Week of 12/9/2012

Week in Review

Remember Fairfax boot camp classes start at 7pm during the winter due to space limitations (Mondays & Thursdays). Essex Jct. classes are Tues. evenings at 6:30pm at ADL school and on Sat. at 7am at the Aspire Studio.


Monday: Lots of boot campers ready push, jump, squat, thrust and lunge!! The rest of the week included a workout I personally experienced at another boot camp a while ago with Miranda, who was subbing for Lynn Lena at TFZ. Thanks for the memories:-)

“Thursday night we saw a whole lot of suffering going on.  After a nice warm-up including  6 minutes worth of planking – we’re practicing our way up to 20 minutes worth of planking (really?  yes, really!) – we moved on to the work out.  Suffer with a Buddy was a paired work-out involving the Sufferer doing a metabolism boosting move, while the Buddy does a core move.  A shout-out to Laura who did all 75 burpees without modifying the move, not even once! After the Sufferer completes a set, the pair did partnered sit-ups and then switched roles.  Thursday was couples night – we saw Mitch & Dana, Art & Celeste and Jody dragged along first-timer Kevin (and got her name entered in the January drawing).  I am impressed!  I’ve been trying to get my husband to come for over 2 years!  The holidays are a crazy time of year and it’s easy to put exercise on the shelf. It’s so important to continue to make time to add  physical movement to your week.  Do it for yourself, do it for your health.  Have a good week everyone and keep moving!” — Lisa S.


Tuesday there was Christina, Kristin, Laura, Donna and Betty. We used jump ropes, medicine balls and kettlebells. Partners performed push-ups, weignted jump squats, kettlebell swings, partner weighted sit-ups, v-sits, planks, superman and a few more moves 🙂

Saturday morning at Aspire was a small group. It was Dan and Amber, Kris and I….and even though the group is small, we still give it BIG effort! We performed the suffer with a buddy workout. After seeing Dan perform the dreaded Hindu push ups at a rapid speed… I’m convinced he originated from India! Amber claims she’s back, after a short break from boot camp….That girl has drive!! Last but not least Kris….It’s amazing how her body has transform over the last 2 mos.!!! She should be the 50 day challenge poster girl. You are loooooooking good girlfriend!! Thanks guys for coming out and supporting the Saturday morning class!!” — Paula C.

Boot Camp Buzz

1. Winners for “Bring a Buddy to Boot Camp” were Donna Aiken, Carma Stark and Heather Slater. Carma and Heather, we have your gifts. Would love to hear from you 🙂 Jody B. has an added chance for this month’s drawing since she brought her husband (her buddy).

2. Brian Bill Memorial Challenge, Sunday february 17th , 2013, 0900am – norwich university – northfield – VT http://www.spartasynergy.com/page15.html

3. Annual Push-Up Challenge in January. Start thinking if you’re up for the 5,000 or 10,000 in one month.

No-Guilt Holiday Recipes

1. A square of (very) dark chocolate (dipped into almond butter, perhaps)  or berries with whole cream don’t require a recipe and aren’t accompanied by a  load of guilt.
2. Homemade Eggnog

  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 3 cups coconut milk, almond milk, or whole cream
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg and cinnamon to taste


Mix egg yolks, 2 cups of coconut/almond milk or cream, and sugar. Stir gently  but constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens enough to cling  to and coat the back of a spoon, about five to ten minutes. Be patient with this  process – if you turn the heat up too high or don’t stir, the egg yolks might  turn into scramble eggs.

Remove from heat and set the pot in a larger bowl filled with ice water  (careful, so no water overflows into the eggnog!) and stir for 2-3 minutes then  add the last cup of milk/cream and the vanilla.
If you want to add any additional holiday spirit (a few tablespoons of rum,  bourbon or whiskey) to the eggnog, now is your chance. Let the mixture cool down  to room temperature then chill for a while longer in the fridge. The longer you  let the eggnog chill, the thicker and more custard-like it will become. Before  serving, generously dust with cinnamon and nutmeg. If you can, buy whole nutmeg  and grate it yourself (a microplane zester works great for this).

For a quick eggnog fix, you can try Anna’s recipe for one  serving: In a blender, mix 1-2 raw egg yolks, 6 ounces coconut milk (or  almond milk), 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend  for 30 seconds and serve dusted with nutmeg.

Holiday Spice Balls


Servings: 12 balls

These Holiday Spice Balls are similar to Cocoa and Coconut Snacks, but the addition of cinnamon and  cardamom are perfect for autumn. Using pumpkin pie spice, if you have it on  hand, would be very autumnal as well.



  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 4-6 dates
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Process everything in the food process until it comes together in a sticky  paste-like consistency.


Form into balls and refrigerate.

Coconut Macadamia Bark


Servings: 12 squares of bark or more

A simple recipe, and a few bites will both satisfy a sweet tooth and give you  a hit of healthy fats. We’ve made a very simple version, leaving plenty of room  for embellishment. Add dried fruit or dark chocolate chips. Swirl in some melted  dark chocolate. What’s your favorite version of coconut bark?



  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts


Mix together oil, coconut flakes and nuts. Line a pan or plate with parchment  paper.  Pour the oil mixture onto the parchment paper. Freeze for at least  30 minutes. Break apart into pieces of bark. Store in the freezer.

More recipes can be found at: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-holiday-desserts/#axzz2EVKW5pZt


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