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Celebration Story: Wynne Rozner

“I was somewhat heavy most of my life.  In high school and in my twenties it was only about 10 to 15 pounds and never bothered me much.  In my 30’s I got up to 332 and at 6’ 2” I was obese, so, I joined Weight Watchers and got down to 175.  Shortly after reaching goal, I moved and meant to attend Weight Watchers at my new location but never did.

By the time I was in my 40’s I was over 240 with intermittent weight loss that never stuck.  Throughout this time, I would swim laps to help me lose weight.  Swimming is the only exercise I enjoy.

About 3 and a half years ago I retired at age 61.  The first 2 years of retirement were an extended celebration with much eating out and over eating.  By the end of 2013, I weighed 266 pounds.  As the year came to a close I was frustrated with my weight and made a commitment to lose 80 pound in 2014.  I joined Weight Watchers again on Jan 1, 2014 and took it very seriously by combining lap swimming 5 days a week at Sun Oaks.  I never weighed myself in between weekly weigh-ins at Weight Watchers.  Each week I would anxiously get on their scale, taking account of the week before.  On 2 occasions, I gained a very small amount, but other than those two weeks, I lost weight each week.  I never missed a swim: It was 5 days a week for the entire year.  I began adding other exercises like stomach crunches and pushups along the way.

On December 31, 2014 I did my final weigh in for 2014 and was 176.  I had lost 90 pounds and the other exercises were starting to show.  I began 2015 with a firm commitment to keep my weight between 170 and 173.  I am now 64 years old and have never felt better.  Thank you Weight Watchers and Sun Oaks.”

Wynne Rozner


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Membership Team Challenge: Group Ride

January: Membership Team Challenge.

With the New Year, our membership team is taking on a new challenge: to try each Group Fitness class, TOGETHER. While we have all tried a majority of the class, there are still a few each of us have not experienced. The 8 Group Fitness classes we will be taking during the next 6 weeks are: Core, Blast, Kick, Ride, Centergy, R30, Active, and Power. Be on the lookout for your favorite membership trio to appear in your Group Fitness classes these next 6 weeks!

Group Ride

We decided to start with one of Dan’s all-time favorite activities: Cycling. Even though Jo was running a leg of The Redding Marathon the next day, 8am Group Ride on a Saturday morning sounded like the perfect kick-off to our challenge.

7:57am – Dan has already been spinning away getting ready for Group Ride for the last 15 minutes. Jo and I quickly snag bikes next to Dan in the back. Dan and Jo are Group Ride veterans, but I am what you would call a Group Ride virgin. I have done thirty minute cycling class here and there, but a near hour long cycling class would be a stretch.

Trying new things can be scary. Putting yourself out there feels risky. Series of questions race through your mind: What if I can’t complete the class? What if I can’t figure out what to do? What if I look silly?

But the feeling of accomplishment is unparalleled! Putting yourself out there and taking a risk is WORTH IT. Perhaps you learn: Well, that class wasn’t for me. Or you might just absolutely fall in love with something new! One of my favorite Celebration Stories is from a member who is now one of our cycling instructors. She decided to try something new and just GO FOR IT. You can read her story here. As for me, I found I actually enjoying being on a bike for longer than 30 minutes. It felt great to start my Saturday with sweat!

Take the risk. Go for it. Try something new! You might just surprise yourself.

Heather Haddleton | Assistant Manager 

Celebration Story: Charee Tibulski

Tibulski Success

In January 2014 my husband and I joined Sun Oaks and I dove right in. I have had 2 boys and was feeling the weight.   At first I was strictly going into the cardio room for an hour a day. Then about 3 months into my membership I tried out Group Centergy.  In about May,  I started attending Group Cycling once or twice a week and going to Group Active.  By summer, I was going to Sun Oaks 5 times a week!  Once I could tell I was losing some weight and starting to feel better I started going to Yoga Fire, eating super healthy and making better life choices. So here we are in December of 2014 and I’ve lost 40lbs!  Thank you Sun Oaks and staff for showing me “It’s better together!”

Charee Tibulski

The Ascension Project Women’s $25,000 Challenger

For over 3 decades Sun Oaks has established a rich heritage as the preeminent host of professional tennis in Northern California. These events present a rich and inspiring experience for our region’s youth development programs and future play, as well as great entertainment for Northern California’s recreational players.

This event benefits The Ascension Project, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the development of local youth, collegiate and professional athletes to help them excel in their greatest potential by creating and cultivating a team approach to tennis. Many of our regional players wouldn’t be able to participate, or benefit from tennis opportunities outside of our immediate area without the support provided by this community, The Ascension Project and its partnership with Sun Oaks in hosting this tournament.

Our event also benefits our community by providing these inspiring events:

-School assemblies featuring professional tennis players visiting our local schools

-Road to college workshops for student athletes

-Practice and programming support for the Shasta County Special Olympics tennis team


The tournament is already well underway. Schedules, live scoring, and results are posted on our website. We are running our cafe from 11am-4pm during the entirety of the tournament. Make sure to follow us on instagram and twitter this week for tournament and cafe updates!