Let’s get strong.

The Super Bowl is over. Put the chips down.
Valentine’s Day is done. Don’t buy the 50% off chocolate heart.
Summer is sooner than you think…. let’s not get skinny.

Let’s get strong.

Everyday I train clients that want to “tone up”. Many woman fear the idea of strength training because of the notion of getting “bulky”.
It’s not going to happen. You’d have to try awfully hard.
Since becoming a trainer and working with some amazing people, I’ve grown to appreciate the basics of lifting. I’ve found that if you simplify what you’re doing, you’re more likely to get better at it.

Case in point.  Choosing to dead lift, bench press and squat fires up large muscle groups. I love sites like this that breakdown programs for you in a simple push/pull format.

As for me… do I practice what I preach?

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There are tons of woman that inspire me daily to lift heavy and want to become stronger. A movement called Girls Gone Strong is one that I look to often for ideas, encouragement and advice. Check them out on Twitter @GirlsGoneSTRONG. One of the woman in that group, Neghar Fonooni, is an amazing role model of mine and constantly challenges herself in different areas. 
So instead of “toning up” for bathing suit season, let’s get stronger. 
Push. Pull. Lift. 
Back to basics. 
Go. 

Game DAY!

Alright. So I’m a New Englander. I am bias.


That certainly doesn’t change the fact that I love food. I love to eat. And I love cooking for friends while talking to friends and watching football.
This weekend is the mecca for parties if you live in the Tri-state area or New England. Or you love football.

super bowl parties = dips, chips, wings & beer
I am definitely not telling you to shun those things, I am here to give you a healthy alternative to the ruffled lay and thick sour cream dip. SO you should make this and bring it to your next party, whether it’s this weekend or next. 
Unless of course you are coming to my house. Don’t make it. I am.
Heart Healthy Guacamole with Spicy Tortilla Chips

Guacamole
4 ripe Haas avocados
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)y
8 dashes Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1  small onion)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato, seeded and small-diced
Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl.  (I use my hands.)  Immediately add the lemon juice, Tabasco, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Toss well.  Using a sharp knife, slice through the avocados in the bowl until they are finely diced.  Add the tomatoes.  Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.
Serve at room temperature with Spicy Tortilla Strips or your favorite store bought tortilla chip!
Spicy Tortilla Chips
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
Cooking Spray
1 1/2 Tablespoons canola oil
3/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut tortillas in half, and cut each half into 5 strips to form 60 strips.  Divide the tortillas strips evenly among two baking sheets lines with parchment paper and coated with cooking spray.
Brush strips evenly with canola oil.  Combine cumin and red pepper in a small bowl, and sprinkle over strips.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until browned, rotating baking sheets after 5 minutes.
Serve with  Guacamole or your favorite dip!

Have fun, drink responsibly and GO PATS!