Edmonds Fitness Corner: It’s mine to choose

It’s Friday evening and my last client just left. I head toward the door. I’ve been on my feet all day, my stomach is growling and there is a glass of wine with my name on it in the near future. The very NEAR future! Then I stop at the door, because I just remembered…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Goal met, or how I vanquished ‘The Bierch’

I’m almost there. Well, I’m actually way past the first there—the initial 10 pounds I set as my original goal. Once I’d gotten to that goal, I set myself the goal of a total of 20 pounds before we left for Europe (on Monday!). That last stubborn pound just won’t give up, but neither will…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Breaking through the weight plateau

You just have to keep on keepin’ on. I first heard that phrase when I was helping Ellen Taussig put together a memorial for her husband, Paul Raymond. Paul and Ellen, along with Mark and Catherine Terry, founded and built The Northwest School, where I was employed at the time. I’d never heard that saying…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Life’s second chances

“The afternoon knows what the morning never expected.”—Robert Frost About three weeks after Dan died, I went down the FIVE Restaurant, one of my “safe” places. I met this woman there, with whom I shared my story over (several) glasses of wine. I’ll never forget, she looked at me and said, “You’ve known a great…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: The many levels of strength

Years ago, when I was starting out in the fitness industry as a trainer, I considered working at a gym that required that all trainers complete a standardized fitness test every six months. There were many reasons I didn’t end up working there (none of which had to do with me being unable to meet…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: The art of stress eating

My only uncle died last Monday.  He’d been suffering from a long and horrible death caused by being in a formaldehyde fire 50-plus years ago. Smoking didn’t help but it wasn’t until he began having severe issues breathing that they realized it was related to that fire all those years ago. He was one of…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: The tyranny of the FitBit

It’s working!! I’ve lost more than 10 pounds since the beginning of the year and it feels great. I’m now able to get back into clothes I haven’t been able to wear for three years and, suddenly, I have a “new” wardrobe. So, how has this happened? I attribute much of it to my fitness…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Simple ways to move more

Obviously, I am a huge proponent of setting aside time to work out. Whether it’s cardio or strength work, an hour a day combined would be ideal! However in this day and age, it’s not feasible for so many of us. Even if you can only squeeze in a workout a couple of days a…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: A journey begins

Hello! My name is Cheryl, and I’ll be borrowing Pritam Potts’ “Edmonds Fitness Corner” from time to time to share with you my fitness journey. I want to say this at the outset: I am not a fitness professional. Far from it! I’m a recovering middle school teacher, retired educational technologist, and a former member…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: The Healing Table

It was a Friday morning and I woke up alone. My beloved husband had passed away the afternoon before at the University of Washington Medical Center and the friend who had spent Thursday night with me left for work before I awoke. My clients were canceled, and it was the first day of the rest…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Simple nutrition tricks for weight loss

If you’re like most people, you want to lose weight. It’s a pretty normal desire, and one that is simultaneously motivating and debilitating. We’re surrounded by endless sources of information that tell us to eat this, not that; this study says this, this study says that; if you just do this, you’ll lose that; if…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: This too shall pass

Happy New Year to our Edmonds community and readers of this column! I’m glad to be back in the Edmonds Fitness Corner. It’s been about six months since my column has appeared for My Edmonds News. Some of you may remember that I lost my husband Coach Dan Potts last January, and I wrote last…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Get strong, stay strong

Everyone needs to strength train. It’s the single most important component in physical conditioning. Even cardiovascular exercise is simply not as crucial in developing and maintaining long-term health and well-being. I’m not advocating giving up walking, running or any other form of cardio to lift weights instead. A balance is ideal. But even in this…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Injury management

Last week I injured my heel. I have to yet to figure out how, but the pain manifested on my daily walk. Forced to cease walking for almost a week, I had plenty of time to contemplate injury management in general and how difficult it can be to accept an injury and support your body…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Got mindset?

There is only one thing that stands between getting fit and healthy and not getting fit and healthy: making up your mind. After 15 years as a trainer and coach, I can assure you that I am not exaggerating the importance of your mindset. It’s the crucial foundation of every fitness-related accomplishment. Once you’ve decided—and…

Edmonds Fitness Corner: A guide to exercising through grief

Recently I lost my husband and my entire life changed in an instant. I am struggling to make sense of how my life looks and feels on a daily basis, and I wonder every day about the future that stretches ahead of me like a desolate empty road. That’s what it feels like, anyway. They…