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belle Brilliant spring fashion rates a second look

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WoMen You Should KnoW: Shelley Briggs, Elli Sparks, Sarah Grady and More Shape ShifterS Hiring a personal trainer

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Flowers in the glass. … The hoop movement rolls around again. … cooking teacher Ellie Sparks delves into post-hippie territory. … Women for Winesense celebrate a birthday. … Just browsing with costumer Sarah Grady. by Holly Timberline Mod MoM: Spring makeovers can transform furniture for the younger set. by Karen Guard 13



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This disordered house isn’t an indicator of my imagination. by Valley Haggard 34



ProfiLE: Shelley Briggs shares the wealth and attracts a following.

by Karen Newton 15



fEATUrE: Brighter days are here again, with clothes to match. by

Fashion Editor Lauren Healy and the Belle fashion team 16


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From the Publisher Although I shared with you last month that I’m a proud Richmonder, something I didn’t mention was my eight-year stint living in Washington, D.C. That’s right, a Hanover County girl decided to move to the big city. It was a culture shock — the scents, the views, the colors, the languages — all were fantastically new to me and I soaked it up. I ate great food, saw fantastic shows, and it never grew old to see a political “celebrity” shopping in Georgetown. But while living inside the beltway was a great education, it was incredibly exhausting. A few years after moving into that area, my amazement turned to cynicism. I was irritated you couldn’t eat on the Metro, annoyed that the politicians I’d just watched yelling at each other on CSPAN were laughing and eating lunch together in a Capitol Hill bistro. And, lest I even mention the painful traffic? It had happened: I was jaded. Enter Richmond. Lovely, hospitable Richmond. I returned for a weekend one early spring and recall how different the air smelled while driving through the back roads of Hanover. We opened the windows and took in the air the way it should smell — simply fresh. Upon entering Ashland, people waved. My husband, originally from California, asked, “Who is that?” My response: “I don’t know.” I’m certain he snickered a bit not fully understanding that’s just what we do here. I was returning to go with my mother for our annual tradition: the Southern Women’s Show. There, we’d find booth upon booth of every product that would interest a proper Southern lady. We always spent more than we should, and it was always a great day. This year the Southern Women’s Show returns March 18-20. Belle will be there on the main stage showing Richmond women everything you want to know about how to work that LBD (little black dress) in your closet. Our fashion editor Lauren Healy has put together some local finds that you won’t want to miss. So please stop by and see us on March 19! We’ll be sure to wave. Lori Collier Waran Publisher

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hen Elli Sparks took her family’s nutrition in hand, she stumbled upon a niche market for healthful cooking that appealed to many beyond her own kitchen. In what could simply be considered the step after “think globally, shop locally,” Sparks has learned how to prepare healthfully all those bags of sustainably produced goodies we lug home from the farmers’ markets. She teaches classes twice monthly at her Woodland Heights home, in a large kitchen renovated by her husband, cabinetmaker Rob Staropoli. Sparks offers classes in yogurt (with raw milk, if you’re so inclined), grass-fed beef, sprouted nuts and seeds, homemade pickles and fermented foods. See the list at her site,

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the fridge and on the counter, before we cook it. Also, grass-fed beef requires a third less cooking time. One of the best things about grass-fed beef is the omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat. Cows get omega-3 from grass, not from grains. When we eat grass-fed, we get the benefits of omega-3, which include healthy hearts and good mental health. One of my favorite grass-fed beef recipes is steak tartare.

Belle: Is there really that much interest in making your own yogurt? SparkS: Who knew? I scheduled one yogurt class last month. There was so much interest that my first class filled up and I added a second class. That one filled in one afternoon!

