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  • Thankful State of Mind

    Thankful State of Mind

    Thanksgiving is just a few days away! As you spend more (and more intentional) time reflecting on what you’re thankful for - from your family to homemade mashed potatoes and the accompanying sweet, sweet bliss - consider shifting your focus just a tad. Think about not just what brings you joy – big or small – but what allows you to enjoy them, as well as life’s more intangible qualities that spark thankfulness. Your wit. Your arms that embrace loved ones. Your legs that walk on the beach as you search for Petoskey stones. Your stomach that shakes with laughter every time you’re with your best friends. Your grit that keeps you moving forward when life ....

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  • Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Ever

    Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Ever

    The Best Thanksgiving Sandwich Give your oven a break by whipping up this easy sandwich from your holiday leftovers! Makes 2 servings (sandwiches) Adapted from Delish Ingredients 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 4 slices sourdough, toasted (or any bread on hand) 2 c. leftover turkey 1/2 leftover mashed potatoes 1/2 cup cranberry sauce 1/2 cup leftover stuffing 1/4 cup gravy, warmed 1/4 cup baby spinach, packed Directions In a small bowl, mix together mayo and mustard. Spread one side of two pieces of bread with Dijonnaise mixture. This is your base for both sandwiches. Top each of the two slices of bread with 1 cup of turkey, ¼ cup of mashed potatoes, 2 ....

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  • Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

    Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

    Whip up frightfully-delicious treats for any Halloween gathering! Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats Carve up these sweet pumpkins for a gourd time! Makes 6 large pumpkins Adapted from Cooking Classy Ingredients 6 cups rice krispies cereal 3 Tbsp salted butter 1 (10 oz) pkg. mini marshmallows Orange gel food coloring 3 pretzel rods, end portions broken off into 2-inch pieces (so you'll have 6 pieces) 6 mini green airheads Non-stick cooking spray Instructions Measure out rice krispies cereal and pour into a bowl. Melt butter in a 4 quart non-stick saucepan or pot over medium-low heat. Add marshmallows and stir and as they begin to melt start adding ....

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  • Member Inspiration: Abbey Hetes

    Member Inspiration: Abbey Hetes

    Abbey has been a part of our fitness family since 2022! She works in the tech space as a UX research and insights analyst and is a dog mom to her adorable pup, Monte. This year, she added Pilates Reformer to her wellness routine as a way to get stronger and increase her mind-body connection. I’ve always been an active person. Before joining Mid American, I ran five days a week and took up fencing again. I really love working out because it relaxes my mind and helps me feel that physical connection. My first visit to the studio was a private Pilates Reformer session with Ericka. Initially, I was extremely nervous to do a private workout with an instructor, but she did such a ....

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  • Reframe How You View Exercise!

    Reframe How You View Exercise!

    “Health is a state of body, wellness is a state of being.” – J. Stanford These two states may focus on different parts of a whole, but they are very much intertwined with one another. When you’re in good health and your thyroid is operating properly, you experience benefits like: Having more energy You're likely to have less aches and pains Stairs aren’t as demanding You have a lower risk of injury and disease You get quality sleep So much more! When you feel good physically, you continue the behaviors that have lead to a healthy state - and exercise is a big part of that. But, the impact of a fitness routine goes beyond the physical. When feel good in ....

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  • 10 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health

    10 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health

    Mental health is a big part of wellness and self care! October 10 is World Mental Health Day! Now, more than ever, it's so important to prioritize your mental well-being. Life can move at one hundred miles an hour and it's so easy to go along with the rush and neglect your mental state. Below are 10 tips to boost your mental health - today and everyday. 1. Take a media break. Whether it's social media or the never-ending news cycle, we all need a break sometimes. Set a scrolling window and stop checking social media/the news at a certain time every night. Or, make a plan to limit your screen time throughout the day (e.g. only check the news at lunch time). Added tip: Unfollow ....

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  • 5 Benefits of Pilates Reformer

    5 Benefits of Pilates Reformer

    Pilates Reformer is for everybody and every body! Created by Joseph Pilates, Pilates (originally called "Contrology") is one of the best strength-boosting, feel-good, total-body workouts for all fitness levels! Here are just 5 of the many benefits of Pilates Reformer training! 1. It's gentle on your joints. Exercises on the Pilates Reformer are done seated, lying down, or kneeling on the bed which means that your joints are always supported. This unique approach means that every exercise is low-impact, making Pilates an ideal workout for those who want total-body strength training that isn't high-intensity. 2. It exercises your muscles in many different ways. ....

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  • Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

    Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

    Delicious Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Get your pumpkin fix with this simple and flavor-packed smoothie! Serves 1 Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen Ingredients 1 frozen banana ½ cup plain or vanilla yogurt 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tablespoon almond or pecan butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon pinch each of nutmeg, ginger & allspice Instructions 1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. 2. Pour into a glass and enjoy! ....

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  • Fall in a Bowl: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

    Fall in a Bowl: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

    Fall-tastic Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Apple picking is in full-swing! Turn your apples into a delicious, hearty breakfast (or snack) with this quick recipe! Serves 2 Adapted from Everyday Delicious Ingredients Oatmeal recipe •1 cup rolled oats •2 cups milk of choice •1 TBSP maple syrup •½ tsp cinnamon •pinch of salt •optional: ½ tsp gingerbread spice or pumpkin pie spice Apple recipe •3 medium apples •1 TBSP maple syrup •½ tsp cinnamon •pinch of salt •1 tsp vanilla flavor •1 TBSP lemon juice •optional: ½ tsp gingerbread spice or pumpkin pie spice Toppings for serving (optional) •chopped ....

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  • Self Affirmations: Your Key to Empowerment

    Self Affirmations: Your Key to Empowerment

    Have you ever really listened to the things you say to yourself about yourself? If you have, on a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your level of kindness? Self-talk is a BIG subject, but when it comes to changing it, some of the most common approaches that come up in conversations and Google searches are writing, listening to, and/or saying affirmations. While those general concepts are great, for a variety of reasons many people find themselves frustrated and feeling like they work for everyone except them. If you find yourself in that struggle, give these affirmation approaches a try: Approach 1: Define/figure out a feeling, quality, behavior, goal that’s closer to where you ....

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