Great Grub to Grill

It's summer, and that means the barbecues are open for business. I love the fact I can cook outside and don't have to turn on the stove and make the kitchen hotter than it is!

 Maybe its time to liven things up with a few new recipes. Your coaches at Get Fit have pitched in to provide you with a cookbook filled with recipes to create oodles of different meals on the grill. Eating food good for you doesn't have to mean boring, and one of my favorite grill recipes is Salmon with Mango Salsa. (I wanted to give you this recipe just in case you couldn't get to the workshop. - find it below)

We love cooking on the grill, and we want you to love it too! Here's what we are going to do.

On Saturday, July 28th starting at 4:00pm and going until we finish grilling up some grub to eat, we'll talk food and nutrition centered around the grill. 

Here is how it works, Coach Nancy will spend some time talking, answering questions, and sharing tips and tricks to use while grilling. Meanwhile Coach Dean will work his magic and grill us great grub to eat. You'll have to sign up quick as we don't have room for everyone at the picnic table. 🙂

 As a bonus, when you sign up, you'll immediately get a pdf copy of our "Great Grub to Grill" recipe guide, packed with amazing recipes that will keep the grill fired up all summer long and beyond!

Come have dinner with us, learn some fantastic new recipes, and learn how great tasting food can nourish you - mind, body and soul.

Registration is only $30, and the 15 spaces available are sure to fill up fast - so don't delay!

  

Saturday, July 28th  

Get Fit NH - Epsom

4-6pm. or so

Let us know you'll be there. In the meantime grill up some Salmon and top it with mango salsa. You too will declare this as a favorite- guaranteed.  


Salmon With Mango Salsa


1 mango peeled, pitted, and diced

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons lime juice (about one lime)

salt and pepper to taste

6 skin on salmon fillets (about 2 pounds)


Stir together the mango, cilantro, rep pepper, oil, and lime juice. Heat a grill to medium high. ( If you can hold your hand 3 inches above grill grates for 4-5 seconds its medium. If you can’t hold it there that long you’ve got medium high or high heat. Be careful when testing heat of grill this way.) Season salmon with salt and pepper and lightly brush with olive oil. Grill skin side down for 4-6 minutes. Turn them over and grill for another 4-6 minutes. Remove from grill and spoon salsa over top. Serves 4

(To make this prep time go faster, I've been known to buy fresh mango salsa pre made. I squeeze a bit of lime juice, add a bit of cilantro, and a few red pepper flakes to the premade salsa.)


Shining the Spotlight on Cara

Cara is one amazing lady. She works consistently every day on herself. She's taken time to change her life one step at a time. 

I couldn't be prouder of Cara. She struggles like the rest of us. She has great days and crazy days. She doesn't let her situation dictate her life though. She takes charge and Make It Happen.

Proud to be one of her Coaches,

Coach Nancy


Competing With Warm Weather

Alright everybody, it's SUMMER TIMEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!  I know I’m not the only one who is excited. After the winter we had we are all itching to get out and enjoy the weather.  Don’t even pretend like you aren’t. So why am I talking about summer in my article? Well here is why, because just like anything else warm weather is a temptation.  A temptation for ice cream, a temptation for your 7th Corona and lime, and mostly…. a temptation to skip training.  I remember in the beginning of my college career as soon as the weather started warming up, my skipped classes somehow started adding up.  I have no idea how, must have been by magic because I would never skip class…but I digress. After receiving less than stellar grades I realized that I couldn’t keep that up and always made sure to make it to class even on those nice days.  Now I get it, who wants to be inside on a beautiful day even if it is somewhere fun. For example I love playing soccer, but given the choice between playing indoor and playing outdoors in the summer, I’ll choose outdoor every time. Even though I love the sport either way.

Before I continue, quick show of hands, who reading this article thinks the most fun thing to do on a beautiful day is to sit inside with the shades drawn watching TV (cue crickets).  No one right? No, you want to be outside, hiking, biking, relaxing on the beach, pick up basketball, walking around six flags or Disney world on vacation. You want to be active; you want to enjoy the weather.  Guess what happens when you skip out on your training though. Suddenly that relaxing hike or bike ride isn’t so relaxing anymore when you are sucking wind 3 minutes in. I will tell you from experience that my summers have never been as fun in the past as they have been over the last few years.  The main reason for this is that I am so much healthier than I had been in the past.

