Catch-up

Let’s Catch Up!

Hello everyone! It feels so good to be back blogging again! I have honestly really missed it! Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my past posts and for totally understanding that I needed to take a break after our family news.

After the funeral last Monday, the rest of the week just seemed to be hectic and tiring! I was trying to catch up and trying to regain my strength. I was mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted. (Sidenote: I am considering writing a post about how to deal with total and complete exhaustion. Would you be interested?)

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This is how I felt last Friday!

But now I am back, and I feel rejuvenated! I still ask for prayers for my family because it’s still a tough time. But you have to move on with life, be thankful for what you have, and choose to be happy and positive.

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If you Β need some ideas to boost your mood, try taking some ridiculous pictures with your family. It’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh. Just looking back at these pictures makes me smile. I love my crazy, fun family. πŸ™‚

So if you have been reading my last few posts you have probably noticed that I have talked a lot about switching to self hosting my blog and getting my own domain name. I still want to do this, and I am in the process of researching and finding the best company to use that works best for me and our budget. The main thing is definitely money. Ryan and I have a pretty strict budget, and we try our best to stick to it since we are trying to save up for a house. Unfortunately, we have had some unexpected expenses come up lately, which kind of delays us paying money to self-host my blog at this moment.

I am currently out of media space on this blog, and I don’t want to pay to buy more space since I am planning on paying to self-host, where I will then have unlimited media space. So until I can start self-hosting, I also can’t post pictures. 😦 TOTAL BUMMER, RIGHT??? Well, I can still post old pictures that are saved to here already, but that’s it.

Anyways, I love putting pictures on here, and I love how it breaks up the reading. I, personally, don’t really like to read a long blog post with no pictures. It seems to take too long, and I guess I’m a kid at heart and need pretty pictures to pull me in. πŸ˜‰

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Random picture to pull you in, just in case you’re like me. πŸ™‚

So I really didn’t know if I would post anything since this post couldn’t have pictures (at least new pictures), but I wanted to give y’all an update on my life and why I’ve been gone for so long! Not blogging for this past week or so has felt really weird! It has just become routine for me now.

So here are a few updates, in a numbered list format because it helps me feel more organized since this post is jumping all around to totally different subjects!

1. Marathon training is still going good! Last week we got snow (crazy weather for Texas!), so I had to miss a couple of runs, but I did get in a 16 miler on Saturday! I run 17 miles this Saturday; that will be the longest distance ever for me!

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2. We are still enjoying our meatless meals, and Ryan is continually trying more and more foods!

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Totally reusing pictures. πŸ™‚

3. Ryan and I drove 30 minutes to a mall on Sunday after church so I could return a dress from Christmas, and when we got there I learned the store I needed to go to was closed on Sundays. Epic fail. Lucky for me, I am blessed with a very sweet and patient man, who didn’t even get mad at me. Love him to death!

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4. Remember when Bear hurt his leg?Β Well a lot has happened since then, but I’m not going to share details until everything is final. His leg is getting better though. Our dogs are where part of the unexpected expenses are coming from.

5. With everything that has happened I really haven’t got to blog much in February, which is a shame because I haven’t been able to share how much I LOVE this month! And no, it has nothing to do with Valentines Day. February is my birthday month!! πŸ™‚ Yes, I like to celebrate the whole month. Becky, (not to be confused with myself) you are with me on this, right? πŸ˜‰ In case you were wondering and wanted to mark your calendar, the big day is February 17th. πŸ˜‰

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In case you want to send me a present, pro-compression socks would be nice. Or running shorts. Or if you really want to be best friends, you can send me running shoes. I wear a size 8. Or you know, you can send me food.

6. Valentines Day is in four days. What? How did it sneak up on us so fast? I have had a post planned for a while, “True Love”, that I was saving to write around Valentines Day, but the blog issues might not be totally resolved, so I might just do it at a random time. πŸ˜‰

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7. Ryan and I had an ice cream date Saturday night, and it was fantastic!

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Except what I had Saturday was in a waffle cone!

8. How do the snowboarders and skiers on the Olympics make everything look so easy and smooth? If I went out there and tried any of the things they do…I would die.

