Just keep running

Hello lovelies! It is the best time of the year everyone! September, the beginning of fall, and most importantly; MY BIRTHDAY MONTH! Now, although I am breaching the age of mid-20’s (24 – GASP!) I feel as though I am only able to accomplish more.

With my birthday approaching, there were goals set a year ago to keep up with that I am happily still doing, running, and blogging; although I may fall off the band wagon from time to time, I have been keeping up with both of these for over a year now!

So with those goals still being accomplished (because hopefully I will keep running, and keep blogging), I should probably add a few more to the list. One that has been brewing in my brain is that I need to run my first half marathon by this time next year, so by my 25th birthday: RUN A HALF MARATHON.

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So far I am up to 7 miles, but if that is how many miles I can add in a year, then my timing is pretty much perfect. Along the way I certainly want to sign up for more races in between, certainly some 10k’s and 10 milers to warm me up for the whole 13.1.

Luckily I have the time and amazing places in the area to run! Since I do live so close to Washington DC the area provides any number of awesome running trails/ areas throughout Washington, Virginia, and Maryland.

So far, I have only been able to explore a few trails in my area, but one of my favorite weekend past times is to find  a new trail or park and go for a long weekend run. Here are some of the ones I have gotten checked off my list so far!

Burke Lake park, is a great 4.5 mile trail around the lake. It is pretty flat and usually pretty crowded but it is a great loop, for a quick easy run with a gorgeous view. Another fun aspect about this park is the exercise stations throughout one half of the trail.

Great Falls park (VA Side), is SO close to my apartment, I absolutely love it, with its absolutely beautiful and interesting terrain (can be very rocky, can be very wooded depends on where you are in the park) but it is difficult to be in such a beautiful place and not love it. The park is always pretty crowded, and there is an entry fee (depending on the time of day) but if you live in the area, certainly add Great Falls to the list of fun run places!

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(Great Falls, VA)

 

The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD Trail for short) is a seriously bikers trail that winds all through out Loudoun and Fairfax county. WIth its many access points, and accessibility it is far more popular with bikers than your standard runner. You certainly feel as though you are vying for your space on the road against the bikers. However it is relatively flat, and great to really work out some distance. The only downfalls are that it is only shaded in the morning (that is some HOT pavement) and it is just straight, it goes on forever and ever so eventually you have to just turn around and do it all again. (me personally I love a long loop if at all possible)

And most recently I have tried out a great trail right across the water from the city with incredible views! The Mount Vernon trail runs right along the Potomac and gives you an awesome view of the monuments right across the way! The trail is nice because you have the option to run in VA or into DC, you can also go explore as a detour on Theodore Roosevelt Island. However the day I went, was incredibly hot and almost unbearable but the view was so gorgeous, I will have to go back many more times to explore!

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Well little gluten free foodies, runners, prepsters, and cat lady’s that is all I have for today. Much more gluten free goodies and birthday month fun to come!

TTFN XOX GFP

 

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Polka Dots, the new stripes?

When I was growing up, lets say middle school, I LOVED polka dots, I thought they were the cutest thing! However, polka dots were not the most flattering on a girl turning into a lady and just starting to get curves but doesn’t know how to dress them. So needless to say polka dots faded out of my wardrobe slowly but surely as I became more aware of this lack of flattery.

However, a decade later and a little more grown up, polka dots have made it back on the scene. I have reinstated my obsession and slowly but surely acquiring more polka dot pieces. My favorite piece that I have added to my collection is this wonderful button up from Loft. It is just standard black and white but it goes with pretty much everything.

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Although I thought I may be alone at first in my re-aquired love for polka dots, I have gotten more compliments on this shirt that many more in my collection.  So thank goodness for this renewed love of the polka dot, and thank goodness that years later I supposedly can pull it off.

So next time! Mix it up, and swap those stripes for the stripes for some spots!

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(above photo J. Crew)

That’s all for now! More to come soon about some outdoor adventures and delicious gluten free goodies!

TTFN XOX Gluten Free Prep #GFP

From January through July, my oh my!

