Week of September 4

**Remember, no class tomorrow due to the holiday. It’s been moved to Tuesday. Class will be Tuesday and Thursday this week.**

What a beautiful day to end the week. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we don’t get too much rain in the next 24-48 hours. The Vermont soil isn’t ready yet! I’m rallying my high school students to help the Vermonters in need. If you’re interested, but not sure who to call, you can contact the Town Offices of the affected areas and you can look at this site: http://vtresponse.wordpress.com/. I know that Megan Walsh, the nutritionist for the 100 Day Challenge, is organizing an obstacle course challenge toward the end of October in Montpelier. I’ll send more details as I get them.

Week in Review

More gritty efforts from everyone last week. On Monday, the group pushed for 30 minutes straight with a taxing ladder workout. We welcomed Maggie, Karen, Kipp and his son, Nathan. Bill has already folded in nicely. It was great to have Jen O., Tia R., & Sam G. back, but Donna L. is still M.I.A. . .Hey, we also miss Kevin . . . come back Kevin! We’ll still kick your butt even with your knee condition!

Thursday was a benchmarking day, where Boot Campers smashed records!  Lonnie P. was on fire, Lisa S. crushed her numbers, Bill W. now set the push-up bar for all of us! Dan, Doreen & Lisa S. are now part of the 100 club for air squats in 2 minutes . . . what a performance! Follow this link for all benchmark results: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B_K-bb5j5SjnNDlhNGIxMWQtMzA0Zi00MWRmLTg4NzAtOTdiYTEzMDFjMmMx&hl=en_US

Volunteers Needed on Oct. 2 (Sunday)

Thanks to the Boot Campers who contacted businesses for t-shirt sponsors and those who donated or collected prizes. The other area of need is Volunteers in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Contacting Sponsors/Donors
  • Data Collection
  • Individual and Partner Recruitment
  • Team Fundraising
  • Youth Division
  • Judging
  • Logistics/Event Set-Up and Clean-Up
  • Registration Table
  • Vendor Relations 

If you can volunteer for part or the entire day, please register online at http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1944844.  You’ll also receive a FREE t-shirt! Thank you.

Share in the Pleasure & Pain!

I would like to have a big group from LSD Boot Camp compete at this year’s event! You all can do it! Whatever the workout is, you can scale it to your fitness level. It’s not too much different from what we always do. The Partner Category is a great way to compete. As your partner is performing an exercise, you’re resting until it’s your turn–share in the pleasure & pain! Partner information is at: http://bootcancer.org/divisions.aspx

Don’t forget that now your kids can join the fun of a Challenge. The U.S. Marines is working with us to develop a Challenge to accommodate kids from 5 – 17 years old. They’ll even be pull-up competitions for the kids!!  Details are at: http://bootcancer.org/divisions.aspx

To register, go to: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1944844

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No Cook Breakfasts for Busy Mornings (taken from Circle of Moms)

Some of these you may know, but need a reminder as to how easy they are. The site is: http://www.circleofmoms.com/article/5-healthy-cook-breakfasts-busy-mornings-01105?trk=digest_editorial_1105&email_enc=ncic2d5zmtbWlMTVzg%253D%253D&email_src=13151509574ef79eb6339fba5f9857d40364f7b955&template_name=digest_weekly&subject_id=2702&has_fb=1#_

“Mornings are not a Mom’s best friend.  No matter how prepared I think I am when I go to sleep at night, some how we still end up frantically searching for one shoe or a misplaced library book in the morning.  The minutes just keep ticking along until suddenly you HAVE TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW THIS MINUTE SO JUST GET IN THE CAR.  Or is that just me?

I think it’s a universal worry among Mothers that their children will go to school hungry, and therefore become one of those statistics the cereal commercials are always quoting.  I know I do.  So how do we make sure those commercials are wrong while still getting everyone, including ourselves, presentable and prepared for the day ahead?  All you really need is a well-stocked kitchen, and from time to time, perhaps a flexible interpretation of the term “breakfast food”.

Here are a few of my favorite strategies you can use to make sure there’s always something nutritious you can grab as you run out the door. 

1. Keep the fruit bowl full of bananas and apples – These are some of natures perfect on the go foods.  Add a piece of all natural string cheese and a handful of nuts, and you’ve got protein, calcium, fiber, and a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals covered.  And a big bonus, it can be eaten in the backseat without worrying about having to change shirts by the time you reach the carpool line.

 2. Yogurt, Granola, and Fruit Parfaits – these are loved by both kids and adults.  Open a cup of all natural, vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with a few spoonfuls of your favorite granola from the market.  Add berries – blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are some of my favorites because they require no chopping or slicing.  That’s it.  Really.  Swap regular yogurt for Greek yogurt and you’ll be serving the same amount of protein as an egg.

3. Cook more than you need – We usually eat pancakes at some point during the weekend.  I just make a few extra and keep them in the refrigerator for a super quick, super kid-friendly breakfast during the week.   If it’s one of those mornings where you don’t have time to sit down to eat, these are still a perfect choice.  Slather on peanut butter, almond butter, or cream cheese with sliced fruit or jam between two pancakes for a tasty breakfast sandwich.  

The same theory of make more than you need applies to muffins as well.  When you have extras leftover, pop them in the freezer (using a zip top freezer bag) and pull them out whenever you need them.  Either let them thaw overnight, or put them straight into the microwave for a few seconds to defrost.

4. Smoothies – everyone loves a good smoothie, especially kids.  We call them “fruity milkshakes” to make them even more appealing.  The best thing about smoothies is that frozen fruit works just as well as fresh, so keeping the ingredients on hand is easy.  To make things even speedier in the mornings, add all your ingredients to your blender’s pitcher and pop it in the fridge before you go to bed.  The next morning just add ice and give it a whirl.  Be sure to stock up on straws – they’re a must.

5. And the final no-cook breakfast idea: Leftovers. –  I can’t tell you how many times my kids have eaten leftover pizza for breakfast.  Or chicken fingers.  Or even meatloaf.  If it’s in the refrigerator and needs nothing more than a quick re-heating, I’m probably going to offer it up for breakfast.  In my house, if it was good enough for dinner then it’s good enough for breakfast.  Just be sure to add some fruit and a glass of milk.  Because for some reason the addition of those two things can magically transform anything into an appropriate breakfast.”

Check out this recipe for Chocolate Banana Breakfast Cookies: http://www.ourfamilyeats.com/2011/07/chocolate-banana-breakfast-cookies.html

The blogger’s site is: http://www.ourfamilyeats.com/



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