As a homesteader, there are always movements that require me to be in good physical shape. From building fences, lifting hay bales, and weeding in the garden, if I'm not physically fit, I end up in pain from injury or strain. Join me as I share my journey to a life of good health.
Welcome to the Pioneering Today Podcast episode #287 where I'm sharing my health journey and how I managed to make fitness a part of my daily life. Including my tips on how I've learned to keep fitness a daily practice in order to maintain my homesteading lifestyle.
To see the exact exercises I do to stay strong, I've included my YouTube video below. As always, stay safe, and if you're unsure or just starting out on your health journey, consult a healthcare provider.
In this episode:
- Beginning my story in my teen years with an eating disorder.
- Tip: If you want to start a physical fitness routine, DON’T pick something that you hate!
- A cancer scare ten years ago and how that changed my diet.
- Learning about the importance of hormone balance and how I corrected my imbalances.
- Discovering PiYo and becoming a fitness instructor.
- Tip: Workout for a minimum of 10 minutes… if you can keep going after the 10 minutes, then keep going!
- My current fitness routine.
- How you can workout with me as a Pioneering Today member.
- Learn how to make the perfect sourdough starter with me here
Hey Pioneers. Welcome to episode number 287. So in today's episode, I'm going to be sharing with you some tips, as well as my story with fitness. Now, being a homesteader and being raised on a farm, when you are raising livestock, or maybe you're not even raising livestock, maybe you're just doing gardening, but there's a lot of a self sufficient lifestyle that requires you being able to move or needing to move to dig things, to pull up things, to do weeding. If you have livestock, there's usually fence building. If you've got chickens, you've got your coop and whatnot, but if you have cattle or pigs or goats or sheep, you've got fencing to do, you are probably lifting some type of bags of feed up. You're carrying feed. Gardeners and homesteaders live a fairly physical lifestyle. And a lot of the reason that many of us are wanting to become more self sufficient is for health reasons.
Many of you know my story, I shared quite a bit about it actually in my newest YouTube video. And I also have a three-part series episode number 126 is part one and that was how I quit my stomach acid medications and was able to heal myself naturally. And a large portion of that was by the foods that I was and or wasn't, as you'll know if you listen into that episode eating. But the other aspect of being healthy is the physical aspect. And that's one that we don't often talk about quite as much, or I don't hear as much of that being talked about in our homesteading sphere. So if you are in my membership, the Pioneering Today Academy, then many of you guys know from there, I've done some different things in the past that I was before COVID because right now we don't have any in-person fitness centers are open right now at the time of this recording, but I actually taught a fitness class.
I was a fitness instructor at our local fitness area. And fitness has been a part of my life for a very long time, but I've went through some different things with my health to get to where I am today. And many of you have asked for help with that, or have asked me what that looks like and what I'm doing now, and how I got to where I am now versus back then. So I just going to start at the beginning. This is something that I have never really shared publicly before. And honestly, as I sat down to hit record for this episode today, I needed to get it recorded so I could get it to be edited and out on time to you guys. I sat here staring at the screen before I brought up all my recording stuff for probably a good five minutes before I could actually hit start. When I was in high school and I'm going way back now starting story of this journey. When I was in high school, I suffered from an eating disorder.
I had bulimia and thankfully my mom caught it and I had some friends who knew what was going on and I got help and it wasn't damaging to my health. It wasn't bulimic for very long, but I have always, I don't want to say a fascination because that sounds weird, but I've always been very conscious of and if any of you, I hope I should have probably prefaced this with a trigger. So if you have dealt with body image stuff or eating disorders, you may or may not want to continue listening. This is a story with a good ending, and I hope that it will give people some tips if they've ever struggled with this and maybe you've not struggled with this at all. And you just want to have some tips to be able to consistently workout and find a workout that is good for you and something that you can do longterm if you've ever struggled with the you start a workout and then you just never stick with it type thing.
