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Angela Daniels: From depressed to unstoppable

11828699_891943230887944_5438138939803882871_n   Angela Daniels is someone who has a lot in common with many people out there who want to get fit, but just don’t feel they have what it takes to do it. Before joining Boomer Fitness, she was lost, depressed, and unhappy with herself and her body. She also, like many others, had no energy and always felt tired. She was also taking several medications per day, dealing with stress, and had had knee surgery on both knees. While it may have seemed like she was down for the count, she made an important decision. Since leaving the military, where she was physically fit, she felt she had let herself go, and to add to it she was living off of an extremely poor diet. She was also someone who was always looking for a quick fix to help her lose the weight. Yet that quick fix solution never came through, so she started working out regularly. The decision that Angela made that was so important was in joining Boomer Fitness. She was ready to start working out and trying to get back closer to the condition she was once in ...
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Shania Woods: From outsider to success story

10525845_955944894476074_1427102767854544577_n Before Shania Woods joined the Boomer Fitness New Year Revolution, her life seemed difficult. She was at a point in her life where she wanted to do something to better her health and fitness, but she didn’t know what exercises she should be doing to get her body into better shape. She also found that the motivation she needed was sorely lacking at other gyms, usually leaving her to feel like an outsider in the fitness world. Coming into the Boomer Fitness New Year Revolution Plan, Shania was frustrated with her legs and stomach the most. Those were the areas she was the most self-conscious about and wanted to target to change. She felt like she couldn’t wear the clothes she wanted to wear, because she was afraid that others would judge the way she looked harshly. Making matters worse, Shania also felt hopeless, because she couldn’t seem to lose the weight she wanted to lose. She was exercising on her own, but just wasn’t seeing the results and was feeling as though she’d never be able to improve her fitness level. Her goals were something she shared with most people, ...
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Top 10 Traits of Boomer Fitness Boot Campers and Personal Fitness Clients

Top 10 People often ask me what it is that helps the Boomer Fitness Campers to be so successful. They wonder how my personal fitness clients do so well. This is a good question, but the answers may surprise you because it is honestly more about what they are doing than what we are doing. It’s all about the mindset they walk through the door with and maintain on a daily and weekly basis. That makes all the difference! Here the top 10 traits that I find Boomer Fitness Boot Campers and personal fitness clients have: The clients I work with realize that this is a lifestyle. It’s not a temporary fix or a be all and end all. This is something they will need to stick with for the long haul. They realize that our goals are to be healthy, but that you don’t achieve it overnight. You do it by having smaller goals that you reach throughout your life. They don’t allow fear to rule them. Rather, they look their fears in the face and do it anyway. Maybe your starting point will be horrible. You may be overweight and ...
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Angel Bowman’s Journey to Fit and Fabulous

10500586_10206382654558424_4487841666614614611_n 11751865_10206376430362823_3077667762518704802_n Angel Bowman started out like most people in her fitness journey. She knew she wanted to be healthier and wanted to work on losing some weight, as well as have better nutrition habits. But she wasn’t sure what to do to make all of this happen. And when you are lost not knowing exactly where to start to work toward the goals you want to reach, you may feel like the little bit of effort you are putting into it isn’t paying off or is a waste of time. “I felt I was spinning my wheels on my own, not getting anywhere,” says Angel. “Now I know how to live healthy and get fit, thanks to Boomer’s.” When Angel started coming to Boomer Fitness, that’s when things changed for her. She knew she wanted to lose what she called her “linebacker shoulders” and address the butt that she felt was too flat. At Boomer Fitness, she was able to learn what she needed to do in order to meet her fitness and nutrition goals. We devised a workout plan that was customized ...
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Megan: Taking it to a whole new level

11109810_855019231213422_5877987311260424512_n Before Megan joined Boomer Fitness, she was the type of person people would look at and think was healthy and in shape. But she knew she wasn’t doing a whole lot to improve on that or even put in an effort to keep it going. She had been considered fit or thin by those who knew her best, but she always knew herself that she could be in better shape and live a healthier lifestyle than she was. When she looks back on what she had for breakfasts, for example, she started her day out with sometimes eating one and sometimes not. Her lunch was often followed up in the same way, with a hit or miss manner, and dinners prior to 2011 often came out of a box. Healthy eating was something she knew about, but wasn’t putting in the effort to pull off or make a priority. When it came to exercising, she wasn’t active on a regular basis. She kept up with her two children, but she didn’t do things like run, lift weights, or stretch. They just were not a part of her life at that time. ...
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Stay Fresh and Local at the Farmers Market

