🏃🏼‍♀️Protein On-the-Go!

Sweet friend,

We are so proud of all your hard work in the studio! You are starting summer off strong! Are you fueling your body with the best foods before and after your workouts? Your nutrition is vital in your transformation. Protein is so important to consume, especially after your workout! Protein helps rebuild muscle and can aid in weight loss. Check out some of the best protein-filled foods below along with great protein alternatives while on-the-go!

Don’t forget about our summer transformation challenge and June squat challenge! Your challenge is to do something DAILY! Make reading scripture, movement, and clean nutrition a healthy habit! Download the challenge and get started today! We are excited to see you in the studio this summer and look forward to supporting you through this eight week transformation!

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High Protein Foods and Protein Bars

The amount of protein you consume plays a huge rule in your transformation process! Some great protein-rich foods to eat are eggs, legumes, lean organic meat, greek yogurt, and nuts. Protein from real food sources are the best kind to eat but we all know that busy schedules can keep us from being able to eat those foods. A great alternative for protein when you are on the go are protein bars. Check out RD Katie Shrurling’s top three favorite protein bars!

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  1. RX Bar

12 grams of protein

15 grams of sugar (from dates) and 0 grams of added sugars

5 grams of fiber

9 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans-fat

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2. KIND Protein Bars

12 grams of protein from soy protein

8 grams of sugar (6 grams added)

5 grams of fiber

18 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans-fat

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3. Zing Bars

10 grams of protein from peanut flour and soy protein

9 grams of sugar

7 grams of fiber

10 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans-fat

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Summer Transformation Challenge

Don’t forget about our eight week challenge! We are so excited to help you transform this summer body, mind, and spirit! Download the challenge below and check out our TransFit app for the transformation challenge workouts!

Summer Transformation: Shoulder Workout

Let’s Light a Fire in June!

Join us for our Summer Transformation Plan and June squat challenge! Start summer off right by incorporating squats into your daily routine! Download the squat challenge below to help keep track of your progress!

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We want to help you reach your summer goals! Our Team wants to encourage you as you transform and feel your best in body, mind, and spirit!

Thank you for all that you do by being such an inspiring woman in this community! We are truly stronger together.

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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💪Are You Ready For Our Summer Challenge?

Sweet friend,

We just started our eight-week summer transformation challenge and would LOVE for you to join us! Are you feeling stuck or in a rut with certain areas of your life? The summer challenge will give you the tools you need to fully transform this summer - body, mind, and spirit! From daily bible studies to new workouts and summer meal plans - we have you covered! We are so thrilled to encourage you as you begin the challenge and we are excited to see you in the studio!  

CHECK THE TRANSFITAPP FOR UPDATED SUMMER SCHEDULE.
JOIN US FOR 4:30 AFTERNOON SESSIONS THIS SUMMER! 

Invite a friend or family member to do the summer transformation challenge with you! Let’s “LIVE TRANSFORMED” together!

Invite a friend or family member to do the summer transformation challenge with you! Let’s “LIVE TRANSFORMED” together!

Summer Transformation Challenge

Jump-start your summer transformation with a FREE eight week summer transformation challenge! Join us as we take a walk through Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians while incorporating meal plans and workouts into a weekly routine! Challenge yourself and make this plan something you do daily! Download the summer transformation challenge below!

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Summer Transformation Challenge: Glute Workout

The summer transformation challenge has six workouts for you - we challenge you to do one workout a day! Here is an awesome glute transformer workout for you to try! Download our other summer transformation workouts on our Transfit app or find them in the summer transformation plan!

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Let’s Light a Fire in June!

Check out our June events! Join us for our Summer Transformation Plan and June squat challenge! Start summer off right by incorporating squats into your daily routine! Download the squat challenge below to help keep track of your progress!

Also, join us on Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30 pm for The Big Run 5k on Global Running Day!

Fleet Feet Athens is hosting a 5k at Sandy Creek Park to celebrate Global Running Day.  Participation in the race is just $10 and participants must register.  Finisher medals are available to the first 250 registered participants.  The Big Run 5k on Global Running Day is an official 5k with an emphasis on FUN& community!

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Watermelon Caprese Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of Watermelon

  • 6-8 Baby tomatoes

  • Handful of fresh Basil

  • 4 slices of fresh Mozzarella

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic

Instructions:

  • Chop baby tomatoes and basil leaves

  • Alternate layering watermelon slices and mozzarella slices

  • Add baby tomatoes and basil for added garnish

  • Drizzle olive oil and balsamic over watermelon, mozzarella, baby tomatoes, and basil

  • Serve and enjoy!

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We want to help you reach your summer goals! Our Team wants to encourage you as you transform and feel your best in body, mind, and spirit!

Thank you for all that you do by being such an inspiring woman in this community! We are truly stronger together.

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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☀️Your Summer Transformation Starts Now!

Sweet friend,

We are so thankful for you and for sweet summertime! Are you ready to transform your body, mind, and spirit this summer? We are ready to help you jump-start your summer transformation with a FREE eight week summer transformation challenge! Join us as we take a walk through Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians while incorporating meal plans and workouts into a weekly routine!

Your challenge is to do something DAILY! Make reading scripture, movement, and clean nutrition a healthy habit! Download the challenge and get started today!

We are excited to see you in the studio this summer and look forward to supporting you through this eight week transformation!

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Ready, Set, Transform!

We are so excited to help you transform this summer through our eight-week transformation challenge! Download the challenge below and check out our TransFit app for the transformation challenge workouts!

Let’s Light a Fire in June!

Check out our June events! Join us for our Summer Transformation Plan and June squat challenge! Start summer off right by incorporating squats into your daily routine! Download the squat challenge below to help keep track of your progress!

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Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Granola

  • 1 cup of Greek Vanilla Yogurt

  • 1/4 cup of Raspberries

  • 3-4 Strawberries sliced

  • 1/4 cup of Blueberries

Instructions:

  • Layer the yogurt, granola, and berries

  • Serve and enjoy!

We want to help you reach your summer goals! Our Team wants to encourage you as you transform and feel your best in body, mind, and spirit!

Thank you for all that you do by being such an inspiring woman in this community! We are truly stronger together.

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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🙌Living Transformed on Vacation

Sweet friend,

We are so proud of all your hard work and dedication in the studio! Finish May strong and continue your transformation progress through summer! We are here to support and encourage you every step of the way! We want you to live transformed on vacation to reach your summer transformation goals! We can't wait for you to check out our summer transformation plan coming soon in our June news - get excited!

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Living Transformed on Vacation: Nutrition

Protein is an important component in the process of recovery after a workout. Check out the video below to find out how much protein your body really needs! We love being able to help you gain the nutrition knowledge you need to live transformed!

Need more nutrition advice to help boost your transformation progress? Click HERE to check out our latest blog on nutrition featuring another interview with our own registered dietician Kaeti Shurling!

Family Vacation Workout

We want to see you active on your vacation! Send us pictures of you and your family doing our transformer workouts or tag us @transfitathens on Instagram, adding #summertransformation! Find our transformer workouts on the TransFit app to get started!

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May Calendars

Finish May strong! Don’t forget about your May calendars! We can’t wait to see all the hard work you’ve put in during may on your calendar! Bring in your May calendar the next time you come into the studio to be featured on our Instagram for all your hard work and dedication! We are so proud of you!

