City of Lights

Paris. The city that has inspired poets and artists for centuries, with its iconic art and architecture, cafe culture and air of romance, has also inspired three overworked sisters-in-law; mothers to 9 1/2 children between us, to get off the treadmill of life for a long weekend and embark on the ultimate girls getaway. To celebrate our love affair with the city of lights, we indulged ourselves however briefly in everything from chocolate crepes to smooth local wine, sleeping in, facials, steam rooms, poring over original Monets and Van Gogh’s and the odd bit (um… hours and delicious hours!) of shopping. I still pinch myself wondering how we were able to pull this one off. If you’re planning your own trip soon, here are a few personal recommendations:

Sleep: Hotel Du Collectionneur

Visit: Musee D’Orsay

Shop: Marais

Eat: Cafe Du Commerce (Ainsley’s reco! Perfect in every way from soup to nuts.)

Onward. This week come join me for 3 fun and energising workouts:

Monday: Bums and Tums. Don’t miss tomorrow’s core-driven, challenging workout created for those of you (aka: all of us) interested in strengthening our mid-section.

Tone Up Tuesday: I’ll be armed with plenty of resistance bands so plan on waking up muscles that need waking up! Learn some new exercises that can easily be incorporated with your band while traveling or stuck at home while your little one naps.

Thursday: Cardio Zen: get your sweat on while feeling long and limber with this specially designed class for those in any stage of pre or postnatal fitness.

Ladies we will be starting a hydration challenge next week! Anyone interested in being more disciplined about the amount of water they drink should please email me… This is one of the easiest ways to increase energy, shed unwanted weight, prevent illness, have glowing skin, and purge toxins from your body. What’s the downside? Email me if you’re in.

See you this week!

Bon Nuit,
Kerri

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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,

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

“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy… sunshine almost always makes me high”- Dave Matthews Band

Hello ladies,

I recently had a blood test taken to determine the root cause of some ongoing sinus issues. Before the test was administered, the doctor told me that typically, there is a strong connection between Vitamin D deficiency and sinus infections. Her suspicions were confirmed, my Vitamin D levels tested at dangerously low levels (par for the course for a fair-skinned sunscreen junkie like me). As we live in the northern hemisphere, over 50% of us are deficient in this rock star vitamin. Although increasing your salmon intake does help, it is next to impossible to build up meaningful Vitamin D stores through food alone, so supplements were recommended. Before purchasing the vitamins I did a little research and was shocked to find out what a potent little vitamin can do for us from a holistic standpoint. Here are just a few of the bennys I thought would be of interest to you:

Increasing your Vitamin D intake can drastically reduce your risk of at least 11 different cancers, autoimmune diseases, anemia, the flu, upper respiratory infections. It can prevent acne, asthma, autism, IBS, the list goes on and on. Our vitamin D levels seem at least partially responsible for almost every aspect of our immunity health, and, it bears repeating, most of us are dangerously deficient!

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Increasing your Vitamin D to healthy levels is linked to weight loss in overweight women, and deficiencies are linked to weight gain in women. Perhaps something to research further if, despite healthy diet and regular exercise, you cannot seem to budge that extra weight?: https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/?s=Weight+loss&submit=Submit

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-d/

Anyone else have any personal experience with Vitamin D supplementation? I am somewhat new to this absolutely fascinating revelation and would love to learn more about it.

Feedback needed! Whole Foods Market is looking to offer us Buggy Bootcampers an exclusive series of workshops on everything from Healthy Eating to DIY Beauty. They promise to provide treats and valuable knowledge from their team of experts! They are even open to designing a workshop based on our interests/suggestions. Before we commit to them, please reply (only to me) whether getting to the store on High Street Ken would be most convenient to you straight after class, or in the evening (when a husband or sitter can take over)? Secondly, if we organized a class to take place close to the store in Kensington Gardens for this occasion would this be convenient for everyone? Please email me back and let me know your honest thoughts.

