Go Red for Women

Today is National Wear Red Day!!  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the number one killer among women…heart disease.  Ladies, arm yourself with knowledge about the risk factors that contribute to this disease and take action!!


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Christmas Party!!

Calling all past and current clients!!!  Our Christmas party is December 14th!!  Check out the link for more information.  Happy Holidays!!



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October Boot Camp!

October Boot Camp is less than two weeks away!! Join trainers, Melissa and Anna, to get that jump start in your goals, meet new people, and get off the couch and outside!

Sessions will begin on October 5th and will held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 6:00 pm for 4 weeks.  We will be centrally located at Stars and Stripes at Lake Hefner.

September boot campers have already seen big gains and have had a lot of fun getting there.  Veteran tuition is 140.00 and new boot camper tuition is 200.00, which includes a Shape Project t-shirt.  As our website is currently being built, you can register by contacting us at shapeproject@cox.net, direct message on twitter @theshapeproject, or call 496.5891.

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  ~Arnold H. Glasow

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Attention: Location Change!

The Fall Boot Camp coming up in a couple weeks will held at Stars and Stripes at Lake Hefner and not at Hafer Park in Edmond.  We just decided that this is a better central location for everyone.

Sign up soon….early bird discount of 10% off ends September 1st!!

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September Boot Camp

The Shape Project is excited to announce its September Boot Camp!  Sessions will begin on September 7th and held at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner.  Each week we will meet on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays   at 6pm with sessions lasting an hour each time.  This is a great way to meet new people with the same goals you have, as well as get a jump start on your fitness and weight loss goals.

Deadline to register is September 3rd.  Cost is $200, which includes the 12 sessions, multi-trainer instruction, and t-shirt.  An 10% off early bird discount will be given to those who register by September 1st.  Registration can be done through contacting Melissa Cox via e-mail at shapeproject@cox.net or cell at 405.496.5891.  Online registration coming later in the Fall.

If you would like to see what others have said about the program, read here:  http://annalightministries.com/blog/ and scroll down to the Aug 23rd entry.

If you’re still unsure or have questions, feel free to contact Melissa on Twitter at @theshapeproject or at melissa.cox@cox.net.

Hope we can help you achieve your next desired level of health and wellness!

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City on a Hill Run

The inaugural event is coming!  The first annual City on a Hill Run is set to debut on November 13, 2010 in downtown Oklahoma City.  With a starting point at 215 S. Walker at the Tapestry Project offices / Randy Coleman Photography Studio, the course will take you 3.1 miles (5K) through the streets of downtown.  A 1-mile fun run/walk will also be available.

The purpose of this event, besides bringing an opportunity to get your running shoes out on an awesome Fall morning, is to raise awareness and proceeds for an amazing organization.  The Tapestry Project is an organization that is revitalizing a deteriorating neighborhood through renovation, restoration, and connecting people in need to the resources that will equip them to thrive as a community. The vision is to create model for urban development and community transformation for women, children and families in crisis all across Oklahoma City.  Find out more about this visionary organization on their website at http://www.thetapestryproject.org/about.

This 5K course will be USATF sanctioned and certified with chip timing included.  Look for registration details coming soon!!

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Stories for Six Winner!!

Congratulations to Abbi Meadows for winning the recent contest, Stories for Six.  Although I received some very heart felt and wonderful stories, I loved Abbi’s passion and new commitment to be a healthy role model for her new son. Here is her story….


Two years ago, Andrew, the love of my life, asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes. In the days that followed, I reflected on the fact that beginning a life with Andrew would mean my future would affect someone other than myself. I’d been single for so long I had grown accustomed to doing things in my own way, on my own schedule, and with my own money and energy. Marrying someone means sharing everything, and I wanted to make sure I was as healthy as possible so we’d have a long life together. In the ten months leading up to our wedding, I met consistently with my sister-in-law, Erin (a self-professed workout junkie), who acted as my ‘trainer’ and helped me tone up and lose 30 pounds. At the same time, I also began the process of healing some unhealthy mindsets regarding food, weight, and self-image. I truly believe that being healthy is as much a mental endeavor as a physical one. When I got married at the end of May 2009, I was in the best shape of my life, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Getting fit helped me prove to myself that not only could I do it, but that I was worth the time and energy it takes.

By October 2009, we learned we were expecting a baby and I vowed to continue taking good care of my health. I knew my body would be going through a gamut of changes over the course of the pregnancy, some of which I could control and some which I could not. I wanted my baby to get the best head-start in life possible, so I made sure to eat well and continue exercising so I could prevent complications such as high blood pressure, swelling, and pregnancy-onset diabetes. My workouts evolved as my belly grew, and the changes in exercise kept me interested and energized. I even participated in a Zumba class 8 days before I gave birth!

I am happy to report that I stayed within the recommended 25-35 pound weight-gain range AND felt incredibly strong and empowered throughout my 100% drug-free labor and delivery. I know my stamina was due in a large part to the fact that I exercised while pregnant.

Now that my son is here, it’s more important than ever that I eat healthy and exercise. He’s little now, but before long he will be watching my every move and I will be one of his most influential role models. I want him to have a healthy relationship with food and a love for exercise and play. It’s so important to me that he recognizes those things as a lifestyle, and not just “something Mama does to be skinny.” I want to be healthy enough to live to be 100, so I can snuggle Beau’s babies…and their babies.

It’s crucial I get in the habit of taking time for myself (and exercise) NOW, so that as my children grow up, we’re already accustomed to taking time to do good things for ourselves…even if it means being apart for an hour or two a few times a week. There’s no denying that moms always put themselves last and often wind up using their kids as their #1 excuse for being unhealthy. I don’t want to fall into that trap. I deserve to win the free sessions because although it’s hard to leave my baby behind, I know a healthy, sane, fit Mama is a good Mama!


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