December Newsletter: Like Every Other Month!

It’s here!!!  While December can be a very demanding month in so many ways I challenge you to treat December 2014 like any other month of the year as far as working out and eating clean.  Why?

Several reasons:

These are are my top 3:

  1. Do you really want to be that person who says “I will start over on Jan 1st?”
  2. During the holiday season this is the time when we need to be there physically and mentally for others and if we cannot take care of our own health, how can we really be there for others?
  3. If working out and eating clean consistently already then why would you not continue that consistently?

The good news is you can stay in shape and even get in shape during the holidays!!

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STAY CONSISTENT– Stick with you schedule  as if it is a personal appointment to yourself. You will come up with lots of reasons to not workout but in reality there are far more reasons to workout.

SHORT ON TIME? TRY SOME HIIT– High intensity intervals for 15-20 min will rock your muscles and heart really hard and shed bodyfat.  Do burpees for 1 min then rest for 15 seconds…repeat that a few times then pick another exercise and do the same thing with that. Pretty simple and effective trust me

DO NOT GO HUNGRY- Do not go to a holiday party hungry. Eat more fruit/vegetables high fiber foods before heading out. I typically eat before events like this if I do not know what kind of food will be there. I also bring my own food or I will bring a healthy dish to share for everyone. Do not be afraid of offending someone or feel the need to eat certain things because at the end of the day its about you and your goals.

DO NOT SKIP MEALS- I’m sorry but as long as you are awake you should be fueling your body every 2-4 hours during the day. Don’t go Christmas shopping and be away from home for 6 hours without a plan to eat at some point….and by eat I don’t mean grabbing some crappy lunch or dinner at a drive through.  I mean actually PLAN ahead your meals/snacks.  I typically pack my lunch/snack/dinner whatever it may be in my big lunch bag and I will pull into a parking lot or even go in a coffee shop and eat my food I made at home. I feel 100% good about that. Yeah it took me 5 min to pack that ahead of time, I think we all have that kind of time. If you fail to plan….then you plan to fail

Want a great gift for a friend or someone in your family this Holiday season? Look no further than a

FITNESS YOU CAN LIVE WITH gift certificate!

These can be used for any service such as:

Personal training either one on one or group training classes

Grocery store tour

Pantry cleanout

Meal planning

Meal prepping

Now let’s talk a recipe!

Take the chill off of winter with this Mexican style stuffed acorn squash.

MAKES ENOUGH FOR 4 SERVINGS

Author: Monique

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 can, 15 ounces, black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Bag frozen corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut both squash in half horizontally and scoop out seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until squash is very soft and tender and edges begin to brown a bit. Turn oven off and leave squash in the oven while preparing filling.
  2. Lightly heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, red pepper, onion, garlic, jalapeno; cook until softened about 3 minutes. Add in cumin, black beans and corn; stir well to combine and cook a couple more minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cilantro and lime juice in. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Fill the squash halves with black bean and corn mixture. Top each with a tablespoon of goat cheese.
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