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Sep 28, 2021

In Episode 91, Jill and Chris talk with Shawn Tegtmeier, a former chain smoking couch potato, now a full time personal trainer with several certifications and a published author.

She lives in the "Chicagoland" area with her husband and two dogs. In her off time she enjoys running, reading, putzing around the yard and simply enjoying time with her two adult sons.

During the podcast we discussed:

  • How she started with her health changes
  • How she maintains her weight loss
  • How she managed to quit smoking
  • What motivate her to stay fit and healthy?
  • Her advice to her clients about working out and eating

Shawn told us that quitting smoking was the "hardest thing I ever did." After she quite she gained a lot of weight. After seeing a photo of herself, she decided to join WeightWatchers. She lost the weight and keeps it of with walking, hiking, moving, working out . She likes to bike a bit and enjoys watching YouTube videos for cardio or strength. She enjoys working out and has become a personal trainer.

While Shawn has been a member at a gym for 13 years, the Covid pandemic threw off her schedule and now she prefers to work out at a friend's or does Zoom workouts.

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