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A Tough Week + Gratitude Giveaway with Sunwarrior

It is no secret that the past 7 days have been a bit up, down, and all around for me. But you all know that, if nothing else, I am a fighter, a survivor, and a thriver when the going gets tough (and now you know how I stay positive when times do slap you across the face). Today I wanted not only to continue to focus on the positive in my life by looking at my favorites and also to express my gratitude with a giveaway!

Friday Favorites

This post is sponsored by Sunwarrior. All opinions are my own! Thank you, Heather for the favorites prompt and Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney for the Friday Five!

1) Fit Body Bakery Apple Muffins

Get your muffin fix with these tasty, healthy, and satisfying gluten free muffins made with fresh applesauce and Fit Body Bakery Muffin Mix! Recipes at

I demolished these (and you can win your own box of mix!), and even Alex stole them. They were moist (sorry), just sweet enough, smooth, and perfectly spiced. Not only that, they were satisfying and filled with good stuff, not with extra crap, so I could go to TOWN on them as I was eating my feelings (marathon training, then going on vacation, then coming back to the issue that shall not be named does not make for a great deal of will power…). I am not suggesting that you eat your feelings, but if you are going to do so, may I suggest some of my apple muffins? Or one of my other healthy recipes?

2)Having Time with Alex not on Vacation!

I have had dinner with Alex almost every night this week; we have watched TV and Netflix together (omg, The Fault in Our Stars, and, on a completely different note, PBS’s Nazi Mega Weapons); we cleaned out some of the junk in the apartment together, we went and go sushi… bottom line? We are spending time together, and goodness knows right now, I need that.

3) Improvement! 

The pain is not gone, but it is better. I am not longer as scared to move as I was earlier this week, and for that I am so, so grateful. We still don’t have an official diagnosis, but we are moving on with treatment. I am so thankful that I will not need surgery, and that I’ve actually made some rapid improvement thanks to the work of my support system, my own rehab, as well as some, let’s be honest, luck. Monday and Tuesday were rather painful, but I was walking to the bank Wednesday morning, something shifted, I could feel a little release. Since then, my pain has decreased, and I am feeling increasingly liberated!

Movement is a gift. Be thankful for every shift: of heart, mind, or body.

Jerks, impact, and many run-of-the-mill movements still hurt, and I had to take a few quick steps the other day and THAT was a mistake. It still hurts with every step, but it is a pain that I can deal with, at least for the time being. I can do the spin bike, as I mentioned previously, and I tried out some very gentle yoga a few times, and that can be done without pain (as long as I don’t jump). Plus, the yoga I am doing incorporates the exercise that the chiropractor wanted me to do at home, I am stretching out my muscles, tight from sitting, and it is, as ever, healing for me. 

4) My Support System

To you guys, to my mom, to my husband, and my doctors, I just want to say thank you.

So much gratitude for my support system! I would give you a tackle hug if I could!

A huge part of my being able to retain some semblance of sanity is on account of the fact that I have amazing people surrounding me, both on the objective and subjective side, and you all keep me going and moving even when I feel scared to move (both literally and figuratively). I don’t want to bog this down with other trite things, so just thank you.

5) Being Proactive in My Recovery through My Diet

As you know, I recently made a major change to my medications as well as suffered a major setback in the structural health of my body. But that doesn’t mean that I throw in the towel, that I lay by and let my hard work peter out.  Instead, I am going to look for ways, as I have in the past, to come back even stronger and better prepared to stay healthy in the long run. My body is going to need all the help it can get. So I am turning to an old friend that has gotten a big update: Sunwarrior.

Sunwarrior was actually the very, very first protein powder I ever tried or purchased. It is a leader in raw, organic, gluten free, vegan protein powders that utilize superfoods to help you achieve your best!

Sunwarrior protein powder was actually the very, very first protein powder I ever tried or purchased. I heard about it via other blogs, back in my nascent reading, and I decided that I would give it a go. I was looking for an alternative way to keep good weight on, but I was also very particular about what I put in my body–even more so then, as I had more recently been in a Crohn’s Disease flare. When I started lifting more seriously and then training for my first half marathon (while in grad school), I wanted to supplement that work with products that I could trust. So I turned to Sunwarrior. 

In the years since I started with Sunwarrior Protein Classic, I have also tried Sunwarrior Protein Synergy (which I also loved), and I was recently contacted by Sunwarrior to try their newest product, Sunwarrior Protein Classic Plus. Having always been a fan of their products and approach, I jumped at the chance!

Raw, plant-based, certified organic, gluten free, and absolutely no nonsense. Sunwarrior Classic Plus utilizes superfoods for major results, but in a way that our bodies can really process, accept, and then utilize to help us feel our best. Check out for my favorite ways to use it!

So what puts the “plus” in Sunwarrior Classic Plus

Organic Certified Classic Plus builds on Sunwarrior’s original rice protein by adding in the amino acid balancing effects of peas, chia seeds, quinoa, and amaranth. This superfood combination still relies heavily on the gentle nature of whole-grain brown rice, but with a hefty dose of the strength that has made Warrior Blend so popular. (From the Sunwarrior Website)

Raw, plant-based, certified organic, gluten free, and absolutely no nonsense. Superfoods for major results, but in a way that our bodies can really process, accept, and then utilize to help us feel our best. Sunwarrior Classic Plus’s amino acid complex and easy to digest proteins will be invaluable as I work to stay healthy and repair whatever damage has happened. And Sunwarrior has a complete range of products designed to help you feel your best, from immune defense to vitamins.

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Because I want to feel like this again!

Sunwarrior is helping me show my gratitude for my support system (you guys!) by helping me giveaway a Sunwarrior Starter Kit! It is filled with a sampling of Sunwarrior favorites, a blender bottle, and more. Open to US only, open today Friday 10/6-Saturday 11/14. Good luck and I’m sorry Canada, there will be something for you soon!

Win this Sunwarrior Starter Pack, featuring Sunwarrior Classic, Synergy, and Plus as well as other favorites and a Sunwarrior blender bottle at Take charge of your healthy living! Gluten Free, Vegan and Raw

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