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Oct 09 2015 | 11:41 am - We spent one hour — no more, no less — roaming around Mount Prospect, photographing things that caught my eye, photographing the obvious and the obscure, the big things and small, but all identifiable to Mount Prospect.
Jun 13 2013 | 11:34 am - Brian Peters actually smiles when he talks about pushing hundreds of pounds across the floor using a heavy sled during his workouts. "It's kind of horrible, but it's really effective," said Brian, who just finished his sophomore year at St. Viator...
May 16 2013 | 7:14 pm - On a recent day off from work, I accidentally walked 12 miles. You read that right: 12 miles. Accidentally. I had some errands to run; when I returned home, the weather was gorgeous and I couldn't resist taking some laps around the neighborhood. The...
May 03 2013 | 11:14 am - It's hard to believe how much things have changed since I started this Fittest Loser journey three months ago. I was a sedentary 44-year-old ex-smoker whose diet was mostly grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen pizza. Looking back actually makes me...
Apr 26 2013 | 11:36 am - During Fittest Loser boot camp on a recent Saturday morning, I did a whole bunch of sit-ups. I didn't keep count, but I'm pretty sure it was probably about 76 kajillion. Somewhere around the 50 kajillion mark, Push Fitness trainer Wade Merrill, who...
Apr 22 2013 | 1:03 pm - A friend of mine — who lives out of state but has been keeping up with my progress by reading my columns — asked me a funny question the other day about my Fittest Loser journey. "I really expected you to be a lot more whiny," she said...
Apr 12 2013 | 3:10 pm - There was very nearly a food emergency at my house last week. While I was at work one night, I got a troubling text message from the boyfriend, who was picking up a few groceries: "Is there a baby spinach shortage I don't know about? I've been to...
Apr 08 2013 | 8:33 am - If it takes a village to raise a child, then I'm pretty sure it takes a small city to lose weight and get fit. Or at least it certainly has in my case. Let me assure you: If it wasn't for the incredible amount of support I've been getting from,...
Apr 01 2013 | 2:41 pm - To paraphrase one of my favorite fictional characters of all time — GOB Bluth from "Arrested Development" — I've (maybe) made a huge mistake. My boyfriend, Brian, and I have been trying to figure out ways to add activity to our days off,...
Mar 24 2013 | 11:58 pm - The past few weeks have been a little stressful. It's been a stressful time for a whole variety of reasons, but none that are earth-shattering or tragic. Just the usual good and bad kinds of stress everybody deals with at some point. In my case?...