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One topic I find several of my fellow mom bosses asking me about is how to handle their retirement savings when they own their own business or how to incorporate the earnings from their “side hustle” into their retirement savings plan. I know far too many brilliant and talented women doing Plexus, LipSense, other multi-level marketing endeavors, photography, and Etsy shops who aren’t saving money for retirement. Many of them who aren’t in a traditional work environment may not realize they should be paying into Social Security, or may be underreporting income, ultimately reducing their available Social Security benefit. I was recently talking with a friend who is a successful #MomBoss about how she handles her retirement savings, and she mentioned she hadn’t even considered it for her income. Let’s discuss some scenarios to help you prepare for a successful future: Saving in Your Husband’s 401(k) Plan Almost everyone should be saving a minimum of 10-15% of what they make in order to ensure they’re set up for retirement. If your spouse is working, they may be saving in their 401(k) plan and you may have discussed increasing their contributions to cover 10-15% of your earnings as well. However, with great success comes the downfall of this plan. Because there is a 401(k) deferral cap, two successful workers in a household could quickly reach that cap (for 2018, that limit is $18,500 or if you’re over 50, the limit is $24,500) and need to save more than the limit of using only the workplace plan would allow. This is especially tricky for mom bosses who earn substantially more than their partner, and for couples who are both high income earners, already pushing the limits of their saving allowances. Also, not every state splits a retirement plan 50/50 in the event of a break-up. During divorce or separation, if you’ve been putting your retirement savings into your spouse’s plan, that’s in their name, are you protected? Considering a Spousal IRA As long as one person in your family has taxable compensation and you file a joint return, you may be eligible to contribute to a Spousal IRA (Individual Retirement Account). This may be a good option for the #MomBoss who needs flexibility and doesn’t bring home steady earnings the entire year. In years with large earnings, you could make the entire contribution with your earnings or extra incentive compensation, and in years where not as much comes in, you could supplement your contribution with money your spouse earned. Considering a Solo 401(k) If you’re self-employed but still want the opportunity to save for retirement in an employersponsored plan with higher contribution limits, a Solo 401(k) may be of interest. These plans are relatively easy to set up and avoid the complicated filings and testing (when the balance is less than $250,000) that traditional plans encounter. You can contribute to the account on your behalf and your business can also contribute, and if you are age 50 or older, you are allowed to make catch-up contributions. For more articles related to financial planning for the family, visit our blog at http://bit.ly/planforfamily.

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JANUARY 2018 PUBLISHER

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Angela Broockerd | Angela.Broockerd@LifestylePubs.com

Letter from the Editor HAPPY 2018! It’s the start of a new year, which, for me, always means considering what changes or goals I have for myself. I usually have several house projects on

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my list (which, unfortunately, tends to carry over sometimes from the previous year’s

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list), and I always have a few personal goals as well.

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Sometimes when looking back on my previous year, I feel like I fell short on what I wanted to accomplish. Life happens, and occasionally the things that I thought I needed to do or wanted to have time for just didn’t come to fruition. But, that's not always a bad thing. Now, I’m going to be really honest and say that my fitness goal was not reached (in the slightest), but other goals that I thought I wanted for myself morphed into something entirely different. I took on different projects that ended up being a lot of work, but well worth it. I also cut some activities out that ended up being a healthy thing, regardless of it being something I enjoy. It’s okay to divert from the things we think we really should accomplish or do because sometimes we don’t know what we need. We did something crazy as a family this winter that is not the norm for us. I have four very active kids ranging from age 8 to 15, and between my husband coaching soccer for three of my children and all of the other sports and activities that we are involved in on a regular basis, our schedule for the past several years has been packed full every day of the week year-round. My oldest is going to be gone to college in three very short years, so time is

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moving quickly, and we are too busy. We did the “unthinkable” and took the entire winter off from almost everything for all four children. It feels weird. It feels good and very refreshing. Initially, it was an adjustment to not have every weekend filled with games back to back all

