The littles are home again, this time from an ice storm rather than a snow storm. I love how beautiful ice makes everything look, but it is really destructive. I swear I have spent a good portion of the winter outside trying to get snow and ice off the bending bushes in our backyard. I think there are points in your life when you realize you are officially getting old – one of those points is when you care about the bushes in your backyard and don’t want the branches to snap. I feel like I’m supposed to take care of them – maybe it’s a mom thing!

Feb 5 - outside Feb 8 ice 2 Feb 8 ice 3 Feb 8 ice 4 feb 8 ice 5 Feb 8 ice

The lights flickered at 8:18 this am – I was beyond worried about losing power – thankfully that did not happen. YES I did notice the time of course – some things in my life will never change.

As for the littles I’m going with the attitude of *if you can’t beat them why not join them.* The kids like to make giant messes for me to clean up – since I have nothing better to do than clean all day right? {don’t answer that question} I’m trying to join in this madness so we can keep these messes controlled – so far it’s not working – but they are happy so I’m happy.

Feb 6 fort 1

feb 6 fort 2

10 treadmill miles this morning felt good. Some days I’m really motivated to run and other days I know I’ll feel better but it feels sort of like a chore. Today it felt like a chore before I started but after I was REALLY happy I ran – so then it didn’t seem so chore like anymore. Running is funny like that – I love it with all my heart – I can’t live with out in fact – but some days – I just don’t want to deal with it. I always feel better after so on the I-don’t-want-to-do-it-days – I try to do it anyways. Mind over matter. I’m pretty good at talking myself OUT of things so I’m really working on talking myself IN to things. This makes sense to me.

I have TONS to say about my allergy elimination diet and my seasonal allergy shots BUT I haven’t written because the news I got last week was HARD on both fronts. Among the things I’m allergic too are coffee, chocolate, potatoes and carrots. I was A-OK moving towards mostly giving up caffeine – it felt better mentally to be off of it and not HAVE to have it to make it through the day. BUT NO DECAF? No latte’s? UGH. It just sucks. I love coffee. It’s one of my favorite things in this entire world but I guess we aren’t meant to be together – so I have to MOURN and then move on. I haven’t had a drop of coffee since I found out – decaf or regular – and no latte’s. If you know me well you know this has not been easy. I’m proud of myself right now and trying to focus on the fact that food allergies are not cancer and though it sucks this will become my new normal. Once I’m feeling up to it – I’ll talk about it.

Feb 1

I will say I feel FANTASTIC right now. Seriously fantastic. I don’t even remember a time in my life when my mind has felt this good. I haven’t changed anything except coffee and food – which means that I think 110% that it was the food causing so many of my “issues.” When I say a fog has been lifted from my life, I’m not being dramatic or trying to be deep. I seriously feel like a different person – every single day gets better.

I ran 80 miles last week and I’m pretty pleased with that. Some weeks I have the time to fit in the miles and last week was one of those weeks. I spend way too much time wasting time – 5 minutes here – 5 minutes there – these 5 minutes add up. I’ve been putting my phone down more, checking my email less and really focusing on getting healthy. What good am I as a mom, friend, sister, daughter if I am not happy in my own skin – right?

I could ramble on right now but won’t. Thanks for sticking with me through the ups and downs on the blog for the past 5 years. I’m really blessed to have so much support from people I’ve never even met!! xoxo




  1. The chairs with the curly designs on the back in your yard are so cute! I’m glad your feeling better! It’s fascinating much food can impact how we feel. I gave up caffeine in high school, and it’s to the point now that if I have a little bit – I feel completely nauseous in less than a half hour.

  2. I’ve been trying to put the phone down and “disconnect” more too.

    Glad you’re starting to feel better!

  3. Awww no!! NO coffee :( Yes mourn but it will be OK you will learn to live without it – the longer you go without it the easier it gets! I can’t wait to hear more about your elimination diet when you do post it! Great job on the 80 miles – that’s awesome!

  4. I’m excited to hear more about your allergy shots – I am just starting them! I too live in the DC area and have TERRIBLE spring allergies and am hoping they will save me from my yearly spring misery.
    80 miles – amazing! Are you training for anything or just running to run?

  5. The ice is so pretty. I love the blanket favorite thing to do when I was little! Who doesn’t love to sit under a blanket fort? :) Great job on getting in your miles too!

  6. Glad to hear you’re feeling better! & As hard as it is to cut those allergens out, your “it’s not cancer” outlook is awesomely optimistic :)
    I’m so tired of this winter weather! It’s been brutal!

  7. I also can’t have chocolate or coffee (or decaf) but due to ulcers/GERD (big time pain). I know that nothing will be exaclty like what you have to give up – you may wish NOT to try to substitute – can make the change easier or harder, just whatever works for you. That said, allow me to offer the suggestions below.

    For coffee (especially “lattes” with cashew milk, almond milk, coconut milk or hemp milk – whatever you can do), I get Teeccinno dandelion french roast bags – it’s a gluten free, caffeine free non-coffee beverage that you brew like tea. I like the french/dark roast best, then vanilla nut. Caramel nut is ok. They SAY all their stuff is GF but I go w/ the dandelion ones (no barley). Available on the web or at some MOM’s. I use the Torani sugar free syrups for faux lattes – the pumpkin spice and gingerbread make reasonable fake seasonal Starbucks lattes, and I also like the brown sugar cinnamon, belgian cookie and salted caramel – at WorldMarket or Torani’s web site, where you can double check that the flavor you want is gluten free…most are. The sugar free has Splenda if that’s a concern.

    For replacing cocoa powder you bake with, making hot “chocolate”, “choc” chips – though nothing can replace chocolate – I’d suggest Chatfield’s gluten free dairy free carob chips and carob powder. At Whole Foods or through Chatfield or other web sites. Obviously the taste isn’t the same, more of a caramelly, butterscotch, but you can eat the chips, use them to bake, melt them, etc. And the carob powder makes a decent faux hot chocolate (milk or nondairy milk of your choice) especially w/ a little sweetener of choice (I use stevia or a Torani syrup).

    For white potatoes (are you allergic to the whole nightshade family?) – the best replacement I’ve found is the Hannah variety of sweet potatoes. They are pale beige/yellow on outside, whitish on inside. Least “sweet” of the sweet potatoes, have more of the density/texture of white potatoes and a very mild flavor. I microwave them when I want a “baked potato” or use them for “baked fries” (but I’m a sweet potato-a-holic and will eat any type of sweet potato!) Available sometimes (not all the time) at Whole Foods and/or MOM’s. (MOM’s is really good about trying to order stuff if you ask the produce manager)

    Carrots….hm, you could sub parsnips, they’re the closest I’ve found.

    Hoping that as you feel better it gets easier to do without – but it is hard (still hard for me with some things after years) and it takes time. Sometimes it’s easier than others and sometimes it’s just upsetting, annoying and frustrating. Be gentle with yourself – the perspective is good, but that doesn’t mean it’s not trying and stressful for you.

    Wishing you the best.

  8. I can relate to having to mourn certain foods. I have been undergoing some tests to determine my stomach pain, bloating and weird rash. No one has answers for me : (
    As much as Bad news stinks, having news is better than no news…in my opinion.
    Great week of running!!!!

  9. I was giggling when reading about how you feel like you have to take care of your trees. My first winter in my new house, I didn’t realize that te trees would snap if I didn’t go and shake them out, and we had a nice arborvitae in my front yard split right in half! I didn’t like that tree much, anyways…

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