Saturday, July 12, 2014

I Got Knocked Down, But I Got Up Again

Maybe I only like using the "up and down" panoramic feature on my Samsung, but I think the perception is really cool.


And in case you were wondering, my leg has been awesome! I have found that trigger point massage is the greatest thing in the world. It partners nicely with  my BioSkin Compression Sleeve to help improve the circulation in my calf.

To add to those, I have also applied some of Arbonne's Herbal Muscle Massage Pain Relieving Gel. That stuff really does the job! Even though I applied the gel before bed, it activated while I was on my run this morning! I have had the stuff for months, but never really knew how amazing it was until now!

Since we are already on the subject running, I may as well throw in how I took a tumble during my trail run today.


I went out to do 13.1 miles and I tripped over a rock around mile 4. This is only the second time I have ever fallen while running. Thankfully, I only came out with a few scratches and some dirty legs & clothing.


That's a lot better than my first fall on the C&O Canal in September.

I received my engagement ring only hours after that injury, so it definitely
made up for the pain I had!

Anyway, when I hit and wondered if I should just turn around and call it a day. It was already disgustingly humid out and I left my Gatorade in the car. I wasn't feeling the run either. In the end, I decided to get up, brush myself off and finish what I had started. My time wasn't all that bad either...2:05, a couple minutes better than last week. I am glad I decided to push through.

I was pretty beat afterwards and took a 2 hour nap once our errands for the day were complete. It is pretty rare that I take naps, so I knew my body was exhausted from the distance and heat. Tomorrow, I do not intend on pushing as hard. I will be happy if I get out and do 5 miles.

I hope you all were able to get out and have some good runs during your weekend! Feel free to tell me about yours!

What items do you use to help relieve leg pain other than pain pills?

Have you ever fallen while running? Did you get up and keep running?

Do you take naps or fight through exhaustion?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

Let's Talk Running...But First....

If you have not yet noticed, I have been obsessed with finding new GF recipes. I have been doing really well, even with the holidays. Sure, I may have not ate any foods with gluten, but that does not mean I didn't eat plenty of the GF items!! Remember, just because you may be gluten-free, doesn't mean you have a ticket to eat like a horse. I am mainly saying that statement to myself!

So here is some of the GF meals that I have tried in the last few days.

Eggs and fried sweet potatoes
Zucchini noodles and avocados, which I later added walnuts too.
Arbonne protein shake with strawberries. This was PHENOMENAL!
Taco meat in a cabbage leaf
 Cutting out bread really forces you to become creative with your meals. I thought that I would not feel satisfied if I did not have a pound of bread on the side, but I can't get over how satisfied I am! And I have a new found love for veggies! Zucchini is my favorite right now!

Anyway, I think it is time I talk running for once!

Over the weekend, I finally got a half marathon distance in. After having my week off, I feel like I struggled coming back. I think it was more so coming back in the 90 degree heat more than anything. Thankfully, both Friday and Saturday were beautiful days! When I went out to run on both mornings, it was in the 60s or 70s! Barely any humidity!

Big Slackwater
Dam #4
Somewhere at mile 11

I did not finish where I typically see myself, but I was satisfied.


I ran another 6 on Sunday, but slacked today and only did 5k. After 3 cookouts, running, grocery shopping, and cleaning, I think 3.1 was just fine!!! I have also started waking up at 5 am to get a couple of miles in the morning. It is way cooler and then, I can cut my evening mileage down if it is way too hot! Peter has been doing it with me so that really helps motivate me to get out of bed an hour early!

Anywho, I have yet another busy week ahead. I have started my college class and have some business socials set up, but the weekend should be free! I am looking forward to relaxing!

Hope you all have a great week!

Name some creative ways you have replaced bread.

How do you get through days of bad running? What motivates you to push forward?

Do you like running before work or after work?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Gluten-Free Friday: Pizza Crust

First & foremost, HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!! I hope you all are enjoying your cookouts and sporting the red, white, and blue!!!


I celebrated last night at my best friend's house. She and her husband had a party, where I was able to hang out and catch up with a few friends, and of course, we are plenty. Like Britner's corn on the cob!!!

