Monday, September 15, 2014

Full Body Workout from DisneyLand

Travel is NOT an excuse to miss workouts.  Repeat after me - travel is NOT an excuse.

During the RunDisney race season and for other events I travel quite a bit and I'm happy to report that most hotel gyms can give you an adequate workout.  Some are actually quite nice!

This workout was designed to be done at the gym at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel.  Keyword WAS.  Who knew the gym moved and got new equipment....not me.  So you can do this workout anywhere and I did do it at that gym with a few modifications.
It's a full body workout organized in 3x3 fashion, but it can be done at your traditional gym too.  You'll alternate a weight set, with a body weight set, and a shoulder superset to finish.  Then you can add in ab work on your own if you want.
I hope you have a great workout on your next trip!
How do you stay fit when you travel?
What's the #1 piece of equipment you want a gym to have?

Love and lifting in the redwoods,
Carissa & Kyle

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grocery Store Mythbusters

The definition of myth is a widely held BUT false belief or idea.  As a Registered Dietitian, I deal with my fair share debunking of food myths.  Today I'm sharing a recent segment that I did on Emotional Mojo (now airing on the WE network weekdays at 6am) about 3 popular food myths.

The first myth is that 100% Fruit Juice is just “Empty Calories”.  The truth is that in the correct amount,  100% fruit juice delivers nutrition squeezed from whole fruit and it can have some great health benefits. That’s why I like Welch's 100% Grape Juice. It’s made with Concord grapes and is a convenient, delicious and nutritious way to incorporate more fruit into a heart-healthy diet. As a complement to whole fruit, each 4-oz. glass counts as one serving (1/2 cup) of fruit, with no added sugar.
The second myth is the carbs and bread is bad for you.  I say "false".  Unless you have Celiac Disease or a diagnosed gluten-sensitivyt then bread can be a great way to add whole grain, fiber, and vitamins into your diet.  Remember, carbohydrates are the preferred fuel source for your brain, so you might think a little better after a filling, healthy sandwich!

The final myth is that you can’t lick the bowl and eat the dough when making cookies.  Well I did my entire childhood and I'm okay, but there is a safer way using pasteurized eggs. Most eggs in shell are not pasteurized and if you eat them raw or undercooked, they cause 4 out of 5 cases of salmonella sickness. Kids under 4 are 4 times more likely to get foodborne illness, so pasteurized eggs are an excellent choice in many households.  
Awkward screen shot face FTW!
What food myth do you believe?
Any myth questions you want me to answer?

Love and eaten' that cookie dough,
Carissa & Kyle

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara is an EASY way to give your eyes "look at me" long lashes without the finesse it takes to put on false eyelashes.  On the blog today you'll learn more about what it is AND have a chance to win your own . Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, but was provided the product free of cost from a colleague.

By my nature I am a skeptical person.  I had seen Younique Mascara on Facebook, but I passed it off as another person trying to sell me something and didn't want to be bothered.  I am known to buy A LOT online (Hello Amazon!) so I try to avoid adding to that total.  However when Kelly, a RunDisney friend, reached out to me about trying it I decided to give it a shot.  I told her that I would give my honest opinion and if I liked it then I wanted to share one with my readers too.  

Guess what?!?! I LOVE IT!  Like LOVE!  When used properly it makes your eyelashes "pop" similar to wearing false lashes. It's perfect for nights out and for those of you who could never imagine using eyelashes it's great for weddings, pictures, or when you want to look AH-mazing.  It's also water proof and sweat proof, so really it's good for anytime.

If you look for natural makeup you'll be happy to know that this mascara uses natural ingredients like beeswax and green tea fibers to extend your lashes by 300%.
It's priced $29 a kit and in my opinion worth it.  I will be buying another set once this one runs out.  
Here’s how it works:
Step 1) Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler if you do and apply your regular mascara. Kelly doesn't use her regular mascara first, but I found it gave my lashes more "pop"
Step 2) Apply a coat of the gel (the name is on the bottle) over your mascara coat.
Step 3) Apply a coat of the fiber brush.
Step 4) Repeat the gel one more time to seal on the fibers.
The process is written on instructions inside the case, so you can refer to those until you get the hang of it.  It's not hard at all, you just kinda have to juggle the 2 mascaras in your hand.
I tried to take a before and after photo to show you the difference, but I feel like I just look creepy. You can find better B & A photos online.  Many times when I've worn it I've received compliments on my eyes or have been asked it I was wearing eyelashes. The right eye on the top has the 3D mascara and both on the bottom have it.
This is one product that is Fit2Flex Fashion approved!  To find out more visit Kelly's website.

ALSO if you want to just go ahead and give it a try Kelly is extending a special offer to Fit2Flex readers through Monday September 15.  If you buy $50 worth of product then she will send you a free mineral pigment (you pick the color).  You can shop and get the offer on Kelly's site.

To enter to win your own set from Kelly use the Rafflecopter widget below or email me to enter.

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What is your favorite make-up that you always wear?

Where do you buy your makeup?

Love and long, long lashes,

Carissa & Kyle

Monday, September 8, 2014

Full of Football Weekend

Did this weekend feel like fall to you?  I mean it was 90+ degrees here in Orlando, but the mood certainly said fall.  This is one of the last weekends for the next month or so that I do not have to work, so Kyle and I tried to enjoy it by relaxing and watching a lot of football.  How was your weekend?

