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Wildtree Giveaway…2 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER!

Summer is officially here and what a gorgeous weekend I had here in NJ! Like everyone predicted, we fully skipped spring and went right into summer. πŸ™‚ The sun was shining, temperatures were in the 90’s and I got my first sunburn of the season. I didn’t go anywhere this weekend, which at first was a little disappointing, but it actually ended up being just what I needed. Lots of hot yoga; walks with the dogs; trying out new restaurants; spending some quality time with my Mom; and a few naps here and there. I love love love summer!Β 

Let’s kickoff summer with something awesome…Like another Wildtree GIVEAWAY from Courtney McGregor! I actually got a few products last week from Courtney and have to say that the “Strawberry and Dark Chocolate Jam” is to die for! It sounds and tastes heavenly. I also purchased the “Lemon Pepper Blend” and the “Whole Wheat Pizza Dough”. I figured these were all staples for summer grilling and cannot wait to try them out one of these evening. Courtney is quickly getting me addicted to these products. πŸ™‚

Enough talking…Let’s talk about the WILDTREE GIVEAWAY!

  1. Sweet & Savory Pineapple Sauce: This tropical sauce is the perfectΒ accompaniment to grilled seafood and chicken. It’s also great as a salad dressing, stir-fry sauce and as a base for a fruity salsa.
  2. Lemon Peel And Grapeseed Oil: Infused For A Wonderful, Subtle Lemon Taste. Brush On Fish, Chicken Or Pork Before Grilling. Toss With Raw Veggies And Grill On Foil. Use As A Light Marinade For Shrimp.
  3. Garden Vegetable Blend: This blend is chock full of vegetables and herbs, and it’s so versatile! you can use it to make a hearty pasta sauce, mild salsa, gazpacho, and even a veggie cream cheese spread.
  4. Watermelon Lime Frozen Drink Mix: A refreshing frozen drink mix that can jazz up any summer BBQ! Check out our website for fun recipes. Serves 4 to 6.

If you have never heard of these products before,Wildtree was founded on the premise that food should be natural, delicious, and easy to prepare. Included in this healthy start bundle are products to help you make quick, easy, healthy meals! Also included are some healthy recipes and meal ideas, as well as our complete catalog.Β  If you have any questions or want to place an order, click on Courtney’s name and she will be able to help you!

A winner will be randomly selected on Friday AM and I will post the winner on Twitter, Facebook, and the blog! To enter this GIVEAWAY, you will need to do all 3 things:

  1. “Like” She Rocks Fitness on Facebook (just click on the link);
  2. Tweet about this GIVEAWAY on Twitter (if you don’t have a Twitter account, not a problem); and
  3. Leave a comment about which product your are going to use 1st if you WIN! πŸ™‚

Here’s to the start of a great short week! Good luck with the GIVEAWAY and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Enter the GIVEAWAY and get outside!

Running and Eating…2 of my favorite things!

Two gorgeous days in a row…High-Fives! It is so nice to see the sun shining, the birds chirping, and lots of deep blue sky. I’m honestly sick of talking about the weather, so that’s my last comment about it. πŸ™‚ I hope everyone has been having a good week. I’ve been swamped with clients, training hard, and just plugging along.

Today I wanted to share with you a “food-recap” as to how I fuel myself on a long run training day, along with a day of being on my feet for 6 hours. I trained 6 clients yesterday back to back, so I needed serious energy filled food and what I ate yesterday did the job! I also received these lovely gifts in the mail from Courtney McGregor from Wildtree yesterday when I came back from my run! Courtney is one of my on-line training clients and we have also partnered together to help promote her Wildtree products. If you want to place an order or have any questions, you can click on this link: Courtney McGregor! I cannot wait to incorporate the “Strawberry & Dark Chocolate Jam” into my oats…It sounds heavenly!

I hadn’t run in a whole week, because I wanted to give my knee plenty of rest. This was hard to do, but I held out and hit the pavement for my usual 7 1/2 mile loop. Physically it wasn’t one of my best runs, but time wise I killed it. My knee started hurting pretty early on and it was all I could think about. The pain would come and go and would mainly hurt going downhill. So when I started tackling the hills near my house and glanced down at my watch, I was going faster than I had anytime before…HA! I finished the run in 55:45 minutes. WOW! Great time, but not so good feeling in my knee. Time to give it some more rest, do lots of stretching, and maybe start thinking about more road biking this summer. I woke up and could definitely feel some pain still. Argghhh!

