Hello Sunshine!

Happy perfect fall day everyone! Congratulations to Molly Rosedale on finishing the half marathon in 1:59! You couldn’t ask for a better day to get out and pound the pavement. Did anyone else run? Extra points to you Molly on the Fall Fitness Challenge and also to Julia Griffith-Jones who was spotted running past 4 sloth-like Hollands on Saturday morning on Kings Road. How did everyone else do? Don’t forget to tally up and email me your points for the week. 1 week down, 9 to go. Let’s start off strong and keep each other motivated through to the end!

This week we will be switching up our routines and keeping things fresh. Here is what’s ahead:

Monday: we haven’t done a circuit training workout in a while… Let’s give it a go tomorrow morning!

Tuesday: tone and tighten! We will be using our bands in new ways to carve out more defined arms, abs, and legs. Get ready to sweat 😉

Wednesday: Tabata workout on the stairs! 20 seconds high intensity followed by 10 seconds rest. Bring a friend for moral support!

Thursday: Three Set Thursday! Plenty of light cardio and fun strength training drills to end the week.

Last spring Brian and I took the kids on a nearly PERFECT family vacation to the Algarve coast in Portugal. We stayed at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs and enjoyed a week of swimming at the pool, sunbathing on the private beach, tennis, golf, spa, and delicious meals. The accommodations were so comfortable, staff was incredibly friendly, the weather was gorgeous, and the flight was too easy (only 2 hours from London to Faro). Our entire trip was arranged by a company called Tots Too, who specialize in family holidays. If anyone is planning a holiday with the little ones I can’t recommend this company enough! My contact Mark Sumpter arranged everything from babysitting to the Kids Club to dinner reservations to car seats on the transfers to our groceries waiting for us the fridge when we arrived. When we returned home I reached out to him to let him know just how positive our experience was. From there we have developed a partnership and Mark has given me an exclusive offer to extend to all Buggy Bootcamp members! Here are the deets:

Mark Sumpter
If you do email him make sure you congratulate him (his wife is expecting and will be joining Buggy Bootcamp this spring!)

The trip is based on stays in 2 and 3 bedroom Pine Cliffs Residence Suites:
Stays between 1st May and 31st October 2014
Bookings made by 31 December 2013
20% Discount on Accommodation Rates
Free Upgrade from Self Catering to Half Board*
Offer for a maximum of 2 Adults + 2 Children (0-12 years old).
All extra guests sharing the same Suite have to be booked on the same board basis and are charged.
The above offer excludes the following dates of travel : 23rd May- 2nd June and 18th July 31st August 2014

All this plus an extra £30 just for BBC-ers to use toward a meal, babysitting, spa, etc., so make sure you mention it in your correspondence!

If you are doing your Fall Fitness Challenge, make sure to tally up all your points and email me. Hold yourself accountable and encourage others too. We are all going to be feeling and looking like the best version of ourselves by Christmas! If you need to re-visit the point structure just scroll down for last week’s blog post.

Here is a delicious recipe to keep up your clean eating regime through the next few weeks:

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sundried tomatoes and Olives
(The combination of sweet and salty is too good to be true!)

2 medium sweet potatoes
2 oz. black olives, pitted and chopped
1 oz packed sundried tomatoes thinly chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp fresh oregano
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 200C
Pierce each potato with a fork
Bake about 45-60 minutes, let cool
Mix together remaining ingredients in small bowl
Slice baked sweet potatoes lengthwise down the center, top with mixture and serve piping hot





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