Monday, December 19, 2011

Sugar Overload

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This weekend was the first half of Christmas celebrations with the family. My task was to make meatballs and a dessert for my family's Christmas Party on Saturday. I have made meatballs before and they were awesome, but this time I strayed from Carol Fenster and found a random recipe online. I had to triple the recipe and I'm terrible at adjusting things... and well, I wound up with two trays of sawdust. Two hours before I was supposed to go home for the party.

The night before, I made the cake that was supposed to be dessert. I used a Gluten Free Pantry box mix. I checked it with a toothpick when it was supposed to be done and the toothpick came out clean so I took it out of the oven to cool. Lo and behold, it fell in the middle and it wasn't cooked all the way. Fail. Fail. Fail. So I frosted it anyway and decided to just keep it for myself.

On my way down to Plymouth I stopped at Stop & Shop and picked up pre-made meatballs and a cookie cake. Neither of which I can eat, but what are you going to do? Fortunately there were plenty of other dishes to choose from. My cousin made sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes in the crock pot, that was my favorite dish of the night! I also had keilbasa, salad, potato salad, ham, and I brought my cake to have for dessert.

Sunday afternoon was a family party with B's step-mother's family. It was a lot of fun and we went home with a plate of desserts and his new Patriots sweatshirt from the Yankee Swap. We decided it was going to be a night of indulgence, so I broke out the rest of my sad little cake and some more frosting, since most if it peeled off with the tin foil..  I didn't eat much more of it, and had to throw away the rest. I have been eating so much junk food!! I am looking forward to cleaning it up after the holidays! I think I've gained about 10 pounds... YUCK!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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I've officially given up on trying to "be good" about eating healthy until Christmas is over. I'm just going to relax and enjoy the next couple of weeks. I couldn't help but notice these cookies on the shelf at the grocery store and they were on sale for a great price so I grabbed a box. They are so delicious! I love Mi-Del ginger snaps so I knew I'd love these too. And I did. Over a span of about 2 days. Whatever.

On a healthier note, we are doing very well with grocery shopping and eating more meals at home. This week B made a delicious dinner for us - chicken breast stuffed with spinach, tomato pesto and goat cheese, breaded in gf bread crumbs, cooked on the stove top in a little oil for a few minutes then baked. It was so so so good. Surprisingly I tolerate goat cheese quite well. I don't eat a lot of it, mostly because it's so expensive, but I do really enjoy it. This meal tastes a little bit like pizza, I said it was the closest thing to real pizza I've had in years. I can't wait until we have this again.

Last night I made mustard breaded porkchops with broccoli and sweet potatoes. Delicious as usual. I keep forgetting to take photos so I can write proper posts, but I'll get back into the swing of things soon. This weekend is my niece's 2nd birthday party and we also have a couple of Christmas parties to go to. I'm making the meatballs for my family party on Saturday. I'm making fudge for my work Secret Santa. Lots of cooking to do this week!! Hopefully I won't forget the photos!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hug a Crohnie Today!



This week is Crohn's and Colitis awareness week. Last week I got an email from my buddy Adam over at ihaveuc.com letting me know that he had nominated me for a Liebster Award. How awesome! I thought this week would be a great time to showcase some Crohn's/Colitis people here since this blog is typically focused on Celiac as it's specific to the GF diet. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in May of 2008 and am lucky to have it under control and have been med free for two years. I credit the GF/DF diet first and foremost for my success. There are many people out there struggling with these diseases and the same treatment that works for some definitely doesn't work for others. The following quote was floating around Facebook a while ago and it really hit home. Crohn's and Colitis are not the kinds of disease that you can easily see. People that appear otherwise quite healthy may actually be struggling with these issues every day. It's a difficult, everyday, lifelong battle that we fight and a little compassion goes a long way.

It's hard to explain to someone who has no clue. It's a daily struggle being in pain or feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside! Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness (PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Diabetes, LUPUS, UC, Fibromyalgia, MS, ME, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Heart Disease, Epilepsy, Autism, M.D.,injury... etc.). "Never judge what you don't understand."

I can't even begin to express my gratitude for all of the people in my life that have supported me throughout this journey. I never would've made it this far without my family and friends.  As far as passing on the Leibster, I realize that some of these people may have already received this award, and I'm not passing this on as an obligation to them to then pass it along to others. I just wanted to recognize a few people that I've connected with through this journey and would like to give a shout out to say THANKS for supporting me and for working hard to support others fighting this battle. So, without further ado...


First I have to send this right back to Adam, the founder of ihaveuc.com which is an awesome site where people from all over the world share their stories and support each other in the fight against ulcerative colitis (and other IBDs). Adam is always there commenting on peoples' posts, sharing them to other UCers, posting awesome videos all the time, and always being totally open about his own journey. He's also a follower of the SCD diet which I do believe is a great tool in helping to heal Crohn's/Colitis. He's also just an awesome guy!

Of course I have to send this next one out to my friend Jason Leitman, the founder/creator of the website Crohn's Disease Support Network. I joined the CDSN in it's infancy and got to know and become friends with Jason. He's such an awesome guy and has built a really great support network for Crohn's sufferers. Today the site has grown to over 1400 members! Jason has had a long and difficult battle with Crohn's and other related health problems but continues to be larger than life in his efforts to help those that are struggling. I have a ton of respect for him and am praying that he gets back to the healthy life that he deserves.

And last but certainly not least is Kat of scdkat.com. She is also an SCDer and is one of the first SCD bloggers I found after the Crohn's diagnosis. Kat has a story similar to mine, a long life of digestive issues followed by many doctors visits and few answers. Through her own research and with the help of a naturopath, she found the SCD and has never looked back. I always find her blog interesting and inspiring.


Monday, December 5, 2011

I swear this blog is not going to become All About Roddy - All Day, Every Day! kind of blog, but I'm such a proud mama!! I love my little guy! I never thought I'd ever become a "dog person" but I totally am. How can you not just adore this face??



We took him to the dog park yesterday. He's not big on hanging out with other dogs, but he loves to meet all the other dog owners at the park, he said hi to everyone. We met up with B's co-worker and her BF and their greyhound Jax, they got along great.



After about an hour at the park and a few sprints around the perimeter, Roddy was toast and ready to go back home where he crashed on his blanket in the living room for the rest of the afternoon.



