Unbroken is on Sale on Kindle!

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Last week I posted some Kindle deals on fitness books. Today, one of my favorite “running” books of all time is on sale, so I felt I needed to post about it!

Technically, this isn’t a running book, but it is an amazing story about an Olympic runner. If you have not read Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand, you are missing out.

It is on sale on Kindle for $3.99, so I wanted to let you all know! It’s normally $11.99! Hillenbrand is an amazing writer, and I highly recommend this book.

Here’s the descripton from Amazon: In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

Great Deals on Health and Fitness Books


Happy Sunday! Looking for a new nutrition, fitness or running book?

I want to try a new weekly post inspired by the blog, The Modern Mrs. Darcy. She does a great list of fiction and non-fiction Amazon deals every day. Highly recommend signing up for her daily deals email!

I’m going to attempt a version of this for people who love reading health and fitness books like me. Right now, it’ll just be a weekly blog post, but someday I’ll figure out how to do an email. The following post includes affiliate links.

Never Binge Again

Never Binge Again(tm): Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person(tm). Stop Overeating and Binge Eating and Stick to the Food Plan of Your Choice!

By Glenn Livingston, PhD, Kindle Edition: Free

“Disillusioned by what traditional psychology had to offer the overweight and/or food obsessed male, Dr. Livingston spent several decades researching the nature of binging and overeating via work with his own patients AND a self-funded research program with more than 40,000 participants. Most importantly, however, is Dr. Livingston’s own personal journey out of obesity and “food prison” to a normal, healthy weight and a much more lighthearted relationship with food.”

My thoughts: I have not read this, but will be downloading it for help with my tortilla chip problem.

Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars/397 reviews

Racing Dawn

Racing Dawn: How A Crazy Mom With 5 Kids Ran 12 Marathons In 12 Months

By Dawn Lauti, Kindle Edition: $1.99

From Amazon: “A revealing, funny, honest, and inspiring memoir from a self-described ‘ordinary person’ who tackled 12 marathons in 12 months with a devoted husband and 5 kids in tow.”

My thoughts: I remember reading her blog! If you love reading about running, this might be worth checking out.

Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars/65 reviews

Performance Nutrition for Runners

Runner’s World Performance Nutrition for Runners: How to Fuel Your Body for Stronger Workouts, Faster Recovery, and Your Best Race Times Ever

By Matt Fitzgerald, Kindle Edition: $1.99

From Amazon: “Runners have different nutrition and recovery needs than other endurance athletes. Yet until now, they’ve had no nutritional resource specifically addressing their concerns. This comprehensive guide distills the newest thinking in the science of exercise nutrition into practical, hands-on tips that will help runners stay healthy, recover faster, enjoy better workouts, and race successfully.”

My thoughts: While this book is a little older, there are recent reviews that say it was helpful for them. I’m a fan of Matt Fitzgerald, and think he does thorough research and he presents information in a way that is easy to digest (pun intended!).

Amazon reviews: 4.5 stars/40 reviews

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

Run!: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss

By Dean Karnazes, Kindle Edition: $1.99

From Amazon: “In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultra-Marathon Man, world-renowned ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail; Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospitable places on earth, including the Australian Outback, Antarctica, and the back alleys of New Jersey.”

My thoughts: I have mixed feelings about this book, but if you love ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, it is worth $1.99!

Amazon reviews: 4 stars/116 reviews

Friday Recap and Results: Forgiveness

Well, this week went fast. The first week of my fourth round of Metabolic Prime is done and DONE. We are expecting a big rain and wind storm here in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m going to make this recap and results post quick.


My nutrition choices this week were off-point. More of an oval shape. I have a serious tortilla chip problem that I will probably have to seek help for.

My workouts got done. Earlier in the week was tough, though, because my sleep was so bad, but it got better. Today, I had a great workout. I switched to 20-pound dumbbells for a majority of the lifts, too, so that’s a win.

I did not walk as much as I wanted to this week. I often got only 5,000-7,000 steps. The goal is 10,000 or more.

Friday recap

I’m keeping up with my bullet journaling! I just got a new one–a real one–and am busy setting it up. It has helped me stay on task most days. The one thing I’ve been ignoring, however, is my daily goals chart. Which reminds me…

I just finished reading Ann Patchett’s book The Getaway Car (<-affiliate link, thank you), which is about her experience becoming a novelist. In it, she talks about forgiving herself during the writing process, but I believe it applies to many things in our lives, including our fitness journeys:

“Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this, because it is the key to making art and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.”

I forgive myself for those days when I ate so many chips I made myself sick. I forgive myself for not getting all my walks in. Life is too short to dwell on what happened last week. Tomorrow is a new day. Onward and upward. (Hope I take my own advice.)


Somehow, despite my poor choices, my weight stayed the same as last week at 151.6 and I lost a half inch on my hips and waist. So, I don’t know. I think my body is super comfy at 151.6 right now. I don’t mind. What I’d like is for some inches to come off my belly and hips and thighs. The answer, I know, is nutrition. I can’t eat half a bag of chips if I want better results.

