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Stella Steps Up Week 7: Halfway through the fitness journey

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It's been seven weeks since more than a dozen KULR-8 employees started on a journey to better health and nutrition.

The KULR-8 fitness team is transforming since the start of the Corporate Fitness Challenge, a commitment by several KULR-8 employees to get healthier, while Granite Health & Fitness trainers support the effort. Healthier foods, including more salads, are becoming go-to meals.

"Since the challenge has started, I've probably only gone out for fast food only once or twice," Tracy Smith, KULR-8 Meteorologist said. Water is a staple on many desks.

"One thing I've been better about is hydrating so I fill this (big water bottle) at the start of my shift and I've also marked some different reasons, kind of my motivation on why it's important for me to drink this," KULR-8 reporter Melinda Lee said. 

The KULR-8 team is getting into a rhythm.

"The energy is higher. The commitment level is higher. It's that intangible thing you can feel and sense in the air," said Jenn Thompson, Granite Health & Fitness Trainer. 

"I've tried to incorporate my family into the challenge with me. My mom and I constantly talk about what is she eating, what am I eating," added Tracy Smith.

While the tide is turning, the days are not without challenges.
"I started food logging. I stopped because I was not eating well and I didn't want anyone to see it," said Emily Nantz, KULR-8's Executive Producer.

"If you're not food logging and not keeping track, those little snacks here and there, they're going to add up," said Kari Bogner, Granite Health & Fitness Trainer. However, trainers say food, an important part of good health, is not an enemy.

The message is resonating. 

"You're allowed to enjoy food. You just have to eat it in moderation and choose your treats when you want to have them and not have them all of the time," said Leah Jordan, a KULR-8 reporter.

"I've got a lot of energy after all the good foods I'm eating. I definitely need to get back into exercising more," said KULR-8 producer Tyson Adams.

The honesty and resolve to improve is the exciting part of this fitness transformation.

"This has really taught me to better about long-term goals than short -term goals and knowing that if I keep it steady, then I will eventually be to where I want to be," added Emily Nantz. 

"One thing I'd also like to do is participate in the Montana Marathon that goes through Billings," Melinda adds.

"I want tone arms and I'm not going to stop until I get them," Leah said.
 
"We're hoping that in this, everyone's going to be able to find a way to work it into their lifestyle and make it a lifestyle change," emphasized Kari Bogner. Trainers say the team effort is paying off.

When one person has an off day, there's always someone around who can give an encouraging word. 

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