The third member of Team CCWC that will be competing in the World’s Toughest Mudder is Jeremiah Olson, a.k.a. “Dirty Grits”. Jeremiah and I go back to our college days as floor mates. At the time, we had similar hair cuts, and people would often get us confused. That doesn’t happen any more, because as you can see in the photo above, he has hair and I (Aaron Waggoner) do not. Now, let’s get to know Jeremiah a little better!
“My name is Jeremiah Olson. I’m 35 years old, a husband and a father of 4 kids age 2 through 9. I’m the worship pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen, IN.
I grew up in a Christian home, and with the best understanding I had at the time, trusted Jesus as my Savior when I was 4 years old. My faith grew as my understanding did for the next 11 years. At age 15 I began a short-lived season of rebellion. It ended abruptly one night in an unexpected moment of clarity, and I chose to follow God with my whole heart and abandon everything else that would lead me away from Him. That choice was a springboard into a whole new level of adventure with God; one that has led me down the path of finding my calling, my bride, and my purpose as a husband, father, and leader in a local church.
Physical fitness had not been a big part of my life either as a kid or as a young adult. When I was approaching my 30th birthday, I decided I wanted to live the next 30 years more “on-purpose” than I had lived the first 30. I made that statement by running my first half-marathon on my 30th birthday. Since then, physical fitness has been a constant priority for both me and my wife, keeping us out of the doctor’s office, in the gym and on the road, and down on the floor being active with our kids.
Two years ago, when I was first invited to do a Tough Mudder race (by my Pastor as a staff team-building experience), I took a look at some YouTube videos to see what it was like. After looking at a few obstacles, I thought to myself, “I’m not sure I could actually do this”. When I realized that I wasn’t strong Continue Reading »
Today, I introduce to you Jonathan Corbin; aka the Phenom. Below, is Jonathan’s story.
“My name is Jonathan Corbin. I am 35 years old. I am a husband and a father of 4 children; ages 6, 4, 2, and 9 months (as of May 2013). I live in Goshen, Indiana. I currently have a tree trimming/removal business called “My Tree Climber”. I am also a Nutrition and Wellness Coach. In this role, through healthy habits and the right nutritional supplements, I help people accomplish health goals including weight loss, muscle gain, overcoming issues with digestion, respiratory, migraines, diabetes, and fatigue (just to name a few).
I was privileged to grow up in a home with parents who loved me and provided ways for me to understand that Jesus loved me most of all. I asked Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of my life at a very young age. In 9th grade I began reading my Bible on my own and setting aside time to talk to Jesus about challenging issues and just life in general, just like I would share with a good friend. During my senior year of high school I came through a very low time in my life, but the good news is that I continued my long walks by myself where I would talk to Jesus. One night I had a defining moment where I chose to take God at his word and believe the basic things he tells us. This decision point freed me to overcome the challenges I was facing and take my life and relationship with God to the next level. Since that time I have learned the importance of continual growth in life through the study of God’s word and seeking input from trusted friends and counselors. Life is too short to stay stuck in negative beliefs and relationship patterns. I praise God for the great freedom he has given me, even in the recent years, through work with my counselors and life coaches, pastors and friends. God wants to bring freedom and joy into our lives, but we must be willing to grow and change in order to experience it.
I have always enjoyed being active. As a young boy I participated in a local annual 2 mile fun run with my dad. Growing up in the country gave me much time to enjoy hiking and running up and down the wooded hills of Pennsylvania. The main school sport I participated in was soccer which I played starting in Continue Reading »
It was about six years ago that I began running. I had reached my heaviest weight up to that point, and decided that it was time to do something about it. So, I started running. I could barely run a single mile, and even at that short of a distance I hated every second of it. However, I was determined to push through the pain and make exercise more than a brief lapse of wasted effort at getting in shape. I realized that if I was ever going to get to the point where I didn’t loath running, I’d have to just suck it up and keep doing it until I was in good enough shape that it would seem easy to go out and run 5 miles (research shows that it takes roughly 66 days on average to form a new habit). It took me six months of running before I somewhat enjoyed going out for a run.
I received some help during that time from my brother-in-law. He was a cross country and track runner in high school, and is currently coaching both sports at his alma mater; West Noble HS. He oozes runner. Anytime someone calls me a runner, I quickly remind them that just because I run, it doesn’t make me a runner. He’s always trying to get me to sign up for 5k’s or half marathons. I’ll admit, I have considered it, but only briefly. I simply have a hard time justifying spending money to do something that I can do for free anytime I want. $20 to run 3.1 miles? No thanks. I’ll pass. However, over the last several years, there has been a new type of event gaining popularity. Have you ever heard of the Tough Mudder, The Spartan Run, The Warrior Dash, GoRuck Race (the list goes on. I told you it was getting popular didn’t I)? Imagine an off road race, but with varying obstacles thrown in to challenge your strength, endurance, and toughness. That is what all of these events are about. They include everything from wall climbs, to ice baths, to mud slides, to electrocution (yep, you read that correctly). Now that’s what I’m talking about! I CAN’T do that anytime I want for free. That’s something I’d pay money to do. Jump off a Continue Reading »
Dr. Waggoner, Dr. Garber, and Dr.’s Megan & Nathan Holley recently attended a continuing education seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The subjects covered at the seminar allow them to stay up on all the latest in research and techniques.
Dr. Jeffrey Spencer, an Olympic cyclist and sports chiropractor of the year in 2004, talked on how to keep our high performance athletes competing at a high level.
