Sometime in early July, Doc brought up the idea of riding our bikes from Shipshewana, IN to Fremont, OH; the town we both grew up in. At first, I thought he was a little crazy and there was no way we’d actually do it. However, there are those who dream big and never follow through with those dreams, and then there are your Terrance Waggoners of the world. So, after looking at our calendars, we decided on a date; August 9th.
As the theme song from Nacho Libre rang out from my phone (my alarm ring tone), I rolled out of bed and glanced at the clock. 5:20 am. My parents had spent the night as well, and I wasn’t surprised at all that my father (Doc’s brother) was already awake and getting things around. It can get a little confusing trying to figure out what to pack and where to put it when all you have are three pockets on the back of your shirt, a
vehicle that will be stopping to check on you several hours down the road, and then a separate vehicle bringing you back. So, I threw a few Clif Bars in my Jersey, a zip lock bag in case it rained (for keeping my phone dry), and a few rubber bands. You never know when you might need them. I meant to put a fresh change of bike clothes in my mom’s van so I could change if the day wound up getting hotter than expected. Unfortunately, I forgot and it ended up at my office instead. With the bikes loaded and our minds wondering what we may have forgotten (you know the feeling), we took off for Community Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Shipshewana, IN; the official start of our journey. Doc was already there getting his water bottles filled, tires pumped up, and Continue Reading »
There are people everywhere that commute to and from work on their bikes. Whether it’s a few blocks, a few miles, or even 15-20 miles, it’s a great way to start and end the day. It gives you time to gather your thoughts, take in some fresh air, and get some exercise. Those of you that have been following Dr. Waggoner’s weight loss journey know that he’s been taking the opportunity to bike to work, during his lunch break, and then back home again. On August 9th, he will be commuting home by bike once again. “So, what’s the big deal? Why make mention of something he’s done so many times before?” I’m glad you asked! By “home”, I am referring to the hometown he grew up in of Fremont, OH. I will be joining Doc and his brother Dan (my father) early that morning as we begin our trek east. We will begin the journey a the CCWC Shipshe office around 6:30 a.m. and start pedaling. The photo above shows the proposed route we will be taking. We may need to make a few adjustments along the way, but as we reach our destination of Fremont, OH, we will have biked roughly 145 miles in one day. We are hoping for a good strong tailwind to nudge us along.
You can follow us on Facebook as we post photos and updates along the way. You’ll be able to watch us go from eager/excited, to weary/dejected, to triumphant/accomplished all in a single day! So, make sure to keep your Facebook page open and tuned into CCWC’s page.
It’s been a couple of months since we updated you on Doc’s weight loss journey. The last time we wrote about it, he was at 243. Life has its ups and downs, highs and lows, peaks and valleys…you get the picture. Just like anything that’s difficult, it’s easy to say you are going to do something, but entirely another accomplishing it. I’ll admit that I’ve been a little discouraged this year in regards to the majority of my weight loss clients. The majority of them have started out strong, and then quickly fizzled to the point of quitting; no longer showing up for their weigh-ins and consultations. There are many reasons (usually excuses) that people give as to why they’ve had a hard week or month, and how they are going to do better the next month. Ultimately, I think it comes down to two major facts. First, people begin to realize that there isn’t a magic pill you can take that allows you to one day wake up 100 lbs. lighter, and in the best physical shape of your life. The second, is that it does take hard work! And the more weight you lose, the harder you have to work to continue to lose it. Like most things in life…there aren’t great rewards unless you put in the hard work. If you find yourself having difficulty sticking with it, don’t lose heart. Don’t give up! Push through, and I promise the rewards will be great!
That’s why I am proud of Dr. Waggoner. He has had some of the same struggles and set-backs that other people go through. However, he hasn’t gotten discouraged to the point of quitting! That’s why as of today, he is now down 50 pounds since January 1st (see photo of 50 lb. bag of wheat, and imagine carrying that extra weight around). That’s a huge accomplishment! He has mentioned that he remembers getting winded putting his socks and shoes on in the morning. The very fact that he does it now without even thinking about it is a testament to his accomplishments. The bad news is that he is behind schedule of where he needs to be still. Doc still has 40 pounds to lose and only 5 and a half months to do it! He hasn’t forgotten what’s at stake (both his health and having to wear maize and blue at the BIG GAME). We have some big things coming up in August that should help. We’ll have more news on this later, but we are planning a bike ride from Shipshewana to Doc’s hometown of Fremont, OH. That’s over 140 miles of biking, and we plan to do it all in a single day! That ought to shed a few pounds 🙂
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
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 »