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  • Determined Fittest Loser participant turns life around 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 weird thing was that it felt almost effortless. I felt energized, not exhausted. It’s a far cry from where I started the Fittest Loser journey a little more than three months ago.

     
  • She's savoring 'incredible, life-changing gift' May 6, 2013 5:00 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 cringe a little and wonder what the heck I was thinking. (Except the ex-smoker part. That was a good choice.) But that's all changed.

     
  • Becoming fit has been a real education Apr 29, 2013 6:05 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 was leading the boot camp, asked me if I was having fun. "Yes," I told him. And I was being honest.

     
  • Sacrificing certainly no fun, but it's worth it 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 (Fair point. I expected me to be more whiny, too.) "How are you staying so cheerful about it all?"

     
  • She has a new-found love — spinach Apr 15, 2013 5:00 AM
    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 three stores, and I can't find it." I can't be without spinach. I eat a lot of spinach.

     
  • Show of support 'both wonderful and humbling' Apr 8, 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, well, pretty much everyone I know during the past couple of months, this whole Fittest Loser journey of mine would've ended after about six hours, probably with me rolling around in a pile of Oreos, swearing I'd never set foot in a gym ever again.

     
  • Being klutzy no longer a reason to avoid gym Apr 1, 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, since stupid never-ending winter doesn't allow us to go hiking or ride bikes. So on a whim the other day, I bought a pair of boxing gloves and focus mitts. I've done some boxing during Saturday morning boot camps at Push Fitness, and it was so much fun! Brian seemed interested in giving it a try, so what the heck, I thought. It'll be fun! It'll help us get fit! And what could possibly go wrong?

     
  • Simple approach the best option when eating out Mar 25, 2013 3:23 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 choices when eating out from my trainer, Push Fitness owner Joshua Steckler, when we had lunch at Muscle Maker Grill — a fast casual-type restaurant with a variety of healthy choices.

     
  • Progress has her making new plans for the future Mar 18, 2013 6:00 AM
    Six weeks ago, I was asking one of my bosses for time off at the beginning of May so I could attend the Fittest Loser finale celebration. He asked me if I had any other plans for that time, and I told him I was going to sleep late and eat pizza and Cheetos every day. We laughed about it, but I wasn't kidding. That actually was my plan six weeks ago. I can proudly say that's no longer the plan.

     
  • Changing approach to workouts, nutrition takes practice Mar 11, 2013 10:36 AM
    I know I'm supposed to be updating you on my Fittest Loser journey, and I will. But first, indulge me for a minute, OK? I'm going to tell you a quick story about something else that's a big part of my life: design.

     
  • She's surviving demanding boot camp Mar 4, 2013 5:00 AM
    There was a time not very long ago when I thought going for a stroll every few days constituted proper exercise. HA! I was so deluded. I now work out seven days a week. I work out three days with my trainer, Josh, at Push Fitness. I hit the treadmill — either at home or at the Mount Prospect Park District — three days per week. And on the seventh day, there's Push Fitness boot camp.

     
  • Trainer's approach is just what she needs Feb 25, 2013 11:49 AM
    Whenever I'd hear "personal trainer," I'd immediately think of Louis Gossett Jr. in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and picture being screamed at while I do push-ups or other equally awful calisthenics in the rain.Working with a personal trainer was definitely both the coolest and most terrifying prospect of the whole Fittest Loser journey.

     
  • This picky eater discovering all kinds of new foods Feb 25, 2013 11:55 AM
    As my trainer, Josh Steckler, explained the contents of Push Fitness eating plan booklet to me, I kept waiting for him to get to the page with the pasta and bread. Bad news, Mel. There isn't one. The diet is pretty much gluten-free. “Uh oh. This is going to be a problem,” I thought to myself.

     
  • Getting healthy a huge motivation, even if it means no grilled cheese Feb 19, 2013 12:10 PM
    The first time anyone asked me about taking part in the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser was last fall, and it was great timing. I had just been to a memorial service for a woman who'd died after a long illness. She wasn't all that much older than me, which obviously got me thinking about my own health and mortality.

     
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