Katie Confesses: Hormones Are Boss

I’ve been writing this blog in my head for the past few months.  What to say, what not.  Tell all or just ham it up with all sorts of reality checks I’ve been faced with over the past year…well, the past 25 years.  Yesterday, I brought the vast majority of this blog together while on a GRUELING 4 mile run.  Ok, jog.  ‘Grueling,’ sure, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but today I can hardly walk. Shit you not.  *I’ll thank this tune for getting me home.

KatieHormone_ccIt’s been a humbling couple of years.  The wheels are a little rusty, to say the least. Yesterday, at mile 1.75 I wanted to stop. Pretty much put the kibosh on the idea of running and just walk.  It hurt.  This all after finishing a couple marathons and a handful of halfs and still, I might say, can teach a kick ass spin class, so I still got {some of} it.  I could, at one time, jog for miles.  Nowadays I don’t aspire to run much, but I just wanted to lace ’em up for old times sake.  My core?  Well that’s sorta none existent.  My glutes = not firm. Nope, not even one of them.  I’m a Functional Nutritionist who’s been a little less than functional from time to time.

When I was 15 years old I spent some time in calorie deprivation with disordered eating.  It was weird, it just happened.  I remember shopping with my Mom, looking in the mirror and thinking – what on earth?!  It was a fairly short stint in that arena (the being too thin part) and I was ready to eat once again.  I remember being thrilled to have a free pass to eat.  Anything and everything because, well, I needed it.   That’s when the trouble began, my metabolism had tanked, but even more important, my understanding of food, portions, and all that went with it was gone.   Frankly it had never existed, but it didn’t really need to prior to that. Seventy new pounds later, there I was.

Fast forward and from 15-25 I was in the ether.  The ether of health.  I’ve always been so enthralled with food, nutrition, and fitness.  Never an athlete and born with my grandma’s knees (less than shapely – sorry G’ma!), it was about finding my own best balance.  KEY WORD: balance.  And I did.  It wasn’t always easy but as I rounded the corner in my late 20’s I started to fit my own bod.  Feeling good. Looking pretty a-ok.  In fact, it started to become a passion, this new understanding that food = energy, and that what we eat actually becomes us. I craved the feeling that good health gave me, and I wanted to share it, so I entered the world of professional nutrition and fitness. Things had really fallen into place.

Enter Summer of 2014.  Helloooo.  Here it is, reality check time.  Starting your own business, even with the BEST of partners, is nothing short of stressful.  You know, working night and day, trouble sleeping, eating at weird times or even not eating, and of course getting insanely excited and then insanely scared – all within five minutes. And THAT is exactly what knocked me right off balance, and welcomed this new layer right in the old midsection.

KatieHormone_2You, my uninvited friend, are not welcome.  I have Hashimotos (autoimmune thyroiditis) so my inner engine is at a disadvantage to begin with, but for years I’ve kept it in check with a clean diet and good exercise.  Nowadays, that sucker is all whack.  What else is whack?  The nearly 15 pounds I’ve added on over the past 18 months.  Wait. A. Minute.  You start a nutrition company and gain 15 pounds? What the… Let me tell you this: I disclose for the very reason that I am just like you.  I get it, and I too need to be reminded of how important it is to shut down, breathe and stretch, and how other systems are at play here.  Health and wellness is more than just food.  We are not lying when we say that. It is the sum of all things, of which food is merely one {albeit huge} key player.

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This isn’t Prescribe Nutrition’s fault.  It’s mine.  It’s knowing so much and thinking somehow that because I know, it won’t happen to me.  This Winter of the ‘Frozen Tundra’ (so affectionately named for the crazy cold that was Minnesota 2014) had me on my ass, doing very little movement, working 12 hours days, baking like a wild woman (sure all gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, but four muffins a day?  C’mon Katie … oh and capping off most nights with a glass (or two) of red wine.  Hey, it was self defense people.  I was cold and tired and adrenal fatigue was the new sheriff in town.  The only thing that was firm was that I was not, and all black was the uniform.  My hormones were on the fritz.

