Featured Fit Chick – Dee

Dee Thompson

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? —I joined in October 2016. I was looking for a place to do Kickboxing and essentially knew I would come here instead of another place because it was close to my home.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? I am strengthening my upper body more everyday.

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? The camaraderie keeps me motivated. Making myself go to classes, even when I’m exhausted is a big obstacle, but I’ve learned that I will be energized and feel better afterwards.

What is your favorite part of FCE? The laughter that pushes us all through the end of classes! There are many fun and humorous women at FCE and I’m doing great things for my body and health!

What advice would you offer to newbies?  Keep going and ask for help if you need it!!!

In one sentence, how would you describe your experience at FCE.  An enjoyable way to be healthy and have fun at the same time!

Featured Fit Chick – Jolin

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Jolin Wyman

How long have you been a member of Fit Chick Express and what brought you here? I started with personal training at Fit Chick Express two years ago in September since I knew I needed more than a diet change to lose weight, keep it off, and become healthier. I started attending bootcamp in November 2014.

What has been your greatest accomplishment since becoming a member of FCE? It is definitely feeling and looking better at 60 than I did at 50!

What keeps you motivated? What obstacles have you had to overcome? Since losing 20 lbs after joining, I got rid of all my larger clothes. No way do I want to go back to have 3 different sizes of clothes in my closet necessary for weight fluctuations. I’m motivated to continue getting stronger and leaner.

What is your favorite part of FCE? My major obstacle has been the multiple surgeries over my lifetime; the latest September 2015 for a torn rotator cuff. It’s been a long rehab and healing process. That affects how hard and how much I can do on any given day.

 What advice would you offer to newbies?  It’s hard to pick just one favorite! Knowledgeable staff that deals with all the modifications necessary due to previous injuries. The variety of classes offered. All the wonderful and supportive members of FCE and the Facebook community. Lately I’ve been relying on the nutritional support for an overall fitness approach included in membership.

In one sentence how would you describe your experience at FCE.  Make a commitment to start, then come and just do what you can! Everyone has been in your shoes and you’ll find only support and encouragement at FCE!

Why Artificial Sweeteners are Terrible for your Health (Part 2)

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Last time we discussed artificial sweeteners here (Part 1).  Today I’m asking you to examine if artificial sweeteners are negatively impacting your health.

Are You Suffering Health Issues from Artificial Sweeteners?

You might not realize you’re having a reaction to an artificial sweetener.  In fact, most people don’t make the connection, and a tremendous amount of time and money is spent by people sensitive to these chemicals, trying to find out what is wrong with them.

If you have any of the following that is unexplained, it would be worthwhile to take a break from all artificial sweeteners to see if your symptoms change.

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pains
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Vision problems
  • Asthma/chest tightness
  1. Eliminate all artificial sweeteners from your diet two weeks. (Note: If you typically consume artificial sweeteners in caffeinated drinks, you may want to gradually reduce your intake in order to avoid caffeine withdrawal symptoms – which include severe headaches.)
  2. After two weeks of being artificial sweetener-free, reintroduce aspartame in a significant quantity (about three servings daily) and avoid other artificial sweeteners during this period.
  3. Do this for one to three days and notice how you feel, especially as compared to when you were consuming no artificial sweeteners.
  4. If you don’t notice a difference in how you feel after re-introducing aspartame, it’s a safe bet you’re able to tolerate aspartame acutely, meaning your body doesn’t have an immediate, adverse response. However, this doesn’t mean your health won’t be damaged in the long run by this chemical and its breakdown products.

Conclusion

Avoiding sugar is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle.  The best way to eat well is to consume a naturally low-sugar diet based on whole foods.  But many people are still trying to get their “hit” of sweetness from foods that contain artificial sweeteners.  If you are still consuming foods, snacks and beverages that contain artificial sweeteners because you think it’ll help you manage your weight, that strategy may backfire.

In reality, “diet” foods and drinks destroy your body’s ability to count calories and actually promote weight gain. Complicating matters further, artificial sweeteners also appear to be highly addictive.  Using artificial sweeteners will not trick your body into thinking it has had its fill. Instead, artificial sweeteners can increase sweet cravings because your body didn’t get the energy boost it was expecting from that sweet taste.

If you must have a sweetener, please try stevia extract — a safe and natural sweet herb. It is probably best to avoid highly processed stevia-based sweeteners like Truvia and PureVia, as these do not contain the whole stevia plant, which may compromise its safety.

Contributing post from Bobbie Covert~Nutritionist for Fit Chick Express

If you would like more information about Bobbie Covert, or more information about our fitness program for women, visit us at www.FitChickExpress.com.

Welcome Jackie our New Yoga Instructor!

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Jackie began her yoga journey as a student at Fit Chick Express, it was with the inspirational team that she found the missing link in her life. As yoga has shaped Jackie as a mother, wife and friend, it’s been her dream to introduce others to this impeccable workout. She received her 200 hour certification from the Registered Yoga School and continues her learning with classes, trainings and workshops. Let’s unroll our mats and build connections with not only this practice but with our community. Namaste.

Jackie will be starting some new yoga times, starting on the week of October 20th! Mondays at 10:15am and Fridays at 12:00pm! Check our our YOGA page for more information.

To view Jackie’s yoga centered blog, please visit BoYogi.com!

