My Pre-New Years Resolutions

So with the year ending, it's always a good time to reflect and improve for the next year. For me it starts with my birthday and roles right into January 1st, creating an entire month of reflection.

Here are the things I like to do now.

1. Eat Clean-er - In the triangle of fitness (exercise, sleep, and diet) my weakest point is diet. Recently, I've been finishing up a book called "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us" and it's been illuminating. More cooking and less snacking out of a bag when possible for this girl! I'm not perfect but even a small change will help :P

2. Stretch More - I've been dealing with a hip flexor issue and so I need to stretch more so help it and also avoid further issues.

3. Hip Strengthening - Same as the reasoning for stretching, strengthening the other muscles in my hips will help me heal faster/better

4. Dedication to Dopey Training - This is a big one since I'm going to have to dial back my speed a bit to help my hip heal. I need to train smart not fast for Dopey. My focus is on getting the miles in and not on speed. The "dress rehearsal" weekend is the most important in building not only my physical preparation but also my confidence that I can make it through the weekend of races.

These are my goals for December, what are you hoping to achieve before the year ends?

FlapJacked!

So this post has been a long time coming... a LONG time coming. No, no, this isn't anything groundbreaking but rather a breakfast food review that I've wanted to do for a long time.

To start with, this company did not approach me to do a review, I just wanted to do it! I saw another blogger test these pancakes out and thought they looked awesome, so all opinions are my own. Now on with the show!

If there is one truth in my life, it's that I LOVE breakfast food. Now I'm not talking sausages and bacon but rather waffles, biscuits, pancakes, french toast,... well you get the picture. If it is sugar and carb laden and then can be covered in powdered sugar and/or syrup, I'm a fan.

As a pseudo health conscious runner, I was excited to hear about a breakthrough in pancake-ness. It's all the carb goodness but...but...also packed with protein (15-17g per serving) so it's win-win!

Here are the details.

FlapJacked currently comes in 3 flavors, Buttermilk, Cinnamon Apple, and Banana Hazelnut and packs a mean protein punch! You can go online and purchase a "sampler" package which include smaller sizes of each of the flavors. Each of the puches below made about 8 pancakes using a partially filled 1/3 cup scoop. (I'm not good at flipping large pancakes so that's about where I max out)

So I started with the Cinnamon Apple and let me tell you, I failed at life big time. I made the pan way to hot and then just had all the troubles. Luckily, I got a few good ones from that batch to taste test but more on that later.

After adding in the water, the batter becomes very liquidy but after giving it 3-5 minutes (I gave it a full 5) it sets up nicely!

Post 5 minute

Getting cooking!

Later, I more successfully made the Buttermilk pancakes and voila look at these beauties!

I then had brinner one night and finished up the experiment/taste test with the Banana Hazelnut.

So how did they tasted? What about the texture?

Banana Hazelnut takes top place followed by Buttermilk and then Cinnamon Apple. They were all fairly evenly matched though. You could taste the protein-ness of all the flavors though, and it does change the texture a bit too. It definitely tasted a bit different than my normal Aunt Jemima pancake mix. When I make pancakes with this batter again, I'll probably add in some of my own flavors like I do for my normal pancakes (a little extra cinnamon and vanilla never hurt anyone).

Tip for cooking - keep the temp really low. It says it on the package but they aren't kidding, I cooked my just below medium and it cooked well on my gas stove.

If you are a fan of pancakes but would like to get some protein to power your day, I definitely recommend giving FlapJacked a try!

http://www.flapjacked.com

Friday Link Ups!

Running Stuff!

Weekly Workout - Week 12 - I'd say my calves are the muscle group that I'm most concerned about almost all the time. Looking to try out some of these Runner's World tips!

How to Avoid Overheating on the Run - Overheating is a problem I face as do many runners. It's never the wrong season so read up on this!

Kara Goucher Targeting Fall Marathon - Because I love Kara!

Eight Tips for Improving Pre-Race Sleep - I'm a bad sleeper and race jitters make me the worst sleeper. Some solid tips to help!

2015 Boston Marathon Cut-off is 1:02 Under Qualifying Mark - I've definitely got BQ on the brain so this is something I'm super interested in. It's also sparked a debate between cutting off qulaifiers to make room for charity bibs, I don't have a strong feeling on either side of the equation.
Food Fun!

21 Boozy Cider Drinks To Try This Fall - Yes, yes, and yes!!!

Veggies Have Protein, Too! - I'm not a vegetarian but I do go days (unintentionally) without eating meat. This is also my excuse for consuming all the beans!

Mini Chicken Pot Pies - These just look plain delicious!


Other Internet Happenings!



First Look: The New Beautifully Disney Haunted Mansion Collection at Disney Parks - I'm not one to wear a lot of make-up, but the cases for this collection might make me open my wallet a bit.