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Practice what you preach. I know, I know.  I really, I do… 98% of the time.  I have to say that despite what I’ve told you, it all happened for a reason.  I study hormones on the daily, and my intense passion for nutrition and it’s connectedness to our entire bodies needed to take me for a spin around the block.  I’m a Certified Advanced Hormone practitioner, yet my own hormones think that they are on some joy ride of their own. How ironic. I needed to see that my self care, my sleep (or lack thereof) and my go go GO really did have that crazy impact that we all talk about.  Life happened. And it landed in my stomach.

As I rounded the corner on Spring, listening to Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Hormone Cure on audio again and I cried (and laughed) through half of it.  THIS IS ME. 35, plus 15 and feeling like this lady needs to get balanced herself. Heyo. Life, health and finding balance – it’s a puzzle.  A giant THOUSAND piece puzzle.  So here I sit, feeling a little vulnerable, wondering what you might think, will you still trust me and hoping that more than anything you can see –  we are you.  We all struggle, we all fall of the horse, we test the waters…it’s life.

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  • by Jessie on

    Katie, thanks so much for opening up & being real! I loved this post. So I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s over a year ago & I still feel like I’m fighting a losing battle. I’ve seen three different doctors since then…and they all seem to tell me something different (You MUST go gluten-free, gluten-free will do nothing for you, take THIS thyroid medication, no take THIS one, etc…) it’s incredibly confusing! Right now I’m not really doing anything & I feel blah. Not good!! I think this would be awesome; I’m sure my diet is a huge contributing factor. I’m guessing this is perfectly tailored for someone with Hashi’s since you have it as well??

  • by Jessie on

    Hi Katie! I’m not sure if my last comment went through…it’s not up here on the blog so I guess I’ll try one more time 🙂 I LOVED this post. Thanks for being so real!! I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s over a year ago & since then have seen three different doctors. They all tell me completely different things (so I am totally confused!!) One doctor had me on Armour thyroid, and the next one told me that Armour was dangerous so he switched me to Levothyroxin. Currently, I’m not sure who to believe, so I’m not taking anything. But I feel so blah!! I think this Get Balanced course sounds amazing; I’m guessing it’s perfectly tailored for someone with Hashi’s since you’ve got it as well??

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Hi Jessie! Your comment DID come through! We have to approve them (wha wha) so it just takes a bit. I’m delighted you found some reflection in this post. Without getting too crazy in this reply (cause you bet I could go ON for days about Hashi) that we absolutely talk thyroid in Get Balanced. I can’t tell you that I sure do know how confusing it is to navigate – only to get a zillion opinions. I’m a huge believer in a couple key factors for thyroiditis and gluten free is the one of the golden tickets. Get this – each cell in our body has a thyroid receptor site on it (it’s only this and vitamin d that have this unique characteristic) and because gluten proteins mimic thyroid hormone – eating gluten can literally cause a switchboard overload. I’m so sorry you feel blah – let’s get you feeling better!

  • by Sharon Wadsworth on

    Katie, You crack me up with your humor, and at the same time make me appreciate your honesty. Staying fit and healthy has to be a mindful decision that we all face. Your programs have inspired me to eat healthy. Your reminders have helped me stay on track and motivated. Thank you for that!

    Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for future motivations! I will be following your journey. Love ya!

    Btw, talk to your cuz Rachel about running. She is a great motivator in that area!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Thank Aunt Sharon! Thank you. I’m so glad you have gotten to be apart of our work & programs. It’s truly the power of the community – we are in this together! Oh and I DO know how to call for running motivation – she’s a wild woman on the roads. Love you!

