February 4, 2014


I’m writing this with The Biggest Loser finale playing in the background. This show is big news where I live right now. One of the contestants is local, and since being eliminated, he’s been working out at the gym where I worked before opening trio. I’ve met him. He is nice and personable and is […]

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February 3, 2014

serious business

Today’s pick from the mailbag: “Please discuss your ‘experience’ opening and running a successful business.” Which is funny because even though Sam and I have been branding our business for 2 years, our studio is scarcely 6 months old. And I have no idea, really, if we’re successful. It depends on how you define success, […]

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January 20, 2014

ask mrsfatass

My first job working in a gym was about a gazillion years ago when I was in college. I was the Party Coordinator at Lakeshore Athletic Club in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. My job was in birthday party planning for the children of club members – and without the benefit of a Zumba […]

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January 1, 2014

brand! new! you!?

So it’s the first day of the new year and this resolution business is already making me cranky. Well, it’s not the actual act of making a ‘resolution’ that I don’t like. I totally get why the first of the year makes people want to get started on so many new things. It’s kind of […]

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December 22, 2013

the season

I have had a lot few sleepless nights this week, laying in the dark blinking at the ceiling trying to get my arms around the fact that it’s almost  January. Back when trio was actually a trio, last Spring when we were strategizing and planning and birthing our baby, several times we commented about just […]

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November 4, 2013


Dear Mrs Fatass, My fat ass misses your fat ass. You used to write – things that touched me, things that were vulnerable, things that made me snort with laughter. Then something dark happened, and you alluded to it, but you didn’t elaborate, and you became silent. Cautious. Reticent. I just want you to know, […]

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September 13, 2013

tiny dancer

Dear Thing Two; Last year we had your ears pierced for your birthday. You were nervous, but so very excited to get to wear earrings like a big girl. I picked you up from school and took you to lunch and the pictures you drew on the placemat was full of designs that you wanted […]

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August 26, 2013


My biggest struggle in losing the 50 pounds that I’ve wanted to lose since beginning this here blog four years ago isn’t a lack of knowledge about how to do it. It isn’t because I have no resources or that I think that tracking or eating right is too hard. It isn’t because I battle […]

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August 21, 2013


Waking up last Wednesday morning at 4:30 to get the car packed up for our trek to Florida, I kept thinking that what I needed more than five days of Zumba® Fitness classes was five days of rest. My body had been taking a beating in the classes I was teaching, my brain was tired […]

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August 15, 2013


This is happening…

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