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editor’s note

Last month, along with my husband’s family, I took an afternoon to become a visitor in my own town. Our group (enough to take up three-quarters of a bus) signed up for an architectural tour of the city through the Columbus Area Visitors Center. After the tour, we gathered for a picnic at Donner Park. It was a celebration of the place we call home. Working for The Republic has afforded me the perk of knowing much about Bartholomew County and its history, but I must say I learned more on the tour than I could have imagined. Oftentimes in the course of the two-hour bus and walking tour I found myself transformed into someone who had never visited Columbus. I saw views of our beautiful architecture that I’d never before taken the time to pursue. I learned fascinating insights into the brilliant minds that built our city. I simply sat back, took in the blue skies and glorious fall air and felt fortunate to call Columbus my home. We are so lucky to live in the Midwestern small town we do, and apparently we’re not the only ones who think so — Forbes ranked Columbus as the 10th best small city in the nation to raise a family. I’m not going to hop on my soapbox and preach about how everyone should appreciate li’l ol’ Columbus, but I will recommend giving the visitors center a little of your time and money some afternoon. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Now, onto this month’s issue. The 12 contestants in our healthy lifestyle challenge, whom I like to call Skinny Jeans Queens, are heading into their final month in the competition. We checked in with them and got updates on their progress. We also coupled that with a fashion story on how to incorporate that wardrobe icon into your fall fashion. We also have another great Q&A, this time with Chasten Harmon, the little sis of Marja Harmon, whom we featured in our July issue. Musical roots run deep in this talented family. Check out Chasten’s story in the pages to follow. Well it’s time for you to get reading. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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Another talented Columbus woman finds her place in the theater world

A few months ago, we featured a Q&A with Columbus native Marja Harmon, catching up with her success in the performing arts business in New York. In the Harmon family, theatrical prowess is a shared trait, as younger sister, Chasten Harmon, 25, continues to rise on the Chicago theater scene. This winter she’ll begin her first tour with a principal part in the iconic “Les Miserables,” so we grabbed her for a talk before her busy season begins. Compiled by Kelsey DeClue submitted photos


Tell me about growing up in Columbus. Where did you go to school? What was childhood like — hobbies, favorite activities, etc?


Growing up in Columbus I remember always being exposed to as many activities as possible. From ice skating to baseball to community theater to swimming to cheerleading to basketball to dance, the list just goes on. As a child I really had a chance to try out different things, which resulted in having a great idea of what I really wanted to do. While other activities exercised my discipline and kept me active, performing was something that I had an emotional connection to, which is how I knew that I should focus on it. I was involved in community theater and had the opportunity to sing at different school and city events, and I also took dance on a regular basis. These were the most challenging endeavors but made me feel so good!


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When did you first realize you wanted to be in show business? Who are some of your heroes/idols in the business that you look up to?


While I was in high school, my father got me a keyboard, and I really took to writing music. I started cranking out song after song after song and really loved it. My friend Khara Lord, who also went to East High School, and I used to sit in piano rooms and write on our free periods at school. When applying for school, I really thought I wanted to go for composition or music recording/technology. When I applied for NYU, I ended up deciding to audition for the musical theater program. I also applied to other programs that were music-related, but my voice teacher, Juliana Jerome, encouraged me to go for musical theater at NYU. When I got into the program, I thought, this is it! I knew I had to go. I graduated from NYU in 2007 with an agent and immediately booked an off-Broadway play called “Iphigenia 2.0” at the Signature Theatre. It was interesting that I studied musical theater and then booked a play, but it was, hands down, the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in a production. I realized that during my time at NYU, I had grown to love acting first and foremost. During the play I was offered “Mamma Mia” in Las Vegas but decided that I wanted to stay in the city and see what my options were as opposed to going to Vegas for an entire year, so I stuck around.

SHE: HARMON: I kept working regionally, and then in winter of 2008 I got what I considered to

Harmon in her first off-Broadway play,“Iphigenia 2.0”

Describe what you would call your first “big break.”

