14th December

Friday, December 14, 2012

Please consult your doctor before engaging on any fitness regime.
Remember to go for QUALITY over quantity. If you are unclear what the exercise is I am describing, look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me (mollie@ptmollie.com).

Tweet me @PTMollie and let me know how you do #0Calendar and #FatFreeXmas.

The workout below lists the total number of reps you need to do for each exercise. You can mix and match based on how you feel. If you want to combine exercises (such as squat, then overhead press) feel free. Just be sure to listen to your body.
100 jumping jacks/star jumps ** start with this exercise as a warm up please **

100 push ups/press ups

100 crunches

100 toe touches (the ab exercise)

100 walking lunges

100 squats

100 calf raises (on a low step if possible)

100 box jumps (or step ups as a lower impact option)

100 overhead presses (you can use weights, bottles of water, cans of soup, etc)

50 frontal raises with arms (you can use weights, bottles of water, cans of soup, etc)

50 lateral raises with arms (you can use weights, bottles of water, cans of soup, etc)

= 1000

To be comfortable in your own skin is the beginning of strength.

3 more great offers for you today - skin care made specifically for sports enthusiatis, relaxing retreats and free reiki sessions!

Our first offer today comes from
Brodie Skin care

Sports Enthusiasts - you live healthy lives, eat well, exercise regularly and rehydrate your bodies. Now it’s your skin’s turn!

Exclusive 10% discount on all orders placed before 31 December 2012!
Enter code ZCAC2012 at the checkout and be one of the first to experience the incredible benefits of a skincare range designed and developed specifically for sports and exercise enthusiasts.
You work hard when you exercise – and so does your skin. Recovery Phase skincare products have been specifically formulated to help your skin recover quickly from the internal and external stresses of sport and exercise. Launched by the sports skincare team at Brodie Skin care (BSc), Recovery Phase Rehydration Cream contains over 20% active ingredients to tackle heat stress, sweat, dehydration and the damage the elements do to your complexion. Recovery Phase Swim takes it one step further, with added ingredients that protect your skin and then replace the moisture that chlorine and salt water take out.
100% natural ingredients, Fragrance Free, not tested on animals and no animal extracts.  Find out more at www.brodieskincare.co.uk
Don’t miss your chance to claim your exclusive 10% discount on this innovative new skincare range for sports and exercise fans!!  
Available only to customers in the UK and Ireland.
Today’s second offer is one for the ladies and comes to you from Revive and Rejuvenate Retreats.

Revive and Rejuvenate Retreats is a boutique health and wellness company specializing in relaxing and rejuvenating retreats at home and abroad. Turkey is our destination of choice for our original detox retreat hosted in May and located at the gorgeous Blue Manzara villa (
www.bluemanzara.com) in Kalkan.

Come and join us and like minded ladies on a holiday for you leaving you feeling revived and rejuvenated through exercise sessions, traditional treatments and nutrition. It's not all work and no play as we have time to relax throughout the retreat, so bringing a book is a must! The breathtaking views from the villa will leave you feeling miles away from the buzz of city life, but don't take our word for it, visit our facebook page (
www.facebook.com/reviveandrejuvenate) or read one of our guest's blogs (http://reviveandrejuvenateretreat.blogspot.co.uk).

Revive and Rejuvenate are offering £50 off one of their retreats in May if booked by end of January 2013. Valid for our Turkey Detox Retreats in May only. Bookings must be made by 31st January 2013 and are secured by a 25% deposit payment.  Use promo code ADVENT50 when booking.
Our third offer today comes to you from Sarah Lamb of Inner Bloom Yoga and Healing who are offering a free 20min distance Reiki consultation.

Reiki is gentle healing energy that goes where needed to heal body, mind and spirit! A session can be done in person or from afar. It's a magical healing. Wellness Consults will take you deeper into your health. In your time, you will share any physical ailments or frustrations and get a mini supplements reading to find out what may be the best additions to your daily regimen to make you feel more healthy, happy, and balanced!

To book your session please use the contact form on the on the website mentioning the Zero Calorie Advent Calendar. Sessions must be booked by the end of December 2012.



The third charity we are highlighting is Leuka.  Leuka leads leukaemia research by supporting life-saving research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia and other blood cancers. After 30 years of specialising in leukaemia we have built a charity with extensive expertise in blood cancer. We work with doctors, scientists and clinicians who all offer a unique capacity to support research vital to the advancement of treatments and cure.

Becca lost her Uncle to the disease 2 years ago He was treated and cared for at Hammersmith Hospital which has close links with Leuka, so it is a cause which is close to her heart. 
To donate please visit our Virgin Money Giving site at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/zerocalorieadvent  

Another recipe from Total Greek Yoghurt today. This time a vegetarian moussaka

Roast Vegetable, Feta & Yoghurt Moussaka
Nutritional info per serving: 170 kcals / 12.5g protein / 5g fat / 3g saturated fat / 18g carbs/ 9g sugar / 6g fibre / 1g salt

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Serves: 6

250g TOTAL 0% Greek Yoghurt
2 yellow peppers, sliced & roasted
2 red onions, cut & roasted into wedges
2 medium courgettes, sliced & roasted
1 aubergine, sliced & roasted
100g butternut squash, sliced & roasted
3 garlic cloves, crushed
500ml passata sauce
2 tsp dried oregano
1 small can butter beans cooked
1 egg, beaten
100g feta cheese, crumbled
Salt & pepper to taste.



1.       Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F / Gas Mark 4.
2.       In a deep oven proof dish layer the roasted vegetables, garlic, passata sauce, oregano and butter beans and bake for 30 minutes.
3.       Mix together the Greek yoghurt and beaten egg and season.
4.       Remove the dish from the oven and spread with the yoghurt and egg mixture. Crumble feta cheese evenly on top and bake for another 15 minutes, until golden.


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