  • by cate on

    You know what I think! I think I admire you even more than I did before…..and that you will find the balance you are looking for! have a great day!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Cate – wow, thank you! This wasn’t the easiest to write. I’m a pretty open person but once you bare it all, it’s a game changer. I really admire you right back! xo

  • by HeatherK on

    Oh thank you for this! For your honesty and for putting it all out there. You are human and that brutal winter did a number on all of us. I signed up on monday for Get Balanced because my yearly doctor’s visit that morning showed I too am 15 lbs heavier than I expected. (Although in reality I need to lose more like 40 lbs – I’ll take what I can get.) So it was the kick in the butt I needed to take the first step towards (hopefully) getting my head on straight. We WILL do this!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      You bet Heather! I’ve always loved reading other individuals stories, hearing the ‘reality’ and knowing that I’m not alone. YOU are not alone. I’m thrilled to have you for Get Balanced and ready to rock the rest of 2014 with you! Together:)

  • by Liz Sinnott on

    Hi Katie!

    Thank you for being so vulnerable with all of us. Who can’t relate to what you just wrote?!! Also, knowing that even our fearless leaders fight the same battles daily gives me even more motivation to stay on track!

    TEAM PN is the BEST!

    ~Liz

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Awe Liz! Thank you. I really appreciate your words. This is a challenge – this whole health thingy – and sometimes a wheel (or two) falls off… hey – it happens. I’m happy to know you!

  • by Gina on

    Guuuurrrrrrlllllll…..I just adore you. Real, honest, human, YOU.

    In other news, I’m trying to talk my mother into this next round. She’s struggling with another bout of diverticulitis and I think you gals could help her more than her starvation diet is!

    xoxo

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Gina! Big smiles here. thank you! Love to have Mom on board and give her a little love:) – sorry to hear she’s not feeling well!

  • by Jenn Krusinski on

    Most. Perfect. Blog. Ever.

    Thank you! Being honest, and funny, is what makes you guys great and so relatable. In my own journey toward nutrition and counseling I’ve questioned how my imperfect path could help others. But, honesty starts the conversation. It’s what helps people relate and believe in you. Isn’t the quest for perfection what starts so many issues in the first place? Thanks for the post!!!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Jenn – it’s so true! We’ve always said (winks involved) that perfection is quite boring… but truly, you nailed it. It’s a really overwhelming world out there, there is so much to shift through and navigate. I think the path of reality is one most appreciated and I’m grateful to share a bit of me so we all feel like we are tackling this together and doing the best we can!

  • by Emily Ross on

    This post…. Whoa. Slow clap from my office this morning. THIS is why you’re so adored.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Slow clap. I’m in tears here. Favorite. Thank Emily – you’re comment and friendship means so much to me! Ride on… we ride one.

  • by Teresa on

    Hey Katie! I hear ya loud and clear! My business has been booming this year (yay!), but with that comes less exercise. Plus my shoulder has been giving me issues. I’ve been staying religious to my morning walks, but have been running almost 0 the past couple months. I think I’ve gained maybe 5-10 lbs since last summer. This winter SUCKED! So, you’re not alone, I’m going to get back into the swing of fitness and try a 10-week session of kickboxing that starts this Saturday! 🙂

    Keep doing what you’re doing, know that you’re not alone with added weight this year, and I know you can get back to your usual weight/physique in no time. 🙂 Thanks for all you do!

    -T

    • by Katie Jasper on

      T – thanks my lady! You can totally relate (and CONGRATS on a busy year – LOVE to hear that!) – business and business – the personal and professional. Thanks for the kind words and inspiration, I really appreciate it!

  • by Gina on

    Katie – You have made my day… my week… my YEAR! I am 10 years older, and can relate to every single word of this blog – and well the visual, I am right there with you on that too! I have never had an issue taking off a few pounds, but now even when I try REALLY hard… nothing happens! Thank you for sharing and having my back….. I better go sign up up for Get Balanced now 🙂 Lets do this!!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Well Gina – this is sure a happy face over here! I have your back big time and so SO happy our worlds connected. Let’s do the dang thing. Hope to see you soon! xo

  • by Emily on

    Ms Katie … this will make us trust you all the more. Nothing quite like vulnerability and daring to put yourself, and your tummy, out there to give us the bravery to be vulnerable as well. Looking forward to more from you and for the next kick ass PN course I take.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Thanks Emily! I’m sort of overwhelmed by all the support – it means a ton and I’m happy it’s helpful… in however it personal strikes you. Lovely to know you!

