All Posts by Nancy Carlson

Cute Little Zucchini Bites

When zucchini starts to grow in the garden, it doesn't stop. It is prolific. Since they are so yummy and grow so well and quickly here's a great recipe I just had to try. For the best gigle ever though, watch the video. 

Cute Little Zucchini Bites

  • zucchini cute into 1/4 inch rounds
  • tomato sliced thin
  • basil leaves
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • mozerella cheese, totally optional

Place sliced zucchini onto a baking sheet. Top with tomato slice and one basil leaf. Sprinkle to taste oregano and salt and pepper. Drizzzle (just a drizzle not a soaking) olive oil across the top. These gems can be baked in a 375 oven until they are done or put on a medium hot grill until the zucchini is soft and the cheese is melted. 

 

(In no way was the harming of my son's ego done. He loves attention.)

Enjoy good food,

Coach Nancy

Please help the Secret Recipe Giver with a names for these wonders. Leave me a comment below. 

It Really Does Work

I didn't doubt it would work, it was more of an amazement that I hadn't heard of it before. Waffle Omelets are a real thing. I hadn't even put the two things together that you could do anything in  your waffle maker except waffles, silly me. When Stacy texted me to fill me in on this well kept secret, I just knew I was going to put it to the test.  

Here's exactly what I did. 

Waffle Omelet

3 eggs, scrambled

1/4 cup diced summer squash and zucchini

olive oil 

I drizzled a bit of olive oil on a hot waffle maker. I added the veggies and then the eggs. Close the waffle maker for 3 minutes and voila. The veggies were cooked perfectly. I did run into an issue when I tried to add a slice of cheese. The waffle then stuck to the pan in some areas. 

I had some fresh picked raspberries and blueberries to eat alongside my waffle omelet. 

Enjoy good food,

Coach Nancy

P.S. I'll show you how to easily diced those veggies in a different video.

Be A Palm Tree

Remember as a kid or maybe even as an adult walking across the hot hot sand at the beach? I sure do. As quick as your feet signal they were on fire you make a mad dash for the cold water? In my case that was Lake Michigan not the ocean like many of you. With my parents, brothers and sister we would pack the car for the very long trip to Florida every few years. I loved it. I love palm trees. 

Right now in NH it is well over 90 degrees. I have no idea what the humidity level is but as soon as you step out of a shower you'll feel like you need one again. Its that hot. I could start whining here but I won't. Its late July almost August it would be odd if it wasn't this hot and humid. Imagine the tropics. Enjoy the few days that it feels like you live in Florida. Just think if you were a palm tree you'd love this weather.  

Be a Palm Tree, 

Coach Nancy


Making It Happen – Camping

I am so inspired by the people at Cr8 Fitness. Truly this is the greatest group of peeps around. A highlight of my morning was Sherry and Lynn. Both ladies are away camping and yet were on Zoom to get their training in for the day.

Lynn and I chatted a bit on Zoom while Sherry got herself a coffee before joining in. Three months ago we wouldn't have even thought about this form of getting training done. Now we can video chat after training, how cool is that? 

Next time you see these ladies give them an air high five for Making It Happen - Camping.

Your proud Coach,

Nancy

 

Lighten Up!

Having fun is important. A cheerful disposition is good for your health: Doom and gloom leave you bone - tired. At times we need to be serious and taken seriously, but that shouldn't interfere with overall attitude. We need to laugh at jokes, at situations, at ourselves. Laughter is the like an internal workout. It exercises your soul and keeps it healthy. 

Laughter is the best medicine. It's an old proverb and still very true. 

Here's to your best health,

Coach Nancy

Let it RIP – Sizzlin Summer Slimdown 2020!

Guess What? It's Summer!

(Like, no kidding, Coach Nancy.)

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As your Coach I am loving the job I get to do each day. I work the most fabulous people around. My primary focus is to help each of you get better.

  • Get Healthier
  • Get Moving
  • Get Stronger
  • Get Leaner
  • Better Nutrition
  • Better Body Composition
  • Better Flexibility
  • Better Looking (We'll leave that one alone)

I know that if you become Healthier you Automagically become Happier, and the world needs a Whole Lot More Happy right now. 

