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✨ Here’s How to Finish March with Energy!

Sweet friends,

WOW— what an incredible month we’ve had in the studio! We are so excited about the beginning of spring and warm weather. Take some time to enjoy God’s blessings by going for a run or walk outside!

Don’t forget to turn in your March calendar when the month is over! We want to see how you stayed ABSolutely committed this month! You can bring your calendar in to the studio, email us a picture to transfitathens@gmail.com, or text a picture to our staff. When you complete a monthly challenge and turn your calendar in, we reward your hard work with a prize!

We wanted to encourage you this morning to stay committed. Let’s run stronger together whatever race, whether it be the race of today or a real 5k, with perseverance, endurance, and heart!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful me, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

Whether we are physically running or not, we all run the race of life and give the honor and glory to God. Often, we are exhausted and want to quit but we have a finish line to cross so we must finish strong! He gave us these bodies and asks us to care for them, which we do by viewing exercise as a form of worship. Let us soak in the richness of the world He created!

We hope you can join us for our lunch and learn on Thursday! Additionally, we have exciting news beginning next week, April 3rd! Pam Adams, our director of Spiritual Development and Outreach, will be leading a prayer walk every Wednesday in April at at 9:30 am. Stay tuned for our April news blog for more details!

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Wall Postures

Click the button above to download this flyer and save or print it for future reference! These poses are restorative yoga postures that allow the mind and the body to relax, relieving stress and tension. Here are 3 key benefits of doing these postures:

  1. Relaxation: These poses in combination with controlled breathing lead to a slowing down within your body. This exhibits itself in a lowered heart rate which elicits a relaxation response and, in turn, helps lower anxiety, stress and insomnia.

  2. Stretches hamstrings and lower back: The angle of the body in these poses reduces the curve of the lumbar spine, which will elongate and stretch the back muscles. In poses like Legs Up the Wall, the closer your hips are to the wall, the more stretch you'll create in your hamstrings.

  3. Facilitates venous drainage and increases circulation: Elevating the legs promotes drainage from excess fluid build-up. In addition, gravity assists circulation by facilitating the return of blood back to the heart.

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Wednesday is the last day to register for the Lunch & Learn!

The event will be on Thursday, March 28th. During this luncheon, we will cover safe and efficient running. Topics include form fundamentals, nutrition, running shoes and favorite running gear, and health benefits. TransFit Running Director Lisa Patton will teach us about running/walking hills efficiently and safely, how to run/walk a 5K, and strategies to help us get faster! TransFit Registered Dietician Kaeti Shurling will teach us about the best foods for runners. We will also have Fleet Feet Athens and Lululemon here as guests! Lululemon is bringing new sports bras for runners. You do not want to miss this!

The cost to cover lunch is $10. You can register on the free TransFit app under Special Events!

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Congratulations to our incredible marathon runners— we are SO proud of you! These ladies went down to Ormond Beach, FL to run the Tomoka Marathon over the weekend. They set a great example for us on using our bodies to worship our amazing God! Let’s take the dedication and drive we learn while training and apply it to the real life marathon we run each day for Christ!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

Our first annual Fit for a Miracle 5k benefitting ESP is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. We will also have a Miracle Mile (1 mile fun run) at 4:30 pm. We are SO excited about this opportunity to support ESP Miracle League, which will provide transformative experiences for individuals with disabilities to thrive through the magic of accessible play and inclusive baseball.

You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex. If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event please email us HERE!

We can’t wait to see you in the studio throughout the rest of this week! We are finishing March strong and full of energy!

Check out our website for more 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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🍴 Here's a Healthy New Recipe to Start Your Week Strong!

Sweet friends,

We are so excited to help you transform this week! Keep being motivated, committed, and filling out that ABSolutely awesome March calendar! When you turn your completed calendar in to us at the end of the month, you can win a prize!

Spring breaks are in full swing, which can sometimes make it difficult to exercise. But don’t worry— we have plenty of workouts you can do from anywhere, with or without equipment! Check them out on our app HERE, website HERE, and YouTube channel HERE.

Meal prepping is so important to do at the beginning of each week to help us remain accountable, even with our busy schedules! So we are kicking off this week with a NEW salad recipe that is healthy, delicious, and nutritious. The Chopped Kale Cobb Salad will be a family favorite and is easy to prep— try it out and let us know what you think!

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Chopped Kale Cobb Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches kale, finely chopped

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, diced

  • 4 oz cooked turkey bacon, crumbled

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced

  • 1 avocado, cut into pieces

  • 1/2 cup feta cheese

  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cut into bite-sized cubes

Zesty Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1 cup fresh basil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  • Prepare dressing by combining all ingredients EXCEPT olive oil in a food processor or blender. Pulse while slowly adding olive oil. Process 1-2 minutes until dressing is smooth.

  • Prepare kale by chopping finely with a knife or placing it in a food processor then pulsing it until the kale is finely chopped

  • Place eggs in boiling water and boil for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, drain, and place in iced water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Peel.

  • Set oven to 400 degrees. Cook bacon strips on a wire rack placed on top of a baking sheet for 25 minutes. Can also be cooked in the microwave or skillet.

  • Bake chicken breasts in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You may also use a rotisserie chicken.

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, drizzle dressing on top, and serve. Enjoy!

This salad is filled with so many amazing ingredients to nourish your body! Avocados, cheese, and turkey bacon contain healthy fats; these are essential to give you energy and support cell growth. Eggs and chicken provide us with protein, which is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Kale is one of our favorite superfoods because it is rich in vitamins K, A and C, along with other vital nutrients. The health benefits of kale include detoxification, heart support, cancer prevention and a number of others.

Try this salad and share your thoughts with us.

Don’t forget to tag us!


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Go ahead and register for our Healthy Running Lunch and Learn! During this luncheon we will cover safe, efficient running. Topics include: form fundamentals, nutrition, running shoes and favorite running gear, and health benefits. TransFit Running Director Lisa Patton will teach us about running/walking hills efficiently and safely, how to run/walk a 5K, and strategies to help us get faster! The cost to cover lunch is $15. You can register on the app under Special Events!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

Our first annual Fit for a Miracle 5k benefitting ESP is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. We will also have a Miracle Mile (1 mile fun run) at 4:30 pm. We are SO excited about this opportunity to support ESP Miracle League, which will provide transformative experiences for individuals with disabilities to thrive through the magic of accessible play and inclusive baseball.

You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex. If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event please email us HERE!

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Don’t miss out on our new sessions this month. 8:20 Monday Running Session and 5:30 am HIIT class Tuesdays this month! Sign up on our FREE app here!

Check out our website for more 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 on-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

🏃‍♀️Run Faster and More Efficiently Today— Here’s How!

Sweet friends,

We are so thankful for another amazing week in the TransFit studio and we are ready to inspire and encourage you! March is full of so many fun events, including our Lunch and Learn! In honor of the Fit for a Miracle 5K we have coming up May 4th, we are hosting a Healthy Running Lunch & Learn. Our Transfit Staff and running experts will lead this luncheon, teaching us how to run or walk faster and more efficiently no matter how experienced we are!

