All Posts by Nancy Carlson

Don’t Quit on Fitness

It has become very clear to me, especially over the past 8 weeks, that the traditional fitness model is not what we think it is. If it was so good, why are so many people struggling to figure out how to exercise.

Here is what I have seen from talking to other gym owners over the past few weeks...

  • Walking is the only cardio most are doing
  • Coaches struggle to strength train without weights
  • There is zero thought towards flexibility and mobility
  • People are feeling alone in their pursuit of health
  • Minimal talk about recovery
  • Some have opted to put all their training on hold until life returns to normal

That fitness model is not working.

If it was, people would not be struggling trying to figure out how to exercise.

What is apparent these days is that people, need people. The family at Cr8 Fitness is valuable to each part of our being: mind, body and soul.

NO SURPRISE with Me.

Here is an example of the types of things the Cr8 Family peeps tell me. I hear this expressed a lot which makes me believe the traditional model is losing a lot of people. People are losing out on overall health when it should be top on our list during this time.

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“I feel so much better after doing it. Even on a Friday after working all week, I know I will feel better after training plus I like seeing all of you. I like it when its live.” (as in training on Zoom live) – Lindsey

“I keep coming because I need to release all my frustration and the laughter I have is the best thing for me. I love my gym buddies” – Jeannie

“No matter what group I train with the people are always great. It’s great to be in this gym, even this gym (the Zoom training gym). Its great for stress. I am always happy to get it done and I always feel better at the end day getting the exercise in.” - Lucille

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If traditional fitness is not working for you, I would enjoy helping you. Here are 2 ways we can get teamed up to get started.

1. Join the Cr8 Fitness Family < == Don’t wait for things to get back to normal.

2. Email me (nancy@cr8fitness.com) < == And let’s see what's working and what's not.

I am proud of the Cr8 Fitness Family. I’ll take you guys anywhere. Thank you. Thank you for being different. You are special. You are the kind of people who understand how important it is to keep showing up, training and taking care of yourself. In doing that you’ve helped others to do the same. Let’s keep on spreading the love.  

Whatever You do.... Don't Quit on Fitness. It's YOUR BEST MEDICAL INSURANCE.

Look forward to hearing from you

Have a great weekend,

Coach Nancy

I am confident that we will be opening soon. Our Cr8 Family has been wonderful and you are so amazing. You've supported us beyond what this pandemic has brought. Keep Making It Happen.

Caribbean Mango Smoothie

Staying At Home doesn't mean we have to keep our mind at home. The other day on Zoom training, Karen from the 6pm, used a back drop of a beautiful waterfall. It made me think of a Hawaiian vacation that someday I am going to take. And then I thought of this smoothie, yum. I can bring the tropics to me inside in May in New Hampshire. Give it a try, let me know where this smoothie brings you to mentally. If you have a favorite recipe whether it is a smoothie recipe or for a dinner or snack that brings you to another location through flavor, send it to me.

Caribbean Mango Smoothie

  • 1 cup mango
  • ½ banana
  • 8-10 ounces of water
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1 scoop Vanilla UMP or SFH

Blend all ingredients and enjoy. I use frozen fruit so that it chills the shake too. You can add ice cubes too. Add a small tropical umbrella and voila you're transported to a whole new world.

Enjoy good food,

Coach Nancy

Remember if you are running low on protein powder or you've never tried UMP or SFH, I can help through Cr8 Take Out. 🙂

The Brady Bunch, Hollywood Squares, and the Waltons all in one place

For the last month or so we've all been "Staying at Home". And yet meeting together on Zoom is working for our training but also for us. Everytime I start a training time, I have all these happy faces looking at me and the show 'The Brady Bunch' comes quickly to mind. Usually somewhere in the conversation with all the laughter and back and forth chatter I am reminded of the silly game show 'Hollywood Squares'. The sweetest time of all is after training when we bring it back into the Middle. (middle being what we called it as we gathered together in the middle of the training gym) The 'Waltons' were a family that as they ended their day they would individually shout out goodnights to each one. As we end our time as a family each training hour, we shout out goodbyes. Thank you for bringing good memories back to my mind. Thank you even more for making great memories as a family.

Enjoy your day today and each day with family and friends. As soon as we can I'd like to get together. We're preparing for that already.​

Until then, lets make the most of each day and Make It Happen!