Summer Meal Prep

Meal Prep is key in transforming your nutrition. Reach your nutrition goals with a new summer meal plan! Fuel your body with the right nutrients to help you feel your best. Thank you for being a valued client, a FREE 7 day meal plan is ready for you.

Download our summer meal plan, grocery list, and recipes below to begin your transformation! Add meal prep to your “daily action steps” to reach your summer nutrition goals! We are so excited to encourage and support you every step up the way!

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Mango Salsa

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced

  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno

  • 1/3 cup diced red onion

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

  • Salt and pepper

  • Carrot chips

  • Celery

Instructions:

  • Combine and mix the mango, cucumber, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro leaves

  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

  • Serve with carrot chips and celery and enjoy!

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Don’t forget we are now offering our Monthly All-Access pass for only $175! We want you to come workout with us every day this summer! Come transform and feel your best in body, mind, and spirit! Thank you for all that you do by being such an inspiring woman in this community! We are truly stronger together.

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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🌟Are You Ready to Transform Your Summer?

Sweet friend,

Can you believe school is almost out?! I know I can’t! We are so excited to see your beautiful face and bright spirit in our studio this summer! We are so thankful for such a great school year and look forward to all of the new opportunities to come this summer! You are so special to us and we love being able to help you transform your body, mind, and spirit!

Check out our last blog HERE for inspiring mother-daughter spotlights as we continue to celebrate women!

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Summer Goals

Summer is a great time to reset your goals! With the school year coming to a close, come reset your body, mind, and spirit by working on YOUR goals! We are here to encourage and support you every step of the way and can’t wait to see you in the studio! We want you to set one new goal for the summer! Whether that goal is to exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes, sign up for a 5k, a ½ marathon, or to drink 8 glasses of water a day - write it down, make it real, and tell a friend, family member, or your TransFit family! We would love to support you and your summer goals! Download and print your summer goals sheet HERE !

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Staying Active on Vacation!

Vacation is a great time to relax and spend time with your family, but also a great time to continue your summer goals! You want to feel your best before, during, and after your vacation! We want to help you enjoy your vacation and come home feeling relaxed and refreshed — instead of feeling guilty or like you’ve blown your transformation goals! You can find simple workouts perfect for vacation on our TransFit app under “Workouts to Transform!” You can also watch the full Travel Transformer workout HERE !

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In Your presence there is fullness of joy!
— Psalms 16:11
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Super Greens Salad

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 3 cups baby arugula

  • 3 cups baby spinach

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

  • One pink lady apple cored and sliced thin 

  • 1/ 4 cup EVOO

  • 1 Lemon

  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic

  • Cracked Pepper

Instructions:

  • Combine baby arugula and spinach in large bowl

  • Add cranberries, pecans, parmesan cheese, and apple slices

  • Squeeze the lemon then add the EVOO and white balsamic for the dressing

  • Toss salad so all leaves are evenly coated then add cracked pepper

  • Serve and enjoy!

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Don’t forget we are now offering our Monthly All-Access pass for only $175! We want you to come workout with us every day this summer! Come transform and feel your best in body, mind, and spirit! Thank you for all that you do by being such an inspiring woman in this community! We are so thankful for you!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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💖 You’re in for a Mother's Day Treat!

Sweet friend,

It’s time to celebrate all of our amazing mothers and TransFit women! We hope you have had an encouraging week filled with hope and love! It’s been an incredible week in the studio so far. We are so inspired and encouraged by you all each day! You are so special to us and we are excited to continue to celebrate you the rest of Celebrate Women’s Week! We are doing fun giveaways in our sessions this week— sign up HERE to make sure you don’t miss out!

Don’t forget we are now offering our Monthly All-Access pass for only $175! We want you to come workout with us every day this summer! Come transform and feel your best in body, mind, and spirit!

Check out our last blog HERE for more inspiring mother-daughter spotlights!

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We look forward to seeing you all at our FREE Mother-Daughter run/walk this Saturday hosted by TransFit and Lululemon! Bring your mother, daughter, aunt, niece, or friend and join us for a great morning of exercise and giveaways as we celebrate the amazing woman you are! This event is for ALL women!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are highlighting our incredible TransFit Mother-Daughter duos! We love being able to give encouragement through our amazing Transfit clients!

Cindy, Cynthia, Elizabeth, and Emory

“I’m so thankful that all the women in my family are so health conscious and involved in sports and fitness. However, I’m mostly thankful that we all have all been transformed by Christ’s grace and mercy. All of these passions bind us together and similarly to Transfit as well. I love the ‘family feeling’ at Transfit and I try to make it to TransFit at least two days per week. I love seeing so many mothers and daughters there. I was so impressed one day when a young lady and I were side by side on the bike and she turned to me, asking if I wanted to do some challenge exercises with her on the bike. She was so sweet and taught me new bike workouts. Each and every TransFit workout leaves me more energized both physically and spiritually.” -Cindy

We absolutely LOVE this family full of TransFit ladies!

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Cara and Maddie Lacy

“I started working out with Caroline long ago in the early days of TransFit, when it was a small group of hard-working ladies, sweating it out in her basement. From my very first workout, I was immediately drawn to her encouraging, faithful spirit and loved the renewed energy I had after each workout— despite being absolutely exhausted at the same time! Regularly scheduled workouts with Caroline keep me feeling stronger, eating better, and provide more mental clarity. When I read about TransFit girls, I knew I wanted that same uplifting and transformative healthy mindset for my daughters. Maddie was so excited to finally be old enough this year! We are both challenged with some muscle and joint laxity which makes it so incredibly important to keep our bodies strong. Maddie has absolutely loved working out in the studio and thrives in such a supportive and encouraging environment. I love that she has an additional influence in her life delivering the same messages we do about staying healthy and strong. (Somehow, I think she hears Corinn better than she listens to me!) Thank you to Caroline, Katie, Corinn and the entire TransFit team for helping us be the very best version of ourselves. We are forever grateful for your influence in our lives!” -Cara

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Katie and Kara Woodall

“Kara and I are stronger together! For us, living transformed is taking action every day towards being our best selves and continually transforming body, mind and spirit! By setting goals, big or small; by choosing to never give up, but instead, choosing to work harder, study more, and practice more. We both try to step out of our comfort zones — making new friends, trying something new like an activity or club, or even new foods and exercises. Though we are both far from perfect, we strive for progress as we live transformed every day… together!” -Katie

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
— Proverbs 31:26
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Classic Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 8 strawberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 1/2 frozen banana

  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 4-5 ice cubes (only if fresh strawberries were used)

  • Granola (optional)

Instructions:

  • Combine strawberries, banana, greek yogurt, milk, and ice cubes in a blender.

  • Blend until smooth and creamy.

  • Add granola on top of the smoothie for an extra taste.

  • Serve and enjoy!

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To celebrate you, we want you to join us at our FREE Mother’s Day run/walk and workout with lululemon this Saturday! This fun event is for mothers, daughters, and all women in the community. There will be a card station, refreshments, shopping, and fellowship! The event will be held on May 11, 2019 from 9:00-10:30 am.

You can register on the MindBody app HERE or Transfit app HERE!

Thank you for all that you do by being such an inspiring woman in this community! We are so thankful for you!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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💗 Celebrate Mother-Daughter Client Spotlights!

