Monthly Archives: January 2012

Fitness Friday: Think Before You Snack

Before you reach for that snack, pause and think about why you are reaching for food? Are you stressed? Are you upset? Are you bored? Or are you, in fact, hungry? Think before you eat. If you’re hungry and in need of an energy boost, then plan out a snack full of complex carbs and protein. For example, eat an apple with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and about 20 roasted almonds or add 1 tbsp of peanut (or any nut) butter onto the apple. You could also have a slice of whole wheat bread with turkey, tomato, avocado and mustard. These are just a couple examples of delicious, nutritious and filling food choices.

Keeping your snacks limited to 2-3 times per day, besides your regular three full meals, will ensure that you keep your calorie bank for the day monitored and within range. Or, eating 6 small snacks of 200-300 calories is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day and avoid the heaviness and sluggishness that might accompany a large meal. Be smart about it and plan ahead. Make sure you keep your fridge stocked with fresh veggies and fruit, lean meats, eggs, fresh plain yogurt, and fresh whole wheat bread. Also make sure your pantry is filled with peanut (or any nut) butters, beans, whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, and other snack options so you can be ready for your busy week.



-Tiffany Koons

2012 Washington Auto Show Is Coming Your Way!

The 2012 Washington Auto Show is coming up and we couldn’t be more excited!

The first day kicks off at noon on Friday, January 27th with over 700 makes and models on display! Ride & Drives for Toyota, Fiat, and Cadillac will be running all week from 12pm to 10pm at night. In addition, be sure to attend the Advanced Technology SuperHighway, where over 28 automotive manufacturers will present 65,000 square feet of modern innovations in automotive safety and green technology.

Of all the cars on display, there are a few that you’ve got to see.  One of which is the Volvo XC60 Plug-In Hybrid Concept, a vehicle that could deliver 270 horsepower and get as much as 100 mpg! One of the best designs from recent auto shows is the 2013 Ford Fusion, a car that has garnered long stares and has already earned an award for “Best Production Vehicle” by Eyes on Design at NAIAS in Detroit.

For enthusiasts, a must-see is the all-new 2013 Scion FR-S which was created under a partnership between Toyota and Subaru to create a domineering sports coupe. We think that they’ve done just that.

2013 Scion FR-S

There are also giveaways, contests, and much, much more. So with everything that’s going on, we hope to see you there!


Here is a list of featured manufacturers that will be on display:

For directions, schedule of events, hours of operation and media galleries click here:

Put it in Writing: Food Journals

The advice to keep a food journal or diary is not new but stands to be repeated because it’s been proven to work. Write down what you ate and when, and how you felt as you ate it. Being accountable and honest will help you in this journey to keep track of your progress and see where your weak links are. When you write things down, they click in your head. Review your journal frequently to chart your progress. Look for unhealthy patterns and continually update your goals. BE HONEST! Use your food diary/journal everyday as an essential tool for taking the weight off and keeping it off.


“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock




2013 Ford Fusion ‘WOWs’ at NAIAS

We’re barely into the new year and already 2012 is heating up for Ford Motor Company. After its debut, the 2013 Ford Fusion has won the “Eyes On Design” Award for Best Production Vehicle at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The 2013 Ford Fusion features an all-new design mixed with what’s predicted to be best-in-class Gas, Hybrid, and Plug-In efficiency and seven must-have technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Park Assist.

With such a stunning design, it’s no wonder that the 2013 Ford Fusion was the clear winner. If you haven’t seen it yet, visit our 2013 Ford Fusion photo gallery on Facebook.

Story via Eyes On Design

Announcing the Koons 2012 Biggest Loser Challenge!!

Koons is pleased to announce a company-wide effort to get fit, and get happy – the Koons 2012 Biggest Loser Employee Challenge!

One team will have a chance to win a weekend at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Resort & Spa in Cambridge, MD after thirteen weeks of sticking to a healthy diet and strict exercise regimen.

Here to help us on our way is our very own certified personal trainer, Tiffany Koons! She’ll be here every week for the 13-week challenge to blog about fitness and give us some motivational tips!

Here’s Tiffany:

Congrats, you have managed to get through the first week of a better life. The first week can often be the most challenging. What is challenged is your will power – can you get up 30 minutes early and squeeze in a jog or do a fitness DVD? Are you able to control your portions while dining out? Can you resist those homemade treats that fill your workplace? Each time you make the smart, healthier decision you will be strengthening your control and willpower. Making smart choices and wise changes will pay off big time in the long run. You will look and feel your best.

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” ~Les Brown

Be healthy, Be happy!

-Tiffany Koons