“Rainy Day” {at-home} circuit workout! {2 versions!}

Hello again!

The answer is no, pigs are not flying! The question to that answer? Are you really posting 2 consecutive days in a row? Trust me, I wasn’t planning on it but, when I woke up and heard the rain pouring I knew I didn’t want to venture out in the rain to go to Stroller strides  class and knew that since I wasn’t going then I needed to come up with something at home that I could do with Z around. {<——yes I know this is a run-on sentence, deal with it!}

So, my plan was to do a circuit workout and wanted to try to use most of the fitness equipment that I actually have. Luckily, thanks to my Body Back instructor experience it was relatively easy to come up with a good circuit workout!

Here is a shameless, not so shameless, company promotion: If you are local to my area, you can find out first hand what my workouts are like by registering for a Body Back session :) New session starts Monday, January 5, 2015 (space is limited!)

I will give you 2 versions of my circuit. The first version (the one I did) includes some fitness equipment (I will go over which ones I used) and the second version is NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED!

Before I even got started with my workout area, I turned on Z’s favorite movie, Cars, in the hopes that would keep him distracted for the duration of the workout. What actually happened? That lasted only for the first 6 minutes. I only got 6 exercises in to round 1 when he went to find me and was then completely disinterested in watching the movie. **face palm**

"rainy day" circuit workout

And this was my view for the rest of the workout:

at-home circuitworkout

 

He also joined in on some of the exercises and quickly started pretending to be my personal trainer:

at home circuit workout

For some odd reason, Z wouldn’t let me use the stability ball so, I had to change-up the dancing bug to a v-up instead.

Alright, enough of me blabbering on…..here is what really brought you here (I assume anyway)

**DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A TRAINER, DOCTOR OR OTHER SPORTS PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE REGIME. TAKE THESE WORKOUTS FOR WHAT THEY ARE. ********

1st version:

Equipment needed: Kettle bell, stability ball, barbell, hand weights, and Valslides

"Rainy Day" at-home circuit workout

**I got Valslides in my first Mizzfit’s Quarterly box and this was my first time using them. I love them! They bring a whole other level of intensity to your average mountain climbers! Valerie Waters is the genius behind Valslide, you can go to her website to read more about it–>>

"Rainy day" at-home circuit workout

The weights I used were small since I am just starting off.

barbell: total of 10lbs

handweights: 5 lbs each

kettlebell: 20lbs

Yeah, I told ya! I can run for hours but, my overall strength isn’t that great. I’m working on it!

2nd version:

Equipment needed: only a mat if needed!

"Rainy Day" at-home circuit no equipment needed!

Do you do at-home workouts? Which sites/DVDs are your favorites?

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2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Runners!

I know with only 2 weeks left til Christmas this post may already be too late for some but, for those of us that haven’t even done any shopping yet this post came right on time! And yes, I said 2 weeks! Yikes! It seemed once Halloween was over, Thanksgiving came and went in a blink of an eye and now it’s almost Christmas! I also always know it’s 2 weeks until Christmas because my son’s birthday is today! He is turning 3 yrs old! I can’t believe I have a 3 yr old in the house now!

2014 dland pic

Do you have a runner in your life or someone who has expressed interest in running but, don’t know what to get them this year? No worries, you have come to the right place. Trust me, runners always need new running gear, fuel, apparel, etc. We can never have too many socks, or shoes, or running tights, or headbands, the list literally goes on and on.

2014 holiday gift guide for runners

{{Disclaimer: Affiliate links below! Lindsey (One Mother of a Day) is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com  }}

 

2014 ultimate holiday gift guide for runners

1.  Honey stingers gels/chews/waffles$1-3 (affiliate link)

2.  Nuun Hydration tablets: $7 per tube (affiliate link)

3. Elete (electrolyte drops): $8

4. BodyGlide : $5 (affiliate link)

5. Bondi Band headband: $9 (affiliate link)

Bonus#6  Race distance car magnets: $5 or less

 

 

2014 ultimate holiday gift guide for runners

1. Belaga running socks: $11/pair (affiliate link)

2. Nathan handheld H20 bottle: $20 (affiliate link)

3. Nathan running belt: $25 (affiliate link)

4. Road ID bracelet: $20

5. Addaday massage roller (travel size): $16

6. Quick Strength for Runners (book): $15 (affiliate link)

7. Runner’s World Running on air (book): $11 (affiliate link)

8. KT Tape: $15 per roll (affiliate link)

9. Desert Runners DVD: $20 (affiliate link) (documentary that follows 4 extreme ultra runners taking on the world’s toughest ultra challenges!)

10. Endorphin Warrior motivational bracelets: $20

BONUS #11: Nike running gloves: $20 (affiliate link)

 

2014 ultimateholiday gift guide for runners

1. Addaday massage roller: $40 (Fleet Feet or other specialty running store)

2. CEP compression socks: $50 (Fleet Feet or other specialty running store–These need to be measured for each individual runner)

3. bama + ry jewelry(custom and inspiring copper + nickel jewelry): $30+ (Jasmine the creative person behind this company is very talented and will work with you in creating a custom piece if you don’t find what you are looking for on her Etsy site!)

