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Niki Bryant – WNBF Fit Body Pro & Master Fitness Professional

A master trainer and recent pro card winner, Niki is the picture of health and wellness.

Please read more about Niki.

Can you please share with our readers your background and interests? 

I am an awarding winning ISSA Certified Fitness Professional, Master Trainer with NY Strength, recently awarded WNBF Fit Body Pro, Educator and Coach to many, and my business was awarded Best New Fitness Studio in 2010!!

Who has inspired you the most to succeed as a Fitness Competitor?

This one is challenging to complete because it depends on what part of my life people have influenced it the most.  First, Monica Brant!  She has been my idol from the beginning…well actually my hubby has always liked her and I fell in love too!  She is just your perfect example of fitness in a woman.

What competitions have you made appearances in and what were your placements?

INBF Midwest Championships  Oct 13th 2012
           1st place & Overall earning WNBF Fit Body Pro Card
INBF Midwest Championships Oct 2011 1st place Tall Fit Body
NABBA Sept 2011 1st place & Overall Figure
NABBA June 2011 1st place Tall Figure
NPC April 2010 3rd place Figure Tall

When is your next upcoming show and what will be your competing class?

I’m actually not certain on this yet.  I’m not all to familiar with the pro world and when the shows are.  Soon I hope!!  I’d like to keep the fire going within me.

Where can fans find out more about you?

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Laura Dyck – National Figure Athlete

Busy working mom of two, Laura always has time to fit in a workout. All her hard work has paid off this year to get all the way to the Canadian National Figure stage!

Please read more about Laura.

Can you please share with the readers your background and interests?

I am a 40 year old mother of two beautiful girls, Madison (10) and Sophie (8).  On top of being a full-time Mom, I am also a part-time physiotherapist at Kelowna General Hospital.  I have always enjoyed leading a healthy and active lifestyle. I figure skated competitively for 12 years which consumed most of my childhood but taught me self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to laugh at myself.  Watching old videos of yourself will do that!!  My most current passions involve lifting weights, playing hockey, snowboarding, skate skiing, rock climbing as well as biking, hiking and running.  I am also helping to coach my daughter’s triathlon club and am always amazed and inspired by my girls strength, determination and energy.  They keep me young and make me want to be a mom that they can look up to and be proud of.

Who has inspired you the most to succeed as a Figure Competitor?

The amazing women like Monica Brant and Jamie Eason who grace the covers of Oxygen magazine.  I have had the privilege to train with Monica Brant at her F.E.M. Camps last September in Marina Del Rey and again in Kelowna this July.  This woman is so extremely passionate and motivating about fitness and reaching your goals. Her drive, dedication and discipline are contagious and she is not only beautiful on the outside but radiates pure joy and strength from the inside as well.  My other source of inspiration is my husband.  He sees all of the things in me that I can’t and believes in me on the days that I can’t believe in myself.  He always builds me up and never lets me quit.  He is my rock!

What competitions have you made appearances in, and what titles have you won?

Nov 2011 –     Sandra Wickham Fall Classic –         

Open Figure Short 6th place

May 2012 –     Western Canadian Championships – 

Open Figure A 1st place

June 2012 –      B.C. Provincial Championships –     

Open Figure A 2nd place

Masters Figure A 1st place

Aug 2012 –     CBBF National Bikini, Figure, Fitness, Physique and Elite Bodybuilding Championships –                                

Open Figure A 5th place

Masters Figure A 6th place                                                 

When is your next upcoming show and what will be your competing class?

I started training for my first show less than a year ago and I never expected  to do more than one show let alone make it all the way to Nationals!  Right now it is time to digest all that has happened in the last year, spend time enjoying these last lazy days of summer with my wonderful husband and kids and enjoy my training for the pure joy it brings me.  Never say never though, you might just see my smiling face back on the National stage next year.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

C.S. Lewis

Where can fans find out more about you?

You can find me on facebook under Laura Lynn Dyck.

