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We chat with a Centerville native who’s a finalist for Women’s Health Magazine’s Next Fitness Star and how she’s empowering women on the road to a healthier life.

Erica Lugo of Centerville is one of the finalists for The Next Fitness Star.
Erica Lugo of Centerville is one of the finalists for The Next Fitness Star.

Erica Lugo hasn’t always been the poster child of women’s health like she is today.

Three years ago Lugo, this 29-year-old from Centerville, was ready to transform herself. Weighing 320 pounds, she found it hard to get on the floor and play with her 2-year-old son. That’s when she decided to change her life.

Today, Lugo has lost more than 130 pounds and, while on her weight loss journey, aims to inspire other women to do what she did: get healthy.

But Lugo’s story starts with something that many people also struggle with – binge eating. “I’ve always struggled with binge eating,” she says. However, through her weight loss journey she’s been able to work on the desire to sit and binge. “Sometimes I need to plan a weekly cheat meal, because if I splurge on a whim, I won’t be able to bounce back. You have to be in tune with what you’re dealing with that day, and to be honest about it, to make the healthiest decision.”

Once she knew she wouldn’t turn back to her old lifestyle, Lugo launched an online coaching plan from her social media platforms, became certified, and has been coaching online for more than a year now. Lugo has found success in Erica Fit Love by listening to clients, trying to relate to their struggles (and successes), and making fitness something that they can all look forward to – something that she found to be rewarding herself.

Using a combination of high-intensity interval training drills (HIIT), circuit training, and structured weight training, Lugo says she “discovered what good tired meant, and it felt amazing.”

Now, Lugo is in the running to become Women’s Health Magazine’s Next Fitness Star. The Next Fitness Star is a search to find America’s top personal trainer. The magazine searched for empowering personal stories, large social media followings, savvy entrepreneurship, and beneficial workouts.

When asked for a piece of advice, Lugo says it’s about keeping it real.

“Comparing yourself to others won’t get you far,” she says. “It’s a work in progress, especially on Instagram where it’s so easy to get caught up in filtered versions of people’s lives. But fitness isn’t an image or a size. It’s a mindset. I try to capture that mindset, not just selfies.”

Visit and watch the video below to learn more about Lugo and her journey. You can also vote for her to be The Next Fitness Star at

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Learn about a luxury consignment shop in Dayton (yes, it’s definitely worth the drive) where you can find women’s designer goods at a fraction of retail prices.

Loralei’s Designer Consignment and Resale Boutique sells designer handbags.

“Consignment is one of the best ways to recycle,” says Laurie Westheimer, the owner of Loralei’s Designer Consignment and Resale Boutique. “How many times do you buy something and think you will wear it only to bring it home, hang it in your closet and find it next year with the tag still on it? Or maybe you bought a pair of shoes that seemed amazing — until you tried walking in them. We all do it…and our closets get more and more cluttered with items we never wear. Why save it? Our philosophy is to dress for who you are now — not who you were 10 years ago or who you hope to become next year.”

Loralei’s Designer Consignment and Resale Boutique has been owned and operated by Westheimer for more than five years. What began as a personal search for amazing deals, turned into a thriving business in Centerville. Westheimer says she purchased the shop on a whim as it went for sale, and refurbished it into the highly regarded consignment store that it is today.

“Loralei’s Boutique is the only consignment shop in the area that focuses on designer and premium brand fashions for women,” Westheimer says. “It is a far cry from ‘thrift.’ Our staff chooses only the best of the best and all items are in new or like-new condition. We also carefully authentic all designer items so that every piece is guaranteed to be authentic.”

Designer handbags are what the store is best known for. “Loralei’s receives hundreds of handbags each year from designers including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Burberry, Prada, Gucci, Kate Spade, Coach and Tory Burch,” Westheimer says. “We also have a jewelry case that typically includes David Yurman, John Hardy and Alexis Bitter.”

For consignment, the boutique looks for the three C’s: cute, current, and clean. Garments and accessories are best sold if purchased within the past couple of years, in style and also laundered or dry cleaned. Consignments are accepted daily without an appointment up to one hour before closing time at 5 p.m.
Consigners will receive 40 percent of the selling price for items priced under $100. For items priced between $100 to $700, consigners will receive 50 percent of the selling price. For items priced over $800, the consigner will receive 60 percent. They also add in a sweet deal, offering an additional 10 percent if the consigner uses the money to shop in the store.

If you’re stuck in a style rut, the boutique offers free one-on-one styling appointments. For a quoted price, the boutique also offers a closet clean out service. Depending on if a consignor is downsizing, moving or dealing with a loved one’s estate, Westheimer has helped her consignors figure out what to throw away, keep, consign and what to donate.

“The store has won numerous awards for being the top consignment shop in the area including, most recently, 2015 Dayton Magazine’s Best Consignment Shop award,” Westheimer says.

Loralei’s Designer Consignment and Resale Boutique is located at 43 West Franklin Street in Centerville, Ohio. For more information, visit or call 937-528-6861.