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Breast Cancer Awareness and One Rad Runner

October 22nd, 2014 by | No Comments

Meet Linda, a RAD runner from Hartford!

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Linda spent several years training as a long distance runner and was then diagnosed with breast cancer. Linda continued running through chemo and made it through 10 miles of a half marathon while in the midst of chemo treatments. In Linda’s own words:

 

I was diagnosed with breast cancer and used running to get me through chemo – I had signed up for a half marathon – I managed to get through the first 10 miles before the chemo kicked in. I have completed 2 – 10 mile races and a number of fun runs…  I am signed up for 2 half marathons the beginning of 2016 – I am going to cross the finish line…

 

This month we celebrate Linda and all other RAD runners by spreading the word about breast cancer awareness.

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Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino

October 16th, 2014 by | No Comments

The frappuccino has been uniting people since Zoolander, and the best time to sip on this cool beverage is when they add a little pumpkin to the frothy mix. Our love for this fall pastime is only hindered by the way it drains our bank accounts and increases our waistlines. One of these babies from Starbucks can add an extra 630 calories to your day, but the alternative we made below is a guilt free treat at 68 calories! So Pumpkin Spices, follow the recipe below to save your cash and alleviate the guilt about drinking your calories.
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Ingredients:

-12 oz (1 1/2 C.) COLD coffee

-10 oz (1 1/4 C.) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any other milk, but it will change the calorie count)

-1/4 C. pumpkin puree

-3 Tablespoons pure maple sugar (may also use honey or agave)

-1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

-fat free whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

Brew the coffee and refrigerate overnight. THE COFFEE MUST BE COLD!

Whisk together milk, pumpkin, maple sugar, and pumpkin pie spice together. Pour mixture into ice cubes and freeze.

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Once the pumpkin ice cubes are frozen and the coffee is cooled, add both elements into a blender and blend on high until smooth and icy.

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If the mixture isn’t blending well, add more milk or add extra spices if you want more of a kick and continue to blend. Pour into cup, top with whip cream if desired, and serve immediately.  Kiss your Starbucks goodbye, because this frappuccino is your new best friend.

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Get a 6 Pack Without Sit Ups

October 14th, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean we want our ab’s to bulk up with our sweaters. We reached out to our RAD fitness guru Tess who gave up ab work out tips and none of them are sit ups! Tess says, These 3 ab exercises will strengthen your core get you closer to a 6 pack by working different ab muscle groups.

Try to work up to doing 3 sets of all 3 exercises in the circuit.

Alternating Heel Touches – 25 times on each side.

Lie down with your back on the ground with your knees bent and feet spread shoulder width apart. Lift your shoulders off the ground. With straight arms touch your left heel and then right heel for 1 rep. Keep your back flat on the mat and neck relaxed while moving from one side to the other.
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Reverse Crunch- Do 25

Lie on your back with knees bent 90 degrees. Tighten your core muscles and lift your feet off the ground until your knees are over your hips while maintaining a 90 degree angle with your knees. Slowly bring your feet back to the ground. This exercise is most effective when done in a slow and controlled manner and you will feel your lower abs working the hardest.
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Tuck Ups- Do 25

Lie on the ground with your legs straight in front of you and arms straight above your head. Lift your legs and shoulders a few inches off the ground to achieve a hollow position. From this starting position, tuck your thighs up to your chest and sit up. Return to the starting hollow position for one rep.
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Thanks to Tess we’re now mixing up our ab routine and feeling good all through fall! To never miss out on a tip from Tess, get on our mailing list!