4. Medal and/or bib holder: $40+ (prices vary based on site) (affiliate link)

5. iPod shuffle: $50

 

2014 ultimate holiday gift guide for runners

1. Running shoes: $100-150 (Fleet Feet store or any specialty running store–will need to get properly fitted)

2. JayBird sport headphones: $140-160 (affiliate link)

3. Garmin running watch: range $100-450

4. A whole running outfit based on the current weather and from their favorite store (ie-long tights w/ long sleeve running shirt or running shorts/capris paired with a tank top)

 

 ******************Another disclaimer: these prices are all approximate and based on my location. prices will vary.******************************

If you hadn’t already figured it out, I finally am part of Amazon’s affiliate program and have set up my store! Please check it out! When you use my affiliate links I will get a small percentage from that purchase to help first fund this blog to upgrade to a self-hosted site! Thank you for your support!!

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Questions for you, my readers!!

Are any of these on your Christmas list?

Do you do your own shopping for yourself, when it comes to Christmas gifts? This year I did!

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Happy Thanksgiving!! {Family Tradition}

Happy Thanksgiving!!

To those in the States, today is a big food AND running day!! What? You didn’t start this morning with a little 5k race?!? Well, you definitely missed out!

This morning started early. 5:00 am early. I always have to get up earlier than everyone else in the house so, I have time to drink my coffee. It’s the important things in life.

Seven years ago, my Mom and I started a Thanksgiving morning tradition, running in a local 5k race. Our very first one was Plymouth Rock-n-run 5k in Anaheim Hills, CA, it was also their Inaugural race as well. We haven’t run every single year but, at least 5 of the 7 years which is pretty good. It is great seeing a race grow from only a couple hundred runners to over a thousand runners. This race benefits a wonderful organization, The Spinal Cord Injury Research at Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine.

It’s a Family Affair-Z’s 1st race!!

This year I decided to sign up Z for his very first run, 1k fun run. He got his own bib and finishers medal. I thought he would have a blast, since he is always running everywhere. Well, of course, I was way wrong. My hubby and I went with him and before we even crossed the start line, he was already in tears and hubby was carrying him. We handed him off between the 2 of us for about 95% (I’m probably being generous with that percentage) of the 1k course. The only time he actually had his feet on the ground was for about 5 seconds when he wanted to get the different colored cones they had on the course. I crossed the finish line holding him as he was crying again! I think we just put too much pressure on him. Having both his parents as runners, I can see how there could be too much pressure on the little guy.

Turkey Trot 2014

 

Age is just a number!

Since my Mom moved up in her age group this year she has placed twice in her age group. The first time being last month in her first Sprint Triathlon and today she placed in 2nd place in her age group!! She was so excited! She had already looked on the results from last year to see what the competition could potentially look like.  I am so proud of her especially when she almost gave up on running several years ago when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis. She is a perfect example that age is just a number and if you don’t give up on yourself, your body wont either.

Turkey Trot 2014

 

A new 5k PR!

I, just like my Mom, checked out last years times for my age group. I knew I had a decent chance of placing in the top 3 but, that would mean I would have to work every hard for it. Sadly, I came in 5th but, the good news is that I shaved off 15 secs/mile off my 5k time. I am very happy about that!! I never thought I would see any race time in the 7’s (minutes per mile).

Turkey Trot 2014

 

Took one for the  team!

Oh and a huge shout out to my hubby. He took one for the team today and let me run solo while he ran pushing the stroller. Since I had a better shot at potentially placing than he did obviously, that didn’t work out like I hoped :/ He still did an average 8:15 minute mile pace!!! He is much faster than me and always will be!!

Over all, the first half of today was a huge success! Now off to my parents for a big yummy feast!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

Did you participate in a Turkey trot today?

Do you have any Family traditions on this day?

What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving?

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WIAW #21: What I ate on my {not-so} meatless Monday {Bonus: New recipes!}

Hi there!

So, I signed up for a 4 week holiday-type challenge (Elf4Health) that is being hosted by Lindsay @ THe Lean Green Bean and Elle from According to Elle. Each day is a new task to complete and post about it on FB and/or IG to get credit for that task. Day 1 was Meatless Monday. Major Fail. I ate salmon and chicken. I couldn’t even go a whole day without meat but, in my defense I don’t eat eggs, beans, soy, grains (except rice) and small amounts of dairy so, I am very limited as to what I can eat to get my protein. And don’t try to tell me “some veggies have protein”. Yes, some do but, I’m not going to eat 4 cups of spinach or broccoli in each meal to only get roughly 24g of protein. That is just plain crazy. And if you don’t already know, I am not a fan of veggies. I know you would think I would be the veggie queen since I am this clean, whole-food eating gal but, that is not the case at all. I don’t like leafy greens. So, no salads. I will eat them but the meat has to be the star of the show. You won’t catch me eating kale “chips”. EVER. And for the record kale chips are not real potato chips. You can add all the nutritional yeast you want on those things, that isn’t going to make them “cheesier”. They don’t taste like potato chips, not in the least.  I know this because I have tried them and you know what they taste like? Kale. They taste like kale that has been in the oven for 20 minutes. Alright, somehow I got on this whole kale tangent.

