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Fabuloso Friday- Relay for Life

Submitted by on March 12, 2010 - 11:30 am

It seems that so many of us have been faced with cancer in our families. That is why it’s so important to fund research to battle cancer. Please help me in supporting this worthy cause.

One of my husband’s great uncles died of stomach cancer 8 years ago. Since that time our cousins, (his grand daughter’s), have been participating in The Relay for Life. To help me help them please click on the links below to contribute to the fundraising efforts of Adriana Valencia and Francesca Valencia.

How you can help:

Click on their names below. When you get to the site, enter their name and contribute directly to their fundraising goals.

Adriana Valencia

Francesca Valencia

To donate directly to the American Cancer Society, click here.

Thanks so much!!!


Tentación Thursday-FREE Giveaway! Eco-Pencils

Submitted by on March 11, 2010 - 5:00 pm

I just found the coolest thing, pencils made from tires! Remember the yellow, #2 pencils you used in grade school? Well, the same company, Ticonderoga, has created a unique, patented process, to make pencils using the rubber compound from recycled tires. Isn’t that wild? I love it!

To learn more about these innovative pencils CLICK HERE.

Remember, ONE (1) Lucky La Buena Life Member will win a pack of 10 Ticonderoga Renew Pencils. For your chance to win leave a comment in the box below. (Please submit comment by Thursday, March 18 2010 at 7:00AM PST).

Buen Sabor Wednesday – Trainer Morgan’s White Bean Chili

Submitted by on March 10, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Today I am sharing my Trainer Morgan’s White Bean Chili. She says it’s great, so let’s see. (I’ll make it tonight and report back to you). The ingredients are:


1 tbsp. vegetable oil (can definitely use less)

2 medium onions, chopped (about 1 cup)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 cups chicken broth (I actually use up to 6, to make it more soupy and I use fat-free, low-sodium)

2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or 1/2 tsp. ground coriander

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 – 2 tsp. ground cumin (I used ground roasted cumin)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves

1/4 tsp. red pepper sauce (tabasco sauce)

1/4 tsp. salt

1 can (11 oz) whole kernel corn

1 can (15 oz) great northern beans, drained

1 can (15 oz) butter beans, drained

2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast


(For extra texture Morgan likes to add some hominy, a can of chopped green chilis and celery).


Optional topping:

3 cups grated cheese – (Which she usually skips)

Tomatoes

Avocado


Heat oil in 4 qt. dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic in oil (and celery if using). Stir occasionally, until onions are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except chicken. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes. Stir in chicken. Simmer until hot.


Optional: Top with cheese, tomatoes and avocado before serving.

Terrifico Tuesday- The Countdown Continues…

Submitted by on - 1:00 am

Well, I have 6 1/2 weeks to go until I participate in my first half marathon. Training is keeping me busy, but I actually love having a workout regimen that I must stick to. This morning, on the suggestion of my FaceBook “friend” Daniel, I decided to cross train and do the elliptical. I had to get to a meeting, so I squeezed in 26 minutes, 2.52 miles and burned 270 calories. Stay tuned for more updates and videos on my training. Thanks again for your support.

Maravilloso Monday- Oops! So Busy Training that I Forgot to Post My Blog

Submitted by on March 9, 2010 - 3:34 am

I got up so early to hit the gym that I forgot to blog today. So let me fill you in on my half marathon training. For those of you that are just tuning in, I am participating in the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon in Central Park, (yup! NYC!), on Sunday, April 25th. No, I have never ran a marathon, (of any length), before. Quite frankly, I don’t run! I grew up dancing and performing, not running and playing sports, like most children. (If you read my first post about this half marathon you’d like that I hardly even took gym class, throughout my life). That being said, this is a BIG DEAL, for me. I don’t expect to win, I don’t even expect to run/jog throughout the course. I DO EXPECT to finish, however. I started training a little over a week ago. So far, so good. Yesterday I jogged/walked for 4 miles, on the treadmill. But the end my legs were tired. Wow! But it’s all good (and good for me). Here is what I have done over the past week and a half.

