The Chubby Chapters: Starting a Journey to Fitness

My "before" photo

Eight months. It seems so far away, but I know the time will fly by just as the last several years have. In June 2013, I will walk into the room at the Ramada in Mitchell, S.D. for my 30th high school class reunion (Go Kernels!), and I am dreading it. I don’t want them to see me. A few pounds here, a scoop of ice cream there and suddenly I am embarrassed to be in front of these people because, sadly, there is MORE of me to see.

Many of the people are friends from long ago, but now some are acquaintances I haven’t seen since the 20th reunion. I shouldn’t care about their opinions. I should be comfortable as I am, right?

Forget it.

I am ready to do something different. I am 47 years old, overweight and out of shape. I think that eight months is enough time to drop a few pounds and, more importantly, chart a new course in my own health and adopt some new habits to stay healthy for more reunions to come.

As the Director of Marketing at Avera McKennan, I get to work with many people in our organization that are superior at the things they do. One of these people is my friend, Jackie Haggar-Tuschen from the Avera McKennan Fitness Center. I met Jackie years ago when I was in the radio business. I told her about my reunion and my goal to reverse some bad habits—or lack of habits altogether. With the help of Jackie and her team at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center, I am starting a new chapter. Over the next several months, I am going to write about my journey and you can follow me as I work toward my fitness goal.

I’m not proud of the weight I am at today, and I know that it is no one’s fault but my own. I am ready to be accountable and give this challenge my best shot. Hopefully my story will give you encouragement if you are also looking to make a change. This is my first entry in what I am calling “The Chubby Chapters”. Next week I have my first session. I’m scared, nervous and excited. I will crawl back with my report then. Wish me luck!

By Alan Helgeson

Marketing and Account Services Director at Avera McKennan

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3 Responses to The Chubby Chapters: Starting a Journey to Fitness

  1. Amanda August 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    Good luck Alan! I also workout at the MCK Fitness Center and hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I am the Program Manager for the To Your Health program which is the new employee wellness program for all Avera employees. I am looking forward to hearing about your future successes and your journey! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to Blog!

  2. Dalene August 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Looking forward to reading the “Chiseled Chapters” in 8 months. :) Best wishes on your journey, Alan!

  3. Paul August 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Awesome, Alan! Good luck! Anxious to follow your progress here.