TOPS Magazine January 2012

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Volume 6, No. 1



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Lex. Jr. League Holly Day Market George Zack Bronze Plaque Unveiling Saint Joseph Evening with the STARS March of Dimes Chef Auction Ball Homes A Night of Hope AHA Go Red for Women Luncheon AHA Go Red for Women Luncheon (cont.) UK Basketball Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky Trees of Life LexArts Gallery Hop Old Governors’ Mansion Decorator Event TOPS December Sneak Preview Party TOPS December Sneak Preview Party (cont.) OWL Celebration Banquet Greater Lexington Apartment Association Black Tie Gala 114 YMCA Reindeer Ramble


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Contributing Writers Hallie Bandy, Kristin Espeland-Gourlay, Blake Hannon, Amanda Harper, Marsha Kohler, Michele Landers, Buffy Lawson, Michelle Rauch, Katherine Van Hook

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Out & About Community Spotlight: YMCA Fit & Fabulous Tour of Homes - Tasteful Transformation Covering 2011 WOW Wedding: Emily & Clayton Gorton Wedding Announcements TOP Shots

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Fitness Fashion by Katherine Van Hook Business News


Cover Photo by Phillips Mitchell Photography Contributing Photographers Paul Atkinson Alex Orlov David Desjardins Shaun Ring Judy & Brian Myers Karl Schroeder

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Community Calendar Parenting by Hallie Bandy Renew YOU! Gardening by Michelle Rauch In the ‘Buf’ by Buffy Lawson Table Three Ten by Blake Hannon Posh Pets by Amanda Harper TOP Design by Rachel Stafford Weddings: Renewing Your Vows


What To Do

TOP HAPPENINGS Our Topparazzi photographers are everywhere! Please check our website for updated event information and please be aware of the changing nature of events.

Friday, January 6 Kevin Pollack 7:15PM & 9:45PM Comedy Off Broadway

Wednesday, January 9 Acoustic Burgoo 7PM ArtsPlace

Thursday, January 12 Saturday, January 7 UK Men’s Basketball v University of South Carolina 4PM Rupp Arena

UK Women’s Basketball v Tennessee 7PM Memorial Coliseum

Friday, January 13 Kevin Pollack 7:15PM & 9:45PM Comedy Off Broadway

Sunday, January 8 Bleid Sports Rumble 9AM Rupp Arena UK Women’s Basketball v Mississippi State 3:30PM Memorial Coliseum Artful Sunday: It’s Easy Beading Green 2:30PM UK Art Museum


Harlem Globetrotters 7PM Rupp Arena St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra 8PM Norton Center for the Arts

Saturday, January 14 MSEDA Gala 6PM Spindletop Hall Monster Jam 7:30PM Rupp Arena And the Award Goes To... 6PM Arts Place

Sunday, January 15 Monster Jam 2PM Rupp Arena Out of this World Lexington Philharmonic 3PM Lexington Opera House Kenny Baker Tribute 7PM ArtsPlace

Tuesday, January 17 Dine Out to Help BRCC 6PM-8PM Gattitown Incredible Plants A-Z 6PM The Arboretum Poetry as Healing 5:30PM-7PM Carnegie Center UK Men’s Basketball v University of Arkansas 9PM Rupp Arena

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Wednesday, January 18 Brandon Adams, Anna Kline & The Grits and Soul 7PM ArtsPlace

Thursday, January 19 34th Annual Kentucky Transportation Conference Lexington Center

Friday, January 20 Miranda Lambert: On Fire 7:30PM Rupp Arena Broadway Live Presents: In the Heights 8PM Lexington Opera House 34th Annual Kentucky Transportation Conference Lexington Center

Saturday, January 21 Chinese New Year Celebration 5:30PM-7:30PM UK Singletary Center Broadway Live Presents: In the Heights 2PM & 8PM Lexington Opera House

19th Annual African American Ball 7:30PM Embassy Suites Lexington

Saturday, January 28 Agape Theatre Troupe Presents: A Song for Coretta 2PM & 7:30PM Lexington

Sunday, January 22 Winchester Bridal Show 12PM-5PM Hampton Inn Winchester

Opera House lexingtonoperahouse. com Stanley Jordan Trio

Broadway Live Presents: In the Heights 2PM & 7PM Lexington Opera House UK Women’s Basketball v Florida 2PM Memorial Coliseum

Wednesday, January 25 Wolf Gap Ramblers 7PM ArtsPlace

Thursday, January 26 Creative Intelligence Lecture Series 4:30PM-5:30PM Transylvania University

8PM Norton Center for the Arts

Sunday, January 29 Wood Songs and Highbridge Spring Water Present: An Evening with Emmylou Harris 7PM Lexington Opera House UK Women’s Basketball v Alabama 2PM Memorial Coliseum

Monday, January 30 Judy Collins

Indoor Gardening with Micro Greens 10 AM The Arboretum

Friday, January 27 UK Men’s Basketball v University of Fifth Third Bank 4th Friday Alabama 6PM-9PM Loudon House 9PM Rupp Arena

The Kentucky Theatre

Tuesday, January 31 UK Men’s Basketball v University of Tennessee 7PM Rupp Arena


Out & About Don Jacobs & Samantha Lang

Sarah Woodworth, Janet Schwartz & Julee Johnson at Monkees’ Holiday Celebration

Sydney Cubit & Julia Knight perform at Christmas at the Breakers 16

Kathryn Rasnick & JP Miller at Paul Miller Christmas Party

Ladies’ Day at Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers

Be MediSpa Celebrates their Holiday Open House

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Jane Justice and Jenny Wilson

Howie Racmil and Alison Meyer

Carrie Patterson

Melanie Mauer and Laci Poulter

Stephanie Aschmann Spires, Brittney Edwards and Lorie Fuller

Marcey Ansley, Kriste Blumetti and Laurel Martin

Shelia Bayes and Lisa Atkinson

Junior League of Lexington’s Holly Day Market Celebrating its fifth year, the Junior League of Lexington’s Holly Day Market kicked off with a Preview Party on November 10 at The Carrick House. The annual holiday shopping event raises funds to further the Junior League’s mission of promoting the quality of life in the Bluegrass. The Holly Day Market brings vendors from across the United States to Lexington the second weekend in November and has become a favorite of Kentucky shoppers. Photos by Alex Orlov



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George & Kerry Zack, Kate(daughter) & Andrew Bender; Grandsons, Zackery and Thomas Bender

Reed Polk

Guild President, Marlie McRoberts

Sharon Metz, George Zack, Phyllis Rogers and Faye Porter

George Zack Bronze Plaque Unveiling & Dedication “The People’s Maestro…beloved maestro who shared his knowledge, enthusiasm and great love of music in the Singletary Center concert hall and throughout the Lexington community.” The Lexington Philharmonic Guild unveiled a bronze plaque to honor the orchestra’s music director from 1972 to 2009. Many prominent guest speakers spoke at the dedication of the Zack plaque honoring George Zack’s 37 years as a cultural icon in the city of Lexington. Photos by Brian Myers



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Dr. Sloan Warner & STARS President Jane Warner

Saint Joseph Hospital President, Ken Haynes and wife Sara

Kathy & Dr. John Sartini

Mike & Inna Marnhout

Pat Campbell, Anna Taylor, Sharmy Carr and Di Boyer

Marilyn Todd, Anne Hoskins, Jane Warner, Helen Hamilton, Alice Kain, Teresa Wallen, Sara Haynes, Kathy Sartini and Leslie Fannin

Dwight Badgett and LaJava Chenault

Saint Joseph Annual Evening with the STARS Three hundred loyal supporters of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing, a live auction and entertainment provided by Superfecta at the 23rd Annual Evening with the S*T*A*R*S (Saint Joseph Associates for Renowned Service) on Saturday, November 12 at the Embassy Suites Ballroom. Proceeds raised will benefit the mission and outreach services of Saint Joseph. Photos by Paul Atkinson



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The Barrel House & Bluegrass Catering Team Chef Jill Bakehorn, Chef Judy Bakehorn, and Kelly King Bakehorn

Event Chair Colleen Swartz, Cindy Tarnowski and Tim Tarnowski (L)

Team Saint Joseph East Led by Chef John Herzog

2011 Ambassador Family Tim Davies with Joseph and Daniel Davies

Old KY Dinner Train Staff Led by Chef Gil Logan

Brittney Edwards, Courtney Banschbach, Anne Tapp Brownell, Kelly Anne Beile, Jennifer Warren and Elizabeth Far

March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction Presented by UK HealthCare, the 2011 Lexington Signature Chefs Auction was held on Thursday, November 17th at the Carrick House. Led by Event Chair Colleen Swartz, Lead Chef Benita McCoy-Lyons and Auction Chair Brooke McCord, the event raised over $100,000 in support of the mission of the March of Dimes, “to improve the lives of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.� Photos by Alex Orlov



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Mr. & Mrs. Tinder Harris

Brooke Raby, Steve Lopez, Rachel Ray

Roger Kirkpatrick,Cathy & Don Jacobs and Solly Vanmeter

Michael Preacely

Don & Mira Ball

Sue True, Fr. Linh Nguyen, Heather Mitchell, Ken True and Terri Hulette

Ball Homes Night of Hope Over seven hundred gathered at the Ball Home’s Night of Hope Music & Inspiration to “Not Step Past” Homelessness on November 17 for an evening that inspired. The night began with beautiful performances by the University of Kentucky Opera Theater students. Then Steve Lopez, author of the book The Soloist told of his experiences with homelessness and mental illness. Photos by Paul Atkinson


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Allie Darling

Keynote Speaker Tracey Conway

Delores Dalton

Lori Goggans

Bret Melrose, Tammy Melrose, Marty Shuff & Michael Betts

Lexington Firefighters Go Red!

