Catherine Bongiorno

When to share the skinny and when to shut up about weight loss

Here’s how to succeed in your health endeavors without driving those around you utterly batty.


Indulge during the holidays, but do it with a plan

You don’t have to deprive yourself, just don’t forget to plan for exercise and healthy eating.


Some fast food choices can be healthier than others

Fast food. We know it’s not good for us. The meat is…


Fed up with flab? You should consider strength training

Diets and aerobics have their benefits, but lifting weights rebuilds your muscles.

Outdoor setting makes fitness even more fun

Hear the birds! Breathe that fresh air! Enjoy those steep hills!

Fitness: Working out makes a brutal move more bearable

It’s funny how I expect the universe (or God, higher power, call it what you will) to fully support me when I bravely make a… Continue reading

Show respect for your body by paying attention to its pain

When I first started teaching fitness classes, I went hog wild. Madly in love with my new line of work, I took every instructing position… Continue reading

Along with strong bodies, let’s nurture strong spirits

Being a physical trainer and nutritional therapist, it’s no surprise that I talk and write a lot about healthy eating, active living, weight loss and… Continue reading

We can’t wish away the squish — it takes workouts, clean eating

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was washing dishes in our old apartment when my former sweetheart came up and hugged me from… Continue reading

Contemplating those age-old questions about old age

Decades ago, I was a waitress at a restaurant in Seattle where senior citizens frequently dined. Mr. and Mrs. Davis were “regulars,” and Mr. Davis… Continue reading

You can enjoy cocktails (sensibly) and still remain fit

Booze. It’s chock-full of empty calories and does our waistlines no favors, but this doesn’t stop the majority of us from partaking. Oh, how we… Continue reading

When you’re sick, heavy workouts can make things worse

Barfing: I can think of few things so dreadful. There’s nothing like a solid bout of upchucking to remind us how truly wretched life in… Continue reading

Diets can drive us to binge eating and self-loathing

This article is dedicated to those who at some point in life (or perhaps their entire lives) have been stuck in the diet/binge cycle. The… Continue reading

Couples can avoid those weight-loss battle of the sexes

Ladies, have you ever partnered up on a weight-loss program with a member of the opposite sex? It could be a friend, co-worker or sibling,… Continue reading

Just forget about dieting and really lose some weight

New Year’s Day is creeping up and the most popular resolution is … you guessed it: Losing weight via diet and exercise. Splendid, it’s about… Continue reading

Don’t begin a workout without healthy fuel in your tank

Eons ago, I landed my first personal training job and excitedly met with “Chuck” for the free training session that came with his gym membership.… Continue reading

Control Thanksgiving portions — but heap your plate with joy

Years ago, I vowed to stay on track with my healthy, disciplined eating through my family’s Thanksgiving feast. Impressively, I conjured up the willpower to… Continue reading

Transform your body by steadily demanding more from it

We learn and grow through challenges, and our bodies are no exception. No challenge means no growth. If you have been working out consistently but… Continue reading

Be prepared for that ‘fat day’ when it arrives — and it will

Bloody hell. From one day to the next, the scale says you’re four pounds heavier. Clothes that were flattering last week inexplicably make you look… Continue reading