Nothing Compares 2 U

JeannetteBlueberryCobblerI just had my 50th birthday. Still can’t quite believe I’ve lived for half a century! Anyhoo, off I bimbled to The Kettlebell Fitness Center on the day before my birthday for a workout. Nancy gave us a choice of different workouts to do that incorporated the number 50. I opted for 50 Turkish Get Ups. I did 50 Turkish Get Ups. Listen… I DID 50 TURKISH GET UPS!!!


You know what I thought half way through the workout? “I’m only using a 8kg/14lb/10lb bell. Nancy can do 58 with an 18kg bell…” Yep, that’s what I was thinking. Comparison sucks, people. It sucks the joy out of your accomplishments, whatever they may be. Fortunately, I whupped myself upside the head with a metaphorical 2 by 4 and came to my senses as I continued my birthday quest. This time last year, I was struggling with TGU’s and form. This year I DID 50…count them…FIFTY of the little blighters!


Comparison can be a good thing when you’re shopping for electronic gadgets, or prices, or food. But when you start comparing yourself to others and their achievements, just stop. My husband’s favourite historical person, Theodore Roosevelt wisely said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Believe it.


As the mighty Prince once wrote, “Nothing Compares 2 U”. What you’ve accomplished, in strength, goals or in your eating habits, is not necessarily going to be the same as another’s accomplishments. What you’ve achieved over the past days, weeks, months, years is YOURS. Own it. Delight in it. Get your swagger on, because Prince is right – Nothing Compares 2 U.


So I’m not yet swinging a 24kg bell…but I’m swinging a 20 and I’m going to get there. Maybe I can’t do a proper push up yet…but I’m doing better than last week, and am going to achieve that too. And, perhaps I crashed and burned at the weekend with couple of my eating choices…but hey, today is a new day and I am making right choices today and I’ve come a long way since last year!


Before Dan and I got married, I told him “I don’t think I can cook.” I was single ‘til the age of 36 and never felt the need to cook proper meals for myself. My meals consisted of fish fingers (you call them fishsticks) on toast, or fish & chips or Chinese food from the take out place below my apartment and I made a fantastic proper British Bacon sarnie.


As I settled in to the role of Domestic Goddess, I found that I wasn’t half bad at cooking after all! I make an awesome beef & ale stew and chicken cacciatore. On Saturday, my poor husband had to deliver propane out in the snow and freezing cold all day. So, on Sunday afternoon, I decided to make Fresh Blueberry Crumble from Practical Paleo  for him.


May I tell you what my husband asked me as he saw me making this? I quote, “What will you put in the blueberries to make them sweet?” Yes, my friends, you heard correctly. I whupped him upside the head with my busy metaphorical 2 by 4.


May I also proudly tell you that he LOVED my blueberry crumble. That it tasted just as  good as non-Paleo blueberry crumble and that he wanted huge seconds.


As you dip your toes into cooking and eating Paleo, be aware that what you make may not come out looking like the perfect photographs in your cookbooks. And that’s OK. Your food may not taste exactly the same as your favourite junk food, but it will be delicious! Your meatballs may fall apart, you will make mistakes (ask me about my naan-bread). It may seem overwhelming at first, so keep it simple. But the main thing is, you started doing something good for yourself, which is a step further along the path to a healthier you.


Keep at it. Have fun with it. Be proud of what you have accomplished so far, and let’s see your swagger, because nothing compares to you!


I am available for tastings.

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Jeannette’s Blog

JeannetteKayakHi! My name is Jeannette, and I love my food. I LOVE food. And wine. Red wine. I love wine. And photography, and reading and the Adirondacks and kayaking.

And in amongst all of that, I love Kettlebells.


Those of you who know me, know a few things about me, like the fact that I’m British, that I like to shout “Huzzah!” when I’m excited and that I met my wonderful American husband online in 2000 when everyone had AOL and meeting people online seemed a little weird. We celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary next month…(see, it can work!)

 I’ve also had a love/hate relationship with food and sometimes with my body, throughout my life.  Below is a pic of me back in 2007, five years after emigrating to the USA.  As you can see in this picture, I had come to terms with the HUMUNGOUS piles of food that American restaurants serve up to show their love for your patronage!


I’ve done Weight Watchers, counted points, I’ve weighed my food and myself, I’ve bought Slim Fast, I’ve eaten fat-free, sugar-free, taste-free, green tea…woe is me! I’ve cried on the scales. I’ve despised myself while wolfing down chocolate, chips, pizza.  Ben & Jerry’s Raspberry Fudge Chunk is frozen Greek yogurt, therefore if you eat a whole pint it’s good for you…isn’t it?  Well…not so much.

Nancy introduced me to the “Paleo” way of eating for excellent health, and has asked me to write a regular blog about my adventures in cooking and eating this way, and how it has changed my life. Having completed a couple of Whole30s and enjoying its multiple benefits, I would love to share my adventures (derailments included) with you. Completing the Whole 30 made me realize how much of the food I was eating made me feel sluggish, slow and affected my moods.  Without the “dieting” mentality, I not only feel better, but have also dropped a couple of pant sizes!


Best of all, after all these years of struggling, I am at last really enjoying food!

 In future posts, I’ll share recipes, links to helpful Paleo websites, and my successes AND challenges with cooking and with my training. My photos of food will not always be perfect, my recipes may not always come out as intended. My husband has agreed to be a guinea pig, and to be photographed enjoying, or NOT enjoying my food!