Is cooking grass-fed beef any different from cooking regular beef? Sure is. Grass-fed beef is lean. Think of how a hunter handles venison — a lean meat — curing it first before freezing it. The way most butchers prepare beef these days is tailored to feed-lot beef. They don’t build in enough time to cure grass-fed beef. So we’ve got to add some time for curing, in

Wait. Raw beef? Yup. Raw beef has enzymes in it that we need for digestion. It is actually easier to digest than cooked meat. But it’s really important to make sure you trust your farmer and the butcher. I would never eat feed-lot beef raw. I also like to teach people about organ meat. It gives everyone the heebie-jeebies. But when you look at primitive cultures, that’s what they eat first because that’s where nutrients are most concentrated. OK, sprouts. Are you talking about those jars of alfalfa sprouts everyone grew in the ’70s? Not really. I’m talking about soaking or sprouting nuts and grains. Wheat, for example. A lot of people have trouble digesting wheat. But for some, it’s not wheat itself that’s the problem, it’s the way we prepare it. Wheat has a natural enzyme inhibitor in it that is only released through soaking. We need enzymes to digest our food. So if we eat food that inhibits those enzymes, we have more digestive trouble and get less of the nutrition from our food. But if we soak the wheat first, it starts to sprout. That process turns off the enzyme inhibitor — we actually put more enzymes into our bodies that way, instead of inhibiting them. Is all of this effort really worth the trouble? Food is supposed to heal and build our bodies. And that’s what I want folks to know: how to make real food that truly heals us and builds healthy bodies and happy minds.

THE THINkER’S DRINk While archaeological evidence suggests that wine has been around for nearly 10,000 years, it’s a topic that never grows old. If you’re a frequent traveler through the world of wine, Women for WineSense wants to be your guide. The education and networking organization for wine professionals and enthusiasts has 10 chapters across the country. The chapter in richmond is 7 years old, open to both men and women and holds a wine tasting and a short business meeting every month in local restaurants and wine shops. an annual dinner is held in april, and the group visits a Virginia winery each October. This month the group visits Mise En Place cooking school in Shockoe Slip on March 28 at 6 p.m., to sample a selection of appetizers paired with wines. Next month an event at Sensi in Tobacco row is billed as a coming-of-age party — the national organization turns 21 — celebrating with three wines and three courses april 25 at 6 p.m. For information or to register for any of the group’s events, contact event coordinator Phyllis herriges at 358-5032 or e-mail


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s t y l e & s u b sta n c e the executive director of RVA Hoophouse [a nonprofit organization dedicated to the movement arts]. The two groups definitely feed each other.



verything comes back into style: Preppy ’50s cardigans, peg-top ’60s skirts and those ’70sera plastic circles from Wham-O with ball bearings inside for that shoop-shoop sound. Hula-Hooping has a decidedly 21st-century tendency to take itself seriously. Today’s hoopers are more likely to be grown women than little girls (though not always), and they use larger, sturdier hoops. Selecting, customizing or even creating one’s own hoop is all part of the experience. Most importantly, it’s not just about keeping that hoop around your hips for as long as possible — hooping is a form of art, dance and exercise — sometimes all at the same time. The hooping craze was fueled in part by the jam

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band the String Cheese Incident when it began tossing hoops into the audience during concerts in the mid-’90s. The annual Burning Man Festival pumps more adrenaline into the hooping movement every year, and hoopers now gather at spin jams or convergences held all over the globe. So, you found your old blue and white striped Hula-Hoop, you’ve practiced in your bedroom, and you’re ready to share the groovy hoop love. What next? Stacy Guard — also known as Firefly — can help: Belle: What is your role in the Richmond hooping community? Guard: I’m the founder of RVA Hooplovers and

Where should a new hooper start? Classes? Parties? Hoop-ins? There are monthly hoop-curious workshops at Dogtown Dance Theatre. Contact me for more information at 517-9292 or What about the hoop itself? The hoop is really important. Store-bought hoops are the reason people say they can’t hoop. The hoops most people use are custom-made and can be ordered online. I have a few magic hoops, which are huge and a great way to learn. But after that you’ll generally need to have a hoop customsized and made just for you. I also lead hoop-making workshops. Would you recommend any other gear? Naked skin! The hoops love naked skin — shoulders, belly, whatever. Skin just offers a better grip, and you can feel the hoop easier. Yoga clothes are fine, but I always tell people if they are comfortable baring some skin, they’ll have more success. Are there naked hoopers? Yeah, but we’ve all found that hooping naked is not real pretty.

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Should everybody choose a hooping name? Firefly is my hooping name. It fits me because I’ve also been a fire spinner [dancing with a hoop or other object while it is on fire]. Most people do choose a hoop name, just to help find their identity as hooper. It’s part of the fun of it all, where you turn into a different person when you’re inside your hoop.

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love shopping at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales — anywhere I can find a treasure, or even better, a piece of furniture with hidden potential that I can turn into something cuter. Sometimes I don’t even have to leave the house, I just look at what we own and make new plans for it. I especially love working on furniture pieces for my children — giving them something unique that I made especially for them. A little paint, pretty fabric and elbow grease, and you can give a bright new future to something old and drab. When I got it in my head that I wanted to fix up a kids’ table and chair I started scouring the thrift stores but didn’t have any luck. My husband suggested Craigslist and found something perfect in about five minutes. It turns out it was bought at an estate sale and is suspected to be antique church furniture — very interesting. Solid wood is sturdy and a great foundation, but the dark grain wasn’t very fun for a kid. I knew I wanted to cover the chair seat and table shelf with matching fabric so I decided to start there. Usually a trip to the fabric store takes me forever — I have a hard time deciding on the perfect fabric — but this time was different. I saw this gorgeous fabric from Japan as soon as I walked in the store, and I knew it would liven up these furniture pieces. Then I chose a paint color that matched one of the stripes in the fabric, and I was ready to go.


I sanded the piece, primed it, and painted two coats of the new color, a shade of chartreuse that looks more yellow in the sunlight and more green at night — a chameleon.


Then I used a big piece of paper to make a pattern of the chair seat and the table shelf (the top surface needed to stay smooth and ready for a child’s writing and art projects). I used the pattern to cut out the fabric and glued it to the chair using Mod Podge. I use one coat underneath and two coats on top of the fabric.


The final step is a coat of water-based polyurethane to make sure the fabric is extra protected, because we all know how rough kids can be on their things. An old table and chair is given a new life in a couple hours. I know you’re already thinking about what furniture you have lying around that you could redo. I say go for it! Karen Guard has received national attention for redoing furniture in her unique decorative style. Her blog, décor and graphic designs can be found at


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helley Briggs drives a big blue bus, distributing books and teaching bike repair. And when she’s not waitressing in the evenings at Joe’s Inn, she runs the new Books, Bikes and Beyond thrift store on Broad Street. This high-octane schedule fits Briggs perfectly; in conversation, her enthusiasm for her work overflows onto every word. When she originally got the idea for a mobile bike repair service in 2007, she mentioned it to Chop Suey bookstore owner Ward Tefft, who’d always wanted to do a bookmobile. The next day they bought a school bus, and the nonprofit Books on Wheels was born. “We had an insanely packed schedule,” Briggs recalls of the first year, “in Richmond and all over the country. It was really fun and great.” The bus is currently booked through April, but the duo is trying to cut expenses and stay in town more, doing at least a couple of local events every month. “We mostly work in low-income neighborhoods with at-risk youth, those children who do not have adequate access to books or bicycle repair,” explains Briggs, who has a master’s degree in social work. “I think seeing the bus out and about is crucial to understanding what we do and why it’s important for kids who have never owned a book to take home, or kids getting their bikes fixed for the summer who don’t have anything to do in their neighborhoods.” By 2009, Briggs needed to find extra storage space for Books on Wheels. Since people were already donating books and bikes, she wondered, “what if I took in other things? It was really sort of accidental.” She found a storefront to serve as a thrift shop. Tefft offered advice on running a retail operation, and Briggs got the word out that she was accepting donations. She opened the first Books, Bikes and Beyond thrift store in Northside in September 2009. Donations poured in, and within a short time, Briggs realized she needed a lot more space. By February, she was scouting larger locations. “I knew I


wanted to be on Broad Street because there was lots of foot traffic,” she says. Last September, she opened the much larger store at 7 W. Broad St., a logistical challenge. “I moved everything in four weeks by myself. Relocating wool sweaters in the summertime is the worst,” she says, laughing. The new store participates in First Fridays Art Walks every month with art exhibits, live music and free books. Briggs figures it’s the perfect way to let the community discover the store: “People come in on First Fridays and say they didn’t know it was a thrift store; then they come back the next day or week to shop.” She’s most proud of how eager people are to donate to her store and see their actions being put to work locally. “I guess the best way I feel that [Books on Wheels] has an impact is what people

try to give us in return,” she says. “People get their bikes fixed, grab some books, go home and come back and give us food, help unload or load the bus, offer a handshake and a warm smile. “It’s the sense of community involving people coming out and hanging out in the street, doing something positive like getting hyped on reading or riding a bike. It’s amazing how so many different people don’t believe we do it for free, like there’s a catch or something. But there is no catch,” she says. “Just trying to have a good time and give back where I can, passing on the skills and resources that I have.” Books, Bikes and Beyond thrift store is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on First Fridays until 10 p.m.


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mirror, mirror, mirror Spring unleashes a kaleidoscope of colors. Fashion Editor: Lauren Healy Art Director: Jeff Bland Photographer: Scott Elmquist Model: Katie Roberts, Liquid Talent Group Hair Stylist: Kate Montgomery at Katie Blue Salon Makeup: Jonye Cordova of JonyegirlFaces

Opposite page: Orange cardigan by Jade ($89) at Peyton Hall; peach silk sleeveless dress by Alisha Levine ($169) at Wardrobe; vintage mouse monkey brooch ($30) at Verve in the Shops at 5807; pink and orange bangles ($3-$125) at Anthill Antiques; metal earrings with etched roses ($6) at LeenaLu; pink enamel bamboo bangle ($40) and cream snake heel by Isola ($175) at Monkee’s.

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Opposite page: Peach silk asymmetrical ruffle dress by Britt

Ryan ($284) at Wardrobe; silk tassel tulip scarf by Johnny Was ($77) at Lucky Lillibet in the Shops at 5807; nude and peach bangles ($12) and gold square dangles ($16) at Frillseekers in the Shops at 5807; coral beaded necklaces ($10 and $18) at Anthill Antiques; turquoise costume ring ($120) at Monkee’s.


This page: Fuchsia jumpsuit by Gracia ($74) at South Moon Under; carnival bangle ($24) and pin cushion earrings ($29) at Frillseekers in the Shops at 5807; pink and purple bangles ($3-$25) at Anthill Antiques; gunmetal tiger head ring ($6) at LeenaLu; taupe Lucite chain belt as necklace ($295) at Frances Kahn; fuchsia suede knot March  2011 | 19 Kahn. | heel by Butter ($280) at Scarpa Shoes in Frances



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Coral long-sleeved silk blouse by Equipment ($188), khaki shorts by Vince ($168) and taupe suede belt by Orciani ($255) at Frances Kahn; pink and orange bangles ($3$30) at Anthill Antiques; yellow gold necklace with hand-carved wooden skulls ($44) at Eurotrash; tortoise aviators by Tory Burch ($175) and gold with tortoise frame watch by Michael Kors ($195) at Monkee’s; pink bamboo hoops ($6) at LeenaLu; neon lace tank by Free People ($38) at Bliss at 5812; dusty pink and brown rose socks ($8) at Urban Outfitters; moss canvas platform by Big Buddha ($59) at Saxon.


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Confetti silk dress by Shoshanna ($360) at Monkee’s; neon yellow lace tank byFree People ($38) at Bliss at 5812; gold earrings by Sheila Faji ($64) at Levy’s; pink and orange bangles ($3$6) at Anthill Antiques; vintage mouse monkey brooch as bracelet ($30) at Verve, gumball necklace ($36) at Frillseekers and fuchsia fish-skin belt with gold grommets by Perverted Pearl ($120) in the Shops at 5807; yellow feathers ($36) at Luxor.



