Saturday, December 6, 2008

Holiday Kick Off!

Good Morning!
I couln't sleep in this morning and have been puttering around the house since 6am so I thought I would do a quick post and say hello to those other earlybirds!

Last night Lene from Extreme Runners and I from ELM hosted our annual joint Customer Appreciation Night at Lene's store. It was so fun! I had a great time chatting with ELM participants and it was refreshing to see everyone in street clothes- no ponytales or running tights! We had around 80? people attend the open house and it was just great to have some time to visit with everyone outside of our usual training time. And there was some serious shopping going on too! Great deals were available and everyone took advantage of the opportunity to shop for healthy fitness gear and programs whilst snacking on appies and sipping lovely wine.

I made 2 versions of my famous energy balls and they were snatched up pretty on for the recipe!

The party was a great way to kick off the holiday season. The christmas lights and tree were put up...presents were wrapped...the Christmas Hamper was overflowing with generous donations...the band was playing most excellent tunes in the background...and the true indicator of the holidays?? Baileys and Hot Chocolate were in the house! mmmmm.

Thank you to all of you who came down for a visit and made a donation to our hampers! They are full to the brim and it really is an amazing feeling to be a part of such generosity- thank you! The WINNERS of the hamper draw prizes are....drum roll....
FREE Pair of Shoes from Extreme Runners...Scott Sutherland!!! Congrats!
FREE 10 class punch card from ELM...Maureen Houlihan!!! Congrats!
Give either of us a shout to pick up your prize:)

Finally a HUGE thank you to my fearless leaders for helping out last night at the party! We had the cutest bartenders ever and Kathy was a superstar at the registration table...thank you!

TODAY: I am doing something interesting...
Peak Performance is bringing their mobile testing lab over from Vancouver and I will be participating in a personal assessment of my VO2Max and Lactate Threshold during a running treadmill test. I haven't had the opportunity to do this lab test since leaving University (many moons ago now) and I am looking forwar to it! Stay tuned to the blog for all the gorey details manana...

Have a great weekend and read on for the newest NrG balls recipe:

Energy Balls:
1cup oats,
1/2cup wheat germ,
1/8cup flaxseed,
1/4cup sesame seed,
1cup shredded coconut,
1/2 cup sunflower seeds,

1/3 cup raisins or cranberries
1/2 cup natural peanut butter,
1/4 cup honey,
1tbs molasses,

Mix altogether, Roll into balls and dip 1/2 into melted chocolate if desired.
**My favorites substitute the sunflower seeds for white chocolate and almonds!*

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