My Visit to Page Fitness Athletic Club

You already know I love food.  What you might not know is I also love exercising.  I have been a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge my entire life.  To meet me, you might be surprised to learn that I have several 5k’s (probably around 10) under my belt and one 10k.  I’d love to do the Dirty Girl Run later this year.  So when Jessica Page of Page Fitness Athletic Club contacted me about coming to the club for their launch of their new Les Mills fitness classes I said sure…with some hesitation. 

See I am not a size 2 (or anywhere close to that), I don’t have ripped muscles and I have heard about how intense the Les Mills programs can be.  I have said sure before and at the last minute chickened out.  Amazing how much fear can restrain someone.  I pictured myself lagging behind a bunch of super toned, supermodels.  Me in a heap, gasping for breath, broken and shedding tears. 

I overcame that fear this morning and I am so pleased that I did.  I had such a great time.  I did half an hour of Body Combat followed by half an hour of Body Jam. 

First off- I was so happy and thrilled to see that the room the classes are held in are dimly lit.  What a difference that makes to an attendee.  Lights shine on the stage where the amazing instructors lead the class, but other than that there are no lights on.  For someone who gets headaches in bright lights or may be insecure in group classes, this is heavenly.  Plus it really helps you feel bad azz in Combat or like you are at a Club in Jam. 

The attendees were all shapes and sizes.  In Combat it was a mix of genders but in Jam was just females.  Either way, I felt at ease.  The music really adds to the energy of the class. 

The instructors are fantastic.  They are high energy, positive and fun.  The encourage the group and just have wonderful and warm personalities.  It’s a bonus that they really know the material they are teaching too. 

Body Combat- Think Mortal Kombat meets kickboxing.  Fierce, strong, powerful.  LOVED IT!  Intense, but not in an impossible way.  Round house, upper cut, block, jab, knee to the groin!  When I finished I felt like I could take on Chuck Norris and win. 

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Body Jam- Dance Club meets Zumba.  If you have your inner dancer screaming to be let out, this is your class.  I at times felt uncoordinated but really didn’t care because I was having so much fun.  Hip shaking, gyrating, salsa stepping, arms in the air fun!  And even if I didn’t hit the moves perfect each time, I was still moving and shaking (and burning calories!).

When I was done, one of the owners, Chris, actually sat down with me and discussed how Page Fitness is different from other gyms.  They have a program where one of the trainers will actually go grocery shopping with you and show you how to shop!  They tell you what you should be eating  and what ratio of carbs/proteins/fats you should be getting!  We talked for about twenty minutes and I was just so impressed that the owner of the club would take the time to be one on one with a person.  They are truly hands on with their business and both have credentials that would impress anyone. 

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The staff, instructors and owners were very friendly.  The atmosphere is inviting and clean.  Very, very impressive.  You are going to pay more than a typical gym but you are going to receive so much more back in return.  What would you pay to get the body you want?

Jessica and Chris are frequently offering group fitness classes for FREE for non-members who want to experience what Page Fitness has to offer, with no strings attached!  What a great way to check out the quality of the services before you commit!  They do have a Bridal Boot Camp for any brides who want to look their best on the day of their wedding!

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To learn more about Page Fitness (located in Watertown, NY) click here for their website, follow them on Facebook by clicking here (this is where they will announce when they have launches for non-members to see what it’s like), or call them at (315) 786-8032. 

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Inside Out Western Omelets

So I am on a big roll of being creative in the kitchen.  I have a deep love for food and find that when I am making new recipes with delicious ingredients, I enjoy cooking!  Pinterest has been my best friend in helping me branch out with meal plans.  It also got my creative juices flowing. 

We eat breakfast for dinner once or twice a week.  Eggs are excellent sources of protein, cheap and yummy!  But to not get bored with this, I have to be creative in using eggs for dinner.  Believe me, I’d be happy having an omelet seven nights a week for dinner, but I don’t think the kids would agree. 

Stuffed pepper meet Western Omelet…Inside Out Western Omelet! 

Now remember, I am the recipe rebel and dislike measurements. 

Ingredients:

  • 6 Green Bell Peppers
  • Deli Ham
  • Eggs
  • Fresh Sliced Mushrooms
  • Diced Onions
  • Olive Oil
  • Roasted Red Tomatoes or Sundried Tomatoes
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Salsa

Directions:

  • Rinse peppers.  Cut in halves, remove seeds and stems.  Microwave 6 halves at a time for ten minutes.  As the peppers are microwaving scramble up 6-8 eggs.  In a separate pan saute fresh mushrooms and diced onions in olive oil.  Take glass casserole dish and pour just enough salsa in bottom of dish to cover the bottom.  Place microwaved peppers in dish, open side up.  Take 1/2 a slice of deli ham (or could use leftover ham from another dinner) and place in bottom of pepper.  Use scrambled eggs for next layer, evenly distributing the eggs to each pepper.  Then stuff peppers with toppings of choice (mushrooms, tomatoes, onions) according to individual preferences.  Add a tablespoon full of salsa to each pepper.

