I drove to Ohio last week to see my extended family for Thanksgiving and I hadn’t spent time with most of them in 15 years. I’m grateful I took the trip. I collected a few new recipe ideas from the incredible feast Aunt Ruth Anne prepared. Did you know slow cookers are awesome for preparing desserts?
The delectable smell of three kinds of chocolate melting makes it tricky to wait patiently while these treats cook 2 1/2 hours. Fortunately I had a long run scheduled which forced me out of the house. Knowing I’d come home to triple chocolate covered peanut clusters made it slightly easier to get through today’s training. These are simple and make a ton of peanut clusters. They turned out awesome.
2 1/2 jars 16 oz roasted salted peanuts
18 oz chocolate bark squares cut in half
1 bag (12 oz) dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bar (3.5 oz) german chocolate bar
optional: a few dashes of sea salt
Combine ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Do not remove lid or stir while cooking.
Find something to occupy your time or kick your butt for 2 1/2 hours so you don’t sample or mess with the goods.
Remove lid and stir.
Drop heaping spoonfuls onto wax paper or into cupcake wrappers placed in muffin tins. Let stand at least 2 hours or until firm.
Store in an airtight container or pack them in a cute holiday tin. Take them to holiday parties. I’m off to Amy’s party now and hope they have milk there!
Traveling gets hectic tonight. If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving through DFW airport, remain calm on your layover and roll out a mat at the DFW Airport Yoga Studio. Dallas Fort Worth is the 4th busiest airport in the world and offers a yoga studio near Gate D40 in the hallway connecting Terminals B and D. No need to worry about bringing your own mat as the studio which is located behind a privacy screen is fully equipped with yoga mats, equipment, sanitizer. Oh, and classes are FREE! Apparently there’s also a yoga studio in the BTV Burlington International Airport.
This is great news. We don’t have to pull Madonna’s yoga moveson an airplane now.Next time I’m traveling with an international connection I’ll definitely be trying to route through DFW. Namaste.
Quinoa stuffing! This looks more like a nutritious loaded salad to me but either way it looks amazing! I won’t be around to cook for Thanksgiving but I’ll definitely be making it when I get back from traveling next week!
Free giveaway time! I’m pretty excited to share my favorite energy and focus drink with 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Yesterday I blogged about staying productive and on track with goals during the holidays. That gets tricky when we overload ourselves with commitments throughout the season. If the chaos of the holidays runs you down, you find yourself lacking energy, or you’re looking to ditch that coffee habit, you’ve got to try SPARK. It’s first thing I drink nearly every morning and before every high cardio workout.Fruit punch is my absolute favorite. I’ve been drinking it for two years. I follow intense workouts with Rehydrate. I love this stuff.
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Who would have thought the day would come where it would be recommended that I increase my calories, sodium and carbohydrate intake? Increasing carbs is seriously one of the highlights of triathlon training 14-18 hours a week forIronman.(yay salt bagels!) What does this have to do with tonight’s dinner? Bacon…ahhhhhh delicious bacon loaded with grease and sodium.
Tonight’s dinner was easy, delicious and filling. If I had thought there would be requests for the recipe on Facebook I would have taken a nicer picture before devouring my brussells. I recommend serving it as a side dish but I just ate a big bowl of it as my evening meal. The hint of bacon with maple and balsamic is scrumptious. Vegetarian yogis, just remove the bacon and these brussells are still delicious with the maple-balsamic reduction. And no, they’re not burned. It’s the balsamic.
1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
3 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 TBSP pure maple syrup (not maple pancake syrup!)
In a large pan over medium heat, cook the bacon in balsamic vinegar and maple approximately 3 minutes. Add brussells sprouts and saute about 10 minutes or until cooked the way you like them. Easy.
It’s Monday! Sweet. Every day is a new opportunity. Put yesterday’s struggles behind or build on yesterday’s success. It may be a holiday week but let’s not use this as a reason to make excuses. As the holidays roll around again, this is often the time of year where people start slacking with their fitness, career, and personal goals. People get so busy and it seems like so many create unnecessary chaos during a time where we’re supposed to be grateful while celebrating with friends and family. It’s a time filled with temptations of all kinds of special holiday treats and reasons to get lazy that we don’t see the rest of the year. It’s really easy to use it as an excuse. And maybe that’s what you’ll choose. However, if you’d like to establish some sort of balance throughout the holidays, read on.
Deciding that you’re not going to let the holidays destroy all your goals and hard work is a good start. But you need a plan. It is possible to remain productive with work and stay on track with your personal goals. I’ve already seen a bunch of excuses posted on Facebook of why people won’t make it to the gym this entire week and how they won’t be able to avoid setbacks. How is it possible to miss an entire week of scheduled workouts when it’s just a one (maybe two) day holiday? Plan to succeed rather than sabotage your goals.
I am choosing to approach the holiday season like I do with any of my goals: with absolute commitment, focus, and knowing that the alternatives are not productive to me. I’ll be driving 16 hours over this Thanksgiving week so what will keep me sustained while on the go? Once again, planning. I’ll simply need to shift my schedule and plan in advance. Earth shattering info? No. Do I have to stick to it? Yes. Is it possible I’ll get lazy and not want to do it? Maybe. Will I feel horrible if I get off track one day? No, but I’ll remember the importance of my goals and won’t use getting off track one day as a reason to destroy my goals over the holidays. I will enjoy time to celebrate accomplishments and express gratitude while continuing to pursue my goals over the holidays.