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find it HErE: Anthill Antiques 3439 W. Cary St. 254-2000 Bliss at 5812 5812 1/2 Grove Ave. 440-9025 Eurotrash 3009 W. Cary St. 622-3876 Frances Kahn 6229 River Road 288-5246 LeenaLu 3143 W. Cary St. 358-0639 Levys 5807 Grove Ave. 673-0177 Luxor 3001 W. Cary St. 359-6780

Yellow silk blouse by Leona ($192) at Monkee’s; yellow translucent sunglasses ($14) at Urban Outfitters; yellow encrusted bangles ($7) at LeenaLu; red and black bangles ($6-$10) and woven cuff ($20) at Anthill Antiques; beaded animal earrings ($28) at Frillseekers at the Shops at 5807; Virginia silhouette necklace ($77) at Pink; white enamel comic-bookstar ring ($37) at Eurotrash.

Monkee’s 11709 W. Broad St. 360-4660 Peyton Hall Stony Point 9200 Stony Point Parkway, No. 115 272-0833 Pink 3158 W. Cary St. 358-0884 Saxon Short Pump 11800 W. Broad St., No. 2750 285-3473 Scarpa In Frances Kahn 434-989-8407 Shops at 5807 5807 Patterson Ave. 288-5807 South Moon Under Short Pump 11800 W. Broad St., No. 2210 364-9424 Urban Outfitters Short Pump 11805 W. Broad St., No. 1790 364-5216 Wardrobe 1322 Gaskins Road 397-5021


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drawn and those people go up and share their tales. They rarely sound as polished as the first group, but often the stories are just as, if not more, compelling. Martinis and Film Scores

Music and movie lovers should consider the Richmond Symphony’s “The Music of James Bond” on March 12 at 8 p.m. at CenterStage. Hearing the theme songs from films such as “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger” and “Casino Royale” performed live is bound to be a unique experience, no matter which Bond was your favorite. And because no place else would be as fitting, plan to stop at Lemaire on your way downtown. Having a martini or two beforehand isn’t a prerequisite, but the stellar cocktail list should put you in a sophisticated mood. I’m thinking that the Ten Angry Scotsmen would be the perfect drink for Sean Connery fans. Besides, if Bond ever stopped in Richmond, you know he’d stay at the Jefferson. Monologues and Girlfriends


he good news is that it’s March and winter is mostly behind us. But don’t worry, I’m not going to go on about the Ides of March or tell you where to drink green beer. What I will do is suggest a few reasons to be out and about and enjoying yourself this month.

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Sunday nights can be deadly if you sit around and think about the workweek starting up. Instead head out to Balliceaux for an evening of independent films and the opportunity to talk with the filmmakers. The James River Filmmakers’ Forum is March 6 at 6 p.m., but smart attendees arrive early and enjoy the Sunday supper beforehand. Familystyle meals are available (roast chicken, roasted whole fish, shrimp and grits) in addition to a regular menu. Just make sure you get a good seat in the back room before 6 p.m. because the space fills up fast. There are usually four or five films before and after intermission. After the screenings, the filmmakers gather up front so the audience can ask questions. Things can get quite lively, and sometimes the filmmakers reveal all kinds of interesting tidbits. Stories and Tellers

Ordinarily I wouldn’t suggest the same venue two nights in a row, but I’m breaking my own rule for the sake of a fairly new event that I think everyone should experience at least once. It’s the Secretly Y’all, Tell Me a Story evening that happens every other month at Balliceaux. It’ll be March 7 at 7 p.m., and this month’s theme is true myths and urban legends. The organizers screen about six storytellers in advance, and they tell their stories for the first half of the show. During intermission audience members who have a story to share that fits the theme are encouraged to put their name in a hat. After intermission names are

Because every woman should spend an evening celebrating a body part, check out “The Vagina Monologues” at the Firehouse Theatre on March 27 or 28. This series, performed by various women in the community, focuses on the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. As a bonus, the Firehouse bar will be open, so grab some girlfriends and make an evening of it. As for St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll leave that to you. I’m more likely to be out celebrating Mardi Gras on March 8; there’s an awesome brass band playing at the Camel that night and no green beer is involved — but to each her own. Karen Newton blogs about almost everything she does at

Scores from James Bond films get the Richmond Symphony treatment at CenterStage.

