Spartan Up!

by Emmy on April 4, 2014


I’ve talked about the Spartan Race series several times on this blog. I haven’t participated in one of these races yet, but I took my kids to one last year and let them run the kids race. I can tell you, that you can feel the strength and determination in everyone who shows up to participate. It was incredibly motivating just to be around all of the energy.

The founder of Spartan Race, Joseph De Sena has written a book called Spartan Up! It’s not just an insider view of the race, there’s so much more!

  • Finding the will to succeed: The first half of a race you run with your legs; the second half you run with your mind. Turn your pain into an outboard motor to drive you forward.
  • Tossing your cookies: The Cookie Test can teach you how to overcome the need for immediate gratification and help you prosper in the long term.
  • Getting Spartan fit: Survival of the Fittest means training outside the gym for strength, endurance and flexibility for your entire body—and don’t forget those burpees!
  • Moving mountains: Whether metaphorical mountains or the ones on which Spartans race, what you think of as your limitations can actually be a mere starting point for transformation.

The book will be released on May 17th, and if you order your copy here, you’ll get 15% a race entry!


Clean Out My Pantry

by Emmy on January 27, 2014

I don’t watch very much TV, but I’m told that there’s a show called Iron Chef, where contestants are given a bunch of ingredients and have to make something out of them. I’d be terrible on that show. I’m someone that really needs a recipe when cooking. Only after I’ve made something several times will I dare to experiment. With that in mind, I’ve purchased a lot of things with a recipe in mind, then changed my mind, or used the fresh ingredients for something else. So, I have a pretty full freezer and pantry that really needs to be cleaned out.

This is where I need your help. I don’t know what to do with all of it. I need you to be my Iron Chef. I’ll list the ingredients I have in my freezer and pantry, and you tell me what you’d make out of some of them. It can be for any meal, and I’m find with buying other things to a degree. We are vegetarians (aspiring vegans) so meatless meals please. I have tons of spices on hand, and some fresh things as well. No judging me please, part of this is to also rid my pantry of some things I shouldn’t have. So, let’s get to my list!

  • pearl barley
  • quinoa
  • dried adzuki beans
  • dried black beans
  • canned black beans
  • canned chickpeas
  • canned corn
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • rice noodles
  • dried lentils
  • canned pineapple
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • canned pears
  • old fashioned oats
  • quick oats
  • dates
  • brown rice
  • raisins
  • chia seeds
  • canned pumpkin
  • tomato paste
  • pizza sauce
  • couscous
  • stove top stuffing
  • refried beans
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • frozen pineapple
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen peaches
  • frozen lima beans
  • frozen carrots
  • frozen peas
  • frozen cauliflower
  • frozen chopped spinach
  • frozen mushrooms
  • frozen butternut squash
  • canned green beans

As a thank you for all of your help, I’m going to give away one copy of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD. So be sure to enter below for your chance to win!


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