Archive | July 2012

Gimme Gimme S’Mores Sandwich

Gimme Gimme S’Mores Sandwich (from Hungry Girl’s 200 Recipes under 200 Calories)
Makes 1 sandwich
133 Calories
2.5g Fat, 26g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 1g Protein

Ingredients
1 sheet (4 crackers) low-fat honey graham crackers
1/4 cup Cool Whip Free, thawed
1 tsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 mini marshmallows

Directions
In a small bowl, light stir together cool whip, chocolate chips, and marshmallows.  Don’t over stir.

Break graham cracker sheet into 2 squares.  Top on square with your cool whip concoction and lightly place the other square on top.

Freeze until solid, about 1 hour.  Store in the freezer until ready to serve.  YUM!

 

Color Run 5K: The Happiest Run on Earth

Getting paint thrown on you while running a 5K?  Check.  That is one thing I can now check off my bucket list.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to run in the happiest run on Earth: The Color Run.  I was a bit skeptical about it at first, but the more people were talking about it, and the more I watched the videos on it, the more excited I was to run in it.  By the time I made up my mind to run in it, it was already sold out.  Luckily the stars aligned and I found someone who wanted to give up their ticket so I was able to purchase a spot last minute.

This is definitely the kind of run you want to do with friends.  So I met up with a couple of friends from the gym, we got dressed up in matching outfits (tutus, white tanks, and sweatbands) and headed off to the race.  When we arrived at the race, you could feel the excitement in the air. Everyone was dressed in white shirts.  Some had on tutus, others in costumes, some people had matching group gear, and so forth.  There was a lot of spirit, that’s for sure.

After a few photo ops in our tutus, we headed over to the start line, took a few more photos, and just grooved to the music until it was time.  In our race packets, we were given packets of paint to throw after the race.  Some people were antsy to get painted, so they opened their packets early and decided to throw them at each other before the race started.  I guess you do what it takes to keep you entertained.

Finally it was time to start.  As we ran through the course, we were hit with 4 different colors of paint: orange, blue, yellow, and red.  The paint wasn’t liquid, however, it was a powdered paint that stuck to your skin and clothes and was non-toxic.  I really enjoyed watching people’s paint methods.  Some just stood in front of the volunteers to get a lot of paint.  Others ran quickly through the clouds of paint to get a light dusting, and others rolled on the ground to get covered in the excess paint that fell to the ground.  My personal strategy – twirl like a ballerina for even coverage.  Didn’t really work that well, but hey – I had fun doing it.

Finally we made it to the Finish Line, took some photos, and made our way to the large crowd by the stage.  Music was pumping, dance-offs were happening, and paint was flying.  You could totally feel the joy in the air.  Maybe that’s why it’s called the Happiest Run on Earth.

Walking towards the Color Village before the race

Some guy pouring his paint on his friends before the race begins… some people just can’t wait

Heading towards the blue paint station… you could see the clouds of paint before you even got there!

Getting painted blue

Patty showing off her red

Finished!!!

Anna painting Patty with “yellow” paint (at least that’s what the packet said, sure didn’t look like yellow to me)

Look at all the color! (it’s a bit blurry, I know)

The Color Run – the most fun I’ve had a race ever!

Fitness is not one size fits all

Too many times we get caught up watching infomercials about some magic pill, shake, or program that will make all of our fitness dreams come true.  The problem with that? Health and fitness is not one size fits all.  You know that saying, different strokes for different folks?  It works that way in the fitness world as well.

For example, my best friend eats 2-3 servings of green veggies, a serving of colorful veggies, and a lean protein at every meal.  She lifts heavy 4 times a week and meets with a personal trainer 2-3 times a week as well.  Her goal is to get strong and have beautifully sculpted muscles.  Me on the other hand, I eat lots of carbs (fruit, bread, and pasta to be exact).  I eat every 2-3 hours and I run 4 days a week.  My goal: to run a half marathon in September.  Our goals are completely different and therefore  our eating and fitness regiment should be different as well.

The point of this blog – to offer your different stories of success to show you that there is more than one path to achieve your goal.  Maybe you will find a story that inspires you to begin your fitness journey or perhaps you might find a story that motivates you to continue.  Either way, these are my friends and I hope you celebrate their successes as much as I do.