During this luncheon we will cover safe, efficient running. Topics include: form fundamentals, nutrition, running shoes and favorite running gear, and health benefits. Come ready to be active and practice form drills! TransFit Running Director Lisa Patton will teach us about running/walking hills efficiently and safely, how to run/walk a 5K, and strategies to help us get faster! Whether you are a beginner or experienced runner, we can all learn and benefit!

You can register for this event on the TransFit app under Special Events by clicking the button below!

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We each have a race set before us! May we look to the Lord for guidance while running the race marked before us! We hope to see you in the studio this week! The days you aren't in the studio, try to get in an extra walk or run. Text or email us pictures and tag #transfitrunning in your posts. We are stronger together, ladies!

If you have a goal to run a race, improve your form, or start running, schedule a 1-1 session with Lisa to help you achieve your goals! You can purchase a session on our website HERE or app HERE. Email Lisa directly HERE if you have any questions.

Are you in a rut or do you desire to feel stronger while walking, jogging, or running? We have heard this comment often in the studio as the sun starts to shine and we want to be out enjoying nature on foot. We want to challenge you and ask that you commit to making one healthy habit a priority today.

When we run or walk, the glutes hold our pelvis level and steady, extend our hip, and propel us forward. The glutes also keep our legs, pelvis, and torso properly aligned. When our glutes are weak, our entire kinetic chain is disrupted. Research links weak glute muscles to Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, and IT band syndrome. Let’s don’t give in! Let’s commit to strengthening these areas! Here, we show you glute exercises that will strengthen your backside for more efficient healthy walking and running. 

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Here are some incredible yoga stretches to do post walk or run to release the glutes and hamstrings!

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Fit for a Miracle 5K

As some of you may know, our first annual Fit for a Miracle 5k benefitting ESP is scheduled to take place on May 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm. We will also have a Miracle Mile (1 mile fun run) at 4:30 pm. We are SO excited about this opportunity to support ESP Miracle League, which will provide transformative experiences for individuals with disabilities to thrive through the magic of accessible play and inclusive baseball.

You can register for this event online HERE or download the mail-in registration form below. All of the proceeds from this event will be donated toward Extra Special People and help to fund the new Miracle League Complex. If you or your business would like to help sponsor this event please email us HERE!

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Our “Commit” shirts are here and they are amazing! So cute and soft!! Make sure you grab one of these shirts in the studio or from our Etsy!

Check out our website for more 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 on-on-one.

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

👊 Why Women Need Self-Defense!

Sweet friends,

We hope your week is off to an amazing start! Transformation Tuesday means… let’s make the most of everyday- starting today! We are so close to spring and warm weather! ☀️ Remember those February Calendars and all the events and sessions we have in February!

We want to remind you about our February Lunch and Learn this Friday from 12-1 at TransFit! Sean Borders from Karate Oconee will be in the studio leading us in an interactive self-defense course. Yes— that means we will actually be up moving and learning the best self-defense techniques during this session! The Self-defense lunch and learn will empower you to be stronger and have confidence in your ability to protect yourself in any situation.

We will serve delicious Transformer Plates from the Pine! If you would like gluten free or another lunch option please let us know. You can sign up on our FREE app by clicking the button below. Spots are limited so don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for fellowship, laughing, and learning how to defend ourselves!

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3 Benefits of Self-Defense Courses for Women:

  1. Self-defense helps protect you and your family. This is the most obvious yet important reason to learn self defense. Even though women are typically smaller and not as strong as their attacker, this discipline helps women use their opponent’s mechanics (height, weight, and strength) against them. More than half of women in victimization attacks are harmed; knowing self-defense techniques provides us with the necessary skills to avoid being injured in an attack.

  2. Self-defense builds confidence in women. The great thing about self-defense is that everyone can benefit from it. It does not discriminate against sex, age, or physical ability. Women’s self-defense classes present opportunities to build friendships and build each other up as we continue to learn. Self-defense empowers women to be stronger and have confidence in their ability to protect themselves.

  3. Self-defense teaches women discipline that transfers into other areas of their lives. You learn how to be calm, control your breathing, and respond instead of reacting to stressful situations. It helps your physical training by increasing your overall strength, flexibility, dexterity, and cognitive awareness. In a society where we want results now, self-defense teaches us to be diligent, patient, and take failures as signs of growth instead of defeat. These skills and qualities are so valuable in our everyday lives!

Please join us and bring your friends to this exciting and informative lunch and learn! We can’t wait to spend time with you as we learn how to defend ourselves and our loved ones!

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Let us know how we can serve you! We are ready to help you finish February feeling sting and confident! Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to schedule a on-on-one!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

❤️ How Can You Live Heart Healthy in February?

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Sweet friends,

Last week we had such an incredible time celebrating TransFit’s 3rd birthday! We loved your TransFit Spirit— you came dressed up and ready to work hard every day! We hope everyone was able to join us in the studio to celebrate and experience the fun!

Can you believe it’s already February? February is all about living heart healthy and committing to everything with our WHOLE HEARTS!

This month, we have an amazing deal for you all! You can get 10% off ALL one-on-one sessions with the code “WHOLEHEART”. Make sure you take advantage of this and schedule your session on our FREE app now!

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Just like every month here at TransFit, this month is full of awesome events!

Lunch and Learn

This month’s lunch and learn will be held on Friday, February 22nd from 12 - 1 pm and will feature a self defense class! We will have lunch from The Pine. The cost is $15. Sign up on our app!

HIIT for your Heart

HIIT is such a great workout for heart health! Revive your metabolism with these fun, upbeat cardio workouts every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30!

Bible Study

Pam will continue to lead us through the study of Esther this month! These sessions are from 12 - 1 on Thursdays. Please join us as we learn how to have the courage to commit!

TransFit Girls

We are still having our TransFit Girls sessions every Wednesday from 4:15 - 5:15! You can sign your girls up on our app!

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Meet our new personal trainer, Eliza Harris!

“Hi TransFit Family! My name is Eliza Harris. I am a recent graduate of the University of Alabama (I know... I love the Bulldogs too)  where I studied exercise and sports science with concentrations in fitness, nutrition, and coaching. While at UA, I spent 3 years assisting with the strength and conditioning programs of various sports. Most recently I worked with the dance and gymnastics teams. I also earned my certification as a strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. 

My love for exercise started at a young age. I was a competitive gymnast for 7 years and then ran track for 3 years in high school doing the triple jump, long jump, and hurdling.  While in high school I began working a few hours a week at a gym where I taught a workout class to middle school girls as well as teaching gymnastics at the gym where I competed.  In college, I found that I missed being an athlete but I started to truly realize my passion for fitness and coaching. I knew that I wanted to pursue those areas as a full-time career, and the Lord has opened doors for me to make that a reality by working as a Personal Trainer at TransFit as well as a gymnastics coach.

I know that exercise has made such a difference in my life, not only physically but in all areas and I hope to help bring that to anyone that I get to serve in personal training.  2 Timothy 1:7 reminds us, "For God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." That truth near to my heart and I hope to share my love of whole body health with you!  I will be in the studio teaching TransFormer and small group sessions and will be taking clients 1-1 or semi-private for specific goal achievement. 

I would love to help any young gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders or female athletes of any kind get stronger for their specific sport. I have experience as a gymnast and a track athlete and have worked with athletes of various sports up to the college level. Whether high school, middle school or younger we can work to increase your sports performance or overall fitness through strength training and cardiovascular endurance training in a fun and safe way. Additionally, I would love to work with any college students to help you meet your fitness goals! 

