Storytime, Workouts, Veggie Fries, and 5 Years of Wedded Bliss. The Stuff of Life.

The last story has been read, the last tooth has been brushed, the last block has been painfully tripped over. Just another relaxing weekend in the Holland household! How was everyone’s weekend? Brian and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary by going out to dinner at Flora Lima in Covent Garden (Peruvian, delish), followed by a brilliant performance of Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre. I haven’t seen his play in many years and it definitely tugged at all the heart strings! Yes I am an emotional wreck during pregnancy. We spent this gorgeous fall day in Primrose Hill with friends for brunch and loads of playground action. Can’t beat London in the fall.

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I have to share an incredible testimonial I received from BBC member Kim Hodge. Although Kim’s been nursing a sore foot as of late, if you’ve seen her recently you wouldn’t believe the transformation she has undergone! Aside from her weight loss, she just simply looks healthy, fit and fantastic. In her words:

“I have been attending Kerri’s Buggy Boot Camp for the past six months and both myself and my son are absolutely loving it! It’s a fantastic place to get fit, meet other new mums, and let the babies socialise together. Kerri is more than just an exercise instructor. As well as providing exciting, invigorating and varied workouts three times a week she has a holistic approach to the class setting optional extra ‘challenges’ including nutrition programmes. With Kerri’s guidance and support I have lost a whopping 33kg – just two more to go!”

If anyone else has a positive experience to share, please don’t hesitate. It is also important for new mums to know that women like you are feeling great and seeing results by regularly coming to class and participating in our challenges!

Here is what’s in store for the week:

Monday: Strengthen and lengthen: Tone up all over and lengthen your physique with a specific sequence that leaves no muscle untouched. A must for anyone looking to achieve definition in abs and arms.

Tuesday: Sixty Second Sweaty Circuit: loads of cardio, planks, and strength drills to have you glowing all day!

Thursday: the Feel-Good Workout: The cheapest therapy in London. Get those happy endorphins flowing, balance your mood swings, find yourself smiling at strangers without popping a single pill. All it takes is a little light cardio, a few isometric holds, and some deep stretching to relieve that unnecessary tension that drags us mothers down! Don’t deny yourself an hour of pure stress relief. Grab a friend and share the joy.

A quick recipe I have to share from my favorite recipe inspo site (toneitup.com)… This will quell any French fry (or chips, whatever you call them?!) craving you may be having with the cooler weather upon us. My kids gobbled them up so chalk one in the kid approval category:

Baked Veggie Fries:

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of parsnips (my favorite), carrots, and beets, cut into 1/2″ strips
1 tbs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tbs fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 225C. Mix veggies, rosemary, garlic, thyme and oil on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining seasonings and toss to coat. Spread veggies out in a single layer on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness. If desired, serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

Cheers,

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The Cure For Anything Is Salt Water. Sweat, Tears, or the Sea.

A wise man once made a quote so famous it made it on a Sweaty Betty bag,

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#3 will be making his/her arrival in early March! For all of you who will still be bootcamping with me at that point, rest assured class will be running as usual at least halfway through February. After the baby arrives I will plan on taking 8 weeks off before resuming class in early May. Your memberships will freeze if you are on a 3 month plan and I will help coordinate your informal workouts in the park. If anyone could use some tips on managing morning sickness, screw ginger biscuits and peppermint tea. There’s an app for that! Research Nevasic, the app I downloaded on iTunes which has been a game-changer for me in managing morning sickness. All you need is your iPhone, earphones, and 27 minutes a day. Read all about it here: http://nevasic.com

One more week of friends, family, and beach yoga to cure all my ails before we head back! As much as I love London and can’t wait to get back, it’s going to be hard to leave home this time. We have had the most incredible time here in Newport, RI catching up with friends, family, and our favorite beach:

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The plan is to resume class on Tuesday, September 9th. That week we will hold two classes: Tabata Tuesday, and Cardio Zen on Thursday. Can’t wait to catch up and break a sweat with you all!!

Has your membership lapsed or you have no plans to come back to class and/or otherwise would like to be removed from the email list? If so, please shoot me an email, I like to make sure I’m not spamming anyone! If you would like to stay on even though you’ve moved on, I will aim to make it worth your while with recipes, workouts, embarrassing and ridiculous stories about my life, and more 😉

Here’s a workout for you to try this week in the park or while your little one is down for a nap:

Frisky Fall Challenge:

Jumping jacks: 1 minute
Squats: 1 minute
Push-ups: 15x
Mountain climbers: 1 minute
Butt blasters (lay center of band on right foot, kick back15x. Repeat on left side)

Run or briskly walk 1/2 mile

Speed jumping jacks: 1 minute
Squat pulses: 1 minute
Push-ups: as many as you can do (perfect form!) in 45 seconds
Plank jacks: 1 minute
Bridge pulses (add donkey kick if you’re feeling extra frisky!): 1 minute

Run or briskly walk 1/2 mile

Low Plank: 30 seconds
Hip Dips: 30 seconds
Superman: 45 seconds
Russian twists: 45 seconds
Cat/cow: 1 minute

Stretch: all major muscle groups: 5 minutes
Hydrate!

Goodnight ladies!!
Kerri