Friday, August 3, 2012

A Little Of This..........And A Whole Lotta The Crud....

Good Friday to ya friend.

How are you?

I hope well.

I still trying to recover from sinus/congestion funk.

Man, I don't know about you guys, but once that stuff hits me....it hits hard.

Yuck.

I finally broke down and went and got a prescription.

I still have been making ungodly noises, though. 

Baxter has given me a perplexed look many a time over the past few days.

Of course, that could just be him begging me to just "Shut up already!"

In yo face!
Well, here's an update on life....(if you care, cool...if not, that is also in fact...cool.)

The hubs grandfather was scheduled to have another hip replacement to repair damage that occurred after falling from his first surgery a few weeks ago. However, he now has a blood infection. So, before they can perform this replacement surgery, they have to get that under control. Next....my mom's insurance nightmare continues. However, my dad has spoken with a lawyer, and is doing everything possible to try to remedy this situation. All in all...I hate insurance companies. I hate that he's having to deal with this...I hate mom is having to deal with this and try to recover...but I LOVE that she is starting to somewhat heal. Big ups to the man upstairs. Next....the hub's dad was involved in a wreck earlier in the week that totaled his truck...didn't hurt him, or anyone else...so once again...big ups to the man upstairs for that. Next....the hub's mom's stress test came back normal...another big up to the big guy upstairs....Next...the hub's sister is dealing with some health issues of her own....she has an appointment for an ultrasound to see what's going on...so prayers would be appreciated for her....

I think that about covers things for today.

Okay!

Some of you have inquired how the running is going.

Yes, I am still running.

I am still training for the St. Jude Half-Marathon in December.

What I've done is basically start the Couch to 5K training over again.

I just figured it was the best way to ease myself into training after taking such a long break. 

Unfortunately, I had to take this week off, as sinus congestion has prevented me from breathing normally. 

I've been pretty bummed about it. 

But hey, I'd hate for the rec center to call the paramedics only to realize that I'm just trying to cough up sinus drainage. (Yep, gross. I know. Hey, it's gross for me, too!!)

Anywho, I think it's time for me to get some new kicks...


As you can see, I've acquired some holes in the tops of both of my shoes. I figured out that I basically run as though I am in a marching band at all times. My toes, especially my big toes, point straight up. So, yes, eventually, I am going to get holes. 

And honestly, I have probably logged the amount of mileage that one should on a pair of running shoes without risking injury. 

So, yea, I will be making a trip to Fleet Feet here soon. 

At the risk of sounding extra corny, I would like to put something out there.

Every time I go for a run at Shelby Farms, I am reminded how lucky I am to live in Memphis. 

It truly is an amazing place.

Are you ready for the super corny part???

It's feel like I have a religious experience when I go running out there. 

Especially on a bright sunny day.

Just being out there with the clouds, (hippie)...the trees (hippie)....and the sunshine (again hippie)....really makes me feel closer to God. 

I can't explain it...I just do.

7:35 pm cool down...at Shelby Farms.

So, yea. I am still training. Looking for a 5K to run at the end of the month. I am thinking the Forrest Spence 5K. I have a dear friend who is heavily involved in volunteering for that cause...so I think I might try my hand at it. My training doesn't exactly match up with the timing of it...but I think I am just going to go and try my best. 

Last year, I ran the Chick-fil-A 5K. It was my first 5K and I was excited to run it. However, in the light of all the mess that is Chick-fil-A right now, I am probably not going to run it. 

And no, as much as I'd like to get into a discussion about politics, freedom of speech, gay rights, etc....I'm not. I feel like both sides of all arguments at this point are showing a large amount of ignorance. Not that I claim to be the brightest bulb in the bunch...but good grief. I think we all...and when I say all... I mean every human being out there right now...is failing in one way or another. If we took half the time we spent pointing out the faults in others, and spent it reflecting on how we could better ourselves and the world around us, then maybe a little change could occur. 

