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GF Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bread

This has been a beautiful weekend with sunny skies and cooler temps.  I had a great 8 mile training run this morning and I’m looking forward to trying this cinnamon raisin bread.  It’s gluten free, low carb, and protein.  Oh yeah!  Here is the recipe I found on:

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1/2 cup of vanilla whey protein powder
1/4 cup unflavored casein powder
3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup egg whites
1 TB cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3 TB raisins

How to Prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Put all ingredients except raisins into a food processor or blender (if you don’t have either, you can put into a large bowl and use a hand mixer or whisk) and blend until completely smooth.
3. Pour batter into a small loaf tin and stir raisins into the batter.
4. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
5. Let cool for 20 minutes and slice into 8 equal pieces. Enjoy!

Per slice (loaf serves 8): 110 calories, 17 grams protein, 8 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fat

100% TASTE, 0% GUILT



Lo Carb CInnamon Raisin Bread






Essentials Of The Long Run


I’ve starting running again; gradually increasing my mileage each week.  As I progress, I realize the importance of preparing properly for my run.  There are many factors that can affect your running experience such as your clothing, the weather, dehydration, poor sleep, and insufficient warm-up

  1. Carb load  and hydrate the day before your long run– commonly referred to as  Carbohydrate Loading or carbo-loading, is a strategy used by endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, to maximize the storage of glycogen (or energy) in the muscles and liver. Be sure to drink plenty of water during the day with your meals and avoid excess caffeine. Urine should be a pale, straw color which is the best indicator of hydration. Dark yellow usually indicates dehydration.
  2. Get plenty of rest the day before your long run and mentally prepare yourself for a good run.  Go to bed early to ensure a good night of sleep.  Be sure to set your alarm to get up early to prepare for your run. Check the weather for your planned run time and lay out appropriate clothing and running shoes for your run. Don’t forget your Garmin watch if you keep pace and mileage during your run. When selecting clothing, consider layering with a long sleeve running shirt, arm sleeves, compression socks, hat, etc.
  3. Pack a snack bag the night before to take with you with items for during and after your run.  I normally pack a water bottle and sports beans to carry with me on my run.  I also pack a full water bottle and a banana and/or energy bar for after the run.  It’s important to have snacks and water on hand due to issues you may have with low blood sugar, or electrolyte imbalance.  Per Dr. Bennett’s article:  Hydration and Electrolytes – Impact on Athletic Performance by Paul B. Bennett, Jr. Ph.D

The body performs delicate balancing acts to keep water and electrolyte levels optimal. If blood sodium levels drop too low, the kidneys are stimulated to produce more urine. This restores balance by lowering the amount of water in the blood. If sodium levels get too high, thirst develops, stimulating the person to drink. Hormones secreted in response to thirst cause the kidneys to produce less urine and conserve water. During intense exercise and sweating these systems are taxed and the endurance athlete must sometimes anticipate where the system (body) is heading in terms of water and electrolyte status in order to avoid problems. The take home message here is: If you are thirsty – drink water! Your body is talking to you.


  • 4.  Plan to get up at least an hour before you need to leave for your run. Drink water upon arising and eat a good breakfast.  I’ve found that organic oats with sliced bananas and a scoop of whey protein is the perfect pre-run fuel.  The carb and protein combination helps provide sustained energy for a long run.
  • 5.  Always make sure you tell someone where you are running and if possible run with a friend.  It’s always best to run with someone in case of emergencies that may occur when running.  Remember safety in numbers.  Make sure you have your cell phone fully charged and carry with you if possible.  Per article on


  • Run With A Buddy

    As running safety tips go, this one is not always doable, but if you can find someone to run with regularly, great! – you can look out for each other and you are statistically less likely to be attacked if you are with another runner. But finding a running partner who matches the same pace as you, same running goals and so on, can be difficult. Maybe joining a local running club could help you find someone?

Remember preparation is key for a good run and as you increase mileage it become more important.  After your run make sure you take time to stretch, hydrate, and re- fuel to help aid in recovery.  Consider wearing compression socks to help with circulation and prevent muscle soreness.  Taking a little extra time for planning your run can make it a much more enjoyable experience. Happy running!



