Archive for December, 2017

Carolina for the Kids

December 26th, 2017


Tuesday January 2nd will be KidZone Carolina for the Kids Coin Collection Day – All KidZone kids (AM and PM) are encouraged to bring in any spare change they have and donate in the container Isabella will have in the KidZone. Let’s see how much money KidZone kids can raise in one day!

Please click here to go directly to the Go Fund Me page.

Carolina for the Kids Homepage

U.S. Paralympics Swimming 2017 Can-Am Open

December 18th, 2017

The U.S. Paralympics Swimming 2017 Can-Am Open is ​an annual paralympic swim events. The meet is ​open to swimmers with a physical or intellectual impairment from all nations meeting the qualifying standards. Th​e Can-Am Open alternates ​locations ​between Canada and the U.S.​ ​and this year it was held in Charlotte, NC on December 15-17. We were proud to have Olivia and Evan Wilkerson representing the Granite Falls Makos in the 2017 Can-Am Open.

Paralympic swimmers are classified by a sports class based on their impairment, such as limb deficiency, visual impairment, short stature or intellectual impairment. Olivia and Evan are both visually impaired swimmers and are currently classified in a S12 sports class. There are three different sport classes for visually impaired swimmers, S11, S12 and S13. Swimmers who are in an S11 sports class are almost blind or completely blind and need to swim with blackout goggles. S12 and S13 swimmers have reduced vision but are not completely blind.

Olivia and Evan competed in multiple events during the Can-Am Open this year. Olivia swam seven events in prelims and came back to swim five events in finals (400 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM). Evan swam in four events in the morning prelims and three events in the evening finals (100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke). Both Olivia and Evan swam to first place finishes in all their evening finals. Olivia received five first place medals and Evan received three. Congratulations Olivia and Evan!!

Happy Hour

December 12th, 2017

“Does wine actually have sugar?!” is a favorite question I get from clients. During this time of year when there are more celebrations and after work happy hours, it’s easier to hibernate on the couch and sip wine because of the early onset of darkness. And yes, alcohol can absolutely interfere with any weight loss efforts. And during this season especially, it can add up quickly and promote an increase in body fat. Pick your indulgences wisely and on those occasions, give yourself a limit. If you want to linger with a drink in hand, opt-in for sparkling soda water with lime. And go for calorie-free mixers. At the end of the day, all alcohol counts, so sip slowly and consume water in-between drinks.

You are not alone. The average American gains 5-10 pounds over the Holiday season. If this includes you, never fear, the Personal Training team at GFSAC is here to help. Please join a team in the Biggest Chooser 2018 Competition. You will be motivated to shed those extra pounds packed on over the Holidays & held accountable on your path to a healthier, new you!!! Working in a group not for you?…We have 10 trainers on staff that are ready to push you with one on one sessions.

Psst… our GFSAC Training Gift certificates make awesome stocking stuffers. 😉 Stop by the Front Desk to purchase one.

Winter Break Expectations

December 5th, 2017


Ahhhh! Winter Break is right around the corner! A reprieve from dragging everyone out of bed, throwing a bowl of cereal their way, rushing them out the door and praying you’ll make it on time. The same for the kids, too. When we think of Winter Break with our kids, we often wishfully think of blissful, sleeping-in mornings in our perfectly matched pajamas that turn into a smile-filled breakfast of warm, yummy French toast and perfect temperature coffee. Those beautiful mornings roll right into gorgeous afternoons of sunshine with just a bit of chill in the air. Kids are outside playing ever so nicely, Christmas music can be heard all day long, and cookies are being baked one after the other. Sounds amazing, right? Reality check. Most Winter Break days are NOT like that. Rather, something more like this.

The reality is that life is still life, even if we change our routine a bit. While we may have this picture perfect image in our mind, as parents we have to remember that our kids are still our kids even with the change in routine that Winter Break brings. Your 10 year old boy who didn’t want to get a haircut and only wants to wear pants with elastic waistbands will not magically wake up the first day of Winter Break ready to get his hair cut for all the holiday functions and be willing to try on, purchase, and freely wear a pair of pants that are a bit nicer for the ever important show off your family work party. So, moms and dads, give yourselves a break. Keep your expectations for Winter Break manageable and remember that your kids are kids and no matter how much we wish, plead, beg, cajole, bribe them to make Winter Break magical for us, it probably won’t happen, at least not the picture perfect way we imagine it. No worries though…..if you need a break from the disappointment of it all, just send them to Camp at Granite Falls! If not, be prepared to say this (or something similar) over and over and over again: