Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday 5 Time

I think we all agree that Friday's are fabulous? Am I right?  What's better than Friday?

Spending a glorious 5 minutes ignoring work and reading 5 random things that we're thinking about this week.  Fo sho!
Housewife Glamour
I've heard some of you saying how cool it is up north and let me just tell you that it is still HOT, HOT, HOT here in Orlando!  We're talking 97 is the actual temperature.  I think my air conditioner is marathon training with how much it's been running....but enough about my appliances...onto the Friday 5.

1. Christmas
Yup, starting with Christmas.  I had to laugh this week because 4 different people brought this pic to my attention....but it's actually 18 Fridays Buddy.
My LOVE of Christmas is well known and Sam's Club was ready to heighten it this week.  Boom.  O Christmas Tree.
2. Netflix
Kyle and I just got Netflix about a month ago.  Brilliantly we got it to watch Game of Thrones only to realize it wasn't on there.  So we started watching Orange is the New Black and we have about 3 episodes left.  I also watched season 1 of House of Cards, but I'm bored with it now once Kevin Spacey's rower broke.  So here's my deal...I don't know if I love Netflix.  I can never find something I want to watch.  Am I missing something?  That leads me to point #3...
3. The Good Wife
The Good Wife...on Amazon Prime.  I love this show and I love Amazon Prime.  Way better show selection that Netflix.  Again am I missing something?  For some reason though I am very sucked into this show and love the main lawyer Will Gardner.  I've been a big fan of him since the 1990's and this film...anyone remember it?
Well there he is.  Josh Charles AKA Will Gardner. AKA the guy who drove the hot dog car thingamajig and took Christina Applegate to see turtles hatch.  Now I need to watch this movie ASAP - I wonder if it's on Netflix?
4. Roasted Vegetables
I've been taking advantage of working at home this week and doing a lot of food prep at lunch.  I'll roast typically one vegetable or sweet potato a day and enjoy fast leftovers throughout the week.  I love how roasting brings out a sweet flavor in vegetables and when I use my toaster oven they're ready in about 20 minutes.  Yesterday's lunch featured sweet potatoes and broccoli.
5. Evolution Fitness Turns 2
As most of you know Kyle and I own a personal training studio here in Orlando called Evolution Fitness Orlando.  Kyle works more hours than I care to count each week training clients and helping them become fitter, healthier, and happier.  Earlier this summer was our 2 year anniversary of being small business owners and tonight we're celebrating by hosting a happy hour for our clients.  Work hard, play hard right?
ps - these new gym shirts are for sale! $15 email me!
Also on our agenda for the weekend is a 30th birthday party in Tampa and a baby shower!  Seems there's lots to celebrate around here!

If you want to kill more time at work then check out Heather's great round up of Friday faves.

What are you up to this weekend?
Netflix or Amazon Prime?
Favorite 90's movie?

Love and big hair,
Carissa & Kyle

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spartan Race News and Giveaway

Earlier this year I gave away free entry into any Spartan race in the US.  The giveaway was extremely popular and since Spartan Race has some fun news to share they have offered to give away one more race entry to a luck Fit2Flex reader.
According to their website, Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race. 

So what's the exciting new Spartan Race news?

  • NBC Sports has partnered with Spartan Race to film 6 episodes of Spartan Races culminating with the World Championship race at Killington VT this September 20.
  • There's a Spartan Cruise!?!?! Say what! Yes, this upcoming March 6-9, 2015 you can sail from Miami to the Bahamas for a Spartan full cruise and Spartan Sprint!
  • Fit2Flex readers have a special chance to win a free cruise...just enter using this link.
  • ANDDDD Fit2Flex readers (that don't win the giveaway) can use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% of any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental US.
Now how about that giveaway?  Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter and good luck! 
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What's the toughest physical challenge you've ever completed?
What's on your "kick your butt" bucket list?

Love and AROO,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, August 18, 2014

Race Season is Here!

Happy Monday friends!  Was your weekend marvelous?  Or maybe you're having a marvelous Monday?  Either way I hope there's a lot of positive vibes headed your way today.
Kyle and I had a low key weekend at home.  Our summer was full of beach travel and this is the slow time before a busy fall and football season starts.  This weekend did signal the start of one exciting event - RACING SEASON!  But I'll get back to that...

Kyle and I had planned to make pizza at home at watch Netflix on Friday, but since I worked at home on Thursday and Friday I was a little antsy to leave the house, so we decided to go out for dinner.  We went to Al Fresco in Downtown Winter Garden.  It's a small, local restaurant that grows a lot of their own herbs and produce in a roof top garden.  We started off with a cheers to the weekend.
Kyle and I were both hungry when we sat down so we ordered the Mediterranean sampler, which had pita, hummus, spicy feta dip, tzatki, and olives.  I think I was full before my meal arrived!
But I still ordered dinner and went for the Farmer's salad topped with salmon.  It was a generous portion of spinach with nuts, cheese, and salmon.  It also had watermelon, which I have never had on a salad, but it was okay.  A perfect summer dinner!
Saturday morning I was up early for our first Track Shack race of the season the Celebration of Running 5k.  It  was great to see so many of you out there and a record setting number of 2,550 runners!  It was hot, but honestly not as hot as previous years I thought.  The winner of the race was Fredison Costa, the current Disney marathon champion, and he ran in 15:01, which is a 4:50 per mile pace.  Awesome!
Yes, I look mildly crazy here!  But Betsy looks great!
After the race I made a quick stop at the gym for 20 minutes of intervals before heading to my Mom's house for some pool time and lunch.  We had Asian inspired turkey lettuce wraps and about 45 minutes of sun before the thunderstorms rolled in.
Sunday Kyle and I enjoyed a relaxing morning before heading out for some errands and a workout.  Kyle's truck needed an oil change and I needed to pick up some decorations for our Evolution Fitness Anniversary party this week.  Since this was my 3rd weight session of the week I kept it light with some boxing and plyometrics.  After the workout we obviously needed fuel, so it was onto a mid-afternoon Panera stop where I had my usual of a flatbread and black bean soup.  I usually order the Mediterranean flatbread, but opted for the Thai this time when I realized it was 70 calories less.  It was good, but the mediterranean is better.
Then we decided that an afternoon treat was in order and we stopped by Jeremiah's Italian Ice.  I reasoned that if I got all ice and no soft-serve mixed in then it was actually less calories.  Which is technically true, but it's still a lot of sugar!  Everything in moderation though!
Coming up is a pretty calm week around here with our anniversary party Friday and my cousin Taina's baby shower on Sunday.  Then in just 9 days I'll be on my way to California for the DisneyLand Half Marathon!  Can't wait!