Which brings me back to It Summer. Cr8 Fitness has always done S3 Sizzlin Summer Slimdown. With Covid hitting out country nothing has been normal, and we are rolling it out later than normal. Whatever. It's just about time we put as much normal into our life as possible. 

If you are anything like me, you probably know more people who have lost weight and gained it all back then those who have lost it and KEPT it off.

Why is that?

It's simple really; dieting works, until you don't diet anymore. If you go "off" your diet and go back to the way you were eating, you can't expect to keep it off. You know that, I know that, and yet we try to do it anyway. It's short term thinking, and it doesn't work.

Creating permanent change is not easy, but it IS possible.

Face it, we don't like change, we don't want to change, and dad gum (strong language alert) you can't MAKE me change! 

You're right. I can't.

But YOU can adopt new habits and practice new skills that lead you to change, pretty much automagically. 

Here's How:

Sizzlin Summer Slimdown is:

  1. A Six Week program designed to help you lose weight and body fat. 
  2. Habit based so you can keep off the weight.
  3. Done with a group of like minded peeps that want to lose weight too.
  4. Has the support of a fantastic, amazing, really wonderful, super, awesome coach (seriously? - editor)
  5. Uses a score sheet to allow you to keep track of your daily progress
  6. Daily lessons to keep you focused.

Ok, let's do a little whining:

"But It's Summer Coach Nancy...... I have so many day trips planned and company is coming over for a picnic outside and my nephew has a birthday party and there is a graduation celebration I need to attend and I usually have a few drinks on the weekend and I tend to grill more and my family likes......... (that's a run on sentence that you have to say all in one breath - practice, you'll get it)

If you want to sign up for S3 - sign up for S3. If all those things are really going to prevent you from tackling the program, don't sign up. 

I was talking to Coach Dean this morning, He and I would like to get more focused. We both want to drop a few pounds. We know we need support. And we definitely need a plan. I need it SIMPLE. 

S3 IS Simple, which means...

S3 is Perfect for Us, which means...

​Just Maybe it'll be Perfect for You Too. 

There is a Perfectly Simple Way to Find Out.

Simply Sign Up! (pretty subtle, huh?)

Here's What You Need To Know

- Signup starts today and ends Sunday, July 19th.

- S3 2020 runs for 6 weeks. Monday July 20th through Sunday August 30th

- Initial InBody Scan is due by Tuesday, July 21

- Final InBody Scan is due by Friday, August 28

- There will be One Grand Prize: 25% of the registration pool for the highest percentage of body fat lost, and we are also donating 25% to local businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

- When you sign up you will receive a welcome email that will have your downloadable, printable scoresheet. You will need one scorecard for each week (there are two to each page, so print 3 total copies). All the habits will be right on the scoresheet, so you will have plenty of time to prepare.

- We will focus on one habit per week, and build on all the habits from the previous week.

- Your daily lessons will be delivered through MyCoach.

- We'll have a Facebook Group setup for those of you who would like a place to hang out, swap recipes ideas and get some great support. P.S. No whining about the Facebook thing, we already had the whining section above.

Who Is S3 2020 For? Do I have to be a training client to sign up?

Nope! (see, that was simple)

You don't have much time to sign up so just do it right now.

Remember S3 is habit based, You use your own meal plans and foods to suit your tastes and style.  Your first week of lessons also covers meal planning from A - Z, and even includes our Super Simple Meal Plan. The beauty is that the whole program teaches you how to eat, not just what to eat. And If you need more help you can subscribe to Cr8 Your Plate for meal planning and grocery lists each and every month.

We're getting this show on the road very quickly. Don't think about it, don't hem and haw, if you want to join in on S3 -  Sign Up Now for Only $37 by Filling Out The Form Below! 

Golden Thumbs UP!

A month ago we were all giving each other Golden Thumbs Up on Zoom. I discovered them about a week before the government let NH gyms open back up. Some would say I discovered them too late while others were hoping I didn't find the "Reactions" button on Zoom. When you can't give high fives the Reaction button with clapping hands or the Golden Thumbs Up worked. 

I am excited that almost 85% of the Cr8 peeps have kept up their training on a consistent basis either on Zoom or in the gym. (We have more doing their training using the Cr8  Fitness Virtual Training Studio. It has been challenging to track attendance there.) 85% is far above the average. I already knew our crew was above average, I don't want you to forget it though. 