Just sayin'. Hey, I'm at fault, too.

Stepping off soap box now....

So yea, I am thinking of running the Forrest Spence 5K. Great cause

All I want to do is beat my first 5K time from a year ago, and I'll be a happy camper. 

But, we'll see. 

After that, group training runs start every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. 

Why am I doing this again??!

Oh yea. That's right. I like to stress myself out. Duh.

No really, running has actually helped me tremendously this summer. I still might be frustrated with life and what it's hurling at me and my family...but I can always channel that into a good run.

Another reason why I run?

I run because my mom can't.

She's hasn't be able to for a while.

So, I am doing this for her.

Speaking of running for things....

I am excited for the track and field part of the Olympics!

A little happy I made. :) 

I have also enjoyed watching the other Olympic events this year....especially the fab 5. Way to go ladies!!

It's not even the wins that impress me most with this group of ladies...it's their poise and humbleness. And their support of one another. It's so refreshing to see women, (young women at that), supporting each other and encouraging one another. It seems like we are all to often conditioned as women from an early age to be constantly competitive with one another. If it's not with clothes or looks, then it's with boys and/or relationships...or academics. 

So, it's wonderful to see them encouraging and supporting one another. Now, off camera, they may be secretly plotting to slit each other's throats. I don't know...

But, hey, they sure put on a good show for the cameras. :)

Speaking of awesome girls in incredible shape...

Let's talk about me!



Haha. Okay, no really....I haven't given a weight loss update in a while. Truth be told, I stopped Weight Watchers weeks ago. I just didn't want to pay for it anymore. I know I know...excuses excuses. But, once you're on the program for a while, you pretty much figure out the jist of what you can/can't eat. So more or less, it's just been me watching what I eat.

And I'm still at a weight loss of around 25 pounds.

I still have a ways to go people. 

And I still struggle with choices....for example, last night I had to run to Target to get printer paper for the hubs. My throat was hurting, so I thought "Just get some ice cream...maybe you can make a milkshake when you get home."

Seems like a reasonable choice, right?

I literally stood in front of the ice cream cooler for 15 minutes picking out ice cream...and putting it back. Reading labels...and putting them back. Thinking about whether or not I'd regret buying the ice cream as soon as I got home....hey, it's just one milkshake....nope...putting it back.

So, I just settled on buying sugar free chocolate syrup. And having my chocolate skim milk for a treat.

But, it's that kind of struggle I am talking about. It's ridiculous, I know

But it happens. 

And hey. I'm still on a mission people. A mission to get to healthy. And a mission to find peace with myself.

Isn't that what we are all trying to achieve on some level?

Speaking of missions....

I am about to head out for tax free weekend to buy my adorable nieces some back to school outfits. Hannah is heading into first grade in less than a week. Heather is heading back to pre-school. My oh my...how the time sure does fly.

Pray that I don't get mauled in these hot mess crowds.

And thanks. Thanks for hanging in until the end of this somewhat all over the place blog. 

I blame the antihistamines. 

Much love, :)

5 comments:

  1. I LOOVE Shelby Farms :) I'm always amazed at the beauty that park has when it's so close to such built up areas. So I don't think you're being cheesy when you say that.. I totally get it! We are out there pretty much every weekend hitting the farmers market and the dog park. Sigh.. I just wish it was a little closer to me (we come from Mississippi, I know, gasp)

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    1. I am glad Shelby Farms isn't such a crazy idea to others....being out there in nature is so awesome. :)

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  2. If you find yourself struggling with the eating stuff again, but don't want to pay for weight watchers or something else, check out sparkpeople.com It's similar to weight watchers but free. You can track food, exercise, there's blogs, etc... It's what I used (and still use).

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    1. Hey girl! I actually am using the myfitnesspal app on my phone...it's pretty cool! But I will def keep sparkpeople in mind!

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  3. Keep up the good work and wear out some more running shoes!!! And if you ever need a skinny margarita date at Swankys, you know where to find me!

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