“Have I Told You Lately How Much I Love You”

I am so in love with these shoes!!! These have been the most comfortable shoes I have bought in a very very long time. I wear then without socks and sometimes I can even feel the air going through the shoe. LOVE LOVE my shoes!

Kwicky Blade-Light

Profile: An innovative light-weight running shoe featuring Blade-Light technology and stability enhancement. 8.0oz, 227.76g.

• Guideglide dual-density construction featuring Blade-Light cushioning and side drainage.

• Superfoam heel crash pad and footbed.

• Aosta II heel outsole and Duraplush forefoot outsole.

• Dynamic TPU arch support and 3D medial posting for enhanced stability.

• Seamfree technology heat welded seamless upper for total comfort.

• ion-mask™hydro-phobic technology for state of the art water resistance. (ion-mask™by P2i)

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Swim time!


It is time for me to get serious about swimming if I want to see any improvements in my triathlon. Because I am not an experienced swimmer and only began to swim last summer, I need to make an effort and dedicate more time to it. For me swimming is complicated. Technique is so complex that it is difficult to get everything right if you are not constantly practicing.

This week I will dedicate it to swimming. Practicing at least 6 days this week. I will go back to the master’s swim program where I started swimming last year. In the last couple months I have practiced on my own at the pool in the local gym. I figured it’s good to go back to class once in a while to get feedback on technique and some coaching. I have also scheduled a one hour private class with a triathlon coach to get individualized attention. Hopefully this week will help me understand how I need to improve and what areas I need to focus on in order to have a better stroke.

Never give up! No matter what you are doing or however difficult it may be, reach out and get help. Whether its researching online, talking to peers or getting professional help. At the end you will be so proud of your accomplishments. Believe me this swimming business is just as mental as it is physical for me. =)

Road ID

I just received my new Road ID bracelet. Living in Miami we all know how unfriendly (to say the least) drivers can be. Specially when I’m out on the bike I can’t help but to feel nervous every time a car gets too close. Safety first!!! So I decided to get my bracelet with important emergency contact information just in case something were to happen. I will wear my ID when on the bike or any long run I may be doing by myself.

Always be aware of your surroundings and never trust that the other person behind the wheel knows you are there!

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Got nuts??

Another favorite snack are healthy nuts. I always have some in my drawer at work and at home for when I need a “no-prep” snack. I like to buy them without salt and as natural as they come. These are my favorite ones. I even have a Ziploc bag in my purse for emergencies. 😉

These are rich in Omega 3s, good fat and protein. Nothing wrong with going a little nutty sometimes!

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Greek yogurt

There are so many choices when it comes to Greek yogurt. This is my recent find and one of the tastiest I have tried. They are marketed for kids but the banana honey is my favorite. When you are short on time and need a healthy snack, Greek yogurt is great. It is higher in protein than regular yogurt and lower in carbs. Be careful with the fruity ones as they have syrup and other artificial fruit preserves that are very high in sugar.

Have a great Monday!

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Got Milk?

Since milk does the body good I make sure to have my daily dose. I have gotten in the habit of buying organic milk only because I’m the only one that drinks it at home and it lasts a lot longer than regular milk. I looooove this milk. I usually have it at night in my after workout protein shake.

The chocolate milk is my favorite and because of that I only buy it from time to time. As sometimes it can be difficult for me to just have an 8oz glass. Normally I drink the chocolate milk after a cardio session. It would just be like drinking a sports drink. So instead of having some Gatorade you grab some chocolate milk. When we do mostly running at boot camp I make my protein shake with 4oz of chocolate milk instead of regular to change things up.

The almond milk I just tried recently. It’s very low in calories and carbs but also in protein. I thought to have it from time to time as part of a snack. I have to be honest, I think this is an acquired taste and I won’t be buying this milk too often. The brand I bought says that it is unsweetened and maybe there’s a significant difference in taste, but I did not like this milk by itself. I had the idea to take it in to work and have it with my coffee. That worked for me! It gives the coffee some flavor without being overpowering.

Which other one have you tried??

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Tea time!

As mentioned in my earlier post about green tea, I have been drinking more tea in substitution for coffee. At my recent trip to the grocery store I found these two other flavors of the same line as the blueberry green tea. They are amazing! My favorite one so far is the orange, passion fruit and jasmine. Has a very subtle citrus taste to it. Pick up a box and give it a try!

Have a great weekend!!

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Wheat Couscous

Here’s another simple way of making a good carb option. I rarely eat any rice but I know sometimes I do want to pair my protein with something else besides brown rice. These boxes come in handy when time is an issue. I grabbed it for those busy days. Well, not bad at all. Even my husband who was not sure about at first said it wasn’t bad at all. It was super easy and quick to cook, just follow the instructions on the box. I always like to omit any butter or oil if directions ask for it. You can also try adding chopped broccoli or any other vegetable of your choice.

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Turkey Chili- a Jungle Fitness recipe

This recipe is from Jungle Fitness’ blog and it looked so good I couldn’t wait to give it a try. It’s a great option that can be eaten alone or with your favorite side. For example: Brown rice, wheat tortilla, quinoa or wheat couscous as picture below.

Ingredients:

1 pack of Turkey picadillo already cooked
1 whole red onion
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1 crushed garlic
2 cans of diced tomatoes
Tbs Chili powder
2 pinches of coarse salt

Put garlic, 1/2 onion, green pepper, red pepper in pan simmer for about 3-5 min medium heat. Add turkey and tomatoes cook for about 30 to 40 mins.

Garnish with sour cream, onion, cheese, chives.

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Soup it up!

A couple of weeks ago I was inspired by Jungle Fitness’ blog to make veggie soups in order to keep the veggie intake but with some variation. I made broccoli and pumpkin soups. They were both delicious and very easy to make.

Because soups can be tricky in the sense that if you are not careful any soup can become very fattening defeating the purpose. So I saw my aunt make a very healthy pumpkin soup and by following her steps I realized you can do this with any vegetable of your choice.

All you need is some skim milk, a tiny bit of butter and a pinch of salt. Cook the vegetables by placing them on boiling water for 15 minutes or so, until they become tender. Then, place them in the blender and add milk. Blend until smooth. Add milk according to the consistency you desire with the amount of veggies you have. After that, place them back on the stove with a tablespoon of butter. I like to use the Smart Balance low sodium butter and add a pinch or two of salt. Cook for just a few minutes until soup is creamy. If making broccoli soup, I did add a handful of 2% shredded cheddar cheese. You’re done! Enjoy!

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