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Speaking of Fitness (to Whoever Will Listen)

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Boom Chicka Boomers on the LooseHeeeeelp us! Back in junior high days, Alexandra and I got sent to the principal’s office on a semi-regular basis. We had been caught being naughty — repeatedly. What was our transgression?  “Talking too much in class.”  Yakety Yak: Don’t Talk Back

Anyone caught by surprise with that one? Shocked to know we still talk a lot? Professionally!! On stages; on air; with mics; and audiences!

Yes, in addition to co-hosting our radio show on voiceamerica.com — Active Aging for Boom Chicka Boomers — we present at conferences, retreats, community get-togethers, book club meetings, charity events as professional speakers. Speakers who can use your help.

My sister and I want to offer the healthiest, most relevant, helpful sessions possible that attract those who hire speakers and those who listen to them. Below are titles and descriptions of some of our presentations. Which two or three speak to you most? (See, we’re not the only ones who get to talk around here).

Our goal? To bring our message of active aging to more people; Your role? Share your top picks in the comments section below. Please give us your opinion and vote on the topics you’d be most likely to attend, book, or refer to others. Pretty sure you burn a few calories when you comment.

Presenting Posture Pointers at Tenaya Lodge

Presenting Posture Pointers at Tenaya Lodge

1. Fitness Affects Your Bottom … Line

Why should you, as a business owner or professional person care about your exercise activity, beyond the obvious of looking and feeling better? This presentation will leave you feeling motivated to move, wealthier, and less stressed since you will know exactly how to achieve a leaner, healthier you in minimum time.

2.7 Ways to Enhance Brain Power With Exercise

The latest in brain research is clear: To move towards a sound mind and body, your brain must be in balance. The brain must be stimulated, and one of those ways is through exercise. Simply put, movement improves brain power. More than any other organism in the body, the brain is affected by your workouts, lifestyle, and eating choices.

While pretty much ANY type of exercise will help the brain (and body, of course), certain approaches give you the MOST bang for your brain buck. So which elements are the ones to pay attention to and incorporate into your workout program if you have a goal to improve cognitive abilities? Add any one or combination of the 7 best ways to balance your brain and body.

3. Small Steps Lead to Greater Fitness

What motivates people (including YOU) to get healthy and improve their fitness level in a way that is meaningful, sustainable, and realistic?

  • How can you finally, once and for all reach your fitness goals?
  • What do fit people know about staying active and motivated that you can learn from?
  • What do you do to keep going if you are not seeing results?
  • What tricks can you use?

Get the answers and some practical tips in this action-oriented session.

4. Great Gait and Powerful Posture Can Be Yours Today

She's Fit; She's Social; She's Speaking

She’s Fit; She’s Social; She’s Speaking at FitSocial

Do you walk and stand in ways that age or support you? Find out what’s going on behind your back. And in front of it! Get ready for some fun, informative, helpful, and practical posture work and gait analysis.

When you attend our session, you:

  • go through guided partner and group posture assessments;
  • participate in gait analysis that will reveal surprises, movement patterns, and walking habits you never knew you had;
  • discover imbalances in your stance or stride that may be aging you;
  • learn how to improve mood, energy, and overall fitness via better posture and stride;
  • take home practical Fun Fit Facts to support efforts to sit, stand, and walk more healthfully

5. Active Aging for Boomers Who Blog

Presenting at Rancho la Puerta

These Boots Were Made for Talking …

How can you both blog (often sitting long hours) and find time and energy to stay fit?

Session attendees will gain practical wellness solutions so that they can age as actively as possible.

They will (power) walk away with:

  1. Strategies to deal with weight gain that are realistic, accessible, and proven;
  2. Key motivational and applicable Fun Fit Facts;
  3. Some edu-tainment based on the latest research and fitness industry best practices;

That’s it! And to thank you, allow us to leave you with the wise words that our 7th and 8th grade teachers and principal could have used with us ….but didn’t!

Hesh up

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DietBetter: 4 percent Weight Loss in 4 weeks

Alexandra Williams, MA

Many people (mostly women) come to us for advice about losing weight. There are so many different ways to lose weight; some healthy, some not. We talk about realistic, healthy solutions.

lady on scale getting weighed

Weigh me up, Scotty!