Ashley Zahorian, who directed the comedy “Menna,” is one of the headliners at the James River Filmmakers’ Forum.


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The Experts Courtney MacDonald , american Council on exercise certified personal trainer and owner of Think Fit Life, has been a personal trainer for three years, providing customized in-home workouts. she lost nearly 90 pounds in her own quest for wellness, so she has firsthand experience with the trials and tribulations of weight loss. Cathy Shea , a national academy of sports Medicine certified personal trainer and owner of richmond w workout, has been a personal trainer for 25 years. with 15 marathons under her belt, she provides race training as well as personalized workouts at her Fan studio.

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Does a personal trainer fit into your future?

ast month we talked with three richmonders who make exercise a regular, enjoyable part of their lives. Two of them said they did so through personal trainers, so we think it’s a good time to explore how to find a trainer, what you should ask and just how long it’ll take before you fit into your favorite jeans.

and Fitness association of america certified personal trainer and director of group exercise for the downtown and James Center yMC y as, has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 18 years. a certified yoga and pilates instructor and certified strength and conditioning specialist, she teaches three group classes a week and trains clients for eight to 10 hours each week.

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Belle: What should you think about before hiring a personal trainer? MacDonald: Determine your goals. Do you want to lose weight, build muscle, increase strength and endurance, train for a specific event or just have overall good health and wellness? Shea: Look at your monthly expenses and figure out how much you’re willing to invest. Do you want a friend to train with you? That may mean less out of pocket per person than if you were working with a personal trainer alone. Weaver: Make sure that what you are stepping

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into is for yourself, not for anyone else. it’s not for your spouse, it’s not for your children — it’s for your own personal well-being.

How would you suggest someone find a trainer who’s suited to her personality and goals? Shea: begin by asking friends and family members for a personal trainer referral. search the internet to determine a convenient location. once you find a location, contact the location and speak directly with a trainer. you should ask specifics about credentials, experience, scheduling and other variables such as parking, changing area and fees. This will give you a snapshot of the business, the trainer’s personality and a sense of rapport. Weaver: at the yMCa you can go straight to the wellness director, who can put you with someone who specifically fits your needs. if a trainer teaches classes, take a class with them or watch them on


Personal trainer courtney MacDonald says clients should expect to do plenty of cardio exercise and some strength training on their own time beyond training sessions.

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the fitness floor so you can get a feel for how they are with members. What should a new client expect from her first meeting with a personal trainer? Weaver: expect to have a sit-down talk to establish your goals, your health history, your medications and your current physician. expect to have to talk about personal issues because we can’t help you if we don’t know what’s going on with you. That includes emotional things too, like divorce, stress, et cetera. MacDonald: i consider the first meeting as a fitness test. it’s my opportunity to observe a client’s physical strengths and limitations, as well as how mentally ready they are for the challenge of being pushed outside of their comfort zone. also, depending on your fitness goals, your personal trainer may take your body measurements, weight, [body-mass index], et cetera. What’s a reasonable timeline to expect to see results? Weaver: you probably won’t see any weight loss for eight weeks — although your pants might fit better, you’ll feel better, you’ll be able to breathe better and you’ll feel like your core is stronger. after six to eight weeks, you should expect to lose one to two pounds a week, if you are there for losing weight. MacDonald: bottom line: The harder you work, the faster you’re going to feel and see results. a one- to twopound weight loss [a week] is safe and a reasonable goal. Most of my clients really start to notice a difference in their clothes within three weeks.

