Monday, May 18, 2015

Marathon Monday

Today I wanted to write a quick blog post about marathons. I should call this post, "How to Run a Marathon in 4 Easy Steps." ;) But there's really no easy way to run a marathon actually because....

"Running a marathon is like having a baby."
- Merri K. Hackett

Step 1 - Pick a race and register

Just like when deciding to have a baby, you and your spouse have to talk about it. Is this marathon during a good time? Is your spouse willing and able to support you? When you can both agree, it's go time!
This is one of my pinterest boards. It's great to register early because you get in a lot cheaper. So I save my races here and refer back to it often.

Step 2 - Find and start your training plan

The pregnancy is like the training.  It takes a long long time to cook your baby and a long time to train for 26.2 miles. Towards the end you are tired and worn out everyday...everyday.  At the very end you doubt yourself and ask if you're ready for this.  I don't think you ever feel ready for either.
For every marathon I have ever done, I print out blank calendars and fill in the days. I have had races where I follow this plan to the T! And I've done races where I have had to go back and re-do it all. For reasons such as time, injury, level of excitement, current fitness level, etc.

Step 3 - Run that marathon

The labor is race day.  The big day is finally here! All the preparation and hard work is going to pay off today!  Before the race you're exciting and can't wait to start. Then during the race you say you're never going to do this again and it hurts so bad. And you ask yourself, "Why in the world did I want to put myself through so much pain?" Too bad there is not a marathon epidural. :)

Step 4 - Cross the finish line

The delivery is like crossing the finish line and you somehow forget all of the pain and think it was all worth it!  And (after a week or two) for some strange reason you want to do it all over again. How easily we forget!


Actual photo after one of my marathons. Lol I'm so beautiful after I run.

I'd love to hear which marathons you've done and how many!

Merri

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chocolate Protein Waffles


This recipe is modified from Heidi Powell's protein waffles and from our very own protein pancakes! Super good combo and packed with a protein punch.

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 cup cottage cheese
4 eggs
1 cup water
4 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cup oatmeal
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tbsp Cocoa
1 tbsp chocolate protein powder

I just throw all of my ingredients into my blendtec and blend until smooth! You can also store these in the fridge or freezer and pop them in the toaster when you're ready to eat them.

Sometimes I take frozen berries and melt them in the microwave and then drizzle on top. Other times I put some healthy whipped cream and berries. Sometimes I will drizzle a little agave with some berries and bananas! Kid tested and mom approved!

Merri

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fiesta Lime Cauliflower Rice


On Mother's Day my sister in law invited our family over for Tacos. She said I could bring whatever I had on hand. I wanted to bring something that would go well with tacos. And here's what I came up with! Super good and good for you! Although it might be a bit hot/spicy for some. It just depends on what RoTel you use.

1 head cauliflower
Cilantro
RoTel tomatoes (or generic brand)
1 Can black beans - drained and rinsed
1 Cup frozen corn

Shred cauliflower with a food processor or salad shooter. Cook in microwave safe dish, covered for 4 minutes. (I had some cauliflower rice already pre-made in my fridge.) Put caulirice into a sauce pan, add the rest of the ingredients and cook until heated through. I think garlic would have been a nice addition as well.

Leave me a comment if you tried this recipe! I would love to hear what you think.

Merri

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Avocado Cheese Burger Salad

This salad was so good! It was seriously better than a cheese burger!!!  This recipe is really a burger without the bun and a lot more lettuce.

Grilled turkey burger
Chopped lettuce
Scoop of avocado
Ketchup
Mustard
Mozzarella cheese

I grilled a turkey burger on my foreman grill.  Once it was done I cut it into smaller pieces and put it into a bowl. I added my chopped lettuce, a scoop of mashed up avocado, a squirt of ketchup, a squirt of mustard, and some low fat mozzarella cheese. I stirred it all together and it was yummy! A diced tomato and/or some onions would be great as well! Think, "anything you would normally put on a burger can go in this salad!"

~Merri

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Lean and Green Caulirice Chicken Salad

This recipe comes from Susan's sister Jackie. It's lean and green and looks super tasty!!!


Directions:

Cilantro lime caulirice
lettuce
grilled chicken
protein ranch (fat free cottage cheese blended with a packet of ranch and a little milk)

Cilantro lime caulirice on the bottom of the plate, top with lettuce and grilled chicken. Dressing is a homemade healthier protein ranch.

290 cal 18 carbs, 39 protein and 4.2 fat.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cilantro Lime Cauli-rice

Cilantro Lime Cauli-rice (cauliflower rice)
Serves 4




Ingredients:
2 Cup Cauli-rice (cauliflower made to look like rice)
2 tsp lime zest
4 Tbsp fresh lime juice
3/4 C chopped cilantro

Directions:
Take 1 head cauliflower and chop finely with a food processor, salad shooter, food chopper or a knife. Put in microwaveable glass bowl cover and cook WITHOUT water for approximately 4 to 5 minutes. 

Stir the lime zest, lime juice, and cilantro into the cooked cauliflower rice just before serving.

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