Sweet friend,

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to our wonderful TransFit women

We are so grateful for you! You are so deserving of celebration on this day! We hope that you feel loved and encouraged today. Use today to spend time with your family, friends, and loved ones rejoicing over the gift of being a woman. You are such a beautiful lady inside and outside! 

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This week, we invite you to our Celebrate Women's Week! We will be celebrating YOU! Join us for a week full of fun sessions and giveaways! The week will end with a Mother-Daughter community run hosted by TransFit and Lululemon on Saturday, May 11th. Let's make exercise our medicine while celebrating all that we have to be thankful for as women!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we are highlighting our incredible Mother-Daughter TransFit clients! There will be more spotlights to come later this week, so be on the lookout!

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Lacy and Adeline Sinkwich

“I started working out at TransFit about 8 years ago. It was during a difficult time in my life when my father was dying from brain cancer. Meeting Caroline and gaining an understanding of how exercise can change not only your body but your mind and spirit as well helped me through a very difficult time. As soon as Adeline was old enough, I encouraged her to use exercise the same way. I wanted her to do it for her mind, body, and spirit. She has embraced the mission of TransFit and understands how it can help her manage anxiety and stress and even help her concentrate on her studies. Adeline has seen the benefits of exercise and has even experienced a difference in how she feels during the school day if she goes to the 5:30 am class, which is something I have never done! We are both so grateful for this place where we can take care of ourselves together and learn and be inspired by so many amazing women!” -Lacy

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Rebecca and Annabeth Bishop

“Annabeth and I are so thankful for each other and know that we are better together! God lovingly created us to do great things for Him, but we can only do that by being different from the world and living transformed. Whether ‘living transformed’ means nourishing our bodies with smart food choices, strengthening our muscles with exercise, or renewing our minds by studying God’s word, we are girls that support each other and make the most out of all we’ve been given!” -Rebecca

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Joy and Hannah Cooper

“Hannah and I have loved living Transformed with TransFit for so many reasons. Living transformed means that we get to worship our Heavenly Father together when we exercise. We usually come with great attitudes but there are days when we are struggling. More than once we have mouthed ”sorry” to each other while exercising as we renewed our minds to the truth of scripture at TransFit. Thank you, TransFit team, for continually spurring this Mother-Daughter relationship toward Christ-likeness.” -Joy

We may not be able to change the entire world, but we can change the world of at least one person.
— Tim Tebow

This is why we live transformed!

Fit for a Miracle 5K

Thank you for all your prayers and support for the Fit for a Miracle 5k! We are so thankful to have had such a great turn out to support ESP! We ended up having at least 400 people run the race and we raised funds for ESP’s new Miracle League Complex! With this new complex comes a variety of opportunities for the amazing people of ESP— people of ALL abilities! We want to give a huge shout out to Java Joy and Joy FM for bringing great coffee and music to the big day! Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, runners, and walkers for making this day great, we couldn’t have done this race without you!

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We just want to thank these amazing sponsors again! Their generous donations will help ESP build the Miracle League Complex, which provides inclusive play for children and families of all abilities!

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To celebrate you, we want you to join us at our FREE Mother’s Day run and workout with lululemon this Saturday! This fun event is for mothers, daughters, and all women in the community. There will be a card station, refreshments, shopping, and fellowship! The event will be held on May 11, 2019 from 9:00-10:30 am.

You can register on the MindBody app HERE or Transfit app HERE!

Thank you for all that you do by being such an incredible woman in this community! We are so thankful for you!

Check out our website for blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

We are so excited to be strategic partners with lululemon and offer amazing merchandise in Five Points at TransFit!

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🙏 But How… How Do We Transform Our Minds? #5InspirationalPodcasts

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Sweet friends,

We talk often about living transformed. But “how” is the question we get asked a lot— how do you transform not only your body, but your mind? It’s truth that truly transforms and getting it in various different forms all throughout the day.

As  someone who spends at least two hours commuting to and from work, school & activities each day, I don’t know how I would get along without the manna that I received from incredible podcasts. The sonic ministry of the ones I’ve subscribed to over the past few years has provided me with many occasions to be inspired, encouraged, learn, and rejoice. We can use media for our good to help us make the most of every day and transform our minds!

In TransFit, we discuss “as she thinks, therefore she is.” These podcasts below can be a great help in keeping your thoughts fixed on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable” (Phil. 4:8). Here are some incredible podcasts you should try! 

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Our blog today is brought to you by Katie David, a runner, educator, wife, mother, and avid podcast listener. She has a page called Podcast for Purpose dedicated to sharing podcast recommendations. The premise is to stir souls, sharpen focus, cultivate creativity, and expand minds! We are so inspired by Katie and grateful that she shared this knowledge with us!

“Listening to podcasts has become a huge part of my life over the past few years. Project Podcast for Purpose is just that— a project. It's a creative outlet where I can express my thoughts and reflections on podcasts episodes that impact my heart and mind and invite others to join me. I'm always looking to redefine myself, stretch comfort zones, learn something new and understand all of God's people better! I believe the quality of my life is largely connected to what I pay attention to. I hope you enjoy this collection of Faith Based Podcasts specifically designed with TransFit listeners in mind.” -Katie

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Annie F. Downs on “That Sounds Fun” Podcast

The PROMISE: If you think Christianity can’t be synonymous with fun, then you haven’t met Annie! She brings her genuine personality and contagious laugh each week as she sits down to talk with authors, singers, athletes and so many others. Annie is an accomplished author and speaker who is well informed on today’s world as well as grounded in her beliefs. The upbeat nature of this show leaves you feeling energetic and cheerful!

Essence of an Episode: Amy Byrd; Next Gen Episode: 1. Step into Amy’s shoes to hear what it’s like to dive in head first into the hearts and minds of today’s teenagers. Amy’s first-hand accounts of ministering to teenage girls sheds light on 21st century teens. Sge educates the listener on a wide range of teen topics; from the hours they keep, how social media is seemingly woven into their DNA, and the Bible studies she has written specifically for them.

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Jamie Ivey on “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey”

The PROMISE: This show will feel like cozy coffeehouse talk. Jamie is an excellent communicator and interviewer. Each week she hosts a world-changer to share their story.  You may find yourself finishing an episode in tears or smiling wide, as some shows expose voice-shaking vulnerability while others are just too precious for words. The conversations always find their way to Jesus and how He provides and loves us.

Essence of an Episode: Ep: 213: Jessica Turner. Jamie and Jessica sit down to discuss Jessica’s new book “Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive.” Hot topics included in this episode: mental load, mom guilt, shame, and juggling ALL the things. This episode empowers!

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Alli Worthington on “The Alli Worthington Show”

The PROMISE: Alli conveys her authenticity through a microphone— now that’s hard to do! She is an author, speaker and business leader. Her guests offer stories that meet at the intersection of Life, Faith and Business. Sit down and grab a notebook when listening to Alli; she dishes out well-thought questions and always produces an insightful show that entertains and educates.

         Essence of an Episode: Francesca Battistelli on family, balance, and how to own it. Alli goes live with the Grammy-winning, talented singer/songwriter, wife, mother, and all-around relatable woman Francesca Battistelli. Francesca is well known for her presence in Christian music. In this episode, the ladies discuss the process behind songwriting, raising a big family, Christmas routines and more. With so many plates spinning, Francesca dishes on some of the ways she lets Jesus ‘in’ and finds peace.