I am so excited to be in Athens and look forward to being a part of the TransFit community.”

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If you haven’t tried our Transformer Plate yet, grab one after your next session!

These delicious lunches are made by The Pine and have a delicious quinoa cake on top! They are $12 and you can pay with cash or we can charge your account.

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In honor of heart health, we encourage you to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day this month! This calendar helps keep you accountable when you write down your exercise each day and color in each box RED! When you reach the end of the month, you want your entire calendar to be red!

You can download and print this calendar HERE or pick one up in the studio!

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How AMAZING is our new prayer space? We wanted to provide you all with a comfortable area where you can come and spend time with the Lord. You can also submit your prayer requests here. We are so blessed to share this space with all of you!

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We are so proud of you all for staying strong throughout January and we can’t wait to see you all live transformed in February! As always, you can sign up for classes on our FREE app!

We are here to serve you! If you have any questions or want to schedule a one-on-one session, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings,

Team TransFit

🌟Exciting December News & Client Spotlight to Inspire You to Transform!

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It’s December! Can you believe it?! The Christmas season is here, and we are so excited! Our theme this month is Believe. Everything is possible for the one who believes. You can accomplish your goals, give your best one minute at a time, and live transformed to finish 2018 strong!

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Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for… Our December Challenge Calendar! The goal this month is to complete A MILE A DAY! You can accomplish this by walking, running, riding a bike or coming to a session in the studio. Tag #OneMileADay on Instagram to be entered in for a free session. We just want you to get moving every day. Each week also has an additional challenge to help you transform. This week, we challenge you to drink 80 oz of water per day! Download the calendar below or pick one up in the studio!

Join us for December’s Lunch and Learn because we are doing a luncheon of our and your FAVORITE THINGS! Think of something that you LOVE (valued around $15). Bring ONE of your favorite items and everyone will go home with a new favorite thing. Jami Washington from Downtown Academy will also be stopping by to talk about our service project. Come join us on Thursday, December 13th from 12-1 at the studio.

The cost of attendance is $12 to cover lunch from the Pine. Register on our TransFit app under “Special Events” or click the link below!

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Come join us this month for an amazing afternoon TransFormer session! Lisa will lead you in a transformational workout on Mondays at 4:15. Come meet our new trainer, Corinn, and workout with her during our Tuesday and Thursday TransFormer sessions at 4:15. These two ladies can encourage you and help you finish the year living transformed! Sign up on our app or on our website HERE.

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Follow our spiritual director, Pam Adams, on Instagram this month as she is doing a daily advent devotion in preparation of the Christmas season. She will be studying the book of Philippians and will be posting and guiding us through these truths during the advent season. You can follow her on Instagram at @pamablam or at the link HERE.

We still have a few ornaments left on our Giving Tree! Help us support Downtown Academy by giving them fitness equipment that they can use during recess, PE and after school activities. All you have to do is pick an ornament from our giving tree in the studio, purchase the gift and return it wrapped to the studio by December 14th. You can drop off gifts at the student and put under the tree or give gifts to any TransFit staff!

We have an incredible client spotlight will inspire you! She is an example of believing and never giving up! This beautiful friend, Lisa Irvin, is an example of consistency and accountability, which is key in transformation. Lisa is in the TransFit studio at least two times per week and has food journaled in MyFitnessPal for the last FIVE MONTHS to keep herself accountable! We are so proud of her! I hope you get to spend time with this amazing woman. Thank you, Lisa, for living transformed and being an inspiration to us all!

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Lisa’s Transformation Story

“I have had an exercise routine of some sort for the past 10 years, but the way I exercise has changed over time. I have always loved running, but injuries forced me to stop. Even though I miss running, I knew it was time for me to find other forms of exercise that better fit my body. Now, my weekly exercise routine usually consists of a weight class twice a week at TransFit and a brisk 4 mile walk 4-6 days a week. I love the feeling of accomplishment after a workout or a walk. I know I’ve done something good for myself. I enjoy walking with a friend for the added encouragement, so it is sometimes hard to make myself go alone but I know I’ll be glad that I went when I’m finished.

This past summer, I began using MyFitnessPal to keep track of my nutrition, exercise and water intake daily. It has made a huge difference in my health and makes me consciously aware of what I am eating and doing for my body everyday. I am working to continue food journaling in MyFitnessPal and keeping up with my exercise routine to reach my goals. My current goals are to continue to stay active and to make healthy choices everyday.


My proudest accomplishment is my family! My husband Greg has been part of a running/walking group for many years, and they are faithful! Rain, shine, snow...whatever, they meet at 6:30 every morning. He inspires me to stay active too! My three children (Jake, Miller and Gracie) are my joy. I am so proud to be their mom! Being healthy and active are so important for my overall happiness. I couldn’t imagine not doing something active on a regular basis. It’s my “therapy”!”i

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Lisa, we are so grateful for your story and incredibly proud of your transformation. We are thankful to join alongside you! We hope you feel so encouraged after reading her story.

Here is one of Lisa’s favorite recipes! It’s a Kale and Quinoa Soup. Curl up with a warm blanket and try it with your family this week!

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Kale and Quinoa Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 8 baby carrots, chopped

  • 1/2 cup quinoa (cooked)

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/8 teaspoon coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 cups kale, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a soup pot or sauce pan. 

  2. Toss in shallots, garlic and carrots to sauté until tender.

  3. Add quinoa, cayenne, coriander, salt and pepper. Stir over heat for about 3–5 minutes.

  4. Pour in broth and water and bring to a boil.

  5. Lower heat, cover with lid, and let simmer 15 minutes.

  6. Add kale and stir in, re-cover, and let simmer another 5 minutes.

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We are excited to encourage you to finish 2018 strong and reach your goals! We want to encourage you in your journey to live transformed. Please reach out to us to schedule a nutrition counseling session or a one-on-one session at transfitathens@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon!

Blessings,

Team TransFit

Secret to finishing the last quarter of 2018 STRONG!

Sweet friends,

No regrets! Max out your full potential in 2018 by achieving your goals and dreams. We want to serve you and hold you accountable to finish the last quarter of 2018 strong!

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To Finish 2018 Strong, You Need To:

  1. Write out your goals

  2. Meet with an accountability partner

  3. Take action and renew your mind daily

To help keep you accountable, we will be offering FREE 20-minute client check-ins with one of our trainers next week! These sessions are designed to help you set goals and create a plan to achieve these goals for the last quarter of the year. Let us help you transform your mind body and spirit!

To set up your check-in, e-mail us at transfitathens@gmail.com!

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Our Fall Meal Plan is still on sale for $9.99 until the end of this week! This plan was created by our registered dietitians Katie Woodall and Kaeti Shurling and includes four weeks of meal plans, grocery lists and recipes. Buy it at the link below to help transform your nutrition this month!

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Chopped Kale Salad with Butternut Squash & Chickpeas

Yield: 4 as a meal or 8 as a side

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 large bunch of kale 

  • 4 cups of any other green lettuce (chopped spinach, broccoli slaw, more kale)

  • 2-3 cups large diced butternut squash

  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • Kosher salt

  • ½ cup toasted pecan

  • OPTIONAL: Chopped chicken or other protein, pomegranate

For the Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Prep kale by cutting out the tough ribs of the kale and discard. Chop kale and add to a large bowl.  

