Healing the gut naturally

Hiiii! Happy Saturday. Any fun plans for the weekend?

I’ve been wiped out with a migraine the last few days, but finnnnnnnnally feeling like I’m turning a corner back into the land of the living. Migraines are no joke. This is pretty much what the last few days have looked like:

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I’m hoping you had a much better week.

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I’ve been updating the blog lately. There are 2 new pages based on previous popular topics; Injures as well as Food Allergies & Intolerances. Let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to touch on or update.

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It’s been 3 months since we found out I have food allergies & intolerances and I wanted to do an update.

First, the foods I am allergic to are milk & beef. Cultured milk products are fine, it’s just milk by itself. That includes butter & sour cream womp womp. Intolerances are banana, pineapple, lemon, pear, cranberry, mushroom, cabbage, broccoli & cucumber. An eclectic bunch, uh?

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I had this meal in the pic above a few days before we got the test results. Perfectly explains why I was sick both times I ate it. Evil mushrooms.

Along with those, there is also a small amount of candida in the gut we are trying to cure naturally.

Here are some changes I have made that have helped a ton. Of course what works for me, may not work for you. Just sharing my story.

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This Chopped Thai Salad with sesame garlic dressing is lyfe. Mike went back for seconds. Yes, the man went back for seconds of kale. The world may be ending.

  • Focus on nutrient dense foods. Fresh produce and high quality protein in particular. 
  • Lowered sugar dramatically. Mostly cut out cane sugar and switched to natural sweeteners: coconut sugar & honey. On a side note, coming off sugar is no joke! And I don’t even crave it that often. I am convinced sugar is a drug.  
  • I have embraced cooking and actually kinda like it now. I know exactly what goes into it, and it’s much healthier than eating out.
  • I used to have horrible acid reflux and took Nexium daily. Since cutting out the offending foods I feel so much better. No longer take Nexium, but for occasional heartburn Zantac has been amazing. Hopefully I will be off that soon as well.
  • Pinterest has become my new BFF. The Paleo diet is very similar to the Candida diet, I have been using those recipes more often. I don’t follow the Paleo diet 100%, it’s just a good guideline for my current dietary needs.
  • After making these changes, I don’t even crave crappy foods or sugar that often. I had a vanilla soy latte at Starbucks the other day, and it was way too sweet. A few months ago it was fine. So weird. 

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  • All the coconut!! Coconut oil is high in three active ingredients; lauric, capric, and caprylic acid which have antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. These compounds target harmful bacteria while leaving the good bacteria.
  • Recently added probiotics. It’s too soon to have an opinion on it yet.
  • Keep meals simple & clean. Current fav is roasted sweet potato slices topped with black beans, lite cheese & hot sauce.
  • Now bake with almond & coconut flour, coconut oil & Earth Balance butter.
  • Since there was a small amount of intestinal Candida, I cut out yeast, most sugar and vinegar with the exception of apple cider vinegar. Which is great because I use it to replace my love for lemons. <-one of the food intolerances.

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These Quick Paleo English Muffins rock my face off.

Before the testing, I had no idea what was causing my life long abdominal issues. I tried cutting out food groups (dairy, gluten, even onions, etc) with no luck. Turns out it wasn’t just a food group, it was several different ones.

Without the problem foods I feel so much better. Now I can introduce a new food. If I start to feel off, I know exactly why. The testing has given me the tools to become my own detective and be able to pinpoint the problem. For example, to lower sugar intake, I switched to artificially sweetened jam & coffee creamer – something I don’t normally have. Within 2 weeks I noticed some abdominal pain & changes. It took me a few days to think back and figure out what I did differently, but I knew it had to be something I changed. Of course it was, so I cut it out and within 2 days I was feeling much better.

If you have IBS and have been told there is no cure, I call bullshit. Yes, that is blunt and that is exactly what I say to you in real life.

I encourage you to do your own research, find someone who is willing and able to help you. I spent most of my life in pain, in & out of prestigious medical facilities seeing “the best” doctors & gastrointestinal specialists and have left with more questions, confusion and frustration than when I went in. Don’t ever let someone tell you there is no cure. Just because they don’t have a cure, does not mean there isn’t one.

Do you notice the effects of food on your body even if you don’t have food allergies?

Are sugar withdrawals a real thing?

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Hiking Garrapata & Sunday Planning

We’ve lived in Monterey for over 2 years now and every day I still find myself saying I can’t believe we get to live here. It still blows my mind.

Today was no different. Mike and I hiked the coastal side of Garrapata State Park and it was nothing short of impressive. Mother nature is rad!