  • by Stacia on

    Katie,

    Cheers to you for your honesty. It’s incredibly refreshing & totally inspiring to read this today. I’m a HUGE fan of PN and this is just the icing on the proverbial cake. Keep sharing & being vulnerable… it’s what sets you apart from the millions of other people preaching diets out there.

    Xo.
    Stacia

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Thank Stacia! If this is the kind of responses & impact we can make but sharing (and shedding:) it all – I’m IN! I can’t agree more. The reality is it’s reality. Xo right back!

  • by Ruth Etches on

    Thank you so much for being so honest Katie and putting it all out there! It’s so reassuring that functional nutritionists are human too! I can completely understand why you’ve gone off track too – you give so much of yourself to PN and the wonderful courses you run. Hope you can gain as much support from the next round of GB as we all do from you. I look forward to sharing the journey with you. Ruth xx

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Hi sweet Ruth! Thank you thank you. It’s a very delightfully interesting place to be in when it comes to our profession and yes, a challenge to be all things health when it our job. I’m SO excited for this round of Get Balanced. It’s go time over here and I’m thrilled to be a student myself too:) xo

  • by Sheila Coito on

    I love your honesty- I think that your willingness to be brutally honest about yourself makes me trust you MORE! 🙂 bc NONE of us are perfect. I’ve been doing some learning about my body since ending Reset. Wow- i have been gaining and losing weight depending on how many POUNDS of cashews I eat in a week… Lol. Or, I tried some (ALOT) of GF brownies on 4th of July weekend and realized what an unfriendly sensation high sugar MUST give to my unmentionables….. Agh! We are perfectly imperfect:) I wish I was doing it with you, bc I just CANT get enough info from you awesome ladies:) (not in a creeper way…. Lol). Ps- it helps to hold u accountable, I think, when u share personal info like that- accountability is key!!!:)

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Perfectly imperfect. Well said Sheila! I love your honesty right back. We are human beings that need to seek, learn and try – sometimes (many times) to figure out the wrong way… which is all part of the story. So happy to have you and your energy in Reset:14! Cheers to you and your fam!!

  • by Sommer on

    Oh, Katie, my dearest, my inspiration. How I needed this in my inbox. It’s been over a year since I got balanced, and how far I have fallen. I am constantly telling people about how amazing I felt for the few months that I walked the walk, but I can always make an excuse. Always. As in, “how can I possibly get through tomato season without caprese?” But something has to give. I’m ready to jump back on the wagon with you. Game on.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Oh my gosh. I was SO happy to see your name. Sommer! We miss you. Game on sister. Game on.

  • by Rochelle on

    Thank you for your honesty! Now I can confess that one year ago I signed up to become a health coach to take back my health and help others. Well, here I am one year later and the 70 pounds I gained with my three pregnancies is still on my body. I haven’t started up a practice because I still haven’t lost the weight. Who wants to be coached by someone who looks unhealthy? My health habits have improved but the stress that I have experienced over the last year has taken a toll on my body. I have little knowledge on hormones, so maybe this is the missing piece for me. I am looking forward to giving this course 100 %. Thanks for joining us on the journey and your honesty!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Rochelle – I’m so happy you are joining us! We will connect the dots & the missing pieces and support you – one health practitioner to another! Thanks for sharing your story – it’s such a huge step to getting us on the path to our best selves. You’ve got this!

  • by Becka on

    Good for you, Katie! Not many people would be comfortable enough to put it all out there. My health has been a mess lately. I have lichen sclerosis which is autoimmune but also has a hormonal component and I have problems around my cycle (which is also messed up). Would get balanced be something that could help me with my LS and help regulate my cycle?

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Thanks Becka! It’s not the easiest to get a little ‘raw’ but I’m really happy that it’s allowed such great dialogue here. We need each other to get through it all. Autoimmune – while such a broad category – is such a passion of ours and can be addressed very intensely with food. We dive into the physiology of hormone imbalances and then-some, all during GB. I can’t guarantee (it’s all a process and can have vast roots) but I’m certain you’d benefit greatly! We’d love to have you!

