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Yay!  I’m home.


Holy heck.  The last two days were a serious whirlwind.  I flew to Pennsylvania and did a grand total of THREE Operation Beautiful speaking events.  One was at a college (Misericordia University) and the others were at a nearby high school.  High school students always like me because I’m getting them out of a class.  Hah.  


I ended up driving a grand total of 7 hours in addition to taking 4 flights, so needless to say… I was pooped by the time it was all over.  I also did a really poor job of eating healthy on the road, which added to the worn down feeling.

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Exhausting – but fun.  I love traveling for Operation Beautiful. <3 


I came home to discover this GIANT Udi’s loaf.  So big!  Kristien went to Costco while I was away, and he said the Udi’s loaves at Costco are ginormous AND cheap. 


I’ve been making my fair share of cinnamon toasty sammies (as Henry calls them).  Basically, it’s toast with coconut oil, cinnamon, and brown sugar.



And salad and some milky tea to round it all out.


So – that’s all.  Nothing exciting to report, but let me tell you – after all that travel, nothing exciting is a GOOD thing.  I’m lovin’ it.


Random question of the day:  Do you get really bad sleep anxiety when you know you have to wake up early?  I DO!  I had a 7:15 AM flight and that threw me into a tizzy – I couldn’t fall sleep and when I did, I woke up every hour.  It was miserable.  I used to get bad pre-race anxiety but I finally got over that a year or so ago.



  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 11, 2014, 4:27 pm

    I sleep 10 times worse when I have to get up at a different time than normal — it’s terrible! And completely self-defeating…

  • Lauren April 11, 2014, 4:52 pm

    Yes! I used to tour for work and would often have really early calls for travel at my hotel. I’d always sleep badly until I discovered a special trick: I’d set three different alarms (my phone, the hotel alarm clock, and a wake-up call). Although it sounds crazy to admit it, my overnight brain figured that at least one of the alarms wouldn’t fail and I could finally sleep!

  • Laurence April 11, 2014, 5:00 pm

    I do too. To avoid it, I use two alarms, i.e my cellphone and an alarm clock.

  • Nancy April 11, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Welcome home! 🙂

    I don’t get sleep anxiety when I have to wake up early – but my body does this weird thing when it knows it has to wake up earleir for a flight/etc… I wake up BEFORE my alarm goes off. Wild hey? Lol.

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} April 11, 2014, 5:07 pm

    I use to be really bad, but realized that if I am late, their are worst things in the world and it was meant to be that I over slept 🙂

  • Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health April 11, 2014, 5:08 pm

    That picture of you and Henry- LOVE!!

  • Amber K April 11, 2014, 5:26 pm

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have sleep anxiety like that! Absolute worst thing when you’re just trying to relax and sleep.

  • Rachel April 11, 2014, 6:10 pm

    So I used to get really bad travel anxiety; like starting days before my actual departure. I’d have trouble sleeping, always running lists of things not to forget, in my head, and my heart rate would go crazy. I was always a raging b*tch the day of and my bad mood would rub off on the husband and then the kids. Not good. Then my neighbor told me about this stuff called “Calms Forté” by Hylands. It’s a homeopathic remedy to help with stress and sleeplessness. I was pretty skeptical when I tried it but now I am a true convert! I’ll take it before traveling and feel SO much more level headed. Plus there is no “hangover” or grogginess after taking it. It’s pretty much amazing ;). Maybe give that a try!

  • Liz April 11, 2014, 7:29 pm

    I am the worst sleeper when I know I have something big the next day that either I’ll need a good night’s sleep for or I’ll have to get up early for! And then I just sit there in bed and think to myself that if I fall asleep right now, I can still get 5 hours of sleep…and it goes on like that forever ):

  • Alyssa @ Lyss the Nutritionist April 11, 2014, 7:34 pm

    Oh boy I sleep terribly when I have to get up early the next day! It’s almost like, I’m getting so little sleep, why bother?!

  • Sarah @ Licorice & olives April 11, 2014, 9:51 pm

    Oh gosh, yes, I travel a lot for work too and waking up early is tough enough, why does my mind want to check every hour that yes indeed it is still night.

  • Joy April 12, 2014, 6:50 am

    Yes!!! I almost feel like I’d be better off not going to sleep when I have to be up early because I get up with anxiety so many times

  • Maryea {happy healthy mama} April 12, 2014, 8:19 am

    YES–I totally get anxiety when I have to be up super early. I will do the same thing–wake up multiple times during the night and check the clock. It’s the worst! I hope you have a relaxing weekend. 🙂

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 12, 2014, 8:31 am

    I get sleep anxiety when I have to wake up super early. Which means that it has to be before 6:00 AM. I’m up all night twisting and turning – it’s awful!

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 12, 2014, 10:12 am

    Holy cow that happens to me all the time. Not just for my own early morning activities but for my kids’ stuff too. Emma had to wake at 5:00 am and I was a wreck all night for it. I woke for the last time at 3:00 am and just stayed awake. UGH!

  • Laura @ SneakersandSpatulas April 12, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I get that and it is the worst! By setting two alarms it does help me to sleep better though.

  • Rebecca April 12, 2014, 10:35 pm

    What a busy couple of days you’ve had! 🙂

    If I have to be at work at 7am after getting off at 11pm, yeah, I don’t sleep much. And if it’s my first night sleeping somewhere new, I don’t sleep. Tonight, despite settling down to sleep at a decent hour, I’ll probably not sleep all that great because I’m getting up at 7. Which isn’t even that bad of a time to get up, but when you don’t get up before 9 most days because of a stupid work schedule, 7am is awful.
    When we go to AK in June, I’ll probably sleep awfully the night we leave before because of excitement and anxiety, and of course that first night is going to suck sleep-wise because it’s a new place. I’ll probably be grumpy the first day or two until I catch up on sleep and get over three hours’ worth of jet lag and over six hours of driving to and from airports.

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 14, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, that sounds like an exhausting few days! It’s so good to get home after times like that. Amazing experiences, but home can be amazing, too.
    Bulk Udi’s?! I’ll have to see if BJ’s has that!

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