Meet the Marketing/Digital Marketing Manager, Spencer Barber!

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A diagnosis of diabetes can feel like a death sentence.  I remember observing the faces of the participants in a diabetes education program, as the nutritionist described how to gain control of their blood glucose by controlling portions and by eating more nominally- processed foods and fewer sweets, sugary beverages and processed baked goods.

“Changing your lifestyle may feel like a lot of work, but when you consider the health consequences of diabetes, it’s worth the time and effort,” she explained. Although the participants were aware of the need to make changes, I sensed that many of them questioned their ability to do it.  Why? Because many of them translated the successful management of diabetes to mean dieting, deprivation and giving up the foods they enjoyed.

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From observing Brenna, I felt she was a trainer who would challenge me. When I began working with her, I was looking for some new ideas to add into my workout routine.  I did not anticipate what a huge positive effect she would make not only to my fitness regimen, but also to my overall health.  She has provided lots of new, interesting exercises that I have incorporated into my workouts. In addition, she educated me on how to construct workouts that are impactful and time-efficient.  I have always been dedicated to working out.  With Brenna’s help, I am now more organized and productive.

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My name is Lena Hartlage and since January of 2017, I have lost over 80 pounds and more than 30% of my starting body fat percentage!  My weight has been an issue I’ve battled my whole life- from the 3rd grade when I wasn’t allowed in a club because there was a weight restriction; to a college graduate struggling to find professional clothes for a plus-sized woman.  Dieting and exercising to lose weight have been a part of my life since I was a teenager.  Each time I would have a small amount of success followed by gaining the weight back and then some.

When I made the decision a little over a year ago, to finally commit to improving my health, I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve ever made.  It has been a rough year, each day with new challenges and obstacles, but between the support of my loved ones and my own determination, I have achieved success. 

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Yoga has become more prevelant in popular culture over the past few years, with many studios and yoga-related brands popping up.  Yoga is now recommended by many physicians as a healthy practice for both men and women.  However, when you look at the yoga community, it is disproportionately female.  This may be because most men think it's only for women.

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Does the word, ‘cardio’ just sound awful, time consuming, maybe even dreadful to you? There are many people out there who hate doing cardio because they find it to be boring, time consuming, or monotonous. I have even heard people say, “Ugh, alright time for me to go hit the treadmill for an hour for cardio.” If you are one of these people, listen up because I have some news for you that will change your whole mind set about cardio!

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The New Year is fast approaching and people all over the world will start setting new goals and resolutions to achieve in the New Year. Resolutions usually die out and rarely last long term. Form steady habits now to avoid short term resolutions later. 

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Life is way too short to be wasted on things you do not enjoy or on things that don’t light a fire under your rear end. Why not get excited about living every single day. Find a passion that lights up your life; whether that is your family, funding a charity, training for a race, studying a certain subject, cancer research, playing an instrument, arts and crafts, etc. Find something that lets you be greater and that lets you help others.

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"Let’s all take a second to think about the patterns and routines we fall into with our workouts… do you have a specific cardio machine you go to nearly every time you walk through the gym doors? Has it gotten to the point where if somebody is on “your” machine, it makes you downright angry? Doesn’t everybody know that the elliptical on the far left is yours?!

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Milestone's membership team includes three great membership advisors.  We are honored to know them and thankful for their genuine connections with new and long-time members.  You probably see them around the building, but may not have had the chance to really get to know them.  To learn more about their professional and personal backgrounds, as well as their favorite aspects of working at Milestone, read their stories here!

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