But my story does begin at this point. So I was able to get help and I have not had that eating disorder for decades now because I am 40 now. And that was when I was in my very early teen years, but I have had to make a very conscious effort to not put my validation on my weight and to not let myself get into that control and obsessive mindset with that. And to really switch the way that I look at things and what health means. So I went through that and then as I mentioned, I was able to get help and a lot of those types of things. And so, after high school, I didn't go to college. I did do running start, so I went to some college courses while I was still in high school, but then after high school I graduated and I got married at 18 and my husband and I are still married.
And I started a job at our local pharmacy. That's how I got into pharmacy. Well, I was also a cheerleader in high school, which has lots of different opinions on that, let me tell you. There could be prejudices, but I was very active. So I had cheerleading practice. I also barrel raced, so I was training and riding horses as well as having cheer practice almost every night of the week and then games. So I went from that to then working and because I wasn't in school and I didn't have all these turnouts, I didn't really workout. And within a couple of years I went up a few pants sizes and I realized if I don't start working out again, then I just am going to need to be comfortable with this. And I knew that I didn't want to fall back on old habits of food control in order to stay healthy. So I started working out and just worked out at home. We've always lived very rurally, so there was never any local gyms or anything like that.
And way back in the day when I started working out, it was with a VHS tape. It was a Billy Blanks and it was like a kickboxing workout on VHS. And so, that's what I started to do. I think it was in the fall and the winter time and so, going for a run or something outside wasn't really ... And I have to tell you, I don't like to run, and this is going to be my first tip. If you are wanting to begin a physical fitness routine, which I think everybody should, do not do something that you hate because you are never, ever going to stick to it. So if you hate running, my friend, do now pick that as your workout, you will never continue with it. Ever. And life is too short to do something that we hate. Okay, so that's my 0.1.
Now the next thing is, as many of us, myself included, for a number of years would do that thing where you would start a workout program, maybe it's a new year's resolution, maybe it's wanting to get in shape for summertime when usually you're wearing less clothes because it's hot out. Whatever it might be, a certain event. Oftentimes, we will start doing either a different way of eating in order to try to lose weight or some type of fitness, exercise regimen. And then when we hit our goal, then we stop. Or maybe you're doing a certain program because there's lots of different programs you can do and then when you get to the end of a program, maybe it's an eight week program or a 12 week program or whatever, then you're like, "Oh, well I did the program," and then you stop or for whatever reason, you just stop working out. It's like with healthy eating and you do that yo-yo dieting.
A lot of times that happens with fitness. People will start to work out and then they'll stop. And I did that on and off for a number, number of years. I had work, I was working outside the home and commuting and trying to do everything and I just didn't keep up with my workouts. So I have a long history of that. So if you have that, I want to give you hope in ways that I have found that I have been able to keep with my fitness routine and then let you know what that fitness routine is now in hopes that you will get some good tips from that. So it was almost 10 years ago now that my health really took that dive bomb. And I've shared with you and I had the stomach ulcers and acid and had my esophagus and upper stomach biopsied for cancer, so that was when I really got a handle on my foods and I got that figured out.
Well about two to three years into that, my thyroid started to go. So I developed a mild case, I like to say of hypothyroidism, so that means that my thyroid was low. My levels were low, my thyroid wasn't working as it should be. I also had some adrenal gland issues, which your thyroid and your adrenal gland and your pituitary gland, those all work together. And so, when one goes off, it can affect the others. And I started losing my hair in huge handfuls and I've always had long hair. If you see any of my YouTube videos or my pictures now you see that my hair is quite long. And so, there was a period of time when I was losing so much hair and my hair was falling out that I had it cut very short. It was above my shoulders, a little bit below my chin. And the reason that I had at cut like that is because it was falling out and breaking so much that I couldn't keep it long. And that was my first indicator. I was also exhausted all the time.
