Mike, Mary, Dani, and Adrianne from Great Rivers United Way stopped by this morning to talk about the importance of giving to the United Way campaign. Last year, gifts to the United Way touched more than 111,000 lives. Four out of ten Coulee Region residents are on the verge of falling below the Federal Poverty Line. They are one unexpected bill or emergency away from financial disaster. The need here is great, but so is the generosity. Even $1.00 a week can make a huge difference!
If you'd like to help, you can donate by texting the keyword: WEWIN to the number 40403 or to donate online, click HERE!
Abby and Amanda from La Crosse Park and Rec stopped by this morning to talk about all of the fun events going on this year with Winter Rec Fest! CLICK HERE for the full schedule of events and registration information!
WEEK OF MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018
Abby is a 7th grader at GET Middle School. She spends many hours dancing at Applause and she's been dancing since the age of 2 or 3. Abby is in competition dance, she also plays softball in school, and she's in the school band. Plus, during the summer she plays volleyball. Abby is a hard working kid who likes to succeed.
I have struggled with my weight for the past 10 years. The scale kept going up and I kept pretending that it didn't bother me. I was having fun. I was eating whatever I wanted. I was having as many cocktails as I wanted. My clothes kept getting tighter and I was forced to buy bigger sizes. It bothered me, but I just kept pushing it off to the side and I would find outfits that would hide the parts of me that I disliked the most. In pictures, I would often think to myself...that doesn't even look like me. But for some reason, it still didn't register. Sure, I tried a few diets over the years. I tried cutting out carbs and had some luck temporarily. But then I looked at a french fry, and I gained it all back and then more on top of that! It was out of control.
I had pretty much given up on dating because I had dated all of the wrong guys who treated me poorly. I finally found Mr. Awesome in October of 2015. At my heaviest weight, this amazing man wanted me. How was that possible? He thought I was beautiful, even though I wasn't skinny like I used to be. So, of course...that did not help with my motivation. I was fat and happy in love. Or so I thought. While looking at my friend's profiles on Facebook, I had seen a couple of them transition into healthier bodies with the help of NuYou Weight Loss and More in Onalaska. So I started asking questions and in November of 2016, I went in for a free consultation. They told me everything about the program. The cost, how it would go, my commitment, etc. I left the clinic and I did not sign up that day. I wasn't ready to commit.
January 21, 2017 Mr. Awesome proposed to me and made me the happiest woman on the planet. But within 12 hours that would all change. The next morning, I fell backwards off of the stage at Wedding World and I suffered a traumatic brain injury. As you know, I lived! It was a miracle. Although there was intense therapy, difficult healing procedures, and I'm still recovering...I'm alive. That day, everything changed. My outlook on life and how I viewed it. I was not healthy. I was too over weight and I was unhappy. Once I was cleared by doctors to start a weight loss program, it was time to start. I went back to NuYou in February 2017 and started the program on February 28th. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I knew it was going to take will power and dedication. But I knew that after what I had suffered through with my accident, I could handle anything.
I started with the NuYou Fast 1000 program, did the NuYou Fast 800 program and also tried the NuYou Pronto program. The journey has not been easy, but it has been worth every dollar I've spent and every decision I've made to make healthier choices to get to a better me. I'm a brand new person. As of October 27, 2017 I lost 80 pounds and over 80 inches. I'm healthy, happy, and I love shopping for clothes. No more size 18 pants and XXL shirts. I'm now wearing a size 8/10 pants and a Medium size shirt. It feels amazing and now I'm happy and most importantly, I'm healthy! It's your turn to start the next chapter. Click here!
WEEK OF MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018
Hunter T Schultz is a junior at Aquinas High School. He is a three time starting varsity athlete in hockey. He was the top scoring player in the playoffs for Aquinas in 2016. He works very hard in, and out of, school. His friends and family are very proud of all his accomplishments.
It's the first extremely cold day of winter and baby it's COLD OUTSIDE! We're expecting a high of 1 degree above zero with wind chill readings 25 to 30 below zero! This will continue for about a week or so, and everyone in the midwest is tweeting and posting about it. #WindChillAdvisory
WEEK OF MONDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2017
Grant is an 8th grader at Longfellow Middle School. He trains and competes in BMX. Grant is two hours from any BMX track, but he has a track at home that he maintains and trains on. He also trains in the gym to stay on top of the competition. He represented the US in the UCI World Championships this past summer in South Carolina and did very well at our USA BMX Grand Nationals. He placed 18th on his cruise bike and 29th on his class bike out of all the 14 year old experts in the country. In addition to being an exceptional bike racer, Grant excels in football and basketball. He is a trombone player in the school’s band and jazz band as well. He gets A’s and B’s in school and is in the high performance learning math class. He volunteered in a Grandparent Group that went to local nursing homes and he also volunteers in the community with his family.
Our friend Amy DuPont who used to work on one of our local TV stations is now working at Fox6 in Milwaukee, and she's gone viral! On Wednesday, Amy was about to go live when her photographer nailed her in the face with a snowball. Amy had to go live within 30 seconds and had to pull herself together. She's a pro! Being that Amy and I are besties (she was in my wedding this past October), we got an exclusive interview with Amy this morning! Check it out! And when Ellen calls...remember who loves you most :)
And because we can't stop watching it, here's the snowball to the face!
Jenni and Tom from Subway stopped by this morning to tell us about their holiday platters and gift ideas! If you're headed to a party or you're hosting, call Subway or hop online and order a platter of subs! Delicious and convenient! And for the Subway sandwich lover on your list, a gift card is a great stocking stuffer! Plus, they have their 24oz refillable tumbler that would make another great stocking stuffer idea. Get refills for $0.99 until 9/30/18! And now you can order your favorite Subway sandwich on the Subway App! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!