Posts in category "Wellness"

Heal your heart, practice forgiveness

Heal your heart, practice forgiveness
Recently a dear friend betrayed me by creating all kinds of chaos, drama, and distrust within my family.  As a mom of six daughters, that’s not too difficult to do with our feelings as fragile and frayed as our skirts and dresses. A peaceful, pleasant, family occasion turned ugly with people using “fighting words” which,... Read more »

Part 2 of the Exercising Your Faith Series

Part 2 of the Exercising Your Faith Series
Exercising your faith: a completely different concept on the way to improve your health. You can find any number of workouts for your body, but very few that tell you how to weather the storms in life. What do you do when that job you’ve been desperately waiting on just doesn’t come through? What do... 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 »
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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 »

Exercise your faith: 3 ways to build spiritual muscles--Part 1

Exercise your faith: 3 ways to build spiritual muscles--Part 1
We exercise to improve our heart health and we lift weights to build and tone our muscles. But what about our spiritual walk? What do we do to stay hopeful, encouraged, and faithful when it seems as if God isn’t listening or answering our prayers? We may feel despair, dejected, and plain old depressed. But... Read more »

5 Signs of an Outstanding Group Fitness Instructor

5 Signs of an Outstanding Group Fitness Instructor
The famous poet Goethe is noted for having said that “Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it” over two centuries ago, and yet his description still rings true today.  As a group fitness instructor who’s seen it all, I find this timeless truth displayed boldly and beautifully when I am in an outstanding and... 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 »

Step aerobics, not your average workout

Step aerobics, not your average workout
Let’s face it: step aerobics is not your average workout. Going up and down on that step board to a rhythmic beat hearing cues for directional moves you don’t know should drive anyone completely mad! How de-conditioned exercisers stay in the class and learn the moves is beyond me. But people do, just like I... Read more »

Scared of Kindergarten

Scared of Kindergarten
Finding a school should be a fun thing. But with everything I know about Chicago Public Schools and their competing charters, I don’t know what I’m going to do this Fall. In short, I’m scared of kindergarten for my twin five year old girls. Presently they are in a free full-day Pre-K program at Burke... Read more »
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Weight discrimination: It's real, but is it right?

Weight discrimination: It's real, but is it right?
Weight discrimination is real. Research supports this and there are laws against this. But do employers have a right to deny new applicants opportunities due to a person’s size? I must say, I can see why they would. Health issues affect a person’s ability to function at their optimal levels. If you’re overweight, you’re more... Read more »
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