His & Her Fitness Newsletter
November 2018
Volume 9, Issue #11
In This Issue
Fluff Your Pup
More Fluff Your Pup
Halloween at H&H
H&H Out and About
Girl Scouts visits H&H
Client Awards and Races
Christina's Corner
Creative Cardio
Christina's Kitchen
Holiday Wish List
Save the Date
Fluff Your Pup
First Hand Foundation
Team Member of the Month
Client of the Month
Quick Links
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$3,880 raised in total from Fluff Your Pup!

More Fluff Your Pup fun!

Halloween at H&H!

H&H team out and about

Girl Scouts visit H&H

Client awards and races!

Christina's Corner
The holidays are coming!

I am so grateful for the amazing results that have happened this year! I have many long term clients (14-17 years) having doctors say I am not sure what is encouraging you but keep it up! That is music to my ears!! When doctors are happy with their patients it makes it so rewarding!

Going into the holiday season think about "is it worth it?" Also try not to wear loose fitting clothes, eat before you go to an event and drinking more water helps fill your stomach and will lead to less intake. DON'T NIBBLE "every bit counts"! DON'T skip workouts, text us and we will get you in! Every calorie burned is needed. 

For the last 17 years of being a personal trainer my goal is clients to lose that still need to, maintain for those that are pretty happy and only gain 5 if your will power is not optimal. Measurements matter, this November we are having food journals daily because the days can run together without it! Let's rock and roll with our fit family at H&H into the new year. You are not alone and being in a city that is 16th on non proactive lifestyle let's be the inspirations that get us to our 20th, then 25th with years to come. 

Looking forward to announcing client and team member of the year at the annual Christmas party (reminder no SPANDEX)! We will have a dueling piano so have your music request ready! Bring your smiles, come and go as you please! Thank you all for a wonderful year!

Christina Larson
Owner / Trainer MCPT-PFI / ON and ABB Sponsored Athlete
C reative Cardio Library




Christina's Kitchen
Roasted butternut squash soup

-1 large butternut squash (about 3 lbs), halved vertically and seeded

-1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling

-1/2 cup chopped shallot (about 1 large shallot bulb)
-1 teaspoon salt
-4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
-1 teaspoon maple syrup
-1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
-Up to 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
-1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the butternut squash on the pan and drizzle each half with just enough olive oil to lightly coat the squash on the inside (about 1 teaspoon each). Rub the oil over the inside of the squash and sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
2) Turn the squash face down and roast until it is tender and completely cooked through, about 45 to 50 minutes. Set the squash aside until it's cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Then use a large spoon to scoop the butternut squash flesh into a bowl and discard the tough skin.
3) Meanwhile, in a medium skillet (or large soup pot, if you'll be serving soup from that pot), warm 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the chopped shallot and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, often, until the shallot has softened and is starting to turn golden on the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring frequently.
4) If you have a high performance blender like a Vitamix (see notes if you're using an immersion blender instead), transfer the cooked shallot and garlic to your blender. Add the reserved butternut, maple syrup, nutmeg and a few twists of freshly ground black pepper. Pour in 3 cups vegetable broth, being careful not to fill the container past the maximum fill line (you can work in batches if necessary, and stir in any remaining brother later). Securely fasten the lid and select the soup preset, being careful to avoid hot steam escaping from the lid. The blender will stop running once the soup is super creamy and hot. 
5) If you would like to thin out your soup a bit more, stir in the remaining cup of broth (I used the full 4 cups, but if you used a small squash, you might want to leave it as is). Add 1 to 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil, to taste, and blend well. Taste and stir in more salt and pepper, if necessary.
6) Serve immediately (I like to top each bowl with a little more black pepper). Let leftover soup cool completely before transferring it to a proper storage container and refrigerating it for up to 4 days (leftovers taste even better the next day!) Or, freeze this soup for up to 3 months.


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Holiday Wish List
1) Polar Heart Rate monitor FT7
2) Golf lessons (our clients are stronger and have less around the waistline so need that competitive edge
3) Cross training shoes for the gym
4) Food service
5) New clothes for the new you (Scout and Mollys) (Clothology) (Todd's Tailor)
6) Sporting events are always awesome...Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC
7) Manicure and pedicures
8) Massage (Massage Heights Leawood)
9) Spray tan packages (Celsius Tannery)
10) Updated family pictures (Meredith Dubill Photography)
Save the Date
Creative Cardio each week! 
Mondays 6am and 5:30pm
Tuesdays 9:30am
Thursdays 9am 
Saturdays 8am and 9am

