June 23, 2014

silent ‘S’

This post has been a long time coming. It’s been stirring around in my head and my heart since September 19, 2013 at 6:42AM when I opened the email that changed the face of my business – and the course of my life – all wrapped up with the phrase “I’m sorry for the inconvenience […]

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May 18, 2014


Dear Woman Who Just Hung Up On Me; I hate that our conversation ended that way. I think that everybody has a superpower, and I’m pretty sure mine is an ability to smooth over just about any situation of conflict with diplomacy, good listening, and positivity. But our conversation this morning was like my kryptonite […]

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March 26, 2014

face for radio

There are those weeks, you know? The best of times, the worst of times, when you are walking around feeling half nauseous, but you’re not sure if it’s because of the awesome things, the awful things, or the stomach bug that is attacking the kid’s school like a plague. It’s a split-personality kind of week. […]

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March 17, 2014

tough love

I’m back at MyFitnessPal. I’ve said for years that when I track, I lose. But I have just never made myself keep up with tracking. Usually it’s because of an off day. How does one even log 6 beers and a bag of Ruffles without feeling like a total loser? But I’ve been doing some […]

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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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