After a performance of “Hair”

be my big break. I was offered a position as a swing in the Broadway musical “Hair.” I wasn’t quite sure about what a swing was, but I knew “Hair” was going to be big, and it is my favorite show. This is when I knew that I was playing on a whole new level. I learned a lot from the production and had many amazing, star-studded experiences performing at the Tony Awards and on “Conan O’Brien” and “Good Morning America.” Eventually I made the decision to leave “Hair” and seek a higher position in a production. As a swing you basically cover all of the parts in the show in case anyone gets sick or hurt or goes on vacation, so you aren’t always performing, and you often don’t get a lot of recognition for your work. On stage in “Once on This Island”

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“I realized that during my time at

NYU, I had grown to love acting first and foremost.” – Chasten Harmon

So I decided it was time to move on. Shortly after, I booked my first lead role playing Ti Moune in “Once on This Island” in Chicago. “Once on This Island” is based on “The Little Mermaid” but set in the Caribbean. It was a dream role of mine to play and once of the best theater experiences I’ve had. It was even better knowing before I left for Chicago that I would soon be playing Eponine in the U.S. “Les Miserables” tour. This was a principal role in a huge production, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be offered the opportunity.

SHE: HARMON: I am currently in rehearsals for “Les Miserables,” and we leave for tour in January. It’s my first tour,

What are you involved in right now, and how do you go about finding auditions and getting parts?

and I’m very nervous but excited at the same time. This role is a part that I’ve wanted to play since I was a little girl. The musical is as old as I am, and now I’m actually getting to play it. Since it is a new remounting of the production, I’m getting to originate the role as well, which is even better.


My favorite character was Ti Moune in “Once on This Island.” I got to sing, act and dance all in one performance and really could show all skills equally, which is a dream for someone who aims to be a triple threat.

SHE: HARMON: I have to say that honestly I don’t like anything about show business. The business aspect can take all Tell us what you like most about show business? What’s the toughest part of the job?

the fun out of it. Unfortunately, putting on productions costs money, which is why at the end of the day, it is a business if the show aims to make money. What I like about show business is performing. When the business gets in the way of it being fun, that is when I find another job. It should always be fun. That’s not to say that it should be easy or fun 100 percent of the time, but the larger portion of the ratio should always be amazing.

SHE: SHE: What do you do in your free time? HARMON: In my free time I run an artist space in the HARMON: When I audition, I focus the most on becity. ing myself. My goal is to show exactly who I am and what I How do you set yourself apart from others auditioning for the same role?

can do because I don’t want to be hired to do anything but merge myself with a written character. The more true and honest that I am, the more I get a response. A lot of people try to be cookie cutter of what they think the part is, but I find that to be inhibiting.


What are some of your favorite characters you’ve portrayed?

When I turned down “Mamma Mia,” I realized that I wanted to be picky about what shows I was interested in doing. It was then I decided to start a business to eventually help support my career. I opened a studio space called Space on White used for the performance and visual arts. I run the space by day and perform at night. Space on White is my baby, and I love the experience of running a business. It helps me to understand both sides of the industry. You can find more info about the space at

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Unlikely friendship forged after horrific accident Erica Rix helps Pat Heller in her flower garden. They have become friends following Erica’s traumatic accident.


By Julia Prodis Sulek San Jose Mercury News MCT photos

AN JOSE, Calif. — Pat Heller was nervous at first. She didn’t really know the 6-year-old girl lying in bed with a foam box encasing her lower arm. And she wasn’t sure what to say or how she would get through the visit without breaking into tears. So before she left her Los Gatos, Calif., home, she grabbed a sparkling crystal whistle she kept on a hook and slipped it around her neck. As she entered the little girl’s bedroom, filled with stuffed animals and get well cards, the words became clear: “I met your hand before I met you,” she said. Then she slipped off the whistle and gave it to the girl. “If you ever need anything,” she said, “just whistle.” That September day in 2008 was the beginning of a deep friendship between Heller, now 67, and Erica Rix, now 8. It’s a friendship forged by fate on a Los Gatos street, where Erica lost her hand in a horrific accident and Heller found it. It was fostered by play dates at the park, rides to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and walks with Heller’s poodle, Thor. Erica calls Heller her “best friend.” And Erica’s mother, Allison Rix, who is still struggling with the accident, considers Heller their “angel.” “I trusted her from the moment I met her,” Rix, 33, said. “And I knew that I needed her from the moment I met her.”