Everyone knows that Adam Levineis my favorite hot yogi rockstar and he has been for years. I still have a pretty cool secret I’ve waited to share about him. I actually won something pretty incredible from Adam this year but I’ll save that for another time. I also dream of teaching or practicing yoga with him. Now onto the big news…
I’m beyond thrilled that tonight Adam has been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive!Adam Levine credits his sexy bodyand strength to yoga and spinning. I knew without a doubt that Adam would be named the Sexiest Man Alive but he’s far more than that. Adam’s drive, passion, talent, and business success amazes me. I think he is the most impressive and inspirational rockstar ever. In response to his new title this evening he says ”This is just a really interesting time where everything seems to be heading in a certain direction,” he adds. “And I’m not taking any of it for granted.”
4:15am wakeup call. Bagel and half banana. Race # 12021…a palindrome and a pretty significant number. 12.21 has a lot of meaning to me. We’ll save that story for another time.
5:00am First good luck text from Lawrence. Texts from Coach Todd, Alain and Kim. The support was much appreciated.
As the year almost comes to an end I look back at one of my 2013 goals feeling happy that I kept the commitment and appreciate the progress I’ve experienced throughout the year. I began running 9 months ago and hated it. To some degree I still dislike running although I push myself through the challenge because I continue to see progress and personal transformation.
I ran the Philadelphia Half Marathonyesterdaymaking it my second half marathon and fourth race this year. Running a half marathon is exhilarating and rewarding although there are moments where you ask yourself “Why am I doing this again?” Once you’re able to recall your reasons you quickly realize that all of the training leading up to the event is worth it. There’s no way to describe the feeling of running an endurance race and that amazing “race high” feeling. Think endorphins, adrenaline, a completely natural surge of energy and that feeling of accomplishing a challenging goal. When I cross that finish line there’s a distinct feeling rushing through my mind and body.
If you’re considering signing up for any type of race and are healthy and capable of doing it my only advice is start training now. Put one foot in front of the other and go for it. At times you may be physically exhausted (in a good way) but you will almost always catch a second wind. Once you cross your first finish line I am almost certain you will want to do it all over again.
Onto the race. High 50s/low 60s. Just enough sun peaking through the clouds. Perfect race weather.
Mile 1 I always do it. I take off too fast with excitement and this time caught myself quickly. I had my first cramp below my right ribs before hitting the first mile. I asked myself over and over if it was discomfort or pain because I certainly didn’t want to stop as the race just began. Relief. It was gone by the time I crossed the first mile. Let the race continue…
Mile 4. At mile 4 I was running behind an Ironman. I felt great.Total excitement and energy surge. By mile 5 he was out of site. I laughed thinking that in just over 4 months I’ll have the opportunity to become an Ironman. Almost unreal and hard to comprehend. Song #3 on my playlist was now on repeat. It’s the second song from one of my favorite Ironman videos.
Mile 6.5 This spectator sign made me laugh while running the 6th mile. While I was running I posted this to my personal facebook along with how I was feeling in that moment. ”Half way. If this were #ironman just 134 miles to go. Having a WTF moment but know this pain is only weakness leaving my body.” Today it made the Be Well Philly 13 Best Spectator Photos at the Philadelphia Marathon.
Mile 7. I sucked down a mocha Clif shotat mile 7, a perfect time to experiment with nutrition while racing and essential for competing in Ironman. I felt another surge of energy shortly after the gel. Is it in the mind or did it really do it’s job? There was a water station just ahead. I took advantage of learning how to run without stopping through every water or Gatorade station while quickly sipping a cup handed to me by volunteers. Thank you so much, volunteers.
Mile 8. Oh no!! There’s hills. I’ve never run hills in my training. Three of them in this race but you know what? I didn’t like running uphill but it wasn’t so bad. Loved running downhill.
Mile 9. In my first half marathon things got tough herebut this time I was still going strong! I’m not hurting and I realized I hadn’t stopped yet. I knew at this point I was going to run the entire race without stopping. Soon I passed the Mullica Hill Tri Club spectators and remembered what inspired all of this running in the first place…triathlons. Just before mile 10 there was a station with Clif shot gels. I picked up a Citrus one which I’ll use in training tomorrow.
Mile 12. Almost home. YES! I hit Song #1 on my iPhone which is a song from another favorite Ironman video. It sends shivers down my spine. It’s beautiful and reminds me how amazing our minds and bodies work together. This song brought me across the finish line. I remember feeling a huge smile on my face that entire last mile. It was my first race where the last mile didn’t feel like it was never going to end. I felt happy and dreamed of crossing another finish line that entire last mile.
Mile 13.1 I finished without stopping 20 minutes and 42 seconds faster than my first half marathon. It amazes me what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it. At this time last year I was just considering what it would be like to race. One year later and I’ve finished my fourth race feeling mental and physical progress with each one.
Post-race I woke up this morning actually feeling great! I was slightly sore and 24 hours post-race it felt incredible to practice 90 minutes of Vinyasa yoga at Dhyana Yoga with Dereck. After class I ate a light breakfast and made it through 60 minutes of cycling class. Sitting down and standing up have been a reminder of my sore thighs but it’s nothing painful. It’s that “good hurt.” Thank you to all staff, volunteers and spectators who made this an amazing race experience. You all made a difference and motivated me to keep going. Thank you to everyone who supports Yoga Peach and encourages me to keep going. What an amazing experience I’ve had with my first year of racing. I can’t believe what’s next. Deep breath in…..exhale…..
Did I ever mention that Yoga Peach was influenced by the band One Direction and that I started my blog while listening to one their best songs? It looks like singer Harry Styles recently took up yoga.Apparently he’s had a bad back and doctors advised him to take up ballet!
“I have a bad back,” explained Styles. “I went to the osteopath and he told me that I should start ballet.” Harry didn’t seem to appreciate the idea of becoming a ballerina. ”I didn’t [do ballet], I started doing yoga instead.”
Hey Harry, I owe the band a private yoga class! Thank you all for inspiring me to start yogapeach.