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Add the diced butternut squash and rinsed chickpeas to a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil, curry powder and cayenne. Mix until the squash and chickpeas are well coated. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bake for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender and chickpeas are lightly browned.

  3. Meanwhile add the dressing ingredients to a small mason jar. Shake to mix and taste for more seasoning or vinegar if desired.

  4. Transfer the butternut squash and chickpeas to the bowl of kale. Add the pecans and drizzle with the tahini dressing. Toss to coat. Allow to rest for 10 to 30 minutes before serving so kale softens. Add chicken or other protein! Enjoy!

We are halfway through October, and we challenged you to be active and stretch every day this month! Here is a stretch video that you can do this week to reach your goal! You can also visit our YouTube channel HERE for more stretching videos.

Don’t forget to sign up for our Lunch and Learn on October 23 from 12-1 in the TransFit studio! We will be welcoming Kisa Raye, who is an exercise physiologist and facial stretch therapist, and she will be teaching us about stretching! The cost of attendance is $12 and includes lunch from Maepole. Register on our app at the link below under “Special Events".

Tight hips? This is the stretch for you!

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If you have any questions or want to set up a one-one-one session, email us at transfitathens@gmail.com.

Blessings,

Team TransFit

💥Exciting October News to Help You Transform! 💥

Sweet friends,

This month, we challenge you to be active and stretch every single day as we focus on Optimism in October! A great way to get your daily stretching in is to do yoga! Yoga is a great way to exercise and renew your mind, and has essential health benefits like increasing flexibility, building muscle strength, preventing cartilage and joint breakdown, and increases your blood flow! It will help you transform your mind, body and spirit!

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Congratulations to our September calendar challenge winner, Jennifer Leahy! Jennifer committed to her strength and being active every day in September! You are such an inspiration!

Don’t forget to pick up your October calendar at the studio for a chance to be our October calendar challenge winner and win a month of free sessions!

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Join us for a NEW yoga session on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in the studio! The session will be lead by our new yoga instructor, Emily Dietz! Yoga is a great opportunity to reach this month’s goal of stretching every day!

Emily’s practice centers around vinyasa flow, and she loves the idea that all movement is linked with breath, both on and off the mat. Yoga helps center the mind and body and provides calm and connection to spirit. Come join her for her first class on Monday!

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Are you a walker or jogger ready to begin running and want to feel your best? Or are you an advanced runner who wants to better your running form, build cardiovascular fitness, run more efficiently, or add speed to your step? Join TransFit Running Coach and Personal Trainer Lisa Patton on Wednesdays at 8:20 for a TransFit Outdoor Runners Workout!
TransFit Outdoor Runners Workout is a 55-minute session that includes essential dynamic warmup sequences, running form drills, strength exercises for runners, a heart-pumping outdoor workout, and an inspirational cool down and post-run stretches.

For October’s Lunch and Learn, we will be welcoming Kisa Raye to the studio on October 23 from 12-1! Kisa Raye, MEd, FST is an exercise physiologist, fascial stretch therapist and owner of KR stretch and inspi-Her Wellness LLC.

“Let’s take stretching beyond the muscle. Learn how to reach more and achieve more through better stretching techniques that will not only improve your physical health, but bring peace and balance to your mind.”

The cost of attendance is $12 and includes lunch from Maepole!

Sign up for the Lunch and Learn under “Special Events” on the TransFit app HERE!

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We are now offering a FALL MEAL PLAN on SALE for $9.99! This meal plan, which was created by our registered dietician, Kaeti Shurling and Consultant Katie Woodall, includes four-weeks of meals, grocery lists and healthy fall recipes! Let’s transform our nutrition this month together! You can download the meal plan on our website at the link below or on our app HERE!

Here are some tips for stretching this month! You can also visit our YouTube channel HERE for more stretching and workout videos.

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We are so excited for all of the new and exciting things happening in October at TransFit! We can’t wait to see you in the studio soon. If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com.

Blessings,

Team TransFit

Your 5 Day Plan to Transform Your Nutrition!

Sweet friends,

What an amazing month celebrating strength in September! We’re gearing up for our last full week of the month, and our team would like to challenge you to strengthen your nutrition!

Nope, we’re not talking about bicep curls using cans of black beans (although we should try that!) We’re talking about committing to better nutrition just as we commit to our workouts!

So, what exactly are we committing to? Five consecutive days of no sugar! That’s not even a full week — just five days!

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As your personal trainers and nutritionists, we know the effort you put into each workout! We see the sweat and the hard work you put into every single rep. We want you to feel just as good on the inside!

For this 5-day challenge, we encourage you to reach for clean, unprocessed foods, and carefully choose wholesome foods that will fuel your body without any added sugars!

Of course, you can eat fruit or foods that naturally contain sugar. But for five days, avoid processed foods that contain any form of sugar in its ingredients!

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If you’re already wondering how you can manage this or you’re feeling like this is way out of your comfort zone, remember — it wouldn’t be a “challenge” if it didn’t challenge you!

Let’s remember the second part of our September theme: Stronger Together! So ladies, remember that we’re taking this challenge with you! We’re right alongside of you, cheering for you as always!

The first thing we want you to do is pick up your phone and text or email a friend, family member or one of us at TransFit. Let someone know that you’re taking the challenge for extra accountability! We believe in you and know that accountability is KEY!

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5-Day Challenge Steps to Success

1. Clean out.

Take a few minutes over the weekend to clean out your pantry and fridge. Get rid of any foods that might be a temptation. 

2. Plan.

It’s hard to be successful without a plan, and we made it easy for you — follow this link to download our 5-day challenge meal plan. Every meal, including snacks, are already planned for you! The dinners are quick and family-friendly. Simply print it out and keep it posted on your fridge! Extra accountability, right?

3. Prepare.

We made this step easy for you, too! Along with your meal plan, we’ve included a grocery shopping list! Once your shopping is done, take a few minutes on Sunday to wash and cut up any produce you’ll need for snacks and salads. You can also prepare a few salads so they’re ready to grab and go!

Adjust your meal plan to fit your family’s activity schedule. We understand that fall schedules are full of sports and other after-school activities. If you know that a particular night is super late, plan accordingly by preparing your salad or meal in a to-go container so you avoid a late-night drive thru. You can also pack a cooler of healthy snack options!

4. Keep moving.

Stay on track with your exercise goals during the challenge! If you feel hungry between meal times, take a short walk to get your mind off food. Most likely, you’ll forget about being hungry and you’ll gain some extra steps. 

5. Stay hydrated.

Keep a water bottle with you at all times! Drink at least 1 cup of water as soon as you wake. And drink 1-2 glasses of water before meals to help keep you feeling full. Your goal during the challenge is 100 ounces of water each day! If 100 sounds like a lot, break it into smaller water goals — 25 ounces before 10:00 am and at least 50 ounces before lunch.

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Don’t forget about our lunch and learn/service project coming up this week on Wednesday, September 26 from 12-1! We can’t wait to SERVE with you!

