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Be an AHB Rockstar: Michele Week 5.

Week 5 and Michele is already taking on some exciting new challenges and adventures…

I believe one of the most surprising emails I have ever received was yesterday’s confirmation of my registration for a 5K! I’ve always said I wanted to do one and now I am going to do one. I don’t expect that I will come in first place, but I do expect that I will finish and I will try my hardest along the way. I plan to participate in upcoming 5K events and I have high hopes that my finishing times will get better with each race. After only 4 weeks of exercise and determination, the athlete in me is coming out. To my amazement, I have exercise gear and running sneakers on my birthday gift wish list.Whimsy_Stamps_Sentiments_Collection_Birthday_Wish_List_Stamps I have never before wanted these things and now I can’t get enough. My after work and weekend wardrobe is changing from comfortable pajamas to yoga pants and sports bras. Who is this woman?!


I don’t dread bootcamp like I did the first two weeks (yes Alicia, I dreaded it although I’m sure my enthusiasm hid it!) but I actually look forward to it now. I feel confident in my abilities and don’t really mind if I’m the least athletic in the room. I am there, I am focused and I am making an effort. Finally. While I certainly don’t find it easy, I do find it easier. When I’m not at an after work bootcamp, I am out running (or attempting to run!) to get ready for the 5K. I wear a pedometer and always try to beat my time from the day before. It’s a challenge that I actually look forward to. The trunk of my car looks like a disorganized aisle of a sporting goods store! I have exercise wear for all types of weather, an iPod, sneakers, socks, etc – I’m always prepared to accept an invitation to workout.



Now that my Rockstar blog is live and “everyone” knows that I’m doing, the comments are coming in and they are positive. I have people telling me “you’re an inspiration” and “you’re motivating me to get fit” and “you look great!” I never thought I’d hear these things directed at me! I know I have a long way to go and I intend on keeping it up!

I can’t wait to share with you how I do on my 5K. If I can do this, you can do this!


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Be an AHB Rockstar: Michele Week 3

It takes awhile for healthy changes to become a lifestyle, but Michele is on her way at week 3!

It’s official. Now that my blog is up and running, everyone will know what I’ve been doing in my spare time. I’ve been hinting on Facebook that big things are happening and that I’ve been motivated, healthy and finally committed to doing this but I’ve been vague about the details. I feel like now the “secret” is out — there is no turning back and I like the pressure! I can do this. I am doing this.

A few friends have known about this challenge since day one and they have been unbelievably supportive and motivating with a little nagging thrown in. Thanks to Kim for inviting me to walk at the crack of dawn before the mall opens, to Sue for bringing hand weights to work to offer strength training during lunch hours, and to both for recipes, meal ideas, motivational quotes, and other get skinny tips!

At the end of a busy day, I am not much of a TV watcher or the type who likes to relax. I’d rather be up and doing something productive whether it be running an errand, doing laundry, going for a walk or a bike ride. I am so active that I should already be thin! But now, I’ve taken it to a whole new level. I’m constantly on the move.  I dance while I am washing dishes, I have my daughter timing my planks, I use resistance bands while watching the news and I’ve caught myself incorporating some kind of exercise into everything I do. I hope I never lose this motivation. I am going to print this block of letters and read it every morning and every night. I am going to live this mantra:

In addition to exercising whenever I can, I also continue to food log and meal plan. Three weeks ago, I didn’t consider salad a meal; I considered it something that came free with your dinner or something you ate at a wedding because it was the polite thing to do. I’ve now had salad for lunch every day for the past 3 weeks and I look forward to it. I never thought I’d see the day that I craved salad. 

Changes are happening and they’re good!




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Be Inspired.

I wish I was lying when I admitted I have been staying up WAY too late watching the Olympics. Keep in mind my usual “way too late” is often 8:30 pm, but that’s besides the point :)  So back to the point, the Olympics have been sucking me in on a nightly basis. It doesn’t matter if it is gymnastics, skeet shooting, water polo, or swimming, I can’t turn off the TV. There is something about watching these athletes who have dedicated their entire lives to competing at the highest level. They have sacrificed more than I can probably imagine and are now honored with the opportunity to represent their country on an international stage. I was talking with a friend the other day about how use of gyms, apps like MapMyRun, etc probably increase around the Olympics. It is hard to justify sitting on the couch or making up another lame excuse for skipping a workout when these athletes (most of them teenagers and young adults) have dedicated so much to become their best. Granted, the majority of us will likely never make an Olympic team, but I can always push myself to become my best. So I challenge you to think about what you can do to become your best.

Here are some ways to channel your inner Olympian:

-Sign up for a local road race or sprint triathlon. Check out www.Active.com for local races.
-Rediscover an old passion. See if your city or town offers adult recreation leagues for your former sport of choice, dust off your bike or pull out your swimming goggles and cap.
-Try a challenging new workout routine.

Leave a comment: How have the Olympics inspired you?

