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Living Fit: ISBA ‘buddies’ with attorneys to stay fit during the holidays

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mcgoffI don’t know anyone, including myself, who has not gained weight over the holidays. You know, that dangerous time of year between Halloween and Jan. 2 when weight mysteriously creeps up on your thighs, stomach and other unmentionable areas. Every year, I tell myself I won’t gain the usual 10 pounds. I start strong but quickly weaken from the endless temptation of mini-size candy bars at Halloween, the Thanksgiving feast (eating as though it were my last meal), and the brownies, cake, pies, cookies, ice cream, beverages and other scrumptious treats that stare at me from the buffet table until I have at least one of everything.

To add insult to injury, I exercise and move less. I’m too busy attending parties, shopping for the perfect gifts and traveling to find time to exercise. The mornings and evenings are cold and dark, so I make excuses about getting outside to exercise or go to the gym. There is no maintenance needed in the yard, so I sit more. I park close to the door everywhere I go because it’s too cold to walk in from the out lot. I find myself layering on more clothes to keep warm (and hide the extra cookies I’ve consumed). I know I’m not alone!

This year, do something different! Your Indiana State Bar Association has launched the Maintain No Gain Buddy Campaign. This is your chance to stay healthy during the holidays, maintain your current weight, receive daily health tweets from me to keep you going, and win a Fitbit Pedometer, graciously donated by Court Call. Throughout this eight-week challenge, I will be following “challenge buddies” Kerry Hyatt Blomquist and Patti McKinnon and will keep you updated about their progress so you can be encouraged by their stories as you go through your own “buddy challenge.”

Like most of us, Kerry and Patti work full time, have families and are often over-committed and exhausted from their full days. Kerry is legal counsel for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Patti is a solo practitioner in family law. Kerry is the 2013 Indianapolis Bar Association president, teaches a class at the law school, is a homeowner, the mother of two teenage sons and has two dogs. Patti has three very busy children (translation: mom drives them and attends their events) and two dogs. She serves on the board of her church, and she plays handbells and sings in the choir, resulting in many weekly practices and meetings, especially at holiday time.

Despite Kerry’s busy agenda, she realizes the importance of being aware of her health and keeping her baseline health scores (blood pressure, cholesterol and weight) stable from year to year. Despite this forward-thinking mentality, Kerry typically gains five to seven pounds over the holidays, mainly due to the abundance of food and treats at parties as well as the dark days that disrupt her outdoor running routine. Never one to give up, Kerry takes indoor cycling classes but admitted the motivation to go to the gym after work on a cold, dark evening is a challenge. Kerry’s goal for this challenge is to maintain her weight and get in better shape. She expressed that having a buddy to keep her motivated this season will be the support she needs to go to spin class and make better food choices. She will also rely on her mantra, “Take the path of least resistance,” or think about the choices you make now so that in January you don’t say, “I wish I hadn’t done that.” You don’t have to take the weight off if you never put it on.

Patti also knows how important it is to maintain good health. She currently attends a weekly pre-diabetes class with her husband and tries to stay active in the winter with Tai Chi and indoor biking. However, she admitted it is harder to stay motivated and dedicated to exercise in the winter. She tries to eat healthy but is tempted during busy times by the lure of fast food restaurants at every corner. Patti snacks more during the holidays because of the extra food choices at parties, and she forgets to schedule “me” time to exercise, resulting in no exercise or cutting corners on her sleep in order to fit it all in. She typically gains at least five pounds each holiday season and struggles to lose it. Patti believes this challenge will make a difference in her eating and exercise habits, and she hopes to lose weight. She is glad to have a buddy to keep her accountable and give her encouragement.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go! Grab a partner and do-si-do! You can sign up for the ISBA challenge by going to www.inbar.org and clicking the “Maintain No Gain” story link under “legal news” on the homepage.

If you have a buddy challenge story to share, please email me at SMcGoff@comcast.net.•

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Sharon McGoff is a graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, a certified personal trainer and health fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, and a certified life and wellness coach with WellCoaches Inc. The opinions expressed are those of the author.

