John was on 105.9 TalkFM

We were hoping to get this up last week, but new clients, marathon training, and life got in the way.

If you missed it and want to hear our hour on 105.9 TalkFM with John Mixon a couple weeks ago please check it out below. Thanks and sorry for the delay and missed blog post last week. 

Maria - Chapter 2

Here's our latest update from Maria, unedited and completely her own story. We hope you enjoy. 


It has been a month already since I started with John. I have lost 4 pounds so far. I have gained energy and the desire to want to work out and actually enjoying it. It for once does not feel like a job.

I've been attending 4 times a week with classes and personal training. I've enjoyed the different classes and of the 4 weeks I've gone to the same classes, I've never had the exact same exercises cycle in any class. To me, I feel that is great because your body can never get used to the workout. Now that John has classes every day of the week with the exception of Sunday, my new goal is to attend every day and take Sunday off. I still have yet to try the Zumba class as babysitting is still difficult to come by. It's a work in progress.

As for the low carb diet, it is coming along slowly. The lettuce idea did not work so well for my kids or husband so weve switched to using wraps instead of bread. So far, that seems to be working. Its been a challenge to get my oldest to want to eat healthy foods and often refuses to eat at all if its not chicken nuggets or peanut butter and jelly. We've eliminated all pasta and breads so at least its not available to use. I've still struggled with trying to eat. Lately I've only been eating one meal a day and I know that's not healthy so, I need to work on a better plan for that. We're looking for different ideas on meal plans. Cooking meals for the week, while a great idea, after having the same meal 2-3 times in a week, you tend to get tired of the same thing.

So, while there is still some trial and error on the side of food and the babysitting, I've enjoyed being able to work on my health and look forward to continuing to do so. Still trying to get my husband motivated and that has not been easy on the exercise or food front. Hopefully by me setting an example will eventually motivate him.

Maria

Finding Time to Workout

Finding Time to Workout

Finding time to workout can be difficult. When you are a working mom, it can be even more difficult. I’m not a morning person, so I am not getting up any earlier than I already have to. When I get home from work the kids need snacks, the dog needs to go out, the baby needs to nurse, etc, etc, etc. At night, by the time the kids are asleep and everything is ready for tomorrow I am exhausted. But I still know it’s important to stay fit and I have to find this time somewhere. Rarely can I get a “workout” in. I don’t normally get an hour to do a routine. My workouts come in short bursts, ranging from 30 seconds to an hour (on the rare weekend when all 3 kids and the dog are napping at the same time). Here are my tips to get your workout in, when you don’t think you can. 

  • Playground yoga. Yes, you read that right. Playground equipment actually makes pretty good yoga props. Go into triangle while you are waiting at the bottom of the slide. Modify down dog by putting your hands on the ladder. Use what’s around you, get inspired, go with what feels right. 
  • Make it a game. My kids love doing yoga with me because I’ve made it a game for them. We can play Simon says, the yoga version.
  • Have a dance party. Most parents are sick of toddler tunes, and I really don’t need to hear Elsa and Olaf singing about snow and ice again. Turn on the pop music and show your kids how to break it down. Keep it up and just be silly. The best part about dancing with your kids is that no one cares what you look like and everyone is having fun. More of a raver? Turn out the lights and pass out the glow sticks. The kids will love it!
  • Get outside. I always know when the kids are beyond their breaking point I can take them outside and all will be well (most of the time). Take a walk. Have races. Make obstacle courses and do them with the kids (dog agility kits help make this even more fun). 
  • Run up and down the stairs. I do this when I notice the dog has an excess of energy or when I know he just hasn’t gotten enough energy. I call him and run up the stairs, just to turn around and call him as I run down the stairs. Then we do it all again. Eventually he catches on, but if I carry his squeaky ball or a cookie he’ll keep it up longer. 
  • Lift the kids. Our kids love to be tossed around. I go into a sort of chair pose and they climb my legs while holding on and flip upside down (I’m sure you did this as a kid). Let them keep doing it, and you’ll feel the burn in no time. Hold the kids up and run around making airplane noises (in my opinion this should count for cardio and strength training). 

These are just some of the things I do to stay in shape. Are they proper workout routines? no. Do I always have proper form? no. Do I have fun? yes. Do I have time for this? yes. Any workout is better than no workout.

By Emily

Recipe - Spinach Raviolis

Spinach Raviolis

Do you want homemade raviolis that are easy, delicious, and good for you? These are the ones to try. With Holden’s dairy allergy, there are a lot of things we have to modify or make from scratch. Raviolis are one of them. These raviolis are delicious, and you would never know they are dairy free! Our dinner table was completely silent, and there were no tears during this meal (which is virtually impossible with an almost 2 and almost 4 year old)… and they both asked for more.

