Sunday, July 31, 2011

HolaBirdSports $50 Gift Card Giveaway Winner is......

And the winner is.................... Tiffany Nico from Simply Shaka! 

Tiffany please email me at sweating_it_off@hotmail.com to claim your prize!! 


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Holabird Sports $50 Gift Card Giveaway!!


Welcome to my blog's first giveaway! The awesome people over at Holabird Sports  have agreed to give away a $50 gift card on my blog.


Holabird Sports was founded in 1981 and has evolved from a tennis pro shop into a racquet sports and running specialty store. They are based in Baltimore, MD and for 29 years they have been providing people with the Holabird  advantage: Selection, Price, Service and Reliability.

I personally have experienced the Holabird advantage! There have been a few times where I couldn't find a product in my size, for example last year I was looking for some Under Armour compression shirts in a 3X but could only find 2X. I tweeted @HolaBirdSports and they told me they would speak to their Under Armour Rep to see what they could do. A few days later they contacted me and asked what colors and styles I wanted and about a week later they were on my front door step. NOW THAT IS CUSTOMER SERVICE! Also for all those hesitant about buying shoes online? Holabird Sports never charges a restocking fee for returns! So check out their website http://www.holabirdsports.com and see the details below on how to enter for a $50 gift card!

To enter to win a $50 gift card:

  •  Leave a comment on this blog post about one piece of running/workout gear that you couldn't live with out. (this is the only required thing you need to do to enter the giveaway)


For additional entries you can do ANY or ALL of the following items, just make sure to comeback and leave a separate comment for each item.

  • Follow @HolaBirdSports on Twitter
  • Like Holabird Sports on Facebook
  • Write a small post on your own blog with a link to this post about what you would buy with the Holabird Sports $50 gift card then post a link to your post in the comment section of this blog post. 
That a total of (4) possible entries! The giveaway ends on Sunday July 31st at 6 pm eastern time. Open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly selected using random.org and notified via email. Winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be selected. 

Get moving people! 


Down but not out!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You are not the only one.....

About two weeks ago I was in the gym on a Saturday night, there wasn't an extreme amount of people in there but there was a nice little group in the weight room. I usually don't talk to anyone while I workout, actually you will rarely even find me making eye contact or even noticing what anyone else is doing. I prefer to get in, do my thing, and get out.

 On this night though I did notice someone, he was probably in his mid twenties, not too tall but built well for his size. I noticed him while I was doing some wood choppers on the cable machine. The reason I noticed him was because he was doing one handed pull ups on the squat rack. I thought to myself DAMN one handed pull ups! I looked at him with envy for a bit then moved on to my next exercise and didn't give it much thought.

Awhile later I noticed the same guy, this time it was for a different reason....... I noticed him because he only had one hand. I didn't know what to think at first, I started to watch him as he worked out and he was doing everything that anyone else in that gym could do and even more.

Have you ever thought that you were the only one in the world who was struggling? The only one who had to adapt? Have you ever asked yourself why me? Told yourself it isn't fair?

The fact of the matter is I CHOSE all the decisions that got me to my current state of health. I wasn't dealt a bad hand, I just decided to go all in when all I had was nothing but a bluff going on. That guy in the gym most likely didn't have a choice about his situation but he persevered, he came out on top. Why? Because he wanted to, because he chose to. I know for a fact that things that happen to me in my childhood have contributed to my current state but I also know I am way past the point of assigning blame to anyone. I am at a point where I control my destiny.

You are not the only who is in this battle but you are the only one who can choose what happens next....


Monday, July 11, 2011

My Eggplant Dish!

My mom makes this amazing eggplant dish and I decided I would try to make it on my own tonight, I don't have a recipe but I have a general idea of what is in it.

You need the following:

20 oz Ground Beef or Turkey (I used turkey)
2 Canned Diced Tomatoes
1 Large Eggplant
1 Red Bell Pepper
Spices (you can pick your favorites)
1 package Quinoa
Chicken Broth
11 x 7 baking dish

So first thing you want to do is pick a nice sized eggplant.




You need to slice the eggplant into even slices, not too thin and not too thick. I also personally like to leave some of the skin on the eggplant. After you slice it then you want to lay them out on a baking sheet with the sliced red bell pepper. Salt and spice as you see fit. Bake the eggplant in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30-40 min.

I used Mrs. Dash

While the eggplant is baking go ahead and get your ground turkey ready to cook. Get a skillet with some olive oil hot and ready. Add some garlic and then add your meat.

20 oz ground turkey meat at 7% fat
MMMMM Garlic

While your meat is cooking go ahead and start on the quinoa.

Trader Joe Quinoa
I personally use a rice cooker to make my quinoa, its quick, easy and always comes out perfect. I make a box at a time and store it in the fridge to eat during the week. First you want to make sure you wash and drain the quinoa. Then I put it in the rice cooker pan with a ratio of 1 to 1 of uncooked quinoa to chicken broth. I prefer to use broth because it gives it a bit of flavor.

Love this Rice Cooker!
By this time the eggplant should be near done.



Now you'll need to get your diced tomatoes, I love the flavor of 365 italian style diced tomatoes that Whole Foods carries!


Next you will need to get a glass dish and put a little of the diced tomatoes on the bottom, then add a layer of eggplant, then the layer of turkey meat, and finish it off with another layer of eggplant and the rest of the diced tomatoes.



Next you cover it in foil and put it back in the oven on the bottom shelf for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

The finished product!
Plate your quinoa and add the eggplant on top for a delicious meal!


I loved this dish so much, my version isn't anywhere near as good as my Moms! As far as the nutritional information I calculated the following:

20 oz of ground turkey at 7% fat - 832 calories
1 large eggplant - 132 calories
2 cans of diced tomatoes - 350 calories
1 red bell pepper - 30 calories
1 tbsp olive oil - 120 calories


Grand Total: 1464 Calories 
Divided into 6 servings at 244 calories per serving not including the quinoa.


Hope you guys try this dish, if you do let me know what you think! Make it your own!