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day, because I love watching my kids play sports, and they love playing. Even so, it has been nice to enjoy each other and is just what we needed, even if it is just for a season. Our January issue is dedicated to healthy living. We are sharing healthy lifestyle tips, some inspiring stories from people in our community and also what some around the

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city are doing to maintain health and wellness in areas of their life. Working on this issue has me inspired and ready to reset after a month full of holiday eating.   I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018! ALABAMA | ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | FLORIDA | GEORGIA | IDAHO ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MICHIGAN | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON | SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE | TEXAS | UTAH | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

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514 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO Proverbs 3:5-6 Johnson County Lifestyle™ is published monthly by Lifestyle Publications LLC. It is distributed via the US Postal Service to some of the Johnson County areas’ most affluent neighborhoods. Articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect Lifestyle Publications’ opinions. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without written consent. Lifestyle Publications does not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. Information in Johnson County Lifestyle™ is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.


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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2018

FEATURES 21 Rex Hudler Boundless Optimist, Life Enthusiast

26 Fit with Fire Local Firefighters Encourage Fitness with Community Classes

32 The Remedy is Faith Finding Strength Within

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38 Tips from a Dietician A Healthy Resolution for Weight Loss

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DEPARTMENTS 8

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Giving Back

38 Inspired By 42 Culinary Creations 45 Realty Report 47 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Parting Thoughts


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Holiday Luminary Walk Record-breaking crowds attended the annual Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. More than 2,800 hand-lit candles lined the paths and tens of thousands of holiday lights adorn the gardens. Guests visited with Santa, sang Christmas carols, listened to entertainment and enjoyed refreshments.

The OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K The sixth annual OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer 5K took place this past October. As usual, the day did not disappoint. The OVERRUN is a day of fun, support and hope for those touched by ovarian cancer, as well as those just learning about it. Save the date for October 21, 2018! 12

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City fitness community for the past four years. But, they have taken their rowing and strengthtraining experience to the next level with their new location at 3924 W. 69th Terrace, in The Village Shops at Prairie Village. Owner Jon Knopke partnered with Lenexa-based

Join Rex and Jennifer Hudler for a special night filled with fashion and fun — for a great cause.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018 6 p.m. at the Kansas City Marriott Muehlebach Downtown This event benefits the YMCA Challenger program, which provides children with special needs the opportunity to play sports, learn new skills, build confidence and make new friends.

Event highlights include: • Cocktails and dinner • Fashion show with Sports Radio 810’s Steven St. John as emcee • Runway models include Royals pitcher Jason Hammel, Chiefs longsnapper James Winchester, other local professional athletes and YMCA Challenger athletes • Live auction by the Nigro Brothers and silent auction • Live music from the band Dolewite

Dimensional Innovations to bring cutting-edge technology to the studio. The sleek designed WaterRower machines now have a touch-screen pad that rowers can track their stats on during class. The machines sync with a digital wall that displays a scene of water that moves as the class speed on the rower increases. There is also a leaderboard display and total class stats that help rowers push harder and stay on track. Health House worked with local architect KEM Studio to create a modern and luxurious lobby, locker rooms and child care room. Knopke wanted to create a space that you want to work out in and stay to hang out after.  “It is not just a workout, it’s a lifestyle and a community,” Knopke says. With a t.Loft juice, smoothie bar and healthy snack counter inside, this Health House is a onestop shop for healthy living.

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TEN YEARS AGO, I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN WRITING THIS. I was happy being paid a very nice salary to travel around and personally train one person. But then, that all changed. It’s a long story that I’m happy to go into detail about in person, but it starts with a car accident and me realizing I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. The middle of the story is the place where I found humility, and the close of this chapter is me significantly adapting my philosophy on training, relearning a lot myself and opening a gym where I employ trainers and coaches who are smarter than me to help people move smarter, better and the way they were meant to move.

BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, TIM? MOVING THE WAY, YOU’RE MEANT TO? Good question. Over time, and life, our bodies develop compensation patterns based on a lot of things like sitting at a desk, long-distance running without a stable pelvis, core or mobile ankles, or, if just one thing is off, any repetitive motion can do damage. Just imagine walking around day after day with one shoe on and one shoe off. Eventually, your body will adapt to this, but it’s not the natural way of moving right, so no doubt, discomfort and pain will soon follow. At our gym, the first thing we do is assess our clients for these compensation patterns. A lot of them come to us in pain or with reasons they are unable to run as far or lift as much as they could previously. We figure out what’s going on and then build workout programs based on getting the body to move naturally or right. This helps fix the compensation issues and results in them moving better, stronger and—a lot of times faster—than ever before.

REALLY? THIS IS RESULTS MONTH; I WANT RESULTS.

OKAY, SO MOVING RIGHT MIGHT ACTUALLY MATTER. HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M MOVING WRONG? If you have any of the following, you might be moving wrong: + Nagging joint pain that comes and goes.

That’s fair. One of our clients, Jessi Hamilton, came to us a 37-year-

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old former half-marathoner who was struggling to maintain endur-

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to. (She only told us this after a few months with us.) Six months later, she is running 4 to 5 miles on the three days a week she isn’t at the

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gym or resting, she can do a full pushup for the first time in her life,

your ankle mobility. Flex each knee toward a wall with your heels

and though this was not our goal, she lost 2 inches in her waist.

flat and toes 2-to-3 inches from the wall. If you can’t touch the

I like telling Mark’s story too. Here’s an ultra-competitive, very successful guy who liked training so much he decided to become

wall, there are plenty of activities you should avoid until you can. Everything (poor function and pain) moves upstream from there.

a coach; it was his side gig. Mark’s wife was also a coach who was

This month, we’re offering two free assessment workshops that

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intensity he got from his old gym, but with a workout he can fully

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GIVING BACK

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IT IS NOT EASY TO EXUDE EXCITEMENT, ENERGY AND PASSION SIMPLY THROUGH SPOKEN WORD, AND IT IS EVEN MORE CHALLENGING TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER DOING SO, BUT FOR REX HUDLER, THIS LINGUISTIC GIFT IS SECOND NATURE. For six years, Hudler has been one of the most spirited color commentators for the Kansas City Royals, and it is this same determination that has lead him to a life of community involvement. Even a simple conversation is animated. With Rex, it started early on. He naturally has a gift for all things sports, and with his mother's encouragement during high school, he decided to focus on baseball and football. His talent was recognized, and he was offered a scholarship to play football at Notre Dame. He was simultaneously sought after by the New York Yankees, and the Yankees won out, thus beginning a 21-year career in professional baseball. During this time, Hudler lived in every time zone and earned, as he would say, a “worldly degree” which helped him to transition smoothly into broadcast journalism with the Los Angeles Angels in 1988. He would continue for 11 years before his career hit a standstill. Hudler’s focus shifted completely to his family. His wife, Jennifer, a woman he describes as the perfect gift for him, and their four children enjoyed this time where he coached Little League and enjoyed everyday tasks. But all the while he prayed, asking God to find him a job, in broadcasting, which wassomething Hudler could not get out of his heart. In 2012, Kansas City called. "It was one of the greatest calls I got in my life," he says. "God’s timing is perfect and got me and my family here for a reason. It is a huge blessing in my life, and baseball is what opened the doors." As Hudler would describe, broadcast is not as easy as it may sound. Think, three hours of talking live and unedited for 162 games a season, but his time with the Royals appears to be a natural fit. He speaks highly of the Royals as well as the Greater Kansas City community making it easy for him to call Kansas City home. It is the interaction he has with the people, their passion for the city and the values of the heartland that he loves the most.  When Hudler and his wife’s son, Cade, was born with Down syndrome, Hudler saw this as an opportunity that God gave them to help other families like theirs. They became heavily involved in charitable organizations in Kansas City including the development of their own charity, Team Up for Down Syndrome, a nonprofit organization established to raise awareness to assist children and families with Down syndrome by raising awareness and providing support for local families. They are also longtime leaders in the YMCA’sChallenger program, a special organization within the Y providing opportunities for children of all abilities to play sports, get active, and meet new friends. On January 28,  one of the biggest fundraisers of the year, the Challenge Your Fashion fashion show, will be emceed by Hudler and his wife. It is a wonderful chance for sponsors to get out and continue their great mission as well as it gives each child a chance to shine, be applauded  and cheered upon while wearing fancy clothes. Hudler continues to zealously inspire his family and the community he loves while offering one universal message of adversity. "The biggest lesson I have learned is how to persevere: how to not give up, how to reach your goals, and how to become a successful failure," he says. You get kicked around. Be humbled, and don’t quit." For more information, visit TeamUpForDownSyndrome.org or KansasCityYMCA.org. Rex and Jennifer Hudler are co-chairs of this year’s Challenge Your Fashion event on Saturday, January 27, 2018. They have been longtime supporters of the Y’s Challenger program and Cade  has been a Challenger Athlete participating in a variety of sports. 22

