On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!!

Hi Everyone!

I thought I’d start my brand new blog with a description of what this blog is about and then give you a question to mull over and, hopefully, respond to.

Along The Fitness Trail is a metaphor for our lives. We are all moving along a trail that we hope will lead to our happy place—to the best lives we can lead.

Sometimes we move quickly, sometimes irritatingly slowly, sometimes we need to be pulled along by others, sometimes we are off the trail altogether.

This blog is meant to be a place where you can see that, as humans, we all fall off the mind, body and soul fitness trail—we’re too tired to work out, we over-eat, let ourselves get way too stressed and so on. What’s terrific about a blog is that, for better or worse, you are never alone. And, there is not an experience along the trail that someone else hasn’t had.

It’s from this collective experience that we can help one another stay on the trail–whether that’s setting fitness goals, finding ways to de-stress, getting health resources or maybe even finding a buddy that shares your interests.

Along the Fitness Trail I’ll share some of my experiences as a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Self-Help Facilitator and Communications Specialist. Whatever your expertises and interests are, please share them too.

In the meantime, let’s get this show on the trail with this question:

Along the Fitness Trail, what has been your most frustrating long-term challenge?

Share your comments below. I’m betting we all have a lot in common!!

To Your Health!



About tracygagnon

Tracy’s life-long passions have intertwined to create an interesting career. Since childhood, Tracy has loved writing, public speaking and fitness. She graduated from Carleton University’s School of Journalism in 1986. Since that time, she has written for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, created and written several newsletters, written award-winning technical manuals, as well as marketing materials, reference check reports, proposals and other materials. She has written for all levels of government, private industry and the not-for-profit sector on a variety of subjects. Throughout her life, Tracy has also found herself publicly presenting various types of information—from teaching small children to swim and adult fitness classes to presenting communication seminars and creative speeches (through Toastmasters International). In order to pull all her interests together, she created Inward Journeys in 1994. Her purpose was to help individuals and groups draw out their potential. She wrote programs on communication, teamwork, self-esteem and motivation. Each program was interactive and very often had a physical element to help participants internalize key points. Some of her experiential team adventures included: rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sailing and dogsledding. The final thread from childhood was a love of fitness, which was already manifest from the days of Participaction and flexed arm hangs (yuk!) to Inward Journeys and finally onto a new challenge at Carleton University. At 42 she became a fitness instructor at Carleton U—a dream she had had since she was 16! Eventually she was offered a full time contract position, where was able to finally put all of her skills to work as a writer, presenter and fitness enthusiast. She created the Fitness Now newsletter, the To Your Health blog, and taught fitness classes to people from all walks of life. After a year and a half, however, her contract wasn’t renewed and it was time to move on to a new adventure. Her passions have never dimmed and because of that Tracy has created a new fitness blog called Along the Fitness Trail. Please join her on her new adventure.
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4 Responses to On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!!

  1. Tony Patrick says:

    My most frustating long term challenge is losing some more weight. The problem is compounded by the fact that no one is really sure what the right weight should be. I am not overly obese and am relatively fit and muscular for someone who is pushing 60. I have been told to start slow, so my goal is to lose 10-15 lbs. by year’s end. Wish me luck, I’ll need it!

  2. Irene says:

    I worked on loosing weight for the past years and dropped 30 lbs and enjoyed doing it. I am now in my BMI range based on my height and weight. I look good but more importantly; I feel great for 55. Now my goal is to build more muscle. I have never been an excerise person so that will be my long term challenge. Good luck to Tony and me! We will do it!

  3. tracygagnon says:

    Thanks Tony and Irene!
    Congratulations to you both working so hard at it. It will happen, Tony, just keep working at it. I heard from someone else who’s over 50 and has lost 12 lbs recently.

    From those I have talked to, weight loss does seem to stay on everyones’ minds! If you need to lose weight it’s “My doctor says I need to lose 40 lbs”. Then you lose ALMOST 40 lbs and then you struggle with “How do I lose those last 10 lbs”. Finally you lose all 40 lbs–congratulations!! Then it’s “How do I keep it off?” or “Now I’m seeing some flabby skin–How do I get some muscle tone?”

    My question is: “How do you NEVER think about weight again!!” Yes, you can let it all go, but then you deal with health problems. I mean, seriously, how do you stop worrying and fussing and still look and feel great? That’s what I’m going to tackle in tomorrow’s blog update!

  4. Tony Patrick says:

    Hello Tracy- I was wondering how you are doing lately. I didn’t take any classes this summer but took a few 30k bike rides instead. I am now enrolled in the 50s+ class at Carleton with Linda at the helm.

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