It has been a wonderful month at the studio. School is back in full swing and the sessions are filling up! We love seeing you all back in the studio ready to ACTIVATE this August! This month, we have challenged each of you to get active for 30 minutes a day! We believe in you and know you can do it. The winner of the challenge will be entered into a raffle for a MONTH of FREE sessions! Today, we have the privilege of sharing an amazing client spotlight with you. Mary Conley is our August client spotlight! Mary has been so dedicated and focused on making small changes daily which have lead to amazing BIG results! She has transformed the way she looks at food and now views exercise as a form of worship! We are so grateful to get to know Mary and be with her along her transformation journey! Keep motivated Mary, making everyday count, and living transformed!
In January, Caroline came to our church to speak to our Mom's group. She led us in a quick workout and a few stretches. When we got down to child's pose, I was so uncomfortable and I found it hard to breath. That's the moment I decided that I needed to make some changes! Four of us from church decided to start with small group training on Mondays. I am so blessed to have such good friends and accountability partners on this journey! It has definitely been a group effort! We have made great strides and supported each other along the way, and the Transfit team has been phenomenal! We still start our week off on Mondays, but now we try to end the week with a workout on Fridays as well. I also changed my eating habits, and a big part of that meant cutting back on sugar. I no longer eat anything that tastes sweet at all (not even fruit) until lunchtime. This has really helped with the sugar cravings! I also keep a food journal (almost) every day.
My husband, Chris, and I have entered a new empty-nester phase of life. We downsized and moved closer into town two years ago. We are able to walk to so many places now, like the farmer's market and even to church. It feels so much better to get out and walk when I'm carrying twenty-five fewer pounds! We really enjoy the in-town lifestyle and I hope with continued exercise and healthy eating that we can enjoy it for many years to come!
We try in our house to eat local produce and this is a great time of year for that! Lately we have been enjoying summer vegetables with this recipe for stewed okra and tomatoes. I even eat it for breakfast and top it with a poached egg!
Stewed Okra and Tomatoes
- 3 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb. sliced okra
- 1 lb. coarsely chopped tomatoes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a heavy bottomed sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the bacon. Render the bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and reserve until later. Pour off most of the drippings. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the okra and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the okra is tender. Stir in the reserved bacon.
We are so proud of you, Mary! Keep up the hard work!
Ladies, let's continue to ACTIVATE in all that we do this month. If you have any questions or would like to meet with one of our trainers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join us for our NEW 7 PM sessions on Monday's and Wednesday's!