Sunday, 2/28 Jogged about 2 miles
Monday, 3/1 Strength training
Tuesday, 3/2 Jogged about 2.2 miles
Wednesday, 3/3 Strength training
Thursday, 3/4 Rest
Friday, 3/5 Jogged 2.37 miles
Saturday, 3/6 Restorative Yoga
Sunday, 3/7 Jogged a 4 miles (Wow!)
Monday, 3/8 Strength training…
Please follow my progress here, on my Twitter profile and on my Facebook Fan Page I promise to keep you all up to date on my progress. I will even be broadcasting to you from the race! 🙂

Fabuloso Friday- Disney’s Give a Day. Get a Day.

Submitted by on March 5, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Disney is offering a great promotion. You give a day of service, (to one of numerous participating organizations), and you get a GRATIS/FREE 1 day entrance to either Disneyland or Disney World. I am doing my orientation, tomorrow, for the organization that I volunteered for.
I can’t wait to take my son to Disneyland!

To find out how to participate Click Here.

Tentación Thursday- Jumping for Joy

Submitted by on March 4, 2010 - 4:51 pm

As most of you know, I recently began taking restorative yoga classes (which I love!) Well, I now have the perfect outfit for class, lunch at an al fresco cafe, or out to dinner. Check it out! It’s the Prancing Leopard Aix-En-Provence Jump Suit. (You may remember the beautiful organic cotton Prancing Leopard Princess Slippers that I featured a while back). Well, jumpsuits are the HOT fashion item of the moment, and this one is no exception. It’s made of super, super soft 100% Organic Turkish Long Fiber Cotton. The legs are super flowy, (yet flattering), and the hidden pockets are a plus. I love the v-neck and racer back, too. Can’t wait to rock my jumpsuit!

To purchase your own Prancing Leopard Aix-En Provence Jumpsuit, or other apparel, Click Here.

Remember that ONE lucky La Buena life Member will win this jumpsuit (please note, size Medium only). For your chance to win please leave a comment in the box below by Thursday 3/11/10 at 7:00AM PST.

Buena Suerte!

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Going Bananas!

Submitted by on March 3, 2010 - 3:30 pm


Did you know that two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout? No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. Because bananas contain 3 natural sugars – fructose, glucose and sucrose, combined with fiber, they give an instant, sustained & substantial boost of energy. (My son can’t get enough of them these days. Only, he calls them “ba”, not “banana”). In addition to being a great power food did you know that bananas are also good for the following:

Anemia, blood pressure, brain power, constipation, hangovers, heartburn, morning sickness, mosquito bites (rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana peel may reduce swelling and irritation), nerves, ulcers and more. I like that bananas can help with stress. Get this, bananas are loaded with potassium, a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your boy’s water balance. When we’re stressed our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing potassium levels. A high-potassium banana snack can help rebalance potassium levels. That being said I’ve decided to feature a yummy Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie this week.

The ingredients are:

10 ounces skim or soy milk
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 medium banana

In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. (Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency).

Do you have any other great banana recipes? I’d definitely like to know. Since I am training so hard these days I could use some power food.

Buen provecho!


Terrífico Tuesday- Keeping the Beat

Submitted by on March 2, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Well, if you read yesterday’s blog post you know that I have signed up for the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon in Central Park, my first. I have an entire workout schedule set for the upcoming 8 weeks, until the race. I am planning to finish, not finish first. When I started wrapping my head around completing a half marathon I realized that I would need a few things: new running shoes, check, new running bra, check, (probably many other things that I have yet to realize), but most importantly TUNES to move me, check. I found a few great podcasts that not only motivate, with a strong beat at specific bpm (beats per minute). Remember, I was a dancer, I can’t run off beat, so the music better have a beat at the right tempo to keep my on my training routine. I like the podcasts by Motion Traxx, that I found on iTunes. Coincidentally, Motion Traxx has several “Fitness Magazine” workouts. The one that I am using this week is called “Fitness Magazine You Can Do It: Lose 10 Pounds a Jean Size ’09 Interval #1, The Quickie“. That’s the one that I trained to on Saturday. It was just the right fitness level for me. If you want to try it out, do a search on iTunes for Fitness Magazine You Can Do It: Lose 10 Pounds ’09 Interval #1, The Quickie. I used it while working on a treadmill, but I could just have easily taken a run in my neighborhood, to the same tunes.

