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Most people hate Mondays.

It’s the start of a new work week.

The weekend is not even in sight.

You’ve got to get back in to a routine. Wake up early, be organized, prepare meals and stay focused.

I, however, LOVE Mondays. For reasons like this…
 
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I mean come on… southern gentlemen with those baby blues. I can’t resist The Bachelor.
 
But there are other reasons I love Mondays. Every week I get together with a couple girlfriends and we watch the show together! We alternate houses, bring wine and share recipes! It has quickly become the highlight of my week.
 
This Monday, I decided to bring a salad and wine. I had kale in the fridge so I decided to whip something up I’ve never made before. Smart or stupid? You will find out.
 
kale 🙂



I’ve always wanted to make a massaged kale salad before, but thought for some reason it would be difficult. Wrong. This is one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made. For real.
 
 
Massaged Kale Salad
modified from Healthy Crush

 
Ingredients:

1 head of kale, washed and ripped into pieces
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 avocado, cut into small chunks
1 pinch of cayenne
1 pinch black pepper
1 handful of pine nuts


Add the olive oil, salt and lemon juice to the kale and massage the kale with your hands for a few minutes.
Add avocado, pine nuts, cayenne, pepper and garlic. Mix well
. Done!

Now onto that beautiful bachelor and our wine…

 
 
 
Do you have a girls night with friends? Or maybe a night in particular during the week that you look forward to?
 
-TTT



A fish out of water.

I seriously couldn’t get home fast enough to write this post.

A few weeks ago I got suckered into decided I would train for my first triathlon. It’s a sprint tri ALL indoors! Here’s the breakdown:

(From the triathlon site)


  • 15-minute swim in lap pool
  • 10-minute transition (swim to bike)
  • 25-minute bike in spin studio
  • 5-minute transition (bike to run)
  • 20-minute run on indoor track

Duration: The indoor triathlon is based on time unlike outdoor triathlon based on   

distance.

Scoring: Performance is measured by the total distance cover in the swim and run set 

times. The more distance you cover, the higher your score.

So today I decided to dip my toes in the pool and do a few laps. Since I am a much stronger runner and cyclist, I knew this would be the most difficult.

Well rule #1, don’t go to the pool at noon on a Sunday. I guess I was wrong in thinking everyone would be home having lunch or doing errands.

So I threw on my suit, snapped on my cap and goggles and got into the pool. It’s probably fair to say that I haven’t formally swam since I did lessons at the YMCA back in 1992. Do I know how to swim? Sure do. Do I know proper pool etiquette? Nope. 
With the pool being busy, I jumped into a lane that already had two individuals. Since I was only planning on swimming for 10min, I didn’t think much of simply following the lead of one of the other swimmers. I didn’t want to get in any ones way nor cause any issues. 
I quickly spoke with one of the people in my lane and he didn’t mind at all if I jumped in. After completing one lap I hear a man yelling from 3 lanes over. With my cap over my ears and feeling a little water logged, I asked him to please repeat himself. He didn’t seem very happy. 
“Excuse me! There are a few of us waiting over here to get into a lane. You can’t just jump into a lane, they’re all full.” 
So there I was. Completely drenched and at the end of the lane. I reacted in the only way I thought would work. 
I ignored him. 
For those reading this and don’t know me, I would never normally do this! But something told me it was the best solution for the situation. I mean, if the swimmers in my lane didn’t mind sharing… 
And then one of the men in my lane said, “Who does he think he is, the prince of the pool? I mean really, people sometimes…” So maybe I’m not crazy in thinking you can work into lanes just like you can work into equipment at the gym. 

After about 10 minutes of laps, I gracefully exited the pool. As excited as I am about this tri, there are a few things I need to learn. 
  1. Pool etiquette.
  2. Proper breathing techniques. 
  3. Non-peak times at the pool. 

Have you ever tried something you didn’t know anything about; a class, new machine or exercise? Did you feel like a fish out of water? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


-TTT

I’d rather snack: My top 5

It’d like to say I am a snack person.

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I’ve never been one for large meals.

I hate brunch for this reason. I wake up hungry. Have to wait to eat. And then eat too much leaving me feeling stuffed and tired.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of brunch! Eggs for lunch, an excuse to drink in the middle of the day… I’d just rather snack instead.

I also find I am a product of my work environment. Between teaching lunchtime classes and training clients during peak hours (morning, lunch or after work), I find myself veering towards wholesome, high protein, high fiber snacks.
(whew… long sentence, sorry!)

So here are my top 5 favorite snacks: 

1. Apple with Cinnamon and Peanut Butter/Almond Butter
Let’s be real for a second. Anything that ends with butter is basically my favorite thing. This high protein, high fiber snack satisfies and keeps blood sugar levels stable by adding the cinnamon.

2. Half a Bell Pepper with Hummus cup 
I love hummus. What do I love more than hummus? Individual hummus cups that I can take to work. Protein and veggies… match made in heaven! 
3. String cheese
This snack seriously makes me feel like a kid again! I would spend a long time pulling the cheese apart piece by piece maintaining it’s long strands. Weird.
4. Grapefruit
My new favorite fruit! Why? Because it takes a while to eat and keeps me full longer than any other. With it’s high water and fiber content, it makes a great portable snack.

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5. Chobani
Ohhh nothing but good. So many amazing flavors you’re sure to not get bored! I love Cho mixed with almonds, PB or… anything! Recently Chobani sent me new fantastic flavors that need zero mix-ins.
-Banana
-Bites: Raspberry with Dark Chocolate
-Bites: Carmel with Pineapple Chunks

What are your favorite snack foods? Do you prefer snacking or one larger meal? 
Comment away… 🙂

-TTT