Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrate Swanson Vitamins 45th Anniversary with this giveaway!

Good Morning!
I thought we would start out the week helping Swanson Health Products celebrate 45 years of "Bringing Wellness to the World"!
If you have never taken the opportunity to shop at Swanson Vitamins, now is your chance!
I have been shopping at Swanson for years and love their products, their customer service and great selection. No, they didn't ask me to tell you that...
I am a true lifetime customer and that is why I wanted to share this chance to win with you.
The awesome folks at Swanson Health Products are giving away a $45 gift certificate to one lucky reader of Run Bake Blog!
You have all kinds of options that will give you more chances to win.
The giveaway begins today and ends Friday at midnight.
The winner will be announced Saturday and will have 24 hours to respond.
How great is that?!
But wait...
There's More!!
Check out Swanson’s Sweepstakes page for a chance to win 45 Healthy Foods and $500!

Talk about a great way to start the week!
I am finishing my workout when I get done here and then I am going shopping at Swanson, seriously!
Check out all the options you have for more chances to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway You can tweet about the giveaway each day!
The more options you follow, the more entries you receive.

Good Luck!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One Word Weekend {Mindsight}

As you may or may not know, I am in grad school right now and working towards my masters in mental health counseling. I must admit I am a bit of a word geek and just recently learned this term during class.


Dr. Dan Siegel coined the term "mindsight" and I will do my best to explain what it means.
According Dr. Siegel, "Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds."  Dr. Siegel goes on to explain that Mindsight is the difference between saying “I am sad” and “I feel sad.” Similar as those two statements may seem, they are profoundly different. “I am sad” is a kind of limited self-definition. “I feel sad” suggests the ability to recognize and acknowledge a feeling, without being consumed by it. The focusing skills that are part of mindsight make it possible to see what is inside, to accept it, and in the accepting to let it go, and finally, to transform it.

I am sure you have heard the word hindsight which basically means being able to look back at the things that have already happened or having knowledge of the things in the past.
Mindsight is being able to see inside of our own minds and truly understanding what is going on in there.
I love the idea and concept of "mindsight"!
If you are interested in knowing more, here is Dr. Siegel's website.
I know the one word weekends may be a little dorky, but so am I.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time Warp! {July 21, 2013)

It always kind of fun to see what was going on last year at this time.
Here is my post from July 21, 2013:

I am not sure why I am always so late on my posts; I think my clock is turned the wrong way around.
Hmm...maybe I need to really make the early blogging a goal.
A goal with a reward! Ha!
I have been putting off an Amazon shopping trip for a while now.
That site is like Toys R Us for grown-ups, isn't it?
Man, I love shopping on there!
Today was "Long Run Day" for Week 2 Day 14 of my half marathon training.
It is on the schedule as a 3 mile run and a 10:52 pace.
Yeah, that didn't happen.
Seriously, I need to go and adjust the training.
That pace is just not happening for me.
The pace and then today was so nice out that I went ahead and ran 4 miles instead.
That whole "listen to your body" works both ways.
The body was up for it, so more we did and it felt great!
I went with the long hills again. Happy to say that they don't kick my butt too bad.
Something about kicked my butt just past mile two. Oh man, something bit me on the very top of my head.
I about freaked out - and it hurt!
I still don't know what it was, but I am still kind of freaked out. Eeek!
I ended up with 4.01 miles at an average of 9:21 pace.
My splits went a little like this:
Mile 1 - 9:52
Mile 2 - 9:43
Mile 3 - 9:00
Mile 4 - 8:52
Looks pretty good to me and felt nice and easy.
I am anxious to start doing more miles so I can see how I am able to maintain a nice pace.
I've got time for that though. The race is Sept 29th.
And yes, I's my 1st Half and I should be getting out there and just planning to finish. you know me at all? Have you read my blog?
I am a wee bit of a perfectionist and will do it right or not do it at all.
In other news...
Thought I'd share one of my favorite moves with you.
Side Plank Crunch
1.) Lie on your right side with your knees straight, feet stacked. Prop your upper body up on your right elbow and forearm. Raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders, and place your left hand behind your head.

2.) Tighten your abs; Keeping your hand by your head, crunch forward and down, bringing your left elbow parallel to the ground (as pictured) or down to the floor twisting your torso; return to starting position. 
Do 15 reps; switch sides and repeat.
Hope you enjoy that little plank variation.
I also wanted to show you my fabulous failure of a breakfast that tasted so good!
While I was out on my run, I started thinking about breakfast (do you think about food when you run?!)
I knew I had two pieces of my homemade gluten free bread left.
I didn't want plain toast and I hadn't thawed a thing of my blueberry chia jam.
French Toast! I can make french toast!
Yeah, I think that is why my paced picked up. Ha!
It is super simple to make french toast. One egg white, a touch of (non-dairy, for me) milk and some cinnamon. When I went to get my egg, I saw the last apple and decided to make a little apple compote.
I cubed up my pink lady apple, tossed into a saucepan with some cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla stevia. Instead of plain water, I had an open can of LaCroix coconut flavored sparkling water. I dumped that in, turned the heat to low and went to take my shower.
Yeah, I don't know what happened then, but somehow I got caught up in putting on make-up and cleaning the shower and I don't know what else. So then what should have been a delicious cinnamon smell creeping up the stairs was more of a burnt marshmallow smell. Ugh!
Scorched the bottom of my apples!. 
I salvaged them (they didn't taste burnt, but the pan suffered some damage).
I threw them into a bowl with some water and decided I better microwave them since I can't be trusted with the stove. In the meantime, I had decided to crust my french toast with coconut flour to give it a little pizzazz. Dip the bread in the egg white, and press it into the coconut flour. But it into the non stick skillet with a touch of coconut oil. Boom...browning away nicely.
I see the leftover coconut flour and decide to add it to the apples and create a crumble. And well, there was a little egg white left, so I dumped that in, too. Put it all in the microwave and was hoping to get a cookie texture. Didn't happen. Haha...but I wasn't going to give up! I threw it into the skillet and toasted it up alongside the french toast. And there you have it, the saga of my breakfast extravaganza.
I am telling you...Breakfast was the bomb!
(Even though I didn't eat it until almost noon!)
That was the big highlights of my day. Oh that and my coconut flour tortilla also failed at dinner and so it became a crouton like crumble for my salad. HaHa...whatever works, right?!
Talk to you tomorrow!
  I hope you enjoyed the time warp...
Have a great day!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Well That's Fantastic! #008 {Link-Up}

Good Morning!
It seems so strange to be home on Friday morning and not be packing for a trip to another lacrosse tournament.
We have one more tournament left and we are done for the summer; Ian and I are both pretty excited for that day to come.
Next week we will be on our way to Traverse City, so we won't even be leaving the state. Yay!
I have thought long and hard about what to share today for Fantastic Friday but there have been so many wonderful things happening lately that it is hard to choose just one.
I try pretty hard not to get too sappy on the blog and in my real life; no that doesn't always work out for me but I try!
I have never chosen the easy road in life.
Sometimes the tough road has been chosen for me but for the most part I set out on a path and for some strange reason I prefer the challenge of the difficult path.
After a while (a long while) that not-so-easy-road gets to wearing a person out and then something pretty amazing happens...
You realize that you aren't the only one on that road.
Slowly, with much hesitation you begin walking with that other person and before you know it you are walking in sync and then you are taking each others hand and traveling together.
Suddenly the road doesn't seem so long.
Probably should be no surprise to me that I am still stumbling now and then but that's ok.
My heart is full.
And well...that's pretty darned fantastic!
I hope you have an amazing day today!
 I look forward to reading your Fantastic blog posts!