What workout mixes do you like? I’d love any suggestions that you might have. Gotta go! (I’m off to the gym now).

Maravilloso Monday-Have I Gone Completely Nuts?

Submitted by on March 1, 2010 - 3:51 pm

I must have gone completely nuts because I have signed up to participate in the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon on Sunday, April 25th in Central Park. You may not understand why it’s such a big deal (and terrifying) for me. You see, I was raised as a dancer, not an athlete. Suffice to say that once in junior high school I was exempt from P.E. class because I danced so much. (Instead of P.E. we dancers went to study hall). As rigorous as my dance training was, (Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus and exams, Jazz, Modern, national dances, rehearsals and performances), it wasn’t a cardio workout, like a half marathon. I only had to attend P.E. once a year, to take the President’s Challenge (physical fitness test). And let me tell you, jogging the mile that I had to jog for the test was painful. That being said, here I go!

I started my training on Saturday morning. I found an 8 week training plan for a half marathon online. I am basically following that. So I will walk/jog/run 3x/week, do strength training 2x/week with Pilates and Restorative Yoga mixed in. On Saturday I:

Walked/Jogged 2.2 miles

In 31:31 minutes

and burned 193 calories

This morning I am off to the gym to workout with my strength trainer. stay tuned for more on my progress. Want to train with me? (My best friend, Deb, is giving me moral support by training in NYC, where she lives. Stay tuned for more on her progress, too).

Leave me comments below, if you want to cheer me on, or join in my training. Unfortunately, the race is full but you can still Click Here for more information.

This is the workout schedule that I am planning to follow:

(I found it on the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business website).

Beginner

Program

Week

Mon.

Tues.

Wed.

Thurs.

Fri.

Sat.

Sun.

1

Rest

2-mi EZ

30-min XT

2-mi EZ

Rest

30-min XT

4-mi LNG

2

Rest

2.5-mi EZ

30-min XT

2.5-mi EZ

Rest

35-min XT

5-mi LNG

3

Rest

3-mi EZ

30-min XT

3-mi EZ

Rest

40-min XT

6-mi LNG

4

Rest

3.5-mi EZ

30-min XT

3.5-mi EZ

Rest

45-min XT

7-mi LNG

5

Rest

4-mi EZ

30-min XT

4-mi EZ

Rest

50-min XT

8-mi LNG

6

Rest

4.5-mi EZ

30-min XT

4.5-mi EZ

Rest

55-min XT

9-mi LNG

7

Rest

5-mi EZ

30-min XT

5-mi EZ

Rest

60-min XT

10-mi LNG

8

Rest

2-mi EZ

Rest

2-mi EZ

Rest

Rest

Half-
Marathon

KEY

EZ
easy run

XT
cross-train

LNG
long run

SPD
speed-work

TMP
tempo run

PC
race pace

RC
race

Fabuloso Friday- Tahirih Justice Center

Submitted by on February 26, 2010 - 3:00 pm



It’s amazing the freedom that we take for granted, here in the USA. We are so very lucky. For many not so fortunate women and girls the Tahirih Justice Center has answered their call. Founded by a childhood friend of mine, Layli Muro-Miller, the Tahirih Justice Center, (Tahirih), is an innovative, efficient, and strategic nonprofit organization that works to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence through legal services, advocacy, and public education programs. Since its inception, in 1997, Tahirih has helped over 9000 women and children fleeing from a wide variety of abuses. Tahirih needs your help. Please consider donating something to this important cause. (A $1 donation has a $5 Action return). Click Here to make a donation.


