Friday, March 27, 2015

2 Weeks? And Did Someone Say Pizza??? And Frittata?





Willy Wonka always says it best.   

I miss this little bloggy and need to make it a priority again.   Truth be told, I almost feel like Instagram is the new blog these days.     Not just for me but for lots of my old blog friends.     


Don't follow me on the Insta?    Here ya go, yo...



At any rate...  I'll be back as always.  Prommy.


Okay, lots to discuss.   


Did you guys miss the drawing for the winner of the 300th blog post?     I kinda did too...


Video is front and center on the Facebook page.      Oh and so is #runnerdog.  He clearly couldn't handle not being in the vid.     Cleary he's mine.


We've got a winner and she's getting a box of Spark (Mango Strawberry.... it's my new fave)




AND.... my jams....  Catalyst..




So yeah, these two go together peanut butter and a face plant.  




Let's talk about pizza....

Y'all know I also love trying to pretend like I'm eating real pizza when I'm not.       Check the Recipes tab for the other bootleg pizza stuff I've done.    So I feel like this is gonna be legendary.   




I found this recipe while I was stalking the inter webs for healthy pizza fixes.


I'll be drumming this up this weekend and it looks ridiculously easy.    The beauty of a frittata is that it's so easy to reheat, very portable, and a super easy, quick lunch or breakfast on the go.  #winning

The original recipe is here.    I'm making modifications as posted below.  


Pizza Frittata


12 Eggs
2 T Water
3 T Olive Oil
1/2 Bag Frozen Trifecta Blend of Peppers (Trader Joe's!)
8 oz Sliced Mushrooms
4 oz Turkey Pepperoni (chopped)
3 tsp Oregano
4 Garlic Cloves (Or a scoop of already minced from the jar if you're lazy like me)
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
8 oz Shredded Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
1 C Sugar Free Pasta Sauce (I bought Trader Joe's Organic Marinara... Not totally sugar free but very low sugar and clean.)



Instructions


1.  Heat oil in large non stick pan

2.  Saute peppers, mushrooms, and turkey pepperoni for 5 minutes.  Add garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.  Stir well.  


3. Whisk eggs and water together.   Add a little more salt and pepper.   Transfer to pan.  


4.  Mix egg mixture as it cooks.   In about 2-3 minutes, it should be somewhat sturdy enough to support the pasta sauce on top.    Add pasta sauce and cheese.


5.   Remove from stove top and place in oven under broiler to brown the top.     Eggs should be done by this point, but if not, turn oven down to approx. 300 degrees and allow to cook for a couple minutes.


Soooo.....let's all make this and talk about it immediately. Wanna????  


This recipe would need to be avoided during 10 day cleanse but okay during Max Phase.   The concern is obviously the dairy.  However, per serving, dairy is very minimal.   I say appropriate for the Max.  


Hope you guys have an amazing Friday.  


Crossfit Open 15.5 for me!     Speaking of.... I'm working on a post on the Open, the products I used, and how I thought I could possibly die on more than one occasion.   #addicting   #dramatic #sorrynotsorry

Excited?



Laters Babes.






Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Letters!


Takin' it back to the old school with Friday Letters!

As always, here we go, yo.

Dear Most Interesting Man in the World,    I can't get enough of you.  You're everywhere and you're hilarious.  And I almost feel like you know me.   Especially when you say stuff like this.




And this....





Dear Monday Night,  Now that the Bachelor is over, what am I gonna do????    Bachelor people...what's next?  What do we do?   



Dear CrossFit Open,   You wear me out and make me feel like I need 5 epsom salt soaks with a side of 12 massages a day.   However, I love you .



Dear Cadbury Egg People,    Why you gotta go making a dark chocolate version?    As my friend said...that means they're healthy right?    (if you've been reading the blog for awhile, you know these are my weakness.   Well that, peanut butter, Mexican, and buffalo wings.)


Dear 8 year old,  I got scared when you asked me how dogs meet their husbands and wives and I said "huh?"  and you said "well how else would they have puppies?"     Thank goodness that new Kelly Clarkson song came on and you forgot about it.

speaking of.....

Dear That New Kelly Clarkson Song,    OMG, I can't get enough of you.      And new-ish Sam Hunt song, you may be my favorite song of Spring 2015.



