Daily Archives: May 30, 2014

5 things….in my Gym Bag

I have seen a lot of really cute posts over the past few weeks especially about ‘five things.’  This week I decided to play along!  I am at the gym a few times a week, and I do outside workouts a few times as well.  For all my workouts I pretty much have the same essentials!
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1. Running shoes – Feet are unique.  One of the few brands that actually work with my feet are New Balance.  I have been running/working out in this style for the last 14 months and they have been great! And of course I am sporting my Sweat Pink shoelaces 🙂
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2. Heart Rate Monitor – I have been a faithful HRM wearer since 2004! Wow, that is 10 years 🙂
This is the one I have now.  I have been through a few over the years but I really do like the Polar ones.
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3. Energy Bits – These little tablets have made workouts and runs so much better!  I am still amazed at how they give me so much energy, keep me alert, focused and on track.  Since I started using bits back in January, I can see a huge difference when I forget to take them or if I run out.  Thankfully this little tin is a convenient way to grab what I need and have my energy source ready for me to use.
If you have never tried bits, or would like to place an order, you can go to http://www.energybits.com/ and use code RUNCHOCOLATE for 25% off any order! (Ps, a giveaway is coming soon…so stay tuned)
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4. Injijni – A few years ago I tried the Vibram 5 finger shoes for a bit.  Although they are not a shoe I wear often, they did lead me to my all-time FAVORITE sock! They might look a little strange, but to me they are so comfy and since I began wearing them back in 2010, I have not had ANY blisters!  That is coming from the girl who had them ALL the time, even from small races!
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5.  Headbands – Since I discovered cloth headbands a few years ago there has hardly not been a day that I did not have one at at some point!  I LOVE headbands!  I have a few brands that work well with my head and the different activities I do.  From work, to the gym, to running around town to dressing up, I am a headband girl!
My fav brands are Bondi Band, BAMR Bands, Sparkly soul Inc, and MyBand headbands.
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A mix of my headbands and hair ties…I know I have more than are probably scattered around my house 😉
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A few of my FAV Bondi Bands!

There you have it!
What are 5 of your favorite things in your gym bag?
Do we have any of the same items?

Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Spicing things up ;)

A few months ago (well 6 if you are keeping track), I saw this post from Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean!  She talked about making her own salt-free spice mix!  It got me to thinking about how there are a certain number of spices that I mix together for the foods I tend to cook the most.  Then it dawned on me that I should get some more of those spices and pre-mix the spices that I use the most.  I even had a set of these jars from Crate and Barrel just begging to be used!
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My plans got thrown a bit of track when the hubs ended up needing heart surgery, then it was the holidays, and life just happened.
I finally sat down recently and got to work!

The first step I took (after washing the jars) was painting the top with chalkboard paint! I did 2 layers of paint and let them dry for about an hour between each layer.  Then I let the jars sit overnight.
Then I decided what items I make most frequently, and what pre-made spice mixes would benefit me the greatest. I came up with chicken, guacamole, eggs, veggies, sauce (tomato), and taco.  I labeled the lids of the jars with some chalk then worked on creating my mixes.

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I am pretty simple when it comes to my cooking, so I kept my spice mixes rather simple also!
All spices are equal parts except for any salt.  That was 2-3 twists of pink Himalayan salt the grinder per jar.
As you can see my main staples are pepper, garlic and paprika!

Chicken: Minced garlic, pepper, salt, basil, paprika, thyme, rosemary, oregano. IMG_2940
Guacamole: Garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt.
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Eggs: Pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, garlic. IMG_2948
Sauce: Oregano, parsley, basil, pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder. IMG_2942
Taco: Cumin, pepper, red pepper, oregano, salt, garlic. IMG_2949
Veggies: Oregano, minced garlic, thyme, pepper, paprika, garlic powder.
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I have them all on a cute little turn table on my counter 🙂

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There you have it!

Do you have any tips that you use to make cooking go faster?
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-