9. After I finished writing this post yesterday, I accidentally hit publish before I wanted to publish it, so then I had to make it a draft again. So if you follow me by email, and you got an email that didn’t lead you to a post, that’s why. Sorry, my bad!

10. Yesterday, I was feeling super productive after work. I ran by the grocery store to get sunflower seeds and hairspray, came home, had a snack, washed my pullover (that I spilt barbecue sauce on at lunch), cleaned the kitchen, unloaded the dishwasher, did 20 minutes of yoga for runners, made homemade cashew butter, cooked tortilla soup, and while the soup was cooking on the stove I did three rounds of my Add on Leg Workout.Β And we still at dinner by 6:15! Plus, yesterday morning I was able to get in a 7 mile run! I need to make all of my days that productive!

That is all I have to share at this moment. I am hoping to be self-hosting soon! Thanks for being wonderful y’all! πŸ™‚

Questions:

1. Tell me about what is going on in your life?

2. Would you like a post about how to deal with total and complete exhaustion?

3. Do you like to celebrate your birthday for the whole month, or is that just me?

4. Are you excited for Valentines Day?

5. What makes you be super productive? Having a list, or knowing what I need to do really helps me!

Playing Catch-Up From the Last Two Weeks

I cannot believe I have not written a post or been involved in the blogging world for the past two weeks! My life has seriously been so crazy and busy, and if you follow me on InstagramΒ you already know that some pretty big things have been going on in my life! Here’s a little overview of what all has happened to me the last two weeks, and why I have been absent from blogging these last couple of weeks.

  1. I got my thesis passed!! I had been working on my thesis for a year and a half, and it was such a relief to finally be done with it! The day before my presentation I worked all day on my powerpoint, and I wrote out about 40 notecards.2013-05-15 16.23.41I also have the sweetest fiance ever (in case I don’t say that enough), and he was there to greet me as soon as I walked out to my car after getting my thesis passed with flowers! I was so surprised! I love flowers!2013-05-16 14.39.162013-05-16 14.40.46I was also blessed with the world’s best thesis advisor! It’s such a small world; I ended up finding out last summer that she actually knows Ryan’s family!

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  2. My big bro graduated with his Masters from Texas Tech University!2013-05-17 21.25.53

    Get your guns up!

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    3. Ryan and I found a house!!!!!!! This was such a huge answered prayer, and we give all of the glory and thanks to God!

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    To say we were excited is an understatement. πŸ™‚ The house is seriously perfect for us! It is exactly what we want, and it’s in a perfect neighborhood. God definitely had a much better plan for us than I did! After we got the house my mom asked me, “Aren’t you glad God didn’t answer your prayer about finding a house when you wanted Him to?” And, boy am I! If God had answered my prayer about us finding a house when I wanted us to find a house, we would have settled for some little house we didn’t like that much in a bad neighborhood. Instead, we have a house that we love in a great neighborhood!

    Always remember, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

    God is always there for His people; we just have to be patient and keep trusting in Him.

    4. We signed our marriage license!!

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    I guess this means we are really getting married! I can’t believe how close we are! 10 days now! Ahh! (This is another reason I haven’t been able to blog recently, I have been wedding planning!)

    5. I planned and went to one of my best friend’s, Chelsea’s, bachelorette party.

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    We went to a cute place called the Mud Hut, where you could pick some type of dish and paint it, and then they glaze it in a fire and make the colors brighter and prettier! We should get our piece back later this week. I made a little candy dish for me and Ryan’s home. πŸ™‚ I am not sure how it will turn out though, I am not the most creative person! After the Mud Hut, we all went to Red Lobster for a delicious dinner!

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    6. Our best friends Chelsea and Tanner got married!!

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    I am so happy for my friends! It is crazy to believe that two of my best friends are married! Does that make me old? πŸ˜‰ Ryan and I have spent many nights staying up late talking, laughing, and making memories with these two.

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    Chelsea was such a beautiful bride!

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    I loved having more of my best friends as bridesmaids with me!

