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Tonia Hirschbuhl won the Mountain Times contest to participate
in Peace in the City's "Take the Leap: 12 weeks to well-being."
This week, Hirschbuhl shares her motivation for entering the
contest and what she hopes to accomplish.
What attracted you to this program?
"Having been able to work through challenges mostly on my own
in the past and having little trouble bouncing back," Hirschbuhl
says. "I just kept trying the same old techniques, to no avail.
When I saw the original article in the Mountain Times for
the 12 weeks to Well-being, I liked the way the program offered
more than one way to wellness. I feel as though not only will
I be learning some new techniques, I will finally be able to
get over whatever is holding me back to all around well
What you hope to accomplish in the 12 weeks?
"I hope to gain balance in all areas of my life. I would
also love to feel a sense of well being all across
the board in mind, body and spirit. This is something I have been
trying to achieve for a while now, and finally realized
that I can't do it on my own. Health wise, I look forward to
learning how to implement Ayurveda into my diet. I
also signed up for a 5K in Boston a while back, and I would love to
run across the finish line."
What is your biggest fear in doing this
"Honestly? This… being in the newspaper! I am, by nature, a shy
person and this is way outside my box. A close second is working
through personal issues that hold me back from being all I can be
within a group of people. Everything else I am ready for!
Mountain Times will follow Hirschbuhl's progress and challenges
throughout the 12 weeks with updates published at week 4, 8 and 12.
Participants of the program meet twice a week for a group exercise
component and once a week for a mental fitness workshop. They
complete weekly mental fitness assignments and are responsible for
doing an assigned amount of cardiovascular activity. Participants
track their food intake and work with the instructor in bringing
balance to their body type through food choices. It is an intensive
and holistic program designed to transform participants into