And so, there was no way, even when I felt like I was getting a good night's sleep, I had no energy. There were a few mornings I remember when it was really bad, right before I went and got help and sometimes you just are like, it seems to be gradual, or you're just like, "Oh, I'm just making a big deal out of this." And so, I just kept putting it off, telling myself, "Oh, I'm fine." And I remember one morning I had gotten up and was getting ready for work, getting the kids ready. And I was going to put the clothes out on the line and I had gotten normal sleep. I mean, it's not like I was coming off of like a two hour night's sleep or something like that, I was getting regular sleep. And I remember I was trying to put the clothes out on the line before I had to leave for work and the kids were getting ready, I needed to drop them off at my mom's before I left.
And I remember being so tired, literally bone weary exhausted that it was all I could do not to just lay down on our [inaudible 00:10:46] patio, which is where my clothes line is stretched out over it and just lay there. And I remember I didn't even have the energy to cry. I'm like, "I am just so tired." It's an exhaustion that goes down into your bones, it's very different than just being like, "Oh, I'm tired. I've been really busy. I didn't sleep well last night." And then it was coupled with, as I shared, my hair falling out and some different skin issues, really dry skin, just different things like that. Always being cold, which of course, if you do any Googling, you'll know that those are signs of a low thyroid. And we had a neighborhood get together and one of my best friends from high school whom I hadn't seen in about six months, she was at the event. And when I walked up to her, she looked at me and she said, "What has happened to your hair? What is going on?"
And like I said, she was one of my best friends, so she wasn't saying that to be mean. But when she said that, I realized it wasn't in my head. I wasn't imagining things, that something really was going on, that it was that big of a difference in the six months time that it started to happen. That it was shocking to her and she was like, "What on earth is going on with you?" So I finally went in, got some lab work done, started seeing a naturopath and got on a low dose of Armour thyroid, which is a natural, not a synthetic form of thyroid medication to help get my thyroid levels back up and things functioning. And it helped. I mean, it was amazing how fast it helped. Now, since then, I have actually been able to taper off. As I said, my thyroid levels were slightly low. My symptoms were more severe actually than what my thyroid levels saw by looking at the lab and that's even what my naturopath said.
She said, "Your symptoms are quite severe, but your blood levels are just slightly off." So I say that because I know a lot of people have asked me, well, I want to be able to get off my thyroid medication, how did you do it? And every body is different. Your levels are going to be different and mine was not a severe case. And so, with the years of just, which I've shared with you guys before on increasing my gut health, eating different foods that were organic and not processed and whole food is nature, and really focusing on all the elements of health. And yes, exercise did have a part of that and I'll share that with you obviously in this episode in a little bit more detail, but I share that with you because I can't say you just do the exact same things I do. You may never be able to get off your thyroid medication, but you might be. And it took a number of years of me making those changes and sticking to them.
Not all the time, nobody's 100%. I don't know anybody that's 100%. But for a good majority of the time, keeping my eating habits that way and doing that gut health and doing those healing items enough that I was able to come off and I've been off of it now for almost 6 months and I still feel really good. So back to the exercise portion. So at that point, I would try to workout, but I didn't even hardly have enough energy to get through the day. And if I did try to workout, I would get in about 10 minutes and I literally couldn't keep going. I would just have to stop. So that was a period where I really did not do any type of workout at all until I was able to get back on the thyroid or not back on, but get on thyroid medication and get that part worked out and then I started exercising again.
So I have now been exercising four to five days a week consistently for over, gosh, let me think here, for over four years. And prior to that, like I said, it was start and stop, start and stop all the time. Wouldn't do it and then would start again and then wouldn't do and fall off. And this is where I found what has really made a huge difference. First off is when I was first starting back, I started doing something called PiYo. So it was created by Shalene Johnson and it's a Beachbody workout. I am not a Beachbody coach, I'm not affiliated with them in any way. Let me just put that out there, but Beachbody has a ton of different exercise programs. So it's an online app and you can get a membership and you could go through all the programs. If you've ever heard of P90X Insanity, 80 Day Obsession. I'm trying to think. They have a ton. Turbo Jam, that's another one of Shalene's, they have all these different fitness instructors who do a bunch of programs.
