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  • Variety is the key for community group workout and food choices Apr 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Our 23 corporate and 13 park district teams can see the finish line, and they are cranking up their engines a bit further to bulldoze their way through to the end. While there are still challenges left to be conquered over the next few weeks of the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, these spirited teams are celebrating the triumphs they have gained along the way.

     
  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Fitness with Milton the Stapler Guy Apr 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Fitness with Milton the Stapler Guy.

     
  • Battle against bulge continues for community groups Apr 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Getting fit might have been a new initiative for many at the beginning of the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, but it appears to be old hat for them now. In fact, many groups report that making healthy lifestyle changes has become second nature. And one thing is for sure: With just a few short weeks to go, they are rallying together and preparing their troops for a battle against the bulge to the very end.

     
  • Fittest Loser contestants: Support keeps them on target Apr 21, 2014 10:41 AM
    It's Week 9 and the Fittest Losers reflect on the many people who have jumped on board their weight loss journey. The contestants are a strong bunch with an eagle-eye focus on reaching their golden numbers. But they will tell you that accomplishing such a feat is only possible because of their even stronger support systems helping them to stay the course.

     
  • Lifestyle changes are easier with supportive friends and family Apr 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Weight loss is typically a private effort, but freelance writer and substitute teacher Lisa Jones Townsel is glad that she widened her circle to allow in the support of others. She says there’s no way that she could’ve gotten this far without those who have mentally given me her arms to lean on, email space to rant, or simply just time to let her “be” when she was crabby and achy all over.

     
  • Community groups see highs and lows Apr 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    There are 23 corporate and 13 park district teams competing in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, and they are working feverishly to meet their goals. With just four weeks to go, these energetic groups continue to experience some incredible highs and a few disappointing lows. Nevertheless, they press on.

     
  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Arm candy Apr 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Arm candy.

     
  • Trainers laud competitors’ determination, work Apr 14, 2014 6:17 AM
    With just a month or so to go, the personal trainers at Push Fitness in Schaumburg are amping up their programs, devising new ways to motivate their Fittest Loser contestants and setting the stage for an all-out competition down to the wire. But most admit that their jobs are pretty simple, as their Fittest Loser challengers have success in their view; passion in their bones; and they are not about to give up, or give out.

     
  • Fittest Loser Challenge: Making positive changes Apr 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Tired of making cyclical mistakes, freelance writer and substitute teacher Lisa Jones Townsel continues to make the big and small changes needed to see the results she wants.

     
  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Jump around Apr 7, 2014 6:05 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Jump around

     
  • Community team members enjoy a positive week Apr 7, 2014 6:09 AM
    If last week (week 6) 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.

     
  • Temptations don’t manage to take her off track Apr 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    Our Fittest Loser finds that taking photos of tempting food, instead of eating them, helps keep her on track with her healthy eating.

     
  • The trials and tribulations of losing weight in the spotlight Apr 7, 2014 6:08 AM
    While the Fittest Loser contestants couldn't possibly get through this arduous 12-week challenge without the enormous support of family and friends, they run into a few naysayers from time to time. No, not the types who have wished them harm or totally squelched their stamina. It's just the little snide remarks that are said that they have had to push aside, or the people who remind them routinely of what they can't have along the way. It's Week 7, and the contestants are digging deep to stay strong and taking friendly encouragements and temptations in stride.

     
  • Community teams reach pivotal point in their journey Mar 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Week 6 marks a pivotal point for many of the corporate and community partners participating in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge. While they are all determined to see this contest through to the end, some have faced a few challenges mingled with their successes at this halfway mark.

     
  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Don’t sit. Just Dip Mar 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Don’t sit. Just Dip.

     
  • Emotional eating affects the scale Mar 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Week 6 was a deafening wake-up call for Our Fittest Loser. In her words: This has been a week of resisting temptation, especially because it was my sons' spring break. It’s a battle I thought I was winning until the scale tipped two pounds higher than last week. Good grief.

     
  • Fittest Loser halfway point: re-evaluating and recommitting Mar 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    It's the halfway mark of the Fittest Loser Challenge, the numbers on the scale were disappointing and the contestants know they have to dig deep to find what it takes to hang in there. But, on the plus side, the results of the past six weeks have far exceeded their expectations.

     
  • Pressing on, despite aches and pains Mar 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Boy, did I have a lot of rickety parts when I started the Fittest Loser Challenge. Now, five weeks into the Challenge, things are slowly improving. I am a bit stronger, I’m not as rickety and I have come to live with a multiplicity of surprise sore spots.

     
  • Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: 60 seconds of fitness Mar 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: 60-second fitness moves.

     
  • Feeling the burn: Contestants' sore muscles are a badge of honor Mar 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Two words, no three, describe a common bond between the contestants of the Fittest Loser Challenge during week 5: sore, sore muscles. While their bodies have become more accustomed to the stress related to pulling dead weights, pushing slightly lighter ones, running past their comfort zone and using their body weight to challenge themselves further, the results have been more than a few aches and pains. “Some pain during strength training, that's normal,” says Dr. Anthony M. Auriemma, medical director of Alexian Brothers Weight Loss Solutions with offices in Schaumburg and Bartlett.

     
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