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Monday, September 28, 2015

Running, Hiking and Movies

I can't believe it's Monday again. These weekends go so fast lately.  Maybe it's the shorter days or just that I'm more busy lately.  We had another great weekend, the weather in Chicago was beautiful all weekend.

A few highlights lately:

Saturday morning we went to Starved Rock State Park to do some hiking.  We had been talking about doing this for a while, but finally took the leap Saturday morning.  The weather was just perfect and we will up before the sun to get out there before traffic started.  I have no idea how far we hiked, it's not a huge park.  If I had to guess, maybe 5 miles.  It was so peaceful out there and we got started before the crowds came out.  I didn't realize how packed that park can get.  By the time we were almost back to our car there were tons of people headed out on the trails so I'm really glad we went out early.  We stopped in the cute town right by the park for brunch.  We were able to sit outside to eat which I have a feeling won't be the case much longer so I'm glad we got to take advantage of it.

When we got back from the hike, I took a 2 hour nap which I wish I could do every day of my life.  It seems like I am just always tired lately.  Saturday night we ordered Roots Pizza - which I've mentioned a few times before that we love it.  They have gluten free taco pizza. It is not quite as good as Happy Joe's, but a solid substitute.  We headed off to Roosevelt ICON theater to see Black Mass. It is based on a true story of this Irish "gang" (I say gang, because I'm not sure what they technically were) who killed a bunch of people and got away with it.  They finally got caught and all went to prison, but it was a really intense story.

Sunday was well spent - grocery shopping, catching up on work, laundry, cleaning, food prepping.  All around very productive day which will hopefully make for a smooth week.  The weather is slowly getting cooler and cooler and my morning sunshine is getting pushed back later and later.

I've started running again more consistently which has been much needed.  My days seem to be more hectic than ever so it's nice to have a little down time to myself.  Last weekend I met a group girls for a long-ish run of 8 miles.  It was really nice to have someone to run with and get to catch up with at the same time!  It really made me want to sign up for a race soon.  I wish that races weren't so expensive in Chicago.  I'd love to do that hot chocolate 15k, but have a hard time justifying spending $75 to run the same path I can run for free.  Although, it would be nice to have something to train for.  I thought to keep my accountable I'd start listing my workouts here like I used to do when training for the Chicago Marathon. Maybe it will inspire me to sign up for a race!

Training last week: (Week of 9/20)
Sunday: 6 Miles
Monday: 4 Miles
Tuesday: 5 Miles
Wednesday: 5 Miles + Total Body Blast (45 minute class of weights and cardio at my gym
Thursday: 5 Miles
Friday: 4 Miles
Saturday: Hiking

Week Summary
Other Workouts: 1 workout class + Hiking

Total September Miles: 89

Have a great week!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Feelings

I can't believe it's mid September.  I feel like the summer just got started and it's already the last day of Summer!  Lucky for us in Chicago, we haven't had too much of the cool fall weather yet.  It is starting to feel like fall with all of the football talk and people in boots, though!  I feel like this summer flew by and I'm hoping time will slow down a little bit before the holidays take over.

A few random thoughts since we last talked..

In an effort to make our apartment feel a little more fall, I picked up some new candles.  My current favorite is this brown sugar allspice candle from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Brown Sugar Allspice 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body Works

Labor day weekend was gorgeous and we got in a quick boat ride before the end of the season.

Since going gluten free we have cut back on our donut intake.  Of course as soon as we go gluten free, we hear about the ever so popular Doughnut Vault and have yet to try it.  I spotted the truck one day at lunch and how cute it that!

I just finished reading the book Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford.  I got the recommendation from The Everygirl article and decided to check it out.  It kind of reminds me of the books Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof, all by Emily Griffin.  I think she wrote a few other novels. Everybody Rise is really girly and kind of superficial about a girl in her late 20s living in NYC. I read such a wide variety of books, it's nice to have just an easy read once in while. It was a big more depressing than I was hoping and really did end on a high note, but I would still recommend checking it out!

I've been trying to get on a reading kick and started reading How to be Parisian Whereever You Are by Anne Berest, Audry Diwan, Caroline De Mairgret, & Sophie Mas. It is a really quick read. I am about half way through and just started it a few days ago.  There are a lot of pictures and short stories, but definitely a fun reed.

Image result for how to be parisian wherever you are

I have a few more books on my night stand in my line up to read so hopefully I can keep up this pace.

Well I mentioned that post would be random, but it ended up even more random than I expected! I'm hoping to keep up with posting more regularly, but we'll see!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Food Allergy Results

Well this post is coming later than I promised, but it has taken me a few days to digest the results.  Not that they were bad results or that I had my heart set on something else.  It just seems a like life changes a little when you realize what foods your body prefers compared to the foods your body craves.  The best news of it all is that I'm not allergic to peanuts which mean my love for peanut butter will continue indefinitely.  The worse news is that my body is "intolerant" of cocoa and vanilla beans, which means no chocolate or even vanilla. Thankfully, I had a feeling that would happen to so I had beloved froyo right before going to get our results.

Chocolate & vanilla swirl, my favorite!

The food allergy test tested 184 foods and rated them on a scale of .000-0.500.  Anything above a 0.2 rating is considered an intolerance for your body.  I had about 40 foods out of the 184 that were listed as have an allergic reaction.

Mine are:
Green Bean
Lima Bean
Pinto Bean
Red Bean
Swiss Cheese
Egg White
Egg Yolk
Ginkgo Biloba
Cows Milk
Black-eyed Pea
Poppy Seed
Vanilla Bean
Black Walnut
White Bean
Bakers Yeast
Brewers Beast

The two that are bold were the 2 that I was most allergic to. I've been trying to digest the list (no pun intended) to figure out what to do about it.  I don't have a strong reaction or at least am not feeling terrible when I eat certain things on this list.  At least I don't notice it so it is hard to get motivated to do a complete elimination for 12 weeks.

The doctor recommended eliminating everything on this list completely for 12 weeks. Looking at the list, this sounds near impossible.  It basically means not eating out at all for the next 12 weeks since most things have garlic, lemon, basil, and other random spices that they may not list all of the ingredients. I'm not sure I could do that for a full 12 weeks, heck I'm not even sure I could last 1 week.  But there are some obvious things on the list that would be easier to eliminate, such as apples, bananas and eggs.  These are things I have been eating daily and would be easier to substitute with something else.

I'll keep you posted if I decide to do anything drastic with the results, but for now, I decided, I'm just going to try to actively avoid anything on this list, but know that when I go out to eat it's going to be somewhat impossible to avoid everything.