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Shoe Review: New Balance Minimus

August 29th, 2011 · No Comments

For the past few months, I’ve been on a shoe search for the perfect CrossFit shoe. Most of my friends utilize the Inov-8’s, converse or some other random running shoe, however, most of my friends agree that none are completely perfect. In any given workout, we could be lifting heavy weight off the floor {Deadlifts} or Box Jumping or Sprinting or even lifting heavy weight that requires some precise foot movements such as squat cleans. In a perfect world, I’d wear only my Olympic lifting shoes for anything that requires heavy lifting, racing flats for sprint workouts and a good cross trainer for everything in between. And, the hunt continues…

So, I have a true story to share with you. I’ve always been a New Balance fan, so recently, I wrote to New Balance using their standard customer service form and asked them if they had a CrossFit shoe! This began a very helpful and intelligent string of emails with customer service and how they do have a new shoe called the Minimus that they are marketing for CrossFitters! Then, just two days later, I received an email from New Balance’s PR representative telling me about the new Minimus and would I like to try them for purposes of review on my blog!! It was my lucky day!

The New Balance Minimus is designed for cross training with or without socks. They are a very lightweight, flat soled shoe that has a really cute pink accent trim. These shoes have been designed also for the barefoot technology in a very minimal approach to running that is very popular now.

How did they work for me?

Well, they work great for box jumping, I love lifting in them, I can throw wall balls and do burpees. They are cute, lightweight and easy to wear. My one main problem with them is that I can’t run in them. They are simply too flat. This is not the fault of New Balance, it’s mine. I haven’t yet learned how to run using more of a barefoot style running – meaning less heel strike and more on the balls of the feet. When I run in these shoes, even for a short distance, I feel like I need more support in the soles. But, for everything else that I do in CrossFit, they work great- even pushing heavy sleds!

Would I recommend them?

Heck yes! They are a great all around good cross training shoe that is reasonably priced, easy to obtain, and of high quality.

How many of you have had good experiences with New Balance?!

FTC- New Balance provided me with these shoes and the above opinion is my own.

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Tags: Product Reviews · Shoes

‘Twas the Night Before

August 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

……..Back to Work Week, People!!

Yes, it’s true I’ve had two and a half months off, oh yeah, baby, being a teacher does have it’s benefits, although 12.5 hours with my two boys has been one heck of a ride!! We’ve been to the beach, the mountains, the air museum (twice), watched lots of movies and had generally good times when just hanging at home. They’ve learned that they can really dive into their cars game and it can literally last all day. Or legos, or trains, or whatever….as long as everyone is getting along, I’m happy.

Going into this week, I’ve had goals to you know, clean rooms, drop off donations, plant a another vegetable garden, cook lots and be rested. Well, let’s just check off two of those things, and hope for the best! My biggest fears are going back to work and having nothing healthy to eat for myself, my husband or my kids–wierd way my brain works, I know. So, today, you get to have a peek at my fridge, because I’m proud to say we are ready for the week!!

Pictured in fridge is 1 doz. hard boiled eggs, 2 large containers of roasted sausage and peppers to be eaten for breakfast and lunch, sliced strawberries, cooked beets, carrots, grilled chicken breasts and a butternut squash sauce to be served with sausage later in the week! Yes, we are good to go!

Now, please pray for a calm and successful return to work and that everyone adjusts easily.

Happy Monday!

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Tags: Cooking/Recipes · Nutrition · Questions for Readers · Things that motivate me

Don’t Drink Your Calories!

July 11th, 2011 · 4 Comments

The idea for this post came from Women’s Health Magazine in an article called “Pimp Your Smoothie”. So the premise of the article is to drink smoothies under 300 calories for a slimmer body…Humm…300 calories doesn’t sound like much, but, it would depend on what else you ate that day.  A smoothie from any of the major chain restaurants can have a boat load of carbohydrates in them!  They seriously have enough carbs in them for the equivalent of a healthy meal minus the protein.

From the article, here is one of  the recipes:

Awesome Almond
Blend 1 small frozen banana, sliced; 3/4 cup kale, lightly packed, stems removed; 3/4 cup almond milk; 3/4 Tbsp almond butter; and 1/8 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger.

Serves 1. 233 cal, 8 g fat (<1 g sat), 37 g carbs, 134 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 6 g protein

So, let me just say that I’m all for smoothies, especially post workout smoothies, but, in my humble opinion, these recipes that call for 37 grams of carbs or more are WAY TOO HIGH IN CARBS.  My opinion is based on what is prescribed for the zone diet, which would be 27 grams of carbs in one meal along with 21 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat {For a woman on a 3 block meal plan}.   And, by comparison, a cola soda has 39 grams of carbs, no fats or proteins!

My version of the post-workout smoothie is water, ice, strawberries and bananas with one scoop of protein powder.

If you’re going to make that smoothie be a meal, then great.  Eat some chicken with it.

Just my two cents! Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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Tags: Nutrition · Questions for Readers · Zone Diet

Grilled Peaches

July 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Ever tried grilled peaches?! They are delicious. What about grilled pineapple or grapes? It certainly changes your view on what can be put on the grill! It seems as if I now have a bit of a farm in my back yard and eating all the fruits from the trees has been a challenge. Which is the reason for me grilling the peaches. We can eat 4-6 peaches a meal if I grill them. Now, about plums?! Haven’t tried, but, I have a ton!!

What is the weirdest thing you’ve grilled before?

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The Colossal Food Effort

July 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

The following is probably going to end up being a note to myself.

