Healing Problems and What I’m Looking Forward To

Hi guys Open-mouthed smile

Well that was some game yesterday, right?! For not even caring that it was Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I sure did watch the show – commercials, foot ball, and the lights out debacle! Oh, and of course Beyonce:


Someone please teach me to move like her? Um…no words, but I think Shane and I both had to pick our jaws up off the ground after her performance.

And the Ravens won! Shane likes the Ravens, so I guess I was cheering for them by default. Either way, the game ended late because of the delay, which also meant a delay in this gal’s bedtime, which means coffee on my Monday morning:


On Friday, I decided to forgo a cup of coffee and give 2 cups of black tea a try instead. Coffee stresses the adrenals (the little glands of which mine are recovering right now) and it’d be best if I didn’t drink it. I did fine on Friday, saying “you know, I think I could really give this up!” Then I had a cup on Saturday, and said, “ok, well maybe every other day.” Then I had a cup on Sunday, and said “ok, how about whenever I damn-well feel like it?” And now, today, and I just thought, eff it.

Speaking of saying “eff it” and indulging in things that aren’t fabulous for me….soooo perhaps I shouldn’t brag about eating gluten on my blog. Promptly after pressing “publish” on yesterday’s post, I showered, and while getting ready, noticed a lovely cluster of red bumps on my neck:


You can’t really tell from the picture, but it looked like razor burn…on my neck. And I don’t shave my neck Winking smile First thought: wtf?! I didn’t even use anything different in the shower! Second though: oh crap…the beer and breadsticks from yesterday (Saturday.)

I immediately phoned my girl Kim, who is very gluten-intolerant, who said that yes, whenever she gets a rash from consuming gluten, it does indeed look like razor burn. Well crap. Crappity crap.

Oh well, I guess. I’m trying to heal my body, (you can read about that here, here, and here) and at least it physically let me know what it doesn’t like, yes? Speaking of healing, I’ve been feeling kind of annoyed/frustrated/down-in-the-dumps about my progress – or lack thereof, rather. It’s just trying to give up so much and think (but still not be quite 100% sure!) that I’m doing everything right, and still see no progress.

Womp womp. How about we turn this post around right here and now! Open-mouthed smile I’ve got lots going on that I’m excited about, too. No matter what’s going on, it’s great to have something positive to look forward to. Right now- this month –  I’m looking forward to…

-Starting small group training at the gym!


I have a meeting today to discuss the final details, but I’m going to be my gym’s small group personal trainer. I absolutely love training small groups – and feel it’s so effective – so I can’t wait.

-I’m looking forward to next weekend. I have no clue what it will entail right now (aside from meeting up with an old friend who lives in Denver!) but every weekend here is like we’re on vacation:


On Saturday, Shane and I both commented on how surreal it was that we weren’t on vacation, but this was our weekend.

-I’m looking forward to March, because my parents are visiting.


It’s been way too long since I’ve seen them last. I’m sure this month will speed by and they’ll be here in no time.

-I’m also looking forward to my BFF, Heidi visiting! We haven’t figured out the exact dates quite yet, but it’s in the works. Heidi is my best friend from Normal, and we talk, text, and FaceTime (which I appreciate SO much) all the time. I’ve missed my friend!


Old picture – Heidi’s not pregnant right now and I’m not that blonde Smile

-I’m looking forward to April, when I’m flying back home for another BFF’s baby shower.


My bestie, Kim, is pregnant, and her shower’s in April. I just wish I could purchase another ticket to go back home in May to meet him!

-I’m looking forward MAY because…


I was going to hold off to see if our house would sell (pleasesellpleasesellpleasesell) back in Illinois…but then I bit the bullet. Early Saturday morning I went for it and got my ticket to the Blend Retreat! I absolutely cannot wait, and am so excited for this little weekend in Utah with all of my blend buddies. Plus, there are so many blends going that I haven’t been able to meet yet – so excited Open-mouthed smile Also, if you’re thinking about going, GO GET A TICKET NOW! I’d love to meet you, and ticket AND lodging prices will increase on FRIDAY.

And while it’s always good to have some things to look forward to, I know that it’s also just as important to be grateful, and to find joy here in the present, which is why I’m loving sipping this cup of coffee, and thankful for this lovely (now fully decorated – Shane and I hung our paintings and art yesterday!) home. I’m also loving that I’m about to head into the gym to do my favorite workout – posterior chain muscle groups!

It’s going to go down like this:


1. Deadlifts 4×6
2. Pull ups 4×6
3a. S/L DB Romanian DL 3×8
3b. Seated row 3×8
3c. Barbell hip thrusters 3×10
3d. Back extensions 3×10
4a. Leg raises 3×12
4b. Side plank 3×45 seconds



See ya lata!

What is something you are looking forward to?

Did you watch the super bowl? Did your team win??