Welcome to your new week of workouts! Here’s what’s in store:

Sports Monday: if you aren’t finding yourself humbled by the performances in the World Cup, Tour de France, or Wimbledon, then I rest my case. Anyone who is finding themselves thoroughly inspired by these world class athletes can join me tomorrow as we reach the top of our game right here in Hyde Park!

Tabata Tuesday! Ramp up the intensity as we alternate between toning and cardio intervals. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for a burn that’ll earn you more than a few extra calories at dinner time.

Thursday: The Feel-Good Workout! This workout is designed to alleviate all those pesky aches and pains we experience as mothers of little ones. Strengthen weaknesses and correct muscle imbalances with unique toning exercises with a backdrop of heart pumping cardio to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

Looking forward to seeing you and your little ones this week!

Cheers,
Kerri

Irish Blessings

Ireland: home of castles, churches, cows, singalongs, leprechauns, shining rugged coastlines, guinness, green rolling hills, charming accents, and melt-in-your-mouth homemade brown bread. We spent the weekend in the lovely village of Galway and while I was a bit sad going home, I feel extraordinarily blessed to have had an entire weekend off-duty to spend some long overdue time with a handful of my favorite people in the world: 3 of my brothers and sisters and their wife/fiancé/girlfriend. If you fancy a trip to this charming part of the world and are looking for recommendations, stay here: http://www.thehousehotel.ie, go see: http://www.kylemoreabbey.com, grab a pint at: http://www.mcswiggans.ie, and enjoy a delicious meal at: http://www.whitegables.com.

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I hope you also enjoyed your weekend wherever you were in the world. We are having class tomorrow for anyone at a loss for exciting bank holiday plans. Don’t miss:

Monday: Skinny Jeans Workout! For anyone struggling to retire the elastic waistband trousers, this one’s for you.

Tuesday: Bands and Benches: sculpt a long and lean look using your own body weight, plus the resistance of our benches and bands for full body toning.

Thursday: The Metric System. Come enjoy the endless benefits associated with isometric holds (think plank) and plyometrics (think high skips). Both will help you achieve a fit and healthy body in their own right. The perfect workout for those just getting back into it.

Fit Kits: available all week for purchase! £35 gets you your own resistance band, a comfy Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, 3 at-home workouts and 3 delicious slimming smoothie recipes, plus the knowledge that you are making a difference for babies born too small, too soon, too sick to get the care they need to survive those first critical weeks of life. All proceeds go to the Bliss Foundation. Best money you’ll spend all week 😉

I have a great cleaner if anyone would like details! Hanna has helped us for the last 8 months and is wonderful. She is looking for additional work in central London at £10/hour on weekdays. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Let me know if you’d like her details!

Much love from your Irish American London resident, who couldn’t dance an Irish jig, make an edible apple pie, or keep calm and carry on if her life depended on it,
Kerri

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Here Comes the Sun

Hi girls!

I hope you’re loving this summer-perfect weather as much as I am. My brothers and sisters arrived yesterday morning and we have been going nonstop ever since. Pic below from dinner last night at Inamo Restaurant in Soho. Super fun if you are a techie who fancies a bit of Japanese. You can order your meal from the touch screen table, play games with your dining companions, even spy on the chefs making your meal! Loving having more company but definitely a bit “knackered” (do I sound British yet? Don’t answer that!).

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Need a little extra help shedding that baby weight or gearing up for a warm weather holiday? I will be selling Fit Kits all week again in prep for the Bliss Buggy Push on May 31st. Your Fit Kit costs £35 and includes a resistance band, a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, 3 do-anywhere band workouts, and 3 delicious waistline-friendly smoothie recipes! All proceeds go to the Bliss Organization which helps babies born too small, too soon, too sick. Let me know if you’re interested. Everybody wins!

Many thanks to all of you who have joined Buggy Bootcamp in the past few weeks! I hope you are enjoying the mum camaraderie and workouts. This week we have some fun and intense sessions designed to push you past that plateau, shed unwanted baby weight, and tone you up like never before. Don’t miss out!

