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Brimming with Excitment

by caroline

Today has bee a wonderful day! Not only did I get a lot of stuff done, readers loved the aerial fitness post and my leg is feelin’ good, but guess who got a mention over at Healthy Tipping Point?

That would be me! :)

I’ve admired Caitlin’s blog since the days when she was still, See Bride Run [her original healthy living blog], so I was super honored when she asked me to share my input on her recent gluten-sensitivity diagnosis. Read more about her plan of action here, in addition to the thoughts all of the other wonderful gluten-free bloggers had to share with her. [Thanks to Kristy for giving me a heads up about Caitlin’s Twitter shout out for gluten-free bloggers. You rock … as always (duh).]

When I emailed Caitlin my response, I told her:

“Learning to eat gluten-free is challenging at first, but you will be amazed by how much better you will feel — little to no digestive issues, more energy, fewer migraines (in my case) and many more benefits that outweigh any negatives that might be associated with a diagnosis. And you’ll be surprised when you see how many of the healthy foods you already love are naturally gluten-free. I’ll be thinking of you during your transition!

What was your reaction when you found out you have Celiac disease/gluten intolerance/food allergies? Did you feel like the benefits were worth any loss you might feel as a result of the dietary change? Or are you still struggling with the new lifestyle?

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I don’t know about all of you, but very often I think of weekends as a time to get things done that I just don’t have time to do during the week. No, I’m not talking about laundry and organizing (although that makes its way in there, too)! Instead, I’m talking about the fun stuff, like a complicated recipe I want to try, new workout I’ve been looking to give a whirl or book I’ve been dying to read.

In fact, this weekend is a perfect example because I have those three very such things on my to-do list and I am particularly excited about each one of them:

1. Try this workout from Women’s Health. I’m a runner — y’all know that. But if there’s one thing this injury has taught me, it’s the importance of a full-body routine. Of course, I always knew that, but I have this notion stuck in my brain that if I’m not sweating buckets by the end of the workout, then it just wasn’t a “real” workout. For some reason, I have a tough time getting over that, and I’ve learned the hard way the repercussions of not incorporating enough strength and stretching into my routine. So, when I saw this workout claims to squeeze strength and cardio into one 15-minute workout, it sounded like a winner to me.

2. Master gluten-free pita bread. I’m starting with this recipe from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring and going from there. I might make my own changes; I might keep it exactly the way it already beautifully is.

3. Finish reading Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. I know — if you already know just how long this book has been out (almost 10 years), then you are saying, “You haven’t read that yet?!” I can’t tell you how long this book has been on my must-read list, and was overlooked for one reason or another. I finally started reading it last week and I am in love. I can’t believe I waited this long to delve into the wonderful world of Cannie (main character) and startlingly beautiful work of Jennifer Weiner. (Psst … you can read the first chapter, here.)

Tonight I’m also going to whip up (err … Dan will be doing the whipping … not as dirty as it sounds) my gluten-free crispy fish and finally share this deliciously simple recipe with you! You’ll just love it.

QUESTION FOR YOU:

What about you? What do you reserve weekend time for?

Happy Friday everyone!