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Lance Armstrong Unedited or so we are being led to believe. Mr Armstrong is supposedly going to confess to Oprah Winfrey tomorrow and Friday night and I am wondering what the end goal is or am I? Do I really care if he says he doped? Do I really need to hear him say it? And if he does say what happens then? There is lots of speculation that this is so that he can go back to racing but the problem with that theory is that with his confession will come lawsuits. With lawsuits comes time in court. With time in court comes no time for training and racing. So what is his end goal?
Is his end goal to clear his name and say I'm sorry? It won't work because it seems to have gotten past the point of using performance enhancing drugs and gotten to the point of his personal attacks on those that were talking about him doping. He abused these people and painted them into a corner and now he wants forgiveness? Forgiveness for what? For lying? For cheating? For bullying? All of it?
I have tried to remove myself from this conversation by saying I don't care, but the truth of the matter is that I do care. I care about the way that these people were treated. I care about the fact that he doped and lied while representing the United States while riding for the USPS Team. I care about false pretenses under which the Livestrong foundation was built.
Black Forest Cake can be very decadent and contain a lot calories, plus it won't help you recover from a tough race or workout. This recipe will aid in your recovery and help you get out the door the next day for another workout.
The beauty of the Herbalife product line is that it is so versatile so whenever I see a desert, like Black Forest Cake, I immeditely think of how I can transform it into a shake that will aid in my pursuit of my Ironman dreams. I workout on a daily basis so recovery is a must for me and these shakes, when taken within 30 minutes of my workout, truly aid in my recovery. Couple these shakes with the proper diet of macro and micro nutrients and I am able to successfully complete the workouts that are laid out for me by my coaches from No Limits Endurance Coaching.
The beauty behind the Black Forest Cake Recovery smoothie is that it incorporates the proper amounts of carbohydrates and protein but you get a serving of fruit out of it along with healthy fats in the form of almonds. The hardest part of this shake for me is not to have it on a daily basis. Why is that hard? Well I love to mix up my diet with different flavors, as seen by the Apple Pie Recovery smoothie recipe I posted yesterday, and it would be easy to fall into the same shake on a daily basis, especially with this shake.
Here is the recipe:
Apple Pie sounds terrific doesn't it? How about an apple pie recovery shake? There is nothing better (or American) than apple pie after a tough workout but it isn't the best idea for recovery unless it comes in the form of an Herbalife24 recovery shake. This recipe will provide you with the required carbohydrates and protein to aid in your recovery from a workout or race.
Consuming this shake within 30 minutes of finishing your workout will aid you the most in terms of rebuilding the muscles that you broke down during your workout.
Apple Pie Recovery Shake
2013 is less than 24 hours away and the number of goals and resolution lists that will pop up on the internet and on notepad paper will be astronomical. I have my goals and some resolutions for 2013 but I think in order for me to be successful at achieving them they need to be small, manageable and realistic.
For me to write down that a goal for 2013 is to weight 130 pounds when Ironman Texas comes along is not realistic. Having a goal that says I will win my age group at Ironman Texas is not a small task. Training for the race to the tune of 20 hours per week is not manageable with my company work and family obligations. So with that being said my goals and resolutions for 2013 are (in no particular order):
1- My goal is to race Ironman Texas at 140 pounds. I currently weigh 147 pounds and that means losing about 2 pounds per month and being at the 140 pound weight by the end of April. 2 pounds per month is small, manageable and realistic.
Visualization is tremendous tool to accomplishing your dreams. If you can visualize it you can achieve it. This upcoming racing season I have visualized my goals for 70.3 Puerto Rico and Ironman Texas. I shared these goals with Coach Maria of No Limits Endurance and she has put into place a training plan that will aid me in getting there.
Notice I did not say that it WOULD get me there but only aid me. I have to do the work to get to those goals but I am already one step closer because I can visualize myself achieving these dreams. Putting those goals down on paper and sharing them was another important step in getting to the finish line.
When I step out my front door I can see the finish line of Ironman Texas. I can see the clock ticking away knowing that all the hard work I put into this event has paid off. The splash of my arm in the water. The beep of my Garmin on my bike. The pitter-patter of my steps while I run. These are all queues that I will take with me on my journey.
When I jump into the pool at 5:00am and begin my swim sets I am not just following the black line. I am putting myself in Lake Woodlands with 2,500 other athletes all looking to accomplish the same task: Finish an Ironman. I take it one step further in that finishing is not good enough anymore. I want to finish
New Years resolutions have begun being formulated or have been formulated and now people are waiting a few days before beginning them. In that time they will do the exact opposite in the hopes that come January 1st they will have the will power to reverse those actions. Is this reasonable?