Heller was driving down the street that late summer afternoon when she saw the commotion. A woman was screaming and blood gushed from the forearm of a little blondhaired girl. Heller hated blood. That’s why she spent her career as a therapist, not a nurse. “Go find it!” the mother yelled. “Go find it!” As she walked down the street, Heller spotted what looked like a doll’s hand. Looped around it was a blue-and-white jump rope. A closer look and reality set in: the little fingernails were painted with pink polish. Guardian angel Heller wanted to run away, but thought, “No, I will stay here and protect this hand.” Neighbors directed traffic, made a tourniquet with a belt and called for help. And Heller, who couldn’t bear to pick up the limp hand and didn’t know if she should, stood guard over it until emergency crews arrived. “I wanted to watch the jump rope fly,” Erica would say later. With one end wrapped around her left hand and the other dangling out the window, the rope her mother didn’t know she had got caught under the tire of the family’s black Suburban. In a flash, all but Erica’s thumb was gone. Reattachment surgery took 10 hours, followed by nearly daily trips to Palo Alto over the past 19 months for surgeries and therapies. Whenever Erica needed help, she’d blow the whistle. Heller has a collection of whistles, some hand-painted and beaded, some with hearts and jewels, all of them gifts from

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her old friend back east, Peggy Vogelsinger. “Whenever you “Erica brought a lot of blessings into my life.” need me,” Vogelsinger said, “just whistle.” Heller — a sprite of a woman who streaked her hair purple As Erica healed, her mother spiraled. She couldn’t hear — takes Erica to paint pottery and make gingerbread houses; a child’s cry or see a jump rope without flashing back. She she took her to soccer practice where Erica cried until the blacked out once, cracking open her coach let her play goalie. They drive head and needing 17 stitches. She together to Packard for appointments, couldn’t drive for four months. and along the way, they sing “Over the Rainbow.” Too much to bear Erica can’t tie a shoelace, but she For a woman who seemed to have led a writes with her right hand and can play charmed life until then — she had mar“Ode to Joy” on the piano. In the early ried the boy next door, lived in the ranch months, Heller shared one whistle at house she grew up in and was starting a time with Erica, but hasn’t given her her own clothing line — life became unone lately. recognizable. “I used one a long time ago when I Her 5-year-old son, Matthew, often couldn’t get out of bed,” Erica said. But asks her, “Mommy, why do you always now “I don’t need it.” cry?” Her mother often wonders why she While others questioned why Rix still struggles even though Erica is dohadn’t bounced back, Heller understood. ing so well. “If I had a whistle,” Rix said, “When I was feeling out of control or “I would be blowing it all the time.” feeling guilty, she reassured me that it wasn’t my fault,” Rix said. “She has just Still, Rix is making progress. She has Allison Rix, from left, her daughter, Erica, been this calming figure in my life.” returned to designing dresses and she and Pat Heller often shares her family story with paHeller has always been one to reach trons of the Packard Children’s Fund. out to others in need. Every week for a Heller’s experience with the Rix family has been so rewardyear, she’s been visiting an Alzheimer’s patient she met as a ing, she co-authored a book about the healing power of hospice volunteer. And Erica, with her charming smile and friendship. giggle, drew her in. It’s called “The Whistle.” “We started a relationship. How can I drop that?” she asked.

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Outside influences Laura Garrett peddles the ideas that all children need Safe Routes to School and a reintroduction to nature By Jennifer Willhite Photos by Kelsey DeClue Biking, walking, sticks and dirt. Utilizing existing structures and nature to promote sustainability and healthy living is the foundation of Laura Garrett’s work. Since March of this year, Garrett has biked more than 100 miles rating elements of Columbus’ existing infrastructure, such as its sidewalks, intersections, safety and accessibility, as part of an analysis for Healthy Communities Initiative to promote the program Safe Routes to School. She says that analyzing neighborhoods from the seat of a bicycle offers a unique perspective on the environment that you just can’t get from a car. Established in 1994, Healthy Communities Initiative is designed to improve the quality of the lives of residents through education and awareness. In collaboration with Columbus Regional Hospital and numerous other area organizations and businesses, Healthy Communities works to encourage healthy lifestyles, behaviors and relationships for the residents of Bartholomew County. Safe Routes to School is a national movement seen in many progressive communities that fosters safe pedestrian and biking routes for schoolage children and adolescents. Elements that promote safety in numbers and parental involvement include walking school buses — where groups of children and parents walk in a group as though

