Wednesday, June 26, 2013

my first love.

I could go on and on about how running is my first real love. Actually, I might have gotten a little nostalgic with you before with I wrote this post.

Lately, I have needed more flexibility in my workouts.  It's steaming hot in Florida this time of year and I have never really been one for the double jogging kids are pretty wiggly.  It's hard to coordinate a morning run when you have to PUNCH IN at work at 6:50.  And evening runs...well they always seem to lose when paired up against nighttime stories and snuggles.

It was a good excuse for a while.

But I needed to take action.  I wasn't getting the results I wanted (even after 2 half marathons, 2 10K's and a 10 miler race) and my excuses were growing leaps and bounds.  That is what got me into the whole BeachBody mix initially...the flexibility to workout at home on MY time and something I could do while the kids were asleep (and something that can be done in the AC!)

But.... this post is about running!  I ran a mile for the first time this week since February.  8:18.   A far cry from my high school days of running 6:14's, but it is HUGE progress from where I was just this past winter.  I love running because how your ability is a direct result on how well TRAINED you are.  And running I understand.  The numbers and goals are ingrained in me.  I understand what an 8:18 means.   (By the way, it means next time I need to run FASTER).

I was happy to return to my love.  In a sick way I missed the scorching sun and burning in the back of my throat.    I will run another timed mile next week and research a new race to start training for this winter.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tropical Chicken Salad

This one tastes JUST like summer.  On a beach.  Sitting on a dock.  Drink with fancy umbrella required.

The Cast:
Green Onions
Red Bell Pepper
Cabbage (WHAT?  I promise this will end well.)
1 pound chicken
Season salt
Sweet Balsamic Dressing

1.  Chop up some green onion (about half of the little bushel you buy at the grocery store), one red bell pepper, one mango (how do you cut a mango, anyways?), pineapple chunks, cilantro to taste, and cabbage.

(Notice my incredibly exact measurements.  This is really a TO TASTE kind of recipe.  No need for exactness.)

Just chop 'em on up, and mix 'em up!

Now, when I made this lil diddy I was exhausted from chopping by this point, and pretty proud of myself for even getting started on the NEXT night's dinner to begin with- so I wrapped this baby up and put it in the fridge overnight.  The point is- you can make ahead!

2.  The next day, when I had regained my energy and gusto, and the family was demanding food, I came back to this little mix.  At this point all that was needed was the chicken.  I stuck my thin-cut chicken breast in some water to boil for about 12 minutes.  And then I waited.

There really is something to be said about a picture of boiling chicken.  I'm not sure what that is- but, here you have it.

3. After the 12 minutes had come and gone, I drained the water and shredded my chicken right there in the pot with two forks.  I added just a little seasoned salt and about a tablespoon and a half of sweet balsamic.  I stirred that baby up until the chicken had a very light coating.

4.  Put the chicken in the tropical salad, stir & serve.

This was light, yummy and perfect for summer.


check and check

I am really one of those people who cannot get by without my to-do list every season, week or day.  And although embarrassing to admit I have been one to add completed tasks to my list just for the joy of crossing them off.  This is probably why I still like to carry around a hard-copy planner in my purse in a very awesome "its 2001" kind of way.

SO, what's on my list THIS summer?  I am normally a very specific kind of goal-setter (ie.  "use my food processor") but this summer is filled with BIG changes.   We're keeping it broad this year folks with three open-ended goals.

1.  Make this summer MEMORABLE for my boys.  We are working on a lot this summer as a family (see #2 and #3) but I get 18 summers with these boys (well, 12, if they turn on me in middle school ;) and they each need to count.  I will share some of our adventures here as well this summer!

2. Get crazy awesome fit.  I started working on this in April and I am still on the journey. I have become a total nut about BeachBody in the last few months as I am watching myself transform!  EVERYTHING is changing- priorities, motivation and I am seriously fired up to share with others.  But.... my nutrition needs work!  So, in efforts to keep to the program I will be coming here to post some of my recipes from around the kitchen and share with you my healthier creations and Pinterest reviews!

3. Move it on out!  We have a move on the horizon!  July 24 is the official date to move from our town house, alllllll the way down the road about a mile, into our house.  Our renters are out so were going back in.  Although I normally dread packing up, I am going to make this an OPPORTUNITY to clear, declutter and simplify!  I might even end the summer with one of the epic Nymark family garage sales. 

What are your goals for this summer?

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