I asked Green’s doctor about dairy again yesterday. She’s almost 9 months old. I’ve been strictly dairy free since shortly after her birth due to it upsetting her system a lot. We tried at 7 months, then at 8 to introduce her to just a little bit through my diet to see what happened and unfortunately no success. So we wait until about 15 months. Then not again until age 2. She may end up being like big sister, Orange and needing to stay dairy free.
In the meantime, it’s been wonderful for my inflammation. My fibromyalgia and other autoimmune conditions are in remission and I feel better than ever.
Something unexpected happened after I ran my marathon… I started HATING the sport. I had two 5k races and a 1 mile fun run already scheduled for the months after my marathon and do you know what I ended up doing? Walking. All of it!
Running was such a big part of my life. Huge. It helped me overcome post partum depression. It helped me lose weight. It made me feel strong. I used it to practice the concepts of mind over matter for my doula training. Running WAS my life. But after my marathon I had no desire to ever run again.
I heard this could happen. I waited and waited for the desire to run to hit me again. Well, then I got pregnant and had an excruciatingly painful pregnancy. All the sudden a year and a half of my life passed by like a blink. Around 6 months postpartum with Green, I was finally ready to work out again. But running? Nope!
I started with rebounding, a form of exercise done on a mini trampoline. I added in hiking. And then we bought a spin bike. I’m now working out again daily, absolutely loving it and not suffering some of the joint and impact consequences of running.
Retirement feels pretty dang good.
This weekend, I completed a marathon. 26.2 miles. For 6 hours, 43 minutes, and 29 seconds, I pushed myself harder than I have ever done before. That’s longer than labor lasted with my first child! And much like with my births, here I am to type up my story.
I signed up for the MO Cowbell race here locally in St. Charles, MO back in April after weighing a lot of options in my mind. I ran my first half marathon in April 2015. I picked to Go! St. Louis half in downtown St. Louis and really loved the course and race. The after-party was great, the mood of the race was great. I loved everything about it. In 2016, not ready for another half, we opted for the 7k they offered instead. As we finished I remembered everything I loved about the year before and decided the following year I was coming back for the full marathon. Read the rest of this entry
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Hi lovely readers! I am keeping very busy with many things and unfortunately, this gives little time for Our Magical Chaos. Post here will likely be few and far between for awhile but I’d love it if you join me over at MumblingMommy.com I post at least twice a month and I’m the social media editor. Plenty of good things there to keep you entertained and to follow along with my family.
A few of my recent posts over there:
Dear Fibromyalgia, I Won! A Look at My Half Marathon Results
Thursday Three: Why I Stopped Looking for Mom Friends
Buying New Things When Kids Are Still Around
My Daughter Won the Science Fair: Why You Should Let Your Kid Do Her Own Work
The Mobidri Stays Tucked Away, No Problem
This past weekend I checked off a major goal, I ran a half marathon! I added this to my list of accomplishments I wanted to have before turning 30 but really, it was about accomplishing it for me. Even if I didn’t make it before 30 for some reason, I still wanted to do that run.
I wrote all about my race on Mumbling Mommy in a post titled Dear Fibromyalgia, I Won!
I’ve talked about my running gear before but for this post, I want to talk about a new addition to my lineup, the Mobidri towel. If you don’t know already, the Mobidri towel is “highly technical, water-resistant on the inner, super absorbent on the outer, thin, lightweight and designed to stay with you.” So it’s a sweat rag, right? That’s what I thought at first too. And then I spent 14 weeks of training with it. This is NOT your average sweat rag. Read the rest of this entry
Last night my world was turned upside down by a single, stupid picture of a dress. You may be annoyed with this dress. And that’s okay. You may think there are bigger things to worry about in this world. And that’s true. But this dress is powerful. Science has explained why people see it differently. What science cannot explain though and clearly, neither can humanity is why our society refuses to accept that another person can see something completely different from us.
Our eyes see things differently. Our noses smell things differently. Our fingers feel things differently. Our ears hear things differently. Our tongues taste things differently. Every experience we have is unique to us. Words always try to describe what our senses feel but they will always come up short. I can teach my children everything they’ll ever need to know but I will always have a different view than they do. They will always have the ability to freely think and absorb their surroundings independent of the facts presented. Read the rest of this entry
This month has been a very trying month for me. First, all the sudden there is an uproar about moms wearing yoga pants, then there was a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the whole country went crazy and finally, the movie “50 Shades of Grey” came out in theaters and people POUNCED. I try really hard to remain neutral because I’m a blogger and I often have to represent both sides in my social media freelance work but when posts get completely overwhelming like they have been, I take a different approach: I leave social media altogether. No one in my real life is going to bring up these controversial topics and if they do, it’s with a mutual agreement that we love and care about each enough to empathize, respect and stop before feelings get hurt. Guess what? Posts on the internet that make money off of people viewing and sharing them aren’t too concerned about people’s feelings getting hurt. There are the few gems but let’s face it, anything you read in a blog should be taken in with a grain of salt. And I’m a blogger. I can say that.
Frustrated with the ongoing, never-ending mommy wars, I took a new fun spin on it and created my latest post for Mumbling Mommy. Go check it out, 50 Shades of Mommy Wars. You won’t regret it.
Congratulations to Katie Henderson who was picked via random generator. Katie has already supplied her information and should be receiving her FREE 8 Piece Home Cleaning Kit from e-Cloth soon. I look forward to hearing what she has to say about her new products.
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Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing.
For the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of reviewing a product called e-cloths. These cloths enable users to clean virtually any aspect of their homes without chemicals. I jumped at the chance to test these puppies out after hearing that tidbit for sure.
Here are a few details from e-cloth’s website:
“Unlike ordinary cloths, e-cloth fibers are designed and fabricated to provide maximum cleaning power. Primarily made from polyester and poly amide, the tiny e-cloth fibers are 1,000 times finer than cotton fibers or 1/200th diameter of a human hair. The fibers are the smallest in the world that can be made by man.
e-cloth’s filaments are so small and so strong; using just water they break up, lift, lock in, and clean deep down into the tiniest grooves and crevices. Dust, grease, oils, grime, dirt and bacteria are quickly and easily removed and locked away deep inside the fibers until the cloths are rinsed or washed.
Surfaces are cleaned so effectively that there is nowhere left for bacteria to grow. Surfaces are left polished and totally smear and lint free. e-cloths rapidly absorb 7 times their weight in water.
In addition, scientific research carried out by world-renowned Silliker Group, has proven that e-cloths also remove over 99% of bacteria.”
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