November 24 - H&H Christmas party! Come and go as you please, no spandex allowed!
Oh my goodness the guys were amazing, I was blessed to jump on stage with them. Each placing in the top 3 and all coming out happy and most important confident that they gave their all. As a coach for 14 years I have always had great teams but of course with experience it is just that much better and having the right people makes a world of difference. It's a team at His & Her Fitness when we compete we cheer for each other and support each other on social networks as well. Mike was our captain coming in an athlete and shining all the way to the stage on and off. Tyler the underdog did did not seem like it when all those lights hit him, he just showed perseverance like no other. My cousin Bryan keeping 100lbs off since 2011, healthy success in itself and then dialing in for a show losing 135lbs in total. Each of these athletes symmetry was on point with full muscle stomachs, skin, hair and more coming together for each of these now athletes for sure because they did step onstage. The process the entire way was a team effort. Just a big thank you and can't wait for next year. 

NOTE shows are not what 99% of the H&H average clients are about. Our average client is coming to be healthy and by default they are fit. Tyler started to deal with anxiety and lose weight losing 100lbs and calmer then the day he walked in, that is my job and hope that many are inspired by this crew. 
Fluff Your Pup
It was a fun-filled Saturday at His & Her Fitness to benefit Wayside Waifs in their second annual Fluff Your Pup event. Leawood's finest pups competed in a Best Costume Contest as well as a Best
Groomed Contest while their human counterparts enjoyed food, photo booth, entertainment from DJ Ashton Martin and splashed their trainer in the Dunk Tank. The second annual event raised almost $4,000 for Wayside Waifs. If you would like to connect to be involved or donate next years event, connect with Christina Larson at hisandherfitness@me.com.
First Hand Foundation
The worlds of fitness and finance collided to educate guests on the importance of physical and financial health while raising money for Cerner's First Hand Foundation. Guests were delighted to short presentations from His & Her Fitness and American Century Investments while First Hand Foundation discussed the impact of money raised, dedicated to the health of children, their families and communities through reactive and preventative initiatives. 
Team Member of the Month
Bryan Larson

I am so grateful to be named team member of the month. We have such an awesome team of trainers and staff, and to be blessed with this honor means the world to me. I had the honor of joining the His & Her Fitness team in June of this year. After building two of the largest technological divisions in the Kansas City area, managing as a high-level executive, it was time to make a few changes in my career path. Most of you may know that Christina is my cousin, and I have trained with her since 2011 as a client, becoming one of her most extreme weight loss clients utilizing her system. Losing a total of 135lbs and having a chance to grace the stage in a Men's Physique competition in which I placed in both divisions I competed. I have two children Caleb and Kearstin who I love with all my heart. I have been privileged to coach my son throughout his sporting career in baseball and football. I also enjoy watching and assisting with coaching my daughter with softball. She also enjoys basketball and horseback riding. I thoroughly enjoy meeting new people, and interacting with new clients. My main goal is to help people have the same success that I have had through the years, while managing in a highly stressful position, and an environment full of unhealthy temptations. I absolutely love working with Christina and her staff, and look forward to what the future will hold. 
Client of the Month
Stewart Koesten

It was getting difficult for me to get out of my car or even stand up without significant pain in my right leg. Even riding for hours in a car was causing considerable pain, and this was a serious problem for me since I collect little British sports cars and fly airplanes. Vehicles like those require you to bend and twist to get in, and then twist and bend again to get out. Being comfortable on a drive or in flight was another issue. I knew I needed to do something about it, so when my wife, Joy signed us up for an introductory session I jumped at the opportunity. That was a little over two years ago and I'm happy to say I have no more pains - except for the ones from His & Hers, and those go away pretty quickly.

I started at His & Her Fitness with a once a week session. I'm a financial planner, the CEO of Aspyre Wealth Partners so I know better than to spend money on things like trainers and gyms, right? Boy oh boy, was I wrong. One day wasn't cutting it. Pretty soon I was up to two times a week, and within a year I was going three times weekly, the recommended frequency. I think of it as an investment in myself, not unlike tuition for an education.

When I first began, I felt as if I had two bodies. One outside (I wasn't really pleased with that one) and the other one inside, that felt stronger and healthy. Over time the two bodies began to merge, and recently I've notice my outside body is starting to look different, better to me. Still a ways to go but I am seeing progress.

It took several members of the team to finally convince me to begin to change my eating habits. Initially, I told them I wanted to be the fittest, fattest person. Now, some 25 lbs lighter and losing weight regularly and properly I have reasonable goals like hitting the next 10 lbs down.

Many thanks to His & Her Fitness for standing by me, encouraging me and showing me I can do a lot more than I thought I could fitness-wise. I'm not ready for a photo shoot yet but I can see a day when I may be. I probably won't, but that's another story.
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