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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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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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Take the Fear out of Weight Loss

Trainers are Human Too “Trainers – they’re just like us!” I like to joke with my friends that health magazines should do a section on personal trainers like they do the celebrities in tabloid magazines, with the token page of Celebrities, they’re just like us. The article shows celebs pushing a shopping cart, drinking a […]

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Our Nutrition & Lifestyle Program is Changing Lives (and Bodies!)

We all have one – an Achilles Heel – in our fitness journey. For most people, there is at least one area that trips them up and causes them not to reach their fitness goals. That one vulnerability where it is so easy to fall off track. Nutrition is one of the biggest challenges for […]

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Time to Hit the “Reset” Button

This past year has been crazy, hasn’t it? On so many levels!!! I am feeling it too! There is no talk about New Year’s resolutions or what they want to improve upon. This year, more than any year before — people want to get rid of their “baggage” and head into 2018 with a new […]

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Three Positive Thinking Tips for the Busy Mind

Typical, Daily Life Thinking No matter where you look these days there always seems to be something to be upset about. Whether you are involved in the political climate that seems to be cascading around us all, or just struggling to get through your day to day life, everything can constantly seem to pile up […]

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Tis the Season to be Fat – I Mean Fit!

“Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet!” Have you said that to yourself a few times as we roll into the holiday season? I know I certainly have! ‘Tis the season to bake cookies, prepare delicious meals, drink a bit more then usual and sample all the tasty hors d’oeuvres served at the […]

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Understanding the Role of Nutrition and Maximizing Its Benefits

We have all heard that proper nutrition is important for our health and well-being, but what exactly is it? While nutrition is defined as the sum of all food consumed by a person, that doesn’t tell us much. Adding further definition to the word nutrition, we all know that nutrition plays a major role in […]

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Elevate your life and be a better you with fitness

Fitness to me is a means to elevate our lives and to be a better version of ourselves.  When we are fit, we are stronger, have more stamina, and are energized.  When we work to be fit, we are also training our minds to be more focused and to concentrate better. We feel more centered. […]

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Here’s how to make losing weight easier

Changing nutrition habits in order to lose weight seems to be one of the most difficult things to do on a fitness journey. The most common phrase I hear when I consult with someone about losing weight is this – “ We all know what to do, but why is it so hard to make […]

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