ISBA Maintain No Gain Holiday Buddy Challenge

Challenge rules:
1. Choose a buddy to help you along this journey. You are required to have a buddy who will also weigh in each week and encourage you along the way.

2. Register by with the ISBA by mailing or emailing your registration form to: nogaincampaign@inbar.org (Entries postmarked by Nov. 30 will be accepted.) Cost to register is $20 per person (ISBA Member) or $30 (Non-ISBA Member). Checks and credit cards will be accepted.

3. Weigh in each week. Once you have signed up, you and your buddy should both weigh in to establish your starting weight. You do not need to let the ISBA or even your buddy know your weight, at any time, but you and your buddy should keep track of your progress each week in maintaining your weight (within two pounds). TIP: Each week, weigh yourself on the same scale, at about the same time of day, wearing the same amount of clothing.

4. Gain no more than two pounds from now to Jan. 6, 2014. Your success is independent of what your buddy does. The more weeks you maintain, the more entries you have to win a prize! TIP: Sign up for Twitter, follow @indianastatebar and watch for daily fitness tweets to help you maintain during the holidays.

5. Send an email each Monday by 5 p.m. to the ISBA at nogaincampaign@inbar.org to let us know whether you maintained your weight goal for the previous week. Put your name in the subject line of your email. You do not need to report your weight, just whether you met the goal of maintaining your weight or not gaining more than two pounds from your baseline weight. This is your entry ticket each week for a chance to win a Fitbit Pedometer. The more weeks you maintain, the more entries you have to win! The last weekly email is due on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

6. Four Fitbit Pedometers (www.Fitbit.com) will be raffled at the end of the challenge. You receive an entry each week that you have successfully maintained your baseline weight (within two pounds). Thanks to Court Call for sponsoring this challenge and donating the Fitbits!

7. All funds collected by the ISBA will be divided between: 1) purchasing foot peddlers for use during future CLE programs; and 2) a charitable donation to the Indiana Bar Foundation.

What you get:
1. Daily tips via Twitter to help with healthy eating, incorporating activity into your day, exercise, sleep, stress resiliency, healthy cooking, willpower and more.

2. An easy-to-use chart to help you on your journey by documenting daily exercise, daily fruit and vegetable consumption, and your weight.

3. The chance to win a Fitbit! (Four prizes will be awarded); and

4. Most importantly, a fresh, lean, mean, great start on the New Year!•

 

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  2. Louis D. Brandeis was born in 1856. At 9 years of age it would have been 1865. The Brandeis family did not own slaves. My source Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin L. Urofsky.

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When I was arrested Detective Shawn Karr told me I would be convicted guilty just on my daughters word even without evidence. That's just what happened. my public defender did me so wrong he never once proved to the court and jury all the lies the child told, and Jeremy Noel my public defender could of proven the lies easily. The stories in Serenity's depositions and Forensic interview changed and were not consistent as Prosecutor Darcie Fawcett claimed they were. Yet my attorney never mentioned that. The facts that the child accused me of full penetration in her vagina and rectum was proven lies. Doctor Roberta Hibbard of Riley hospital in Indianapolis confirmed Serenity's hymen intact, no scars, no tearing, no signs of rape to her. Yet my attorney didn't use that knowledge . the DNA was all in my favor. I tell you I will spend my entire life in prison going through rape and beatings etc. even Judge Kellam abused his authority by telling the jurors to listen and believe what the prosecutors side in evidence like my daughters testimony. In one interview with the detectives my daughter got flustered with her mom and said on camera " I'm saying what you told me to mom"!! Yet Mr. Noel said nor did anything to even resemble a defense attorney. Judge Kellam allowed edited version of a taped conversation between the child and her mother. Also Judge Kellam allowed the Prosecutor too bring in to my case a knife found under my seat, the knife wasn't part of my case. She was allowed by my attorney and the judge to put a huge picture of it on the screen and huge picture of my naked privates in a full courtroom and open court. Ms. Fawcett says to jury see how easy Mr. Major could reach the knife and cut his Childs throat. Even though I had no weapons charge against these cases. 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  4. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

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