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Keeping up with my fitness and diet routine on work trips!


Whenever I travel for work I try to keep up with my daily exercuse routine, which is sometimes easier said than done.  On my last trip to China I was in 4 hotels in 5 days. I hardly sleep when I am there, so the gym is essential for keeping my energy up.

One of the first things I do when I check into a hotel is go scope out the gym.  I want to see: Is it big? Does it have free weights? Elliptical machines – how many? If there is only one, I will make sure I get up early to get it! The great thing about working out in China is that almost every gym has an amazing view, so you can check out the cityscape while sweating away doing cardio.


I also try to get out and about to exercise – especially when I am in Hong Kong. I love taking walks by the harbor and through the city for my daily cardio. I wish I could run but I had a knee injury when I was playing tennis and since my surgery, running is out of the question for me.


Usually when I travel to China I do at least 28,000 steps! When I was there in May, I visited the Great Wall and was shocked at how intense of a workout it was to walk on it. There were a lot of stairs and very steep inclines. I walked on it for 90 minutes and the next day my legs really felt it. I was so proud of myself that I kept going and pushing to see as much of it as I could during my time there.


Also when traveling on a long flight, I don’t forget to get up and stretch and walk around on the plane. I do lunges in the aisle while other people sleep!

The diet is a little harder for me when I travel. There are so many amazing things to try and experience, especially when you do group dinners where everyone shares everything! To combat this I make sure I have a healthy breakfast and take fruit with me from the hotel to eat as snacks. I also make sure I bring healthy snacks to eat from home.

Up next for me – a vacation to Puerto Rico – I have a lot of physical fun things planned so stay tuned!

By Jennifer Courington

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Daily Herald 2016 Fittest Loser Challenge Recap

fittest_loser_logoIn May, Lifespan Brands participated in the Daily Herald (a Chicago suburbs newspaper) Fittest Loser Finale Event. Detecto® was the official scale for the weight loss competition. We provided scales for the groups and as prizes for some of the winners, and also gave out some LAVA® Lamps. Congratulations to all of the participants, who were all winners for losing!


This year’s competition had a record number of participants in the 12-week At Work Challenge, in which teams of employees from 57 companies worked together on exercise and diet programs to lose weight. The “Pounds for Blue” team from the Hanover Park, IL Police Department won the most percentage of weight lost at 10.33% and a total of 116 pounds. The team won several prizes and donated their winnings of $2,000.00 to the Special Olympics and War Dog Memorial funds. Team captain George Sullivan said, “This has opened our eyes to our unhealthy lifestyle and we will continue to live a healthier lifestyle.”

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Coming in second was the “Schaumburg Shredders” from the Schaumburg, IL Park District, with a total of 9.86% body weight lost (146.5 pounds). Two teams tied for third place, both losing just over 7% of their combined body weight: “The Waist Eliminators” from TWE Inc. and “Withering Away” from Clearbrook. All of the teams were encouraged to take advantage of some free offerings of event sponsors, such as workout sessions at Orangetheory Fitness, an indoor 5K run, nutrition counseling and at-work webinars on wellness and nutrition.


For the individuals contest, the Daily Herald picked 6 participants from the Chicago area to compete in the 12-week weight loss challenge that included 3 workout sessions and a boot camp with their assigned a personal trainers from Push Fitness. Each contestant also received information and counseling on the Push Fitness diet that includes five healthy meals daily emphasizing protein, vegetables and select carbohydrates.


mel talkThe winner of the individual competition was Mel Boldt of Rolling Meadows, IL, who lost an impressive 73 pounds (21.47% of his body weight), along with 12 inches off his waist. His BMI (body mass index) dropped from 44.8 to 35.2. As Mel stepped off the scale for his final weigh-in, he commented, “I’ve been living on protein shakes and kale. I’m dying for pizza!” All of that hard work paid off, and a small celebration treat is definitely deserved, but Mel and the other contestants plan to continue their healthier eating and exercise habits throughout their lives.

Coming in at second place was Kathy Couston, who lost 43 pounds (20.87% of her total body weight), reduced her BMI from 37.7 to 29.8 and lost 7 inches off her waist line. And in a very close third place was Jiten Patel, who lost 63 pounds (20.86% of his total body weight), reduced his BMI from 43.3 to 34.3 and lost 11 inches from his waist.  

The overall theme of the competition and finale event was optimism. Contestants were determined and remained positive throughout the toughest workouts, and at their weakest moments of temptation. The celebration event created an inspiring and positive feeling for all attendees, even those in the crowd who did were not competitors. Event leaders, doctors, training coaches and participants all gave motivational talks about the importance of good nutrition, regular exercise and a support system of positivity and encouragement. Contestants became emotional when sharing their stories of struggles and triumphs in the gym, while explaining how thankful they are to have more time to spend with their families. Audience members walked away from the ceremony feeling so happy for the contestants and their families; and truly inspired to practice better eating and workout habits for an overall healthier lifestyle. It was a huge success for the Daily Herald and they look forward to another great competition next year.

