THE TIPPING POINT – Through Thick and Thin |

THE TIPPING POINT – Through Thick and Thin

On a cold winter night, over a year ago, several women from Alta Sierra ” strangers to each other ” came to the first Meltdown event in Nevada City. Through good fortune, they met and formed a team promptly named “We Can Do It” Rosies.

By the second meeting, they were wearing their Rosie T-shirts with bandana scarves ” outfits they still wear when they get together.

For over a year, teammates (Dorothy Volker, Linda Schafer, Bonnie Lattin-Heusel, Jo-Ann Hinchcliffe, Connie Bastian, Fran McDaniel and later, Diane Bishop) have maintained their friendship and commitment to fitness.

They e-mail each other, share exercise strategies from bosu ball to Jane Fonda tapes, walk outdoors, share recipes, experiment with tai chi, and visit each other.

As Jo-Ann says, “We’ve shared great stories and had lots of


In the first four months, Jo-Ann lost 20 pounds. Becoming lax in her

eating/exercise program, she re-gained nine. Once again back on track, she believes golf at Alta Sierra, plus monitoring her eating, will help her regain lost ground.

Linda worked around a bout of arthritis, became rehooked on yoga, and lost 11 inches and 10 pounds. More importantly, she’s recommitted to a lifestyle of fitness.

Bonnie rid her closet of large clothes. If she isn’t comfortable in her clothes, she has get back on track ” or else she has no clothes to wear.

Dorothy Volker, team captain, says “the results in terms of weight and inches vary. But we’re all in better shape now than a year ago. And in terms of our commitment, we’re stronger than ever.

“What helps,” Dorothy says, “is knowing you can count on your teammates along with family and friends. Changing habits isn’t easy, but it’s fun when you do it together.”

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