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Holiday Circuit!!!


Charly 12-14 Months 067It’s that time of year to RAMP UP your fitness!!!  Do NOT wait until January 2nd to begin…  Holiday party’s, craziness, busy busy schedules can leave you feeling plump, heavy & bloated sooooooo here is a circuit that you can do anywhere!!!

Warm-up 10 minutes (power walk, jog, jump rope, air squats, elliptical, row etc…)
Pelvic Bridge Marches x 20

Squat Jumps x 20 (touch PALMS of hands to ground)
Push-ups x 10
Seated Oblique Twists x 20 (use a db or something weighted if possible)
Burpee’s w/ Tricep Push-up & Jump Tuck x 10
Tic Toc Lunges x 10 each leg
Plank w/ Side Foot Taps x 20

(repeat 2-3 times w/ a 1 minute rest after each round)

Down Dog

Happy Holidays!!!

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Lose Weight & Shape Up BEFORE the Holidays…

Too many people tend to slack off on their workouts & clean eating this time of year.  Do NOT be one of “them”.  It is time to rev up your workouts, really watch your portions and feel / look your best this holiday season.

PRE Holiday Circuit:

Run 15 minutes EASY

Jump Rope x 100 jumps
Push-ups x 10
Plie Jump Squats x 10 (touch hands to ground, butt LOW)
Plank w/ 20 Hip Drops
Tricep Push-ups x 10
High Knees x 10
Jump Lunges x 10

REPEAT 3 times!!!

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Holiday Party Tips

Christmas is HERE!!!  With the season comes holiday party’s galore.  Here are a few tips to keep you on track & LOSING weight during this fun & festive holiday season.

*Exercise EVERYDAY – mostly the morning you are headed to a holiday party
*Never go starving – have a small salad with avocado  or a few nuts right before
*Bring the healthiest appetizer of the group – that way you are guaranteed there is something you can eat
*Keep your drinks to 2 max
*Choose alcohol wisely.  Best choices:  Red Wine, Champagne or Vodka Soda w/ Lemon or Lime
*Skip the creamy appetizers, bread basket, carby junk food & dessert
*Choose shrimp cocktail, veggie tray, nuts & chicken kabobs instead
*Do not stand at the food table and socialize.  It is too easy to eat mindlessly
*Make a small plate of food & walk away
*PORTIONS PORTIONS PORTIONS…Do indulge in something “holiday like” but only a small amount.  Curve the craving!
*Family Fitness – get in a fun hike or bike ride right before the party
*MINDSET…If you go to the party with the mindset you are going to have one glass of wine and no sweets – stick to it.  Have a plan is a great tool!
*Don’t let “food pushers” lead you to holiday weight gain…NO thank you is ok!

Healthy Appetizer:

Guacamole with Radish Chips

Makes 4-6 servings
2 bunches of radishes
4 ripe avocados
1 medium red onion (finely chopped)
1 medium ripe tomato (diced)
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
4 tablespoons cilantro (finely chopped)
2 small limes
salt & pepper

For the radish chips – cut the radish bulbs from their green stalks, rinse & slice.  (not too thin because you want them strong enough to dip with).  Set aside.

For the guac – cut the avocados in half & remove the seeds.  Scoop out the avocado & put in a medium sized bowl.  Squeeze the juice out of the two limes right on top of the avo’s so they stay green.  Mash with a fork until consistency you desire.  Add the chopped onions, jalapeno, cilantro, salt & pepper.  Mix with fork.  Add the diced tomatoes at the very end and mix one last time.

Best served immediately with your radish chips.  ENJOY!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you today.  Your family, good energy, CLEAN food, friends, laughs, the sunshine, running partners, love, football, fun & the quality of your day.  So many people always want what they don’t have.  Take a look around you and be THANKFUL for what you already have.

Amy’s tip of the day:
*Eat a plate of food (yes whatever you want) but DON’T go for seconds…
*Eat a piece of pie but cut it in half…
*If you are going to drink like a fish…Eat like a bird!

Are you ready for the holiday season? Don’t wait until January 2nd to get fit – I CHALLENGE you to be more fit BEFORE the holidays than after. Lose those 2 pounds NOW, cut out dairy NOW, skip dessert NOW, do the last 3 reps NOW. Start TODAY!

ENJOY your Thanksgiving holiday!!

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