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FIREFIGHTER FITNESS ARTICLE TAMMY RICHARDS | PHOTOGRAPHY JANIE JONES

FIT WITH FIRE

DUE TO THE PHYSICAL NATURE OF THE PROFESSION, MOST FIRE DEPARTMENTS REQUIRE THEIR PERSONNEL TO MAINTAIN A CERTAIN LEVEL OF FITNESS. Many departments go as far as requiring yearly physical fitness assessments, and

most allow crews time to work out while on duty. The Olathe Fire Department has both of these things in place, and have now extended some of their fitness routines into the community. While working as a firefighter at Olathe Fire Station 1, Capt. Paul Craft noticed that members of the crew all had individual fitness goals, but did not enjoy the same type of workouts.

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“I DEVELOPED A CIRCUIT-TYPE WORKOUT AND INCLUDED ALL DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXERCISES, WHICH WORKED THE ENTIRE BODY” CRAFT SAYS. “WE ENDED UP HAVING ALMOST 100 PERCENT BUY-IN AFTER A COUPLE OF WEEKS. PRIDE AND OWNERSHIP TOOK OVER, AND WE WERE HAVING A BLAST WORKING OUT TOGETHER.” Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid continually strives to find different ways for the fire department to engage the community. He was interested in taking the crew’s fitness class to the public. He became aware of a program that the University of California, Davis Fire Department was offering students that combined traditional CrossFit exercises with activities similar to firefighter training. Knowing that Craft, as well as Capt. Matt Britt were both ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified Peer Fitness Trainers and CrossFit Level 1 Trainers, DeGraffenreid shared the concept with them. “Chief wondered if we could expand on the idea and use it to become more involved within our own community," Britt recalls. “We could even find some potential applicants or future firefighters.”

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DeGraffenreid worked closely with the city of Olathe Parks and Recreation Department on the logistics and details. The class was designed as a six-week session that meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday at Olathe Fire Station 1. The class is open to anyone 18 years and older. Although workouts are modified to fit each participant's fitness level, they are not designed for beginners. Given the unique structure and location of the class, as well as a lack of comparable models, the two captains worked together to develop the workouts. “We have a different workout for every class, and all workouts have a fire service theme," Craft says. Each workout consists of traditional exercises combined with skills typical to those used on the fire scene, such as dragging training dummies and fire hose.

“THE WORKOUTS MIMIC THE MOVEMENTS AND MUSCLE GROUPS USED ON TYPICAL FIRE-GROUND SCENES—FOR EXAMPLE, CARRYING HEAVY EQUIPMENT SUCH AS SAWS AND LADDERS,” BRITT SAYS. Sandbags and heavy kettlebells are also used to simulate other firefighting tools and equipment. Currently, Britt and Craft teach all of the classes but hope to add more firefighters in the future. Ultimately the goal of this class is the same as any other fitness class: to get people in better shape and increase their quality of life. However, the benefits have gone far beyond that.

