Happy Monday everyone! I just got back from a whirlwind weekend in Vegas-I would tell you all about it but you know what they say, “what happens in Vegas…”.
Right before I left, I had this crazy craving for pickles and I thought, “hey I could make my own pickles” and then I decided why stick with the traditional version when there are so many veggies out there waiting to be pickled?
Before we get into the recipe, I wanted to congratulate my co host, Tina, on her run at The London Marathon yesterday. Can’t wait to read and hear all about it Tina! Congrats!
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In the spring and summer, I eat a ton of salads and love to top them with loads of all kinds of veggies. I experimented with a few combos today but you can pretty much pickle any vegetable and have it turn out great. My favorites are here: Spicy carrots & jalapenos, Cauliflower & red chili pepper, zucchini and red & yellow peppers. The combos are endless. I was surprised by how easy they were to make as well. They are ready to snack on after 24 hours of soaking. I’ve been enjoying them right out the jar for a quick snack.
This past weekend I participated in the Skirt Sports 261 Fearless Virtual Race in honor of Kathrine Switzer. If you are not familiar with the story, in 1967 Kathrine entered and ran the Boston Marathon when women were barred from doing so. The race director tried to push her off of the all male race course but she wouldn’t budge. She finished the race with her bib number 261. Very fitting number-fearless indeed.
It took 5 more years for women to officially be allowed to enter Boston. She is considered a pioneer and a “fearless” hero to many female and male athletes around the world and one of the figures who helped women obtain access to the Olympic games.
The Skirt Sports 261 virtual race and clothing line (inspired by her) has become not only a tribute to Kathrine Switzer but also a way for women to unite in their freedoms to run.
The hardest part about this virtual race was picking out my outfit! I decided to take my new “Vixen” skirt out for a test run. Love! I used this virtual race to give myself a test of my own. As I am coming back from my injury, I planned to run my longest distance in a while. I’ve been very conservative in upping my distance and I am happy to say I am back over 4 miles with no foot pain. No one is more happy than I am as my Ragnar Cape Cod race is in 2 weeks. Yep I will be running 15 miles (more on that to come).
I met up with my fellow Skirt Sports Ambassador and friend, Sarah rocking her Redemption Capri. Beautiful day for a virtual!
While watching my Girls On The Run team play a game of capture the flag yesterday, I saw how some girls aggressively ran into the “enemy territory” to try to capture the flag and started to think about how “fearless” some girls are and how others hung back not wanting to “risk” being tagged. What makes some girls “fearless”, brave and bold while others are more hesitant?
Thinking back to myself at that age, I wonder how “fearless” I would have been? How “fearless” am I now?
I like to hope that some of the girls who participate in Girls on The Run programs learn the skills to help them become more self confident, stand up what they believe in and be just a little more “fearless” as they grow into women.
Have you done anything “fearless” lately? What would happen if you did?
Wow we are heading into Week 4 of the Rock Your Core Challenge already! How is everyone doing? It’s ok if you fell off the wagon a little the last few days. You can jump back in anytime. We are still going strong with new moves for this week and more prizes from Quest, Spri,Green Smoothie and Primal Sport Mud.
Here’s a reference for this week’s exercises. I love the standing oblique crunches and the weighted side dips. How about you? Love ’em or hate em?
Here’s this week’s Rafflecopter to enter to win our fabulous prizes
Happy Meatless Monday everyone! I am really excited to share this recipe with you all today. So please join Tina Muir and I to check out all of the great veggie recipes we are linking up this week. Special shout out to Tina who will be running in the London Marathon this weekend! We are all cheering for you.
You may have heard me mention that I have been participating in the Lorna Jane fit Challengefor the past 3 months. One of the aspects of the program that I love is her Nourish cookbook which has pushed to step out of my comfort zone and try new recipes and foods. I love the focus on clean eating and using minimally processed foods. I saw a recipe in Nourish for protein bars and set out to make them on my own. After realizing I was missing some of the key ingredients, I came up with my own yummy recipe.
