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SMASH!

-via Lydia M., AbsoluteFITness Challege 2.0 participant

Sometimes the most fun things are also really beneficial, fitness-wise.

Here’s a slo-mo video of me smashing the 20-lb smashball — I only did it once for the camera, but Marie had us doing it over and over for 50 seconds at a time in last Tuesday’s AbsoluteFIT class, and BOY does that work out both your core and your aggression!

-Lydia


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A Tale of Two Quizzes

Turns out, “I eat pretty healthy” is just, like, my opinion, man. 

At the beginning of the AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0, we were all asked to complete two quizzes — one about our physical activity, and one about our nutrition situation. I thought I was a pretty healthy eater, in general, in that I don’t eat a lot of junk and I do hit most of the major food groups most of the time. But get a load of these:

See, I’m doing great with the exercise — yay me! But as you can see, I am woefully inadequate in the nutrition department. I don’t eat nearly enough vegetables, my plate doesn’t have enough color, I eat too much processed food. A person could despair of this, or — a person could take copious notes at the nutrition session led by AVAC’s own Laura Hsu, and put the things they learned into practice.

And that’s what I’ve started to do — I’m eating fruit three times a day, I have a crisper full of things like carrots and spinach and cabbage (which, yes, I’m incorporating into my diet), I’ve cut way back on sugar, I’m vindicated in my love of pickled and fermented foods (Laura says they’re good for your gut) … it’s a work in progress that’s definitely working, and I have the support I need to keep learning how to do this better.

What are your challenges? How are you working to get more nutrition into your life?

—Lydia M. 

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A Challenging Week, Indeed!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0 Participant

I’ve eaten more spinach this week than in the last year. You?  

   

AbsoluteFITness Challenge 2.0 Update:

OK, first the good news:

  • One week in, the needle has already moved on the scale.
  • I am pleasantly sore from all the workouts.
  • I wouldn’t say I have more energy yet, but I’m sleeping better.
  • I have a sense of accomplishment, and it really feels good!
  • The teamwork among my fellow challenge participants is awesome and makes things so much fun; I never knew it would make this much difference, but it does!

Now the not so good news: I AM SO TIRED OF TRACKING MY FOOD ALREADY.

I am glad that this challenge is for 28 days, which I’m hoping is enough time to change my routines and make a habit of this, because right now? I just … do not like doing that. But it’s the only thing that keeps me honest: Why didn’t I have a second beer the other night? Because I’d have to put it in the tracker. Booooooo.

Challengers and anyone else working toward a goal: How are you doing?

—Lydia 


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Gotta Start Somewhere

via – Lydia M., AVAC AbsoluteFIT Contributor

We’re doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge 2.0!

Friday night, we got together in the Cafe: a group of the people who are doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge. We learned what to expect, we got some kickoff advice and some schwag, and we got to meet our fellow challengers.

Each of us has our reasons — and I’ll be telling others’ stories in addition to my own. Each of us has our goals; mine include major changes in my nutrition situation. Each of us will be going for a personal best.

And me?
I’m gonna be writing about it, every step of the way, starting with … this: 

Work with me, people. And if you’re doing the challenge, share your thoughts — we can all do better if we work together!!

—Lydia M. 

www.avac.us


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AbsoluteFIT Outside the Studio

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT @ AVAC®

When the going gets rough, ask your trainers for help! 

with-jackie

There’s something really, really, bad wrong with my ankle — x-rays didn’t show a break, but it hurts and I can’t run on it, so of course I’m still going to AbsoluteFIT sessions (the trainers can work around any condition, believe me!), but I also want to keep training for my half-marathon without permanently ruining my body.

I happened to mention this to AbsoluteFIT trainer Jackie Vail, and she suggested water jogging, which I’d never heard of; then, after I’d checked it out online and realized I needed help, she graciously agreed to spend a little of her own free time to demonstrate some moves in the pool and get me started.

People — Jackie knows what she’s talking about! (You should go to the AbsoluteFIT sessions she teaches, plus she will school you one-on-one as a personal trainer). That was some workout! For the first time, I think I might make it to this race.

The takeaway: For anything fitness, health, or nutrition-related, you can rely on your AbsoluteFIT coaches — ask them today!

—Lydia M.

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.