On to why you really stopped by to read my little blog, food. I am linking up with Jenn over at Peas & Crayons for her weekly WIAW series. Make sure to stop on over and see what other food bloggers are munching on!

WIAW #21: What I ate on my {not-so} meatless monday

I will warn you, my only real meatless meal was breakfast and that is what I have most mornings.

Without further adieu, here is my not-so meatless Monday meals! Try saying that 3 times fast.

WIAW #21: What I ate on my {not-so} Meatless Monday

Breakfast: 1 Whole avocado w/ salt + 1 banana w/ (You Fresh Natural) White chocolate cashew butter and (Enjoy Life) mini chocolate chips + coffee (that isn’t shown)

Yes people, I eat a whole avocado at once, not just a 1/4 or a 1/3, the whole damn thing! #lovemesomefats #healthyfatsdontmakeyoufat #processedrefinedfoodsdoes #youcanteatanavocadoandthenruntomcdonalds #andsaybutiateahealthyfat #whyaminotlosingweight?

WIAW #21

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIAW #21: What I ate on my {not-so} Meatless Monday

Lunch: My “fried” rice (see recipe below-sans eggs) + oven-roasted Asian salmon (see recipe below)

WIAW #21: What I ate on my {not-so} Meatless Monday

Afternoon coffee: Bulletproof-style coffee

WIAW #21: What I ate on my {not-so} Meatless Monday

Dinner: “Chipotle” Chicken bowl (recipe below)

I know crazy 4 recipes in one post?! What is the world coming to?? I know I have been promising some new recipes that I have floated out there on social media a long, long time ago and never followed through with my promise. I am making up for it now. Sound good? Good!

“Fried” Rice {egg-free, soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free}

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, chopped
  • 4 oz white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

 

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 2-3 drops fish sauce
  • 1 Tbl toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbl rice wine vinegar
  • 3 cups cooked white rice

Instructions:

  1. Sauté first 4 ingredients in a sauté pan w/ 1 Tbl coconut oil or fat of choice.
  2. Once veggies have softened, add garlic and ginger to sauté pan.
  3. Stir everything together until garlic becomes aromatic.
  4. Add cooked rice to pan, stir to combine.
  5. Don’t stir for 3-4 minutes so rice can get slightly crisp on the bottom.
  6. Add in the fish sauce, sesame oil, coconut aminos and rice vinegar. stir to combine.
  7. Continue to saute all the ingredients together for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes or until everything is combined.

 

Oven-baked Asian Salmon {soy-free, gluten-free}

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb approx. wild-caught salmon

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 3 Tbl rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbl toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Combine marinade and salmon in Ziploc freezer bag. Place in fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Oven @ 375
  3. Place marinated salmon on parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet in oven for 8-10 minutes or until the fish can be easily flaked apart with a fork.

**the time will vary based on the thickness of the salmon. I had approx. 1 inch or a little less and I should have only baked it for 8 minutes and not the 10 minutes.

 

“Chipotle”-style chicken bowl

Ingredients:

  • cilantro-lime rice
    • 3 cups cooked white rice
    • 2 Tbl cilantro, minced
    • 2 Tbl lime juice
  • guacamole
    • 2 large ripe avocados,
    • 3 Tbl red onion, minced
    • 2 Tbl cilantro, minced
    • 2 Tbl lime juice
    • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • salsa
    • 5 tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 Tbl yellow onion, chopped
    • 2 Tbl cilantro, minced
    • Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • chicken
    • 1-1.5 lbs chicken breasts, chopped in 1 inch cubes
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Rice- combine all ingredients.
  2. Guacamole-mash avocado and combine rest of ingredients.
  3. salsa- combine all ingredients.
  4. Chicken- combine spices in with chicken. heat coconut oil in saute pan. Place chicken in pan and saute until cooked through.
  5. Grab a bowl. Pile in the rice, chicken, guac and salsa. That’s it! Enjoy!

 

There you got 3 recipes that you can try!

Don’t forget to head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what yumminess other bloggers are eating!

Questions for you!

Could you or do you currently do Meatless Monday’s?

What type of food is your main protein source?

Peas and Crayons

 

The Lean Green Bean
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5 things I learned while training for Ragnar Las Vegas

Hello again stranger!

I wanted to pop in before I took off for Ragnar Las Vegas that is happening this Friday. T-minus 2 days!! Yikes! Things are getting real! I can’t believe how fast it snuck up on me!! The title of this post is a little misleading because there really wasn’t a lot of training going on. I was consistently running, for the most part but, it wasn’t until the last 2 weekends when I started to get serious about it. I didn’t get in as many training runs as I wanted to but, it will have to be good enough.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you know I only was able to do 2 training run series which consisted of running 3 separate runs in a 24-hour period. I wanted to simulate what it would be like to run on tired legs and having a short recovery time between runs. Essentially, in the actual race, each runner will be running 3 times (or legs as they are called) in a 24-hour period, with each run (leg) varying in distance and difficulty.

