Woah, I'm exhausted! Travel always wears me the hell out, and this week has been slammed with work and trying to catch up from total lack of sleep during Fitbloggin‘ – not that I'm complaining! I have another trip in a couple of weeks, but it is my first actual vacation in about 5 years, so I'm looking forward to it!
Here are 5 random things I wanted to share today:
- I haven't talked much about my Hashimoto's lately as there hasn't been much to say other than I'm still taking thyroid medication and abstaining from gluten. My family doctor recommended an endocrinologist after testing my antibody levels again, and after a 5 month wait, I finally saw her. She's keeping my medication the same but has asked that I add a pretty high dose of Vitamin D to my day as I'm really deficient. Antibodies are still high, but actual thyroid levels were okay. I was actually refreshed by my visit with her. We talked about metabolism and I was worried she was going to pull the weight shaming card, but she was so great. She made a point to say how good my BP, pulse, blood sugar, etc were, and that we'd focus on getting me feeling less sluggish, not putting me on a weight loss pill (there were ads for them on her wall.)
- During my flight to Denver, I read GORGE: MY JOURNEY UP KILIMANJARO AT 300 POUNDS by Kara Richardson Whitely. It was a great, inspiring read and I could identify with a lot of it, despite never having the desire to hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro! Description: “Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds is the raw story of Kara’s ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world. Her difficult but inspiring trek speaks to every woman who has struggled with her self-image or felt that food was controlling her life. Honest and unforgettable, Kara’s journey is one of intense passion, endurance, and self-acceptance. In Gorge, Kara shows that big women can do big things.”
- My best friend since high school just opened up her own cirque arts/arial yoga studio in Louisville, KY called Suspend. I am so incredibly proud of her for making this dream happen. In addition to being a neuropsychologist with 2 boys, she managed to create this amazing space that combines her passions of performance and fitness. Insider Louisville had a great piece on it this week.
- I back a lot of Kickstarter/Indiegogo projects, and this one just launched this week that I'm excited about. Thick to Thin (T2T) is aiming to build a size inclusive (0-28/30) line of activewear, starting with tanks and shorts. As some of you know, I've dreamed of doing a plus size activewear line for a long time. I have designs, fabrics, and some other key elements done. But as life goes, you have to prioritize. Creating a fashion line is super expensive in both time and money, so anytime I can try to kick some money behind one that fits my particular size, I do. I had some sizing questions and suggestions, and founder Andrea was super quick to respond. Check out the campaign here. Also, if you're looking for statement tanks up to size XXL, they have some awesome ones they already sell. (And yes, I still plan on doing my line at some point. I think there is room for all brands/designers in this plus size activewear segment. Such an under-served market.)
- Currently obsessed with this song. It's anthemic, and I've been screaming it at the top of my lungs on repeat in my car, office, shower, and anywhere else I hear it. Also? I love Rachel Platten's hair.
Hope you have a great 4th of July!