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  •   Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove pan and place 1/2 a slice of provolone cheese over each pepper.  Place pan back in oven for 5 more minutes or until cheese is thoroughly melted.  Serve with fresh diced fruit. 

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Our normally picky five year old gobbled this up so fast, it dropped all of our jaws.  Family voted and this is definitely a repeat recipe! 

Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List Included!!

Here is the third installment of the weekly meal plans with the grocery list included.  I know that a big complaint that most women have is trying to plan meals.  So here is seven meals, directions of how to prepre (or links to recipes) and the grocery list of what you will need to prepare these meals.  Print this off, then go to your kitchen and compare the list to what you have already in inventory.  Cross off items you already have.  When you go to the grocery store, take list and cross off items as you put them in the cart. 

This week I have noted items on sale at Price Chopper with an asterisk*.  Also in parentheses I have noted how many meals in the weekly plan that ingredient will be used for. 

Meal Plans

Day One: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Cottage Cheese, Tomatoes, Avocados: Click here for pork chop recipe and prepare as recipe directs. Top cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes, slices of avocado and fresh ground pepper.

Day Two: Oven Roasted Sausages, Potatoes and Peppers: Click here for recipe.

Day Three: Veggie Burgers with French Fries: Mix together one can of organic black beans, ½ cup of oats, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 egg, 1tbsp of cumin, ¼ tsp pepper and ½ cup of diced mushrooms. Process in a food process until well mixed. Press into patties. Grill one side for five minutes, then flip and grill other side for five minutes. Serve on a roll with toppings of choice.  For fries, slice peeled potatoes lenth wise. Lay on a greased cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Day Four: Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing: Click here for recipe.

Day Five: Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Beans: Click here for recipe.

Day Six: Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread: Place frozen stuffed shells in a glass casserole dish, side by side. Cover with spaghetti sauce. Bake according to directions on package. Prepare garlic bread as directed.

Day Seven: Pulled Pork SpareRibs with Coffee, Molasses Barbecue Sauce with Brown Rice and Stewed Tomatoes: Click here for pulled pork recipe. Prepare as directed. Prepare brown rice and heat stewed tomatoes. Serve tomatoes over rice.

Grocery List

  • Pork Chops (1)*BOGO FREE
  • Chicken Broth (1)
  • Olive Oil (4)
  • Garlic Cloves (3)
  • Paprika (1)
  • Garlic Powder (1)
  • Poultry Seasoning (1)
  • Oregano (1)
  • Basil (1)
  • Cottage Cheese (1) * Price Chopper Brand $ 1.99
  • Grape Tomatoes (1) *$2.50 per pint
  • 2 Avocados (1)
  • Ribs (1) *BOGO Free
  • Coffee (1) *Eight O’Clock Coffee is Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
  • Molasses (1)
  • Dijon Mustard (1)
  • Soy Sauce (1)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (1)
  • Hot Sauce (1)
  • Ketchup (1) * Price Chopper Squeeze Ketchup
  • Brown Rice (1)
  • Stewed Tomatoes (1)
  • Chicken Sausage(1) *Bilinski’s is BOGO Free
  • Potatoes (2) * $ 4.98 for an 8lb bag
  • Onion (1)
  • Banana Peppers-jarred (1) * Mezzetta Brand is BOGO FREE!
  • Bell Peppers (1) * $ 1.69/lb
  • Rosemary (1)
  • 1 Can Organic Black Beans (1)
  • Hamburger or Ciabatta Rolls (1) *Kaiser Rolls 6 pack $ 2.00
  • Oats (1)
  • Eggs (1)
  • Cumin (1)
  • Fresh Mushrooms (1) *$ 2.50 8oz sliced
  • Bacon (1)
  • Almonds (1)
  • Strawberries (1) *Buy 1 16 oz container, get 1 FREE
  • Fresh Spinach (1)
  • Greek Yogurt (1)
  • Mayo (1)
  • White Vingear (1)
  • Sugar (1)
  • Poppyseeds (1)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shrimp (1)
  • Fresh Cilantro (1)
  • Lime juice (1)
  • Frozen French Style Green Beans (1)
  • Frozen Stuffed Shells (1) *Pede brand $ 2.00
  • Spaghetti Sauce (1)
  • Garlic Bread (1)

Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List Included!

 Day One: Pulled Pork with Baked Beans & Cole Slaw and Garlic Bread: Put thawed pork tenderloin in the Crock Pot. Empty BBQ sauce and beef broth over tenderloin and cover with lid, cook on low 8-10 hours. When finished shred tenderloin and serve with BBQ sauce and black pepper. Prepare coleslaw as liked (mayo with a dash of sugar is how I usually prepare), follow directions to cook baked beans and garlic bread.