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We believe in YOU! And we are so proud of you for working hard during September! Let’s take this 5-day challenge, one day at a time — and remember, we’re stronger together!

If you have any questions about this challenge or want to set up an appointment with one of our nutritionists, feel free to email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. We can’t wait to be #StrongerTogether!

Blessings,

Team TransFit

Tap Into Your Inner Strengths! 👊🏼

Sweet friends,

For the last six weeks, we have welcomed 4th through 8th grade girls into our studio on Wednesday evenings. These girls have absolutely FILLED the studio with energy, enthusiasm and positivity, and we have loved having them come exercise with us each week. It is so important for girls to learn to love exercise and their bodies from a young age. Our personal trainer, Mallory Gilliam, has lead this group of girls and has each week picked a different topic for them to focus on. The girls have set goals for themselves, talked about what makes them EXCITED about their life, and the power of strength in their daily lives. These messages are not only important for these middle school girls, but for ALL of us, regardless of age, and we just wanted to share these messages with you!

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Strength is a beautiful gift that takes many forms. There are four categories of strength that we focus on at TransFit:

Mental strength

Physical strength

Emotional strength

Spiritual strength

Within each of these groups, we all have certain strengths that are unique to each one of us, and when we tap into these God-given strengths, we find purpose and passion that allows us to live fully.

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Our spiritual beliefs are most likely to determine our mental and emotional strengths. Believing that we are strong, capable, and confident allows us to build our physical strength. Building our physical strength further enhances our mental and emotional strength. Each component is connected. Therefore, we must focus on improving each one. There are multiple ways to do this. To name a few, we can practice positive self-talk, exercise regularly, and spend daily time in prayer.

Positive affirmations focus on the things that we love about ourselves.  When we are focusing on such things, we become more confident are assured of our abilities, which lead us to take action.  Taking action on our physical health leads to other benefits beyond strengthening our bodies.  According to the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, resistance training reduces anxiety, may help treat depression, and improves overall self esteem. When these mental and emotional aspects are improved, we are bound to experience more joy, peace, and gratitude throughout our days. Our minds, bodies, and spirits are interconnected. We have the ability to use our bodies to treat our minds and vice-versa.

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When working with the TransFit Girls, we focus on the truth that our thoughts determine our actions.  This one truth brings together all four components of transformed strength. What we believe is what we become, and one of the best things that we can do for ourselves is to fill our minds with the truth that Isaiah 40:21-28 provides – God will strengthen us even when we feel that we have no strength left. Know that you are strong and that you have multiple gifts and abilities that are unique to you. Use your strengths to live a life full of purpose, and keep transforming one moment at a time.

We are excited to encourage ALL women that walk through the doors of TransFit to be STRONG in their mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual strength!

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Join us this September for our Lunch and Learn service project with Action Ministries. We will be putting together hygiene kits and snack bags for the homeless and impoverished in our Athens community. We will be assembling these bags on Wednesday, September 26 from 12-1 at the TransFit studio and delivering the bags Friday, September 28! We can’t wait to serve with you!

If you would like to join us, please sign up on our TransFit App HERE under “Special Events”. If you can’t join us at the event, you can also drop off your donations at the TransFit studio.

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Items We Need:

Hygiene Kits:

  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Baby wipes

  • Socks

  • Soap

  • Lotion

  • Deodorant

Snack Bags:

  • Granola bars

  • Apples

  • Other types of snacks that can be easily eaten on the go

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. We are so thrilled to continue encourage and inspire you this month! We are #StrongerTogether! Please let us know how we can help you reach your goals and dreams this month!

Blessings,

Team TransFit

5 New Exercises You Need To Tone Your Glutes! 🔥

Sweet friends,

We are so proud of you for starting September STRONG! As we work towards Strength in September in all areas of our lives, here are 5 new exercises to tone and strengthen your glutes! Of course we all want our glutes, hips, and legs to look tight, toned, strong and lifted... but there are so many other great benefits to a strong and healthy lower body!

Strengthening your “gluteus maximus” (also known collectively with the gluteus medius and minimus, as the gluteal muscles,) is the main extensor muscle of the hip and can help improve your posture, help you lose unwanted body fat, as well as improve your athletic performance. “Buns of Steel” can also help get rid of that pesky lower back, hip and knee pain! These back side muscles help support the lower back and are a hip stabilizer, so the stronger your glutes are, the less other muscles have to help them do their job!

Strengthening the glutes can also help increase bone density. As we get older, our bone density begins to decrease. Exercises that place stress on the lower body such as lower-body weight training, running and yoga can postpone and reverse age-related bone density loss.

Here are 5 new exercises you should try today to tone and strengthen those glute muscles! Let’s strengthen our whole bodies so that we can love and serve our families, friends, and this community well, friends. Living transformed means taking ACTION on with your health!

Squat + Side Leg Lift

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Deadlift + Leg Lift Back

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Glute Bridge + Band

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Clamshell + Band

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Step Ups + Knee Up

If you need more tips and guidance on toning and strengthening your glutes or need coaching on walking, jogging, or running, join TransFit Trainer and Running Coach, Lisa Patton, this Wednesday at 8:20 a.m. for our NEW TransFit Outdoor Runners Workout!

TransFit Outdoor Runners Workout is a 55-minute session that includes essential dynamic warmup sequences, running form drills, strength exercises for runners, a heart-pumping outdoor workout, and an inspirational cool down and post-run stretches. The full body TransFit Outdoor Runner's Workout is an amazing opportunity for woman of all fitness levels to transform through running!

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Join us this month for a Bible Study on Thursdays from 12-1 starting THIS Thursday, September 13th at the TransFit studio! The study will be lead by our Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach, Pam Adams! Pam will be leading us through the Live Transformed Bible Study, which will guide us through God's Word and teach us how to live transformed! You can sign up on our website HERE or on the TransFit App HERE!

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For our September Lunch and Learn, we will be partnering with Action Ministries for a service project! The goal of the service project is to serve the Athens community by providing lunches and hygiene kits to the homeless and impoverished. We will be assembling these kits on Wednesday, September 26 from 12-1 and delivering the lunches and kits on Friday, September 28! You can sign up on our TransFit app HERE under "Special Events"! Come join us! We can't wait to SERVE with you!

If you cannot make it on the service projects dates, you can still help by donating items to make these kits. You can drop off any items by the TransFit studio between now and September 26!

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Items We Need:

Hygiene Kits

  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Baby wipes

  • Socks

  • Soap

  • Lotion

  • Deodorant

Snack Bags

  • Granola bars

  • Apples

  • Other types of snacks that can be easily eaten on the go

If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. We are so thrilled to encourage and inspire you this month! We are #StrongerTogether!

Blessings,

Team TransFit

Transforming workouts & a Lunch and Learn You Don't Want to Miss!

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Sweet friends, 

Happy Monday! Each new day can be a fresh start with renewed motivation and willpower to reach our goals and follow a healthy lifestyle. However, as we all know, the month goes on and the craziness of life begins to set in and we often will struggle to remain as driven and focused as we were in January. Is this natural? Completely!

So, today we want to offer you a solution to this problem of falling off track and becoming disappointed and frustrated. One of the keys we have found for many clients in reaching their goals for lasting transformation! That solution is to find an accountability partner and if one person, maybe it is a group of people who inspire you daily! This could be someone or a group of women who are seeking to live a healthy lifestyle as well, and who can encourage you in all areas of life- body, mind, and spirit.

