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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. 

www.avac.us

 


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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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So Long to Going It Solo!

AbsoluteFIT keeps you from going nuts out there on the road alone …

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Remember I said I’m training for a half-marathon? That means I’m doing a lot — a LOT — more running these days. Now — running is a great fitness activity, if you’ve got the knees for it, but it is also an essentially solo activity, at least for me.

I don’t run with a partner; I don’t like worrying about pacing or distance or sometimes having to walk and expecting them to do exactly what I want to do — and I don’t mind being alone with my thoughts (I don’t run outdoors with music; I think earbud-wearing while running alone is unwise). But it can be isolating, and occasionally lonely.

So it was with great happiness that I went to Marie’s 9:00 AbsoluteFIT Strength and Endurance session on Tuesday — my people were there! My workout buddies, my comrades! It was wonderful to be back among friends, everyone working at their own level toward their own goals, TOGETHER. I’ve discovered along the way that one of the best things about AbsoluteFIT is this camaraderie — and I’m so glad I have at least a couple of sessions per week to mix into my training schedule. Wouldn’t give this up, no matter what!

Better, stronger, faster together, with AbsoluteFIT! 

—Lydia M. 

www.absolutefit.us

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.

 


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Getting Out Ahead of a Known Obstacle — With Your Ally, AbsoluteFIT!

Help yourself, even when the plan is to treat yourself.

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Somehow I’d missed it, despite the half-dozen emails, group texts, etc. Or maybe deliberately ignored it, whatever — but it’s happening anyway, and right here in my own house: Girl Scout Cookies are coming!

We dealers are reminded: Don’t get high on your own supply. And I have been very, very successful at my 2017 goal of reducing my sugar intake — it was out of control, and now it’s in healthy moderation. Yay, me!

But the thing is, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. this morning thinking of Tagalongs. They are my kryptonite. And I must be realistic about what my life will be like during cookie season.

Which is where AbsoluteFIT comes in. I’m planning ahead: a few extra workouts (building calorie-burning muscle!), the support of my trainers and workout buddies, the discipline I’ve developed through AbsoluteFIT to savor a few of those little demons-in-cookie-form instead of inhaling the entire box at once.

Who’s with me?

—Lydia M. 

www.AbsoluteFIT.us

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.


 

 

 


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Here I Go Again … and AbsoluteFIT Is Coming With Me!

How do I get myself into these things … and why AbsoluteFIT is my secret weapon. 

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I tend to put my Bad Idea Jeans on in the doldrums between Christmas and mid-January … that’s when I came up with the idea of doing a half-marathon four years ago (when I was a spring chicken of just 39), and apparently, I’m doing it again.

Yes, all that running, all that training, all those tiresome schedules and disgusting Gu packets and waist-belt water bottles … again. But this time, I’ll have a major advantage: It’s both a part of, and a beneficiary of, my AbsoluteFIT journey!

I’m so much fitter this time around than when I started last time, though I’m four years older. I’m stronger in my legs, core and back, not to mention my arms and chest. I’ve got more endurance and drive, more confidence that I can do this and no matter what my time, it’ll be fun.

And this time, I won’t just be running — I’m going to balance it all out with AbsoluteFIT. Pilates on my no-run days (just took an awesome Essential class with Jenny Jones today — can’t WAIT to go back!), and either Strength & Endurance, Boot Camp, or Core on my “cross-train” days. I love how flexible AbsoluteFIT is — I can always make it work for me, and I’m looking forward to leveling up as I get ready for this race.

What are you doing this spring, and how can AbsoluteFIT help you achieve your goal?

—Lydia M. 

www.AbsoluteFIT.com

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.


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Let Us Help You LOVE Your Liver!

Members and Guests are invited to join us at the upcoming “Love Your Liver Detox” beginning February 13 at AVAC®. A 14-day detox including a ‘pre-cleanse’ week to slowly wean off forbidden foods. An ideal way take charge of your health in 2017!

via – Laura Hsu, AVAC® Nutritionist

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Happy New Year! With the holidays behind us, and all the indulgent eating and drinking that went along with them, many of us are looking to reset our eating habits, start the new year on the right foot nutritionally, and let go of some not-so-healthy habits.

How Do I Do This? One way to kick-start your way to better eating is to participate in a gentle, safe cleanse or detox. During a detox, many common allergenic foods, as well as food bandits (foods that have no nutritional value but rob our body of stored nutrients, such as processed foods and refined sugars) are eliminated for 2 – 3 weeks. Foods to add include healthy whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, non-glutinous grains, nuts and seeds, clean proteins such as hormone-free chicken, grass-fed beef, cold-water fish and organic eggs, as well as healthy fats. During the cleanse, breakfast and lunch are replaced with a protein shake that contains liver-supporting nutrients as well as vitamins and minerals, and dinner is a healthy, balanced meal. Some choose to have their meal at midday and have the shake in the morning and evening. Healthy snacks are encouraged.

Why Detox? We live in a different world than generations before us. Today’s industrialized world exposes us to more chemicals, drugs, herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and food additives than ever before. The body has amazing processes and organs for detoxification, but as the total body load increases, our detox mechanisms may not be able to keep up. Obviously, we cannot eliminate our chemical environment overnight, but we can minimize exposure to chemicals and additives in our food, water and skin care products. Choosing the right foods and adding liver-supporting nutrients can go a long way to reducing the burden on our liver and detox systems.

Invaluable Tips: Whether you participate in a formal detox or not, below are some tips for adopting healthy habits this new year and help improve the elimination of toxins:

  • Drink water (6-8 cups per day, or half your body weight in ounces)
  • Exercise to help you sweat regularly and improve lymph flow
  • Increase fiber intake to help with elimination and gut health (high-fiber foods include beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds)
  • Eat more fermented and/or cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and yogurt to proliferate healthy gut bacteria
  • Include foods that help the liver detoxify, such as beets, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, etc), lemon, and sulfur-containing foods such as onion, garlic and eggs. Botanicals such as milk thistle are also wonderful for the liver.

Sign Up For More! For those looking for a guided detox with extra support and nutrition advice along the way, I’m hosting a detox from Designs for Health beginning on February 13. This is a 14-day detox, but we are adding a pre-cleanse week to slowly wean off forbidden foods such as sugar, alcohol, caffeine, gluten and dairy. We would love to have you join us, and your liver will thank you!

Visit www.avac.us/Nutrition for more information and to register.

In good health

-Laura Hsu, N.C. • AVAC® Nutritionist • LHsu@avac.us