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Developing Your Own Fitness Program

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Here are some helpful reminders to get you started and a tool you can use to measure your progress in each of the six fitness areas we have discussed.

Before beginning your fitness journey, we suggest you review Tim’s section starting on page 63 entitled “Selecting the Right Program for You” to brush up on the elements you’ll need to have in place when you start your program. Once you’ve accomplished the first four elements (having a compelling purpose, getting a medical checkup, becoming educated about fitness, and setting up your support system), you’ll see that the final element you need to put in place is learning about and applying Situational Leadership® II, which is covered in detail in Ken’s section that starts on page 27.

The first step in applying SLII® is to set SMART goals for yourself—specific, motivating, attainable, relevant, and trackable—so you know what you want to accomplish and when. (To reacquaint yourself, see page 29.)

The next step is to diagnose your present development level in each of the six areas of fitness by checking the appropriate box in the table below. Respond openly and honestly.

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1 A Joint Commitment

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Ken’s Story

Think about an exciting story. Doesn’t it always have an interesting character who wants to make something important happen in their life, but first has to overcome conflict to accomplish the goal? Well, the interesting character in this story is me. What I want to accomplish that is important is to become fit again so I will feel better and live longer. To do that, I have to overcome conflict—my past patterns of behavior and how I dealt with the ups and downs of life.

As I tell you my story, I’m probably going to tell you more about the ups and downs of my life than you want to hear. Why? I’ve found that a lot of people think that because I’ve been fairly successful in my life, everything has gone along smoothly and all the breaks went my way. This was not always the case.

I was born in 1939 and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. My mom was a very nurturing person. Unfortunately, one of the ways she nurtured us best was by feeding us. If we were happy, we ate. If we were sad, we ate. If we were worried, we ate. Whatever happened, we ate. One of the ways Mom self-actualized was through the food she gave my father, my sister, and me. As I grew up, I used to fantasize about being locked in our local Jewish delicatessen overnight. I can smell a piece of cheese-cake a mile away.

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4 Dealing with Adversity: The Second Quarter

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Ken: March went well as Mike and I continued my training at Tim’s facility. We even got in some Egoscue sessions. I didn’t have a big weight loss month, but I did shed a few more pounds.

My April schedule, which included several speaking engagements in Hawaii, was a nice interruption. I took Margie, our daughter Debbie, and her almost-six-year-old son Alec with me. I love Hawaii. In fact, I can never remember having a bad time there—particularly Maui, which is where we went. Knowing that it would be a challenge to keep up my program, I worked with a coach at the hotel three times on strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobics. I got on the bike a couple of additional times and we also did a lot of walking, so I was proud of myself. I also reconnected with Alison Miller, a family friend who is a life coach in Maui. Alison came to our hotel and spent some time with us. She also does massage.

After spending time with Alison and listening to her philosophies on health, I asked her if we could talk on the phone once in a while so I could seek her advice. She gave me a group of nine stretches to do every day when I woke up. I did them religiously when I got up in the morning and continued them after I returned home. Talking with her on the phone periodically was very helpful. Alison has a natural S2—Coaching leadership style and helped me analyze what was going well and what wasn’t. I realized that when I got into a busy week, unless I scheduled exercise time and said, “This is part of my schedule,” I tended not to get it done. So I was really getting a lot better about putting exercise into my schedule.

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3 Great Beginnings: The First Quarter

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Ken: We were off and running after the evaluation process. I was excited because it was December, not February, and I had a highly committed partner in Tim. Our sessions three times a week really got me going on my strength and balance training with Tim providing an appropriate S1—Directing leadership style. He told me what to do and how to do it, and closely supervised my performance. With my flexibility, I was a D2—disillusioned learner, so Tim provided the S2—Coaching style I needed, with lots of direction and support. I looked forward to being around Tim. Besides being an expert in the field, he’s a fun guy. His studio is only a couple of miles from our house, so it’s really convenient. The time to drive back and forth, plus our session, takes less than an hour.

Having Tim work on my flexibility and balance, in addition to strength training, really helped. In addition, I went to the Egoscue clinic. Since I hadn’t been there in a while, they started me off with an evaluation.

They take pictures of clients from the front, back, and both sides and that way can tell if and how a client is out of alignment—which has a lot to do with flexibility and balance. Based on that analysis, they give you an S1—Directing style menu with a series of yoga-like exercises for you to do to regain alignment. For years, the Egoscue Method® was key in saving Jack Nicklaus’s back.

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