Running, Stress Relief, And Gratitude

This week has been stressful due to dealing with some family issues and my mom’s poor health.  I’ve always been a worrier and the increased stress lately has been exhausting and affected my workouts, meals, and sleep.

I’m currently training for a half marathon and was scheduled to run 7 to 8 miles for my long run this weekend.  I tried to prepare myself for my morning run by indulging in healthy carbs and drinking fluids the night before but it didn’t help matters that I tossed and turned most of the night. I woke up several times during the night and finally got up at 5 am to prepare for my run.

My pre-run meal consisted of organic oats topped with walnuts and an expresso.I still felt exhausted after the caffeine, but interestingly enough was still looking forward to my run.  I still began to doubt my ability to complete my planned mileage but was meeting friends so decided to do what I could do.

I met my running buddies who both had issues with sleep too. This seems to be fairly common in runners .  I suspect it has something to do with the anticipation of getting up before the break of dawn combined with running for the sake of “fun.” Nevertheless, we all looked at the bright side and noticed that at least there was less humidity and it was in the low 70’s



The first couple of miles were grueling and went by extremely slow. My legs felt like bricks. I decided to drink some water and refuel with carbs half-way through my run.

I ate half a package of sports beans I recently purchased to see if that would help.

What are sports beans?

Sport Beans   are energizing Jelly Beans that are formulated to help fuel the body during intense exercise. Clinically proven to maximize sports performance, each bean is loaded with carbs for fuel, electrolytes to help maintain fluid balance and vitamins to optimize energy release and protect cells against oxidative damage”
I hadn’t tried sports beans in a couple of years but discovered them again while buying groceries last week. I had given them a try in the past but they made me sick. I began to experiment with other snacks but never found anything special.
I researched the sports beans later and discovered it’s important to drink plenty of water with them to avoid stomach issues. I definitely didn’t do that when I tried them.
The directions on the package of sports beans said to take the entire package thirty minutes before your workout.  I decided to refuel at mile four with half the package and made sure to drink plenty of water with them.  I definitely noticed an extra boost of energy and my legs felt lighter about 15 to 20 minutes later.
I was able to increase my pace and finished with a strong final push the last mile.  I love the quote “when your legs get tired run with your heart.”  I often do that the last few miles but it makes the finish that much sweeter.
The endorphins provided a good rush and reinforced my reason for running.  Running is such a great outlet for me. It helps to clear my mind and gives me a chance to enjoy and appreciate nature .
Running at the break of dawn and  watching the sunrise always fills me with gratitude.  It truly makes me realize what a gift our health is and how lucky I am to be able to exercise.


I always finish my run with a better perspective and realize that no matter what’s going on in my life right now, it could be a lot worse.  I am truly blessed to have a loving family, home, food to eat, and live in the USA “HOME OF THE FREE”

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Define The Muscle, Burn The Fat


6 mile run this weekend felt good!  The humidity was intense even at 6 am but I pushed through and got out of my comfort zone.  My legs were tired and I was definitely “running with my heart.”  My runs around 6 miles or more are great fat burning workouts for me.  I really can see more muscle definition when I combine longer runs and weight training.

I finished my run with lots of water to replenish fluids and a post run snack. IMG_20170709_150908This smoothie with avocado, spinach, and pear was delicious. I definitely moved out of my comfort zone during my run and this was a well deserved treat

After recovery, I followed up my cardio with some triceps and chest work. I did 4 sets of tricep pressdowns alternating with bosu ball close grip push ups to burn out my triceps.  triceppressdown


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Circuit Train

It’s important to circuit training to include all the components of a well balanced workout. This will improve your fitness level and help prevent injuries.

Today’s Circuit:  Back/ Legs

3 mile run- Cardio


Strength -4 Sets 10-12 reps

Pull ups, Squats, Deadlfts, lunges


Flexibility -Yoga- 20 minutes