Completed program March 2016
BEATING the alaskan winter
I live in the beautiful state of Alaska, so I’ve always been active, spending much of my time outdoors. With PowerUP however, I’m much more intentional and consistent to ensure activity is part of my daily schedule. Part of this was taking steps to change up my routine and try something new, like a high intensity Tabata class. The biggest step though was starting a routine that I could commit to – no excuses. I knew I was accountable to myself and my coach, so nothing was going to stop me. Not even an Alaskan winter!
When I was covering the shifts at one of the local hospitals, I knew I had to workout early, so I made it part of my lifestyle. Once I get going in the morning after my workout, I walk into work charged up and ready to go. For me, exercising at the end of a long day generally didn’t work for me. There always seemed to be an excuse so best for me to get it done in the morning. The great thing is that PowerUP didn’t dictate exactly what to do--the program suggests many options with intensity level and timeframes. I can exercise on my own schedule and however I want, whether its HIIT intervals bike training, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, etc.
I committed to the plan and held myself accountable. As I started losing weight, everything fed off the other and now I don’t want to slip back. It’s a new mindset
The PowerUP Difference
I’ve always struggled with my weight. I tried Weight Watchers twice before and have seen some success, but with PowerUP I haven’t yo-yo’d like I did with other plans. The thing that was different with PowerUP was that I never felt hungry. The nutrition plan was amazing, especially with my family. I didn’t have to cook two separate meals. With PowerUP’s nutrition plan, my energy levels were much higher and I felt stronger. Planning how to fuel my body 5-6 times each day is empowering and I’m losing weight!
At first I was stressed about the planning, but soon it became second nature. Once I started giving my body the right kind of fuel, I noticed a difference in energy while hiking as well as with other activities. When you start anything new, it’s always harder at the beginning. It’s important to be patient with yourself, and trust it will get easier as you go along. Don't give up just because it’s hard!
Now, because I am not feeling hungry all the time I have much better control. I used to be a night time snacker. I’d have a glass of wine, and snack on something after dinner. Since joining PowerUP though, I haven’t done that in months. The urges are gone to even do it. It’s become not only a habit, but a lifestyle for me. It’s a total shift and it isn’t difficult. It even fits with the luxury of going out to dinner. There’s always something on the menu that fits with the plan.
I really saw my mindset shift during the program when I took my first vacation. I used to think going on vacation was permission to eat and drink whatever you want. It’s normal to gain weight when traveling - right? But now, I get up, work out, and enjoy myself. It’s a lifestyle. I enjoy things in moderation, and it wasn’t so hard! It's become a priority for me to stay active and healthy on vacation (just like at home), and I have the power to do it! It’s a few minutes each day, and can work into the travel plan. I’ve made it a priority, but I don’t beat myself if I don’t get it done, I just forgive myself.
the most exciting part about getting active in alaska
I’ve seen a few bears while hiking. And let me tell you, it really gets the adrenaline going. Last year a bear dropped off the hillside and followed us down the trail. He seemed more curious than anything. We had to throw rocks at him to try to scare him off.
I had another encounter with a Grizzly Bear at Mckinley Park. We had come over the ridge and looked back up to see a Grizzly running over the ridge, following a similar cut we had taken down the mountain. The bear seemed to have followed us. Thankfully one of the park buses came around the curve as we got to the road. We got on the bus, and sure enough the bear was right behind us!
If You’re Ever in the area…
Hike the Turnagain Arm Trail! Located south of Anchorage, the trail is about 9.5 miles long with different segments along the way. From Beluga Point to Rainbow Valley Overlook you can see the ocean off to the right, hear squirrels, and see moose and black bears! It’s a great all season trail with a wonderful overlook of the area. It’s always unique and protected from the weather.
We’ll even explore off the trail and go up higher to check out the mountain. Rainbow Peak takes 6-7 hours to hike round trip at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. There are so many things to see, and you never have the same experience!
Or check out the Chugach State Park above Anchorage. One can walk, hike, run, bike, ski - it’s an all season “play ground” above town just 20 minutes away.
Or just stay in town and take advantage of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Chester Creek Greenbelt, or Campbell Creek. With trails through and in town, the possibilities are endless. It’s easy to get our daily activity in each day. So, let’s PowerUp!