Posts tagged "fitness"

'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 »

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 »

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 »
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