They have a bar one, which is a ballet bar workout. And you can go in and pick one of those workouts and you have access to all of these workouts and then you can just stream them online. They used to sell them DVDs, which is how I first started, actually. My husband and I bought the Insanity and then we bought T25, which is by Shawn T. We have those, yes, we're that old school, moved up from the VHS, but a DVD format. And then I finally decided that that was the problem is I would do one of those and I would do the whole program, which would take you through so many weeks and then I would be done. And so, it's you either just keep doing the same program, which to me got really, really, really boring. And some of the programs are super intense. I have not done P90X, I've done a few of the workouts, but I haven't done the whole program. But have you have ever done the program Insanity, you know it's really high intense workout.
It's a HIIT, so high intensity training is what it is. A HIIT workout and it is a lot to do week in and week out, all the time. So that was the issue is I would just start with those and then after I got done with it, I'm like, "I can't do another week of this. I'm going to go crazy." Or I just reached the part where my body was like, "I need a break." So when I first started working back out, I started with PIO, which you can get on Beachbody that was done by Shalene Johnson. What it is is it is a low impact, not high intensity and it is cardio with strength training that uses flexibility. So I have tried to do Pilates in the past and I have to be honest, I do not have the attention span or the patience to sit and pulse one movement 100 times. I also find stretching and flexibility using different yoga poses, which I know that there are differing thoughts and opinions, even among Christians of doing yoga.
So when I say yoga, I use the moves for stretching, but I am not practicing the meditation part of yoga. So, I know everybody has their opinion on that, and I'm sure somebody will come back with a judgment on me on that one. But where I am at with my walk with the Lord, I am fine if I am doing a downward dog stretch and then moving into something else. So I'm just going to put that out there. But what it does is it uses the yoga poses and some Pilate poses, but it is in a low impact where you're moving, you're not holding the poses for a minute, you're holding them and then you're moving and flowing into the next one. So you get an increased heart rate, you're not doing a bunch of jumping around and you're using your own body weight, so you're getting strength training. And that was a gentle way for me to get back into exercise without raising my adrenaline levels and really taxing my adrenal glands.
And so, I did that and I loved it so much and was able to stick to it for so long without feeling drained and that I could do it, that I ended up becoming an instructor. And I got my certification as a PiYo live fitness instructor. So I taught that at our local fitness center for, I can't remember now if it was almost two years that I was instructing. It was well over a year and a half before the pandemic hit and then the local fitness area that I taught out shut down. That was finding something that I enjoyed and that's my thing for you is you have to find something that you enjoy and that you can do longterm. The other thing is I purchased the Beachbody on demand membership. I want to say it's less than $9 a month, at least the program that I got in and I'm grandfathered in at whatever that price is. I don't think it's that much more now where you can catch it on a sale.
So especially if you're looking at it, you can go to their website, I think it's just beachbody.com. And then, see, people like to complain about ads showing up but I love them. I don't mind that I get tracked and here's why. If you go to the website, see what the price is and then usually if you don't buy, you will get an ad in your Facebook feed within a couple of days that will give you a discount code. I use this a lot, you guys, so I have no problem with the tracking. I'm like, "Yes, give me a coupon code, please, because you see that I did not purchase when I went to your website, but I was interested in this item." Doesn't bother me a bit. I've saved quite a bit of money that way. So anyways, that would be my suggestion. If you want to go check out the different programs that they have, you can do so, and oftentimes still give a really good coupon code if you buy the annual.
