In January, twenty-three enthusiastic shoreline health seekers began participating in the River Valley Slim-Down challenge run by IFoundFitness in Deep River. It’s been 12 life-changing weeks since then, and 18 of the original participants recently completed the program run by Donna Scott, owner of IFoundFitness.
River Valley Slim-Down is akin to the Biggest Loser where participants compete to lose the highest percentage of weight and to win a jackpot cash reward along with other prizes. The challenge focuses on weight control, exercise and group motivation. On Thursday, April 5, Donna announced the winner of this winter’s slim down challenge, Bryan Ambrosino, who earned the jackpot prize of $1,859.00. In second place was Hannah Schillawski and third place went to Carol Green.
In total, the participants lost a total of 191 pounds due to their hard work and Donna’s personal dedication to helping her clients achieve success towards their personal goals. Through exercise, nutrition and health education, positive reinforcement, and empathy with each participant, Donna has motivated the group to achieve milestones they may have otherwise thought were unattainable. River Valley Slim Down participant Hannah Tiffany Schillawski shared a day of excitement “I went shopping today and got a size 6 capri! I have NEVER been a size 6!”. Ginny Mislick, who is getting in shape for her wedding next year, said, “Week after week in the River Valley Slim-Down, I was able to see results. Whether it is on the scale or in the way my clothes fit me with inches lost, something was always happening along my journey to greater fitness. I am a changed person, both mentally and physically. The added and unexpected bonus was becoming part of a team of great people working toward the same goal to lose weight and become fit. I was able to enjoy others’ success and feed off of their excitement.”
“My reward is seeing my clients motivated to make lifestyle changes that they can sustain.” said Donna Scott. “It’s not about dieting, it’s about making healthy choices along their journey, choices that they can maintain. And it’s about forgiving themselves if they go off track – which is going to happen from time to time.”
As part of Donna’s commitment to give back to the community, IFoundFitness donated over $400 worth of canned goods to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen. IFoundFitness partnered with Adams Super Food Store in Deep River who generously provided the canned goods at cost. “Recently Adams Deep River launched the Culinary Health Club, a healthy eating initiative that dovetails nicely with the River Valley Slim-Down challenge.” said Jeff Prindle, manager of Adams Super Foods in Deep River. In support of Donna and her hard work with her participants, Adams kindly donated four Culinary Club memberships that were given to the challenge runner-ups. In addition to Adams, Vitality Spa in Old Lyme and Essence in Old Saybrook provided prizes for the challenge winners.
The Spring/Summer River Valley Slim-Down – 8 weeks to change your life, will begin in April 23, 2012 and will run for eight weeks. Penny Smyth, CHHC, AADP, certified health coach will be offering a complimentary 30 minute consultation with each participant as well as offering several mini-workshops about weight management and healthier eating. To register and learn the more about the competition, contact IFoundFitness at (860) 961-4507 or email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IFoundFitness is personal training/group exercise business specializing in "Personalized, Personal Training" in an effort to improve clients overall health. Donna Scott, owner and founder of IFoundFitness, is a certified AFAA (Aerobics And Fitness Association of America) Trainer; Zumba licensed in basic, gold and toning and is also Spinning (indoor cycling) certified.. IFoundFitness is located at the Deep River Sports Academy at 190 Main Street in Deep River, Connecticut. Learn more at www.ifoundfitness.com.