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Body By YOU

Posted on December 31, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2013, I sought input from friends and family for a name to brand my personal training/wellness coaching business. Body by Jan and Fit Schmidt Fitness Training were two finalists among several similar suggestions. But both directed too much focus on me, rather than my mission. I wanted to help my clients get where they wanted to go, much like my blue bicycle had done for me for many years. As 2018 dawns, the Blue Bicycle brand has become something bigger, but the overall mission remains the...

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Finish Strong

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

You may not know of Shalane Flanagan, but she made history in this year's New York City Marathon. She took the lead 23 miles into the 26.2 mile race and finished strong, becoming the first American woman in four decades to win. It took mental toughness, family support and self care in the form of training, nutrition, and rest to get her to the top of that podium. You say that you're not a world class athlete? Maybe not, but you can still finish strong in 2017. 


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Whole 30 September Challenge

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I was pushed into this program by an arthritic knee. That achy knee qualified me to participate in a study that included bloodwork measuring my A1C and fasting glucose. I was surprised when both came back slightly higher than normal. Type II diabetes runs in my family, but I exercise several hours each week and am not overweight. At the same time as that was grabbing my attention, several members at Blue Bicycle were expressing interest in taking the Whole 30 Challenge.

The ...

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Eggs & Cholesterol

Posted on April 15, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

For decades we heard that eating eggs would raise our cholesterol levels. This was based on an assumption that if you ate an egg yolk containing 300mg of cholesterol, then your body would send that directly to your bloodstream to clog up your arteries. We now know that what affects cholesterol levels isn't quite as simple as this. Since we are in a weekend where eggs are traditionally consumed I am sharing exerpts from a blog post from Precision Nutrition coach Helen Kolias. Check it out. It ...

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What Super Bowl 51 Can Teach You About Your Fitness Routine

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes, someone else can say it better. This blog was originally posted by The Abs Company.  The author shows us how game winning strategies from the Superbowl are relevant to anyone striving to reach a goal:  http://theabscompany.com/abs-company/super-bowl-51-can-teach-fitness-routine/

This past Sunday we witnessed what will perhaps go down as the greatest Super Bowl of all time! Going into the game the stakes couldn’t have been higher. Not only was the world ...

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Are We There Yet?

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (522)

Growing up, our family vacations meant loading the car up with camping gear and heading west for the Rockies. Anticipation would build as we crossed into "Colorful Colorado" until we could see the first hint of our destination. The outline of the mountains would appear low on the horizon while still far away, slowly becoming more prominent with each passing mile. Reaching the front mountain range made it all seem real, with the roughening terrain, curvier roads and the first aspens. Yet our d...

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Wayman's Gym

Posted on July 30, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Wayman was one of the first people I met when I started teaching a T-Th morning class at BENE-FIT Health and Fitness back in 2004. I soon learned that he and I shared a love of bicycling and later a love of painting. Over the years as nearly everyone else who worked there moved on, he remained a fixture. From a fitness standpoint he set the bar high for active aging, not only cycling, but playing tennis and being that "old guy" who would jump into a Kickboxing class and make everyone else kee...

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Time Marches On

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Dad's time on this earth ran out on April 21st.  In the week that followed, it was a struggle to get anything done.  Feelings of grief and loss crowded out the more pressing things on my agenda.  It was as if my heart was telling me to take a break, to step back and reset before moving forward in a world where he is no longer physically present.  

Dad's passing reminds me that the greatest thing we have in this life is time. Perceived shortages or excesse...

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Letting Myself Go

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This was written by Lisa Bloom.  Shared with permission:

Letting Myself Go

As she walked into the room, the two other women huddled closer. They didn’t notice me, I was just a child. I heard them say it. I wasn’t sure I understood what they meant but I never forgot the words.


“She’s really let herself go”.


I asked my mother later.

What did they mean.

Why did they say that.


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Take a leap in 2016?

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Here we go...another blog on how 2016 will be the year to get fit, eat healthy, get organized and optimized. Why bother? How many resolutions make it past the end of January? It's easy to be cynical when we ring in a new year with a list of resolutions that look like a recycled version of last year's list. Yet we feel something deep within us that sa...

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