But this is the reason I share that is because I am the type of person who is usually very frugal and I'm wise with my money and if I pay for something, I am going to get my money's worth out of it. So by buying that membership, I'm like, "There is no way that I am not going to workout because then I've wasted that money." So that was really the trigger and that's where I got the PIO was through there, that was one of the workouts through there and that's where I started. So I know myself well enough that I will not spend money on something and then not use it, especially something like that where it's a reoccurring fee. So that was where I first started about five years ago. Now, after about six months of doing the PiYo, I loved the PiYo and as I said, I became an instructor who was teaching that, but I got to the point where when I first started, oh my goodness, it was pitiful.
I couldn't even hardly hold a downward dog strength-wise, I'm not kidding. After a while, I'm like, "Oh, this is really hard on the upper body." It's not, but that's how weak I was. And so, I built up my strength and then after [inaudible 00:21:12] like, "Okay, I want to do some other things. I don't want to give this up, but I don't want to do it every day." And that was my thought thing to myself is four to five days a week I needed to work out but here was the tip that I want to give you is I had to do it for, this is my self-imposed rule, some people will say less or more, but I had to work out for 10 minutes. If after 10 minutes, I didn't feel like working out anymore, I could quit and that was fine. And I will tell you, I still hold myself to that. And after doing that for almost five years, I think there has only been two times that I have started to work out and I've got to the 10 minute mark and I have stopped.
And there's just been a couple times, one day I wasn't really feeling that well. And one day I'm just like, "I just don't have the energy and I'm just calling it quits." But most of the time, once you start getting into it, even if you only tell yourself, "I only have to do this for 5 or 10 minutes." Once you're into the workout, then you're like, "Oh, I'm just going to keep going." So I don't do super long workouts. I usually do between 30 and 35 minute workouts. Now I'm going to tell you a little bit about what my routine looks right now and how that has been for the past almost 5 months now. But prior to that, I would just do a 30 minute workout, give or take a little bit and that was about it. I didn't do the one hour workouts. So I started finding other things besides the PiYo and I would mix it up. So I would maybe do a high intense cardio workout one day and then I would maybe do some strength training and I would just do some varying so that it kept it fun.
And it kept it not being the same thing all the time. That was really key for me, so that I didn't get bored. But now it's been so many years that it is definitely a habit. It's something I'm just like, "Okay." And I set my times, these are the times that I have available to workout, and if you're commuting outside the home or you have a job outside the home, I know with the pandemic, things are a little bit different, but if I have that set consistency, this is the same time every day that I do this, then it becomes that it's a trigger. And in the episode, prior to this one, 286, where we were talking about organizing and decluttering, having those triggers is really key to actually making a habit. So a habit is something we do reflexively and so, to create that it has to be something like you brush your teeth every morning because.
Not because it's on your schedule, but you just always brush your teeth or there's certain things that we always do and that's when it's a habit when you don't have to think about it. So when I first started is in the morning, I would get dressed in my workout clothes and even better is the night before I would go to sleep with my sports bra on, so when I got up in the morning, I already had part of the gear on and if I got dressed in my workout clothes, that I was just one more step closer to working out. So that has worked really well for me in the beginning. The other thing was, as I told myself, "You only have to do 10 minutes." Now, some people will tell themselves, "I only have to do 5 minutes." And if you have not ever worked out before, you may only do 5 or 10 minutes, and that is completely fine, but it's the consistency. It's the little things that we do every single day that lead up to be big changes in our life.
And just with healthy eating and with working out, it needs to be something that's a part of our life, not something we're just doing for a short period of time. So this past summer, as I said, I have never been a runner. My husband trained for a half marathon a while back, and I would run with him for a little bit to be supportive, but I have never enjoyed running. However, I have been running four to five days a week since the end of August. Except for the week of Christmas and New Year's I only went a couple of times due to weather and just the holidays. So I enjoy running now, but I didn't use to. And what I have found really interesting is what I like now about running and when I say running it is a jog, my friends, I am not sprinting. And I have found even now being off my thyroid medication, that I still have to be careful with high intensity workouts.
