The end of April seemed so far away in the thick of February Minnesnowta winter this year. But here we are.
April 2018 Catch Up Over Bone Broth
Let me first say that my immune function seems to be the best it’s ever been. The kids all got colds right before I left for California. Even still, despite their little germs, a busy schedule in California and taking the red eye home, I still managed to fend it off.
All-in-all, I feel good, but after last month, I knew something must be off, so I pushed hard to get my doctor in California to order the SIBO test and to allow me one final appointment. I was granted both. Persistence Y’all.
Two weeks ago Friday, the SIBO test arrived in the mail. The very next day I began the 24-hour prep period, took the test at 5 am on a Sunday, shipped it out a couple hours later, and it was done.
I have my appointment with the doctor this week, and I am on pins and needles waiting.
I’ll update later this week after the appointment.
My energy is great, though, and I seem to sleeping better (meaning that I’m not waking up every single day at 3:30 am anymore).
I spent April in non-exertion mode again. My body tells me when I can and can’t push it. It was still telling me to chill out a little. In fact, I didn’t even get through that third round of Jess’ program (but I’m super close).
There was no real “progress” made from a fitness standpoint, but that’s what I love most about fitness and working out – the process, the journey – it’s always why I do it, not for any sort of end goal.
I also believe that sometimes you need to step back in order to move forward.
I have been down on running for a couple months now. I have written about it a lot. So in April I ran, then didn’t, ran then didn’t. I go back-and-forth. I’m so wishy-washy on it. I can’t put my finger on it – good or bad – ever usually.
But then while I was in California last week, I spent my early mornings running and walking on trails. I was *so happy.* I can’t describe it, but I know the feelings because I’ve felt them a hundred times before. There is something about running and being active outside that I love. The treadmill in my garage at 5 am when it’s 0 degrees? Not so much.
Those runs last week set the tone for the entire day. I was happy and full of energy, and I realized that I want to run. I want to run outside all Minnesota spring, summer, and fall long. And so I decided to get focused and intentional about it for a period of time to test something new.
I hired Michelle to create all my workouts so that I wouldn’t have to think about it, and I could just enjoy the process and working towards several races through fall.
There are so many running coaches out there, but I chose her very intentionally. I went to high school with her so she knows the lay of the land around here for training purposes, she is an amazing runner (13.1 PR – 1:24 and 26.2 PR – 3:02), she has been doing this a long time, she doesn’t do “cookie cutter” training programs, she is working with me (i.e. SIBO) instead of driving me into the ground, she knows and understands my goals (I will hit them!), and she knows of great races in Minnesota. Also, she’s not constantly showing ab pics on Instagram, but instead real work and life she tends to 🙂 (kidding. maybe). (Finally, she’s a Beautycounter mama like I am who loves Minnesota with her whole heart.)
My program starts today, and I couldn’t be more excited because she puts all workouts online, and then I have full access to her for questions 24/7. (Seriously, hire her if you’re looking for a running coach.)
The only piece I’m still trying to figure out is what I’m going to do from a lifting standpoint. I told Michelle that I love lifting and that I wasn’t willing to give it up. Thankfully, she agrees and lifts, too. There is room on my schedule to lift, but I need to figure out how and what to do.
To build up some “cardio” again (yes, I am actually out of cardio shape), my only true fitness “goal” for May is to do 15 days worth of the 50 burpees challenge (about every other day). Want to join?!
I ran the lake on Saturday, and it made me so happy!
The biggest and best thing that happened in April professionally is that I finally released The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0. Seriously, 4 years in the makings. I have been getting great feedback on it, and I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported the project!
In April, I spent a week in California with two clients. Each day was filled with different things. The first day I attended a food photography, food styling and food prop class. I learned so much, and took away even more inspiration for my work.
On Tuesday, I did a photoshoot. We shot big, beautiful noodle and rice bowls. Most of the shots will be used for digital and social, which is what 90% of my work is typically used for.
Wednesday and Thursday I worked on site at Nutiva, reviewing upcoming products, launches, and initiatives. It never fails, each time I am on site there, I feel grateful to work with the company. LinkedIn notified me on Thursday when I was there that it has been 4 years since I started working with them. There are two walls at Corporate where my work is displayed. And I just love it!
Finally, in April I landed another (project-based) client. It’s a huge company that you’ve heard of, but I’m not sure when (or even if) I’ll say who they are. Instead, I might just “ghost produce” for them.
