The residual effects of the Insight2Health Fitness Challenge 10-week fitness boot camp helped pull me out of hibernation after the worse winter in recent Twin Cities history.

Yep. I’ve had the winter blues alright. I’ve been feeling low. Feeling down these past few months. Feeling so way down low, I’ve fallen off the fitness wagon. Landing on my flabby thighs. Yep, flabby. I’m a mess.

I must admit, the five rounds of the Inisght2Health Fitness Challenges I’ve completed have been instrumental in laying a strong foundation for me to get through my personal ice storms. I recently discovered its positive impact on my mental and emotional strength. I’ve weathered the storm, so to speak.

At a recent (extended) family gathering, I was reminded of how far I’ve come in my quest for a healthy lifestyle. My dinner plate wasn’t my usual “fill it up to the brim” portions. My stamina was at an unprecedented peak while dancing New York City style salsa. Best of all, I had boundless energy visiting with folks I hadn’t seen in years.

March is my birthday month, a momentous birthday month. I am official, unequivocally, without a doubt an elder. In Puerto Rico and in villages around the world I would be revered, and then some. I thought for sure this would be a difficult number to face. Much to my surprise, while still dicey, it’s not so bad. I’m having the best time of my life.

It stands to reason that on this significant birthday month, which also marks my third anniversary beating breast cancer, of being cancer free, I can shout from the rooftops “Insight2Health Fitness Challenge played a pivotal role” in getting me to this point.

Now that the ice has melted with the temps getting higher and people coming out of their homes seeking a ray of sunlight, I’m psyched to get back into the groove of Insight2Health Fitness Challenge. Crossing the river, coming “home” to get back to the business of health.

Unfortunately, the current Insight2Health Fitness Challenge session is closed, but not to worry, though. Orientation for the next round is scheduled for April 20 with a start date of April 22 through June 28. The session times and locations will be announced at a later date.

The Insight2Health Fitness Challenge is a fun, yet challenging, program designed to promote measurable and long-lasting health and lifestyle outcomes in program participants. The objective is to introduce lifestyle changes that are sustainable.

The Insight2Health Fitness Challenge addresses the obesity epidemic in Twin Cities urban communities. For a 10-week period, participants engage in rigorous workouts led by Noir Elite Fitness and guided yoga sessions led by Angela Renee. The discourse on nutrition is led by Lucienne Olson.​

Thanks, Isight2Health Fitness Challenge, for putting a skip, swing and sway back in my step. Yep, I’ve come a long way, baby, with a little help from my friends. Gracias, you know who you are.

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