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Sunday, October 19, 2014

How to Eat Smart While Watching Football

It's no secret that the Bealert Home is a football home.  Sunday, Saturday, Thursday, Monday...sometimes Friday..it's football time!  If you have wondered where our weekend recaps have gone recently I have saved you the exciting recap that states, "We sat at home and watched football."  Sometimes we ate food, but we mainly just watched football. And we loved it.
However when you are eating food while watching football, mindless calories can add up.  Munching while distracted is a big contributor to excess calories and over the 16-weeks of a football season that can add up.  2 beers + 1 serving of tortilla chips = roughly 380.  Over 16 weeks that's 6800 calories and about 1.7 pounds gained.

Recently I appeared on Emotional Mojo and shared some of the tailgating tips and traps to avoid.
Wonderful Pistachios are a great snack food, because 1 serving is 49 nuts and because you have to crack the shells it takes you longer to eat.  Win, win.

I also shared a blog favorite recipe for our super easy crock pot buffalo chicken.  These sandwiches were a hit at the studio and will be at your next tailgate too.

Who's your football team?
What's your favorite tailgating snack?

Love and first downs,
Carissa & Kyle

Sunday, October 12, 2014

RunDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler 2014

The first week of October, we stepped back into the Twilight Zone for the RunDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler.  Thousands of runners (10,000+) embarked on a 10-mile journey through the dark woods of Central Florida to finish with a Villains Bash in Hollywood Studios that went into the wee hours of the morning.
The RunDisney TOT event weekend started Friday afternoon with the expo.  There were a lot of great vendors, however this expo was far less crowded than those for other race weekends.
The race weekend continued Saturday morning with the Haunted Trail Run 5k.  Last year I was able to snag a bib and run the race, however this year the kids races started earlier, so unfortunately there was no time for me to run and change into my pirate gear before the kids races.
Despite it being a "smaller" weekend the kids races were packed and it seemed to me that the 200m run was the biggest draw.  Must be a lot of 4-6 year old kids around!
DJ Steve and I had a great time as always with the kids races and we hope the families enjoyed them too.
After we wrapped the kids races (and changed clothes) I headed back to the expo for announcing duties there until 330pm when it officially closed.  It's funny how fast 2 days of an expo flies by compared to 4 days for WDW Marathon weekend.
My Mom was running the race, so after the expo she met me at the hotel with some delicious homemade pasta and veggies.  Perfect fuel for the night ahead.  I grabbed a 40 minute cat nap and met our van at 630pm to head out to the start.

The job of a RunDisney announcer is pretty fun all the time.  I personally love the energy of the start line and then seeing the excited runners come across the finish line, but the costumes are starting to be a highlight as well.  For the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, we were dressed in our best 1930's attire as regular guests of the Tower Hotel.  This was the first race where I had my own cosmetology person to help me get ready. John as you can teller is overjoyed with his costume.
Talk about the Twilight Zone!
Rudy and I headed out to the turnstiles at Hollywood Studios to send off the runners amid smoke, lasers, and fire for their 10 mile journey.  If you've run the TOT before then you know it can be hot.  Hot, sticky, humid...all of the above!  However this year a cold front came through in the morning and the weather was much better for the runners.
After we sent off corrals A - J, we headed over to the finish to wait for the runners.  There were a lot of amazing costumes and I particularly liked the "Skeleton Crew", which was a group of about 40+ all dressed and painted like skeletons.  Mom dressed up too and ran as Wonder Woman!
We celebrated our final finished about 145am and then after a quick costume change it was time for bed.
By now I'm sure most of you have realized that Tower of Terror is not on the RunDisney schedule for 2015.  I'm know some people are bummed as it's a really fun, well themed run, and a great long tempo run to get in before marathon season.  However Expedition Everest will be returning in May of 2015, so I'm happy about that.
What's your favorite RunDisney race?
What's your favorite Disney villain? 

Love and spooks,
Carissa & Kyle

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Friday 5

Happy first Friday of October!  I LOVE this month, because IMHO it starts the run of "holiday" months and it's my birthday month.  Woohoo! As it's another busy RunDisney weekend with the Tower of Terror 10 Miler let's jump right into the Friday 5.
Housewife Glamour
1. 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
Yup, bad blogger alert.  I still have NOT posted my full recap of the DisneyLand Half Marathon.  Where is my brain?  Well truthfully it's been focused on my real job and the gym, so some of the blog posts that take more time to put together (like race recaps) have been neglected.  So while you probably won't get the full 411 on the race I had to share about the winner.
 How about the resume for a half marathon winner.  It was won by Nick Arciniaga in 1:07:48 and this year he was 7th overall and the 2nd American finisher at the Boston Marathon in 2:11:47.  He's native to Southern California, so he decided to come out a run and won my a wide margin.
Mom finished another great half and check out her custom made (made by her) Mickey skirt.
Plus, how fab is this sign made by friends-o-the-RD Kris & Mindy?
2. RunDisney Weekends at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
If you are joining us for an East Coast RunDisney event coming up and you haven't booked your hotel yet take a look at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.  It is literally right by Disney (close to Epcot) and they're made a special VIP runners package.  I plan to blog more about this great opportunity in the future, but here are the details from their press release last week. I think the transportation to the race is a KEY perk!
Welcome runners! As you prepare for your big race day, we're preparing to offer an unforgettable weekend experience fit for you! What does that mean? It means, as our guest during Marathon Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, you'll receive the following:
  • Complimentary bus transportation to and from the race venue
  • Carb-Load Paster Dinner options
  • Personalized assistance from our Runner’s Concierge ... and even dip into their Runners' Survival Kit!
  • Complimentary snacks and beverages before the races!
  • Encouragement & recognition from our Marathon cheerleaders ... even at 2:30 am!