“THE GREATEST BENEFIT IS THE ABILITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO FEEL A PART OF THE OLATHE FIRE DEPARTMENT, BRITT SAYS. “THE CLASSES ARE ALL HELD AT THE FIRE STATION IN THE BAY, EXERCISING AROUND THE WORKING CREWS AND APPARATUS.” Craft adds, “the participants get to learn about health, fitness and their local fire department. We are truly building a partnership with these people. They become comfortable around the firefighters and begin to feel like family.” Overall, Fit with Fire has been successful in creating an additional way for firefighters to connect with the people they serve and protect on a daily basis. The next Fit with Fire class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, January 8-February 15. For more information or to register, visit OlatheKS.org and select Parks & Recreation under the Government tab.

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The Remedy is Faith

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N INTREPID EAGLE IS SAID TO SYMBOLIZE COURAGE AND STRENGTH. A gracious dove suggests hope, while a gallant nightingale denotes love. And it is the daring red cardinal that exemplifies faith. Poppy Zurcher has much in common with each of these birds as she is a woman who has defined her life’s trials with courage, strength, love and, most importantly, faith.

"Faith is the bird who sings while it is still dark." This quote is placed prominently on Poppy's "wall of love," a wall

that is sprinkled with reflections of meaningful people in her life, spiritual reminders of how far she has come and tokens from the many lives she has touched. Poppy is a woman who has lead a life so full of miraculous stories that the wonderment seems to jump from the pores of her skin. When she speaks of her truth, tears may escape her sparkling eyes, not because she has had great dealings with pain, but because she has traveled through this pain and along the journey has learned the most profound lessons about herself. She will tell you that the most significant of these was from her father, and it is one that has stayed with her a lifetime. Born in Greece and the last of a family of 10, Poppy was unique from the start as a blemish on her leg would signal the beginning of a sequence of illnesses. By the age of 18 months, she would receive a cancer diagnosis which would be the first of seven. While this could be seen as the foundation for a dismal existence, it is actually these trials that have helped shape her into developing distinctive coping strategies. It was once believed that she would never walk, but in a truly determined fashion, at the age of 4, Poppy picked herself from the floor and stood on her own. This would not be the last time she would pick herself up and find a way to move forward. Poppy's parents were diligent workers whose humble earnings were just enough to keep them comfortable. Her father taught her to keep herself busy as to not muddy her mind with the pain that was wreaking havoc on her body. When she was 5, he taught her how to make bread, and at 7, she obtained her first job, making bread and doing chores for a wealthy family. Every day she would carry a bag with three bricks she used to help her stand as several surgeries rendered one leg shorter, and for this, her pay came in the form of food and hand-me-downs. But, she was unwavering in her desire to be known as a hard worker and not as the little disabled girl. It became evident that the health CONTINUED >

