Today Is The Day: Tips From My Trainer

Hi everyone!

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My name is Kim Kessler. I am a personal trainer and nutrition counselor at Hutch Sports in Medina, Ohio.  I am extremely passionate about working with women (and girls) of all ages.  I want to empower women to believe in themselves and be the best version they can be throughhealthy eating and strength training.

As women, it is harder for us to build and maintain muscle.  We have more of the hormones that cause us to hold on to fat.  With that, we also have low levels of testosterone, the hormone that assists in building muscle.  When we reach the age of 50, we begin to lose 10% of our muscle mass each decade.  To combat this, we need to strength train and consume enough quality protein. Strength training also helps maintain bone density, in order to prevent osteoporosis.

In regards to nutrition, eating protein with every meal is important, as it helps to maintain muscle and will keep you feeling fuller, longer. Aim for 20-30 grams of protein per meal. Protein includes your meats, seafood, eggs, tofu, beans, and peanuts.

Secondly, NEVER skip breakfast!  It is important to get your metabolism going again in the morning after a night of sleep.  Try to eat frequently throughout the day with small, controlled meals. Do not go more than four hours without eating.  If you eat your three main meals throughout the day, you can enjoy two protein based snacks.  A great snack can be greek yogurt or hummus.

Make sure you are drinking enough water.  Every metabolic process in our body requires water.  If you are dehydrated, you will hinder the weight loss process.  Research shows that individuals that drink two cups of water before their meals consume 75% less calories than those who do not.

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You need to move!  Every day you should do 30 minutes of physical activity.  Go enjoy a walk, ride a bike, or jog.  Add strength training 2-3 times a week.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn.  Some women worry that they will “bulk up, which is not the case.  Genetics prevents this “bulk,” as we simply do not have enough testosterone to build huge quantities of muscle mass.  You will tone your body and get healthy in the process.  You can begin strength training by doing body weight exercises, then progressing to dumbbells.  Once you begin, you will actually look forward to exercising because you will love the way it makes you feel afterward.  I always hear people say that they are too tired to exercise.  I make sure to tell them that when you start exercising, you will be less tired!

According to a Chinese proverb, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best day is today.”

So with that being said…make today that day!


I know we all need a treat once in awhile.  Here my recipe for Protein Brownies!

Protein Brownies

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Ingredients:

  • ‌6 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder (I use UMP because it has zero sugar and 4g of carbs. Plus it tastes great!)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash 6 overripe bananas. Mix mashed bananas with the other ingredients and pour into a greased 8×8 in. pan.  Bake for 30 minutes*.  Enjoy.

*Baking time may vary

 

If I can ever be of assistance to you on your journey to better health and fitness, please reach out to me at 330-310-0523.

-Kim Kessler

Vitamin C Shopping Spree

Vitamin C is one of the most important micronutrients, as it benefits your immune system, reduces your risk of heart disease and prevents wrinkled and saggy skin! It is recommended that you consume at least 65 to 90 mg of Vitamin C per day. It is found in numerous tasty foods, making it that much easier to eat something good for not only your body, but your skin as well.

In order to keep it short and sweet, the following are just a few of the foods that are high in Vitamin C, and can also be added into recipes to make delicious and healthy meals:

Kale: Just one cup of kale contains 134% of the Vitamin C you need daily. This dark, leafy green is perfect to add to your salads.

Berries: Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are all packed with Vitamin C, with strawberries containing the most. There is 17% of the daily Vitamin C you need in just one strawberry, therefore you only need six to get enough for the day!

Kiwis: Kiwis contain 64 mg of Vitamin C per fruit, meaning just one kiwi will get you the daily recommended amount of the important micronutrient.

Bell Peppers: Colored bell peppers contain 183 mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams of peppers. This is more the 3 times the amount that is recommended per day.

Citrus Fruits: Grapefruits and oranges contain the same amount of Vitamin C, while lemons and clementines deliver a lower amount (roughly 60-75% of the recommended value).

Broccoli: Broccoli is packed with antioxidants AND Vitamin C. One cup of chopped and steamed broccoli contains 135% of your recommended daily dose of Vitamin C.

Try these recipes for a meal packed with Vitamin C!

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

The Vitamin C Salad

  • 1/4 head of lettuce (either iceberg or Romaine)
  • 1 cup of fresh kale
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • Small handful of pepitas
  • Feel free to add clementine slices and Raspberry or Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 3 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)