Well hello there friends and readers, if I have any of those left at this point. 😉 Hope you all have been achieving great things in your  lives and living exactly as you envision yourself doing so! It has been a while and I do apologize for my long absence; there has been A LOT of things going on…

Let’s take a flashback to my last post in January, “New year, New Everything!” there were three goals in there that I should have been keeping up with as the year of 2013 has progressed.

Goal 1: Get a full time job.

Goal 2: Keep Running.

Goal 3: Keep Blogging.

Well folks, if you count this blog as keep blogging you can count me in for 3/3! When I said there had been a lot of things going on I meant it!

As January progressed, I continued to dredge on in post grad life, searching for a full time job. So many applications, and resumes, and cover letters, I could have gone mad! Luckily, thanks to my roommate and pledge sister, I applied at, what has turned out to be an amazing company!  Wedding and event planning has always been one of my passions and will continue to be, it will always be something I want to pursue later in life; however as someone in need of a full time job and some great work experience you apply to things that you would do well in and hopefully enjoy as well. Luckily I discovered something exactly like that, I got a job at a custom t-shirt company called CustomInk! I started there in February and have been loving it ever since! Essentially I sell t-shirts for a living! It is a great, young, fun company with wonderful, unique individuals who make coming to work enjoyable every single day. And I mean it doesn’t get much more fun than t-shirts!

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Since the big step into the real world, I have also moved out on my own as well and moved into my own apartment, I have continue to run, and explore the world of gluten free living.  Although the adult world can be stressful, and at times, monotonous, exciting at others but it is rewarding non the less.

So a lot has been happening, work has been taking up a lot of my time. I am still spending my weekends exploring new places to run and hike. I will have to update everyone soon about my tree top adventures and how I am getting closer and closer to a half marathon all the time. Every mile worth it.

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So to continue on with my goals I need to get back into this blog! More to come that is for sure! I have been brainstorming some ideas of some great gluten free goodies to share, there are many adventures, festivals, wine tastings, and races to come. As well as a little bit of this and that in between.

Happy to be back, happy to be blogging. Keep your eye out for more to come from this… GlutenFreePrep. ❤ xox

Gluten free wraps and snacks!

When I went gluten free the hardest things for me were lunch foods (sandwich-like) and foods that were quick on the go! And food on the go that was good and not a dried out rice puff bar… During my last Wegman’s excursion I picked up these gluten free wraps, they had chipotle pepper flavored, and spinach garlic flavored, and although they were green, I chose the spinach garlic ones and they turned out to be DELICIOUS! They are called Sandwich Petals and they are perfect for lunch 🙂 I came up with a few delicious combos for some yummy wraps!

  • Turkey, hummus, provolone, and some spinach leaves
  • Italian dressing, provolone, salami, turkey, and spinach
  • Turkey, miracle whip, lettuce, and tomato
  • Peanut butter, jelly wrap 😉
  • Peanut butter and honey wrap
  • Chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, lettuce
  • Ham, cheese, lettuce
  • Turkey, lettuce, guacamole, and tomato

And the list goes on and on! You could even branch out and use these as quesadillas or enchiladas! More experimentation to come! On the topic of experimenting, I had a kitchen success this week in making what I would call mini quinoa quiche. They were just an idea for an easy breakfast bite that I could eat really quick before my run to give me a little extra energy, and munching like 3 of these really keep me filled up for a while! They were a little time intensive in the prep work but totally worth it and I got about 30 from the recipe:

You need mini-muffin pans!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray
  • Spoon mixture into each cup
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown.
  • Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin.

Enjoy! These are so good! I stored them in the fridge and have been re-heating for breakfast 🙂 perfection!

Thats all I have for now! Enjoy 🙂 xox TTFN GFP<3

 

{September is for Birthdays}

Yay! First blog of my 23rd birthday month, I really don’t feel like I am turning 23…honestly it still seems weird to be able to buy alcohol HA! I have been slowly but surely adding things to my ‘wish list’ but it really does get harder with age!

 

But for today’s blog I am sharing with you my very first gluten free success right after I was diagnosed with celiacs in 2011. A friend at the YMCA gave me this recipe because I told her pizza was what I missed the most; many have said that it reminds them more of a pizza casserole or even GF lasagna however, this is Zucchini Crusted Pizza 🙂 I am making it tonight for me and mama dearest.