So let’s talk food…

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c Quaker Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups diced fresh strawberries
  • 1 T almond butter
  • Dash of vanilla and cinnamon

Lunch:

  • 2 scrambled eggs
  • 1 heaping handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup of corn
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • onion
  • 1/4 slice avocado
  • 1 T flaxseed
  • Seasoned with: cilantro, red pepper, and pepper

Smoothie:

(Oxygen Magazine inspired with a couple of changes)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 t xanthum gum (3rd day using this and I’m in love)

Dinner and Dessert:

  • 4 ounces of grilled salmon
  • 1 c broccoli
  • Salad: cranberries, tomato, onion, balsamic vinegar and oil
  • Leftover birthday cake!!! Delicious!

I felt fully satisfied after today’s meals, considering how active I was, so this was a good feeling. Lately I’ve been struggling with making sure I’m consuming enough calories on a daily basis, since I’m training so hard both personally and professionally. This was a good day.

Do you make sure to rest your body when you are experiencing an injury or do you motor through it? What is your summer smoothie of choice?

Old School Recipe: Sloppy Joe’s…Healthier Version

Despite this dreary, gross, and depressing weather, the week went by fairly quickly! Always a good thing. It was a busy week filled with clients, recovering from the 1/2 marathon, and trying out some new recipes. This week also involved watching some great season finales on TV: Modern Family and the Good Wife! Both were AMAZING!

This week I wanted to try out a old school favorite of mine: Sloppy Joe’s! It’s great comfort food and found a delicious recipe from Ellie Krieger on Food Network. I made this the day before, so that all the flavors could soak overnight. In my opinion with certain dishes like this, the next day they always taste better. πŸ™‚ I prepared this before work and it took me a total of 30 minutes to prep and cook. Easy as pie, simple ingredients, and loads of flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low sodium drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:


Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

I served this over 2 slices of toasted Portuguese bread from The Nantucket Bake Shop on Nantucket; steamed broccoli; and a salad. I almost forgot to take a picture of this. I was so hungry when I got home and was inhaling it. πŸ™‚ Always a good sign of a good meal, plus there is enough for one more meal this weekend or next week. Perfect!

What is your favorite “Old School” recipe to cook? Have you changed it to make a healthier version or do you keep it as is?

Superhero 1/2 Marathon RECAP

I am so excited to share with all of you the recap of Sundays Superhero 1/2 Marathon here in Morristown, NJ! Despite the gloomy weather, the race was a blast! It was a fun course, great volunteers, tons of people dressed in costume, and it was a personal record for ME! I haven’t done a 1/2 marathon in 5 years (oh my gosh, I cannot believe it has been that long) and this was the first event that I didn’t have a set training schedule. I’m usually such a planner and decided that I would just go into this with the goal of trying to maintain a 8 minute mile. Yes, I have been training in the gym and yoga studio on a regular basis, but I wasn’t running further than 8 miles for my long runs. I figured this would be a good race to see how I do, what I need to improve on, and how many 1/2 marathons I realistically want to tackle this summer/fall.

At 3:00 AM on Sunday morning, I woke up to it raining cats and dogs outside and needless to say was kind of full panic to think that I might have to run in the downpour in only 5 and 1/2 hours. I fell back asleep and realized it was totally out of my control and I was running either way. Alarm clock went off at 6:30 AM. 2 cups of coffee and a BIG bowl of Quaker Oats, with a apple, and of course a heaping T of Crazy Richard’s Crunchy PB, and I was full, nervous, and ready to rock! πŸ™‚ I usually always eat a bowl of oats before any long run. Before my 8 mile runs, I always have 1/2 c of oats. Before runs longer than 10 miles, I do my usual 1/2 c plus 1/4 cup and it is the perfect amount to give me a sustained amount of energy. Love it!

