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30 Day Gluten-Free Challenge

This has been a long time coming. It’s something I’ve thought about trying but I’ve always had an excuse – half marathon training, fear, time, etc. But when it comes to your health, why do we allow ourselves to make excuses? We only have one body, we only have one chance to get it right and I know that while I’m on this earth, I want to constantly be striving for the best version of myself – physically, mentally and emotionally. Maybe this will work, maybe it won’t. Maybe it’s the answer, maybe it’s not. But there’s only one way to find out. Try.

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On Sunday, I began a 30 day gluten-free challenge. I’m not trying to jump on any bandwagons, I’m not trying to get caught up in any hype, I’m trying to see if this might be the solution, or maybe part of the solution. Over the last 4-5 years, I have been tweaking my diet, replacing processed foods with whole real foods, taking away fish and eggs and then reintroducing them, cutting back significantly on my sugar intake, etc…all to find the right balance of what makes my body feel it’s best. And let me tell you, there’s a night and day difference between my health and my body now than it was 5 years ago. A positive difference.

 

But there’s still room for improvement, particularly with stomachaches that I can’t quite place. I’m not willing to accept it as my reality when I know very well there’s something else I can do. Besides, it’s only 30 days. Maybe I’ll continue past it, maybe I won’t or maybe I’ll find a  happy medium in-between. The timing isn’t ideal with the holidays but this is my health and I’m done making excuses; it’s now or never.

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Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sure to share how it’s going, my tips and advice on going gluten-free, some of the meals I’ve eaten and anything else that comes up and feels relevant. This week, I figured I’d share my grocery list. Real exciting, right? But I know many people will come back and say that it’s too expensive or too hard, especially as a vegetarian (I imagine a lot of the “what will you eat questions?” to come up) but I bought a lot of food at Trader Joe’s Sunday for only $68! (My goal is to spend about $50/week on groceries but some of this stuff will last me a couple weeks and some is for the dish that I’m bringing to Thanksgiving, but I didn’t feel like figuring out my total with those items off the list so you get it all). ;)

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I’m excited about the next few weeks. I know it won’t always be easy but I’ve had some amazing support from friends, family and my blends so I’m also excited and ready for what’s to come!

 

Do you eat gluten-free? What are some of your favorite gluten-free recipes? 

Feel free to  link them up in the comments!

Linking up to What I Ate Wednesday – come on foodie community – help a sista! ;)

Sign of a Woman’s Health {Spon}

Warning: If you’re a boy, you may want to pass on today’s post – we’re about to dive into some “girl” talk.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex through my agreement with Clever Girls Collective but as always, all thoughts, opinions and stories are completely my own.

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I’ve been putting off this post for awhile. Not for any reason other than I just wasn’t sure how to best share my story. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you may remember a couple years ago when I was in and out of the doctors offices, went through surgery to remove many cysts, followed by a medication that put my body through a forced menopause to deal with endometriosis, and then birth control after to reintroduce the proper hormones into my body.  That’s the cliff notes version and that all went on for over a year.

 

I’m a very different person now. Physically and emotionally.

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And maybe I’ll get some heat for this (or maybe I won’t) but this past spring I decided to put my body to the test – I chose to take myself off birth control. I’m lucky to have some amazing chiropractors at my disposal who have been my sounding board of concern but who have also been some of my biggest supporters, offering advice and reassuring me this is a safe decision.

 

You see, as women, our periods are a sign of our health. They may be a form of pain, discomfort, and annoyance but they’re still an important sign of our health and when we can’t properly monitor this aspect, how do we know where our health stands?

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And the truth was, while I was on birth control, I had no idea. I knew when I was put on it, it may take a couple months for me to start a cycle but that time came and went and still nothing. I called my doctor who told me it was normal to not have one or have a very light one while taking such a low-hormone birth control. It didn’t sound normal to me but she was the doctor, I trusted her and hoped for the best.

 

When I finally started spotting, it was like Christmas. Okay, maybe not actually like Christmas, but I remember a sense of comfort knowing something was going on, even if it was forced. This continued up until a couple months after I took myself off birth control.

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But now it’s nearly 6 months later and times have changed. My body is returning to normal, returning to the way it’s supposed to be and allowing me another way to track my health.

 

When I was asked to be a part of the U by Kotex campaign, I was in the midst of the unknown. It was a time when I didn’t know if things would continue lightly, create an onslaught or settle into a new regular. I’m still finding out exactly what’s going to happen but as each month passes, there’s a level of consistency that leads me to believe I’m on the right path. A path to improved health.

IMG_2284And this path requires protection…and thankfully the people at U by Kotex had my back and got me covered so I was ready, prepared and protected for what was (and still is) to come. I’m a busy girl so between work, staying active and hanging with friends, there’s no room for discomfort or problems (and there weren’t!)…if ya know what I mean. ;)

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It’s not easy by any means to share my story or to talk about this kind of stuff but I appreciate U by Kotex providing me this safe space today.  And while I know it’s uncomfortable and not my most fun post, I appreciate all of you hanging around and listening.

 

If you have your own story you want to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below or send me an email (kt.talkless.saymore at gmail dot com), I’m here to listen and support you. And if you’re looking for the protection from the unknown, request a free sample and try it for yourself.

I wrote this review while participating in a content series through Clever Girls Collective on behalf of U by Kotex, and received products to facilitate my post and compensation for my time to participate.

Fitness Friday

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am I right, or am I right?

I love my job but as I was feeling a little discouraged yesterday, I’m happy that Friday has finally arrived and hopefully I can find some time to play catch-up but also relax. Y’know, whatever that whole relaxin’ thing is…

 

Anyway, let’s just skip ahead to this whole Fitness Friday nonsense…

 

 

I continued on with the Ellie Ab Challenge this week and it’s definitely brought on a fun little challenge every day. I’m going to keep going with it for now.

Ellie Ab Challenge

 

Friday 11/1

1-1.25 mile walk

Saturday 11/2

20 mins YogaDownload.com Heart Opening Flow

150 crunches

2 mile walk

Sunday 11/3

5k hot chocolate run

3+ mile walk thru city

75 second plank

Monday 11/4

1 round GPP Jones’n for 40 workout

This was a reminder I need to build up my muscle endurance

50 reverse crunch/50 toe touches *instead of 50 v-ins

Tuesday 11/5

2.56 mile run

125 crunches

Wednesday 11/6

Rest

Thursday 11/7

1 mile run

Full body strength & abs

80 second plank

20 mins YogaDownload gentle Hatha #3

 

Now let’s get to the link-up!

 


 

How were your workouts this week?

Any fun plans for your weekend?

Fitness Friday {Giveaway!}

I’m so excited for today.  Not just because it’s Friday. Not just because it’s Fitness Friday.

 

 

Not just because it’s this lovely lady’s birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!).

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From last year’s Turkey Trot 5k

Not just because I have some fun things planned for my weekend.  Not just because my first week at my new job was freaking amazing. Not just because I’ve spent the week filling my ears with music and it doesn’t get any better than that.

 

So why am I so excited?

 

Because I have a really kick-butt giveaway for you guys today.  I was hoping at this point I would have already shared my race recap with you guys but I’m just going to have to spoil one aspect for you – it was FREAKING INCREDIBLE! And one (big) reason I have to thank for that are EnergyBits.  No joke.

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So what are EnergyBits? Taken right from their website:

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These little bits are freaking incredible and really pack a punch. (They do recommend taking 20-30 bits which I did before my half marathon but I’ve even taken 5 before some shorter runs and had a positive experience.) They’re a bit on the pricey side but they’re definitely worth it!

 

What did I notice?

  • Increased energy
  • Increased focus
  • Increased endurance

 

You know that part of the long run where you hit a wall? In my first half marathon in April, that point hit around mile 11.  This half marathon? All I would ask you is what wall? It never happened!  In fact, the race flew by and I know a big part had to do with my ability to focus inward, to get in my running mindset and just stay there, to just power through.

 

Now, before we get to the giveaway, let’s take a look at my workouts this past week (I know, it’s not nearly as exciting):

 

Friday 10/18

Rest

Saturday 10/19

Rest

Sunday 10/20

1/2 marathon!

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Monday 10/21

Rest – felt amazing!

Tuesday 10/22

25 mins Gentle Hatha #1

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Wednesday 10/23

GPP KBAB Pyramids

20 mins walk

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Thursday 10/24

2.23 mile run

I’m really happy that I was able to give my body the time it needed to recover from Sunday’s 1/2 marathon. I was surprised by how amazing my body felt Monday morning – I totally felt like I could go for a run and as I told that to my chiropractor, he looked at me and said “but you’re not”…no, I’m not.  But I loved feeling like my body was able to recover so well.

 

Now, onto that giveaway….

EnergyBits has been kind enough to offer one reader a sample pack of EnergyBits to try! I’m a huge advocate and can’t wait to hear how you guys are #PoweredbyBits too!

 

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{Disclaimer: Winner will be announced during next week’s Fitness Friday post and will have 48 hours from the time I contact them to send me their mailing address or I’ll have to pick another winner.}

 

And because it wouldn’t be Fitness Friday without it, don’t forget to join in the party below:

 


 

Have you ever tried EnergyBits? What was your experience?

Tell me about a great workout you had this week!