With that in mind, we are about to start a four week DietBetter on Tuesday, May 27. You get 4 weeks to lose 4% of your starting weight. At the end of the 4 weeks, whoever’s hit their 4% goal is a winner and splits the pot. The amount in the shared pot depends on the number of people who join up.

 

With DietBetter we don’t tell you HOW to lose the weight, though Kymberly and I do have advice about the best diet for weight loss, the most effective way to get started , and the best weight loss methods according to research (hint: the answer is “it depends”).

What we like about DietBetter is that you choose the weight loss method that’s right for you, while they set the parameters to keep it healthy and safe. For example, if you weigh 170 pounds, four percent of that is 6.8 pounds, which means losing 1.7 pounds a week. Totally realistic, as we show in our post “Lose 10 pounds in 4 weeks.” Math + hard work = weight loss success + financial gain.

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How DietBetter works:

1. Join up today and put $25 in the pot. You can join up after the game starts, but you are best off to join up in advance.

2. In the 48 hours before the start date of May 27 you post a starting weight photo that is verified by the DietBetter team (they send you a word to use, plus photo requirements).

3. Your weight is NEVER shared unless you decide to do so.

4. You can check in on the site as often as you like to share successes, frustrations, ideas, encouraging words, or even to ask us for advice.

5. Within 48 hours of the end date of June 28, you post your final weight. If you are a winner, you need to post a verification photo. If you did NOT achieve your 4% goal, you don’t need to post a picture.

6. Winners get their share of the pot via PayPal.

That’s it. I’ll be doing this too, as I still want to lose that last bit of the 10 pounds I gained back in December when I complained about being overweight and over the hill. Trying to lose weight on my own has gone okay, but not great. I am still not where I was six months ago, even with all my exercise and healthy eating. I’m motivated by money because I want to get my $25 investment back!! I also want to make money, though secretly I hope everyone is a winner. Oh, that’s another great thing about DietBetter – if everyone wins, they don’t even keep their cut. They believe so strongly in positive reinforcement that if we all win by losing, we all get back our full $25.

So, are you in? Click on this link to join. Four weeks. Four percent.

 

 

photo credit: lady on scale – Clarita

We love it when we can share good news with you – If you have watched any of our videos about improving your posture, you know we are fans of good posture. In celebration of National Correct Posture Month, our friends at BackJoy are rewarding those who commit to improving their posture by awarding the first 500 people who participate in the #PosturePledge celebration with a FREE SitSmart Posture Plus ($40.00 retail value), You’ll also be automatically entered to win a fabulous grand prize. All you have to do is choose one of the ten simple actions listed on BackJoy’s Posture Pledge Facebook page.

It’s a good bet to subscribe to our blog and listen to our radio show. Experience some of the best leaders in the health, wellness, and fitness world every Wednesday morning at 8:00 PT/ 11:00am ET. Listen in (better yet, call in to 866-472-5792) to our new radio show Active Aging for Boom Chicka Boomers with guests who offer practical advice and cutting edge solutions to your active aging challenges. You’ll find us at voiceamerica.com on the Health and Wellness channel.

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Tune In, Turn Out, Listen Up to Our New Radio Show

Alien Space Twins Spot Trends at Key Health and Wellness Events

Trying the Helix at IHRSAAre you curious what the future holds in the exercise equipment and health world? (Spoiler alert #1–more wearable technology so you can get closer to yourself than a selfie). Wonder what the fitness industry has in store to meet your needs and make you excited to work out? Ready to taste the latest in natural foods and eat more healthfully and deliciously than ever before? Then you’ll enjoy our reports from March Mad Marching through the Natural Products Expo West followed by a romp through the IHRSA fitness trade show and educational sessions Wait for it. Wait for it.

Active Aging Radio ShowSeriously, you’re going to have to wait for it as we have something MORE pressing for you to take advantage of. (Yes, you got exposed to all caps shouting).  Our upgraded, revamped, moved over radio show launches in hours on VoiceAmerica.com!