Most resolutions will revolve around losing weight, working out more, drinking more water, being less stressed all in an attempt to live healthier. The problem with this thinking is that it is not a one day flip a switch decision. This decision to live healthier means a full commitment to a lifestyle. Being a willing participant in the avoidance of unhealthy foods like soda or fried anything. Walking into a party knowing that you are going to eat vegetables and salads first before the main course. Having the ability to ask for a to go box before the food is even brought to your table at a restaurant. That is what it takes to keep the resolution you set for yourself.
That being said there are other ways as well. One of the lessons I learned when I started this venture into living a healthy lifestyle was that I couldn’t accomplish it all in one step. In other words I had to eat the elephant one bite at a time. I focused on accomplishable goals like eating 2 pieces of fruit per day along with 2 servings of vegetables. Within a few weeks that grew to 3 and 3, then before I knew it I was a vegetarian. It wasn’t that hard to do because I set goals that were easy to accomplish.
On my other blog (Cook Train Eat Race) I wrote a blog post about sports marketing and LeBron James. Today, on Christmas Day, I found myself glues to the TV watching the NBA. In full disclosure I have not been an NBA fan for some time as I have found the game to be more of one-on-one than an actual team sport. WIth LeBron James winning the title last year and the Dallas Mavericks (I live in Dallas) winning the year before I find myself more interested in the NBA for the first time in a long time.
When I turned on ABC to watch the marathon of games I noticed in the Knicks-Lakers game the solid colored uniforms and couldn't figure out why they would be wearing uniforms that were of one color. Of course the first thought that creeped into my head was marketing and revenue generation. The NBA has done a remarkable job of marketing their sport by putting the name of the sport on the backs of the players. Everybody wanted to be like Mike right? Well if it was more about the Bulls or the Lakers instead of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson their marketing plan may not have worked.
When there was a break in the action the commercial that came up explained to me that I was right. It was about marketing and revenue generating. The commercial features basketball players dribbling balls to Christmas theme. As they played the song I found myself bobbing my head and really enjoying it. Then when the commercial ends you see the generation of revenue beginning where the words Christmas Day Uniforms is flashed.
Check out the commercial below:
Cookies are my favorite treat. Ever since I was a kid having a cookie was my favorite 'food' item, even more so than ice cream. It also didn't matter what the cookie was. It could have been an oatmeal raisin (my favorite), or chocolate chip, or peanut butter, or sugar. In the end it just didn't matter. As I got older my taste buds changed and the ginger cookie started finding its way into my rolodex of cookies. Then when I decided to become a triathlete my diet changed and those cookies did not show up in the pantry as much.
Today the cookie is truly a treat but I try to make them myself and as healthy as I possibly can. I have made peanut oat cookies and then I decided to add in some recovery powder so that I can have these right after a long bike ride or run. These are ideal as I can bring them with me in a sandwich bag and not worry about them melting. Here is the recipe:
Corn tortillas used to be the enemy and now they are my friend. Why the change? After reading about today's wheat in the book Wheat Belly I decided to make a change and go wheat-free or realistically to avoid wheat as much as possible. Since going vegetarian 2 years ago I figured the wheat-free diet would be similar. It would be hard for a couple of weeks and then I'd be on the easy road. Not so much.
Wheat is in everything and crazy enough the removal of wheat caused some withdrawals. I was not working out as much as I had been since I was on the recovery road from Ironman Arizona yet I was more exhausted. Having to take a 30-45 minute nap in the middle of the day was required just to get me through. The cravings for sweets and really anything at the end of the day were almost uncontrollable. This change was having a profound effect on my mind as well as my body. In the first 10 days I managed to drop 4 pounds but the other stuff was hard to bear.
In that time I started looking for ways to enjoy my favorite foods. My favorites are vegetable sandwiches, nut butter and jelly sandwiches and mexican food. I tried making bread with brown rice flour to no avail and have yet to find a way to make homemade bread (if you've got a full-proof recipe that does not require a bread maker please let me know.) My nut butter and jelly sandwiches are now open-faced on slices of pears and apples, which is good because I get 2 servings of fruit from that. The mexican was the hardest until I figured that I had to get over my dislike of corn tortillas.
Why would I dislike corn tortillas? I mean I enjoy chips made from corn when I dunk it into the guacamole or the salsa so why not corn tortillas for tacos and enchilladas and burritos? The first reason was that corn got a bad rap from the high fructose corn syrup craze and the second was that I looked at it like a white potato which is to say it was a starch and not necessarily a vegetable. Doing some research and knowing that I was making it at home got me past my issues with corn tortillas.
Today I am providing you my recipe for making corn tortilla tacos and I hope you enjoy it.
Corn Tortilla Vegan Tacos