Ragnar Las vegas 5 things i learned while training

 

Ragnar Las vegas 5 things i learned while training

 

As I was running my training runs I was finding several things that would be help me during Ragnar and anyone else who is thinking about doing a Ragnar.

5 things i learned while training for Ragnar Las Vegas

1.Body Glide. A must!! After my first training run I forgot to use it so by run #2, which was only 10 hours later, my skin didn’t have time to heal and was raw in certain places where my clothes were constantly rubbing against my skin. So, after I took a shower after run#2 I was quickly reminded how important it is  to remember to apply Body Glide before each run!Ragnar Las Vegas 5 things i learned while training

2. Compression gear.  I have 2 pairs of CEP compression socks. I wore one pair after run#2 and I slept in them. My legs were starting to ache after running 11 miles in less than 12 hours. I wore the other pair during run #3 and my legs actually felt really good throughout that 6 mile run.

Ragnar Las Vegas 5 things i learned while training

 

3. Bring 2 pairs of running shoes. Prior to my training runs I didn’t think I would need 2 pairs but, after run#1 there wasn’t going to be enough time in-between for my shoes to have time to breath. Run #1 and #3 I wore Nike Pegasus 31. Run #2 I wore Nike Free 2.0 which are a lighter/minimalist shoe that I use for cross-training and shorter runs.

Ragnar las vegas 5 things i learned while training

 

4.Bring warm clothes to wear AFTER each run. I didn’t realize that being cold after a run would be an issue until I did a 9 mile run Sunday morning when the temps were in the 40’s. I wore full length running tights and a long sleeve shirt. After the run, I felt good, temperature wise, I was covered in sweat which felt good, at the time. As soon as my sweat dried up and all I was left with were wet clothes, I very quickly became very, very cold. I was lucky enough to be at home and able to take a hot shower but, at Ragnar I may not have that opportunity so I will need to pack extra jackets and blankets.

 

5. Oh and try to have some fun. Though it will be exhausting, this will be such a fun experience I have to remember to enjoy it. This maybe the only opportunity I have to be able to participate in something like this.

 

 

Today I made a stop at my favorite local running store, Fleet Feet Rancho Cucamonga, to stock up on some Honey Stinger chews/gels and to buy a reflective safety vest and wrist holder.

Ragnar Las Vegas: stocking up on running essentials!

 

In less than 24 hours I will be heading out to Las Vegas and I haven’t even started packing! This is all I have together so far:

**sleeping bag, pillow, playing cards, light up necklaces, my Fleet Feet haul**

Ragnar Las vegas 5 things i learned while training

 

My intention was to get out a couple more blog posts on Ragnar before race weekend but, we can all see how that went, not good.

 

Don’t forget to follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter where our team (12 runners) will conquer 189 miles! I will be posting frequently starting tomorrow all the way through Sunday to see all our shenanigans during Ragnar Las Vegas weekend!!

 

AND you can follow our team at #ragnarhoneybadgers

 

Have you done a Ragnar? Which one(s)?

Would you do it again?

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Confessions! Kettlebells! Ragnar! OH MY! {Bonus recipe: Apple + Onion Chicken burgers}

Confessions! Kettlebells! Ragnar! Oh My! {One mother of a Day}

Hi Everyone!

It’s me, Lindsey! Don’t worry, my blog has not been hacked!

You need some convincing?!

I love coffee, coffee, coffee and oh more coffee!

Now, do you believe it’s really me?

Okay, now that we got that awkwardness out-of-the-way. On to the real reason why I am here gracing you guys with my presence, I have been up to some exciting things recently in my life and wanted to share with you all.

Confessions.

First, the boring stuff. I’m still on my Elimination Diet, day 37 to be exact. It definitely has gotten easier with time. I have accepted the foods I can and can’t eat, for the most part. I have to tell you something, though. I have been keeping this a secret…..

Confessions! Kettlebells! Ragnar! Oh My!

I have had more than one iced pumpkin spice latte. My first one of the season was on my birthday, last week. I shouldn’t have even had that first one. I was doing so good regarding my Elimination Diet. Once I had that first sip, there was no turning back. This week I have had one Every. Single. Day. It isn’t because I really crave the taste, it is more out of habit. Prior to my birthday, I was doing great, I wasn’t even going to Starbucks. At one point I had cut back on my coffee intake for a WHOLE WEEK! I know. It was the roughest week of my life. Let. me. tell. you. Per the Elimination Diet guidelines, they “suggest” cutting out coffee all together. I gave it the good ol college try. I figure one week is the same as forever. Right?!

Okay okay. That wasn’t my only confession. I also had ice cream on my birthday weekend, which I couldn’t even finish because I got a really bad acid reflex thing happening. One of the positives about being on this diet is when I do eat something that is one of the excluded foods, and I have a reaction to said food, I know exactly what food was causing the reaction.

