Balance Virtual Bootcamp– Spring 2013

Balance Virtual Bootcamp– Spring 2013

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Registration is OPEN!

If you’re just now joining us at onbalance and are confused by what I’m talking about, slow down.  Get yourself up to speed by checking out the Balance Virtual Bootcamp info page on my website.

If you know what I’m talking about and want to commit yourself to an efficient, effective exercise program for eight weeks, here’s how you get to the registration page.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a virtual bootcamp but have questions, post them in a comment, and I’ll answer them right away.

Here are some things I’m pretty excited about:

  • Workouts are delivered directly to your email in-box.  How easy is that?
  • Each exercise will be linked to photos and/or video of Yours Truly with modification options, so beginners are very welcome.
  • I’ve set up a private Facebook group for all members of the Balance Virtual Bootcamp 2013.  We’ll use this community to answer questions, provide support, and encourage each other to healthy living.
  • Just registering for the bootcamp puts you in a drawing for $100 at the conclusion of the eight week program.  Who wouldn’t love $100 to spend on a new swimsuit for your new body, just as summer starts?!
  • Participating in the Facebook community earns you an extra entry into the cash prize drawing.  There will be other ways to earn extra entries if you don’t Facebook.
  • All of this support and direction is only $45.  You’re worth the investment!

Good health and great happiness to you!

Virtual Bootcamp: How Does It Work?

Virtual Bootcamp: How Does It Work?

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I’m glad you asked!

No, really, I’ve gotten a lot of great questions since announcing the first Virtual Balance Bootcamp which will kick off April 1st.  And while I’m thrilled that so many of you have asked “How do I sign up?”, I intentionally didn’t include a link to register just yet.

I want to make sure you understand how absolutely awesome it’s going to be.

Here’s what will happen:

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you’ll have a workout delivered directly to your in-box by 5am.  This workout can be done at home, and most can be completed within 30 minutes.  You’ll need a little equipment for some of the workouts, but I’ll talk more about that later (or click the link above to see the list).

Each workout will include a suggested warm-up– this is especially important if you’re a roll-out-of-bed-and-exercise kind of person (lucky you!)– and cool down stretches.  For each of the exercises that make up the body of the workout, there will be a link to a video of how to do the exercise with good form.  There will also be suggestions for how to make the exercise easier or harder, so the workouts will suit a wide range of ability levels.  The exercises are all demonstrated by me, a Certified Personal Trainer, because keeping you in good form and injury-free is of utmost importance.

Furthermore, many of the workouts are done as a series of exercises performed for a set period of time.  This is another way each individual can self-regulate the difficulty of the workout.  As with any physical activity, you need to listen to your body and know the difference between what hurts because you are working and what hurts because there is pain!

I will have a basic physical-readiness questionnaire as part of the registration process.  I urge you to have physician clearance before participating as well.

One of the most exciting parts of the Balance Virtual Bootcamp is that all participants will be invited to join a private Facebook page.  We’ll use this forum to answer questions, cheer each other on, and provide additional ideas for healthy living.  So while the program itself lays out workouts for you to complete, the Facebook community will help keep you accountable.

Those folks participating in the Facebook community or via twitter (#balancebootcamp) or responding here on the onbalance blog will be entered to win a $100 cash prize at the conclusion of the bootcamp.

Let me know if you have other questions.  I want to answer them and use your concerns to make the Balance Virtual Bootcamp the best experience it can be.

Good health and great happiness to you!

Time Marches On

How’d it get to be March?

I sent out my Spring newsletter this morning.  Did you get it?   If not, subscribe here!

I’ll fill you in on the FOUR big things you missed:

1. Balance Virtual Bootcamp Launch– That’s right.  All of your excuses about not being able to work out because you don’t have a gym membership, don’t know what to do, or can’t get motivated are GONE!  I’ll be blogging more about how this bootcamp is going to work in the next few weeks, but here is an overview.

2. Swimming Lessons Registration Coming Up– I know, it’s only March!  But people have been asking me since January 4th to sign up for swim lessons.  So I have set April 1st as the “first wave” of registration.  Contact me to let me know you want to be in that group!  In the meantime, here’s the logistical info for swim lessons.

3. Personal Training Rate Increase– I haven’t raised my rates since August 2011, so it’s time.  (“Boo! Hiss!” I hear you say.)  The good news is that my clients keep their rate for the duration of our time working together regardless of any future rate increases.  (“Wow!  She’s like the FOREVER stamps!” I hear you say.)  That’s a heck of a deal, so contact me to get on my calendar before April 1st.

4. EQUIP Fitness Business Development announcement– I so love what I do that I have decided to help other people follow their work-life balance dreams.  I’ve created a step-by-step web-based program to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of launching a fitness business.  The first cohort starts in September, so spread the word!

Anyone else have big news to share?

Who Wants to Play a Game?

I have so many exciting things going on at Balance Personal Fitness Training right now.  But I can’t tell you about them quite yet.

I can, however, let you go look for them.  You see, I have a new website up.  After nearly five years, the old website needed a revamp, and I’m proud to present this new format.

More importantly, there are two new sections on my website.  One is about my swimming lessons, which up until now have always been advertised by word-of-mouth only.  Now I have all the details spelled out for you.

The other new section is what I can’t tell you about.   I’m not really launching it until Friday.  But if you wanted to go looking for it and report back all that’s awesome about it, I can’t really stop you, can I?

And while we’re talking about making sure you have all the good information, sign up for my newsletter and make sure you stay in the loop!

Superfast Shrimp Stirfry

Superfast Shrimp Stirfry

Ohmygoodness did my kids have the Friday afternoon crabbies yesterday.  It started with The Stowaway crying when we went to pick up her brothers from school– normally her favorite activity of the day.  And when we got to school, The Bear was a mess.  

“Listen to me!”

“I want candy for a snack!”

“Why is it so windy and cold?”

And on and on and on.

Throw in one fantastic meltdown from The Monkey at 4.30, and I knew it was going to be a long evening.

Thankfully, my meal plan for the week included a simple supper.  I’m no fool.  I know Fridays are chaos.

Here’s what I did that was prep-to-plate in 15 minutes.

First, I gathered my gourmet ingredients.

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That’s right.  It’s not always gourmet around here.

I got the water boiling for the rice and threw two bags in the pot.  I set the timer for 10 minutes.

Then I got out my wok (any large skillet would do), turned up the heat, and put about a tablespoon of olive oil in it.  

I put a pound of shrimp in a colander in the sink and ran cool water over them.

When I had 7:00 left on the timer, I dumped one bag of veggies into the wok.  After two minutes, I dumped the other bag of veggies in.  Stir, stir, stir.

When I had 2:00 left on the timer, I added the shrimp and about two tablespoons of sauce.  Stir, stir, stir.

I did end up adding about a tablespoon of cornstarch (pre-mixed in cold water) to the wok to thicken up the sauce right at the end.

At the end of the rice’s ten minutes of cooking, I had a giant wok of stirfried shrimp and tons of vegetables.  Super easy.

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I put a little brown rice into each bowl and topped it with the stirfry.  Not only did I make dinner in 15 minutes, but I got my kids to eat a variety of vegetables they don’t normally eat.

Friday night Mom victory!