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  1. “every weekend here is like we are on vacation”
    THATS how you know youve found HOME.
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  2. YAY YAY YAY BLEND!!! :)

  3. The superbowl was extremely underwhelming. I was in bed with a book after the lights came back on and they started playing again. Beyonce’s performance was amazing. I want her legs like NOW. However, I found it amusing, given her audience was primarily males who were drinking and eating and not hanging out with their respective women, that she decided to go with all female empowerment songs…
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  4. I’m looking forward to a trip to St. Michael’s next weekend, flying home the weekend after and then NYC the weekend after that! Whew, it’s going to be a busy time.
    I’m so sorry about your rash. It would definitely be hard to give up so many things at once. I hope you can find some relief soon!
    And congrats on the small group gig, that’s awesome!
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  5. I didn’t watch the superbowl, but I’ll be trying to youtube commercials and Beyonce today :-p
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  6. So many fun things to look forward to! I am looking forward to spring weather, an upcoming vacation, and starting Marie Forleo’s B School. Can’t wait. Cutting out gluten is definitely a challenge and it’s going to take some experimenting but eventually you will figure out what works for you!
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  7. I’m looking forward to Spring Break because it will be time to head to Colorado and ski! I’m so excited. I think I understand how you must feel-I can imagine that living in Colorado would feel very surreal to me. My husband and I dream about it constantly!
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  8. I love that every weekend seems like vacation for you guys! That’s what I imagine Colorado would be like for me too! I’m starting up small group workouts this month too! I’m definitely looking forward to that. Groups are fun and motivating! I hope you have a great week!
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  9. I have a ticket to BLEND, too! I’m crossing my fingers it works out. Flights are pricey!
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  10. gah I hate that, one of my symptoms as well from eating gluten is the dreaded rash. it usually means I just ate a little because when I eat a lot, oh boy are my symptoms bad.

  11. SO FUN! you’re going to Blend! I wish I could go but I’ll be coming home from Ireland that week so I definitely can’t afford it and can’t take anymore time off! rats! I’m sure it will be a blast though! Congrats on the group training job – that’s going to be so fun!!! Coffee is seriously one thing I refuse to give up! I’ve kind of learned to really love it without stevia and I’ve been putting coconut oil/ghee in there and it’s pretty amazing!

  12. i can’t wait till May too! in fact, you might see us sooner. We’re driving up to Boulder! Are you on the way?

    Healing will happen… soon.
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  13. Yah, I totally only taped the superbowl so I could watch the commercials:) Seems silly, but they’re always pretty good!
    Oh no, yikes on the gluten reaction!! I haven’t eaten gluten in a while, and am always scared to reintroduce it incase something like that happens, but I don’t have an allergy to it, so who knows!
    I need to check out prices for flights the weekend of Blend! I’m so hoping I can make it!
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  14. I agree with what someone else said, that healing just takes time! Also, I just did a post on caffeine – you should try Teecino! :) You can get it at Whole Foods..I blend it w/ regular coffee slowly to wean myself off caffeine and also to adjust to the Teecino taste. It let me ‘feel’ like I am drinking regular coffee.
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  15. Aww try not to feel frustrated. Healing takes time and your body will respond when it’s ready. You’re doing great things for your health and that will manifest itself in more ways than one. I had reached a point of incredible frustration with my body and then only a few days later look what happened! Hang in there <3
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  16. I’m so glad you are going to Blend!! :) I can’t wait!
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  17. I did watch and Beyoncé was the highlight of the game for me. I’m from Pittsburgh and I, like many others around here, despise the Ravens!

    I’m so happy you guys are having a wonderful time in your new place! How wonderful to feel like your on vacation all of the time! Perfect living! :)
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  18. Beyonce was AMAZING! Did not watch the superbowl as I am traveling around Asia and over here the Superbowl is of 0 interest! I mean it! Beyonce though…I had to youtube that one due to an overwhelming amount of facebook comments on my news feed! I am looking forward to going home and getting all my wisdom teeth pulled so I can get back to pushing my business to another level! One more month…haha Love + Shine CourtStar
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  19. I wish I were looking forward to going home and SLEEPING – It’s only been a month since I have been back to the grindstone but I already need a mini vacation! I may have a day or two off (and out of LA) in March, but that’s not for awhile! I do have something to look forward to though, I just got news of it tonight… It’s a good thing, but I don’t want to say anything JUST YET out of fear I jinx something 😉
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  20. I like Shane already!! He’s got good taste in football. :)
    Ugh, so sorry that gluten is such a bastard to you. At least there are a 10000 GF options nowadays.
    I’m so glad you’re going to BLEND! It will be so much fun!!
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    • You’re right – it just sucks that now we’re in brewery capital of the world now. I just wanna drink all the wheaty/barley-y/hoppy beers there are!

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