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If you ever find yourself wandering Highway 1 to or from Big Sur, I highly recommend hiking Garrapata. It’s a cross between big redwood trees and a rain forest. Especially after it rains and the stream(s) are full. It is incredibly peaceful. The perfect place to reflect, recharge or just chill.

After our hike, we got lunch and before we left the restaurant, I ordered & paid for a Double Shot from the Starbucks app on my phone. I literally walked into Starbucks 4 minutes later, saw my drink on the bar, asked the barista if it was a Double Shot, grabbed it and was out the door in less than 10 seconds. Seriously!! Technology is amazing.

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I take the winter off from work, so it’s been nice to have an open schedule for a few months to recharge, explore, hang with friends and enjoy life.

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Though I have some down time, I thrive with some sort of consistency. So once a week, I take some time to sit down and plan a few meals, hikes, deep cleaning a few areas around the house and whatever else we have going on that week.

Some things on my list this week are:

  • Clean the bathrooms
  • Clean the floors
  • Bake healthy breakfast muffins. I am obsessed with this Paleo recipe.
  • Organize my Pinterest boards. (Because I was just trying to find the above recipe and it wasn’t easy ha!)
  • Take Bam hiking to a new to us trail
  • Try a new lunch or dinner recipe. I’m thinking about trying a cauliflower pizza crust. Is this a terrible idea? If not, does anyone have a recipe recommendation?
  • Try a new to me coffee shop

Well that’s a wrap. I’m gonna click publish and watch the Broncos whoop on the Pats.

Are you old skool or do you embrace technology?

What’s on your to do list this week?

Are you a weekly meal + workout planner? Or do you just wing it?

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You’re stuck with us

I renewed the SCB hosting, so that means you’re stuck with us for a while longer.

Bam says he feels sorry for you.

I often feel like blogging, but I’m not sure what to write about or what direction I want this blog to go. Stupid J, you don’t always need to have a plan, it’s just the Type A getting in the way of your creativity.

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While I  do plan to share more in this tiny space on the internet, it will probably be as lame as back in the day. Full of randomness, Bam, photography, maybe-hopefully-one day-cross your fingers running, super lame jokes, cracking on my husband and life as it unfolds.

Thanks for sticking around and coming back. <3

J

That’s not my battle to fight

I am a huge believer in helping those who truly want to help themselves. Sometimes I see folks flail around in their struggles, become consumed with it, then lose sight of their purpose. Their happiness goes out the window, and it’s all downhill from there.

Awhile back I spoke with a girl who had a horrible day. It was one of those days, she couldn’t catch a break, a bunch of things compacted she felt overwhelmed, she was just beyond frustrated and done.

Gosh what I’d give to have the knowledge I have today, oh about 10-15 years ago. I laugh at I type this only because we’ve all been there. Right??

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The point of sharing this is because those crappy days are what help toughen us up. They add a little layer of thickness to our skin and we {hopefully} gain a life lesson out of them. As much as they suck, they provide an opportunity to build character, learn about ourselves and as my dad always says they round our corners.

We grow by how we choose to deal with a crappy day or situation. With an honest, critical eye. Not to beat ourselves up over it, but to see things for what they really are.

If you continue to view bad times as a lesson, adjust your reactions and learn from them I promise with time, it will get easier. Little by little you will become the person you want to be. You will be more confident and less afraid of confrontation because you took the time to truly figure out how to make the right decisions. You become a chess player in life, and that my friends is the key.

Please don’t take this post the wrong way. I am far from perfect. Hahaha. I still lose my shit, (especially with lazy people), but it happens less often and I have learned to choose my battles. I can’t even tell you how often I think to myself ‘that’s not my battle to fight‘ and let whatever it is go.

All. the. freaking. time.

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Virtual coffee date: Twins, hiking and a blind dog

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Americano I had and still dream about, from La Bicyclette in Carmel, CA.

Times are ah changing, leaves are ah turning around here. You may want to sit down for this news….

  • I am cooking and actually liking it. Read, not loving, but at least I’m warming up to it. Okay confession: I don’t really like eating out. I don’t necessarily hate it because let’s be real, they bring you food and do the dishes, but it’s just not my favorite thing to do. Add in all of the food allergies/intolerances and I turn into “that” chick. If I’m being really honest here, the germaphobe in me kinda comes out when someone I don’t know preparing my food. I am terrified of getting food poisoning. Is this weird? Okay, moving on…
  • Finding out my food allergies & intolerances has forced me to cook and bake more. Pinterest has been my go to for finding simple, fantastic recipes. I have found Paleo recipes are the closest thing to the Candida diet so while I’m not gluten free or following the Paleo diet, I have been baking more with almond & coconut flour. My current favorite recipes are these muffins and cheesy baked bean flautas.