So doing real high, intense cardio, I can do a couple of days a week, but if I try to do it for the five days a week and I want to move and to be working out five days a week, because it's a stress reliever and I sleep so much better on the days that I workout and I'm not nearly as grumpy or anxious or any of those things when I workout. And so, I need that to be a consistency in my life. And sometimes some weeks I do more and sometimes I'll do six days and just take Sunday off. It just depends. So what I do now is in the mornings, Monday through Friday, I usually will do a steady state cardio jog in the morning and I do about two and a half to three miles. And I'll just go by how much time I have or how I'm feeling that day. But it's usually two and a half to three miles and I will listen to a podcast. Usually it's always a podcast actually, but I will save it.
And what I like about that is if I'm trying to do a high intensity workout or something like that, I can't listen to a podcast and actually focus on it or an audio book. But if it's just jogging at a mild pace, so I am getting my heart rate up. I try to keep my heart rate between usually about 130 beats per minute in that steady state cardio when I'm jogging. So you might be able to do that with a fast paced walk, it just depends on where you're at, but that's my goal based on my age and all those other fun things for my steady state cardio. But when you're in that steady state cardio, instead of the high intensity cardio, I am not increasing adrenaline and cortisol levels. And so, I found that I can stay in it and I can do it consistently without feeling exhausted or that I'm really taxing my adrenal glands and my thyroid because I've had problems with them in the past.
I also find that I actually really enjoy it and I have never, ever enjoyed running before, which is why I didn't do it for so long. But now I've got that trigger and I save specific podcast and so, I only get to listen to them when I'm out for my run. So it's like that reward trigger as well. And so, I do that in the morning and then I do weightlifting, I can't even speak there, weightlifting in the afternoon. And I usually only weightlift about four days a week. And then on the fifth or sixth day, that's when I will go and I will do a PiYo workout to make sure I'm keeping my flexibility and I just really enjoy it. I just love the way that I feel after I'm done doing a PiYo workout. I love it, obviously. It's one of my favorite things. So I'll still do that once a week and then I'll do the weight training. And I used to do different things with weights while you're doing cardio to try to combine it together.
But I found if I am just doing the weight training in the afternoon, one, I can break it up. And so, it's hard for me to find a full hour to do anything, but if I can do a 30 minute jog/walk in the morning, and then in the afternoon, I only need to spend usually 20 to 30 minutes max on the weightlifting. But because I'm not trying to combine it with something else I can lift heavy and I'm actually getting a lot more muscle definition and strength because I'm just focusing on the weightlifting part and I'm not trying to just do a whole bunch of reps of smaller weights while doing the cardio at the same time. So that's worked really well for me. It also breaks up my day, even though I am working from home, a lot of what I do is recording this podcast for you guys.
So I'm obviously doing that sitting at a computer. When I'm writing my books, that's at a computer. I actually do a lot of computer work more so than I did when I was working at the pharmacy. When I was working at the pharmacy, I was on the computer because I had to fill the prescriptions, run them through the computer, do the billing and all that stuff. But it also had to count the prescriptions as well, and then wait on people and so, I was on my feet all day, even though I was on the computer. But at home, I don't have a standing or walking desk, it's just in the corner of my kitchen. And so, I find that I'm actually sitting a lot more than I used to. And so, I really like breaking up my workout into a morning time and then into an early afternoon time.
And I just find that it's a great way ... I start my workday with that and then I end it and then after that workout in the evening or not the evening, excuse me, mid-afternoon, it's usually about 3:30, 3:30-4:00 o'clock I'll do the weightlifting. And then I move right into dinner prep and we have dinner and they'll clean up and all the evening things that go along with that, so that has worked out really well for me actually. And so, that is what my workout routine looks like now. So I hope that that gives you some help. If you are curious to see what my weightlifting looks like, I usually will do on Mondays, I will do chest and triceps. And then on Tuesdays is leg day. So a lot of squats and lunges, but weighted with weights, and then Wednesday is back and then on Thursday, sometimes Friday, sometimes by Thursday I'm like, "I need PiYo stretching workout, I've done a lot of lifting and I'm super sore."