  • by Jen on

    Sweet Katie – YOU are a wonderful inspiration. I NEEDED this reflection and have needed it since the winter from hell ended. You are spot on – this life is a balance and us go go GO’ers need that drilled into our heads from time to time. Ironic that this includes those of us in the well being field 😉 Reading the words from someone with YOUR widsom and talent is so inspiring. The world is a better place because of your honesty (and humor!) I need more of YOU in my life! Thank you!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Thank miss Jen! I’m so lucky to have you in my life. We need each other – that’s for sure! My challenge now is to back off, slow down and if it can’t get done today… that’s a-ok. Thanks for being so sweet! xo

  • by Kelley Deyo on

    Oh Kates!! Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more. Maybe next to the comment, ‘you ate whatever you wanted’ should be ‘with some of the best people on earth’…bc let’s just say we didn’t shy away from the carbs.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Kels – oh Kels. Love you right back and might I say – THE best people on earth. That’s #fact. Carbs – we brought those on like no other. xo

  • by Kim on

    I soooo appreciate your candor! Thank you for your honesty and humor! I’m 50, and when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s about 10 years ago, I thought “I knew I had no metabolism! Now I’ll FINALLY lose weight because I’m on Synthroid!”. Uh yeah……………..that never happened. So I’m all in girl! We’re all in this together right?? Thanks again for such a brave post. You rock!!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Thanks Kim! it’s a tricky little world that Thyroid. We are so passionate about hormone balance and it’s intersection with nutrition and the physiology of stress and how all the hormones work in symphony OR in battle with each other. We ARE in this together – thanks for being great!

  • by Sarah Neumeier on

    Katie, I don’t even know what to say. When I glanced at this this morning when I was at work I guess my initial thought was – isn’t it grand to have the freedom to express your truth. And sitting here now I guess that is what I am still thinking. That and it’s just so nice to have company on this food, fuel and health journey we’re all on. I just did the Reset 14 and while I felt like I didn’t prepare as much as I could have, I felt better those two weeks than I have in many months. I loved the forum and all the participants and PN team cheering each other on. As you know I am one that is pretty much ALWAYS looking for more support as I transition to this new way of eating.

    I just love this post Katie and as so many others before me have said it just makes the already fabulous you more fabulous.

    We are not flawed, we are not a work in progress, we just are; bodies and minds in motion one day at time. Bodies and minds that thrive in community, with support. Bravo Katie for not only cheering us on, but for standing alongside of us too. Life is simply so much fuller, richer and more fun when we walk together.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      I LOVE this Sarah! It IS so much better when we are together – fuller and richer! I’m really delighted you continued to see the wins take strong comfort in the support of the community. It’s the people around us, their stories and cheering of others that keep us all going. BIG smiles.

  • by Brittany Deutsch on

    Hi Katie! I loved this post. So open and honest and truly inspiring to share so much of yourself. I am no stranger to Adrenal fatigue having Rheumatoid Arthritis for the past 9 years. I can’t wait to learn more about your next topic! Hope you are well!!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Hi there sweet lady! So happy to see your name and that you enjoyed. Inflammation sure can run our lives (as you well know) so I feel you there. Stay tuned for more in the that world. Hope you’re great too!

  • by Stacy on

    Katie, I just about cried reading this. But I would be the 50+10lbs that won’t go away, no thyroid for 10 yrs, and now allergic to gluten & dairy, for which after eating dairy this past weekend & not knowing it had such a reaction I begged my internist for Prednisone to make my watering, inflamed & bright red eye lids get some relief. I force myself to barre 3 days a week, do yoga 2x ( I try for 3) eat well and occasionally partake in candy, my down fall. I need your help and will keep my eyes peeled for dates that work. Oh yeah, did I mention peri menopausal? Acceptance is the answer to all my problems…

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Hi Stacy! Thanks for sharing. Acceptance is the answer and the best foundation to lay. From there all we do is win:) I really commend you for all your dedicated hard work. We will certainly be running our programs all year around and would LOVE to have you when it works! Know we are here for you!

