It’s the beginning a new school year and I feel a great energy and vibe of a fresh start all around. New beginnings, first time goodbyes. I feel for all of you sending your child off to college. Despite our best efforts they grow up. If we did our job right, we put ourselves out of job. As busy as wedding planning kept me, the thing I really didn’t enjoy was when it was over. It was the preparation and planning that gave me some of the best memories. The day itself was pure joy and a happy dance party celebration, just like Erin and Daniel wanted. I am thankful I have another wedding to plan for next spring!
A fresh start is what we all need on a never-ending basis. For even the most committed, adhering to our fitness and nutrition goals aren’t always 100 percent 100 percent of the time. And that’s okay, but now is a great time to refocus, reconnect and get back on track. After a two-week break from LG Boot Camp, I’m anxious to get back and have fun while we reach our fitness and quality of life goals.
LG Boot Camp begins August 25th and THE FIRST WEEK IS FREE. No strings attached, just a welcome back gift, or a chance to see if boot camp fits what you are looking for. I am adding a NEW 7:00AM class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We meet at the Los Gatos Lodge on their 10- acre property. Workouts are indoors if it’s too stormy.
Monday: 6AM, 7AM & 9AM
Wednesday: 6AM, 7AM & 9AM
Friday: 6AM, 7AM & 9AM
Pay for the month and receive a discount of $15 dollars per workout. Drop-in is $20 dollars.
To sign up, just show up! Or go to LGBootCamp.com.
I have never felt better or healthier on the inside since I started our on-line clean eating and fit challenges. Our next challenge begins Monday, September 15th. It will be a 12-day program and I’m working on the workouts, recipes and meal plan now. Details to follow next week!
We all know it’s a balance of diet and exercise to feel our best and live a long, high quality life. PopSugar’s recent article provides good reminders of why we all need to keep moving and sweat every day.
More energy: No, that three-mile run isn’t going to wear you out. On the contrary, research has shown that the more you exercise, the more energy you have. So if you find yourself feeling sluggish in the heat or can’t keep your eyes open when the afternoon hits, try adding a few exercises to your routine.
Disease prevention: Exercise is a cornerstone of any healthy lifestyle, and it can help prevent a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. Not only does regular exercise help strengthen your heart, but it can also alter the type of bacteria in your gut, which may be beneficial in helping reduce inflammatory and other diseases (in addition to helping with weight management). Add to that the fact that exercise sheds disease-causing internal fat and it’s clear that a regular workout routine can keep you on the healthy track.
Mood boost: Stressed, annoyed, angry? Go exercise. The endorphins released when you exercise can help put you in a better mood, which can lead to all sorts of happier living moments, from socializing to a better love life.
Better sleep: Even though exercising can rev you up, it’s the perfect remedy for too many restless or sleepless nights, since it’ll help you burn any excess energy you have during the day.
Increased pain tolerance: A recent study found that regular cardio three times a week significantly increased participants’ tolerance to pain. For anyone who’s been knocked down by post-workout muscle soreness, it may seem surprising that exercise can help you feel less pain in the long run, but researchers think regular exercise could be a possible prescription for people who live with chronic pain.
Better brain function: Problem solving, crafting the perfect email, or nailing a presentation can be easier if you’ve exercised beforehand. The endorphins that pep you up also help clear your mind, so you can think better and smarter.
Food for Thought:
Kale Waldorf Salad courtesy of VegAnnie
This is my absolute favorite salad recipe of all time (so far!). It is my go-to for serving to guests because it’s always a huge hit, and it is so easy to make! For those of you who still haven’t hopped on the kale bandwagon, this is the perfect recipe to start with. The creamy, delicious dressing masks the bitter taste of the kale (especially if you refrigerate for a few hours before serving). Kale is an amazingly powerful superfood. It has been shown to lower the risk of five types of cancers (bladder, breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate), and it is packed with phytonutrients that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress (which causes aging). Additionally, it has been shown to help our cells detoxify! Basically, kale is AMAZING!
Ingredients: makes 5 servings
4 cups chopped kale
1 cucumber, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, halved
For the dressing:
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp water
1. Tear kale into small pieces and place in large salad bowl. Add in chopped cucumber.
2. In a separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Mix thoroughly, pour over kale and cucumber, and toss.
3. Add in walnuts and raisins.
4. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for a few hours (or overnight) before serving.
Have a wonderful day and until next time…