He's just the best, so sweet and fun to be around. He was having some tummy troubles ever since we got him, figures two people with sensitive stomachs would adopt a dog that is also notorious for tummy troubles. We had to take him to the vet on Saturday morning when things started to get worse. She was so nice, she took Roddy in without an appointment and went ahead and started treatment for worms and/or bacteria and sent B home with a bag of prescription diet dog food. I'm so happy to say that he's already doing so much better. We're lucky to have a vet right in our neighborhood. She drove past me this morning on our morning walk and stopped to say hi and let me know that the tests were both negative for worms/bacteria and she thinks his troubles were from the stress of the move and adjusting to the new situation. I was so happy to hear it!!

On a food note: last night I made one of my favorites, Carol Fenster's meatloaf from her 1,000 GF Recipes cookbook. It was a hit, B enjoyed it and said it was great re-heated today too. Yay!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Coughing, aching, sneezing, runny nose... blech



This is my life today. Tylenol and Halls. I've been fighting a cold all week and today it got so much worse. Last night we tried letting Roddy sleep in our room instead of his crate... silly dog kept me awake all night. He was fine mostly but he did get up at 3am to go out... still having some tummy troubles. Thankfully B took him out. When he got back I was clearly miserable and he said I should call in to work, but I just had too much to do today including an online seminar I had to present. Well wouldn't you know it, the seminar ended up not happening. I should've stayed home. I went to Whole Foods at lunch for some good old fashioned chicken rice soup. What's better than that when you're sick?


Caption on the cup: "Your day just got a whole lot better" So true!

I love crushing up Glutino crackers into my soup. So comforting. I also got a bunch of Glutino coupons so this box was FREE! Gotta love that. I'm just exhausted. I can't wait to get home and veg out on the couch for the night.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Settling In

Now that we're getting settled into the new place, we're trying to do better about grocery shopping at the beginning of the week and eating most meals at home. I've got a good system of checking the sale folders for good deals and shopping off of a list. It's still a work in progress, because then I get the food home and don't have any meals planned out for it. Which reminds me, I forgot to take something out of the freezer this morning. Ugh. Like I said, it's a work in progress!

One of my personal goals is to eat breakfast at home every day. I had started doing this back in Quincy a while ago but fell off the wagon when I was going back and forth between Quincy and Canton so much. We do have a cafeteria at work, but it gets expensive eating breakfast there every day, plus it's usually greasy home fries and two fried eggs. I could order a veggie scramble, but I don't. Ever. At home I always eat healthier.



This morning I had one egg scrambled with spinach, some leftover butternut squash from last night's dinner, and some raspberries. B gets up really early to take Roddy out for his first walk of the day which is good because it makes me get up earlier too which leaves more time to watch a little Good Morning America and eat my breakfast with Roddy before we take his second walk of the day just before I leave for work. I'm telling you guys, life is good these days! I'm loving this new part of my life, it's a lot of fun and I couldn't be happier with my little family.

Of course Roddy wants in on the breakfast photo action too! Or maybe he just wants to eat my breakfast...



Have a great day everyone!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Never thought I'd see the day...

When I was a little itty bitty thing, all of 2 years old, I had a big bad German Sheppard come after me. Fortunately there was a fence between me and that big old beast, but still, it scarred me for life! I was terrified of dogs for a long time. As I got older, I became more and more used to dogs and actually started to not mind them being around so much. But my house was not a dog house, they smell, they shed, you have to feed them and walk them and take so much care of them... not something my parents ever went for, even though they both had dogs growing up. We did end up with cats, my sister wanted one so badly and so we got one and the little brat got herself knocked up at 5 months old! We kept one of the babies and so I had two cats for a while. My sister became highly allergic to them, and the original cat became my favorite little lady. We had to put her down when she was around 13 years old. It was so sad, she was such a good cat.

Ever since I first met B he's been talking about getting a dog. I knew someday we'd get one, but I had no idea that as soon as we moved in together, he'd be chomping at the bit. Actually, he started talking about it a week or two BEFORE we moved. I knew I was in trouble. I wasn't ready to get a dog. So much change going on, transitions, the holidays, money's tight... and quite frankly, I still wasn't sold enough on owning a dog in general. I fought him on it until I was broken down into tears. But not even my dramatics could stop him. He started doing research online to find out what kinds of dogs are good for apartment living. What dogs are quiet, low key, don't shed a whole lot, etc. His co-worker has a greyhound and recommended looking into adopting one from a rescue. Wouldn't you know, there's one about 40 minutes from our home.

He went on their website and found one that he liked, showed me the link, yeah he was cute. Thanksgiving day he spent a good amount of the day telling our families about our many conversations about having a pet and trying to get them to convince me that it's a good idea. My mom, of all people, the "you're never getting a dog" lady, was the first to pipe up and say that I'd love the dog once I had it.

Friday morning he had to go to a job site to do an evaluation. The job site just happened to be about 10 minutes away from the rescue so he decided he'd just stop by to take a look. He came home from the rescue with a cell phone picture of him and his already beloved pup. Well, how do you say no to that?!? I decided that I'd go the next morning to the rescue to meet this little guy and see how we got along. B gave me a check for the donation amount on my way out the door "just in case" they let me take him home with me. I was really hoping that I could put it off maybe even another week.

I arrived at the rescue and took the pup out back to walk around and get to know each other. He was a little more high strung than I anticipated, but after a few minutes outside he calmed down. I took him into the fenced area and he just kinda walked around and checked out the area, once in a while coming back for a pat. I was so nervous, but I knew that I would make B a very happy guy if I showed up at home with this guy. I went over the paperwork with the director of the rescue and she told me everything I needed to know. In a few short minutes I was out the door with my very own 3 year old retired racing greyhound. Woah....



Everyone - Meet Roddy!!


The rest of Saturday was a little crazy, we had a house full of guests all afternoon and into the late hours of the night. Roddy did very well with all the commotion, but the stress caused some tummy troubles the next day. Yesterday we spent the day all three of us laying around the house together. He is such a sweet dog. He just kind of lays around on his blanket in the living room with us. As soon as one of us gets up to move around, he's right there by our side. He loves people and when B took him to the dog park yesterday he was more interested in getting some love from the other dog owners rather than playing with the other dogs. Although I suppose that's what happens when you're stuck in a room with at least 20 other dogs all day every day. So far he's a great dog and we love him very much. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd become a doggy mommy, but that day has most definitely arrived!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

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No, I'm not leaving on a jet plane, just my little Nissan and we are only going about 15 minutes away, but I'm so excited to be moving into OUR new place tomorrow!! In case you missed it in my last post, B and I are moving in together! My apartment is just about ready for my family to come tomorrow morning to gather up all my stuff and move it down to the new place. The apartment is the other side of the duplex that B currently lives in, so he doesn't have to go too far. It's a great place in a nice quiet neighborhood and it's much closer to my job which is awesome.

