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utumn is the perfect time to take account of what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and what we’d like to do next year. ----Author Unknown

Are you ready to fall in love with cooler temperatures and the warm fall colors and styles? I hope so because the harvest season has officially arrived and the holidays are right around the corner. This month we are excited to introduce Tex Appeal’s Fit in Four Fitness Challenge and the contestants Rachel White, Stacy Gail Holliman, and Violet Vianes. These three women have vowed to get fit—starting this fall. We have paired each contestant up with a personal trainer and will follow each team for the next three months as they embark on a lifechanging journey to get healthy and fit for 2014. Learn more about these women and their trainers on page 53. Speaking of journeys, in Big Wheel Adventures, find out why the RV industry is making a big come back in 2013, thanks to baby boomers. And we’ve also highlighted one local couple who are happily rolling towards retirement in their own Flying Cloud on page 46. Read all about the great health benefits of eight amazing Anti-Aging Miracle Foods and why you should be eating more of them on page 60. But don’t fret over getting older, in 20 Things that Improve with Age on page 29, you’ll discover there are plenty of things in life that just keep getting better n’ better with age. We also met several locals this month who are living proof that it is never too late to make positive changes in your professional life. Meet them in Mid-Life Shift-Switching Gears & Careers on page 28. What makes Central Texas such a great place to live? It is the people who live here. And a perfect example is our Neighbor, Jean Shine. Read the inspiring story of how she started an annual Central Texas holiday tradition and a non-profit to honor our Veterans in the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in A Gift From the Heart, page 17. Thank again for reading Tex Appeal Magazine and have a very happy fall, ya’ll!

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Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 5-6 Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6-12 Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12 National Save for Retirement Week, October 20-26 Wal k e r H o n e y Fa r m ’ s P u mp k i n Patc h A r r i v es Octo be r 1 Choose from hundreds of pumpkins including jacks, pies; gourds; Indian corn; hay; Cinderella, Fairytale, baby pumpkins and much more! Open 10am-6pm daily. 8060 E. U.S. HWY 190, Rogers

T h e Ba n d o f A n gels Octo be r 1-De ce mber 3 1 The Band of Angels is helping sponsor care packages for the deployed service members. Our goal is to send 100 care packages down range every month to the deployed troops until they return. For more information contact: Joni Schildman at 315.813.4041 or email Harker Heights

O k to b e r fest Octo be r 4-6 Fredericksburg, Texas celebrates its German heritage through Oktoberfest--Oompah at its best. German music, food and drink, arts and crafts, children’s area and family fun. Oktoberfest is a colorful, festive celebration of Fredericksburg, Texas’ German heritage. It has become an annual tradition around the world. Oktoberfest is a community event full of family entertainment featuring three stages of continuous oompah music, art and crafts, children’s fun area, a German Bier Tent and Oktoberfest Vineyard area, OkTUBAfest, Chicken Dance on Main, domino tournament, delicious food and lots of cold drinks, all weekend long! Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. Fredericksburg, Texas

Au sti n C at Fa n cie r s Octo be r 5-6, 9:30a m All Breed Cat Show Food drive for Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Cat Adoption from North Texas Humane Society. Vendors selling amazing items for you and your pet. Meet the Breeds!! Bengals, Sphynx, Ragdolls, Maine Coons and 10

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C h r istmas i n Octo b e r O cto b er 1 1 -1 2 , 10a m-5pm Catch the holiday spirit and get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at the Village of Salado. Downtown Salado

Fall Fa r me r s M a r k et O cto b er 1 2 , 8a m-2 pm Enjoy local produce, wine tastings, food vendors, live music, raffles, pumpkin patch, jewelry, soaps, wine ice cream tastings, fresh eggs, cheese, crafts, home décor, meats, pickles, jerky and lots of family fun! All at the Walker Honey Farm Store. Sponsored by the Texas Cheese House. 8060 E. U.S. HWY 190, Rogers

T e x as Re n aissa n ce F esti val O cto b er 1 2 -D ecemb er 1, 9a m - 8 p m The Texas Renaissance Festival is an interactive theme park that embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater is filled with live entertainment and food. The festival opens weekends beginning October 12th-December 1st and Thanksgiving Friday. A different theme each weekend makes every day a new adventure. Themes include Oktoberfest, Pirate Invasion and Barbarian Invasion. Weddings, picnics, group events and camping complete the festival experience. School Days (Nov. 5-6) invites all public, private and home schools for a day of G-rated fun and an educational adventure and host UIL style competitions. Discounted tickets for Opening Weekend! For more information visit Todd Mission, Texas

F u giti v e 5 k F u n Ru n & 1 0 k C e n te x Race S e r ies O cto b er 1 2 For more information contact the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation at 254.953.5657

4 7 t h A n n ual S ala d o A rt Fai r O c to b e r 26 - 27 The Art Fair returns! For the 47th year in a row, the Salado Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Annual Art Fair. Known statewide and throughout the country, the Salado Annual Art Fair has drawn tens of thousands of visitors over the years and is a staple in the community. The Art Fair will be on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th and 27th. For so many years, beautiful Pace Park has greeted both artist and visitor alike, hosting the Art Fair with style, grace and plenty of shade. There will be dozens of artists and artisans lining Pace Park while children play, trolleys run, and the oohs and aahs as some of the most beautiful art work is unveiled. Don’t miss it! Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free. Hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Come be a part of a 47-year strong event that brings every age and walk of life to Salado to see beautiful artwork of many genres. Visit or call 254.947.5040 for more information or to become a vendor. Pace Pa rk, Salado

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M o n ste r Das h 5 k & 1 0 k O c to b e r 26, 8 : 30 am The Central Texas Area Rotary Clubs and the City of Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department are joining together again this year to raise awareness and funds for the eradication of polio with our Monster Dash 5k walk/run, 5k team (four person) competition, 10k run, and 10k hand cycle race event. There will also be a 1/3 mile, Little Monster Dash for children 10 years old and under. All proceeds from this event will be used by The Rotary Foundation for the eradication of polio. Costumes, especially for the Little Monster Dash, are encouraged. This is a sanctioned race of the Cen-Texas race series. For more information contact Harker Heights Parks and Recreation at 254.953.5657. Harker Heights Community Park 1501 E. FM 2410, Harker Heights


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Buying, selling and trading in downtown Belton. Come see our vendors and farmer’s market in our historic downtown on Central Ave. Enjoy food and entertainment. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. Downtown Belton

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T h e I n au g u r al A me r ica n C a n ce r S o ciet y ’ s “ B r a B ru n c h ” Octo be r 30, 11:30a m -1 pm Featuring celebrity models, waiters, a bra auction, and keynote speaker provided by Macy’s, and Dan Ingham of KWTX News Channel 10 will emcee. An event to benefit the American Cancer Society. Lunch served by the “the guys” to SAVE “the girls!” For more information or to reserve your seat now, please contact ACS at Wildflower Country Club, Temple