What'd you do this weekend?
What's your fave fast casual place?
Did you race this weekend?

Love and icees,
Carissa & Kyle

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday 5 Food Finds

Ever find amazing, new foods in the grocery store and they make your day?  For some reason this week I scored BIG.  Some new-to-me foods and some old favorites.  I thought I'd share a round up on honor of the best darn day of the week Friday.
Housewife Glamour
I think if I could be a professional grocery shopper I would.  I just LOVE going to the grocery store.  Actually as an RD that's not a total improbable job goal..maybe I should work on that business plan.  Paper or plastic?

ps - None of these food brands paid me.  I just like them and I'm telling you.

1. Perky Jerky

Perky Jerky is definitely not a new product, but I bought some as a travel food for our vacation and forgot how great it was.  High protein for a decent amount of calories, not high in sodium, and no nitrates.  1 package is 2 servings and great for workout days when I'm famished all day.  The downside is they're not cheap.

2. Laura's Lean Beef
Last night I rocked my culinary world with some crock pot rope vieja.  I eat beef occasionally, however ever since Cuban Night I have been craving more!  I'm not one to deny my cravings.  Listen to your body, because it's probably telling you something via cravings.  I wanted to keep my beef as healthy as possible, so I used flank steak from Laura's Lean Beef.  What I like about Laura's is that it's lean beef that's never given hormones or antibiotics.  I try to minimize my use of antibiotics and I'd like my food source to do the same.

I think I should share this delicious and easy recipe soon!

3. Natural Peanut Butter

I am a peanut butter addict.  I'm always asked what kind I use and I blush when I say "Peter Pan".  My childhood loyalties are hard to break and I often say, "If the worst thing in my diet is my peanut butter then I'm okay". BUT I do know that I should look for a more natural peanut butter.  Peanuts and salt ideally.  This PB is found in the refrigerated section at Target and is much easier to stir than some "natural brands".
Could there not be a better brand name than "Old Home"?
4. Sabra Bruschetta
Some convenience foods are lifesavers.  They can take boring chicken and make it exciting.  That's exactly what Sabra's bruschetta did this week.  I bought it for a topping for pizza tonight, but was exhausted on Wednesday and used it to quickly top my sautéed chicken.  The verdict - a little acidic but good.
5. Sleep More, eat less.
Okay so I ran out of food finds, but I wanted to share a study that I think is interesting although not shocking.  If you sleep more you will have less cravings for high fat foods.  According to the research,  "when sleep-deprived, overweight adults got an average of 96 extra minutes of sleep per night, it cut their cravings for sweet and salty junk food by 62 percent and reduced their overall appetite by 14 percent."  

Who's sleeping in tomorrow?

Have a great weekend everyone!  I will be up early Saturday am to kick off racing season here in Orlando by announcing Track Shack's Celebration of Running 5k.  Say hi if you're there!

ps - Don't tell me these are in your pantry!
What's one fun thing in your pantry or fridge right now?
What's for dinner tonight?

Love and clean up on aisle 9,

Carissa & Kyle

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Asics Nimbus 16 Review

I have an Asics foot.  Just ask Betsy from Track Shack.  She fit me in my most recent style of Asics before marathon training last year.  My foot runs best in Asics, so when they contacted me and asked if I'd be willing to review one of their shoes I VERY excitedly said, "Yes!".
Disclaimer: Asics provided the products in this review, but not compensation.  All opinions are my own.

I have had 2 running injuries in the past 4 years and they both resulted from improper foot wear.  I severely sprained my ankle running in "non-running" shoes on Christmas 2011 and I caused a flare up of tendonitis by too much flip-flop wearing.  Feet need the proper shoes and for me that's the Asics Nimbus 16.
From Asics website, the shoe is best for underpronators to mild overpronators.  The Nimbus 16 also features FluidFit and FluidRide, a heel clutching system, and gender specific cushioning.  I also love the look of these shoes.  They provide the stability my foot needs.
My first running shoes weren't pretty to look at.  They were a lot of white or gray, but I wore them because they were the right shoes for my foot.  Now Asics has really upped the color game and I love it.

I think it's safe to say that I will continue to be as Asics girl.  If you're new to running or afraid you might be running in shoes that aren't right for you, then I HIGHLY encourage you to head to your local running stores (Track Shack if you're in Orlando) and have a professional fitting.  It is SO worth it.  Also I increase my shoe size a half size for my running shoes.  I'm an 8 normally and I run in 8 1/2 Asics.  I also give me shoes about 350 miles before retiring them to cross training and starting a new pair of running shoes.

Be sure to follow ASICS on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook for updates on new products. Also, be sure to check out their full line of running shoes in amazing colors and designs!

What color are your running shoes?
Do you like stability or a lighter shoe?

Love and Asics America,
Carissa & Kyle

For race recaps and running info check out my Races Page.