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Congrats to Katie R. for Winning “Best Transformation”!

We asked for help in selecting the winner of “Best Transformation”, and after compiling the results from our survey, we are excited to congratulate Katie R. as the winner! We will be rewarding her with $100 cash for her awesome transformation and all of her hard work. During the 6 week competition she was able to lose 15.2 lbs and 6.9% bodyfat! Below is Katie’s story of what it was like being part of PFP’s New Year, New You Transformation Contest:

Before coming to Pursuit Fitness and Performance, I was in a workout rut. I had reached a plateau with my weight loss and wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I needed a change. After hearing all about how great working out at PFP is from my friend, Tracy F., and seeing her own amazing results from the six-week transformation contest last fall, I thought I would give Pursuit Fitness & Performance a try.

I immediately noticed something special about this gym’s environment. All staff members went above and beyond to assist me with my personal fitness goals. Ryan and Adam were there each day to coach specific exercise techniques, answer questions regarding nutrition, and simply encourage me to work hard through each workout. In addition, both Bridget and Ryan were available for one-on-one sessions to carefully review my food journal and workout schedule to ensure I was armed with all of the information necessary to help me succeed.

Not only did I enjoy working with the knowledgeable, supportive staff members at Pursuit Fitness & Performance, but also, I enjoyed the workouts! I have been an athlete nearly all of my life, and the fast-paced interval sessions offered me new opportunities to challenge myself and improve my overall level of fitness. Also, because of the variety of exercises, working out at PFP was exciting and fun! I loved learning new exercises, increasing my strength, and shedding both pounds and my body’s percentage of fat.

In short, my experience at Pursuit Fitness & Performance was superb. In the beginning, I was just hoping to break through my plateau. What I found at PFP was a team of people who helped me do just that!

KatieR B&A

Congratulations to Katie, and everyone else who participated in the New Year, New You Transformation Contest. The results were really unbelievable and we are so proud of all of your hard work and dedication!

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak

Who isn’t a fan of steak?  Well, here is a healthy alternative recipe. Try this Salisbury Steak.  This is fast and easy and you and your family are sure to enjoy them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Grass fed beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp each salt, ground mustard, and onion powder
  • 5oz (1/2 package) sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 cups beef broth/stock
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the ground beef, egg, almond meal, salt, half of the pepper, mustard, and onion powder in a mixing bowl. Mix everything together with your hands until everything is nice and blended, being careful not to over-mix.
  2. Form the meat into three large steak-shaped patties, like you see above, and place on a baking sheet. These steaks are so naturally (and awesomely) fatty that you don’t need to worry about greasing the baking sheet. Place in the oven for 25 minutes.
  3. While the steaks are cooking, add the broth, mushrooms, and the other half of the pepper to a small pot. Bring to a simmer on medium heat.
  4. Once simmering, reduce the heat and med/low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until the mushrooms shrink a bit.
  5. Add 1 tbsp coconut milk, allowing the broth to return to a simmer. Add a little water to the arrowroot starch, and mix it together. Stir this mixture into the broth, and continue stirring until it thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. After the steaks have baked for 25 minutes, broil them for an additional 2 minutes to give them a nice crusty look. Take them out of the oven, and scrape off the gunk on top. It’s okay, they’re supposed to look a little gross at this point.
  7. Plate the steaks and pour the gravy on top of them, and serve immediately. This dish goes especially well with mashed potatoes.

 

Vote for the New Year, New You Best Transformation Winner!

The first round of voting is over and we have narrowed down our Top 5 Best Transformations! Thanks to all who helped by casting votes! It is now time to determine the final winner for “Best Transformation” and $100 cash.

Please take some time to take a look at the results that our Top 5 Finalists were able to achieve – in only 6 weeks!

Please Share The Vote

Please pass this page along to your friends and family to get their votes in too! You have from NOW through Sunday, March 30th, at which time we will tally up the votes to determine the WINNER…so check back for the announcement to see if your favorite New Year, New YOU Transformation takes the prize!

Vote Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYNYTop5Final

Top 5 Finalists:

Jenni B.
Jenni B&A

Stats: Lost 18.4 lbs, and dropped 5.6% bodyfat!

Katie L.
KatieL B&A

Stats: Lost 13.2 lbs, and dropped 2.1% bodyfat!

Katie R.
KatieR B&A

Stats: Lost 15.2 lbs, and dropped 6.9% bodyfat!

Melissa S.
Melissa B&A

Stats: Lost 12.8 lbs, and dropped 5.6% bodyfat!

Patrick M.
Patrick B&A

Stats: Lost 22.6 lbs, and dropped 5.2% bodyfat!

Vote Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYNYTop5Final

New Year, New You Best Transformation – Round 1

We are so excited to share the New Year, New YOU Transformation Contest Finalists with you!

