Don’t forget – I have moved!!

Don’t forget to update your links, readers, etc. I have moved my blog to http://www.glutenfreeislife.com/

Hope to see you all there!

New Toy

As I mentioned in this post, I am training for a half marathon in October.  I usually run at the gym on the treadmill, but I occasionally run outside and now that my long runs are getting longer, not only do I need fuel to keep me going, but I need something to track my running.  I had wanted a Garmin Forerunner, but couldn’t justify that cost.  I already have a Polar Heart Rate Monitor, so another couple hundred dollars to track mileage/distance didn’t make sense.  Enter new Nike shoes & Nike gift card.  The new running shoes I bought last month were Nikes and my credit cards rewards came in the form of a Nike gift card.  I bought a Nike+ iPod Sports Kit for $29.99!

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The sensor (on the right), slips in a little slot under the insert in my shoe.  The receiver slips right into your iPod nano or, if you have an itouch, it has a built in sensor!  I had no idea my itouch could do that! 

I used the Nike+ for the first time Friday for my long run.  It said I was running much faster than I thought I was and than what the treadmill was telling me.  I know that treadmills are notoriously wrong when it comes to distance, calories & such, so I don’t put a lot of stock in that.  I had to calibrate the Nike+ today to get the most accurate results.  I ran 1 mile (at a “normal” pace) in 8 min 50 sec.  That is what the calibration was based on.  Now, when I run, the results should be much more accurate. 

Some of my favorite things about this new toy are:

  • Voice comes on to update you on distance ran, distance left (can be turned off)
  • Push a button & it tells you your pace
  • You can custom design workouts, distances or do open-ended workouts
  • You can upload your data to Nike+ website & keep track of your training
  • You can set goals & compete with others on the Nike+ website

For $29.99, this was a great purchase.  I really look forward to using this in my race next week & for training on my longer runs.  Another bonus to the Nike+ over the Garmin is that you don’t need GPS for it to work.  The Garmins won’t work inside (treadmills) or sometimes have issues picking up signals from the satellite. 

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Want to Write for the Examiner?

The Examiner is always looking for good people to write for them.  They have all kinds of categories and areas that you can specialize in.  I write under the Food & Drink category, specializing in gluten-free.  If you are interested in submitting an application, just follow this link.  If you do apply, please make sure to use me as a referral; my examiner number is 15655. 

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Apology

I want to apologize to those who are signed up to receive email updates with new posts. There was a glitch with Windows Live Writer uploading my Trader Joe’s Edamame Cracker’s review the other day and you may have received multiple emails. While I really do like that product, I didn’t mean for it to post that many times! LOL!

Sorry and thanks for reading Gluten-Free is Life! :)

One of My Favorite Quotes

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

That just about sums it all up. :)

Exciting Give Away!!

What fun!  Heather Eats Almond Butter is running a super exciting give away!  Check it out!  Turtle Mountain has gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream!  YAY!

Weekly Menu Plan ~ December 28, 2008 ~ Last Week of 2008

What a whirlwind the last week has been! Phew! I am glad it is over. I will be even happier when we are back to our normal routine and some of this craziness is gone. Yes, it was wonderful to see our family and spend time with them, but everything seems so chaotic. It will be nice to return to the somewhat predictable schedules that we keep. During the last week we had so many fabulous meals & treats. It all seemed so smooth, too. The meals were all prepared gluten-free or mostly gluten-free to avoid cross contamination. Neither Jon or I got sick, so that is a plus. ;) We also enjoyed lunch out one day at Red Robin. We had a hard time with the service, mostly just being slow and not following through, but Jon and I felt great after eating there. It was really busy, so that may have been part of the issue.

So, this week is still not back to normal, but we don’t have any real big plans. I doubt that I will even make it until midnight on New Year’s Eve. ;) I am getting old, you know.

Sunday ~ Burgers with sauteed mushrooms & pepperjack cheese, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli and salad

Monday ~ Homemade Cheese Pizza (I may add spinach to mine and pepperoni to the kids) and salad

Tuesday ~ Salmon with garlic dill seasoning, quinoa, roasted brussel sprouts & salad

Wednesday ~ Turkey Tacos or Turkey Taco Salads, mexican rice & refried beans

Thursday ~ Pork & sauerkraut, mashed poatoes & veggies

Friday ~ Leftover medley/Breakfast for dinner

Saturday ~ Spaghetti & meat sauce, steamed veggies, foccacia bread (Chebe Mix) & salad

Baked Goods for the Week
I think I am taking a break on the baked goods this week. We have tons of fudge, cookies & cake leftover and I am thinking that my husband will kill me if I make anything else. ;)

I will probably have to make bread, though.

Oooh….I almost forgot. My sister got me the most amazing cookbook for Christmas. She got me Carol Fenster’s new cookbook, 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes. WOW!! This cookbook is amazing! Not only are there tons of baked goods, but the meals…..I am in heaven!

Another wonderful cooking gift….hubby got me a huge griddle for cooking pancakes, bacon & such. This thing is so big that I can cook a pound of bacon on it at one time! OMG! It is amazing! So much easier than standing over a pan going through rounds of 6 or 7 strips at a time.

Don’t foget to pop over to Cooking & UNcooking, M-Elle is hosting this week’s GF menu swap. And, as always, Orgjunkie has tons of menu plans up.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. :)

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