Voices in Your Head

Why listen to our new show, Active Aging for Boom Chicka Boomers? Do you want to achieve any of the following?:

  • Enhance your fitness
  • Advance your health
  • Lose weight
  • Improve your diet
  • Decrease your midlife aches and pains
  • Gain energy
  • Increase your brain power
  • Find time to exercise
  • Minimize physical effects of aging

Then do MORE than listen in. Call in your questions live at 866-472-5792. (Enter the number into your phone now and get that great feeling of a task well-accomplished). Get Insta-Attention and Immedia-Answers faster than your heart rate after an intense workout. Go to the Health and Wellness Channel at voiceamerica.com Wednesday mornings live.  Hear updated solutions to your health and fitness problems courtesy of our expert guests (and some fine Fun and Fit wit). Our show sponsors are also on our list of “things that make us happy and healthy.” Thank you to CocoaVia, our primary sponsor and Theraderm Clinical Skin Care, both of whom care about baby boomers.

Active Aging on Voice America radio

Listen Live Wednesdays at 8amPDT/ 11am EDT

How Do You Make a Hor-Mone? (if you know this joke, you are a certified midlifer).

Our first episode is entitled Midlife Weight Gain: What Can You Do About Hormones, Menopause, and Menopot? Our kick-off guest is author, biologist, blogger, and certified fitness trainer, Tamara Grand, PhD. She will knock your night sweaty socks off!

Beam Me Up Hottie

Be part of our big debut. But only if you want to be smarter, stronger, slimmer, sexier, healthier, and taller. Or if you want to show your hormones who’s boss. Click on any of the links or images to take a radio wave time travel jump to the show. Into the future – your healthy future!

Age Actively with a Winning Bucket List

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA
 
Disclosure: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. We received a full-sized bottle of Bufferin® Buffered Aspirin and the craft supplies for our own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are our own.Kymberly at the Quote Board R la P

Why not Buff(erin) out and Polish off your Bucket List in a Clean Sweep(stakes)?  (You know we like word plays).

Alexandra: The message behind bucket lists is that we should all live our lives to the fullest, however we define that.

picture of Bucket List on head

Excited About My Bucket List (and Clips)

For me, part of living my life fully means just being myself, without worrying if others like me or not. When I was younger, I gave away a lot of my energy and power trying to conform to what I thought others wanted from me. I no longer allow people or events to “harsh on my mellow” (except I’m not actually mellow –  more like high energy).

With that in mind, my bucket list is more like a list of activities that sound really fun or appealing, either because I will learn about something that interests me, see people and places I love, or do something that’s outside my comfort zone. Can you read what I wrote on my hairclips and earrings clothespins? No? Okay, I’ll list them for you:

* Go to Europe in 2016 to attend the wedding of my non-birth daughter former exchange student

* Get more paid speaking engagements

* Attend a course on bread baking

* Finish learning Dutch (I have a fab Rosetta Stone package)

* Walk a half marathon (do NOT substitute the word “run” in this phrase)

pic of Alexandra at Nike women's marathon

I’m Buff Stuff!

In the exercise world, there is an old 80s saying, “No Pain, No Gain.” I hate this phrase. Why should we be in pain to get healthy? It doesn’t make sense. I walked a half marathon in 2012 to celebrate my recovery from foot surgery, and my foot and reconstructed knee got stiff and achy about 10 miles in. When we were offered this Bufferin opportunity, I immediately thought of that half marathon and the pride I took in completing it. When I do another (and I will), I think I’ll stick a pain reliever in my pocket to help reduce the slog of the final 3 miles. Hey, the word “buff” is in Bufferin, and I plan to stay buff for the rest of my life. Put that in your bucket!!

 

A drop in the bucket list

Just a drop in the bucket!

Kymberly: What I like about my bucket list is that it feels largely achievable and has action and adventure involved. What I don’t like is that it requires my knee and foot to step it up. With age, genetics, a lifetime of movement, soccer injuries, and a few surgeries, those joints are squawking and squeaking. Sometimes screaming.

Ignoring the pain and limitations used to kinda-sorta-but-not-really work.  I now admit that to keep baby boomer aches at bay, I need help — in the form of a pain reliever and orthotics on the days I teach fitness or go on a long dog trail hike. Yes, the part of aging actively that I strive for daily is keeping my world from shrinking. Click here to see our post on creating a Fitness Bucket List.

It was easy for me to kiss high heels good-bye and eye “comfortable” shoes with relish. But how is Tom Bergeron going to announce my name as winner of the coveted DWTS mirror ball if my joints hurt and I can’t practice into the wee hours of the Hollywood night? Enter Bufferin (which you can buy at places that start with W, such as Walgreen’s and Walmart)

The title of my Bucket List is “Expanding My World and Dreams; No Shrinking Violets.” What’s on your bucket list? Do you have a title in mind that encapsulates it? My list includes:

  • Compete on Dancing With the Stars as the first set of celebrity twins
  • Move pain free with no knee or foot limitations: Hike, dance, snorkel, exercise, run, paddle, jump, climb, rappel, bike, and walk Hippity hoppity skippity
Boarding the Train in Thailand

All Aboard for Adventure

  • Enjoy my husband and marriage more with each passing year
  • Complete our house building project
  • Successfully and profitably help baby boomer women age actively
  • Travel with friends and family in ways and places that draw us closer as we venture farther in the world

Enter the Bufferin SweepstakesOne item I hope your list includes is entering the Bufferin® Bucket List Sweepstakes. Kick it and click it on their Facebook page for a chance to win $1000. Three people will win – you, me, and my sister. Such a plan, eh?!.  The sweepstakes runs just a few more days — until March 14, 2014 so enter the minute you finish sharing an item on your list in the comments section below.  Just as in life, you have to enter to win! And exit kicking!

Get the latest information on Bufferin at www.bufferin.com.

 

 

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Walking for a Cause

Alexandra Williams, MA

Walking is great exercise. It helps keep you healthy, gets you out in the fresh air and is a wonderful way to relax. It’s also a fabulous way to raise money for your favorite charity.

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Bought glow shoes for one son; Skechers gave me a pair of running shoes for my other son. Grateful!

Two walking-related items are near and dear to my heart, and I hope you’ll consider both.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

First up is the October 27 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. Based in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach in Southern California, the walk raises money to support children with special needs, as well education in the South Bay (the area of L.A. County that includes the two beach towns).

This is a triple-hitter for me – I was raised in Hermosa Beach, I have a child with special needs, and I love to walk. After attending the blogger press conference about the walk, I was totally hooked. According to Jill Jensen, the manager of Events & Outreach for SKECHERS Foundation, over 10,000 people are expected at this year’s event. That’s impressive for a fundraiser in only its fifth year. In 2009, the inaugural year, 1,712 walkers raised $220,000. This year the goal is $1 million.

I will be part of the Fresh Brothers Pizza team. I met the owner at the press conference and was so impressed by her generosity to kids that I’m now a customer for life. I also met the director of the Friendship Circle of the South Bay, Jason Flentye, and was moved to tears by what they do. Knowing that special needs kids already have lots of institutional support (IEPs, OT, PT – you will know these abbreviations if you hang around with special needs kids – speech therapy, medical, mobility therapy, vision), Friendship Circle focuses on what the kids themselves want – friendships. They match up volunteer typical students with special needs students, with an emphasis on fun. I can say (almost without crying) that my kid lacks friends. He has lots of people who are nice to him, yet no-one who invites him to anything. Not since 5th grade. He’s now in 11th. It’s possible that I care about this more than he does, as he’s quite a happy guy. So, yeah, I REALLY like what Friendship Circle offers.

After the press conference, I walked the Pier to Pier route – literally, it goes from the Manhattan Beach pier to the Hermosa pier- just to get pics to share with you all. And to revisit my childhood town, as I only rarely go there.

Manhattan Pier View from MB Pier to HB Pier Welcome to Hermosa Beach IMG_4677 22nd Street beach in Hermosa Manhattan Beach Pier w/ sun

I hope you’ll be moved by the mission (or the beach pictures) to join me on Sunday the 27th. Some walkers are even coming from as far as New York, so you have no reason not to join in! It’s only $25 ($30 day of) to register. Or you can donate to my team. I want to send my son to one of their camps next summer, and if you donate they might just have enough money to include him.

Charity Miles

Love the Charity Miles logo!

Love the Charity Miles logo!

The other walking-related item I want to mention is the Charity Miles app. I’ve used this app for quite a while and recommend it. Super easy – you download it FOR FREE. When you walk, you designate one of their many charities as the “recipient” of your walk miles FOR FREE. The founders and their sponsors then pay money to the charity you chose, based on the total mileage. Get it? You pay nothing; you walk and get fit; a charity gets money thanks to you. How can you resist? Oh, you can also run or bike, but I think running is evil unless it’s a soccer game, and my bike has cobwebs because we live on a mountain with nowhere safe to ride.