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Wreaths for Vets By Teresa K. Hernandez Photos by Priscilla Z Photography


ecember 15, eight years ago, after attending a Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery, local realtor Jean Shine left disappointed when only six wreaths were placed for the six branches of the armed forces. “My heart just sank when I looked out across all those headstones--every one of them deserved a wreath,” said Jean. As Jean left the cemetery, she became determined to get a wreath for every single headstone even if it meant she had to take matters into her own hands and buy them herself. Driving straight to the local Hobby Lobby—Jean discovered they only had a few wreaths left so late in the season. But refusing to give up, she got on the phone and started calling stores in Austin until she found one location that thought they still had a couple hundred wreaths. That was all Jean needed to hear as she picked up a moving truck and headed to Austin. Once she arrived and started going through the wreaths, it looked like they might not have enough—especially after she called back to the cemetery and learned she needed 398. “It was just a miracle. Here it was December 15th and not only did I find 398 wreaths, but they were all the perfect size and on sale. When I got back to Killeen, I headed over to Walmart for red bows—and again, another miracle. They had 400, amazingly enough--all matching, red bows that were the perfect size.” Additional phone calls were made and soon she had gathered a crowd to help fluff the wreaths and attach the bows and organized a group to help place them at the cemetery. “It was just a miracle that it all fell together so easy and fast,” says Jean. Ever since, there has been an annual wreath laying ceremony at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery and a wreath placed at each and every headstone. With each passing year, the number of wreaths needed continues to rise, so Jean created Wreaths for Vets, a non-profit

organization that raises donations to purchase the wreaths and bows. “One hundred percent of the money goes to the wreaths. This year we are expecting to need approximately 5000 wreaths. We try to recycle, store, and reuse as many wreaths as possible every year. And a special thanks to Kenny Ray of Town Services in Killeen, for so generously providing us with a free 18-wheeler and sealed trailer to use as a storage building. But now we’re outgrowing it, and will have to build a large storage building to hang all the wreaths in.” This year Lieutenant General (RET) David Richard Palmer, historian and former superintendent of West Point (1986-1991) will be speaking at the wreath laying ceremony. “The wreath laying ceremony is now held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so all of the families who travel to Killeen to visit their loved ones at the cemetery, can join us in placing the wreaths. It is a very moving and touching event. There is just no better way to say thank you to all of our Veterans, their families, and this great nation, than to honor them with a wreath during the holidays,” says Jean.

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Volunteers Needed November 23, 10am Wreath Prep (Fluffing of the Wreaths) Killeen Special Events Center 3301 S. WS Young Dr.

Sponsor a Wreath or Make a Donate Tax deductible donations accepted online at:

November 30, 10am Ceremony and Laying of the Wreaths Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery 11463 State Hwy 195, Killeen

Memorial donations also accepted. In Memory/ In Honor of Your loved one.

January 5, 2014, 2pm Wreaths Retrieval Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery 11463 State Hwy 195, Killeen

Please make checks payable to: HUGSS

If you would like to volunteer to prepare, lay, or pick-up wreaths, please e-mail fctsvc@ or call (254) 690-4321.

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The Palm Oil Miracle By Bruce Fife

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Ending Aging

By Aubrey de Grey, Michael Rae MUST WE AGE? A long life in a healthy, vigorous, youthful body has always been one of humanity’s greatest dreams. Recent progress in genetic manipulations and calorierestricted diets in laboratory animals hold the promise that someday science will enable us to exert total control over our own biological aging. Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. Dr. de Grey believes that the key biomedical technology required to eliminate aging-derived debilitation and death entirely–technology that would not only slow but periodically reverse age-related physiological decay, leaving us biologically young into an indefinite future–is now within reach. In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage. As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine’s fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars. We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that damage. By demystifying aging and its postponement for the non-specialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science. Hardcover, 400 pages Published September 4, 2007 by St. Martin’s Press 20

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“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.” —John Locke

The Coconut Oil Miracle By Bruce Fife Use nature’s elixir to lose weight, prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and beautify skin and hair. Can saturated fat be good for you? Natural coconut oil-not the hydrogenated version often found in processed foods-is a saturated fat, but not the kind your doctor has warned you about. Studies have shown that this uniquely curative oil actually has innumerable health benefits ranging from disease prevention to anti-aging. Now, in his revised edition of the first book to describe the therapeutic properties of coconut oil, Bruce Fife offers a nutrition plan with dozens of tasty recipes that will allow anyone to experience the healing miracles of what he deems the “perfect food.” When taken as a supplement, used in cooking, or applied to directly to the skin, coconut oil has been found to: promote weight loss; help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases; strengthen the immune system; improve digestion; prevent premature aging of the skin. Paperback, Fourth Edition, 256 pages Published September 9, 2004 by Avery Trade

Aging Well

By George E. Vaillant In a unique series of studies, Harvard University has followed 824 subjects from their teens to old age. Professor George Vaillant now uses these to illustrate the surprising factors involved in reaching happy, healthy old age. Paperback, 180 pages Published September 30, 2004 by Scribner

Palm oil has been used as both a food and a medicine for thousands of years. It was prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt as a sacred food. Today palm oil is the most widely used oil in the world. In tropical Africa and Southeast Asia it is an integral part of a healthy diet just as olive oil is in the Mediterranean. Palm oil possesses excellent cooking properties. Palm oil is one of the world’s healthiest oils. As a natural vegetable oil, it contains no trans-fatty acids or cholesterol. It is currently being used by doctors and government agencies to treat specific illnesses and improve nutritional status. Recent medical studies have shown that palm oil, particularly virgin (red) palm oil, can protect against many common health problems. Some of the health benefits include improved blood circulation, protection against heart disease and cancer, improved blood sugar control, and protection against mental deterioration, including Alzheimer’s disease. Paperback, 192 pages Published June 1, 2007 by Piccadilly Books

Redefining Retirement: New Realities for Boomer Women By Margret Hovanec

Boomer women are about to pass yet another milestone– retirement! The first wave of women to enter the workforce in significant numbers are now leading the rush for the exits. They’re stepping out into trackless territory. This is not the end of a productive life. It can be an exciting gateway into a future that is challenging and rewarding, provided that we plan for it. Written by two successful professional women, a lawyer and a psychologist, the book explores the practical, personal and psychological issues surrounding retirement. With clear-eyed vigor and enthusiasm they look at what retirement will mean for women, and offer concrete strategies for gaining control of the retirement process. Paperback, 279 pages Published Sept. 15, 2007 by Second Story Press

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain By Barbara Strauch

For many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression. But new research from neuroscientists and psychologists suggests that, in fact, the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions, and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age. Growth of white matter and brain connectors allow us to recognize patterns faster, make better judgments, and find unique solutions to problems. In her impeccably researched book, science writer Barbara Strauch explores the latest findings that the middle-aged brain is more flexible and more capable than previously thought. For the first time, longterm studies show that our view of middle age has been misleading and incomplete. By detailing exactly the normal, healthy brain functions over time, Strauch also explains how its optimal processes can be maintained. Part scientific survey, part how-to guide, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain is a fascinating glimpse at our surprisingly talented middleaged minds. Paperback, 384 pages Published Jan. 8, 2003 by Little, Brown and Co.

