to Minnesota in 1986 I lived over South for about three years. The rest of my time I’ve lived on the Northside and I’m loving it.  And loving the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge.

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