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New series a 'Natural' progression

You know that feeling when you see red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror?

All the blood rushes to your head, and you sort of go numb from head to lead foot?

That unpleasant rush washed over me when the number 27.3 appeared on the bioelectrical impedance analyzer being administered Tuesday afternoon by registered dietitian Margaret Glady at the CGH Medical Center main clinic.

The 27.3 number is my body fat percentage, just 8.3 percent beyond the target range for men ages 20 to 39. Of the 189.6 pounds I carry around every day, 52 are fat.

For a moment, I forgot about SVM online guru Angel Sierra being in the room to shoot video. I was shocked. Embarrassed.

Hours later, though, I was inspired (bless Margaret’s heart for her bedside manner). Over the next 2 months, I’m taking that number down. Down to Chinatown. Only without the Chinese food.

Welcome to “The Naturals,” my summer series during which, for the first time in my life, I’m tracking every calorie I put in my body and how many I burn. I invite you to do the same.

If you have a smartphone, you can join the team by downloading the My Fitness Pal app. Or visit and find me. My user name is christopherheimerman.

In August, we all can celebrate together. Angel and I are looking forward to shooting videos featuring all of the Sauk Valley residents who say “enough is enough” and commit to changing their life.

Have your attention? Then click here and learn more about “The Naturals.”

Visit the project main page and bookmark it to follow the series.

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