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By Marc Freedman Over the next three decades, the number of Americans over fifty will double, swelling to more than a quarter of the population. This results is a new stage of life, one as long or longer than childhood or middle age and one spent in unprecedented good health. Marc Freedman identifies the new longevity as not a problem to be solved, but an opportunity to be seized. Freedman argues that the aging phenomenon, the massive transformation that many portray as our downfall, may in fact be our best hope for renewal as a nation.


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The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement By Jan Cullinane

Essential advice on the retirement challenges facing single women. Twenty-five million strong and growing: that’s the number of single women 45+ in the United States. “The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement” is an essential and targeted resource for planning the next steps in your life. Packed with an inclusive blueprint that covers every aspect of retirement along with quizzes, checklists, and sidebars to help readers assess their choices, “The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement” is the only retirement book single women need. The author addresses important concerns from the perspective of women, who typically have less savings and live longer than men. From investing to dealing with divorce, dating, caregiving and death, from staying physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy to handling kids, this book weaves personal anecdotes and suggestions from single women with guidance from attorneys, financial planners and certified public accountants. Covers all the retirementrelated issues that affect single women, including finances, taxes, divorce, death of a spouse, second careers, and relocation. Recommends the best places to retire, hot careers, meaningful ways to get the most out of your retirement, and strategies for healthy living. Asks the three questions that will answer the age-old question--should you retire? By combining technical information with insightful anecdotes, the book is a practical and complete resource for single women looking for a happy, successful retirement. It’s the only book that addresses all aspects of retirement for single women, combining professional expertise with the real experiences of many single women.


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Cowboy Boots The one thing in your closet that will never go out of style—cowboy boots. The older they are, the better they look and feel. Long lasting and durable, it is easy to get 20 years’ worth of mileage out of a quality pair of leather boots. To ensure your boots stand the test of time, apply a leather conditioner to them a couple times a year. Leather conditioner prevents the leather from drying out and keeps the boot soft, and most good quality leather conditioners provide a protective barrier for repelling water.



Family As families grow, so do the connections and memories that bond them together. Through the good, bad, and the ugly… families unite to accept and support one another.

Cast Iron Skilet

The color of a cast iron skillet is a tell-tale sign of its age and seasoning, and the older it is, the better. Virtually non-stick, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet can get super-hot and maintain high temperatures. Providing an even distribution of heat, cast iron skillets are one of the most versatile pieces of cookware you can own. From the range top to the oven, frying, baking, searing steaks, casseroles, or braising meats; the longer you own it, the more you will love it. The secret to a great seasoning on your skillet---NEVER use soap on it. Always rinse with hot water and wipe clean.


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When you finally find a pair of jeans that fits you right, you never want to let them go. The more you wash them, the better the denim feels and looks— comfortable, soft, and slightly faded in all the right places.

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Antiques Family heirlooms, vintage finds, rare, rusty, tarnished objects--the older these pieces get, the more precious and valuable they become to us. Even those items that do not have any monetary value can be deemed priceless due to an emotional or personal tie or significance.


Fine wine, bourbon, single malt scotch The older the age, the smoother the drink. When bourbon and single malt scotch is aged in a barrel at the distillery for 8, 10, 13, 15, or 18-plus years the flavor becomes more concentrated and mellow as the alcohol evaporates—hence the reason they come with such hefty price tags, you’re paying for the storage fees. The type of wood used to make the barrel is a major contributor in giving the whiskey it’s distinctive color, complexity, and richness. However, once the whiskey is bottled, the aging process stops. Wine is the only alcohol that will continue to age in the bottle.



Puppy love is fun and exciting, but it’s only when it grows and matures do we truly appreciate the significance of our partners and the intimacy, security, trust, and devotion we share with them.



Been there, done that. The older we get, the more experience and knowledge we possess; therefore, we are better prepared and equipped to handle situations or to make important decisions. Knowledge is power and it’s the fuel that boost our self-confidence.



What is the secret to those exceptional, melt-in-your-mouth steaks you find in the high-end steak houses? Dry aged beef. This process involves hanging a side of beef or prime cuts in a specialized cooler that adjusts, controls, and maintains specific temperature and humidity levels. The longer the meat ages in this controlled environment, the more the enzymes in the meat break down the proteins and the excess moisture is released and evaporated. As this happens the natural flavors of the meat begin to emerge and combine leaving the meat with a sweet, rich, complex and nutty flavor. The longer the beef ages, the more flavorful and tender it becomes; thus justifying the expensive price tag on it.



No use crying over spilled milk, go ahead and laugh it off. Even our humor improves with age. Stories from our past, messy mishaps, and watching little children play, are daily reminders to lighten up and enjoy some humor in our lives.


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Friendships Ever lasting friendships are a gift. Long periods of time may elapse between visits and great distance may separate you, but these friends are just a phone call away and will always love and support you. Through thick or thin you can depend on them to have your back.


Judgment Life teaches us a multitude of lessons. As we age, we learn its best not to jump to conclusions or to make snap judgments before learning all the facts. Hasty decisions and past mistakes teach us patience is important for good judgment.

American Muscle Cars Sleek, shiny, and fully restored or patina and rusty—it doesn’t matter. Fast American muscle cars are still impressive and valuable. Memories, music, and by-gone eras flood back to us when we hear the roar of the engines in these classic and iconic cars.



Trees What begins as only a small little sapling can grow into a tall, towering shade tree that will provide wonderful benefits to the earth and environment. Living for centuries, trees help absorb CO2 from the air. Even an average size tree can produce enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing.


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Expertise & skils Practice makes perfect. The more you practice the better you get and that goes for everything you do in life, whether its work related or a hobby. Years of practice will help you to sharpen your skills and achieve an expertise of your own.


Vocabulary You can learn a lot of important things from books; however, some of the most important things in life cannot be learned from books. They must be acquired from living life. Wisdom comes with age and experience.


Technology The technology advancements of the last decade have not only bought us many new modern conveniences and improved the way we work in the office, but it has propelled major medical advancements and improved lifesaving procedures. Looking forward, technology will only continue to help and improve our lives.


Wisdom You can learn a lot of important things from books; however, some of the most important things in life cannot be learned from books—they must be acquired from living life. Wisdom comes with age and experience.

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Investments Making wise investments in reasonably priced, high quality, dividend paying stocks is the key to happy returns. As the value of the stocks increase, so do the dividends each year-helping you to grow your income and prepare for retirement.

Well-being Crossing things off your bucket list, traveling, taking up new hobbies, and enjoying all of the fruits of your many years of labor pays off big. The older we get the more satisfied we become with life and as a result, we enjoy a greater sense of accomplishment and well-being.


