Our Journey with the 2016 Fit Family Challenge

With the help of experts, the seemingly impossible was made possible.


Darlene shows off her Fit Family Challenge family calendar, a tool she relied on for success.

Image by Micki Bare

What a blast! We have had an awesome experience going through this journey to fitness. We met great families and took on some new experiences. One of our goals was to have fun, and I can say we honestly accomplished that goal.

Food and Nutrition

Cindy provided valuable tools to help us through our journey. Never did I think I could get my son to eat wheat bread. While he did not like it at first, it has now become a staple in our house. Living in a house with a son with nut allergies and the king of picky eaters, I did not think we would get very far with making adjustments in their eating. With Cindy’s help, we made great headway. The kids actually enjoyed trying a new fruit or vegetable each week, and I rediscovered some foods I had not had in awhile. Meal planning and sticking to our meal plan has been key in our nutritional success.

Life Coach

Learning how to make time in your day to center yourself and find peace has been critical in managing my stress and creating better sleep habits. During the time I spent with Donna, I learned a lot about myself. She helped me to create helpful everyday routines. After each of Donna’s sessions, I would take the skills I learned and reteach them to my office staff. Working in health care can sometimes pose a physical and emotional drain on a person. The Fit Family Challenge has helped improve all of our coping strategies.


Did you notice I left this section for last? This is the area in which I believe I have experienced the greatest growth. Julie is super energetic. Every time we met, I wanted to take on her outgoing qualities. Her studio is full of life and, as the sign on her door says, “this is a happy place.” It’s a motto she lives up to. Let us not be fooled into thinking that Darlene did not have her share of sore and painful workouts, but in all I am so happy that I am now more physically active than I have been in my adult life.

With each coach, whether it was meal planning, exercise or relaxation techniques, it was very important for my family put the information and plans on a calendar. Our Fit Family Challenge calendar helped us stay committed to following the plan for the day, week and month. 

Darlene Hamilton and her twin boys are one of two Spotlight Families participating in the 2016 Fit Family Challenge. They live in Greensboro.

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