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Labor Day Value


According to the US Department of Labor, “Labor Day…is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”Whatever your occupation or vocation: parent, employee, business owner, household manager, volunteer for the betterment of our communities, I encourage you to rest and take stock this weekend. Making time to reflect on our strengths and contributions can energize us for the road ahead and offer joy and pride in our accomplishments thus far. Pat your selves on the back this weekend and enjoy some time to regroup and re-energize. You’ve earned it!

Who’s the best?! You decide…

Best Of Chicago best13all32014 elections are here and small businesses like mine
thrive on your votes.
Your vote makes all the difference!
(Ends May 12th.)
  1. Click here: Best of Chicago 2014 Voting
  2. Enter name and email
  3. Vote for “Michelle Blakely” on Page 5 for Best Personal Trainer
  4. Pick nine other favorites

No time to pick nine more? Here are our other top picks…


Page 1

Florist: Fleur de lis Florist

Auto Repair Shop: Erie LaSalle Body Shop

Internist: Kevin Hunt

Best Mani/Pedi: Belle Spa and Nails

Massage: Urban Oasis

Hair Salon: Charles Ifergan Salon

Best Place to Get Married: Ravenswood Event Center or Old St. Pat’s


Page 2

Best Local Brewery: Three Floyds

Best Bang for Your Buck: Stanley’s

Best Tacqueria: De Cero


Page 5

Best Neighborhood Park: 31st Street Beach Park

Best Place to Kayak/Row: Kayak Chicago

Best Personal Trainer: Michelle Blakely


Page 6

Best Suburb: Frankfort

A million thanks!!!

Motivation is one of the most crucial aspects of reaching your fitness goals. A new website,, is spreading the word about the importance of mindset, and can help you hone yours. Taken together, exercise, nutrition, and attitude form the foundation of elite fitness and optimal health. Check out for trending workout programs, trainer tips, healthy (and tasty) eating tips, product reviews, and, of course, motivation.

Who’s in Charge, Here?

WARNING: This one might sting a bit.

In your aspirations to live healthfully, painlessly or attractively, who’s in charge? Do you behave as though something else dictates your success? The tough truth is: you are responsible for the trajectory of your health/fitness/weight/etc. I am aware that may be an unwelcome reminder and I am also aware that I have probably lost some of you at this point.


The habit of blaming things beyond ourselves for our current position: why we have gained weight, don’t exercise or hate to look at our closet because nothing fits well, is understandable. There are always variables moving in and out of our lives, sometimes harsh and sometimes overwhelming. We can not chose the hand life deals us. But, until we accept that at every turn we are always responsible for how we proceed, success will be elusive.

I share this with you because, as usual, my clients have inspired me. They always do. In some ways it’s hard to be fit and healthy. However, the clients succeeding the fastest are those that quickly move beyond the blame game. Blame is irrelevant. Blame doesn’t fix. Blame offers a fake explanation but never a solution. And, that is the lesson. Healthy living is impossible with out a sense of volition. So, let blame go. Choose to put your energy into problem solving, implementing new habits and enlisting help to find solutions.

Wasting days or months or years ignoring the power you have to improve your life is discouraging. Next time your are tempted to blame, pose the question “Who’s in charge, here?” The truthful (and ultimately, delightful) answer is: you are. Hurdles appear in all of our paths: “The meeting time changed conflicting with my workout.” “The gym was too crowded.” “I’m not a morning person.” “I have bad genes.” “My husband didn’t pay the Comcast bill on principle so our internet is out and I can’t watch House of Cards during cardio like I wanted!” (OK, so maybe all my inspiration isn’t from clients.)

In the end, isn’t the goal to be successful? fit? healthy and happy with the skin we’re in?

Embrace that you are in charge of making your life healthier. Kick blame to the curb.

Email today to get started:

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