So now that the warm weather is starting up and you get to the end of your work day, and it's still gorgeous and you start to think “I’m going to skip training today and just hang out, sit in my hammock and sip Corona” think about how you will feel down the road.  As I have said before once you do something once it gets easier and easier to do it again and again. So before you know it you have skipped 5 classes because it has been nice and you are wondering why you can't enjoy the hike with your family. Why your kids are halfway up the mountain and you’re way behind breathing heavy, just trying to make it through the hike.  Pause for a second and reread that last sentence…… “make it through the hike”. How many of you want to go for a hike with your family and want to be thinking “I just have to make it through the hike” rather than enjoying the hike and enjoying the time with your family or friends outdoors. None of us want that. So come on in, get your training in for the day, have some fun, eat healthy and I guarantee it will make your summer that much more enjoyable in every aspect.  Make it happen!

Coach Adam

Kristin’s Farewell

Farewell to Our 5:30 Friend, Kristin Mullaney

Kristin has been training with Get Fit NH for almost FIVE years! She lives in Mass, but worked here in Concord. She was faithful to her training and got incredible results (which you will read soon!) We had mixed emotions when she let us know that she got a new job that would keep her in Mass full time. We are so proud of her for finding a job that makes her happy, but so sad to see her go! We will miss her dearly. She was kind enough to send over this note the other day and we couldn’t help, but share…

I wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU for what Get Fit NH has done for me and my health!

As some of you know, I had to leave the gym due to a job change that took me out of New Hampshire. The hardest part of accepting the new position was the realization that I would have to give up the gym that I have come to love! During my time with you I changed my eating habits (albeit slower than it should have taken) and lost just over 50 pounds during the last year and a half! I joined challenges and made so many great friendships!

I have to tell you that replacing Get Fit NH is IMPOSSIBLE! I have tried to look at options over the past month or so and have not seen one gym that offers what you do nor HOW you offer it! I ended up joining a gym out of necessity so that working out stays in my routine but after two workouts I miss Get Fit even more now! The coach was less than helpful and very impersonal!

Thank you seems like not enough but it's all I can offer. I will look back at my time there with fondness. The coaching team is AMAZING and so supportive. Your kindness, humor, and supportive nature to members is above and beyond what your competitors currently offer!

I will miss you all and wish nothing but the best for you all! Keep making it happen for all of the lucky members that get to work with you! 

Thank YOU, Kristin. We wish you all the best in your new role and we trust that you will build fantastic relationships in your new community. Please join me in congratulating Kristin on her new role and her incredible results over the years!

Keep making it happen,

Coach Meagan

Practice Mentality

I am sure by now everyone knows I am a big fan of kettlebells. I have been working with them for many years now and still have a lot to learn with them, which to me is very fun! The first thing I noticed learning to use kettlebells was every teacher I have had always called it kettlebell PRACTICE. It was said a lot over and over again and eventually I had to ask why this is the term used, and this is what I was told:

“Even a kettlebell master needs to practice too keep his skills sharp. Kettlebells practice is a forever skill not set by a timeline.”

This sentence really hit home with me and opened up my mind. To build good kettlebell skills I need to practice, and that practice will always be needed. I took that mentallity to all of my time in the gym, it was in my head when learning a new skill or movement that it was practice. It helped me stay positive when I couldn’t grasp a new movement right away that it is ok because I am just practicing and eventually my practice will build a great skill!

So if you feel down about a new skill or movement just remember we are just practicing and practice takes time!

-Coach Brian

And the Winner is……

Katie from Team Mental Toughness- Extra Effort

I am so proud of those that participated in Sizzlin Summer Slimdown 2018. This year our challenge was a Coach driven as each person chose a coach to work with for six weeks. It was a group effort and we all need peeps. 

Get Fit NH also awarded the individual with the biggest percentage of inches lost from their hips and waist. 

