I made instructor of the quarter at 12th street gym

When you love what you do, it’s never work.

 

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Be sure to check out my indoor cycling classes at 12th Street Gym:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 5:45PM
  • Friday 6:30AM

Get there by 5:20PM to be sure you get a seat! It fills up FAST!

 

 

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Painting with a twist with my Fit Fam

Yesterday I joined a few of my Fit Fam from 12th Street Gym for an evening of fellowship, food, wine and painting at Painting with a Twist. Attendees were asked to bring a dish and wine to share with the group. I made a shrimp dip I found on the Whole Foods site and tweaked it just a bit. Served with some fresh veggies and crackers, it was a hit.

  • 1/2 pound cooked, peeled shrimp
  • 4 green onions , roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces Neufchâtel cheese , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt. I used Chobani
  • 1 whole lemon. The zest and the juice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup of cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of sriracha AKA 1 big squirt!
  • 1 tablespoon of Pickled Sliced Jalapenos, 3-5 rings.

The lemon and sriracha set it off!!!

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Shrimp Dip with Veggies & Crackers

I blanched the broccoli and carrots for that nice pop of color and vibrant taste.

We laughed and painted and had a blast! Thanks for the invite, Peanut.

Back to School for Web Design

In 2012, I started in the University of the Arts continuing studies certificate program for web design and development. After several curriculum changes and time commitments taking precedence, I stopped. Earlier this year, I decided to look into what I needed to finish the program.  I discovered it wasn’t the same program. The name had changed, none of the old instructors appeared to be there, and one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken in my life was not even going to count toward my certificate. That and the fact I had to pay a readmission fee was almost enough to turn me off. Alas, my inner smart girl got the better of me. I want to learn to code web pages. Not for a job change or anything, but more for personal enrichment. Since coding has a common thought process, I can see how it will help me in my job in the way I’d write scripts to automate processes and who doesn’t want to make their lives easier.

So, I signed up, paid my fees and I’m in there. Classes start Monday and I’m picking up at Web II.

I’m really excited and nervous at the same time. Yes, I’ve been doing some HTML/CSS since 2012, but to be back in class, behind a computer will be different. My goal is to get more into web development and dive into the LAMP stack with the Server-Side Web Development – PHP + AJAX class.  I hope to learn enough to move this blog over to my own hosted site and maybe learn to make themes or at least make them look and feel like I want them to.

I hope to post more updates as I progress through the class.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

This Ninja is for keeps

As a card carrying member of the Vitamix family, I soon discovered that the little Magic Bullet I purchased for workplace smoothies wasn’t going to be able to keep up with my demands. Today, I ventured out and purchased a Ninja BL600. This bad boy has 1100 watts of power, well over the 250 watts the Magic Bullet was churning out.

The sale price at Target was $111, on sale from $149! I also had a $5 gift card to boot. #WINNING

  
To get back down to my pre-VMware weight, I had to get serious about the calories I’d been consuming and straighten up. Since I’m recovering from shoulder surgery, I don’t grocery shop much & I cook even less. Smoothies are a quick meal and easy to prep for.
Today’s smoothie of the day #SOTD is a veggie blast!

  • Carrots
  • Lemon 
  • Spinach 
  • Strawberry
  • Chia seeds
  • Vanilla whey protein powder 
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Ice 

  
This Ninja is not to be played with. Not a carrot chunk or half blended spinach leaf to be found.  I wish I would have dropped the dollars sooner for a workplace blender! This is worth the investment.

  
So long Magic Bullet!!!

  

Junk Drawer Purgatory!!

Get SMART With Your Goals!

As I’m studying for my ACE personal trainer certification, this post reinforced a very integral part of the curriculum. I think I’ll do this exercise for myself! I have my own SMART goals to create.

Never Give Up FIT. THOUGHTS

Get SMART With Your Goals

by Jordan Holbert, on behalf of all NGU Staff

At NGU we focus on goal- setting as a primary source for motivation and inspiration. Making a goal is more than you think! A goal is great, but will you experience success?

Effective goal setting is very important to achieve fitness results. That is obvious. What may not be as obvious is that the same goal setting techniques that help individuals build muscle, lose fat, and lead a healthier lifestyle can also be used to improve in other areas.

We have all heard famous quotes about the importance of having aspirations. “Make your dream a reality.” Or how about, “A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves as something to aim at”. I bet you have heard this last one at least once in your life, “A goal is just a dream with a deadline”.

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I’m turning a half year older and I’m celebrating

I had a 40 1/2 birthday party a few years ago and guess what, I’m having another half birthday. I’m grown, I eat my dessert before dinner, I can do whatEVER I want to do. My huzzband on the other hand is so sick of my shenanigans! I’m laughing as I type this because he thinks it’s the lamest thing ever.  Well, he’s not invited!  Ole’ stick in the mud!

Anyway, hot yoga is on the menu. I’m having my party at a hot yoga studio with.. you guessed it, hot yoga on the menu. My favorite studio in Philly, Diamond Hot Yoga is where we’re going to get bendy, detox in the heat and retox after the class is over.  We’re having a meet & greet before the 60 minute class. We’re keeping to 60 minutes for all of the newbies that will be trying hot yoga for the 1st time. We don’t want anyone passing out. Then, on to the retox! Wine, craft beer, exceptional cheeses and olives from DiBruno’s, green juices made by yours truly, healthy salads, hors’ d’oeuvres, cupcakes from the one and only Philly Cupcake and plenty other snacks, drinks and foods to keep the yogis happy!

Supporting local business while having a great time with friends and family!

I can’t wait!

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