It feels spooky that I am publishing my October 2017 catch up over bone broth today. Just stop with the play on words 🙂
I’m not even sure how today is October 31. I swear, I hit publish on one recap, and before I know it, the next month is gone.
p.s. Elisabeth took this picture of Isaiah, and it’s so freaking cute. In fact, she took a ton of them, and I want them all framed.
October 2017 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
I made no secrets about what happened to me landing in the ER this month.
It was, literally, the one and only thing from a health standpoint that threw a curve ball my way.
Despite the “freak accident” (because that’s what it feels like to me), I felt phenomenal again all month long.
My energy is great, zero stomach issues on a day-to-day basis, and I feel about as good as I ever have.
October was home to two races, the Tarantula Half and the Goonies Half (both trails – duh).
For me, doing them back-to-back was just too much.
Lesson learned. But like a stab to the heart, this picture keeps reminding me of how grateful I am to have fallen in love with the trails and that I can’t wait to return.
I had big goals of trail racing November 4, December 9, and January 1. With the recent events, this has been dialed back to just moving forward with the January 1st one. It’s just a half, and only around a 1,000-foot climb. By then, I will be ready to go. (Heck, I feel ready to go again now, but I know I need to make sure I’m totally cooled off and recovered before I race again.)
Meanwhile, I have set my training goals (based also on the recent event). I’ll spend November sans-longer endurance. I’ll keep all running to under 8 miles and will train hills more than focusing on the length of time. Additionally, the plan is to do even more legwork and lifting (mostly via Jess’ WOD’s – because they have completely recharged my love for lifting) to keep building overall strength. For a bonus short-burst “cardio,” I’m doing a 50-burpees a day challenge. Wanna join?!
Come December, the goal is to return to some endurance (just to ensure a successful January 1 race), but not to any point of stressing my body out.
I was finally on Shark Tank! That was the biggest thing that happened in October, from a professional standpoint.
I fully incorporated Beautycounter into my professional life (and life in general), and am super excited for it.
I slowed down zero on the blog because all the pieces are fitting and it’s growing, and I constantly have seven million things to share. I returned to a lot of the gut stuff (because y’all keep telling me how much it has changed your life), adding a Gut Healing tab, bringing the Certified Gutsy program back to life, and sharing every last thing via a new ‘A Gutsy Girl‘ Instagram account.
October saw so much growth that I finally hired a VA (virtual assistant), and she starts tomorrow. I. Can. Not. Wait. She is incredible!
Finally, I had headshots done for some new projects. I shared this one on Instagram last night with a caption of several things you may or may not know about me 🙂
Personal and Family
Today is my mama’s birthday, and she is flying to California to trick-or-treat with the kids tonight and spend a week with us. We can’t wait!
We started October (October 1) at the Pumpkin Patch with all the kids. They went on rides, played in the pumpkins, took a train ride, and Sam went on the horses.
Samarah and I went one night to pick out all their Halloween costumes. Samarah is going to be Shimmer and Shine. Isaiah will be Chase from Paw Patrol. And Maya the bee is going to be a chicken. Don’t ask. It’s all random, but it’s what Samarah thought was best. I’m dying to see their little selves trotting around in it all tonight!
Ryan and I went on a school field trip with Samarah one morning. She loves her daddy.
We took all the kids out to eat a few times (which is always a pure joy – or not), Isaiah spent a fun-filled day with Elisabeth, and Amiya continues to be the life of her own little party.
Amiya’s new saying is, “Stop it.” Also, “No.” It’s really adorable, but she is all brat currently.
This past month we finally bit the bullet and I put Isaiah on a strict diet to try to sort out his stomach issues. We spent one weekend with massive blowouts, tons of bath time, and a little boy who screamed liked crazy each time we changed him (his butt was raw and miserable). His traditional GI doctor has really been of no use to me, testing him for things I know he doesn’t have.
I decided to let my intuition guide me, and I put him on a diet that would first help him feel better and then allow Ryan and I to do “food tests.” And guess what? Little Isaiah turned around within a few days initially. Even his nanny commented that he attitude had changed some. We are about 3 weeks in and have begun testing the foods I suspect, little-by-little. Sure enough, he reacted.
We are on the right path, and he is healing. In the coming months, my goal is to find a holistic MD for him (one like I have) and get the tests I think he actually needs. I could write an entire post about this, but for now, Isaiah is doing great, and I am so grateful that I’m not just A Gutsy Girl, but also A Gutsy Mama.
Blog Posts I Wrote
Here are all the posts I wrote this past month.
- Non-GMO Month Dedication
- Favorite AIP Approved Foods
- Foster Care System Problems
- Finally Shark Tank
- My Beautycounter Story
- 10 Gut and Hormone Supplements
- Why Organic
- Family Built
- The Never List
- Be Sick and Stay Home
- 11 Favorite AIP Approved Products
- Certified Gutsy Made in Nature Organic Dried Mangoes
- Her Favorite Disney Princess
- 3 Pillars for Ultimate Gut Healing
- Becoming a Beautycounter Consultant FAQ
- Certified Gutsy Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna
And that was October. Coming in November? Tomorrow Ryan and I are married 9 years! My mom will be here, then Ryan and I are going to Tahoe for a quick minute – alone – can I get an amen?! Ryan’s parents are coming, and of course, it’s Thanksgiving month. I am finalizing a big recipe and photos for a project-based client, planning for a January campaign for Lotus Foods, working on some key new pieces of content at Nutiva, releasing my Holiday guides and getting ready for the foster children Christmas! Whew.
Tell me something new and good about YOUR October:)
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