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Fat Girl Complex

I went to a really small grade school in Hubertus, Wisconsin. I had about 14 kids in my kindergarten class and slightly more when I graduated in eighth grade. The upside of going to a small school in a small town is that I really got to know everyone. The teacher turnover was really low,... Read more »

The Athlete vs Competitive Eating: Ribfest At Its Finest

Last night I had an opportunity to witness something I’ve never seen before: a competitive rib eating contest at Black Rock Pub and Kitchen. Competitive eating isn’t exactly my thing…in fact it’s far from it. Watching people stuff their faces with God-knows-what in a few minutes just doesn’t appeal to the healthy side of me.... Read more »

5 Common Diet Pitfalls

Food is food. How hard can it be to just make sure you’re eating the healthy variety, right? I guess if we put our blinders on to every commercial, ad, celebrity endorsement or the life changing results of the next Big Food-funded study, we’d be ok. But this is the 21st century, and you can’t... Read more »
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Exercising But Still Overweight? Don't Stop! You're Healthier.

Exercising But Still Overweight? Don't Stop! You're Healthier.
There is nothing more frustrating than exercising to lose weight to get healthier…but the scale doesn’t budge. Don’t throw in the towel. Regardless of whether or not you lose weight, one long term study reveals that overweight people who exercise versus their sedentary counterparts are significantly healthier. Science Daily cited a study published in the European... Read more »

From Chicago to Mont-Tremblant: Four Locals Finish Ironman One Year After Losing Teammate

From Chicago to Mont-Tremblant: Four Locals Finish Ironman One Year After Losing Teammate
Yesterday four men from Chicago crossed the finish line of Canada’s Mont-Tremblant Ironman. The Ironman, a 140.6 mile race, consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile marathon-distance run.  While I’m sure many others from the Chicago area made their way north to participate in this event of incredible stamina and endurance, I... Read more »

Dreaming Big After the Women's Dream Conference

Dreaming Big After the Women's Dream Conference
Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend an all-day conference sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with a roomful of Chicago’s most successful social media, business and thought leaders. The Women’s Dream Conference was created by healthy lifestyle spokesperson, Andrea Metcalf. Does that name sound familiar? It should. Metcalf is the author of the best selling book, Naked Fitness,... Read more »
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5 Tips to Reshape Your Fitness

5 Tips to Reshape Your Fitness
January is here and a lot of resolutions are in full swing. Is yours? If you’re having a tough time building up momentum to keep you motivated and working out regularly, here are a few tips that will get your body back in the swing of things – literally! 1) Change Clothes: Let’ s face... Read more »

Sculpt, Shape and Lengthen with The Bar Method

Sculpt, Shape and Lengthen with The Bar Method
When a new fitness facility pops up in the neighborhood – and everyone is talking about it – you should check it out, right? For a few years I’ve had clients tell me the love The Bar Method. They emphatically talked about how it changed their body – quite literally – and was a phenomenal workout. Fast... Read more »

Ready, Set, SHRED!

Ready, Set, SHRED!
I walked into Shred415 on Saturday morning expecting a pretty good workout. The studio, located at 2156 N. Clybourn in Lincoln Park, opened earlier this year.  I’d heard through the grapevine that the workouts were 60-minutes of high intensity interval training. As big fan of intervals and something I write about often, I had to... Read more »
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