We gave away a trip to Hawaii to our winner, Eric, who lost over 7% bodyfat! We still have another prize to give away though – $100 cash to the winner of Best Transformation, as decided by a public vote. There were so many great Before and After pictures, that it was hard for us to narrow down, and it will take two rounds of voting to determine the winner.

Please take some time to take a look at the results that our top 15 Finalists were able to achieve – in only 6 weeks!

Please Share The Vote

Please pass this page along to your friends and family to get the votes in too! You have from NOW through Sunday, March 23rd, at which time we will tally up the votes to narrow down the Top 5 Finalists and open up a second round of voting…so check back for the announcement to see if your favorite New Year, New YOU Transformation makes the cut!

Vote Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QZTHNGM

The Finalists:

Angela H.

Angela B&A

Stats: Lost 5.4 lbs, and dropped 2.3% bodyfat!

Beth G.

Beth B&A

Stats: Lost 3.6 lbs, and dropped 2.1% bodyfat!

Brandon B.

Brandon B&A

Stats: Lost 17.6 lbs, and dropped 3.8% bodyfat!

Jenni B.

Jenni B&A

Stats: Lost 18.4 lbs, and dropped 5.6% bodyfat!

Kara M.

Kara B&A

Stats: Lost 8 lbs, and dropped 2.8% bodyfat!

Katie L.

KatieL B&A

Stats: Lost 13.2 lbs, and dropped 2.1% bodyfat!

Katie R.

KatieR B&A

Stats: Lost 15.2 lbs, and dropped 6.9% bodyfat!

Lindsay M.

Lindsay B&A

Stats: Lost 5.6 lbs, and dropped 3% bodyfat!

Melissa S.

Melissa B&A

Stats: Lost 12.8 lbs, and dropped 5.6% bodyfat!

Michelle M.

Michelle B&A

Stats: Lost 12.2 lbs, and dropped 4.1% bodyfat!

Nick R.

Nick B&A

Stats: Lost 5.6 lbs, and dropped 3.4% bodyfat!

Niraj P.

Niraj B&A

Stats: Lost 8.2 lbs, and dropped 4.1% bodyfat!

Patrick M.

Patrick B&A

Stats: Lost 22.6 lbs, and dropped 5.2% bodyfat!

Rebecca N.

Rebecca B&A

Stats: Lost 1 lb, and dropped 1.3% bodyfat!

Whitney M.

Whitney B&A

Stats: Dropped 1.1% bodyfat!

Vote Here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QZTHNGM

Southwest BBQ Chicken Meatza

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If you’ve ever had a craving for pizza, but are trying to limit your carbs, then Meatzas are your best friend! This one is inspired by the Southwest BBQ Chicken Pizza at Dewey’s Pizza (one of my favorite cheat meals). It is every bit as satisfying!

Ingredients:

(for crust:)

  • 2-3 pounds of grass-fed beef or extra lean (97%) ground beef
  • 1 omega 3 egg
  • 1.5 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tsp pink Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 Tsp ground black pepper

(for toppings)

  • 1/2 cup of Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup of canned black beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup of Trader Joe’s roasted corn
  • 1 Tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tsp dried cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of sliced red pepper (saute with coconut oil and salt and pepper)
  • 1/4 cup of thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup of shredded chicken breast (bake up a bunch and keep save some for this recipe to save time)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup shredded cheese (optional – colby jack and mozzarella blend goes best)

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. Combine the beef, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with hands to spread the spices throughout.
  3. Transfer to a 13 X 9 pan, and pack down until it’s about a 1/2 an inch thick. (Note: you need a pan with an edge to contain the juices from the meat – a regular pizza pan won’t work).
  4. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked throughout.
  5. While the crust is cooking, slice the vegetables and saute the red pepper for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Combine the roasted corn, black beans, a little salt and pepper, the chili powder and cilantro in a small dish.
  7. When the crust is finished cooking, remove it from the oven and drain any grease.
  8. Adjust the oven temperature to Broil.
  9. Top the crust with BBQ sauce, black bean and corn salsa (you may have more than you need), red pepper, onion, chicken and cheese (if using).
  10. Return to oven and broil for long enough to melt the cheese and give it a golden brown color.
  11. Once it’s done, remove it from the oven and allow it to rest a bit before cutting so the pieces stay together. Enjoy!

 

Tip: If you like a little extra spice, you can add hot sauce or red pepper flakes to crank up the heat!