Dear RunnerDog,   I kinda love that when I open a peanut butter jar or even so much as whisper the word "peanut butter," you run and grab your big Kong and wait for me to fill that baby up.  Then you proceed to go on with your bad self  in the privacy of another room so you can enjoy every bite 'o that goodness in peace.    It's like your the son I never had.



It's the weekend peeps...

Let's Act Like it!


See y'all back here Sunday for Sunday Sentiments.  #whatwhat











Tuesday, March 10, 2015

All Kindsa Good Stuff....




Happy Tuesday, bloggy's!


First off, who got their Mint Chocolate Brownie in today???



#SBJ, these are off the hizzroe.   (hizzroe = hook.  Yep, made that up too..)

I see lots of you are hoarding these and ordered a zillion boxes.   I, for one, only ordered two.    And here's why.... I'm not a huge meal replacement drinker.  Not gonna lie.   I always still need some kind of food if I'm replacing a meal with a shake.   I still drink my shakes on the go, don't get me wrong.    But dang, these take the cake.   I thought the White Mint Chocolate at Christmas time was the bomb. Still hoarding those, ps.   But these.   Dis is where it's at.    And I ordered more.   I got scared they were gonna sell out.   Cuz they will.   






My local friends...  who is running Cap City Half Marathon????




Do tell!  

Y'all know I love this race and it's slowly creeping up on us. 



So yes, giddy up, because it's coming.    And I'm pumped.  Last year I saw several of you and it made #misohappy.   Let's do that again, K?






Let's talk more about my new obsession...


What roped me in was this...


Was in love with this Tory Burch ditty...but at $395, no bueno. 


Here we've got a Keep Collective Time Keeper ringing in at $95 total.  And the quality is fab.   Not to mention, if you've been stalking the Tory Burch watch like me, you're saving 3 Hundo.   #winning  



The red and gold.  Seriously.  It's such a great pop of color and goes. with. errrrrthing.  





Mmmkay....


So yesterday, it was pretty much summer here in the 614.  This means it was sunny and 50 degrees and the mounds of snow melted.   For real.   I can't believe it either. 




This basically lead me to run in a tank top and take video selfies when I was finished to document the whole thing.     All while  the #runnerdog looked on in disgust/ awe.  

If I weren't so shy, I'd post one.


But yes, Thursday is on.   I may run #allthemiles and never stop.



So one of my posts from the Insti stirred something within you. 


I posted this picture....

With this...

Sooo...I do bad things sometimes too. 
Last night... A zillion empty sugar calories in my fave margaritas. Oh and #allthechipsandqueso. Like literally... All of em. 
Today- I proceed to eat this entire bag of chocolate covered pretzels. Cuz I needed 'em. 
Do I wish I didn't eat the whole bag? Yes. 
Do I say "screw it, the day is ruined..,what else can I eat?" HELLZ NO


Do I feel guilty? 
Nope. I work hard and play hard and life is meant for living. The key is knowing when to live and knowing when to reign it in. 
Right back on the wagon with a 6 mile run, my #carbease, and lots of water. 
The longer you're off the wagon, the worse you'll feel. We all know this. Giddy up and remember, if ya commit the crime, gonna have to pay the time. 
That's all.  #advolife #advocare #advorunner

In summary... I'm normal too... Forever and Ever, Amen.



Oh and ps- don't forget to enter my giveaway.   Just head over to the Facebook page and leave your comment.  No big.

Drawing on Sunday.  Like a boss.


Nighty Night, 

AR

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Giveaway, Latest Fabletics Loot, and Do you Know about Keep Collective???



My 300th post on the bloggy!  Who knew!?!?  

I'm thinking that entails a celebration.  Which basically means we need a giveaway.   Yes?    

Howza bout a box of Spark and my beloved Catalyst?      Never tried Spark?    You can read about why you need it here.  

These two go together like peanut butter and...everything.. so clearly I can't give away one without the other.

To enter... All ya gotta do is leave a comment on the FB page and tell me where you're from!  Easy peasy.  I did this on the Insta awhile back and I loved reading your responses.   


I'll have one of the future runners that I'm breeding randomly draw a name.  Just like we did for the virtual turkey trot.


Soo....




Latest goods.




I seriously love the Salar capris and think I have about 5 or 6 versions between the pants and capris.   Great compression, and super fun prints and colors.     Yes.  


