Britney – Work

Heard this song a little while ago but just saw the video today– love how it starts off in the desert and there’s lots of great dancing and visuals. This is going to be theme song to get myself back on the treadmill as I’ve done nothing since the half except eat. You gotta work b*tch!

Juicing Recipes Part 2

Recently we’ve been very actively juicing and have tried a couple really great recipes which I’ve included below (all recipes courtesy of “Clean Green Drinks” by Candace Kuman).  I’ve ranked in order of my favorites:

1. The Juicy Watermelon – Watermelon (4 cups), baby spinach (1 cup), kale (1 cup), large cucumber.  This is an extremely refreshing drink and we enjoyed after a muckfest training this past weekend and it really hit the spot.  Perfect for summer!

2. The Cucumber Cleanser – 1 Fuji Apple, 2 cups kale, 1 large cucumber.  This is again a very refreshing drink and the apple gives it a nice sweetness

3.  The Cucumber Honeydew Melon – 1 medium cucumber, 2 cups kale, 1.5 cups honeydew.  I double the amount of honeydew in the recipe to give it more sweetness and tonight added some lemon which was a nice twist

4. The super beet and kale cleanser – we deviated from the original recipe of beets, kale, and cucumber and added some grapes to this one but I thought the cucumber adds a different taste with beets.

5. The Beetroot Blend – 1 large beet, 4 cups spinach, 1/2 fuji apple.  I am slowly but surely warming up to beet juices and think the apple helps give this one a little sweetness.  Not my favorite but would definitely make it again

6.  The sour apple – 1/2-3/4 head romaine, 3 cups spinach, 1/2 apple, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tbs lemon juice.  This has been my least favorite but believe we added way too much ginger so I would try again with about half the ginger we originally added (was definitely more than the 1tsp the recipe called for)

We have only explored one chapter of her book so much more to come on juicing!

Wine Country Half Marathon

After 12 long weeks of training, we finally ran our half marathon on May 10th, in Santa Barbara wine region.  The course was a little hillier than any of us were expecting (particularly the last mile or two), but we all finished and lived to tell!!  I am so proud of all of us for this accomplishment and thankful that my friends convinced me to take on this challenge late last year.  We raised close to $2,000 for the American Parkinsons Disease Association and thank all our sponsors for their support.  I’ve included a couple pics from the race and am still laughing at all the great times we had on the journey!!


Scenary Shot

Right after the race, I'm not feeling great

Right after the race, I’m not feeling great

Enjoying some Santa Barbara Wines

Enjoying some Santa Barbara Wines

Shot of our awesome shirts and butts!

Shot of our awesome shirts and butts!

Shakira – Empire

What do you do when you’re forced to run for 2 hours on a treadmill because you’re training for a half-marathon and its 20 degrees outside in Chicago in April? You watch Shakira’s music video playlist! Watching her dance moves and seeing how in shape she is provided no excuses to cut my own workout short on the treadmill. This is one of Shakira’s newer songs and after seeing the music video, I became a bigger fan of the song. I’ve also included a Shakira playlist…it’s still not quite summer in Chicago so just in case I’m stuck on that treadmill again.

Iggy Azalea Part 3

So I’m not trying to convert our blog into an Iggy fan club, but I also saw the video for this song over the last week and had to post about it! It takes places in Mumbai and is Iggy Indian-stlye. I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual song but it’s grown on me after a few viewings. I’ve also posted a fun behind the scenes video of the video.