I've lived in the apartment I'm currently in for the past 6 years. It's been a great place and I'll miss it, but I won't miss the 2 year old stomping all over the place above my head every night. I don't know what possesses parents to allow their toddlers to stay up as late as midnight playing and running around! I am excited to have a yard, and a bigger kitchen, and my own driveway. Laundry machines that I don't have to shove quarters into every week. Two bedroom and a walk up attic to put all my junk in. Finally being able to have my piano in my home and not have to go to my parents' house to play! The possibilities are endless!

I'm hoping that this new home and someone to cook for will spur some new blog posts. I'm interested to see how B will adjust to my cooking and whether he'll be more open to trying my GF/DF experiments. I know he'll try them, whether or not he'll like them is a whole other story. I'm just looking forward to doing more cooking in general! I've been living off of a limited menu lately cooking for one or hitting up Chipotle. Lately I've been addicted to Schar sub rolls and baguettes. I made garlic bread for the first time in YEARS. It's so good. I just rub fresh garlick on the bread, slather it with Earth Balance, and put it in the toaster oven on 400 degrees for 5 minutes. It's amazing. Serve with GF pasta (Schar) and meat sauce. So awesome.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Ch ch ch ch changes....

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First let me just throw another shout out to Enjoy Life Foods. I typically don't like trail mix that much, but this stuff is awesome! I got a couple of complimentary samples of the NOT NUTS Seed and Fruit Mix - Mountain Mambo and Beach Bash. I love them both! Yesterday I really wanted something sweet in the afternoon and was extremely tempted to get a candy bar from the vending machine. But then I remembered that I had this bag in my desk and I had some of this instead, it was the perfect afternoon snack! A little bit salty from the sunflower seeds and sweet from the dried fruit (sulfite free!).

Now, on to the more important matters, what's going on around here? I have been absent from the blog world again recently and it's not for lack of desire to write. I've been through quite a roller coaster this year and the past couple of weeks were particularly difficult with the loss of one of my cousins and another one was in a severe car accident and has been in the ICU for a week. The good news is, he's making great progress and hopefully will be out of the ICU very soon. As for me, I'm doing fine, it's just been a rough road.

On the other hand it's been one of the best years of my life! I don't know how I would've made it through all of this stuff if I didn't have B to lean on. And I'm very excited to say that in about a month I'll get to see him every single day of my life... wait, excited? Ok, maybe a little bit nervous about how that's going to be, but mostly yes, excited, that we're moving in together!! I've been holding off on sharing the good news because plans kept changing and nothing was final, but I put my notice in the mail to my current landlord and submitted all my paperwork to the new landlord on Sunday. I guess it's official... no turning back now!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

We Did It!!! 5K Recap!

Woooooooo, am I glad that's OVER! We woke up Sunday morning to a HUMID, overcast day. We set off for the starting line and arrived early enough to check out the competition. There were some serious runners here, I was a little bit intimidated. Ok, maybe a lot. We walked around and checked out all the vendors, pinned on our bibs, and took our places at the very back of the pack.




Did some light stretching. Snapped some really bad iphone pics. And then they blasted the air horn and we were off!



B is much better at this than I am, so he took off at his own much faster pace and I stayed behind at the back of the pack. The way back of the pack. Pretty much I was the last "runner" of the race. Behind me were moms with strollers and people that deliberately came to WALK the whole way. I definitely struggled. Between the humidity and the cramps I found myself walking a lot more than I wanted to. But I pushed through and as I rounded the corner to the final stretch, there was B waving me in. There was a girl ahead of me the whole time and she was walking the last leg of it and there was no way I was letting her beat me! I sprinted the last of it and just crossed the finish line ahead of her. With B there cheering me on and the rest of the people at the finish line clapping and cheering it was pretty awesome. I even got a little choked up!


Finished!! B wound up finishing in 32 minutes, I'm so proud! It took me 45... ouch. But I'll take it!

I quickly went over to the water station, downed a few cups of water, sat down for a few minutes, then we got up and took advantage of all the free goods from the vendors. I was excited to find a lot of goodies that I could take home. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of any of them. :( My favorite item of the day was a gluten/casein free protein shake which I immediately downed. It was a delicious, Mix1 All-Natural Protein Shakes - Chocolate flavor. (concerned about the casein/lactose content of Whey Protein? See this article) They also had a physical therapy team doing post race stretching for the runners. I definitely took advantage of that. Also they are offering $15 off a 1 hr massage at their location for anyone that ran the race. I think I might have to take them up on that offer!

Just before heading home, we grabbed a photo op with the guys that had run dressed as Oompa Loompas! Too bad they had already changed out of their shirts and washed off their orange faces, but you can still see a little orange and the green hair. Too funny.



It was awesome. I'm so glad I did it. B wants to sign up for more, he mentioned once a month! I think he's a little crazy, but we'll see. I definitely already scoped out some upcoming races. Thanks everyone for all your encouragement leading up to this day. I'm so glad it was a success!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I have a problem.....





Hello, my name is Jen, and I'm a sugarholic. **Hi Jen**

I had a stressful day yesterday, so I went to b.good for lunch and had a burger on an Udi's bun and then went over to Whole Foods for a snack. I wanted something different and these happened to catch my eye. I haven't tried these yet and had heard good things, so grabbed them. The thing about me is when I get something sweet, it's best for me to get something in a single serving. Otherwise THAT ^ happens. I bought that package at lunch yesterday. It is 10:40 am. They are gone. I have a problem....

Last night I went out for my first full length practice run. The 5K is THIS SUNDAY and I took off a bunch of time from training during that nasty sinus infection and then we had terrible weather. I have run a couple of times in the past week and it was a struggle at first but last night I finished all 3.2 miles. It took me 45 minutes, but that's because I had a NASTY side stitch.. probably from the half package of cookies I ate. I had to walk a lot but I know that I'll do better with my time on Sunday. The plan is to not eat any sugar for the rest of the week. No cookies, no ice cream, no cake, nothing! I'm so frustrated with my diet lately!

