Where 1DOS came from: Once upon a time, if you can imagine it, there was a world where regular people struggled with their weight and body image.  Weird, right???  

There were all manner of “experts” who produced all kinds of workout/diet/surgery/magic pill/whatever plans to make everything perfect.   Sometimes it would work for some people, at least for a while.  

The truth, though, is that there is a different “perfect” for each person.  One size does not fit all, and one lifestyle does not fit every person.  And lo, a voice cried out in the wilderness (which was weird because sharks don’t live in the wilderness), and said, “Wait a minute.  I’ve tried all these things, but in the end the power to change everything came from me.”  

Mama Shark Amy started doing things that worked for her, found in her family and friends the support and love she needed, and changed her life.  She was not the first to find this path, and she won’t be the last.  It is so crazy simple on the surface that it seems just as “too good to be true” as the wacky plans some of those experts sell.  

Along the way, Amy had some friends who were struggling on their own paths; they took heart in what she was doing and they started talking to and supporting each other.  As the group came from diverse places and were tied together by knowing Amy, the name 1DOS (1 Degree of Separation) came easily.  The group kept growing as we told our friends and they told their friends.  This idea works for anyone – young or old, male or female, athlete or couch-bound.  What we know now is that we CAN do it – we just didn’t know we could.  Having a group of people to rely on, people with similar experiences and failures to talk to, makes it easier to make the change.  

As the group has changed, so has the original 1DOS meaning.  Now it means that you are just 1 degree of separation from someone who can help you achieve your goals.  Whatever you are dealing with, whether it’s a diet issue, an injury or physical issue, motivation, structure, goals, someone in 1DOS can help give you the support you need to work through it.  We, as a group, are changing lives and developing strengths we never knew we had.

Change is never easy; worthwhile things never are.