A Special Marathon Rate For Runners

To get the most out of your weekend, we recommend the Marathon Weekend rate, which includes:
  • Special rate on accommodations exclusive to marathon runners
  • Complimentary bus transportation to and from the race venue  
  • 10% food & beverage savings card to be used during your stay
  • A Welcome Runner's Amenity
3. New Cancer Research Links Obesity
Well I guess it's not the smoothest of transitions from RunDisney to cancer research, but I always like to share with you guys new research and this one is important.  Obesity could be as damaging to developing cancer as smoking!!!! According to new research

"Excess fat could account for 14% of all deaths from cancer in men and 20% of those in women."  Weight is not about how we look.  Being at a "healthy" weight is really about health and making food choices that nourish the body in the right amounts and not overeating.  If you or someone you love needs to lose weight please seek out a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to help get them on the right path.

4. Plated
So I'm sure you've heard of services like Plated or Blue Apron by now?  Basically they deliver all the ingredients you need for a recipe to you door along with the recipe.  Then all in one convenient box you have everything you need for dinner without a trip to the store and without buying too much of certain veggies or herbs.  
Dinner made by Mom.

I've been contemplating if I wanted to try one of these services and I got pretty close when I saw a "4 free meals" offer on Facebook.   The meals are about $12-$15 person..so I thought about it and I realized there are like 9 bazillion delicious recipes on Pinterest and I need to just not be lazy and make myself shop for new ingredients and make them.  So long story short...I am not ordering meal delivery...yet...what do you think?

5. Beast Mode SweatyBands
We have official BEAST MODE Sweatybands!  Thank you to my friend Merle who helped make these babies a reality.  We still have a few (small few) left, so if you want to go "Beast Mode" on your next race or workout email me and I will ship on to you.  Cost is $20.
What are you up to this first weekend of fall?
Have you tried plated?
Will I see you at a RunDisney race soon?

Love and October skies,
Carissa & Kyle

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hero Highlight - Track Shack Foundation

Who is your hero?

Is there a hero you look up to in your local community?

Maybe you are that hero.

Recently, Jon and Betsy Hughes, were highlighted on Emotional Mojo as part of their Hero Highlight and since I think Jon and Betsy are 2 of the kindest, most generous, inspiring humans on the planet I had to share.  For those of you who don't know, Jon and Betsy own the running store Track Shack here in Orlando, they started the Track Shack Foundation, which has given over 2 million dollars to local youth athletics, they run the Track Shack running series, and Jon is the race director for the Disney Marathon and east coast RunDisney events.

And an FYI you can watch Emotional Mojo weekday mornings on WE.

I also want to give a shout out to Michelle and Mike from the Mickey Miles Podcast.  They were kind enough to have myself and my RunDisney co-announcer Rudy back on the show to discuss the upcoming Tower of Terror 10 miler.  Thanks guys! Check out their webpage and listen to Episode 211.
I hope you all are having a fantastic HUMP day!

Who's your hero?

Love and team Track Shack,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, September 29, 2014

Country Celebration Weekend

Hello from the aftermath of a crazy, busy, fun, exciting weekend.  It was a good one friends, so I thought I would share a quick recap before settling into work this week.
We have been the recipients of some very wet weather here in Orlando.  Like "get your ark" wet weather. Friday night Kyle and I braved the rain to drive to Tampa to see Luke Bryan in concert.  We were worried about the downpours and traffic, but thanks to my rocking Samsung Galaxy 5 GPS we were able to navigate around the worst traffic and we thankfully had a premier parking pass with our tickets that saved us a good 45 minutes of traffic while parking.

We met Kyle's cousin Jonathon and his girlfriend Kayla at the concert and caught the end of Cole Swindell's performance.  He had a lot of energy and I actually liked him better than Lee Brice who played after him.
Around 9pm Luke Bryan came on and played for about 90 minutes.  He was awesome!  Such great energy and a lot of fun to watch.  It was a great time and I will definitely go back and see him again.
Saturday was the day of our 5 year wedding anniversary celebration and we decided to spend a night at our favorite Orlando staycation resort, Rosen Shingle Creek hotel.  We arrived around 1pm and headed to the pool to get what sun there was before the rain came back.
We enjoyed this "cheat meal" while watching football from the pool.  That is the life.
Our anniversary dinner was at the steakhouse on property, A Land Remembered.  Kyle went for the 10 oz filet and I enjoyed my favorite Chilean Sea Bass.  I was super hungry when the food came, so I ate it all and didn't take a pic.  Bad, bad blogger.  We did snap a pic of the flourless, massive chocolate cake that we had for dessert.  Holy chocolate overload.
Sunday was spent with more football watching as Kyle and I's teams both won.  Woohoo!
I hope you all had a great weekend and maybe got in an awesome long run.  It's time for me to get to work.  I'll only be in the office 4 days as Friday kicks off another RunDisney weekend with the Tower of Terror 10 Miler.  Say hi if you're there!

What'd you do this weekend?
Is your family a football house?

Love and who dat,
Carissa & Kyle