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Archive for March, 2011

Jab – Punch!

I know I promised a recipe last week, and now I am overcome with pride and enthusiasm in my clients and their newfound passion: boxing.

It helps that we have all set some goals and achieved them, in some measure!  We have been disciplined and focused and we have stepped up for something new.

It is significant that we have allowed ourselves to be coached elegantly by a true expert, Ali!

It is notable that we show up, expecting fun, and believing we can do it.

Who would have known that Carolyn could throw a punch like that?  How amazing that Elizabeth has that duck down, and I mean, down!  And, Barbara – so light on her feet, as if she were destined for this!  And, Woody and Dana, holding that photo squat for-eva with dukes up!  And, just one more play-yard for Sharon – she’ll try anything!

All this adds up to EMPOWERMENT!

Empowerment comes through self-actualization, acknowledgement, learning, performance, achievement, affirmation, and particularly, through the body IN AN OBVIOUS AND VERY BELIEVABLE WAY!  (Even an inert body is functioning in some amount of magnificence.)

I am motivated and impressed for sure, and as I write I am smiling at the memory.

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In Sync With Something New

What is working for you these days?  What new movement, food, music, activity or class have you added to stimulate yourself?  (Please comment!)

A client just left my house with another 1.5 pound weight loss.  While I was out of town this week she added a wonderful dance workshop to her schedule, continuing with her healthy Eating for Fuel, and now is lighter and buoyant!  I am lucky to report similar statistics as I hiked last week and treated myself to three fitness classes I don’t usually do.  I also enjoyed some different food, some desserts, and still came back from vacation lighter and full of enthusiasm.  Changing it up works!

One of the classes I experienced was a ChiBall Stretch Class and yes, I bought a Chi Ball.  So, if you are in sessions with me this week, you will be playing with it too.  I love adding it to a mix that is constantly changing and evolving for us.

My third client bounced into my studio today, recently realigned with a diet plan that has worked for her in the past – just felt like it was perfect for her, and yes, is reporting five more pounds lost and loose clothing – this food plan feels right for her!

Possibly we are in sync with our weather – with the sunny and longer days, with the moon closer to us this month, with springtime produce offering more variety, or just getting away (or not) and trying something new.

And for my current clients, get ready for our boxing party on Saturday at Noon at Diesel Fitness – a treat from me to you in appreciation for your commitment and your success.  This will be a Change Up as we have fun together and allow Ali and Greg to teach and finetune us – to be in sync and stimulated by something new!

PS:  There is a recipe coming at you in the next post that you will love.  Stay tuned.


Time Sync!

Yesterday morning my phone dutifully noted the “Spring Forward” time change, my immediate reaction negative.  I love the early springtime mornings when I notice the longer days and the beautiful early light.  My body rhythm naturally aligns and I awaken easily.  Now, for a few days I will adjust and realign; it’s all good.

I will notice the long evening today, and positively speaking, there will be more time for exercise, gardening, and visiting with this adjustment – the program will change!  I recall the teaching of Marc David (Nutritionist) regarding body rhythms, and specifically, the process of digestion synching with the path of the Sun.   We have learned that digestion is at its highest efficiency in the middle of the day, when direct light from the Sun is greatest.  Many cultures support consuming the largest meal of the day during this period – not a bad idea, particularly if our daily exercise occurs in the early evening.

EATING FOR FUEL is my game, you know, so the adjustment that can come along here is making sure a high quality complex carb is part of our third meal (lunch), and that the 4th meal (afternoon snack) offers a low glycemic energy food, like a cup of strawberries, now in season.  (Hummus, Zucchini and low-fat cheese offer a great snack, yes, and not enough energy for added physical activity.)  Our late afternoon opportunities are nutritionally supported by those berries!  Strap those rollerblades on, knowing the energy is flowing!

Meal Five (dinner) may now occur later, and as the daylight wanes, the protein and the greens still nourish as we wind down toward rest, and as we sleep, the nutrients of this last meal fine-tune us toward vibrancy, toward radiant skin, and awakening with enthusiasm.  Enjoy and support yourself as the body magically aligns and we spin with our planet.


Protein MAGIC!

Should you be whining about  protein sources ….

Here is a recipe that has it all – shared with us by Barbara King-Hall!  This dish is highly nutritious.  It is beautiful.  It is delicious.  It stores easily.  It is easy to create.  It is inexpensive.  And, it morphs easily into another possibility.  Satisfy your protein needs with this tasty dish – suitable for any of your protein meals!

Spicy Black Beans with Lime  (serves 4)

2 small cans (15.5oz) Black Beans, drained and rinsed.

½ Cup Carrot, diced

½ Cup Celery, Diced

1 Tbs Cilantro, chopped

1 Clove Garlic, finely chopped


2 Limes, zest and juice

1/8 Cup White Wine Vinegar

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

½ tsp Salt

¼ tsp Black Pepper

¼ Cup Olive Oil

  1. Make the dressing by combining the lime zest and juice, vinegar, cayenne, salt and black pepper, gradually whisking in the oil.
  2. Toss the beans and the carrots, celery, and cilantro with the dressing.

‘Can be a favorite side dish or main dish, storing easily in refrigerator.  ‘Can be a wrap filling.  ‘Can morph into a fantastic dip by using a food processor and adding a drizzle of Olive Oil.  (Eat with artichokes, zucchini, celery, etc.)

Thank you, Chef Barbara!


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