iStock_000010147416XSmallWhen you live in the city, it’s easy to take some things for granted. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are sort of a thing of the past, with a few minor exceptions. Can you imagine how your great grandparents might react if they knew they could get fresh fruit in the middle of December? It’s easy to take that kind of access to fresh food for granted. But we lose something when we 24/7 access. Don’t get me wrong, I recognize how blessed we are to have access to food whenever we need, but there’s something special about knowing that peaches will be ripe this month, or knowing that those green tomatoes are going to be turning red any day now. The anticipation of knowing fresh food was coming up made it taste that much sweeter when it finally did become available. That’s why I love local farmers markets. You get to see locally made products, meet new people, and most importantly, be exposed to fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables. While you can get relatively fresh food at any supermarket, you can find freshly picked, locally produced fruits and vegetables that was likely grown ...
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Catching some Z’s: Why Sleep is Important

iStock_000000479476XSmallI don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a lot of my nights seem to be getting shorter and shorter as time goes by. It seems like as soon as I fall asleep, it’s time to get back up and start a brand new day. Most days, I’m excited to get up! But some days, it doesn’t feel like I’ve gotten enough rest. Sometimes I hit that snooze button to catch just a few more minutes of sleep before headed out. Sound familiar? If you’re like nearly half of the US population, it might. A study by Gallup recently discovered that around 40% of all Americans aren’t getting a healthy amount of sleep. This means there’s a lot of drowsy people out there. Sleep is VERY important when it comes to your health. Without it, we run out of energy, and our brains just can’t keep up with the world around us. Check out a few reasons why you need your beauty sleep: Sleeping recharges your Brain – Have you ever had one of those days were you just can’t seem to focus? Or maybe you are presented with a problem, and ...
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Apples, Pears, Plums… Can I Enjoy It?

Apple, pear, tape and glucometerI love it when my clients get excited. Not just about fitness, either! I love hearing about what my clients are up to outside of the immediate realm of fitness, whether it’s hobbies they enjoy, weekend plans they are looking forward to, or just daily updates. One client of mine, Jon, has been telling me all about the fruit trees he has planted in his backyard. He is stoked that his micro orchard, if you can call five trees and orchard, are going gangbusters. Despite the heat, the trees have been producing a lot of fruit, and it looks like he has a lot of dishes that include apples, plums, and pears in his immediate future. You can see where I’m going with this, right? I bet you can! During the late summer, a lot of fruit starts to make its way to the market. I see a lot of independent entrepreneurs on street corners selling fresh apples, pears, plums, peaches, and cherries. As a chef, it’s a great time to take advantage of seasonal foods. Now for the most part, fruits seem to get a bad rap at ...
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One Down, Nineteen to go!

newspapersI don’t know about you, but as a kid, I LOVED the Sunday comics. It was something to look forward to as you enjoyed your cereal, toast, and orange juice in your pajamas before headed to church. Some were known for slapstick humor. Others sometimes had a hidden joke you don’t really understand as a kid. And some made you think just as much as they made you laugh. I used to bypass the complex ones and went for slapstick most of the time, but tastes change as you grow up. Today, I still enjoy reading reading the funny pages. Most of the strips are fairly light on material, but every once in a while I’m surprised by the kind of message you can pack in a a few panels. In fact, I’ve been following  a particular story comics this last week, in a strip called Luann. You might be familiar with the strip that follows the social lives of young adults around the highschool/college age. Most of the stories revolve around the title character, Luann, but many secondary characters take center stage from time to time. Luann usually has some good stories, ...
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Walk and be happy! Walk and be healthy!

Detailed view of a sprinter in the starting blocksTake a look down at your feet. You’ve seen them thousands of times before, they’re nothing terribly special, you might think. Most of us try to hide them in socks or shoes, but today, humor me and take a good look at them. Most people have five toes on each foot, ranging in different sizes and lengths. Each foot has a heel, most have an arch. They might tend to get tired after a long day of use, and sometimes you might want to put them up on a pillow and give them a rest. Just feet. Nothing too special, right? I have another history lesson for you, but this one goes back much farther than my previous blog about the Revolutionary War. Way back when humans were still just getting their bearings in the world, we had very little modes of locomotion. Eventually, we would learn to tame quadrupeds like horses and camels, but for most of us, travelling came down to two things: you feet. And believe it or not, we traveled quite a bit on our two feet! Anthropologists estimate that early humans ...
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