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Fudge Fudge Fudge

Your Ingredients:

NOTE: You will need a candy thermometer. (20 bucks or less)

2-tbsp butter, divided and room temperature
4-cups sugar
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 stick butter
2 (12-oz) pkgs Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (7.5 oz) jar Marshmallow Fluff
2-tsp pure vanilla extract
2-cups walnuts, chopped

BUTTER the inside of a medium-sized heavy saucepan with 1-tbsp of butter.

BUTTER a 13×9-inch pan with the remaining 1-tbsp of butter. (you can also add parchment paper to the buttered pan and also butter the top of the parchment)

COMBINE sugar, evaporated milk and 1 stick of butter in the buttered saucepan.

COOK over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, about 236 F.

REMOVE pot from heat. DO NOT stir, DO NOT remove the thermometer, and let it rest in a bowl of cold water until the temperature reaches about 110-120 degrees F., about 10 minutes.

STIR in chocolate chips, Marshmallow Fluff, vanilla and walnuts. Blend well until chocolate and fluff are melted.

SPREAD evenly into prepared pan and score the fudge into 1-inch squares. Allow fudge to cool on the counter at room temperature for about 4 hours.

Back to work!!!

yoga pose of the week

Yoga Pose of the Week: Warrior Two posted Mon, Jul 26th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsThis pose from YogaWorks is a great confidence booster, as it works to increase internal strength. if(typeof … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Triangle Pose posted Mon, Jul 19th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsMommies-to-be will love this pose from YogaWorks. The Triangle Pose opens the hips, lengthens the lower back and helps to relieve back pain. … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Tree Pose posted Mon, Jul 12th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsBefore you head to a Zumba class, or put on your dancing shoes for a night out, try this pose from YogaWorks. The Tree Pose improves balance, opens … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Single Pigeon posted Mon, Jul 5th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsBefore you hop on your bike, try this pose from YogaWorks. It opens up your hips, while strengthening your outer thighs and hip flexors. For … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Seated Ankle to Knee posted Mon, Jun 28th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsStuck behind a desk all day? This pose from YogaWorks can help eliminate pain caused by sitting for long periods of time. It also works to release the … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: The Plank posted Mon, Jun 21st 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsGet ready to break out your tank tops! This pose from YogaWorks tones the arms and strengthens the shoulders. For more poses, visit our Yoga … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Low Lunge posted Mon, Jun 14th 2010 by That’s Fit Editors

Before you head out for a run, give this pose from YogaWorks a try. The Low Lunge helps to open up the quads and the psoas system. Visit our … Read More

Yoga Pose of the Week: Crescent posted Mon, Jun 7th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsTone your hips and thighs with this pose from YogaWorks. Bonus: It strengthens the shoulders and upper back at the same time for head-to-toe … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Cobra posted Mon, May 31st 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsThis pose from YogaWorks is fantastic for your back. It improves posture, relieves sciatica, strengthens the spine and helps to stimulate your … Read More »

Yoga Pose of the Week: Child’s Pose posted Mon, May 24th 2010 by That’s Fit EditorsChild’s Pose is a great yoga pose to incorporate into your walking program. It opens up the knees and feet, as well as helping to release the lumbar … Read More »

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Why avoid processed foods?

  • I don’t think that the human body recognizes them as food the same way that it does non-processed foods. I don’t really know the science behind this; it’s just a hunch.

  • People have been eating “bad” things like red meat and butter for years, but the truly awful epidemics – obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc… – did not really become epidemics until the advent of processed foods. Maybe it’s correlation and not causation; I think it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Avoiding processed foods is (I think) less restrictive than avoiding, say, meat or dairy or some other random set of foods that some health professional deems unworthy. I think pretty much everyone is in agreement that processed foods are crap. (I don’t have food rules anymore and I will occasionally eat something processed if I have to for some reason.)

  • It’s nice to eat things that were prepared by real humans instead of machines.

Examples of processed foods I would probably avoid:

  • Oreos and other pre-packaged cookies. (This does not include pre-made cookies from Whole Foods – those are fabulously delicious.)

  • Pringles and other chips that are not recognizable as a potato.

  • Breads that don’t go moldy. (Scary.)

  • Sugary candy like Twizzlers. (If I’m going to eat candy it’s going to be something with fat, like chocolate or peanut butter.)

  • Twinkies. (Ha. I have never had a Twinkie.)

  • Fake butter or margarine.

  • Ritz crackers (these don’t go moldy as far as I know).

  • And so on…

Foods I do eat that you will probably judge me for:

  • Fried food – chicken, French fries, salmon croquettes, etc…

  • Red meat – steak, lamb, pork.

  • Milk chocolate – yes, I like dark, but milk is good too.

  • Pizza.

  • Subway footlongs – veggies delight sandwiches with extra mayonnaise.

  • Lots and lots of butter.

  • Cream cheese and full fat dairy.

  • White bread that is freshly baked.

  • And so on…

In the ideal world we wouldn’t have to worry about how to find real food. But we do. I’ve found that a lot of it comes down to WHERE you want to eat, and not WHAT you want to eat. For example, going to a fresh Mexican restaurant is much preferable to eating at Taco Bell. Or getting a nice juicy burger from a deli is probably better than getting it at McDonald’s.

Remember that your diet will not ever be perfect.

We can and should try to avoid the clear yuck foods (like those on my list above). We can try to set good examples for our friends and families. Little things really do add up, and they can start a revolution ;)

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Five Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Time at the Gym:

To get through our day-to-day time commitments, we make a plan for everything, from what’s for dinner to date night to pick-up times for ballet and hockey lessons. When on the road, we pick the quickest route to get from A to B to C. Well, guess what? The same can be done for your workout routine.

Here are my top five ways to “get in, work out and get out.”

1. Cardio sprints — Cut your cardio time by 1/3 by using sprint intervals. Start with a five minute warm up, then accelerate to sprint for one minute, back off for 30 seconds to a minute, and repeat.

2. Don’t stop — Unless you are lifting weights for a championship match, keep your breaks between sets to 30 seconds. Remember to lift your weights slowly to increase their impact on your body.

3. Compound moves — Compound moves combine two or more muscle groups into one exercise. For example, to combine legs and shoulders, compound a stationary lunge with a shoulder press. Check out our complete compound workout for an efficient, time-saving plan.

4. Full range of motion — Although there is a great deal of benefit to work partial ranges of motion (ie., bottom half biceps), when you are pressed for time and efficiency, go for a heavier weight and full range of motion.

5. Go alone and with a plan — Workout buddies are great, but gossiping and catching up can get in the way of the task at hand. If you’re sort on time, go solo and stay focused.

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Perfect Push-Ups: The Ultimate Training Plan for an Awesome Upper Body.

Push-ups are part strength, part skill. Depending on where you’re starting from, you can expect to be able to do one complete set of perfect push-ups in anywhere from four to eight weeks if you train properly.

Here is a training program that will get you there. To do it, you’ll need a few sets of dumbbells and a workout bench. If you don’t have a workout bench, you can substitute a step bench or a stability ball. Oh, you also need a positive attitude. You can do this!

Push-ups mainly work the chest, shoulders, triceps and core muscles. However, it’s important to balance out the opposing muscle groups, which is why one workout a week focuses on your back and biceps.

You’ll do three to five sets of six to eight reps. Choose weights that are challenging, but still allow you to maintain good form. Rest at least one day in between each workout. When you can do eight reps on nearly every set easily, don’t increase the weight but instead move on to the next phase.

Try this and let me know how empowered you feel the first time you press your weight up into the full plank position. I know you will.

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