Go Red Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It kills nearly half a million women each year at the rate of about one per minute. They are our sisters, mothers, daughters, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Inside every woman is the power to live a longer, stronger life. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For WomenŽ movement seeks to provide women with the tools and resources they need to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Photos by Alex Orlov


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Rabbi Marc Kline

Co-chair Sara Haynes Gets the Crowd Dancing on Stage

Keith Yarber, Amber Philpott & Ron Borkowski

Kyla Thompson

Tonya Willis, Brandi Brawner & Melinda Cantrell with Lexington Firefighters

Pashminas for Everyone

Go Red The 2011 Central Kentucky Goes Red Luncheon & Symposium is a life-changing experience that focuses on three areas to support the fight against heart disease in women: heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call-to-action and generating funds to support education and research. GO RED was held Friday, November 18 in the Bluegrass Ballroom at Lexington Center. Photos by David Desjardins



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YMCA of Central Kentucky Helps Kids Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle

by Kristin Espeland-Gourlay

Parents, since we’re talking about fitness in this issue of TOPS, how about a little self-assessment? We invite you to select the scenario that best describes how active a lifestyle you and your children lead: A. You and your children just completed your 5th triathlon and are gearing up for your 2012 Himalayan ascent. Your kids have personal trainers. You eat mostly flax seeds and raw spinach. B. Your family likes to ride bikes on weekends and play touch football on Thanksgiving. Everyone squeezes in three or four hours of screen time a night, you in front of the television and your kids on your iPhone, downloading annoying apps. You had a salad for dinner with extra bacon bits and bleu cheese dressing; the kids ate macaroni and cheese. C. You and your kids get a workout every night trying to beat each other to the remote control. Because the bedrooms are upstairs and it’s too much effort to climb up there, you’ve instituted a weekly “living room camp out” night. Your fridge and freezer are full of the major food groups: frozen waffles, ketchup, and orange soda. Any of those describe your family to a “T,” or


are you somewhere in between? Whether your kids are already training for their next triathlon or just learning about the importance of exercise and other healthy habits, the YMCA of Central Kentucky has a program for you. Kids’ Fitness by the Numbers Whichever scenario hits closest to home, getting and staying fit will give your kids a lifetime of benefits. But C-scenario families might consider some more serious reasons to check out the Y. Childhood obesity leads to multiple health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and sleep apnea; problems that are growing across the nation and particularly here in Kentucky. More than 17% of all children in the U.S. are obese. And since 1980, childhood obesity rates have tripled throughout the country. Kentucky ranks in the top 10, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control data. Low-income kids are disproportionately affected in the Commonwealth, especially in Central or Eastern Kentucky. Time to get to the nearest Y! The YMCA: Proud History, Busy Present, Bright Future Luckily, you don’t have to look far for the nearest branch. The YMCA of Central Kentucky has three— Beaumont Centre, High Street, and North Lexington—

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The YMCA began in London in the 1800s as a volunteer organization, giving young men a refuge from the hazards and turmoil of the city. Over the years, it grew into a service for people of all walks of life, offering lodging, meeting space, and fitness programs in buildings and branches throughout the U.S. Y staffers and volunteers have been innovators since the beginning: they launched the nation’s first known summer camp at Camp Dudley in Orange Lake, NY in 1885, and invented basketball (1891), volleyball (1896), and racquetball (1950).

Beaumont Centre Family YMCA and chair of the Healthy Living Cabinet for the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “Their full time job is planning activities and overseeing childcare.” Thé says most of the Ys offer two hours of free childcare for kids whose parents have come to work out. And during that time, kids get a bit of a work out, too. There’s an activity wall, a Wii used for fitness programs, and no one is watching movies or eating junk food. Plus, branches offer hundreds of lessons, leagues, and classes to kids throughout the year – including Zumba for kids, “junior gym rats” for teeny, tiny body builders, a well-established program of swimming lessons and certifications, martial arts, gymnastics, and more. And then there are the special events that get kids up and off the couch with a range of fun activities or even to meet specific fitness challenges.

“We know small

groups and support groups really help change behavior,” says Thé, so Y Change aims to put that principle into practice to help kids and adults embrace new ways of eating, exercising, and thinking about their health.”

Today, the organization offers services and programs that focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, in keeping with its mission “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” Members, donors, and community partners help finance the Y’s programs; no one is turned away because of an inability to pay. And there are tons of programs specially designed for kids.


plus outreach programs and offices in Scott and Jessamine Counties. And they must be doing something right: the Y has been in our community for more than 158 years. It now serves more than 25,000 members, who work out, take lessons, join teams and more, all in the spirit of family, fun and inclusiveness.

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Take, for example, ‘Healthy Kids Day,’ which has taken place every year since the early nineties, typically during

Ongoing Programs for Kids “We have dedicated staff that are here for youth and families,” says Jeannie Thé, Associate Executive Director of the


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the Fayette County, KY public schools’ spring break. Imagine a gigantic play date with the best toys and activities ever, combine that with healthy messages for kids, and you’ll get the idea behind this annual event. Usually at the University of Kentucky’s Nutter Field House, where UK sports teams train, Healthy Kids Day 2011 brought out more than 2500 kids and parents to play and learn. Beaumont Y Associate Executive Director Jeannie Thé says volunteers help lead kids through exercises and games designed to encourage physical activity. “We’ve [even] had the UK cheerleaders come out and lead the kids through dances and motivate them to move.” In addition to that most ubiquitous of kid favorites, ‘inflatables,’ Thé says “We usually get partners in the community that come out and offer a variety of activities or [health] screenings.” Several newer programs are raising the bar for kids’ fitness levels and awareness in Central Kentucky. “Take 10! is a program we’ve recently started in the schools,” says Thé. The idea is to instill the importance of healthy choices in youth through classroom-based physical activities. Already in place at Southside Elementary in Versailles, and soon to be at Glendover Elementary, Take 10! complements gym class and after school activities by offering 10 minutes of physical activities right in the classroom. It helps teachers by integrating those activities with statewide learning objectives (for math, language arts, etc.) and it helps kids meet their daily requirements for physical activity. Y Change (which stands for: Creating Healthy Habits and Nutritional Goals Everyday) began at the Southampton Roads YMCA in Virginia and because of its success will be adopted by the YMCA of Central Kentucky this month. Y Change is part support group, part classroom, and part exercise program for kids and adults who want to lead a healthier lifestyle. “We know small groups and support groups really help change behavior,” says Thé, so Y Change aims to put that principle into practice to help kids and adults embrace new ways of eating, exercising, and thinking about their health. “[Y Change] involves getting kids together with a coach 2 days a week,” says Thé, to set nutritional and fitness goals. And it involves meeting with your group every week to do activities, learn healthy skills, and connect with other kids struggling with the same issues. Because the entire program is only six weeks, says Thé, “it’s not such a huge commitment for people.” 2011 marked another first in programs for the YMCA of Central Kentucky: the Run This Town Program for Youth. Run This Town paired kids who might not normally get out and run a race or have the resources to participate in fitness activities with volunteer runners to train for a 10K race. Grant money provided each child with proper running shoes. Jeannie Thé says the program was so successful and built so much confidence in the young runners that


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she’d like to see it continue. Contributions from the community can help keep it alive, she says. If you didn’t select “scenario A” above but aspire to it, why not sign your kids up for the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA’s Annual Tri-Y Kids Triathlon? The 8th annual event takes place in August 2012. And the Y offers clinics throughout July and August to help kids train for the event (which is age-, not “Iron Man-,” appropriate, of course!). For their efforts, kids take home a certificate, a t-shirt, and the knowledge that they’re now triathletes! Tips for Parents: 5-2-1-0 Whether it’s programs that help teach kids how to exercise and make good food choices or activities for families to stay fit together, The YMCA of Central Kentucky offers dozens of ways to help kids get and stay fit and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Getting involved is easy: call your local branch or visit online to register or sign up for programs. In the meantime, the Y’s Jeannie Thé suggests parents strive for these numbers: 5- 2- 1- 0, an easy-to-remember tool based on recommendations from a successful childhood obesity program that started in Maine. The idea is simple: kids need five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time (television, computers, handheld games, etc.), an hour of physical activity, and should cut out sugary drinks like soda pop, every day. Thé says parents can lead by example. “We have to ensure we’re not on our phones all the time and barking at them to [get up and] do something.”

Helpful links for kids’ fitness BMI calculator for children and teens: apps. Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a reliable indicator of how much fat a body has and is used as a screening tool to help head off health problems. Healthy Weight: Tips for Parents (from the Centers for Disease Control): Provides helpful guidelines for parents on encouraging healthy behaviors in kids. Find a program at the YMCA of Central Kentucky: Select from a number of categories to find the program that’s right for you and your family. Stay on top of news and events at the Y: Learn more about Healthy Kids Day, Run This Town, and more special events at a Y near you.



What To Do


by Hallie Bandy




There is a brief, blissful moment when I love a snow day: that moment when the cell phone buzzes with the “no school today” text, and I can turn off the alarm, roll over, and avoid the chilly morning air for just a while longer.

their pajamas inside out, perform the snow dance and pray, “Let there be a snow day.”

I used to love snow days. Used to. Now, I’m a grown up – and I’ve obviously outgrown the childhood art of wasting time.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids, and enjoy spending time with them. But in the context of our everyday lives, we all have jobs. The kids’ job is: go to school. Which also means: get out of my way while I’m doing my job. But on snowdays, I find myself with a big hole in the agenda, and a bunch of kids looking at me saying, “Now what?”

Not that I want to take away from what is every kids’ rite of passage. There is something magical about being snuggled in a cocoon of warm blankets, and hearing someone in the distant darkness say, “No school today; go back to sleep.” Actually, I often enjoy the time after I make that announcement. A quiet kitchen with a cup of coffee, no grumpy teenagers, and no deadline for anyone to get out the door. But those magical moments are long forgotten by noon, when boredom and chaos reign. Being an Ohio native, I have certain expectations of a snow day. Like snow. And winter activities. The Kentucky version just doesn’t cut it for me. Actually, Kentucky has two versions of the snow day. We have ice-storm snow days, which involve major power outages, impassable roads, and general mayhem. They are miserable. I’ve lived through two major ice storms since we moved here. One with electricity and one without. What I’ve learned is, when you hear the forecast and see that big green mass moving slowly across the radar map, pack up the car and flee! Head south. I started to do just that prior to the last ice storm, and my husband talked me out of it. But after the third day with no electricity, he said, “This would have been so much easier if it was just me and the dog.” Enough said. Next time it will be just him and the dog. I promise. Kentucky also has legitimate snow days. Except, Kentucky doesn’t usually get legitimate snow. More often than not, it all melts before noon.

I get so caught up in their hope and expectation, I forget all about a snow-day plan. Until everyone meanders into the kitchen around 10 a.m.

And this is when that childhood art of blowing time could come in handy. My idea of how to spend this unexpected gift of time is so different from my kids’. I think: clean, organize, accomplish. They think: goof off, annoy, pillage. Obviously, we’re going in opposite directions. The boys go straight outside to the shady corner of the yard where the snow hasn’t yet melted. Snowman? Ha! Throw snowballs at your sister’s bedroom. See if she’ll open the window to scream at you to “stop,” so you can lob one so it lands on her bed. Then see if your brother will fall for that old trick: “Is this snowball as big as your face?” A snow day can raise the art of whining to new levels for girls. Why can’t we gooooo shoooooooping? Meanwhile, an entire candy supply can be wiped out during a brief absence from the kitchen. (The culprit is easily identified. Two words: sugar high.) By lunchtime — which, on a snow day is around 2 p.m. — chaos reigns. Underwear hangs from the satellite dish, the dog’s toenails have been polished, there are several modge-podge projects drying on the dining-room table, the youngest is on her fourth Disney princess movie, and I’m afraid if I attempt to break up another fist fight, I might be the one who gets hurt.

By the end of our first winter here, after way too many days housebound with rambunctious kids, I made a mental note: Mom needs a snow-day plan.

Somehow, I manage to forget all this frustration when the alarm goes off and they have to go back to school. There’s a twinge of sadness. Kind of like I’m sad on the first day of school. Sad that I was ever annoyed to have my kids underfoot. Sad that I didn’t have the good sense to appreciate the time with them.

If there is a hint of snow in the forecast, my children solemnly turn

And sad I won’t get to enjoy the quiet kitchen for a bit.


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People are staying fit & fabulous longer than ever before! Read on for the great stories gathered this year to interest and inspire a New Year, New YOU!

Photography by Phillips Mitchell | Profiles by Amanda Harper


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"For me, working out is my way to gain some balance amongst the mayhem of children, work and the curve balls life throws your way!"

