I need your brilliant words!

My sister-in-law, Mackenzie Weiss, wrote this on Facebook this morning, unprompted by me, mind you:

"Sometimes an exceptional morning at the gym can wipe away days/weeks of stress. :)"

I love it! Thanks, Mackenzie!

I would love for YOU to share how asset moving has changed YOUR life…how it's brought YOU through a tough time…or how it just makes YOU feel better.

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I'll include your brilliant words in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank — with your permission, of course!

Here are 2 ways you can share your motivating words of wisdom:

1. Leave a comment right here on my blog.

2. Post them on Funiq's Facebook fan page.

Thanks and I can't wait to read what YOU write!

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Tip of the Day: A heart-healthy breakfast for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Even today, you don't have any excuses not to eat a tasty, low-calorie, heart-healthy breakfast packed with high energy yielding nutrition!

Here's what I ate this morning:

Oatmeal
How appropos for Valentine's Day! Don't you love the heart-shaped strawberries? 

This awesome breakfast takes less than 3 minutes to prepare and you can even slap it into a take-out cup and eat it on the road with a plastic spoon!

Here's all you need:

Bethy's Awesome 3-Minute Breakfast

½ cup oatmeal — the plain old-fashioned kind, not the kind in flavored sugar-laden packets!

1 cup water

1 teaspoon REAL peanut butter (the kind with no other ingredients except peanuts — ie no added sugar or chemicals) (Yes, of course you can substitute cashew or almond butter.)

½ cup fresh berries or a small banana or other favorite fruit

You can microwave the oatmeal and water and then add your ingredients.

The whole thing has way less than 300 calories and less than a ¼ of the calories come from fat!

This quick and yummy breakfast is packed with SO much nutrition that you'll have more energy than you know what to do with.

Plus it's so high in fiber that you'll be full for hours — and yesterday’s “junk” will fly right out of your trunk LOL!

You can’t say that about that bagel with cream cheese that has twice the calories, 3 times the fat and offers little nutritional value to help energize you nor enough fiber to aid with moving other stuff through your body!

And look how pretty and appropo to Valentine’s Day it is with the strawberries!

Give this to yourself and your honey and be heart healthy today and every day.

Look for more healthy tips in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! (I know you can hardly wait!)

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My amazing clients…Meet my new couch “Linnette”

I LOVE the plank! And I’m not talking about the one you walk on! Well, maybe the kind you sit on…like the Linnette couch!

Check out this video:

                              

My client, the lovely Linnette (who is a grandmother, mind you), is holding a
3-minute plank and with 130 pounds of Moi on her back!

I find this completely fascinating…what a profound test of overall strength, posture and muscular endurance.

The average out-of-shape American cannot hold himself or herself in a plank posture for 15 seconds without feeling the weak, unconditioned muscles of their trunk, spine, abdominals or shoulder girdle making them want to quickly “plotz” onto the floor.

Try it right now yourself. How long can you hold a plank?

When unconditioned clients come to me, the plank is a nightmare for them and we immediately realize where their weak areas are…uh, generally everywhere! 

But there's hope!

As cliché as it may sound, practice makes perfect. It is amazing to watch my clients' transformation from the 15-second struggle with a painful stationary plank to more than 5 minutes of various fancy planks.

I'm talking about the same person just a few weeks later, I kid you not!!

The best news is that their back pain is gone, their muscles are more conditioned and the plank becomes much easier for everyone who does it, and I mean everyone! (Yes, even YOU!)

So, great job, Lady Linnette! I think the Guinness Book of World Records is awaiting your phone call.

Read more about Linnette and other awesome ladies in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank.


Plank--sitting on Linnette


Tip of the Day: What’s in Bethy’s fridge? (part 2)

Just like you, I come home ravenously hungry and would probably go for easily accessible “crap” like sugary bars, chips and crackers if I didn’t have healthy stuff already prepared to keep me in line. (Yes, I crack that whip on myself too!)