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Emily P. Freeman on “the NEXT RIGHT THING”

The PROMISE: The podcast tagline, “Creating space for your soul to breathe so you can discern the next right thing,” sums up this show perfectly.  Emily’s approach to making decisions – the big and little ones- allows the listener the freedom to create space, seek the wisdom of God and feel at peace with their choices.  She walks the listener through scenarios and illustrates the correlations of her discernment with the Lord’s will.

         Essence of an Episode: Ep:65: Take Off Your Crown.  Emily exposes her own vulnerability while sharing a story of how she seeks to control, measure, manipulate, maintain and figure out the answers to her life, living in her kingdom, instead of the Kingdom of God. Need a reminder about who’s kingdom you are in? Practice taking off your crown, it’s not all up to you.  “You are one in whom Christ dwells and delights. You live in a strong and unshakeable Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is not in trouble and neither are you.”

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Lisa Whittle on “Jesus Over Everything with Lisa Whittle”

The PROMISE: Meet your daily dose of spiritual renewal! Lisa provides short (approximately 5 minutes), powerful episodes to jump start your day. Her wit and intelligence will make it a routine listen.

     Essence of an Episode: S1E2: My Will for Thy Will with Lysa Terkeurst. Lysa elaborates on what it means to exchange our will for God’s will.  Amid questions of ‘why me’ and ‘why now,’ Lysa learned to seek verses on raw and relatable words in scripture that met her right where she was – broken and scared.

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We’re so excited we still have our TransFit Girls sessions Wednesdays at 4:15! It’s never too late to sign your girls up! You can purchase the sessions on our website HERE or our free app HERE.

Check out our website for more blogs, inspiration, recipes, workouts, and more!

Let us know how we can serve you! We’re so excited to finish February stronger together with you! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a on-on-one!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

COMMIT to Your Nutrition- FREE Back to School Meal Plan!

Hey, sweet friends!

What an awesome start to August this week in the studio! We are so excited you are COMMITTING to your whole body health this August! Let's reset, recharge, and stay focused to make August our best month, yet!

A lot of you have young ones starting back to school over the next couple weeks, and just like you all, we are ready to get back into our routine of healthy lunches and dinners! Sometimes, though, the thought of planning out meals might seem overwhelming to you. That’s why we’re going to help you jump back into this school year one step ahead! We want to serve you, amazing friend! 

TransFit Nutrition Consultant, Katie Woodall & Dietitian Kaeti Shurling are sharing a full week's meal plan with you (on the TRANSFORM section of the website or click HERE), so your meals and workouts are already planned out for you and your family! Wahoo! A week’s worth of family-friendly meals with recipes are laid out for you to help make this transition back to school a smooth one! We’re even giving you a shopping list so you can breeze your way through the grocery aisles!

A new school year is a great time to get your kids to try some new healthy foods! But let’s not get crazy — remember we have to ease them into it, right? Let’s be real. Most kids could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day (or is that just mine?) Give yourself and your kiddos some grace but set a goal to some new healthier recipes this month.  We are here to help any way you need to get your family back on track.

In addition to our meal plan, we want to provide 5 packing items that you should include in your child's lunch for school! These five items allow you to ensure that your child is getting in their nutrition needs for the day! 

1. Protein. 

The protein doesn’t have to come from meat! Sure you can roll up a couple slices of deli meat, like roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham, but try a variety of protein sources — like a cheese stick (or shredded cheese as my child prefers!), yogurt (just look for low-sugar kinds and resist any artificial sweeteners). You can use different nuts or nut butter (great for dipping, too), beans, hummus or hard-boiled eggs.

2. Whole grains.

Buy whole grains when you can, like whole wheat bread or pasta. Substitute two slices of bread with a whole grain wrap. Add in some whole grain crackers for dipping. You can also try the 1/2 and 1/2 trick for a while to help transition your kids to whole wheat!

3. Colorful fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to add in fiber and antioxidants. Whole pieces of fruit are great — apples, bananas, oranges, or get creative with the mini fruit kabobs using grapes and berries. Slice up veggies, like a bright red bell pepper or celery. Along with carrots, these vegetables are great for dipping so include a container with a yogurt-based Ranch dressing, fresh salsa, hummus or even guacamole!

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4. Sweet and salty snacks. 

Mix up a healthy trail mix, or include raw nuts, dried fruits or pretzels. You can freeze tubes of yogurt for a cool treat. Enlist your child’s help over the weekend to prepare homemade energy balls or granola bars for their lunches, too.

5. Hydration.

Pack a mini-bottled water or an organic low-fat milk. When you can, avoid fruit juices. Stick to whole fruit options in their lunchbox to avoid any added sugars.

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Use this lunchbox prep time as a chance to connect with your children! Take time to ask them about school or their friendships. Encourage them, and of course, use this opportunity to talk about why we choose healthy, nutritious foods!

And remember, you’re setting an example for your family! These little ones are watching you — taking a little extra time to prepare for the week can be a way of showing your family that you’re honoring your body with healthy foods at lunchtime, too!

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Reflect on our verse for this month: Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Just like your workouts, commit to planning healthy lunches and dinner for your family. We believe in YOU! If you would like to meet with our Nutrition Consultants or Registered Dietitian to help you with a plan for feeling your best please email us!

In addition, our middle school (5-8th grade sessions and our 4th grade sessions) will begin THIS Wednesday! We hope that your school year will be off to a great start! We are praying for each of you as the school year begins! 

Love & Blessings, 

Team TransFit

10 Ways To Get Your Family Healthy This Spring!

Happy Spring, sweet friends! 

Can you believe we are halfway through March?! Remember to keep up with your March Calendar Challenge of being ABSolutely motivated daily! Amazing client Molly Efland won our February Challenge and gained one month of free sessions by completing her February calendar! Get your family into the challenge too- even if you start today by committing to finishing March strong!

Today, we want to encourage you and help your family make better decisions to live a healthier lifestyle one day at a time! Yes, we know it is challenging to find a meal that pleases everyone and so hard to get the kids moving some days but here are

10 ways we hope to inspire you!

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10 ways to get your family healthy! 

 

1. Set an example!

Your kids and other family members are watching you — when you take time out of your day to exercise when you choose an apple over a bag of potato chips when you refill your water bottle when you choose steamed veggies over french fries. They’re watching! And though we aren’t always perfect in our choices, we can make a big impact on our family with all the small choices we make day in and day out!

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2. Feed your family what you’re eating!

Instead of fixing your family a separate meal, serve them the same foods you’re eating but add in one food on their plate that they will eat and like. If you’ve baked fish with steamed veggies and rice for yourself, don’t hesitate to put the same foods on their plates. Add in some fruit on the side that they can nibble on! They might not be as excited as you are about your healthy meal, but don’t let that discourage you. And don’t give up! Even if they aren’t thrilled about this meal the first time you offer it to them, offer it to them again…and again! 

3. Offer incentives.

Kids love sticker charts, $5 gift cards,  and earning rewards! Use an incentive that motivates your kids. We have tried earning “stars” for every new food our kids try. Once they earn 10 stars, they get a $5 gift card to Target! It works, and they get very excited! Rewards don’t always have to come in the form of sugar!