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  • Emily came to visit last week!! This girl is my long lost twin. We hiked, baked healthy stuff, cooked dinner, drank green juice, she ran while I rode my bike next to her, well, until I got a flat tire. Whomp whomp. She even drove me to Stanford to see a Podiatrist. I despise Bay Area traffic, so this scored her major points. Oh and she did all the math while shopping at the Gilroy Outlets, since I don’t agree with math.

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Hiking Garrapata. Go do this if you are ever near Big Sur.

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Em running the Rec trail above, and Em taking a pic of Bam & I on the beach.

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  • Did I tell you Bam is going blind? Mike realized it recently when he let Bam out in the backyard one night, and he ran into patio furniture. He looked back at Mike thinking he did it, but nope Bammers, that was all you buddy. Since then we took him to an opthamologist for pets and he was diagnosed with a genetic disorder and will probably be completely blind within the next year.
  • As soon as we realized his eyesight was deteriorating, I started taking him off leash to walk the same trail every day so he knows it really well now. He has learned to slow down and use his other senses. Funny how it took blindness to slow a Jack Russell down, ha! But overall his quality of life has been great and we are all doing well learning our new normal. Even visiting new places to sniff and explore!

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This post is getting long and I want to head out for a ride before it starts raining. Now, it’s your turn to fill me in on what’s been going on in your life! If we were having coffee, what would you share?

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A new season

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California snow. J/K it’s just ocean foam.

Happy New Year!! 2015 was a good one for us. It was filled with lot’s of new adventures, more traveling than ever, life lessons learned (some the hard way), healing, roadblocks, new friendships, living life and just an overall fantastic year.

With that, I’m still very thankful for a fresh start. Three hundred and sixty five shiny new days full of opportunity, dreams filled with the good stuff in life.

I’m ready to set some goals for 2016. I almost wanted to skip it this year because the last few years, my feet have failed me, but there are a lot of things I still want to accomplish. With or without properly working paws.

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Some things I’d like to accomplish in 2016:

  • Focus on being more present. I spend way too much time looking down at my phone and on social media, I feel like life passes by. Then I feel guilty or like I’m missing out. Because I am. It’s about finding balance because I really enjoy social media, so it’s something I want to work on.
  • Pick up a new sport. Since running is on hold indefinitely right now, I dusted off my road bike and picked up an indoor trainer. I’m going to be honest here, cycling is not my favorite thing to do, but I am really hoping to give it a solid chance and hope that with time, my love for it will naturally grow.
  • Fitness goals. I have missed training for an event so much, so I’d like to train and complete the Tierra Bella ride this spring.
  • Focusing on nutrient dense foods. Since we figured out my food allergies & sensitivities I have been feeling so much better. After experimenting, I found that my body responds well to a high quality protein and fresh vegetable diet. Carbs are fine is smallish quantities as well, so I would love to try some new to me grains like amaranth, barley, buckwheat & millet.
  • Consistency. Gosh if I were to choose a word for this year, it would be consistent. I have tons of great ideas and goals, but I suck at being consistent. If anyone has any tips on how to keep up the momentum please show me your ways.

That’s a wrap. I’m trying to keep 2016 simple, attainable & adventurous.

Cheers to a fantastic New Year!!

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It’s your turn! What are your goals/dreams/visions for 2016?

Did anyone keep their goals from 2015? Please share!

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The gift of life experiences: The San Francisco Zoo

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas & holiday season. We absolutely did!

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I’m working on a post with some 2016 goals, but it’s not quite finished yet, so I wanted to share our trip to the San Francisco Zoo with you. We told Lu (new readers, she is my husbands daughter) to plan a day trip anywhere she wanted to go. For one, Lu is almost 16 and what in the heck do you get a 16 year old? And two, we love sharing life experiences, so this was perfect.

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She picked a visit to the zoo and lunch at The Cliffhouse. The only flaw was, we didn’t realize we needed to make lunch reservations, because the wait was an hour and a half. Yah, that didn’t work, so we ended up eating at the zoo. It was actually pretty good food, but no Cliffhouse.

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99.88888% of these pictures were taken by Lu. She is quite the photographer.

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She is about 6 feet tall, skinny mini, all legs & loves to eat shrimp, so naturally she fit right in with the flamingos. They were her favorite exhibit btw.

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Grizzly bear

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The Snow Leopard won best of show for me. He walked right up to my face as I kneeled down in the window and looked me right in the eye for a few seconds. His eyes were a piercing, sparkling silver. It was seriously an incredible experience!

