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AbsoluteFIT with Lydia: Room to Move!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT Blogger at AVAC®


I knew I’d like the new space, and I was pretty sure my kid would make me regret bringing him …

It’s rare that I’m completely, totally right about two predictions, but this weekend, I nailed ‘em both:

  1. I had a great time trying out the new AbsoluteFIT studio, and 
  2. My four-year-old staged a mutiny and would not participate in Playology. Even though it looked like lots of fun, and there were kids he knew in the class, and I made some dire threats (e.g. making him eat something other than a peanut butter sandwich for lunch if he didn’t join the class — OH I AM SO MEAN).

So anyway — I really like the new workout space! It’s huge, the non-slippery floor felt good underfoot (and under-face, when I had to lie there for a second after the third minute of plank hip-touches, ay yi yi), and the skylights were a very pleasant surprise when we got down to stretch at the end of the session. It’s a tad echoey, but the natural light and roominess more than made up for that — I can’t wait till we move in for good!

I saw a lot of new AbsoluteFIT participants there, so I’m hoping they keep coming to more sessions. Did you guys go to any of the weekend’s events? How did your kids like Playology or Jr. FIT? Share your thoughts in the comments!

—Lydia M. 

View the AbsoluteFIT schedule here.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.

Make Your Fresh Produce Last Longer With These 13 Tricks

via – popsugar.com

You’ve made the commitment to eat healthy. But there’s nothing worse than loading up during your weekly trip to the farmers market and then forgetting about all your goodies, only to find them languishing limply in your crisper drawer days later. To keep produce fresher for longer, follow these tips.

  1. Some fruits and veggies produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. This gas can prematurely ripen foods that are sensitive to it, so keep ethylene-producing foods away from ethylene-sensitive foods. Avocados, bananas, cantaloupes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines, pears, plums, and tomatoes, for example, should be stored in a different place than your apples, broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, and watermelon. Get a longer list of fruits to store separately here.
  2. Keep potatoes, onions, and tomatoes in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
  3. Store unripe fruits and veggies like pears, peaches, plums, kiwis, mangoes, apricots, avocados, melons, and bananas on the counter. Once they’re ripe, move them to the fridge. Banana peels will turn dark brown, but it won’t affect the flesh.
  4. Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with a little air and sealed tightly.
  5. Citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, and limes, will do fine for up to a week in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, but you can lengthen their lives by storing them in the fridge in a mesh or perforated plastic bag.
  6. Wrap celery in aluminum foil and store it in the veggie bin in the fridge.
  7. Other types of produce such as carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they’re picked, so place these in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridgeASAP (make sure they’re dry since moisture speeds up spoiling).
  8. Cut the leafy tops of your pineapple off and store your pineapple upside down. This helps redistribute sugars that sink to the bottom during shipping and also helps it keep longer.
  9. Avoid washing berries until right before you’re ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
  10. If you like to wash, dry, and cut your fruits and veggies all at once, store them in covered glass containers lined in paper towels. You’ll not only be able to see them — which reminds you to eat them — but you’ll also be keeping moisture out.
  11. If you normally forget to use up fruits and veggies if you put them in the crisper, store your veggies in plain sight in Evert-Fresh or reusable produce bags that mimic your crisper’s function.
  12. Buy only what you need. Go to the market more frequently, or if that’s not possible, plan out your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you know you’ll use.
  13. If you notice any rotten produce, compost it immediately before it starts to spoil the rest of the produce.


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Workout Party at the New Studio!

 If you build it, they will come …

new studioOMG it’s finally happening!!!

This weekend is Spring Into Fitness, the grand opening of the new AbsoluteFIT Studio & Child Care! I’m so excited — and I haven’t even been in the place yet!

