Ballantyne Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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JUNIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL I JOINED THE SWIM TEAM. I had never swum competitively, but I wanted to try something new and the boys on the team were cute. So I dived in. Two things surfaced quickly: My lungs were the size of peas, and the water was freezing. Most days I didn't want to enter the pool at all. The coach had me swimming laps with my head in the water clutching a kick board. His instructions were, "Don't pick up your head until you feel like your lungs will explode." Often, that's just how they felt. It was the hardest fitness experience of my life. But, by the end of the season, I had improved. I was able to swim 20 laps without stopping. I also practiced in the second-slowest lane, not THE slowest lane, which was an accomplishment. After all, I was competing in the presence of lifelong swimmers, a Junior Olympian among them. Sometimes we set whimsical fitness goals like I did when I joined the swim team. Other times, we make dramatic lifestyle changes at the urging of loved ones, health providers or simply our inner voice. In this issue of Ballantyne Magazine, we explore six of our neighbors' fitness journeys, which cover the spectrum of motivations and results. We hope their stories of weight loss, increased endurance and renewed faith in life will inspire you to keep resolutions at New Year's or anytime. In this issue as well, we travel to Park City, Utah, in Escape and learn more about outdoor winter activities. If skiing's not your thing, there's fat tire biking, a virtual ski-jump experience and more. After my only season on the swim team, I reached two personal goals: I earned my lifeguard certification and landed a sweet summer job at the local swim club. There, as you may have guessed, I was in the company of more cute boys, which was my motivation as a teenager! Whatever your personal wellness goals may be, I hope you tackle them with dedication and a fun spirit. Each day in beautiful Ballantyne is a great time to try something new. So, get moving! Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief BALLANTYNE | editor's letter Tackling Goals with Fun, Dedication My lungs were the size of peas , and the water was freezing . Diving into Wellness 12 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE WINTER 2016-2017

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