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Auditioning to teach fitness classes? Here are five tips to help you outshine the rest!

Auditioning to teach fitness classes? Here are five tips to help you outshine the rest!
Auditioning to teach fitness classes may not be as easy as you think. There are some specific qualities fitness directors look for when searching for new talent, so if you couple these techniques with your passion, knowledge, and shining personality, you are sure to be a stand out amongst the rest. The first thing you... Read more »

The devil wears Prada...and gym shoes!

The devil wears Prada...and gym shoes!
In the movie “The Devil Wears Prada” Meryl Streep portrayed the boss from hell who judged her employees based purely on  what they looked like. As the editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine, that seemed only fair–except judging people on appearance leaves no room for their talent or knowledge, which was the case for Andy... Read more »

Breaking it off with my fat friend is hard to do on Mother's Day weekend, but it must be done!

Breaking it off with my fat friend is hard to do on Mother's Day weekend, but it must be done!
That’s it. I’m done. I have tried to maintain our friendship for all of my life, but I can’t any longer. My fat friend must go! The bottom line is, she is just unhealthy for me. Every time I get myself on track to work my fitness program or eat right or try new things,... Read more »
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'Food, Inc.' has made me think...Now what do I do?

'Food, Inc.' has made me think...Now what do I do?
I teach a class called “A Healthy Lifestyle and You” for students at Moraine Valley Community College, and today we watched “Food, Inc.,” a movie I’d never seen. I thought I would be educating them with this documentary, instead the floodgates of heaven have opened for me as it relates to my own health and... Read more »

21-Day Flat Belly Challenge

21-Day Flat Belly Challenge
We are finally having some beautiful weather in Chicago which makes you just want to get out and do something F-U-N! And you know what warm weather in Chicago means: scantily dressed women in crop tops, short shorts and even tinier skirts, sheer dresses, and the always big problem of the dreaded swimsuit selection. The... Read more »

The struggle and expense of eating clean

The struggle and expense of eating clean
  I never thought being healthy would be as challenging as lifting weights or running a marathon, but I have come to see that it’s hard, and there is a struggle and expense to eating clean. And I must confess: I struggle with eating the right things. I exercise at least five times a week.... Read more »
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Realistic resolutions that last

Realistic resolutions that last
As the new year begins, so do the resolutions. Lose weight. Exercise. Save money. Get organized.  All is well before the magical new year ball drops, but afterwards, it’s time for serious business.  For many, the #1 resolution for the new year is to lose weight. And how do you do that? Easy. Decrease portion... Read more »

Kroc Center Chicago celebrates 2yrs. in West Pullman area Saturday, free and open to the public

Kroc Center Chicago celebrates 2yrs. in West Pullman area Saturday, free and open to the public
Everyone knows about the issues that plague Chicago. We know about crime, murders and violence, and the challenges of the public and charter school system. We know Chicago has unpredictable weather, and we know of our city’s longstanding sports team rivalries.  I mean, when you think of Chicago, you can think of any number of... Read more »

Faith and fitness, the perfect blend

Faith and fitness, the perfect blend
You can train the body, and you can do exercises for your mind. But, what I’ve found is that faith and fitness is the perfect blend. I didn’t always emphasize the spiritual aspect of diet, nutrition, and exercise. I mean, I loved God, but my focus on my “spirit man” was like a mint the... Read more »
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Good Lord! I can't eat microwave popcorn either? Confessions from a Fitness Trainer, Part 1

Good Lord! I can't eat microwave popcorn either? Confessions from a Fitness Trainer, Part 1
Okay, here’s the truth. I love teaching fitness classes and participants love me just the same. My dream is to travel the world as a health and fitness spokesperson. As a mom of six, I am in great shape but I train hard to look even better. I mean, it’s one thing to be an... Read more »
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    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. The Salvation Army Kroc Center is my church home where I not only teach Adult Sunday school classes, but I also sing on my church's Praise Team alongside my daughters, under the direction of my husband who is our leader. 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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