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Roger J

The Great Outdoors

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Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Click here if you want to read the NYT article on the best exercise.  They conclude it might be stair climbing, which is very similar of course to the hill running.

I awoke on the morning of May 2, 2011 fairly chilled. I thought, “it must be cold outside”, and I covered myself up a little more. Then the alarm went off and I realized that today was the day. The day I said I was looking forward to all through the treadmill workouts. The day boot camp moved back outside. I’d like to say I eagerly jumped out of bed and quickly got dressed. I’d like to say it, but I can’t. I lay there another minute, breathing a deep sigh and knowing soon I would face my great nemesis. Read More

Hello, I’m Back

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Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Me, after my first day back!

It’s been a while but I’m finally back at fitness boot camp. As some of you may remember I had a rather inauspicious beginning to 2011.  Well, after finally getting my car situation resolved and my back settling down I was all ready to return and then…I got sick. Was out of work for 3 1/2 days. Looking on the bright side, I did miss two of my heavier class loads.

One thing that was definitely reinforced during this time was that one cannot always trust the scale. Read More

“The Glad Game”

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Pollyanna explains the Glad GamePosted by Roger, a contributor to this site.

Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Well, folks, so far 2011 has not shaped up as a banner year. On New Year’s Eve morning we received a call that my mother-in-law was in the hospital after having a stroke. One week later my teen-age daughter (a new driver) slid on an ice patch while driving home, ran over a curb, and damaged our van. The next morning, in our other car, my son and I were rear ended while I was driving him to school. I couldn’t believe it but the collision totaled my car! Happy New Year indeed!

Thank goodness for Pollyanna.

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A Time for Giving

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This post is from Roger, a regular contributor to this blog.

Happy Holidays Everyone. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a joyous and safe New Year.

Christmas is truly a season for giving. I have found as I’ve gotten older that it really is so much more meaningful to give than to receive. So, in order to spread joy this season, I’m going to give you that opportunity! So many of you have been involved in health and wellness for such a long time that I’m hoping you might be able to give me some suggestions and advice on a couple of things. Read More

Glad Tidings I Bring…

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Santa Workout?

Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Dustin recently stated that we should share ways that his program or website have influenced us or inspired us so today I thought I would share that with you.

Years ago I loved to write. In fact, I thought that writing would someday be my profession. However, upon entering the real world of work and adult pressures I found that the time I would use to write slowly dwindled. When I did have time I was too tired, couldn’t think of a topic, needed paper, anything not to do it. I don’t know what happened. Once my children came along I did start to create stories for them but, for some reason, I could never bring myself to write them down. Then two things happened. First, I took a writing class for teachers that would help us teach the process of writing more effectively for our students. Secondly, I started boot camp. Read More

Challenges and Obstacles, Part 2

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This is Roger, a contributor to this blog. 

I’ve been doing bootcamp since June 14, 2010. I’ve lost and maintained a weight loss of about 12 pounds. The truth is that it should be more. That being said, the problem here is not Dustin. He has given me all the tools. I just haven’t taken advantage of them. So my challenge to myself now is to take those tools and see what I can really accomplish. Read More

Challenges and Obstacles

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Roger after his first day of bootcamp.

Posted by Roger, a contributor to this blog.

Today was a hard bootcamp. Dustin told us at the beginning that it would be so I braced myself for it. Unfortunately, at the end, I was very disappointed with myself because I don’t feel I had one of my better days. In fact, I felt as sore, tired, and nauseous as I did after my first day of bootcamp 5 months ago.

We did the bar workout and it was great at first. Dustin partnered me up with another guy and we used an amount of weight that we had used previously that was challenging yet within my ability. We then broke and moved to cardio for about 5 minutes. We used an incline of 15 degrees and a speed that I again had used previously. This time I didn’t do as well. For some reason I just couldn’t kick it out there. The rest of class went pretty much the same way. I was doing some things that I had done well before that today I just couldn’t do. Or at least not for very long. As a result I had to ask myself what was the problem? Read More

Fit Fun Bootcamp-You Are There

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Posted by Roger, a contributor to Dustin’s Blog

In June of 2010, my wife and I finally joined Dustin’s Fit Fun Bootcamp. The camp we attended met at 5:30 am. I knew that anyone coming to a class that early in the morning had to be serious about what they were doing. Now I am not a morning person. I find the evening much more interesting so I wasn’t sure how this would all work out. 

Well, it didn’t turn out to be as difficult to get up as I imagined. I went to every camp except 2 when I was out of town. One time there were only 3 of us (holiday weekend) so lots of individual attention that day. I blogged every bootcamp I attended during the summer months. If you are interested in reading about my summer journey and my progress, please feel free to visit my other blog. Read More

My Journey-In the Beginning

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Roger and his younger brother, Leon

My name is Roger and I am a contributor to

I joined Dustin’s boot camp in June of 2010. However, the reason I finally took a chance and joined happened a very long time ago.  In fact, the year 1972 long time ago.

In the fall of 1972 I was 11 years old and had just started junior high school. I was a pretty tiny guy for my age. Very little, although I must say, unbelievably cute. Not as small as in the picture but one can get an idea as my younger brother was already almost taller that I was (he soon passed me). In any event, being the second youngest of 9 children I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my older brothers and sisters and decided to go out for the cross country team. Read More