For the past two summers I’ve managed to have jobs where I have Wednesdays off. The best part about this is that I get to go to the farmer’s market in Monument square! This past Wednesday I took a fabulous bike ride into town and got everything I needed to make this delicious taco salad. It is quick and easy to make and healthy! You don’t HAVE to find everything at the farmers market, but I did and I think it was even more delicious because of it. Here’s how to make it:
Farmer’s Market Taco Salad
Serves 4 People
What you’ll need:
1 head of romaine lettuce
2 ears of corn
2 green peppers
1 big carrot
1 lb ground beef, turkey, or chicken
Shredded cheese (optional)
Tortilla chips (optional)
1. Prepare the salad part. Put a pot of water on to boil the corn. Then chop up your lettuce, tomatoes, and green peppers. I shredded the carrot into the salad. When the corn is done, run it under some cold water and then cut it off the cob and toss it into your salad! Easy!
2. Cook the meat. In a frying pan on medium start cooking your meat. When it is almost done add some spices! I sprinkled in some cumin, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. When your meat is finished cooking add the salsa. I did about half a cup. The salsa will act like a dressing for the salad and be delicious.
3. To serve, simply put some salad on your plate and top with the meat. If you want you can sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and serve with tortilla chips. If you’re going for healthier, omit that step. Either way, it’s going to be tasty.
This past weekend Angus and I participated in the Tri for Preservation in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This was Angus’ first triathlon and my third and we already can’t wait for next summer to do more races! Between studying for my CPT exam and planning a wedding (that is happening in 10 days!!!), there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for training this summer. Even so, I’m very happy with my results and am eager to train for races next summer! Our great friends Mike and Courtney woke up at the crack of dawn to come cheer us on and to take great pictures! The pictures in this post are taken by Courtney Elizabeth Media.
Angus and I pre-race
The Swim- 500 yards of swimming at the beautiful Crescent Beach. Not a whole lot more to it. They had advertised that it would be an in-water start. Thankfully, they ditched the idea and it was a normal beach start. Next time I will swim more than once before the race.
Finished with the swim and running to my bike!
The Bike- The bike featured a two loop 14.5 mile course along the coast and the marshland. There were a few rolling hills but nothing major. I spent three years in college racing road bikes and for some reason, I am much much faster now than I ever was then. I wish I could say it was from all the hard training I did but I think I have ridden my bike to the Gelato Fiasco more times than I have gone for a road bike ride this summer. I guess it will just be one of those mysteries!
Almost done with the run!
The Run- “Ouch” pretty much sums up the run. It starts on a “fire road” which really felt more like the beach. SO MUCH SAND AND SO SLOW. Luckily it wasn’t a very long fire road and the run finishes on the road. There’s even an aid station at mile two with water and gatorade. It was just over three miles and I was pretty darn happy when it was over 🙂
Angus and I post-race. About to go get some bagels from 158 with Mike and Courtney!
I figured that this would be a good start to my blog seeing as I just passed my exam to be a certified personal trainer. While I was studying I searched for other exam candidate’s experiences with the exam so I thought that I would share mine for anyone who is looking!
I think one of the most frequently asked questions is: Is the exam hard? Well, that’s a very difficult question to answer! I thought the exam was challenging, but I also felt very prepared for it. Even if you have a background in exercise science, you will still have to order the books from ACE and read them and it would be quite hard to pass without doing this. There’s no magic website that tells you only what you need to know. Just read the books and prepare! I think the biggest thing I noticed about the exam is that there were a few topics that were repeated several times. (Like when to refer a client to a physician and questions on postural deviations.)
How long did it take me to study? I studied for 6 months but I definitely think it could be done in half the time. I took my time and I think there were even a few weeks where I didn’t open a personal training book once.
There are a ton of resources to take advantage of that I wish I had found earlier.1. The ACE Study Center. This place is great! You can call them up or e-mail them with your questions and they will get back to you quickly. It is great if you’re confused about something because they will break it down and tell you just what you need to know for the exam. If you’re confused, just call them. It will be so much easier than trying to look up answers in the book or trying to understand something on your own.
2. Exercise ETC Webinars!! I can’t say enough about how great these are. There are a series of 8 webinars on exerciseetc.com that you can purchase for 20 dollars each. 20 dollars, you say?! Yep. And they are worth EVERY PENNY. I only bought four of them, in the areas I felt like I needed more help and that worked great for me. I specifically remember questions from the test that were covered in the webinars. Pretty cool!
You could try to find a study buddy, but since I live in Maine and there was no one else in the area studying at the same time as me, my study buddy ended up being a cuddly pink flamingo. I guess he was a good one! 😉
If you have any questions or want to know more, please feel free to contact me!