Katie chose Team Mental Toughness- Extra Effort. With her team behind her she won the Grand Prize of over $2400. I'll let Katie tell you more of her story. 


"In April of 2017 I began my weight loss journey. The boot camp I go to runs a weight loss challenge every spring. I hadn’t been going regularly, but decided to finally get serious about losing weight. I started off at almost 180 lbs - always tired, in pain, and depressed. I struggled to keep up with my young son. During the 8 week challenge, I lost 25 lbs. I continued to lose over the summer and by October I had lost almost 45 lbs. Then my mom got cancer, and things got stressful and the pounds started packing back on. I stopped going to boot camp and gained 15-20 lbs back over the winter. I was sad and frustrated because I had been so close to my goal.

Fast forward to this April. I was really looking forward to the weight loss challenge because I was set on reaching my goal, and hopefully winning the grand prize. It wasn’t always easy, but I stayed focused with the help of my family and coach. I ate clean, got back into hiking, ran up and down my driveway too many times, and push mowed my lawn with my old jalopy mower (the one that caught on fire last summer, lol).

During the challenge, I lost 19 lbs and several inches off my waist and hips (the inches were what counted in the contest). I’m down almost 50 lbs from last year and only 6 lbs away from my goal weight. This past Saturday was the reveal party to announce the winner... I knew I did well, but I had no idea how well others had done (there were over 200 people participating). To make this long story short, I did it - I won!

I’d really like to thank my amazing and patient husband Jon who was there to listen to me stress, help me out, and who was happy to stay home with Jonathan while I was off hiking or exercising (even on Father’s Day). He even ate veggie wraps that tasted like lawn.

Also a huge shout out and thank you to my coach, Nancy Carlson of Get Fit NH. You make training personal and fun, and you’re always there to push me harder or email me when I don’t show up. You changed my way of thinking and taught me how to eat right and not diet, which is huge. And, you are a huge inspiration to me. During training I always think, what weight would Nancy pick up?You’re old enough to be my mother and you’re still stronger than me 😜 (and you have a great sense of humor, lol).

So in closing, here are some before and after photos, my coach and I, and a photo of my first purchase with my prize money - a new push mower!"


Katie did an amazing job. She rocked it and so did many of you. Katie didn't stop after S3 last year. She kept on pursuing her goal. The take away is life can get in the way if you allow it or you can make a decision and keep on going until the job is done.  Katie has more to go and with that new lawn mower and all of Get Fit NH behind her, she will be there soon. 

Keep Making It Happen,

Coach Nancy


3 Steps To Pushing Through The All Or Nothing Mindset

The all or nothing mindset can be toxic and detrimental to your results. If this mindset describes you (or even if it doesn’t) then I have some homework for your to push through..

  1. Never stop when the timer says 3 (as in 3..2..1) Don’t do it. Always push for AT LEAST one more rep. Practice giving it your all. The whole time. Every time.

  2. Add training to your google calendar. Book it the same way you book a dentist appointment. You wouldn’t stand up your dentist so don’t stand up your body. It’s the only one you’ve got and I can promise you that getting new teeth is easier than getting a new body 😉 (Just so you know...we know life happens sometimes, but for the all or nothing mindset sometimes by missing Monday it means the rest of the week is blow, because one day didn’t work out.)

  3. Schedule 1-2 “Free Meals” each week to give yourself something to look forward to. This will help you to keep you on track with the rest of your meals

Make it happen

Coach Meagan

Clean and Lean or Cr8 Your Plate- What’s Next for Me?

Summer is all about change, and contrary to public opinion, change can be a GOOD THING!

  • The kid's schedule changes as they get out of school.
  • The gardens change from seedlings to full grown plants producing fruit.
  •  The weather changes and in New England it changes often. 
  • We break out the grill and change the menu.
  • Out come the summer clothes to change up the winter wardrobe.

Now it might be up for debate which of those things are "good" or "bad" change, but the fact is change can shake us out a rut as we face new challenges!

