Marco’s Kim McIntosh, for many years, passed up physical exercise.
“No, I walk, I’m fine,” was her usual response.
A well-known loan officer and banker for 25 years, she is as known for her 52-ounce water mug she carries everywhere.
When two friends died in their 50s, McIntosh, 47, began to exercise to improve her life.
“When I started yoga in May, 2008, I couldn’t touch my toes,” she said. “In January, this year, I was in a picture on the beach, doing a handstand.”
She advanced by going to the Greater Marco Family YMCA.
“I go to Stacy Witthoff’s 6 a.m. class, three days a week,” McIntosh said. Witthoff teaches strength with cardio. McIntosh’s alternatives are running on the beach and walking.
Combining exercise with Weight Watchers, she has lost 37 pounds.
McIntosh and Roe Tamagni, a Realtor, began training for the Disney Half-Marathon, two months before the race in October. ML Meade, a Realtor, joined them a few weeks before the race as part of Team Olivia. The team was named after a baby, Olivia Weber, who died a month after birth in 2007, due to Neuroblastoma, a devastating form of brain cancer. The Olivia Weber Foundation was founded by her parents in Medford, N.J., where Olivia was born.
The three joined in the run for the foundation, raising more than $1,500.
The run wasn’t pleasant, as Tamagni said, “Mother Nature was not on our side.” Still they ran through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot parks.
“We ran twice a week for two months, going from three to 6.5 miles,” McIntosh said. “We learned to pace ourselves. For my age group I needed to be under 3:30. I finished in 3:13.”
Then it was on to the four-mile Gobble, Gobble Run in Naples in November, 5-Mile Hill Run on Marco in December and the Marco YMCA 10-Mile Bridge Run in February.
McIntosh said that her change in lifestyle came at a good time when stress was everywhere in real estate and mortgage banking. McIntosh is a banker with Wells Fargo and Prudential Real Estate in a joint venture.
“It was a good thing I kept my newsletter going, or people might not have been able to find me,” she said with a laugh.
“Exercise is an outlet for stress,” she said. “When you feel healthier you can do better. There are no health issues.”
If McIntosh could make a suggestion it would be, “Pay attention to and listen to your body. For exercise, start out small.”