If you are wondering how those Kinnikinnick cookies are, they are fabulous. A cross between Chips Ahoy and Soft Batch. Obviously I loved them...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review: Enjoy Life Foods NEW Crunchy Cookies

I recently had the pleasure of trying out all four varieties of the new Crunchy Cookie line from Enjoy Life Foods. I love cookies, as you may have noticed, so I was very excited to try these.

When I opened the box, the first cookies I saw were the Vanilla Honey Graham. I know there are GF Graham crackers/cookies out on the market these days, but I have not tried any of them yet. I haven't had graham crackers in years and I love them. These did not disappoint. They are sweet and super crunchy with that old familiar graham flavor and a hint of vanilla and honey. I plowed through the whole box.







The next box I dove into was the Double Chocolate. Double Chocolate Chip cookies are my all time favorite. And these were awesome. Again, super crunchy with great chocolate flavor. I was supposed to bring all of these boxes down to the Cape for our vacation, but somehow I managed to finish ALL of them before we even left. I have a problem... it's bad.



Next up comes the Chocolate Chip. What can I say? Another big hit. These reminded me of Chips Ahoy only thinner. They have that great, familiar chocolate chip cookie flavor. I actually bought myself another box of these cookies last week. I wanted to make an ice cream sandwich with them. And I did. And it was amazing.







And last but not least we have the Sugar Crisp cookies. I have to admit that these were my least favorite... although that is definitely not to say that I didn't like them! But while I'm a giant cookie lover, sugar cookies have always been the black sheep of the cookie family for me. I used to be so disappointed when my mom would make sugar cookies. It's one of the very few cookies that I would rather just not eat. I can't believe I even typed that sentence! But seriously, these are really good too. I highly recommend the entire line if you're a crunchy cookie fan.




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Do you remember, the 21st night, September?

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I absolutely love September and Fall is without a doubt my favorite time of year. This particular September is packed filled with WEDDINGS!

Labor Day weekend was my friends Nick and Alicia. The day started out crappy but by the time the outdoor ceremony started, the sun came out and it turned out to be a beautiful day. It was such a fun time and I danced like a crazy person all night long.

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Last weekend on 9.10.11 my co-worker Jenny got married to Tyler. They have been living in DC for a while now so it was great to see her. My co-workers and I had a blast, also dancing like crazy people all night. The reception was an early one so we managed to hit up a bar afterwards. Maybe not the best choice.... we had a great time haha. (photo at the top - co-workers with the bride)

This weekend is thankfully going to be a quiet one, but then the following weekend I'm backup photographing a wedding with my friend Kelly, and then October 1st is the last wedding of the season which is B's friend.

All of this partying is not really doing me any favors though, I've been way over-indulging in junk food and sweets. I also have been slacking on my couch to 5K progress. I was knocked out for two weeks with a nasty sinus infection. Never in my life have I experienced such bad headaches!! The 5K is in a week and a half! I'm going to try to finish the training and do the run. We still haven't registered for it, we'll see what happens. I'm also thinking about getting back to Paleo eating. One of the girls I met at the first wedding has done the diet with her husband and they had great success with it as well. Gave me a little inspiration to get back to it. B is also trying to clean up his diet as well so hopefully we can do this together. Of course the holidays are right around the corner, which means try as I might, I usually don't end up changing anything until after Christmas! It's going to be a very busy fall/holiday season. All I can do is try my best every day!!



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sinus Infection + PMS + Hurricane Irene =

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So that cold I was rocking for over 2 weeks turned into a full blown sinus infection. I finally had to wave the white flag on Friday and go to the doctor's. A bottle of antibiotics and a box of Claritin D later and I'm on my way to getting better. I have had sinus infections before, but this one really wins the prize for most excruciating headache I've ever felt in my life. Today is the first day where I didn't feel like banging my head against a wall in an attempt to make it feel better. That's a good sign!

I tried to tackle Couch to 5K week 6 day 1 on Saturday. Yeah, during the beginning signs of Hurricane Irene. Good idea, right? Totally wrong. I fought my way through it and was out there for a good 40 minutes, but only about 15 of that was running. I haven't tried again since then and I probably won't get around to it until Thursday. Later that day since not only was I dealing with the infection but the major onset of PMS symptoms, the only cure I could think of involved lots of chocolate. A box of Betty Crocker GF Brownies, a pint of Almond Dream Chocolate Ice Cream, and some GF/DF Chocolate sauce and I was well on my way to feeling better. It was so delicious. I brought the rest of the brownies to a friend's house the next day where B and I hunkered down during the storm. Thankfully they didn't lose power!

I can't believe this upcoming weekend is Labor Day! I'm very excited because I'm off to a bachelorette party on Friday and then the wedding on Sunday. It's going to be great!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

WEEK 5 - DONE

I ran for 20 minutes straight tonight. It was supposed to be 2 miles, but when I mapped it out it was only 1.63. That's a 12.26 minute/mile pace. For the first long run, I'll take it. Next week the runs are back to intervals, but then weeks 7, 8 and 9 are all long runs. I still can't believe that I ran for 20 minutes without stopping. It was a little bit difficult, but really, it wasn't that bad. Completing this run really solidified for me that I'll be able to complete the 5K. The last three minutes were definitely a mental battle, my mind wanted to quit but my body was pretty much ok. Then my ipod saved me:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rocking it

Couch to 5K Week 5 Day 2

5 minute walking warmup
8 minute run
5 minute walk
8 minute run
5 minute walking cooldown

31 minutes - 2.19 miles

DONE. The second 8 minute interval was a little bit rough but I did not stop. I can't believe I'm running 8 minutes straight. Well I better believe it because tomorrow is my 20 minute straight run. I'M SCARED!!!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bring on the hoodies!

Last night I started week 5 of couch to 5K. The runs are starting to get more difficult now, although I found last night to be fairly easy. Here's how it went:

5 minute walking warm up
5 minute run
3 minute walk
5 minute run
3 minute walk
5 minute run
5:30 cool down

I didn't have any issues, no cramping, no stopping during the running. I felt great at the end. I can't believe that a month ago I was worried about running for 90 seconds straight and now I'm running 5 full minutes and barely checking my watch. The next run includes 8 minute intervals of running. I'm nervous but I know after coming this far that I'll be able to do it. The following run is a straight 20 minute run. That one I'm terrified of, but also excited? So strange to me to be excited about running.

