Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chia Colada

I hope everyone got through April Fool’s with as few pranks pulled on them as possible! Thankfully, I didn’t get pranked once…whew! As a kid, I had this plastic ice cube with a fly in it, every year I’d sneak it in someone’s glass at the dinner table and they’d always act surprised. I thought it was such a good prank!

Monday’s workout was a long swim – I am not certain about my distance but I do know that I swam for almost 30 minutes. Yesterday’s workout was a 9 mile bike ride followed immediately by a 1 mile run. I’m looking forward to a rest day today and getting back to the workouts tomorrow. I am really enjoying this tri training!!

With the warmer weather and my crazy hunger in the mornings, all I’ve been wanting are smoothies for breakfast. Here’s this morning’s Chia Colada recipe:

·         1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

·         1 Tbsp Dried, Shredded Coconut

·         1 Cup Frozen Fruit

·         1 Cup Coconut Milk

 Blend, sip and pretend you are on a tropical island.

For tonight’s dinner, I threw some ingredients in a crockpot and am hoping it turns out well enough to share here.

Every so often I decide I want to use self-tanner lotion. I apply it as best I can and the next day I have those horrible streaks and I promise that I’ll never use it again. I put the bottle in a different cabinet and weeks later when I find it, I decide to give it another (unsuccessful) try. Currently, I’m rocking some amazing tan streaks on my feet and arm. Will I ever learn? Probably not.

What beauty trend do you keep trying despite awful results? Any recommendations for my inability to self-tan?

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Broccoli for Breakfast

Happy Tuesday!

Last night's work out was a 1000m swim. I was having one of those days where I was doubting my ability to do well in my upcoming tri and was thinking about pulling out of the race. Thankfully, I completed this workout and it completely knocked out all of my negativity. I'll be competing and that is that!

This morning I woke up so hungry and knew that a shake would be the fastest path to eating. Here is today's shake:

* 1 Cup Frozen Berries (still using and loving the antioxidant blend)
* 1 Cup of Broccoli (maybe a little strange but I love it in my a.m. shake!!)
* 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
* 1 Cup of Almond/Coconut Milk

Blend and enjoy :)

I'm looking forward to another tri workout this afternoon followed by a little grilling tonight.

Hope your week is shaping up nicely!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oat & Dairy Free B.Fast

Now that I know I have dairy and oat intolerances, I’m amazed at how many products, particularly breakfast related, have those items in their ingredient list. After being sick of hard boiled eggs and the same cereals, I’ve been forced to get creative. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

v  Toast with almond butter and raspberry preserves

v  Scrambled eggs with broccoli, salsa and any other veggies that are about to expire

v  Brown rice flour pancakes – I need to work on this recipe a bit more before I post it

v  Shakes – I had written these off because I didn’t want to buy the expensive lactose free protein powder but I’ve been making them without and they’re my favorite quick breakfast. I love that they’re filling and give me energy to make it through the day. Thanks to Maddie for the suggestion!!

Here’s today’s shake recipe:

1 Cup Spinach*
1 Cup Frozen Fruit (I love the Antioxidant blends that include berries and cherries)
1 Tbsp Almond Butter
1-1   ½ Cups of Almond/Coconut Milk  (my favvvvv)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend away! Serve in an awesome glass.


*I bought a bundle of spinach, blended it with a little water and froze in an ice cube tray. I like having spinach on hand for these shakes and other recipes as well as not having to let leftover spinach go to waste. I do not recommend doing as I did and pouring it in the same ice cube tray as your frozen cilantro…the two look awfully similar but cilantro breakfasts shakes are not nearly as delicious.

Happy Thursday!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Workouts & Water

Monday’s workout was a 2 mile run. Tuesday’s swim workout was nonexistent thanks to an event going on at the pool. I did use that time to browse Costco, that counts right?

Today’s work out will most definitely be held indoors, it is so windy and dusty today. Super nasty.

In other news, I’ve decided to ease up on my caffeine reduction.  For as long as I can remember I’ve been a heavy coffee drinker, I’ve been known to drink an entire large pot on my own. I love it. A few months ago I decided to take my daily 5-6 cups down to 1 cup and am now excited to welcome back 2-3 cups a day. I’m sure the rest of the world will be happy to know this change is coming, I’m certain I’ve been unpleasant without my coffee.

As I’ve mentioned here before, I struggle to drink enough water every day. My sister recently shared with me a great idea for drinking water.

 

Simply cut up fruit, add to a jar and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The jar keeps the fruit fresh and easy to transport. I typically add lemon, lime or cucumber to water but the idea of trying other fruits such as orange and pineapple is great!! I like to keep a couple of these jarred waters in my fridge at all times so I can grab it before I head out for a day of errands or while I’m watching TV. Easy, inexpensive and tasty.  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Big News & A Redo

My complete return to the tri training schedule did not go as planned.  This move has turned out to be more than I anticipated so training took a backseat again. I did manage to squeeze in this TRX workout, a 2 mile run and a lot more cleaning, lifting of heavy boxes and gardening. It counts, right?  

Overall this move was exciting and my favorite one! Six months into our relationship, Jason and I decided that after we got married we’d want to live permanently in my hometown of El Paso, TX. July 2012 we started to put our plan into motion, July 2013 Jay took a job in Texas (leaving me and the pooch in Albuquerque) and November 2013 I was able to relocate too. This month we were able to move into a place with a little more space and plan on staying here for a while!!

In preparation for this move, we had to get rid of a lot of things, declutter (this mostly affected me...) and put a lot of things in storage. Including most of our wedding gifts! Now that we have space and are settled into a place we’ll be at for a while, we’ve been able to pull everything out of storage  (oh how I missed having more than 3 pairs of shoes!). We’ve already held our first carne asada (bbq!) and it was so much fun to host in our home. Considering that we lived apart for 4 of our first 12 months of marriage, it feels like we're settling into our home life for the first time. I’m calling it the honeymoon/newlywed phase re-do! This is a phase that I looked forward to and am happy to finally fully experience.

Aside from not having to unpack, I am looking forward to a week full of running, biking and swimming!

What are you looking forward to this week?