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Feeling Better

Monday, April 19, 2021

Hey, friends,

I definitely want to start this blog by saying THANK YOU for the unbelievable support you all showed me over the past few weeks while our dog was sick and right after we lost him. I was really struggling and the comments and goodies that I received reminded me that I'm not alone and to be kind to myself. I didn't get a chance to thank you all individually, but every one of you is a blessing.

Overall, I'm feeling better. I'm dealing with this loss better than that of our cat, probably because our dog was elderly so it wasn't as much of a shock. I've also been a bit busy and it's been keeping me distracted. I'm starting grad school in the fall and registration for fall classes is next week. I've been meeting with my advisors and working on a schedule. I'm really excited to start and feeling hopeful about the future!

This past Tuesday I rolled my ankle while leaving for work. Of course I never get hurt when I'm hiking or anything, but I fall just stepping off my porch. I guess it's because I was not paying attention. I just landed on my foot wrong and fell sideways. It seems like a light sprain; it's been stiff and sore. I've been taking it easy, icing it, and wrapping it when I'm going to be on my feet for a while. Hopefully it will heal easily and I won't have to make a doctor trip. It's actually feeling considerably better this morning, so hopefully it stays that way throughout the day.

Saturday I definitely ate a bunch of food I wouldn't normally. I have celiac disease and that really limits where and what I can eat while dining out. My husband and I decided to travel a little over an hour away over the weekend to check out a state park. We took a nice (and slow because of my ankle) 3 mile hike. Then we were looking for a nearby restaurant for lunch and I found a completely gluten free Italian restaurant! This is a big deal. They make gluten free onion rings, mozzarella sticks, pasta, pizza, cannolis, and much more. I ate onion rings for the first time in 4+ years. Needless to say, I ate way more than I normally would. My husband and I ordered a bunch of different things and split them. We ate so much that we skipped dinner! This is definitely not something I want to get into the habit of, but I don't consider myself to be on a diet. This is a lifestyle change and I have room in that to have something special sometimes. I don't lose weight fast this way, but I'm officially down 25 lbs. over the past year and I haven't felt deprived in any way. And I've actually been feeling rather slim over the past couple days!
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  • MUVFASTA
    emoticon Take care of your ankle!
    93 days ago
  • SERENEART
    cool! A gluten free Italian restaurant! Take it easy on that ankle and get better soon!
    105 days ago
  • DEBBY4576
    Oh Rachel I wish we could figure out the recipe for those onion rings. I have every non gluten flour available I think and have used pork rinds too. I'm glad you found that place. Be careful, I've had a semi sprained ankle last waaaay too long!!
    105 days ago
  • IAMTHEELLIE
    Grad school! How exciting! I hope classes are back to normal soonish... My first year was great, but second year was rough after COVID hit.
    106 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    Our pets are family you have every right to grieve. I am sorry about your ankle.A Gluten Free restaurant is a big thing, enjoy and don't worry about what you ate it was a treat!
    106 days ago
  • NOVEMBERGAIL
    So glad you are feeling better and feel bad about your ankle. You have a lot going on; be gentle. emoticon
    106 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    The loss of a pet is so hard, and we get that.

    Glad the ankle is getting better. I have so many foot issues over the years that to use ice even after it's healed for a few days does still help. Giggling at Katie's "tip on my own shadow" YES IT IS POSSIBLE TO DO THAT!!

    WOOHOO LOVE LOVE LOVE that you totally get the Sparks way of our journey it's a LIFESTYLE and it's okay to enjoy such a meal as you did!! I am SURE here they have to be totally gluten free places, likely quite a few. I've not looked because I am not GF, but a friend is, and she'd drive me NUTTIER If she knew!!
    106 days ago
  • LESLIELENORE
    We have a gluten free bakery in town, but a gluten free restaurant would definitely take it to the next level. Glad you enjoyed your meal! I hope your ankle feels better today.
    106 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    WOW that is a super find...you enjoyed and now are moving forward..congrats on the weight loss..sounds like you are doing what you need to do!
    Had to chuckle a bit about the ankle..I do hope it gets better quickly..sounded much like something I would do..can climb ladders,,go thru fences and hike over rocks..but trip on my own shadow!!
    Have a good Monday emoticon
    106 days ago
  • AFERRARI
    emoticon
    106 days ago
  • 7STIGGYMT
    Our pets are a part of our family, like our children. Gluten would be a challenge. I'm glad you're finding a way to do it.
    106 days ago
  • PATRICIA-CR
    Finding a gluten-free Italian restaurant? WOW, that's priceless! I hope your ankle will heal completely soon. emoticon on your total weight loss! That's emoticon Keep it up! Have a healthy and lovely week.
    106 days ago
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