Enjoying my mother after a stroke, a different kind of Mother's Day

Enjoying my mother after a stroke, a different kind of Mother's Day
These last few years have been quite different ever since my mother has several strokes. Her first one was an aortic stroke that she had with my daughter on a cruise to the Bahamas. And then again about five years ago, she had an abdominal aortic stroke.  Just to have my mother still alive I... Read more »

A Mother's Day rant from a mom of six daughters

A Mother's Day rant from a mom of six daughters
Sometimes I wish I could just tell the truth about me. You would think I would since this is “The Everyday Me” where I blog on the things that move my heart.  However, I feel as if every day I am trying to live up to others’ expectations, even though I know self-help books (my... Read more »

Joliet baby found stuffed in the couch of her home

Joliet baby found stuffed in the couch of her home
This story about Semaj Crosby is one of a gazillion reasons I hate watching the news.  I sit there watching, mortified and stupefied by the outcome of many tragic stories just like this one about the Joliet baby found today.  Then without even realizing it or trying, I begin to judge the people involved because you can’t... Read more »
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A not-so-secret strategy for creating wealth

A not-so-secret strategy for creating wealth
I am a self-help junkie.  I love reading books on improving myself and discovering what other people have done to succeed. Many talk about habits and how if you don’t master them, they will master you. Many offer steps to success that are new or others that I’ve never considered–but the real not-so-secret strategy for... Read more »

Mastermind groups work, my dreams are coming true!

Mastermind groups work, my dreams are coming true!
My life has had a major shift. Things I’ve always wanted to do I am doing. People I’ve always wanted to meet, I am meeting, and only from a few simple, yet monumental changes.  I got involved with a “Mentor to Millionaire” program recently, and already it has changed my life. What’s interesting about what’s... Read more »

Fitness Blender, a phenomenal site for free online fitness videos

Fitness Blender, a phenomenal site for free online fitness videos
I have been in the fitness industry now coming up on twenty years, and yet somehow, I have never heard of Fitness Blender which currently has over 2.5 million Youtube followers, but boy am I glad I did.  The only way to remain a good instructor and stay on the cutting edge of what’s happening... Read more »
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Confessions of an LA Fitness employee, racism is real

Confessions of an LA Fitness employee, racism is real
I thought long and hard about telling my story, and just recently made up in my mind to let bygones be bygones and move my unbelievable experience with LA Fitness to the recesses of my mind by focusing on new opportunities. I had finally gotten myself to a place of peace. But now, I must... Read more »

I hate to admit I procrastinate, but not for reasons you think

I hate to admit I procrastinate, but not for reasons you think
I hate to admit that I procrastinate, but I do. I put off doing major things that are important   I’m not talking about laundry, or cleaning my closet, or developing some kind of system to manage my bills. I procrastinate with all of those things, but I’m not really concerned about those because eventually... Read more »

Weight loss motivation gone wrong

Weight loss motivation gone wrong
Weight loss ads. You simply can’t get around them. From Oprah and Weight Watchers to Marie Osmond with Nutrisystem, everyone is trying to encourage us that we can get and be healthy–myself included. I often wonder about the subliminal messages in certain ads. It’s one thing to say something catchy that gets you excited and inspired... Read more »
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The lonely road of leadership

The lonely road of leadership
Years ago when I read  Wayne Dyer’s “It’s Never Crowded Along the Extra Mile,” I thought I was prepared for the winding road and journey of success. It’s so exciting to read motivating books and pursue your dream, especially if you’re blessed to partner in with a group of people who are all committed to the same... Read more »
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    Elana Anthony

    I am a wife and mother blessed to have six daughters who fill my home with love and laughter. My passion is writing and teaching, but most especially inspiring people to live healthy lives in my faith-filled fitness classes. My dream is to have my own faith and fitness TV show where people from all the world collectively join together on our "temple" building project of enjoying optimal health. I am a certified group fitness instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and earned graduate degrees in Writing from DePaul University, in addition to a degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania. I have seen and experienced the hand of God work and move in my life, and consider it an honor and blessing to be saved to serve.

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