Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fit Tip Tuesday {No.17}


Need a Healthy Snack?

How to keep pre-sliced apples and pears from browning


Are you someone who uses the excuse, I can’t eat healthy because I am too busy? As someone who is always on the go, I have found one of the cheapest and least expensive ways to eat healthy requires just a few simple steps and a little pre-planning.

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1. Use an inexpensive apple slicer, to core and slice apple quickly

2. Soak them in a bowl of cold salt water for 3-5 minutes. Not too much salt, or it effects the taste of the fruit. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt per 1 quart (4 cups) of water.

3. Soak them in a bowl of cold lemon water for 3-5 minutes. This is better than squeezing the lemon juice directly on the fruit, unless you don’t mind the fruit tasting really lemony. Mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 1 cup of water.

4. Soak them in a bowl of Sprite, 7-Up, or a similar lemon-lime, carbonated soda for 3-5 minutes. I don’t know if there’s really citrus in these sodas, and I don’t know why this works; but it does.

5. Sprinkle them with Fruit Fresh. This is a citric acid powder that most stores have with their canning supplies.

A quick soak, and your apple or pear slices are ready to store in the fridge.

After soaking the fruit slices, drain off the liquid and store them in a ziploc bag in the fridge. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it.


“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” -Helen Keller
Hallelujah! I have found a quote that represents my everyday life in such a beautiful and poetic way. As I am preparing to make a small step in a new direction, I have come to terms that it is the simplest of things that have shaped, molded, and changed who I have become over the course of the last three years.
I owe my deepest gratitude to my co-workers Jill and Katelyn who have helped me de-stress from long nights of coaching, find peace in (organized) chaos, laugh in earnesty, find new passion within fitness, love life, and stay positive in all circumstances. They have given me the tools needed to move on to my next career, whatever that may be, and above all have become my friends.
My clients have become my sisters, brothers, mothers, and partners in crime. Some have become first-time mothers themselves, and all have taken from me the lifestyle change and love for fitness. They all have accomplished more then I could ever have dreamed. I hope and pray they continue to succeed in all that they do, knowing that they will always have someone to help them along the way, but knowing they have the ability to do great things.
It is my hope that in my next adventure it does in fact lead me to accomplish many great and noble tasks, or accomplish small tasks as if they were noble.

Tour de [Nationwide]


My job is to make the employees of Nationwide Insurance happier, healthier, and more productive. That being said, in our corporate fitness center we encourage our members to be active through incentive programs, group fitness classes, small group training, personal training, etc.

This quarter, we decided to run an incentive program called Tour de Nationwide! This incentive program runs throughout the month of July as does the Tour de France. The Nationwide spin-off consists of:

The Goal

As a team of 6, accumulate minutes of exercise/miles to meet the daily mileage goal!

For example Day 1 is 123 miles to get to Seraing- Your team needs to meet the 123 miles to complete the daily mileage goal and get to Seraing! The next day you move onto a new city with a new mileage goal.

Complete as many cities to win the Tour de Nationwide!!

The Twist

Each day there is a geographical location based on terrain- Plain, Medium Mountain or High Mountain, these terrains correlate with the actual Tour de France.  Your team must follow the exercises/fitness activities based on these guidelines. We provided our members with an activity conversion chart (i.e. Plain= biking, walking, or elliptical).

The Rules

Miles do not roll over into the next day however we will total up the miles for your team at the end.

-One city per day.
-Activities must be recorded by 8:30 AM the following day to count for your team.
-In order for the mileage to count for the day, exercises must correlate with the daily terrain.
-Winners will be based on number of completed cities-

Team Time Trials

In addition to the daily mileage, there are also two unique team challenges.

July 12- 6 minute plank challenge, time may be accumulated throughout team members to total 6 minutes

July 26- Wall sit relay, 10 consecutive minutes of wall-sit, may be divided amongst team members

Photos from 1st Team Time Trial- Plank