Friday night I kicked off the weekend by putting up my "Harvest" decorations.  Yes, harvest.  Some may argue that it's too early but how?  It's Harvest decorations in September, Halloween in October, Thanksgiving and back to Harvest for part of November, and then Christmas.  It's a system.
Friday night Kyle grilled and we had Cluck 'n Moo burgers which is a combo of grass-fed and antibiotic free beef and chicken.  We topped them with goat cheese, which was an amazing choice and served them on rosemary and herb flat-out wraps.
Saturday morning I put on my "big girl" pants and got up at 4am to meet my running group.  Waking up that early is not my thing, but I always have such a great time with my running group and the miles fly by.  A majority of the group did 14 miles, however since my last long run was 8 miles I stopped at 10.25 to not injure myself.  I rarely looked at my pace while running and kept my effort level to "easy".
I also had a big moment in my running journey and I tried salted caramel Gu for the first time.  You guys...why didn't you tell me!?!? It's amazing!!!!  I need to head to Track Shack this weekend to stock up.
Saturday afternoon Kyle and I headed to the Farmer's Market and then stopped into Urban Flats for a lunch with a side of college football.  Kyle was done relatively early for his schedule, so we wanted to enjoy the sunny, but warm afternoon.

Once back home we watched for to USF who played a good game only to lose to Maryland in the end after several errors.  Then it was time to figure out what to do with our night...hmmm...September in Orlando is Magical Dining Month and it only took a bit of arm twisting from Kyle to convince me to head to Fleming's for a $33 3-course meal.  We typically go to Fleming's yearly for Magical Dining, so who am I to mess with tradition.  I started with the mixed greens salad, which was okay.  Lots of dressing!  Then for dinner I had the Scottish BBQ salmon.  I have loved this dish in the past, but it was SO salty this time.  Not the best showing for Fleming's, but the company was perfect!
Sunday morning Kyle and I headed to the gym for a set of his and hers workouts..then it was home for the BIG kickoff of the NFL season.  As you know we are Cowboys fans....and that's all I want to say about that right now.....

Feeling "fall-ish" I wanted to create some comfort food in the kitchen and since I had some ricotta cheese to use up, lasagna was the perfect choice.  I made 2 lasagnas - my traditional Skinny Turkey Lasagna for lunches and a low-carb, zucchini noodle lasagna for dinner.
The zucchini lasagna was a little messy and I even salted the zucchini to get water out before cooking!  It was still delicious and I'm not trying to win any presentation awards.
This week ahead is another busy and exciting one.  I will be on Home Shopping Network with Proform and their Hybrid trainer on Wednesday morning at 2am.  Kyle and several members of our gym will be running Track Shack's Autumn Rock 'n Run on Saturday plus I'll be making an appearance at the ESPN Club too!

I hope you had a lot of positive energy to start your week.  Make it awesome!

Did you watch any football this weekend?
Do you have fall decorations?
What race are you training for?

Love and yeti gu,
Carissa & Kyle

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday 5 Disneyland Favorites

I spent last week on the "left" aka West Coast for the 9th annual Disneyland Half Marathon.  I love races out in Anaheim.  For those of you who haven't been, DisneyLand is a much smaller property than the massive Walt Disney World.  I love how close everything is and a few other much so that they are rounding out this week's Friday 5 - DisneyLand Favorites.
1. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel
Staying on property at Disney is one of the best "perks" of my job.  Stay in a Magical Disney hotel?  Yes, please!  Out of all the hotels on both coasts (and I have never stayed at the Grand Floridian), Disney's Grand California is my absolute favorite.  I am in awe of the massiveness yet simplistic beauty of the lobby.  The fireplace in the lobby is such a great place to sit and work on email and the rooms are comfortable, have great views, and are well decorated too.
The first night as a guest warm cookies and milk were delivered to my room.  And who turns down a warm cookie?  Not this RD.
2. Paradise Garden Grill
I don't have the easiest time finding food I LOVE at Disneyland.  I am pretty picky about the quality of my chicken and salads, so not just any salad will do.  Every trip to the DL my Mom and I will eat at the Paradise Garden Grill at least once if not 2 times.
It's located right inside Disney California Adventure and has a mediterranean feel.  We always get the Greek salad which is full of olives, feta cheese, and chickpeas.  Then we share a chicken skewer with chimichurri sauce, rice, and pita.  You can also get a steak or tofu skewer.  I haven't tried either, because my "usual" is so good, but I bet they're tasty.
Depending when you eat you can also enjoy a little Disney entertainment with your meal.
3. Steakhouse 55
If you're looking to DINE BIG when you're at Disneyland, then the place to go is Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel.  I tried to get reservations this trip, but it was booked months in advanced, so book early if you want to go.  We went last August and the steak was phenomenal and the atmosphere was full of retro Disney touches.

4. Aladdin Show
Best. Show. Ever.  The Aladdin The Musical show at California Adventure is not to be missed.  If you're familiar with the Broadway style Beauty & the Beast show at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, then this show is similar.  Singing, dancing, and the funniest darn Genie on the planet.  Yes, Genie is hilarious, however in this show he takes some liberties and uses current events for his jokes.  Every time you see the show it's a little bit different and you will get some good belly laughs in.  I guarantee it.
5. Fast Race Course
Disneyland has 2 new half marathons coming this year, so I can't say anything about them...BUT...the Disneyland Half Marathon course is fast.  Fastest of the current Disney races in my opinion.  In 2013 we nearly had a women's course record set and this year our winner did it in 1 hour and 7 minutes.  PLUS the winner was Nick Arciniaga who was the 7th overall finisher and the 2nd American finisher at this year's Boston Marathon.  Running royalty.
If you have never been to Disneyland I highly recommend a trip.  YES the castle is smaller (like much smaller Florida folks), but everything is so close together and full of Disney magic that you will have a great time.

What's your favorite place to stay at or near Disney?
Do you have a favorite Disney restaurant?

Love and Walt's World,
Carissa & Kyle

Because sharing is caring, I'm adding my Friday 5 to Heather's Friday Favorites link up.  Check out more Friday Favorites there!
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