Individual Mel reflected as he picked up his youngest daughter, “I actually lost this much weight.” He added, “I could not have accomplished this without the Push Fitness trainers keeping me on track. I want to be a better role model for my children. Regardless of final numbers, we are all winners, not losers. We’ve won better health and more days with family and friends.”

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First-Timers’ Inspiration from the Daily Herald Fittest Loser Finale Event

FL swag tableAs a new employee of Lifespan Brands, I didn’t know much about the Daily Herald Fittest Loser Challenge. As the Social Media Marketing Manager of a sponsoring company, I attended to take photos and post on Twitter and Facebook. I have watched some Biggest Loser episodes on TV, but that is a lot different than being in the same room with the contestants. In addition to the group and individual winners, a list of over 20 contestants lost over 10% of their body weight, which is incredible!

They were so proud and happy about their new, healthier appearances and habits. Their faces were beaming. Groups worked so hard together and cheered for each other, whether they won an award or simply participated. The trainers were genuinely proud of their students; the doctors, the Daily Herald employees and other sponsors were so excited to acknowledge the participants and congratulate them on their great accomplishments. Wives kissed their husbands who won in the team efforts with tears in their eyes. Police officers showed their more vulnerable and emotional sides. Everyone truly was a winner.

2016-06-29_hugsEven those like me in the audience felt inspired to get active and start eating better. I took my 15-year-old daughter to the event, and like me, she was touched by the success stories.

She said excitedly, “We need to get a personal trainer, and a gym membership, and a nutritionist and personal chef!” Yes! I would LOVE to do that… if I had the money!

“But we can do these things on our own,” I answered.

Contestants in the individual competition told their personal stories of why they participated; and how their journeys changed their lives. Some of them had health conditions, like joint problems and diabetes. It must have been very difficult for them to exercise, and it probably hurt! Some wanted to set a better example for their families. Some just needed a little help to get on the right track. They were so determined and didn’t give up. That’s what I want to do.

2016-06-29_racesI like working out, and love the feeling of looking better, fitting into my clothes without discomfort. Back when I was a stay-at-home mom, I had the time to work out more often cook healthier meals. I loved taking classes at the gym and felt great when I lost inches from my waist. This should all be reason enough to get my lazy butt moving! And my kids are young, so they can definitely exercise more. We all need to get more active and eat less junk food.

As for many working parents, one difficult part is finding the time to exercise. I need to make it priority. The same goes for making healthier meals for me and my kids. When I come home from work, I usually feel too tired to cook. It’s so much easier to pick up a pizza! And it tastes so good… But I need to make a conscious effort to buy vegetables and take the time to cook more nutritious meals at home. My daughter has learned a lot from her favorite cooking TV shows, so she is now starting to cook for us, which is a big help. After the Fittest Loser event, we both pledged to make better food and activity choices. We planned to start preparing some healthy meals on Sunday nights to take to work and school. We would cut down on fried foods: pick the salad instead French fries at restaurants, skip fast food as much as we can, and resist the temptation to buy sweet treats and fat-filled snacks at the grocery store. And of course, we must exercise more.

Winner Mel Boldt and his family

I walked away from the finale event with a strong sense of motivation and encouragement. The Daily Herald, Push Fitness and other sponsors did a wonderful job of recognizing the hard work and dedication of the participants. The positivity and pride in the room full of winners really rubbed off on me and my daughter. I hope that she remembers the happiness of the contestants, and remembers the reward they received for their hard work, so that she will feel inspired to follow their lead to a healthier lifestyle! And of course, I too, will try to follow their example. Thanks to the Daily Herald for putting on this great event! Thanks Mel Boldt for the motivating us and for this wonderful letter.

By Tami Craig


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Welcome to Our New Detecto Blog!

SCALE-BLOGWe are building an encouraging community for people who are looking to be healthy and live an active lifestyle! We will share information on overall wellness, physical fitness, healthy foods, diet plans, and inspirational posts to get you started and keep you on track for all of your health and fitness goals.

Everyone’s journey to becoming healthy and fit is unique and special. We want to celebrate together and encourage each other when we hit bumps in the road. You will notice several different voices on this blog. The marketing team will all be blogging and sharing their own stories since we are all at different fitness and health levels. 

We look forward to hearing from you too! If you have something you would like to share or would like to be a guest blogger please email us We are so happy to be taking this first step in our journey with you!