So here's what I do instead:

                              

I always have the infamous “big” salad already prepared in the fridge. It’s so easy to slap it in a bowl.

Here’s what’s in that awesome big salad in my fridge:

  • Spinach (no nutrition-less, water-filled iceberg lettuce for me!)
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Baby corn
  • Carrots
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Scallions
  • Chickpeas

Salad in the fridge
I top it with some avocado, chicken, salmon, tuna, which I already have prepared. (If not, I just open a can and throw it on.)

A huge serving of this nutritionally dense salad has very few calories — and so little of them come from fat! Instead you get lots of needed fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You will be SO satisfied and energized and will not get that “time to take a nap now” feeling that those sugary bars will give you.

So, right after I spontaneously taped this exhausting 30-second video (LOL) I filled a big bowl with the salad and added:

  • Sliced avocado (good fat and amazingly healthy)
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sesame seeds (for flavor so I don’t have to glob on dressing)
  • A little bit of feta cheese

Since my rule is “one fat per salad,” I use the 1-calorie balsamic spray dressing when I add cheese and avocado! Do not add blue cheese or ranch dressing if you already have fat in your salad…Oy Vey! You already know my definition of a “cobb salad,” a bunch of fats sitting on a bed of water…don’t get me started. 

Last week I shared an awesome tip about how to use dressing very sparingly; click here if you missed it.

Watch for more awesome tips like these and please share what you do to make healthy choices when you might have eaten crap! Click here to leave your tips in a comment!

Tip of the Day: What’s in Bethy’s fridge? (part 1)

My goal is to help you (1) move more and (2) eat less (crap). That’s why I’m showing you what’s in my fridge:

Potatoes
A bag of already-baked potatoes!

I bake a bunch of potatoes (1 hour at 400 degrees), cool them off, and keep them in the fridge. Whenever I want one, I just heat it in the micro or bring it to room temp. They’re ready for whenever I want something quick, easy, healthy, and delicious.

I top them with either fresh salsa…

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or grilled onions…

Onions
and mushrooms:

Mushrooms

And, yes, I grill onions and mushrooms ahead of time all at once and keep them in the fridge to add flavor and nutrition to lots of different things. You don’t have to douse them in oil as you’re sautéing them; you can do a pound of mushrooms and a lot of onions in just a tablespoon of olive oil.

Oooh, I can hear you now….

You're saying, “Baked potatoes are carbs. Carbs are evil. Therefore baked potatoes are evil.”

People, stop with the “carbs are evil!” Potatoes aren’t evil. What you insist on ADDING on top of a beautiful baked potato is what makes it evil! Even the esteemed Harvard knocked the poor potato off their healthy list.

Reach inside your brain and think about that for a moment!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a beautiful baked potato. An entire baked potato has only about 115 calories! And it's good carbs –- with zero fat.

Look at what you're missing because you're afraid of carbs — all this is in one potato:

  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • Low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in iron and potassium
  • High in manganese
  • High in vitamin B6
  • High in vitamin C

Do NOT use your baked potato as a bowl for fat; do not add sour cream and cheese and bacon bits (the pig parts we would normally throw away)!  When you throw all that crap on them or fry them in vats of oil and load them up with cheese….people, what are you thinking?

Look what happens when you douse an innocent potato with sour cream: it goes from 115 calories (and zero fat) to 393 calories and most of them from fat! 

Eat G-d’s food the way He prepared it!

Okay, okay sweet potatoes would be better than a white potato, but either one is better than eating a fat-laden Caesar salad. Potatoes are nutrient dense—which you absolutely can’t say about a Caesar salad. And they're on the list of the world's healthiest foods.

So bake up a batch of potatoes and leave them in your fridge ready for your next lunch or hunger attack. And stay tuned…next week I’m going to take you on another tour of my fridge and give you more tips to help you eat less (crap)!

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