Since college, Beth has always tried to make time for exercise. It wasn't until she began training for her first marathon in memoriam of her aunt, who passed away from breast cancer, that Beth began to appreciate the mental and physical benefits of a fitness routine. "I started out barely being able to run one mile, but I trained rigorously for six months and completed the full 26.2 miles in four and a half hours," Beth says. After her second marathon, Beth injured her knees and ankles. During her two pregnancies, Beth turned to weight and Crossfit training. A friend introduced her to Pure Barre and she hasn't looked back. "Not only do I feel physically more fit now than before having my girls or during the peak of my marathon training, but that hour of the day that I devote to myself with such a positive circle of women can’t help but put me in a healthy state of mind," Beth explains.

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Beth's husband is very physically active, so they have always respected and appreciated each other's need to work out. She goes to work out in the early morning. When that's not possible, Beth packs a bag with her workout gear and goes during her lunch break or in the evening after her daughters are all settled in for the evening. Beth admits to having a hearty appetite. She enjoys snacking on apples with reduced fat peanut butter and a cold glass of milk. While she does splurge on whoopie pies and cupcakes, she believes it's important to eat in moderation. For those wondering where to start with a new fitness routine, Beth has lots of encouragement, " I promise, you WILL feel so much better once you get yourself out there, take the plunge and get moving!"


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NATHANIEL CORNELIUS | AGE 33 | LEXINGTON FIRE FIGHTER, CYCLING COACH Nathaniel has always been active with various sports. Once he discovered cycling, however, he found a real passion. He has been competing for 17 years. "I have won several regional and state titles on the bike, but I would say my biggest accomplishment was racing professionally on the road for a couple of seasons after college," Nathaniel says. He loves road cycling as well as mountain biking. One of Nathaniel's key motivators is his wife. "She is such a Type A personality that if I don’t get out and do something, then I just feel lazy," he says. Nathaniel and his wife have a three year-old daughter and "a very patient dog." He says balancing his workout routine with his family and work commitments can get tricky at times. "Fortunately with my work schedule at the fire department, it’s easy to squeeze in a workout on my days off." Nathaniel's diet adjusts depending on whether he's at the firehouse or home. "My diet is relatively clean with plenty of fruits and vegetables," he

"You just feel better when you're fit."

says. "It is hard to eat well around the firehouse sometimes. Sitting down and bonding around the dinner table is such a big part of the brotherhood, and we don’t always prepare the healthiest meals. Luckily, I am able to clean it up a bit at home, which helps balance it out." His favorite snack is a handful of dried cherries. His "splurge" food is ice cream. Nathaniel has a coaching business at "I am able to provide my clients with workout routines designed for their specific goals," he says. "There is a lot of help out there. It is important to get proper guidance from a personal trainer or coach. This will greatly expedite the process of getting fit by assuring you are not wasting time doing the wrong things."

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“Friends are the perfect ingredient.”

In March of 2008, Christina's life took an unforeseen turn when a doctor told her that what she initially thought was a cyst was, in fact, aggressive and invasive breast cancer. Then 30, Christina was a healthy, athletic woman with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and was not at high risk for breast cancer. "I continued to repeat the words

'you are too young, you are too healthy, you are too active' as if the words themselves, if said enough times, would protect me from the diagnosis that I feared. The words and prayers were not enough." Christina chose to do what she'd been telling her competitive gymnastic students for years: pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on it. While undergoing chemotherapy, Christina only missed four of her team's practices and they won state that year. She went through radiation and a radical double mastectomy, yet continued on at full-force, battling cancer with not only her fitness but also her faith. In November, Christina celebrated her 34th birthday and remains cancer-free. She still teaches gymnastics nearly every day until 9PM and is a full-time nursing student. Christina maintains a diet rich in natural and organic foods (and the occasional taco). Her favorite ways to stay fit include walking her dog, condition/strength training with her team, jumping on a trampoline, dancing and various outdoor activities. Christina also loves being fit with her husband and she considers him her number one motivation. "My husband is my best friend and partner in all adventures," she explains. "Staying healthy in order to have a long marriage to a great man gets me off the couch, even in the rain."

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For people who are looking to become more fit, Christina suggests not letting fear be the motivation. Instead, she suggests finding an outside source that can motivate and inspire. She says that it is possible to overcome the majority of life’s pitfalls by being in shape physically, mentally and spiritually.



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In college, Bryan put on 30 pounds due to an unhealthy lifestyle. He says he felt tired all the time. He started getting into running after college and eating healthier. When he moved to Lexington in 2004, he began running with the local Team in Training group and cycling with the Bluegrass Cycling Club. Now, Bryan feels better and happier thanks to his exercise regimen. For others looking to get more fit, Bryan recommends a similar path. "Find a sport you enjoy and you will stick with and be patient," he suggests. He has helped people set running schedules and shared his experiences to help beginners find their way. He often suggests joining an organization dedicated to fitness. "I think exercising with a group helps," he advises. Since he began running, Bryan has made a number of awesome achievements. He's completed the Chicago Marathon twice, the NYC Marathon, the Nashville Rock n' Roll Half Marathon a few times and the Louisville Derby Marathon, as well as various local triathlons. Bryan incorporates a lot of proteins and healthy foods into his diet. He enjoys peanut butter, chicken, egg whites, vegetables and fruit. He says his favorite snack is peanut

butter on sprout bread, though he does occasionally splurge on ice cream or his wife's homemade cookies. Bryan says he exercises when he has free time, but that it helps to schedule his workouts with his family. He says the activities his two kids are involved in take priority. "My family is very understanding and supportive about my hobbies," Bryan explains. "My wife also likes to run and exercise, so she understands how important it is." "My biggest motivation is staying active and healthy," Bryan explains. "I have a family history of heart disease, so I want to do everything I can to live a long a happy life."

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"Exercise makes me feel better and happy. It is also a good time to think and pray."


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AMY SMITH | AGE 41 FINANCIAL ADVISOR & PARTNER She was the NCAA Woman of the Year at West Point, serving as the co-captain of their tennis team and was the first woman tennis player to qualify for the NCAA tournament at West Point. She ran the Boston Marathon and advanced to the US Tennis Association Southern Sectional tennis championships at the 4.5 level. But what motivates Amy in the day-today is a little more close to home. "As a financial advisor, I help clients accumulate and grow their wealth for retirement," Amy explains. "Without your health, money doesn’t matter." Fitness has always been a part of Amy's life. She says she grew up participating in

"Work out early in the morning. Unplanned meetings or other commitments rarely interfere."


sports. She loves playing tennis but lifts weights as another way to work out. "I always have fun on the tennis court or in the gym, so hopefully that encourages others to try it as well," she explains. Amy hopes that fitness is a big part of her life in years to come, as well. She says she really admires "the seniors at the Lexington Tennis Club who play tennis and workout in the gym early in the morning." She says, "I want to be able to do that when I’m in my 80’s!" Between working out, motorcycle riding, serving as treasurer of the Lexington Kiwanis Club Endowment, working and spending time with her two dogs and cat, Amy says that working out early is what works for her. "For me it’s not so much a balancing act as it is being more productive," she explains. "If I workout early in the morning, I accomplish so many more things the rest of the day. " Amy likes to enjoy lean protein and vegetables in her diet. She doesn't snack very often, but occasionally splurges on wine and cheese. "I have always tried to stay fit and eat healthy to avoid any issues," she explains.

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Rodney grew up playing football, baseball and basketball. After high school, however, he quit leading a healthy lifestyle. He ate too much, didn't exercise and stopped being mindful of his overall fitness. The next thing he realized, 20 years had passed and he was out of breath after walking up the stairs. "One morning, God had a different plan for me. It was not a New Year’s resolution, nor was it the beginning of the week. I simply woke up, put on my running shoes and walked out the door," Rodney says. Since then, he has run the Boston Marathon, been a 2-time Ironman finisher and run triathlons. When it comes to juggling his commitments, Rodney says he turns to a professional. "In 2006, I hired Coach Beth Atnip, from Mideast Multisport. She

"I found that once the workouts were on paper, it was easier to schedule them around my other daily requirements."

helped me structure my workouts into something manageable," Rodney says. "This not only held me accountable, but helped me focus on what needed to be accomplished daily." "I want to be a role model to my children. I can’t expect them to lead a healthy lifestyle if I am not living one myself," Rodney explains. It certainly sounds as if he is serving as a great role model. Every member of Rodney's family is active. His wife has completed several races, including a half marathon. His two children are both competitive swimmers and play soccer. His son (13) has competed in shorter distance triathlons since 2007 and his daughter (9) will compete in her first this summer. Rodney's diet consists mainly of organic lean meats, fresh salads and fish, especially salmon. He enjoys snacking on fruit, but admits a weakness for ice cream. For those looking to get more fit, Rodney says, "It only takes one step. Do something—anything—for at least 30 minutes per day."

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Dolores juggles exercise, work, church involvement, work with the American Heart Association and home life with her husband, four kids and dog. "I think it’s important that you have balance in your life. I realized that with every child, it forced me to get more organized," Dolores says. "My day starts at 5:10AM, and is non-stop all day. I am fortunate that I have a good husband who is supportive and helpful and can pitch in where needed." Exercise has always been a part of Dolores's life. She played sports in high school and avoided gaining the "Freshman Fifteen" by teaching aerobics in college. She joined a running group after marriage and having kids and found her key to staying committed to fitness. For her 40th birthday, her husband bought her a road bike, which became her new hobby. A few years later, Dolores considered doing a triathlon. She could swim, but not with proper form. "I would go up to the pool every night, work with the lifeguards till I got the stroke down." She achieved her goal and completed a triathlon!

Dolores has experienced some injuries, but kept a positive attitude and pushed through. "Even when I had my leg in a cast, I just said to myself, 'okay, I can’t run, but I can do other things', so I just lifted weights and found other ways to be active," she says. Dolores says she grew up eating three good meals a day and still sticks to that. She enjoys snacking on berries, but splurges occasionally on white chocolate mocha lattes. Dolores is passionate about heart health. "I call on cardiologists and I see heart disease on a daily basis," she says. "It is the number one killer. If you walked around and could see everyone’s heart, you would think differently about how you take care of it."

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"Exercise makes me feel good and it keeps me happy and in a great mood."


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"Set realistic goals and get started."

Chet says it wasn't until he turned 40 that he started to notice his metabolism catching up with him. As he puts it, "All of a sudden, I had love handles!" That is when he really started paying attention to what he ate and making sure he got plenty of exercise.

Chet is a huge polo enthusiast. "Polo is a big commitment; it involves organization and care of many horses. At this point in my life, I have been playing so long it is just part of my routine," he explains. "I am very excited that my son Trent has started playing polo and I am looking forward to playing together for many years to come." Chet says his biggest accomplishment was winning the Miami Beach Polo World Cup in 2010. He loves the camaraderie of playing polo. "Polo is a true team sport. Your horse is just as much of a teammate as the other players on the field," Chet says. When he's not working or playing polo, Chet is a musician and songwriter. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two children and two dogs. His family keeps him motivated. "I want to have a healthy and active lifestyle so as I get older, I can continue to enjoy life with my family and friends," Chet explains. A big component of Chet's overall fitness plan is ensuring that he eats wisely. "Controlling the amount of food I eat is more important than what I eat. For me, if I deprive myself I will eventually develop bad habits. So moderation works well for me," he says. He loves snacking on blueberries. He does occasionally indulge in ice cream. For those looking to get more fit, Chet offers encouragement. "Set realistic goals and get started," he says.