Day Two: Peppered Lime Chicken with Avocado Salad and a Creamy Lime Dressing: Click here for recipe.

Day Three: Egg Sandwiches with Fresh Fruit Salad: Toast English Muffins as you fry eggs as you prefer your eggs. Heat up slices of deli ham in a separate pan. Stack egg seasoned with black pepper and ham on English muffin and top with a slice of provolone cheese (I also like mustard on my sandwich). Serve with diced fresh fruit (cantaloupe and watermelon).

Day Four: Chicken Cobb Salad: Boil half a dozen of eggs. Coat bottom of deep pan with olive oil and cook chicken strips. Prepare fresh lettuce, slices of tomatoes, strips of provolone cheese and croutons. Top with sliced boiled eggs and chicken strips. Use dressing of choice (I like Honey Mustard with this salad). Top with black pepper.

Day Five: Roast with Potatoes and Carrots: Place thawed roast in Crock Pot. Empty beef broth into Crock Pot. Add potatoes and onions that have been halved. Add a bag of peeled baby cut carrots. Cover with lid and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

Day Six: Tilapia with Strawberry Salsa: Click here for recipe. I serve over brown rice.

Day Seven: Eggless Western Omelet’s with Cottage Cheese: Half 4-5 fresh green peppers and remove stems and seeds. Microwave peppers for ten minutes (if you prefer to not use microwave, boil for 15 minutes). Stuff peppers with shredded deli ham, diced onions and fresh mushrooms. Baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, add a slice of provolone to each pepper half and then bake another 5 minutes. Top with salsa. Top cottage cheese with a few chunks of cantaloupe and some black pepper.

I have noted which items are on sale at Tops Supermarkets thru 4/6/2013. 

  • · Pork Tenderloin*
  • · Garland Jack’s Secret Six BBQ Sauce**
  • · Bush’s Baked Beans**
  • · 3lb Bag of Russet Potatoes**
  • · Fresh Express Cole Slaw**
  • · Tops 10 oz Garlic Bread**
  • · Sierra Mist 2 Liter**
  • · Tops Premium Ice Cream**
  • · Bush’s Baked Beans (second can) (1)
  • · BBQ Sauce (second bottle) (1)
  • · 2 Beef Broths, boxed not canned (2)
  • · Mayo (2)
  • · Boneless chicken breasts (1) $ 1.99 per lb
  • · Black pepper (all)
  • · Kosher salt (2)
  • · Onion powder (1)
  • · Garlic powder (1)
  • · Ground coriander (1)
  • · Ground cumin (2)
  • · Crushed red pepper flakes (2)
  • · Lime juice (2)
  • · 3 Large Tomatoes (2) Hot House Beefsteak Tomatoes $1.99/lb
  • · 2 Avocados (1)
  • · 2 Red Onions (2)
  • · Fresh Cilantro (2)
  • · Worcestershire Sauce (1)
  • · Paprika (1)
  • · 12-18 Eggs (2)
  • · English Muffins (1) BOGO FREE
  • · Deli Ham, 1 pound (2) $ 5.49 for Russer Canadian Maple Ham at Deli
  • · Provolone Cheese, Sliced, 1 pound (3) Tops Brand Packaged Sliced 2/ $ 5.00
  • · Cantaloupe (2) BOGO FREE
  • · Watermelon (1) BOGO FREE
  • · Sliced Chicken Strips (1) Hormel Natural Choice Chicken Strips 2 for $ 6.00
  • · Lettuce (1) Fresh Express Iceberg Garden Salad $ 0.99
  • · Dressing of Choice (1) Ken’s Light Options $ 1.00
  • · Croutons (1)
  • · Roast (Beef or Pork) (1)
  • · Carrots, bag (1) Peeled Baby Cut Carrots 1 lb $ 0.99
  • · 5-6 White Onions (2) Texas Sweet Onions $ 0.99/lb
  • · 6 Green Peppers (2) $ 0.99/lb
  • · Mushrooms (1) Fresh Sliced 6-12oz pkg 2/$ 5.00
  • · Salsa (1)
  • · Cottage Cheese (1) Tops Brand 24 oz $ 2.79
  • · Olive oil (1)
  • · Garlic, minced (1)
  • · Chili powder (1)
  • · Cayenne pepper (1)
  • · 4-6 Tilapia fillets (1)
  • · 16 oz (1 lb) fresh strawberries (1)
  • · Jalapenos (1)
  • · Brown Rice (1) Success Brown Rice Boil in Bag 2/ $ 4.00

When you buy this (*) you get these items free (**) at Tops thru 4/6/2013.