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Week 10: Set Your Intentions and Goals

In this the final week of the year—and the final week of the Maintain, Don’t Gain Challenge—we can take stock of the past 12 months and look ahead to the next twelve. Did you accomplish everything you hoped you would in 2015? Is there a goal you want to achieve in 2016? Come set your intentions and […]

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Week 9: Classic Tradition ReMix

Why does almost every holiday tradition revolve around food?  The answer is, they don’t have to. This week we give you tons of suggestions for giving your holiday rituals a healthy makeover.  This week your journey to Maintain rather than Gain during the holiday season continues with great tips, workouts and plans for letting go of […]

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Naughty & Nice: Healthy Holiday Food Swaps

Swap Out Swap In Calorie Savings Complimentary AcaciaTV Workout ½ cup mixed roasted nuts (400 calories) ½ cup Roasted Chestnuts (100 calories) 300 Body Weight Strength-Training for Beginners (29 minutes)   2 frosted sugar cookies (320 calories) 2 plain sugar cookies (100 calories) 220 Cardio Core-Blast (20 minutes)   6 coconut shrimp (435 calories) 6 […]

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Week 8: Yule Survive

It’s the holiday season. It’s crazy, fun, fast paced, stressful, amazing, exciting, ridiculous—and all the other adjectives. Guess what? Yule survive.  Now that we’ve gotten that pun out of our system, check out the blogs for this week’s challenge that will in fact, help you get through the week.  MOVE – Coach Alison  brings you an “Evergreen” workout […]

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Yule Survive: Quick & Effective Workout Playlist

You’re rushing around with last minute shopping, travel arrangements and final touches on decorations. We won’t waste your time then. Here’s a quick and effective workout for every day this week. Destroy a ton of calories in as little as five minutes a pop. Day 1: Strong Body, Fit Body Total Circuit (7 minutes) Day 2: Pilates for Beginners: […]

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Week 7: 7 Ways to Health in 7 Days

Good things come in small packages as they say. Fortunately this holds true for health habits. Little changes can make a big difference. This week’s challenge theme is “7 Ways in 7 Days…” (It is the 7th week of the challenge after all.) All our blog posts share tweaks to your way of doing things […]

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7 Tips for Surviving ‘All You Can Eat’ Holiday Buffets

Not everyone views the idea of “All you can eat” as an invitation to well… eat all you can. According the Brian Wansink, Ph.D., director of the food and brand lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., some people actually manage to restrain themselves when faced with a myriad of food choices and unrestricted portion […]

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Week 6: Joy to the World

Black Friday may be gone (just barely) but there’s still the huge holiday rush ahead. With everything you’ve got on your plate, you’ve got to work hard to keep your sanity—and your weight—down. Doing some physical activity is a good way to stay focused. So is spending some time in Mindfulness state of mind. In keeping with this […]

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Your ‘Joy to the World’ Meditation Playlist

With Thanksgiving behind us and the rest of the holidays ahead, you may be feeling a little stress mixed in with all that joy. So much to do, so little time. It’s tempting to binge on seasonal goodies to calm your nerves, isn’t it? Stop. Take a deep breath. Put down that carton of eggnog. This week’s Maintain, Don’t […]

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Week 5: Burn Off the Bird

Thanksgiving has a reputation for being the most fattening day of the year. This rep is well deserved: the  average American scarfs down more than 3,000 on that single day.  Don’t hate yourself for one day of overindulgence. Gooble, gooble and enjoy! But do try to keep it under control. This week’s challenge blog posts help you stay reasonable […]

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Here Are Your Thanksgiving Week of Workouts

It’s here… Thanksgiving Week! Every year, I hear all those insane stats about how many calories the average American eats on Thanksgiving – it’s no wonder our collective waistlines are expanding. Often, just the anticipation of the calorie bomb that’s coming later this week is enough to cause anxiety. But if you’re already feeling panicky […]

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Fire Up Your Digestion With These 3 Yoga Moves

Overeating happens. Especially during the holidays. There was one fateful piece of pecan pie I ate when I was a kid that I will never forget! Ugh. The problem with overeating isn’t just the calories. It’s that awful bloated, heavy feeling that lingers as the food just sits there while your digestion slowly deals with […]

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5 Fab Tips for Burning Off the Bird

Thanksgiving stuffing could just as easily refer to how much the average American eats when they sit down to their holiday meal as it does to what sits inside the bird. According to the American Council on Exercise, most of us consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. That makes it the highest calorie consumption day […]

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Burn Calories To Connect This Holiday Season

Holiday Weight Maintenance

Now that we are in the thick of the holiday season, I’m getting so many offers to “catch up” right now. This year, I’m trying something different– instead of canceling my workouts to have dinner or drinks with friends, I’m incorporating the people I love into my workout schedule. Have you ever gone hiking with […]

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Your ‘One Pound Down’ Weight Loss Playlist

The old scientific thinking about weight gain is that it takes an extra 3500 calories to gain a pound or that same number of calories for weight loss. We now know it’s more complicated than that but the laws of thermodynamics still appear to be intact. In other words, if you eat more than you […]

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Finally, A Workout You Can Love

Rush rush rush! Every year, the holidays come roaring in and before we know it, they’re gone and we forgot to pause, smell the pumpkin pie, and give thanks for all we have. Instead, we spend weeks trying to keep up with all the baking and the shopping and the decorating…UGH! When is it time […]

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Do Your Fat Burning Happy Dance

This fun and oh-so-effective dance routine is the perfect anecdote to any holiday doldrums. It’s fast paced which means you burn more calories in less time. It also means your metabolism stays elevated long after you’ve pressed the stop button — so you continue to burn calories at a higher rate for several hours afterwards. Now […]

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Try This Attitude of Gratitude Mindful Meditation