Last night I didn't get outside until after 7pm and at that time it was still light out but by the time I finished the sun had set and the street lights were on. The days are getting shorter, cooler, and fall is on it's way. It is my favorite season and I can't wait for it. I love getting back into jeans and sweatshirts on cold nights. I love the holidays and the fall activities. I will also love not running in 90 degree days with 90% humidity! But for now I'm still enjoying what's left of summer. Tomorrow will probably be the last BBQ of the season since I have a wedding to go to on Labor Day weekend. Looking forward to spending time with some family that I haven't seen in a while. Maybe I'll take some pictures... I hate writing posts without photos but I have been slacking!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Four Week C25K Recap

Phew, I finished week four!! I can't believe it! I'm very excited about the progress I've made so far and although I'm actually kinda terrified of running the actual 5K in September, I'm really looking forward to it. Since I fell behind with my training schedule last week due to that nasty cold, I now have 5 weeks left until the 5K and 5 weeks left of training. Honestly, the 5K might be my last official training run. That would be interesting. I don't care how long it takes me to finish, I just want to complete it. And not be last. Here's hoping.

I've learned a lot over these past 4 weeks. The most important thing - I can do this. Each week I fear the bigger interval. Oh my god I have to run 3 minutes straight? I'll die! Wait, you want me to run for 5 whole minutes in a row?! IMPOSSIBLE! But I keep doing it. And I don't die. In fact it's quite the opposite. I feel amazing, stronger, bolder, healthier. My knees are not quite as bad as I thought they were. I've been complaining since I was 9 in youth soccer that I can't do anything athletic due to my terrible knees. Yeah they bug me a bit here and there but during runs, not at all. I've learned not to stare at my stopwatch waiting for the interval to be over. It goes by faster if you don't think about it. I've learned that I actually prefer running in overcast weather. No more excuses there. I've learned that nothing beats a good playlist. I would much rather run outside than on a treadmill. The treadmill makes me dizzy plus nothing beats the great outdoors. The fresh air, sun or rain, the views, there's really nothing like it.

There's also something very cathartic about going out for a run. It's such a great way to clear your head after a long day. I still have a long way to go in my training but I'm loving it so far. I'll let you know if I still feel this way later on when it's Week 5, Day 3 and I have to do my first long run (20 minutes straight!). Yeah, I'm really scared of that one. But let's keep taking it one run at a time. Next up should be tomorrow night, Week 5, Day 1:

Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)

It's kind of funny that I look at that and think, oh that's it? Easy!

Wish me luck!!




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The sugar saga continues...

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My stomach is not happy with me these days and I'm trying to fix it. I admit that I haven't been super careful lately with my food choices. I've been letting myself slack off on checking to make absolutely sure that a food is gluten and dairy free. BAD, I know!! But most of all I've been eating way too much processed, sugary goodness. Badness. I have also been drinking too much wine...

I'm trying to take it back to the basics and let my poor belly rest. Today for lunch I went to Whole Foods and walked around for 20 minutes because I couldn't figure out what to eat. I settled on tuna/avocado sushi. I've had this sushi a hundred times before and I have checked the label each time to make sure it's still gluten free. Today I did the same thing and noticed that this sushi has added sugar! Well that's annoying. There is sugar in everything! Apparently it's in the rice, which makes sense because the rice does taste kinda sweet. Oh well, it was still a good, safe, easy lunch and I enjoyed it.

Tonight I'm getting back to my 5K training, last run of week 4. I can't believe I'm almost halfway there! I hope it goes better than the last run which was brutal. I am feeling much better now though. I'll have a recap tomorrow!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Rainy days and nasty colds always get me down.



Last week I had nasty sore throat at the beginning of the week. Thursday I started to feel better so I was pumped for my day at P-Town with the ladies on Friday. We went down there to see Marilyn Maye who is a phenomenal singer in her 80's!! She's a friend of my aunt's who was in town for a couple of weeks so we decided to take the day and go see her show. (Photo: Marilyn on the left, my aunt on the right, my sister hiding behind them) It was great, but the cold came rearing it's ugly head again and I spent most of the night sniffling and snorting and sneezing... gross. The drive home was two wonderful hours of nose blowing. Not long into the drive I realized that I'd left my bag of clothes and makeup in my aunt's hotel room! Bummer. I stayed at my mom's and waited for them to get back from the Cape with my stuff the next day.

Sunday I basically stayed in bed all day. Today I'm back at work, only because I couldn't stand another day of laying around doing nothing. I just got reprimanded by a co-worker for coming in and sharing the wealth. My other co-worker is sitting next to me with the same cold. I think I gave it to my Mom too, my brother, sister and brother-in-law have all had it too. I just hope B doesn't get it because he's traveling this week and that would be miserable for him. He tried to avoid me all weekend! I don't blame him. I did get to see him for a little while but I really do hope he didn't catch it.

Having said all that. I haven't run since last Thursday. That was the calm of the storm when my throat didn't hurt but the rest of the cold was just about to begin. That run was brutal, I barely finished it. Today I'm feeling better but it's pouring rain and I'm still not 100%. I think I'll take another night off and try to get back to it tomorrow. I hope this cold goes away soon!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wooooohooo I DID IT!!



Yesterday I started getting a sore throat and all I wanted to do was go home and eat ice cream to make it feel better. I had almost a full pint of coconut milk chocolate in B's freezer so I stopped by after work for a short visit and to take it home with me. By the time I got home it was 7 o'clock and it had been raining all day. I had not run since Saturday morning so I knew I really needed to get a run in but I really didn't want to. I sat and watched tv for a few minutes with my roommate but the itch to get my run in really started to creep up. Finally I decided to just get out there and do it. I was really nervous about this one, but felt ready to tackle it. I had a little pain my knees and calves still but I knew it would work itself out once I got warmed up. As you can see above, I had to write the intervals on my hand because I didn't think I'd remember them. Up until this point they had been easy to remember but there were too many of them this time. This worked out very well!

I set off for the 5 minute warmup walk, limping a little, but hoping for the best. By the time I was ready to for the first interval I was feeling better. I set off for the 3 minute run and I don't know how, but it was smooth sailing. I didn't even look at my watch and when I finally realized I really should check it, I looked at exactly the 3 minute mark. I felt awesome and was ready to tackle the 5 minute interval after the 90 second walk break. The 5 minute interval went great too! I was on cloud nine, smiling and rocking out to my ipod. Never in my life would I imagine I'd be enjoying a run like this! It was awesome. I finished the whole session without any issues, no cramps, my legs felt strong and I have no pain today. This program really works and I'm loving it!

