From Couch Potato to the Long Lost Cousin of Lance Armstrong

My husband - Tennis champion (ahem) HOT Tennis champion
My Dad - Basketball player
My Mom - Runner and swimmer
My Rosi - Volleyball player
My sister Lisa - Volleyball player (who went to the Junior Olympics)
My sister Malen - Volleyball player

always been surrounded by very athletic people; but not me, I was never
the athletic type.  I just wasn't into sports or anything that required
sweating; that is unless I was working on my tan at the beach, of
course.  I guess that doesn't count, right? 

I was very happy
being a non-athletic person.  I couldn't comprehend why people went to
the gym for hours.  Don't they have anything better to do?  I mean, I
understand the "staying healthy" factor; but why the gym obsession? 
Seriously, I thought that gym people were just a bunch of histrionics.  All
about their bodies and about the way they looked.  Whatever.

my twenties, I didn't even lift a finger.  My workouts consisted on
going out clubbing and dancing until 3:00 am.  Just like going to the zumba class three times a week (minus the rum and coke, of course). 
When I turned thirty, I had Lucia.  The clubbing days were long gone. 
What did I do to stay "fit"?  I took Lucia for a stroll to the Lincoln
Park Zoo or to the park, at least three times a week.  'I was
definitely getting my workout'  This is why I kept on telling to
myself; and it worked.

Next, and in the blink of an eye, I had
Joaquin.  I started to lose my temper with Lucia more often.  I didn't
have the same amount of energy to deal with not one, but two babies
24/7.  What was going on with me?  I was now the mother of two, living in
the city of Chicago during the cold and dark Winters; and it was not easy.

When Joaquin turned one, I decided to join the
gym.  Enrico told me: "We are not paying a gym membership for you to quit in a
week, Nina!".  And he was right.  Who was I trying to fool?  I've never
being a gym person, but our gym had a two hour daycare, while using the
facilities.  Two hour daycare...I could definitely become a gym person
for a two hour (FREE) daycare on a daily basis.  I was determined to do a
twenty minute workout and then spend the next hour and a half in the
locker room taking a shower, doing my hair, and just relaxing.  This
was it!  Why didn't I think of this before?

To my surprise, I
absolutely loved going to the gym.  Especially going to the spinning
class; that I happen to take at least four times a week.  For some
reason I was happier and my energy levels increased within a couple of
days.  I found that I wasn't losing my temper that much with the kids
anymore and, overall, I really liked how I was feeling.  Not to mention
the extra brownie points:  I had the legs of my dreams!  Plus, Enrico
was really enjoying the side effects too.

I am
happy to report that I am currently training to become a spinning instructor at my gym.  My family
is still in shock that I went from couch potato to the long lost cousin
of Lance Armstrong.  Unbelievable, but true.  So today, I'll be sharing
with you a high in protein / low in fat seven layer salad. Tastes
incredible and it is the perfect compliment to a nice workout.  Ay Mama!


Ingredients for the Low Fat Seven Layer Salad:

-1 romaine lettuce head
-3 boiled eggs
-1 small red onion (chopped)
-1 (8 oz) can of sweet peas (drained)
-3/4 cup light mayo (my absolute favorite is Hellmann's Light with the light blue cap)
-6 strips of turkey bacon (fried with cooking spray and cut in small pieces)
-1/4 cup low fat grated Parmesan cheese

For instructions click on the pictures.

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  • this one, at the end there is a champion inside each and everyone one! What happened to "John McEnroe"????

  • In reply to eduardo138:

    You crack me up, Eduardo! Well, John McEnroe spins at least twice a week too. The tennis days are loooong gone! Thanks for reading, my friend!

  • In reply to eduardo138:

    Great entry! You've inspired me to get off the couch, if not to exercise, then at least to try that absolutely yummy looking low-fat seven layer salad!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Thanks Anita. I swear is true, so if I saw the "athletic light", anyone can! The salad is truly amazing. Thanks for reading!

  • In reply to eduardo138:

    Loved the entry, enjoyed it very much and the salad looks delicious. This entry might help get on my feet again! Gracias por la motivacion!! : )

  • In reply to camoll:

    Carina, thanks for reading! The recipe is based on the traditional "ensalada de pisos" but with a healthy twist. Un abrazo!

  • In reply to camoll:

    So any idea what the calorie/fat content of the salad is? obviously it will vary each time you make it from scratch but just wondering if there is a baseline to gauge from.

  • In reply to darkangel:

    Hi Dark Angel, well, to tell you the truth it will vary depending on the amounts. Just to give you an idea, the mayo is 35 calories per tablespoon and 3.5 grams of fat. The turkey bacon is 35 calories per slice and 3 grams of fat. Compared to the original 7 layer salad which uses regular mayo and bacon it is way healthier. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by.

  • In reply to camoll:

    Hi Nina!!!! Your story hits close to home...I danced from preschool to college, at one point 5 times a week for 3 hours!!! For the last 14 years I haven't done much...but 6 weeks ago I decided I wanted to be a "hot mamacita"....Started walking/jogging, and for the last 4 weeks, I've been doing spinning. I'm not where I want to be, yet, but my legs are looking great, and I have tons of energy...cant's say much about the patience with my 7 and 4 yr olds, LOL! Say hello to Enrico...Mar

  • In reply to meleon:

    Maria! My God, the last time I saw you was when I met Enrico at Shannan's over 13 years ago! I am so glad to hear from you :) I can totally see you as a "hot mama"! Spinning changed my life - More energy = more patience with the kiddos (plus the awesome legs!). Un besote y gracias por leer el blog! Nina

  • In reply to meleon:

    Nina, thanks for the reply. One last question, is it safe to assume that turkey bacon from scratch is healthier than the bacon bits you can buy in a jar? Looking forward to making this salad, though I may substitute chick peas for sweet peas.

    PS You should look into running a 5K -- you might discover you're more like Lance's ex-wife Kristin. ;-)

  • In reply to darkangel:

    Honestly, I don't know the answer to that question, but I assume that real turkey bacon should be healthier than something pre-made from a jar. Just a thought. Please, let me know how it goes! I'm sure you'll love it!

    The next thing on my list is to train for a mini (probably in the Summer time). Thanks for reading! Nina

  • In reply to darkangel:

    You inspire me Nina! I need to find a spin class fast so I can have the legs of my dreams!! I hope I have the stamina to keep up though. Can't wait to hear more about how teaching spin classes is going!

  • In reply to sgraziani:

    You know you'll be able to do it, you ex-figure skater, you! You have the athlete inside, we all do...I mean, you know that I truly hated going to the gym, and now, look at me. Unbelievable! Thanks for reading!

  • In reply to sgraziani:

    This is a great blog entry especially after all the delicious "Besitos de coco", "Chocolate and coconut cheesecake", and "Guava and cream cheese turnovers" Mmmmmm...

    This salad recipe is the perfect supplement to all the goodies that I have been making lately...

    Thank you for sharing :) When will your cookbook be on the shelves?-I'll be the first one in line...Ay mama! :)

  • In reply to vavila3:

    Did you make all of them? I am so glad that you liked them. My personal favorite is the coconut and chocolate cheesecake...The perfect "pick me up"! This salad is awesome, you'll love it too!

    I would love to make my entries and recipes into a book! Just need to find the publishing company...Maybe some day :-)

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