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Showing posts from January 22, 2012

"Bad" food and upcoming event this evening

There are no rules in my diet, nor in my training routine. I understand that each day builds on one another and with balance, I can feel growth both as an active individual and as a health conscious individual. It's important that we recognize that we can only reduce risk for disease and illness....because rarely is anything 100% preventable in life. I believe that we all should embrace situations with the idea that what we put into something is directly proportional to what we get out of it. But sometimes, if done right, we get more out of something than what we put in. Knowing that a sweet treat here or there or a few missed workouts will not cause an "end of the world" situation, never lose sight of how you are living your life. Simply addressing those competing voices in your head is the easiest and most simple way of finding ways to create balance so that you are living life with happiness and satisfaction and not regret. You see, what's the point of achieving

Score for Brussels Sprouts!

Life with my husband is never boring....especially at meal time. We LOVE to eat! Food is an important part of our routine and we can not live without it. However, meal time is not a time for lecturing, feelings of guilt or negative body image thoughts. Actually, there is never a time for those things in our household. Karel is a very hard working individual, with a lot of drive, determination and discipline. With his European upbringing, Karel has taught me a lot about embracing challenging situations and never believing you will give up. When it comes to food and exercise, Karel has played an integral role in my philosophy of creating a healthy balance in my lifestyle. When it comes to creating new habits or improving current lifestyle practices, I firmly believe that you have to have teamwork. Every person, regardless of personal goals, needs someone to be your #1 cheerleader and supporter. We all need someone to believe in us, when we don't believe in our self. Most of all, we n

A life changing day

"Pile up too many tomorrows and you’ll find that you’ve collected nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays." -The Music Man I'm a believer that life is a journey or rather a process in which we make each day profitable for a quality filled life. It wasn't too long ago that I competed in my 5th Ironman, the 2012 Ironman World Championships. I remember it like it was yesterday and so lucky to share it with Karel, my parents and so many far-away blog readers and friends. Believe it or not, I still remember my first Ironman as if it was yesterday. In 2006, I had been dating Karel for around 5 months and I wanted no outside help when it came to my triathlon training. At the ripe age of 24, my training was like a child at her own birthday party. I was stubborn, into my own "routine" and completely obsessed with what the day will bring for me. Although I don't endorse this approach now a day, I managed to succeed very well in my first attempt at the Ironman dis

Homemade pizza and arugula salad

Every now and then, there comes an opportunity to enjoy a fresh, warm slice of pizza. Sunday January 22nd, 2012 happened to be that day. No reason, just a fresh bag of dough from the local grocery store (Publix) and my hubby who told me that we were having Pizza on Sunday. Karel sprinkled sesame seeds on the "crust" of the dough after he let the dough rise and then pressed it out as thin as possible. To dress up our homemade pizza, I spooned tomato sauce topped with chili flakes (we love spicy food!) on the dough. I use cheese as my last topping so I started layering my toppings.... Sun dried tomatoes Roasted red peppers (in a glass jar) Fresh egg plant (sliced) Onions (sliced) Garlic (chopped) Mushrooms (sliced) Green bell peppers (sliced) Pineapple chunks (canned in own juice, rinsed well) Spicy Tofu (fresh ingredients - cubed and cooked on seperate non stick pan in oven) The pizza (and tofu) was cooked at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes (or until edges were golden brown). TI

News "bites"...too good to be true

First off, I had the most amazing time at the Oakley Global Sales conference in LA! I think I am caught up on sleep and feeling back to my old east-coast self. I had two great workouts this weekend but did not rush the morning routine and took my time by sleeping in until my body woke me up (6:30-7am). Despite it being a quick trip from the east to west coas and a red-eye on the way, all 48 hours were worth it! I loved being surrounded by so many passionate individuals from around the world. As a humble Oakley Women ambassador, I am proud to support a brand that supports MY ACTIVE lifestyle (Karel is also a BIG fan!). Athlete or fitness enthusiast, the Oakley is a quality brand, built from passionate individuals, who help others live the life you always dreamed of living. Every night before bed, I read one of my magazines or journals. I have many. I was able to catch up on a bunch of them during my trip and I couldn't wait to share a few news bites with you. As you know, I love kee