Check out Home Field Fitness!!

Happy Saturday!

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I’m so excited to announce here the launch of my new dream project…Home Field FItness. This a new website and blog with fitness, fuel and other insights into living a healthy life as a coaches wife. For all of the sports gals out there – or just people wanting to find ways to fit in fitness to their crazy life, I hope you can find something you’re looking for at Home Field Fitness. 

Today I posted a Game Day Stadium Workout that I think all of you will really love. It’s a great total body circuit that can be done ANYWHERE! 

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I hope you will check out the page and let me know what you think!  

Hello Hills!!

We took a trip back home last weekend and it was a perfect 2 days of family, friends, food and fun. Funny as this sounds (not funny, I guess, if you know me at all) but one of my favorite parts of the weekend was the 2 hours I spent running trails with my dad. These long weekend runs had started to become a habit when I lived nearby, and I really have come to miss them. Not only the special time with my dad all to myself, but the promise of a butt kicking week after week. No matter how strong I have been feeling as a runner, my dad always has a new route or a new hill or another push that challenges me more than I would ever do on my own. These challenges wear me down physically and mentally sometimes, but they leave me wanting more and becoming more motivated than ever.

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Since moving to “The Valley” – I have climbed a total of ZERO hills. Unless you count the bridge over the Rio Grande River that my Garmin clocks at an elevation gain of 8 ft. I thought maybe my running at higher elevation would help balance out my lack of hill training, but no such luck. Turns out, your muscles forget how to handle hills quite quickly. When my heart wasn’t about to explode and my legs weren’t shaking like jello jigglers, I couldn’t help but be totally in love with my surroundings. It was the most beautiful, cool summer morning with loads of wild flowers, a beautiful stream and green every where! Being up in the mountains changes your perspective on everything, and leaping over water, scrambling over rocks and ever changing scenery makes for a welcome change from flat street running.

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When my dad whipped out his iPhone to take a picturemy first thought was “oh please no, I look like I’m dying here!”. For some reason what popped out of my mouth was “I better look fast!”. My dad responded with “No, look happy”. The crazy thing was, I really WAS happy! Even in that sweaty, exhausted moment I was happy and rather than worrying about going faster, what really mattered was smiling and enjoying the moment.

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We wrapped up our run with a chilly dip in God’s own natural ice bath, the Poudre river. It was so cold it hurt, but sure was an amazing way to soothe my tired legs!

I recovered with an apple, some gluten free coffee cake and a pot of my dads super strong French roast coffee. My heart was full, my legs were stripped and my soul was renewed.

What about you?

Where is your happy running place?

Have you ever been lucky enough to go for a run with one of your parents?

Gettin’ Our Move On

Nope…this isn’t a workout post. It’s a life update post. It’s official guys…we’re moving! The life of being a football wife has truly begun. I may have conquered a few years of off-season conditioning, recruiting seasons and the big one: FOOTBALL SEASON. I have figured out some great tricks to keep warm during end-of-season rivalry games. I’ve even learned some great ways to stay close to my husband during his crazy-busy-football-doesn’t-wait schedule. But I have yet to conquer the first move. While we knew that this was a likely possibility this year (as grad school was over and it’s time for a REAL JOB!)…we had no idea where football would take us, and when!? 

 

So, I was surprised, but also excited to learn that we are actually staying in the beautiful state of Colorado, just headed out way down south to Alamosa. We visited the town a few weeks ago while he was interviewing and although it’s going to be a big change, I can’t wait to take this next step in our lives. I think we’re really going to like the small town, the smaller school and the young staff he’ll be working with. I’m already getting excited for football season!  So it’s official: we’re Adams State Grizzlies! 

 

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As moving month is upon us, I may not be posting as much as I would like to. I’m finishing up working here in Fort Collins while “Coach” is already hard at work in Alamosa. We’ll be doing some back-and-forth driving while packing, house hunting, etc. 

 

I am truly trying to soak this experience up, not let the stress soak ME up. I also really want to appreciate Fort Collins in these last few weeks. It’s helpful knowing that we have family and friends here – so leaving isn’t permanent by any means. And it’s only a few hours away when we want to come visit. That being said, I have a few “bucket-list” things to do in the next few weeks.

 

1. Don’t forget about fitness! Packing can be exhausting, but I don’t want that to get in the way of my workouts. I want to hit up my favorite running trails and work out with some of my buddies before I take off.

