The Skeabecks agree losing weight starts with your mind. You have to understand the importance of what you’re doing. Ask yourself how much your life is worth to you, says Jerry.
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 nutrition counts
 make a plan
Have a plan for the day, if not the week. Decide what you’re going to eat each day. Write it down if necessary. “When you make a plan, you prevent yourself from eating empty calories,” says Coleen. When you get into a routine, it will become second nature.
Build a snow fort
Most people just want to get out of the house when cabin fever sets in. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try building an alternative abode in your own backyard. Olympic ice carver and Broadview Heights native Aaron Costic tells how to create the perfect snow fort.
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Catch a record-setting walleye
Tom “Blacky” Haberman of Brunswick holds the record for the largest walleye caught in Ohio — 16.19 pounds and 33 inches. Now 72, he was 63 when he caught it in Lake Erie, November 1999, off the coast of Cleveland.
>Know where to look. In the spring, head to the islands (Catawba, Kelleys and Put-in-Bay) and you can catch the walleye while they spawn. In the summer, stay “near the deeps” off Vermilion and Cleveland, Haberman says.
“Start by standing up with your feet 2 to 3 inches apart,” Maxey says. “Step forward with your right leg so that when you squat down, both knees will be at a 90-degree angle. Your left knee should lower down and stop 2 to 3 inches above the ground. Push off of your right heel and come back to a standing position.” Alternate between the right leg and left leg.
Lie on the floor, facedown, with your hands beside your chest and your feet side-by-side. Keep your toes pulled up toward your body, says Maxey. Position your body in a “straight line, and rise up as one unit by pressing against the floor. You want to keep your body stiff like a board throughout this movement,” he says.
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“Place an exercise ball between a wall and the small of your back. Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart,” he says. “As you squat down, you want to roll your rear-end under the ball until your knees are at a 90-degree angle, then stand back up.”
Text message like a teen
North Olmsted teenager Andrew Acklin has sent as many as 25,000 text messages in a month. The 18-year-old says they are just one way he communicates, so we talked via txt msg.
CM: does grammar have a place in txting?
DA: It depends on the person I’m texting. If it is a close friend I would use much more slang n inside jokes than I would texting people who are not as close.
CM: So I guess, based on the full sentences, we aren’t tight yet?
DA: Lol, no we aren’t “tight.” Lol. With a professional I like to act formal when talking to them (and you).
CM: ha! ok: T-9, full keyboard or standard?
DA: I have a standard phone and i use Abc instead of t9word.
CM: any reason for the choice?
DA: With t9word, some words would automatically change (for example don’t and foot both require the keys 3668) and it was annoying.
CM: most useful abbreviations old ppl haven’t heard of?
DA: Haha there are many but some are inappropriate...But lol (laughing out loud) idk (I don’t know) brb (be right back) and ttyl (talk to you later)
CM: Txtiquette: Must you wait for a response before txting again?
DA: Not always...but if u ask someone how they are, ur gonna wait....What do you mean txtiquette?
CM: oh, i’m just combining “text” with “etiquette” so all the Cleveland Magazine readers will think i am witty and/or hip.
DA: Lol haha. Okay.
CM: How many other ppl u txting with right now as we do this interview?
DA: Just two other people. Normally I would b texting 3 to 4 people. Overall it could range from 0 - 15 people
CM: I lost all witty/hip credibility when I used the word, “tight,” didn’t I? Sometimes I feel sooo 2007.
DA: Haha. Lets just put it this way, tight is not the slang teens use now-a-days.
“Have an opinion and stand behind it, even if the host disagrees with it. Don’t get swayed by what the host thinks. Give more backup as to why you are right. The host can be wrong. Nothing is more boring than everyone agreeing all the time. Have a conversation. Don’t just say your peace. React. And be confident. I can tell if you will be a bad caller by the tone of your voice.”— Chris Fedor, producer for “In the Zone,” hosted by Kenny Roda from 6 to 9 p.m. on ESPN 850 WKNR