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    This handsome groomsmen really caught my eye πŸ˜‰

    7. My family and I went to a Memorial Day Party at my aunt and uncle’s house this past Sunday.

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    8. This past Monday I had my bridal portraits! There won’t be any pictures of these though. πŸ™‚

    Health News

    I also want to keep everyone up on my latest diet changes. Last week I decided to do a little experiment and see how gluten affects my diet. This just means that I am trying to cut wheat out of my diet. I had already done some research on how to know if you are allergic to gluten or intolerant to gluten, and I know I am not allergic to it, but I thought there might be a chance I have a gluten intolerance. I thought if I tried to cut most of the gluten out of my life (I say most because I have not cut all of it out), I could see how my body reacts without it. I have been doing this for about a week now, and I feel great! I haven’t had bread at all, and I’m really trying to stick to more natural foods. I won’t say I have been perfect though. For Chelsea and Tanner’s rehearsal dinner, we went to a Mexican restaurant and there was chips and salsa, so of course I ate some. πŸ™‚ I don’t ever want to deprive myself of something I really want because I think that is when cravings start to hit people, and that usually does not end good. I haven’t had cereal since I started doing this, and the only crackers I have eaten are gluten free crackers (Although, you need to be careful with gluten free products, because lots of products that claim to be gluten free are just as bad for you and have little nutritional value).

    In case you are wondering if you might be intolerant to gluten here are some of the symptoms:

    • Weight loss or weight gain
    • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
    • Gastro-intestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
    • Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
    • Aching joints
    • Depression
    • Eczema
    • Head aches
    • Exhaustion
    • Irritability and behavioural changes
    • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
    • Cramps, tingling and numbness
    • Slow infant and child growth
    • Decline in dental healthSource

      I have had some trouble with a few of these symptoms, but for this last week when I have cut most of the gluten out of my diet I haven’t had any of these symptoms! I feel great, and I feel like my stomach is flatter. I am usually self conscious about my stomach because I always feel bloated, and I feel as if my lower stomach “pooch” will never go away. I have never understood this because I eat healthy most of the time and workout, but it was still always there. I really feel like reducing the amount of gluten in my diet this last week has made me not so bloated, which makes me feel really good!

      Now, I would not be surprised at all this week if I have accidentally ate things that contained gluten without knowing it, but that’s okay. I have tried to read ingredient labels of things I eat and see if it contains wheat, and I have stayed away from things that obviously contain wheat, such as bread. I want to keep trying to keep the amount of gluten I eat to a minimum, but I never want to claim to be gluten-free, because I don’t ever want to make myself feel like I can’t have something I really want. Since I am not allergic to gluten, and it doesn’t make me really sick, I can still eat it at times. But I think I have learned from this little experiment I am doing that gluten does affect my body, so I need to watch how much of it I am consuming. I am going to keep trying to go without gluten (or mostly without it πŸ˜‰ ) for the next week and see how I feel then. I feel like two weeks without much gluten should really tell me how my body reacts to it. If anyone else wants to join me, please go ahead! πŸ™‚

      But, if you do decide to join me and try to reduce or not eat gluten for a week or two, then you need to make sure you are still getting all of the nutrients you need. There are risks of going gluten-free if you do not have celiac disease (this means you are allergic to gluten) because you are eliminating whole categories of food your body is used to getting, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies. Please read this article hereΒ to learn the truth about gluten, and you can also read thisΒ to find out 5 things you should know about gluten.

      Anytime you make a change in your diet, it is always best to do your research, and most of all, listen to your body! Don’t worry about trying to look a certain way or weigh a certain number, just make sure you have a healthy body.

      So, sorry I have been MIA for so long from the blog world! I have missed all of my blogging friends so much, and I feel like I am so behind! I get married in 9 days (Wow!!!), so these next nine days will be crazy, but hopefully I can make some time to blog!

      Questions:

      1. Did you do anything fun for Memorial Day?

      2. Did you live in a house or apartment first? We had to get a house because Ryan has 2 outdoor dogs.Β 

      3. Have you ever gone gluten-free or have you ever wanted to? Does gluten affect your body at all?