 
Anyway, today I decided to do a 10k on the trail. Typically, I do the Run for Freedom on the 4th, but I skipped this one. Although I am sure I would have enjoyed myself, I have not felt competitive lately. My body has had it's own agenda and has wanted to take running easy for the past week. Today did go really well though! There was little humidity and the temps were lovely! For once, it was not in the 90s!!! Tomorrow should be similar and I hope to get a half distance in!!

But moving on...It's Gluten-Free Friday and I am excited to share this recipe with you!

A week ago, I made my first attempt at gluten-free pizza crust. Although it was tasty, it did not hit the same spot that my favorite pizza dough once had. I am very picky when it comes to my doughs and must have a crust that is thick and fluffy! The GF recipe I had tried, gave me a very flat, crispy crust. Like I said, it was good, but it did not fulfill my desire.

I had to modify the recipe I used quite a bit. It called for very little flour, which gave me a batter-like dough. I had to add an additional cup to get a consistency close to what I am used to. The recipe also called for a cup of milk, which made the dough heavier. The amount of yeast was a bit high as well and yet, the dough turned very flat.

So after making additional modifications, I have nearly achieved the dough I want. I will more than likely change this recipe again, but for now, I am satisfied!

Give it a try if you are looking to still have a satisfying crust on your GF diet!


GF Pizza Crust

Ingredients
  • 1 C Warm Water
  • 1 Packet Yeast or 2 1/2 tsp
  • 1 TBSP Sugar 
  • 2 1/2 C of Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add water to small bowl and place in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mix will become a little foamy.
  3. Combined flour, oil, salt, and seasonings into a large mixing bowl (I used my kitchen aid bowl), then add water/yeast mixture.
  4. Mix together until dough forms. If you are using your Kitchen-Aid, the dough hook will not properly mix all the dough together, I had to help it by taking a spatula and scraping sides and bottom. 
  5. Add gluten-free flour to your pizza pan or stone. It will not share the same consistency to dough we are familiar with and can somewhat feel "crumbly."
  6. Add desired toppings and bake for 25 minutes, or until dough light brown.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gluten Free Friday....Uh...Sunday

As you have heard in my last several entries, I am on a journey of becoming gluten-free. This will be a transition, for sure. I have start making many changes, like incorporating gluten-free recipes into most of my meals. If I notice a substantial difference in my health, maybe then, I will make the full conversion.

It has already proved itself though. Not physically, but my overall awareness of what I eat has shown itself. I have generally eaten pretty healthy...or so I thought. Then, as I researched more into Paleo and GF, I have noticed that I do not eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables as I should!!! So this past grocery visit was an eye opener. The majority of my foods were purchased in the first aisle.

Here was today's stock pile of GF approved foods...
  • Pinapple
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchinis
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Sirlon Steak
  • Turkey
After playing Super Market Sweep at Target, I journeyed to Britner's produce for some CORN!!!


I got enough to have for lunch, dinner, and additional servings to freeze.

That is GF pizza crust, by the way :-)


Anyway, before I get side-tracked about the glory of corn, it is GF Friday! I am just late on this, but I want to share one GF receipe that I have tried & loved every Friday. So far, all that I have tried, I have loved. But we will start with this sexy meal...

Spicy Sriracha Chicken Over Quinoa


Ingredients
  • 1 C dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • 1/4 C Virgin Coconut Oil 
  • 1/2 C Green Onion, chopped  
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, diced
  • 2 LBS Chicken Breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 C Sriracha (we suggest going less, unless you like to feel the burn!!!)
  • 1/4 C Agave Nectar
  • 1 TBSP Lime Juice
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Cilantro to taste
Directions
  1. Melt oil in large saucepan on medium heat. Sauté onions & peppers until soft. Add chicken & cook until browned.
  2. Mix together syrup, lime juice & Sriracha in a bowl.
  3. Add the sauce to chicken & simmer for about 8 minutes and chicken is cooked through. Stir through out. Season to taste with pepper & garlic salt.
  4. Finish with cilantro and serve over prepared quinoa.
 Try it out and let me know what you think of this delicious meal!

By the way, I have returned to running again! But that will be a separate post on it's own!


Do you like spicy foods?

 Corn: Diet Friend or Foe?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

10 Things For Tuesday...Half Are About Food

1. I am beginning to dig the idea of going completley gluten-free. I have been reading about it nonstop and it just seems perfect for me. Aside from my cereal this morning, I have had zero wheat so far. I think that is pretty good considering I am the bread queen.

