Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The 12 Video | #ShareYourStory Weight Loss Journey

Behind every success is a story, often not as beautiful as the outcome, but beautiful because of the trials and tribulations that shaped its journey. Capturing a dynamic view of the broken road, rock bottom realization and path to wellness, The 12 has launched its #ShareYourStory series.

 “People don’t attain life lessons from constantly winning. Life lessons are learned though pain, trials and tribulations", said Co-Founder Josh Boyd.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

You Asked...

“How can I eat smart while still enjoying a night out?”

 Here’s our top 5 tips to help you navigate ( and still enjoy) that night out on the town!

1. Keep it simple. Choose grilled chicken, steamed fish and vegetables. The simpler the food, the more unprocessed it is.

2. Order sauces/dressings on the side. When ordering salads, avoid creamy dressings such as ranch, Caesar, and bleu cheese. Also, be wary of “light” salad dressings—sodium or sugar is often increased to make up for lost fat and flavor. Instead, go for oil-based dressings, such as balsamic vinaigrette or even a simple combination of oil and vinegar. Also, be wary of soups, because most are high in sodium.

3. Going out for Mexican Food? When it comes to tacos, fajitas, or quesadillas, choose corn tortillas whenever possible. Flour tortillas, (even whole wheat varieties) are higher in calories, fat, and sodium. Be careful with cheese, as the shredded variety can contain preservatives and artificial ingredients. Instead of cheese, look for health-conscious ways to add flavor. Top your meal with a small dollop of guacamole or salsas such as pico de gallo, black beans and corn, or tomatillo. Just make sure to watch the sodium.

4. In the mood for a Burger? When ordering a burger, stick to the basics—bun, patty, lettuce, and tomato—and avoid fatty ingredients such as bacon. Condiments add flavor, but ketchup, barbecue sauce, and honey mustard are often loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Try a packet of yellow or Dijon mustard—they pack plenty of flavor! Consider skipping the bun, as many fast-food varieties tote lengthy ingredient lists full of preservatives, or ask if you can have your burger wrapped with lettuce leaves.

5. Craving Sushi? Sashimi, grilled or steamed fish and edamame are great choices. Feeling like a roll? Also, go without the heavy mayo-based sauces but try adding ginger, wasabi or low-sodium soy sauce to increase flavor.

Most importantly, sip, savor, and slow down to enjoy your meal!

What's for Dinner? | Lemon Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage & Spinach

1 1/2 links fresh lean turkey sausages (about 6 oz), no added nitrates or nitrites, casings removed
1 1/2 cups whole milk
8 oz whole-wheat spaghetti
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
6 oz spinach leaves (about 6 packed cups)
1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated

1. Mist a large pot or saucepan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Add sausage and cook, stirring and crumbling with a spatula, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
2. To same pot, add 2 cups water and milk and bring to a boil on medium-high. (TIP: Watch carefully and stir from time to time, as milk has a tendency to boil over.) Add spaghetti and pepper flakes. When liquid returns to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring frequently, until spaghetti is just short of al dente, 11 to 15 minutes.
3. Stir in spinach and simmer, uncovered, until spinach is wilted, most of the liquid has absorbed and spaghetti is al dente, 2 to 4 minutes. Add lemon zest, black pepper and sausage and stir until heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Divide among plates and top evenly with cheese.

Nutrients per serving (1 1/2 cups): Calories: 370, Total Fat: 11 g, Sat. Fat: 4.5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Carbs: 49 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 22 g, Sodium: 531 mg, Cholesterol: 42 mg

Don't take our word for it...

Testimonial | Lauren K.
"Fitness has always been a way of life for me. I've always been committed to working out five to six days a week, and "thinking" I am eating healthy on a daily basis. My whole life I maintained the same weight. At 30 years old I couldn't figure out what changed and why I had gained some excess weight, the weight which I had been able to maintain my whole life. I blamed it on turning 30, and was so bummed about my body changing - as I didn't think I could workout any more than I already did.

I started going to the 12 and heard about Nikki the Afterburn Nutrition Coach. I went in for my free consultation with Nikki, and after more than a month of contemplation and painful debates with myself about whether or not I should commit to her, I decided to pull the trigger! During our first meeting I learned so much!!! She made some tweaks here and there and had me eating six meals a day, something I had never done in my whole life. I craved carbs and dessert every night at dinner, and didn't know how I was ever going to ever give up carbs with my dinner... I don't even crave them anymore! Nikki was able to help me kick all of my vices. I feel healthier than ever! I have developed so many healthy habits.

I started at 19.8% body fat and dropped to 14.8% body fat. I dropped 25.2% of my overall body fat! I wouldn't have been able to do it without Nikki. She changed my life forever and I'm so thankful for her!" -Lauren K.

…Try This instead | Grilled Cilantro Lime Sweet Potato "Fries"

3 sweet potatoes
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tsp finely grated lime zest
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup canola oil {I used extra virgin olive oil}
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

-Place the potatoes in a large pot of boiling water and cook until fork tender. Let cool, then slice each potato into eights lengthwise.
-Preheat grill to medium heat. Mix 1 tablespoon salt, lime zest, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
-Brush the potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper.
-Place on the grill and grill on all sides until golden brown and cooked through {about 3-4 minutes each side including the skin. You may need to cook shorter or longer on each side depending on your grill, but just make sure the potatoes are fully cooked through}.
-Transfer to a plate or platter and sprinkle with lime-salt mixture and chopped cilantro.