I’ve never used butterscotch chips before but let me tell you they bring some serious yum to these bars. The best part, NO ADDED SUGAR at all. I’ve used apple sauce and the chips as the only sweetener. Double bonus these babies are packed with nuts, hemp seeds, oatmeal and protein powder. All of that goodness pretty much cancels out the chips don’t you think?
I am really a contact lens wearer and have been for the last 20 years. Sometimes at night however, or now during allergy season, my contacts get uncomfortable and itchy. When my eyes are tired at night, I will often take my lenses out and try to squint at the TV. Not good right?!
I had an outdated pair of glasses from when I was in grad school that were of no use to me. (Back then I wore glasses all the time because I thought they made me look older and smarter and more like a psychotherapist.) LOL I actually wanted to look older!
I was offered the opportunity to check out Firmoo’sonline selection of eye wear. I jumped all over that in the hopes of having a back up pair of glasses.
Firmoo aims to provide high quality, fashionable eye wear at affordable prices. Most of the styles were under $50 with many even on sale for as low as $15. Can’t beat that! Perusing their website, I found a huge selection of women’s glasses in current styles in both traditional and more trendy options. I wanted a funkier pair and set out to check out the options.
If you have a current RX for glasses, you can enter it in yourself for your order. I was due for a visit anyway, so this was perfect timing for me. My RX strength changed as well so great time to try a new pair of specs.
Firmoo has a fun way to virtually try on the glasses to see what they would look like on your face. You simply upload a photo of yourself and then place the different glasses onto your picture. Kind of cool. The website then instructs you to take a few measurements of your face. I did my best on this one but I think it would work better if someone else measured them.
So I no longer wish to look older, but I do like to see the TV at night without squinting.
My glasses arrived me in about a week after ordering and the quality of the frames is great. The ordering process was super easy and I would definitely purchase from Firmoo again.
So what do you think-Do they make me look like I run fast?
If you’d like to “See for yourself” and check out Firmooyou can get 50% off of your first order by clicking here. Can’t beat that! (Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of glasses in exchange for my review, however all opinions are my own.)
So I have some exciting news…A few months back I was flipping through Women’s Health Magazine and saw a contest “Enter to Win to become one of our 2015 Action Heroes”. I thought, “Ok sure why not!Nothing to lose.” Well fast forward a few months, I had totally forgotten I had applied, until I got the email telling me I’d been selected. What?! Really?
What’s an Action Hero anyway?
WH Action Heroes are women who are active and passionate about fitness in the their communities, motivating other women to strive to achieve their personal goals. Over the next year, I will join 50 other incredible women from all over the country to have the opportunity to review new products for Women’s Health and blog for their Action Hero site.
One of the important missions of the Action Hero program is to raise money for the Run 10k Feed 10foundation. 10k races are held across the country to raise money for hunger in America. Every registration will provide 10 meals for someone in dire need. I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to work on such an important issue and hopefully make an impact in my community. Knowing that I can take my passion for running and use it to help someone else in need is really exciting.
I will be running the Washington DC race this fall and hope that many of you will join me. More to come on the race and how you can help in the coming months.
My kids had lots of fun teasing me about this one even asking me if I was going to have some little action hero toys made up or start wearing a cape. Not a bad idea huh?
For now-I am just honored, humbled and beyond psyched to have been chosen by Women’s Health and I hope to help make a difference this coming year. I can’t wait to meet and connect with the other fabulous Action Heroes I will be teamed up with.
Happy Monday! Wow these weeks seem to be flying by for me-how about you? You may know from some of my previous posts how much I love hummus, Harissa and Mediterranean foods. I also love Falafel but the traditional preparation is not so healthy. I saw something on Food Network last week about Falafel made into waffles. What?! I had to try it. I kind of just made up this recipe based on my traditional falafel recipe and it was AMAZING!
Please join Tina Muir and I for The Meatless Monday link up. A gentle reminder to please check out some of the other blogs and recipes as well.