Coach Nancy



Celebrating 12 Years of Birthday Burpees

We've always celebrated birthdays together. We sometimes celebrate them twice because you are just that special. Alone? I would never have guessed that I would be alone in the gym doing Birthday Burpees. Yet I am not really alone. I've got my peeps. 

In the last 12 years I've done many burpees and yet this year they were even better. You are always behind me. You've got my back. This virus craziness hasn't stopped you. I'm so proud of my Cr8 Family. 

Having a party called FUN Friday is a tradition we keep going all year round. 

There will be more parties and more celebrations. Happy Birthday Cr8 Fitness Family.

Coach Nancy

I have more birthday wishes and shout outs coming your way. Be on the look out for them

What’s the Scoop with Protein Shakes?

Protein, it’s a word we throw around when we talk about food. I thought you might enjoy some Facts about Protein. It is one of my favorite food subjects - protein!

Why is protein so important?

The simple answer is without an adequate supply of all the things protein supplies in our bloodstream, our bodies don't function well.

Our bodies use proteins to produce enzymes, hormones and antibodies. Protein is the "building blocks" of our cells and without it we can not replace worn out cells or repair muscle tissue from training.

Do I eat enough Protein at each meal?

Adequate protein is crucial to giving your body what it needs to manufacture enzymes, hormones and antibodies. Protein is needed to replace worn out cells and build new cells. You can't be your best without enough protein. Here is where that delightful help comes from Protein shakes. It can help fill in a serving of protein with each scoop (20-24 grams) when our eating habits of work schedule makes it challenging. 

You can add a serving of protein powder to so many drinks. Protein is especially good for those who exercise hard. The most important thing to remember is to use a high-quality protein. The cheapest is not always the best.

Now getting back to shakes. The most wonderful thing about shakes is that you really can't mess them up. Using a variety of protein flavors, adding in a base liquid, a tablespoon of nuts or seeds, a serving of fruit and of course a handful of spinach you can create a shake blend you enjoy having it over and over.

Not sure you're the creative type when it comes to food? I'll start you off and then you can take it from there.

Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup Frozen Cherries,
  • 1 serving Vanilla Protein Powder,
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup Water,
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

Blend the water and spinach FIRST, then add the rest of the ingredients

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Smoothie

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk,
  • 2 cups spinach,
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries,
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

Blend and Enjoy!

Protein shakes come in seasonal flavors as well with Pumpkin Pie and Apple Cinnamon for the Fall. Chocolate mint and Green Pistachio for the Winter, and then a cool Strawberry Cream and Tropical Nirvana round out the summer taste buds. 

Get your copy of "Smoothies 101" today, with step by step instructions and over 25 amazing recipes, including "Tropical Nirvana", "Almond Joy" and "Maple Sugar Hot Chocolate". Yummm!  

Remember you can use Cr8 Take Out to purchase your favorite flavor of Protein Powders. 

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Cr8 Take Out Menu

Did you know Cr8 Fitness has take out? Phone calls, emails, texts, and even Facebook post orders are some of the ways you can reach me. I'll have it ready for you to pick up. 

Here is  the Cr8 Take Out Menu. 

Protein Powders

Beverly International’s UMP $38

Vanilla

Chocolate

Angel Food Cake

Graham Cracker

Rocky Road

Cookies and Cream

Stronger Faster Healthier aka SFH  $38

Vanilla

Chocolate

Coconut

Muscle Egg Protein   $30

Vanilla

Chocolate

Mocha

Birthday Cake

Supplements

SFH Fish Oil $35

Beverly International  ZMA $17

Life Balance Probiotics $22

Beverly International Fit Tabs $20

(I take these daily, if I didn't I wouldn't sell them)

Training and Mobility Tools

Bands

Orange, red, black, purple, green ($10-$26)

Foam Rollers $12

Sweatshirts

These are limited to the first come first serve as I have just 5 on hand. If I can match you up with your favorite color, style, and size you’ll be good to go.

While I know many of you have taken advantage of Cr8 Take Out, Please continue to do so. It is helping Dean and I out during this time of Staying At Home. My goal is to let you know if you are already using these items in your home, to keep doing so. If you didn't even know they were available, now you do. If you already have your favorite multi vitamin and fish oil, that is wonderful. Keep doing all the healthy things you were doing two months ago now. 