 

 

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Summer Newsletter


Summer is in full swing! Warm weather, barbecues and fun in the sun.

Just because it’s Summer, does not mean that your health should take the back-burner to Summer fun. In this issue find tips and easy recipes to stay healthy while having fun this Summer.

Ripple Bikini Model Search 2012

Musclebombshell and Ripple Swimwear team up to host 2012 Ripple Bikini Model Search. Enter for a chance to Win a Ripple Swimwear Bikini and a Feature on MuscleBombshell.com as The Ripple Swimwear 2012 Bikini Model Winner !!  “Like” Ripple Swimwear’s FB Page http://www.facebook.com/RippleSwimwear. Vote up to 10 times per day. Submit your votes … and share so others may also vote !!

 

Barbeque Rosemary Chicken

By Angelique Kronebusch

  • 3lbs chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp cajun spices
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh minced rosemary

Mix all the ingredients together and coat the chicken and grill 15-20 minutes.

Rosemary Infused Cucumber Lemonade

Previously Posted on EatingWell

  • 3 large cucumbers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup or stevia

Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish. Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add rosemary and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the agave is dissolved. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.

Beat Cravings with 2 Words

By Angelique Kronebusch

When the next sugar or salt craving hits, use the words “I don’t” rather than “I can’t” to beat your cravings. You may be asking “what’s the difference?” Using the words “I don’t” when it comes to food signals empowerment and determination rather than using words like “I can’t”, which can signal deprivation. Studies have shown that empowered refusal can increase feelings of control and self-awareness, especially with food. These studies have found that when it came to deciding whether to eat certain foods, saying “I don’t” was nearly three times as effective as saying “no” and about eight times more effective than saying “I can’t.”

Try it, you may surprise yourself with new found will power!

My favorite low calorie summer beverage

By Margie Mack

Sometimes on those really hot days of summer, I give myself a treat. It’s a 10 calorie beverage that quenches the thirst. The Pellegrino gives it the bubbles and the Crystal Light Pure gives it the flavor. I like using the Crystal Light Pure because it is sweetened with Truvia instead of Aspartame.

Simply mix the Crystal Light Pure with 8-12 oz of Pelligrino. Add ice and enjoy!

 

 

Featured Athlete

Susie Hall, mother, nurse, and National Figure Athlete

 

 Healthy Barbeque Tips by Nikol Klein

Often the hardest part when planning a barbeque is finding the right foods to eat that won’t ruin all of the hard work you have done in the gym and in the kitchen. Making a few key choices or substitutions can make a world of a difference come meal time.

Pasta salad or potato salad are always a presence at cookouts but they can leave you feeling heavy and bloated. Why not make a quinoa salad instead? Add grape tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, feta, and some spices to complement the rest of your meal. If you absolutely cannot go without pasta salad try using gluten free pasta instead of regular or whole wheat.

Resist the temptation to make potatoes, french fries, or other heavy carbohydrate rich foods. Instead why not grill some veggies? There is way more flavor and variety in grilled veggies. You can grill zucchini, corn on the cob, asparagus, and portobello mushrooms for example.

Hot dogs and hamburgers are a staple when it comes to grilling, so why not go the extra step and find a healthier alternative, like chicken sausage with gluten free buns.

Skip calorie dense deserts and go with watermelon instead. Melon can actually help stave off hunger due to it’s high water content that creates a feeling of fullness. This also means that you will be less likely to over eat.

Find more healthy tips on Nikol’s blog

Contributions by Angelique Kronebusch, Margie Mack and Nikol Klein


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Five Ways to Incorporate Meditation into Your Work Day


Guest Post By Danielle Mika Nagel

1. Silence before email.

Morning meditations give you a chance at clarity before your mind becomes busy with the thoughts and activities of the day. If your routine wakeup involves checking your inbox in bed, swap your mobile phone for a few minutes of morning silence. Have a comfortable cushion set up in a peaceful area of your home. Make it a habit to come to this spot before you do anything. Sit tall and allow yourself to focus on your breath. Deeply inhale, then deeply exhale. When a thought enters your mind, notice it, then return to your breath. Repeat this exercise for 10 minutes.

