Good morning lovely friends! How are you? I am feeling super fantastic! I have had some MAJOR lifestyle changes since we last had a chit chat. I have an exciting deal for you but first I want to tell you about some goodness that has been happening in my life!
The first thing major thing that has happened is I am no longer working from home! It sort of happened quickly. I had applied for a couple of positions within my current company that were a step up and they didn’t pan out. I applied for another position and, honestly, because of the way the others had gone, I didn’t have high hopes. Apparently, I don’t interview well. ha! Anyway, I went in for the interview the Thursday before Mother’s Day, I was scheduled to be off the next day for a weekend get away with my mom, my supervisor asked if I’d come into the office and work the next week to help train new people and of course I said SURE! Well, before I left work Monday, they had called to make an offer on the position and asked if I could start the next day. They were kind of on a time crunch to get me trained as the girl whose place I was taking was moving away at the end of the next week. Well, of course I said yes. My supervisor was already aware of when I would need to start the new position. It’s a relatively small company so all of the supervisors/managers know mostly everyone and certainly each other as there aren’t that many of them. That is the story of how I no longer work from home.
This has been a very good change for me apparently, as I am now somewhat of a morning person? Strange, but being on the road at 630 or before is like a balm to my soul! I love it!
Now the next big change that has come about, has been with my eating. for the last few months, I have been having some severe stomach pain that led me to believe I had an ulcer. Yes, I do self diagnose. I’ve also had stomach issues since the very early 90’s, so I’m usually pretty accurate. I was treating myself as I had an ulcer but I was still having pretty bad pain, along with many other symptoms that I didn’t put together until they all started going away. I am not even exaggerating when I say I have had these symptoms since my child was in utero and he will be 25 in November.
The beginning of the end: a friend and I went to lunch one Saturday and we were trying to decide where I could eat pain free. Now please don’t think I’m jumping on a band wagon here. I was very embarrassed when I first discovered this could very well be my issue because it has been such a band wagon. Anyway, she mentioned that my symptoms were very close to another friend of hers who had a gluten sensitivity. We called her friend and her symptoms were nearly word for word my exact symptoms. I called my doctor the following Monday and he suggested the blood test is not always accurate and I should just begin by eliminating gluten and see what happens.
I eliminated gluten, and let me tell you I am strict. I will NOT willingly let anything cross my lips that has gluten in it. If it does, my body lets me know within about 3 bites and I better stop or it is on!
Symptoms that are gone: heartburn, diarrhea, sorry if it is TMI, just being honest! Joint pain is non-existent! I haven’t had ibuprofen except for a headache I had and that is the only headache I had 1 day, so basically, headaches are gone, itchy skin is gone, stomach pain is gone, burping, indigestion, basically all digestive issues-GONE!
My son poked me in the arm one day to get my attention and I looked at him. He asked if it hurt and he seemed shocked. I said no. He said that is the first time he ever poked me and I didn’t wince or say ow. I very nearly broke down at that point because he reminded me that my skin hurt!
Now the final thing that has happened to me (and Kevin!) WE ARE GOING TO SHIFTCON!!!
What is ShiftCon you ask? Well the very lovely Leah Segedie is a food activist who has a heart for cleaning up our food sources and environment. I have learned so much about the subject from her, and her work and passion has brought about some huge changes. If you would like to join us in the fabulous city of New Orleans for a wonderful weekend full of Non-GMO food, you can use VALMASDAYS (affiliate code) HERE to receive a $50 discount. Hurry because the presale ends June 1st and after that, ticket prices will increase by $100. You do NOT want to miss this! Please even if you can’t attend (I REALLY REALLY want to see you there!) visit both the ShiftCon site and Mamavation and educate yourself. This will help you know WHY GMO’s are so harmful, WHY we need GMO labeling on our food, how you can VOTE with your dollars and with your VOTE at election time.
If you hung out with me all through this VERY lengthy post, I thank you! Let me know if I can ride a trolley with you in The Crescent City!