January 11, 2012

Running With a Purpose

Jennifer Friedman turned her determination to get active into an annual running event that raises money for children's charities.Everyone is busy. So how do some people find the time to commit to an exercise routine while others simply can’t find a way to squeeze in 30 minutes, three times a week?


Jennifer Friedman – local gynecologist, mother of three and founding director of the Armadillo Dash Half Marathon & 5K – agreed to share her personal journey of how running helped her turn around an inactive lifestyle, where she found the motivation to keep going, and the reasons she keeps on running today.

At age 33, Friedman realized that something in her life needed to change. With three kids and a demanding profession, she knew she was not getting adequate exercise and not living a healthy lifestyle. Knowing she needed to set a healthy example for her children, she decided to start small by going out to run.

January 10, 2012

1, 2, 3 … Get Motivated!

Jennifer Friedman with her family after her first half marathon. Jr. League Love Run 5K & 3K Family Fun Run February 11 Mark your calendars for […]
January 10, 2012

New Year New You

Angelique Gammon and Denise Fries double the odds they will meet their fitness goals by working with personal trainer Sara Lammerts.

I’m a cliché, and I’m happy to admit it, especially if it helps you make exercise part of your daily routine.

I’m also a hypocrite. About five years ago, I was having lunch with a friend who had just been told by her doctor that she was pre-diabetic, had dangerously high cholesterol and needed to not just lose a few pounds but to make exercise a daily part of her life. I told her I had an elliptical machine I really liked, a few stretch bands and hand weights and that solitary exercise at home worked better for me than a gym. To her protestation that she didn’t have time to exercise, I replied, “Do you have time to be dead?”

I’m not subtle.


January 9, 2012

5 Steps to Keeping a New Year’s Resolution

If you fall into the category of the estimated 78% of people who make and then break a New Year’s Resolution, psychologists suggest five steps to making it into the winning percentage of people who keep their New Year’s resolution.                                                                                                                                                              
Those who planned a series of smaller goals increased their success rate to 35%; following all five of the suggestions below increased success rates to 50%.                                                                                                                                                         
The most successful were those who were able to view a slip as just a temporary setback, not the “failure” of their resolution. This year, follow these 5 Steps to Success:  
January 6, 2012

One Weekend Only: Theatre Co. Presents Two By Two

The Theatre Company of B/CS will present Two By Two this weekend only as it's Spring Fund Raiser show. The cast includes eight principles:  J. Paul Teel (Noah), Mandy Walker (Esther, Noah's wife), Mark Taylor (Shem), Wendy Lee (Leah, Shem's wife), Dan McAdams (Ham), Hannah Lee (Rachel, Ham's wife), Zach Reeves (Japheth), and Amy Henss (Goldie).

The cast also includes over 40 kids as the animals, including Caleb Kocmoud, who plays a mythical mouse-like character called a gitka, who sings in the presence of God, and authenticates God's message to Noah and his family. Sadly, the gitka has no mate and cannot come on the ark. Kocmoud also portrays the dove in Act 2. 

January 3, 2012

Still Time to Get Tickets to the Best Show in Town: OPAS Gala 2012

As far as black-tie events go, this is one that will be remembered for years to come. And the party ingredients are pretty enticing: French cuisine (sometimes hard to come by in B/CS) from Christopher’s World Grille, live music from Emerald City (a great dance band out of Dallas), live auction packages to drool over (like once-in-a-lifetime trips), opportunities to win gold and diamond jewelry, and a couple of surprises that you’ll just have to attend to see (and believe).

This year’s OPAS Gala on Saturday, January 28, features a theme taken from the ubiquitous Cirque du Soleil shows that are delighting audiences from New York and Las Vegas to Beijing and Paris. Gala organizers are hoping to similarly delight local patrons of the arts, who come out each year to support the programs of Texas A&M’s MSC OPAS.

