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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Eat Fit Not Fat – Mile High Grilled Veggie Panini with Roasted Garlic Avocado Spread

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I know what you’re all thinking…. SUZ, WHERE IS THE MEAT AND CHEESE?!?! After a much thought out debate, I decided to make this weeks installment dedicated to the veggies. With Summer quickly approaching, the grocery stores produce section is becoming much more vibrant and more fruits and veggies are coming into season. In all honestly, I’d have to say I didn’t even miss the meat and melty cheese in this delicious grilled sandwich. (Okay, maybe a little, but I’m trying to be healthy people!) Sometimes you can’t have it all in life and the same is true for your dinner plate I suppose; ).

I made over a 5 star recipe from Food Network’s very own Rachael Ray.  Rachael used a creamy herbed mayonnaise spread for her sammy. I slimmed down her spread by swapping mayo for avocado and  added some green onion, lime and roasted garlic. I shaved more than 200 calories and 10 grams of fat off her sandwich by using a different spread and only using 1 piece of bread instead of 2 per sandwich.

Check it out!

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Buffalo Half Marathon Recap!

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As with all great races, here is the obligatory post-race recap!

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Ellie and I woke up bright an early for a 7:00 a.m. race start time. This was by far the earliest start time I’ve ever been a part of, and although I was grumpy about it, it turned out to be no big deal. Honestly, it turned out to be a blessing because the air was still cool and crisp, and the morning sunshine just took the edge off the colder temperatures.

Grain Elevators in Buffalo

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Weigh-In Post Delayed!

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Hello hello! Unfortunately due to computer failures, this weeks Weigh-In post is going to be delayed. I am currently fighting with a failed firmware update on the computer which stores all of the generated weigh-in plots.

Submit your data as usual, as once this machine is up and running again I will be posting the results!

Thanks!

Buffalo Half-Marathon Success!

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Eat Fit Not Fat – Cauliflower Crust Hawaiian Pizza

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This weeks post is dedicated to Ms. Adrienne Bard. She forwarded this recipe along to me last week and said I should try it, so I did. She also came over to the Bohlson kitchen on Monday evening to help create and indulge in a healthy pizza makeover. I was little skeptical about making a pizza crust out of cauliflower and not adding any flour to the crust whatsoever. I decided to suck it up and get over my fear of white vegetables and gave this recipe a whirl. By using cauliflower as your main ingredient you eliminate many of the carbs you ingest with a typical pizza and you slash hundreds of calories. I would say our creation was more of a flat bread, eat with a fork type pizza versus your typical pick up and shovel into your mouth and feel incredibly bloated and full after 2 greasy pieces type pizza. (Don’t get me wrong, I do love a good slice of cheesy pepperoni pizza from time to time!)
The Ingredients

Makes two 9-12inch pizzas.

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Reducing Your 5K Race Time: The Fartlek.

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With more and more of our team racing with some regularity, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about one of the widely used training techniques that help develop your racing speed. Today I wanted to revisit my favorite training method, the Fartlek.

The Fartlek, which is swedish for speed play, was developed in 1937 by Gösta Holmér, who then coached the swedish cross-country teams. The concept behind the Fartlek was to integrate interval style sprints with endurance training for more efficient training sessions. Each session featured faster-than-race paces with recovery periods built-in, as well as warm up and cool downs. Once adopted, Fartlek training led to several world record performances in the following years and proved to be an immensely successful system.

A while ago my Mom started running for the first time in many years. Her strategy then was to slowly build up her distance, one street light post at a time. The first time out, she ran to the end of our street. Then, around the corner. Slowly but surely she added more running in between walking breaks, adding stretches of runs between light posts. She Fartlek trained. By adding running intervals, running between posts, she built up her speed and endurance, and now is able to complete 5ks on a whim.

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Weigh-In Wednesday May 22nd: Its hot out!

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Here at 2 Fat Nerds, each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. Let’s see what data was submitted this week!
Weight Loss
Each week, members who have opted to have their weights publicly displayed for the world to see have them graphed on the main blog. It is a great way to keep track over time, and it gives a bit more accountability to your workouts. If you are interested, leave a comment!

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A funny little story for a dreary Tuesday morning

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I am overweight, I live in the city, and every day I am reminded of this. Whether it be the fashionably dressed yuppies in sizes I would maybe fit into if I sawed my body in half, or the winded headrush I sometimes get walking up the stairs from the subway, there are reminders; little […]

One Week To Go, Go Away Summer!

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There comes a point where a person must accept his or her fate and hope for the best. For runners, this usually comes exactly one week before a big race. Additional training won’t make you more prepared, and overworking and not resting can make your performance suffer. One week out is the time to just […]

Eat Fit Not Fat – Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Mango Slaw

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Grilling season has finally arrived here in New England! Mike and I were super stoked to fire up the grill this week now that the warmer weather is here to stay (fingers crossed).  Mexican as you all know is one of our favorite food groups, so for our  inaugurative grill session of the season we decided to cook up some shrimp taco’s.  A spicy mango slaw accompanies our jumbo shrimp to make for one heck of a healthy and delicious meal. Tip of the Day: Grilling is a great way to cut calories and fat on common foods we pan fry/bake and saute. Just remember to go light on the olive oil 🙂
The Setup

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