4. Take them grocery shopping.

It may not be your idea of fun, but we encourage you to get the whole family involved in grocery shopping! Let the kids pick out the produce! Or let them try using the scales to weigh the vegetables you’re purchasing — any way to get them excited about new fruits and vegetables! Helping you at the store might be another way for them to likely try the foods they (not you!) put in the cart.

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5. Let them help you in the kitchen!

If everyone has a helping hand in dinner, it might encourage them to eat what they’ve worked so hard to prepare! Even if it’s washing fruit and vegetables (or if you’re comfortable, they can chop, too), give them a specific task!

Put them in charge of re-filling snack baskets. If you have the snack-sized Ziplock bags, they can pre-portion out their snacks for school, too!

6. Use meal planning charts!

Instead of you sitting down to plan out your families’ meals alone each week, enlist your help from your family! This would be a great opportunity to talk about the fruits and vegetables that are currently in season and let them pick which ones they’d like along with the main dish. And once it’s on the chart, there’s no fuss about breakfast, lunch or dinner — it’s already been discussed and planned! Another bonus: you’re organized for the whole week! This will simplify grocery shopping as well!

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7. Let your kids help prepare their own lunch boxes.

Make it fun — use shapes and a variety of colors. Cut their sandwiches, cheese, and fruit into different shapes. Mix it up with color, like green cucumbers, red strawberries, orange carrots or yellow bell peppers. And send healthy dips to go along! Try finding a yogurt-based Ranch for dipping, hummus or peanut butter. Use muffin cups to separate foods and add color. You could also roll up sliced turkey with cheese and add a toothpick!

8. Make exercising fun!

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Get a stopwatch and have a relay race or see how many jumping jacks they can do in 1 minute! Get out the jump ropes and hula-hoops. Turn on some fun music and have a dance contest! If the weather is nice, ask them to join you for a jog! Sign up for family races or 5k events that have a Family Fun Run. Let them see you honoring your body through exercise! Most likely, if your kids see you on the floor doing push-ups, they’re going to want to join in! And if not, ask them — that might be all it takes is an invitation from you!

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9. Have patience.

Just like in your journey to a whole body transformation, it takes time for their bodies and minds to adjust to new habits. Changes don't happen overnight. Extend extra compassion, love, and patience to them. Eventually, they will enjoy time in the kitchen, trips to the grocery store and exercising with you.

10. Praise!

We all need affirmation and encouragement in our lives. They need to hear from us, “Great job!” or “I am so proud of you!” So any chance you get, take it! Tell them, show them, affirm them every single day!

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We encourage you to help motivate your family to have a healthier lifestyle! We believe in you and know you can do it!

Another place to find tips and healthy recipes are in our, Healthy Families Handbook eBook. You can purchase it HERE! This is a great resource to use when it comes to better whole-body health for your family!

If you plan a meal with your family or get in a family workout, please send us a picture! We would love to see what you and your family do! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Please join us this coming Thursday night 6 PM for a fun, free, community workout event benefiting HOPE 139! Sign up on the app to reserve your spot (limited number available).

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Inspiring Generations of Women- Spotlight on Amazing Middle School Girls!

Hello Sweet Friends!

Today, we have the joy of hearing from one of our amazing Personal Trainers, Katie Lord, who supports our amazing middle school girls! She adores these middle school girls and comes alongside them to provide encouragement, support, care, and hope as they learn about whole body health! We are so thankful for Katie and our middle school girls who are learning what it means to live transformed! 

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Think back to your years in middle school. What thoughts come to mind? Are all of your memories positive, or like me, do you also remember a lot of awkwardness and feeling uncomfortable with your body! I wish someone had come alongside me during middle school to offer encouragement and guidance in how to take care of my body and be confident in how God made me! 

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At TransFit, we aspire to do just that for this generation of middle school girls through the TransFit Girls sessions! We teach the girls about whole body health and help them to love their bodies! We hope to empower each girl to be confident in who they are and know that they are beautiful, strong, and unique! 

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In the 55 - minute TransFit girls session, we focus on making exercise enjoyable, learning how to correctly perform exercises, and the importance of nutrition and faith. Each week, the girls engage in an energizing and fun workout along with a cooldown time with stretching and inspiration. Some weeks the girls also complete simple crafts or hear a guest speaker that relates to the weekly theme. We help the girls set attainable goals each month and encourage them to stay committed to reaching those goals! We want the girls to give their best not just in the workout, but in everything they do! 

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It is such a blessing to spend time with the middle school girls each week and teach them about living transformed! The girls have a blast during the workout! They work hard, all while smiling, laughing, and making new friends. God is changing the hearts of this generation of middle school girls! He is helping them to be confident, strong young women who are lights of kindness, love, and hope to the other girls in their community! Middle school is such an important stage in a young girl's life, and we pray that each of the girls finds inspiration to live transformed - body, mind, and soul. 

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It is an honor and joy for us to welcome these sweet middle school girls into the studio. We are so thankful for the joy, sparkle, laughter, and energy each of these girls brings each Wednesday afternoon! If you know someone who would like to join us for our middle school girls session, they can sign up on our FREE app. The middle school girls sessions meet on Wednesday's from 4:30-5:30. We would love for your daughter or friend to join us! 

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween! 🎃👻

Can you believe it's the last week of October? It seems like just yesterday we were headed into this month- focusing on being optimistic and striving to reach goals we never thought possible. What have you been focused on this month? What goals have you accomplished? Remember to work on small goals daily- striving for progress not perfection! We hope that you have been filling out your October calendar and are ready to submit it for a chance to win a month of FREE sessions!!!

Get ready because it's almost Halloween! The fun holiday allows our kiddos to run around in their precious costumes, buzz with the excitement of all the creative outfits & play makeup  and eat a little too much candy they will be getting later in the evening. With all that sugar coming in the door, it can be easy to allow ourselves to slip and fall into consuming much more than we intended! Today, you can  shift your mindset to the positive: Halloween does not have to be so bad after all! 

Here are a few healthy Halloween recipes you can try this week! Enjoy fellowship with friends and family and focus on our motto "all things in moderation".  Being mindful and having self- control some days is not easy but the life- long rewards of making good choices and not overindulging will be worth it in the end!  You can do this- believe in yourself that YOU CAN make good choices and enjoy a happy and healthier halloween.


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Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Ingredients 

  • 2 lb. 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 3 15 oz. cans of great northern beans, or kidney beans (mixed is great)
  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp Chili powder (or more to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Spray a large frying pan with oil, and over medium, cook the turkey, onion, and garlic  for about 4-5  minutes or until mostly white.
  2. Pour the beans, pumpkin, peppers, spices and broth into a large pot or crock pot.
  3. Mix in the pot and let simmer or if in crockpot set on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  4. Garnish with avocado, greek yogurt, cilantro, and salsa! Enjoy!

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Candy Corn Dessert Fruit Cups

Add in colorful fruit with a TruWhip topping for a fun, lighter dessert! And top with the real thing, of course!

Layer cut pineapple, cut oranges, top with TruWhip! 


Have a healthy and happy Halloween with your little ones! Enjoy this sweet time and take in every moment!  We had so much fun making all of these treats and getting into some other Halloween fun as well! 

