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.
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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