Gluten-Free Heaven in Dallas

Have you, or your doctor decided that you have to follow a “gluten-free” diet? If so you might be asking yourself, “where do I go from here?” “What is this all about”? “Where can I get more information”? “No pizza or pasta? Kill me now please!” (That last one was me). Don’t worry, I got you!

I went through all that almost 4 years ago and since then the food or products options have increased and the taste had improved – greatly! I remember tasting Glutino Pretzels and almost wanting cry because it was NOTHING like a pretzel and I remember staying away from that brand for the longest time. Nowadays, Glutino is one of most recognized brands. I think about Glutino as the “springboard” to the vast sea of gluten-free products.

You tell yourself, “I’ve seen the gluten-free products prices…” What if don’t like what I bought?” And you wish that there is a place where you can learn about gluten-free products; taste gluten-free foods and learn tips and tricks to incorporate this new “diet” into your current lifestyle.

Well, I have good news for you. Since 2007, the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo has brought to us an event that showcases the best products and foods, as well as excellent education opportunities for us who are embarking on this adventure. They understand how hard it is to find quality products and during this event, you’ll be able to taste, learn and discover some of your soon-to-be new favorite foods and products.

This year, the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo comes to Dallas in October. 28-29, 2017, with two full days of fun and discovery. With your ticket you’ll get, a reusable bag, entry into the expo and access to 100+ brands; coupons and samples, lots of them (be ready). You also get a discount on some products and access to informative classes, an excellent resource for newbies and a great refresher for those of us that have been doing this for a while. Other perks are that you get to meet other people in this journey, bloggers (like me 🙂 ) and authors.

By now I’m sure you want to go, and you are in luck! I have your way in, to the most exciting, fun and awesome Expo in town! Now you can get your tickets 30% off until September 27th. Don’t let this opportunity go by!

In the meantime, here are the details of the Expo. So go ahead make your plans!

When: October 28 & 29, 2017
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm
Free Parking
Where: Dallas Market Hall-North Hall (public enters off Market Center Blvd.)
2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

If you see me there come and say hi, I’ll share with your my favorite products and vendors! See you there!

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Taking Inventory

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Well, it’s been a while since I wrote something here. It’s been partly been busy but MOSTLY been lazy or maybe embarrassed. When I look back at the reason why I decided to write a blog – even when I’m terrified of writing in English – I know that I haven’t fulfilled that why.

This blog was going to be my diary – if you will – to help me be accountable, it was also going to be my way to sort out my thoughts and feelings, that mostly drive me to eat or give up. This was going to be that tool to help me navigate those feelings and thoughts and continue to be on the right track. I have done very little of that A LOT of giving up.

I have sat down and jotted down all the ideas to develop in this blog, I get excited and then I don’t follow through. I’m writing here now with the intention to change that. I’m going to start with at least 2 posts a week, that’s doable, and then as I get used to it I will increase the frequency and/or amount of posts per week.

I want this to be fun for me and for the people that read it, so let’s see how it goes!

For now, I’ll share that once again I’m participating in the Life Time Fitness 60 Day Challenge. I want to win, but I’m approaching this as a way to jumpstart my activity or workout routine if, in the end, I win hey that would be an amazing added bonus.

The first thing I have to do is to take “before” pictures. This is not easy since I don’t have anyone to take them so I have to get creative. Besides that, I’m actually really excited. I’m going to have a program that will be put together by my Life Time Fitness nutritionists and trainer and I’m geeking out! One thing though, when I get to the end of the 60 days, I’ll be bugging all of you to vote for me so I win!

Another thing I need to START is my half marathon training. Next year I’m doing the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge in Disney and I’m really excited about it. I just need t get going with training since it is really close and I need to be in tip top shape to enjoy the race and the experience.

 

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Tired of Wishing for “IT”

Looking back at the posts in this blog I realized that I have done A LOT OF WISHING FOR IT to happen and very little of actually doing something to make IT happen. Is if like putting down on paper – or online rather – will magically happen.

Oh, wishful thinking!

The problem is that I don’t know how to get started. I know that people say “just do it” (very much like Nike) or “one day you’ll get up and say this is it, I’m doing it.” I see other people that have found their groove meanwhile I’m here trying to figure it out. I tend to overthink things, and for sure I’ve given this “working out” and “eating right” thing a great deal of thought but then again, it stays in there nothing else happens.

Recently in a visit to my doctor for a physical, she freaked out because of my weight and how much this is affecting my health, in particular. my heart’s health. You would think that this will kick me into action but it hasn’t. To add to this, I’m about to turn 40 a huge milestone, and I still don’t get motivated to do anything.

I’m aware of my shortcomings and where I’m standing, I’m not delusional. I look at myself in the mirror, and I don’t always like what I see. I know I must do something. I know I must get into action, but how!? I have a gym membership, but I don’t use it. Why you ask? Embarrassment? Laziness? Wishful thinking?

Who knows!

My biggest opponent is my mind. I’m WAY too into my head to the point that sometimes I need to get out and take some fresh air. As I mentioned above, I’m aware of my shortcomings I just don’t know how to tackle them. I want to lose weight, I want to be healthy, I want to get back to where I was mentally 10 years ago. Where I felt happy and motivated. I want to enter my 40s healthy and with a pep in my step. I want to enjoy my 40s and be strong, but where do I start?

I look to the future and I see a healthy and lean me. Then I look at me today and what I see is all the work that is ahead and I get discourage before starting. I know this is NOT A SPRINT it is a MARATHON and as such, I should approach it but at some point, if I don’t the path towards the destination, I give up.

I don’t want to wish for IT,
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!
I want to be IT!

I want to be IT! 

So with that in mind, I’m giving ME another chance! I’m doing like Taylor Swift, and Shake it Off and start over. After all, “it doesn’t matter how many times you fall .. what matters is how many times you stand up, shake it off, and moving forward.”

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