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This is your "go-to" person when you are feeling stressed over meal planning, don't think you have time to fit in a workout, have struggled to have a quality quiet time all week or are facing any of life's many obstacles. As we see in Proverbs 27:17, we weren't meant to do this life alone. God has intended for us to live this life together, and by doing so we "sharpen" one another and make each other better. This proves to be true for any area of life! When you work together with a friend or group, you will be much more apt to achieve goals and live life to the fullest! Let us know how we can serve you! 

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We would love for you to join us at the TransFit Athens studio on April 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM. During the April Lunch and Learn we will hear from Valerie Langley and enjoy a Transformer lunch from Kaeti Shurling with Perfect Portions. Valerie will lead us through a short meditation to begin and then we will begin to learn about essential oils. She will discuss the 5 most common oils to use for Health and wellness, covering Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, and OnGuard. She will explain how the oils heal your body physically and explain the different ways to use the oils, like diffusing, ingesting and topically. She will also teach how to make chemical free products with these oils that you can use around your home.

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You can register for this event on our app under SPECIAL EVENTS! Have your accountability partner come join you at our Lunch and Learn! 

Take time today to seek out an accountability partner or group of inspiring friends. Pray about who this person could be in your life and then reach out to them! Have an honest discussion about how you will both be able to walk through life together, growing physically, mentally and spiritually and helping each other every step of the way.

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

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Check Out How You Can Come ALIVE in April!

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Friends, 

Can you believe April is here?! We are so excited to help you come ALIVE in April! We are encouraging each of you to come alive through this month's challenge- the April Arms Challenge! Challenge yourself daily with the exercises below! Get your family and friends to join you too. This is a great way to tone up your muscles and get in the habit of doing exercises daily. Click on the calendar to get this April challenge started! Check out all the new sessions happening this month at TransFit! 

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Here is how you can come ALIVE in April:

APRIL TRANSFORMATION ACRONYM:

A- Action. Take action on your health! 

P- Pray. Take time for reflection and be grateful for your blessings! 

R- Renew. Renew your goals! 

I- Ignite. Ignite a passion for exercise. Exercise is worship!

L- Love. Love the body you have and give your best! 

 

5 Transformation Tips for A-P-R-I-L:

1. Allow God to take ACTION and believe that He can and will work in you in big ways! Ask Him to guide you and your goals!

2. Be in PRAYER. Plan your quiet time and lay it out the night or day before! 

3. RENEW your goals. Rewrite your goals. Challenge yourself to set 2 specific goals for the month and set 1 goal for each day and proud around it! 

4. IGNITE a spark in your exercise and workout with a friend! Accountability is such an important part of living transformed!

5.  Believe that God LOVES you! He sees you as a chosen daughter- enough and beloved! 

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NEW April HIIT Cardio Transformer Sessions

NEW sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 for the month of April. The session will be a high-intensity interval cardio focused session for clients of all fitness levels. You will have a cardio warm-up, dynamic warm-up, cardio intervals on machines and on the floor, finishing with extra glutes and abs, with new stretching to fully renew your mind! 

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TransUpLift Session

TransForm your Body- Elevate your Spirit- Renew your Mind! This session is on Monday's at 11:30

TransUpLift will inspire and challenge you while you release toxins and tension from your entire body. The 55-minute session will help you clear your mind by flowing in rhythmic, yoga-inspired movements. Activate your core, strengthen your arms, and tone your legs in the full body session. By allowing the body to gracefully move and flow, you will free yourself to be re-energized and lifted up! You will leave the session with renewed energy and total strength in body, mind, and spirit! This session will use only your body (not weights or machines) to UpLift your day! 

Bring your yoga mat or borrow one of ours for this new, inspiring session. 

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April Lunch and Learn

Essential Oils for Health and Wellness

April Lunch and Learn we will enjoy a new transformer lunch from The Pine and hear from life and meditation coach, Valerie Langley. Valerie will lead us through a short meditation to begin and then we will begin to learn about essential oils. She will discuss the 5 most common oils to use for Health and wellness, covering Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, and OnGuard. She will explain how the oils heal your body physically and explain the different ways to use the oils, like diffusing, ingesting and topically. She will also teach how to make chemical free products with these oils that you can use around your home. Sign up on the FREE app under SPECIAL EVENTS. 

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TransFit Running Session

Our TransFit Running session is coming back! You will meet at TransFit and run or walk down to the UGA Track. Our running coach, Lisa Patton, will lead you through running intervals around the track and some bodyweight exercises! Come join us on Tuesday's at 5:30 AM! Sign up on the app, so we know you are coming! 

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Middle School Girls Sessions

Our last middle school session will begin April 11 and meet every Wednesday until April 25. The three-week session will meet once a week, on 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. You can purchase the individual sessions or the three-week package on our FREE app HERE!

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We hope to see you in the studio throughout the month! We are so excited to work with you and help you achieve your goals this month! Let's live transformed and come ALIVE this April! We believe in you! Sign up for all sessions and events on our FREE TransFit app HERE! 

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

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

What Should You Eat For a Healthy Snack Today?

Ladies, 

Part of living transformed is taking your healthy lifestyle with you on the road. Packing healthy snacks for mini vacations or business trips don't have to be complicated! Our TransFit Team encourages you to plan and prepare weekly so you're organized at home with your meals. Similarly, taking just a few minutes to prepare a bag with healthy snacks, you're one step ahead while traveling with nutritious options to munch on during your trip! 

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Our Team wants to share with you some of our favorites! 

WATER

Pack a large water bottle or several smaller ones. This way you avoid dehydration and your skin keeps its natural glow!

FRUIT

Don't leave fresh fruit behind while you're away! Grab what's left in your fruit bowls, like clementines, apples or bananas.

PROTEIN AND NUTS
Remember, protein helps you feel fuller longer. So you'll want good protein sources. We like Rx bars, grass-fed beef sticks, and raw nuts. And it only takes a minute to measure out 1/4 cup portions of your nuts or trail mix and store in individual snack bags. Yay for portion control!

CREAMER

We appreciate good coffee creamer! : ) Especially, if you're dairy-free these are both great options for traveling. See picture above! 

Some other favorites:

  • Dry Roasted Edamame
  • Macadamia nuts
  • RX bars
  • Pistachios
  • Vega Protein Shakes
  • Nutpods
  • Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bar
  • Koia 
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Once your snack bag is ready, don't forget to pack your running shoes and workout clothes! We want you to plan exercise into your trip! You'll feel energized during your trip, but also when you return home! If you're traveling with family, this is an opportunity for you to spend extra time with them. Whether it's a sweat session in the gym, a round of tennis or golf, a walk on the beach or jog around a new city, we want to encourage you to keep moving!

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

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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Need a LIFT in Your Spirits This Week? NEW Session Added 11:30 Monday's!

Happy Sunday! 

We are all ready for a great new month of March! HOPE is in the air! Start your Monday with us at TransFit and lift your spirits! 

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The new TransUpLift session will begin tomorrow (Monday) at 11:30.

TransForm your Body- Elevate your Spirit- Renew your Mind! 

