4th December

Tuesday, December 4, 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, please look for a video or arrange for an in-person tutorial with me (mollie@ptmollie.com).

This workout can be done inside or outside.

1 min- Walk

30 sec- Jog with high knees

1 min- Squat with leg lift As you come up alternate lifting left and right knees.

1 min- Jumping jacks/star jumps

1 min- Feet shoulder width apart, arms out to side in a letter T, touch opposite hand to opposite toe then come up straight and repeat on other side (work those obliques).

1 min- Reverse lunge Stand with feet together, bring one foot back and drop that knee almost to the ground. Keep front knee over the ankle and bring back foot to starting point. Repeat on other side.

1 min- Pilates 100 Remember to inhale for 5 counts and exhale for 5 counts. Don't pull with your neck and keep legs in table top position and shoulders off the ground. If your neck hurts, stop.

30 sec- Side plank Right side, keep top leg's foot in front of the bottom foot.

30 sec- Side plank Left side, keep top leg's foot in front of the bottom foot.

1 min- Russian twist You can hold a weight or ball if you want to add resistance.

1 min- Crab dip To work your triceps start with hips high and tummy tight. Bend elbows to lower hips.

1 min- Frog crunch Have legs in butterfly stretch position but lie on back. Keep heels up but keep toes on ground for extra challenge. Keep tummy tight and don't pull with neck.

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them

Two more offers for you today - one that everyone can make use of and the second for our readers over in Denver, Colorado.

Christine recommends Belly Dancing as an alternative way for runners to cross train. No, really! So today we’re bringing you a great offer from Melissa Belly Dance which will allow you to try it out in the comfort and safety of your own home!

Sign up to the Melissa Belly Dance website and have access to 2 free belly dance workout classes via Melissa Belly Dance's online video tutorials. One 1 hour belly dance class, and 1 belly dance hip hop fusion class. Melissa Belly Dance offers belly dance and belly dance fusion courses in London UK, but you can also study with her anywhere in the world via her online belly dance classes and videos.

Belly dance is great for loosing weight, toning up, and sculpting your body. Its a great confidence booster and great for fitness. There's no better way to stay in shape leading up to Christmas.

Advent offer: Take 2 one hour online belly dance classes / videos with Melissa Belly Dance! You may take a 1 hour belly dance class and a 1 hour belly dance hiphop class.  To redeem  the offer: visit  http://melissabellydance.com/wp-login.php?action=register

Our offer for readers in Colorado comes from Be. Massage Therapy

Beat the holiday stress and find more TRUE JOY! The more you can give to yourself, the more you'll be able to gift to others. Try this custom one hour session: 30 minutes deep tissue massage & 30 minutes Access Bars. Just $45 (40% off). Purchase one for you and one for your friends and family!  

To redeem this offer visit be massage therapy website to purchase, or contact Bonnie (720) 876 7670.

Limited time offer for new and existing clients.  Must purchase by December 31st, 2012.  Must redeem by January 31st, 2013.   Limit one use per customer, may purchase others as gifts. Please contact Bonnie to schedule appointment.  24-hr cancellation notice required.

Rod’s Racing (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome)  

Our purpose is to create awareness for these special children and raise funding that will go towards making what seemed like a distant dream of having a family of their own become a reality, one child at a time.

Mollie chose Rod’s Racing as the charity for the first week of the advent calendar. Her brother and sister-in-law found out their second son, Jacob, had Downs Syndrome in September 2011.  He was stillborn one day after his due date in February 2012. She is an active team member hoping to raise $2000 (~£1300) in memory of Jacob.  She is very happy to be supporting children with Down Syndrome via sport.

Please support this amazing charity by donating today www.rodsracing.org/mollie

Today’s recipe comes from Karin from Kitchen Sparks  http://www.kitchensparks.com Follow her on Twitter too  @KitchenSparks

Quinoa with tomato and pine nuts          

This is hands down my favourite quinoa dish. It might not be the most seasonal at the moment but it’s ok to make exceptions for such delicious food every now and then. This dish can be eaten warm or cold.

Serves 2-3 as sides & is completely vegan

  • ½ cup rinsed uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large tomato or 5 cherry tomatoes
  • Small handful of pine nuts
  • Small handful of basil or parsley leaves (basil’s better !)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Combine quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let it cook – covered - for 20 minutes.
2.  Cut tomato into small cubes and chop basil into small pieces. Add pine nuts to a small frying pan and roat them on a medium heat (without oil!) until they turn brown. Keep an eye on them they tend to burn super quickly!
3.  Remove quinoa from heat and drain any water that might still be left.

And now you have two options :
If served hot then immediately add pine nuts, tomato, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix everything together and serve
Let the quinoa cool down and then add all the other ingredients and serve.

It’s delicious either way. And super simple and healthy too!

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