You may have heard that your body is a temple. Which I get, but I also think it’s a point of view that leads to you feeling bad about anything you eat or drink that isn’t exquisitely healthy. And let’s be honest, we all have too many opportunities to feel bad about ourselves. Particularly around the […]

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Week 4: Attitude of Gratitude

During the hustle and bustle of holiday season it’s easy to forget to stop, breathe and be thankful for all you’ve got.  This week we ask you to cultivate an “Attitude of Gratitude” by remembering to honor the one body you have. All of this week’s blog posts focus on treating yourself well so you […]

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This Dance Blitz Blasts Calories, Stress

As everyone knows, one of the best ways to beat stress is to burn it off. There’s nothing better than a short blitz of high intensity exercise to help you mellow out. And if it’s fun too? That’s just a bonus. AcaciaTV’s Ben Allen has you covered on the stress-busting, the fat blasting and the fun with […]

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Try This Sweat Off the ‘Small Stuff’ Workout

Quick…tell me the first word that pops into your head when I say “It’s the Holidays”. If you – like many others that I’ve polled on this – said “stress” then you need to keep reading. When I get all stressed out, I typically deal with it by going for a run because it releases […]

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3 Rules to Bounce Back After a Calorie Splurge

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Sunday brunch… A calorie splurge can strike at any time for any reason or no reason at all. Hey, stuffing happens. Once you succumb to a calorie splurge, I have three rules: Eat, Drink and Be Merry. Stick with me, I promise this will make sense in a second. Eat Many of us […]

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3 Simple Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

A big piece of being successful in the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge – where you weigh the same on January 1st that you do today, instead of gaining the average pound or two that typically never comes off – is stress management. So here are three easy restorative poses that are profoundly relaxing and […]

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Enter to Win a Froothie Blender

Stress is one big reason you tend to pile on the pounds during the holidays. With more to do and less time to do it, it’s tempting to grab the wrong foods, rush through meals, overindulge. We’ve got three smoothies for you to help battle weight gain even when you’re short on time and patience. You […]

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Week 3 – Stuffing Happens (Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge)

You know how lack of time and too much to do can really stress you out over the holidays? Sometimes all that excess anxiety can have you reaching for all the wrong foods at all the wrong times. Hey, you’ve gotta learn how not to sweat the small stuff. Because, as you know, “Stuffing Happens” […]

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Week 2 – Waist Management (Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge)

This week your journey to Maintain rather than Gain this holiday season continues with some WAIST MANAGEMENT. Here are the 5 things you need to do this week! MOVE – Ben Allen delivers this short-and-sweet waist whittling workout you’re gonna love. We’ll also post workout recommendations from our streaming on demand library of over 450 fitness routines as well […]

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14 Tips for Holiday ‘Waist Management’

The most fattening days of the year are upon us. A homentachen cookie here, an eggnog there and by the end of the week you could be letting out your belt a notch or two. Here are 14 useful tips to help you maintain your weight this week – and all through the high risk […]

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Try This ‘Go To’ Holiday Season Workout

Ah… the holidays are upon us. Those delightful 10 weeks of anxiety about your weight that can overshadow the joys of the season – but this year is different. For week 2 of the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge I’ve come up with a workout – using minimal equipment and space – that’ll soon be […]

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How to Finally Get Mindful About Eating

No, you don’t have to sip broth while everyone around you feasts in order to avoid the typical holiday weight gain. You just have to be mindful about your choices. And by mindful, I mean pay attention.  Because awareness is always the first step in doing things differently. First, it gives you a chance to […]

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Twist and Shout Waist Management Workout

Halloween is behind us. Next up, Thanksgiving. And then Christmas. Then New Year’s after that. It’s a festive time, but with everything going on it can also be a stressful time. Sometime in the next nine weeks you’ll probably want to just scream. Well if you’re gonna blow off some steam, may as well make […]

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Here’s Why You Aren’t What You Eat This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us, you may find it harder than ever to eat right and keep your calories under control.  Overeating can lead to depression and anxiety and if you’re not careful it can dig a massive hole in your self-worth. So here’s some food for thought: downing an extra glass of eggnog or indulging in a […]

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Pumpkin Spice It Up the Healthy Way

Can we talk about the Pumpkin Spice Latte obsession for just a minute? Since the first day of October, my timeline has been full of people rushing out to chug that very first Pumpkin Spice Latte (or #PSL, if you’re really cool) I get it– it is delicious. But I also get that it’s not […]

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7 Not So Scary Ways to Burn Off Halloween Candy

Let’s face it…when it comes to navigating the candy aisle at Halloween, it’s take no prisoners. So for Week 1 of the AcaciaTV Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge, you already know you’re gonna eat some candy. I say, just plan for it. Have a strategy that doesn’t involve feeling bad about yourself. You don’t need […]

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Move & Groove 10-Minute Halloween Dance Party Workout

You’ll have so much fun burning off those trick-or-treat calories with these wicked dance moves I’ve created especially for the occasion. Even if you’ve never so much as Monster Mashed or Creeped the Creep, you can totally pull off this fat burning workout like a boss. So come on and join me for this spooktacular […]

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How to Exercise Your (Calorie) Demons This Halloween

Considering that the average fun-sized candy contains between 40-130 calories, it’s easy to see how a nibble here, a nibble there can start to add up. So if you do decide to raid your child’s trick or treat stash this Halloween, check out this handy chart below. It lists the 29 most popular candies and their […]

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Try this Meditation on Candy Corn for Weight Loss

Candy corn may be the cutest Halloween candy. So cute that you just want to gobble it up the handful, right? Before you start scarfing these colorful candies take a minute (literally) to fully experience eating just one of them. In the video below, I talk you through a Halloween twist on the classic meditation […]

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