Primal Nut Bars

primal nut bars

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of slivered almonds
  2. 1 cup of pecans
  3. ½ cup of nut flour,
  4. (I used Bob’s red mill hazelnut flour, more local ya know)
  5. ½ cup of unsweetened dried coconut
  6. ½ cup almond butter
  7. ½ cup of coconut oil
  8. ¼ cup of honey
  9. 2 tsp of pure vanilla
  10. ½ teaspoon of salt
  11. 1 cup of dried fruit, like cranberries

Instructions:

Preheat the primal cooking fire (oven) to 350 degrees and toast the nuts until golden brown stirring occasionally. Watch them carefully, they’ll go from golden to black fast! Once they are toasted nicely, toss them in the stone grinder, (the food processor or blender) and give them a few pulses till they are a coarse meal and stir into the nut flour in a medium bowl and add the coconut and mix well.

In a microwave safe bowl, warm up the coconut oil and almond butter for about 20 seconds, in the radiant zapper, (microwave) and stir them together well. Add the honey, vanilla, and salt then mix till all creamy and you are starting to drool. Fold the nut mix into the honey mix then add the fruit. Pat into an 8 x 8 baking dish and stick in the ice cave (fridge) for 1 hour or more till nice and solid. Cut into squares and try not to grunt when eating. Keep in the ice cave to store.

Tip:

Personal Learning: use a little bit more coconut oil so that they will stick together better :)

 

PFP MEMBER OF THE MONTH

March 2014

kaylon buckner

This month’s member of the month is Kaylon Buckner! Kaylon is a 13 year old athlete at Ladue High School. She was a January 2014 Athlete of the Month for LB3 Lacrosse club and has been a member of Pursuit Fitness for 6 months. Here is her story:

After playing lacrosse in several states last summer, I realized I needed to improve in some categories of my athleticism. My mom had been working out at PFP during the summer. From what she was saying about her experience caused me to decide to give it a shot.

I joined Pursuit Fitness to become a better all around athlete. Also, working out has become a “second sport” in the way that it keeps me in shape. At Pursuit, my experience has been excellent and I have gotten stronger and faster over the months. I enjoy being able to come in and accomplish something every workout. Even if its just moving up in ten pounds of weight or doing an additional rep, knowing that there is progress, keeps me working hard.

Pursuit has been helping and will help me with my dreams of becoming a college D1 lacrosse player. Before coming to Pursuit, I knew that Ryan had the background of sports and athletics as a college and professional baseball player.  He is able to relate and know what is needed to become a college athlete. I am excited about the future at Pursuit Fitness and grateful to be the PFP Member of the Month.

Thank you PFP!

Congratulations to Kaylon Buckner for her awesome accomplishments and dedication!  Pursuit Fitness & Performance is incredibly proud of your success and we truly appreciate your hard work! Keep it up!

90 Second Tomato and Chile Slow Cooker Chicken

If you’re looking for a super fast recipe that takes almost no prep time, then this is the recipe for you. You’ll need a slow cooker. (If you don’t already have a slow cooker and you’re pressed for time with meal prep we couldn’t recommend anything more – it will make your life much easier.) All it takes is a few ingredients – toss them in, turn it on high, go about your business and then come back to a delicious meal! This recipe is based on one from Fast Paleo.

90 second chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 lbs of chicken breast
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Open 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles and add to crockpot.
  2. Place chicken breasts on top, and sprinkle generously with seasonings.
  3. Open 2nd can of diced tomatoes and pour over the top of the chicken.
  4. Place the lid on the crock pot, turn the knob to High and cook for approximately 3 hours, or until cooked throughout.
  5. Use forks to shred the chicken and mix all ingredients together.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tip: You can add other ingredients that add a southwest style flair to this recipe, such as diced green peppers, black beans, etc. Or whatever other spices you think will add a nice kick to it.

Almond Butter Brownies

This recipe is a bit different than most of the ones we send, as it’s a dessert recipe, which involves no meat or vegetables. But if you’re going to make brownies, we suggest this as a much healthier recipe than anything you can find in a box at your local grocery store! This recipe is modified from one at Redeeming the Table.

 

Almond Butter Brownies

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of raw unsalted almond butter (16 ounces) (Trader Joe’s has it!)
  • 1/2-2/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 large omega-3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1/3-1/2 cup of a chopped 72% cacao chocolate bar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (technically optional, but necessary to keep stirring since the batter gets so thick)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan with a thin layer of coconut oil and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine almond butter, honey and vanilla and mix using an electric mixer for 1 minute on low, or mix by hand very thoroughly by hand. Add eggs and continue mixing on low until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and almond milk and start mixing on low, and then move to a medium speed. Mix for about another minute. Add the chocolate during the last 10 seconds to disperse it throughout the batter.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to scrape all batter from the edges of the bowl and spread evenly into the 9×13 pan.
  5. Cook for 20-30 minutes (less for a more gooey/fudgey, and longer for cakey consistency).
  6. Allow to cool, then cut into squares (preferably small ones) and serve.