Fun Facts Friday

  • I worked out every day last week.  I worked out 1 day this week so far.  I pushed myself too hard Saturday without enough prep and I severely dehydrated myself.   Lesson learned.  I went to bed super early last night.
  • I am getting ready to travel a lot. I love being in my element and I wish it was 12 months out of the year and not just 2ish.
  • I am probably going to work my Christmas job again.  It ain’t in it for the money, that’s for sure.
  • I am watching Nashville right now, which I am glad is back on.  Sometimes I see some of my own life in the show.  Same with Modern Family. I don’t watch much tv but I do know my life is nothing like Sons of Anarchy, thank goodness!
  • I want to start doing some updating on my house, I have no idea where to start, but I do know exterior painting is high priority and i’m not doing it myself.  Of course the prices i’ve gotten so far aren’t pretty.
  • I finally finished decorating my bedroom.  Dad helped me hang my big art last weekend when he was here.
  • LUNA team got extended an extra year 🙂
  • speaking of bedrooms I decided to get a roommate.  EEEK!  I have never lived with just one other girl who wasn’t my sister.  My 1st year away at school I had 3 girl roomies.  I hope it all goes well.
  •  I woke up in a sweaty panic last night, which is never a good feeling.  I’ve been very upset about some stuff lately.
  • I have a trip at the end of October that I am really looking forward to.  Hoping I am not going alone.  Even if I do, it’ll be still be great, but it just won’t be the same.
  • I miss artists like Peter Dawson, Dub Miller, and Cross Canadian Ragweed (currently listening to Peter Dawson-Coupland Live.  Elisabeth’s song is one of my favorites of his, it’s makes me happy).
  • Elisabeth’s song reminds me of ODB.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday Mood

I barely got enough sleep last night, but at least it was good sleep.

The day went ok.  I chose to work through lunch instead of going to the gym because I was in the middle of something.  That was a mistake, because by time I got done with work today, I could barely stay awake!

My afternoon fatigue in the last week has been awfully bad (please don’t let it be AF again).  I hope it’s just still from being sick.  I lied down on the bed after work when I was on the phone and I thought I was going to fall asleep.  Dinner picked me up a bit.  By that point it was too late.  If I workout after 6 pm, I am pretty much guaranteed not to sleep at night (yes, that means every LUNA Tuesday).

Booked someone to mow my grass this week.  I just don’t have the time.  Thanks ODB for the urging me to do so.

It’s early to bed for me, because tomorrow is a LONG day!

Finally Friday

Thank goodness it’s Friday.  Like seriously.

Monday-worked late on special project.  Why? Because my coworker sucks and the biggies know it, but for some reason they still have this person in one of my former roles.  I know I set the bar high, but come on.

Started feeling bad about 2.  Fought nausea the whole way home.  Got a little sick.  Went to bed super early to try to make it go away.  No such luck.  REALLY sick at 9 pm.

Tuesday-felt like death.  Had a low fever.  My whole body was sore.  I suspect food poisoning.  I only think I made it to work in one piece because ODB was on the phone with me.  I only went for a big presentation.  I got sent home at 8 and my presentation postponed.  Luckily ODB stayed on the phone with me on way home. I was only able to eat cereal and corn cakes (like rice cake).   i don’t usually eat either, so I had to go grab them quickly.   Everything else seriously made me gag.  I slept almost all day.

Wednesday:  Woke up feeling SO much better.  Not 100%.  I still wasn’t able to eat much but it was improvement.  Tried soup at lunch, and I could only find something rich at HEB which was NOT good.   Worked super late. That night I threw away ALL food from my office and my fridge.  I have NO idea what caused it.

Thursday: Even better, still not 100%.  Swam at lunch, my first workout of week.  Ate normal food.  Even had a date with sister to eat and watch Sons of Anarchy.  Not sure I convinced her with that first episode this season!

Friday:  Friday is the WORST day of the week at work.  We really have to work for our weekends, lol.  My appetite caught up with me from earlier in the week!  Attempted cardio at lunch, could feel I wasn’t 100%, but maybe 80%.  Worked with my girls at packet pickup for a race all afternoon and evening.

Hope to wake up Saturday or Sunday and be back to normal 🙂   It’s unreal how a little food poisoning can lay you out on your ass for a week!

Saturday smiles

I headed home Friday later than planned.  Wasn’t feeling the greatest, but I had a hair appt and family commitments on Saturday.  I missed my race Friday night which was a bummer, but one of my friends was able to sub my spot in our relay.