For those of you who live in the NYC area Tahirih will be there next week, with world-renowned pearl dealer Amy Lin! Amy is coming to New York City from China to sell her beautiful discounted jewelry to benefit the Tahirih Justice Center’s efforts to provide justice to immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. Tahirih receives 40% of the entire sale. Pearls are sold
at a wide range of affordable prices. Please join us and bring your friends!



Monday, March 1, 2010

10:00am-4:00pm

Bahá’í International Community Office

866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120

New York, NY 10017



Please note that Tahirih is also looking for volunteers to help assist with the pearl
sales.
For more information, please contact Jenny Nuber, Special Events
Manager, directly at 571-282-6193 or via email at jenny@tahirih.org. To preview
the type of merchandise being sold, please visit Amy Lin’s website at
www.amylinspearls.com.


Tentación Thursday- 5-Ingredient Grilling Cookbook

Submitted by on February 25, 2010 - 11:30 am

I don’t love to cook. I do it because it must be done. So one of my favorite, (and quick), things to do is grill. I must grill things almost every night. This week I am featuring a great cookbook. It’s the Better Homes and Gardens 5-Ingredient Grilling Cookbook. It is jam packed with recipes, including desserts. Too cold to grill outside? No worries, I always grill in the kitchen. I have a couple of electric grills that are easy to use and easy to clean.

To buy this book Click Here. Remember that ONE lucky La Buena Life member will win the Better Homes and Gardens 5-Ingredient Grilling Cookbook. For your chance to win leave a comment below. (Please submit comment by 7:00AM PST on Thursday, 3/4/10).

Buena suerte!

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Chicken Corn Tamales Casserole

Submitted by on February 24, 2010 - 11:30 am

I can’t wait to make this recipe for Chicken Corn Tamale Casserole, again.  I’ve made it once before.  I love chicken and I LOVE corn, PLUS this recipe is so easy to make.  (I think this might have to be dinner tonight). The ingredients are:

1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided

  • ⅓ cup fat-free milk

  • ¼ cup egg substitute

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 1 (14¾-ounce) can cream-style corn

  • 1 (8.5-ounce) box corn muffin mix (such as Martha White)

  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce (such as Old El Paso)

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream


    To learn how to prepare Click Here.


    Buen Provecho!


    Let me know how you like it. Take a photo and I will too. (Post in comment box below). We can compare notes and success stories.

Terrífico Tuesday- My Life’s JUST FINE!

Submitted by on February 23, 2010 - 11:30 am

Wanna move? Just listen to this song and I dare you to sit still. It’s empowering.
Disfrútala! (Enjoy!)

Maravilloso Monday- Recharging Your Batteries

Submitted by on February 22, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Last night I took time out for myself. Rather than stay at home and do my usual ritual of washing doing laundry, washing dishes and endless sippy cups I put my son to bed, (my husband stayed home and kept an eye on him, of course) and I went to the Relax & Restore Yoga Class at Urth Yoga. I have taken yoga for years, (all kinds, in fact). But this was the first time that I had taken a “restorative” class. It was just what I needed. Rather than moving through a series of poses we did only

4-6 in the 90 minute class. What we did was position ourselves in supported
poses, (using bolsters, yoga blankets, blocks and straps), and relaxed into the
postures for 10 minutes, or more, each. This
Relax & Restore class,
taught by
Kathy Bray, is designed to
release tension and calm the nervous system. The gently supported poses that we did were supposed to create a slow, meditative, calm practice that restores energy and alignment. Well, it totally did! I left the studio in such a zen state that I’m surprised that drivers behind me didn’t honk at me, because I am sure that I was driving way under the speed limit. I got home and my husband asked “Why are you being so quiet?” I then took a relaxing bath and went to sleep. (I slept like an angel). I am now officially hooked on this Relax & Restore yoga class. It’s a great way for me to end the weekend and recharge my batteries for the following week.


