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The Nutella Chronicles | Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey

via – Lydia M. | AbsoluteFIT Participant

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So as I mentioned in the last entry, I knew I had been neglecting my tracking on the MyFitnessPal app. My coach, Oceana, said it was time for a check-in as I rededicated myself to my goals.

The news was … not terrible. Or at least, not as bad as I’d feared. I’m down another half-pound on the scale, which was nice to see, and my chest and other measurements were more or less the same (even my hips!), but my genetically-prone-to-expansion midsection reclaimed a little territory — my waist was 2 inches bigger than the last time I measured (which was, to be clear, several months ago; it takes more than a little extra here and there to gain 2 inches in a month!).

But still: Grrrr. I was really proud of the waist shrinkage. Now, I’ve got motivation to get it back.

Step one: Lay off the Nutella — or, rather, accurately track how much Nutella, and then cut back elsewhere if that’s where I want to spend my calories. Nothing, after all, is off limits — but as AbsoluteFIT has taught me, you can’t spend the same dollar or the same calorie twice!

—Lydia M.

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New Kid on the Block

via – Hillary Heffner | Team AVAC 


Being new isn’t easy. I’ve had my fair share of new schools, new cities, and especially new jobs. Recently, I moved to the San Jose area after living in the Midwest my whole life. This has been a huge step for me. I’m not only in a new location and at a different job, but I’ve also started to change my lifestyle. So, why did it take me moving halfway across the country to do so? Well, I’ve met some new friends.

I grew up playing sports. Anything from tennis to track and field to swimming, I’ve probably tried every sport it at least once. I didn’t, however, exercise health in other areas of my life. I’m a sucker for potato chips! It wasn’t until I moved to California, and met some great co-workers that I finally decided to make a change.

As a veteran of being “new”, I’ve found a few things that make the transition more comfortable and trouble-free.

1) Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people

Don’t feel obligated to hang out with the first person you meet. Take your time to find friends that give you positive energy and encourage you to stay your path.

2) Start slow

I always end up wanting to go full force, so I feel that I belong. This backfires on me 100% of the time. If you’re new at exercising or eating healthy, start slow and work your way up.

3) Try something new each week/month

Each person is different and has different comfort zones. My challenge to you is to break that comfort zone at least once a week or month. You’d be surprised at things you actually enjoy, plus you get to meet some cool people along the way.

4) Be consistent

This is personally the hardest for me. Again, start slow so it’ll be easier to be consistent. When you find those positive friends, have them keep you accountable for eating healthy once a day or going to that spin class once a week.

5) Have fun!

It is miserable trying to reach your goals when you aren’t having fun. It’s simple. Find that group that meets up every week to go paddle boarding or join a swing class. As long as you are having fun, that should be enough to motivate you to be consistent.

– Hillary

The Secret to a Successful 5k

AVAC® is the presenting sponsor at this year’s Leigh Longhorn Stampede 5K. Why not register for this family-fun event, and see just how rewarding it is to run a 5K? Is it your first time running in one? Read on to discover some helpful tips to prep!

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The Secrets to a Successful 5K

Pick a purpose: Decide what your goal is and keep that in mind during training (and the race itself). If it’s to jump-start a fitness routine or lose weight, you may not be as concerned with your finish time. But if you want to beat a personal best or qualify for another race after your 5K, make sure your training allows for this.

Create a training schedule: Sticking with a schedule like this six-week running guide will help you stay on track without overwhelming you physically. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to train so you can increase both mileage and time while still allowing the body time to rest.

Keep motivated: Whether you decide to run a 5K with a group or find a running buddy to train with, a friend can help keep you accountable. Sharing your goals and scheduling running workouts together will help keep momentum up and ensure that you stay consistent — especially during those times when you feel low.

Don’t do too much too fast: Keep the old saying “slow and steady wins the race” in mind while training. It’s important to not push yourself too hard, too fast — you want to avoid injury so that you can actually get to the race. A good rule of thumb is to increase your mileage by no more than 10 percent each week. Jot down your plan and increase gradually. Motivation is key, but be careful it doesn’t drive you to bite off more than you can chew.

Train in the right gear: Feeling comfortable during the race, and in training, is crucial to your success. Never race in gear — especially shoes — that you haven’t tested before. Run in clothing that is broken in that you know won’t ride up or cause blisters. If you need a new pair of shoes and have time to break them in before race day, go to a running specialty store to get a gait analysis and test the shoes out on a real track. Remember the saying “cotton is rotten” when dressing to train. It makes clothes heavy, sweaty, and wet.

Start strong, finish strong: Positive visualization will help you before the race and during. While you train, picture yourself on the track and tune out any environmental factors. The race will be full of people running right alongside you, so the more you practice this technique, the better your performance will be on the big day. Keep your eyes on the prize as you complete your 5K and keep all of the reasons you decided to do it circling in your head. This will help you feel even more accomplished as you cross the finish line.


Adventures in Activities – Disc Golf @ Kelley Park

via – Jonathan Cebula, Team AVAC®

disc golf2Looking for an outdoor activity that is fun and family friendly? Then look no further than your local disc golf course!