We can't wait to see all of your sweet pictures of costumes and creative healthy treats! Please send them to us at transfitathens@gmail.com or tag us on Instagram @transfitathens! Let's finish this October stronger than we started! We believe in YOU! Email us or bring in your completed calendar for our October challenge! Come join us for a session this week and dress up on Monday or Tuesday in your Halloween costume! If you can't make it to the studio, check out our FREE at home workouts on our website HERE and on our FREE app HERE!

Join us on Friday at 12:30 for our Lunch and Learn with our new Registered Dietitian, Kaeti Shurling. We will be focusing on how to give your best with nutrition and to finish 2017 STRONG! Sign up on our FREE app HERE

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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ACTIVATE Your Nutrition with this FREE Back to School Meal Plan!

Hey, sweet friends!

What an awesome start to August this week in the studio! We are so excited you are getting active this August! Let's reset, recharge, and stay focused to make August our best month, yet!

A lot of you have young ones starting back to school over the next couple weeks, and just like you all, we are also ready to get back into our routine of healthy lunches and dinners! Just the thought of planning out meals might seem overwhelming to you. That’s why we’re going to help you jump back into this school year one step ahead!

TransFit Nutrition Consultant, Katie Woodall is sharing a full week's meal plan with you (on the TRANSFORM section of the website or click HERE), so your meals and workouts are already planned out for you and your family! Wahoo! A week’s worth of family-friendly meals with recipes are laid out for you to help make this transition back to school a smooth one! We’re even giving you a shopping list so you can breeze your way through the grocery aisles!

A new school year is a great time to get your kids to try some new healthy foods! But let’s not get crazy — remember we have to ease them into it, right? Let’s be real. Most kids could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day (or is that just mine?)


In addition to our meal plan, we want to provide 5 packing items that you should include in your child's lunch for school! These five items allow you to ensure that your child is getting in their nutrition needs for the day! 

1. Protein. 

The protein doesn’t have to come from meat! Sure you can roll up a couple slices of deli meat, like roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham, but try a variety of protein sources — like a cheese stick (or shredded cheese as my child prefers!), yogurt (just look for low-sugar kinds and resist any artificial sweeteners). You can use different nuts or nut butters (great for dipping, too), beans, hummus or hard-boiled eggs.

2. Whole grains.

Buy whole grains when you can, like whole wheat bread or pasta. Substitute two slices of bread with a whole grain wrap. Add in some whole grain crackers for dipping. You can also try the 1/2 and 1/2 trick for a while to help transition your kids to whole wheat!

3. Colorful fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to add in fiber and antioxidants. Whole pieces of fruit are great — apples, bananas, oranges, or get creative with the mini fruit kabobs using grapes and berries. Slice up veggies, like a bright red bell pepper or celery. Along with carrots, these vegetables are great for dipping so include a container with a yogurt-based Ranch dressing, fresh salsa, hummus or even guacamole!

4. Sweet and salty snacks. 

Mix up a healthy trail mix, or include raw nuts, dried fruits or pretzels. You can freeze tubes of yogurt for a cool treat. Enlist your child’s help over the weekend to prepare homemade energy balls or granola bars for their lunches, too.

5. Hydration.

Pack a mini-bottled water or an organic low-fat milk. When you can, avoid fruit juices. Stick to whole fruit options in their lunchbox to avoid any added sugars.


Use this lunchbox prep time as a chance to connect with your children! Take time to ask them about school or their friendships. Encourage them, and of course, use this opportunity to talk about why we choose healthy, nutritious foods!

And remember, you’re setting an example for your family! These little ones are watching you — taking a little extra time to prepare for the week can be a way of showing your family that you’re honoring your body with healthy foods at lunchtime, too!

Reflect on our verse for this month: Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Just like your workouts, commit to this family meal plan and planning out healthy lunches for your family. We believe in YOU! If you would like to meet with our Nutrition Consultants to help you with a plan for feeling your best please email us! In addition, our middle school session will begin next Wednesday! We hope that your school year will be off to a great start! We are praying for each of you as the school year begins! 

Love & Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Tips to Make This Second Half of 2017 Your Best!

Clean slate, yes, it's Monday!  7-17-17 this date must signify a fresh start for YOU! Let's make the 2nd half of 2017 be your best! Today, let's focus on being thankful for the body that you have and set new goals to ensure you are treating your body with care and respect!

One new goal could be to increase the amount of high quality protein that you include in your daily nutrition plan!  Protein is an essential food for repairing muscle tissue, and for keeping you feeling full for longer. High protein snacks should be consumed after 30-45 minutes after workouts for maximum muscle building and repair benefits, or should be consumed as a snack during the day to fight cravings and help manage weight.

Here are my top 4 favorites:

  • 1 hard boiled egg- 8g
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas- 18g
  • 1/2 cup cashews- 16g
  • 3 oz of tuna- 25g

Try out these great high protein snacks and start your healthy lifestyle with a delicious, higher protein nutrition plan!


Here is a high protein healthy popsicle to try this week! 

Strawberry Mango Chai Popsicle

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup – strawberries
  • 1 1/4 cup – coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon – honey
  • 4 teaspoon – chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cup pieces – mango

Directions:
Puree strawberries (fresh or frozen) with half of the coconut water in a blender or food processor. Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness, if needed. Stir in 2 teaspoons of chia seeds. Set aside. Puree mango (fresh or frozen) with the other half of the coconut water in a blender or food processor. Taste the mixture and blend in honey to desired sweetness, if needed. Stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons of chia seeds. Alternately pour each fruit mixture (for a marbled look) into popsicle molds and freeze until set. Makes 10 (3 ounce) popsicles. If you have the Norpro Ice Pop Maker let it freeze for 45 minutes and then add my wooden sticks so they stay in place better and the lid will come off easier.


We are excited to start our Super Charged Workout Week for middle school girls! Next week, July 24-28 we are offering a session from 3-4 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Friday for our sweet middle school girls! This session will be a kickoff to their school year and a way to recharge, reset, and refocus for the end of the summer ready to start a new school year! You can register for this session on our app HERE! Make sure to choose the Super Charged Workout- 5th through 8th grade girls sessions!

Throughout this session, we are going to focus on improving form while exercising, nutrition tips, learning about our beauty that is found in the Lord, the importance of positive thinking, and having endurance as we run the race the Lord has set before us! We are excited to have these girls in the studio! We hope that you can join us! 


We hope that this second half of 2017 is your best! We believe in YOU! Let us know what your goals are for the second half of the year. We want to encourage you, as you prepare for a great rest of 2017! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Healthy Halloween Tricks & Treats!

It's almost that time of the year again- Halloween! The fun holiday allows our kiddos to run around in their precious costumes, buzz with the excitement of all the creative outfits & play makeup  and eat a little too much candy they will be getting later in the evening. With all that sugar coming in the door, it can be easy to allow ourselves to slip and fall into consuming much more than we intended! But, let's shift our mindsets to the positive: Halloween does not have to be so bad after all! 

Allow the kids to have a few pieces of their FAVORITE candy in the pile. This could be a good activity to do with them- have them lay out all of their candy and organize it into their favorites, counting, sorting,  and even make a game of letting them trade each other for their favorites. Then, allow them to pick a few of favorites to eat then. Donate your candy to the local food bank, or bring to TransFit and we will share with our friends at the Mercy Health Center. Reminding our families and ourselves that we should do all things in moderation. Moderation and portion control is an important lesson to learn as a child and even as an adult. All things should be done in moderation. 