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Michael DeHart Chief Executive Officer Fort Hood Association of Realtors

Major career changes are nothing new to Michael DeHart and over the years he has made several life-changing career moves. After spending 20 years on the streets of Killeen fighting crime and solving cases as a detective and Sergeant with the Killeen Police Department, Michael retired in January 1998. A life of crime, changed to technology when he went into the communications industry, where he spent five years. Eventually, Michael jumped into the real estate market as a realtor, a field he thoroughly enjoys. Real estate offers Michael the opportunity to do what he does best--help others. Every day he has the opportunity to meet new people and to share his love for Central Texas, which he has now called home since 1974. A former military “brat” Michael traveled all over before settling down in Killeen and marrying his wife. When talking about his life and all of the things he has enjoyed over the years throughout his successful careers, Michael shared his philosophy on life, “The more you put in, the more you get out,” he said. Life threw Michael a curve ball in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma. The cancer was at the base of his tongue and the back of his throat and required surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. “When I was first diagnosed, I asked my doctors for names and contact information of others who had experienced and survived the type of cancer I had. I just needed to talk to someone who had been in my shoes and knew exactly what I was facing. Of course, I knew what the doctors told me and what the treatments consisted of, but I really wanted to know what I was in for and what to expect, realistically,” says Michael. When finding someone to talk to turned out to be much harder than he expected. Michael decided then, that he would always welcome the opportunity to talk to other patients who also felt alone, scared, and hopeless. “No one should have to feel that way—especially at a time when they’re going through the hardest thing they’ve ever had to face in their life,” says Michael, “Having cancer was a very profound experience and it changed my life—every single aspect of it .” Michael has made it his mission to reach out to others battling cancer and made himself available for encouragement, support, and honesty. “Sometimes, we need to hear the truth. ‘Yes, you will have those days that are going to be absolutely awful, be prepared for them—but you can get through this’,” he says. “And one of the most important things I want them to know is, ‘You are important.’” Therefore, it is no surprise to all those he has helped, that in 2012 Michael was awarded the Hero of Hope by the American Cancer Society. He has now discovered another life-changing career and talent, traveling the country speaking at Relay for Life events, Leadership Summits, and even corporate events and conferences. Michael is now staying booked as an inspirational keynote speaker. Speaking as a survivor, his profound words of wisdom and encouragement inspire all those around him and when he adds his sharp wit and humor that is when he is clearly at his best— a true professional and stand-up comedian. Michael makes everyone laugh, and in doing so he manages to take their minds off their cancer, at least for an evening. It is no wonder Michael is in such high demand as an inspirational keynote speaker-- he brings entire auditoriums to tears laughing and to their feet with applause. Hence, the purple shirt he had designed especially for Relay for Life, it reads “Tears to Cheers.”



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Cyndi Dowling Jon Holman Firefighter, Killeen Fire Department

Police Officer, Killeen Police Department

This dynamic duo has been solving crimes and saving lives for almost 43 years collectively. Jon has been with the Killeen Police Department for 20 years, and Cyndi has been with the Killeen Fire Department for the last 12 years. When not out keeping the citizens of Killeen safe, they are actively teaching online college classes and state certified to teach emergency medical training courses. Passionate about their career fields, they love teaching and sharing their knowledge and experience with others. “I originally started doing the medical training classes out of my home on my days off. However, as classes began growing, I realized we needed to move to a commercial location that had a room for an office and classroom with plenty of room for the hands-on training courses,” says Cyndi. Not long after the Cyndi and Jon became a couple, Jon injured his shoulder during the line of duty. This left him unable to work for several months, and when he could return, he was only able to do light duty. “That injury was a real eye-opener. Here I am nearing retirement, but not financially in a position to retire, so if something were to happen to my health or to physically prevent me from working, I realized how serious the situation could become—and fast. I’d need a back-up plan. That is when we decided to really work towards building this company and offering more training courses. We stay really busy now on our days off, and we hope that by the time we do eventually retire, the company will be well established, so we can step right into it full time,” says Jon. Establishing Bell County EMS Training has enabled them to teach a wide array of classes to medical professionals, day care providers, lifeguards, babysitters, corporate office professionals, law enforcement, first responders and those seeking to become first responders-emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Courses they offer include: Advanced Cardiac Life Support; BLS for Healthcare Providers; Heartsaver® CPR AED; Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid; Pediatric Advanced Life Support; and Tactical Medicine Impressed with Cyndi and Jon and the quality of their training courses, College Station Medical Center made them Regional Faculty. Jon is also, currently working on his doctorate degree in homeland security and teaching classes for Phoenix University. “Bottom line is, when we teach a course here, our intentions are to save lives out there,” Jon says pointing out the door. One of our students may be the first responder that shows up on the scene of an emergency call for me or her…and I want him to have the knowledge he needs to save my life—or her life,” says Jon.

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Tammy Ellis

RN, Perioperative Nurse Coordinator Scott & White Memorial Hospital

Building and construction is not only the industry where Killeen native, Tammy Ellis spent the first half of her professional career, but it was the only industry she knew back then. Both her father and husband worked in construction-related fields, and today her two sons have also joined the family business and are following in their father’s footsteps. Tammy’s first job in high school landed her a position as a cashier at a lumber yard, little did she know at the time, it would be the building block of her first career. She continued to work at the lumber yard and climbed up the ladder to office management. A position she would hold for many years, even after marriage and through the company’s transition of new ownership. Eventually, Tammy ended up leaving the lumber yard to help her husband manage his office and company, Ellis Air Systems. But fate would play a hand in Tammy switching careers. After her father fell ill, Tammy assumed a major role in caring for him. She took him to his medical appointments and even stayed with him at the hospital when he was admitted. As Tammy spent more and more time at the hospital with her father, she began to notice all of the nurses who were caring for him and found herself inspired and interested in nursing. “My father had some really good nurses and they took such great care of him. I couldn’t help from thinking, ‘I think I’d really enjoy that kind of work too’,” says Tammy. With encouragement from her father, Tammy decided to go to nursing school. “At the time I thought it would be a good idea to have something to fall back on, especially during those months when business was slow at Ellis Air. I thought it would give us a little extra income, but I never really expected to make it a long-term career,” says Tammy. After graduating from nursing school, Tammy didn’t have any problems finding work. In fact, she immediately started work at Scott and White. Now, twenty years later, Tammy is still working at Scott and White and loves every single minute of it. “I love my job. Scott and White is such a great place to work. I have the best co-workers in the world--great nurses and doctors. I enjoy it so much more than I ever imagined. I don’t even need to work anymore, but I am just not ready to give it up just yet. Nursing school turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life,” laughs Tammy. 32

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Tex Appeal Magazine is proud to feature Lawyers on Your Side highlighting the profiles of local attorneys in Bell County who are experienced, dedicated, and knowledgeable advocates for justice. Need help in making the necessary preparations to protect your loved ones with estate planning- wills, living trust, or medical directives; protection against adversaries or compensation for personal injuries and damages? Then you need a Lawyer on Your Side.




