I got to hangout with my friend Caitlin yesterday! She arrived in Boston late on Sunday night for a speaking engagement yesterday morning, so she stayed with me out in the ‘burbs. It was great to see her—even if it was for a short period of time. We always have so much to chat about!
Caitlin had her very first Marylou’s experience and immediately fell in love. This ish is the bomb.
Back at home, we ate breakfast. I had Teddie peanut butter with sliced banana on gluten-free toast.
Caitlin had eggs and toast, which the pug assumed she’d share with him.
Sorry, Murph. Not for pugs.
After breakfast, Caitlin got ready to drive to her talk. We said goodbye, but made plans to get together in the city later in the day.
I spent the rest of the morning working and then broke for lunch around 11:30 AM. I reheated some leftover meat from Sunday’s crockpot dinner and mixed it with steamed asparagus and Parmigiano Reggiano sprinkled on top. Delish!
I still wanted a little something more to eat, so I made a piece of toast with peanut butter.
After lunch, I headed into Boston for an appointment with my GI doctor.
On the subway ride into the city, I stumbled across a short article in the Metro about free fitness classes at YMCAs throughout Greater Boston during March—just wanted to share! It looks like classes are open to both members and non-members!
So… back to my doctor’s appointment. I guess I should give you guys a colitis update. *Sigh*
I know there are quite a few readers who also struggle with IBD or have loved ones who do, so I’m more than happy to share my experience on CNC, but, at the same time, it’s such a bummer for me to write these kinds of posts because it’s like admitting that my body is winning, and I have zero control over what happens to it. It’s scary. And incredibly frustrating.
As I’ve previously mentioned, my new GI doctor and his staff are awesome. I started having UC symptoms again around the New Year and haven’t seen much improvement. (TMI: Lots of blood, but I feel fine otherwise.) If anything, things have gotten worse (more blood), so I started Prednisone again last week and had an appointment with my doctor’s nurse practitioner (NP) yesterday. She was amazing and chatted with me for well over an hour. She also answered all of my questions (I had a ton, like I always do) and came up with a game plan to get me better. The first step: having a colonoscopy. FINALLY! You have no idea how happy I was to hear that word yesterday. Colonoscopy = answers (hopefully). I’m sure it’s going to cost a fortune, but it’s definitely necessary so my doctor can see what’s going on. I’ve been struggling with UC stuff since August, so I hope this test will finally provide us with some answers to get me on the path to good health.
After my doctor’s appointment, I met Caitlin for a late lunch at Post 390 in Back Bay.
Post 390 is one of my favorite lunch places, especially during the fall or winter. It’s so cozy inside.
Caitlin and I had plans to take a spinning class after lunch, so we ordered a couple of appetizers to share: French fries and tortilla chips with whipped herb goat cheese and roasted red pepper dip. Both were tasty, and we housed them. I was so hungry!
Caitlin and I took the 45-minute Ride! class together. It was pretty good. There were quite a few new people in the class, so the instructor spent a lot of time stopping the music and explaining things, which kind of killed the energy of the class, but I still enjoyed the workout. It was fun working out with Caitlin too!
After spin class, we grabbed smoothies from the Healthworks café. I ordered the Gingerbread smoothie, which was ridiculously good. I could not stop talking about how much I liked it. Must recreate.
Health News & Views
Brightly-colored juice seemed to be everywhere nowadays, and it’s no wonder since it’s such a nutrient-rich beverage. And, hey, a big glass of fresh juice can really hit the spot, right?With that said, here’s a delicious recipe with a little zing (hello, fresh ginger!) that will make you feel a little bit healthier, starting with your very first sip!
Questions of the Day
Have you ever made an internet friend who is now your real life friend?
Do you like spinning? What makes a good spin class?
P.S. Last chance to enter the giveaway to win an entry for the Run for the Dream race! I’ll pick two winners this afternoon!