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Sue discovers the little things add up!

After many months of working out and getting frustrated that I hadn’t lost any weight, I consulted with Coach Nancy. She is right…drinking a lot of water and keeping track of everything you eat, does pay off.

Four pounds in less than two weeks makes me feel great, and I’m headed in the right direction. Thank you Nancy !!!

Sue Merrill

Jeff is Down 40 Pounds in 8 Weeks, Step by Step!

Jeff (5:00am Concord) first contacted us because he saw how his friend and co-worker Karl (who lost 102 pounds last year) was finally losing the weight and getting healthy, and he thought – why not me?

Why Not Indeed!

Over the past 8 weeks Jeff is literally transforming before our eyes. It was incredible when he shared with his teammates and training partners that in the 8 weeks since he has started he has lost 40 pounds – wow!

Now Jeff is a big guy, and he has a lot to lose. He joked with us Monday that he was no longer “morbidly obese, just regular obese”, and you know what, it’s that kind of sense of humor and attitude that keeps you from looking too far ahead and instead focusing on all the great things that are happening in the “now”.

Jeff told me he is not starving himself, not doing anything crazy. I will tell you that since he started he has not missed a training session, in fact he is almost always the first one through the door.

Attitude Is Everything, and Jeff has a great one.

There’s a good chance Jeff is going to break Karl’s record, and if I know Karl, he’ll be the first one in line to shake his hand.

So what about you?

It’s March, 2 months into the new year.

Are YOU on track to reach your goals?

Make It Happen!

Coach Dean

Terry Is Making It Happen!

Hi Dean & Nancy,

Last June when I signed up for my 2 week trial of Get Fit NH Boot Camp I really did not know what to expect.  There was a girl I worked with that encouraged me to try it out.  I would hear her come up the stairs ever so slowly, then pause outside my office door (she looked like she was in a lot of pain from something).  I asked her if she was okay? 

A few days later the same thing happened and she told me that she was going to boot camp.  She said she had lost 20 pounds and I should try it out.  So I took her advice and tried it.  The first week was painful but I did not let it discourage me.  I went the 2nd week – still painful but not as much.  I was determined I was going to keep going. 

I find myself getting stronger and stronger.  Accomplishing things I never thought I could.  I felt very good about the whole thing when I got on the scale for my 2nd fitness evaluation and I had lost 15 pounds.  I had been trying everything and it just wasn’t working for me. 

I really do enjoy going and I even look forward to it.  I find myself with a lot more energy and just happy again.  I have a wedding to attend next September in Oregon for my niece and I have already bought a dress – 1 size down from what I would normally wear.  I really hope that about a month before the wedding that I will either be bringing that dress to be altered or getting a new one in a smaller size. 

Keep pushing me – I have goals to attain!!!

Terry Reed

Keep Up The Great Work Terry!!!

Jim Has Lost 16 Pounds!

I would like to take a moment to thank you and your staff for providing an excellent service.    I really enjoy the class, and its working.

Your class in combination with my new way to eat  (zone)  I am down from 236 to 220  in 7 weeks.   My goal is 185 by 7/1/11.

Thanks again


Keep up the great work Jim!

Lesa sees incredible progress in only 3 weeks!

Good Morning,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  When I started this program nearly 3 weeks ago I never would have imagined the results that I would see so soon!  This is the best thing I have done for myself. I have always put everyone else in my life first and have never really taken the time that I need.  Now that my children are older and don’t really need mom around as much 🙁  I have set a goal to be in the best physical shape that I have ever been in by time I am 40.  (I turn the Big 40 in September!)   This program is just what I need to achieve this goal.  I am not a runner, but would like to start training to possibly participate in some of the road races that may be held locally.  (I don’t think I am ready for the Warrior Dash quite yet!) lol

Again, thank you for all that you do.  This is an awesome program that I brag about to all my friends!

See you tonight!


Thank-you for choosing to train with us Lesa!

Dee Is Living Proof

I just received this picture that a young couple I met in Ireland took of my daughter and I during our day of sea kayaking in Ireland last September.  There is NO WAY I would have even attempted to kayak in the open ocean the year before.  A lake or stream is one thing but the waves and distance away from shore of the ocean is a very different beast.  I am so proud of myself for believing I could do it and then actually doing it with NO problems of strength or even endurance.  That was only possible because of the year of boot camp training I had under my belt.

I just bought my air ticket last night for another trip of a lifetime.  I will be going to Hawaii in May.  I had never traveled before last fall’s trip  to Ireland and have vowed to take a trip every year for the rest of my life.  We are not planning on spending the week sitting at the beach but want this to be an adventurous vacation.  We plan on kayaking, zip lining, hiking and dancing!

Your job is to keep reminding me to “SIU!”  My job will be to show up at class every night.

Thanks for everything,


PS My ultimate goal is to be able to enjoy physical adventures with my grandchildren!  LOL

Karl In His Own Words – “Mr. 102” Tells How He Did It

We highlighted a few weeks ago how Karl reached his goal of losing 100 pounds (or more) last year. Now we get to hear from the man himself.