Lesson learned. It appears from these 37 short days, dairy is not my friend. Which is a huge bummer, because that is one category of foods that I really enjoy. I’m not going to cut it out completely but, now have to be more aware of the amount of dairy I have in a day.

 

12 runners. 200 miles. 36 hours.

Confessions! Kettlebells! Ragnar! Oh My! {One Mother of a Day}

Yes, that’s right! I’m going to be running my very first RAGNAR this coming November. Vegas here we come! Months ago, when this particular team was forming, I told them to put my name down as an alternate runner. At the time, 5+ months away from race day, I didn’t want to commit to something like that so far in advance. A couple of weeks ago, I got the call!! Actually more like the Facebook messenger alert. I hate that FB messenger by the way. I am soooooo excited that I am going to be a part of RAGNAR VEGAS!

When I was explaining to my hubby about the whole concept of this relay race:

12 runners, covering 200 miles in a span of less than 36 hours, potentially having to run 6 miles at 2am, when not running, hanging out in a van w/ 5 other people (you may or may not know), with little to no sleep, may or may not be able to shower after each run (leg), all your belongings are packed in little Ziploc baggies, and pretty much living out of a van for 2 days.

he looked at me and said, “you really want to do this?!”

 “YES, it sounds so fun!!!”  {ME}

“okay…whatever you want to do” {hubby}

 “obviously, we have differing definitions of what ‘fun’ is.” {ME}

 “obviously.”  {hubby}

Don’t worry, you will be hearing more about my Ragnar Vegas in October when I start training for it :)

Body Back Instructor!

For those of you who don’t know me in real life and/or don’t follow me on social media, in August I became a certified Body Back Instructor through the Fit4Mom program. I started training this current session that began at the beginning of this month. I did a couple team-teaching classes with the owner. This week was the first time I was completely on my own. I planned out all 3 of the classes I taught!

Here is a brief overview of each of the classes:

Tuesday: “Deck of Cards” {rounds} class

Wednesday: Circuit class–12 stations (TRX, ab roller, cardio, equalizer bars, medicine ball, kettlebell,  hand weights, sand ball, Bosu, and a stability ball)

Thursday: “Half-marathon” themed {rounds} class–9 different exercises–each “mile” consisted of a certain # of exercises

Confessions! Kettlebells! Ragnar! Oh My! {One mother of a Day}

Obviously, Thursday’s class was my favorite. I loved creating these workouts and planning out the entire class from start to finish. I loved even more when the classes were a success. A successful class to me is when the girls tell me they are sore from a class they took yesterday or 2 days ago, then I know I did my job!

So, there it is. The newest happenings in One Mother of a Day’s world.

Oh, can’t forget the most important part of this post. NEW RECIPE!

I asked on social media almost a month ago what recipes you wanted to see me post first on here.

The results are in: 1. apple & onion chicken burger 2. egg-free mayo 3. Easy peasy tuna salad 4. roasted Italian sweet potatoes 5. “fried” rice (egg-free) 6. homemade cashew milk

Voted by the readers, first up: Apple & onion chicken burgers!!

{Paleo} Apple & onion chicken burgers

{Paleo} Apple + onion chicken burgers

Final Product!

{Paleo} Apple + onion chicken burgers

Have you ever done a Ragnar Relay race? If so, which one(s)?

Is there a certain food you love but, your body does not? which one(s)?

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Running 101: FIVE {Must-have} Running Gear

Hi all!

I’m back with my “Running 101″ series I started months ago. I could never be a professional blogger because I am never organized and I never follow through with things. Sadly, the last post I wrote for this series was back in April. Yes, that was almost 4 months ago and I didn’t even realize that I never finished this series until today, when I was going through the archives.

Running 101: FIVE {must have} running gear

Last year, I wrote a post on my favorite running gear but a few of those have changed since. Here is my updated list of running gear that I can’t live without:

 

FIVE {must-have} running gear

I can NOT go without my Garmin! I got the newest Garmin watch a couple of months ago and absolutely love it! I had my previous Garmin 405 for over 4 years and it was time to upgrade my watch.

Features of the Garmin 620:

touch screen watch that tracks pace, distance and heart rate

calculates recovery time and VO2 max when used with the heart rate monitor

when paired with the HRM able to provide cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation

read more info, go here.

You will love this Garmin if:

You love stats!

Want to know your recovery time

Cons: it is a little expensive, but I would rather spend my money on something like this than purses, high-heels or jewelry. #runnerproblems

 

FIVE {must have} running gear

My last pair of shoes were the Nike Pegasus 29’s and I love them so much with no injuries or aches or pains so I decided to go with them again and I LOVE the color of these!

Features:

Responsive cushioning

Lightweight support

increased stability

10mm offset (heal-to-toe offset is lower by 2mm for a more natural foot strike)

read more benefits here

You will love these shoes if:

looking for a lightweight but still provides adequate cushioning and support.

great for long runs

cons: This may not be the right shoe for everyone. Please go to a running specialty store to be fitted for the shoes that are best for you.