**you can also do this on a cast iron grill pan.

Crazy Food Cravings?

Food cravings reveal themselves when we fail to keep our blood sugar stable. In other words- we go for long periods of time without eating proper balanced meals. When this happens the mind can play tricks on you. Your brain sends out signals that you need (or crave) certain foods. Most of the time these foods are high in sugar or carbs. Carbs are the quickest source of energy!

 A good idea is to have some healthy options available you in case you find yourself in a “hangry” situation:
1. Dark chocolate is fantastic for a sweet craving (add almond butter on top if you like).

2. Sweet potatoes fried and drizzled in olive oil are a great substitute for real fries without the Trans Fats.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Challenge Completed!

Our men and women in “blue” from the Costa Mesa Police Department completed their 4 Week Afterburn Challenge recently with killer results! Team 2 including Stephanie Selinske, Clint Dieball, Rob Dimel and Erika Soto ran away with this competition with 96 total classes taken!

We’d also like to give special recognition to the following people for taking the highest amount of individual classes during their Challenge:
- Clint Dieball with 33 Classes
- Rob Dimel with 28 Classes
- George Maridakis & Robert Gonzalez with 24 Classes each!

Don't Take Our Word For It...

“Personal training, nutrition, 2-a-days and 3-a-days has gotten my body to where it is today from where it was last October, but the biggest change from my fitness outbursts in the past is the mental game. I love to lift others up, be there for them and make them smile. It's who I've always been but I've never given myself the same love back. The 12 helped take my fitness to the next level and that meant overcoming the mental blocks within me.

Tips on form, pushing you to go past your limits, tips and help with nutrition can be given to you from any venue. The 12 isn't just about changing what is on the outside but what is within. Going through hard times? Constantly putting yourself down? Still making excuses? Talk to the trainers, Josh, Nikki, Derek and your 12 family! Until you're ready to break down the interior walls, the next level in your fitness and nutrition will just be you giving more strength to your facade rather than your true self. Loving yourself should always be first and The 12 Nation has been the best support group to remind me of that each and every day.” -David P.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#ShareYourStory | Video Testimonial of a Weight Loss Journey Inspired by a Love Story

In collaboration with Lin and Jirsa Creative, The 12 is releasing four dynamic videos that capture a real life look at individuals who chose to take what many may have seen as a mess, and turn it into a message. Alongside both of The 12’s Co-Founders, Josh Boyd and Derek Graham, who also chronicled their challenging path to health and wellness, member Todd Palmateer and trainer Sarah Gillette chose to share their stories. Opening up about drug addiction, eating disorders, cancer battles and intimacy issues, the collective hope is that these videos will resonate with men and women who may be going through some of the same battles and yearn for change. “People don’t attain life lessons from constantly winning. Life lessons are learned though pain, trials and tribulations”, said Co-Founder Josh Boyd.

Unveiled during a private viewing party including only The 12’s executive team, Lin and Jirsa Creative, Sarah Gillette, Todd Palmateer and Cindy Zappala (Todd’s Mother in Law), nervous anticipation gave way to tears of joy as each 3-4 minute video played. Utilizing a team of nearly 20 individuals from the Lin and Jirsa Creative team to capture 10 hours of video footage combined with more than 8 hours of audio recording, Founder Pye Jirsa had his work cut out for him. “It was such an incredible experience to produce these videos for The 12, truly an honor, as myself and my team have experienced firsthand how The 12 changes lives”, said Pye as he addressed the intimate room of guests.

Speaking candidly prior to watching Todd Palmateer’s video, both Todd and his late wife Sabrina’s mother shared how much of an inspiration Sabrina was, and still is, to Todd.  As the male winner of The 12’s 2015 $10,000 12 Week Fitness Challenge, Todd embarked on his health and wellness journey, while in the midst of it all, Sabrina began to fight her second battle with cancer. Group Training Manager Tricia Buck recalled what it was like to guide Todd during his workouts, “He put his heart and soul into every workout because he wasn't doing it for himself...he was doing it for Sabrina.  At least weekly he would say to me - I'm going to win this thing.  I've got to do it. Sabrina's already so proud. I cannot let her down, and I can't let you down either.” In reflecting on what it was like to watch Todd and Sabrina workout together, Tricia shared, “Sabrina brought out two characteristics in Todd that only she could: the best and the beast!  Though I was only able to have them together in a handful of classes before she was no longer able to participate, it was evident that she was always there with him.” Creative Director Pye Jirsa added, “Although Sabrina lost her physical battle with cancer, in my opinion, she actually won it.”

“A lot of people have felt so sorry for me for everything that has happened, but the truth is, I am one of the luckiest people in the world. Because, people can spend their whole life and not find their soulmate or the love of their life or have a love even close to what Sabrina and I had. She was my inspiration to win the challenge, to workout, to get healthy. Still to this day she is my inspiration to continue the 12Life, to continue being healthy”, said Todd Palmateer.