2008 Utah Valley Magazine Fitness Challenge

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By Ashley Dickson

Stephanie Shurian, Scott Crockett and Sherri Tomlinson are making a public commitment to health. Our three 2008 Fitness Challenge participants are submitting their will and their weight to three accomplished personal trainers.

You’ll get to know them through their struggles and successes. You might even pick up a few healthy habits to try out at home. So step on the scale, jot down your starting measurements and get ready to bond with your new fitness friends.

 

2008 FITNESS TRAINERS

Keena Schaerrer

Coach Keena Training

An avid triathlete, trainer, coach, wife and mother, Keena Schaerrer understands the effort, challenge and sacrifice it takes to accomplish goals. Whether it’s losing weight, increasing energy, running a marathon or completing a triathlon, healthy habits are a cornerstone to a satisfying, fulfilling life. Coach Keena has spent more than a decade as a fitness professional and trainer.

Stephanie Shurian, Scott Crockett and Sherri Tomlinson are making a public commitment to health. Our three 2008 Fitness Challenge participants are submitting their will and their weight to three accomplished personal trainers.

You’ll get to know them through their struggles and successes. You might even pick up a few healthy habits to try out at home. So step on the scale, jot down your starting measurements and get ready to bond with your new fitness friends.

Zac Price

Energy Explosion Personal Training and Nutrition

Born out of a love for health and a vision of contributing to the lives of others, Energy Explosion is an innovative approach to health and fitness that focuses not only on physical activity but also on nutrition and mental clarity. Zac Price knows that when people feel better about themselves, their lives are enhanced in every aspect. Zac’s goal is to work toward a more healthy, fit and active community.

 

Dan Wilcox

Total Health and Fitness

Dan Wilcox is devoted to understanding the science of the human body and the psychology of success. By successfully and consistently applying scientifically proven principles in nutrition and daily workout routines, Dan has motivated countless people to improve their personal performance. A natural athlete, Dan spent several years as a head coach and PGA teaching professional.

 

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Stephanie Shurian

Mapleton

FAMILY: Married to Chris, with three children — Kacy, 16, Amy, 8, Cody, 1

 

Why I want a change: The past year has been quite challenging. After 15 years of infertility, I got pregnant — what a miracle. But along with it came a slew of challenges — bedrest at 28 weeks because of a condition that causes dangerous bleeding, and a C-section delivery at 36 weeks. The recovery was difficult, and I was hit hard with postpartum depression. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever encountered. With help from my doctor I am feeling good, but I’m ready to lose my baby weight and get back to eating right and exercising.

 

What I’ve tried: Diets, exercise video programs, Weight Watchers. But I’ve found that good old fashioned healthy eating and regular exercise are what work long term.

 

Health history: My family has a history of diabetes and breast cancer. I know weight can contribute, and I want to avoid those health challenges.

 

Hardest thing to resist: Chocolate! Bread! I am a stress eater.

 

Biggest obstacle: Being a mom keeps me busy, and I don’t make time to exercise and eat healthy. I often grab what’s easy to eat on the run.

 

My goals: I want to lose my baby weight, find my waist and fit my wedding ring on my finger again. I want to focus on healthy eating and consistent exercise to get in better cardiovascular shape so I have energy to keep up with my busy kids. I want to get my weight to the healthy range for my height — below 160 pounds.

Age

39

 

Height

5’ 8”

 

Weight

198 pounds

 

Inches

44 (waist)

 

Body fat:

41 percent

 

Occupation

Mom

 

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Scott Crockett

Orem

FAMILY, CHILDREN

I am one lucky man! I have three brothers and three sisters and now enjoy living with my best friend (and wife) and our two girls and a boy.

 

Why I want a change: I want to avoid disease that would lead to less time alive with my wife and kids. I am also eager to learn how my body works and what I can do that will have significant long-term benefits.

 

What I’ve tried: Low carb, high protein, calorie reduction, and, regrettably, I even tried the cabbage soup diet for a day or two.

 

health history: In my family’s health history there is diabetes, strokes, multiple sclerosis, heart attacks and cholesterol problems.

 

Hardest thing to resist: I love to eat, and if it tastes good, I like a lot of it. My mom’s cherry cheesecake is the hardest to resist.

 

biggest obstacle: The true answer is discipline and knowledge. I need to break some habits, and I believe this can be done with some additional knowledge.

 

my goals: First, to crack 240 pounds with less than 15 percent body fat and maintain those results for three years. Second, to not feel embarrassed about taking off my shirt when I take my kids swimming. Third, I’d like to understand how my body tolerates different types of food and find a healthy blend of foods for me.

Age

36

 

Height

6-foot-6

 

Weight

290 pounds

 

Body fat:

28 percent

 

Occupation

Loan Officer /

Accountant

 

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Sherri Tomlinson

Orem

Family, children: Married with five girls ages 3 to 18

 

Why I want a change: I’ve been in an unhealthy rut for years. I need to get back into the workout routine I loved and find the will power to eat the way I once did. I felt better physically and emotionally — I miss the old me. I recently realized poor food and exercise choices are major contributors to my dark cloud.

 

What I’ve tried: Not a heck of a lot. I’ve lacked motivation and had way too many excuses. I did a short stint at the gym and tried eating healthier during lunch. I jog an occasional 5K.

 

Health history: I’ve had surgeries for infertility, plus hernias and torn cartilage scoped on both knees. After in vitro to have my miracle baby, then an emergency C-section, my body just hasn’t recovered. (My two oldest are stepdaughters, the other two are adopted.)

 

Hardest thing to resist: Food in general! Baked goods, cheesecake, anything chocolate, éclairs, I love dessert in any form. (Have you been to Magleby’s?)

 

Biggest obstacle: My mindset. I never used to worry about a few extra pounds, but now that I have extra weight — I gained 75 pounds with the baby — it’s hard to be active. Exercise is difficult and discouraging. My 8-minute miles are now 11. I tell myself, “When I lose weight, I’ll get back into running.” What I should say is, “I’ll run to help lose weight.”

 

My goals: Be happy and positive. Re-train myself to a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthier (I’m going to miss you, desserts). I want to run the St. George Marathon in less than four hours this year. I miss my size eight clothes — it’s time I find them again! And I think this will be my year to dip into the triathlon pool!

Age

41

 

Height

5’9”

 

Weight

193 pounds

 

Inches

40 (waist)

 

Body fat:

42 percent

 

Occupation

Mom (formerly accounting

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Ashley Dickson is a Virginia native now living in Boston. She graduated from BYU with degrees in journalism and home and family living, then spent three years writing and editing for Utah Valley Magazine. She left the mountain West to earn a master's degree in library science and now splits her time between motherhood, editing for a financial research firm, and keeping a connection to Utah by writing for UtahValley360.

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