21 Day Detox Cleanse: Week 3

Cleanse Blog Week 3 – Becoming Powerful. Week 3 of the cleanse was a breeze. I kicked up my workouts a notch because I heard sometimes in the third week people hit a little bit of a plateau in terms of weight loss.  I had my routine down and it really flew by.  I was […]

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21 Day Detox Cleanse

Liz Hurley Style – Week 2:  To kick off week 2 of my cleanse experience I was going out of town.  Yikes. My younger sister was running her first half marathon in Virginia Beach, and for the first time I was going to be on the cheering squad at a race (mixed feelings about this, […]

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Nestor’s Power Smoothie

Nestor’s Morning Power Smoothie (Serves 2): 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or almond milk) 1 cup plain low-/non-fat yogurt 1 banana 1 cup frozen mixed fruit (your choice; I like Dole fruit medley with peaches, pineapple, strawberries, mango, and grapes) 1/2 cup fruit juice (your choice; I like mango/passion fruit) 2 scoops vanilla soy protein powder […]

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Brandi’s Granola Recipe

Here is our Massage Director, Brandi’s favorite breakfast, the recipe for her homemade granola is below.  Here’s what Brandi has to say about this delicious looking breakfast: “I workout in the morning before breakfast and almost every morning I eat a bowl of granola with milk, 2 eggs with feta cheese and spinach and fruit.  […]

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21 Day Detox Cleanse:

Liz Hurley Style – Week 1: For those of you that do not know me…my name is Liz Hurley, I am the group fitness coordinator and a personal trainer at EMPOWER.  This is my summary of Week 1 on “The Cleanse.”  If you are unfamiliar with it- the cleanse is a 21 day liver detox […]

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Alec’s Blog: Family Weight Loss Challenge Update

Family weight loss challenge update 3/7/2013: I’ll be honest, the first two weeks of February were tough.  With the Super Bowl, my busiest season at work, an out-of-town engagement party, and the first Carolina-Dook game, there were many reasons to both celebrate and drown my sorrows in food and beer (based on how I spelled […]

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Alec’s blog: Checking In

1/10/13 Three weeks in and I have successfully tracked my food and exercise in my phone’s app and been committed to working out. My phone told me I needed to weigh 258 pounds or less today and I came in at 253.5! In more exciting news, Empower kicked off its group fitness classes with Casino […]

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Alec’s Update: 1/5/13

Family Weight-Loss Competition: The decorations are back in the attic, the ball has dropped, and 2013 is upon us.  What does this mean?  It means we are only six months away from lying by the pool, sunbathing at the beach, and going to weddings every other weekend.  In other words, we are six months away […]

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Alec’s Story: Catching up

So here it goes again – work hit overdrive and Alec hit the fast food window more times than you can count on your fingers and toes.  With a colleague out on vacation during our busiest time of year, I had to pull all-nighters and work 70-80 hours per week.  With that said, working out […]

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My Life as Liz’s Guinnea Pig Part 2: “The Rip”

THIRD SESSION: So this past week was my birthday, the opening weekend of college football, and I took a trip to New York City to see a bit of the U.S. Open to see my athletic hero , Serena Williams (don’t  you judge me).  Needless to say, exercise and eating healthy weren’t exactly priorities.  I […]

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