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May 19, 201411:57 AMOpen Mic

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Data specialist counts down the pounds

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Ten professionals and 10 teams are competing in the 2014 Get Fit Challenge, a spinoff of IB’s popular Fittest Executive Challenge. Who will earn the healthiest marks? Follow along on Facebook and then find out at the In Business Expo & Conference on Oct. 22. This week, IB checks in with Sarah Phillips, an administrative data specialist with TURIS, which is competing in the team challenge. Phillips’ co-workers Brady O’Brien, Eric Schappe, and Michael Whaley round out the team.

When asked if they were interested in participating in the IB Get Fit Challenge, an overwhelming number of TURIS team members immediately responded. Sharing a desire to lose weight, get in better shape, and gain more energy, our excitement could not be contained! Whether it’s wanting to look fit in a tux for a summer wedding or preparing for a triathlon, we all have personal goals to attain.

The IB Get Fit Challenge accepted teams of four participants. With such an overwhelming interest in participating, our employees formed a larger TURIS office fitness team. To get us started, our executive leader, Mike Whaley, suggested we participate in the boot camp classes he’s enjoyed for the past three years at Hybrid Fitness. Our personal Hybrid Fitness trainer, Jen Oikarinen, provides us with a variety of unique and very intense cardio and strength-training exercises. For the past two months we have been attending these boot camps twice a week during our Tuesday and Thursday lunch breaks. We also supplement these with our own personal workouts. That is, if we aren’t too sore from the boot camps!

In addition to this fitness regimen, Jen will be providing nutritional classes to our IB Get Fit Challenge team members. Though we’ve agreed that eating healthy is the most difficult part of the challenge, we understand the journey won’t be complete unless we change our dietary habits as well.

As summer draws near and we begin to see results in our waistlines, we realize we also have each other to draw on as motivation. The relationships that surfaced from this opportunity have been an added bonus.

With the combination of our motivation for a healthy lifestyle and the help of Jen and Hybrid Fitness, we are crushing goals and having a great time doing it together.


May 20, 2014 02:17 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Awesome and inspiring story, Sarah! All the best!

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