I finally have some positive news to share! I think my new medicine is working because I am FINALLY feeling much better! After still feeling bad Monday, I was really concerned about teaching spin on Tuesday. It was my first day of the class that is now my very own (aka I teach every week now!). My entire day was scheduled around trying to feel good. I went to AM Crossfit because strangely enough that settles my stomach…

We did 2 rounds, with a 5 minute rest in between, of:

250m row

15 kb swings (heavier than normal)

25 burpees

15 kb swings

250m row

I refueled from that with hard boiled eggs and mango. I felt good all morning, but the thing about my mystery illness is it can go from 0 to 60 pretty fast. I was wrapped up working on a homework problem, and suddenly I realized I was shaking and needed food IMMEDIATELY. So basically I always keep snacks on me now. The good news is I think I found a fairly safe lunch:


Butter lettuce (less intense than romaine)+grilled chicken a la Trader Joe’s+ vinaigrette+ a fruit bar with chia and flax seeds. And sometimes with some edamame crackers.

I left for spin pretty early to beat traffic and did some work in the car. After 1.5 luna bars, I was fueled up and ready to teach. I’m not kidding when I say Luna bars make up a significant part of my diet right now. Like 2 a day. But hey, if my body cooperates and they don’t fit my 5000 food restrictions, I’ll go for it!

Spin went really well! It was a small class, but a fun one. I took it a little easy on the bike, but for the most part my body cooperated and I was so, so grateful.

I really wanted sushi, so I popped in at Trader Joe’s for some quinoa and mushroom teriyaki sushi. It had a tiny bit of wheat, but technically I should be adding things back in slowly so I went for it.


At Trader Joe’s one of the only desserts I could find that fit my current eating style was brown rice crispy treats. Hey-I’ll take it! Dried persimmons are another favorite-YUM!

I think this illness has really been a wake up call that I need to start taking better care of myself. At this point, I think it’s really likely it was caused by overconsumption of Advil damaging my stomach. Hopefully the medicine continues to help, but in the meantime all I can do is continue to put quality foods in my body and hope it heals! But MAN I feel much better than this past weekend (knock on wood!)


8 comments on “Over the Hump on Hump Day

  1. Sky @ Blonde Freedom

    I’m glad your mystery illness is getting a little better and that you’re finding out ways to calm it. I had one of Luna’s new bars, chocolate caramel something. It was delicious and tasted just like a candy bar! I think it’s so awesome that you’re teaching your spin classes now, but I hope your mystery illness continues to fade away to make your life easier.

    1. astottler Post author

      I really want to try the chocolate cupcake flavor!

  2. Elsie Goycoolea

    Such great news! Congrats on your spin class, it looks like you already got the reigns of it. Hey if Luna bars work, why not! 🙂

    1. astottler Post author

      I’m not tired of them yet!

  3. Rina

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better, and I hope the doctors get to the root of the cause. You’re definitely rocking your spin classes, and LUNA bars are awesome. Period.
    By the way, is it roasting down there? It’s definitely at least 75 degrees up here.

    1. astottler Post author

      It hasn’t been too crazy hot yet but this weekend looks like it might get pretty bad!

  4. caileejoy

    I’m glad that you’re feeling better…but I’m sorry that it’s still not 100%. That’s so strange that you can go from feeling fine to sick and shaky so quick. I’m sorry! You’re right though, fueling your body with quality foods is the way to heal!

    1. astottler Post author

      Quality foods are so important for so many aspects of health-it’s crazy how everything is connected!

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