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Be an AHB Rockstar. Meet Adri.

Meet Adri….


I promise she’s not dead…just really tired after her first training session.

Adri joined our bootcamps early last spring and participated a few days a week for several months. Over the course of those few months Adri increased her strength and endurance, lost weight and inches and decreased her body fat. Unfortunately, she sustained a knee injury and was sidelined in early summer. But now she’s back and she has agreed to share her journey back to health with you. Please check back weekly to track her progress and read updates from Adri. Later this week, we’ll be posting Adri’s before pictures and initial measurements.

Here’s her thoughts before starting back on her journey:

Last year, I was the most fit I’ve ever been (besides that one sweet year in elementary school when I aced the Presidential Fitness test for the first – and last – time). I ate an almost perfectly clean, vegetarian diet; joined the bootcamps with A Healthy Balance normally twice a week; cardio 3-4 times a week plus kickboxing and yoga, and started to enjoy some serious weight training.Then: my knee gave out, no reason given. It started to hurt when I drove, going up stairs, even standing for long periods of time. And being the stubborn idiot I am, I thought it would just go away if I stopped working out on it for a little while – especially so as not to exacerbate something potentially serious. That “little while” turned into an epic ten-month black hole of self-pity, eating terribly, and erasing all the hard work I’d done the year prior. When I finally realized last month that not one piece of my clothing fit  and that I was spending more than one night a week weeping into a pizza or pint of B&J’s about, ironically, how unhappy I was with my body, I finally went to the doctor to get my knee checked out. Then, I went to TJ Maxx and bought some ponchos.

At the doc’s, X-rays showed I have a cyst on my bone that needs to be monitored monthly (which I won’t go into detail about), but I finally, FINALLY got the go-ahead from the doc to work out again, with the help of some before-and-after doses of Aleve.

Then what did I do? I immediately made a phone call to my ladies at A Healthy Balance.

I asked them to help me get back to where I was about ten months ago…and then surpass it. So Alicia, Nikki, and Meg are making me a three-month plan to whip me back in shape, complete with a nutrition plan, workout plan, twice-a-week personal training, and wellness consulting. My goal? To lose fifteen to twenty pounds in three months, get back my muscle mass, and build up my stamina for those burpees, planks and squats. And I’m here to blog about it.

This is a HUGE deal for me. I’ve always struggled with my weight – anyone who knows me is familiar with the ever-changing number that is my pants size. It’s been my biggest insecurity ever since I can remember, so sharing my weight and measurements with the world is one of THE scariest things I can possibly imagine doing…and that’s exactly why I’m doing it.

This year’s all about breaking away from that fear, making good decisions, being healthy, and stopping the obsession.

So here’s to that, to joining me along the way, and to Alicia. Nikki, and Meg – who I can’t thank enough for helping me reach my goals.

- Adri

Follow me on Twitter at @adrileya!

Leave a comment: Feel free to leave words of encouragement for Adri!
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A Healthy Balance
14B Alleyne St.
Quincy, MA 


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Be Sore.

Many people gauge the effectiveness of their workouts by how sore they are the next day. Contrary to popular belief, that may not be the best mentality to have!

Post-exercise soreness (called delayed onset muscle fatigue or DOMS) is normal if you are a beginner or have been working out consistently, but have recently changed up your exercise routine. DOMS is actually caused by micro-trauma or tears to your muscles. These tears are the muscles normal reaction to overload (read: how we build muscle). But the pain should decrease over time and if you are sore after every workout, you may not be giving your body enough time to rest, repair and recover. If you continue to be sore after every workout, you are putting yourself a risk for injury and overuse syndromes.

So basically, you should still be able to walk up the stairs, wash your hair, and pick up your children the day after you workout!


Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Red.

I just realized I missed National Wear Red Day since it was last Friday the 4th! For those of you not familiar with the movement, the Go Red for Women movement was started by the American Heart Association in 2004 after nearly 500,000 US women died secondary to cardiovascular disease.

Up until this movement, many Americans thought cardiovascular disease only affected “old men.”  The goal of Go Red is to increase awareness of the impact of cardiovascular disease on women’s health. The movement challenges all women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk.

Check out http://www.goredforwomen.org/BetterU/index.aspx for a bunch of tools to help get you started, including heart healthy recipes, fitness tips, and much more!

Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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Be Stretched.

I can’t tell you how many times I have watched people at the gym finish their workout and walk straight out the door. Aren’t you forgetting something? Don’t neglect that padded corner of the gym called the “stretching area!”

Proper stretching takes less than 10 minutes and provides so many benefits that its worth taking the little bit of extra time.

Some benefits include:

  • Decreases pain and soreness after exercise
  • Improves circulation, blood flow, and prevents blood from pooling in the limbs
  • Improves range of motion
  • Improves posture
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Reduces muscle soreness
  • Helps prevent waste products, such as lactic acid, from building up in your muscle


Be Healthy. Be Balanced.

-Alicia and Nikki

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