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on a bus — and bicycle trains — groups that bike together. Once she compiles the necessary information for a given area, Garrett transfers the data to diagrams that are then used to develop a priority list and maps that demonstrate safe route options for each school. She says the maps are intended to create routes that “help funnel those children walking and biking toward the same streets, which will result in safety in numbers.” Under a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Erin Hawkins works with Garrett on the Safe Routes project. “Not all our students have the opportunity to actively commute because, for example, their neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks or they have to cross a busy street,” Hawkins said. “Laura has been going over these neighborhoods with a fine-toothed comb to see where changes need to be made in order for kids to commute safely.” Early experiences Garrett grew up in Columbus, and her environmental awareness and social consciousness were nurtured by her parents, Jim and Peggy Voelz. When she and her siblings where young, instead of exchanging gifts at Christmas, the family would go on trips and spend time outside.

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Garrett surveys the sidewalk conditions near Donner Park and rates them on a map.

“You learn that there are places of absolute glory that we have to be careful to preserve,” she said. “People’s connection to the environment has been lost in the built infrastructure we have.” Garrett says that children are the key to reconnecting with the outdoors. She believes they should be given the opportunity to get back to nature and do things like play in the dirt and dig holes with a stick. “It’s amazing how many kids don’t even know what (nature) is like and are scared of it,” she said. “Kids are scared of what they don’t know.” She recalls riding her bicycle to school as one of her best memories and something that would influence her life’s path. Garrett says her experiences helped foster her interest and eventual involvement with Safe Routes. Pedaling over a mile to school (yes, that was one way but not uphill), she wasn’t bothered by the weather. Even bundled up in the winter, riding her bicycle allowed her a sense of liberation that being a passenger in a car couldn’t offer. “I think that as far as the work I am doing with Safe Routes to School and work with any kind of alternative transportation all tie together,” she said. “You’re not only reducing emissions, I think it all ties back to the happiness of the people. If kids and families would walk to school

again, they would know each other. You would get to know your neighbors again.” Back where she started Garrett graduated from Columbus North High School and obtained a degree in landscape architecture from Clemson University in 2004. She began working for Columbus Parks and Recreation Department in 2005. Collaborating with construction professionals and architects, she demonstrated leadership that influenced and inspired those with whom she worked. Ben Wagner, director of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, says that Garrett has earned respect from many established professionals and managers while working on various projects designed to make walking and biking safer in the Columbus area, such as the People Trails. Currently a graduate student at Indiana University in Bloomington, Garrett cherishes what little free time she has to spend with her husband, Clint, and dog, Kaya. “My dad always used to say life is about balancing your mind, body and your spirit,” she said. “And when you find that balance, you’ll feel perfect. However, life is also about trying to figure out that balance at all times.” Though she says her husband is her sanity, Garrett clings to a belief she’s had since childhood — that the world is

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full of good people meant to do good things. She says it is the little things we do that have the most impact. The trick is not allowing fear to make you feel powerless. “It isn’t about the granola-eating hippies or climate change and scare tactics,” she said. “It’s about this is where we live, this is our home and we’ve got to figure out a way to take care of it.” Hoping that each school will embrace the safe routes established by her collaborative work, Garrett looks forward to a time when pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be the norm. She says people don’t often realize how much better they feel if they would just get up and move, especially children, who always have so much energy. “What I hope is that we look back in 20 years and not even think about this whole movement; that it’s just how life is,” she said. “We’re tough creatures. We need to splash through more puddles in life.”

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Special series

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share their stories By Kelsey DeClue Photos by April Knox

“My energy level is through the roof.”

