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Community team members enjoy a positive week

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  • Members of Itasca Park District's iFit Squad attended a nutrition workshop at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg.

    Members of Itasca Park District's iFit Squad attended a nutrition workshop at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg.

By Lisa Jones Townsel

If last week represented a bit of a lull for some of our corporate and community partners in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, this week made up for it.

There was more optimism in the air this time around. Team members are seeing results and feeling like there is more to gain than a number on the scale.

Prinova USA's Team Whey To Go kept active this week. They participated in track and field workouts, jogged on their own, took spin classes, zumba and spent time swimming. Some worked out with family. Others tried new machines. And the results included weight loss, greater endurance and smaller pant sizes to boot. Their mantra this week: "You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You choose!"

WINGS Program, Inc.'s Team WOWW pulled no punches this week. Almost daily, members ran and walked on their own. Some did weight circuits or took intense workout classes and admitted to feeling some soreness.

Members worked out together for 20 minutes this week and then ate a healthy lunch as a team. One reported experimenting with curbing mealtime by 8 p.m., and others are working to fit exercise time into their routine and curb caffeine consumption.

It's been a good week for Marianjoy's Mission Slim Possible team.

Members report that they are not as sluggish as they've been in past weeks. They credit the energy surge to healthier food choices that have impacted their lives and their outlook. Moreover, members continue to swap helpful fitness strategies and to support one other through the week's high and low points.

Members of JourneyCare's Team Mojo are feeling more mentally alert and say they have greater strength and flexibility these days. They've also noticed improved muscle tone and better posture and say that family and friends are even taking note. The result of such positive changes has been a stronger, more confident group. Some say they can do more push-ups now, and they've made conscious decisions about healthy eating and exercise.

GOA Regional Business Association's Fat Bottom Girls are in full swing. They are losing weight, and say they are looking forward to warmer days to get outdoors and burn more calories.

Itasca Park District's iFit Squad did not relent this week. Members kept active by attending group fitness classes, like boot camp and weekend warrior sessions. Some attended a nutrition workshop at Whole Foods Market, about which one member commented: "The class made me more cognizant about what I am eating." During the week, members had their body fat calculated, and to their delight they -- and others -- have started to see significant changes in their body shape.

• Community teams are judged on the total amount of weight lost, as well as their participation in events and team spirit, based on online voting and Facebook participation.

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