 OK – here’s what I had for breakfast after a great swinging and snatching kettlebell class at The Kettlebell Fitness Center with Nancy and some lovely people this morning. Jone’s Dairy Organic breakfast pork sausage meat with cooking greens, sweet potato and eggs. Just wanted to get you salivating!


Lastly, I will say this. If you are a food lover, you will LOVE Paleo. It’s not all about meat and grunting like a caveman while you devour said meat. It’s about variety, and whole foods, and chucking that processed food. It’s about loving real food and about listening to your body and maybe for the first time, loving your body…which I think I am, at last, beginning to.

 Thanks for reading. I hope this blog will encourage and support you on your journeys; I look forward to hearing about your adventures too!

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Snow evening….

Tuesday January 27: No 6PM Class tonight.  Drive safely if you need to, stay inside if you can!

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Thanksgiving Holiday Class Schedule

Tonight’s (Wednesday’s) classes are cancelled due to weather predictions.

But there are TWO FREE classes left this week! We’re collecting personal care items for the Bethlehem Food Pantry (toothpaste/brush, soap, shaving cream, etc.) if you’d like to donate.

Thursday, 8:00am. FREE Swing Class. That’s it – just lots of swings to start your day of feasting off right!

Friday, 8:00am. Strongman Class. Farmer carries, stones, deadlifts, prowler, and as always, swings!). If you’ve never tried this class, now is a great time to do it!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoy your family and friends and be safe wherever you are.

I’m grateful for all of you!  Nancy

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New Date for Kettlebell Strength and Fitness Challenge

Due to multiple events colliding this Fall, our October Kettlebell Strength and Fitness Challenge is being pushed back to January.  The bright side is this gives you lots of time to train for it! Stay tuned for exact date….

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October Kettlebell Strength and Fitness Challenge

Test your strength, fitness with kettlebells!

On Saturday, October 25 at 10:00am, put your strength and endurance to the test using your kettlebell skills. Choose to compete with others or simply establish your own personal best in the Super Seven kettlebell moves: deadlift, squat, overhead press, TGU, snatch (or high pull), swing and a farmer carry.

This event will be open to the public, so invite your friends and family to show them exactly what it is that you do with those “cannonballs with a handle”.

The events are as follows. You’re encouraged to participate in each one, but you may opt out of any if you choose.

1) Max Deadlift. You will have three attempts to perform one repetition of the deadlift with your choice of kettlebells or barbell. Your heaviest successful completion of the lift will be counted. Once a weight is attempted, you may not go back and attempt a lighter weight.

2) Max Military Press. You will have three attempts to perform one repetition of a Military Press. Your heaviest successful completion of the lift will be counted. Once a weight is attempted, you may not go back and attempt a lighter weight.

3) Max Goblet Squat. You will have three attempts to perform one repetition of a Goblet Squat. Your heaviest successful completion of the lift will be counted. Once a weight is attempted, you may not go back and attempt a lighter weight.

4) Max Snatch or High Pull. You will have your choice of bell to perform as many snatches or high pulls as possible for 3 minutes. You may switch hands once. You may set the bell down to rest without penalty.

5) Max Swing. You will have your choice of bell to perform as many two handed swings as possible for 3 minutes. You may set the bell down to rest without penalty.

6) Max Turkish Get Up. You will have three attempts to perform one Turkish Get Up on the side of your choice. Your heaviest successful completion of the move will be counted. Once a weight is attempted, you may not go back and attempt a lighter weight.

7) Farmer Carry. You will have three attempts to perform a farmer carry for a TBD distance. You may use either a pair of kettlebells or farmer handles. Your fastest time and the weight of the bell will be counted.

Consider this a chance to establish your current “bests” and strive to kick them up a notch or two in when we hold another event next spring.

Registration Deadline: October 14.  To register or for more information,  email

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Mothers’ Day Special!

Do you know a mom (to a human or pet), or are you a mom, or do you have a mom?  Would you or any of those women like to get strong(er) and have fun doing it?  If so, please pass this on to them!!

This year’s Mothers’ Day Special begins next Monday, May 12!

Participants will learn how to perform three basic kettlebell moves with strength and grace: the Swing, Get Up and Goblet Squat, along with additional core work.

In addition, the class will enjoy plenty of metabolic burn or “cardio” with ZERO impact on joints, except for making them stronger and more stable.

Classes will be held twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:45 – 6:45pm for four weeks, beginning Monday, May 12.

Cost: $80/8 classes.  Class size will be limited to ensure adequate personal instruction.

Current members refer a woman/mom/sister/friend and receive 10% off their next class card purchase.

I’m excited about this!  Please let me know if you have any questions.
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T Shirt Contest!

Want to win free class passes? Announcing our first ever T shirt design contest! Submit one or more designs for a new TKFC Tshirt (no X rated/snatch “jokes” please. You’re more clever than that!). Deadline for entries is Friday, April 18. Have at it and have fun!

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New time for Tues/Thurs pm class

Beginning 3/25, the Tuesday and Thursday pm classes will be held from 6:00 – 6:45pm.  Questions? Contact Mike at

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Ice be gone!!

We’re open today for all private sessions and the 9:30a kettlebell and 5:30p circuit classes.

Tomorrow’s 5:30p Happy Hour class is on too!

Hope to see you soon :)

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