Dr. Terry Yocum, a Diplomate in Radiology, spoke on MRI, Spondylolisthesis, and Whiplash.
Dr. Patrick Gentempo taught on chiropractic philosophy.
The doctors enjoyed gaining more knowledge in these areas which allows CCWC Dr’s to stay on the leading edge in the chiropractic profession. Remember our slogan! Your wellness is our goal!
If you recall, back in early April we announced that we’d be starting a cycling club here at Community Chiropractic. Our purpose is to promote healthy living through exercise, and provide an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts, hobbyists, and newcomers alike to get out and ride together. Dr. Waggoner and I have been biking all around the Shipshewana, Middlebury, Bristol, and Lagrange areas, and there is a lot of beauty to take in here in Northern Indiana. The structure of the rides will be somewhat dependent upon who shows up. Eventually, we may get up to 2 or 3 rides per week, depending on the level of interest.
We are happy to announce that the wait is over, and we’ll be having our first Community Chiropractic Cycling Club (CCCC) ride out of Shipshewana this Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. Please make sure to bring a helmet, and a water bottle so you can stay hydrated. We’ll meet right here at the Community Chiropractic office in Shipshe. The address 660A South Van Buren St. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 260-894-1739 to speak with me (Aaron). We’ll look forward to seeing you Saturday morning! Have a great week!
– Aaron Waggoner, Director of Fitness
Want to sponsor a family adopting an orphan, and/or sponsor a child? Not sure how to make it happen on a budget? How about biking to work?
Most of our readers know by now that I have been on a journey this year to lose weight (41 pounds down, about 50 to go). Part of that journey is creating a habit and lifestyle of being active. As part of that, I have been biking to and from work a couple of days a week. I was commuting by bike to my offices this week, and was thinking about how much gas money I was saving by riding. I will save at least $50 dollars in my gas allowance a month! Now, I could use that money to bump up my cable package, or buy myself something nice. But why not change lives with it instead?
$19 a month will go to a boy at Lifesong schools.
$20 a month is going to Village To Village International designated to the Fry family. They are adopting two orphans from Ethiopia.
$10 leftover I will take my wife out for coffee, and enjoy spending time with her.
What can you give up to gain!? Sounds strange but I’m giving up driving to work 3 days a week to gain health, gain the privilege to help others, and gain some extra date time with my wife.
As the director of fitness here at CCWC, I spend a portion of my time working with clients that are setting weight loss goals or just trying to get in better shape. If you read the previous blog entry, Dr. Waggoner is one of those clients that is making great progress towards achieving his goals. What’s great about losing weight the proper way (exercise coupled with eating right) is that through the exercise, you find that your body is capable of so much more than you thought possible.
Doc is much more fit now; able to ride his bike faster and longer than he was just a month ago! In order that I too would get a workout when out exercising with Dr. Waggoner, I rode what’s called an Elliptigo. If you don’t know what that is, imagine the love child between a bike and an elliptical machine you’d find in any gym. It gives you many of the benefits of running without the impact. It does however take quite a bit more effort to go say 15 mph than it does on a bike (about 30%); not to mention the fact that the upright posture maintained while riding is the furthest thing from aerodynamic. Therefore, it was a great way for Doc and I to push each other while both getting a great workout.
My father asked me if I wanted to do the Calvin’s Challenge with him this year on the Elliptigo along with him. It’s an annual race every year in Springfield, OH and includes four separate competitions. They are best known for their 12 hour challenge, in which you ride as many miles as you can in 12 hour’s time. I think I’d rather be shot in the foot than ride 12 hours straight, but thought 6 hours would be doable. Doctor Waggoner was unable to attend, because his son was getting married the next day, and he had a rehearsal to attend. So, representing Community Chiropractic & Wellness Center, I signed up for the Challenge! The week and a half leading up to the ride, I got about 200 miles in as preparation for the endurance I would need to reach my goal of 80 miles within six hours. Honestly, my true goal was just making sure my 64 year old father wasn’t going to beat me. How hard could that be? I also asked a good friend of mine, Mike Marshall, if he’d be interested in taking on the Challenge, and he signed up as well. He opted to stick with his trusty bicycle rather than trying the Elliptigo (I still haven’t managed to get him to even give it a test ride).
We showed up at the school where the event start/finish was, and there were cyclists everywhere; and every kind of cyclist you can think of (or maybe haven’t thought of). I’m pretty used to getting funny looks riding around on the Elliptigo, but check out some of the other classifications of bikes that were represented. There are two stages to this event. First, there is the 50.5 mile loop. Once that is Continue Reading »
Last month we came to you with fantastic news that Dr. Waggoner had reached 35 pounds of weight loss! I can attest to his hard work ethic at losing the weight, because I workout with him 4-5 times a week, and he is not only exercising on the days we aren’t together, he’s doing extra exercise on days we are. That’s commitment!
However, all was not sunny in the month of April. That’s true in more ways than one. While we were still getting snow here in Indiana, Dr. Waggoner spent a week in Mexico with his family enjoying some sun. Unfortunately, he came back 5 pounds heavier than when he left. This is a good reminder. Often, breaking from our daily routine, especially when creating new habits of healthier living can be a huge detriment to our goals. Vacation is not a bad thing, but all of that extra time can either be filled with activity (calories burned) or consumption (calories gained). It takes 3,500 calories to gain one pound. That means that Doc Continue Reading »
Dr. Waggoner was recently a guest blogger on Lifesong for Orphans’ website. He wrote about his experience with child sponsorship and what it means to him and his family. Just head to this link to read what he had to say!