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Fabuloso Friday- Earth Hour

Submitted by on March 26, 2010 - 10:30 am


I can’t believe that Earth Hour is already here. That means that I’ve had my La Buena Life blog up for over a year now! (Last year I blogged to you from my vacation in Miami Beach). Thank you all for supporting me in my efforts to inspire people to feel good, look good, do good. Participating in Earth Hour is a great, (and easy), way to Do Good. So please join me this Saturday night as I turn out the lights for one hour.

Thank you,
Ana

Tentación Thursday- Agua with a Twist

Submitted by on March 25, 2010 - 10:30 am

This week I had the pleasure of tasting Talking Rain Twist natural, certified organic juice water. A natural blend with a twist of juice. I love the combination of flavors in this non-carbonated, lightly sweetened water, made from artesian well water.* I just finished a bottle of the Pomegranate Blueberry flavor, which was delicious! It only had a hint of natural sweetness, produced by agave nectar. It’s the perfect drink for the person that thinks water is boring. I like that it’s refreshing but not overly sweet, as most flavored waters tend to be. And the best part is that it has only 9 calories per serving. So drink up! Organic flavors include: Mango Açaí, West Indies Lime, Mandarin White Tea, Pomegranate Blueberry, Wild Strawberry and Lemon. As I type I am enjoying the Mango Açaí flavor. (I think that I like this one even more than the Pomegranate Blueberry. The best part? A portion of the proceeds go to find a cure for breast cancer). 🙂


ONE Lucky La Buena Life Member will win samples of Twist Naturals Certified Organic Juice Water. For your chance to win visit DrinkTwist.com to check out all of the flavors and more. Report back to LaBuenaLife.com and tell us which flavor speaks most to you and why, in the comment box below. If you’re lucky I’ll choose YOU as the lucky winner. (Please submit comments by Thursday, 4/1/10 at 7:00AM PDT).


*Artesian well water comes from a confined “artesian” aquifier whose water is pressurized and therefore flows out of the well, without pumping.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Breakfast de Campeones!

Submitted by on March 24, 2010 - 10:30 am

Aside from my dad’s homemade waffles, covered with fresh strawberry pureé (yes, I eat waffles), my favorite breakfast is huevos rancheros-healthy style. I eat eggs almost every day, but my favorite way is Mexican style. The ingredients are:

2 eggs
1/4 cup salsa (as spicy as you please)
1/4-1/2 avocado, sliced (depending on size)
jalapeño peppers (optional)
corn tortilla (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)
The above ingredients are ones that I usually have on hand. (Living in southern California my pantry better have salsa and avocados, at least). This is the easiest recipe ever! You can either fry the eggs or do as I do and poach them. (I have a great egg poacher that I got at Williams Sonoma years ago, never realizing how much use I would get out of it). So basically all you have to do is heat a little salsa in the microwave. Meanwhile, cook your eggs, (sunny side up or poached). If you have a corn tortilla you can warm it up slightly and lay it on the plate, (otherwise, do as I do and skip to…), place eggs on plate, (on top of tortilla-if used), layer on salsa and top with avocado slices. Voila! That’s it. (If you enjoy jalapeños and cheese, go ahead an sprinkle them on top). It’s super quick, easy and full of protein!
¡Buen Provecho! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Terrífico Tuesday- What I Love About Running

Submitted by on March 23, 2010 - 10:30 am

As most of you know, running is new for me. (I shouldn’t even call it running, it’s jogging, really). Anyway, the idea of jogging for long periods of time is not really my idea of a good time. But I have committed to participating in the MORE Magazine/Fitness Magazine Half Marathon on April 25th, so I’d better get used to jogging.

The training has been tough. I was supposed to jog 6 miles on Sunday, but only completed 5. (I’m hoping that I’ll do better this week). But there have definitely been some perks to all of this cardiovascular exercise. Here are the things that I am loving:
  • Having a goal and a workout routine. (I have NEVER been so diligent about my training routine as I have been over the past 3 weeks).
  • Skin Glowing (no breakouts since I started training for the half marathon)
  • Favorite Jeans Fitting Better
  • Endorphin-induced good mood
  • Sexy, Shapely Legs
So if you need a little motivation to get moving, just know that (if nothing else) you may have clearer skin, like me.

Fabuloso Friday- Help a Child Through World Vision

Submitted by on March 19, 2010 - 10:30 am

A friend of mine returned from Haiti, two nights ago, where he was providing his medical assistance (he’s an E.R. doctor in NYC). Next week my best friend (also an E.R. doctor) will head to Haiti for the same purpose. So as you can imagine, doing my part, (to help those less fortunate), has been heavy on my mind this week. Although, we are not all trained to assist at that level, nor able to travel to Haiti, for most of us donating something (albeit $10) to relief efforts of the Haitian disaster, or any other great disaster is quite manageable.


The World Vision organization has a staff of 800 in Haiti, doing tremendous work. But that’s not all that this organization does. World Vision helps children worldwide, everyday. And you can also. For about $1 a day you can sponsor a child most any where. (Why, most people spend more than that on a coffee each day). And I love that you can even choose to the child you sponsor by country, gender and/or their birth date.


If you are interested in learning more about World Vision please Click Here.

Tentación Thursday- Love American Idol?

Submitted by on March 18, 2010 - 10:30 am

Do you love American Idol? Well now you can download music performed by the top 12 contestants on iTunes. Heck, you can download whatever you want, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Beatles, Dizzy Gillespie or even TV and movies! Gotta love shopping at your fingertips. That being said, this week I thought that I’d give away something that everyone would enjoy, a $15 iTunes gift card.

ONE (1) Lucky La Buena Life Member will win this gift card. For your chance to jam to your favorite tunes or watch your favorite TV show or movie leave your comment below. (Please submit comment by 7:00AM PDT Thursday, 3/25/10.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Quinoa Vegetable Salad

Submitted by on March 17, 2010 - 3:30 pm

Quinoa is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, with some of the biggest nutritional bang for caloric buck. Did you know that a half a cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, (more than any other grain), plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. So let’s get cooking with quinoa!

I found the recipe for a Quinoa Vegetable Salad. It’s easy to make and very nutritious. The ingredients are:

4 cups vegetable broth

1 1/2 cups raw whole grain quinoa

1 cucumber, sliced

1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup lightly steamed broccoli florets

2 tomatoes, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup lemon juice

2 cloves garlic, minced

dash salt and pepper, to taste (sea salt tastes best)


For Cooking Instructions

Click Here.

Buen Provecho!


Terrífico Tuesday- Join My Mailing List and Get FREE GIFTS!

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Maravilloso Monday- Oh What A Beautiful Morning!

Submitted by on March 15, 2010 - 6:34 pm


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.


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