By Carrie McKewan, A2 Personal Fitness Trainer
It doesn’t matter how committed you are to your diet or exercise plan; the holidays are going to interrupt your daily routine. From holiday parties, to meals out while shopping, and all those sugary sweet treats —so many cookies — it’s challenging to get through the holidays feeling your best, but you can do it with a positive mindset.
The first step to your overall well-being is happiness in your own body. Loving your body and everything that it can do and allowing yourself to appreciate it (even with a few more pounds) is the true start to feeling good all the time.
You should know that number on the scale fluctuates all the time, and it’s a good idea not to focus too much on that. Instead, focus on how you feel in your body. If you don’t feel good, focus on things that do make you feel better. Maybe that’s eating more vegetables, passing on that extra cookie, or moving your body. Grow your own well-being. The more you do things that make you feel your best, the more results you’ll see and feel.
OK. So, you’ve gained some weight and your pants are, well, tighter. You can be angry at yourself for gaining a couple extra pounds of winter weight, or you can accept it’s a pretty common seasonal tendency and move on. There is no reason to lose sleep over it. Use it to give you motivation to get back to working hard in the gym and eating right. The most important message as we close this year and begin the next is to always surround yourself with supportive people (like the A2 team) and simply, love yourself!
At A2 Physical Therapy we love our sweet treats and traditions, too. We are not about to pass on a good cookie. And this “healthier” chocolate chip cookie delivers the deliciousness, minus the sugar coma. Merry Christmas!
Zero-Refined Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Tiffiny Hall
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 ¾ cup flour (can substitute almond, spelt, gluten free flour 1:1)
1/3 cup rolled oats (can use brown rice flakes or quinoa flakes if gluten-free)
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1/3 cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
50 grams quality dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix flour, oats, and baking soda in a large bowl to combine. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla. Add the dry mix with the chocolate and stir until combined. Roll dough into 12 balls, and place on tray evenly spacing them apart, flattening them out slightly with your hand. Bake 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes and enjoy!
"Last Sunday I played full court basketball for the first time in 15 years. I will qualify the contest by saying it happened on a court just out of the back door of an elder care center. The teams consisted of a 7 year old, an d8 year old, a young woman in flip-flops (I played in sandals), a woman who proudly stated she was 55 years old (I retorted with my age of 65), and a couple of other young guys that really played well. I ran the court, I played defense, blocked shots, made shots (missed a lot), got lots of rebounds, and talked a lot of smack while playing with a group of people a lot younger than me. I even made a behind the back-twisting fall-away shot, then fell and tumbled on the court. I jumped up and continued to play, and we played for about 45 minutes.
I attribute my ability to play this game that I love so much again to the excellent training receive from Kristy who is a trainer at A2 Physical Therapy. I have worked out and trained since I was very young. I played high school basketball, baseball, and I ran track. I spent 20 years in the Army with all the training requirements associated with that occupation. I played on community and city leagues, and I have trained with weights for many years. The training program Kristy has devised for me at A2 is rigorous, thorough, diverse, fun, challenging, and focused. She prepares workout plans that are age and fitness level appropriate. My work out now is so much different then it was when I first started. She both trains me individually and as a couple. I run, jump, stretch, lift, balance, squat, push, pull, and every other movement you can imagine. I look forward to going to my workout every time. Kristy is completely in charge of every workout. I am retired, and my training at A2 allows me to fill the need to accomplish something positive every day I work out. I am doing physical activity with ease that I would not have thought I would be able be able to accomplish at the age of 65 such as hiking on Mt Rainer and running 4 days per week. Kristy and A2 have really changed my life…"
"A2 has been wonderful in helping me with my elbow pain. The skilled staff has attacked my ailment with an array of methods. I came in with 6-7/10 pain and after a few weeks my elbow is down to 1-2/10. The environment is warm and welcoming. The staff is friendly and very skilled. They take the time to listen and formulate a personalized plan. One of the tools they use is the Neubie. I have had amazing results using it. Its ability to target and safely load a specific area is very helpful. Overall, A2 is amazing and I would highly recommend it to any and all!"
"I had a great time coming in to A2 every week. Everyone was really helpful and fun to be around. The exercises we did made a huge difference in getting my body and confidence back to shape. Next time I'm injured, I will know just where to go. Thank you!"