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Ambitious

I’m glad your all excited about the 12 crockpot meals that are coming out this week!  Last night I brought my mom the Sesame chicken one and she …… well lets just say you can see from the picture her plate was clean I wanted to share a little bit with you how these meals […]


5 Foods to NEVER Eat

5 Foods to NEVER Eat

(…and 5 Healthy Substitutes) The world of fitness and weight loss is often confusing, with contradictory information swirling about. I’m going to cut through the confusion and make things really simple for you. Below is a list of 5 foods that you should never eat. These foods will derail your fitness and weight loss efforts […]


……..a defining moment

This past weekend I took a trip down memory lane… (It’s Jen here posting on behalf of Altman Fitness. For those of you that don’t know me I have been a member at Altman Fitness 3.5 years and have gone through weight loss and lets just say all over transformation.)  I was looking at some […]


Blueberry Protein Power Muffin

Blueberry Protein Power Muffin

I am not a baker…. reason being if it’s in the house, I will eat it!  So sometimes its just better not to have baked goods in the house.  But it’s back to school time and we have been trying to figure out what to have as a quick easy snack between school and activities. […]




Bring on the SUN!

Bring on the SUN!

I don’t know about you but I love the sun… When you live in Minnesota you have a very small window of opportunity to really take in the sun for all it’s worth. When I started my weight loss journey I had some blood work done. One of the test discovered that my Vitamin D level […]


Watermelon does WHAT????

Watermelon does WHAT????

Watermelon Has More Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes Watermelon contains more Lycopene  (which is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables it’s pink or red color). Compared to a large fresh tomato, one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene (6 milligrams (mg) in watermelon compared to 4 mg in a tomato) Watermelon […]


Is Laughter really medicine?

Ever notice how when others start laughing… you start laughing?  That’s because the premotor cortical region of your brain is triggered by the sounds of laughter, which causes movement of your facial muscles to respond with sound and prepare you to join in. Basically when something is funny… your facial muscles go into uncontrollable spasm. […]


Did you know this about hugging???

Did you know this about hugging???

Did you know?….. Why hugging is healthy for you Your body produces ample amounts of oxytocin during physical touch such as hugging. The neuropeptide oxytocin, decreases the level of stress hormone is, released by your pituitary gland, is a naturally occurring hormone in your body with incredibly powerful, health-giving properties. Oxytocin quite likely plays a role […]


Healthy June Recipes

Healthy June Recipes

Fitness Oatmeal This oatmeal is packing a powerful ingredient – protein. Mix a scoop of your favorite protein powder into your oatmeal to transform it into a quick and healthy breakfast.Servings: 1 Here’s what you need… ½cup whole grain oats 1 cup water dash of sea salt 1 scoop high quality protein 1 tablespoon chopped […]


Healthy May Recipes

Healthy May Recipes

Fennel, Celery and Green Apple Slaw Here’s a light and refreshing salad that’s filled with healthy fiber. Fresh tarragon, fennel and lemon juice lend vibrant flavors, eliminating the need for fattening, store bought salad dressing. Serve alongside a portion of lean protein for the perfect, fitness approved meal.Servings: 2 Here’s what you need: 2 Tablespoons […]



Healthy April Recipes

Healthy April Recipes

Tropical Chopped Chicken Salad When you lift weights it’s important to get a healthy intake of protein at each meal. Combining chicken and vegetables, like in this tropical salad, is one of the healthiest ways that you can eat. Your fitness results will flourish when meals like this become a regular part of your life. Servings: […]


360 Challenge- The "Snowball" effect

360 Challenge- The “Snowball” effect

As I sit here and write on a beautiful 70 degree spring day, the LAST thing I want to think about are snowballs.  However, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the choices we make can sometimes lead to bigger and bigger habits  very quickly- like a snowball rolling down a hill gathering more and […]


Healthy March Recipes

Healthy March Recipes

Low Carb Spaghetti and Meatballs So you ditched that package of high-carb noodles from your pantry, now learn to love nature’s healthy noodles: spaghetti squash. If you haven’t yet tried spaghetti squash then you’re in for a real treat. A pile of tender spaghetti squash strands piled high with protein and veggie meatballs makes the […]


Enough is Enough!  This is Mike's Story...

Enough is Enough! This is Mike’s Story…

Mike Dewberry decided enough is enough……. he found himself in his early forties gaining weight year after year and just wasn’t happy about himself. As a child Mike was always overweight, the heaviest one in his family.  Although his Mom cooked homemade meals he was often left alone.  Out of pure boredom he reached for […]