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Jun 2, 201501:45 PMOpen Mic

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Mom Gets Fit for family, teammates

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2015 Get Fit Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 21. This week, IB checks in with Melissa Schultz of Hausmann-Johnson Insurance, which is competing in the team challenge. Schultz’s coworkers Barry Richter, Kyle VonRuden, and David Kruse round out the team. Stay tuned for future blogs from the rest of the team members.

I’m a 36-year-old mother of two girls and I’ve been working at Hausmann-Johnson Insurance since 2006. I volunteered for the 2015 Get Fit Challenge because I needed an extra push to get in shape and get healthy. Every year I would tell myself I’m going to exercise and get in shape before summer and it never happens. Until now!

When I turned 35, I weighed 135 pounds. I was comfortable enough with that number but wasn’t happy with my lack of muscle tone. At the time I was nursing my youngest daughter and still eating like I was still pregnant. Needless to say, when our insurance agency announced we were putting an application in for the 2015 Get Fit Challenge, I was up 15 pounds from the summer of 2014 and needed to make a serious change to my eating and exercising habits.

I started out the Challenge exercising three days a week. A few coworkers and I would do Pilates or a core ballet workout on lunch, and then I would exercise over the weekend at home. I knew that wouldn’t be enough to see real results so on April 11th I joined a 10-week Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping session. It’s 45-minutesa day, six days a week of kickboxing or resistance band strength training. I never thought I would be exercising six days a week, eating six smaller meals a day, and drinking 80 ounces of water each day.

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