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Have Strength and Hope for the Future

In reflecting upon my 14 years as a personal trainer, the most significant memories are those about people sharing their stories with me.  I am always humbled when people invite me into the most vulnerable areas of their lives. And I am always amazed at their courage to do so.  The stories of others can […]

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Simplify Your Life

Over the 4th of July holiday, I dug out my copy of the book, Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter (by Elaine St. James).  While I chuckled my way through the comments about “planners” and “yuppies” (the book was written in 1994), the book’s message remains […]

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What You Can Do NOW to Lose Weight

Awareness is a vital tool if you want to lose weight Being self-aware connects us to what is happening in our bodies, how we feel when we eat certain foods, and what triggers our overeating. Awareness leads to objective data on what is and isn’t working for us. It also provides clues on where we […]

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Where Your Mind Goes, Your Fitness Will Follow

Roadblocks in your fitness journey When I hear a client share they have been wondering why they’re not reaching a fitness goal, I pay attention to what they say and think about themselves and their fitness journey. Their words are clues to where they are focusing their attention.  And I have learned that where the […]

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My Favorite Activities to Keep My Body (and Mind) Moving

The Quieter Side of Fitness While I love my workouts – challenging my muscles and cardiovascular system- lately I have spent a great deal of time exploring the quieter side of fitness and wellness. This quieter side takes me on a path to discover the benefits of massage, deep relaxation, stretching, and soft tissue work. […]

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The Times They Are a Changing and So Are Our Bodies!

Thanks to Grace Schwanda for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Grace Schwanda has her personal trainer certificate from W.I.T.S (World Instructors Training Schools). She is actively exercising and working on her own fitness level at this ‘slightly older’ time of life. Grace is the soccer referee trainer for the  Wheaton Park District and […]

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A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Life Happens Memorial Day weekend recently passed and I had family visiting for my daughter’s graduation. The house was full of wonderful energy and conversation. It was also filled with many foods I normally don’t allow in my house — and for good reason! Trigger foods (mine are sweets) can wreak havoc on me, and […]

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Being Overweight – The Roller Coaster Ride & What To Do About It

Weight Gain Woes The other night I was ricocheting between the intense feelings of frustration and defeat over having gained 40 pounds over the last 3 – 4 years. I was so mad at myself and frustrated that I was, once again, significantly overweight. I didn’t know whether to throw something or just sit down […]

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Fitness – A Work in Progress

Waiting for Results Patience and fitness are two peas in a pod. We live in such an instant gratification world these days where an answer to a question or problem is a mere finger tap away on a cell phone. We have become accustomed to getting what we want, how we want it and when […]

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What to do When Exercise Hurts

Crunches, Creaks and Rice Krispie Crackles One of my personal training clients will tell me that she brought her symphony with her to a workout when she hears the noises her joints make when she exercises! We laugh at her joke and commiserate about our slightly older bodies. But we do not let the humor […]

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