Scott

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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This is a little bit of a different kind of success story than is normally on here. But its a great one regardless! Scott is one of my one on one clients and came to me after losing a lot of weight asking me to help him put on muscle mass especially in upper body and arms. I would say he did a good job! He had never been in a gym before and since we started, he has gained 2.75 inches in his arms and 3 inches in his chest! Awesome work Scott! PS. Scott is 50 and he looks this good! Dedication=results!

Quinoa and Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

Posted: December 12, 2012 in Food

QuinoatomatoesThese things are AWESOME! I was so impressed by these I wish I had 4 more. This recipe is packed with protein and so good for you! I suggest using them as a side to dinner… but ill be honest. I used them AS the dinner. They are hearty and pretty filling with just enough bite from the lemon juice and the herbs. The quinoa mixture itself was good and can be kinda used as a “salad”, but when put into the tomatoes all the flavors just came together! Try them out for yourself. They don’t take that long to make… with a few short cuts. Also… Allspice?! Yes, put it in there… it makes it very tasty :)

Tips:

Purchase pistachios that are already shelled

Any time that you can use a blender to “chop” something… do so. That way you don’t have nuts flying all over your kitchen

Use REAL herbs, not dried ones. Makes a difference

Heres the recipe!

4 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa uncooked
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 cup purple onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 t. ground allspice
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 T olive oil
1 6oz can tuna in water, drained
2 T chopped pistachios
Rinse and dry tomatoes. Cut off tops of tomatoes then cut out flesh leaving a cavity large enough to fill with tuna mixture.
Make quinoa as instructed on package. Spoon into a bowl, add parsley, onion, cilantro, and pistachios. In separate bowl combine lemon juice, allspice, vinegar and olive oil and blend well. Add to quinoa mixture, toss well, add tuna and toss gently.
spoon 1/4 cup quinoa mixture into each tomato. Serve on bed of mixed greens.
Hope you enjoy!

First thing, Its time for another month of bootcamp! If you havent tried us out yet, WHY THE HECK NOT!? Ill even give you a free week to see if you like it! Get your butt in there!

Second thing, I just wanted to briefly touch on before and after pictures. (I will put mine here as an image) These are 6 months apart of hard work from… you guessed it… my very own bootcamp on myself. (Im not just the owner… Im also a client and a success story!) Before and after photos are so important for you… and your mental health. they will show you where you started and, in a certain amount of time, how far you’ve come! Now… im sure lots of you are saying… “I don’t want to take pictures of myself in my underwear.” Well, ok, you don’t HAVE to. Just let me tell you then that you cant complain and say “im not seeing any results” especially when other people are telling you how different you look. These give you the proof and they are shocking and motivating. You see yourself EVERY DAY in the mirror. These changes take place gradually and over time. You probably wont see these changes day to day, but in 6 months when you take more you may just be surprised! Now, all those changes take place with hard work, good diet and dedication. But you can do it! Let me tell you, if i didn’t take these pictures I probably would have told you I didn’t see a change. But on the 6th month date I checked and there it is! The change I wanted to see! I lost body fat % and gained muscle mass in all the important places! (don’t worry ladies… you wont hulk out. I am in fact a man with more testosterone and have the tendency to gain more muscle than you generally will :P )My point is, ESPECIALLY TO BEGINNERS IN THE CAMP, take before and after pictures and work hard. You will be very happy you did. Also, these pictures and success stories don’t hurt my reputation :p so take them and share them! Who knows. Maybe you’ll be the next bootcamp success story! Please check out the SUCCESS STORY tab on the top of this web page for AMAZING success stories that blow me away and give me motivation. Keep it up guys and Ill see you all in the gym! Lets make this month a good one!!!!

 

Balsamic Marinated Mushrooms

Posted: October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 


So easy to make and so tasty. This literally took me 2 minutes. These little suckers are so tasty and you can put them in anything that you put mushrooms in. They just have a little extra sweet zest of the balsamic vinegar. I put them in my omelets and salads primarily. All you need to do is….

Get a jar. Get a pack of mushrooms. You’ll also need balsamic vinegar and rosemary. Stuff the mushrooms in the jar until you cant fit any more in. (these will shrink down overnight as they absorb the vinegar) Take about a handful of rosemary and put it in the jar with the mushrooms. Next, add balsamic vinegar. Now, you don’t need to fill the jar! Use just enough to cover a little more than the bottom of the jar. Trust me! Its enough! Put the lid on and shake it up! Place in the fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning with your eggs (thats my favorite way :). I used little mushrooms but you can use big mushroom strips as well with the same effect. Just another way to enjoy mushrooms!

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Food

At first glance they dont look like too much… but let me tell you, these things are SUPER tasty! They just look kinda weird because they are all stuffed together in a small baking dish. However, the flavor that comes through is not small. A little bit bitey… a little bit like chilly with that sweet cooked peppery taste and surprisingly hearty thanks to the quinoa and the beans. One or two of them are a great side. Give them a try and let me know what you guys think! Special thanks to Melinda for giving me the recipe!

1 cup quinoa
2 tbsp butter/olive oil
1 med onion
48 oz can diced tomatoes, drained and juice reserved
can of black beans, rinsed
1 jar salsa (mild, medium, or hot! Your choice)
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp sherry
4-6 red peppers

Cut red peppers in half long ways. Steam red peppers til soft but not limp. In a separate pan, cook quinoa per package directions. Meanwhile, in another pan saute onions in 2 tbsp butter until soft and add brown beans. Cook until onions are translucent. Add the diced tomatoes (reserving the juice) and the salsa. Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 2 Tbsp sherry and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and fold in quinoa. Place peppers in a baking dish and fill with the stuffing. Add reserved tomato juice to any remaining stuffing and place around the outside of the peppers. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Just some side notes from when I made them. DO NOT underestimate the steaming part of the peppers… watch them. I let them go for too long and they did get kinda wimpy (next time i would like them a little more crisp) AND keep a close eye on them because even though you are steaming them they can still burn. I had to cut a layer of burnt off the bottom of my peppers. Easy to do, but annoying. Also, I only uses 1 24 Oz. can of tomatoes and it made PLENTY! So… your choice.

Super tasty and pretty darn healthy too! :)

BRING A FRIEND NIGHT!

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Thats right! Monday is bring a friend for free night at bootcamp! Talk to your friends, your family, co-workers, random people on the street. Heck, even bring your enemies! (its could be a great way to get back at them) Anyone that has ever said… “I want to get in shape.” or “I should really do that.” NOW IS THE TIME! If you dont have a friend in bootcamp yet… YOU WILL. Come Monday at 6pm and you can be my friend. Lets start the week out right!

Just wanted to share this article from “Primal Toad”. Its amazing how well you feel by just doing these things! Strange but true. I used to do all of them every day and it was great! Got to get back to it!

Check it out! Try them!

http://primaltoad.com/amazing/