Didn’t sleep well at home, which is nothing new.  I usually sleep crummy when I go home.  Started feeling better mid-morning, despite the heat and humidity.  Mom and I took some special event historic tours in my hometown, which was really cool.  

Went to see my godson after lunch.  It had been a month since I had seen him last, which was way too long.  We had fun watching Cookie Monster, playing basketball, and being silly.

It was only about 24 hours but it was time well spent.

Back at my house now, drove through tons of rain to get here.  NOTHING North of Austin.  Bummer.

Tomorrow you will find me prepping for the week, cleaning, and praying for rain!

Back at it

This week I seem to have finally gotten back in my groove.  Routine is finally coming back to me.  I am balancing everything just fine.  

Well except the fact that today was an optional holiday and I worked 5 hours.  I should have worked 0 hours.  I haven’t had a day off I didn’t get from working extra hours since Florida in early July.  That seems like YEARS ago.  I was told today I was a work-a-holic.  I don’t think that’s it.  It’s my personality and ethic.  I’ve probably been putting more effort into a few things than I should. I have a really bad habit of working really hard on things that are past help.

Speaking of things that are past help, I’ve been struggling with a few decisions I made to be the bigger person.  I hate conflict and pain for anyone, including myself.  I see now that my trying to avoid certain things has screwed me over once again. There is regret.  I hate regret.  I can’t change the past, but I would do it differently if I could do it over.

Another thing I need to work on is getting my running back post hip issues.  I have a relay race in a little over a week and I am no where close to being ready.  I did place in two races in June, but a lot has happened since then.  My relay team is competitive.  I wasn’t ready last year, because of obvious stress and life reasons last year (race was earlier in years past), but i still pulled out a fast time.  The year before I had a “road kill” on a girl who was on my high school’s state track team, which was super exciting for me.  I don’t want to be the slowest one but then again, 9 days is too late to really do anything beneficial other than just running.  

Around the corner, I am planning to make a trip to see some of my friends I haven’t seen much in the last year.  I have regret that I haven’t seen them enough.  I do have a LOT of work trips in October, November, and June.  I really plan on making the most out of those and maybe adding some extra fun days on to them.  I am blessed to have such good friends.  I need to find more time for them.   

Dr says

So I saw my new Dr. on Tuesday afternoon.  It was a long 3 month wait for an appt with him.

A friend asked how it went.  I said “well I didn’t cry on the way home.”  Not even joking on that, i’ve cried after every single Dr. appt in the last 4 years.  A few of them during the appt.  It actually went very well.  He doesn’t do medications (he’s a PHD), just supplements. Any medication I need, like natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) will come from my PCP.

He was straightforward and blunt.  In a caring way.  Told me he treat all of his patients like they are family.  Came in with a handshake and left with a hug.

He talked to me as an athlete and a sister.  Something I haven’t considered myself being for several years.

So there are supplements.  Bust out the “old man” pill box again.  He was appalled at the hormones I had been on, so I am not going back there. Staying on the LDN and NDT now.  Trying what he gave me for 12 weeks.

And then the dietary part.  This is the part I am not wild about.  Mostly because of what it is.  I will do it, because I am more than willing to change what I eat to try to make myself better.  It’s all I’ve done for the last 4 years.  He wants me to do low glycemic/South Beach 1, 2.   BLECH on a diet that is a diet.  And BLECH on lowering carbs.  I like carbs.  I like being healthy and feeling good more.

Terrible Tuesday

So I went to the Dr on Tuesday.  Mostly because I hadn’t been since January and I wanted my NP Accella thyroid refills upped.

The Dr was snarky with me, as usual.  I told her I didn’t feel any different on the hormones, so I stopped taking them.  She snapped at me that my labs were obsolete then.  Fine, so be it.  She didn’t suggest I start taking them again.

I told her, I feel good, but the weight and digestion issues are killing me.  Her response had tears of anger and frustration welling up in my eyes.  I fought them back and took her lashing.  She told me, “you are getting older, and you have a slower metabolism because of the hashis.  Move more, eat less.”  I pointed out to her nurse that I didn’t have a weight issue until I was under her care for the last year.

I wanted to scold her and tell her to go back and read my file.  Yes, I have scaled the running and workouts back, but I still move alot more than your average person.  I eat cleaner than your average person.

I started taking LDN again a couple of weeks ago for inflammation (in AM, because I never got past the sleep issues on it), along with diatomaceous earth for my tummy.  I feel better.  I’ve lost 6 lbs.  It’s far from where I need to be, but it’s progress.

