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Diary of a Figure Competitor

I’ve always envied people who compete in figure competitions. Actually, maybe “envy” isn’t the right word. It’s more like “respect,” because I know the kind of self-discipline and determination it takes to tackle one fitness goal, and I feel like a competition is more like 100 fitness goals all rolled into one. I got a chance to spend some time…

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

As a former nanny, I used to love breaking out the mixing bowls and stirring up fun in the kitchen mid-day with the kids. Mixing, concocting, and mashing things up to teach them all about healthy snacking. That’s right…teaching kids how to have fun, be creative…AND eat healthy!  Here are a few of my favorite fun ideas anyone can make!…

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Savor the Flavor

March isn’t all about basketball games and The Final Four, it’s also about NUTRITION! March is National Nutrition Month. It is one of my favorite months of the year, a time to check in with yourself and evaluate your eating habits and patterns. I am very excited about this year’s theme set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Savor the Flavor of Eating…

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Take Your Workout With You!

If your excuse for not working out is that you are on the road and travel too much, I don’t want to hear about it. No more excuses, just do it! (I stole that line from Nike. I didn’t want you to think I came up with it on my own). Here is my go-to workout when I’m on the…

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Get Your Calcium With or Without the Cow!

What comes to mind when you think of the easiest way to get Calcium and Vitamin D? …Most of us would respond with MILK! However there’s more to the milk and dairy aisle than just Moo’s these days. Almonds, soy, cashews, coconut, rice, and quinoa, are a few of the new stars filling the dairy shelves. Let’s compare and contrast…

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Fight Back with Fat

February is dedicated to love, but also to our trusty blood pumpers, our heart! The American Heart Association has named February as the American Heart Month in honor of promoting awareness of heart disease. To help prevent heart disease we should eat a balanced diet rich in whole foods. Certain whole foods contain fats crucial to protecting our most important…

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A Few Reasons I Love My FitBit

Working as a personal trainer for eight years, I have always owned a fitness watch of some sort. It’s always good to have a stop watch on hand (pun intended), and plus, they just look cool. My Dad bought me a Fitbit for my 30th birthday and I have been addicted ever since! Why? Well, because I’m of the generation…

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A “Healthier” Treat on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and it’s ok to treat yourself to a little something sweet. After all, moderation is key in a well balanced diet! Try treating yourself to something you can feel good about putting into your body with this simple decadent chocolate recipe. Made with dark chocolate, nuts, and fruit, it’s a treat that provides antioxidants and satisfies…

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If I had only 20 minutes to workout would I? …YES!

I already know what you’re thinking: “Ali you work in a health club! How can you not find time to work out? It’s 100 feet from your desk!” Well, you see, I don’t have a good excuse! On those busy days where there are meetings and deadlines, sometimes my blocked out workout time disintegrates. That said, if I only had…

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Top foods to help you lose weight

At MVP we love to see motivated members participating in classes or tackling the treadmill. Exercise is an important component of overall health, but what you lift to put in your mouth is just as important as what you lift on the weight rack. Dig into each of the five food groups below, and fuel up your body to become healthier…

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