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Incredible Client Spotlight: Lisa Shirreffs

Happy Thursday! September is flying by and each of you are working so hard to achieve your goals you set at the beginning of the month. Continue to give your best this month! We know you can do it. Today, we are excited to introduce you to our client spotlight, Lisa Shirreffs! Lisa is an inspirational mother, wife, and friend! We love how each time Lisa comes into TransFit she has this enthusiasm and spark in her eye! She always gives 100% and has seen such a transformation in loss of body fat over her time at TransFit! Lisa has been consistent with weight training weekly and is adding in exercise one travel vacations!  Keep giving your best Lisa and inspiring so many women that no matter your age - you can live transformed! 


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"In February, I began my workouts with Caroline after trying numerous other "work out" plans in town.  I've always been an active person but a life-long and regular work out warrior, not so much.  I did not do an organized "aerobics" class until well after college. I was in and out of work out programs while in Atlanta, DC and after I married and moved to Delaware.  I (and my husband) realized quickly that working out was a great physical release but also a HUGE mental equalizer. I have always struggled to make my workout a priority. I need an appointment time and personal accountability. Caroline's motivation and energy have helped me continue to stay on task. I love that I make an "appointment" and have it on my calendar. No excuses and I block out an hour for my personal physical and mental health.

I've reached a point in my life where my fitness is a priority. I work out at Transfit at least a couple of times a week and get regular cardio and stretching a few times a week. I'm on the road a lot in the fall to see my boys in college and try to get in workouts on the road. Walks, tennis, TransFit sessions and the past couple of weeks - great hikes have helped me keep on track. 

My diet is probably my biggest challenge. I love healthy food.... but there isn't much that I don't like. I've been lucky to be able eat pretty freely but as I get older and want to stay healthier, I recognize I have to be more cognizant of what I put in my body. As I began to work with Caroline and TransFit, I logged my food... for the first time ever.  I became much more aware of the nutrients that I need and the "other stuff" that I don't. Though I don't always eat what I should, I do have a much better understanding of what I am consuming and it's effect on my body, energy and well-being. 

After being diagnosed with osteopenia a couple of years ago and given the fact that my Mom and sister both have had osteoporosis, I am considered high risk and need to increase my bone and muscle mass. I also have had back issues for the past few years and Caroline is very careful to adjust exercises for my individual needs and check in with me to see how my back is feeling. 

I married into an extremely athletic family and have two sons (now 19 and 21) who I had to learn and continue to try to keep up with. I was really humbled this spring when they came home from college and noticed a difference in me. They were so excited that I had muscle definition, seemed to be in better shape and healthier that I had before. Thanks to Transfit, I'm probably in the best shape ever."


Way yo go Lisa! You are incredible! Let's all strive to make progress on day at a time! In order to finish September strong, we are encouraging you to join us for our TransFIVE challenge starting next Monday. The challenge is 5 days of completely restoring your body, and will revamp your health in a new way. This challenge can help you focus on removing sugar and toxins from your body. 

Let us know if you have any questions!

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Quick, Delicious, Dairy-Free Superfood Breakfasts!

Great nutrition is just as important to full body health as fitness! Many friends struggle with getting three balanced meals a day due to the hustle and bustle of daily life! This summer I would love to feature quick nutritious meals that take 30 minutes or less to prepare! This week I'm focusing on high protein breakfasts and the first on the list is the Easy Egg White Omelette! Egg whites are a great source of protein while containing less cholesterol and fat than eggs! With a prep time of 4 minutes and a serving of 4, it is sure to be a meal that the whole family can enjoy!

TF Omelette

Easy Egg White Omelette

Serves 4 

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, all excess water squeezed out
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 12 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Nonstick cooking spray

  Instructions

  1. In a small skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. .
  2. Add onions, tomatoes, spinach, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the onion is soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add pepper, to taste, and another pitch of salt; and cook for another minute.
  4. Remove the spinach mixture from the heat to a bowl. Cover and keep warm.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites, water, and a pinch of salt and pepper until frothy.
  6. Lightly coat a medium nonstick skillet or omelet pan with cooking spray and heat the skillet over medium heat.
  7. Add ¼ of the egg whites, swirling to evenly cover the bottom of the pan.
  8. Cook until set, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  9. Using a rubber scraper lift the eggs up and let the sunny uncooked egg flow underneath.
  10. Spoon ¼ of the spinach mixture onto half of the omelet, fold over, and slide onto serving plate.
  11. Repeat with remaining eggs and spinach mixture. Enjoy!