2. Skip the coffee, take a breath break.

Finding a place in your office to sit comfortably and meditate may not be practical, so head outdoors. Instead of spending 15-20 minutes in a busy café line up, go for a short walk. Make an effort to be mindful of your surroundings. Take deep breaths and as you exhale visualize yourself letting go of any tension or stress from your day. Return to the office with more clarity and focus.

3. Set an intention.

Just as most successful meetings have a clearly defined purpose, many executives find success in meditation by setting an intention or mantra. Your intention or mantra can be drawn upon at anytime of the day when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. When your mind starts to feel too cluttered and your breath gets short, take a few minutes to breath and gently bring yourself back to the day’s intention. Be easy on yourself and try not to judge your meditation.

4. Slow down.

Deadlines and heavy workloads often cause us to rush through daily activities. When you’ve finished your workday, pick one activity and make a concentrated effort to do it slowly. This could mean driving home with patience and awareness. Even letting a few people in “your” lane as you turn on some relaxing music. Or maybe it’s chewing your food several times and really noticing the texture and taste as you eat dinner. Slowing things down and focusing on the present moment will de-clutter your mind and refresh your energy.

5. Move.

Whether you’re tied to your desk, stuck in traffic or caught in meetings, the average Canadian worker spends three quarters of the day sitting. The simple act of moving your body purposefully can be meditative. Go for a short run, do some simple yoga stretches or put on a song that motivates you to dance. The act of moving with intention will force you to get out of your head and into your body.

Danielle Mika Nagel is the Studio Director for the world’s first Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver, BC. www.choprayoga.com. Danielle is certified in Primordial Sound Meditation and has more than a decade of experience teaching. Danielle travels throughout the US and Canada teaching yoga and meditation at events and teacher trainings. For more information join the conversation on twitter.com/choprayoga or     facebook/choprayogacenter.


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Make Your Diet Work For You


There are millions of people in North America who are considered to be overweight, and many are actually obese. Being overweight or obese is never a good thing, and can lead to a lot of health problems,  including heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes, just to name a few. Unfortunately weight loss is not the easiest thing in the world to accomplish, and for many of us it is a lifelong battle to maintain a healthy weight.
Finding Your Ideal Diet
If you have decided that it is time to go on a diet to lose weight, you are probably wondering which diet is the best for you. Every day we are bombarded with new fad diets, each one guaranteed to “melt fat”. I agree, some of these diets do just that, but some are extremely low in calories. The problem with these low calorie diets is as soon as you go off the diet and eat more food again, the weight you lost will come right back. The best way to lose weight and keep it off, is to follow a balanced diet with all of the nutrients we all need to stay healthy, and also making sure that you are eating enough so that you do not feel hungry. This is one of the first things that make people want to go off their diets – they feel deprived and starved, which can lead to binge eating.
If you are not sure how to go about getting started on a healthy and well-balanced diet, you should speak with a registered and well educated nutritionist. A nutritionist will know exactly what you need, and this will help you with your new diet that will keep you  satisfied while helping you to lose weight and keep it off. No matter what type of diet you plan to use, it is important to first discuss it to  make sure that you are getting all of the proper nutrients you need.
Treat Meal
Make sure that when you are on a diet, that you allow yourself the occasional treat. This will help to keep you from binging and keep you feeling sane. There are all kinds of healthy foods that also make delicious treats, such as fruit, unsalted nuts, and even dark chocolate which is loaded with healthy anti-oxidants. If you use your imagination, you can come up with healthy treats that taste naughty!
Keep Going!
With great snack options, a positive mind and a balanced lifestyle, you should have no problem at all with sticking to your diet, and you will see those pounds fall off in no time. The key is to never give up and to never get discouraged if a mistake is made.


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