15th December

Saturday, December 15, 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.

3-5 minutes of warm up- walking or jogging (can be in place or going up and down stairs).
1 minute of jumping jacks/star jumps
1 minute of squats
1 minute of push-ups/press-ups
1 minute of leg lifts
1 minute of supermans
1 minute of hip raises
1 minute of lunges
1 minute of dips- on a sturdy chair or bench


A fit, healthy body - that is the best fashion statement.


Today we have two more brilliant offers for you. The first comes to you from Urban Lucy and is valid for 24hrs only so get in there fast!


Urban Lucy is the creation of two friends with a shared love for staying active through yoga, running, spinning and dancing, who believe that workout apparel is just as important in a girl's closet as formal wear. We are committed to finding exceptional active-wear brands from LA that incorporate high performance and absorbent fabrics, unique dyes and washes, and buttery soft organic cottons, but above all, the perfect cut and fit to flatter the figure you've worked so hard for!

Urban Lucy are offering Zero Calorie Advent Calendar readers 20% discount at UrbanLucy.Com. Just enter promo code 20DEC at checkout.


We are also delighted to bring our readers in the USA and Canada our third giveaway from MyVega

Vega is a clean, plant-based nutrition company founded and formulated by professional Ironman triathlete and bestselling health author Brendan Brazier. Vega is leading a revolution to inspire, educate and  incorporate plant-based into any lifestyle with a personalized online guide, Thrive Forward launching in 2013

This is the second of four prizes that we have to giveaway - a weekly prize of one tub of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer and a Grand Prize at the end of the month.

Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer  is a pre-workout drink mix sporting a unique blend of 13 synergistic plant-based performance-improving ingredients, like green tea, yerba mate, coconut oil and rhodiola, specifically selected to:

  • Provide immediate and sustained energy
  • Increase endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • Enhance mental focus and physical recovery

Take Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer 20 minutes before your workout to help you get in the zone with energy to burn!  

To be in with a chance of winning a free tub of Vega Sport Pre-Workout Energizer please send an e-mail with Vega as the header stating your name, postal address and phone number (for tracking) to giveaway@PTMollie.com

USA and Canada only. Winners will be notified by e-mail


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  

Today’s recipe comes from Nichola Whitehead at Nic’s Nutrition and is for some healthy breakfast cookies which would be perfect for a busy Christmas morning if you made them the day before.  Nichola Whitehead is a specialist registered dietitian and she has a passion for promoting health and nutrition to all. She starting blogging in January 2012 as a way of promoting healthy eating in a readable and accessible manner and has since worked with various companies and publications including Sainsbury's Magazine, The Student Sports Magazine, Graze, Nairn's Oatcakes, My Muesli, British Turkey and Mornflake. More recently she has also started her very own YouTube channel.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies
Makes: 6 Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Nutrition Per Cookie: 99 kcal, 3g Protein, 14g Carbs, 3g Fat
Nutritional Benefits: High in soluble fibre & antioxidants – perfect at any time of day
70g porridge oats
50g cranberries or raisins
20g flaked almonds
1 egg white
2-3 teaspoons of stevia sweetener (or sugar)
125ml of almond milk (or other milk)
½ teaspoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon or ginger
How to make:
1) Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C
2) Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well
3) Make cookie shapes by scooping a heaped dessert spoon of the mixture onto a greased baking tray or on baking paper
4) Bake for 20 minutes or until golden, and allow to cool
As a bonus, here is a video from Nic on how to avoid holiday weight gain.


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