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In April 2010, Robert Parks Johnson was diagnosed with throat cancer. "The doctor told me I had a choice. I could fight for my life, or I could die," he says. "I chose life. I wanted to grow old with my wife, Martha. I wanted to act onstage again. And I wanted to run." Those dreams got him through four surgeries, two sessions of chemotherapy and 36 radiation treatments. In this photo, Robert is holding a mask that was put over his face and bolted to a table so that he couldn't move while they shot the radiation into his neck. "I’ve never felt so trapped and powerless. That’s why I put my Iron Horse Half-Marathon finisher’s medal on it. Because that’s the day I felt most alive and free. I never want to forget what cancer almost took from me, or what God gave me back," Robert explains. "I lost my hair, my teeth, a muscle in my right shoulder and almost 100 pounds. But I kept my life, and my dreams. I wanted to be more than a survivor. I wanted to be a cancer fighter." "Five of my friends and family were all diagnosed with different cancers within a few weeks of each other. I am the only one still alive," Robert says. "Each of them fought to the end. The memory of their courage, and the presence of their spirits keeps me going. I want to honor 'The Five' for the rest of my life." In July, he joined the pilot group for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. LIVESTRONG is a program for cancer survivors who want to improve the quality of their "Forgive lives through exercise, nutrition and being yourself for part of a community falling short. And of other cancer fightreward yourself ers.

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When he's not runsomething ning, blogging, acting right." or fundraising, Robert likes to spend time with his wife, their three dogs and two cats. Robert says he spends his life on things and people he values. "There just isn’t enough life to waste it on stuff that doesn’t feed your soul."


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"This year has been the hardest year of my life," Amy explains. " I lost my mother in February, and then my son in June. What I really wanted to do after my son died was get in bed, with the covers over my head, and sleep forever." However, with a husband, four children, her dog and a whole life waiting, Amy had to make the conscious decision to quit feeling sorry for herself and start appreciating every moment. " I knew that I would have to focus on getting stronger for myself and for my family," she says. Through her workout regimen, Amy says she's found a focus and clarity she didn't have before, with renewed vitality. "I could not have gotten through the last six months without it." Amy is an early riser, so she works out at 6AM during the week and a little later on weekends. She works out with Dwayne Carr of The Coliseum 5 days a week doing boot camps that feature hybrid training. Amy has decided that being fit is a definite priority, right up there with eating and sleeping-- things no one should skip in a 24-hour period.

Amy is proud of her accomplishments and is enjoying the path she is headed down. "A journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step," Amy explains. " I still have a long way to go, but just taking that one step out of bed each morning has taken me farther along on this journey than I would have dreamed possible a few months ago."

For those looking to start getting fit, Amy recommends talking first to a professional. "Every individual is different, so be sure to find [a fitness professional] who doesn't take a 'one size fits all' approach to your needs and desires," Amy suggests.

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"Hybrid training is the absolute best workout for women in my opinion."


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JEANNIE THÉ | AGE 53 ASSOC EXEC DIRECTOR “I have always seen fitness as a journey and not something that ever ends," Jeannie explains. Her fitness journey began at the age of 16 when she enrolled in Shaolin Martial Arts. She progressed through the ranks to receive a second degree black belt. She visited the Dr. Kenneth Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research Center and trained, studied and became certified as a Physical Fitness Specialist and Group Exercise Leader. She hosted a cable television show, "Jeannie Thé’s-Aerobic Way" from 1984-1995. Now, Jeannie works out at the Beaumont Centre Family YMCA. She is also involved in a number of volunteer activities, ranging from teaching classes to serving meals and supporting a variety of ministries. On top of all that, she and her husband are parents of four children and are expecting their first grandchild. Jeannie likes to snack on edamame and splurges occasionally on frozen yogurt. Her diet is low in sugar and fat while being high in fiber and protein. She doesn't drink alcohol and rarely eats fast food. Jeannie works out at the Beaumont Centre YMCA. She enjoys switching up her routine so she never gets bored and likes to add interval training. She also enjoys hiking/jogging in the country, "hashing" (cross-country running) with her kids and walking on the farm with her sister. "When you enjoy who you are with and are having fun it doesn’t feel like exercise," Jeannie says. Jeannie feels fortunate to work in an environment that is so supportive of fitness and exercise. "I don’t have to feel guilty for going out of my office and running on the treadmill to clear my head or get energized. I can think better and be more creative after a quick 30 minute run," she says. "There were times when I could literally work 12 hours a day and wouldn’t feel drained because I loved what I was doing."


"Find something you enjoy doing and it won't feel like 'work'."


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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING HIGH SCHOOL COACH/ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR When Dick was young, he was enthusiastic about fitness, even if not necessarily gifted in his favorite ways to work out. "I was an overachieving under talented athlete growing up and had to be in better shape just to make the team at every level," he explains. He now has the opportunity to help other young athletes compete and succeed, in sports and in life. He has run in the Boston Marathon, competed in an Ironman and set world records in indoor rowing, but he says the biggest achievement for him is "having the kids you have trained over the years come back to you and share THEIR accomplishments in areas other than athletics!" Dick considers fitness to be a great source of personal therapy. "I suffer from bipolar disorder, which exercise helps me to combat," Dick explains." Challenging myself picks me up." He loves pushing himself to do better and learning more about himself through his perseverance. Dick loves fruits and vegetables, as well as fish and chicken. He makes a habit of cooking on the grill once a week so he has the basics for meals in a hurry. Dick says he makes great salads and has a great recipe for peanut butter and chocolate ice cream: "Put a half a cup of peanut butter in a bowl, cover it with chocolate protein powder and add enough water to blend it into a paste. Stick it in the freezer for about 15 minutes (or store it in the freezer if you make a large amount, it thaws quickly!)" For others who want to become more physically fit, Dick's advice is simple, "Commit, schedule and follow through." He also suggests hiring a trainer, even if just for a few sessions. He also says that Youtube offers a wealth of fitness instructional videos for beginners.


"I challenge myself with timed exercises."

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"It's an empowering feeling; a 'can do' attitude instead of a 'can't do' one." "After having three children and reaching my late 30’s, I began to realize that I was not a picture of health," Susan says. She regularly cooked for her family and ended up eating too much of everything. "My body was changing and not in a good way." Susan had a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure, so she began taking medication for that and enrolled in exercise classes. She started walking and joined a tennis team. Since then, her weight and blood pressure have remained under control.

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Susan likes to work out by taking cardio and strength classes four days a week at Urban Active, playing occasional tennis, walking on the weekends and challenging herself to handle tasks that require a little bit of extra strength or stamina whenever she finds the opportunity. Susan says she works best with structure and discipline, so workout classes are a great choice for her. "I also enjoy the social aspects to exercising with others. It’s a positive environment and I’ve made some good friends throughout the years," she says. One of her biggest personal accomplishments has been "being able to do the same things in exercise classes as the younger members." Susan incorporates fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy into her diet. Her favorite snacks include fresh veggies dipped in low-fat ranch dressing; blueberries and honey in Greek yogurt; fruit smoothies; and hummus with pita chips. She occasionally splurges on brick oven pizza and cheese. "Don’t let gyms scare you," Susan advises. "There are all ages, shapes and sizes there. The staff is very supportive. You’re only there for yourself – not to compete or compare yourself to others." For those who prefer outdoor or solo activities, Susan says not to wait for an invitation to go with someone else. "Just walk out the front door and get started."


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RICK FERN | AGE 61 | RETIRED CPA AND ACCOUNTING TEACHER Learning from his father's mistakes has motivated Rick to take care of himself. His father was very inactive and combated weight and Diabetes issues for most of his adult life. Rick recognized that activity had to be a regular part of his lifestyle. He's been blessed to have had no major health issues so far and he enjoys his fitness. "I’ve been lucky that I can still be fairly active into my 60’s and I think that helps combat some of the aging process," Rick explains. "At least, I hope so!" Rick volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, works with VITA income tax assistance, does ESL tutoring, is a member of the local outreach at Crestwood Christian Church, sings with the Kentuckians Chorus, is learning to play the piano and does small roles in community theatre. He balances all of this with his workout routine by getting his fitness commitments out of the way first thing. "Over the years, I’ve settled into doing early morning workouts since I get energized for the day and it leaves the evening open for other events in my life," he explains. His only diet guideline is that he eats at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day and limits fried, fatty foods. Rick has run two

"As I got older, I recognized activity had to become a regular part of my lifestyle for health and mental reasons."


marathons, climbed two mountains, trekked exotic locations all across the globe and cycled over 100 miles, just to name a few of his proudest accomplishments. Rick's favorite ways to stay fit are running, cycling (taking spinning classes in the winter), lifting weights, tennis and yoga. As a part of a running group and cycling club, Rick enjoys his workouts more thanks to the great people he works out with. "We have some very athletic younger people in our running group and cycling club and I get a lift seeing them compete and get fitter," Rick says.


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DR. BEN OLDHAM | AGE 68 RETIRED ASSOC VP OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS & SEC FOOTBALL OFFICIAL Dr. Ben Oldham is proud to say that in 54 years of weight training, he has missed only four regularly scheduled workouts. That dedication is a large part of Ben's success in fitness. "The best way to make time for fitness is to make it an integral part of a daily schedule," he explains. "Regularity is the key element." Ben has long been committed to his fitness goals. In college, Ben ran track and is in the Georgetown College Athletic Hall of Fame. He won weightlifting championships when he was younger. He served as a Southeastern Conference football official for 25 years on the field and now works in the replay booth. He was selected to officiate the 2012 Fiesta Bowl with #3 ranked Oklahoma State and #4 Stanford. He is a member of the Association of Oldtime Barbell and Strongmen and through the group's camaraderie, Ben finds new ways to challenge himself. "Even though I am aging, I continue to strive to set personal records regularly," Ben says. Ben is now retired, but he juggles his SEC commitments and family ties. Ben's wife is a kindergarten teacher and they have two children and four grandchildren. Currently, Ben trains in a peripheral heart action circuit. He is able to do cardio work along with strength training. He enjoys power walking, as well. He has a protein bar for breakfast each day and enjoys tuna and cottage cheese for lunch. His evening meals are flexible, but focus on an abundance of protein. He occasionally indulges in pizza. For those looking to get more fit, Ben suggests talking TO an experienced professional. "Proper execution of movements is critically important."


"Make fitness an entegral part of a daily schedule. Regularity is the key element."

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"The important thing is to keep on exercising, both mind and body."

At 80 years old, Esther is in better shape than many who are years her junior. She has never smoked, eats a balanced diet and attends regular exercise classes at Urban Active. "I am in pretty good health [with] no major problems," Esther says; a fact that is impressive for a person at any age. Esther's healthy habits have helped keep her active, both physically and in her social life.