Okay, my new obsession would be the Oula tanks.   They fit amazing and are $19.  Seriously.     Remember how I used to buy Lululemon Cool Racerbacks on the reg for double that price, then some?   Yeah, haven't done that in months.  These are awesome for running, crossfit, boxing, yoga...you name it.   No built in bra so you can wear whatever your tatas need for the workout at hand.   The quality is awesome.   'Specially for less than a twenty spot.   


Now this t-shirt... it somehow ended up in my cart on a whim.   I don't love it but it was cheap and I'll find something to do with it.   At this point, I feel like it's more work than it's worth to fill out the special paper and send it back.    Ya feel???

So yes, still loving Fabletics and completely look forward to the 1st of the month in order to see the new releases.





Next up... Do you guys know about Keep-Collective?     





I didn't either.    But now I do and mamacita likey.  


My girlfriend on the west coast discovered this little gem and has been posting the most ridiculously adorbsy and customizable stuff.   "Adorbsy"...  I just made that word up and I'm real sorry but it works so let's go with it...

 So yes, I'm obsessed with the wrap watches, the mesh bracelets, and a zillion and one other things.   Oh and adorable little gifts for bridal showers, a bachy party, a new bambino...the options are endless, really.   Stay tuned for my latest goods.   

Local friends, I'm hosting a little shin dig in a few weeks so giddy up.   We'll get the selfie stick out and everything.    Obvi.


And lastly... my friend (hi Meg!) who is kinda like the Pioneer Woman, but not really, sent me this spicy shredded pork recipe today.


Oh em gee.


Okay, this is clearly the Pioneer Woman's pic.



She's fancy with her pics and everything.   However, I've already snuck a couple bites of mine and you guys.....it's ridic.    Obviously, I'll post a pic of the finished product on the Insta later.



Disclaimer...her recipe calls for 1/4 c of brown sugar.    I opted for the poisonous version and used this.



Splenda trolls, #pleasedonthateme,iloveyou.        I own the fact that I put the poisonous splenda in this recipe so I'm serious, you can't be mad.   Or send me mean splenda emails.      It's practically illegal.   And sorry, not sorry but 1/4 c of brown sugar blend splenda probably won't kill me.
  Actually, it might....but so might everything else...

   Like the sun and the cell phone that's glued to my palm and my favorite lotion and my favorite seasonal gum and my kids Laffy Taffy that I steal and the fact that I lifeguarded my way through high school and college and the fact that the Chipotle meat scooper may or may not have washed his hands after he used the bathroom.
Know what I mean?    Risks everywhere peeps.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.

So yes, we do the best we can.    Live life, hope for the best, and use the brown sugar splenda if we want to.




It's 46 degrees and practically summer here in the C-Bus, OH.   And since I'm basically a weather man.... I have reason to believe we're moving on up to the 50's this week.    This pretty much equals runners in shorts everywhere.   I'm serious.  Florida people, I know you'd be wearing your lined running tights in this situation but us, we're shedding layers!  And happy as clams about the whole thing.



Hope you all had an awesome weekend!








Wednesday, March 4, 2015

So What Wednesday!?



Happy March, bloggy friends!     Doesn't March mean it's practically Spring?    Pretty sure it does.   However, the fact that there's a continuous snowstorm rolling through these parts makes me question life as we know it.


Okay, so let's lighten things up...

As always... Here we go, yo!



**SO WHAT if you guys need this lipstick/ lipgloss immediately?   I'm real sorry but my Advo/ internet friend Lauren posted this the other day and she wasn't lying.    Lime Crime does not move.  So basically you could wear it for the rest of your life and possibly even to your own funeral with one application.    
   Here's our problem....   limit 2 for customer (no big)...However, all the good colors are sold out.    I've done a little stalking and apparently they're doing a big restock in 9 days so mark your calendars.    I have a lipstick but really want a couple glosses.  We all know patience is not my virtue....



**SO WHAT if I'm pretty sure I'm never getting into the NYC Marathon??    Third year in the lottery...no dice.   NY Marathon...why you do me like dis???   I may need to just accept this and move on.   Then...maybe I'll get in.



**SO WHAT if I just got on the vegetable spiralizer bandwagon and I'm pretty sure it's gonna be life changing?     Veggie "noodles."   How have I lived without this??     Seriously.