5 minute warmup
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
2:30 walk
3 minute run
90 second walk
5 minute run
3 minute cool down

Total: 29:30
2.15 miles

Monday, August 8, 2011

5K Updates

I have completed the first three weeks of the Couch to 5K training program. I have 6 weeks left of training and the 5K is 7 weeks away. The runs so far have been challenging but not too bad. This week however, looks like it's going to be tough. I'm a little bit (a lot) nervous, but looking forward to seeing what I can do. My legs have held up pretty well up until the last two runs when I started to notice pain in my knees and calves. Not shin splints, just some joint pains and slight muscle tightness. I probably need a new pair of sneakers but that's not in the budget right now. I'm keeping an eye on it though. I need to stretch more, I know that. Here's my running schedule for week four, I'll complete this run 3 times this week:

5 minute brisk walking warmup
3 minute jog
90 second walk
5 minute jog
2:30 minute walk
3 minutes jog
90 second walk
5 minute run
(18.5 minutes total)
walking cooldown

I'm nervous about the 5 minute intervals. I struggled a little bit with the 3 minute intervals last week but that was due to cramps in my side from my food choices. I hope to do better this week and avoid the side stitches. I know that by the 25th I'll be able to finish 3.2 miles, I just have no idea how long it's going to take!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

You're sure to fall in love with Old Cape Cod

Growing up on the south shore of MA, I'm no stranger to the Cape. If you're not from Mass you may not realize that we don't call it Cape Cod up here, we call it "the Cape". That's it. If you say Cape Cod people just look at you funny or automatically assume you're a tourist. My blog title today is from an old Patty Page song that I used to LOVE when I was little, but my favorite version was by Bette Midler. I used to play it on my mom's record player over and over again. I know, I'm aging myself talking about record players...

Last week I spent eight glorious days down in Dennisport at a friend's Cape house. It was complete and utter relaxation mixed in with copious amounts of booze and food. On Saturday afternoon B and I packed up the car and set off down the highway expecting to hit major Cape traffic. Luckily it was smooth sailing all the way down. We stopped just before the bridge to do some food shopping. We were staying with 2 other couples so the plan was to stock up and eat at the house as much as possible to save money. Well over $200 later we rolled out of Stop & Shop with a full cart....



Next stop was the liquor store where I picked up some Redbridge and a bottle of Moscato, currently our favorite wine. Captains and Diet Coke and Twisted Teas for B. Sounds like a lot but hey, we like to party and what better time than vacation?? Plus of course we were going to share.

Our friends B and K had already arrived when we got there and R and L were not far behind. R and L brought their two dogs as well which was a lot of fun. Morgan is a big fan of fetch so B got right down to playing.



The week was filled with nights of this:



And this:



A little of this:


(not my cigarettes, I was the only non-smoker in the group!)

And the days were filled with fun activities. Monday my sister, brother-in-law, niece, brother, and brother's girlfriend all came down. B's sister, two of her friends and all their kids came down as well. We spent the whole day at the beach. It was awesome.

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Wednesday B's Dad, Step-Mom, and Step-Sister came down and all of us went kayaking together. Definitely a highlight of the trip. I absolutely love kayaking. We just forgot to check the tides and the ride back was against the outgoing tide. It was a struggle but we did it!

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Later that night we went out for dinner for L's 30th birthday! It was awesome. They didn't have a GF menu but I got steak and veggies. Delicious!

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Friday was overcast so we just kind of hung out and didn't do much. I took a drive to a GF sandwich shop called Idgy's that I had heard about and picked up some cookies. They were very good (vegan too!).



But all week all I talked about was going to Chatham Fish & Lobster Co. for gluten free fried seafood. Friday night we finally went. I've been waiting for this for a LONG time!! I ordered the Fisherman's platter saying that I'd "share" it with B. He has a few of the clams but I took down the rest. It was awesome.





After dinner it was time for mini golf, where I made a new friend



Saturday was spent cleaning the house, doing laundry and packing up to go home. I was smart and took Monday off so I had all day Sunday and Monday to rest and get ready to go back to work.

I have to send a shoutout to my friends because everyone was so good about making sure I had food to eat and drinks to drink. They kept my meats separate from the gluten filled marinades, cooked them on separate parts of the grill. Everyone was so great about it, I felt safe and healthy (aside from some mild hangovers) all week. We're already planning to go back next year. I can't wait!!

Back to reality

I'm back from the Cape! It was such a great RELAXING vacation. I have a full recap with pics coming soon.

My Couch to 5K training is coming along nicely. I actually ran two days during vaca but then slacked off the rest of the week. I finally got in the first run of week 3 last night. Unfortunately about 8 minutes in it started pouring. I finished strong though and actually found running in the rain pretty fun. I doubt I'd feel the same way in March though. I do love a good summer.

I'm thinking about re-joining the Y. It's much more expensive than my current gym, but they offer so much more. I really want to get back into swimming and also they offer free classes including yoga, pilates and zumba. I need to vary my workouts and my current gym offers NO classes plus it's just over-crowded and annoying.

This post is really boring, but I felt like writing something so here you go. A much better post about vacation is coming as soon as I get the photos uploaded!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just call me Stella, cause I'm getting my groove back.

Run
Photo courtesy of Creative Commons - Saurabh_B

I used to love working out. I was a big fan of weight lifting and kickboxing and was in pretty good shape prior to the Crohn's diagnosis. When I started to really get sick, I remember struggling through my kickboxing workouts but sticking to it anyway. Then after diagnosis the medication I had to take really knocked me down. I gained a bunch of weight from the steroids and lost a bunch of my strength. I thought steroids were supposed to help with that?? Oh wait, wrong steroids. After I came off of all the meds in the winter of 09 I'd get in a workout here and there but never quite found my motivation again. The workouts felt great and I knew I could rebuild my old strength easily, I just didn't do it. I read a ton of healthy lifestyle blogs and saw all these girls getting in their runs and their body pump classes and yoga and spinning and I kept thinking, girl you've got to get it together! We had a Biggest Loser challenge earlier this year at work and I started out great with it but quickly slid backwards.