— Keri Moenssen In a month, one hardworking and well-deserving woman will be crowned the ultimate Skinny Jeans Queen. Readers have been following the 12 contestants in our first healthy lifestyle contest, conducted by She and Tipton Lakes Athletic Club. For eight weeks the contestants have been working out with TLAC trainer Ian McGriff and learning proper nutrition and healthy eating habits. I asked the contestants to send in comments about their experiences so far. Here’s what we got: “Every part of my body has seen an improvement,” wrote contestant Keri Moenssen. “I’ve begun to see muscles I haven’t seen since my high school

sports days, and it is so exciting. It just fuels me to want more. “I’ve lost nearly two pant sizes, and last week Ian made me take a look at myself in the initial video we shot the first day. He told me to compare my face from that video to what is staring back at me in the mirror. Oh my, the roundness is going away, and my cheekbones are beginning to make an appearance. “My energy level is through the roof, and although I don’t particularly love some of the moves in certain workouts, I look forward to them because I know how good I’m going to feel afterward. “I knew the exercise portion would be a big deal for me as I’ve been away

from that for some time, but I was really surprised how much I’ve learned on the nutrition side. “It seems so simple, but it’s amazing how far you can get from fueling your body appropriately. I’m not counting a thing (calories, fat, protein, etc.) but just following the guidelines, and it’s a nice change to not count every single value of what you eat. Also, since I’m fueling my body the right way, I haven’t been hungry, and that has been one of the best parts.” Annie Romine wrote, “This whole experience has been surprising in that I have struggled much more than I had anticipated. I knew I was out of shape, but (weight wise) I wasn’t too bad off. “I have learned that I am so physically weak. I am just as out of breath and just as uncomfortable with the physical trainings as the ladies who desire to lose large percentages of body fat. “I like going to the gym and working

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out on the elliptical for 30 minutes and seeing that I burn 100-plus calories. Ian is teaching me the importance of strength training, interval training and nutrition if I want to see results. “I am determined to keep plugging along and am thankful for the opportunity.” “I will be honest … the true believing that I can do this is just starting to happen,” Jessica Mosier wrote. “I know that Ian told us that the first thing we had to do was believe, but it wasn’t so easy for me. “I thank you guys for the chance. By being picked to be in this contest, it is driving me to change. Otherwise I wouldn’t be making myself a priority even yet. Now I am feeling really good about how this is going. “I think I can make this a priority in my life. “The areas that I was OK with before, like my legs and arms, are now amazing! I can only imagine that belly being tight again. … Oh the possibilities! “I’m not sure which particular exercise is my favorite. I do like to do push-ups with the TRX better than on the floor. What I do know is that after the routine is over, I like the way I feel. I will keep on keeping on!”




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Whatever shape you can still wear skinny jeans

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Chatney Gelfius wears skinny jeans, $159.99, from Banana Republic paired with black ankle flap boots, $129.99, and a modern snap-front jacket, $119.99.

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Many women wouldn’t consider skinny jeans as an option in their closets. However, like so many retro styles that have made a comeback, skinny jeans have evolved to fit today’s woman. One doesn’t need to be tall, slender and a size zero to wear them. Many brands have a selection of skinnies to fit a variety of body shapes, according to Paula Hartwell at Edinburgh Premium Outlets. So here’s the skinny on the skinny … • One nice thing about the skinny is that it is great for day or night. Pair them with a suede boot during the day and then switch into pumps for a night on the town. Another great pairing this year is ballet flats. You can wear skinny jeans with just about any style shoe except an athletic shoe. • Don’t be confused. This year not only will you see “skinny” jeans, but also “jeggings.” Jeggings are more tightly fitting — just like leggings. • For those women who are more curvaceous, you’re in luck. Many brands carry skinnies in a “curvy” fit. These provide more room in the thigh, hip and buttocks area, while providing a contoured waist and lower front that eliminates a gap in the back and makes bending and kneeling much more comfortable. • Those with a more robust figure should look for a darker color with pockets. This breaks up the pants, providing a more slender look. Also, choosing a heavier, stretch fabric will camouflage possible bulges. • Another secret to wearing the skinny lies in the top. Wearing loose, layered tops balances the look. Stay away from tight, short tees and halters. Boyfriend cardigans over baby doll tanks or loose tunics are a perfect example.

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Rachel Maass O’Haver models skinny jeans from Guess, $44.99, paired with buckle boots, $129.99, a long black sweater, $149.99, and plum trench coat, $179.99.

