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Neighbors by Ann N. Videan, APR


What a difference a couple of months can make. Now halfway through Focus on Fitness’s Biggest Loser contest, Chandler residents RoseMarie Zimbelman, a 27-year-old dairy nutritionist, and Kelli Patterson, a 35-year-old homemaker, have trained diligently for two months to improve their bodies and lives. With complimentary training for the four contest months from sponsor and Certifi ed Personal Trainer Brenda Bark, each contestant strives to lose the most inches. The winner receives two free months of training at Bark’s studio on Alma School Road south of Ray Road. The prize, however, isn’t the motivator for these women. Both have fought ongoing weight issues using various weight control programs, but are now using their physical and mental might to take control of their lives.


“Growing up in the South, I was 12 before I knew gravy wasn’t a beverage,” says Patterson. “I needed


October 2 - 15, 2010 Competitors muscle through weight-loss journey


“I’m learning how to eat, and to put a value on foods so I don’t sabotage my efforts. I’ve never lost weight this fast or in this healthy way before. My whole life has changed,” she says.


At the contest’s mid-point, Zimbelman is barely ahead, having lost 34.25 inches, just two more than Patterson’s 32.25 inches. However, Zimbelman has actually lost less weight, 28 pounds, than Patterson, who has lost 30.


STSN photo by Ann Videan


HALFWAY THERE: Trainer Brenda Bark, center, congratulates Chandler residents Kelli Patterson, left, and RoseMarie Zimbelman, right, on their weight loss halfway through the Focus on Fitness Biggest Loser contest.


something to get me moving, and Brenda pushes me beyond what I’ve ever achieved.”


Zimbelman wants to become a role model for her four children, while doing something for herself.


“I train athletes, including three NFL players, and have developed my own method of motivation,” says Bark, who started Focus on Fitness 11 years ago. Her training regimen includes eating fi ve or six healthy small meals a day and drinking plenty of fl uids, plus interval training, a process concurrently working cardio and weight lifting. The contestants train at least 12 hours a week.


“It’s hard, nonstop work. But, the transformation is fun for me,” Patterson says.


Zimbelman agrees it is tough, but both women value Bark’s unrelenting support, accessibility and passion for her work.


Focus on Fitness is at 610 N. Alma School Rd., #60, Chandler. For more, visit www.myfocusonfi tness.com, call 480-699-3162, or email focusonfi tness@cox.net.


Mom-e Clubs comes to Chandler, Mesa


For moms who are also entrepreneurs trying to fi gure out how to balance work with life, the new Mom-e Clubs coming to the SanTan Sun area might help. It’s a monthly networking group specifi cally designed for local mom or dad entrepreneurs, to build business relationships and learn from others in their same shoes. The Mom-e Club Chandler will hold its fi rst meeting from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Wed., Oct. 13 at The Egg & I, located at 2625 W. Queen Creek Rd. in Downtown Ocotillo. The Mom-e Club Mesa


meets on the third Monday at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at Your Accountant’s Offi ce, 4140 E. Baseline Rd., Suite 101-111 in Mesa.


The Mom-e Club offi cially kicked off in September and is adding several more chapters across the Valley including in Gilbert, North Scottsdale and Maricopa. “There’s a huge need for this type of support group,” says Gilbert’s Tisha Marie Pelletier, founder of the Mom-e Club. “Mom entrepreneurs come to the group looking for


guidance, encouragement, friendship, education and a place to share what’s on their mind with others. Our goal is to create an environment where all mom entrepreneurs, no matter what stage they’re in, feel welcome.” All mom and dad entrepreneurs are welcome. There is no cost to attend these meetings. For more information, visit www.mom-eclub.com or call Pelletier at 480-219-1356.


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