Personal Stories

You Can Do It, Too


You Can Do It, Too! 50/50 Featured Member, Joe Jagiello In 2015, my life was going great save one thing: I was approaching my 48th birthday in February 2016, I could no longer claim I was in my mid-forties, and I was in the worst shape of my life. At 5’10”, I was just shy…

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The End of an Era


Energia 2012 The True Essence of Community. In March of 2010, Energia opened it’s doors as a first of it’s kind fitness facility in Western Mass, focusing solely on Spinning and yoga. Jennifer Siddall, of Amherst, founded the studio with a strong passion for health & wellness. She carried this passion and vision for a…

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Checking in with Ryan


50/50 – Year 2 In January I wrote a piece about my first year with 50/50 and my experience getting back to fit, losing 65 pounds, and becoming a spin instructor. It has been 7 months since then and here’s the thing: the second year is so much harder. In January I shifted from actively…

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Do you believe in second chances? Help me save a life…


Originally posted on July 23, 2014 Manslaughter has to be one of the most gruesome, chilling words in the English language. There’s no questioning its meaning, its unsettling nature, and it’s fierce impact. It takes on a connotation far more profound than even murder, killing, assassination. I mean, who could fathom “slaughtering” another human being?…

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Living with Alzheimer’s: a personal story by Katie Lipsmeyer


Since I was a little girl, my mom and I would tell each other that we love one another “the muches in the world past infinity.” See, she is a single mother, and I am an only child, and our bond has been steadfast for the entirety of our relationship. Momma, as I affectionately call…

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