 

2. Go to my favorite restaurants! The one thing we’ll really be missing in Alamosa is the amazing selection of food we have grown so accustomed to in FC. I’ll be eating my way through some of my favorites before we go for sure. Tokyo Joes and Snooze are at the top of my list! 

 

3. Friends and Family! I am so blessed to have my immediate family right here in town (most of them anyways…except for my lucky lil sis in Hawaii) and some of the best friends a girl can ask for. You can be sure we’ll be doing plenty of gluten free baking, girls nights and coffee dates before I make the big move. 

 

When I get my kitchen back together in our new home, and hopefully a kick-butt workout room too..I’ll be sure to post my latest recipe experiments, workouts and more! 

 

What about you…

Any coaches wives out there? How many times have you “made the move” ?

Any packing advice? 

Running Through Music City

This post is a few weeks late – but I wanted to give a re-cap of my most recent vacation/race in Nashville, TN! It was my first time in Nashville, as well as my first “destination race” and I would have to say it was a slamming success! Here’s the rundown:

 

The Food: Both myself and my running buddy are gluten free/dairy free, and I have a few other things I have to avoid as well. Travelling with a limited diet can be challenging, but with careful planning it can be done! It helped to have a friend looking for the same restaurants as I was. We started out at Margaritaville in downtown Nashville, where they had advertised a gluten free menu. The service was marginal, the food was worse and the prices were astronomical! I was hoping to at least get a good margarita out of the deal, but it was a yucky, corn-syrupy blend that mostly tasted like water. Not the best way to start out a trip. We were able to find a great Mexican restaurant called the Rose Pepper in East Nashville where we enjoyed some delicious gluten free veggie fajitas. We cooked our own pre-race pasta party complete with rice noodles, shrimp and veggies. It was great to have a house with a kitchen to cook in while we were there! Out post-race meal was Chipotle, and we topped off our restaurant hopping with an awesome little place called “The Pfunky Griddle”. They had gluten free pancake batter, and a celiac safe griddle for us to use at our table! Our entire group had a great time cooking our own customized pancake breakfast. Besides restaurant eating, I had packed my traveling staples: breakfast cookies, sunflower seeds, Enjoy Life Sunbutter bars, homemade power bars and some protein muffins. Of course we brought our ritual pre-race breakfast of protein pancakes as well. All in all, safe food was easy to find and we felt great! 

 

The Fitness: Running through a new city is one of the best ways to experience it. The race was the Rock N Roll Country Music Half Marathon – so the city was jamming! There were over 30,000 of us participating in the race, and it was so fun to be a part of such a big, well run event. The course was hilly, and the weather was humid and hot, but I had a fantastic race. I finally had a race where I felt like I had trained exactly how I had planned, was well prepared, and the luck of perfect body conditions on race day. I beat my previous half marathon time by 5 minutes, so I was very pleased with the results. In our group, the 4 girls ran the half, and the brave boyfriend to tag along finished his first full. We all had a great time! 

 

Other Fab Stuff: I love Nashville. I’m a country girl at heart, so hearing country music coming out of each restaurant and dive-bar downtown made me one happy girl. We had just enough time to take in some tourist sites, do some shopping  and explore some nearby neighborhoods. I met some new great friends and can not wait for my next chance to visit the Country Music Capitol. Next time I have to hit up the 3-for-1 boot sales! 

 

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Smoothies for Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, hands down. If I could eat it for all three meals of the day (and I sometimes do) I totally would. With a “allergy-free” diet like mine, making typical breakfast food can be very time consuming and often next to impossible. There is no replacement for eggs in an omelet or French toast, and other baked goods can be done, but just take a while! I make some delicious “safe” and very high protein pancakes on a regular basis, and once in a while we have a big hashbrown, sausage and veggie hash, but on a typical morning I often resort to a smoothie. I love how easy they are to make in my new Cuisinart “bullet” and it is such a great way to pack a lot of healthy goodness into one yummy drink. They always make my often unhappy tummy feel good too.

 

Here are two recipes I’ve been making recently – sometimes they vary based on what we have in the fridge/freezer.

 

PB&J Smoothie

It really tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

½ cup rice milk

½ cup (more or less based on desired thickness)

½ cup spinach

½ cup frozen raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries

1 tbsp sunbutter

1 tsp  100% fruit  raspberry jam

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 scoop brown rice protein powder

 

Green Mango Goodness

½ cup frozen mango

½ cup other fruit (usually kiwis or blueberries)

½ cup spinach

4 slices cucumber

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

¼ cup rice milk

½ cup orange juice

1 scoop brown rice protein powder

 

What is your favorite breakfast food? Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe to share?

