Metabolism: “A New Year, a New You”

By Joshua Trentine, OVERLOAD Fitness

I hear it all the time, “But I have a slow metabolism.” People rarely understand what “Metabolism” actually is or how it is affected. Metabolism is a combination of two processes: Catabolism, when food is broken down into simpler components. This is accompanied by the release of energy that heats the body, enables the body to move and provides fuel for anabolism. Anabolism, when the body uses the energy released because of catabolism to make new cells, maintain body tissues and store energy for future use. Metabolism is the whole range of chemical reactions in your body’s cells that turn the food you eat into living tissue, energy, and waste products. It is influenced by age, genetics, gender, height, hormones, stress, activity levels, diet, stimulants, ambient temperature, and lean body mass. There are ways to maintain a healthy and balanced metabolism. Aging will dramatically affect variables as a loss of muscle mass and down regulation of hormones occurs. We can’t cease the aging process, but we can resist metabolic slow-down. Diet and exercise should be our first line of defense.

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What’s on Your Holiday Plate?

Holiday Stress? Make sure you are keeping the right things in your daily schedule this year. Here is AVENUES OF COUNSELING’S advice to help you find the recipe that is ‘just right’ to get through this holiday season happy and stress free.

 Avenues’ Healthy-Looking Holiday Plate:The holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year; with out-of-town guests, gift buying, and multiple events to which you’ve committed yourself. Here are some guidelines for great mental health.

Limit-Setting: Try not to over-schedule yourself. Choose a few events to participate in, that way you will have the time and energy to do those few things well. Don’t spread yourself too thin.

Budget-Setting: Create a budget before the season gets rolling. If you overextend your funds, you will be feeling the money stress well into the new year.

 Get Out Of Your Head: Many people get so wrapped up in themselves around this time, they can’t see past their minor worries. Start a gratitude journal, or volunteer. It’s a great way to focus on the things you have to be thankful for, instead of small issues.

Rest: Of course this one is easier said than done, but try to stay rested. Start winding down early, so you are relaxed at bedtime. You will be better able to tackle the day if you are rested.

Schedule Family Time: Set aside some time each day -even if it’s only a half hour– to spend with your family. Turn the TV off and play a game, read a book aloud, or just talk about everyone’s day. Bundle up and go outside, the Vitamin D from sunlight will boost your mood too.

Unplug: The unrelenting texts, emails and phone calls can really amp your stress level. Set your phone to silent for a few hours, or set a separate ring for your three “must answer” callers. CHALLENGE: See if you and your family can completely unplug for an hour; this means no TV, phones, or game systems. Can you do it?


  • Mediation
  • Parenting Skills
  • Couples Counseling
  • Testing

Love Your Body, Enhance Your Confidence!

By Cindy Marx, Practice Manager, Raj Plastic Surgery

If you have high standards for your appearance, you are not alone. If you are looking to achieve your “personal best” in the New Year, you may want to consider visiting Raj Plastic Surgery. Certainly, so much of one’s self-confidence depends on how one feels about their body image and how one projects themselves to the world. Having a positive self-image certainly benefits you, but is also can improve your personal interactions.

It is important for a woman to have a good understanding about her personal goals and desired expectations so that, together, with her plastic surgeon, a decision can be made about the most appropriate choice to reach her desired goal.

Dr. Raj and his staff are motivated by a desire to deliver beauty, quality and exceptional service to their clients by combining creative artistry, innovative technology and inter-personal communication to safely achieve goals of aesthetic enhancements while protecting one’s individual characteristics.

When considering cosmetic or reconstructive surgery, you want a doctor who not only has the expertise and training in the latest technology, but also someone who is dedicated to achieving natural looking results that preserve one’s individuality and spirit.

Dr. Joyesh Raj offers an educational and consultative approach to both surgical and non-surgical techniques. We provide in-depth knowledge and assistance in selecting procedures that best refine one’s appearance and discover the image one wants set out to achieve.

We are very proud of the work we do and the personal experience provided by our professional team.

Please call our office at 440.808.8030 to schedule a free consultation by mentioning this article in The Cleveland Women’s Journal.

Joyesh Raj, M.D., F.A.C.S., a leader, scholar, and artist in medical science, is the founder of Raj Plastic Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Raj grew up in Westlake, Ohio and graduated from Lake Ridge Academy. He graduated with honors in Economics and Biology from â e University of Chicago and earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. His post-graduate years in general surgery residency were at Fairview Hospital and were followed by a plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Raj pursued additional cosmetic training with some of the most celebrated cosmetic surgeons iN Miami and New York City before returning to Denver to serve as the Director of Cosmetic Surgery for the University of Colorado Medical Center. He returned to Cleveland in 2004 to be closer to family.

His clinical interests in aesthetic/cosmetic surgeries include: abdominoplasies, breast reductions and augmentations, neck and cheek lifts, liposuction and post massive weight loss body contouring.

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Transitional Wealth Specialist


Year-End Tax and Financial Planning Ideas

Some strategies are scheduled to become obsolete next year, however, there are many planning ideas that are time-tested and should be considered by all taxpayers.   Read more…


Baird Investment Digest

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Upcoming Events

I am speaking at the 2012 Spirit of Women in Business Conference – The Empowered Woman on Wednesday March 7, 2012 at the Kent State University Student Center.  Details to follow.


Wishing you a Joyful, Healthy and Prosperous 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Paula R. Chesser is a Financial Advisor that specializes in helping clients manage their wealth through Life’s Transitional Events.
Many of Paula’s clients are women who have become or are responsible for managing substantial money on their own.  While these women are smart and capable, they often lack the financial knowledge to feel confident when making important financial decisions.

Paula’s experience has taught her during Transitional Events such as career change, inheritance, loss of a loved one, retirement, sudden windfall, divorce, or sale of a business most women share the same three concerns:

  • How will the Transition impact my lifestyle?
  • Will my money last?
  • And, I want an Advisor who will listen, understand and treat me with respect

By working with Paula, she will help you:

  • Design your Lifestyle Money Plan
  • Build your Personal Investment Pyramid
  • Cultivate your Knowledge

She wants you to feel confident and comfortable not only today, but throughout your lifetime.

Photography At Its Best~ Lisa Pflaum photography

Lisa’s Photo Session Tips







• Look natural by no wearing clumpy mascara and heavy eyeliner.

• Dress your family comfortably, as they are daily.

• Wear clothes that flatters you. Logos, stripes and plaids can be distracting in a family portrait.

• If you’re unsure about what to wear talk to your photographer first.

• When dealing with younger children bring their favorite snack; something easy to bribe them with and isn’t messy.

• Talk to children before the session to let them know what to expect.

• It is important to have a photographer experienced with child photography.

• Last, but not least, choose your favorite location, relax and have fun!

Lifestyle and studio portrait sessions Lisa specializes in newborns and children. She also photographs families, maternity and high school seniors. Medina, Ohio and surrounding cities.


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Timeless Gift for the Holidays!