Here’s my pic after my first week of my fourth round of Metabolic Prime:

Metabolic Prime Results Round 4
Metabolic Prime: Round 4, Phase 1, Week 1


So, next week, I plan to focus on nutrition. The good news is that I’m starting a new part-time job and so there’ll be less opportunity to seek out the chips. (Of course, I could just not buy the chips.) However, there’ll be more opportunities to stress eat.

Forgiveness. Forgiveness. Forgiveness.

Captain Jack’s Treasure Run 5K and 8K

Captain Jack Treasure Run 5K and 8K
My son will wear his Capt. Hook costume and I will be Smee.

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I’m so excited! My son is going to run his first 5K with me on Oct. 30 at Captain Jack’s Treaure Run in Woodinville.

He wasn’t sure at first, but I told him all about how fun running races are. (And that we could dress up as pirates, which is when he came on board.)

About Captain Jack’s Treasure Run

The race is partnering with Red Hook Brewery. There are two distances, 5k and 8k, to choose from. Everyone gets a finisher’s medal, a race shirt (long sleeve), FREE race photos, post-race grub, and access to the post-race shenanigans: beer garden, music, food trucks and the Treasure Chest.

Want to run with us? Go here to register and get 10% off of your entry with the code MOMVSMARATHON.

Note: I am an ambassador for Orca Running and am receiving entry to the race. Orca Running is excellent at putting on super fun races!

Recipe: Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

Recipe for Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie without protein powder

We ran out of  protein powder recently, but I wanted a smoothie! Luckily, I have pastuerized egg whites in my fridge, so I made something up and, guess what? It didn’t taste gross. It was actually really good. So, I’m sharing the recipe with you in case you want to try it! (Guys, it tasted like ice cream.)

Cherry Vanilla Almond Smoothie

8 ounces pasteurized egg whites

2 ounces water

1/2 cup frozen unsweetened cherries

1/2 Tablespoon almond butter

1 Tablespoon sliced almonds

1 Tablespoon coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 Tablespoon Truvia

1 cup crushed ice


We use a (affiliate link coming up for a product I love…wait for it…) BlendTec Professional Series blender — we’ve made more than 2,000 smoothies in it without any problems with the base (I think we’ve had it for 3 or 4 years)! We absolutely love it. About a year ago, one of the jars broke and BlendTec replaced it with two jars for free.

We tried a competing blender before we bought the BlendTec and it just didn’t blend everything up like it should. This was an investment I’m glad we made because we use our blender almost every single day.

In case you’re interested, here’s the approximate nutritional facts for the smoothie:

Calories: 303

Fat: 8.8g

Carbs: 21.5g

Protein: 32.9g

How I (Try) to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Tips for a better night's sleep

I’m a total zombie today. I’m having a tough time getting anything done. I have no energy. I can barely type this blog post.

I woke up at 5 a.m. for no reason and couldn’t get back to sleep. When I wake up sort of close to my regular wake-up time, my body gets hot like it’s telling me it is time to get up. But it’s not! And then my brain won’t shut off.

I don’t do well on less than 7 hours of sleep, and I only got 5 and a half (because I was irresponsible and went to bed late). Plus, it’s not good for fat loss, and I’m totally blaming it for all the tortilla chips I ate today.

I did try to take a nap, but I have a hard time sleeping during the day. So, tonight, I will pull out all of the sleep tips I know:

  • No alcohol.
  • TV/screen off at least one hour before bed.
  • No water an hour before bed.
  • Epsom salt bath before bed.
  • Turn on humidifier with essential oils.
  • In bed by 10, at the latest, reading.
  • Lights out by 10:30.

I hope it works! What helps you get a full night’s sleep?

New Metabolic Prime Before Pictures and Some Helpful Fat-Loss Books

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

So, I re-started Metabolic Prime again today! I think this is my fourth time, yet I forgot how hard the Phase 1 burnout is (the optional 5-minute workout at the end). Definitely got me!

Here is my new “before” pic that I took this afternoon:

Metabolic Prime before
My hair was so dirty, I needed a hat.

This was my Prime before pic I took in March for their 12-week challenge:

Metabolic Prime Challenge Week 1 | Mom vs. Marathon
My Before Photos

So thankful I took photos. I can see the difference, for sure. I don’t notice it as much in the mirror. Highly recommend taking pics!

If you signed up for Metabolic Prime and are doing it, let me know if you want to join our little closed Facebook group and I’ll add you. 🙂

If you didn’t sign up, but are curious about Metabolic Effect programs, there are a couple of books that I recommend.

Note: The following paragraphs include affiliate links.
I would never recommend something unless I believe in it. 

Their book Lose Weight Here is the closest to what Metabolic Prime is. Click here to read a review last year.

The New Metabolic Effect Diet was their first book. Some of the nutiriton advice has changed slightly, but it’s not that different, and I just loved the way they explained everything in this book. I wrote a long post (that went viral) about how my body responds to ME workouts vs running in this post here.

Either one of these books will get you started or help you get over a plateau in your fat loss journey. And, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I’ve read them both multiple times!