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Silverblatt Law Office

120 West Central Texas Expressway Suite 104, Harker Heights 254.634.1122 | Attorney Gene Silverblatt has been practicing law in the Fort Hood area since 1981. His firm, Silverblatt Law Office, is the area’s only law firm limited exclusively to estate planning and administration, which includes wills, trusts, and probate. Gene is often sought out on complex issues and over the years has regularly been chosen to teach this area of the law to estate planning attorneys at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School, as well as hundreds of paralegal students at Central Texas College since 1983.

I can’t imagine having done any other type of law anywhere else.

Gene Silverblatt, Owner and Senior Counselor at Law Gene’s passion for work with seniors grew out of his experiences as Chief of Legal Assistance for III Corps and Fort Hood in the early 1980s. He told us: “The military retirees have given so much to our country and this community. I really wanted to show my respect and appreciation for what they have done and so, with my legal training, it seemed like a great fit for me to help them with their legal concerns as they age. I could see this area being a great place for retirees and I wanted to be a part of it. Now with almost 30 years in private practice, (and as a military retiree myself) I can’t imagine having done any other type of law anywhere else.” When asked ‘why limit the practice of law to just estate planning and administration?’ Gene answers: “In my mind, estate planning cases are 34

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complex legal processes that require an in-depth knowledge of this corner of the law, I just couldn’t do this as a jack-of-all-trades general practice attorney.” Gene is very enthusiastic about his career choice: “I love to help people through these difficult times in their lives and find them the quickest, cheapest, and easiest path through the legal system while utilizing my years of experience working with the intense emotional family dynamics that often times come up during the process. But for me, the most rewarding part of my law practice is doing estate planning in ‘good times’ so as to minimize or even avoid the legal process altogether during the ‘bad times’ when someone becomes incapacitated or passes away. Living trusts, speciality deeds, and customized powers of attorney especially for seniors, are all parts of the estate planning process that can accomplish this and can be one of the most thoughtful things you can do for your loved ones during “life’s third act.” Estate Planning & Administration “It’s all we do!”


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Michalk, Beatty and Alcozer, L.P 3106 S. W.S. Young Drive, Bldg D, Suite 401, Killeen 254.781.0515 |

1821 Everton Dr, Temple (By appointment)

Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., takes a team-oriented approach in representing our clients. Our professional backgrounds and education include construction, engineering and medicine. We have more than 50 years of Texas legal experience, including personal injury, family law, probate and wills, real estate law, commercial law, veterans benefits, consumer law, construction law, and criminal law. Our team includes: Jay R. Beatty, partner, is experienced in business and commercial law, consumer law, construction law, personal injury, probate, wills and real estate law. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Jay earned a bachelor degree in building construction and engineering from John Brown University in 1982. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Jay was a project engineer and project manager overseeing the construction of multi-million-dollar office buildings, hospitals and hotels. Manuel Alcozer, partner, focuses his practice on Social Security disabilities, personal injury, consumer law, commercial litigation, and family law. He is an experienced trial lawyer and is board-certified in Social Security Disability Advocacy by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy. A graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Manuel was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1992. A former health care provider, Manuel worked at Metroplex Hospital and Scott & White Memorial Hospital as a respiratory therapist from 1983 to 1989. During this period, he also earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in finance and economics from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in 1988.

served as the city attorney for Killeen and assistant district attorney for Bell County District Attorney’s Office. He assists the firm as Of Counsel on matters relating to personal injury, real estate, probate and business. Jesse T. Hernandez, associate, was licensed to practice law in Texas in 2004 after earning his degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He represents clients in matters concerning family law, personal injury, criminal misdemeanors and general civil litigation. He began his career in health care, first earning an associate degree in Applied Sciences from Temple College and then a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. Robert “Alex” Bass, associate, a graduate of Belton High School, earned his law degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law. Prior to law school, he earned degrees in business management and communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. He was the business manager for his family’s business, R.K.Bass Electric Inc. Alex has a diverse practice, assisting clients with business, contractual consumer law, personal injury, probate and wills, real estate, disability benefits, and veterans benefits.

Advocating for the business professional, injured, disabled, veterans and the accused.

Glenn W. Michalk, of counsel, received his law degree from the University of Houston College of Law in 1970 and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Houston in 1966. Before private practice, Glenn



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Craig and Vicki Carlson 400 W. Jasper Road, Killeen 254.526.5688 |

While attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm have been helping Texans with a variety of legal matters for decades, the basic premise behind what they do remains the same: helping people. Despite boasting an array of legal services from ten locations, helping people remains a priority for Managing Partner Craig Carlson and his wife, Partner and Bankruptcy Attorney, Vicki Carlson. “We try to help everyone who walks in our door,” Craig Carlson said. “In some cases that might involve just listening to them and counseling them. At our firm legal counseling means that we listen to, care for and help our clients think through the situation that has occurred.” From personal injury to bankruptcy to criminal and family matters, recognizing the life changing aspect of enduring a legal matter is what pushes the firm of more than 25 statewide attorneys to reach out to clients on a deeper level. “When looking for an attorney, it’s important for clients to find someone they identify with,” Bankruptcy Attorney Vicki Carlson explained. “Clients should be looking for someone who is honest and cares about their specific case. No two cases are alike, which is why our firm will never treat any two clients the same.” While every client’s circumstance is unique to them, gaining the knowledge and experience of attorneys who are well-versed in that area of law is important to one’s outcome. “Every location we practice from has access to resources that are imperative to the way we compile evidence and gather information for every type 36

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of case,” said Craig Carlson. “Not only do we have private investigators right on staff, we also employ registered nurses, who review and delve deeper into medical malpractice cases and situations involving more complicated injuries.” Witnessing the expansion and growth of The Carlson Law Firm from headquarters in Killeen, Texas to a total of ten locations statewide, it’s no secret that the firm and its attorneys are passionate about what they do. While their enthusiasm for the law is clear, their work isn’t complete when business hours come to a halt. Instead, the firm and its employees can be found sponsoring, participating and heading a variety of events and organizations around their various communities.

We are so proud of our practice and what we do for clients every day.

Craig Carlson, Managing Partner “We are so proud of our practice and what we do for clients every day,” noted Craig Carlson. “But the way we interact with our neighbors is equally important to us. Enacting change and exemplifying kindness in our communities is so much more than an 8 to 5 job; it’s our life’s mission.” Offering legal help for personal injury, bankruptcy, family law, military law and criminal law, The Carlson Law Firm offers free initial consultations and 24/7 availability by phone. For more information call 254-526-5688 or visit


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Steve Walden

400 W. Jasper Road, Killeen 254.526.5688 | Family law and divorce situations can vary greatly from case to case, which makes seeking representation from a trusted and knowledgeable attorney an important factor that will undoubtedly determine the final outcome. While there are many attorneys who handle divorces, the presence of complicated custody issues, business interests, extensive property ownership, investments and retirement accounts make the selection of an attorney who is experienced with complex divorces a critical decision. Carlson Law Firm Partner and Family Law Attorney Steve Walden has been honing his skills since 1997. During his service in the U.S. Army JAG Corps he gained a wealth of courtroom experience and negotiation skills, which have carried over into his civilian practice. Walden is well respected among his peers and the legal community as is evidenced by his Martindale Hubbell AV Rating, which is the highest peer rating granted. “Our firm is experienced in trial court litigation, including the various discovery techniques established by Texas rules and statutes,” Walden said. “Our attorneys are familiar with and are comfortable in the courtroom, which typically results in favorable trial judgments.”

Attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are also skilled negotiators who are adept at reaching settlements and agreements which save our clients time.

While many divorce situations may require extensive time in the courtroom, attorney negotiations can still be a powerful tool in protecting clients and reaching a favorable resolution. “Attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm are also skilled negotiators who are adept at reaching settlements and agreements which save our clients time, expenses and frustration that can come from having their case go through the entire trial process,” Walden pointed out. The difference between simple divorces and higher-end divorces can make it important to choose an attorney who is experienced with more complex family law situations. “When we think of high-end divorces, we think of marital estates that appraise into the millions of dollars,” Walden noted. “Having a divorce attorney that is experienced in appraising real estate, financial products, jewelry, businesses and equipment is a clear advantage in a law suit. The more experienced attorney will know which documents and records to obtain to prove the true value of the marriage and will have the ability to negotiate the most favorable settlement.” In addition to representing clients who are enduring simple and more complex divorce and child custody matters, Walden also represents clients dealing with criminal law and military law situations. For more information about Partner Steven Walden and family law, criminal law and military law representation at The Carlson Law Firm, call 254-526-5688 or visit

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Greg Simmons

714 N 4th Street, Killeen 254.616.2529 | Growing up in a military household in Killeen, Texas attorney Gregory Keith “Scrapiron” Simmons enjoyed being in the middle of the action – especially when arguing with his five siblings. While rehearsing for a speech competition at Killeen High School, Simmons met his now friend and mentor Judge Bill Gibson. It was during that meeting that Simmons decided he wanted to pursue a career in law. “Judge Gibson gave me words of encouragement and kept in touch with me throughout the course of my education.” Simmons received his undergraduate degree from Tarleton State University and his law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. After serving as an Assistant Attorney General in the United States Virgin Islands and the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Simmons decided to focus on starting his own law firm. The Law Offices of Gregory K. Simmons is committed to providing aggressive legal representation throughout central Texas. “I believe that the best legal representation requires unconditional loyalty and an unwavering commitment to service. When clients hire us, they want results and they want them now. My clients have the confidence of knowing that a skillful and determined advocate is standing up for them and their rights. We know we cannot rest on past successes. We must win today.” With offices located in Killeen and Gatesville, Simmons brings 23 years of experience to the courtroom. Simmons covers business law, domestic relations and criminal defense issues in state, federal and military courts. The readers of the Killeen Daily Herald voted Simmons one of 2013’s best attorneys. Simmons serves as the Associate Judge for the Killeen Municipal Court of Record and is active in the community serving on various boards and committees. 38

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Bobby Barina

455 E. Central Texas Expy Ste 104, Killeen 254.699.3755 | Bobby Barina began practicing law in Texas over 20 years ago. Barina specializes in both family and criminal law and has been certified in family, criminal and juvenile law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Barina has a successful track record in all of his chosen fields. Barina adds “While there are many Texas lawyers who can boast of experience, what sets my firm apart is personal service.” Barina prides himself in personally handling every case that comes into his office from beginning to end. Another area where Barina takes pride is in his empathetic approach to working with his clients. “I will look for creative approaches to resolve your case” says Barina. One approach that Barina favors is using mediation to try to resolve issues before they go to court. If an agreement cannot be reached, Barina will then dedicate the necessary time to prepare the case for the courtroom. “My office will put in the time to investigate your case.” With Barina’s personal service and extensive courtroom experience, his office is poised to help you fully evaluate all of your options to bring your case to a successful resolution.









Life & Style in Central Texas




Ted Smith

660 West FM 2410 Rd, Harker Heights 254.690.5688 | Ted Smith, founder of Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC, has been serving the citizens of central Texas for the past 40 years. He originally came to Fort Hood, Texas with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in late 1973. He immediately immersed himself in the local community, not only as the Chief of Fort Hood Legal Assistance, but as a real estate instructor at Central Texas College. Ted was instrumental in the formation of the Food Care Center and has been active in the local Chambers of Commerce, the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors, the Red Cross, Metroplex Hospital Foundation, Killeen and Harker Heights Rotaries, and numerous other civic and charitable organizations. In 1991, Ted was recognized for his efforts in providing free legal assistance to hundreds of deploying service members at the onset of Operation Desert Shield in Iraq. He received the Liberty Award from Fort Hood and the Presidential Citation from the State Bar of Texas for his efforts. Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC has represented thousands of Central Texans by providing solutions to their legal needs. From assisting with the purchase or sale of their family home to assisting them recover for the wrongful death of a loved one, Ted has been here offering his legal expertise with strength, honesty and integrity at affordable rates.



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3 eggs 1 cup oil 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups canned pumpkin 1 cup crushed pineapple, well-drained 1 cup each: chopped dates & pecans 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspon salt 1 teaspoon each: nutmeg allspice cloves cinnamon


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Grease and flour two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans. Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until thick. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour into the loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; the bread maybe just beginning to pull away from the sides of the loaf pan. Cool a few minutes then remove from pan. Best to slice with serrated knife. Makes two loaves.



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Big Adventures Big wheel’s rollin’; Big wheel’s rollin’, movin’ on. Livin’ like a gipsy, always on the go… By Teresa K. Hernandez Photography by Priscilla Z Photography



eading out on the open road for a leisurely tour of some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks and scenic states is a common goal found on the bucket lists of boomers. Even in a downswing economy with rising fuel prices, few are willing to sit idle or detour their travel plans. The good news is that RV travel not only offers travelers a quality vacation, but according to PKF Consulting USA, it costs 23-59 percent less than other types of vacations for a family of four and 11-46 percent less for a couple. Even after factoring in all of the costs of RV ownership and fuel, an RV vacation is a lot less expensive than vacations that require airfare, car rentals, hotels, condominiums, and food expenses at restaurants. RV travel has become all the road rage for Americans—even the younger generations, and it’s inspired the formation of entire clubs or groups based on the make and models of the trailers. The Classic Airstream Club is one such group. In this intra club of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI), the Airstream Owners RV association and its members share their passion for Airstreams of all make and models—vintage and late model, and strive to preserve the traditional beauty, uniformity and symmetry of the classic Airstream recreation vehicles. Sisters on the Fly is another group that gets together and celebrates the joys of RVing. Featuring a host of outdoors adventures and events for women, its members choose to merge travel with their own style---vintage chic. The women pull vintage trailers that have been fully restored and customized with creative flair and unique themes. But baby boomers are putting the “boom” back in the RV industry and for the first time since 2007, the RV industry is back on track to have a great year. RV sales are up all across the nation and the dealerships that have managed to hang on during the recession, are finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the baby boomers. Copperas Cove couple, Robert Cook and Marty Smith caught


