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(Beauty) Work in Progress - Lean in Lebanon

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Beauty Work in Progress focuses on all the things you can do - or rather all the things you can pay someone else to do - to enhance your natural beauty and feel like your best possible self.

We've learned about extensions, spray-tanning, Botox, laser treatments and more. However, one of the simplest steps you can take to feeling fabulous is to exercise.

Once again Sports Village Fitness in Lebanon is hosting the communitywide "Lean in Lebanon" program. The program does not require membership to Sports Village and begins February 1.

For the entry fee of $49 participants in the month-long program will have access to Sports Village. They will work out with a trainer-led team a few times a week - plus continue to do personal workouts on their own time.

There will also be a grocery tour and nutritional education, said Sports Village owner Peggy Keel.

"We teach small steps and habits that make a lifetime of difference. They gain knowledge and understanding concerning healthier food choices that can really change their lives," she said.

For example, on the food tour Keel takes her class through the bakery section of a local supermarket. "We talk about how ways we can enjoy the things we like and not be deprived, but also be healthy," Keel explained. "Most people like apple pie and a slice of apple pie can be 300 or more calories. So we show them how they can take half a slice or less of apple pie and combine it with sliced apples. They get to enjoy the apple pie but without all of the sugar of a normal slice."

The grocery tour also goes through ingredients to avoid when shopping, including high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, vegetable oil and any GMO products. "I recommend salad dressings with olive oil. Our bodies don't know what to do with those other oils," Keel added.

Participants of Lean in Lebanon should anticipate losing up to 10 pounds during the month - but Keel hopes they will continue their health and fitness regime for a lifetime.

"We want them to enjoy fitness and make lifestyle changes," she said.

WANT 98.9 FM host MJ Lucas participated in the program last year and lost 45 pounds. "I received great motivation and support," she said. "I feel a lot better, learned how to make healthier choices with food and an exercise program that I could continue from now on. It was wonderful."

For more information, call 449-0031.

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