Posts tagged "exercise"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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Fat Fitness Pros: Do you respect them?

Fat Fitness Pros: Do you respect them?
Obesity. A disease that now impacts every race, culture, class, and profession–even the fitness industry. I remember as a teen being completely enamored by Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons as they bopped around in neon outfits, headbands, and leg warmers encouraging us to get up and move. I thought being a fitness expert was fun... Read more »

One exercise I never want to see another woman do again!

One exercise I never want to see another woman do again!
I have had it! I mean really. Yes, I am a fitness spokesperson, and yes, I teach group fitness classes, and yes, I have a heart and passion for helping people. But just like Jesus got annoyed and irritated by people’s lack of faith, I too, get irritated by seeing the most ridiculous asinine exercises... Read more »

Are you responsible for crime in Chicago?

Are you responsible for crime in Chicago?
Everybody knows about Chicago’s astronomical crime rates, but have you ever stopped to consider if you are responsible for crime in Chicago? Gang crimes and miscreant youth wreak havoc on our city making our Magnificent Mile less than majestic. This gains national media attention and Rahm immediately puts plans in action to keep violent kids... Read more »
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The dumb reasons people won't exercise

As a group fitness instructor, you would not believe all the dumb reasons people tell me why they won’t exercise. I have no clue what compels them to grab their body parts and tell me “Girl, I can’t lose this,” or “My guy likes me having all this,”  while I stand there watching them hold their... Read more »
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