One of my fave ladies in California (I met her in the professional setting over 4 years ago, but since she has become a true friend, in every sense) sent me a text on Friday, “It’s wonderful to think how far you’ve come with your work…you have an amazing portfolio and you’re jet setting to clients!! It makes me smile.”
If you would have asked me in college, or even 5 years ago, if I saw myself here, doing this, I would have laughed and said, “Yeah, right.”
But today I’m constantly obsessed with trying to improve, grow, and produce the best I can.
Note: I also added a new lens to my camera kit in April. Worth it!
Personal and Family
April was a lovely month, personally, on many different fronts.
I’ll start with the best thing that happened –> on Thursday at my dad’s appointment, he weighed in at 168 pounds. I’ll put it into perspective. 6 weeks ago he was at 138 pounds. On that day, they took him off all IV chemo because, while his numbers were good, the chemo was, literally, killing him.
Ever since then, his numbers have stayed good, his weight has increased, and he’s probably doing the best he has since long before his diagnosis.
One night before I left for California, Isaiah and I spent a couple hours with my mom and dad. I brought him a dinner he loves (starts with an M; ends with a cDonald’s), and upon seeing how great he looked, I told him, “Oh good. You’re all better now. I don’t need to give you this s#$% food anymore.” He laughed.
My mom sent my brother and I this picture (and more) of him doing the annual spring flag hanging. This picture really is everything.
He is currently really looking forward to this upcoming Saturday when we have Isaiah and Amiya’s birthday bash out at their house, Cinco de Mayo style (I’ll share everything after it).
This whole cancer thing has been such a rollercoaster. April was a high, and I’m just wanting to stay here.
In April, the kids were finally able to bust out of this rental house to see the light of day! After being cooped up for almost 4 months, they are loving the outdoors. In fact, on Saturday we had them outside so much that by the end of the day they crashed hard. By the way, my kids are nuts and that never happens 🙂
They did several Easter egg hunts, went to Como Zoo with Katie, and they spent time with both Grandma and Grandpa Hoffman and Grandma and Grandpa Jewison
Samarah had school pictures, kept on the path with her little BFF (I’ll call her ‘A’), and she and I went to a Willy Wonka play in Minneapolis with my cousin and all the kids. Samarah is our leading Mother Theresa – always has been, probably always will be. She holds Amiya when she falls (admittedly, it’s sometimes Sam that also pushes her) and is still potty training Isaiah. And yesterday, she joined Taylor Swift’s dancing crew in the backseat of the truck. I die.
Isaiah and I had our special night with my mom and dad, and the day after Ryan took him to a friend’s house with their kids. He is still struggling with all the tummy issues, so we have made the decision to really crack down this next Sunday (after their party). It’s not going to be easy or fun, but something has got to change. He is miserable.
Amiya spent the month becoming a little more independent. Even with a nasty, little cold, she has started doing more and more by herself. She loves her sunglasses, and has a meltdown immediately if they aren’t put on her as she demands. It’s so hard to believe that she’s almost two.
I did a little random cell phone shoot with the three of them on Saturday. The pictures are priceless. They always are. I would not trade them for anything in the whole wide world.
In April, we found and went to our new church every single week. Loving it so much! Each week I’m there, I think, “This was kind of the last piece for me to find before I could feel this forever place.” If you’re local and want to come check it out with us, message me. If you love music as part of worship, this church has the best.
And finally, from a personal standpoint, I learned something critical while trail running in California last week. I can still love the things I did while we lived in California, but the expectations around those things just has to change. Trail runs don’t look the same here (not better or worse; different). There are not many things that are the same in California and Minnesota, but who I am at my core is. I still love nature and coffee, and amazing food, and all of those things can exist – in their own way – in Minnesota.
I broke up with California expectations in April because Minnesota is not California…..and (I say this in the nicest, best way possible because I will always have a soft spot for the Bay Area) I am so thankful to be here, not there.
Blog Posts I Wrote
- Smallest Things
- Compared To
- Low-FODMAP Chunky Monkey Nice Cream
- Top 13 Gut Healing Boosts for Smoothies
- Different DNA
- Can vs Meant To
- Health Coaching Rising
- 7 Ways to Spring Detox
- Boosted Green Smoothie
- The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut, 3.0
- 7-Day Smoothie Challenge Ingredients
- 7-Day Smoothie Challenge
- Flipping the Script on Infertility
- The Day I Left California
Tell me something new and good about YOUR April!
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