Here are some fun Halloween Healthy recipes to try this week and weekend with your family! 


Lyla enjoyed making the jack-o-lantern face while I blended the smoothie! Crafts and healthy afternoon snack! Check!

Jack-O-Lantern Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • Handful of carrots
  • 1 serving vanilla protein power or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1tbs flax seed
  • Crushed ice
  • Honey to taste 

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Ingredients (makes about a dozen) 

  • 1 cup whole white wheat flour
  • ½ cup  or 2 scoops of protein powder (unflavored or vanilla) 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  •  ⅓ cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 2 whole eggs or 4 egg whites
  •  1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice (ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon mixed together) 
  • 1 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  2 tablespoons rolled oats

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F , and place a rack in the center. Put liners in muffin cups. Combine flour, protein powder, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl whisk together pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and salt until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined. Stir together cinnamon and rolled oats in a small cup. Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full).

Then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-oats mixture.

Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.


Monster Mouths

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Lemon Juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Almonds, peeled

Directions:

  1. Slice the apples into pieces that look like lips (just a standard slice will work).
  2. Place the sliced apples in a bowl or lemon water for about 10-15 minutes so they don't brown.
  3. Heavily spread peanut butter on the tops of each apple slice.
  4. Stick the "teeth" into the peanut butter of one apple slice.
  5. Place an apple slice without teeth on top

Frightening Fruits

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Clementines
  • Celery

Directions:

For the ghosts, take each banana and slice in half. Add a chocolate chip for the mouth. If you have mini chocolate chips use these for the eyes, and if not slice a regular sized chocolate chip in half. For the pumpkins, peel each clementine, making sure to keep the segments together. Cut small pieces of celery and use these as stems.


As Halloween approaches and October comes to a quick end, let's keep in mind our October goals. We hope that you have joined us for the October challenge. Bring in your calendars next week or send us a picture if you have completed the daily challenge. We will enter each of your names in a drawing and announce the winner next week! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication this month! We are so proud of each of you! Hope to see you in the studio soon! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

TransFit Middle School Girls!

Hi sweet friend! We hope you are off to a strong start this August and are focusing on your goals you have set for this month. Goals are so important and can be used in all areas of life, including faith, friends, family, and fitness. We are excited to give you the opportunity to help middle school girls set goals and gain strength in body, mind, and spirit at TransFit Athens!  The 55 MINUTE training session for girls will help them to love their bodies and to empower them to feel confident, beautiful, and strong! 

Our first middle school session will begin August 15- September 23. The six week session will meet twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. We will teach the girls about whole body health through mind, body, and spirit. We will focus on learning how to correctly perform exercises, the importance of nutrition, and how to feel your best on the inside and outside!  The sessions will allow the girls to work hard, laugh, sweat and finish with a time of stretching and inspiration in the 55 minute full body session.


Here is a brief outline of the topics to be discussed during the workouts each week! 

  Week 1:

Theme: Your life is a gift!

Discussion: How can you honor your body?

Through exercise, nutrition, and rest.

Set goals

Week 2:

Theme: Power of Positive Thinking/ Encouragement

Verse: Philippians 4:8

Discussion: What you think is how you act. How can you encourage others?

Try a 1 day no negative words challenge!

Importance of breathing & relaxation

Week 3:

Theme: You are strong. Have confidence!

Female Speaker from UGA College Sports Team

Verse: Ephesians 6:10 Be strong in the Lord….

Discussion: How can you be strong?

Best strength exercises for specific sports.

Week 4:

Theme: Commitment/Nutrition

Don’t compare your self to others

Discussion: You are what you eat. Healthy snacks.

Set specific nutrition goals for week ahead

Week 5:

Theme: Perseverance/Discipline/Trials

Verse: James 2:4 Consider it pure joy when you face trials…

Discussion:  We have to know that everything happens for a reason in His perfect timing. When have you had a trial or something bad happen? What would you do differently next time?

Week 6:

Theme: Endurance

Verse: Hebrew 12:1 Run the race with endurance….

Discussion: Never give up on your goals. Review goals and discuss never giving up on your goals- set new ones for future! How can you live transformed each day?


Partner exercises for our middle school girls! 

Partner exercises for our middle school girls! 


If you or someone you know is interested, please have them sign up at transfitathens.com or on our our new TransFit app! You can purchase the full package, allowing her to come twice a week for the session or you can purchase the half package, allowing her to come once a week for the session! 


We are extremely excited about this opportunity to extend our TransFit community to all generations of women and look forward teaching them about whole body health! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

FREE Back to School Meal Plan & Healthy Kitchen Tips

Hey, sweet friends!! What an awesome start to August this week in the studio! We are so excited about the goals you have shared with our team and can’t wait to see you reach them — one meal, one workout at a time!

A lot of you have young ones starting back to school over the next couple weeks, and just like you all, we are also ready to get back into our routine of healthy lunches and dinners! Just the thought of planning out meals might seem overwhelming to you. That’s why we’re going to help you jump back into this school year one step ahead!

TransFit Nutrition Consultant, Katie Woodall is sharing a full week’s meal plan with you (below - for FREE) so your meals and workouts are already planned out for you and your family! Wahoo! A week’s worth of family-friendly meals with recipes are laid out for you to help make this transition back to school a smooth one! We’re even giving you a shopping list so you can breeze your way through the grocery aisles!

Included are simple breakfasts your whole family can enjoy, and we’re recommending healthy mason jar salads for your lunches this week! Since your lunches are all planned out, you’re probably wondering what your kids will eat for lunch. We want to help you with that, too.

A new school year is a great time to get your kids to try some new healthy foods! But let’s not get crazy — remember we have to ease them into it, right? Let’s be real. Most kids could eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day (or is that just mine?)


Pack foods your kids will eat! 

Sure we’d love it if all our kids would eat carrots, broccoli, sliced turkey and edamame. But let’s face it, not all kids will eat this and they need nourishment for school and after-school activities! Pack them a variety of foods so they have choices and be sure to include a couple items they already like.

We talk in the studio a lot about fueling our bodies for our workouts. Our kids need that fuel, too, so they can perform their best at school!

Let your kids pack their lunch. 

From kindergarten to 12th grade, each kiddo can help even if it’s a small task! Find a way they can be a part of choosing healthy foods for their lunchbox and feeling like it was “their idea.” 

Make it fun!

 Use bright or seasonal muffin cups to separate foods. Add toothpicks or make mini fruit kabobs. Send along a sweet card or note to make them smile! My kids love a funny joke, so I buy a couple books with tear-out lunchbox jokes, and I send one each day with a simple, “I love you!”


What to pack!

1. Protein.

The protein doesn’t have to come from meat! Sure you can roll up a couple slices of deli meat, like roast beef, turkey, chicken or ham, but try a variety of protein sources — like a cheese stick (or shredded cheese as my child prefers!), yogurt (just look for low-sugar kinds and resist any artificial sweeteners). You can use different nuts or nut butters (great for dipping, too), beans, hummus or hard-boiled eggs.

2. Whole grains.

Buy whole grains when you can, like whole wheat bread or pasta. Substitute two slices of bread with a whole grain wrap. Add in some whole grain crackers for dipping. You can also try the 1/2 and 1/2 trick for a while to help transition your kids to whole wheat!

