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January 2011

  • InDiet and Exercise

    Personal Training Giveaway

    It’s January 31st. How many of you resolved to get fit in 2011? Did you make a New Year’s resolution that has gone by the wayside already?

    This post marks Part 1 in an ongoing series on weight loss. This series will not be in continuous posts, rather I’ll re-visit it occasionally because of the broad range of info I’d like to cover.

    So why in the world has it taken me over a year to write on this topic? Weight loss, overall look and fit of clothing works in so well with what I’m trying to teach women.

    It’s a rather lofty goal and difficult to do justice to this topic in a series of blog posts. There is a great deal of info out there.  Nearly every woman I know wants to lose weight/inches or feel more fit. So here we go.

    Rather than hit all the diet programs on the market, we’re going to start with one of the basic components we all know: If you want to be fit, you must move! I know, the dreaded E word: EXERCISE!! Research tells us that exercise and caloric intake are the keys to weight loss. Strength training–even lifting light weights can fight against osteoporosis and heart disease. Muscle burns fat. But are all the facts we’ve read in recent years enough to get you off the couch?

    I’d like to introduce personal trainer, Connie Oljar. I’ve worked out with Connie off and on for a number of years. I first met her at Bally’s Fitness where she worked with clients. A good friend introduced us and together we worked in a group. I’ve worked with a group of 2 and 3 and also individually.

    Our local Bally’s closed and Connie moved to her home where she converted her garage into a work-out facility.


    Why a personal trainer? I hear women say… “I know what I need to do.” I’m famous for saying that myself. But the bottom line is, I don’t. If you’re like me, I need a push. I need someone to think of different things for me to do so I don’t become bored. I have worked with other trainers, but quite honestly I got tired of doing the same things. Connie is VERY creative with workout routines. I rarely remember doing the same thing twice. She always puts a different twist on it and she has a knack for coming up with exercises with the Bosu ball that work so many muscle groups simultaneously. You will work hard, but you will feel and see the results. I took a break from training for a while and got “talked” into the Pilates reformer class. While I still believe this has merit, I kept saying, “I need more resistance. It has to be harder!” Simply said, I was used to Connie’s work outs. It seemed too easy and I didn’t really feel like I was working certain muscle groups.

    I wish I could say that was ME in the photos. It is NOT. A big thanks to Connie’s client Charli for being a good sport about being photographed.

    If you are local, you do not want to miss out on this great Giveaway. Make a comment and you will be entered for FOUR FREE SESSIONS! ($120 value) Contest ends Thursday, February 3 at 9 PM PST

    Our lucky winner will be announced in my Friday post ALONG with a special for all Style by Karen readers. If you would like more details on Connie’s location, open training times and any other info, please contact her at

    When the timing is right, I will be back and I can’t wait. Even if you are not interested in this Giveaway right now, I would still love to hear your experiences with exercise and training. Is it hard to even fit a walk in a couple of times a week? Does the sight of a weight bench make you cringe? Remember, your comment may be helpful and encouraging to someone else.

  • InFashion Tips

    My Journey to Personal Stylist

    I know that many of you read the blog to receive advice. When I started writing, I also wanted to reach an audience of “fashionistas”. Fashion savvy women like reading information that confirms they are doing it all right. They like to offer opinions occasionally. I embrace this and enjoy it. Has the…

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  • InStore Reviews

    It’s a New Talbots!

    Congratulations to Dawn, comment #10 the winner of the fun Brighton umbrella from ACCENTUATE! Accentuate is a small women’s boutique located in Camas, Washington. I work there part-time. If you live in the area, I’d love to have you visit the store. If you would still like one, please CONTACT me. The umbrellas sells for…

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