  • by Jenny Hansen Thomas on

    Hi Katie,
    Wow. Thank you for sharing your story! From all the comments posted, you clearly captured our attention. Thank you for your candor and humility. That was an incredibly brave, real, and freeing post! I am excited to join you on this ride! You rock.:)

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Well thanks Jenny! I’m excited to have you join. Let’s do this.

  • by Heidi Zornes-Foster on

    Oh, Katie….YOU ROCK!
    Loved reading your story.
    I can relate as I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s a year ago after having my 2nd (and last) son.
    It hit me like a ton of bricks.
    I struggle with the very same issues.

    I cannot wait to take your next session as I gain so much from them (knowledge, not pounds…LOL).

    Big hugs!!!!
    Heidi

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Heidi Heidi! Isn’t it so fun (and relieving!) to hear all the similarities we have!

      And…you’re sure funny. #knowledgenotpounds 🙂

  • by Lauren on

    Hi Katy…..LOVE LOVE love this post!!!!! I also have Hashimoto’s and also have a strange looking blob around my waist that I SWEAR wasn’t there last year!! I struggle daily with the deep fatigue but tend to feed it with not such great things (sugar and d. coke) to make it through. I’ve also started a blog business with two partners (sound familiar?) and have spent the last year sitting in front of the computer!! Ugh! 3 kids complicates it further if that is even possible!!! Excuses, I know! This tummy needs to go! Thank you so much for your awesome honesty!! I am a New Rules veteran and, while I am not so good at maintaining, the days in that program early last year were the best I had felt. You girls rock!!!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      We should have a hashi support group it seems like! I’m sorry you struggle – being tired is sure no fun. Thanks for sharing your story and continue to keep the fun, positive energy you have. Stop back any time, Lauren!

  • by Gaby Israel on

    Oh boy Katie, can I ever relate to the “frozen tundra” bit! What a wonderful, raw and honest post. Thanks for sharing with your community, and for taking the leap of faith that we all have things to work on, at every point in our lives. Im sure it was difficult and yet cathartic at the same time to write this post. Kudos to you for sharing intimate details (and pictures) and for also letting everyone know that life happens…and that most of all, a healthy lifestyle is just that: something you do for the rest of your life. Great message and best of luck!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Ha! I KNOW. What a Winter. It had us all but the tail. It was really cathartic I must say (and very nerve racking;) but I’m so thrilled I did. Life sure does happen but with some love and support – we make around the block… once again.

  • by jenny hummel on

    Katie~
    Simply put – you are awesome!!! This was the best post because it really speaks to us ladies dealing with the same stuff! THANK YOU for posting this! This sums up why I love you, love your programs and think the world of you!
    Jenny

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Jenny! Thank you for the sweet note. It’s really a dance, this life & health thing, isn’t it?! I’m so happy we have each other! a true lifesaver!

  • by Carri Carlson on

    I saw the post on Facebook and looked at the pictures and went, “What? That can’t be Katie!”. It certainly was a teaser to get me to read today. Once again I am so impressed with the work you do and the person you are. You have given so many people a gift with your honesty. Just think of all the things you will learn as you go through this process yourself. Good luck. Can’t wait to read about this journey.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Carrie! It IS me… that’s for sure. I’m so happy this world continues to allow us all to cross paths and support one another. We sure need it! thanks for the kind words and support! xo

  • by MichelleK on

    Thanks Katie for a great post. A friend sent it to me because I have been describing the same exact thing. I’ve put on 15 pounds in 18 months. I work out a lot. I eat well. I am mid 40s and living under very stressful conditions- oh yeah, i’ve been having the nightly glass of wine too:) I’ve been really trying to drop this….It was oddly helpful to know someone who does what you do for a living face this. And I’ve been thinking the same thing about hormones.

    Looking forward to following your journey!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Hey Michelle! I’m so happy you related – although we wish it wasn’t under the circumstances. What a ride this is – right? The stress is totally the key here. I know it’s not easy, especially when there are some big uncontrollables. Anything you can do to relieve stress – remember even the smallest of things – can account for some huge strides! Hang in there and keep posted. I’m rooting for you!

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