Summer is just around the corner, which means time to pull out that bathing suit from last season and see if it still fits. Preparing for shorts, sundresses, bikinis, and hot days on the beach we all want to look and feel our best. If you are looking for the perfect “GET READY FOR SUMMER” Workout or just want to take your fitness level up a notch, PEAK 10 is the program for you.
Tomorrow we are starting a 6 week PEAK 10 SUMMER CHALLENGE at Breakthru Fitness in Pasadena, CA. If you don’t live in the area or can’t join us at the gym, Michelle Dozois (the Creator of the Program) has developed an online forum with virtual support so you can follow along at home.
Join the “at home” PEAK 10 SUMMER CHALLENGE on Facebook. And, if you do not already have the full Peak Fit System Kit, you can purchase it at www.peakfitsystem.com. Or buy the lastest DVD’s Michelle just released at www.michelledozois.com. These three DVD’s would be the perfect combination to getting a strong and lean body, feeling sexy, healthy and ready to take on the summer! Click on the images below to order or see previews of the new DVD’s.
Peak10 Cardio Strength Remix ~ a metabolism boosting strength training & cardio sequences.
CARDIO INTERVAL BURN ~ cardio sequences that use a variety of movements from athletics, kickboxing, calisthenics, and aerobics.
BodyFIT 360 ~ a cutting edge, bodyweight and dance-conditioning workout for those looking for a new and challenging way to feel strong, flexible lean and fit.
Spring has officially arrived! The beautiful, breezy, warm California weather has inspired me in many ways, especially in the kitchen. This weekend I cleaned out the fridge and the pantry of all of those not so healthy culprits still hanging around from the Holidays, and then went to the Farmer’s Market and stocked up on tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, bright aromatic herbs, beautiful spring flowers, and enough spinach to feed an army! I am a salad girl…I have some type of salad almost every single day. But to keep myself from getting bored with eating the same old thing, I am constantly changing up the ingredients and utilizing what is fresh and in season to give my taste buds and my body a little healthy variety.
Right now, I am addicted to this delicious Spinach Salad with black beans and Seared Tuna. It’s simple, easy, and fresh but packs huge flavor and spice.
SPINACH, BLACK BEANS & SEARED TUNA SALAD
- 4-6 oz fresh ahi tuna (or any fish you prefer)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup cooked black beans
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 lemon
- 1 jalapeno (optional if you don’t like spice)
- 1 small avocado
- 1 handful of fresh cilantro
- 2 tbsp of non-fat greek yogurt
- olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
I marinate my tuna for a few hours in the refrigerator if possible with a little olive oil, lemon juice, sprinkle of salt and pepper, and rubbing in 1/2 diced jalapeno and chopped, fresh cilantro. Before cooking the tuna I prepare the salad. In a bowl, mash ripe avocado with fork. Mix in greek yogurt, diced tomato, 1/2 diced jalapeno and fresh cilantro (tastes just like guacamole with the added benefits of protein, probiotics and calcium). Sear your tuna on high heat for just a few minutes on each side. Place spinach on large plate, top with cooked black beans. In the center dollop the avocado mixture and place cooked fish in the center. Squeeze lemon juice over the salad….and VOILA!
Our lives are inevitably faced with periods of transition, adversity and challenge…that is what makes Life, Life. It is at these crossroads where you must decide to live your truth, to face your fears, and to create positive change for yourself. Deciding which path to take on that journey can be extremely difficult and often times feelings of fear, sadness, or uncertainty take hold. I find myself in a transition period professionally, personally and emotionally; and that feeling of “not knowing” can be overwhelmingly scary. Today I am struggling to let go of something that has been a big part of my life recently, but I know in my heart it is not meant to be. So, to all of you who also need a little extra strength today….We are Beautiful Fierce Warriors and we can overcome any adversity. Listen to your heart, follow your truth, fill your soul with courage and you will find the strength to live your dreams… COURAGE MY LOVE!
