Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I’m sure you noticed that last week I was a bit down in the dumps. And consequently haven’t posted that many recipes. I’m going to blame it on a few things, number one being my period. I haven’t mentioned it on the blog, but I haven’t had my period in a few months. (NO I am not pregnant…I checked. Many times). Went to the doctor but we couldn’t figure it out. I was eating plenty and I hadn’t been taking any medication or steroids.  Only thought was stress. Well thankfully last week it finally came back. Go figure.

And maybe because of it, or maybe because of other things, my fibromyalgia pain was coming back with a vengeance. I was still eating more or less paleo (had a few cheats with dairy) but nothing that I could point to as the cause of my pain. Which, me being a little on the control freak side, was getting me really upset. It’s one thing if I’m in pain because I decided to eat pizza, because then I can say, “Well it’s your fault Rachel.” But when I can’t pinpoint the cause, I get frustrated.

Anyway, I managed to pull myself out of whatever funk I was in with the help of some friends. On Thursday night I met up with an old friend from high school who I haven’t seen since she graduated in 2003. We had such a good time. Ate sushi, drank a whole bottle of white wine and spent 3 hours trying to catch up on the last 10 years. We literally were the last ones in the restaurant.

That was enough to really just pull me back up. Jake is out of town this weekend so I spent Friday night relaxing, reading and finally cleaning our kitchen (it was a disaster area). Then Saturday I went shopping with one of my best friends for her wedding veil. She’s getting married June 8th here in Chicago and I can’t be more happy for her.

All in all a really great weekend. But for Motivational Monday, I wanted to share one more thing. I think I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I follow a few fitness competitors on Instagram. Not only are they great motivation for getting my butt to the gym, but the ones I follow also post what they eat and how they meal prep, which is super helpful when you’re not sure what to cook.

But there is one girl in particular that I found a few weeks ago that I wanted to share.

HungryMcNugget aka Andrea


Andrea is a 28 year old bikini competitor who is currently battling breast cancer. Even though she’s in the middle of her chemo treatment, she hasn’t stopped going to the gym. She’s also had a bi lateral mastectomy and had tissue expanders implanted to get her chest ready for implants when she’s done with chemo. Because of this, she can’t do any chest exercises. But she hasn’t given up.

March 12

Sometimes I can get a bit down about my fibromyalgia. It can really drive a person insane, especially because there is no cure. Pain is supposed to be there to tell you something is wrong. So when there is nothing physically wrong with you, you just have to accept that the pain is there and will be always be there.

But you know what? I’m lucky. Because I never have to worry that I might not be here next year. Cancer sucks. I have two very good friends of mine who’s mothers both are breast cancer survivors. My father is a prostrate cancer surviver. I lost one friend to leukemia in college.

I follow Andrea on instagram because I think she’s amazing. If you’re cancer free, seeing her instagram photos of her going to the gym is enough to make you feel like a jackass for feeling “too tired to go.” If you are struggling with your own battle, she’s inspiration to remind you that you have no reason to stop living the life you want.

Right now, she just finished another round of chemo and hasn’t been feeling very well. If you do follow her, maybe send her a quick message to let her know that we’re rooting for her.

Anyway, that’s it for now. I have a few recipes lined up for this week so keep your eyes open for them. Decided to do a few blog posts on simple recipes for my paleo beginners. Bacon coconut mussels are great, but sometimes when you’re a new cook, you might need to learn how to cook a piece of chicken first 🙂



4 thoughts on “Motivational Monday March 25”

  1. Thank you for sharing this story! My mom was diagnosed with stage 3, almost 4 breast cancer at 43. As much as I eat this way because it keeps my fibro symptoms away, that’s always in the back of my mind.

  2. Dang… going to the gym through cancer treatments?! That definitely makes me feel I have no excuses! I always feel like “I don’t have time” but then I went to CrossFit and got my tush handed to me in 8 minutes.

    Hope you’re feeling better!

    1. I know, she really an inspiration. It’s a great reminder to myself that every day is precious and we really need to take advantage of it.

      And thank you I am feeling so much better now. It might have to do with the fact that it’s finally warming up in Chicago 🙂 The sun is out!

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