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Interval and strength training are keys to weight loss By Ian McGriff “Muscle weighs more than fat.” When I hear this, I cringe. Muscle can weigh more than fat, but not always. Five pounds of muscle does weigh more than 3 pounds of fat. However, 3 pounds of muscle and 3 pounds of fat weigh the same. Get where I am going with this? When you try to lose weight and gain a few pounds, we say that muscle weighs more than fat to make us feel better about the scales going up. However, the number on the scale changing is dependent on what you have been doing within your exercise routine. It brings us to one of the greatest arguments of all time: cardio vs. strength. The reality is that our bodies work best and create the greatest long-term results with both cardiovascular and resistance (strength) training. I have seen so many people cut back calories and hit the cardio incredibly hard to lose 30 or 40 pounds, but once they begin to cut back on the cardio, the pounds go up. So what happens then? They have to increase their cardio again. Their mileage climbs, and often they get hurt or develop chronic injuries like plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. They look in the mirror. They are thinner, but their body never really changed shape. How does this happen? Because all they have done is cardiovascular training. Cardio does a lot for the body. It strengthens your heart and lungs and is a great de-stressor while ridding the body of toxins. However, simply doing cardio alone isn’t enough to change your body for good. It’s true, your body burns the highest amount of calories at a given time while exercising during cardiovascular training.

That means that throughout the day, the time you are on the elliptical or treadmill is your highest burn of the day. That’s great. But what if I told you I can help you burn at approximately the same rate throughout a 24- to 48-hour time frame? Start with muscle Your body has muscle. Muscle needs to get stronger. To get stronger you have to break your muscles down, tear them apart and let them rebuild stronger. Your muscles are the foundation of everything that you do. To make your body a more efficient machine for fat loss as well as for general movement, you must strength train and become stronger. Right about now is when people say to me, I don’t want to get big and bulky like a body builder. I don’t want to look like those people in the magazines who are all big. Trust me, you won’t. Why? • Women and men do not produce enough testosterone to produce the amount of muscle mass to dramatically increase their size. • One pound of muscle burns approximately 50 calories at rest, whereas 1 pound of fat burns approximately seven calories at rest. That means you burn more calories when you are sitting at home watching television because you are stronger. • Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, EPOC, better known as after-burn, allows you to expend calories at approximately the rate at which you were exercising for 24 to 48 hours after your workout.

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Strength training is amazing for your body. It builds muscle, burns fat and allows your body to change shape. However, we can’t just go through the motions of a strength training program; you actually have to challenge your muscles. Beneficial burn Again, you aren’t going to get bulky and big if you use 10-pound weights instead of 5-pound weights. You know that burning sensation that happens when you use your muscles? That burning is called lactic acid. When your muscles fill with lactic acid, it’s your body’s way of telling your brain that it’s fatigued and can’t do much more. You need to start to crave this feeling. Why? Because you must fatigue your muscles to actually make them stronger. If you just go through the motions, your results will slow, and your muscles will never truly develop. When you do the same workouts for five years, the same number of repetitions and the same weight, you are actually doing your body more harm then good. Why? Your body is genetically predisposed to conserve energy. If I walk two miles every day, my body realizes that this is a normal process; therefore, to make certain that I can perform my two miles, it must learn how to expend fewer calories for that two miles so that I have more energy throughout the rest of the day. If I walk two miles every day for three weeks, the last day I will have burned fewer calories than I did the first day. My body learned, adapted and conserved energy. The same thing happens when we strength train. If you do the same thing every time, your body gets used to it and doesn’t expend more energy, but less. Scary, isn’t it?

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Interval training is the best cardiovascular training for weight loss and maintenance. This doesn’t mean you cannot do endurance training, simply that intervals are more effective for weight loss and maintenance. What are intervals? Intervals are a series of short burst, high intensity cardiovascular exercises coupled with short recovery time. I think that you should supplement your endurance with interval and strength training. I have worked with several endurance athletes over the years and have found that intervals and strength increase the efficiency of movement, the strength and functionality of the movement, and allow the body to perform stronger for longer periods of time. In short, the stronger your body, the better the results. It’s the basis of the skinny jeans format and a program that will launch at the end of this program in December. If you want to lose weight, stay in great shape and keep it off, this is how it’s done. I want you all to remember two very important points: • Ten pounds of fat loss is more important and looks better than 10 pounds of weight loss. • If you don’t like it, you probably need it. Make a change in your routine and try something different. How many times have you not tried something because it seemed new and strange? Give it a try and watch your body transform. Ian McGriff is a Columbus resident and head personal trainer at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club. For an example program, log onto the She magazine page on Facebook.