My friends Lauren (she has shared multiple recipes on this blog..delicious) and her husband Rob picked me up at 8:00 AM and we were ready to rock! Parking was easy, the music was pumping, and a ton of people showed up despite the weather. I was most excited by the fact that it had stopped raining. I admit that when it comes to running inΒ Β Β  the rain, I usually choose not to do it. I’m a pansy. πŸ˜‰

Race started at 8:30 AM and we were off. I put on my head phones and started running. The tunes were rocking (Pit Bull on Pandora was my choice for the run), I was light on my feet, my legs felt great, belly was full, and I was just going and going and going…As we passed mile 5, I glanced down at my watch to see my heart rate and also noticed that I was flying! I was way under a pace of 8:00 minute miles. I was PSYCHED! After seeing this and realizing how good I felt, I knew I could nail this race. From that moment on, I was unstoppable. I was in the zone and nothing was going to slow me down. Love that feeling!Β 

Before I knew it, I was coming to the last 1/2 mile and I spotted my Mom from a mile away. It was so good to see her! There is nothing better than having the ones you love out there in the yucky weather cheering you on!Β  I rounded the second turn and was pumping my arms and pushing my legs. I was in a full sprint and embracing everything around me. Yep, this is why I love this!


Results:

  • Bib Number: 1030
  • Sex Age: F/32
  • Time: 1:39:55.05
  • Pace: 7:37.6
  • Chip Time: 1:39:40.66
  • Chip Pace: 7:36.54
  • Gender Place25/657
  • Age Group Place: F30-39: 7/237
  • Masters Age PLP: 66.00

I couldn’t be more happy with this race and seriously had a runner’s high until Monday morning! I was also so happy for Lauren as well. This was her first 1/2 and she not only looked great as Wonder Woman, but finished in 2:10! High-Fives Lauren!

Running is my passion and I do it for so many reasons, but this race was a great way to start off the summer with family, friends, and start training for upcoming races. Thank you for all of your support on Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail! Stay dry this week! I’m actually contemplating getting outside and running in the rainy weather….HA!

What is your favorite 1/2 Marathon to participate in and why?

My Love for Greek Yogurt!

Happy Friday the 13th! Today is the first day in over a week that the sun wasn’t shining when I woke up this morning. Pretty amazing for Jersey considering our track record this winter and spring. Anyway, it is Friday, the weekend is here and I am running a 1/2 Marathon on Sunday! YIKES! The weather forecast is supposed to be 70 degrees with thunderstorms. I’m hoping this isn’t true, but it is totally out of my control. HA! I’m aiming to keep a steady pace of 8 minute miles…so we’ll see. Like my good friend Lindsay Cotter, I also get very anxious with setting goals. I just want to see how I do, enjoy the run, and then figure out what I need to improve on for the upcoming races this summer!

Let’s talk about Greek yogurt! This has been my choice of breakfast the past couple of weeks and lately I cannot seem to get enough of it. I LOVE it! I find myself having a bowl of it three times a week. This is a big change for me since I used to eat oatmeal 4 times a week. Do we need to discuss the nutritional benefits of Greek yogurt or should we just talk about our favorite combos? πŸ˜‰ I will also be honest and say that I love both Fage and Chobani. It honestly depends if one is on sale and what kind of Greek yogurt mood I’m in. So, I support both!

Greek Yogurt Breakfast usually entails:

  • 1 c Greek Yogurt
  • 1 c fresh berries or 1 diced apple
  • 1 T Crazy Richard’s Crunchy Peanut Butter (Ammmaaaazzziiiinnnggg!)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla

This is my breakfast this AM and cannot wait to dig in! I have to fuel up before my last run before Sunday. Today I am going to run for almost 4.5 miles at a nice easy pace, since I am feeling a little stiff and slightly sluggish. Tomorrow I think I may walk the dogs, depending on the weather, and then rest up for Sunday. Looking forward to the challenge and the overall experience of running events. They have such great energy!


Have a wonderful weekend and talk soon!

What is your favorite Greek yogurt breakfast combo? I need to get more creative and would love to hear your suggestions!