And so, I'll do that instead. So it's either Thursday or Friday, depending on how sore I am. Then I will do biceps and shoulders. And so, I just focus on those body parts. And I follow that from Kim Constable, who is called the sculpted vegan. Now y'all know I am not vegan, no big surprise there, but she is a few years older than I am. So she's in her, I think, 42 or 43, Kim, I'm sure Kim does not listen to my podcasts, but if she does, I apologize for not having your age right there, but she started weightlifting competitively, body lifting, sorry, that's what I was trying to get to in her late 30s. And she is extremely fit and I do not want to do any type of weight competitions, but I do want to be fit so that I can continue to live this lifestyle and lift 50 pound bags of feed by myself without having to have help or without it hurting and move the hay bells and just do all of those things.
And like I said, I feel better when I'm working out. My energy level is increased, which you would think would be the opposite, but it's not, you actually have an increased energy level. Your immune system, there are studies that back this, your immune system is increased, especially within your lungs. If you are doing cardio vascular exercising. And of course weight-bearing is good as we age to help keep our bones in good shape so that we don't develop osteoarthritis and different things like that. My sleep is greatly improved as well as my mental, as far as stress reduction and all of those things. So there's lots of reasons to work out beyond the obvious of most people look at the fitness aspect from the weight part. But I've really had to, and I still have to remind myself that I am doing it for the health benefits, not just the physical.
And I am by no means a bikini model or anything like that. But sometimes I think, especially with my past, I have to remind myself of that and really keep things focused on that I'm doing it for health and making sure that I'm not crossing over that line the way that I'm thinking about it and that type of thing that it is for the health part. So anyways, I hope that you have found this helpful. I just have a YouTube video releasing on showing some of the weight exercises that I do and how those relate to the specific action on the homestead. If you're pull starting something or you're lifting bales or lifting heavy bags, which exercise you can do with the weights that will help strengthen those muscles so that you'll be able to continue to do it or to do it hopefully with more ease as you gain more strength.
So if you want to check that out, I will have a link in the show notes for that to my YouTube channel. That video will go live on January 13th. This episode will come out a few days before that. So you can go and check out my YouTube channel and just know that that video will be coming out very shortly if you want to visually be able to see that. So I hope that you have enjoyed this episode. I hope that you have found it helpful. If you have more questions, please do let me know and I will do some followup episodes. If you are in the Pioneering Today Academy, we are having some fun videos where I'm actually doing some of my fitness teaching. So you're going to get those. So if you are an Academy member, make sure that you keep an eye out on your email and log into your library so that you can go through those if you want to.
And speaking of health things, because as we know, your fitness and your diet ideally go together. I don't know who originally said this, but oh my friend, is it true. You cannot out exercise a bad diet. So one of the things that has been very instrumental in my gut health and healing has been sourdough. Fully fermented and cultured sourdough. It lowers the glycemic index of wheat products. And you can also do gluten-free sourdough as well. Many people don't realize that, but you can and it gives it incredible flavor. I am doing a very special live sourdough training where I will be sharing how to make a sourdough starter the easy way with just two ingredients, as well as the mistakes to avoid that many people fall prey to.
And they'll either get a sourdough starter going, but they aren't able to maintain it or they just find it too overwhelming. So you can go to today's show notes, which is at melissaknorris.com/287 because this is episode number 287. Melissaknorris.com/287 and you will see a link there where you can sign up for this live sourdough class if you are interested. Okay, my friends, I feel like I have talked a lot here. Thank you so much for joining me and I will be back here with you next week. Blessings in mason jars for now.
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