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Raspberry Vanilla Almond Breakfast Quinoa

The second of the high protein breakfasts for the week is the Raspberry Vanilla Almond Quinoa ! This meal like the omelette is quick, easy, and filling for the whole family. Raspberry Vanilla Almond Breakfast Quinoa is loaded with protein, fiber, and is gluten-free! It is also light and doesn't give you the heavy feeling that many breakfast foods can and it's easy to digest! This breakfast is guaranteed to give you lots of energy for the whole day!

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 cup fully cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • ½ cup raspberries (or other berries you like)
  • Optional: add in a scoop of vanilla protein powder for more protein!

 Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, add vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey.
  2. Heat over low heat, stirring consistently until the mixture is combined and warm.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Place quinoa in a bowl.
  5. Pour warm milk mixture over top.
  6. Add with almonds and berries on top.

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Blueberry Cashew Bliss Smoothie

The  last delicious recipe high in protein is the Blueberry Cashew Bliss Smoothie! Not only is this smoothie delicious and can be blended in under 5 minutes, but blueberries are low in calories, rank the highest of any fruit in antioxidants, and provide 1/4 of your daily value of fiber and vitamin C! You can't go wrong with this super food and it will be sure to keep you and the family cool the whole summer! Lyla(age 6) loves this smoothie for breakfast or a snack!

      Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

·        ½ frozen banana

·        1 cup blueberries

·        ¼ cup unsalted raw cashews

·        1 tbsp. flax seed

·        1 cup spinach or any leafy green

·        1 tbsp. chia seed & 5 ice cubes

 Optional: 1 pitted date for added sweetener; 1 serving greek yogurt or 1 serving vanilla protein powder.

Directions

Just blend until creamy!

These three breakfasts all pack a punch of protein and are quick to prepare without sacrificing taste! Whether preparing for your family or entertaining friends you can't go wrong with these recipes! If you need assistance with healthy meal planning please email me at transfitathens@gmail.com. Visit my website at www.transfitathens.com for details about nutrition consulting.

Blessings,

Caroline

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6

September Client Spotlight: Meg Parker

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I am so excited to brag on Meg Parker this month for the September Client Spotlight!!! Meg is a highly respected financial advisor, mother of 2 precious kiddos, and a wife! Meg started exercising at TransFit 6 months ago and has completely changed her body type. She is a muscular, sleek woman and is one of the strongest women I have worked with this year! Meg has lost 10 pounds over the course of 6 months, decreased her body fat, and continues to push herself in all that she does. She is such an inspiration to so many women!

Her Field:

I am a senior financial advisor/vice president at Merrill Lynch. In a nutshell, I help my clients (individuals and families) pursue their long-term financial goals! I do this through finding the appropriate mix of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs to fit their personal objectives and risk tolerance. I monitor progress towards goals and keep the investment strategy consistent with any changes that take place in their lives and/or business. Her Fitness:

As far as exercising goes, I have always been a pretty active person. I rode horses my entire childhood, played sports in school, took an exercise hiatus in college, and then lived out west for a year and a half where we biked, hiked, jogged, and walked. For the past 9 years (prior to TransFit), I would go through phases of exercising, but it would be all weight training and no cardio OR all cardio and no weight training; then I’d take some time off, etc. So basically, I had no real pattern to my workout schedule. After 2 kids, this no-patterned workout did not work, because I was not seeing any results and I felt bloated, etc. After working out at TransFit for a few months, I finally feel like I have a great balance of weight training and cardio.

Her Food:

I thought that if I worked out, I could eat or drink whatever I wanted: a cookie here, some chips there.  Over the past 6 months I have become more aware of eating the right (and REAL) foods and drinking more water, green tea, etc.

Her Fortitude:

My clothes are fitting MUCH better, and I truly feel the best I have ever felt. I believe this is all due to a perfect balance in exercise and cutting out LOTS of preservatives and sodium, and eating MORE fruits and veggies, drinking more water, etc. I have also FINALLY lost the bloated feeling that I have had since having kids. Caroline has taught me to take much better care of my body bywatching what I put in it, stretching more (which I NEVER used to do), and following the right exercise regime.