Esther's husband is a retired optometrist. Together, they have six children and 14 grandchildren (ranging in age from nine to 24), which alone is plenty to keep them busy. On top of spending time with her kids and grandkids, Esther goes once a week to St. Paul Church to give sandwiches to those in need. Esther's hobbies include a weekly game of mahjong and working puzzles (she especially enjoys word search puzzles.)

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Esther's diet consists of skim milk, cereal, fruit, vegetables and decaf coffee. She doesn't eat a lot of red meat, but she loves chicken. Her favorite healthy snacks are raisins and pretzels. "My favorite 'splurge' food would be chocolates," she says. Esther goes to group fitness classes five days a week, which include step, weights, Zumba and kick-boxing. "I enjoy the classes very much and the teachers are all good," Esther says. When classes are over, she walks around the track a number of times, helping her get in just a little bit more of a workout. "The best way to make time for fitness is to go early in the day," Esther suggests. She heads to classes at 9:15AM. "The way I would encourage others to get fit [would be] come to the aerobic classes and stand in the back row with me!" She says, "The important thing is to keep on exercising both mind and body."



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This Christmas our house was filled with three things, an adorable toddler named Arlo, chattering college kids, and every fattening food carried overseas to Ellis Island by our forefathers. It was a controlled, chaotic time, that as I grow older, I find increasingly valuable and enriching in my life. But, after the last present was opened, and the last piece of pie discretely disappeared, my thoughts turned to the new year. In 2012 I am resolved that this year is going to be different. No more broken resolutions, and no more excuses; after all didn’t someone once say, “Ideas without actions are just dreams”? Now, granted, chasing a fifteen-month-old can wear you out but it doesn’t tone you up or bring your peace back to center. And I have had my last hamster race with the woman on the treadmill next to me, boring! I realized what I need this year is motivation, something different, something fashionable and that is what set me on the hunt for some new workout attire. Located in the Chevy Chase district, Pure Barre has been a retreat for women who want to feel empowered about herself, her life and direction. The boutique located in the front of the studio, displays eclectic workout attire ranging from modest to sassy. I have had my bad experiences with workout attire, from the wrong cut that made me look stumpy, to the wrong fabric that seemed to want to part ways with me as I move.

department store and pick out my favorite color of anything that had lycra on the garment tag. Getting advice from a professional is crucial since we all have different bodies and choices of how we work out. I have to say I went a little nuts over Lululemon™, a brand made of Luon fabric with four-way stretch, support, and freedom. To the touch it has the feel of high quality cotton, but it is made to endure years of exercise abuse. Just as importantly, Lululemon™ is preshrunk, so the fit you get is the fit you will have for years. The dry weave underarms on the jackets insures the woman on the go has no worries leaving the gym for lunch with the girls. And the best part is how fashionably cute the styles make me feel, all while tucking me in all the right places. From undergarments to pants and jackets that can take you from your workout to the rest of your day, Lululemon™ is feminine and functional, available locally only at Pure Barre. When you make your purchase, the eco-friendly reusable bag is efficient and artistically designed with cute phrases to inspire you. Just down the street from Pure Barre, on Ashland Avenue, is Johns Run/Walk Shop. I stopped by for a quick chat on the latest in footwear and discovered the Merrell Barefoot Run Pace Glove. This lightweight mesh or leather upper shoe fits like a glove, gives protection, is flexible and is light as bare feet. This is a shoe of many functions from running to yoga or that fast jaunt through the grocery.

Owners Edie Green and Amanda Arnold educated me on the difference in quality workout attire and brands that may not suit my needs.

At the end of the day, if I had to choose my heart’s desire, it would be the Lululemon™ carved racerback tank and Wonderunder pants that allow full range of motion and support, combined with a stylish pair of running shoes.

There was an ah-ha moment when I realized why all the other workout attire I had purchased did not work-out for me. In the past I would just meander through a

Feeling the part is half the battle of any task, so find what works for you and let’s do it together in 2012.


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SWIM BIKE RUN ATTENTION TRIATHLETES There is no other place like it in the state. Swim Bike Run of Kentucky opened its doors at 320 North Ashland Avenue in February of 2010, and has just doubled it’s training space because of the demand for services you can’t find anywhere else in the state. They feature the state’s only 9 rider, indoor cycling studio featuring CompuTrainer. You ride your bike inside on courses from around the world. Riders see the course on a large plasma screen along with their distance, speed, watts, and calories burned. They store your bike, and you reserve ride time, 7-days a week, including early morning and evening rides. SBR of KY also features an Endless Pool for coaching and stroke analysis, treadmills, and a TRX Training System for core workouts. Their staff of certified coaches have raced around the US, and understand how to motivate and educate you on fitness whether you are a beginner or a veteran in multisport. Their experts do computerized Gait Analysis with video, Natural Running Form Clinics each Saturday, Lactate Threshold Testing, extensive Bike Fits and maintenance. They are the exclusive Central KY dealer of two industry leaders: Cervelo bikes and Newton Running Shoes. You can also find Garmin, TYR, 2XU, Louis Garneau, Profile Design, Aquaman, Oakley, and much more. Check them out at sw imbi ker, on Face Book, or call, 859.455.3384. Train hard, race fast, and have fun!

859.455.3384 | 320 North Ashland Ave. |


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SWEAT NEW CARDIO IN TOWN Looking for a new kind of Cardio workout? A workout that is non-impact, works your entire body, and safe on your muscle and joints? Sweat fitness may be just the thing you are looking for! The owners of the well-known Pure Barre fitness studio in Chevy

Chase are expanding with a brand new fitness concept called Sweat. Sweat is home to a variety of cardiovascular-based workouts for men and women, including their established Cardio class, their unprecedented Crew rowing class and more! Located right above Pure Barre, the all new Sweat is ready to take your cardio workout to an all new level of effectiveness, intelligence, safety, and productivity. You can’t even imagine how much you will enjoy your elite and innovative workouts at Sweat. With one-on-one professionally trained instructors and coaches, they make group fitness an individualized experience. If you are tired of the ordinary, find the extraordinary at Sweat fitness!

859.368.7922 | 867 East High St., Suite 250 |


BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY CAN ALLEVIATE PAIN Breast reductions are not only one of the most common plastic surgical procedures, they have a very high patient satisfaction rate. Usually done as an outpatient procedure, breast reductions have a back to work time that averages 10 – 14 days and patients generally require pain medication for a little over a week. Breast reduction surgery is commonly performed to relieve upper back and neck pain, as well as frequent rashes due to moisture. It is typically paid for by insurance, depending on certain criteria and with certain requirements (for example, that the patient have a trial of conservative treatments

documented by their physician for 3-6 months, often including one or more of the following: anti-inflammatories, chiropractic, exercises, physical therapy, weight loss and specialty bras.) Although there are risks and complications as with any surgery, breast reduction is considered relatively safe in healthy individuals. There is no increase in risk of breast cancer; in fact, it more commonly makes the breast easier to examine. Many patients consider it the best thing that they have done for themselves and wish they had done it sooner. Call 859.276.3883 to schedule a private consultation or to learn more about services offered by Drs. J. Michael Moore, Sherwood Moore and Andrew Moore at Plastic Surgeons of Lexington.

859.276.3883 | 1401 Harrodsburg Rd., Suite B-488 |


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THE WEEKEND PEEL The Weekend Peel, also known as The Arctic Peel, is the best kept secret for many of our clients. This facial exfoliation treatment is powerful enough to deliver results—get the results of about 3-5 microdermabrasion treatments in 1 Weekend Peel, gentle enough that it’s great for most skin types and you’ll experience little to no ‘downtime’. The Weekend Peel takes about 20-30 minutes. The treatment is performed with advanced laser technology that is safe and controllable. The session is performed by medical professionals – RN or Nurse Practitioner. The treatment is not painful; it’s quick and easy. You can expect to be pink/red for about 30 minutes after. The treatment specialist will apply a healing ointment immediately after and we recommend a mild skincare routine for a couple of days; as well as sun protection. Other than that, no changes. You can even wear makeup the very next day. In the following 2-3 days clients experience some tightness followed by mild to moderate flaking or peeling. The Weekend Peel is great as a standalone treatment or in conjunction with your current anti-aging routine.

859.276.2556 |

Weight Management and Anti-Aging are the specialty of Gateways To Integral Health. Owners Regina Forster, MD and Andreas Schmitz, PhD listen closely to their patients and give a thoughtful evaluation while looking beyond symptoms and focusing on root causes. Gateways To Integral Health offers medical weight loss with the HCGDiet. Rapid and permanent weight loss using the body’s own hormones can help patients feel spectacular and look their best. Gateways To Integral Health offers regenerative medicine for body, mind and spirit using Bioidentical Hormone Balancing, highly comprehensive lab assessment, nutritional and digestive advice, lifestyle strategies, and nutrient support. They have a passion for optimal health and love to help patients achieve a new level of vigor and vitality. And they offer a special 10% discount on weight loss packages to TOPS readers!

859.351.1310 1517 Nicholasville Rd., Doctors Park Suite 302


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SMILE! Dr. Schroeder’s awardw i n n i ng dental practice makes dentistry something to smile about! Dr. Schroeder’s expertise allows him to complete most dental procedures in-house with limited referrals to outside specialists. The ability to complete most implants, ex tract ions, root canals and orthodontia; as well as provide Dysport® and Restylane®/ Perlane® facial fillers, allows him to create comprehensive treatment plans in the best interest of his patients. For the dental phobic patients, the optional use of nitrous oxide or oral sedation helps cater the relaxation level of appointments to the individual needs of their patients. The sedation process allows patients to comfortably have multiple procedures completed stress free and in fewer appointments.


Schroeder Dentistry being voted Lexington’s Best Dentist in both the Reader’s Choice and Best in Lex contests 5 years running. Should a dental emergency occur, they make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible and consultations or second opinions are always free. For more information on all of the services offered at Schroeder Dentistry, visit their website at and be sure to find their ad in this issue for their latest promotion. Don’t you, too, want to smile about your dental experience?

Their patient’s satisfaction has continually been proven with

859.276.5496 | 2401 Regency Rd., Suite 202


Courtney Mitchell, MSPAS, PA-C is pleased to offer a wide range of services that will help any patient start their year, fresh and fabulous. She offers Botox®/ Dysport®, Restalyne®, Perlane® and vein therapy, among other skin care services. CosMedic Essentials also offers a range of products from NEOCUTIS SkinCare and Glo Minerals Makeup to help patients glow in 2012. Courtney has been providing care in both cosmetic and general dermatology for nearly 10 years. Her experience and expertise allows her to help develop an individualized care plan for each patient’s unique skin care needs. She is accepting new patients now! Like CosMedic Essentials on Facebook!


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ARTHUR MURRAY DANCE STUDIO A FUN WAY TO GET OR STAY FIT This year, it’s time to try something different to stay in shape! Ballroom Dancing is fast becoming one of the most popular sports to lose weight, stay fit, and have fun! Dancing with or without a partner during a private lesson will burn an average of anywhere from 450-600 calories at a time. Most students find that dancing is the equivalent

of walking a mile and a half! With so many different dances like Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Samba, and Quick Step, there is something for everyone. Take the first step – if you can walk, you can dance! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy learning to dance! Try a free private lesson and see how easy and fun it can be with Lexington’s favorite dance studio!