Ingredients:

– Olive oil and rice flour

– 2 cups of shredded zucchini (packed tightly)

– 2 eggs (mostly egg whites, a little egg yolk)

– 1/4 Cup rice flour

– 1/2 Cup grated mozzarella

– 1/2 Cup grated Parm cheese

– pinch of basil, oregano, italian seasoning to taste

– pizza sauce

– toppings optional

**Pre-heat over to 400 degrees

Step 1: grate 2 cups of zucchini, lightly salt and dry for 15-30 min

Step 2: mix together zucchini, rice flour, eggs, parm cheese, moz cheese, seasonings, and 1 tblsp olive oil.

Step 3: Spread zucchini mixture in a 9×12 pan bake for 30-45 min, or until firm

Step 4: Paint top of firm zucchini mixture with olive oil

Step 5: broil for 1-3 min or until golden brown on top

Step 6: Add pizza sauce, cheese, and additional toppings

Step 7: Bake at 400 degrees until top ingreidents are baked through

LET COOL!!!! STAYS HOT FOR A LONG TIME!!!! And enjoy 🙂 YUM! I had a side salad with it and made some bootleg Olive Garden salad dressing, Supreme! 🙂

 

more delicious gluten free ideas coming soon! 🙂

{Things that make me happy: BIG gluten free sections}

SO these past few days have been the Annual Lilly Pulitzer sale and normally I go out all, however I am running low on funds and so the approximately $50 that I had budgeted for this fabulous sale went towards a rendezvous at Wegmans! And this was only due to this unfortunate event… Don’t worry Lilly P. my funds will come you way at some point… just not this week…

Since I have been gluten free for roughly a year and a half now due to being diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, I have to shop at selective places because some grocery stores have not started to carry GF products. So basically Wegmans is one of my favorite because of the large selection of gluten free goodies that they carry. Some of the gems I picked up the other day have all been delicious so far!

I picked up some Gluten Free English Muffins by Foods by George which were not exactly full of nooks and cranny’s like I was thinking of traditional English muffins but they are definitely good. I prepped mine with some butter and peach jam! 🙂  These could also be perfect for little breakfast or lunch sandwiches.  Another venture is these would be the perfect accent to Gluten Free sausage gravy yum!! (adventure with that in future posts). 

I also got some Wegman’s brand fruit flats, some more gluten free cake mix, and the favorite that I have tried so far is a gluten free instant oatmeal! Instant oatmeal was one of my favorite fall breakfasts growing up and I was not sure if I would be able to eat traditional instant oatmeal. So finding this delicious gluten free Ec0-Planet instant oatmeal, apple cinnamon flavor of course.

I always love trying new gluten free things, there were more purchases than just those but they are escaping me at the moment. #glutenfreelove

Another thing that I have been doing to help me heal after my recent break up, it may be corny but it is a pinspired idea I found and thought it was perfect. It is the ‘positive thing a day’ jar 🙂 everyday you write something down that was happy, even something as small as playing with bubbles at work to getting a new kind of gf treat 🙂

 

well more to come later about my new job, and more gluten free ideas!

xoxo Gluten free prep 😉

Summer reading, optional not assigned.

Since the summer of 2004 I have had a summer assignment looming over my head for an AP class, or a summer course from hell each summer in college. As a recent graduate I have taken advantage of my lack of assignments and complied an entire list of books to read. Summer reading at it’s finest. Don’t get me wrong, I have read books for pleasure over the past 8 years but school work always took precedent.

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So thus far this summer I have read Looking for Alaska by John Green, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, Baby Proof and Love the One You are With by Emily Giffin. I’m working on another Emily Giffin novel, Heart of the Matter. Then I will be onto the Chelsea Handler books which are always a laugh.

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First book of the summer, I read Looking for Alaska after one of my best friends told me I NEEDED to read it, that it was so great; she was right. Basically its about a boy who leaves a home where he has no friends for a boarding school in Alabama where he has the best and worst times of his life; all while searching for the ‘great perhaps.’  There he meets Alaska. This isn’t your typical high school love story or tragedy but it was a page turner. And I would definitely recommend it.