Backyard Workout…

Another gorgeous morning in New Jersey! I just checked the weekly forecast and it looks like it is supposed to be perfect all the way through Sunday. High-Fives to that, especially since I’m running the Superhero 1/2 Marathon on Sunday morning…This is the first race that I have not stuck to a set training schedule, which is so not like me. I didn’t want to put any pressure on myself and since I’ve been training hard and eating well, I figured let’s just wing it and see how it goes. πŸ™‚ My goal is to do 3 1/2 marathons before fall!

With the weather being so AMAZING, I figured this is a good week to train outdoors, since I spend all afternoon and evening in the gym. If you haven’t figured it out already, I crave sunshine. So hitting the pavement and doing circuits in the backyard is what this weeks workouts are all about. Oh and of course at least one yoga class at powerflow! πŸ˜‰ I need to get some serious stretching in before the race on Sunday.

Yesterday morning I tackled a 4.5 mile run down the country roads of New Jersey after eating a delicious bowl of oats. I have recently cut back on my oatmeal intake, but I make sure that I have a nice hearty bowl before long runs and long days at work. It is the one breakfast meal that keeps me full for a little over 3 hours. This bowl was delicious and as usual, I never wanted it to end!

Breakfast:

  • 1/2 c Quaker Oats
  • 1 T (heaping) almond butter
  • 1 c fresh sliced strawberries

After my run, I grabbed the 10 lbs dumbbells and did a 30 minute circuit that you can do inside or outside, so NO EXCUSES! I got my heart rate up, my muscles were burning, and I was sweating…all signs of a successful quick at-home circuit! Try it out sometime this week and feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns. I love hearing from you!

Perform 2 sets of each circuit. 20 repetitions. 1-Minute rest between circuits. Equipment: 10lbs dumbbells and your body!

  • Squats with dumbbells
  • Reverse lunges with dumbbells
  • Plies with dumbbells
  • Bent over dumbbell row
  • Hammer curl with dumbbells
  • Shoulder press with dumbbells
  • Squat Jumps
  • Mountain Climbers (60 repetitions)
  • Plank: 1-Minute
  • Fire Hydrant
  • Donkey Kick
  • Renegade Row
  • Triceps Kickback
  • Frontal Raise

Do you prefer to train outside or inside? πŸ™‚

Pistachio Muffins…DELISH

Gosh it has been a LONG LONG LONG time since I have written a post, but I’m finally back! I have had so many things going on both personally, professionally, and emotionally. April was a long dreary month, but this Mother’s Day weekend has been fabulous and the sunny weather has made me psyched to tackle all of the upcoming projects I have going on! I cannot wait to share all of them with you, once they start happening. πŸ™‚

Spring is FINALLY here...


First let’s start with a random recipe I threw together this weekend! Pistachio Muffins! Yes, so random, but so darn good. Lately I have been on a almond and pistachio tear. My almond butter consumption has also been through the roof as well. Almost everyday this week I have had at least 2 heaping tablespoons of it…HA! Totally sidetracked there, so let’s talk about this recipe! Easy, reasonably healthy, quick, and of course delicious! I found it on this website: www.mrbreakfast.com. Check out the site and try this recipe sometime this week.

Pistachio Muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup oats – quick or old fashioned
  • 1/3 cup pistachio nuts – finely chopped
  • 1 large egg – lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For Topping (just mix togeter):
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts – finely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare 12 muffin cups with papers or generous coating of cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flours, sugar, oats, nuts, baking powder and salt.

Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix together milk, applesauce, oil and egg.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just moistened.

Wet Ingredients

Fill prepared muffin cups a little more than 3/4 full. Sprinkle topping evenly over each muffin.

Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown. Stick a toothpick in the center of one of the muffins. If it comes out dry, the muffins are done. If there’s a little batter stuck to it, you need to cook the muffins longer.

Allow muffins to cool before serving.


Finished Product=YUMMY

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend with their Moms! We cooked a decadent breakfast, gave Mom some gifts, and laughed out loud. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful weekend here in NJ. It’s so nice to see the sun shining, the flowers blooming, and spending quality time with my family.

Like I said before, there are some amazing things happening this month with She Rocks Fitness, so make sure to check back frequently! Happy Mother’s Day to all the strong, beautiful, and intelligent women out there! xoxo