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CORE Fitness. Going Strong!
Treadmill Workout #2
Keys to Weight Loss and Maintenance


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Making Time for Fitness

I love FB memories. It gives us a glimpse into the past.
Photo memories come up often of when I began my meal prepping, workouts, runs and other things that royally annoy people on FB these days. 
As I went on a run this morning I reminisced about the days when I started meal prepping, running, working out and posting all of these things to FB to (hopefully) encourage others. At the time my kids were younger. I had an office job. I was taking part time college classes. I car-pooled my kids and neighbor kids outside the district to a private school.

Fraidy Cat 5k

This is a post from October 2013 where I had the privilege of spending 7 weeks with some dedicated people training for a 5k at another studio I was transitioning out of. Some were already runners, some were walkers. Each week they all came together with me as their coach and worked toward the goal of finishing the Fraidy Cat 5k that took place in Oswego on October 28.Here are their pictures! To say I am proud is an understatement!
The group
The group
Ed, Julie, Kim, Kristi, Nancy. Missing from pic...Jason and JoEllen.

CORE Fitness. Going Strong!

CORE Fitness is busy and going strong thanks to many great clients, friends, word of mouth, great training, results and an awesome private studio atmosphere.

When I embarked on this endeavor over a year and a half ago it was something that sort of evolved over time and then quickly needed to launch, which meant I had to act FAST.

At the time there were just a couple of people that thought I didn't go about fulfilling MY endeavor/MY dream the "right" way, or thought I should have done things differently.

Treadmill Workout #2

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Since my last treadmill post it has gotten considerably colder outside. Today's high here in Chicago is a whopping 12 degrees that does NOT take into account windchill! Brrrrrr...if you're like me and don't want to get out and pound the pavement in frigid temps like this here's another treadmill alternative just for you!

*Please take note of the RPE chart at the end of the page to gauge where YOU will be at when working out!

Always start with a good warm-up on your treadmill.
I recommend starting with a good fast walk for at least 5 minutes

Keys to Weight Loss and Maintenance

Keys to weight loss & fitness maintenance!

1. Consistency. Remaining diligent week after week. Even when you don't feel like going to the gym, going and walking on the treadmill is something. It keeps you in the habit of going and boosts your mood. Maybe after that walk you'll feel energized enough to do some strength training...but if not, don't beat yourself up over it. You're remaining consistent.

2. Slow and steady wins the race. This isn't the Biggest Loser and honestly Biggest Loser style weight loss is unrealistic and not sustainable, Period!

Treadmill Workout #1

With winter in full effect it's not always easy to get outside and run. Sometimes we need to hit the treadmill to get in a great run or workout!
This is the first of three treadmill workouts I have for you which will introduce you to some good, fast and effective treadmill workouts that will fit your schedule and level!

If time is a factor and you only have 20 minutes try this go to treadmill workout!

Warm-up jog or fast walk for three minutes
Next, increase the speed to a faster pace (walking faster or jogging) continue for two minutes

Christmas Hustle and Bustle-Ways to Beat Stress

We all know that the days and weeks leading up to Christmas can be hectic, crazy and stressful. We want to make sure we've made our lists and checked them twice not forgetting anyone. There are so many people to think about. Kids, moms, dads, grandparents, cousins, nieces and nephews, teachers, coaches, friends and neighbors not to mention the mail carrier, paper deliverer etc...etc...There's cooking and baking, decorating and wrapping, preparing and sharing. All of this takes place while the routine of daily life must go on.

The Importance of Strength Training

Have you noticed that women tend to be the "Cardio Queens" of exercise. Walk into any gym and there's a clear split, men are in the weight room and women are on the treadmills, ellipticals and bikes. Women typically don't like to do strength training for a few reasons.
1. They don't want to "bulk up" or look like a man
2. They don't know what to do with weights because no one ever showed them how. Sad but true.
3. Weight rooms, weight machines and free weights can be very intimidating.

A Survival Guide to Holiday Parties

 Thanksgiving Day officially kicks off the holiday season of shopping, parties, food and treats. But unlike the pilgrims who stored their harvest for the coming cold months when food was scarce we continue the food orgy of the holidays for an entire month or more. We give in all too often to the aromatic food and beverages scents that beckon us to indulge in the magic of the season…after all it only comes around once a year, right? These once a year indulgences give the average American a robust 2-5 lbs weight gain during this festive season.

Why the Scale LIES~Part 2

Why the Scale LIES~Part 2

Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it’s packaged with 3-4 pounds of water when it’s stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along with it’s associated water.