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PTs, BBQs and Weddings

1 Jul

On Monday I started an adventure with my new Physical Therapist!

The mission: Get better by August, or at least feel better by August.

I’ve told everyone (that is willing to listen) about my hip/booty problems before. And finally I am doing something about it!!! I have been going to a Chiropractor for the pain the past 6 weeks, but decided I needed something more. My foot started hurting in a way I haven’t ever experienced, and that made me scared.

First step to recovery was to stop running and take it easy. I thought I would be miserable during my first week off, but it was actually pretty awesome. I loved having the time to do other fun workouts. And I loved just sleeping in if I wanted to. I always tell people, “listen to your body”, and I knew it was time for me to do that too!

After a week off, I felt better already. Which proved to me even more, I needed a BREAK!!!

Monday morning, I met with my new PT. The best part about the PT is that he came to my office to meet with me! One of the 1,000 perks about working at Hallmark is that we have a full clinic and I can do these kind of things at work. I love it.

We will be focusing on my hip pain this month and strengthening my muscles more. I have lots of exercises to do, but I am going to try my hardest to stay focused an on track with them.

Fingers crossed that I am feeling better by August so I can hit is hard for my next big racing adventure!! More to come there 🙂

ANYWAY….

We had another wedding last weekend, and it was a blast. It was one of those weddings where you wake up the next day sore from dancing so much. Brady and Molly – thank you for all the fun you gave us!

Love him!

Love him!

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End of the night selfie….GO TO BED.

On Saturday I hosted all of my cousins at my house for a little family BBQ. Ramsey was a pro at the grill and I got to try a new burger recipe. I also made some amazing Key Lime pie.

King of the grill!

King of the grill!

And queen of the pie.

And queen of the pie.

And on Sunday I experimented and made black bean sliders. They were SO GOOD. I just heated up the Morningstar Farms black bean patties, added a slice of cheese, guacamole and put them on a roll. Ramsey got 3 rolls, I got 1. But even without the roll, these little guys were delicious.

Ramsey's plate.

Ramsey’s plate.

I am looking forward to a day off work on Friday to hang out with my family and celebrate the 4th.

Have you gone to a PT before? And what are you up to on the 4th??

xo,

Ali

 

 

 

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Recipe: Favorite Guacamole

9 Jun

I love guac. A lot. I used to hate it, but now I can’t get enough of the stuff.

Over the past few months, I have perfected my guacamole recipe, and it is ready to share.

This recipe is totally clean and can be used at every meal. For breakfast I throw it on eggs, lunch I put it on sandwiches and salads, and dinner I will put it on anything that can be used as a vehicle to get the stuff in my mouth. Like I said, I love guac.

  • 3 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (I like red onion)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or 1tsp of cilantro you get in the spice aisle)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Mash the avocados with a potato masher. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy in all the ways mentioned above, or throw it on some whole grain tortilla chips. These are my fav.

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Enjoy!!

How do you make your guac? Any tips for my recipe?

xo,

Ali

Recipe: Faux Cheesecake

17 Oct

A couple days ago I posted my favorite breakfast recipe, Overnight Oats. Today I want to share my favorite nighttime treat, Faux Cheesecake.

I first saw this recipe in the South Beach Diet cookbook. I thought it sounded so gross, but then I tried it and my mind was changed. Over the years I have adapted the Faux Cheesecake recipe, and have created one that I love.

I must put a disclaimer on this recipe. This is NOT cheesecake. This does not taste like real cheesecake. Is a big fat cookie, ice cream or cupcakes better than this Faux Cheesecake? Absolutely. BUT this is an amazing alternative to dessert if you need a quick sweet fix and you’re trying to be healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4c Ricotta Cheese (I like part skim/low fat)
  • 1/2tsp honey
  • 1/2tsp Peanut Butter (use PB2 to save calories)
  • A dash of pure vanilla extract
  • A sprinkle of dark chocolate chips

Throw it all in a bowl, stir it up, and enjoy!

This recipe is roughly 200 calories, maybe a little less. The Ricotta cheese is great because it packs 14 grams of protein a serving, and it is only 60 calories a serving!

If you use PB2 instead of real peanut butter, and only a few chocolate chips, this snack would be close to 120 calories a serving. Pretty great for a bedtime snack!

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Hope you enjoy!!!

xo,

Ali

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