859.278.7711 | 1801 Alexandria Drive Suite 132

DOCTOR COWEN LOOK REFRESHED Do friends and family comment on how tired you look? Do you find yourself at the makeup counter buying everything and anything to “shrink” the bags? These are a few stories Dr. David Cowen’s office hears from patients who suffer from eyelid/brow ptosis (droopy eyelids). Acquired ptosis is commonly due to the stretching of the muscle that raises the eyelid. As people grow older, the muscle that they use to keep their eyelids open stretches and the eyelids begin to droop. Sometimes removal of extra skin or raising the brows may be required. Depending on patient’s surgical needs, the surgical approach varies. Surgery is generally performed under a local anesthetic with IV sedation and is performed on an outpatient basis. In addition, recovery time is typically a couple of days and most patients are able to return to their normal routine within 7 days of the procedure. Dr. David Cowen is the medical director of Oculoplastic & Orbital Consultants. He is board certified through the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

859.219.0299 | 771 Corporate Dirve, Suite 460 |


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by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

It’s a flashback to my 70’s childhood. Terrariums are back! Terrarium simply put is a garden in a glass container. Easy and affordable to make, a terrarium can add interest to an end table, a desk, or used in a grouping for a centerpiece. Back in the 70’s terrariums were typically housed in an aquarium. Today’s terrariums are taking on a more decorative flair. Vases, fish bowls, a brandy snifter, mason jars... just about anything can be a terrarium. It may be lidded or open air. The only thing you must keep in mind while choosing your container is finding something that is large enough to fit your hand through for assembly. Here is a step by step lesson in building a terrarium. It’s like icing a cake: 1. Start with a 1-2 inch layer of small gravel 2. Add a layer of charcoal. This helps keep excess water from becoming stagnant 3. Add a layer of spaghnum moss which prevents the soil from mixing with the charcoal 4. Top your layers with a good potting soil. Make it deep enough to cover the roots, but watch out that you don’t pile it on too thick and run out of room for the plants 5. Add your plants. There are many colors and textures to choose from. Tiny little plants that make you want to say “Awww”! Cover with more soil to make sure they are planted in there securely. You can find all of these supplies at your local garden center. If you’re a purist and want to enjoy the simplicty

Terrariums designed by King’s Gardens and Michelle Rauch


of the plants you are done. You have the option to personalize your terrarium. Create texture with rocks, bark, or more moss. Add a theme with mini accessories. I added a retro white metal chair and little dog to the terrarium I made. The splash of colors contrasts nicely with the pink and green foliage. Not to mention the touch of whimsy is an added surprise to those who see the terrarium on my desk. After you are done assembling your terrarium give it a drink of water, not too much, just enough to add moisture to the soil. Place it in bright indirect sunlight. Windows are optional. Terrariums can also thrive with the right amount of artificial lighting. Upkeep beyond that is minimal. If you have a lidded terrarium you may be able to go weeks without watering. You will see condensation. Think of it as a little contained ecosystem. If you have a container without a lid just keep an eye on the soil. It may need a drink once a week. Remove any damaged leaves and mold that may grow to keep your plants healthy. Lastly be sure to rotate the terrarium occassionally so all sides are exposed to the light source. In addition to the no fuss upkeep of a terrarium that would even allow my mom to maintain one, (the green thumb gene skipped a generation. I got it from my grandma) a terrarium can be as afforable or as extravagant as you want. Use a repurposed container or invest in a gorgeous store bought vessel. The little plants only cost a few dollars. Garden centers have a wide variety of accessories to decorate with, but you can also find little treasures at flea markets and yard sales for pennies on the dollar. As we settle in for the winter exercise your green thumb and create a terrarium or two!

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NO MORE TATERS by Buff y Lawson Relationship Veteran

Step away from the mashed potatoes. Those spuds are not our friends. And, sadly as of January one, we are told we should replace grandma’s sausage inspired stuffing with an all natural, organic, healthy salad… as well as trading our crisp, chilled yummy wine for vitamin infused water…ouch…big ouch…well, perhaps a little wine? Yes, folks. It is New Year’s resolution time. Mister Man and I survived our first holiday season together years ago, nicely. It was an interesting bonding opportunity, although it drove us directly past the honeymoon phase… quickly. But as we swept up the last visible Christmas tree pine needle, we were a legitimate couple as a result; accepting all of the flaws that apparently seeped into the relationship during the season. We endured alarming distant relatives (i.e.: Uncle Edgar) one too many social obligations, awkward family gift exchanges, nearly violent WalMart episodes and one too many fruit cakes. Figuratively and literally. It is virtually impossible to hide the real truth about anything in life. Over time, it will always reveal its ugly head. And Tis’ the season to be jolly will generally rip each of us down to our basic core and the optimistic spin you have tried to give your new partner about who you are and which planet you came from will be accurately revealed. Uncle Edgar will speak volumes. If nothing else, we must pay attention to genetics. If you choose to have children one day, Edgar will be in those genes somewhere. However, this is an important process and you will both be better informed about each other, being a key factor in planning on a relationship long term. It was a brutally cold, yet breathtaking evening the night before New Year’s Eve. Mister Man and I treated ourselves to a lovely dinner at

Halls on the River. Both dreadfully guilty because of over indulgence during the holidays, we justified and considered this as the “last supper.” Indeed it was. Banana peppers! Beer Cheese! Extra bread! Extra butter for the bread! Crab legs! Extra butter with our crab legs! Cheesecake! Hot buttered rum! . . . it was nothing less than fabulous. I promised to sign up at Shapes and work out for one hour a day, six days a week. I would also cut out the spuds, bread and sweets. I would get back on my vitamin routine and park my car far away from all entrances and always take the steps. Mister Man was planning to take up tennis and cut back poker night to one per month. 2012 was going to be the best year ever and we would soon be looking like spring chickens! I set my alarm clock one hour earlier to fit in my workout and beat everyone to the gym before work. Apparently every woman in Lexington decided to sign up at Shapes, but I finally got my membership card and stepped up to the treadmill. My ear buds were cranked to ten as I was jamming to Prince. I started out slow and eased my way to level six. I felt fantastic so I thought I would take it to level eight! I felt like Rocky Balboa up on that treadmill visualizing myself back in a bikini! Hot Damn! Somehow, between the groove of Little Red Corvette and Good Morning America I must have gotten distracted because I lost my footing and as if in slow motion, I went flying off of the treadmill backwards, slamming into the bicycle behind me. The treadmill was still going at what appeared to be ninety miles per hour and my headset hit the forehead of the lady behind me. I was so embarrassed I could have died. On my way home, I called Mister Man. Apparently he sprained his ankle at tennis. How pathetic were we? “Hey babe, let’s start the diet tomorrow--you up for Cracker Barrel?”


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table three ten wine, food and atmosphere combine for a one-of-a-kind experience by Blake Hannon


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any of us have a favorite restaurant. I know I certainly have a few places that come to mind when I think of Lexington or other cities I frequent. That being said, part of the many reasons why people come back is what’s on the menu and knowing that when you sit down at your table, those dishes you know and love will still be there unchanged for your dining pleasure. Then, there’s a restaurant like Table Three Ten, which proves that a little (or even a lot of) change is a good thing as long as you’re doing it right. Table Three Ten was set on 310 W. Short Street thanks to husband-and-wife owners Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims. Each brings their own respective specialties in design and dining. Sims’ aesthetic sensibilities and the historic space that once housed her father’s law office come together for something special. Décor, aside from a lovely mural, is minimal with perfect lighting inside and a full-windowed front giving you a nice view of the activity on the street. But the modern rejuvenation still keeps the spirit of the historic space, leaving the character of the original ceiling, floors and walls untouched. No wonder it won a Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation award. While the space is arresting on its own, it’s what’s in your glass and on your plate -- along with Boughalem’s philosophy behind it -- that will sell you on Table Three Ten. First, there’s its first-rate wine list, offering a literal world of selections that are either organic or biodynamic that you can try by the sample, glass, carafe or bottle. Plus, the bartenders will have no problem matching you up with a crisp white wine for your fromage and charcuterie plates or the perfect red come entrée time. Some may characterize Table Three Ten as specializing in small plates. Sure, they do have almost two-dozen types of cheeses and a selection of cold cuts that will allow you to compare Spanish and Kentucky hams. But to Boughalem, there’s much more to it. Since opening last year, Table Three Ten has been a completely market-driven restaurant.

Whereas most restaurants may change their menu and some change it every season, Table Three Ten changes its main menu up to 12 times a year. The menu is small so that they can have the most control over the fresh ingredients that go into each dish, making almost everything in house down to the pickles and the mustard. Of course, this doesn’t include the blackboard menu at the front of the restaurant, which offers entrees that changes almost weekly, keeping the customer and exceptional kitchen staff on its toes. This particular week, I was treated to two kinds of oysters to get things going, one being the Kusshi oysters from Washington state with their clean, classic flavor and some Island Creek oysters from Massachusetts, which got a unique treatment with some light grilling in the shell and a buffalo glaze, bring warmth and spice to this delicious dish that could win over your squeamish oyster detractor. That wouldn’t be the first time my taste buds were caught off guard. The beet salad that followed, accompanied with pistachios, olive oil and arugula would have been delicious on its own, but the slivers of candied grapefruit on top provided tartness that was unexpected but certainly not unwelcome. Then, there were some amazing entrees from the blackboard menu. The Asian-inspired and succulent pork belly was braised in ginger beer, served with a smear of burned miso and thin ribbons of carrots and sliced watermelon radishes tossed in a sesame ponzu vinaigrette. Then, there was a rabbit fricassee, a savory dish that would be a perfect meal as the temperature starts to drop. Depending on whether you have an entrée or go the small-plate-and-glass-of-vino route may determine whether you have room for dessert. Regardless, you’d be a fool to pass it up. My night included a chocolate cheesecake custard with caramelized peanut butter. People, it’s not as good as it sounds. It’s better. You will have a hard time topping Table Three Ten if you’re looking for one of the most unique restaurant experiences this city has to offer – not to mention one of the best. Needless to say, this Table needs to save me a seat for future visits.