**SO WHAT if the big one and I have been practicing hand stand push ups on the reg and she's legit got skills.     See the Insta for live footage but I'm thinking she's gonna out handstand her Mamacita in about 5 minutes.      #girlpower #breedingfitgirls



**SO WHAT if I'm accidentally getting addicted to The Wire?   Oh AND House of Cards....   I'm not a huge TV watcher but let's be real...There's not much better than being completely captivated by Netflix and "just one more episode and I'll go to bed..".. #breakingbad... (oh how I miss thee...)



**SO WHAT if I'm quite possibly more excited about the new Cinderella movie than my two spawns?    Oh em gee.  Looks amazing.



Okay, I swear I'm coming back with some StichFix stuff, a recipe or two, OH and the latest Fabletics goods!


Happy Humpday, friends!







Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Womelete


Popping in with a quick post on the womelete.  

Do you guys know about this???   Otherwise known as an omelete waffle.  I prefer the "womelete."




I can't even begin to take credit for this brilliance.   My friend, who was face down in the Whole 30, randomly sent me a beautiful egg waffle looking photo, simply entited "womelete."      Obviously I immediately logged into Amazon.com and had my very own waffle iron en route in moments.


 This is an amazing concept, really.    I thought my friend was the original genius but upon further investigation,  there are all kinds of fabulous womelete-based ideas on the inner webs.  Who knew!?


The Cozy Cook  and Kirby's Cravings  are both sitting back like "what are ya, new?"



This is the quickest, easiest way to get a healthy meal in your belly.   Swear.  The whole process takes less than 10 minutes.


So easy…

1.  Spray waffle iron with oil spray (I use olive oil mist) and preheat.  
2.   In a bowl, whisk eggs or egg whites and whatever random fillings or spices your heard desires.
3.  Pour that into your preheated iron and let cook.  Mine takes about 3-4 minutes, depending on what's inside.


Seriously.  There's something about this texture that's amzing.




My FAVE combo to date….

3 eggs
1/2 mashed banana
 cinnamon (#allthe cinnamon)
 top with almond butter and sea salt.   

You guys.   I realize this is nut butter combo predictable of me and everything but seriously… #icanteven.


So yes, in summary.   We all need to be on board with the womelete.   Where was this brilliant idea when I was doing my first 24 Day Challenge???    
The possibilities are endless.  

I wanna hear what fabulous creations y'all drum up!

See you guys back here within 48.  Prommy!


-AR







Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Advo Running Love Story

Happy Friday, friends!  

 "It's the freakin' weekend baby I'm about to have me some fun…."

Anyone remember that song?   If you don't have it on your playlist, download it stat.  

Ignition.  R Kelly.






Lots of you saw this on my Advo Facebook page and as promised, I told ya I'd give you my scoop.   Lots of questions and I figured I'd just give you the goods in one place.  


As you all know, I've basically always been a runner.   However, until Advo, I never felt like a truly "fit" runner.   I could run my races, was a middle of the road runner, had decent cardio capacity but that's kinda it.


In 2010 that all changed when I did my first 24 Day Challenge.    Granted, it took me forever and a day to figure out my routine and what works for me.     And really, it was probably the end of 2011 before I really got in my groove with the Performance Elite line.        But these days, I can't imagine working out or recovering without it.   Not only for running but they've done wonders for my boxing and crossfit.



Today…we shall focus on running.   

I'll save the strength/ Crossfit product talk for another post.


This post is from April of 2013 and I STILL follow this drill before I run.     



  Here is what works for ME..


THE first thing I do every morning is take 3 Catalyst.   Running or not.  The end.

I take this any time I drink a Spark and before I work out.   This is an amino acid supplement that is designed to help you maintain muscle mass.   Basically, it protects your muscle while you are in weight loss mode, or intense exercise mode.  The thing I LOVE about this product it also gradually gives you a look of being "lean."    It has allowed me to gain definition that I had never seen before, despite working my tail off and doing many of the very same workouts.   LOVE, love, love Catalyst.   Seriously.  It's basically my 3rd child.    Actually 4th, I can't do #runnerdog like dis.


  Sooo…. basically any time that I run further than 3 or 4 miles, these 3 products are always involved in some capacity.

Here have Spark02 Gold, and Arginine Extreme.




I  mix a scoop of Spark with a  scoop of Arginine Extreme about 45 minutes prior to heading out.    If it's a super early morning run and I don't have 45 minutes to spare,  I'll just make it the night before, refrigerate it,  and basically shoot it the minute I get out of bed.   I also take my two 02 Gold with this little concoction of Spark/ Arginine.    