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the bug get out on the highway, and when they started shopping for an RV, they fell in love with the traditional shape and style of the “silver bullet” Airstreams. Although not quite retired, the couple still manage to take off on several trips a year in their 2012 Airstream Flying Cloud 25”. They typically spend a couple weeks at a time on the road—and some trips may stretch even longer. Finding an RV with a good floor plan and lots of room for storage was key to their selection. “Our first RV was a 23 ft. Airstream, and we enjoyed it and it was nice; but when we found the 25’ Flying Cloud, the extra space and floor plan was a much better fit for our needs,” said Marty. Tailgating and following football games is always part of the strategy when planning their travel routes and itineraries. “Robert’s grandsons play football, both college and professionally, so we take off and follow the football games. We always spend every December traveling around Robert’s home state of Arizona. It is so beautiful out there and the weather is great that time of year,” says Marty. They have put many miles and states behind them in the rear view mirror, but they both agree that one of their favorite, most memorable trips so far has been to upstate New York. “Driving through Pennsylvania and Amish country was gorgeous and everyone was so friendly and nice. We really enjoyed that region and rural New York,” Robert.


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fitness challenge By Teresa K. Hernandez Photo by Priscilla Z Photography


Start 2014 off right—thinner, healthier, and happier with a new mindset, new lifestyle, and a new outlook on the future. This is the goal of three women who have stepped up to compete and complete Tex Appeal’s Fit in Four Fitness Challenge. On September 1st, Rachel White, Stacy Gail Holliman, and Violet Vianes all weighed in on the benefits of getting healthy and fit and started their new lifestyle make-overs. Focused on being healthier and happier, each woman teamed up with a personal trainer to start working out, eating better, and improving the heavy lifestyles that have been weighing them down. Certified Personal Trainers Susan Cornette, Amy Potts,

and Jessie Oestreich have stepped up to the plate to help these women achieve their fitness goals. Tex Appeal will be following each team through their four month training program—September, October, November, and December. In the upcoming November and December issues, we’ll feature their work-out regimens and meal plans, and how they’ve learned to incorporate and manage the new activities and healthy changes into their busy lifestyles. The big reveal will come in January 2014, when Tex Appeal announces the biggest loser of the Fit in Four Fitness Challenge and features the winner on the cover. Don’t miss a single installment of this exciting series or the opportunity to learn more fitness tips from the trainers on how you too, can start living a more active, healthier lifestyle today.


Susan Cornette

Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Director for Titan Total Training, Manager of Personal Training at Wildflower Country Club’s Fitness Center How long have you been a trainer? Off and on now for 23 years. Before merging with T3, I was the owner of Exhale Fitness. How did you get started in the fitness industry? I obtained my first certification in college in order to teach aerobics classes at a local studio because I wanted a free studio membership. What do you believe is the key to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle? Mind change–envisioning yourself as a healthy person from now on. What are the things that healthy people do and not do? I try to get my clients to ask themselves that all the time. Do healthy people drive through the drive-thru for lunch? No. So, neither should you. Do healthy people sit and watch a ton of TV? No. Neither should you. Soon they will start believing that they are indeed healthy! Instead of planning a vacation to lay on the beach for a week, they start to plan active excursions and vacations that will implement exercise into their trip. They look forward to all of the fresh foods on vacation instead of all the alcohol and junk they may have wanted on their previous trips.


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Rachel White

New home sales manager Age: 41 Height: 5'3" Current weight: 177 Clothing size: 12

Chest: 38.75" Hips: 44.25" Neck: 14" Bicep: 13.25"

Waist: 37.5" Thigh: 21.25" Breast: 41.75" Calves: 14.75"


Amy Potts

I.AM.ENOUGH Personal training at The Field House How long have you been a trainer? 1 ½ years What are your training specialties? Motivation, accountability, nutritional guidance, muscle gain and/or body fat loss. For those considering starting a fitness program—why is having a trainer so important? Sheer will power will only take you so far. If we set out without specified, measurable goals, we set ourselves up to feel as though we aren’t achieving anything (even though we very well may be making great strides). It takes an amazing amount of courage to make the commitment to your health. Imagine making that commitment with no plan, no guidance and no reassurance that the resources dedicated to that cause are being utilized to the best of their abilities. A trainer can help to develop a plan and can provide motivation and accountability along the way. There is no “cookie cutter” nutrition or exercise plan that will work for everyone. It’s about being a detective and finding what works best for you and your body and mind. While your trainer can not and WILL NOT do the work for you, that person should work right alongside you as you journey towards your goals. When you hit that goal (because YOU WILL!), your trainer can help to guide you towards that next goal and be a stepping stone or spring board for you to keep on keeping on.


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Stacy Gail Holliman Teacher and coach Age: 32 Height: 5'5" Current weight: 215 Clothing size: 16 Chest: 43" Hips: 48.25" Neck: 15" Bicep: 13.75"

Waist: 43.75" Thigh: 24.50" Breast: 36DDD Calves: 16"


Jessie Oestreich

Region Director/Head Trainer, Camp Gladiator How long have you been a trainer? Ten years. What appears to be the biggest challenge for people when it comes to balancing fitness and nutrition? Especially a new client trying to make major lifestyle changes. The biggest challenge is getting started and then staying dedicated to that commitment when it gets hard or when life gets busy and in the way. You HAVE to carve out that tiny part of your day to take care of yourself and prep your meals/food for the week. Motivation is huge, so for someone who is 50-100+ pounds overweight with zero level endurance, how can they get started without feeling defeated in the first workout? JUST MOVE! It’doesn’t matter what kind of moving there is, walking is the most under-rated form of exercise. Just start with walking around the block for 5-10 minutes, then build up, by the end of the month you should be walking for 30 minutes. After a month or two of walking, if you are still uncomfortable, have a personal trainer come to your house. They can step up your workouts, make them more challenging but you are still in an environment that you are comfortable with.


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Violet Vianes

Secretary, computer drafting Age: 45 Height: 5'0" Current weight: 196 Clothing size: 16-18 Chest: 44.5" Hips: 45.5" Neck: 13.5" Bicep: 12.25"

Waist: 39" Thigh: 23.50" Breast: 44.5" Calves: 14"


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Amazing Anti-Aging Miracle Foods By Teresa K. Hernandez


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A healthy diet and regular exercise are important aspects of your lifestyle but so is choosing foods rich in anti-aging antioxidants. These eight super foods are rich in important antioxidants that are critical for maintaining a front line defense against many harmful diseases and disorders; plus they can keep you looking and feeling youthful.

Why do you need antioxidants? Antioxidants help us battle the harmful effects of free radicals—those dangerous little unstable molecules that attack and damage our body’s healthy cells. Research indicates that free radicals play a critical role in the onset of Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many other serious and degenerative diseases. Free radicals are caused by air pollutants, radiation, processed foods, smoking, stress, inflammation, and other environmental factors.