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The little penguins were a close 2nd as I just loved watching them swim and play.

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Mike loved the Silverback Gorilla. He said the gorilla can have any woman he wants and everyone bows down to him. A lot like Mike’s life. A huge, fat, giant cuppa #NOT

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On the way home we stopped by a beautiful scenic cliff in Daly City, I’d been to years ago when we lived in the Bay Area. I remembered the beautiful trees are against the ocean and wanted to show Lu & Bam.

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Bam came along with us and we hiked some trails with him before & after the zoo. Our buddy took a nap in the car while we explored the zoo. I’d say he’s pretty happy with his life these days.

Well, my coffee cup is empty and Mike is getting ready. Better log out and enjoy some time with the fam. I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend!

How did you spend the first day of 2016?

Please share your favorite memory/ies from 2015!!

Too many to list, but I have to go with the 10 day road trip Mike & I took last spring. We went to Vegas, UT, CO, NM, OK, TX & AZ. Highlights from the trip were the off road Jeep tour in New Mexico, hiking Zion National Park, and hiking Sedona AZ.

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IBS food allergy & sensitivity test results

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We sure did. It’s been extra nice to skip the Black Friday madness, sleep in and enjoy a toasted coconut almond milk latte by the fireplace.

Last week I got an email with the food allergy/sensitivity test results. Seeing it for the first time was like connecting all the dots to my lifelong IBS symptoms. It made so much sense, I wasn’t even mad to find out that some of my favorite, healthy foods were poisoning my system.

I was actually relieved to finally have something on paper telling me the daily pain and frustration was not all in my head. It also explained why I was unsuccessful in pinpointing the culprit so many times. That is because there are multiple culprits.

While I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able eat anything but green jello for the rest of my life, turns out, I’m actually allergic to green jello.

We did a blood test on 96 most common foods. It was not the average testing the typical allergist tests for, it was specific to IgA, IgG & IgE immunoglobulin testing. (I had to google that word) There was also a stool test that I can say was one of the least glamorous things I’ve done in my lifetime. But I’m so happy I did. I’ll share those results at the end of this post. For now, here are the food results.

Foods I am highly sensitive to:

  • Banana
  • Cranberry
  • Lemon (grew up with 2 lemon trees, my parents and grandmas)
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumber
  • Mushroom

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Foods I am allergic to:

  • Milk only (not cultured milk products like cheddar cheese, and not lactose, that I can have)
  • Beef

(Chart colors are: white and grey = sensitivity, black = allergy. Sensitivities below 2, are okay for now.)

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Borderline sensitive foods: 

(Not cutting them out yet, but if symptoms don’t improve we might)

  • Eggs
  • Avocado

Common allergenic foods that I am NOT sensitive or allergic to:

  • Gluten
  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Nuts, corn, legumes & grains
  • Seafood & shellfish
  • Coffee was also tested and I am not allergic or sensitive to it. LONG LIVE COFFEE!!!!!!!

Bananas & lemon were a daily staple and I practically grew up on beef, so those alone made so much sense. But really, who in the the heck is allergic to beef? I had no idea that was a thing. Ha! Yeah, no green jello!

Edited to add: Some reactions to foods are not immediate. They can take up to several days to become symptomatic. For example, if I had a chicken salad for lunch and at dinner time, I don’t feel well, I used to blame the chicken salad. When in reality, it was the mushrooms in the beef pasta dish I had 2 nights ago. Lovely, uh.

Over the years I cut out onions, dairy & gluten because the internet told me those are the most common things. And to some point, they are. But those efforts obviously failed and only fueled my frustration. When Mike heard about an IBS clinic that claims to cure IBS, we thought it was worth looking into and that’s how we ended up here.

I am very optimistic this is the key to healing my gut and fingers crossed curing IBS. 6 days after cutting out the sensitive & allergic foods, I am already feeling so much better. Except for the splash of canned milk I put in my coffee, Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. I was weirdly happy to finally be able to recognize the reaction and know exactly what caused it.

In my head, I saw my test results and heard the words “So it is written, so shall it be done” and a smile crossed my lips……fade to black.

The other thing we’ll need to address and tackle is the Candida (yeast) overgrowth in the gut. On a scale from 1-4, 4 being the highest, I’m a 2. So it’s not that bad, but we need to get it under control. The Candida diet is overwhelming and way too restrictive for me, so I’m still looking into options for it.

Anyone else have gut issues or IBS? 

Do you have food sensitivities or allergies? What are they?

If you have tried the Candida diet or other ways to cure it, please leave your best tips.

