I Almost Drowned…

Dustin swimThis past weekend, I decided to go out and conquer my fear of water and swimming.

One year from now, I will need to efficiently swim 2.4 miles for Ironman. I have never been able to make it further than down and back at a pool, and haven’t treaded water for more than 2 minutes.

That is why attempting to swim across Devil’s Lake, 1.2 miles terrified me.

With the support of a SUP that stayed near me (so I actually wasn’t that close to drowning :), I was able to make it all the way across in a very slow and inefficient 71 minutes and only threw up 4 times during the swim. I was unable to front crawl, so I spent the entire time laying on my back, flopping.

I will probably use a few different swim coaches for the next year because I know this swim will probably be one of my hardest challenges.


The other day, I was sitting in my office at the Transformation Center working and eavesdropping on a handful of women in their 60s who had just finished their workout.

The one woman was telling the other ladies about her epic hiking trips out to the mountains. The other ladies were inspired and they began to talk about possibly doing a trip either together or with others, and starting off with a smaller hike because of the confidence they have been getting through our Fit over 60 training program.

This made me think of my mom, and three years ago, she agreed to hike a 14,000 plus foot mountain in Colorado because it was what her kids wanted to do. This was the furthest thing from her comfort zone or personal desire.

My mom did make it to the top having given every ounce of her energy and strength. Seeing my mom climbing hands and feet at the top and saying, “only for you kids,” is a memory I will always cherish and it brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it.

Why am I sharing all this with you?

My favorite health book of all time, Younger Next Year, (yes, in many ways more favorite than my own book) calls these sorts of activities “kedging.”

The authors define “kedging” as planning a vacation or event that will require some training and some mental and physical pushing. I believe that these types of challenges will result in some of our biggest breakthroughs in life.

You might be a mom with three small kids, feeling like you have no time for yourself and your body is a larger, stretched out version of before and struggling to feel confident and beautiful.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life.

You might be a woman in your 40s watching your parents age and wondering how to avoid facing some of those same health challenges as you get older. You want to be able to get down onto the floor and play with your grandkids and avoid taking tons of meds or dealing with severe daily pain.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in any part of your life.

You might be a woman in your mid 50s and have put on 30lbs of fat all around the midsection from the big “M” word. You hardly recognize the body that you were just 5 years ago and wonder if your best years are already behind you.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level in the next phase of your life.

You might be a 65 year old newly retired woman who has seen her energy, strength and balance deteriorate rapidly over the past few years and are concerned what life will look like 10 years from now if this continues.

Set a challenge that scares you and find the necessary people and expertise to make it a reality. The confidence you will gain can catapult you to the next level and reverse many of the “natural” experiences of rapid aging.

These are the type of clients that I and my incredible team of trainers work with both in Madison at our Transformation Centers and bootcamps and online through our home DVD programs each day.

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Does It Really Matter?

Many thoughts crossed my mind as I made the painful 4.5 hour drive from Madison to Minneapolis after hearing the news that my mom was on life support after suffering a massive brain aneurysm.

One of the questions rolling in my head was: does it really matter?

My mom was one of the healthiest people I have ever met. She ate incredibly well, managed stress better then most, maintained a healthy weight, got enough sleep and stayed decently active. Maher family crop

Why then could she suffer this without warning at 66 years old? I asked the doctor this question as we were ready to take her off life support.

He said the usual, “Life isn’t fair and your mom had very bad luck.”

After taking a step back and having a week to think about it, my answer (and therefore, my calling) is “Yes, it does still matter”.

My mom’s odds were in favor of living well into her 80s or 90s with a good quality of life.

But more than that, my mom’s quality of life was off the charts. Besides the hospitalizations to give birth 4 times, she was never in the hospital. She rarely got a cold or any sort of sickness, she didn’t take any prescription drugs that I am aware of and her energy levels were incredible.

Plus, she was an incredibly healthy example for her kids and her friends. I can’t tell you how many of her girlfriends she helped eat better and feel better.

We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, but living a healthy lifestyle is still the best way to live in my opinion.

I am humbled by the outpouring of financial support for the Joy “Fit Moms” Scholarship. We have raised over $9,000 so far.  We are finalizing the scholarship application process and will be opening that up soon.

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Regardless, keep moving.  Put good fuel in your body.  Take care of yourself.  Do everything you can to maximize your odds of living a long, happy, healthy life.

We only get one go of it here on Earth, and who knows how long each of us will have.  Make the most of it while you can.  

It’s totally worth it.