Get Fit NH is breaking out some change as well. Our recently completed Sizzlin' Summer Slimdown saw some fantastic results - dramatic weight loss (OVER 1 TON!), healthier eating patterns, newfound menu planning skills, and delicious new recipes. 

Good News!

We aren't done changing things up. On Wednesday, June 27th we'll be sitting down to show you the Clean and Lean 2018 Challenge, and rolling out our brand new "Cr8 Your Plate" meal planning service. The challenge starts on July 6th, so here's your chance to have all your questions answered ahead of time.

 In case all that change means you missed hearing about the "Clean and Lean 2018" challenge,  catch up on that here.   

Special Bonus!

Coach Dean will be doing live training on the Modernmeal menu planning software at this meeting. We'll cover how to add recipes and meal plans, search for favorite recipes, scale your shopping list and much more.

If you purchase Clean and Lean or the "Cr8 Your Plate" menu planning service ahead of time, you can even load the app on your phone before you get there, and we can show you how easy it is to use right from your device.

Here's just one of the cool things you can do with Modernmeal;


Lean and Clean 2018 is a great way to keep your momentum going, all summer long. And if you are just getting started, that's great too!

This workshop is right around the corner so if you have not put it on your calendar- change that. 🙂

 June 27th

Wednesday, 6pm-7pm

Get Fit NH Concord


We'll see you there,

Coach Dean and Coach Nancy


S3 Spotlight Shines Brightly

Just finished S3- Sizzlin Summer Slimdown? 

Pat yourself on your back- you've made this coach proud.

I just finished entering some of our numbers into the magical spreadsheet that tallies up scores. I see so much in those numbers. Some of you have worked to decrease your weight and succeeded by grand numbers. Others have lost weight but more importantly they've proved to themselves they could. While others have lost weight while dealing with unbelievable stress and obstacles. Others have seen how a meal plan can benefit their overall wellbeing. There is so much success from my team and all the other teams too. 

Marcy said; "I LOVE the grocery list...I am saving so much on not throwing things out!!!"

Tracy discovered; "Having fish once a week is awesome! I love the halibut!"

Mary Beth succeeded through a challenging time of year; "I've given up all caffeine and diet soda at the tail end of a stressful school year."

Sonia found a win when; "I unexpectedly had to come into the office today and my lunch was ready to go!!! I didn't have to figure out what I was going to bring with me!!

Patty sees a win; "I took a close look at my goals today, as well as my steps to get to them. I realized that although I struggle with one of them, I have put into place all the other actions."

These are just sprinklings of all the wins Team MTXE accomplished. Meagan's Minions, Team Adam- Start to Finish, S3 TBT Team Fox, and S3 Team Mean Dean are seeing these successes too. 

Take time right to pat yourself on the back. Shout out your wins below.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy


Athlete Academy: Only 2 Summer Spots Left, Bonus Summer 3rd Day!

Breaking News!

Starting Tuesday, July 10, 2018 we will be adding a THIRD  day of our Athlete Academy program for the summer.  That third day will be held every Tuesday night from 8-9:15 PM starting July 10th.  

What’s the best part?

That third day is FREE!  If your child is signed up for the 2x per week program that third day is absolutely, 100% free.  For those of you with teens 13-18 years old this is the perfect opportunity to help maintain or even increase their performance and health over the summer.  

It’s no secret that all to often when summer rolls around kids see a decrease in structure and physical activity.  This can lead to decrease in performance for those playing fall sports, as well as the creation of unhealthy habits in others.  Studies show that childhood obesity numbers increase the most over the summer when kids have less rigid schedules and less structure.  Our Athlete Academy program can help mitigate this as well as help kids playing fall sports come back stronger, faster, and in better shape than ever.  

Well maybe you aren’t playing a fall sport?  Then there is no better time than the summer to step your game up to the next level.  The extra time to focus and hone their skills can be instrumental in many fantastic seasons to come!  Space is extremely limited so please register below. As always every kid will have a free coaching call, athletic assessment, and training session to see if the program is right for them before signing them up.  Happy Summer!

Want to see what our Athlete Academy is all about? Check out our Facebook pageHERE !!!

-Coach Adam

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