Facing Imperfect Conditions (plus a new recipe..yummm)

Well my apologies to everyone, but the worst possible thing that could happen to a blogger happened to me – yes, my internet has been down for over a month. Craziness, I know. So, here I am going to exceptional lengths to get a post to you (just kidding, I’m at my boyfriend’s house…I don’t think that qualifies as exceptional).

Anyways, that is enough complaining out of me; onto the topic of the week – TRIATHLONS and learning to accept less than perfect (plus a quinoa power salad to get you through your workout)!

This weekend, I did the Peterborough Sprint Tri – completely, yes completely, unprepared.  I hadn’t planned on doing any triathlons this summer and I had decided to focus on weights and whatever cardio my little heart desired each day. But, that all went out the window.

Why?

Because someone got me talking about triathlons. As soon as I started talking about triathlons, I knew that I couldn’t resist; there was absolutely no way that I could stand on the sidelines of the race, so I entered.

As soon as I entered the tri my mind went into overdrive and the doubt crept in; what was I thinking, I’m not ready, I’ll come in last, what if I can’t finish? All of these questions came rushing through my mind, and I was ready to pull out of the race until I asked myself – what if I do come in last or cannot finish? Would that be the end of the world? No, probably not. In fact, isn’t it better to come in last then to watch from the sidelines?

Again, on race day, I was faced with a challenge; I woke up with a wicked cold. This time I didn’t let the doubt creep in, I stopped it at the source and decided that anything could happen, but I would not be missing the tri.

I decided to accept the less than perfect conditions and embrace the opportunity for what it was – a great chance to have fun and accomplish one of my goals. I am so glad that I got over my fears because I had a really great time and it completely motivated me to train for more triathlons over the summer.

On that note, if you have something you really want to do but keep waiting for those perfect conditions – don’t! I challenge you to accept the less than perfect conditions in your life and go for it – don’t let anything stop you – you won’t regret it!

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Anddd… here is your recipe:

Quinoa Salad:

You will need:

  • Quinoa
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Sun-dried tomato and oregano dressing
  • Goat cheese

Instructions:

  • Cook your quinoa
  • Cut your cucumber into quarters
  • Cut your tomato in cubes
  • Add your goat cheese and dressing
  • Stir
  • Cool in the fridge

This recipe is really easy to make and is perfect for fuelling your workouts (or races).

Enjoy my little lovelies!

Ciao,

Sam

xo

Be Bold!

We’re Back…

Yes, you read right…we are back (and no, we have not fallen off the face of the earth as you likely suspected)!

It has been a long hiatus for us and we are finally back on track – with two new recipes to boot (I decided to give you an extra recipe to make up for being MIA).

The first recipe I want to share with you is a super yummy veggie burger recipe. I am so glad that I decided to become a vegetarian and I know it was the right decision, but every once in a while I just get that craving for a big, fat burger. So, the other day I decided to give in – no wait, not fully – I did however, decide to be a little more adventurous then just reach for the nearest frozen veggie burger. I made a portabella mushroom burger, with “guacamole” sauce (or at least your taste buds will think that’s what it is…sneaky right?). It was so tasty that I just had to share it with you!

So, here is what you will need:

Portabella Mushroom cap

Avocado

Cottage Cheese

Your favourite spices (I used steak spice, roasted pepper spice and paprika)

Lettuce

Multigrain Tortilla (or your favourite type of bun)

Onions

Olive Oil

The Trick-Your-Tastebuds Sauce:

  1. Cut slices of avocado and mash with a potato masher
  2. Mix cottage cheese (1 tbsp) with the mashed avocado and continue to mash the mixture
  3. Add your favourite spices (to taste)

The Burger:

  1. Fry your portabella “burger” in olive oil with your favourite spices until cooked
  2. Fry onions in olive oil
  3. Place your burger in the tortilla (or bun), add the sauce to the indented part of the mushroom cap and garnish with lettuce and onions

From Google Images

This burger was seriously delicious and completely satisfied my burger craving…mission accomplished!

The second recipe I’m going to share with you is my Peanut Butter Protein Bites. I am obsessed with these – they are so yummy! They are perfect for when you can’t decide if you’re craving something sweet or salty (but if you are craving something a little more chocolaty try my extra special Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites)!

Peanut Butter Protein Bites:

You will need:

2 packages of plain oatmeal

2 tbsp peanut butter (I use all natural, but use your preference)

½ scoop vanilla protein powder

1-2 tbsp of spelt flour (optional, but will stick together better with this)

1 tbsp olive oil margarine

This recipe is so easy you will not believe it!

Steps to Make It:

1. Melt the peanut butter and margarine in a bowl together (approx. 30 seconds in the microwave)

2. Add protein powder and oatmeal then stir until the margarine and peanut butter have coated all of the oatmeal and protein powder.

3. Stir in flour until mixed thoroughly

4. Using a spoon make little oatmeal bites (roll into balls)

5. Place in container (not covered) and freeze for minimum of 10 minutes

For a more chocolaty treat…

You will need:

2 packages of plain oatmeal

2 tbsp peanut butter (I use all natural, but use your preference)

½ scoop vanilla protein powder

1-2 tbsp of spelt flour (optional, but will stick together better with this)

1 tbsp olive oil margarine

1 tbsp coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1-2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Follow the same directions as above but also mix in the chocolate chips and coconut flakes in Step 2

Enjoy these little drops of heaven 😉

From Google Images

Well that’s all for now lovely readers – we’ll try not to disappear again!

Ciao,

Sam

xo

Blue Sky and Sunshine

Hello Lovelies,

I hope everyone is having a great week and has had as wonderful weather as we have had here in London! Seeing the green grass and blue sky with sun just made my day! I think the beautiful weather makes a huge difference in my thinking; I love starting out the day by looking out the window at a nice blue sky – how can you not be positive when you see that?

I have a new workout and smoothie recipe to share!

Here is the workout:

– 20 minutes stationary bike

– 20 minutes yoga (Mandy Ingber’s Self Magazine workout)

– 30 plank rows

– 30 mountain climbers

– 1 minute plank

– 2 X 1 minute side plank (on each side)

– Arm Pullover Crunches with dumbbells

From Google Images

It was a great workout and felt amazing afterwards. My arms felt like noodles for the rest of the day; oddly enough I see this as success 😛 I decided to have a smoothie with a little bit of an extra protein burst after our crazy workout! So here it is; my latest smoothie recipe. This one is really a meal replacement type of smoothie (trust me you will be full after you drink it).

Ingredients:

– Plain Soymilk

– 2 tablespoons rolled oats

– 1 tablespoon peanut butter

– ½ scoop of protein powder

– 1 frozen banana (cut your banana into pieces before freezing or you’ll have quite the time trying to blend it)

Steps:

– Blend 2 tbsp rolled oats with a splash of soymilk until blended into a paste

– Add the remaining ingredients and blend for approx. 30 seconds

Enjoy!

From Google Images

I really liked this smoothie and would recommend it for a breakfast smoothie. It’s really creamy, you almost feel like you’re having a milkshake!

Enjoy the weekend and the beautiful weather!

-Sam

Be Bold. Be Beautiful. Be You.