I made them 2 different ways, with wonton wrappers and with zucchini (in place of the pasta). Using prepared wonton wrappers & a vitamix cuts the time way back. You could probably use a regular blender, but the vitamix gets the “cheese” super smooth and a perfect consistency. This recipe makes enough to feed our family 2 dinners (1 tonight & 1 for the freezer). 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil and oregano
  • 8oz bag of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 pack wonton wrappers
  • Spaghetti sauce

Braise the tofu first with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Remove it from the pan and toast the pine nuts in the same pan (no need to dirty another dish). Toss everything but the zucchini and wonton wrappers in the vitamix. Slowly turn it to 10 and blend for about a minute. You’ll need to use the tamper to get the spinach fully blended. This is your “cheese” filling. 

Slice the zucchini into very, very thin discs. Using the same pan, cook the zucchini for about 20 seconds, just until it starts to get a little soft. You may need to add more olive oil to the pan. Flip the zucchini and put a small scoop of the filling on half the disc. Fold the zucchini disc in half with the filling inside. Cook for just a few seconds more. Remove the zucchini raviolis from the pan and put them on a plate near the stove (that way they will stay warm, but not get mushy). 

Lay the wonton wrappers out individually. Place a small scoop of filling in the middle of the wonton wrapper. Dip your finger in water (you could use a brush, but why dirty another dish) and wet the edges of the wrapper. Fold it in half like a triangle and seal the edges. Pour a little more olive oil in the pan (yep, still using the same pan) and just a little water (not even enough to cover the bottom fully). Put your wonton wrapper raviolis in the pan and cook for about a minute. Flip the raviolis and cook for about another minute. At this point the water should be evaporated and the ravioli just barely getting a crisp to it. I’ve found that if you don’t let them get that crispness they fall apart. Remove from the pan and place on the plate. 

Serve your raviolis warm with a little bit of warmed spaghetti sauce, yum!

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This recipe used 1 full package of wonton wrappers (about 48), 1 large zucchini, and we still have some filling left. The extra filling is great to use in calzones or strombollis.

See how much she loved the raviolis!

Client Update - Maria Chapter 1

This is a totally new concept for 302 Fitness and we hope that our readers enjoy it. We have asked some clients to voluntarily tell their story in blog form and to blog and update monthly. The first client to offer to try this out is Maria and we applaud and thank her for her openness to share. We are hoping to get a few more volunteers and plan to have different weekly client updates on Fridays in the future. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks and without further ado here's Maria's first post!!!

 

My name is Maria. I'm 4'8" and weigh 178 pounds. I wear a size 16 pants. My health has not always been my top priority, especially after having kids. I let myself go. The problem was finding the time. I don't trust to leave my kids with just anyone. Most gyms would offer daycare but it either had to be at certain times or if your child wandered out of the room it was up to you to get them. To me that just wasn't going to work, my kids are young so therefore the first thing they would do was leave the room to find me. I don't have a support system to help with babysitting so I didn't really have anyone to ask to watch my kids. With my husband being a truck driver, that just added to the issue of not being able to plan.

For the last couple of months, I've felt this urge to want to get healthy again. But my motivation was to also get my husband healthy as his health has taken a turn for the worse with his weight. I knew, I'd have to be the one to start the lifestyle change.  My diet consisted of either skipping meals or eating a quick handful of cereal or anything that didn't require a lot of attention. I knew that would need to change. So I stopped buying the cookies, chips and sodas. I figured that was a good place to start, but it wasn't enough. I was still gaining weight. So I went online and looked for work out DVDs. I figured hey, I can just do this at home. But that wasn't working either. They've been sitting on the DVD shelf.

The final push was when I saw a photo of myself from high school. And that is where John came in. He offered to help me. While I couldn't afford much, I was determined to find a way to get my health back. I'm looking to get started with John within the next week or so and join classes as well. I intend to try every class with the exception of the running, at least for now. My goal is to go at least 3-5 times a week.

While trying to get the sitter situation sorted, I kind of didn't give my husband a choice in a diet change. I'm giving away all the pasta and breads to start. I started making meal plans for the week and making them up in advance so that we couldn't take the easy route when he was in and just go out and grab something or throw something together real quick at home. This is our first week trying this out. Instead of bread, I'm substituting lettuce leaves. While my husband says he's not eating that, I imagine if there's no bread he won't have much of a choice but to use it. We got fresh fruit and vegetables that we can use with the meats we've made for the week. We're aiming for a low carb diet. That seems to be the highly recommended route by many.

I am anxious to see what kind of results I can get. I realize this won't be a temporary fix and it must be turned into a lifestyle. My hope is that with time, I can get both myself and my husband in better shape and offer a healthy lifestyle for our children.