I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m currently sitting on the couch with a warm cup of coffee and relaxing for a moment before getting up and ready for the day. We fly home later tonight, which makes me so sad. I never want to leave after visiting Florida. I didn’t get the chance to write a recap post last week, but I’ll explain a bit why further into this blog. I’d like to pretend things will go back to normal once I get home, but there’s nothing normal about Christmas time! I’ll be spending my week putting up the Christmas tree, organizing the house, gift shopping, baking, and participating in Vlogmas this year after so many requests. OH, and my new couch comes tomorrow morning! So before Christmas takes over, I’m going to try to enjoy what’s left of November. Let’s get started with this recap!
I spent the first part of the week doing a lot of sitting on my couch while catching up on writing. I woke up out of a dead sleep two Wednesday nights because of the intensity of my period cramps. Hot baths, pain medication, and heating pads couldn’t even help. The pain was so bad that I threw up several times throughout the night (this is NOT normal.) When I was diagnosed with endometriosis six years ago, it was because of an episode like this. I finally fell back asleep around six am, but immediately called a new doctor early in the morning. I felt like my current gynecologist wasn’t doing anything for me other than telling me to go on blood thinners during my cycles and eat a gluten-free vegan diet. I don’t know how but he fit me in later in the afternoon before my deep tissue massage. I was expecting to have to wait several months, but he wanted to make sure everything was OK with the severity of Wednesday night’s episode. We talked about a new birth control plan to help, and potentially going in for a second laporscopy in the Spring.
I know I don’t’ talk about endometriosis as much as I should on this platform and that’s mainly because I hate the reminder of what I have to deal with. I hate it so much. I hate feeling like I’m six months pregnant with “endo belly” some days and I hate that three days out of the month, I can’t leave the couch. I’m so bitter about it. If I can get some kind of relief, then maybe I’d love to talk about it. I just feel hopeless some days and it’s a scary thing to go through. The sad part is that it’s a disease that so many women have but are left undiagnosed. Last week was a really bad week for me, but I’m doing fine now, and just feeling more proactive about getting some sort of relief soon. I know this sounds extreme, but I kind of understand why Lena Dunham got a hysterectomy so young.
I don’t want to make this blog post all negative, but I felt like I needed to fill you in on what’s going on. Not all weeks are good, but they always get better. I do want to say that I’m going to try to be better about opening up about endometriosis and I hope that you guys feel comfortable talking to me if you’re struggling with it as well, or think you are!
I know I usually take photos of things all week long for my recap posts, but I just needed to check out and focus on my health. I wasn’t feeling up for anything and it felt good to finally feel like myself again on Saturday. Becca and I headed to Lincoln’s Haberdashery for coffee and to pick up lunch later in the morning. I ordered an almond milk cappuccino and a salad to-go.
I had my salad for lunch while I caught up on some work on Saturday afternoon. The salad had arugula, onion, tomatoes, and an almond cranberry mango quinoa. I also added blueberries and strawberries on top.
I had to use up all the produce in the house so this was Monday’s dinner! I had a bowl of sauteed kale and bok choy with roasted squash, carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and topped with avocado, tahini, and coconut aminos.
probably one of the most unorganized recap posts, but I’ll eventually get back on track. With all the traveling, I’m all over the place. But, I couldn’t catch a break. On Tuesday, I had Panera for dinner and then headed to the gym with Kyle. I ended up getting pretty sick that night. We had to make a late-night trip to CVS so I could buy all the Pepto-Bismol they had. I don’t ever get sick unless I’m on my period, so it was a rare occurrence. I was getting worried when they announced the recall on romaine because I had eaten at Panera! Luckily, I’m fine and it was just some sort of bug.
I’m so happy that I woke up feeling so much better on Wednesday morning. I was afraid I either had ecoli from the romaine or I was getting the flu. After spending the day packing and getting everything ready for our trip, I whipped up some of my favorite oatmeal cream pies! But this time I made them completely dairy and gluten free. THEY WERE SOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!! I used Earth Balance butter sticks, gluten-free oats, and gluten-free flour as substitutes.
Kyle and I headed to my parent’s house to have a pre-Thanksgiving dinner before we headed to Florida. I brought over the oatmeal cream pies and a pumpkin pie from Whole Foods. You can watch the Thanksgiving dinner round one video on my YouTube channel!
We had the best dinner. We had grilled vegetables, gluten-free stuffing, dinner rolls, shrimp salad, green bean salad, cranberry sauce, and delicious turkey! My dad’s grilled veggies were my favorite part.
We left around 8:30 pm and it’s always sad to leave the dogs behind, but they love hanging out at my parent’s house.
Kyle and I left the house at 5 AM and headed to the airport for our flight! This is the third Thanksgiving visiting his mom down in Florida and it’s so much fun! Every time we are down here, I never want to leave.
We made it to Florida at 9 am. We had coffee and some food while watching the Macy’s Day Parade and catching up. While we were sitting at the breakfast table, Kyle’s grandma surprised us with a visit. We were so happy to spend Thanksgiving with her!
I have a Thanksgiving trip video coming soon as well 😊
Dinner was incredible, like always!
We spent the evening playing Heads Up and it was hilarious! That game never gets old.
I know this recap was all over the place, but so am I. I’ll get my life in order soon. I promise! 😊 We’ve been doing so much, which I can’t wait to share with you all soon! ❤️
Questions for you!
- How did you spend your Thanksgiving?
- What was your favorite dish?
- Are you getting anything good for Cyber Monday?
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