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THE REMEDY IS FAITH

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care she needed was an expense that her family could not afford, so when friends of her employer offered to adopt her and bring her to America, Poppy's birth family made the ultimate sacrifice and agreed. At 13, this young woman who had already endured so much was about to embark on another life-altering experience in coming to America. Her father shared these words: "Little one you are born to be a blessing. Your story has just begun." And to her adopting family: "Don’t allow her to be in pain. Make her work." This has become Poppy's mantra and every time she is bedridden, or “in trouble,” a term she uses in place of cancer, she stays busy. This busyness has made her more productive than the most skilled assembly line. She has made more than 400 blankets for patients which have been distributed to Children’s Mercy. She invested much time writing down family traditions and recipes which translated into a book that has not only helped pull her through but is now doing the same for others. To date, it has been printed and reprinted with a portion of those proceeds going to breast cancer research at the University of Kansas and the Interstitial Cystitis Association. Then, when trouble arrived once more, she wrote a second book, and her cycle of giving and healing continues including personal fundraising to Cancer Action. But her busyness does not end there. Poppy now has a jewelry business that was birthed after a shoulder injury kept her up at night, and she decided stringing beads would be therapeutic. Staying busy has truly given her strength. "Do something. No medicine, no doctor can heal you until your heart is at peace," she says. "Capture the hope, the gift of coping and use it as a remedy. Nothing is possible without my faith in God. I just hope I am worthy." Poppy has to give credit where credit is due.    Poppy is a bit of a medical phenom whose name you will find in medical journals. She has two life-changing devices in her body, she has had several failed surgeries, and she has overcome more than the average person. But what she really wants the world to know is that her life has been nothing but a blessing. She was blessed with not one, but two families that taught her strength, morals and ethics. She is blessed with a full life, a loving husband who has stood by her side for 47 years and two beautiful children. And, just like a brave bird who soars into the unknown, she is faithful. She is Poppy.

"If I cannot talk about my faith, then I cannot talk about who I am," she says. "My talk is not about pity. My talk is about hope." January 2018 | Johnson County Lifestyle

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ARTICLE CLAUDIA MARTIN AYOADE

A Healthy Resolution

for Weight Loss

PHOTOGRAPHY JANIE JONES sabotage your health goals. This includes empty calorie foods such as cakes, pies, cookies, chips, sugary sodas  and some cereals. Reduce your consumption of frozen meals because they are high in sodium and contain additives and preservatives. Always remember, the longer the product shelf life, the more preservatives it contains.

MAINTAINING HEALTHY EATING HABITS ALL YEAR LONG IS HARD,

The less of these products there are in your home, the less

SO YOU PROMISE YOURSELF TO START OVER IN THE NEW YEAR. If

you will be tempted to eat them. Stock your kitchen with

healthier eating habits and weight loss are part of your New Year’s resolu-

healthy, nutrient dense food, such as:

tions, the hard part is actually sticking to it long term. Here are a few tips to

+ Vegetables (fresh or frozen )

help you keep on track with your weight loss resolution.

+ Fresh fruits (fresh or frozen) + Lean protein (lean meat, chicken breast, turkey breast,

SET REALISTIC GOALS Make yourself accountable by writing down your goals. They must

tofu, fish, egg whites) + Healthy snack foods (nonfat cottage cheese, mozzarella

be realistic, measurable and sustainable. Start with a to-do list and a

sticks, trail mix, protein bar)

food diary to give you a measurable and realistic picture of what you are

+ Bottled water

actually eating every day. Your goals are a contract with yourself to maintain a healthy lifestyle going

PORTION CONTROL

forward. Print them and keep them in the kitchen where you prepare meals

Often, it is the amount of food we consume as opposed to

since this is where you will be most tempted to make or break your resolu-

the actual food we eat that creates the weight gain. Portion

tion. Refer to your contract daily to remind yourself of your long-term goal.

control is key to long-term success. Keep these tips in mind:

START WITH SMALL CHANGES

servings contained in the prepackaged foods, then note

+ Learn to read food labels. Be aware of the number of The key to maintaining your goals long term is through gradual changes.

the calorie and fat content per serving. If a package lists

Don’t overhaul your diet at once—make small, simple changes gradually. For

one serving has 250 calories and 10 grams of fat, and it

example, if you normally drink three sodas per day, cut down to one per day

contains two servings, then you would have consumed

and add water and fruit juice to your daily intake. Eventually, stop drinking soda

500 calories and 20 grams of fat.

altogether. You could add a serving of fruit and vegetables to your daily meals and take steps to eliminate added sugars from your diet in two months.