Then I met B and he's big into working out. Sometimes you just need someone there to give you that kick in the butt to get you going. He really wanted us to workout together and I was all for it, yet he'd get up in the morning and say "I'm going to the gym, you coming?" And I'd roll right back over and go to sleep. I've always been more of an evening person for workouts anyway and I did start joining him on his after work workouts. We'd do the standard workout that I've been doing for over 10 years, 20-30 minutes of the elliptical and then weight lifting. I was into it, and got some good workouts in, but it was the same old boring thing.

When he told me that he wanted to get back into running and asked if I wanted to run with him my first reaction was Hell Freakin NO! I hate running. I've never been a runner. My youth soccer days came flashing back, ace bandage on the knee that never worked properly, dragging my butt up and down that field, feeling like I was going to die. I have always hated running! Then we went to New Balance to get him a decent pair of running sneakers and the sales guy told us that they are sponsoring a 5K in September and we should go. "We." Ha. I'm not buying sneakers my friend. You can keep your 5K. I don't want any part of that insanity.

But then I started thinking, it's only 3.2 miles. If the contestants of the Biggest Loser can run a marathon then I can certainly get through 3.2 miles. And I definitely could use a change of scenery when it comes to my workouts. I tell B that I wanted to do it. Let's run. I can do this! He says, ok, let's go to the gym, we're going to run there. Well, let's just say that first run didn't go so well. I need a different approach than just going outside and hitting the pavement until I die. In the back of my mind I had been thinking of the Couch to 5K program. Later that week I downloaded the training calendar and set off on week one. Last night I finished week one. I mapped it out on gmaps and I'm doing just over 2 miles in 25 minutes. Clearly that's not fast at all but if I can get through that in week one, I have no doubt that by week nine I'll be doing great. The 5K is September 25th. That will be week 10. I can totally do this!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer is going by way to fast!

Plymouth

Is it really already mid July? One week from today I'll be counting down the minutes until it's time to go home because I'll officially be on vacation for 10 days. We are heading down to the Cape for the week and I am SO excited! I've been prepping a list of GF friendly places and number one on my list is Chatham Fish & Lobster Co. I heard about them on tv, maybe Phantom Gourmet? And ever since I've been dying to go. Fried scallops, here I come!! We also have plans to bring the bikes down and hit the Rail Trail, have friends down to visit, but mostly I'm looking forward to just plopping my butt on the beach with a book and wasting away. It's going to be great.

Today I went through my Flickr feed looking for an appropriate photo for this post and I was reminded of how much great food I've made over the years. Lately my diet has become pretty boring. I tend to eat the same things over and over again. Part of the problem is the cafe at work. I can only eat a few things so I tend to eat those same things because I'm too lazy to shop and the food at work is cheap. The other thing is that I'm never home. Between work, the boy, summer adventures, etc, I can't keep food in the house because it goes to waste. I really would like to be able to focus more on cleaning up my diet again. Of course, starting that a week before vacation is kind of moot. Then it'll be August and summer will almost be over, so why not enjoy the rest of the summer and clean it up in September? Yeah.. that's how I do things.

I did start training for a 5K yesterday though so I'm really hoping that goes well. I'm using the Couch to 5K training program and had my first run yesterday. It was a pretty basic workout and even at that, I was afraid I'd struggle, but I finished it strong and felt great. Today I actually am noticing that my legs feel awesome. Usually sitting at a desk all day my legs get swollen and achy but today they are doing very well. The boy was the one that wanted to start up running again and when we went to get him new sneakers at New Balance they told us about the 5K coming up in September. I've always wanted to run one myself but never found enough motivation. My former roommate is a big runner and completed the Boston Marathon this year and she always inspired me to run, but I just never did it. It would be a huge accomplishment to run a 5K. I know it's not a long race but I've always told everyone how much I hate running and with my bad knees and ankles I just figured I'd avoid it forever. But secretly I've always wanted to do it and now that I have a running partner, I guess it's now or never!!

I will definitely post all about my training progress and my vacation recap, and I also have a post coming with a cookie review. See ya soon!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

b.good serves Udi's buns!

B.good

Today I had kind of a rough morning and was looking for some comfort at lunch time. I was sick of the same old stuff, sushi, salad, boring. I went on the b.good website to see if they had any gf info, figuring I'd probably just get a bunless burger. But what did I find? They are now serving Udi's GF Hamburger buns!!!! I immediately logged off my computer and jumped in my car. Before ordering I asked if they did in fact have the buns and sure enough, they did. I was so excited! I ordered my burger with a side of fries and waited for my order to be ready. The cool thing is, you can see the prep area and watch them prep your burger. If you are highly sensitive I would watch carefully, this is still a fast food restaurant and gluten filled burger buns and crumbs are all over the place. Make sure they prep your burger safely! I was satisfied with mine so I took it out to the patio and dove in. It was delicious and definitely satisfied my craving for comfort. I didn't get to have a burger on the 4th so this really was awesome. Thanks b.good!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER


So tonight I decided to finally give in and bake some cookies using the rest of those Enjoy Life Foods Mega Chunks. I found this recipe on All Recipes and subbed Better Batter for the flour and Earth Balance for the butter. Look at that amazing thing. SO DELICIOUS. Light and fluffy and so so good. I hope I don't eat the whole batch tonight....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review: Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Granola and Chunks

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This blog has been pretty quiet lately, huh? Not being able to blog during the workday really puts a cramp in my flow! I've been feeling the itch lately to get back to writing posts and this one has been in the wings for a while now, so here it is.

A short time ago, Enjoy Life Foods kindly sent me complimentary samples of two of their new products. Mega Chunks semi-sweet chocolate chunks, and Double Chocolate Chunk granola. Of course anything that involves chocolate, I am sold. I planned on baking something using the chocolate chunks, but I just keep eating them straight out of the bag! These are so good and I know they'd be awesome in cookies or any baked treat. I actually have been wanting to make chocolate chunk muffins or something cakey like that. I just haven't had the time.

The granola is also really good. I wish I had some almond milk to pour over it but again, I just keep grabbing handfuls of the stuff to munch on. I definitely recommend both of these products, especially if you are in the middle of a major chocolate craving. Which might be my daily life.. but whatever.

Otherwise, life is good. Haven't converted the boy to a GF/DF diet yet but maybe someday. I'm full into the swing of summer and looking forward to lots of fun events this year including a week on the Cape. I can't wait for that! I hope you all are well!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

White Potatoes - Why I love them, and so should you.