 

FIVE {must have} running gear

Features:

weather-resistant

holds your phone, ID, money, gels, inhaler, key

bounce free

You will love this belt if:

You want to be hands-free during your run/race

cons: It doesn’t have the biggest compartment but it holds all my essentials.

 

FIVE {must have} running gear

Features:

easy-squeeze bottle

adjusted hand strap

large expandable pocket that can fit a phone, ID, cash,etc

You will love this product if:

You are tired of carrying a plastic water bottle around

don’t want to wear a hydration belt that will weigh you down

**side note** I used this handheld water bottle for all my races since I bought this and even used it throughout my marathon.

 

FIVE {must have} running gear

Features of: Rock My Run

 Select a playlist based on: BPM, duration, lyrics

Features of: iPod

create your own playlist

cons: if you don’t like listening to music while you run.

**side note- This last one is optional, not everyone listens to music while they run.

What are some of your “must-haves” that you never leave home without for a run?

Don’t forget to follow me on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest

In case you missed my other blog posts in this series, here they are:

Getting Started

Nutrition and Paleo

Proper Fuel

FIVE {must-have} running gear

Training (coming soon)

recovery (coming soon)

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WIAW #20: What I ate on Day 5 of my Elimination Diet

WIAW #20: What I ate on day 5 of my Elimination Diet

 

Hi everyone!

I know it has been awhile since I have talked about my diet and my autoimmune symptoms on here and wanted talk about what new developments that have occurred just in the last week. I know many may not benefit from this particular post, but for the small percentage that will benefit then this post is for YOU.

 

 

Peas and Crayons

It is also What I ate Wednesday over at Peas and Crayons so I fused the two together. A nice little “two-for-one” for ya. The end of this post will be everything I ate on my Elimination Diet yesterday. If you want to skip all this diet and autoimmune talk than scroll down to the bottom, my feelings won’t be hurt, to get to the food.

To bring you up to date to last Monday (8/18/14):

  • In June 2014, I was a week away from being completely off of Cyclosporine (immunosuppressant drug) which would have been huge, but one day I woke up and noticed a few hives and as the days went on each morning I woke up with a few more hives and my lip and eye-lid started swelling again. So, I had to start increasing my dosage again until my symptoms subsided. This was a huge discouragement because now I was back to where I was over 6 months ago.  I had been on it since December 2013 and was very slowly being weaned off of this particular drug. I was and still am on 2 other drugs for my condition but they aren’t nearly as risky as cyclosporine is to take for extended periods of time.
  • July 2014- Saw my Allergist and told him what happened, we decided to keep it at the higher dose for the next month to make sure my system had time to calm down before I started weaning again. At this point, I was getting frustrated because it felt I had made any progress in the last 7 months and this was how my life was going to be, always weaning off, crossing fingers my symptoms didn’t come back and then having start taking cyclo again when they did re-appear. I had to look for another option, I couldn’t live my life-like this. I realized my quality of life is much more important. I wanted to start looking into a more natural approach rather than the medicine-induced coma that is the Pharmaceutical industry. A friend had referred me to an Integrative Medicine doctor. I made the first available appointment but not until the middle of August. In the meantime, I started to look at my “diet” a little closer. I cut out eggs completely to see if I felt any different.
  • August 2014- I dropped one dose of cyclosporine, since I had no flare-ups. I had been egg-free for a good 2 weeks and  then started to slowly have a few here and there. I started getting lazy with my food. I was still eating Paleo for my main meals, but the food in-between those meals were far from Paleo. The iced vanilla macchiato were a flowing, the ice cream that was consumed by the gallons, and the chocolate never even stood a chance in my house. Let’s just say, it was quite a scene.

Quick explanation to what Cyclosporine is and does and potential side effects:

  1. Is used to suppress your immune system
  2. Normally administered to patients who just had an organ transplant so their body doesn’t reject their new organ
  3. Longer you are on this drug the higher the risk you have to develop liver and kidney failure, as well as cancer.
  4.  More prone to illness, colds, flu, infections, pretty much anything.

 

Now I bring you to last Monday’s doctor’s appointment with the Integrative Medicine doctor:

  • I went over my whole medical history with her. Explaining all the medications I am on and for what reason and the timeline of my Autoimmune condition.
  • She asked me what I wanted out of coming to her. I explained that I want a better quality of life. I don’t want to live like this with this cycle of being on drugs, weaning off, going back on them and never knowing if and when my symptoms would re-appear and without any answers as to why this is happening.
  • She ordered a ton of blood work! I mean a ton. Last Friday, I had to give 6 vials of blood and this past Monday were 10 vials. Yikes!
  • The blood work that was ordered:
  1. Celiac profile and antibody assessment
  2. Vitamin D, B12 levels
  3. several different minerals ( I can’t remember them all)
  4. physical panel
  • She also gave me probiotic pills to take daily that are free of dairy, casein, soy, corn, grain, shellfish etc (every possible allergen that there is). She stated that majority of autoimmune diseases are caused by a leaky gut, that my gut needs to be healed.
  • She also put me on an Elimination Diet. It is similar to Paleo but it mostly focuses on everything being diary-free, soy-free and gluten-free.
  • Food items I have to exclude:
  1. ALL Diary (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ALL grass-fed dairy)
  2. ALL soy products
  3. NO peanuts or peanut products
  4. NO shellfish
  5. NO sugar of any kind which includes honey :(
  6. NO red meat ( beef, bison)
  7. NO pork (that’s right, no bacon and don’t try to tell me turkey bacon, that is NOT.REAL.BACON!!)
  8. NO sausages, cold cuts, hot dogs
  9. NO chocolate
  10. NO coffee (I will talk about this later)
  11. NO grains that include gluten (pasta, bread, etc)
  12. NO eggs

Probably wondering what the hell I can even eat?

Foods I CAN eat:

  1. YES fruits (whole, juice, raw)
  2. YES vegetables (All)
  3. YES gluten-free grains (oats, rice)
  4. YES chicken, turkey, fish
  5. YES legumes (I am not including these, since I have been legume-free I don’t want to incorporate them back in at this point)
  6. YES nuts, seeds (just no peanuts)

 NO. COFFEE.

I know, crazy right?! Trust me, I wanted to give up on this diet on Day 1 with only a couple of hours into it. The hardest part is giving up my grass-fed cheese, beef, sausages, my cream and my beloved caffeine-laden coffee drinks. Don’t worry I am not giving up my coffee 100% but trying to limit to regular coffee just once in the morning and having decaf in the afternoon. My coffee still isn’t the same without my half and half in it. For those that know me, know how hard this is for me. I think if I completely cut coffee out, my body would completely shut down.

EAT. REAL. WHOLE. FOOD.

In these first few days, trying to find foods that are compliant has been very eye-opening for me. Even as simple as almond butter or almond milk, you would think you could find “clean” versions of these products in the grocery store, but when you start reading labels you realize that there are a lot more than you would think in them. I have quickly realized if I want food that is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and peanut-free I am going to have to make everything myself. I was even surprised looking at canned tuna, the list of ingredients looks “clean”, but then there is a line in bold underneath stating “This product contains: soy”.  Yeah, pretty shocking. The one brand that I found that’s compliant is Wild Planet brand. I have come to the conclusion that I should stick to real whole food so I don’t have to worry about reading a list of ingredients because there aren’t any. I am going to start making nut milks (cashew and hazelnut) and almond butter (after that Costco almond butter recall which I had in my pantry). I’m waiting on my order from Amazon for the nut milk bags, raw hazelnuts and glass jars to start the process. Yes, it will be a little more time in the kitchen, but I want to give this Elimination Diet the best possible shot.

Whew! Sorry, that was a lot of me talking. I even had to take a break. Onto the reason why you have stayed with me so far, FOOD.

Finally, to the good part!

WIAW #20: What I ate on day 5 of my elmination diet

{5am} coffee w/ almond/coconut milk {6am}2nd cup of coffee  {7:30am} ground chicken patties (recipe coming soon) + 1/2 avocado + small baked sweet potato {12pm} sliced banana + almond butter (don’t worry, not the recalled one) {2pm} Tuna cakes (Nom Nom Paleo) + Paleo fried rice (sans eggs) (recipe coming soon)  {3pm} decaf  coffee w/ almond/coconut milk  {5:30pm} Roasted garlic and artichoke stuffed chicken (Popular Paleo) + Paleo fried rice + side of red grapes  {9pm} Protein smoothie (this was not 100% compliant due to the grass-fed dairy in the Formulx protein powder but I am allowing it in my diet a couple of times a week)

 

If you made it all the way to the end, congrats!! I know this was a really loonnnnngggg post. I was trying to break it up into 2 separate posts, but I couldn’t figure out where to appropriately split it up.

Since you hung with me through all this, can I ask one more favor? Head on over to Jenn’s Peas & Crayon’s blog to check out what other bloggers having been eating and maybe get some new ideas for meals!

Have you made any homemade nut milks or butters? Which ones?

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If you want to read my whole autoimmune story, check out these posts:

My Autoimmune Story: From the Beginning

My Autoimmune story: The Saga Continues (part 1 )

My Autoimmune Story: Finally some relief (part 2)

Paleo is a lifestyle, not a diet

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{Paleo} Food Prep + Meal Planning: 8/11-8/16/14 {Bonus: The Perfect Mayo recipe}

Hello! It’s me again!

I know I come into your life and then quickly disappear from it. I am not going to apologize for my lack of blogging. There are no set rules for blogging. That is what is great about being a blogger, you can come and go as you please. You can share as little or as much as you are comfortable with. I am also not going to promise you when my next post will be either, it could be tomorrow or 2 weeks from now. Don’t worry, I am not going to fall off the face of the blogging world. I have tons of blog post ideas, it is just a matter of spending the time to put them together and getting them out to you guys. Stay tuned!