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Kombucha contains alcohol? And other random stuff

Good Sunday morning to you!! There are a bunch of random things in my brain and the boys are still snoozing so I figured I’d chat with you guys.

First things first, Kombucha contains alcohol?? Is this a new thing? Clearly it meant that I needed to try the Synergy brand for the first time. The grape flavor rocks btw.

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I took Bam for a hike at our favorite trail and we met another Jack Russell, Murray. They are now BFF’s and I want another JRT, but Mike said nooooooo. They will conspire against us. I’m willing to take on that challenge.

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PS I take Bam to the same trail all the time and walk in the same direction just in case he loses all of his eyesight one day. Hopefully he will be able to use his other senses to navigate it. But more so, hopefully he doesn’t lose his eyesight.

I had another setback this week, but after this PT treatment I went for a surprise run. It went well, the sesamoids are still a little angry, but most of the pain now is the Mortons Neuroma. Does anyone else deal with this? Please send your best advice, because I’m thinking about cutting this foot off and seeing if it grows back like a starfish.

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Even with the setback, I nailed all of my workouts, which I’m pretty stoked about. I even slipped in a pool run with Maiah. Pool running, counts towards steps, right?

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Speaking of workouts, here is what I have on the schedule this week:

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I love not having to think about or plan workouts. They just magically appear in an app. Okay well, I’m sure Paige puts a lot of thought and hard work into accommodating my failing body parts. Which I have an endless appreciation for.

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At the end of the work season, I try to do something a little special to celebrate a fantastic year. Something I normally wouldn’t do or buy. This year I picked out a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne. I can’t tell you how many bottles I’ve poured – actually cases, especially for a private party from Beverly Hills at Concours d’Elegance. Hopefully it’s a good pick, though I did sale 4 bottles to a famous basketball player and when I asked how many glasses he would like, he replied “oh I don’t drink that stuff” then promptly took it to the 18th hole, shook it up, opened it and sprayed it on his buddies. So yeah…

I can’t get enough of Bam, he’s kind of a big deal. We got to snuggle yesterday morning, and if you know the JRT breed, then you know how special this is. It only took him 10 years to slow down and let me snuggle with him.

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Poll: 

Are you planning to go shopping on Black Friday?

Nope, I hope to go for a hike and shop on Cyber Monday.

Do you drink Kombucha? 

I do occasionally, but Mike thinks it tastes like butt cheese.

What does your training plan look like?

4 things you’re thankful for?

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Some life updates

Good Sunday morning!! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Is anyone getting excited about Thanksgiving? It’s also my grandma’s Birthday so it’ll be extra special this year.

It’s been awhile since I last checking into the world of SCB, so let’s bring you up to date with what’s been going on around here.

  • It’s officially the off season!! When the time changes, the course slows down and get to take the winter off. I’ll go back for a couple large events and Pro Am, but other than that I’m free like a hippie which makes Bam very happy because we go on a lot more adventures. Dude really needs a North Face vest.

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  • Speaking of Bam, he is losing his eyesight. He can’t see when it’s really dark, which means he’s been running into things and seems really confused. The other night he was in bed with me (which is a treat for him), Mike came home and he got really excited. He ran to the edge of the bed to jump down like usual, but couldn’t see. He walked back towards me and jumped right onto the nightstand and into the wall. When I rushed over to see if he was okay, and he was running into the wall. After making sure he was fine, I had to laugh. So now we’re working with him to learn his new normal, which is depending on his other senses to navigate the house. It would work a lot better if he had it in him to slow down, but that is pretty much impossible for a Jack.

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  • Last month we went to LA for the Shape Mag event, I also had an appointment with the IBS Treatment Center in Santa Monica. Mike heard about them, and their claim to cure IBS. We are still kinda skeptical because I’ve always been told IBS is incurable, but it’s worth a shot.  The test results should be in later this month. I bring this up because I know some of you have similar issues, so I’ll let you know how things go.

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  • Have I told you I hired an online personal trainer? I forget. Anyway I’m on my second month of training and I really love it. We’ve been really focusing on strengthening the hips, glutes, quads & hamstrings, along with upper body and some cardio for a nice balance. (Loving spin class!) I already feel stronger and she recently increased my running time this month! She currently has me doing a run/walk. My next goal is to run one whole mile pain free. As you can see, I dream really freaking big these days, ha!
  • I’ll leave you with some pictures from yesterday. There was a high surf & sneaker wave warning, so we drove out to Pacific Grove to watch the best show in town.

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Now it’s your turn to fill me in on what’s going on in you life. Spill it!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

When do you usually get your Christmas tree?

Always right after Thanksgiving.

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