January 2, 2012

Your Own Personal Trainer … on Twitter

Follow @InsiteBV for hourly exercises by Coach Cliff Latham.By setting many small goals – and celebrating when you meet one – you are twice as likely […]
January 2, 2012

Public Invited to Episcopal Council Events

The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado Del Carpio, Bishop o f Cuba, will be attending the Episcopal Council February 10-11 at the Expo Center in Bryan. The public is invited to council events.The Brazos County Expo Center will be bustling with people from around Texas the weekend of February 10-11, with approximately 1,000 Episcopal clergy, delegates, registrants, youth and volunteers gathering for the 163rd Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The Diocese of Texas is one of 110 domestic dioceses in the Episcopal Church and operates independently within the canons of the Church.

The three Episcopal churches in the community – St. Andrew’s, Bryan; St. Thomas and St. Francis, College Station –will serve as the host churches and will provide the volunteer base for the Council. Students and faculty from Saint Michael’s Episcopal School will also serve as volunteers.

January 1, 2012

Big Hats, Big Fun: Cattle Baron’s Ball This Saturday

A Gift Ask will be held at the Feb. 4 event to support leukemia research in honor of 4-year-old Zaden Fisher. Tickets are available by calling 979-776-1464.Thousands of children each year are diagnosed with cancer, but behind every statistic there is a little boy or girl who is battling for a healthy future. That fight may be closer to home than you think.
    Zaden Fisher is a 4-year-old Brazos County cowboy who wears his boots to sleep, loves Shetland ponies, and has a smile melts every heart. He is also a child living with cancer. Diagnosed when he was just 24 months old, Fisher has been fighting Acute Leukemia more than half his young life.
    Fisher’s spark remains bright despite his tough journey through cancer treatment. “His parents do a fantastic job of making sure he has a normal, happy childhood outside of being at his treatments and at the hospital,” says Shasta Horn, the 2012 chair of Cattle Baron’s Ball, the annual fundraiser hosted by the American Cancer Society.
January 1, 2012

Bless Your Heart: How Good Fortune Turned A Near Heart Attack to A Heart Success

Tickets to the February 10 Brazos Valley Heart Ball are still available.Less than a year ago, Mike Southerland walked in to a hospital emergency room expecting doctors to adjust his medication to get rid of the severe dizzy spells he had been having. Southerland, a Bryan City Council member, thought that the emergency room doctors would simply adjust his medication and let him go. He was wrong.
December 28, 2011

Come ‘Dressed to the 9s’ for First Friday in Downtown Bryan

First Friday’s theme in Downtown Bryan on January 7 is ‘Dressed to the Nines.’Just for fun, Downtown Bryan merchants are encouraging everyone to come “Dressed to […]
December 12, 2011

2012 CHALLENGES & CHAMPIONS – Economic Outlook Conference





How Tourism, Real Estate & Retail Will Shape the B/CS Economy in 2012

by Travis Lawson

Texas and Bryan/College Station have faired well during “The Great Recession” when compared to the rest of the United States, and on January 25, experts from different fields will illuminate just how brightly the Brazos Valley economy will continue to shine during 2012. The B/CS Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference is expected to sell out available seating at the College Station Hilton Hotel as four important local and national issues are explored: the economic impact of Texas A&M University’s move to the Southeastern Conference; residential and commercial real estate trends; the economic impact of tourism; and success strategies for the retail sector.

December 1, 2011

Fill Every Day of the Holidays With Good Cheer

December 16-17: Get Ready to Laugh Your Christmas Socks Off The Brazos Valley Troupe wants to tickle your holiday funnybone with its Christmas performance of the […]
November 30, 2011

More Holiday Happenings

Bring canned food items for the Food Pantry to vote for your favorite tree through January 5. Winners will be announced at First Friday on January […]
November 29, 2011

Final Weekend For Meet Me in St. Louis

Live for the first time in the Brazos Valley at the Theatre Company in the Tejas Center, performances of Meet Me in St. Louis begin December 9 at 7p.m. and will run until December 18. Meet Me in St. Louis is a musical based on the 1944 film of the same title, about a family living in St. Louis, Missouri, on the eve of the 1904 World’s Fair. The musical ran on Broadway in 1989, and features the classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, as sung by Judy Garland in the film version.