Jazz Fit


Brandy has worked for Automated Business Products for 9 years and is currently Senior Technology Specialist.

I was always finding excuses to why I couldn’t eat healthy or exercise. Time, Money, Kids, Work, I’ll start tomorrow.


When I did start to work out I would always feel embarrassed to be at the gym because of how I looked.

The biggest change in my mind was seeing my family’s health decline. My dad had a stroke and was debilitated to a chair. He couldn’t speak, eat, or walk. I realized there are fates worse than death. Not being able to live fully. I wanted to be able to have fun with my kids instead of sitting and watching them play. To be there for them later in life and not have them have to take care of me.

I finally decided enough was enough. I had to do something about it. We walked into a sporting goods store to get gear for my kids for an upcoming weekend. There at the register was a “Biggest Loser” signup sheet for a local gym. I signed up for the 8 week program. Before that program was over I signed up for another 12 week program. Working out with a group to be accountable to was what I needed. A few weeks later I found eating healthy wasn’t helping me shed the weight quick enough. I wanted it faster. I signed up for a nutritional program.

20140314-brandysstory-3I went from not being able to run one lap around my son’s elementary school track, to running a half marathon in Moab, Utah in four short months. Eight months later, I’ve ran 2 Half Marathons, 1 10K, 8 5K’s and just endured a Triathlon Camp and kept up with the Tri athletes! I went from a size 18/20 to a size 8 in five months.

Just changing my nutrition and exercising, I have realized what I had been missing… LIFE.

Fear in front of you is an obstacle. Once you put fear is behind you, it is motivation.

Nike Shoes.jpgWith the new year fast approaching, we all have fitness goals in mind. Maybe this year you’ll enroll in classes at the gym, run a race or take the stairs more often. These activities all involve one thing; your feet! At Shoe Carnival we want to make sure your feet are comfortable and fashionable. For the crazy and fun life you live, you’re going to need a great pair of athletic shoes.

Here are a few tips for buying the best shoes for your feet.

  1. Choose the right shoe for the type of exercise you will be doing whether it be running, walking, cross training, etc.
  2. Measure your foot. Your feet change sizes even as an adult.
  3. Know your foot. Do you have high arches or flat feet?
  4. Shop toward the end of the day or after a workout. Your feet swell over the day, as they do when exercising, so fit your shoe to your foot when it’s at its largest.
  5. Shoes should be snug and supportive. They should not slip off your heel and you should be able to wiggle all your toes.
  6. Walk or jog in the shoe you are trying on. It should be comfortable from the start.
  7. Know when to replace your shoes. Look for signs of wear or break down or if they have logged more than 350 miles, it may be time to replace them.

Stop by any of our nine Utah locations for personalized advice with one of our experienced shoe professionals today!

Servings: 4


2 pounds asparagus stalks, washed and trimmed*

3 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons minced red onion

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Coarse salt to taste


  1. Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Remove from heat and refresh under cold water; drain well. Arrange asparagus on serving platter or individual serving plates.
  2. In a bowl or jar, whisk together balsamic vinegar, red onion, olive oil, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus, allowing a little to puddle on either side. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.
  4. Spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus, allowing a little to puddle on either side. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.
  5. * A mixture of green and white asparagus will make a beautiful presentation!

Strength and Conditioning coach Mark McKown takes us through the same workout that he has the team do – The Gauntlet.

Strength and Conditioning coach Mark McKown shows what drills he puts the players through to help with explosiveness.

Strength and Conditioning coach Mark McKown shows proper technique in training your core, with a little help from Enes Kanter

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. sucanat or natural sugar
1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup whole grain cereal (like brown rice krispies)
1 cup dried fruit, chopped
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp. canola oil
1 tbsp. ground flax seed

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the ground flax seed with 1/4 cup warm water, set aside to thicken.
  3. Toss the chickpeas in the sucanat or sugar and 1 tsp. of the cinnamon. Bake for 10 minutes, stir around in the pan, then back for 10 more minutes. Add the oatmeal to the pan and bake for 5 more minutes, stirring the oatmeal once.
  4. Stir together the peanut butter, honey, canola oil, and flax paste.
  5. Combine the chickpeas, oatmeal, cereal, dried fruits, and remaining tsp. of cinnamon.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir to combine.
  7. Press the mixture into a greased pan. Go for an 8×8 if you have it. Really PRESS and PACK IN the mixture as hard as you can. Refrigerate until firm, then cut into bars.

NOTE: Use any kind of beans, cereal, or dried fruit that you’d like.

Written by Christine Frazier via No Meat Athlete

Strength and Conditioning coach Mark McKown gives tips on how to stay fit