New Dr doesn’t prescribe drugs, so I will be using him for general care and current Dr. for the LDN and thyroid meds only.  Current Dr. ordered a new thyroid ultrasound (been a couple of years) and some different lab work.  We will see where this goes.

On the way home, in the horrible IH35 traffic, I had a fender bender and my pretty car is now damaged 😦  That was just icing on the cake.

It’s a good thing I have such a wonderful boyfriend.  He took me to dinner, where we enjoyed the rest of the gorgeous day and each other’s company.  I almost forgot about the car and my Dr appt.

Race Report: 3M Half

January 19, 2014-3M Half Marathon

20th anniversary of the race.  I believe this was my 4th time.  3M was my first half.  3M is also my standing PR (2012).

Expo

I didn’t go.  I’ve been before.  It’s small and uninteresting to me.  They allow packets to be picked up by waiver (which I love), so my mom got mine.

Swag

I am pretty much going to whine every year until they start giving full size boxes of band-aids again.  It’s still the best swag bag you can get.  Tons of 3M products.  Sandpaper, tape, safety glasses, wrist brace, towel, earplugs, post-its, hand sanitizer, medical support wrap roll, a sample pack of band-aids, super glue, electrical tape.  And the tech shirt. IMG_0614[1]

Course

My standing PR is on this course.   That was 2 years ago, which was the last time I ran the race.  They changed the course last year again but changed it back to the 2012 course.

It’s billed as flat and fast.  I thought it was in 2012.  In 2014 it didn’t feel flat at all.

The course offered water and sports drink about every 2 miles.  In the middle our friends at Clif (parent to LUNA) had gels.   This year the course also had baby pools on the course to throw your wrappers in!  I loved that.  I only take gels at water stops, so I never have to worry about littering.  The Clif stop unfortunately wasn’t near water for at least another mile.

There were actually protesters at the start and midpoint of the race.  Apparently 3M kills forests.  Last time I checked, so did every other company in the world.  The only thing I worried about was they were on a bridge over the course at the midpoint, I am glad there was a cop watching them, I didn’t want anything thrown on me.  And  I am pretty sure their pre-printed signs were not recycled!  Hypocritical much?

Post Race

The new trend in Austin is to have food trucks come and sell you food after the race.  I don’t run with money and I also don’t throw any in my drop bag.  Just as well, I almost never eat post race food anyhow.IMG_0648[1]

There was enough at the finish for the average runner.  Bagels, bananas, oranges, and chips.  I took a banana, an orange, and a bag of HEB brand Doritos.IMG_0675[1]

Fun Facts Friday: Black Friday Edition

Feels like a Sunday to me.  I am SO glad it’s only Friday.  2 more days until Monday.  What WILL I do with myself?

Ok, I know what I would like to do, but unfortunately time, distance, and other barriers prohibit that from happening.

Black Friday Edition of Fun Facts Friday:

  • My mom, sister, and I always go shopping on Thanksgiving night.  Even in high school when Garden Ridge Pottery was the only thing open.
  • Last night my mom and I went to Kohl’s and I bought my godson and myself a few things.
  • I bought my godson’s birthday gift yesterday on Amazon.  I couldn’t wait to order it.  His birthday is the same week as mine.  My little groundhog 😉
  • I have not bought Evan a Christmas gift.  Backwards, I know.
  • I have a holiday job for the first time ever (well other than when I worked retail in college).  I did not have to work black Friday.
  • I did a turkey trot with mom and a bunch of my running buddies yesterday.  Apparently I stepped in dog poop before we started and had a huge pile of it on my shoe for all 4 miles.
  • I woke up by alarm today because I wanted to go to the gym early.  And I stayed up too late last night. Waking was not easy.
  • I had to cut my workout short for good reason.  I came in the gym and left the gym in 2 different workout outfits.  I took a shower between outfits.
  • I had breakfast out this morning.  With good company.  Great company.  The best company.
  • I did a little shopping today with my mom after I got done with breakfast.  I have no shame shopping in gym shorts.
  • I watched the first whole college football game this season.  LSU vs Arkansas.  I was not happy with the ending there.
  • Ever since I got home this afternoon i’ve done nothing but veg.  Read articles, watch football, lay around.  I forgot what that’s like.  It was kind of nice.  Of course, certain things would have improved the happiness factor.
  • I vocalized one of my blessings again this morning and I may have cried.  I only cried because it’s that important.