Week of Jan. 14, 2012

Week In Review

Last week we hit it hard with benchmarking the tabata way with sit-ups, burpees and more. We also pulled out the at home workouts and cranked out some amazing performances. We did a ladder workout with burpees and push-ups, where everyone was able to crank out 110 push-ups. The crowd-favorite was the mountain climber, sit-up combo for five rounds. The icing on the cake was an air squat count-down. In between the at-home-workouts, people relaxed by doing 100 jump ropes, a lunging loop and 25 burpees to pass the time until everyone was ready to move forward.

There’s a fun event coming to Fairfax in February and anyone who is a boot camper will receive a discount. The events details are to be announced shortly by the Fairfax Parks & Recreation Department (by the one and only Katrina).

100 Day Challenge

Those who are former Challengers, don’t forget that you still have Megan as a nutritional resource. Feel free to send her an email with your questions.

The 100th Day Celebration is taking place on Tuesday, January  24 from 6-9 at my house. All former challengers/mentors are welcome to attend. Current Challengers, please bring a healthy dish (something you’ve tried, perhaps it’s something you’ve been wanting to test-out). Tia Rooney will be here to take photos, so be sure to wear something that really shows your confidence in what you’ve accomplished over the 100 Days. You’ll receive a complimentary 5×7 photograph. Tia’s site is: http://tiarooneyphotography.com/


I’m ordering more of the “Our warm-up is your workout”. I’ll take sizes this week.



Our resident Yoga/Meditation expert, Lonnie Poland is hosting a wonderful event Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 9:00am until Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 12:00pm
Time to unwind after the Holidays
Join me for an over-night get-away nestled in the hills of Vermont.
Enjoy restorative and invigorating yoga classes, meditation, delicious vegetarian meals, outdoor recreation, and cozy chat time by the wood stove.
Presented By: Lonnie Poland, PT & Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher
For more information and to register: Email PolandVT@comcast.net

Breakfast: Fresh New Ideas

Alright, it’s cold and you don’t want to go out. We crave comfort food in the winter. So, let’s get creative with breakfast and test some new recipes . . . healthy, but tasty recipes. Remember, the power of preparation will save you and your family from reaching for the wrong foods. Below is a link to many, many breakfast ideas. Try them and tell us how they turn out. Remember, if you have children, include them in the decision-making and baking.

I’m trying this one tomorrow:

Pumpkin Pancakes!


1.5 cans organic canned pumpkin
1/4 cup almond butter
3 eggs
coconut butter
maple syrup for topping


Open canned pumpkin and mix with the 3 eggs. Slowly stir in almond butter. Once you have mixed the batter into a smooth texture, then Grease your pan with coconut butter and brown both sides of the pancake.

Of course, just like any other pancake you can top these Paleo Pancakes with fresh fruit, syrup, honey or fruit preserves.

Four Pages of Recipes. Try different substitutes. You’ll need to scroll down to view the detailed recipes. Here’s the link: http://paleobreakfasts.com/paleo-breakfast-recipes/

Odes to the Things I Can No Longer Enjoy on My Damned Diet

By Colin Nissan

Goodbye, up-for-grabs office doughnut
Well, this is awkward, isn’t it? Another time, I would have walked right up and jammed you into my mouth—whole, if no one was watching. But today I must keep my distance for fear that a wisp of your powdered sugar will rise up to my nose like pixie dust and end this diet as quickly as it started.  Do I want to get rid of my lunch-lady arms? I really do.

Goodbye, whipped-cream-topped coffee drinks
A coffee drink, a sundae and an angel had a baby together, and that baby is you. Sadly my days of slurping your 50-calorie-a-straw loads of frothy mirth have ended. No longer will I enjoy the seven-minute burst of productivity that you so generously provided.

Goodbye, sandwich with mozzarella sticks in it
A triumph of gastronomy. A failure of humanity. You know very well that mozzarella sticks are a stand-alone appetizer, yet you violated societal taboo and turned an innocent sandwich into a delicious killing machine. You may be the bad boy of the hoagie community, but I don’t have the stomach for bad boys anymore, only for decent, god-fearing sandwiches with regulation ingredients.

Goodbye, microwaveable noodles in a cup
It took a mere 60 seconds for you to transport me to the Orient, and just 60 more for my face to swell to twice its size from sodium bloat. You’ve managed to stuff nine ingredients into your little Styrofoam cup that start with the letter X. And that’s eight too many for the new me.

Goodbye, gas-station soda that’s too big for my cup holder

Did I ever stand a chance of consuming this much liquid? Of course not. But that’s not the point, the point is that you’re only 19 cents more than the medium. Unfortunately, you’re no longer the only thing in my car that’s round and wide and sweaty.

Goodbye, mysterious vending-machine baked good
I will never forget your number, E5, but I must forget you. I must forget the throat-burning sweetness of your frosting, and the faded mystery of your expiration date. While I may still stop by your machine on occasion, it will be only to press my hand against the glass in a gesture of longing. If you had a hand, I know you’d do the same.

Goodbye, nachos
Adios, mi amigo. Never in my life have 17 ingredients been presented with such chaos, yet had such a calming effect on my palate. I will miss you dearly.

Goodbye, full-fat ice cream
Ice cream, you are my Tin Man. I will miss you most of all. I may be able to fool my eyes with low fat and fro-yo, but I will never fool my heart, or my taste buds—they know deceit when it crosses their path.  Unfortunately, you are also responsible for the satellite ass that seems to have formed on my original one.

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