Friday, January 29, 2016

Easy Chocolate Fat Bomb!

It's been a hell of a week and all I want to do is relax on the couch with a beer and pizza, but I know if I do I'll end up with a nasty stomach that will ruin my weekend.  

So instead, I'll pop a gluten-free pizza in the oven (not low on carbs), sip on some wine and whip up a fat bomb or as this nerd likes to call it a Fat Bob-omb!

Tonight I'll be making a Keto Chocolate Mousse.  It is super easy and equally as delicious.


  • Unsalted butter – 60g (2oz)
  • Philadelphia cream cheese – 60g (2oz)
  • Fresh double cream (heavy cream in the US), whipped – 90ml (3oz)
  • sugar-free cocoa powder – 1 tbsp, I honestly just use the Hershey's unsweetened.  It is pretty low in carbs (1 net carb per serving I think).
  • Stevia or another sweetener to taste – 1 tbsp


  • Leave butter at room temperature until softened (or blast in the microwave for 10-15 seconds if you haven’t got the time)
  • Mix butter with sweetener, keep mixing until completely blended
  • Add cream cheese, blend completely into a smooth mass
  • Add cocoa powder, blend completely
  • Whip double cream and gradually add to the rest of the mixture, mixing well
  • Spoon into small glasses (I like to put it in wine glasses to make me feel fancy) and decorate with shavings of dark chocolate
  • If you have the time, refrigerate for 30 mins or so – it will taste even nicer.
Now you might be asking yourself why I am eating a FAT BOMB if I want to lose weight?  Well, simple, fat keeps you feeling fuller longer and yes, your body needs fat.  Fat bombs are a quick snack that let you keep up your energy.  They also provide lots of healthy fat that your body needs to reduce your cholesterol and your risk of heat disease.  

As a runner, a fat bomb is a great way for me to fill up before a race but not to the point where I get sick from eating too much.  Remember, I have a sensitive stomach and I am still trying to figure out what works before a run and what doesn't in terms of energy.  For my first 10K (6.2 miles) I fasted for 17 hours beforehand.  My stomach felt great but I was EXHAUSTED by the end.  Had I indulged in a fat bomb beforehand I could have been in better shape.  

For more information on why fat is healthy check out Butter Bob and his website Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off.  He also shares information on Intermittent Fasting which I practice and will talk about in a later post.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sample Low Carb, High Fat and Gluten Free Dinner Menu

A few of you have asked me to post about what kinds of dinners I make for my family of three as someone who is low carb, high fat and gluten free and I am more than happy to do so.

Most of my recipes come from the almighty Pinterest or from low-carb Facebook pages that I follow, but I just ordered the book, The Ketogenic Cookbook by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich.  I've added a few of their recipes to my monthly menu plan for February.  I love the fact that this book is big and has huge, colorful pictures of the final product.  

Mind you, I haven't tried any of the recipes from this book, but they all seem to be pretty doable and you don't need too many crazy ingredients, but if you are going low-carb you will most likely need things like Stevia, MCT Oil and Xanthum Gum among others.

OK, time for what I cook for dinner!

Our January Menu included the following recipes (all pinned from Pinterest):

Hearty Hamburger Soup - for this one I substituted the can of pumpkin with good old tomato             sauce because pumpkin sounded blech.

Crock Pot Asian Pork Chops - I would substitute Stevia for Splenda and Liquid Aminos for Soy Sauce (yes, even Market Basket sells something as random as Liquid Aminos!)

Bacon Ranch Chicken - be careful of how many carbs are in each serving of the brand of Ranch you buy.  

Tuscano Soup - an absolute favorite of the Mister's!  

And there it is!  12 recipes from our latest month of dinner menu planning.  

Always be aware of the carb count of any ingredient you use especially pasta/tomato sauces and dressings.  And yes, there are some dressings with wheat listed as an ingredient which you will want to watch if you are trying to be gluten-free.

For breakfast, this is my favorite recipe as of late after my week long egg fast (Week long egg fast!?  Also, another blog post):

I practice intermittent fasting which means I fast for 16 hours a day and only eat for 8.  If I say I am eating breakfast that is usually when everyone else is eating lunch around 11:30am.  I stop eating by 7:30pm the night before but that is a whole other post!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about what I've shared.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How to Get Started on a Low Carb, High Fat, Gluten Free Lifestyle?

After posting my weight loss results yesterday I have fielded a TON of questions about how I did it.

I am more than happy to help, but I must be fair in warning everyone that this is NOT EASY.  You didn't put the weight on in a day so you are not going to lose it all in a day.