One of my many goals for this year, is to really tune-in and listen to my body…its needs, its wants, its desires. And one thing I have recently discovered about myself, is that the way I start my morning does strongly impact the rest of my day. In recent months, I have given myself 10 extra minutes to wake-up, be present and take a little “me” time before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. A few months ago, I read a post on energizing yourself first thing in the morning while still in bed, before your day starts, through a series of very intentional breathing exercises. While I have been practicing the breathing technique for several months now, I discovered this morning that the rhythm and pace of the breath also makes a huge difference in the overall experience for me. Today, I needed to feel a little extra energy… so it was strong, fast-paced breathing that I needed. While other days I seek a sense of calm or peace and find the very slow, methodical breathing does the trick. Give the Breath of Fire a try and see what works for you!
Below is an excerpt from The Well Daily, one of my go-to resources for inspiration and information in all things wellness:
It’s called Breath of Fire, and all you have to do is pair a few vigorous inhales and exhales with a subtle, fast-paced contraction of your abs. In less time than it takes to get up and turn on the coffeemaker, Breath of Fire will warm your body and cleanse your system. Plus, taking a minute or two to focus (instead of springing out of bed at the first ring of the alarm clock) will send you into your day feeling calmer and happier.
Sit comfortably and try this to raise your internal thermostat.
- Take three deep breaths in and deep breaths out.
- Inhale through your nose.
- Exhale the air out of your diaphragm forcefully through your nose, pumping your navel center in toward your spine.
- Strongly inhale through your nose, again strongly pumping your navel center in towards your spine.
- Repeat at an even pace for about a minute.
As you get used to it, try increasing your speed. If you start to feel light-headed, scale back—you should feel nothing but invigorated and totally ready to make the most of your day.
You can check out the entire post on Breath of Fire, here!
For those of you who live in the Pasadena Area, the Peak10 summer session at BreakThru Fitness starts in just a few short weeks. Registration is this Friday, April 13th @ 5am. This program was LIFE-CHANGING for me in so many ways. Something to consider if you are looking to take your health, fitness and wellness to the next level. I have to admit, I am anxiously counting down the days until it starts again. Yes, I am on the flyer for this session… humbling and slightly embarrassing, but so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in such an innovative program supported by truly amazing health professionals!
Lately, I have been reading about the health benefits of lemons and drinking lemon water. An idea which at first glance didn’t seem too revolutionary to me. I grew up with a slice of lemon in every glass of water or iced-tea, and with a grandfather who instead of ordering us soda at restaurants, would order water for the table and a plate full of lemon slices. He would then squeeze the lemon juice into our water, add a touch of sweetener and we would have fresh lemonade. Looking back, I now know a lot of it had to do with him being, shall we say frugal. But as it turns out it was also a lot healthier than ordering a soda. Lemons pack a powerful kick; they are a low-calorie fruit with numerous health benefits. They are high in vitamin C, have good levels of potassium, and are a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid and anti-oxidant phytonutrients. So, what does all of this mean? Here are just three amazing reasons to drink your lemon water:
- Aids in Digestion: High in dietary fiber and citric acid, lemons help flush you out. They have also been associated with improving liver function and dissolving kidney stones.
- Clear Skin: Lemons have been said to help purge toxins from the blood, maximize enzyme function, stimulate the liver, and aid in detoxification. All of which can help keep skin clear and radiant.
- Hydrate & Energize: Water with lemon provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants and electrolytes (such as potassium, calcium and magnesium). Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid and anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been known to help energize.
All of this sounded great to me, so I jumped on board. It seems one of the tricks to benefiting from lemon water is to drink it first thing in the morning before you have had any other food or beverage, and especially before you reach for that first cup of coffee. Here are just a few ways I have incorporated lemon water into my daily routine:
1. First thing in the morning. Boil a teapot of clean water. I drink mug after mug of warm water with at least half a lemon squeezed into the cup. If you aren’t a big fan of lemon, I would suggest starting with just a bit of lemon and working your way up to half a lemon per cup of warm water. Still not working for you? Perhaps try adding a dash stevia to sweeten it up a bit.
2. I carry a large re-usable water bottle with me everywhere I go, so I have simply started adding a few large slices of lemon in the morning. And will drink it through out the day.
3. On those rare days that I know I will be home for a long period of time, I load a pitcher with filtered water and simply add slices of lemon, cucumber, mint and sometimes orange. It is delicious and refreshing!
I am by no means a health expert, so if you would like to learn more check out these sources:
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After a very hectic weekend working like crazy, I needed to get outside and remind myself: