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Finding Balance Between Fitness, Family, and Food


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On The Road to Recovery

I have had some health problems for a few years now. I didn’t share much of this because I guess I was kind of embarrassed and felt like my body was a failure.  Now, looking back, it’s totally not true and hopefully by sharing my story I can encourage someone to seek help if they aren’t feeling their best.

I started having trouble a little over two years ago. I went on vacation for 10 days and about a week after we came home I had emergency surgery appendicitis. Shortly after I started bloating after eating anything. I remember running at night and being so uncomfortable because my belly looked super pregnant. After some food elimination I realized I had became intolerant to gluten.  That was an easy fix – I became gluten free.  But about 6 months later my symptoms (bloating, headaches, tiredness, irritability) came back.  It felt like my body had hit a wall.

A few months later, I got a blood test for food allergies. When I went in to get my results, the doctor handed me the paper saying she was so sorry. My tests came back saying I was allergic to about 30 foods. A lot of the foods that I was sensitive to were foods that I ate almost every day. So elimination diets happened and I physically felt better but got depressed because I could only eat a handful of foods. It was a huge challenge to eat and I wasn’t able to go out to eat at restaurants because of cross contamination. Any small amount of the “forbidden foods” would cause major bloating, pain, headaches, and sometimes I would end up in the fetal position in bed crying.

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My first list of food allergies

I was caught in a vicious cycle. I would binge for a few days on the foods my body hated (which wasn’t exactly unhealthy foods either. Things such as tomatoes, peppers, cheese, peanut butter, bananas…) which cause my body to be in pain. Then I go back to eating right to just binge a few weeks later. There were so many restrictions in my diet that I had a hard time mentally living like that.

About a year after my initial testing, I went back in because I was bloating and in pain AGAIN after eating and came back with 10 more foods that were irritants.  I was so tired that I could hardly wake up and spent all day on the couch utterly exhausted.  It was rediculous & depressing!  I just couldn’t take it anymore. I felt old, lost my joy out of life and, honestly, I didn’t want to keep living the way I was but I couldn’t feel better no matter how hard I tried.

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The wall of minerals at my chiropractor's office

I was told about a local holistic chiropractor and decided to give him a try (there was nothing left to lose).  In early May I saw him and after explaining what I felt like he pretty much knew right away what the problem was. He had me hold different minerals in my hand and did tests to see what my body was deficient in. He also had me spit into a Kleenex and hold that and ran a test (which I failed). I was basically allergic to myself. His tests showed many things weren’t working right in my body – problems were with my digestion, endocrine system, autoimmune, thyroid, and adrenals – which all were under the main problem with my hypothalamus. So I saw him weekly as he adjusted different things and I was put on a RNA supplement until I passed the tests!!

It was a difference of night and day- like the dark cloud had parted and the sun came shining thru after 2 years! I had honestly never felt better. I was able to go to sleep at a normal time, fall asleep, stay asleep, AND feel well rested when I woke up (something I have had problems with as long as I can remember). I was able to eat foods again (and did go a little crazy with my new freedom) and just felt lighter and more balanced.

But, the last few weeks had been getting harder and harder and the food bloating and the insomnia and tiredness have been coming back. I was blaming on the summer time stress, juggling more work than usual, and lack of sleep. But no matter how much rest and relaxation I just wasn’t feeling 100%. I decided to go back in to the chiropractictor to rule out any internal body issues. Unfortunately, what I didn’t want to happen did in fact happen. I failed some of the tests and needed an adjustment. We are not sure why after only 5 weeks (3 of them with me feeling bad) I regressed so much. He wants to figure out the root cause of what is going on. So that brings you up to date. I haven’t noticed much difference from the adjustment the chiropractictor did a few days ago but he did say it will take a few weeks to feel better again.

As for now, I am cleaning up my eating and trying to cut out processed foods to see if that helps my healing along. I’m using Betty Rocker’s Body Fuel System and after reading her ebook, I am committed to cutting out the junk that I have overloaded my system with. Hopefully within the month I will start feeling the benefits of the chiropractictor and healthy eating again!


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Vega Sport Protein Powder Review

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When I was asked by Fit Approach to review Vega Sports Protein Powder for their #FuelYourBetter campaign, I jumped at the opportunity.  I am always trying to find ways to eat more protein.  Although I am not a vegan, I prefer not to eat massive amounts of meat to fulfill my daily protein intake and I needed something that wouldn’t upset my sensitive stomach.  I was also looking for a protein that I could use for recovery after a grueling workout.   Vega Sport Performance Protein sounded like a perfect fit!

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From their website:

Performance Protein

A complete multi-source, alkaline-forming, plant-based protein powder blend, featuring 5,000mg of BCAAs and 5,000mg of glutamine per serving, Vega Sport Performance Protein is formulated to:

  • Improve strength and exercise performance
  • Repair and build muscles
  • Reduce recovery time between training

Available in Chocolate, Vanilla, and Berry.

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I was very excited when I received a box full of Performance Protein in the mail.  I made a smoothie right away and added a packet of protein powder.  I should add that I have never tried a vegan powder before and it did taste a bit chalkier than a whey protein powder shake.  But knowing that it was all vegan and the fact that it didn’t upset my stomach after drinking was more than enough for me to overcome the slight chalky taste.  The flavor was spot on, it tasted like what I would expect from a vanilla protein powder.  Over the next few weeks, I whipped up a post-workout smoothie with Vega Sport Performance Protein added in.  I noticed quicker recovery time and less muscle soreness after a workout.  I was also full from my shake (sometimes I need to eat a few meals to feel satisfied after a workout).  Vega delivered on everything that they promised out of their sport protein powder and I found myself sad once the samples ran out.  I am very glad that I was able to try Vega’s protein powder and will be ordering some soon!!

I preferred drinking the protein powder blended with fruit although it wasn’t bad on its own.  My two favorite smoothie combinations:

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Strawberries, Vega Sport protein, spinach, coconut milk

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Blueberries, Vega protein powder, Chia Seeds, Spinach, Coconut Milk, Stevia

Interested in Vega Sports Performance Powder?  Be sure to check out their website and let me know what you would use to #FuelYourBetter!!!

 

 


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Food Intolerances for the WIN!

A few months ago I started getting bloated, gassy, crampy, and headaches after I ate anything.  Even a meal of chicken and rice would upset my stomach and have me laying in bed for few hours.  Some days I couldn’t pull myself out of bed because I felt so lethargic and my stomach hurt so bad.

I decided to do some research into food allergies.  A year ago, after I had my appendix removed, I developed an intolerance to gluten.  I have successfully become gluten free and was now wondering if I had somehow developed another food intolerance.  I started cutting out all forms of dairy and I felt a little better but still was uncomfortable after I ate, especially later on in the day.

I found a place that tested both environmental and food allergies.  After I was tested, I had to wait a few weeks for my blood work to come back.  Yesterday I was finally able to pick up my results.

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I’m shocked with the results.  I am sensitive to 29 allergens… TWENTY NINE!!  And the majority are my favorite foods.  I suspected some of these foods on the list but had no idea about others.

My immediate reaction was to panic.  I had no idea what I would eat.  Almond milk, eggs, peanut butter, and banana are my “go to” foods.  I was freaking out and thinking that I can’t possibly eliminate these foods for the 90 day.  But once I was able to process the results I started to feel better.  I finally know why my stomach hurts every time I eat.  I don’t have an intolerance to many protein or carb sources.  I can substitute almond milk for coconut or rice milk.  And by eliminating these trigger foods for three months, I should be pain free after eating and hopefully start feeling like myself again.

There’s going to be a lot of experimenting with food substitutes but I know I can do this.  Here’s to the next three months of finding new favorite foods!


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2.62 Miles for Boston

Yesterday the unimaginable happened.  Two bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.  I was scrolling through Instagram when I realized what was going on.  My first thought was “there’s no way” as I quickly switched to Google.  Then, reading about what happened, I instantly broke down in tears.  My heart has been heavy since finding out about the explosions and I have so many mixed emotions running through my head.

Although I do not personally know anyone who was running, I have felt how tight-knit the running community is.  Whenever I race, it feels like I’m running alongside hundreds of friends all striving for the same goal.  We are there encouraging each other, giving high-fives to each other and to spectators, accomplishing something amazing with each step.  Yet yesterday, those very feelings were stripped away from those who were running in Boston.  The happiness, joys, and accomplishments were replaced by fear, sadness, and loss.  I never imagined that something like this would happen at a fitness event.  How horrific it must have been for the family and friends who were there supporting their runners.  How scary it must have been for the runners who had no idea what was happening miles ahead of them.  How horrible it must have been for those who witnessed such a devastating event and who rushed in to help those who were injured.  No words can even start to explain….

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Hearing about the Boston Marathon explosion makes me think about my own life here at home.  Too many horrible, cruel acts that have happened lately.  I never ever thought that I would be witnessing such violence.  I flash back to memories of 9/11/2001 – which still bring such raw emotions as though it had just happened.  I look into my children’s smiling faces and see such innocence and am saddened about the fear they might endure during their lifetime.  I kiss them every morning before school and deep down I know of the possibility that it might be their last.  And now, being a runner, I am never going to cross a finish line without being reminded of the Boston Marathon 2013.

But I can not live in that constant fear.  I am realizing everyday that life is a gift.  As much as I wish I could, there I can not change what has been happening in the world around me.  All I can do is give those I love extra kisses and hugs each and every day.  I must remind them of how much they mean to me and appreciate every second that we spend together.  I must call family and friends and remind them of how special they are to me.  I can teach my children the beauty and love that is around them and how they can bring that to the world.

Here’s 2.62 miles for the marathoners, family, friends, spectators, and bystanders that were affected by this tragedy.  With every step, I poured out thoughts and tears for you.  United, as runners, we remember you.

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Train Like You Mean It!

Is it just me or has anyone else been exhausted since Daylight Savings Time??!  Its been so hard to crawl out of bed when my alarm goes off at 4:30am!

I’ve been trying to stay away from caffeine lately (other than Green Tea) but I needed some energy yesterday for my fasted cardio.  Enter Redline Xtreme:

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I only drank half of a serving (which is 1/4 of the bottle!) and I felt so awake.  Definitely something I needed to get through my mile of never ending hill plus a mile run on the treadmill.

My current training has me doing a short fasted cardio in the morning then weightlifting and short cardio in the afternoon.  I have a coach that has been helping me with menu planning for a few months now.  I’m going to be getting workout plans from her too and yesterday was the first trial workout!  I did a full arm workout and it felt amazing!!!  I have been stuck in a rut when it comes to routines so it was nice to switch things up and work different muscles from different angles.  My arms were feeling it afterwards and I burnt more calories than I normally do.

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I’ve still got a long way to go to get to my goal of a figure competitor body, but I feel confident that as long as I train like I mean it and not just go through the motions, I WILL get to my goal!!

That being said, I’m drinking some green tea and going to hit the treadmill!!


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From I CAN’T to I CAN!

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So yesterday it hit me.  I set a new goal for myself last month and that was to compete in a fitness competition.  Watching YouTube videos these last few weeks makes me want to be a Figure competitor.  Go big, huh?  I’ve got 6 months to prep. 

Yesterday, tho, I started doubting my decision.  People train YEARS for this.  I have been losing weight for 2 years but only recently added weigh training (former cardio bunny/ weights will make me bulky girl here). If I am to meet my goal, I will be working from the very bottom to get to the top.  I’m in uncharted territory for me.  It’s going to take lots of sweat, tears, and blood for me to reach my goal.  Everything is telling me that it’s too hard for me to do. 

So today, I choose the reasons why I can.  I will be getting healthier, stronger (physically and mentally), proving to myself that I can do anything.  If for some reason I’m not ready in September to compete, at least I did everything I could to improve my body and life. 

So here I am, starting from the bottom ready to fight my way to the top.  I choose today to hold onto the reasons why I CAN and let go of those doubts.  I will share my journey since its going to be one of the hardest things I’ve done.  I know that I do this and I can’t wait until I can say I DID it! 


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Goals

I know it is more than a week after New Years, but I am just now starting to think about goals. You will soon find out that I tend to be late on almost all things – birthday, goal setting, holidays (I actually still need to get people’s Christmas presents together…). I don’t mean to be late on things. I tend to have other things on my mind such as being a mom, wife, household provider, ect, that I forget to look at a calendar. I’m always amazed at women who can do it all – I’m just not one of them. Maybe that should be one of my goals? 😉

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Back to the topic on hand… New Years Resolutions. I have been shying away from resolutions and have been setting goals instead. I used to be nervous about setting goals for fear of letting myself down if I didn’t accomplish them. But now I realize that if I don’t accomplish them it’s okay. It doesn’t mean that I’m a failure. It means that at least I tried my hardest and I need to extend the time to reach my goal a little longer. And I’ve learned to never give up!

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So my goals I’ve thought about so far:

  • Not feel skinny, but muscular and strong instead (gain weight and muscle)
  • Stop worrying so much about doing the “right” things fitness wise and just enjoy the process
  • Achieve a healthy bikini/fitness model type body – all while working out at home
  • Beat my first 1/2 marathon time, even if only by a few seconds
  • Blog regularly
  • And the most important — Slow down, have patience, and enjoy my time with my kids. They are only young once ❤