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Community Centre walking concourse inspires lifestyle changes

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Caption: You can find Brenda Doll at the indoor walking concourse daily between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. where she completes her minimum five kilometres walk.  Currently recovering from knee surgery, Doll is looking forward to getting back on the track to prepare for a half marathon.

When Brenda Doll first stepped foot on the indoor walking concourse at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre in early 2012, her weight had reached 345 lbs, too much even for her six foot tall frame.  Today, after more than two years of daily travel along the indoor track, Doll has managed to lose 100 lbs and doesn’t plan on stopping there.

“I walk every day,” Doll said, “If I don’t walk in here I walk outside five kilometres.”

The Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre’s walking concourse features a “Sportflex” indoor track specially engineered for walking comfort for users.  The 1/5th km per lap concourse has been surprisingly well received in the Smiths Falls and surrounding communities, so much so that although it is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the winter months, the track is in use virtually every minute of the day.

Doll can be found at the walking track daily between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., where she walks with a partner, Gail Hitchcock, giving and receiving moral support.  Although Doll said in the beginning it took her over an hour to walk the five kilometres, she now has it down to only 47 minutes and plans on reducing that even further, down to 43 minutes.

The change in Doll’s lifestyle was inspired by a trip to Florida to visit a friend and her friend’s children in 2011.   Following the visit, Doll decided to make a change to ensure she would be there for her friend’s children.  With a history of heart and stroke and cancer running in both sides of her family she was unwilling to take the chance she would be spared any complications.

“I felt that because of weight I had I needed to start taking care of myself,” Doll said, “I was worried I could have a heart attack.”

In addition to her daily walks, Doll also changed her eating habits, explaining you “really have to change your lifestyle to change your weight.”  But it isn’t only basic changes to diet and exercise that’s needed for a successful weight loss, Doll stressed, it’s encouragement.

“People need to be encouraged, if you don’t have people behind you, you can’t do it.”

Doll said her biggest supporters are her mother and husband, but she also credits her walking and race partners for her success.  Besides her indoor walking partner, Doll also has an outdoor walking and race partner, Heidi Kozlof.

Since losing 100 lbs, Doll said she has a lot more energy to do things she thought she would never be able to accomplish, like running in five races, and setting a goal to compete in a half marathon in May 2015, which means walking 21.1 kms.

“I’ve walked so many five kilometre races I know I can do it, it’s just a goal for me to prove I can get farther.”

Although Doll walks both indoors and outdoors, she explained she prefers walking on the indoor walking track because the walking surface is better for her knees, flat and even with less risk of a fall, and there are washrooms available.   Doll is currently recovering from knee surgery brought on by a fall several years ago, and has been unable to walk at the track during her recovery period, which has been quite a change for her.

“To me it’s my second home…if this place didn’t exist I don’t know if I’d be doing this.”

 

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Community Centre walking concourse inspires lifestyle changes

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Caption: You can find Brenda Doll at the indoor walking concourse daily between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. where she completes her minimum five kilometres walk.  Currently recovering from knee surgery, Doll is looking forward to getting back on the track to prepare for a half marathon.

When Brenda Doll first stepped foot on the indoor walking concourse at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre in early 2012, her weight had reached 345 lbs, too much even for her six foot tall frame.  Today, after more than two years of daily travel along the indoor track, Doll has managed to lose 100 lbs and doesn’t plan on stopping there.

“I walk every day,” Doll said, “If I don’t walk in here I walk outside five kilometres.”

The Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre’s walking concourse features a “Sportflex” indoor track specially engineered for walking comfort for users.  The 1/5th km per lap concourse has been surprisingly well received in the Smiths Falls and surrounding communities, so much so that although it is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the winter months, the track is in use virtually every minute of the day.

Doll can be found at the walking track daily between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., where she walks with a partner, Gail Hitchcock, giving and receiving moral support.  Although Doll said in the beginning it took her over an hour to walk the five kilometres, she now has it down to only 47 minutes and plans on reducing that even further, down to 43 minutes.

The change in Doll’s lifestyle was inspired by a trip to Florida to visit a friend and her friend’s children in 2011.   Following the visit, Doll decided to make a change to ensure she would be there for her friend’s children.  With a history of heart and stroke and cancer running in both sides of her family she was unwilling to take the chance she would be spared any complications.

“I felt that because of weight I had I needed to start taking care of myself,” Doll said, “I was worried I could have a heart attack.”

In addition to her daily walks, Doll also changed her eating habits, explaining you “really have to change your lifestyle to change your weight.”  But it isn’t only basic changes to diet and exercise that’s needed for a successful weight loss, Doll stressed, it’s encouragement.

“People need to be encouraged, if you don’t have people behind you, you can’t do it.”

Doll said her biggest supporters are her mother and husband, but she also credits her walking and race partners for her success.  Besides her indoor walking partner, Doll also has an outdoor walking and race partner, Heidi Kozlof.

Since losing 100 lbs, Doll said she has a lot more energy to do things she thought she would never be able to accomplish, like running in five races, and setting a goal to compete in a half marathon in May 2015, which means walking 21.1 kms.

“I’ve walked so many five kilometre races I know I can do it, it’s just a goal for me to prove I can get farther.”

Although Doll walks both indoors and outdoors, she explained she prefers walking on the indoor walking track because the walking surface is better for her knees, flat and even with less risk of a fall, and there are washrooms available.   Doll is currently recovering from knee surgery brought on by a fall several years ago, and has been unable to walk at the track during her recovery period, which has been quite a change for her.

“To me it’s my second home…if this place didn’t exist I don’t know if I’d be doing this.”

 

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