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Healthy Valentine’s Day Snacks & Treats

Valentine’s Day is notorious for including treats that may be rich and decadent.  Those treats don’t have to be loaded with fat and sugar to taste good, though.  Guiding Stars’ expert chef, Erin Dow, has created the following Valentine’s Day recipes that are both delicious, nutritious and gluten-free. 

Black Bean Brownies

Erythritol [...]

Holidays–Healthy & Gluten-Free

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the next 4-6 weeks are likely to be filled with many treats of the food and drink variety.  Following the gluten-free diet can be helpful in avoiding some of those treats; don’t view having to avoid these gluten-filled treats as a bad thing – view it as avoiding excess calories [...]

Air Force Half Marathon Recap

Saturday, September 15, 2012 was my 9th half marathon. My goal for 2012 was to run 5 half marathons this year and that was #4 for 2012. My last (#5 for the year and #10 total) is on October 21, 2012 here in Columbus.

The Air Force Half Marathon was held in Dayton, Ohio. [...]

Shutting it Down

I am putting this out there so that I have no choice but to follow through.  I am shutting my training down for two days.  Monday is a scheduled rest day, but today is not.  Today I am supposed to run 2-3 miles and go to an intense core class that I adore.  I am [...]

Different Types of Goals

In my mind, goals are usually set and achieved by my trying to better myself, my race times, etc.  When I really stopped to think about what the word “goal” meant, I decided to see what the dictionary said.

goal [gohl]

noun

1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed;aim; end.

2. [...]

Friday Fuel

I thought Friday would be a great day of food to share as I prepare for my 8th half marathon on Sunday. I will not be racing the race on Sunday, but running it more like a training run. I hope to PR in the Columbus Half Marathon in October.

When I know that I [...]

Gluten-Free Snacking–Luna Protein Bars

Do you like snacks?  Eating smaller meals more frequently is recommended to help keep hunger at bay.  I was raised eating three meals a day and while I may have had an afterschool snack or a bedtime snack, a ritual started when we were young by my late grandmother, the majority of our nutrition and [...]

NASM CPT 4 Exam–Did I Pass?

I decided earlier this year to study for my personal training certification through the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).  Putting it out there for the world to know made even more pressure for me to work hard and pass the test the first time around.  There was so much information and I had no [...]

Mama Got A Brand New Pair of Shoes

Actually, I got a brand new pair of flip flops. With summer just around the corner and my favorite sandals – Merrell’s – just over two years old, I thought it was high time to invest in some flip flops that wouldn’t have my sports medicine doctor’s hard work on my feet going down the [...]

Earth Day Menu Plan

Today is Earth Day.  I checked in on my post and pledges from Earth Day 2011 to review how I did.  I think that we did pretty well, but there are definitely places were we can improve. 

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Also today, I am running the Earth Day Challenge Half Marathon.  I am carpooling [...]