3. Colorful fruits and vegetables.

This is a great way to add in fiber and antioxidants. Whole pieces of fruit are great — apples, bananas, oranges, or get creative with the mini fruit kabobs using grapes and berries. Slice up veggies, like a bright red bell pepper or celery. Along with carrots, these vegetables are great for dipping so include a container with a yogurt-based Ranch dressing, fresh salsa, hummus or even guacamole!

4. Sweet and salty snacks.

Mix up a healthy trail mix, or include raw nuts, dried fruits or pretzels. You can freeze tubes of yogurt for a cool treat. Enlist your child’s help over the weekend to prepare homemade energy balls or granola bars for their lunches, too.

5. Hydration.

Pack a mini-bottled water or an organic low-fat milk. When you can, avoid fruit juices. Stick to whole fruit options in their lunchbox to avoid any added sugars.


Use this lunchbox prep time as a chance to connect with your children! Take time to ask them about school or their friendships. Encourage them, and of course, use this opportunity to talk about why we choose healthy, nutritious foods!

And remember, you’re setting an example for your family! These little ones are watching you — taking a little extra time to prepare your salads for the week can be a way of showing your family that you’re honoring your body with healthy foods at lunchtime, too!

Reflect on our verse for this week: Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Just like your workouts, commit to this family meal plan and planning out healthy lunches for your family. We believe in YOU!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit



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5 Tips to get your kids back on track for a healthy New Year!

Hey sweet friends!

Many of you, like me, sent your sweet little muffins back to school this week after a wonderful holiday season with them! For many of us, the holiday season is a time full of Christmas cookies, desserts and LOTS of sugar! With all the yummy treats, we also tend to move and exercise much less during the holidays! While the time of rest is much needed, now is time to get our families back on track as school and work start back again. We have started the January Jump Start here in the TransFit studio, but  I wanted to take the time to offer some advice on jump-starting the New Year for your sweet little ones! Teaching them about the importance of nutrition and exercise from a young age will make a lasting impression on them as they grow up, and lead them on the right path in having their best  life! To start this week and month, here are 5 ways you can begin to help your children choose health and see that fit is FUN! I hope you enjoy these tips, recipes and our printable TransFit Kids "Fit is Fun food Journal"!


5 Tips to get your family on track with whole body health:

1. Plan AheadWhether you're eating on-the-run or running out to eat, you can find healthy food for the kids (and yourself) if you make advance plans. Meal plan and prep for the week! Get your kids involved and let them plan to have some of their favorite recipes this week! Maybe let them try helping you make some of these dishes too! Find a few great kid-approved recipes below they will want to plan in every week!

2. Make time for breakfastGive your family a good start with the most important meal of the day. Breakfast helps boost concentration in the boardroom or classroom, may aid in maintaining a healthy weight, and provides the energy needed for morning activities. Try a quick smoothie, healthy cereal, Kind bar or energy bites! Get ready the night before! Set out bowls, spoons, and cereal boxes. Or put out plates and forks, then whip up a few eggs first thing in the morning. If you're in a rush, take something with you! Toss pre-sliced fruit and cheese into a plastic container, top a toasted bagel with peanut butter, or blend up a fruit smoothie.

3. Keep Quick and/or Car-Friendly Snacks on handPack healthy snacks for after school that kids can manage themselves, including shelf-stable foods and fresh foods (pack a cooler if you have the time). Kid-friendly, healthy foods can include:

  • Fresh, easy-to-eat produce like apples, bananas, grapes
  • Dried fruit such as cranberries, raisins, apricots, apples, and pineapple
  • Trail Mix with nuts, dried fruit, and whole grain cereal
  • Whole-grain crackers with peanut/almond/sun butter
  • Low-Sugar granola bars
  • Turkey and cheese roll ups
  • Single serving yogurt
  • Cheese sticks or wedges
  • Ready to eat veggies with hummus

4. Eat out smarter - Find restaurants that serve healthier options for kids by knowing where you're going before you get there. Focus on places with healthy options like locally-owned restaurants, spots with salad bars , and fresh seafood restaurants. Luckily, many places now offer healthy swaps in kids meals such as fruit in place of fries, water in place of soda, and grilled nuggets instead of fried. 

5. Get the kids involved in your health journey - Your little ones are always watching you to see what you do. If they see you making healthy choices and doing it with excitement and joy, they will want to too! You- being a good role model for your children  is the best teacher of whole body health.

It may sound obvious, but kids need to be taught about eating right. It's not necessarily obvious why an apple is a better snack than a candy bar, so talk kindly with your kids about nutrition. Discuss subjects like why some foods are part of everyday healthy eating, and why other foods are a special treat.Teach kids where their food comes from with a visit to a local farm or farmer's market. Show them how to read and follow a recipe. Help your kids plant and tend a garden, then teach them to prepare the food they've grown. Show your children how to read nutrition labels, how to compare prepackaged foods in the supermarket, and how to shop. Us momma know it is not always easy to change your children's diet and win kids over to healthier foods. But it comes with a great bonus: once they're eating right, it's likely that you are, too! A few favorite recipes below and page on healthy lunches!


Strawberry Love Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk 1⁄2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or 1 serving vanilla protien powder 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • **1 tsp maple syrup or stevia drops (optional)
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • (top fresh strawberries and unsweetened coconut flakes)

No Bake Energy Balls

  • 1 cup oatmeal (I put this in the blender 1st)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other favorite nut butter or sun butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed (GO FIBER!)
  • 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips (optional) 1 tsp vanilla

Directions: Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1′′ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.


Get your kids excited about their health! Make it like a game! Print off this sheet and hang it up somewhere where your kids can plan out and track their meals, fruits, veggies, water and exercise! Sit down with them at the beginning of the week and get ready to have your best week yet! They will love getting to plan their week out and it will be a great habit to get them into early!! 

Send pictures of your recipes, filled out sheets and fun times to transfitathens@gmail.com we would love to see! If you post them tag us @transfitathens!! If you want the pdf version of this chart, email us and we will be glad to send you one! Have a wonderful, healthy week with your sweet kids this week! 

Blessings,

Caroline

Healthy Halloween TIPS and TRICKS

 Healthy Halloween TIPS and TRICKS

Well it's that time of year again - Halloween! This fun holiday leaves our kiddos running around in their precious costumes, buzzing with the excitement of all the creative costumes and the candy they will be getting later. With all that sugar coming in the door, it can be easy to allow ourselves to slip and fall into consuming much more than we intended! However, with a plan and some cute, creative snacks, Halloween can be an incredibly fun, yet still healthy time!

We are had our own mini halloween party here when we carved our pumpkins this week! Here are some healthy and super fun snacks you can try around Halloween to get your kids excited for the day in more more sensible way! Plus, making and tring some healthier treats will help you all avoid the not-so-fun sugar stomache aches later! 

Mental Strength- Sticking to an "I will" Statement

Mental Strength- Sticking to an "I will" Statement

Beginning our days with an "I will" statement allows us to live intentionally. God calls us in Colossians 4:5 to "Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity." In order to truly make the most of every opportunity, we have got to live our lives with an "I will" mindset. We have to seek to find opportunities to share the love of Jesus in every moment of every day.