How Ironman Training Helped a Wife Find Her True Passion

How Ironman Training Helped a Wife Find Her True Passion - From Stuck to Unstuck!

How Ironman Training Helped a Wife Find Her True Passion - From Stuck to Unstuck! Have you ever had a friend who you shares your same story/journey but in a totally different circumstance? That's my friend Tara. We live the same, but different, lives. Which makes for one amazing cohesive and supportive friendship. Today I asked her BACK  to share her story. You're gonna want … [Read more...]

What I learned After Realizing I Wasn’t Going to Meet My Goals

true quote. I'd rather learn from mistakes then fake being perfect. Always!

Whoa, how's that for a title?! But it's real folks, and sometimes we need to a little slap of reality, in a good "AH HA" way. Am I right? So today's post is not about pinterest worthy meals, nutrition, or how how to get fit in no time. It's what I call an "honesty is the best policy post." And thankfully, I have a husband is willing to share his story. The one where he … [Read more...]

2 Life Happiness Hacks for 2015

life hack quote

Yesterday marked our 7 year anniversary! Seven years people! That's seven years of chasing this Crazy Cotter Triathlon dream. That's 7 years of ups, downs, triumphs, and frustrations. What's even crazier is that my husband has been racing pro since 2006. Almost a decade of HARD training and perseverance. But last year.... oye! Last year was year was a doozy, a true test … [Read more...]

Why Easy Sessions Make You a Better Athlete


Each month I get to a point where I just need a break. Instead of trying to push through workouts and act all invincible, I remember the 45 minute rule. The one the Kiwi often preaches to his athletes (and himself). The 45 minute rule (to me) means going easy, I mean REAL, easy for no more than 45 minutes a day for for a period of 7-1o days. This means yoga, hiking, etc. No … [Read more...]

Why White Rice Makes a Nice Recovery Food

white rice dishes for recovery

Questions I get asked a lot ---> Is white rice Paleo? Shouldn't I eat brown rice instead? Shouldn't I avoid carbs at night? Isn't white rice high on the Glycemic Index? And truth is.... IT DEPENDS. It depends on the person, their gut health, their activity levels, and the way they prepare grains. Yep, it depends. In all honesty, I prefer to eat my carbs in the form … [Read more...]

How I Got a Bunch of Triathletes to Go Dairy Free and Gluten Free Pre Race Week!

silk almond milk

I did it. I successfully convinced the triathletes staying with us last week to go DAIRY FREE and Gluten free pre –race week. And you wanna know the best part? They didn't even realize it until I told them. Silk Almond Milk to the Rescue! Why the dairy free part? Well, to be honest, the mold air allergy in Austin is very high at the moment. Foods like dairy and peanuts can … [Read more...]

What To Do When Your BIG Dreams or Goals Feel Stalled


Almost 7 years ago I married the Kiwi and became a Sherpa wife (aka pro athlete supporter, food maker and supplier, race day cheerleader, etc.). Almost 6 years ago I started creating Healthy Bites. Both are big dreams! In fact, if my husband was a pro triathlete, I probably wouldn’t have started Healthy Bites. And if I hadn’t taken action to try to fix my diet (and heal), … [Read more...]

Letting Go of Routine and Going with the Rhythm


It’s funny, most people are heading back to school, work, etc. and craving a routine. I get that, I really do. Especially if you have kids. But for us? We’ve been plowing away at work, training, in the brutal summer heat. It’s at this point when our routine can almost slow us down from that SECOND WIND of dreaming big. (thank you Tara for the bracelet) We need makes … [Read more...]

The Second Wind of Dreaming Big

lake stevens tri

Man oh man, I thought I’d be posting a Latest and Greatest fitness exercise post today, but I’ve changed my mind. I’ll save that for later this week. You see, this past weekend, I was at it again. Traveling to a race to be support my husband. A weekend that tended to be more SHERPA work than play, but OH SO worth it. After 6 years of ups and downs and chasing this dream … [Read more...]

What We Eat to Maximize Recovery and Fight Oxidative Stress


  Before I jump into today’s post, I’m thinking I better explain what oxidative stress is. Maybe I’ve touched on this before? Hmmm.. I don’t remember, so let’s refresh just incase. And because I’m lazy, I’m going to give your word by word definition from Dr. Weil below. Oxidative stress is the total burden placed on organisms by the constant production of free … [Read more...]