 

 

 

Gluten Free in the Medical Community

Today, I had the opportunity to attend a food service staff in-service at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. One of my classmates from college happens to work in the nutrition department at the hospital (where I work in the community health department) and thoughtfully invited me to a training she held this afternoon for her kitchen staff. Very recently, PVHS has taken the plunge into the gluten free world – and from what I saw today, I am very impressed.

 

I got to see first hand what the staff is being taught about gluten free. They were given an introduction on Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance. The big items that were stressed were the risk that cross-contamination causes as well as the importance of strict adherence to a gluten free diet. They also stressed that many people are in the hospital because of Celiac symptoms, and if they are not receiving food that is 100% gluten free…it will prolong or prevent their healing.

 

Currently, steps are being made for both in-patient meals and options for staff and hospital guests in the cafeteria. As of right now, there is a full gluten free menu available to patients staying in the hospital that includes several breakfast cereals, gluten free french toast  and pancakes, omelets and salads, sandwiches, pasta, meat dishes as well as brownies, puddings and popsicles for dessert. As for in the cafeteria, there is a new section with a big orange “GLUTEN FREE ITEMS” sign above it with grab and go snacks and treats.

 

Here are a few of the steps that the nutrition staff has taken that really impressed me:

  • All gluten free ingredients are stored on the top shelf with clear labels on the outside.
  • In each area of the kitchen (freezer, prepared foods, baking) there is a separate book shelf or cabinet designated gluten free and is clearly labeled.
  • There is a work station dedicated gluten free where one of the staff members (a Celiac herself!) does gluten free baking once a week.
  • The staff aims to prepare gluten free meals first thing in the morning as to not be exposed to gluten particles in the air throughout the day. However they do make in-patient meals to order so this is not always an option.
  • All employees have been trained to wash their hands and change their gloves before preparing a gluten free meal.
  • In the kitchen there is dedicated equipment for gluten free such as mixers, bowls, pans, toasters, knives, etc.
  • If there is any chance of cross-contamination in the food prep process, employees have been trained not to think twice, but to just start over.
  • From product manufactures to food preparation, all the right steps are being taken to ensure the safety of the Celiac community.
  • All pre-made gluten items and meals are sealed and stored in a gluten free area to prevent cross-contamination.

 

I am so excited to see Poudre Valley Health System take these steps to ensure safety for patients as well as provide options for their staff and guests. They are planning in the very near future to feature one soup and sandwich each day that is made gluten free. I know that this is just the beginning for them and can’t wait to see how far they will be able to take this. I feel that this health system should be an example to others – in all aspects of their service. I’m proud to work there and will be even happier when I can enjoy a gluten free soup and sandwich on my lunch break!!

I ♥ Celiacs!!

May is Celiac Awareness month – so I thought this would be a great time to share some of my favorite resources and events for gluten free living. Did you know that 1 in 133 people have Celiac Disease? Check out the 1 in 133 campaign to learn how you can help spread awareness.

Here are some great national organizations and their upcoming conferences – an awesome way to learn a TON about celiac, gluten intolerance and living gluten free!!!

 

CDF – Celiac Disease Foundation

May 14th, 2011 Annual Education Conference & Food Faire –Los Angeles,CA

Keep up with my friend Brooke at Brooke’s Gluten Free Bites for updates on this conference!!!

 

GIG – Gluten Intolerance Group

GIG is celebrating celiac awareness month with the Chef to Plate Campaign. Check out participating restaurants in your area on the website!

GIG Annual Conference 6/30/11 in Orlando,FL – This conference will be in Denver in 2012! I can’t wait!!

My friend DeAnna at IamGF is attending the GIG conference this year – watch her website for updates!!

GIG of Colorado has some great meet-ups going on this month to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month – check out the events at www.meetup.com/GIGColorado

 

CSA – Celiac Sprue Association

34th Annual CSA Conference – September 15-18 inSan Diego,CA

 

My favorite blogs and gluten free websites

www.glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

www.iamgf.com

www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com

Need some GF food? Time to stock up at Sprouts! This week (starting May 11) select gluten free foods are 25% off for the Gluten Free Jubilee!!

Thanks for checking out these great websites and supporting Celiac Awareness. Whether you have Celiac, are gluten intolerant, or love someone who can’t eat gluten, you know how important awareness and education is! Show your support by going to your favorite gluten free-friendly restaurant or signing up for an awesome conference!

Happy Celiac Awareness Month!