859.309.3901 | 310 West Short Street |


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FIT AND FABULOUS FURRY FRIENDS by Amanda Harper, Pet Aficionado

While you’re busy making resolutions and coming up with exciting ways to meet your New Year’s fitness goals, take a moment to pause and reflect on how you can help your pet get into better shape. Maybe your pooch is a marathon runner or maybe he’s a couch potato. Either way, there are lots of ways to make sure your pets enter 2012 in fabulous shape! The first step when you’re thinking about your pet’s health is always to consult a veterinarian. Your vet will always have the best tips and answers for getting your pet in optimal health. She or he will also know what special considerations need to be taken with your pet’s health history, current physical state, breed and lifestyle. Your vet will probably ask you some questions about your pet’s habits, diet and history before making any recommendations. To help you prepare for your pet’s checkup, take a note of how much food you go through in a typical week with your pet, how much water she drinks, how often she grooms herself, her overall demeanor and any unusual behaviors of late. This information will help your vet make the best judgments possible. While you’re with your vet, ask him or her how often your pet should come in for a checkup. As your pet advances in age, checkups become a vital part of ensuring you stay on top of your pet’s health and happiness. Many medical conditions also require additional checkups throughout the year to ensure your pet is on the right path to great health. Once you’ve gotten some recommendations from your vet, take a moment. Really commit yourself to making sure you do all you can to ensure your pet has a healthy, happy year. You may not be able to follow all of your vet’s suggestions to

the letter, but will probably have a good idea of a few key ways you can keep up with your pet’s well being for this year. Make it a resolution, somewhere between “going to the gym more” and “give up caffeine”. You know your pet is a great companion and a good friend. So resolve to make sure you are there for your pet as much as she is there for you! A great way to keep tabs on your progress is to start a pet journal. Start a notebook where you can place records of your pet’s shots, trips to the vet and other important information. On the first of each month, take a moment to weigh your pet. If you have a small animal companion, a kitchen scale will work fine. For larger animals, weigh yourself on the scale, then weigh yourself holding your pet. Subtract the difference. If your pet is too heavy to lift or too large to get on a scale, try to make accommodations to have y o u r pet weighed a few times a year. Write this information down, as well as any notes you might find pertinent. If your pet seems less energetic, for instance, make a note of it and call your vet with your concerns. Note fluctuations of weight between months and discuss that with your vet, as well—weight changes in pets are one of the earliest signs of a major health issue. Finally, resolve to spend more time with your pet. Whether that means more walks together, more drives out in the country or more cuddling on the couch; hang out with your pet a little more in 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spending time with your pets can decrease your blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and ease feelings of loneliness. So spending time with your pet can help you meet your own health resolution goals!


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WHEN THE BUDGET’S TIGHT—REDESIGN IS RIGHT by Rachel Stafford Decorating Consultant

Everyone wants a beautiful home, but we often think its out of our price range. Flipping through high end catalogs, we dream of dinner parties and get togethers in our magazine perfect homes. You can make your design dreams come true without the hefty price tag by using your imagination and being creative. Getting the look for less When shopping for your home, take inspiration from designer books, magazines and catalogs. Find the style and pieces you love, then shop discount retailers for pieces that have a similar look and feel but without the expensive price tag. Consignment and thrift stores are also a wonderful resource for furnishings and lighting. Also, remember anything you want is a Google search away. Online seller sites are a perfect starting point for deals you would never find in a store. The power of paint Color is the easiest and most affordable way to dramatically change the look and feel of your home. Color sets a mood, from hip and modern to warm and cozy, the look can be achieved with paint. You can totally transform a room in a matter of hours or your home in a few days. Take your color inspiration from anything you like, such as your favorite artwork in the room, the fabric on the sofa or window treatments, even the view out your windows. Remember the hidden potential in your home. Try painting the back of a bookshelf for a pop of color or just an accent wall. Any Before


tired, outdated furniture pieces can be painted too. Try black for a more contemporary look or distressed white for a more country look. Furniture placement For a quick room refresher, rearrange your furniture. It’s free and takes little time. Can you get the furniture off the walls? How about splitting up the sectional into two facing sofas? Focus on conversation areas placed around the focal point of the room (gorgeous fireplace, beautiful window, or the TV). Make sure your seating is close enough that you can comfortably speak and hear one another. Also, remember every seat should have a table close enough for a drink to be placed on. Textile swap If the couch has seen better days, but replacing it isn’t in the budget, there are a few tricks for making it look great again. Inexpensive slip covers can hide stains and holes. If the fabric still looks good but you still want a change, switch out your decorative pillows and throws for new ones. Take your color inspiration from the fabric on your furnishings. Mixing and matching colors and patterns will give you a whole new look that’s easy on the wallet. Lighting Lighting is often an overlooked decorative detail in our homes. Lamps are functional pieces of décor that are often the final detail that brings a room together. Every room needs good overhead lighting and task lighting for hobbies, reading and cooking. Also include decorative lighting to add drama such as up lighting behind plants or frame or shelf lighting to spotlight a favorite piece. After


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TOPS Tour of Homes

by Amanda Harper Photography by Shaun Ring Photography


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Tasteful Transformation TOPS caught up with the owners of this beautiful home during the holiday season to learn more about how they renovated and renewed their gorgeous home while still maintaining its historic charm. When the now-owners of this cozy home near Tates Creek Road toured this house, they were drawn to how little had changed inside. The original hardwood floors ran throughout, the original shutters were intact and in good shape... even crystal doorknobs remained untouched by time. The house did require updating in order to make it comfortable for a busy family with young children. So the homeowners purchased the house with the intention of totally renovating its spaces and planned to move in when it was complete.


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The living room was a special project for the homeowners. They worked diligently to ensure that the built-in shelving looked original to the home. In fact, the space they occupy was originally a pair of doorways to the side porch! The shelves’ niche caps and surrounding molding were custom made by Felber Ornamental Plastering Corporation, and were specially made to suit the home’s time period. The family room features decorative trim molding, as well, which adds dimension and a historic touch.


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The home’s original kitchen windows were raised to accomodate new countertops. The homeowners added handmade Morningside glass cabinetry around the windows, creating beautiful storage that hearkened to the home’s original time period. An island was added, as well as additional seating, for the family to more easily entertain and enjoy the space. Split frosted glass doors were added to the pantry as an elegant solution for hiding what lies within. Architectural Kitchen and Bath installed beautiful new cabinetry in the kitchen and throughout the home. Clay Ingels did the home’s windows and doors.



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The homeowners focused on reworking the footprint of the home. They expanded the living space by integrating the original garage to the house. Their biggest priority was a seamless addition and renovation that was appropriate to the age of the house. They admit to sacrificing when necessary to achieve this, such as losing the home’s original concrete tile roofing because it would be difficult to find new tiles.



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For the homeowners and builders, the biggest challenge this house near Tates Creek Road presented was keeping the original structure standing while so many changes were going on, inside and out. While the builders removed the back of the house and dug a new basement, much of the home’s structure was exposed. Atchison Heller handled the home’s renovation and discovered that one of the home’s supports had rotted, requiring emergency replacement. The discovery of such a fatal structural compromise saved the homeowners a lot of heartache down the road. By taking care of the issue, the homeowners can rest assured knowing that the home is ready to stand through many more years of life in Lexington.


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An attic room was converted into a playroom for the children while this quaint space serves as a bedroom. Bright colors and playful ginghams make the space sweet, but the fireplace and closet doors help maintain the home’s historic integrity. A cute chandelier offers a fun touch. The patio area features a fireplace, flat screen television, dining nook and working fan for when the weather turns warmer. The French doors offer a bright view of the home’s interior and ease of access to the sitting space outside.



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Lynn Pedigo, the homeowners’ planning consultant, suggested the couple use the space former occupied by the side porch as a master suite. The wife added a sitting room with a fireplace while the husband worked in a lot of televisions! The bathroom features beautiful stone tile around the mirrors for a highimpact pop of texture. The white cabietry and light flooring ensure that the space is bright and airy.


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ilates Unlimited offers a unique workout experience in a small group setting or in private training classes. This special focus allows guests of all skill levels to experience a stress-reducing workout. The Pilates Unlimited specialty is interval training of classical Pilates movements mixed with high-intensity power moves. These low-impact workouts emphasize core strength, fullbody toning, flexibility, alignment and endurance.

muscles. Pilates Unlimited is proud to offer traditional classes for those who have minor spine, joint or alignment issues. They have Balanced Body equipment that includes reformers, wunda chairs, towers, arc and mats, making their Pilates instruction comfortable and challenging for everyone. Pilates Unlimited offers Pilates training that is convenient, stress-reducing and ideal for a wide variety of people.

Owner Natalie Handshoe is pleased to offer Pilates instruction with no contracts or memberships required. Handshoe was certified as a personal trainer in 1992 and as a Pilates instructor in 2000. She ran her own Pilates studio in Los Angeles for three years before returning to Lexington. Pilates is ideal for people who aim to achieve strong, lean

Pilates Unlimited 115 Codell Dr Ste 115 859.577.1592


or commercial and residential builds and remodels, Quality Construction delivers on customer satisfaction. The experienced staff with Quality Construction is able to offer top-notch service with customer care through every step of the building process. With 25 years of experience, Quality Construction is able to do it all. They provide new construction, remodels and commercial work. They are ready and able to tackle bathrooms, custom carpentry, kitchen updates, decks,

concrete, plumming, electrical and much more. Quality Construction has an in-house architect who, within a week, will create for the client a full computer-generated rendering of a proposed job. The staff with Quality Construction then steps in to guide clients through the process of choosing all the fixtures and fittings to create a unique space that is perfectly suited to the client’s needs. Quality Construction makes a point of partnering only with the best designers and suppliers in the industry, bringing them all together in one showroom. They feature products from Denger’s Hearth and Home, Hager Cabinets and Lee Brick and Block, just to name a few. For any job, large or small, Quality Construction aims to be the best and provide total customer satisfaction.

Quality Construction 114 Patton Ct, Nicholasville, KY 859.553.2818 Find them on Facebook! A+ Rating with the BBB


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Vue offers a wide range of menu items, from seafood, sushi and Alltech Angus steaks to burgers and flatbread pizza, there’s something for everyone. They serve lunch and dinner, and everything on the menu is made from scratch in-house. Their beautiful setting and incredible view makes Vue perfect for anniversaries, birthday celebrations and nights out on the town.

They also have private rooms for dinner parties, business meetings or banquets. Vue features a fabulous nightlife. The nightclub offers a VIP room with bottle service. They have a DJ every Friday and Saturday night. Delicious cocktails and a bar food menu make Vue great for catching up with friends after work or enjoying a date night with a spectacular view. Vue has an attached parking garage behind the building, making it a perfect spot, even when the weather isn’t ideal. For lunch, dinner, banquets or nightlife, Vue delivers unmatched excellence in the heart of Downtown.



ocated on the top floor of the Chase Bank building, Vue offers a glimpse of Lexington that is unparalleled. A new Downtown destination for dinner and nightlight, Vue is something a little special in the heart of Lexington.