Do you carve our time for yourself? If so, what do you do? (We’d love to know).

Fabuloso Friday-Best Friends

Submitted by on February 19, 2010 - 11:30 am

There is nothing quite like the love received from a pet. It’s hard to believe that not everyone feels that way and therefore millions of homeless pets die in shelters every year. Best Friends Organization works to place dogs and cats who are considered “unadoptable” 
into good homes, and to reduce the number of 
unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter 
programs. They have numerous outreach programs that they also do.

According to BestFriends.org here are Three things that you can do to help animals:

1. Join the Best Friends Network
2. Spay and neuter all of your pets and any outdoor cats that you are feeding
3. Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group instead of adopting from a shelter.

Do you have a pet rescue story? We’d love to hear it.

For more information on Best Friends Click Here.

Tentación Thursday-Maris Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel

Submitted by on February 18, 2010 - 11:30 am

This week I am featuring the amazing products of Maris San Francisco. Maris, which means sea, products are natural and beautiful. They are made of only the finest natural perfume and pure botanical ingredients. Maris products do not contain any parabens, other toxic preservatives, artificial fragrances, colors, phthalates and toxins. Maris uses only PURE fragrance, such as vanilla, ylang, ylang, jasmine, eucalyptus, Bulgarian rose, grapefruit and lime. They really are luxurious, spa quality products. Maris believes in making beautiful, safe products that you will love. I love their refreshing Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel and this week ONE lucky La Buena Life member will win their own bottle of Maris Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel.

For more information on Maris Natural Beauty Products Click Here. For your chance to win Maris Eucalyptus Bath & Shower Gel please leave your comment in the box below. (Please enter by Thursday, February25th, 2010 at 7:00AM PST).

Buen sabor Wednesday-Easy Low Fat Chicken Macaroni with Mushrooms (ala Slow Cooker)

Submitted by on February 17, 2010 - 11:30 am

I love my slow cooker. It’s so easy to use. All I have to do is throw the ingredients in the pot, turn it on and walk away. So this week I tracked down a yummy chicken macaroni with mushrooms recipe for you. Grab your slow cooker & the following ingredients,toss them in, sit back and relax.


Ingredients:

• 1 (10 3/4 oz.) can Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup
• 1/4 cup Land O Lakes no-fat sour cream
• 16 ounces skinned, boned uncooked chicken breast, cut into 20 pieces
• 1 4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
• 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
• 1 1/3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

For cooking instructions Click Here.

Terrífico Tuesday- Lloré Lloré (I Cried, I Cried)

Submitted by on February 16, 2010 - 11:30 am



This is my favorite salseros, Victor Manuelle. I’ve seen him perform numerous times and he is AWESOME! (I even shared an elevator ride with him at Madison Square Garden once.) He’s Puerto Rican, (like me). He’s performing in L.A. this weekend. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the show but thought that I’d sit back and enjoy one of his live performances anyway. I hope that you enjoy it, too!

Maravilloso Monday- My Newest Fitness Find

Submitted by on February 15, 2010 - 11:30 am

So my newest gadget is my iPhone 3GS. (I had a 2nd generation iPhone for 2 years and just bought myself the latest one for my birthday). One of the cool things about the iPhone 3GS is that it comes with Nike + Capability. Basically, that means that if I I wear a Nike + Sensor (which retails for only $19.95) while walking, jogging or running I can track my distance traveled, time and calories burned. (You can insert a Nike Sensor in any pair of Nikes or buy a Nike + shoe lace sensor pouch, which will hold the sensor, and just time that to your laces of any workout shoe). I then download my workouts at www.NikePlus.com, where I can track my progress, get in touch with other athletes, get running tips from Coach Jay, and more…I am still figuring it all out, but it seems pretty cool. I I’ll keep you all posted on my cardio routines.

Have a great week!

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