I’m Back! Flywheel Challenge + Easy Pasta Dinner

After almost a week of absolutely NO cardio, my cough has started to dwindle down, and I am happy to report that I am back on the bike and pavement. I had the opportunity to sub an evening class at Flywheel Charlotte Wednesday night (thank you Matt Yost). Prior to having my first child, I taught regularly at night, but with the addition of a new baby it has been difficult for me to find time to get back to the studio at that time. Thank you riders for welcoming me with open arms!

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My welcome back to teaching came on the heels of a huge announcement at the studio. We will offer our first Flywheel Challenge. We typically offer a Flybarre Challenge several times a year geared towards decreasing overall body inches by purchasing (and attending) a set number of classes a week. Why not offer it for Flywheel? From October 26-November 23, riders can purchase a package that includes sixteen Flywheel classes (4 per week), a 45 minute Flywheel workshop (to make you more efficient on the bike), access to a nutritional plan AND a personal instructor coach to fuel that extra motivation. Interested? Send an email to flywheelchallenge@flywheelsports.com or ask me for more details. Who knows, I might end up being your coach!

Easy Pasta Dinner – Pasta & Provisions

If you follow my blog enough, you know that I try to throw together quick, healthy dinner during the middle of the week. My family is busy, so we don’t necessarily have a lot of time to not only plan but cook some of these fancy recipes that you see on healthy living websites. We try to utilize resources all around us to make these as easy as possible. In Charlotte, there is a local fresh pasta company not too far from my house. This week, I decided to take advantage of it. photo 1-144

I had a coupon for buy one pound of fresh pasta, get one free. Score. Give me two pounds of fresh whole wheat pasta. We had some frozen chicken meatballs at the house, so I also picked up two containers of vegetable primavera sauce to cook the meatballs in. This primavera sauce is made with tomatoes, zucchini squash, broccoli, spinach and roasted red peppers. Get those extra veggies in any way that you can.

photo 3-126 When I pulled in the driveway it was pouring down rain and my daughter was asleep in her car seat. I was relieved to know that I needed less than 15 minutes to get dinner on the table. Fresh pasta cooks in boiling water in 1-2 minutes. I threw the sauce in a pan with the meatballs over medium-high heat for another 10-15 minutes.

photo 2-148 Voila. Fresh, hearty, healthy Italian. This is too easy.

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My daughter ate both the meatballs and spaghetti. We are doing everything we can at this point to get her eating the things that we eat regularly, so that we can reduce the amount of baby food that we have to buy. She loves tomatoes! In fact, all of that Italian got her excited to play well into the night. She turns one Friday!

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