This past week, we were in San Diego for a “getaway” with the kids. I’m calling it a getaway and not a vacation because to me a vacation implies –REST and RELAXATION. With kids in tow, nights in hotel rooms are not vacations. Everybody has to share the space, the TV, the light, when to go to bed and when to wake up….In addition, you have to eat three meals a day where ever you are. On top of that, we have food requirements….such as eating lean meats, eggs, veggies, fruits and nuts for all our meals.

Now, here’s where I get a little freakish about my food. There was not fridge or microwave in our room so that left me wondering…”what will we do for food??” Not to mention my cheapness… First morning I spent an hour searching for a grocery store so I could buy sandwich meats, pre-cut fruits and nuts plus cereal and milk for the kids.

When we could have all just gotten dressed and head towards the nearest Coco’s or Denny’s and had omelets and the kids could have had pancakes for the same money and time I spent hunting for a grocery store!

At lunch, the same thing occurs, I need/want to eat clean food and I go out hunting for food to take back for the family! Not knowing the area nor fast food eateries that would offer healthy fare, it took me WAY longer than it should have. Luckily, I found, Corner Bakery Shop that had plenty of healthy food choices for both lunch and breakfast!!

Bottom line is that I was way too INflexible when it came to dining options and spent too much time and energy looking for healthy food options when they were right in front of my nose. Also, since it is vacation, I could have also tried to revert back to a Zone type diet for the few days we were gone for a bit more flexibility as there would be times and hours when I just wouldn’t eat because I didn’t want to eat crap food and was being cheap (not a good choice for me, but?!!)

Healthy food options are always available!
Roasted Chicken
Raw veggies or pre-cut fruits
Half of Sandwiches
Smoothies (?!)
Salads (without cheese or croutons)

Live and learn right?!

How do you keep it clean while on vacation?

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Tags: Cooking/Recipes · Nutrition · Questions for Readers · Zone Diet

45 Days on the Paleo Diet

May 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

We, hubby and I, have been following a fairly rigid paleo diet for the last six months now. For the first few months of it, I referenced Robb Wolff, author of the Paleo Solution, as the source for most of my food choices. For the last two months, we’ve eliminated a few more items from his list, just to see how’d it go. The items we eliminated were all dried fruit, chocolate, maple syrup and cashews. Prior to these 45 days, I very likely ate more than my share of those choice items, and for the last 45 days, I have not had any except for chocolate– which I saved for one cheat meal per week.

In a nut shell paleo is eating like the caveman! What you can grow or pick yourself, is probably considered paleo. What you can buy in the farmer’s market is the best place to start.

What paleo is: Nuts, Seeds, Fruits, Vegetables, Lean Meats, Seafood
What it isn’t: Dairy, Sugar, Grains, Legumes,

We added: Coffee and wine on occasion

What we can offer as a testimony for following a paleo diet is the following:
Both of us have had huge PR’s in our workouts–either in strength or by decreasing our times for named workouts.
We feel and look better and leaner.
It’s likely that my quads are bigger…not that is a good thing, it simply is.
I’ve had a tough time eating enough on my work days as I teach in three hour blocks.
You can eat out at nice restaurants easily, although, we really haven’t done that too much.

Books to Read/Websites to Check:
The Primal Blueprint
Everyday Paleo
Rob Wolff
Loren Cordain

Final Thoughts:
We will continue to follow this style of diet forever. We will bring in non-favorite paleo foods on cheat meal days or special occasions, but, for the most part, but, I’ve learned how to manage a household and our food choices with this style of diet. Slowly, but, surely, I will bring my kids on board!

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Tags: Nutrition · Things that motivate me · Zone Diet

Kid-Friendly Ratatouille!

May 11th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Recipe inspired by this recipe…but, of course, I never really follow the instructions!! However, it was delicious and satisfying none the less, works great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! I also love that it makes a huge pot with plenty of leftovers.

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Lessons on Food?!!

May 7th, 2011 · No Comments

is now published on Breathe Magazine!

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Tags: Nutrition

New Kid Friendly Recipe: Butternut Coconut Curry Soup

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

If you knew how I really function in the kitchen, you’d probably never want to eat here! I rarely follow recipes, I never measure anything, I cook all the food before I wash the dishes, and I feed my kids everything I cook. They do not get special dishes prepared just for them! And, on most nights, it’s the same old boring stuff: Chicken and Veggies, Fish and Veggies, or Sausage and Veggies. Tonight, I had 2 Butternuts and lots of veggies but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to put it together, so, I simply entered butternut and coconut milk in the search engine and this is what turned up first. Of course, I didn’t really follow this recipe!!

Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry

Makes 6 servings. Recipe from Epicurious.

1 tablespoon olive oil coconut oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions. I added celery and peppers
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces (about 4 1/2 cups)
1 cup canned vegetable chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño Anaheim chili
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup canned light unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Thai red curry paste
12 ounces dried futonaga udon noodles (oriental-style spaghetti) or linguine (this dish also goes beautifully with jasmine rice in place of noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add squash; sauté 4 minutes. Add broth, jalapeño and garlic; bring to boil. Cover; cook until squash is almost tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, lime juice and curry paste. Simmer uncovered until squash is tender and liquid is slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

Meanwhile, cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain noodles. Return to pot. Add squash mixture and cilantro to noodles; toss to blend. Serve.

Recipe taken from Love and Olive Oil.

Delicious and Kid Friendly!!

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I have this thing about chocolate…maybe not so healthy?!

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

is now published on Breathe Magazine.

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Tags: Nutrition