Disc golf was created in the early 1970’s and is played very much like traditional golf, but instead of clubs and balls, players throw a Frisbee or “Disc”. The object of the game is to complete each “hole” in as few throws as possible. The “hole” consists of a metal basket with chains designed to catch your disc. Each hole has various distances with all the obstacles and challenges you would face on a normal golf course; trees, bushes, water hazards, etc. Similar to traditional golf, disc golfer choose a particular disc from a choice of distance divers, mid-range drivers and putters. Most local sporting goods stores sell the Innova “Starter Set” for approximately $25, which contains 3-discs: Driver, Mid-Range, and a Putter. Basic skills are easy to pick-up and “greens fees” are normally FREE at most courses.

Kelley Park in San Jose has recently opened an 18-hole course located in the “Orchard” section of the grounds. This brand new course boosts new tee pads and multiple pin positions at each hole to provide optimal challenge. “Greens Fees” at Kelley Park Disc Golf Course are free, but parking in the park parking lot is $6.

Enjoy an afternoon outside in the sun, throwing some disc and possibly finding a new favorite pastime.


View Local Disc Golf Courses

Kelley Park Disc Golf Course
1300 Senter Road.
San Jose, CA 95112

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Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey | Back on Track(ing)


Without a solid goal in mind, I’ve let my tracking trail off in the afternoons and evenings. Time to re-focus!

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Participant | Almaden Valley Athletic Club®

Confession: I have backslid on my pal. MyFitnessPal, that is.

I’ve tracked my food and exercise on the app, technically, without fail — but not reeeeallly. Not fully. See, I track my breakfast and workouts every single day. I usually track my lunch and snacks up to midday. But in the last couple of months, I’ve definitely let dinners, drinks, and afternoon snacks fall by the wayside.

And guess where I tend to consume the most? Oh yes, dinner … and booze … and desserts. The social time of the day, the one meal where I’m always with other people and don’t want to be bothered with tracking. But that’s no good for my AbsoluteFIT journey; as my coach, Oceana, always says, “You can’t out-train a bad diet.”

I think I do this when I don’t have a solid goal in mind — without a goal, I drift.

So I’ve set a new goal: I want to look and feel glam at this charity event I’m attending/working at the end of May. And I’m going to track faithfully to get to where I want to be. What are your goals?

—Lydia M.

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What’s Your Child Doing This Summer?

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Get Your Camp On!

The summer months can be pretty long if your child has nothing to do while waiting for school to begin again in the fall. Day camp can fill the gap – by helping your child learn a new skill, make friends, exercise, or have an adventure. But day camps aren’t just about preventing summer boredom, they can also help working parents who still need child care for their children.

If you’re on the fence about sending your child to day camp, consider all the benefits of such programs.

The Benefits of Day Camp

  • Day Camps Prepare Kids for Overnight Camps: Attending an overnight camp can be a wonderful experience for a child, but not all kids are prepared to stay away from home for a week or two. Day camps give children the opportunity to experience a camp program, without the worry of homesickness. If your child enjoys a day camp program, it might convince him to try an overnight program in a year or two.
  • They Can Keep Your Child Out of Trouble: Let’s face it, if your tween spends the summer days without much adult supervision, he could walk right into trouble. When left alone tweens may experiment with dangerous behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, or even vandalism. If you’re worried that free time could lead to disaster, consider a day camp program as an alternative. Many city and county parks and recreation departments offer day camps through the summer, for children of working parents. Programs are usually themed by the week, to offer variety and interest to campers.
  • They Offer Skill Building and Enrichment: If you pick the right program, your child’s day camp experience will teach new skills, or introduce your child to new interests. Most regions offer a variety of camp programs, including sport camps, art or theater camps, science camps, adventure camps, music camps, outdoor camps, or even specialized camps for cooking, archery, or film. Sit down with your tween to discuss the choices available, to see what might interest him.
  • They Can Be Affordable: Childcare is never inexpensive, unless you’re lucky enough to have grandparents nearby. But day camp programs can be affordable, if you take the time to research your options. YMCAs, parks and recreation departments, schools, and even service organizations such as the Girl Scouts offer programs at a reasonable price point. These groups often waive or reduce their costs for families facing financial challenges, so be sure to ask about camperships or other programs that might help you afford tuition. Be sure to ask if the camp provides lunch, snack or transportation, as that can increase your overall costs. Camp programs that are offered by museums, or that are privately owned may have very interesting programs, but the do tend to be a bit more expensive.
  • They Offer Flexibility: The popularity of day camp programs and the need for them makes finding a camp that works within your budget, and your calender, pretty easy. Whether you’re looking for a day camp for the entire summer, or just one week, there are bound to be several choices to choose from. Consult local schools, churches, regional parenting publications and other parents to learn about the camps offered in your area.
  • They’re Fun: The main reason you should consider a day camp program is because they can be a lot of fun, and that’s what summer is all about. If your tween has some say about what program he attends, it’s likely that he’ll have a fun experience, and learn a thing or two along the way.

AVAC® Can Help!

What better way to keep your kids active, healthy and happy this summer? With two separate programs, we’ve got something for everyone. Weekly camps run June 15 – August 14.

  • Fun Fitness Kids Camp
    Offers award winning swimming lessons, fitness activities (Zumba, yoga and sport obstacles) and healthy snacks for your camper.
  • Junior Tennis Summer Camp
    Develop your tennis game this summer with 3 levels of AVAC Tennis Camp. From cardio tennis and music to soccer, table tennis, volleyball, swimming and tennis. Healthy snacks included too!