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Monday: Cardio Core Ladder Workout! Work your abs, bum, thighs, and get a good sweat going tomorrow. You know you need it!

Tuesday: Superhero Circuit: unleash your inner superhero with 3 full sets of effective and fun intervals designed to tone you from head to toe. Don’t forget your capes!

Thursday: Cardio Zen: keep your mind and body sharp with these complementary sweat/stretch pairings. Hands down the best way to rejuvenate yourself after a long week of mum duties.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Cheers,
Kerri

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Get Seedy

Hello ladies,

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend! We were lucky enough to host my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their 3 kids Brighid, Finbar, and Ciara last week, complete with trips to Tower of London, Notting Hill markets, and endless trips to the playground. It was a joy having them and Cece wasn’t the only one who got a little choked up when they left!

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After all that excitement we laid pretty low this weekend. The weather cooperated for an outdoor run to Duke of York Square farmer’s market, and a Cupcake/Slice workout in Parsons Green this morning. We also got our Mexican fix at Shoreditch eatery Boho on Saturday night before meeting friends for drinks: http://www.bohomexica.co.uk. Delicious!

Fit Kits:

As a way to help you all achieve your health goals and continue your hard work on the weekends and while traveling, and a way to raise much needed money for Bliss (an organization that helps babies born too soon, too small, too sick), I will be selling Fit Kits through the month of May! For £35, your kit will include a Buggy Bootcamp t-shirt, your own resistance band, 3 full body workouts, and 3 recipes for delicious smoothies full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals to help you on your way to looking your best for the summer! Your kits will be ready by Thursday! If anyone would like to join me at the Bliss Buggy Push on 31st of May, please email me for details or click here: http://www.bliss.org.uk/take-action/buggypush/

Get Seedy:

Want an easy way to increase your protein and healthy fat intake, lower your cholesterol, get glowing skin, hair, and nails, and lose weight? Do as the birds do and eat more seeds. Pregnant and breastfeeding ladies, pay close attention! You know you need those healthy fats and folic acid in your diet to ensure a healthy pregnancy and keep that milk flowin’. Here are 3 seeds to incorporate into your diet stat:

Chia seeds: with 2.5x more protein than kidney beans, 3x more antioxidants than blueberries, 3x more iron than spinach, 6x more calcium than milk, 6x more vitamin C than oranges, 8x more omega 3 than salmon, 10x more fiber than rice, and 15x more magnesium than broccoli, chia seeds deserve major superfood status. Buy them at pretty much any health food store, and make sure they are eaten raw! Your body wants to absorb as much of these nutrients in its natural state as possible. Here is a delicious breakfast bowl recipe to try: http://toneitup.com/2014/04/member-recipe-breakfast-banana-bowl/ I made it for the kids on Saturday morning and Cece went ballistic over it (Micky tried to pour it on his head, his loss):

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Hemp seeds: hemp contains all 20 essential amino acids (including the 9 EFA’s our bodies cannot produce). It is a rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-fighting element of plants that strengthens your immune system and fights off toxins. It is a fantastic source of vegetarian protein and is virtually tasteless when mixed in small doses to bread and muffin recipes, porridge or smoothies.

Flax seed: the fiber in flax seed suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss. It is known as a rich source of ALA, an essential fatty acid that is anti-inflammatory, is prevents cancer in humans and has been shown to block tumor growth in animals. Flax= good. Cancer= bad. Eat up!

Here is what is in store for the week:

Monday: Circuit training! 60 seconds per station for an all-over burn. We’ll end with a nice long stretch to keep aches and pains at bay. You will feel exhilarated by the end. Promise.

Tuesday: Long and Lean Ladder Workout: a Ladder workout with toning exercises designed to help you wiggle back into your skinny jeans and cardio drills to leave you with a gorgeous glow.

Thursday: Hottie Yogalates! Nothing like a little mind/body challenge to cap off a fun but challenging week. Don’t forget to purchase your Fit Kit today!

 

Cheers,
Kerri