Are you looking for a way to stay accountable to your health and fitness, but can't seem to find time to hit the gym? The NC Fitness Warehouse works virtually with many clients all over the US through group challenges on Facebook.

Arlene, a teacher out of Wisconsin, and a client who enters all of our various challenges says, "I love the virtual challenges, it is awesome to have like-minded people to connect with and to hold you accountable.  In these groups I have encountered people who understand that life happens and who encourage you to keep going!  As one challenge ends I anxiously await the next one!"

Veronica Browning is one of our NC Fitness Warehouse Coaches who leads many of our online groups.  She is also a mom of three, and a triathlete.  She loves how hosting virtual challenges helps her stay on track as well.  “By hosting challenges, I find I plan out my workouts and meals for the week ahead of time.  I also like the fact that I'm not doing it alone.” ~Veronica Browning

Lisa Lusk is a busy professional, a mom, and an active resident of Rosemount. She loves to join our virtual challenges even though she is local.  “l love that the virtual challenges help me feel like I am not in this journey alone. The accountability helps to keep me on task and stay motivated!” ~Lisa Lusk

By focusing on good habits, and staying accountable to a team, a goal, a health coach or a trainer, YOU too can greet this holiday season with your jeans fitting better, and your body feeling stronger.  I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, and I have watched fitness transform lives. Fit people, are HAPPIER people. The biggest hurdle for most is just getting started. BONUS content this month!  I have included two family friendly recipes that you can make this week to start EATING CLEAN!

Here are 2 Make Ahead, CLEAN EATING Meals for you to try this month!

 Slow cooker oats 
1 cup Steel cut oats  
3 cups water  
1 cup Milk (any type, I used almond milk)  
1 Tbsp Butter (optional)  
2 large Apples, peeled & chopped (or any pitted fruit)  
1/4 cup Brown sugar (you could also add this afterwards to taste) 
1 tsp. Kosher salt  
1 tsp. Cinnamon  

Directions: First spray a slow cooker with non-stick spray. Put all ingredients in a slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for 8 hours or 4 hours on high. Top with nuts, yogurt, fruit, coconut shavings!

Tip: Steel cut oats use a 4:1 liquid to oats ratio. You can use any combination with the liquid – water, almond milk, milk all work

*This is a recipe from my friend and teammate Amy.  She is a Registered Dietician in Wisconsin

Crockpot Chicken Taco Salad

4-6  Chicken breasts

1 large jar of good quality salsa “Amy’s Organic” 

Place Chicken and salsa in a crockpot/slowcooker on low until cooked through.

Shred chicken, and add one can of drained and rinsed black beans.

Chop a whole bunch of:

  • romaine lettuce
  • fresh cliantro
  • red onion
  • avacado
  • extra sharp shredded cheddar (you only need a little when it is extra sharp!)
  • plain greek yogurt (in place of sour cream!)

Put lettuce in the bowl and top with all of the fresh and fun ingredients. YUMMY! This is a Carrigan family favorite!  Start it in the morning before work, and you will have dinner ready to roll when you get home! Option: serve on corn or flour tortillas for amazing soft tacos!

Nickie Carrigan is a fitness business owner in the Twin Cities. As a passionate fitness professional, she strives to help others across the country build and/or maintain active and healthy lifestyles. To contact Nickie visit