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On the second day of Thanksgiving …. R e ci p e

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that use what you have Associated Press For some people, the whole point of Thanksgiving dinner is to have leftovers. These are the people who intentionally buy a monster-size bird, mash way too many potatoes and pop an extra pie in the oven. Here are some ideas for the second and third days of Thanksgiving dinner.


• Turn leftover turkey and Brussels sprouts or green beans into an Asian stir fry. Season it with hoisin and soy sauce and serve over rice.

• Turkey samosas are an easy way to take leftover turkey out of the Thanksgiving realm. Cut store-bought refrigerated rolled pie crust into eight triangles. Mix 1 cup shredded leftover turkey with ¼ cup mango chutney.

Top the triangles with the turkey mixture and ½ cup of leftover mashed potatoes. Brush the edges with water, then fold the dough over to pinch together the corners and seal the edges. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, about 25 to 35 minutes.

• Or make barbecue turkey sandwiches. Heat leftover turkey and add barbecue sauce. Serve it over soft sandwich rolls with a sliced celery salad with crumbled blue cheese and vinaigrette.

• Try a turkey Alfredo pizza with collard greens, leftover turkey, store-bought Alfredo sauce and fontina cheese.

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• Leftover stuffing can be spooned into portobello mush room caps, baked, then topped with grated Parmesan.

• Make a meatloaf with leftover stuffing and a marmalade glaze. Combine 1½ pounds ground beef with 2 cups of stuffing and 1 large egg, then season with salt and pepper.

On a foil-lined baking sheet, form the mixture into a 9-inch loaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then brush with a mixture of ¼ cup orange marmalade and ¼ cup whole-grain mustard and cook for another 20 minutes.

P OTATO E S Leftover mashed potatoes never quite reheat to their former creamy glory, so combine them with other ingredients (such as cheese) that enhance their creaminess. Or use them in applications where their texture is completely transformed.

• Form cakes out of mashed potatoes, egg, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon. Then roll them in panko breadcrumbs and fry them.

• Make a creamy mashed potato and leek soup. Saute 3 chopped leeks and 1 chopped fennel bulb in olive oil. Add 3 cups of leftover mashed potatoes and 6 cups of chicken broth. Cook until heated through, then puree.

• Sweet potatoes can be turned into sweet potato pancakes. Serve with maple syrup, butter and fresh fruit. Or try mashed potato latkes with zucchini and dill.

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• Pair cranberry sauce with cheese. Try spreading it on a ham and grilled cheese sandwich, using it as a topping for spicy cheese and jalapeno quesadillas, or simply placing it on a cheese board to accompany tangy or smooth cheeses.

DESSERT And when you’ve had enough of leftovers in any form, give pumpkin pie a chocolatey makeover. An extra-dark gingerbread crust and dark chocolate glaze make these miniature pumpkin tarts a rich rethinking of the classic Thanksgiving dessert. If desired, accompany them with lightly sweetened whipped cream.

DA R K P U M P K I N TA R T L E T S Makes 15 tarts For the crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces ¼ cup molasses 1 egg

For the filling:

15-ounce can pumpkin puree 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 3 eggs, lightly beaten ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger

For the glaze:

½ cup heavy cream 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

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To make the crust, in a food processor combine the flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Pulse together. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles small crumbs. Add the molasses and egg, then pulse until combined and a dough forms. Squeeze the dough into a round cake, then wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk until well combined. When the dough is ready, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 15 muffin cups with cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until ¼ inch thick. Use a 4-inch round cookie cutter to cut out 15 rounds of dough, rerolling and using the scraps as needed. Gently press a round into each muffin cup. Divide the filling between the cups, then bake until the centers have set up, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool. Run a butter knife around the edges of the cups to loosen the tarts, then remove from the pans. To make the glaze, in a medium microwave-safe bowl microwave the cream until boiling, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chocolate to the bowl and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is blended and shiny. Pour the glaze over the top of each tartlet. Let firm up in the refrigerator, then serve at room temperature. Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator.

