Nov 172014

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With bronchitis!

That’s how I spent my weekend. Not on the plan, at all, and as per usual, poor timing universe. I was feeling kind of rundown all week but it wasn’t until Thursday that I started to really feel sick. Friday I went to the doctor and yep, bronchitis. Sadly, there wasn’t much I could do about it. My doctor said that if I didn’t improve in a few days that it might be bacterial and he’d give me antibiotics. So time will tell.


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I basically spent the entire weekend on the couch or in bed. The one good thing about being sick is that the animals are excellent nursemaids. Both Bella and Fat Kitty snuggled and kept me company while I coughed up a lung.

The beasts also helped me watch TV. :) So I realize that I am like 14 years behind on the times but I started watching Gilmore Girls. It’s streaming on Netflix and with Chromecast I can watch it on the TV in the living room or the bedroom instead of the computer (it’s a cheap option and works well). So many people talk about this show–STILL–and I never watched it when it was on TV so I thought I’d give it a try. And I got hooked. It’s a good show. It’s sometimes silly but really charming.

The writing is pretty good and funny, I love that Melissa McCarthy is in it (I had no idea she was on this show). I go back and forth loving the relationship between mother and daughter and being annoyed by the codependency but overall I love the show.

Dinner Saturday night was soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I was craving comfort food and I’d been eating soup for several days. We had some white bread in the freezer from the last time Michael made his famous mac n’ cheese (we rarely have bread in the house and when we do it’s the gluten free stuff from Costco) so I made the sandwich with that and it was AMAZING. Grilled cheese on cheap white bread is the best.


Saturday night I actually got some okay sleep and wasn’t coughing the entire time like Friday night. But that’s where the good news ended.

Sunday I started to feel worse instead of better–but not with bronchitis symptoms. I ended up spending most of Sunday in bed napping on and off because of vertigo. I have no idea where that came from but I had waves of nausea all day with brief moments of feeling like I was almost okay. It sucked! But at least I wasn’t coughing uncontrollably like I was on Friday. I called the advice nurse and she had no idea. “Eat saltines and drink water.” Um, great. We ruled out pregnancy and ebola. 😛 But still, no diagnosis for Sunday’s misery. The only thing I could really eat was diet ginger ale, ginger candies and toasted bagels. I would not say it was a fun day. But hey, I got to season 2 of Gilmore Girls…..

I’m really hoping this over with soon because I am getting restless and sick of being in bed or on the couch. I’m also starting to get antsy because I was finally making progress on the scale and as of today I haven’t been to the gym since last Wednesday. I guess the only upside to that is that I’ve had zero appetite since then. But truthfully, I am irritated because I was getting into the swing of things; I was back to running consistently and getting a little bit faster AND I went up in weight on some of the kettlebells I was using at the Warrior Room. All that progress and now I have to go back to where I was before. Dammit!

Apr 302014

75 degrees! Sunny! Warm! Gorgeous!

I worked some overtime on Tuesday and so I got home much later than normal. Instead of hauling my butt to the gym to run on the treadmill again, and miss out of the sunny summer-like night, I decided to go for a run. I’ve been itching to run outside for awhile now. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy to be running again and even if it’s on a treadmill–I’ll take it–but there is definitely something special about running outside in nice weather with fresh air.

I knew Bella was ready to go for a run, too. She was bouncing off the walls (and me) when I got home from work. I changed, had a quick snack and then we left. Look at how excited she is:

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I did the Couch to 5k app but this time I went back to Week 1 Run 1. Since I’d used that free app that I didn’t like much for the first two weeks of the plan, I skipped to week 3 on the app that I bought. Last night I felt like it was a good idea to go back to Week 1 since I was going outside for nearly the first time in who knows how many months. It was a good decision. No matter what anyone tells you, a treadmill is so much easier than actual running outside. My heart rate is always much higher outside and it’s harder to keep the same pace consistently like on a treadmill.

I did about 1/4 mile warm-up walk and Bella and I walked down to the school track in the neighborhood. It was nearly empty. There were a few runners and a few kids playing on the football field. Normally I don’t like taking Bella down to the track but I thought my first run outside might be best on the softer track. I ran on the outside ring of the track and Bella ran in the grass next to the track. She did so well! She stayed on the grass and only spazzed out a few times where she stopped running and decided she wanted to roll around in the grass.

I am SO glad I did Week 1! It was a lot harder than I was expecting it to be and I was really grateful for those walking breaks! Bella and I did one mile around the track and then headed home the long way. On the way back to the house we ran into a bunch of a neighbors out with their dogs. We ended up joining some of them in the HOA fenced area where they take their dogs to run off leash. Bella–even though she was clearly tired from our run together–was SUPER excited to run around and play with some dogs. We hung out for a bit while I cooled down and then walked back to the house.

This is the screen shot of the Couck25K app:

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I was also running my CycleMeter app for mileage just in case the running app wasn’t accurate (which I’ve noticed in the past with other running apps). It was pretty darn close!

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It was a short workout but just enough for me. It was getting late and I was hungry. Bella and I slurped down a ton of water, had dinner together and I happily got in my PJs, ready to relax after a really long day. It was a good return to running!

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Post-run I ate, drank a bunch of water, stretched, preemptively iced my knees, and went to bed early. You better believe I was REALLY looking forward to my massage on Thursday night.


And Bella? She was snoring not long after I crawled into bed. 😉