I hope you download and use it.

What are your favorite charitable events?

I was not paid anything to tell you about either of these laudable walking items. SKECHERS gave me a free pair of shoes to thank me for coming to the press conference. I paid to register for the walk with my very own plastic credit card.

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FitSocial Conference and Boulder Flood Relief

Alexandra Williams, MA
The Boulder Flood

The Boulder Flood

We are leaving this week to attend FitSocial 2013, the blogging and social media conference for the fitness and health industries. It’s being held in Boulder and Denver, Colorado just a few weeks after the devastating floods that destroyed homes, roads, businesses, and lives.

Fitness & Health Social Media Conference
First of all, the conference is “the premier conference discussing communication of cutting-edge health and fitness information to the public via blogging and social media. This conference is a unique combination of blogging, social media, and hard science.” Geared toward fitness professionals and those who love accurate health and fitness information, we went last year and knew we’d return this year.

Quick stretch during FitSocial 2012

Quick stretch during FitSocial 2012

About 100 attendees are registered, which makes it an intimate event, with lots of time to interact with our colleagues and the presenters. On Friday, the conference has been opened up to local Colorado fitness professionals, so the numbers will be slightly higher that day.

So what? Why does it matter how many attendees are there or where they’re from?

Boulder Flood Relief
We are headed to an area that has been seriously impacted by the floods. And a lot of the conferences attendees are locals, which means they probably know someone (perhaps themselves) who lost a lot over the past week. When the few get together, they harness the power of the many!

Whether you’re a guest or resident of Boulder, we think it would be amazing for us all to pitch in to help with the flood recovery efforts. Boulder Flood Relief is a group of volunteers who have organized teams to go wherever help is requested. Please follow them on Facebook. My boys were born in Boulder, and I’m curious to see what the damage is to our home, as it’s only two blocks from Boulder Creek (as we haven’t heard from the tenants, we think things are fine).

As many of us are here only for the duration of the conference, our time is limited. This means we can’t all volunteer to help. What we CAN do is donate money to help the volunteers buy tools and other necessities. One hundred percent of your money goes to support the relief efforts.

Where your donations go

Where your donations go

After you input your donation information, there will be a section for a message. Please put “In the name of the FitSocial conference.” Let’s show Boulder that fitness social media peeps are the best, and that we are here to help!

Watch for our announcement during the conference, as there is likely to be a surprise in store for at least one lucky donor! Again, you can donate by clicking on the Boulder Flood Relief “we pay” link right here.

Thanks!

Follow us:

A) subscribe to our YouTube channel and blog.

B) Follow us on google +Alexandra and +Kymberly, on Twitter:  AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit.

C) Hire us to speak at your next meeting or conference. Call (805) 403-4338 or email info@funandfit.org.

 

 

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Motivation, Fun Fit Facts, and Pretty Pictures for Boomers

Fit Facts and Images to Motivate You

Need motivation to get moving? Whether you are a baby boomer, woman of a certain age, or one day plan to be such, please enjoy the following Fun Fit Facts and Stats. More precisely, feast your eyeballs and lace up your workout shoes once you read this post.

Alexandra is away presenting at a conference.  That tells me to whip out some photos I took, add some interesting scoop from our vast files of saved fitness tidbits, and make posting life easy on myself. Then I will go for a walk!

Steps per day affected by season

Every season is a good time to fit in a walk. Are you surprised that people accumulate more walking steps in fall than in spring? Then you might also be surprised to learn that a Walk is as Good As a Run (Go ahead and click that link. Just come back here when done.)

  •  Feel free, nay encouraged even to pin these babies! Add your Fun Fit Fact in the comments below.

Walk to extend lifespan

A one hour power walk can extend your life span up to two hours. Keep walking … another 112 years. While you’re out there, read this post on Great Gait: 7 Steps to Better Walking

Walk for health

“A vigorous walk can do more good for an unhappy person than all the medicine in the world.” Do you agree or disagree?

Sleep to lose weight

Sleep 6-8 hours per night

Getting the idea to walk then sleep? Perk up; Drop off; Lose weight.  Works for me! If you want more images with motivational quotes, click over to our post, Quotes to Move You.