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It’s hard to find

common ground

in film or fashion By Tim Coriden This month we are going to keep it simple and address a couple of random Views from Mars: Skinny jeans — I’m not a fan, and recently I shared those sentiments with my wife as she was passing by in sweat pants with two kids clinging to her legs. She responded by rolling her eyes and continued to walk into the next room. I’m sure she thinks that I’m getting old, and maybe she’s right, but it doesn’t change the fact that this fad is terrible. Yes, there are women who probably love the way they look in these jeans, and that’s fine.

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view However, what I’ve come to learn is that women’s fashion often drives men’s fashion, and this spells disaster for me, my friends and those of you who see us in public. If you don’t yet have a resolution for 2011, consider taking up the cause to fight the skinny jeans fad. Movies — On our first date, I prepared lasagna for my future wife and me and then treated her to a movie: “Saving Private Ryan.” Even as the opening credits were being shown, I suspected that this probably wasn’t first-date material. My suspicions proved correct. We sat in silence from the movie’s opening until Ann dropped me off at my house 10 minutes after the movie was finished. Not one word was uttered. I can probably count on both hands how many movies we have seen in the

theater since that day. However, “Saving Private Ryan” isn’t to blame for our limited cinematic experience as a couple. Rather, we find the options to be polarizing. If it’s a romance, involves Ryan Reynolds or has Prada in the title, I’m out. If the movie centers on a sport, Bill Murray, or includes any of the cast from “A Dirty Dozen,” she’s out. What we would like to see is more evenly centered productions — something for everyone, including my wife and me. Thanksgiving — Although I have written on this subject before, it warrants repeating. Thanksgiving weekend is a time for both genders to enjoy a little time to themselves. This year I am requesting the period from noon until about 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for my brother-inlaw, my father-in-law, my two sons


and any others interested in watching the Detroit Lions or the Tony Romoless Dallas Cowboys on the in-laws’ 13-inch television. As I have explained to Ann, this is a special bonding time for me and her family. To do so in silence, with large amounts of tryptophan oozing through our veins, makes the bonding that much more rewarding. I’m not asking her to understand us, only to respect our tradition. Happy holidays, and here’s to hoping that a few good movies come out on Black Friday and that your skinny jeans don’t fit after Thanksgiving dinner. Tim Coriden is the city attorney. He lives in Columbus with his wife and sons.

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This is your friendly reminder to get your seasonal flu shot. It’s not too late, and it’s easier than ever. Vaccinations are available at many clinics around town, as well as participating CVS and Walgreens pharmacies and PromptMed. Protect yourself and your family before it’s too late. — She magazine

Recommended reading “Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel,” by Jeannette Walls. $15. 272 pages “Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’ no-nonsense, resourceful and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age 6, Lily was helping her father break horses. At 15, she left home to teach in a frontier town — riding 500 miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in “The Glass Castle,” a local book group favorite. The rough and tumble life in the West at the beginning of the 20th century is vividly portrayed in this compelling novel. — Viewpoint Books

beauty bits No matter how dry your skin, gentle cleansing at night is essential. Makeup, sunscreen, bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt and oil build up on your face during the day. They can work their way into your pores, causing inflammation. A pillow rubbing against your face drives particles deeper into your pores. There’s no need to wash again in the morning. Just rinse your face with water when you wake up. —

Landscape logic Plants can be propagated by cuttings, and now is a good time to take cuttings for some hardwood trees and shrubs. After the foliage has fallen from deciduous trees and shrubs, selectively remove branches of the current season’s growth that are pencil thick. Long branches can be removed from shrubs such as forsythia and cut into several sections. Cuts should be made just beneath a node where the leaf was attached. Cuttings from narrow-leaved evergreens vary in success. Arborvitae, cypress, yews and prostrate junipers root easily. Cuttings from hemlock, spruce, pines, and firs are much more difficult. More information is available at the Extension office. — Extension educator Mike Ferree P a g e 48 SHE m a g a z i n e • n o v e m b e r 2 0 1 0

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