{Paleo} Food prep and meal planning: week of 8/11-8/16/14

I know it has been FOREVER since I wrote up a food prep/meal planning post, so I am gracing you with my presence today :) You. Are. Welcome.

{Paleo} food prep and meal planning: week of 8/11-8/16/14

{Paleo} Food prep and meal planning: week of 8/11-8/16/14

**sidenote: Need a high-protein meal idea, that is quick and easy? Tuna salad! Each ONE of those containers has 48g of protein in them.

 

Menu for the week:

Breakfast:

ground beef patty w/ roasted beets or baked sweet potato

leftovers from dinner

 

Lunch:

Tuna salad (tuna + paleo mayo + pickles + red onion) on a bed of mixed greens + fruit

chicken salad (deli meat + lettuce + mayo + sauerkraut + avocado + bacon)

 

Dinner:

Perfect meatballs w/ sage sweet potato noodles (The Paleo Kitchen)

chicken lettuce cups (shredded chicken + spices of choice + diced onions) w/ salsa + avocado

 

snacks/drinks/misc:

Paleo Mayo (I use this recipe by The Clothes Make the Girl but only use 1 cup light olive oil) (directions? see below)

homemade kombucha

Cherry gummies ( I use this recipe, but will substitute the cherry juice instead of the OJ)

cold-brewed coffee (find recipe here)

 

I follow The Clothes Make the Girl’s recipe for Paleo mayo and it couldn’t be any simpler. I know I have said this before, but I will never buy store-bought mayo ever again!

Here are the easy to follow steps to have your mayo come out PERFECT every time:

{Paleo} Food prep and meal planning week of: 8/11-8/16/14

**correction: I know in the directions it states to use lemon juice, but of course I had none in the house today so I substituted with lime juice and it came out PERFECTLY! Good to know for future reference.

That is about it for the week.

I am trying out a couple new recipes this week. It has been a long time since I made my Paleo gummies and this time I am making cherry flavored ones. I had bought a starter kit to make kombucha at home, over a month ago, and today I am determined to get my first batch of kombucha brewing. I will let you all know how it goes, wish me luck! As you can tell it is going to be a wild and crazy Sunday night over here!

Have you ever had kombucha? Have you brewed it yourself? How did it turn out?

After seeing how easy it is to make your own mayo, would you give it a try?

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WIAW #19: Modified-Autoimmune Protocol Edition

Hi Everyone!

Hope your week is going well! Some of you know that I have started to follow a special diet, a modified-Autoimmune Protocol diet. It is very similar to Paleo except it also excludes eggs, nuts/seeds, nightshade veggies, and coffee/caffeine. For right now I am focusing on just cutting out eggs (except for my paleo mayo), nightshade veggies and limiting my nut/seed intake. I am NOT giving up coffee! Let’s not get crazy now! I started this Protocol last Monday and only made it 4 full days until the weekend hit and it all went down hill from there. I am back on day 3 today and determined to make it through the weekend strong! I will go into more detail about this Autoimmune Protocol in a later post (hoping to get it written out this week, but don’t hold me to it!). The main reason obviously has to do with my own autoimmune condition and trying to decrease the chance of another flare-up. Since this AIP is so restrictive you are probably thinking what can I possibly eat? I am going to share with you some of the yummy meals I have been eating this past week and a half and show you it is possible to still get delicious food and at the same time follow the Autoimmune Protocol.

WIAW #19: modified-autoimmune protocol eats!

 

 

Since it is Wednesday, I am linking up with Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for her weekly WIAW series!! Don’t forget to hop on over to the link-up party and  check out what other bloggers have been munching on!!

Peas and Crayons

 

WIAW #19 : Autoimmune protocol edition

1. breakfast-Italian beef casserole (used Popular Paleo’s recipe for Tex-Mex casserole but swapped the spices for Italian seasonings and omitted the bell peppers) 2. lunch-Chicken/apple sausage w/ sauerkraut + pickles + mustard (not AIP) +chicken salad (w/ paleo mayo-not AIP) over a bed of mixed greens 3. lunch- tuna salad (mayo not AIP) over a bed of mixed greens + pickles 4. breakfast-sweet potato hash + beef patty w/ Paleo Caesar dressing

These are not your “normal” breakfast items! When you can’t have eggs, you have to start getting creative.

WIAW#19 Autoimmune Protocol edition

5. Kielbasa w/ apple + sauerkraut 6. crispy smashed chicken (Nom Nom Paleo) w/ mango/cucumber salsa (Nom Nom Paleo) w/ a side of mixed greens 7. balsamic glazed meatballs (Primal Palate) w/ sautéed julienned carrots

 

There it is! What do you think?

Do any of these recipes sound like something you could eat?

 

If you want to read more about my autoimmune story check out these past posts:

My Autoimmune story From the beginning

My Autoimmune story: Part 1

My Autoimmune story: Part 2 (Finally some relief)

Paleo is a lifestyle, not a diet.

Don’t forget to follow me! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

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