TransUpLift will inspire and challenge you while you release toxins and tension from your entire body. The 55-minute session will help you clear your mind by flowing in rhythmic, yoga-inspired movements. Activate your core, strengthen your arms, and tone your legs in the full body session. By allowing the body to gracefully move and flow, you will free yourself to be re-energized and lifted up! You will leave the session with renewed energy and total strength in body, mind, and spirit! This session will use only your body (not weights or machines) to UpLift your day! 

Bring your yoga mat or borrow one of ours for this new, inspiring session. 

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We are excited to announce our March Lunch and Learn date! Mark the calendar for March 8 at 11 AM! We will meet at The National and hear from master chef, Peter Dale. We will enjoy a delicious and healthy Power Lunch, learn about the nutritional components of the power lunch, how to cook this fabulous lunch, and gain some insight on how to make your own healthy lunches at home with some of Peter's favorite recipes! You don't want to miss this! Sign up on our FREE app under SPECIAL EVENTSThe cost is $20 and it includes the power lunch, drink, and tip! 

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If you need some ideas while meal prepping, check out our website under the HEALTHY LIVING TAB! Don't forget about our March Recharge Nutrition packages! You can find more details on our past blog and under SERVICES on our website

Sign up for our new TransUpLift session, Lunch and Learn, and other sessions on our FREE app! We hope to see you this week! Come join us! 

If you have any questions, email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. Let us know how we can help you live transformed! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Need a March Recharge? New Accountability Nutrition Packages!

Ladies, 

We hope that you read our blog yesterday about a new HOPE in March and the new ministry we are supporting, Hope 139 house, Inc! We are so excited to partner with Shelley and her ministry. 

We want to introduce our Nutrition Packages that we will offer this month! We encourage you to purchase them TODAY because it will provide you accountability throughout the month! Each package is different and is meant for you to choose the one that is best for YOU! We hope that you will take advantage of these packages and kick-start your nutrition this month! We want to provide you with accountability! Each package price shown below is a weekly price, but we encourage you to purchase the full package that will allow you to commit to nutrition and accountability for 4 weeks! 

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March Recharge Package ($50 weekly, $200 (4-week minimum)

  • Accountability with nutrition by food journaling daily and in person or phone check-in, once weekly 
  • March accountability sheet
  • Goal sheet
  • Weekly challenges and inspiration
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March Recharge Package Elite ($75 weekly, $300 (4-week minimum) 

  • Accountability with nutrition by food journaling daily and in person or phone check-in, once weekly 
  • March accountability sheet
  • Goal sheet
  • Weekly challenges and inspiration
  • Weekly meal plan, recipes, shopping list
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March Recharge Package Platinum ($100 weekly, $400 (4-week minimum)

  • Accountability with nutrition by food journaling daily and in person or phone check-in, once DAILY
  • March accountability sheet
  • Goal sheet
  • Weekly challenges and inspiration
  • Weekly meal plan, recipes, shopping list
  • 1-1 consultation at beginning and end of the month to set specific goals, assess progress and maintain accountability 
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We want to invite you to our Lunch and Learn on March 8 at 11 AM! We will hear from Chef Peter Dale from The National and learn about the Power lunch, plus recipes you can try at home! We will also hear from Kaeti Shurling, our dietitian and Shelley Tanner, as she shares about her new ministry, Hope 139! We hope that you will join us! Sign up on the app under SPECIAL EVENTS! 

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

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

Goal Setting Takeaways that will help you Finish January Strong!

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Sweet friends, 

Last Friday, we had an incredible Lunch and Learn where we heard from our TransFit Personal Trainers, our Dietitian- Kaeti Shurling, and Kristy Smith from lululemon. We walked away feeling refreshed and renewed, ready for this new year and ready to conquer our goals and dreams. We wanted to share some of the key takeaways and the delicious salad recipe.

3 Key Things that Can Transform Your Life in 2018:

1. The people you spend time with! 

Are you spending time with people that lift you up, encourage you to be your best? 

2. The books you read! 

Are you reading books that challenge your mind and spirit? Here are a few that we recommend.

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3. Encountering the presence of God! 

Are you taking time to be still, rest, and listen? Even a few minutes of calm and stillness can change your day and enhance your mood.

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Kristy spoke to us about how to identify our core values, write them down,  and reminded us to come back to those values each day as a reminder of the amazing woman you CAN become! Listen to this beautiful song we played while centering our minds....

Remember ladies, even more important than the dreams and the goals you achieve is the person who you become along the way! The journey to your goals is where the real transformation takes place! These dreams make take a lifetime to achieve but they are worth waiting for and working for! Let's start today by CREATING the future of our dreams! Pray big bold prayers! We are here to help you! 

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Transformer Plate at The Pine (Above)

Mix greens, curry vinaigrette

Herb roasted heirloom carrots and cauliflower (Roast veggies on 425 for 25 minute)

Crispy quinoa cake, sweet potato puree, goat cheese, toasted pecans

Curry Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 c Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard 
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • S&P to taste

TransFit Quinoa Cakes

Makes 10-12 cakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon oil, plus more as needed
  • **any seasonings you like to add deeper flavor

Directions:

1. Combine the quinoa, eggs, salt, and lemon pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the parsley, onion, and garlic.

2. At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into 10 thick patties (use a ¼ cup to form into patties). You want the mixture moist, so the patties aren't dry tasting. However, you want the mixture to hold together when cooking

3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, add 5 patties, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes until the bottoms are deeply browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 5 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a large plate while you cook the remaining patties. Add more oil to the skillet if needed between each batch.

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A goal that one of our TransFit trainers had last year was to serve the community well. After praying bold prayers and lots of hard work Shelley is in the process of opening a home to help women called HOPE 139! If you want to help Shelley with her ministry in anyway, please reach out to her at shelley@transfitathens.com. 

We hope that you feel inspired. It's never too late to set your goals! You can print off our 2018 goals handout and kickstart this year! Don't forget to send us your January challenge calendar! Remember, the winner wins a package of FREE sessions!! You can email the calendars to us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

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

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

New Recipes and Lunch & Learn You Don't Want to Miss!

Sweet friends, 

Wow! It has been a wonderful week at TransFit! We are so proud of each of you for showing up and giving it your best, both in and out of the studio! One hour, one day at a time - yes you can transform!  If one of your 2018 goals is to eat more nutritious foods our TransFit Team is excited to share new recipes this year! So bookmark our recipes section of the website for new healthy favorites! 

Today, we have a few new, amazing healthy recipes that you and your family are going to LOVE! Kelly and I had this dish with the cauliflower rice and we served the kids with regular rice. The salad will keep great for days so you can make a big batch and eat all week long (anyone's goal meal prep?)! Save these recipes and add them to your meal plan! 

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Stir Fry Ginger Cashew Chicken

Total time- 20 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the cauliflower rice:

  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • OR purchase already riced cauliflower 

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons warm water, to thin the sauce
  • spicy: add a few bits red pepper flakes

For the stir fry:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut small 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 medium head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 large carrot, shredded

To garnish:

  • extra green onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
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Instructions

Remove all greens from cauliflower and break into florets. You can either use a box grater, or a food processor to process the cauliflower into rice. If using a food processor (the easier method), simply add half of cauliflower florets to bowl of the food processor with a blade attachment. Pulse until cauliflower resembles rice. Add in remaining florets and process again until cauliflower becomes rice-like. Set aside in a large bowl until ready to cook.