Next, I read Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, the third of her books that I read; following Something Borrowed and Something Blue, which I LOVED! So I figured I should continue on a good path. Baby Proof was really cute, although a little past my age in terms of what the people are going through having children, but probably not far enough for my liking. Friends around me seem to be getting pregnant and married left and right. Baby Proof is a tale of two meant to be, almost completely ruined because of the stress of having, or not having, a baby. Again cute, and one I recommend along with the rest of Giffin’s novels.

Followed by, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (keep in mind I am currently working as a pool manager, I have plenty of time to read). Safe Haven was a thrilling novel about a Katie, who was actually Erin, who ran away from a bad marriage to North Carolina and falls unexpectedly in love with a man who makes her completely happy. It is really good and also very dramatic, I couldn’t put it down during the last few chapters. And if you love Sparks as I do, you will probably love this summer read as well.

Next I delved into another Griffin novel, Love the One You Are With which was exceptional. This twisted love story kind of put a lot of things into perspective for me, and it had very interesting timing as I was finishing it right around the time in which my boyfriend and I broke up. In this novel main character Ellen has to figure out a complicated love triangle/ what she really wants and needs in life and in her relationship. It is an easy read and is one that gives the reader something to think about deeper than the plot line.

And currently I am working on Giffin’s Heart of the Matter, once I am finished I will updated the masses… if there are any.

Keep reading for some fun ideas to keeping life a little more positive and some yummy gluten free ideas in future posts!

xox TTFN GFP 🙂

Weekends are for blogging, running, and interview think tank sessions

As I mentioned in my last post the upcoming day was all about a shopping spree, and big surprise I am a day late and a dollar short with that blog post. I did however score some really cute items that can cross the lines of professional but also cute enough to wear to other events.  One of these outfits I wore Friday to an interview, hopefully it gave me bonus points here is the:

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Although I have forever been in awe of people who are capable of running as an exercise and loving it and have always been convinced that I could never be one of those people, I am out to prove myself wrong.  I signed up for Mapmyrun.com today and plan on using it! This morning I got up, had my morning coffee, and ran/walked 1.8 miles! So I have yet to come up with a goal but I am researching 5k in the fall so maybe something along those lines. 🙂 in the mean time I have been doing research on running shoes best for flat footed women and I think I am going to invest in these Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12’s?

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But that will def have to wait for either a present holiday or a bigger paycheck 😉 For now I will keep on attempting to run so I can look cute in all these cute preppy work clothes I just got !

xox ttfn

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Back on the Blogging Bandwagon!

I always do this, it is a good thing I do not have any followers, that I know of, and none of which are avid in any sense of the word lol. ANYWAYS. I love the idea of blogging, and thinking of post ideas it just never happens. This needs to change.

May, June, and July have come and gone and August is now upon us.  Summer has been full of job searching, lifeguard and pool drama, and all sorts of different food and exercise endeavors.  I have began swimming at least twice a week, if not three times a week and have reached my goal of swimming a mile! woop whoop! although that is nothing to someone like Michael Phelps, whom we have seen during these summer Olympics in London, is was quite the accomplishment for me.

I am continuing to swim but I need to add more variation to the exercise I am doing. I have began to run, but I have never been a good runner so we will see how long this last.  But I have also been doing Yoga at least 3 or 4 times a week and I have just been loving that.

#EOTD (exercise of the day)

  • Ran/power walked 1.2 miles
  • 40 mins of Yoga
  • Swam 1,000M (20 laps)

#FOTD (Food of the day)

  • Coffee with milk and sugar
  • Apple Cinnamon GF Chex
  • GF PB & Raspberry jelly sandwich
  • Salad with olive oil&balsamic vingerette dressing, crasins, and mandarin oranges
  • a few french fries 😉
  • Asparagus/ Tomato Stir fry (see picture)
  •  Raspberries with a scoop of vanilla and honey drizzle

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This recipe is delicious, quick, fresh, and gluten free*! (watch your soy sauce!)*

As far as my love for everything prep that will just have to wait until after my shopping extravaganza tomorrow!

#TTFN xoxo

Gluten Free Prep 🙂