Being low carb in the United States where everything sugar and wheat reigns supreme is flipping HARD.  Temptation is everywhere!

It also doesn't help that we grew up being told that cereal and toast were ideal breakfast foods.  How many of us had PB&J sandwiches for lunch?  A roll every night with dinner and then we scarfed down a sweet dessert.  Wheat and sugar are the norm in our society.  Our government has drilled it into our brains that we NEED it.

Well, I've got news for you.  Nobody needs wheat or sugar.

But I digress.

You wanted to know how I got started.

First, I read the book The Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress.  It was a game changer for me.  I fit what she called "Metabolism B" to a T!  I followed all of her steps and dropped 30 pounds in 3 months!  Then I got pregnant and gained 80 but thats another story....

How do you know if you have Metabolism B?  If you have a few of these characteristics (taken from her website) then this is most likely the diet plan for you.

Do you have Metabolism B?
____ You tire easily and frequently feel fatigued, even upon awaking.
____ You feel mildly depressed.
____ You feel an energy slump in the late afternoon.
____ You frequently feel anxious.
____ You crave carbohydrate foods, such as bread, chips, sweets, or pasta.
____ Your midsection has a roll of fat., lovehandles, muffin top, or back fat
____ You gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose weight.
____ You have racing thoughts.
____ Your sexual drive has declined or vanished
____ You find it difficult to focus and concentrate and are easily distracted.
____ You are irritable and have a "short fuse".
____ You feel slightly dizzy, flushed, or "weak in the knees" after even a little bit of alcohol.
After having my daughter I went back to The Metabolism Miracle, but I had a hard time sticking to it (re:  putting myself first) juggling a baby, breastfeeding, a full time job, a household to manage and a husband.  My saving grace after having my daughter was finding low - carb recipes on the internet.  Pinterest was a God send!

If you'd like to check out what I've got pinned on Pinterest follow me here:      

I have more to say about how I eat on a low carb, high fat, gluten free diet and yes I feed my family on this way of life too, but I'm going to save that for another day.  My daughter is dying for some cuddle time on the couch as we watch "The Penguin" movie for the millionth time.  

As always, do not hesitate to ask any questions about what I've outlined above.  I want everyone to be happy and healthy and to enjoy LIFE!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Transformation Tuesday!

This post is hard for me to write mostly because I have a hard time looking at myself in the "before" photo.  When I look at it I see a monster.  I see lies.  I see all the lies I told myself about not looking "that bad."  What was I thinking?  I hate liars and I lied to myself every day looking like that.

Then I see my "after" photo and I take solace in the fact that all of my hard work has paid off and has not been for naught.  It inspires me to keep going and to not go back to "before."

There is a 46 pound difference between these two pictures.  With the weight loss I've gained a ton of self confidence.  The goals I've set for myself both with weight management and running inspires me to eat to fuel my body and to workout to keep it healthy and in optimal shape.

I am worth the work.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

My 2016 Races

Sabrina's 2016 Races and Finish Times

It's going to be a good year!


1 - Lowell First Run 10K

  • Time:  1:06:58
  •  Pace:  10:46

17- Snowflake Shuffle 3 Miles

  • Time:  29:55:3
  • Pace:  9:59


13- Fat Tuesday 5K

  • Time:  30:38
  • Pace:  9:52


20 - Shamrock Shuffle 2 Miles

  • Time: 21:23
  • Pace:10:42


24 - Northshore 10 Miler

  • Time:  1:47:51
  • Pace: 10:48 


1 - Cinco de Miles 5K
15 - Gate City HALF MARATHON - My First!!!!
29 - Boston's Run to Remember 5 Miles


19-RibFest 5 Miler


3 - Finish at the 50



18 - Halfway to St. Patrick's Day 5K



10-13 Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas - this is a dream race!  


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Welcome to My Life!

Who am I?

I'm a 38 year old wife, mom and runner. After the birth of my daughter 3 years ago I found myself completely in love with my baby and my husband, but I hated the way I felt and looked after gaining 80 pounds during pregnancy. It took me experiencing horrific stomach pains on a weekly basis to realize that it was time to stop putting myself last and it was time to do something. 

(Here I am after finishing my first 10K on New Year's Day.  I was only half miserable suffering from strep and a sinus infection.)
Little by little, I cut out soda, coffee and cut back on my beloved red wine. I cut back on carbs and gluten. Then I started practicing intermittent fasting. 4 months into this I felt better but still not great. Something was missing. It was time to exercise again. June of 2015 was when I became a runner. Since then I've run two 5K's, a 10K and I'm registered for my first Half in May 2016. Let the training begin!