OR- cook already riced cauliflower! 

Next prepare your stir fry sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cashew butter, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, warm water and red pepper flakes if desired. Set aside.

Now you’re ready to cook your stir fry: Add coconut oil to a large wok or pot and place over medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook chicken for 5-6 minutes or until fully cooked and no longer pink. Once chicken is cooked, transfer to a bowl.

Add in the other ½ tablespoon of coconut oil to the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, then add in green onions, red bell pepper, shredded carrot and broccoli florets. Stir fry for 5 minutes or until onions cook down and broccoli becomes a little tender. Reduce heat to low, add in chicken and your sauce, gently stirring to coat veggies. and cook for another few minutes while you make the cauliflower rice.

When veggies are cooking, make your cauliflower rice: Add ½ tablespoon coconut oil to a separate large skillet and place over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in cauliflower rice and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

There are four servings: Serve ¼ of stir fry with about 1 cup of cauliflower rice. Garnish with green onion, cilantro and cashews. Yummmm!

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Asian Kale Slaw with Ginger Cashew Dressing

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 4 cups chopped curly kale, thick stems removed 
  • 3 cups  shredded red cabbage
  • 2 cups  shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced small
  • 3/4 cup chopped  cashews
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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For the Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons creamy cashew butter
  • 4 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon liquid coconut amino acids 
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
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Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients for the salad in a large mixing bowl. Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a food processor or blender; process until smooth and creamy. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Let sit 10- 15 so kale and cabbage can wilt some.  Add in extra rice vinegar and more cracked black pepper if needed at end!  Serve & enjoy.

Today is the last day to sign up for our Lunch and Learn! We would love to see you 12:30 Friday!  The program for the Goals workshop will help you to make a plan and teach you how to achieve your goals and dreams for an amazing year! 

 Please sign up by 1 PM today on our FREE app under SPECIAL EVENTS! We look forward to seeing you! 

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

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Are you ALL IN this Holiday Season?!

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Happy Sunday, friends! 

Hope you are finding some rest and recovery and time to recharge today. Last week, the TransFit studio was buzzing with excitement and we loved seeing your hard work and dedication to your health! We had the privilege of recently hearing from our new TransFit Registered Dietitian, Kaeti Shurling at our Lunch and Learn. We wanted to share these two key takeaways with you to help you be ALL IN this Holiday Season-

  1. Drink 80 oz of water daily and add frozen fruit to make it more flavorful! 
  2. Try to eat at least 2-3 servings of fish a week!                                                                        - Fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids that have a number of health benefits.   Eating a diet with omega -3 fatty acids can reduce memory loss, lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, and can lower blood pressure! 

These are two tips that you can add to your weekly meal plan today, so that you can live transformed mind, body, and spirit. Kaeti has shared this incredible Grain Bowl recipe with us. Set aside time today to meal prep (download a FREE MEAL PLAN HERE) and plan out your workouts for the week will help you stay focused on your goals and help you stay committed to being ALL IN this Holiday Season! Holiday Extravaganza weigh-in's start this week so bring your $20 and join the transforming holiday challenge! 

Perfect Portions: Grain Bowl 

(500 kcal/portion)

Ingredients (4 Portions):

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  • 1.5 Onion
  • 10 oz Frozen shelled Edamame, thawed
  • 1.25 c Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 Zucchini, diced
  • 2 cup Chicken Stock
  • 2 oz, Walnuts
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

1. In a medium pot, cook quinoa according to quinoa package instructions, using chicken stock instead of water.  

2. Finely dice onion. Zest, then halve lemon.

3. On a baking sheet, toss shelled edamame, diced zucchini, and a drizzle of olive oil. Season generously with pepper. Roast in oven until nicely browned, 15-20 minutes, tossing halfway through.

4. Saute onion and garlic until fragrant and onion is soft and translucent. 


We can tell that you are ready for Holiday Extravaganza! If you missed our last blog, check it out HERE. But, get ready....it's time for HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! Grab your $20 and come join us! Weigh ins start TOMORROW! We hope that you are ready to compete for a chance to win the BIG prize! If you, someone in your family, or a friend own a business and would like to join us in the Holiday Extravaganza giveaway baskets and gifts, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. We would love any and all donations for prizes weekly and for the top 10 biggest losers!

We are so thankful for each of you! Let's get ready for an amazing Holiday Extravaganza! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. Don't forget to use our app for inspiration, workouts, and recipes! Also shop all our inspirational products on our new TransFit Fashion Etsy Shop! Excited to see you in the studio this week!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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November is HERE! How can you kickstart your nutrition this month?

Happy November sweet friends!

All of a sudden, November is here and the holidays are right around the corner! Often it seems we associate the holidays with being surrounded by unhealthy foods and lack of exercise; however, November is the best time of year to focus on nutrition and cardiovascular exercise! In light of Thanksgiving we want to focus on being thankful for our bodies by respecting and taking care of them. You can do this viewing exercise as worship and proper nutrition as a way to be thankful for the healthy body you have! Practicing these healthy habits diligently and staying accountable to your goals through the holiday season will help you honor your body! 

Friends, let’s light a fire down deep and have a passion to become more motivated than we have all year in time for this holiday season.  You can stick to your plan and reach your goals through the holidays! At TransFit we believe in you and we are excited to help you be the best YOU!  

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We would love for you to come join us Friday at 12:30 PM for our Lunch and Learn. We will discuss the importance nutrition, tips for the holiday season, and how to feel your best for to finish 2017 strong . You will have the opportunity to hear from our new registered dietitian, Kaeti Shurling, and eat and fellowship together.  Please sign up on our app under SPECIAL EVENTS! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com.

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We wanted to share one of our new fall recipes with you, today! Enjoy! 

Chopped Kale Salad with Butternut Squash & Chickpeas

SERVES: SERVES 4 AS MEAL - OR 8 AS A SIDE

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 large bunch of kale 
  • 4 cups of any other green lettuce (chopped spinach, broccoli slaw, more kale)
  • 2-3 cups large diced butternut squash
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup toasted pecan
  • OPTIONAL: Chopped chicken or other protein, pomagranate

For the Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
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Instructions

  1. Prep kale by cutting out the tough ribs of the kale and discard. Chop kale and add to a large bowl.  
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Add the diced butternut squash and rinsed chickpeas to a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil, curry powder and cayenne. Mix until the squash and chickpeas are well coated. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bake for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender and chickpeas are lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile add the dressing ingredients to a small mason jar. Shake to mix and taste for more seasoning or vinegar if desired.
  4. Transfer the butternut squash and chickpeas to the bowl of kale. Add the pecans and drizzle with the tahini dressing. Toss to coat. Allow to rest for 10 to 30 minutes before serving so kale softens. Add chicken or other protein! Enjoy!

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We want to spend November focused on being grateful for the body we have and that we have the abilities to treat our bodies well. Let’s choose to make choices today and every day to treat our bodies with love and respect. 

We are excited to reach new goals with you this month and watch you achieve new things and begin living an even healthier lifestyle! If you have any questions, please email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit 

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