Vue 201 E Main St, 15th Floor 859.523.0333


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UK Basketball

UK Basketball is enjoying another FAN-tastic season under Coach John Calapari. Everyone knows that UK Fans are the nations TOP fans supporting the nation’s TOP team. Go Big Blue!! Is this the year? Stay tuned! Photos by Dr. Michael Huang



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Kammy Daugherty & Rana Rahman

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Meredith Pritchett & Greg Humkey

Caroline Puterbaugh & Alan Stein

John Whitaker & Dianne Whitaker

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Big City Groove

Patti Sharp & Jenny Jones

KHAKY Trees of Life 25th Anniversary Celebration Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky (KHAKY) kicked off its 25th Anniversary Trees of Life with the Lighting of the Trees Preview Party, Friday, November 18. This is KHAKY’s signature fundraising event. Guests enjoyed samplings from Meadowthorpe Café and The Equestrian Woods Country Club. Big City Groove provided live entertainment. Alan Stein was guest emcee for the evening. Live and silent auctions added to the fun. Photos by Alex Orlov



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Heather and Ski Bender

Shane Aitchison, Sarah Piester & Ed Commons

Stephen Goldstein, Jim Clark, Mayor Gray & Susan Goldstein

Rudy Leake and Sean Fitch

Mark Profitt, Ryan Profitt & Jean Profitt

James Gooding

LexArts Gallery Hop and Battle of the Bands

Lexington turned out in full force for the November 18 Gallery Hop. The 50 participating sites saw a lot of traffic for exhibits featuring the finest visual artists in the area. On November 19th, five bands from area high schools took the stage at ArtsPlace to compete for the title of Best High School Rock Band in Fayette County. Hammermil won first place and was awarded professional recording time at Pinnacle Productions. and

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Ann Evans & Fran Taylor

Lori Flannery & Lindy Karns

Jane Beshear, Jon Carloftis, Governor Beshear, Ann Evans & James Farmer III

Sara Bell, Pat Geveden & Parry Barrows

Susan Maloney, Rose Gail Hardy & Alex Maloney

Joy Jefferies

Darren Taylor, Kelly Taylor, Parry Barrows & David Buchta

Decorating of the Old Governor’s Mansion

The Old Governor’s Mansion was in holiday splendor December 2nd-11th. Kentucky was honored to have two national magazines, Southern Living and Garden & Gun as well as Kentucky’s own Jon Carloftis along with talented James Farmer III design the fantastic decorations for this event. Nearly 2000 people toured the mansion to enjoy the transformation; please join us next year for Christmas at Old Governor’s Mansion! Photos by Paul Atkinson



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Tracey Taylor and Morgan Durr

Josh Weinel, Cindy Chetham, Margaret Kempf and Jason Weinel

Lori Ann Taylor and Jeff & Jennifer Hendron

Payton Trosclair and Pam Nystrom

Judson Ridgway, Beck & Stuart Mercer and Whitney Glass

Travis Hall and Veronica Nappi

Dora & Mike Sweeney

TOPS December Preview Party TOPS unveiled its December issue at a special holiday party, hosted at Castle Post. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers while they flipped through another stunning TOPS publication. Guests mixed and mingled as they enjoyed tunes from In the Buf. Photos by Alex Orlov and Karl Schroeder


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Fred & Carol Schroeder, Jay & Kristen Oakley and Randy Burke

Cindy Hutchison and David Hungerford

Andreas Schmitz and Regina Forster

Monica Cootes, Jodi Reeves, Teri Turner, Lara Cinnamon Morris and Marty Schuff

Buffy Lawson and Macy Sudduth

Terry & Tom Deluca

Adam Hatton and Ellie Burns

Erin Crawford and Dr. Jenny Millen

TOPS December Preview Party At a special holiday party at CastlePost, TOPS also unveiled its partnership with Abundant Living’s $100,000 Abundant Transformation. Voting for the contest’s finalists will begin on February 1st on! Photos by Alex Orlov and Karl Schroeder


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Summer Gawthrop and Amanda Anderson

John Adams and Amber Philpott

David Boggs and Taunya Phillips

Tina Savelyev and Angie Crawford

Teresa Varble

Andrea Coleman and Shelley Redding

Roger Oberstrom, Faye Boggs and Judy Littleton

Dr. Ralph Crystal, Dean Mary John O’Hair, David Boggs and Dr. Malachy Bishop

OWL 50th Anniversary Celebration Banquet OWL, a nonprofit agency, partners within communities to educate and equip individuals with barriers to employment to reach their vocational goals. The Lexington Manufacturing Center provides on-site job training programs (assembly, sorting, packaging, inspection and logistic services) for OWL Center participants for local, national and international companies. The Skill Enhancement Employment Center is a community-based vocational program. Photos by Judy and Brian Myers



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Paragon Award Winners Craig Hardin and Brenda Wells

Michelle Rowlett and Emily Wells

Regina Coleman, Joni Beth Waldroup and Sarah Plummer

Gordon Denmark, Property Manager of the Year Brenda Farris and Bill Henkel

Jenny Dratovick

Tiffany White and Bart Hufnagel

Teresa Rose, Wendell Davis, Mary Beth Baker, Stephanie Burch, Craig Hardin, Krissy Fett, Brenda Farris and Sheila Pennington

GLAA Crowne Excellence Awards Gala The Mission of the Greater Lexington Apartment Association, Inc. is to advocate an ethical and professional standard in order to best serve the Multi-Family Housing Industry for the community, and to enhance the profitability of its members. The Crowne Excellence Awards honors outstanding service in the housing industry. Photos by Paul Atkinson and Whitney Glass


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Reindeer Ramble 5K Run/Walk The YMCA’s 2011 Reindeer Ramble 5K was a huge success! Approximately 1,400 participants ran, jogged and walked the course at Keeneland, braving the cold and showing plenty of holiday spirit. All proceeds benefit the YMCA’s summer camps, ensuring no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Photos by David Dejardins



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Movie Stars are doing it. The Real Housewives are doing it. The popularity of renewing your vows is at a new high due to the reality TV spotlight. Their reasons might be publicity, but a vow renewal is an opportunity to throw a BIG party, and of course take the vacation of a lifetime. Many couples renewing their vows want to have the big wedding they couldn’t afford the first time, and now have the opportunity – and budget – to have the lavish wedding and honeymoon they always wanted. Besides, it’s a real celebration to say you’ve made it through careers, kids, and have stayed together despite the statistics. You always see the list of Do’s, but here are the Don’ts that will undo a renewal! Too Soon to Renew There isn’t a specific time line for vow renewals, but renew too soon and it lessens the meaning and looks like you just want to ‘Say Yes to Another Dress’. It’s best to wait for an important anniversary (10, 25, 50 years) or for a meaningful time in your life. But, if you elope, the sooner the better. What Not to Wear This is an opportunity to dress up, but if you choose to wear a wedding gown, scale it down. Don’t go for a white ball gown or veil – it’s just too much and you aren’t a blushing bride. A classy sheath or a fit and flare gown in a cream or light color will give you attention you deserve. Don’t skip the flowers – a simple bouquet and corsage are perfect. Who Hosts? Most renewing couple host their own event, but often the children of a couple will host a vow renewal. If you want things a certain way, and you want a big event don’t get others involved – host it yourself. It’s Not Official, so Who Officiates? Since it is not a legal ceremony you don’t have to have an official like a priest officiate. Anyone can lead your vow renewal such as your children or friends. Goin’ to the Chapel Renewing your vows in a big church is a little much, so the party venue or smaller chapel will do. Beaches and cruises are the vow renewal location of choice, doubling the ceremony with a fabulous trip following the popularity of Destination weddings.

Honeymoons – Better the Second Time Around Actually they are better because they are BIGGER the second time around. Don’t feel you have to escape on your own… second honeymoons are better when you include friends to extend your celebration into a week-long party. What About Gifts? Don’t expect them – you don’t need another toaster. If people want to give you something it’s up to them, but don’t expect it. And don’t register – that’s just tacky! The Invitation List Don’t invite everyone you know. This is an event for those who share your life, so limit it to close family and longtime friends. This is not an event to include work acquaintances, or anyone you would just refer to as an acquaintance for that matter. The Wedding Party Don’t even think about having bridesmaids - attendants are completely unnecessary for a vow renewal (buying bridemaids dresses once is enough!) Having your original maid of honor and best man to stand up with you is a nice touch or have your children stand at your side. (OK, you can have pets here, too.) Who Walks You Down the Aisle? Don’t walk the aisle alone. This is a family affair designed to include those closest to you. Its best to walk the aisle together, or your children or family members are perfect here. Yes, you can have your pets walk with you on this one. How Does the Ceremony Go? Exchanging traditional vows is a snore. It’s way more meaningful to personalize a renewal – you have a lot to celebrate. Will a Reception be Well Received? Of course! Don’t pass up this chance to star in your own reality show - shoot your event and post on You Tube for all to see. Whether you have a backyard barbeque, a family dinner, lavish cocktail reception, or a destination renewal, enjoy it. You can have dancing, a cake, and party like a Rock Star! But be sure to tie in your past with photographs and videos, and toast those who have been important to you when you say ‘Yes’, one more time.


November 19, 2011

Emily & Clayton Gorton

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he was the “new girl” at work when Clayton first laid eyes on Emily and even though he was hesitant about asking her out; he was about to be deployed to Afghanistan in a month; he couldn’t resist her warm smile and blue-green eyes. She was nervous, being new; but after talking a few times, Emily accepted his invitation to get together. Emily says if she’d been paying more attention, she would have realized that she had just met her future husband. Their first date to Movie Tavern led to many more. Clayton knew there was something different about Emily from day one and Emily knew he was the “one” before he deployed. Their feelings grew stronger while he was away. They shared everything in their letters when they were apart, and spent all their time together when he was home. By April of 2011, the diamond Clayton had bought for her in Afghanistan was burning a hole in his pocket. He had the diamond set and planned to propose after the ROTC Military Ball. Down on one knee, Clayton asked for her hand. Emily, totally caught off guard, hesitated for only a few moments, and then answered him with an emphatic, “Yes!” They chose Clayton’s church, Second Presbyterian, for the ceremony. They both loved the unique stained glass windows, and its ornate pipe organ. Their ceremony was a very reverent, traditional exchange of vows. Emily wore an ivory and silver Morilee gown of beaded and embroidered net over satin. Her birdcage veil completed her vintage look. In her bouquet, Emily carried a handkerchief embroidered with four leaf clovers and an antique brooch from her paternal great-grandmother. She and Clayton exchanged love letters just before the ceremony. The reception was held at Fasig-Tipton and chosen for its picturesque scenery. The table decor incorporated her colors of Navy, Gold and White. Using over 50 milk glass and Delft china candlesticks along with vintage tea cups and saucers to create the centerpieces gave each table its own personality. Other vintage touches included

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Bedford lace tablecloths, antique window panes used for the seating chart, and a small old-fashioned suitcase for the card box. Central Catering provided a lavish buffet that delighted guests. The wedding cake consisted of vanilla and chocolate chip layers with gold accents on the icing. The groom’s cake paid homage to Clayton’s 12 years of military service. The red velvet cake was decorated with camouflage painted buttercream icing and topped with replicas of crossed rifles, a grenade and dog tags. The candy buffet was another sweet treat for guests. Special reception moments included the Maid of Honor, Mandi and her husband Adam, finally having their first dance after two years of marriage. They also celebrated the first anniversary of Clayton’s sister, Abby and her husband Peter, by playing their first dance song. After that the dance floor was filled the rest of the evening. Clayton had one more surprise for Emily, he managed to keep the honeymoon destination a secret! Photography by Rickerson Photography with Sara Cooper


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Wedding Planner: Weddings by Michele Photographer: Rickerson Photography with Sara Cooper Photobooth: Showtime Photobooth Reception Music: Jeff Gibson, Sound Travels Videographer: Ryan Studio Productions Florist: Karrol Pinney Designs Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Judy Myers, Delectable Edibles Wedding Gown & Tuxedos: Wedding Wonderland Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Ana Crane Simpson Invitations & Wedding Programs: The Blue Sash Reception: Fasig-Tipton / Central Catering Transportation: Gold Shield Limousines Dance Lessons: Arthur Murray Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All




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