Action Item: Subscribe today. Enter your email; get your freebie bonus. Wake up from 8 hours’ healthy sleep to find us in your inbox twice a week offering active aging advice you can use.

Fun Fit Fact: People who subscribe to us live better. So skeedaddle over to our YouTube channel to see short videos that will improve your fitness! Have you subscribed yet to our blog? Please also follow us on google+Alexandra and +Kymberly, on Twitter: AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit. Or click now on the icons above.

Photos: I took the above photos at Rancho la Puerta Fitness Resort, Tecate, MX and in Santa Barbara, CA where the sun shines summer, winter, fall, and spring.

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

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Age Actively Using this List of Health and Fitness Boomer Blogs

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Hugh JackmanAre you a baby boomer wanting to get more fit, age well, and stay active as long as possible? Ok, you don’t have to be a boomer to lust after Hugh Jackman great health and a mentally vital life.  You don’t even have to be a Chicka. Cheeky Chicos are also welcome to bask in the solutions we find for you. Can you use support, worthwhile resources, and 4 cups of coffee per day motivation now and then?

We culled from hither and yon to offer you one-stop resource shopping as follows:

Scroll through the sites of blogs for Boom Chicka Boomers listed below. Bookmark them, subscribe, check them out. Get answers to your questions. Join conversations with others who share your interests. Add to our listl.ly.com list if you know of a valuable site that speaks to health for boomers. Let’s make this the most comprehensive, helpful list of its kind!

List of Fitness and Health blogs for Boom Chicka Boomers

What’s the ultimate list to be part of if you want to be a Boomer in the Know? Why, the subscriber list for our YouTube channel and blog. Please also follow us on Twitter: AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit. Or click now on the icons above.

We were not compensated in any way for compiling this list. List.ly.com is a free service (they do have a paid, upgraded option, but we have not gone that route).  Don’t you think this list looks prettier than a bunch of links in a row?

Photo credit: webwombat.com.au.

 

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Food, Glorious Food: What do a Steam Oven and Cologne Cathedral Have in Common?

Alexandra Williams, MA

Just as Kymberly returns from a week at Rancho la Puerta spa in Mexico (please sing, “Welcome Back Kymberly” to the tune of “Welcome Back Kotter”), I’ll be leaving for Cologne and Amsterdam as part of an event known as BlogTour.

Miele_PR_009_2012_002We are going to see a lot of beautiful, trend-setting, functional products there. I am not a designer. The other 13 bloggers are. I probably don’t even wear the right shade of lipstick for my coloring, and my house is decorated in Post-Modern Dust Kitty! What I am is a baker, a cook, a person who gets sweaty, and I live in a home. More importantly, all of you like to eat, bathe and live in comfort, and all of us care about leading healthy lives. This includes buying products that reflect our values and take the earth into consideration.

While I’m in Germany and Nederland (I cannot bring myself to use the English “Holland” or “the Netherlands,” due to my Dutch ties), I will take a lot of pictures so I can share all the cool stuff I see with you. For now (I depart on Saturday), I’ll just mention one product that I’m really curious about. Judging from the comments I’ve gotten from many of you, we are mutually curious about the steam oven from Miele that I mentioned in our post BlogTour: Cologne, Amsterdam and Gifts for Your Home.

I wrote to Miele to get more info, with a particular request to know if I could do baguettes in the steam oven. Rather than reword her answer, I’ll quote directly from Julie McCrary, Miele’s local PR rep.

Food, Glorious Steamed Food

Food, Glorious Steamed Food

I too am a baker and have enjoyed trying out lots of new recipes in the steam oven. This year I’ve made Banana Bread and Molten Chocolate Cake in the steam oven, as well as fajitas, steamed meatballs and a fabulous seafood stew. Oh, did I mention that one of the great things about cooking with steam is that you can cook multiple things at the same time without the fear of flavor transfer? As for the nutritional value, vegetables cooked in the Miele Steam Oven retain about 20% more nutrients than vegetables that are boiled on a cooktop.

The steam oven is also great for reheating leftovers. Because it uses steam instead of direct heat, moisture is reintroduced to the food and unlike when you reheat food in a microwave, the food is moist and doesn’t dry out.

