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Images: An Hour in Mount Prospect

Oct 09 2015 | 10:41 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.

Children starting to work with personal trainers

Jun 13 2013 | 10:34 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...

Determined Fittest Loser participant turns life around

May 16 2013 | 6:14 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...

She's savoring 'incredible, life-changing gift'

May 03 2013 | 10:14 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...

Becoming fit has been a real education

Apr 26 2013 | 10:36 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...

Sacrificing certainly no fun, but it's worth it

Apr 22 2013 | 12:03 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...

She has a new-found love — spinach

Apr 12 2013 | 2:10 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...

Show of support 'both wonderful and humbling'

Apr 08 2013 | 7:33 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,...

Being klutzy no longer a reason to avoid gym

Apr 01 2013 | 1:41 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,...

Simple approach the best option when eating out

Mar 25 2013 | 2:23 pm - You've committed to a healthier lifestyle. You're exercising, you're eating well — you're doing everything right. Then BAM! Friends or co-workers want to go out for dinner. What to do? I recently got a hands-on lesson on how to make good...

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