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Staying on Track at Holiday Parties


By: Bridget Carlson, Senior Fitness Specialist

The holidays are right around the corner, extra treats and parties will be thrown into our schedules. Celebrating with friends and family is important and taking your mind off of tracking every single bite and sip is needed once in a while. The trick is to keep our nutrition splurges to every once in a while and not create a regular habit of indulging. Here are some tips to consider both when you are hosting a party and when you are attending a party.

Exercising with MS

By: Lindsey Ulrich, Fitness Specialist  

Extreme fatigue, chronic pain, major visual changes, cognitive and memory disruptions; any combination of these symptoms (but not limited to just these symptoms) can be part of everyday life for someone living with multiple sclerosis. 

Lifting to Lose


By: Kate Bendickson, Fitness Specialist 

Rewind a few years back to my freshman year of college. There was no doubt in my mind I wanted to study the wellness field. I was a three-season athlete during high school and my parents had always been great advocates of living a healthy lifestyle. Prior to college, I had heard countless stories of the typical freshman weight gain. I wasn’t worried. After all, I was studying wellness. This would be my area of expertise. However, I thought wrong! The new stress of college paired with never-ending cafeteria meals got the best of me. By Spring I was tipping the scale an extra 20 pounds. Embarrassed, uncertain and timid I knew I had to get myself back to ME.

Weekend Accountability


By: Bridget Carlson, Senior Fitness Specialist

Do you find yourself eating well and getting your workouts in during the workweek, then blowing it on the weekends? You are not alone. For many of us, the consistency of our workweek schedule makes it easier to get into a groove, find time for workouts, consume balanced meals on scheduled breaks and maybe even get to bed at a decent time. Not only does our schedule change over the weekend, but so does our mentality and motivation.  

My Trip Back to Fit

By: Anna Langston, Program Manager 

Welcome to a whole new you. A rounder, softer, less fit version of you. That’s how I felt after the birth of my second child in December 2015. A few small complications led to exercise restrictions for several months during my pregnancy. My active lifestyle as well as my body had gone through major adjustments over the past 39 weeks. This was quite a change from my first pregnancy; I gained less weight overall and lost it easily, and I exercised until I delivered. 

How Boxing Knocked Out My Stress


By Jenn Schuette, Senior Fitness Specialist 

In 2010, I was stressed, physically unhealthy and didn’t feel I had the resources to invest in myself. A friend brought me to a contact kickboxing class and I learned how boxing could combat all three of those stressors. 

Appreciate Your Ability

By: Emily Boettcher, Fitness Specialist 

Words that hold you back: can’t, should, won’t, never, unable, quit, no.

Words that take you somewhere: can, could, try, someday, able, yes.

Workouts are just as much a mental game as they are physical ability. It is easy to forget about accomplishments along the way and instead solely focus on what you have yet to achieve. Does your self-talk include “can’t”, “no” or “quit”? Constant comparisons or judgments limit your ability to take pride in accomplishments. Practicing self-gratitude allows you to better envision your end-result.

My Break-up with Facebook

By: Jacqui Bosquez, Fitness Center Program Manager 

You know you’ve thought about doing it. Limiting your time. Deleting the app from your phone. Or even, gulp, deactivating your Facebook account. I realized that although I don’t spend more than 20 minutes in the evening thumbing through my Facebook newsfeed, it usually leaves me rolling my eyes or feeling irritated. The initial idea came to me one day while I was mindfully washing dishes and reflecting on my day. I realized I could do something to eliminate a source of stress from my life. The choice was easy and obvious. I wiped the soap from my hands and removed myself from the Facebook grid with a few clicks. It’s been about six months now, and I’ve realized a few things.

Living with Skin Cancer-My Melanoma Story

By: Kae Mayer, Health Coach 

When I was growing up summers were spent playing outdoors from sunrise to sunset.  We, I mean my parents and I, really weren’t aware of the effects the sun was having on our skin.  We didn’t buy sunscreen and if we got burned we would use zinc oxide on our nose or put some aloe Vera on to soothe the sting.  I can remember getting sunburned during an afternoon at the swimming pool that would cause blisters on my shoulders.  That didn’t slow me down, I would just put a shirt on at the pool the next day to keep the sun out, or so I thought.

Love at First Bite

By: Stephanie Bates, Sr. Fitness Specialist – Jacksonville Medtronic
 My love for chocolate runs deep… but my love for DARK chocolate runs even deeper. Just the thought or taste of ANY chocolate product will put a smile on my face. You may have heard that chocolate can be good for you. It’s true, but not all chocolates are created equal…even the “good for your heart” dark chocolates may not be the best choice. Learn how to identify the ‘good’ from the ‘not so good’.