The TMI Blog Survey

Tina did the TMI Blog Question thing today, and I haven’t done a good survey in a while, so I thought I’d play along, too. 

1. What are you wearing?

Yoga pants, a Nike workout tank top and a Lululemon wrap. It’s basically like wearing a blanket, because, you know, winter is back in NYC.

2. Ever been in love?

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Yup.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

Not really, I’ve usually done the breaking up so that I wouldn’t have my heart broken…

4. How tall are you?

5’5″

5. How much do you weigh? 

I have seen everywhere from 151 to 144 on the scale this week, so I’m going to go with 146-7ish?

6. Any tattoos?

Nope, but I did contemplate a 10.10.10 or a 26.2 after I ran my first marathon. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted for the rest of my life, so I didn’t get one. I’m sure my mom is really glad to hear this.

7. Any piercings?

I’m so boring. Just one in each ear. I did get second holes done in Spain in high school when our two ground rules on our trip were “no piercings or drinking.” Broke both of those. 

8. Favorite song? 

So overplayed probably, but Sara Bareilles Brave. I can’t hear it without thinking of the Heroic Women commercial.

9. Quality you look for in a partner?

Hands down, sense of humor. I’m looking for someone to spend the rest of my life with who I can quote Anchorman back and forth with. Not too much to ask, right?

10. Favorite quote?

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11. Favorite actor?

Will Ferrell, obviously. But if we’re talking serious actors, I’ve always really liked Matt Damon.

12. Loud music or soft?

Loud while driving, with the top down, singing my head off. Anywhere else, soft. 

13. Where do you go when you’re sad?

I try to go work out if I can, go window shopping, or call friends or my mom. 

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Too long? I like to allow myself at least an hour and a half from waking up to getting out the door if I can.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

No, thank god.

16. Turn on?

A great smile, cute ass, and someone who’s smart and humble

17. Turn off?

People who are full of themselves. Which, you know, makes dating in NYC fun.

18. Fears?

Flying, failure, being single for the rest of my life

19. Last thing that made you cry?

Talking to Emily about her mom’s cancer. Parents are supposed to live forever, and the fact that I’m at the age where friends’ parents are getting sick is terrifying. And it hurts me so much to see a good friend have to watch her mom fight cancer. Once I started crying, I felt terrible that I was the one crying.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?

Probably my mom? Cool life, Theodora.

21. Meaning behind your YouTube name?

It’s just my name.

22. The relationship between you and the last person you texted? 

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My buddy Emily! Random old pic.

23. Favorite food?

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Spaghetti, bagels, tacos. I currently can’t have 2/3 of that.  

24. Place you want to visit?

Just one? I have a million places I’d love to go: Marlborough, New Zealand (wine country!!!); Greece; Australia; Turks & Caicos; Paris

25. Do you have a crush?

Yes, and he has a girlfriend.

26. Last time you kissed someone?

Oof, probably January? My life is sad.

27. Last time you were insulted?

I can’t remember, which is a good thing

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

All of my Erica Sara jewelry!!

Play along at home! Pick some questions to answer yourself.

I’m supposed to tag three people to take this survey. I choose: Emily, Ashley and Blake.

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21-Day Gluten-Free Experiment

Observant readers (my mom) might have noticed me complaining more about digestive issues lately.

I’ve had ‘em since college, though they’ve been a lot better in the past few years since adopting a healthier lifestyle and finding a probiotic I loved. Well, that probiotic is now unavailable, and my stomach is just a hot mess as of late.

In the past, I’ve gone in a frustrating circle of: regular doctor, allergy doctor or gastro, invasive test, told it’s IBS and not given much guidance on how to treat it, repeat. COOL.

I went for a physical a few weeks ago to make sure I was healthy overall, and everything came back fine, but I still felt crappy. Literally.

Too many meals out and too many Starbucks/Dunkin’ breakfast sandwiches have shown in my waist and on the scale, so I figured they haven’t helped my digestive system either. I knew I should take a look at what I’m eating, figure out what works and what doesn’t, so I decided to see an RD yesterday. I found her through ZocDoc, of course, and she even takes my insurance!

She looked at my blood work, we talked about past medical tests and their results, and we talked about what I was doing now and how I felt. I told her that I’d been tested for celiac a few years ago, and she said if my levels were high enough for them to give me an endoscopy, it was likely I was gluten-sensitive even though the celiac test had come back negative.

“Would you consider trying a gluten-free diet for three weeks?” she asked.

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“Sure, why not?” I just wanted to feel better.

She worked with me to come up with several types of options for each meal time and for different scenarios, including a late night that involves wine (she gets me already) or a early night at home.

Reading my old post about celiac testing, I can’t believe I cried. Although I did let loose a whole string of curses when Leticia reminded me of the lack of bagels that would be in my life. From having lots of gluten-free friends, I’ve seen that it’s easier than ever to be gluten-free in NYC, so if this is a lifetime thing, I’ll just never leave NYC.

I made a promise to the RD and to myself that I’d try this for 3 weeks, so here goes nothing! It really hasn’t been too bad too far. I’m also going to try my best to stay away from all of the processed gluten-free substitutes.

Gluten-free people: any advice?

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