A New Fitness Community: Details and FAQ

As I mentioned in this post, I’m building a new community. One that isn’t focused on a particular program or eating plan. Just a group of women who are looking to improve. Be that fitness, nutrition, meditation, prayer, self-care – you name it, we’re tackling it.

I’m guessing for many of you who have been in my groups before, you might have a few questions about this new community. So here goes!!

Continue Reading »

Reintroduction & Food Freedom

What do these words mean?

That’s it. It is finished. The Whole30 + 10 days of reintroduction. To say I have a whole new perspective on food would be accurate.

Read why I started Whole30 here (hint: it’s not about weight loss OR restriction).

Read my Week 1 Recap here.

Read my Week 2 Recap here.

Read my Week 3 Recap here.

Read my Whole30 Recap & Look Ahead here.

So…. if we went over weeks 1, 2, 3 AND did a recap and look ahead… what the heck is this post about?

Continue Reading »

Whole30 – Recap & Look Ahead

We're finished!! Or are we?

We did it. Whole30 is over!!

Wait – you didn’t know about this Whole30 adventure?

Read why I started Whole30 here (hint: it’s not about weight loss OR restriction).

Read my Week 1 Recap here.

Read my Week 2 Recap here.

Read my Week 3 Recap here.

Back to Week 4… There were some frustrated moments… there were some moments of annoyance… and eventually, there was a moment of HOLY CRAP WE DID IT. What’s next? We’ll get to that. But first…

Continue Reading »

Whole30 – Week 3 Recap

"I'm feeling 'saladed' out" - Husband

Here we are… heading into our last 9 days of Whole30. Week 3 is wrapped up and I think it’s safe to say we’re getting a little bored over here. It’s not that the food itself is boring, I think we’re too tired & rushed to try new recipes! So let’s head into our Week 3 Recap, shall we? But first…

Read why I started Whole30 here (hint: it’s not about weight loss OR restriction).

Read my Week 1 Recap here.

Read my Week 2 Recap here.


So, how was week 3?

Continue Reading »

Whole30 Recap – Week 2

Read why I started Whole30 here (hint: it’s not about weight loss OR restriction).

Read my Week 1 Recap here.

So here we are. The dreaded week 2. Where the shiny and new has worn off your Whole30 and reality is setting in. 30 days seems REALLY long. No sugary sweets. No adult beverages. No winging it for meals. Being planful and mindful is the name of the game.

That being said, here’s what I did not eat this week:

Continue Reading »

Whole30 Recap – Week 1

Last Monday, my husband and I started our September Whole30 – you can read about why I chose to take this dietary reset on here. I can’t speak for Jon, but I have specific reasons for what’s motivating me to cut out known problematic foods and kill my sugar cravings.

As promised, I have a little wrap up of Week 1.

Continue Reading »

I’m Doing the Whole30

It's Time for a Reset

Ok friends. It’s time. For the next 30 days, I will not be eating:

  • Added sugar – real or artificial. Yes, that includes honey, maple syrup and stevia.
  • Alcohol. So long, Vander Mill Totally Roasted.
  • Grains. Of any kind.
  • Legumes. Beans, peas, lentils, peanuts – and yes, peanut butter.
  • Dairy. No cow, goat, or sheep’s milk products – includes cheese, yogurt and yes, my beloved Whit’s.
  • Carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.
  • Baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients. So no pancakes, waffles, “nice” cream or tortillas with approved ingredients.

These are the rules of the Whole30. A dietary reset that’s designed to break sugar cravings and unhealthy habits. It’s not about weight loss. It’s about me paying attention to what I’m eating, why I’m eating it and how it makes me feel.

I repeat: This is NOT about losing weight.

Continue Reading »


“1997, Missy. If we made it through 1997, we can make it through anything.”
1997 was the year we married.
But it was so much more than just a wedding.
In 1997….
We were dealing with the aftermath of my dad’s massive stroke.
We were building a house.
Jon was in the police academy.
I was just out of college and starting my new job at 10tv.
We were planning our wedding.
Life was a roller coaster.
And we survived.
By the end of the year, we were married, the house was built, Jon was working for Hilliard PD and my dad was slowly recovering.
Since then, it feels like everything and nothing has changed all at the same time.
A job change for me.
A huge life change in getting healthy together.
We both discovered new passions, new ministries, renewed our faith in God.
Jon found his calling in working with high school kids.
I found a way to get out of tv and still tell awesome stories and help others 😃
We did it TOGETHER.
It’s been 20 years since that day we walked down the aisle together… hand in hand… ready to start a new chapter as a married couple.
It was a scary year and we’ve had fears and doubts come to life right in front of us since then… but never ever have I doubted you, Jon.
Thank you for being more than my husband.
Thank you for showing me love and grace and kindness and faith.
You make me stronger every day.
We are stronger every day.
Happy 20th Anniversary ❤️

Thrive Market Favorites & Finds

Healthy Wholesale Shopping from Your Couch! Come Shop with Me!

Last week I placed a Thrive Market order while surrounded by all of the boys in our house… so there’s a lot more snacks and chocolate coming our way with this latest order. Don’t know what Thrive Market is? Don’t worry – I didn’t either until recently.

Thrive Market is a membership shopping site (don’t worry, you can try it for free) that specializes in healthy and natural products sold at wholesale prices – it’s pretty impressive just how much you can save by thinking ahead and placing an order with Thrive – 20-25% off grocery store prices.

After your 30-day free trial, you have the option to join for $59.95/year, plus, when you join, you’re also sponsoring a free membership for a low-income family ❤️ how cool is that?

Want to try it out? You can get 15% with my membership link: http://thrv.me/missygleason – and full disclosure: I get $25 in Thrive cash when a friend uses my link.

I also love how Thrive Market lets you sort the store by different categories: Paleo, gluten-free, raw, staples, moms – you name it, there’s a category for it.

I took a minute and went back through this week’s order and my past orders, so I could share with you what items have turned out to be standby Thrive Market purchases, and which ones we’re trying for the first time this go-round.

I walked you through our purchases in my Instagram Story – but you can also find links and details on all of the products, plus our standbys, after the jump!


Continue Reading »