Happy July Fitness Mamas,
Happy belated 4th of July to you and your families! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed spending time with your family and friends. With the 4th of July behind us and the rest of the month ahead of us there is still lots of time for fun in the sun with family, friends and neighbors. This months blog is going to be about celebrating all of you Fitness Mamas with fireworks included, to help motivate you and keep you on the path of staying in shape. I would like to challenge all you to get out of your comfort zone and do something different this month. Shaking up your workout from time to time is really important and also helps your body go to a new level of intensity and that increases your results. The following below is about how my clients and I step out of our comfort zone and also had a blast with doing so…and I hope it inspires all of you to shake it up and get creative with your cardio workouts as well as seeing how you can help make your community and other places a better place to live.
At the start of the year I wanted to do some community charities with my clients and friends to help bring awareness to those less fortunate than we are. I also wanted to help my clients train for some events that weren’t to long and show them that they could train for some events and have fun doing so. We did our first one on March 26th, the “Walk 4 Water” it was a 4 mile walk and was just the right amount of time. This fund-raiser was one that was started by someone at our church who had a heart for Africa. I was involved with this charity and provided the exercise warm-up on the day of the walk. This fund-raiser was to help build wells in Uganda, Africa. This was a fund-raiser that is very dear to my heart, because my family and I sponsor a child there and have for 6 years now. The ‘Walk 4 Water’ was created for a need to raise money for the ” Hope 4 Kids Foundation” and we earned $20.000 dollars plus on the day of the walk. We were was able to help build two new wells in Uganda for the people in the surrounding villages in that area. In Uganda people are sick and dying because there is no clean water. By building one well at a time that will slowly change. It was great to be apart of that event and I have now been ask to be on the board of advisors which is very exciting. We will be planning the “Walk 4 Water” for 2012 and I am looking forward to having my clients, family and friends participate again next year. By bringing more awareness to this issue we will be able to help the families and children in Uganda have clean water and live healthier lives because of it. What a blessing to be apart of such a wonderful event, we had a great time.
The next event that I choose to do with my clients was the Surf City Walk/Run on the 4th of July. Once again we worked out hard and prepared to walk the day of the race, it is a 5k walk/run event. This was a local fund-raiser for the Jr. Lifeguards of Huntington Beach, CA. It also was an event that was dear to my heart because my two older boys are both Jr. Lifeguards. This event also uses some of the money raised to help sponsor local children that can’t afford the program and that was dear to my heart, because this year we were one of those families. The least I could do was to give back and rally up my clients & friends to help raise money for kid’s next year that might need the same kind of help our family needed this year. So on the day of the race we gathered together early that morning to help support the Jr. Lifeguard event. We had a lot of fun and instead of walking I choose to run the race that day with one of my clients. This is what I am talking about, getting out of your comfort zone. I did because I am not a runner I am a avid walker, but I this day I was a runner and it felt great! Getting out of your comfort zone isn’t easy, but it can take your workout up a notch and that’s what I’m taking about! So Fitness Mama’s find a local event in your area and train for it. It doesn’t have to be a marathon and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Choose something that is dear to your heart and something you have a passion for.
* THE NEXT EVENT WE WILL DO IS THE SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE… on September 25th 2011… it is a 5K Run/Walk and we are very excited to do this race. I lost my mother and my grandmother both to cancer and so I have a heart for the event as well.
Come join us and do the event… you all know someone or maybe you have your own experience with cancer and want to participate in this race… let me know if you want to be in our group.
Do one thing a day that scares you!
Scripture of the month: Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1
1 ripe avocado, halved and pit removed
1 clove garlic, crushed
juice of 1/2 small lemon or juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp. light mayonnaise
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro ( optional)
freshly ground black pepper
1. Use a spoon to scoop the avocado out of its skin into a bowl. Stir in the garlic, lemon or lime juice, and mayonnaise and mash using a fork to achieve the consistency you want.
2. Stir in the cilantro, if using, and season to taste.
Great for kids to dip with chips, vegetables, spread on a sandwich, or tortilla, Great for big kids too.
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