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This Miamian’s ultimate wellness goal? To cross the finish line

We asked New Tropic readers to tell us one wellness goal they’re trying to reach, and then we chose six of them to pair with fitness and wellness experts across the 305 who are helping them achieve those goals.

The catch? Each challenger has to keep us updated on their progress and share all their best tips and advice along the way. Our hope is everyone in our community can learn from the advice experts give our challengers.

So help us in cheering on each of our challengers. Now meet one of those brave Miamians:

Chris Scott

Wellness goal: To lose weight, improve his overall wellness, and run a half marathon.

Why he wants to achieve it: “My doctor said I need to get healthy just so I don’t go insane.”

His wellness expertMichael Vouvounas, a trainer at Barbell Society.

Update #1
We asked Chris: Does reaching your wellness goal feel impossible to you? Why or why not? What’s the first step you’re taking to try and reach it?

“I am unsure of where to even start so I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with my coach.”

Update #2
We asked Chris: What’s one thing you tried to do this week to reach your goal? What did you learn?

“One of my biggest goals is to completely change to a lifestyle health and fitness. with that in mind, I started researching healthy lifestyles. I’m not big on self-help books, I find them a little dry, but I recently picked up the ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business’ by Charles Duhigg. I am beginning to learn that being consciously healthy is hard. But being habitually healthy and fit is the goal. Next week I’m going to start creating better micro-habits.”


We’ll keep updating this page with #realtalk from Chris and tips from Michael. Want to share some advice that’s worked well for you? Leave it in the comments!

By Lance Dixon
Lance is the Storytelling Producer for The New Tropic