Karl’s Transformation

Karl Before

Karl before Get Fit NH Bootcamp

I was too fat and not happy with the way I looked or felt. The only problem was that I didn’t know what to do or how to go about changing that. I knew I didn’t have the will power to get a gym membership and work out on my own every day. I have been down that road too many times with exercise equipment at home. The first few week’s goes great then I tend to fall into the “Tomorrow night” routine, and before I knew it three more weeks had past and I hadn’t thought about working out.

It was always easier to buy bigger clothes then do anything else.

Bootcamp experience

I was hesitant to come to bootcamp. I didn’t know what to expect, and I’m not one for new things. The first two weeks was painful, but it was a good pain. It was sore muscles that I didn’t know I had. Once I was into the swing of things it has been great. Dean and Nancy are positive and encourage us to go a little further but you aren’t pushy about it. I know when I heard it was bootcamp I was picturing a strict drill instructor. As I quickly found out that is not how it is at Get Fit NH Bootcamp. I have found everyone involved in class to be positive and encouraging. I guess it’s hard to say my experience has been anything but good, especially with the results we have seen. I like the variety of exercises, and finding new limits.

Eating Habit changes

This is probably the area that I have had to change the most in. I love to eat and drink. It wasn’t unusual for me to drink 4 or more beers a night, snack, and eat a huge dinner. I wouldn’t eat much of a breakfast, usually a bagel and a coffee. Lunch was typically a sandwich, or left over’s from the night before. I would load up on dinner till I was stuffed. I would eat lots of carbs during the day. I wasn’t concerned with what I ate or how much. Now I follow a lower carb diet, making sure I get the right amount of protein and it seems to work well. I have cut back on the beer and snacking. It was difficult at first but after a few weeks it wasn’t too bad. By not having certain things on a regular basis it makes them taste better when I do. We don’t typically buy junk food now. If it isn’t in the house it is easier to avoid. I find myself looking at food and asking if I need it or just want it. Before bootcamp everything was a need, now most things are a want. I still eat the “wants” but not as often. The more weight I lost the easier it has been to stay away from the junk food, especially as goals became close. We still go out to dinner, and eat what we want but we are a lot smarter about it. We work it into our meal plans.

Karl After

Karl (and friends) Now - 102 pounds lighter and counting!

Other Changes

This has been a huge area for me. I need a whole new wardrobe. I am fitting into clothes that I haven’t worn since high school. I am planning a ski vacation this winter. I haven’t been skiing for 7 years because of ski gear not fitting and not being in shape for it. I see small changes in my day to day activities.  I can take the dog for a mile walk and not be out of breath. I’m not ashamed by the way I look anymore. I can easily bend over to tie my shoes.  My mind set is a little different also.

I never would of believed that I could lose this much weight in any amount of time, let alone one year.

The more weight I have lost the more I want to see how much farther I can go. I am looking for another 25-30 pounds and then I believe I will be at a maintaining weight. It’s fun to see the reactions of people we haven’t seen in a while. They are amazed at what we have accomplished. I also believe that if I/we could do this and be as successful as we have, anyone can do it.

Be Like Karl. Become part of the fitness revolution that is truly creating change – Mind and Body. At Get Fit NH Bootcamp results are not automatic, you have to work for it. But our clients are proving every day that you don’t have to settle for second best.

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Read What Diedre Accomplished in 2010!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!


I now feel confident that I will live a much longer and healthier life.  Below is a copy of my blood work results  just 6 weeks or so after I started boot camp.  Today (about a year later) I received my latest blood work results:

Start Now Variance
Cholesterol 212 mg/dl 165 mg/dl
47 mg/dl Favorable
Triglycerides 157 mg/dl 79 mg/dl
78 mg/dl Favorable
HDL Cholesterol 49 mg/dl 54.2 mg/dl
5.2 mg/dl Favorable
LDL Cholesterol 132 mg/dl
95 mg/dl 37 mg/dl Favorable

How awesome is that?  If you are able to offer a 5:00pm or 5:30pm class in Concord in 2011 (DONE! 🙂 I will definitely go back to 4 sessions/week and make an even bigger difference in my health.  I have also committed to quit smoking on November 18th of this year, National Smoke-out Day, I have no doubt that will impact my health even more!

Thanks so much for your help, support and patience in this past year.  As you can see you have made a real impact on my overall health.  My Doctor even wrote a comment on her note to me about keeping up with my boot camp.


Jill’s Transformation Story

Get Fit NH client Jill has often taken a backseat as her husband Karl lost an amazing 102 pounds over the last 12 months. But this women has her own amazing story to tell. Prepare to be motivated…

Jill’s Transformation

Jill Before

Jill before starting with Get Fit NH

I have always been heavy, but I haven’t always been huge. And I was huge and unhappy! In middle school I was active and fit. I played softball, karate and cheerleading. In high school I was still into softball and karate, and was coaching 6-7 year old cheer, but the activity level was slowly decreasing and my weight increasing. In college I maintained my weight fairly well. Both my roommates were health conscious and fit, and it helped me maintain, but I was still a size 16.