Colorful Potatoes

I think it was back in the days of the Atkins craze when white potatoes first got such a bad reputation. Poor little guys! Someone decided that because white potatoes are made of carbs and carbs turn to sugar in the blood and, well, they're white, they must be bad! They somehow became equated with white bread. A vegetable from the earth, compared to a processed, nutritionally void substance. While it's true, that potatoes are a carb and carbs do convert to glucose in the bloodstream, it's not quite the same thing as eating a few slices of bread. We need that glucose! It's brain food!

While it frustrates me that people are constantly asking me why I eat white potatoes when they are so bad for me, it drives me absolutely insane that so many people also think that the sweet potato is far superior to the white potato. I even read someone's comment that sweet potatoes contain complex carbs, but white potatoes don't. Um... what?? This ridiculousness needs to be stopped! Sweet Potatoes and White Potatoes are VERY similar nutritionally. Compare the two side by side and one will have a little more of this, one will have a little more of that, but overall, they are essentially the same thing. A starchy vegetable, a complex carbohydrate (yes, both of them!). A low calorie source of many vitamins and minerals.

Now don't get me wrong, I am in no way trying to say that white potatoes are better than sweet. I love them both and enjoy them both on a regular basis. I just want it to be clear that white potatoes are NOT bad for you! If you're the type of person that believes that starchy vegetables are bad for you, then you have to include sweet potatoes in that category.

Based on 100 grams of either, you find that white potatoes have less calories, less sugar, and less sodium than sweet potatoes, however sweet potatoes have significantly more Vitamin A (Beta Carotene, gives them that orange color) and Calcium. White potatoes win when it comes to Potassium, Folate, Phosphorus and Vitamin C. Sweet potatoes have slightly more Magnesium. The rest of the vitamins and minerals in both of these veggies are just about even.

So stop skipping out on the white potatoes thinking you're doing yourself a favor! If you enjoy starchy vegetables, add those white potatoes back into the rotation and ENJOY!!

Had a little trouble getting this to format correctly, first value is white, second is sweet

White Potatoes , Sweet Potatoes

Calories 69 86
Carbs 17 20.1
-Starch 13.5 12.7
-Sugars 1.2 4.2
-Fiber 2.4 3
Fat 0.1 0.1
Protein 1.7 1.6

Vitamins:

Thiamine 0.1 0.1
Riboflavin 0 0.1
Niacin 1.1 0.61
B6 0.2 0.2
C 19.7 2.4
A 8 IU 14185 IU
E 0 0.3
K 1.6 1.8
Folate 18 11
B12 0 0

Minerals:

Calcium 0.9 30
Iron 0.5 0.6
Magnesium 21 25
Phosphorus 62 47
Potassium 407 337
Sodium 6 55

Nutritional Info obtained from NutritionData.com

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sugar!

You know I love sugar. You know I also think it's evil. A coworker showed me an article last night that really drove home that it actually might be the most evil substance on Earth! Maybe not, but really. Bad stuff!!!

Check it out: Is Sugar Toxic? by Gary Taubes

Also check out my sugar series:

Agave - Know the Facts
Honey - Know the Facts
Sugar - Know the Facts

These posts are old and I haven't read them in a while so I don't know if they need updating. But really my thoughts are this - if it contains glucose and/or fructose, it's a sugar. Even if it has a fancy name on it like Agave. Know your sweeteners and understand how glucose and fructose are processed in the body! Then decide which ones you will allow yourself to eat.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hello my friends!

I know it's been a while since I've posted, but I've been stock piling photos in my iPhone with the plan to write and life just keeps getting in the way. Last I wrote was a month and a half ago and I was just starting the slow slide away from the Paleo diet... which turned into a jump of the Paleo cliff into a sea of sugar and processed crap. Gluten free crap, but crap none the less. I blame the boy, he planned a party based solely on DESSERT!!

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The chocolate chip cookies and the chocolate swiss roll are my GF treats. That's the Shabtai Gourmet swiss roll right there, my first time trying it. Ohhhh my. Heaven!! I finished off the entire thing myself over a period of three days. Better than one day I suppose.

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The chocolate chip cookies are from All Can Eat bakery and cafe here in Randolph, MA. The day before the party I went there and sat in the cafe for lunch for the first time. I have been meaning to write about this company for a while now as they've been open for a little over a year and I absolutely LOVE them. I've eaten many of the foods and they are all delicious. It's an entire bakery and cafe dedicated to gluten free eating, they also have many dairy free options and also a few other allergen friendly foods. I brought a cake to Easter yesterday and it was awesome. I wish I had taken a picture!

Here's the sandwich I ordered last weekend, roast beef on a gf/df sub roll with oven baked herb fries on the side. This was the best take out lunch I've had in years. Mostly because it was on bread and I didn't have to make it myself. I love this place!!


Then of course I had to grab a cupcake for dessert before I left. I bought the cookies the next day from the health food store, you can buy most of their stuff in many of the local stores including Whole Foods.


Then last Monday I went to see the Boston Marathon, my roommate ran it for the first time, she finished in 4 hours and 41 minutes!! I am so proud of her! It's such an amazing accomplishment. This is the 3rd friend that has run the marathon, it's a really fun experience.


And last week I came back to my desk from a meeting at work and found this sitting there:

More Shabtai!!
One of my co-workers was celebrating passover and bought these because they're Kosher and a good treat for Passover. She brought them in to share with everyone in the group, but knowing that I'm GF she made sure that I saw them first. I was so happy! These are both very good.

So needless to say, it's been a very high glycemic month and a half. Now the threat of bathing suit season is nipping at my love handles. I told the boy that yesterday was the end of it! Then I ate half a tub of dark chocolate today... I guess tomorrow starts my quest for a bikini worthy body. We're bad influences on each other though, we both are fans of wine weekends and we love to eat! But he also loves the gym so that helps. I am finding my love for it again... kind of. And we'll try to keep the dietary damage to a minimum. He's got a bad stomach too so we're working on being healthier in general to keep that in check!

Oh and also, just the other day happened to be my blogiversary!! I've been writing here for THREE YEARS and written just under 500 posts!! I can't even believe it. Read my very first post HERE. I've come a LONG way baby, not just with the diet either. I am happier and healthier today than I've ever been and I'm so thankful in so many ways. Thanks so much to all of YOU that read this blog and comment and email and so many of you I now call friends. It's been quite a journey...