Wednesday, October 29, 2014

mission accomplished - Marine Coprs Marathon 2014

Marine Corps Marathon 2014

The hashtag for finishing the Marine Corps Marathon was #MissionAccomplished, and that couldn't have applied more for me for this race. As I replay the weeks, days, hours, minutes leading up to the starting line, and the hours on the course, I still can't believe that I did it. I broke 4 hours in the marathon!!! Best of all, I broke 4 hours in the marathon doing all of my training runs in the 11:15-13:30 min per mile range! It took me 4 marathons over 4 years, but I finally broke 4 hours!! So before I go into how the day went, I think I need to look back at my other marathons.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup - gluten free

A little over a week ago I got the idea in my head that I wanted to try to make French Onion Soup. You wouldn't think that having celiac disease, and having to eat gluten free, would limit the world of soup for you, but it certainly does! Wheat flour is a cheap thickener and it's in almost EVERY SOUP! (There are a couple of good canned soups out there, but then you get into the whole BPA lining thing... and I just don't want to go there in this post) Lucky for me, the Lettuce Restaurants (Mon Ami Gabi and Wildfire) both have French Onion Soup on their gluten free menus, so I knew that a good GF French Onion Soup was possible, so I took my crazy idea and ran with it!

I started where all good cooks start - google.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Army Ten Miler (and some other runs)

Running

On Sunday I ran the Army Ten Miler for the 8th time in a row (though it was officially my 7th, since the first year I ran wearing my mom's bib). It was also my fastest 10 miler ever. I PRed by 20 seconds with a time of 1:21:50. I realized while running that I don't like to be uncomfortable. I will run just to the point where things start to feel hard, then I back off just a bit... But I probably shouldn't. Racing and racing faster is about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. It's something that my training at 11-12 minute miles just isn't working for. My endurance, however, is amazing!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Look Back: Fall 2012

I REALLY didn't post very much at all during the fall of 2012. I was preoccupied with training for my second marathon and finishing strong with Amanda. I think this was when my blog really went through it's mini-identity crisis and I realized that I just didn't have the energy to keep posting my outfits to a blog, when I really have so much more going on in my life!

I'm glad that I made the decision to start adding different kinds of posts in the mix. It makes it feel more representative of who I am. :)

Now I get to share my Gluten Free Food, my Real Life, and of course, my Beautycounter business!

As always, you can click on the photos to see the posts from way back when!


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

belts and buns / denim and a dress

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I named these photos "denim and a dress" but then began to write the post naming it "belts and buns" - so rather than choose, this post has two names. It's a lot like my life in general. I haven't quite chosen definitively who I am or what I want to be when I grow up, so throughout my day I wear a lot of different hats.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Beautycounter, butterflies, and my thoughts on business

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My Beautycounter business has been on my mind a lot lately and here's why. I want to build a business, but I don't want to be known for selling skincare. My driving intention is to help share Beautycounter's social mission that we deserve better. We, as American consumers, deserve to know what is in the products we choose to use and surround ourselves with, and we deserve regulations that protect us. Right now, the personal care industry is largely unregulated. In the European Union, there are over 1300 chemicals that are banned from use in personal care products and cosmetics, the US only bans 11 chemicals. There are some companies that market products both places, under the same label and brand name, but with different formulations. They make a version that is arguably safer, for Europe and a "free for all" version for the United States.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

organic pedicure at Organic Nails with Lambeth

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I could live in this sweater, and pretty much have been since I picked it up at the outlets at the beach. I wore this outfit when I went to get pedicures with my friend, and Beautycounter buddy, Lambeth! It was Lambeth that originally introduced me to Beautycounter last November, before her second son was born. I immediately signed up as a member, but I waited to make product purchases because I wanted to do my own research on the information that was shared at the social and, as I've shared before, I thought I was happy with what I was using.

Monday, September 1, 2014

nachos and freezer mac and cheese (gluten free)

UntitledUdi's gluten free Mac and cheese with bacon!!!

Since it's Labor Day and we're all probably out BBQing, let's "taco" bout what I have been eating lately. (I couldn't resist the pun!) My two go-to meals are nachos and gluten free mac and cheese from the freezer section (though I still love some Annie's GF easy mac). As I explained in this post, I've decided to try all the different types of gluten free mac and cheese my local safeway decides to stock. So I thought I'd share my review the Udi's one too! So sit back, and let's talk food!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

once upon a pie (gluten free mini pecan pies, to be exact)

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Once upon a time (last year, for Thanksgiving, when I wore this), I made some gluten free, mini pecan pies! These are more photos that got overlooked (remember when I told you I found a bunch of blog photos), but I remember these pies being so good that I figured since we're less than 3 months from Thanksgiving, why not share them now!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

outlet success

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While at the beach, Reid and I tackled the outlets. Reid was under the impression that the outlets are a magical place where you can find exactly what you are looking for at an amazing deal. What he learned was the truth about outlet shopping, you have to go with an open mind, looking for deal on things without a particular item in mind. Because chances are, you're not going to find exactly what you're looking for. The truth about shopping is that when you need a specific item, especially a wardrobe staple, it's best to shop in season and be open to paying full price. Not that you can't find amazing wardrobe staples on the sale rack! It's just that sometimes a full price item that is perfect beats out 3 sale items for the same amount that are almost right.
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