Get Healthy, Rockton!

Posted by Laura Baker | May 15, 2012  |  14 Comments

So, the Rockton Chamber of Commerce is developing a campaign called “Get Healthy Rockton!” Why are we doing this? We believe that people can live happier, longer lives, just by living a healthier lifestyle.

I know what you’re thinking…you’re probably saying “really?” “Come on Laura Baker….Ms. Executive Director of the Chamber, and promoter of this concept! Have you taken a look in the mirror lately?!” I have—and I’m definitely not the same person as just six years ago when I used to do both road and mountain bike racing on a team.  Nope—I’m far from that person! My life now consists of stress, late nights at work, and fast food!

I’ve tried a few times to get “back into shape”, but my schedule hasn’t allowed me—or so I keep telling myself. I have to admit, I’m tired, sluggish, and pretty much a chair potato that sits in front of my computer working constantly. I have a ton of excuses—I have migraines, I’m busy, I’m finishing an MBA, I have a family, I’m stressed, I’m tired, and I don’t have time to cook healthy or exercise!

But when it gets down to it—I’m unhealthy. I have high blood pressure—and am on medicine to regulate it while is also supposed to reduce my migraines. Yesterday, when I checked my blood pressure, it read 187/89—and I’ve been on Verapamil for 4 months! At this rate, I have put myself in harm’s way. I’m on a collision course with diabetes, heart disease, and a stroke! Gulp!

Why am I telling you all of this, you ask? Well…the Rockton Chamber of Commerce has a committee dedicated to putting together a 5K Fun Run & Bike Ride, scheduled for Saturday, August 18th. We want you to take part in it to help make a healthier community. But we don’t want you to think we are just all talk and no action on this end! Nope—that’s why I am writing today. I have….gulp…..promised to get healthy right along with you. I will get back on my bike, I will eat healthier foods…and gulp again…..I will be more conscious to drink a lot more water every day!

Yes—this is what I intend to do, and I am making it public! I promise you will see a difference in me come August 18th. Sure, I have a long way to go after that. But this is just a start—and a baby step. I promise to ride the 36-mile option—at a minimum—the day before the event (most likely I will be helping on the day of the event.)

Watch my blog right here—I plan to share my ups and downs with you in hopes that it will encourage you to take a step towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s my promise to you, Rockton!

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  1. Judy Taylor says:

    I think this is a great idea and exactly what I plan to get involved in when or if I start my business up! This is going to be fun and I look forward to hearing more about it! I will start getting myself into shape so I can join in. If you need help please let me know.

  2. Lisa says:

    I too have just made this promise to myself on Tues. and will follow your blog for inspiration. I have high blood preasure and can hardly keep up with my kid. There is so many activities that I want to enjoy with my daughter but have a hard time because I’m out of shape. So your timing is prefect for me, thanks.

    • laurabaker says:

      Lisa, I am so glad to hear that you have made this promise to yourself–and you have now made the promise to (at least) one other person, which they say is key to accountability and success. The other thing that will help you is by setting goals–goals that you cannot back out of easily. I used to have to do that when I raced years ago. The goals made me accountable so that I stuck to the plan. My suggestion: sign up to walk or run in our 5K program–or ride your bike at least for the 12 mile portion. If not our event—sign up for another event. I guarantee it will push you to keep going. Good luck–and just know that I am here any time you wish to chat!

  3. Kelly says:

    Hi Laura, I saw the BDN article and came to check out your blog. I am the Wellness Coordinator at the School District of Beloit. Even Wellness Coordinators struggle to fit it all in, so I purchased a treadmill desk for my office. Have you seen them? You can walk while you work – now that is multitasking! If you ever want to stop by and check it out, let me know!

  4. Lisa says:

    I am 4 days into my promise and I feel better already. I think the 12 mile bike ride is a great idea. I’m going to check your event. Thanks for the input.

  5. Amy says:

    This is fantastic!! I am on that same path myself. Have you considered involving other nearby cities?
    I live on the border of Rockton and South Beloit now, but in 2 weeks will be moving to Roscoe. If you are interested and Roscoe is interested as well, I would be willing to help get things organized.
    Either way…Way to go!!! I wish you the best of luck and I appreciate this post. Having that event to look forward to is something that will keep me motivated to get myself ready.

    • Laura Baker says:

      Hi Amy,

      I’m glad to hear that you’re excited about this. I am completely open to getting other cities involved! It’s really supposed to be the “Greater Rockton Area” as this entire northern Illinois area is one community–and it’s a regional thing that I am doing. I’d love to have your help getting things organized!!! That is terrific!!

      I’m glad you’ll be motivated with the event—I know I needed something that would keep me motivated during the rough spots!

  6. Cassie says:

    Laura, how do I email you personally? I would like to discuss something with you, but feel it would be better to do privately.

  7. Jim McIlroy says:

    Hi Laura,

    Can you please send me an email…I have some info I would like to share with you also.

    Thanks Jim

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