Okay, so let's break it down.

I know we've talked about Spark  and why you need it in the past.  If you're a Sparkhead,  you know it's a huge impact product.   Tons of feel good B-vitamins, amino acids, and about 120 mg of caffeine.   Most of you have heard about this product or are currently using it on the reg, so I won't bore you with more details.


Now Arginine Extreme is a product that I've dabbled with in the past prior to Body Pump, Crossfit, and boxing classes but have never really used it as a precursor to my running until late.   I'm loving it.    And here are the benny's...


  • Provides and nourishes the precursors necessary for muscle growth and recovery
  • Provides excellent support for cardio workouts
  • Helps enhance strength and stamina, especially when used with AdvoCare® Muscle Fuel  (I obviously use Spark)
  • Helps support nutrient delivery to muscles
  • Helps promote short-term increases in nitric oxide levels
  • Nourishes a healthy respiratory system
  • Helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Helps support healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range
  • Helps enhance reproductive function
  • Aids in maintaining a healthy, efficient immune system



This product contains some serious L-Arginine (amongst other fabulous things) which is converted by the body into a chemical called nitric oxide.  This essentially relaxes the blood vessels, allowing them to expand and increase the blood flow that reaches our muscles during exercise.   This increased blood flows allows additional oxygen to reach working muscles, which enhances performance.   So in a nutshell, it's going to make intensive exercise feel easier.  #winning #forshiz




And last, we have my beloved 02 Gold, which I believe I have talked about before.   However, I love it so much that I think it deserves an encore. 


Again, this product is designed to enhance the bodies ability to utilize oxygen and and enhance physical activity.   It contains adaptogens,  which are designed to assist your body in resisting physical stress (aka...exercise!)   These adaptogens have been shown to help facilitate oxygen transport, which in turn increases your  physical ability and more importantly, your tolerance for physical exertion.   For me, this means I can run farther and for a greater amount of time without feeling a whole lot of cardiovascular stress.   My breathing is less labored and I just feel more comfortable in general.

Skeptical?   I was too.   However, for me, the products that I love, specifically 02 Gold,  speak for themselves.     I have been using this product for  three years now and can truly say, aside from Spark and Catalyst, this is the one product that I'm calling every person in a 90 mile radius who I suspect may have a stash, if/when I run out.    And if I can't locate it that way...I basically call 911.

  I run with a large running group and have even turned many of my fellow runners into 02 Gold believers.     I have improved my times in both the half and full marathons. I work hard, yes.  However, these products are really the only thing that I have done differently in regards to running.


And one more thing  that is super important to me is that these (and all Advocare products for that matter) are approved by the Olympic standards committee.  They are continuously undergoing rigorous testing to maintain compliance.   They are quality, elite products.



Okay...


During my runs…


Less than about 8 miles, I typically don't take anything DURING the run.  

However, anywhere from 8-22 miles (22 is our longest training run), I will take a Rehydrate Gel every 5 miles.




I will also take one more 02 Gold if going longer than about 13-14 miles.




Post Run



Typically I follow this drill after a long training run.   Not daily because I don't feel that I need it unless I'm cranking serious miles.


1.  Post Workout Recovery




 Advocare Post Workout Recovery Shake.  I can't say enough about this product.   It was developed for athletes to minimize muscle soreness and speed recovery time.    It is in Ohio State's football loccer room as well as many NFL loccer rooms.   It's the bomb.     I also take two extra Omegaplex to help further decrease inflammation.  


The Post Workout Recovery can be mixed with water, milk, almond milk, or whatever tickles your fancy.     I personally mix 2 scoops of PWR, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 frozen banana, and 1 cup of spinach in the blender.     It's truly delish and never fails me.  




2.  Nightime Recovery







Two of these bad boys at night after a long run…Golden.

This product contains adaptagens which aid in muscle recovery and stress to the body in general.   This also aids in muscle repair, hence allowing us to be badass again more quickly.
Plus, I swear there is something ever so slightly in this product that helps me sleep.  Anyone????





Questions?   Message me…advocarerunner1@gmail.com


I'll be answering lots of emails this weekend so giddy up, yo's.



If you live in the tundra like me, stay warm!  For the rest of you, I'm starting to get madatcha.   #pdhmily


See you back here for Sunday Sentiments.  For real.




Keep on rollin',


-AR