The event runs Saturday, April 23, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 24, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a mix of AbsoluteFIT classes of all kinds, plus the new JuniorFit classes, and — of course — childcare. I’m signed up for the 9:00 Sunday Boot Camp with Marie, and my four-year-old is going to try out Playology. I’ll report back on both, of course — I already know I’m going to have a great time, and with my kid, it’ll be either the awesomest thing that ever happened, or he’ll lie on the floor for half an hour and weep brokenheartedly over someone taking the red [whatever] before he got to have it. [headdesk] [weary mom sigh]

So you guys, you should all come! There are so many classes to try — and they’re all free! Plus there are so many giveaways, fantastic raffle prizes, and just general fun and excitement you don’t want to miss.

RSVP for a class or two, and come check it out this weekend!

-Lydia M.

About the Author:
Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now. 

This Trick Can Lessen Your Cravings

via – popsugar.com | DOMINIQUE ASTORINO

Stop Your Cravings Before They Happen With This Dietitian’s Trick

Most of us have faced a craving or two in our lifetime — some of us more than others. But how do we treat them? We spoke to Lisa Eberly, MPH, RD, who has a background in preventative medicine and nutrition. Eberly knows a thing or two about stopping cravings before they even happen.

She takes a psychological approach to treating clients’ cravings. Eberly says the key to preventing cravings starts with something she calls “mindful eating.” And it’s pretty simple, though possibly more challenging to put into practice. “It sounds sort of cheesy, but mindful eating refers to exactly what it sounds like: being more mindful and aware of the food you eat.”

What we love most about this practice is that the intent of mindful eating isn’t to make you feel guilty or like you made a “poor choice.” In fact, Eberly even encourages you to treat yourself to the foods you really want. But the purpose of mindful eating is simply to make you more aware of everything that’s going into your body. We can tend to blindly consume and at the end of the day have no idea what we ate at each meal (or snack).

Here’s how you get started with your first mindful eating practice.

  • Start With a Favorite. Choose a favorite food or a food you really love and have eaten often.
  • Sense It. Observe the look, touch, texture, and smell. Appreciate the appearance and scent of your food, and begin to observe any sensations happening in your body, particularly stomach and mouth.
  • Observe Before You Chew. Once you take a bite, observe the sensation of food in your mouth without chewing. Carefully think about the taste of the food.
  • Go Slow and Think. Chew slowly and pause briefly. Think about the location of the food in your mouth, as well as the taste and texture. Concentrate on how the taste and texture changes as you continue chewing.
  • Pause. Before you swallow, pay attention to the urge to swallow. Do so consciously, and notice the sensation of the food traveling down the esophagus to the stomach. Pay attention to any physical sensation.
  • Feel Grateful. Take a moment to express gratitude for the food, for those who provided it for you, and for how it was made. The concept of gratitude will help in the overall process of mindful eating.

Mindful eating as a practice has very practical techniques you can implement to kick-start your healthy eating and break bad food habits. Eberly recommends the following tips you can implement today.

  • Put your fork down between bites. This will help you be acutely aware of portion and how much you’re eating (and how quickly!).
  • Take at least 30 minutes to finish a meal. Slowing down will allow your body to process leptin, which triggers the feeling of satiation in the brain.
  • Eat when you’re hungry and don’t deprive yourself. This will stave off cravings before they happen. “Deprivation can lead to food obsession,” said Eberly.
  • Focus on eating. “When you eat, do nothing else.” Do you typically eat and snack while you’re working, watching TV, commuting, or focused on anything else other than eating? That’s the opposite of mindful eating. Carve out some time to just focus on your food and how it affects your body.

“Food is a very powerful way to soothe yourself,” said Eberly. But we create these cravings we experience by using food as a crutch and associating food with emotional experiences. Do you always crave a doughnut in the morning because you always get a doughnut on your walk to work? Do you crave popcorn at the movie theater because of a habit?

She said that “cravings can be satisfied by a number of things other than food, which involves tapping into why you’re craving that food.” If you’re more mindful of why the craving exists and how you’re feeling, you’ll be better able to stop in the future. And if you’re finding that your cravings are stress related, try these tips for alleviating stress and anxiety, or try foods with these stress-reducing minerals.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sheila Gim