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It’s true. I’m still here.

Sorry for my little blogging hiatus, I know you’ve all just been itching with anticipation for me to post again! I hate when life gets in the way of my blogging!

So first things first. I left you with such a cliffhanger last week!! Jen did a pretty swell job of guessing the 10 body parts that can be spelled with just three letters. I guessed all the same ones as her: eye, lip, hip, toe, leg, arm, ear, and rib. I also though of gum, and Carolyn finished the puzzle with JAW! I don’t know how long it would have taken me to get that one. Good job CM!

So obviously a lot has been going on the past few days to keep me from devoting time to my precious bloggy. Unfortunately nothing Peace Corps related has been stealing my attention… Still waiting…

I have been doing a lot of other exciting things though!

1. I got my hairs cut! Yes, all of them! And now I have bangs. Like, cira 4th grade style bangs. That wasn’t the original plan, but it happened and I’m dealing with it. I have gone back and forth a lot about whether or not I like them. Sometimes I do and keep them hanging around (haaaa I’m so punny) other times they annoy me to no end and I pin them up and outta my way. I’ll probably continue this indecisive behavior until they grow out enough to push em all to one side again. I will try to post a picture tomorrow.

2. I played my last first game of the season. In an unfortunate turn of events, we weren’t able to play our scheduled games against UF and FGCU on Saturday because it rained monsooned and our fields were flooded. So, instead we drove down to Gainesville yesterday to get out butts kicked. It wasn’t pleasant and thats all I really have to say about that.

3. I got to (quickly) see my loving mother, father and brother, who drove up to G-ville to watch us get our butts kicked. I’m so thankful to have such a supportive family that will always make the trip to watch me play. And they never complain about driving all the way to see a game, even when we lose.

4. Here’s the biggie. I decided last week that I am going to run a marathon. Yes, I know that is 26.2 miles. I don’t know when yet. And I haven’t quite exactly figured out how. But I’m going to do it. I am researching some dates for races this summer, I would like to do one before I leave for my PC service. Since I still don’t know when exactly that will be I am hoping to do it before September (when my “estimated date of departure” is). I bought a watch today (which apparently has an alarm set for 10:53pm that I can’t turn off– still haven’t figured out how to work it) so I can start timing myself on my runs and start setting pace goals as I begin training.

As I’m sure you have all been anxiously awaiting… here is your 1st health tip from your favorite health nut:

Don’t make buffalo chicken dip. Just don’t do it. Because you won’t be able to resist! The spicy buffalo flavor. The gooey creamy cheesiness. The big chunks of chicken. Its so deliciously scrumptious that you can’t just have a little bit. You get sucked into a buffalo chicken vortex of doom. Trust me.

I realize that’s not much of a health tip, but I’m preaching to the choir tonight. Its been a rough weekend. I’ve been craving chocolate and junk food like no other and the hungry beast inside of me won’t be quelled! I’ve got to find the willpower to resist! Gluten free cupcake for breakfast do not = Spring Break body!!!

Any supportive comments on this matter would be greatly appreciated and thoughtfully considered 🙂

In other news:

My friend Chris was in a bad car accident over the weekend. He flipped his truck and he and his cousin, Mike, are both in ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Please keep both of them and their families in your prayers this week.


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Junk food “junkies” that is…

That’s right Kelly, pay attention. This is for your own good.

I haven’t blogged a lot about this, but I think most of you know about my recent battle against Mr. Helicobacter Pylori, and the subsequent fight against the meeker and less hostile (yet, still remarkably uncomfortable) Mrs. Escherichia Coli that decided to invade my gastrointestinal tract in the past few months. Long story short: after a month of eating no meat, no dairy, no sugar and no coffee (along with my already gluten free diet) and a couple rounds of high dosage antibiotics, I was able to defeat the aforementioned H. Pylori. However, the extreme strength of the antibiotics, while appreciated for killing the invading bacteria, also killed off all my body’s “good bacteria” and left my poor intestines utterly defenseless. Soon thereafter I was bombarded by an E. Coli infection, which is no walk in the park fellas. After everything I went through trying to get rid of the H. Pylori and being quite sick of taking antibiotics that were just upsetting my body’s natural balance, I swore off my doctor (not literally, she’s actually quite pleasant and helpful). I did, however, literally vow to find a better way to conquer my new infection without destroying my health again.

My interest in health and nutrition began a few years ago, and after everything I have learned lately, I knew I could find a better, and more natural way to get my GI system back on track (ha, no pun intended). I did some surfing and snooping around on the WWW and also did some investigating in my favorite store, New Leaf Market.

My game plan included:

1. Eating a lot of organic yogurt full of probiotics and good bacteria like Lactobacillus Bacterium and Acidophilus.

2. Drinking Kombucha tea, which is also full of probiotics and digestive enzymes. Although its pungent smell is reminiscent of vinegar (April will attest to this) and the taste, at first, is similar to the smell, this stuff actually becomes quite addicting.

3. Consuming Manuka honey, which is honey that is made by bees that pollinate the Camellia sinensis (green tea) plant in New Zealand. This magical serum has bunches of antibacterial properties, and many other health benefits.

4. Drinking organic 100% cranberry juice, which has been studied for its destructive effects on bacteria like E. Coli.

Voila!!! I have been healed!!!

It was a slow process, but feeling my body get healthier and stronger everyday was such relief. And knowing that I was doing it by merely eating foods that would help heal me made me feel even better.

No more chemicals and prescription drugs for me, thank you very much.

Since conquering the bacterial war raging in my gut, I have been feeling better than I have in months! Last summer I was feeling great, running 4-5 miles a day, and quite healthy when my GI issues started. Since then I haven’t felt like myself, haven’t had any energy, haven’t been clear minded and happy… until now. I ran 4 miles this morning, which is the farthest I’ve run since last summer. I finally feel like myself again, and finally feel like I am in control of my body and my health.

The reason I decided to share all of this with you, my three devoted blog readers, is because I care so much about all of you and think that more people than just myself should benefit from everything I have learned in the past few months. Therefore, as a self-proclaimed “health nut” I have decided to add to my blog some health tips that I learned either from personal experience, from reading somewhere else, maybe a billboard, or perhaps from a friend. It may be once a week, it may be every day, and I don’t care if you don’t even read it (Rebecca) but it will be here for your benefit whether you like it or not 🙂

Changing the way I eat has changed my life, and is now vital for my continued health. Instead of being upset or angry that this has all happened to me, I am grateful for everything I learned and hope that in sharing it with you all, you can learn and be healthier too.

So, without further ado… this isn’t really a “health tip” per say, but something to think about until the first real health tip is published:

“Just because you aren’t sick… doesn’t mean you’re healthy.”

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