+ Compare restaurant portions to recommended serving sizes. When you eat out, compare the size of the portion you are served to what is recommended by the

SMALL GOALS

USDA. A pasta dinner from your favorite restaurant might

Small changes every week will add up over time. Remember, it’s a mar-

add six or more servings of grains to your daily intake. One

athon and not a sprint! Setting small goals with a definitive date keeps

12-ounce piece of meat is 3 ounces more than your whole

you on track. Below are examples of small goals that you can celebrate

days' recommendation!

completing weekly:

+ Repackage supersize bags. Large bags of snack may

+ WEEK ONE: Drink 10 glasses of water per day.

be more economical, but they may lead to overeating.

+ WEEK TWO: Add a serving of green leafy vegetables daily.

Repackage the contents into smaller containers.

+ WEEK THREE: Reduce intake of processed foods by eating only whole-

+ Eat half or less. When you eat out, eat half of what you're

grain products.

served and take the rest home to enjoy as another meal. Ask

+ WEEK FOUR: Eliminate fried foods.

for the box when your plate arrives and pack it up right away.

+ WEEK FIVE: Begin eating one vegetarian meal per week. + WEEK SIX: Reduce alcohol consumption to a maximum two drinks per week You will be successful if you focus on changes that can be seamlessly integrated into your lifestyle to make it easier for you to sustain them long term.

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REALTY REPORT

REALTY REPORT

JOHNSON COUNTY

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

INDIAN HILLS

$2,995,000

$2,700,000

90%

237

5

5.2

TOMAHAWK CREEK ESTATES

$2,750,000

$2,615,000

95%

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7

8.2

THE WOODS ESTATES

$1,249,950

$1,150,625

92%

181

4

4.2

GLENABBEY OF LEAWOOD

$1,089,000

$1,035,000

95%

10

5

5.1

PAVILIONS

$1,149,950

$1,026,000

89%

8

5

5.2

MILLS FARM

$995,000

$945,000

94%

79

5

5.1

REINHARDT ESTATES

$995,000

$940,000

94%

26

4

4.2

FAIRWAY

$850,000

$830,000

97%

25

4

4.1

LEAWOOD ESTATES

$875,000

$812,000

92%

131

5

4.2

CALVIN CREST

$875,000

$800,000

91%

128

4

5.1

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 11/1/2017 TO 11/30/17. DOM=Days on Market

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PARTING THOUGHTS

LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS' KINDNESS CHALLENGE

WE AT LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS ARE EXCITED TO UNVEIL A PROJECT THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON CALLED ELEVATE THAT PROMOTES KINDNESS, THOUGHTFULNESS AND POSITIVITY IN OUR AREA MIDDLE SCHOOLS.  We believe kids have great ideas and have the power to change the world around them by being kind citizens. Elevate encourages them to put those ideas into action. We are challenging students who wish to participate in Elevate to come up with an idea that encourages kindness and then create a video or photo project to share with the community by entering our monthly kindness competition. Those videos and photo projects go live on our Elevate website the first week of every month for the community to vote on, and the student with the winning project will win $1,000. Each month, students will have the opportunity to submit new videos and photo projects for a chance to win, and a new winner will be selected every month.  In the spring,  we will invite teachers and administration in each school to pick a project or two that students in their building have come up with, and adopt that project to become part of the culture and climate of their building. The winning school in Blue Valley and the winning school in Olathe will both be awarded  a $5,000 grant  for their school. These grants are graciously sponsored by Shawnee Mission Audi and Commerce Bank. We designed this part of the competition to show our students that their ideas matter and that they can make a difference. To find out more about Elevate and to support our students by voting on the videos, visit elevateschools.com. Follow us on Instagram at @elevate.kc or Facebook at Elevate Kindness Challenge. Our next voting round begins February 3rd. Thank you to Audi Shawnee Mission and Commerce Bank for supporting kindness in our schools and partnering with Lifestyle Publications as a sponsor for our endof-year building grants for Elevate. We also want to thank the Blue Valley and Olathe School Districts for supporting Elevate by allowing us the opportunity to offer this competition to their students. 

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