For the few that need a gentle nudge to get moving again or for those that have let Covid 19 become a reason to eat more watch this quick video. This virus smacked us all up side the head. It was a drastic change in lifestyle forced on us quickly. Our best defense is to stay on top of all we can control. 

Exercise Smart, Eat Well, Enjoy life! That's the Cr8 Fitness way. 

Coach Nancy

12 Years and Counting

In May Cr8 Fitness celebrated our 12th anniversary since opening. At that point we were all training on Zoom or doing a recorded version. We celebrated with Burpees and yet there is so much more to celebrate. Its not just about Dean and I owning Cr8 Fitness and having a fitness family to work with. The faces that go with each of our Cr8 Fitness family members have a story to tell too. 


Joined Cr8 Fitness a few weeks after opening. (We were Get Fit NH at that time) He remembers training out in the yard for the summer and seeing the gym building being built. He's made an appearance at just about every hour possible so many of you know Brian. He has left his mark in the gym and we love him for it. 


Brian



An encourager through and through. She is now training at 7:30am outside. "Its like the good ole times minus the chickens." Donna started training with Dean as her coach, and now I have the privilege of that job.


Donna


Has trained with us since day one. He's well known for his persistence. Last year he set a goal for himself to ski a million meters. I'm not sure how but it wasn't long before we were all skiing to reach a million meters. He's famous for making mighty smoked ribs for his peeps. (by the way 6:15 is asking for a breakfast to enjoy them) He gently pushes those around him to train hard and yet I've never seen him without a smile.


Dan

Since we didn't get to celebrate with them in May, I asked each of them to let me know what their favorite training times were or a list of some of their favorite exercises. We're all enjoying the celebration now. I'm sure you remember the recent round of Tabata? That was a favorite of Brians. Donna enjoys games so we've played cards and will soon enjoy Teaming with Toys. Dan....... Well we'll just have to hold you in suspense.

Soon others will join them in reaching a status of training with us for 12 years. Gretchen, Amy, and Mark are right around that corner.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being in my fitness family. The Cr8 Family is kind of special don't you think?

Coach Nancy

I Challenge You to Try a New Veggie

As a kid I didn't eat many veggies. I always had a reason, most of them had to do with color. Yes, to my embarrassment, I often turned my nose up at a food because I didn't like the color of it. While I love the color purple and red, I didn't think you should eat a vegetable grown underground that was any color but orange. Which means I didn't try beets, turnip, rutabaga, parsnips, radish until I was an adult. Sadly I didn't even consider where potatoes came from since french fries didn't remind me of a veggie in any way.

Here is what I like to do now, I like to introduce those I know to try a new food. I've tried many new foods, new ways to prepare them, or new recipes to find that I love them. I've tried a few that I didn't. I wouldn't know unless I tried. 

I've heard it often that you should give everything a try once. (at least when it comes to foods). While I was as stubborn kid, I don't want to classify myself as a stubborn adult. 

Delicious Roasted Turnip- Even a Kid will Eat

  • 2-3 turnip, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Place the cut turnip on a pan, drizzle with olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-45 minutes. (could be longer if you cut your pieces large) Simple but sooooo soooo sooo good. 

Here is my challenge. Send me proof that you tried some new food this week. It could be a food you like but prepared in a new way. I always love new recipes that you've tried for me. Take me up on my challenge. Hit comment below to show me proof. 

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

As a side note. I cut up the turnip and Coach Dean cooked them up for me. He makes dinner each night so every once in a while I help out. 

You’ve Been Challenged

The last few weeks have brought many changes into Cr8 Fitness. You've taken them all in stride. New cleaning regimes, new patterns to walk inside the gym, personalized cells to train in, and new training times to work with. In fact you've excelled at Making It Happen so much so that the crew at 5am thought you could handle a challenge. Wednesday is the day for the challenge so that it doesn't interfere with your training. The length of the challenge is just about  the same as your training so I think many of you can give it a go. 

Who's in for this Challenge?

Coach Nancy

P.S. I believe a challenge by other training times to 'help' the 5am peeps might be in order. 🙂


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