Jackie is a Yoga instructor working at Fit Chick Express studio.  If you would like to know more about Jackie and Fit Chick Express, check us out at www.FitChickExpress.com

 

One Year!

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Body in Harmony is Celebrating its One Year Anniversary with Fit Chick Express

Body in Harmony is honored to be part of such an amazing community of women and wants to thank every member at Fit Chick Express for a spectacular year. I want to send out a special thanks to Angie Schumacher, the owner of Fit Chick Express, for inviting me to come join FCE. These women do inspiring things everyday and they always come out ready to take on the days challenges even when it is a struggle. The women of FCE are vivacious and vibrant and to be part of that is something to be cherished.

Many impactful events have happened in the past year through the support of FCE members. This includes the following. The first annual fundraiser for the Race for the Cure was a great success and this year’s Team Body in Harmony is going to be even bigger than the last! We have set a goal of fundraising $3,000 for the cause. If you would like to join our team this year, go to this link http://convio.komencolorado.org/goto/bodyinharmonysi!

This year we introduced Body Awareness Classes to help people find a better sense of their bodies and how to get more out of their workouts. For those that participated they found how using their feet differently could change how they harnessed their power in their workouts. These classes will continue to be offered at least once a month throughout the year. The classes are limited to small sizes in order to ensure better understanding. To help people get a better sense of what Rolfing ® Structural Integration is Body In Harmony started offering sample sessions throughout the year. This will continue to happen at least once a month. Many people are fearful that Rolfing ® Structural Integration is painful and we want to show you that it doesn’t have to be.

Body in Harmony is excited to announce that this year there will be lots of exciting events as well as new additions to the practice. Some of these include a The Race for the Cure, Client Appreciation Lunch in October, Body Awareness Classes, Sample Rolfing Sessions, The Love Your Body Event, and much more. In the next year Body in Harmony will be adding Cranial Sacral for horses as well as Rolf Movement to the services provided!

Have a grand day and here is to a brilliant second year!

Lauren Harmon Certified Rolfer™ Certified Equine Structural Integration Practitioner Rolfing ® Structural Integration Longmont and Fort Collins Colorado

Lauren Harmon is a Certified Rolfer™ working out of Fit Chick Express studio.  If you would like to know more about Lauren and Fit Chick Express, check us out at www.FitChickExpress.com

Summertime Recipes Series: Grilled Green Beans with Lemon Pesto!

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When I initially volunteered to write something for the Fit Chicks newsletter this month I thought “oh, I can write up an article about a recipe I love pretty quickly. Sure I’ll have one ready for the July newsletter.” Well, I was wrong.  I haven’t had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of the Fit Chicks and I know many of you don’t know me well either, so I’m going to share something with you; I love good food and I especially love to cook!  I think summertime is one of the best times for eating fresh food. There is an abundance of beautiful, vibrant, fresh vegetables everywhere you turn; the farmers market, your garden, the farm stand on the side of the county road, and the produce isle at the grocery store to name a few. The best part is we live in a place where it is easy to find fresh local veggies.  I was at the farmers market on Saturday and took note of the vegetables that were available hoping I could come up with an idea of what to write about and I was also going to a barbeque that day and needed to bring a side dish. I had a few things left from my vegetable CSA I could use, but I was also looking for some inspiration for this article and the side dish. I found tons of greens; kale, chard, lettuce mix, spinach, arugula, and fresh herbs. There were also peas, beans, onions, beets, and carrots. It really made my decision even harder seeing all of these beautiful vegetables.  I finally decided to make grilled green beans with a drizzle of lemon pesto. It was so yummy I thought I needed to share it with you, and it is super easy to make.

Things you will need:

~ Food Processor or Blender

~ Grill (broiling in the oven or toaster oven will work too)

~ Vegetable grill basket

~ Baking sheet

~ Measuirng Cups

Ingredients:

For the Beans

1-2 Lbs of green beans

Olive Oil

For the Pesto

2 cups of mint leaves

Zest of lemon

1- 2 tbls fresh lemon juice

2-4 garlic cloves

1⁄4- 1⁄2 cup of parmesan cheese

1⁄4 cup of plain walnuts

1⁄2 cup olive oil

Salt and Black Pepper to taste

The first thing I did was make the pesto and set it aside until I was ready to grill the beans. Pesto stays good in the refrigerator up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The possibilities for the leftover pesto are endless. To make the pesto add all of the pesto ingredients except the oil to the food processor and pulse for about 1 minute. Then while the processor is running slowly add the olive oil until the consistency is what you desire. You can season with salt and pepper to taste.  When I was ready to grill the beans I turned on the grill to heat up. While the grill was warming up I snapped the ends off the beans and put them into my grill basket. I set the grill basket on a baking sheet and drizzled the beans with a tiny bit of olive oil and tossed to coat. I took the baking sheet and the basket with the beans out to the grill and grilled them in the basket until they were slightly blackened.

Once the beans were done I put them into my serving dish and drizzled with the pesto. Remember with pesto a little bit goes a long way.  Try it and don’t be afraid to experiment with the grilled veggies and the pesto. The measurements all stay the same for the pesto; you can change up the herbs, nuts, and cheese. Lemon is not generally part of a pesto recipe either. My motto is the recipe is just a guideline. Enjoy!

Alicia Houchen is a Fit Chick Express Trainer.  If you would like to know more about Alicia and Fit Chick Express, check us out at www.FitChickExpress.com