When I graduated and moved home I tried staying active, but walking every once in a while is not staying active. I really started packing on the weight when Karl and I bought a house and moved in together. Although we shared in the responsibilities of cooking, we ate crap food. We ate what was easy. Pizza, subs, deep fried anything, and we would attempt to justify our bad eating habits with a small side salad smothered in dressing. We would eat in front of the TV and stay on the sofa until bed time, needless to say, we were anything but active.

One of my unsaid reasons for losing weight was to be healthy enough to have children, and to be there for them. In the back of my mind I was scared that I was going to be too fat to do the things I would want to be able to do with my children.

I knew we needed a change, and it had to be something that both of us could attack and stick with. I knew this wasn’t something I would be able to accomplish by myself. I was starting to buy size 20 pants and saw 240 pounds on the scale, and was becoming so uncomfortable in my own skin. I found a Get Fit NH card during a massage from Heidi at Chichester Massage, and checked out the website. It looked like something I could do, but the real test was going to be getting Karl interested. I asked Karl to check out the website, and prayed it was something he was interested in, because we needed something!

Our first class was fun and encouraging. It was a back to basic’s night, filled with lunges and squats. Even though I was paralyzed for the next week, I was having a great time and the 6pmers couldn’t have been more encouraging. It was encouraging to hear Brian and Dr. Dave were sore after that first workout too!

It wasn’t until the S3 competition that Karl and I really started getting serious about what we were eating. Dean and Nancy have been so helpful and supportive between the newsletters, seminars, pep talks before, during and after class, emails and I love the recipes that Dean and Nancy and the rest of the family provide, and I love even more that I have a willing subject to try all these new and different recipes on. If you’d had told me a year ago, that my new favorite dish was going to be Denise’s vegetable lasagna, I’d have told you you’re crazy. Our big change was following the meal plan that Dean and Nancy gave us, without that we would not be seeing the results we’ve seen.

Jill After - December 2010

Jill has a new body AND a new attitude!

I am so much more comfortable in my own skin now. I am liking the way I look and liking how my clothes are fitting. Not that we are ready to start having children, but I feel much more prepared now that I am on the track to reaching my goal weight and knowing how to eat to live. Not live to eat.

People are always asking what our ‘secret’ is, and I find it a little funny that people think it’s a secret.

If you ask anyone how to lose weight they will tell you “be active and eat right.” It’s actually putting that to practice that is the hard part, so I would have to say my ‘secret’ is my determination. I’m determined to meet my goals. I am determined to cook healthy for myself and Karl, and not let his diabetes get the best of him. I am determined to love the way I look!

I am writing this during a recovery week, and realize how much I miss my Get Fit NH family. It’s with their help, and Karl’s support that I’ve been as successful as I’ve been, and know that I can reach my next goal.

My next short term goal is to feel good in a bathing suit in February. Longer goals include losing another 30 pounds, becoming more adventurous with vegetables (Karl’s always been the one who will eat anything – I’ve always been the picky eater) and making sure we are eating them every day, having kids, and loving my life and myself!



Be Like Jill. Become part of the fitness revolution that is truly creating change – Mind and Body. At Get Fit NH results are not automatic, you have to work for it. But our clients are proving every day that you don’t have to settle for second best.

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Get Fit NH Bootcamp Testimonial: Helen Dutton

Helen has done an amazing job recovering from a torn ACL (non-bootcamp related, an extremely freak accident), and I appreciate her gracious testimonial. While injury prevention is of primary concern, we don’t live in a perfect world and things happen. It is amazing what can be achieved with perseverance and a plan – Great Work Helen!

Dean Carlson
Cr8 Health and Fitness
167 New Orchard Road
Epsom, NH 03234

September 21, 2010

Dear Dean:

Yahoo! I am, officially, no longer a patient of Concord Orthopaedics!

As you know, I tore my ACL in February. The initial recommendation was surgery, followed by a six-month rehabilitation period – not something I wanted in my life. Once the surgeon at Concord Orthopaedics saw me, though, he thought my existing strength, immediate physical therapy, and on-going strength training might be able to pull me through without surgery. An ACL cannot be repaired without surgery; the choice is to compensate, primarily through strong quadriceps and hamstrings. I was willing to give it a try.

Our boot camp workouts allowed me to cut the number of physical therapy appointments by 50% and more. My physical therapist was very impressed with your attentiveness, the precautions you made me take, and the workout modifications you created. On one occasion, she told me that she had “complete confidence” in your support of my rehabilitation.

Yesterday, I had my last appointment with the orthopedic surgeon. As he physically assessed my knee and asked me questions, he kept shaking his head as if to say “I can’t believe it.” He chuckled a couple of times, too, in obvious delight over what I had accomplished. Honestly, I wish you could have been there – you were a crucial part of that success.

Thanks to you and the boot camp regime, I am cleared for trying just about anything I want (okay, okay – within reason. Promise.). I am grateful for your careful attention to my injury rehab and will continue to recommend you to family, friends, and colleagues.

Best regards,

Helen Dutton

Cc: BNI Members and Guests and Get Fit NH Boot Camp Clients

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