Stealing a page from Susie’s book to give you an update on the “current status” of my life. Some high, some low, some final Olympic thoughts.
Current status of #glutened life
As I explained in Friday’s post, I got glutened last week. I was probably 75% better when I wrote the post on Thursday and now, after a weekend of even more rest and food (since I barely ate for two days), I’m officially back…and it feels SO good. I looked and felt like a ghost last week so I’m thankful my coloring and energy levels are restored.
This smoothie was the first non-bone broth or baked chicken substance I ate and it was heaven. I went ham on actual food later and haven’t stopped since.
Current status of running
Maybe you saw this coming from my lack of running related talk but I’ve deferred my entry into the Marine Corps Marathon. For a variety of reasons, this was the right decision for my health. I won’t go into too much detail but it was a combination of random/lingering foot pain and a stomach flare-up at the end of July. (I had an MRI and nothing was alarming but I’m still in pain). After 3+ weeks of recovery I decided it wouldn’t be smart to continue with training, especially having lost so much fitness. My coach fully supported my decision and was extremely helpful as a sounding board.
I’m obviously very disappointed as this is my second “failed” marathon in a row. More than that, I’ve been away from the sport and activity I genuinely love so much. I don’t think running was the cause of anything, because technically I had been running more before official training started, but it probably wasn’t helping things overall. Not sure if that makes any sense.
I’ve gone through my version of a grieving process (“Why me? I did everything right. I was barely running.”) so I’m much more at peace with my current state now. Other things have taken precedence over running this past year. Truthfully, fitness in general has taken a back seat lately. There are seasons for everything, right?
Ok, no more sadness, onto the food….
Current status of my affinity for nut butter
Not going anywhere anytime soon. Case in point: I had been searching EVERYWHERE for a specific type of sunflower seed butter. “MaraNatha Sunflower Seed Butter with a Hint of Sea Salt.” It’s my favorite brand and I was oddly craving it. I finally went to order it online and then find out it’s been RECALLED for Listeria. I dodged a bullet right there.
So, I did the next best thing and made my own….and I’m kind of obsessed with it. It’s a mix pumpkin and sunflower seeds with toasted coconut and cinnamon. Plus it was so cheap! $3 for about 8 oz. I will definitely be doing this again!
Current status of my Olympic obsession
I must say, I have been an excellent American when it comes to watching and supporting our athletes. I know everyone gets into the Olympics (and then “ignores” these sports for 4 years), but I’d like to think I’d watch them if they were televised more throughout the year. This past weekend I followed Gwen Jorgensen in the triathlon (loved learning about her journey into the sport!), men’s and women’s volleyball, basketball, track and seriously even watched the canoe sprint finals. Saturday was too hot to do anything other than stay inside, if you couldn’t tell.
I genuinely like sports (and America) so my level enthusiasm isn’t anything strange for me. However, now that the Olympics are over I’m moving my focus to football season. Also, I have to admit, I’m looking forward to not hearing NBC’s Olympic jingle every 5 minutes.
Current status of wanderlust
My desire to travel has been at an all time high, especially because of the stifling heat here. I love where I live but there are so many places I want to see and explore. Don’t we all? One “benefit” to not running the marathon (and paying for that trip) is that my mom and I are now going on a little vacation over Labor Day Weekend! Excited is an understatement. Cooler weather, taller trees and less humidity. SOLD.
Current status of everything
Celebrating small wins, thinking good thoughts and taking it one day at a time.