2. Nutella & Rice Cakes are gluten-free. Life will be okay!

3. For dinner, we had breakfast for dinner. Usually, this is in the form of an egg pizza and sometimes with toast on the side. You can see my problem here...


While Peter had his pizza, I sacrificed the wrap for a third egg and still had the sauce, cheese, and veggie toppings. Had some walnuts with yogurt on the side.

4. Made some zucchini noodles for the first time. I am excited to have them for my lunch for tomorrow!

5. My leg is starting to give me a break!!! I have not run since last Wednesday. My goal is to start running again this Thursday.

6. I start school next week! I am taking Diversity in Sports and Athletics. It will be my first legit course since I withdrew from classes in 2008 due to bereavement. I did not intend to take 6 years off, but better late than never!!

7. I just finished organizing plans for July and my calendar looks CRAZY!!! I have only given myself free time for when one of my bridesmaids comes to town in a few weeks!

A true friend helps you take your beer bong ;-)
The above was about 5 years ago. I am not brave enough to beer bong anymore.

8. I LOVE building my new business. Now that I have become an Arbonne Consultant, I am learning so much about myself as well as network marketing.  I have also been given several opportunities to help others! You should "like" my Facebook page! ;-)

9. Wedding invitation have been mailed! I guess that makes the wedding date official! Can't change it now! 101 days to go!!!

10. Dove Dark Chocolate has kept me sane at the day job. Those little squares of delight are like velvet!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Bread: Friend or Foe?

Experiment time!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been eating like an oversized hog. With traveling, participating in Ashley's wedding, planning my own wedding, taking on a new job, and now with being a temporary non-runner, my food intake has completely sucked! Through it all, I am now serious about a new food plan and I have recently become intrigued by gluten-free and paleo. Though I do not think that I will ever become a full-fledge gluten/grain-free eater, I do believe it is a good idea to reduce some of it in my diet.

Ever since I can remember, bread has held a special place in my stomach heart. 


 When I was younger, I can recall waking up on a Saturday morning and finishing nearly half a loaf in toast alone. To add to it, when we would have pasta dishes, like spaghetti, having buttered bread with it was a staple at dinner! I never had just one piece either. It may have been 2-3 slices! That was on top of having a couple servings of pasta!!!
  
In general, my portions were out of control as a kid, but my bread intake alone was outrageous! It is quite obvious that my addiction was strong. I was able to gain some control as I got older, but the cravings have not truly ceased.

As I began reading up on wheat, it seems to be linked to a lot of digestion issues. That's when light bulb #1 turned on. I have NEVER had normal digestion. Sure, I have seen MAJOR improvements since I have upped my water intake and added fiber/digestive supplements, but even still, there are some irregularities that I would love to get worked out.

I also seem to have a permanent bloat in my stomach. 


 It has reduced greatly with my water intake and posture modifications, but again, it never completely went away. I always have had this little pooch that continues to haunt me day to day. Perhaps, bread is the culprit? It seems to be the case according to several articles I have read. I could place the blame on being overweight as a child, but it doesn't look/feel like loose skin to me. The problem is underneath the skin. 



Stomach and digestion issues are just 2 of several linked to eating bread, but other impacts may include migranes, diabetes, depression, feeling sluggish or tired, and much more!

Again, I am not trying to stop eating bread and other grains, but I want to reduce my intake dramatically and see where it takes me. Who knows, maybe it will be amazing and I will want to say goodbye to bread completely or maybe there won't be any changes. We will see.

For starters, I am going to stop having both cereal and 2 pieces of toast in the morning for breakfast. I can easily switch out one of those items for a piece of fruit instead. This morning, I replaced my toast with a banana and I was just as satisfied. 

Also, the sandwiches I love so much can be open-face. 


That cuts out one slice of bread, but does not sacrifice the flavor I want. I did that over the weekend (not on purpose, I just was running low on bread...story of my life) and I did not feel hungry. I was just as satisfied. It was a little messier, but that's probably the only reason a 2nd piece was added.

Anyway, I will keep you guys updated. Fingers crossed that this is worth it. If not, I will let you know that too!


Have you experimented with Gluten-Free or Paleo Diets? Any results?

For those of you who are GF or Paleo, please send me your favorite receipes!