I'm here to help you,

Coach Nancy


Here's how you can reach me if I'm not already in your contact list. My phone number is 340-7852, you can text me there too. You can also email me at nancy@cr8fitness.com   I'd love to hear from you with or without a Take Out Order. 🙂

Spicy Almonds – Careful You Don’t Eat Them All At Once

Careful you don't eat these delightfully "Spicy Hot" Almonds all at once! These will tempt your mental toughness. 

Spicy Almonds

  • 3 cups almonds
  • 4 ½ teaspoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic

Spread the almonds on a baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. While they are baking mix the spices together in a bowl. When the almonds are done drizzle the oil over and mix to coat. Sprinkle the spices on top and mix well. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy (but eat responsibly).

To your best health,

Coach Nancy


Just Tell Me What To Do

If you just want to be told what to do here is your 4 Steps to Menu Planning:

1) Plan the entire week's meals taking into account obligations you may have. If you know you are going to be busy three evenings in the week, you better bulk cook a soup, chili, or roast so you don’t have to cook on those nights. Bulk cook & you still have good food available when you get home.


2) Check your refrigerator, pantry and cupboards for essential goods, then go grocery shopping to fulfill remaining items on your ingredient list.

3) Bulk cook proteins and starchy carbs to pair together. Also prepare any complete meals for the week.

4) Put everything in containers and store in the refrigerator.

5) Sit back, put your feet up, and take a moment to bask in your awesomeness.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Check out the links in this article for recipes like: Taco Stuffed Summer Squash Boats, Kitchen Sink Soup, and three different roast recipes.

Banana Nut Porridge

This is one of my favorite breakfast meals because its creamy and filling. You start it the night before and I find it makes me anticipate the wait even more. Plus it really fills me up. I hope you'll enjoy it too.

Banana Nut Porridge

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1 very ripe banana (makes it easier to digest plus adds a little more sweetness)
  • 2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt for soaking water

Place the nuts in a large bowl and sprinkle the sea salt over them. Fill the bowl with filtered water so the nuts are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Cover and soak overnight.

Drain the nuts and rinse 2 or 3 times, until the water runs clear.

Add the drained nuts to a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend the nuts with the banana, coconut milk, and cinnamon until smooth.

Divide it into bowls and microwave for 40 seconds or put all of the porridge in a pot on the stove and heat over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. It'll feed 4 people so be ready to share.

Serve with raisins, chopped nuts, and an extra splash of milk if desired.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

Meal Planning That Leaves You With Options

​​​What's your biggest stumbling block today?
"I hate planning.  I often use my planning time for other more fun stuff. It's really something I dislike."


Planning meals has been proven to help you in your health journey. It's right up there with stepping on the scale if your goal is weight loss. On top of that there are other side benefits that you'll love. Meal planning saves time, relieves stress, and keeps money in your wallet. And yet, it stills feels like the one thing that holds us back. Let's look at meal planning with a slightly different twist. 

What if you look at planning more like giving you options?

Let's do an experiment to see how you succeed with this version of meal planning.

1. List out all the dinner meals you and your family enjoy eating during this time of year. That list will probably be a bit different in the Summer vs. the Fall vs. the cold of Winter. How many did you get? Aim for at least 10 different dinner meals. Remember some of these might be the quick options like picking up a rotisserie chicken while others are all day cooking affairs like homemade spaghetti sauce.

2. Do you have on hand all the items to make these meals? Check your cupboards, freezer, and fridge. Some items can be kept, like canned goods, all year round; others are best fresh so you'll have to purchase those items. But then others can be pulled from the freezer when you need them.

3. Look at your schedule. See what is coming up that might pull you away from making a meal or that might require a meal that is very quick to make. I leave cans of tuna in my cupboard because when fast and speedy is required, I can quickly put tuna on a salad or cook up some tuna patties. If you will be away from home one night, you'll end up with more options to chose from on the other evenings.

4. Again take a peak at your schedule, this time looking for those times when you might be able to spend more time in your kitchen than usual. I often can do this on Sundays. Its during this time, I prep what I can for other meals, but I can also make a dish that takes more time than I usually have to prepare dinner.

5. With your favorite dinner meal ideas in one hand and the list of items you need to make these meals in another, head off to the store.

6. Now when it comes time for your next dinner, you've got options to choose from.

What do you think?

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

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