Not only is this Fa Waffle fabulous tasting, it is fabulously healthy. High protein, low fat, vegetarian, gluten free-you can’t go wrong. Traditionally served with pita, this version doesn’t really need the bread. I topped it with a fresh tomato, cucumber & feta salad, hummus and a Tahini Harissa sauce. Sometimes this salad is called Israeli salad, Lebanese salad or Greek salad-I am going with Peace Salad. My meat loving husband even leaned over and asked me for a bite! That’s got to count for something. Hope you give it a try. It was delish!
Happy Friday! I am taking some liberties with the “Friday Five” today and going off topic. I saw on the news this week that The FBI is reinstating “Fitness Tests” for it’s agents. Apparently, like the rest of America, it seems some of The FBI might need a little “toning up”. So…I thought it would be fun to see if I could pass the tests…
(These are based on the minimum requirements for women aged 20-29 separated by 5 min breaks ) source
1. 32 Sit ups without stopping
Check √ Piece of cake
2. 29 Push Ups without stopping
3. Run 1.5 miles in under 15:05
That’s right around a 10 minute mile so √ got that!
4. Run 300 M in less than 71 seconds
This I could do if I only had to do it once. √
5. I am sure there is some sort of background check
Lol hmm that might be the deal breaker!
The requirements drop off slightly for those over 29 yrs.
These benchmarks are nowhere those needed for SWAT teams, Navy Seals or special Ops teams
I see all the crazy, incredible things all of you do everyday-maybe the FBI needs to expand their recruiting. I am thinking, hey maybe I should apply because I really think the FBI might need a few fit, suburban moms in their mid 40’s. What do you think? With me?
Think you can pass the test? What other fitness bench marks should they add?
Ah Spring is finally in the air! I know lots of folks like to make big changes in their eating and exercise programs around New Year’s but I’ve always been more of a “Spring Cleaner”. Springtime makes me feel like I want to throw off the sweats and start eating more fruits and veggies. It’s a time of newness and possibility. I especially feel like that this year perhaps due to the fact that I wasn’t able to run much this past winter and finally I am starting to “spring” back out.
Not only do I want to run and bike outside, leaving the treadmill and spin class behind, I also look at making small tweaks to my overall diet. This past year, I’ve really cut out most processed foods and drinks and relied on cooking much more of my own food. I am working to find balance for myself and my family. So, when I was offered the opportunity to try out the new sports drink, PhenOh 7.4, I was intrigued.
PhenOh 7.4 (pronounced Fee-No) is the first Alkaline sports drink to hit the market with a PH of 7.4. Most other sports drinks are very acidic in nature and can be very hard on the digestive system.PhenOh is designed to match the body’s natural PH level.
PhenOh 7.4 has 7 ingredients-that’s it. Paleo “friendly”, using Agave Nectar as the only sweetener, PhenOh remains low on the Glycemic Index. Aloe Vera is one the main ingredients giving the drink it’s yellow color and mild smell. Aloe Vera is naturally packed with amino acids to aid in muscle repair. Potassium, Magnesium and Vitamin C are added to help the body maintain balance. No corn syrup, cane sugar or artificial sweetener or color. It has 30 calories for an 8 oz serving.
After my sweaty spin class followed by an hour swim, I was ready to put PhenOh to the test. I was craving something cold and fruity and decided to blend it up with some frozen pineapple to give me a little more calories. Win! What a great combination! Fresh fruits and veggies are a big part of my diet and recovery so it seems natural for me to combine them with PhenOh 7.4.
If you are looking to ” Spring Clean” your recovery drink, givePhenOha try. I think you will be surprised by the light, clean taste with a hint of Aloe Vera. With no artificial sweeteners, PhenOh did not upset my stomach or give me a “sugar rush” feeling that some of the other drinks do. A 12 pack of 16.9 oz packs sells for $28. For more information on the science behind PhenOh 7.4, please visit their website.
(Disclaimer-I was provided a sample of PhenOh through my association with Sweat Pink however all opinions, as always, are my own.)