Red Palm Oil Supported by scientific evidence and over 700 published papers, medical researchers have declared red palm oil as one of the most miraculous finds of the decade for anti-aging. Red palm oil helps maintain healthy brain function; blood lipid levels. It also prevents vitamin A deficiency, cancer, brain disease, reduces arterial stiffness for arterial compliance (allows the blood vessel wall to expand and contract with changes in pressure), protects the immune system, provides essential skin nutrition, and promotes liver health. It is also used to treat malaria, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and as weight loss agent. Organic red palm oil is a buttery culinary oil used for cooking–sautéing, frying, baking, or sauces.

Coconut Oil Recent research has debunked decades of claims that coconut oil contributes to heart disease. The previous studies that gave coconut oil such as bad rap all used partially hydrogenated coconut oil—and as we all know, partially hydrogenated anything is not good for us because it has been chemically altered which creates trans fats. As a result, the trans fats in those early studies destroyed most of the good essential fatty acids, antioxidants and any of the health benefits that existed in virgin coconut oil. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, it has medium chain triglycerides which are metabolized differently and are reported to have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. It is also reported to have antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral properties, to increase your metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and blood pressure. It is a delicious cooking oil and will remain in a solid state at room temperature. It can also change from a solid to a liquid form and then go back to a solid form without harming it. Coconut oil is a healthy substitute for Crisco (which is loaded with harmful trans-fats) and great for making pie crusts or cake icing. It can be used in any recipe and works great for sautéing vegetables and other foods.

Greens, Kale & Spinach Don’t miss your “mean” greens. Rich in antioxidants and anti-cancer agents, spinach is an excellent source of vitamin C and A—key nutrients for fighting free radicals. Keep your eye on the green, spinach also contains lutein, which will protects against eye diseases, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts. Also loaded with iron, this is one vegetable that packs a healthy punch. 62

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Dark Chocolate Indulge yourself in rich, dark chocolate and look younger. With the highest levels of antioxidants and the highest concentration of antioxidants flavanols, cocoa beans are a true miracle food. These magical beans help can help reduce the inflammation on the skin caused by UV exposure. Studies show that eating dark chocolate increases the circulation in the skin and improves its ability to retain moisture and reduces the signs of wrinkles.

Pumpkin Should not be reserved for only Halloween. Pumpkins are loaded with antioxidants such as beta carotenes and carotenoids, which convert to vitamin A in the body and reduce the risks of heart disease and certain cancers. Betacarotene also protects against other diseases, and some degenerative aging effects.


Red Wine Red wine is loaded with antioxidants and resveratrol- a powerful anti-aging property that reduces harmful cholesterol, boosts your immune system, protects your heart, and guards against cancer. All the more reason to enjoy a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon every evening guilt free.

Berries, Cherries, Grapes Berry nice! All types of berries are rich in antioxidants—blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, and acai berries. And the darker the berries the better. Blue or black provide the best anti-aging benefits because they have the highest concentration of antioxidants. One of the best foods for reducing inflammation, slowing the growth of cancer cells, reversing neurological degeneration, and also gives your memory a boost!


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Olive Oil This versatile oil is a monounsaturated fat and ideal for cooking or using uncooked in salad dressings. Rich in vitamin E this antioxidant fights cancers and reduces the risk of heart disease. It even lowers blood pressure.


Barb Wired

Slightly Sharp & Twisted

By Kactus Kate

Cheesy animal tricks Who knew they worked?

For years I’ve heard the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” and I’ve never really paid it any mind, especially since I’ve never been able to teach any dog-young or old, a trick—new or otherwise. So I’ll admit, I became rather fascinated a while back with watching episodes of The Dog Whisperer. What a guy, that Cesar Millan. He makes dog training look so darn easy. “You have to be their pack leader…” he says, “then they will respect you.” Respect from the dog? Ummm… ok. “Do you know how hard it is to get respect from your kids?” Clearly, this is going to be much harder than I thought. But I have to admire the guy for the simple reason, the dogs admire him. Notice how they all watch him so closely? They follow every cue he gives them—even the non-verbal ones. They don’t dare step out of line when he’s watching, and if they do, have you seen how fast they react to his “TSSS-SHH”? So intrigued by his show, I decided to order one of his books, hoping to learn the secrets of being a good “pack leader” and in time to get our new pup, Sugar Bear off on the right paw when it comes to training. I devoured the book as soon as it came in and finished it in two hours. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the big juicy training secrets I had hoped to find. Needless to say, I proceeded to follow his helpful tips and tried to incorporate some of the training techniques I watched him use on the show. But, after about two weeks and limited success, I decided it was time for a new strategy. I noticed the only time Sugar Bear paid any attention to me, was when I had food. I read up on the clicker training method and decided to give that a whirl. After a whole lotta clicking…I ran out of dog treats by the second day. I decided to try walking Sugar Bear because in Cesar’s book, he claims walking is where the dog begins to trust you and bond. Which led me to my next problem—the leash. Sugar Bear, now up to about 65 lbs. (Great Pyrenees) was not going to budge as long as that leash was on him. He would rear back, fight it, roll all over the ground and refuse to move. Hmmmm…what makes Sugar Bear move? Treats, but I was out. What else does he like? Ahaa…that’s it. As I was standing in the pantry searching for something to use as dog treats, I spotted a whole bag of 66

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cheese puffs. His all-time favorite food. At this point, I figured what the heck, I’ll pick up more dog treats tomorrow. Filling a large Ziploc bag with cheese puffs and grabbing his leash, I headed outside to see if round two would go better. Of course, he instantly recognized the cheese puffs and then I had his undivided attention. His eyes focused intently on my hand and never left the bag of cheese puffs, but he’d only take a step forward for a cheese puff. I managed to get him to follow me to the gate, one step--one cheese puff at a time. That first night the walk lasted 15 minutes and we didn’t get too far. The second night, 25 minutes and we managed to get a little further—still coaxing each step out of him with a cheese puff. But by the end of the week, we were making a good walk and with only a few cheese puffs. Two weeks later, he’s doing great on the leash and we’re taking nice, long walks without ANY cheese puffs or treats. Leash trained—check! When it came time for a bath, I knew we were going to have trouble. And sure enough, I almost never got him into the tub. But keeping him there wasn’t too easy either. I could hardly wash him because I had to hold on to him to stop him from jumping out. What came to mind? You guessed it. Yep, I had my daughter stand near the tub and feed him cheese puffs the whole time I washed him. He must be an emotional eater, because once he saw the cheese puffs—all the stress was gone and he realized bath time wasn’t so traumatic after-all. A few more baths and bags of cheese puffs and now, Sugar Bear doesn’t freak out when he sees the tub. In fact, he actually jumps in the tub (when its empty) and stands there like… “Hey, look at me! I’m in the tub, can I have a cheese puff now?” I’m no dog whisperer, but at least I got leash training in the bag—a bag of Cheese Puffs. Cheesy animal tricks? Yeah, ok...guilty. But whoever said you can’t eat Cheetos in the bath tub—obviously never bathed Sugar Bear.


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