sessions. you may be given a homework day of strength training. Weaver: Most people need two to three months with a personal trainer. you should exercise three to five days a week at a minimum of 30 minutes. Two of those days should be in the gym; other activities could be vacuuming your house, walking the mall, washing your car. all of those activities burn calories. What’s the most common roadblock to achieving success with personal training? MacDonald: The biggest roadblock i see is not doing what your personal trainer recommends outside of your sessions. The second roadblock is injury. you must communicate with your trainer if you’re feeling extra aches and pains. … you don’t want it to lead to a serious injury and time off from training. Shea: staying motivated. often times if a client misses too many sessions in a row, they will lose motivation momentum and find it difficult to stay focused. also, scheduling can be a roadblock if a client travels for business and cannot be consistent with their sessions. What is your pricing?

Weaver: at the y, it’s $44 to $59 for a single ses-

sion, and packages are available in three-packs, five-packs and 10-packs. nonmembers are welcome to sign up for personal training. Certain branches will offer specials on packages, so you should be on the lookout in spring, fall and late winter. MacDonald: My prices range from $40 to $65 based on how many sessions you buy in advance and depending on whether or not you have a training buddy. Shea: My pricing is $60 per session. If you could offer potential trainees one piece of advice, what would it be? Weaver: Know your goal and make sure you make the commitment to not just the exercise part of it, but the eating piece as well. That does not mean go on a diet; it means beginning to eat healthier things that you could eat for the rest of your life. exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. Shea: one, don’t hire a trainer unless you are committed to accomplishing your goals and, two, look carefully at your trainer’s education and experience before committing time and money to the relationship. MacDonald: Let go of the “i can’t” and get ready to find your inner athlete. be open to new ways of breaking a sweat and working your body. nothing beats feeling strong and confident.

cathy Shea recommends yoga and daily exercise in addition to the workout sessions she conducts with clients in her personal training business.

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What sort of time commitment should a new client expect to make to see change and stay motivated? What sort of activities should they expect to do outside of personal training sessions? Shea: a client should buy a package of at least six weeks of sessions to make a commitment. The activities outside of training should always include a minimum of 30-40 minutes of cardio and core exercises, and i also recommended supplementing the training with stretching classes or yoga. Many of my clients exercise seven days a week and walk, do yoga, or go for a bike ride on one or two of the days instead of taking the typical day off. MacDonald: i recommend new clients commit to a personal training program for three months minimum. you should expect to do cardio, cardio, cardio outside of your

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Battle Cries Fans of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s “Raising Sand,” listen up. While that formidable duo hasn’t made it back into the studio, 12 Americana tracks by the Civil Wars just might satiate your appetite for all things bare bones and beautiful. Joy Williams and John Paul White leverage sparse arrangements and exquisite harmonies on a debut that shivers with authenticity. While we roam the fictional space that is Barton Hollow, we encounter people as varied as a forlorn lover and a dead man walking, all of whom have stories that are haunting and irresistible. Think Flannery O’Connor for music lovers. — h.L. | 30 | March 2011


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Chicken Lettuce Wraps Bauer recommends a food chopper to cut the carrots, celery and bell peppers for these kid-friendly wraps. Ground chicken seasoned with plum sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and chili paste brings out the asian flavors; soft Boston or bibb lettuce makes the wraps tender and easy to eat. Four wraps weigh in at nine grams of fat and fewer than 300 calories, making those frozen diet meals look awfully dull by comparison.

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In her cookbook, “Skinny Italian,” reality television character Teresa Giudice suggests a plastic mandoline slicer to cut vegetables easily and neatly. For this side dish she keeps skins on and adds variations with beans, pine nuts or cheese. The basic dish calls for lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and chopped fresh basil — all required pantry items for this very Italian cook. (hyperion Books, 2010, $19.99.)

Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Rabe and Red Pepper from “Slim and ScrumptiouS”/ photo by joSeph deleo

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arch may summon thoughts of Irish stew and Guinness, but for two cookbook authors it’s a month to celebrate the color green in ways that won’t pack on pounds. The sources couldn’t be more different — Teresa Giudice from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and Joy Bauer, super-slim nutritionist of NBC’s “Today Show,” who has a fourth book on the charts. Both cookbooks break it down with nutrition data and eat-light suggestions, and both promise the please any kids or menfolk in the household with their familiar flavors and textures. But for sheer laughs and personality, it’s difficult to resist the almost campy chatter of Giudice and her “juicy” husband, Joe, who explain why they’ll never eat a bottled salad dressing, anything with canola oil, or diet packs of cookies. Theirs is a surprisingly tuned-in pitch for slow food, made at home on a realistic timetable, with sometimes hilarious commentary on beauty, sex and life’s edible pleasures. “Let me assure you, I eat. I freakin’ love food. Always have,” Giudice writes. “In other words: life is short; pass the cannoli.”

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Bauer uses a light combination of olive oil and soft, tub margarine to make this dish, pumped up with white wine, lemon, garlic and extra vegetables — broccoli rabe and red bell peppers. a serving comes in at 10 grams of fat and fewer than 300 calories, which restaurant versions of this rich and popular entrée can’t touch. Find it in “Slim and Scrumptious,” which has more than 75 recipes from breakfast to snacks and sweets, all tested and measured to meet Bauer’s perfectionist standards. (William Morrow, 2010, $24.99)


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have recently made a resolution: not to perfect my house, but to stop apologizing for its imperfections. I hate when anyone else does, especially when their house turns out to be utterly immaculate, but, say, with a child’s puzzle splayed out charmingly atop a freshly vacuumed carpet. The effect is the same as a skinny woman apologizing for eating a french fry — it just makes everyone involved feel terrible. Because I lived in a tool shed in Arkansas for a few months in my early twenties, I feel I can say on full authority that our house is “very Arkansas.” But even with the half-painted walls, the haphazard shutters, the backyard full of nearly functional machinery and the hole in the fence large enough for our neighbor’s dogs to climb through, our house does boast a certain creative resourcefulness that I found in abundance in the tool shed’s surrounding grounds. In the spirit of “MacGyver,” my husband can restore things to usefulness that, had I been single, would have inspired me to move out. Like plugging our broken bathtub drain with a rubber ball, for instance.

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Looking back, “in cleanliness and in filth” should have been part of our marriage vows, directly following “for richer or for poorer,” because over time, we have wrestled with and accepted varying degrees of all four. Whenever I point out the rat’s nest of wires, tools and dirty socks beneath my husband’s desk, he has but to look over at my overflowing piles of photo albums, books, journals and junk mail to settle the score. As they say, “you spot it, you got it,” and oh, how I’ve got it. I envy my friends who are naturally inclined to pick up a scrub brush to battle their grief, stress or anxiety. For me, when anything hits the fan, I pick up a pen, the phone, a book or a package of Little Debbies. I talk, eat, read and write my way through my troubles, but rarely, if ever, do I put on rubber gloves and scour them away. I love it, though, when my friends take trips to Third World countries. Because even before I see their pictures of the dirt-smeared children or hear their livestock-on-the-bus stories, I am reminded of how filthy rich we actually are, even on days when our bank deposits are in increments of one.

My son started kindergarten this year. When inviting new friends over for play dates, rather than thinking, “Oh boy, my son is making friends!” I braced myself for, “Oh dear God! Another West End mom is going to see my house!” But, I tell myself, kids like spaces in which they feel free to make a big, artistic mess. The crayon art preserved like cave men’s buffalos on the walls promotes a certain creativity that sterility might stifle. And, by the sheer volume of art produced in our house, so far this seems true. I keep a reminder from my 2010 Daily Bitch calendar on my fridge: “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.” It at least partially balances out the other idea — that the state of one’s house is an outward reflection of one’s inner life. Because that is frightening. If it’s true, my inner life probably needs a power washer and a full-time maid. On the other hand, the contents of my inner life — the sloppiest, the ugliest, the most real and the most beautiful — are always available for my own inspection, and for the inspection of those I invite in, as well. And for this, I am not sorry at all.



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