Sorry about the Short Notice -but Get OFF The Couch and Freeze Your Fanny

So, it’s almost a week into 2011, and I’m just beginning to think about resolutions.  Just like me to be a little bit behind, but charging ahead anyway.

 It’s time again for the Community Center Fitness Challenge.  Last year we had a great team.  We lost weight, or at least, became more fit, and raised $95.50 for United Way.  Plus, it jump started a whole new fitness craze for Michael and myself.  We ended the fitness challenge with a small indoor triathalon, did our 2nd yearly triathalon with the CC in April and then was challenged by our favorite trainer Lisa to keep going toward a new goal.   Lisa and I completed the Sanford/Children’s Miracle Half-Marathon in Sioux Falls in September.  I was impressed with myself, but also impressed with the 2000 other runners, plus many many more staff and volunteers, that were all out there having a great time and raising money and awareness for a great cause.

So, here we are again in our new year, and I’m excited about what we accomplished last year, but always feel like there should be something more.  What should I be focusing on this year that improves on what we have done before?  This morning I awoke, having spent days fussing over the economy and cold weather and maybe a little of the SD winter blues, to a more forward-looking attitude.  This year, 2011, I look forward to more of what we’ve enjoyed the most over the last couple years.  I want to do more activity and be busier than ever.  Hmm, let me re-phrase that. 

I want to do more with our community for those around us.  Of course, I want all of Black Studios fans and friends to join in my insanity.  So where do I start?  Well, of course, the Community Center Fitness Challenge.  This year they’ve changed it up a bit.  Last year, we worked as a team with several of our clients and friends.  This year the CC is asking for more teams in groups of 2.  So, Michael and I will be up at the CC almost every day doing whatever we can to lose weight and stay fit.  We want you to join us. 

Grab yourself a partner and come sign up at the CC.  Weigh in this week, and start working out together for fun, fitness and even a few prizes.  Plus, the entrance fee ($15 per person) all goes to helping United Way.  Another bonus!  Tomorrow, Friday, January 7,  from 12:00 to 3:00 pm  and also on Tuesday, January 11 from 6 to 8 pm, Michael and I will be at the CC center taking pictures of anyone who shows up, but mainly groups entering the CC challenge.  Then  at the end of February, we’ll be back to retake the groups, and see the results of 8 weeks of working out and having fun together. 

If that wasn’t enough, our crazy friends at the Wesleyan Church have come up with another way to get us all out, active and helping others.  Saturday morning, 10 am, at the downtown armory,  the Wesleyan group is sponsoring a FREEZE YOUR FANNY 5k run.  BRRR.  Temps are suppose to be in the 20’s, so why not.  I signed Dacey and myself up today, so we are planning to be there.  The event is to raise funds for a group from Madison who help with an orphanage in Guatemala.    I guess I will be dreaming of warm and sandy locations while chilling my insides.  But, they promise to feed me and give me a t-shirt, so how much more could I want!  Go to to find out more, then keep clicking to to sign up to join me.

Join me in making 2011 a year of changes for the better, for ourselves but for others  as well.

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