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Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey: Batwings, Begone!

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT pro!

15 lbs

Motivation can come from anywhere — even your old family photos!

Remember in Bossypants, when Tina Fey talked about how she was slowly morphing into her own mother, with hips like “bread dough wrapped around a case of soda”? Well … I’ve seen her on TV and she’s in no danger of that. But it was a funny way of describing something we all think about now and then: our genetic destiny.

Me, I’m doing AbsoluteFIT partly to outrun my own genetic destiny — and just being real here, it’s not just about the heart disease and high blood pressure I’m staving off. There are other, primarily vanity-based reasons. For instance: I love and miss my late, beautiful grandmother E. every day, but do I need to walk around sporting her batwings on my upper arms??? I do not.

And so it was with particular pride that I recently had another fitness breakthrough: I did bicep curls and overhead presses with the 15-pound dumbbells. FIFTEEN. POUNDS. EACH.

That is my new normal. Holy crap. I may never wear a shirt with sleeves again.

—Lydia M.

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Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls

via – Mary Ann Smith, Senior Wellness Director | Team AVAC®Helping Grandmother Walk

September 23 is Santa Clara Adult Falls Prevention Awareness Day which promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for adults in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.

Many adults experience falls injuries that prevent them from living safely. AVAC® would like to promote lifestyle adjustments, such as appropriate exercise to improve strength and balance, regular eye exams, improved lighting and removal of hazards in the homes.

Almaden Valley Athletic Club® helps in the prevention of falls with regular classes that help to improve some of the above areas of concern. Our “Just Enough” class, Spring Chickens, mobility, Gentle Mat, Reformer and Barre classes help our members and guests sense the control of their environment. The Board of Supervisors of Santa Clara County proclaimed September 23 as a Falls Prevention Awareness Day, “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls,” and encourages all residents to work with family members and health care providers to identify and address factors to reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

AVAC® offers classes in the group exercise room, Tuesday Wellness Series seminars, and social events to teach members about the importance of mobility so that they won’t have to think about falling. Our Line Dance class last Friday night was a perfect example — by learning new dance steps, our brains are stimulated in a manner that aids in better balance. Do something different. Do something out of your comfort zone. You will increase balance and protect yourself from falling.

-Mary Ann Smith | Team AVAC®

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Here’s That Cauliflower Pizza Crust Everyone Keeps Talking About

Not a fan of cauliflower? It might be time to re-think this amazing versatile veggie!

via – popsugar.com

Cauliflower Crust Pizza


Nonstick spray
2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh basil leaves, optional


  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  3. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.


Spa Water – Your Body Will Thank You

via – Hanna Wares | Team AVAC®

If you’re anything like me, you cringe every time your trainer tells you to hydrate! I really do dislike the taste of water but apparently we need it to survive. Every cell, tissue, organ and joint needs water to work correctly. As many of us know, water makes up more than half our body weight. We lose water on a daily basis, through bathroom breaks, sweating and even breathing. The water in our bodies helps us regulate our body temperatures so on those really hot days it’s important to up our water intake. Cringe cringe cringe!


Orange/Lemon/Lime with Mint

By now most of our members have seen our amazing flavored water in the café. This water has become a life saver for me. Our Café guru Gaby has taken a vision and ran with it. Every day Gaby surprises us with a new design using a variety of different ingredients. Thanks to her I now thoroughly enjoy drinking water throughout the day. If you haven’t tried it yet stop by and try some! If you’d like to create your own here are a few combination suggestions for you to try.

Remember to always wash your ingredients. Start with a little ice in the bottom as it holds fruit/veg in place around the edges. Add ice after every placement until you have reached the top. Add water and a little more ice to firmly hold the design. For a smaller pitcher, add ingredients to the pitcher first and then top up with ice water.

AVAC’s Favorites:

  • Orange/Lemon/Lime with Mint
  • Lemon and Rosemary
  • Blueberries/Strawberries and Basil
  • Strawberry/lemon and Basil
  • Grapefruit/Strawberry and mint

– Hanna





Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey:  It’s Gotta Be the Food

via – Lydia M. | AbsoluteFIT Blogging Pro

Working out is easy. Eating right is hard.

Working out is easy. Eating right is hard.

Working out is easy.

I don’t mean the actual AbsoluteFIT workouts are easy — they’re tough, as tough as you make ‘em (and I like ‘em tougher than a steak grilled up by a vegan). But for me, planning and going to and getting through my sessions is the easy part of fitness: I enjoy them, the class schedule suits my own, and they’re only 45 minutes, a few times a week.

The hard part is staying within my daily calorie allotment, day after day.

I love food — appetizers, bread, fried stuff, all the good summery fare like grilled corn with lots of butter, or ice cream and ice cream-based treats. And I like to drink — there’s something about having a few “pool beers” on a Saturday afternoon (at 150 calories per), or relaxing on the deck with my husband, cocktail in hand (vodka gimlet, 316 calories), or meeting the gals for a couple of glasses of wine (140 calories each). And don’t forget snacks (PSA: Don’t ever go to Trader Joe’s hungry!) and random cheese samples and lattes and “Oh hey, free donuts!”

I don’t think of it as “good” or “bad” — I don’t feel guilt about anything I eat, and as I’ve said before, I’ve come to crave healthier foods and automatically make better choices than I used to. But I have to admit, I’d rather work out five times as much and eat what I like, than work out less and restrict my food more.

So I’ve come to accept that most days, I will be disciplined about my intake — but some days, like yesterday, I will blow it completely (I was within the limit and then … Haagen Dazs vanilla bean ice cream with homemade butterscotch topping happened! It was the darndest thing … and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT.).

AbsoluteFIT is what keeps me evened out — and I’m sticking to it.

—Lydia M. 

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