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Subtle Symptoms and Not So Subtle Disease

At first he had a subtle clue that something may be wrong, but he didn’t do anything about it.  “Almost everyone has had heartburn one time or another,” he thought.  But gradually it became worse.  He found that he could control it with over-the-counter pills, so it must not be something so bad.  Read More »

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The Chubby Chapters: Ten Pounds

I am down 10 pounds since I began this journey! I am pretty excited! Now, if I can only do that six more times…
OK, here’s the quick update since last time—NO BOOT! Also, I have started doing some short running exercises. Read More »

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The Chubby Chapters: The Accidental Workout

You’ve got to have new shoes when you begin a fitness program, right? Unfortunately, a boot is not what I had in mind.
I’m kind of a klutz. A few years ago, I tore my MCL skiing, I’ve broken my wrist while snowboarding, and now I just rolled my ankle, hence the boot. Read More »

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The Chubby Chapters: Staying on Track

If there was a missing person file for the Avera McKennan Fitness center, my name would surely be on it. When I began this blog, I was confident that I could jump in, workout and get fit without a problem. The thing I missed was that I forgot about all the things that happen in my life. Read More »

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Health Coaching: Allergies or Negative Tendencies?

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved camping and eating all the good food from the grill, especially the fish. But when I was about 16, I had an allergic reaction to both shrimp and salmon. It was awful; I developed hives, my throat swelled and my breathing was constricted. Read More »

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The Chubby Chapters: Starting a Journey to Fitness

Eight months. It seems so far away, but I know the time will fly by just as the last several years have. In June 2013, I will walk into the room at the Ramada in Mitchell, S.D. for my 30th high school class reunion (Go Kernels!), and I am dreading it. Read More »

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