You are correct about the baguettes, you can proof dough in the steam oven. There’s even a specialized program within the Miele MasterChef settings which help set the right time and temperature.

I am now trying to figure out if I can sell my sister in exchange for one of these! Oh, wait, it’s under $1000, so I could maybe just sell her hair. Short red hair is valuable, right?

Always Better - Does that Refer to Me or Miele?

Always Better – Does that Refer to Me or Miele?

There is a recipe link on the Miele site, with over 100 recipes for the steam oven. I’ve linked it for you, but a few of the recipe titles are making me really hungry: Vanilla Bean Custard with Blackberry Coulis, Smoked Paprika Roasted Scallops with Asparagus and Dill Sauce, and Steamed Lobster and Corn Dumplings with Mushroom Puree. You see where I’m going with this? – Straight to the kitchen!!!

Lobster & Corn Dumplings with Mushroom Puree sounds good to meeeee

Lobster & Corn Dumplings with Mushroom Puree sounds good to meeeee

Sooooo, um, yeah, I want to break out in the song “Food, Glorious Food,” from “Oliver,” skipping the gruel!

I’ll be doing further posts about some of the other cool stuff, but in the meantime, did I mention we’ll be taking a tour of the Köelner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)? My undergrad degree was in European Medieval History, so I’m pretty dang excited about this special event too. If you want to follow along, we’ll be on Twitter using the #BlogTourCGN hashtag. And the BlogTour itinerary is right here.

Cologne Cathedral (I want to sound erudite, so I'll call it Kölner Dom)

Cologne Cathedral (I want to sound erudite, so I’ll call it Kölner Dom)

 

If you’re curious about Cologne (Köln for the German speakers), Amsterdam, kitchens, baths, design, furniture (especially Scandinavian) or want to meet the sponsors, my fellow bloggers, and perhaps even a few of the European bloggers, join our Twitter chat today, January 10, 4:00 pm EST/ 1:00 pm PST, using the hashtag above. Bring your questions. I’ll be bringing my fork, wit and curiosity!

 

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P.S. While I do have more dust kitties than I might like, I actually am a snob (according to my sis), and have some truly fab furnishings. All the products made by the sponsors of BlogTour would match them perfectly!

Photo credits: All photos are from the Miele site, except the Dom. 

I received no compensation or products for this post, although I will happily mention that Miele is one of the sponsors of BlogTour.

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Giveaway: Anytime Fitness Membership for a Year

Alexandra Williams, MA and Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
Get on the Ball and Vote For Us!

Have a Ball Getting Fit at Anytime Fitness

Start 2013 with a really amazing prize! Do you want to win a one-year membership to Anytime Fitness? Yeah, it’s that big a deal!

We won a photo contest that Anytime Fitness held, and our prize is really YOUR prize, as it’s a full year’s membership to give away to one of you.

The requirements are simple:

* You must live within 30 miles of an Anytime Fitness, in any of the 12 countries where they’re located.  Anytime Fitness has over 2,035 locations, so click on the link to see which one is near you.

* You must complete the one mandatory requirement we have in our Rafflecopter giveaway below (you’ll want to play along as our videos are fabulous). Also take advantage of the optional entry actions to increase your odds. If you are already an Anytime Fitness member, you will get a year’s extension on your current membership.

That kind of sums it up. The picture you see here is the one that we used to get you this fabulous prize. You are free to comment below at the total supremeness and creativity of our picture. Or suggest video topics you’d like us to add to our sterling collection. Or submit fitness questions to us that we’ll answer right here on the blog. Wow, this giveaway is so cool, just like Anytime Fitness and Fun and Fit. You spend a few minutes of your time entering (you can come back every day for extra entries) and in return you might win a prize worth thousands of dollars. As Monty Hall said, “Such a deal!” Okay, he actually said, “Let’s make a deal,” but we updated it.

We’ll pick the winner Thursday, January 17th, 2013, who will be notified by email and/or tweet. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or we’ll pick another winner.

All the links you need to enter this SuperCaliFragiListicExpiAliDocious entry are conveniently located right here:

Start 2013 as a winner by subscribing to our YouTube channel and blog. Please also follow us on Twitter: AlexandraFunFit and KymberlyFunFit and Instagram: KymberlyFunFit and AlexandraFunFit. Click now on the icons above or below. We make it easy to share, subscribe and win!
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