Super human steroid stupid strength

Happy Monday friends.  We’re down in Nokomis because I’m seeing the neurologist today.  I’ve finished my run of steroids and I have to see him before starting the Topamax.  I’m hoping he still gives it to me because at first the office said he was and then they said he wasn’t and then they said, ‘after you finish the dose of steroids and then come into the office’.  I am so sick of listening to doctors.  I might be better off doing the opposite of what they say….

Doctors suck

Despite the fact that I had terrible insomnia steroids definitely gave me a lot of energy.  I tackled a ton of projects.

First, I was finally able to finish something I’ve been wanting to finish since I bought it weeks ago.  MacGyver and I had gone to an estate sale and I found an old cabinet in the garage.  It was in really bad shape but it had good bones so I offered them 5 bucks and they took it.  When I brought it home it looked like this:

cabinet

MacGyver wanted to rip the front door off and all of the sides and just refinish the top but I was having none of that because let me tell you something people, I have dreams and I had a vision.

And my vision is now a kitchen island for the Nokomis house and it looks like this:

island

This is the front, I painted it with chalk paint in ‘celery’ and then I refinished the hardware with a bronze hammered paint.

side of island

This is one side. I wanted a rack to hang a dish towel so I bought a cheap little stainless steel one and painted it with a bronze hammered paint.

butcher block island

And I have to give him credit because MacGyver did one hell of a job on the butcher block top.

The inside was tricky because I wanted to store bowls and plates and such and just painting it white wasn’t giving me the look I wanted.  Luckily I had this stick on shelf paper I bought at the dollar tree a year ago.

inside of the island

Voila! The inside is complete.

The other project I really wanted to tackle was some lawn work and that required purchasing a shit ton of retaining wall blocks and them placing them.  I was able to lift and place those suckers like a boss.  Clearly I overestimated the thickness of my skin because this is what my legs look like currently:

Legs

Nice big bruises.

What?  You don’t think that looks too bad?  How bout this?

my legs

OUCH!

I also finished a crap load of work projects and dove into several more that I’ve been meaning to start, but the best part about a week of steroids is that I not only maintained my workouts, I killed em.

I  walked 35 miles last week, five miles every day.  I didn’t overdo it and even though I still get the migraines, I got my walks in and that felt pretty good.  I also got in the most amount of steps I’ve gotten in a while at 138,900+ and lastly, I did a weight routine five out of seven days last week.  Go Steroids Me.

steps

Fitbit this!

All kidding aside, I’m really hoping the new prescription helps with the migraines because I have every bit of faith that without headaches I will be able to do all of that and more.   Of course, ultimately, I’d really like to know what is wrong with me and then get that fixed but hey, baby steps, am I right?

Tell me about your week.

Did you get all your workouts in?

What did you do this weekend?

It’s Friday and that’s fabulous

My current prescription of Prednisone is a 7 day course.  I’m not sure why my doctor felt this would help my migraines because it hasn’t at all but on the upside I now have insomnia so I’m getting a lot of my work finished this week.

Prednisone

MacGyver and I rented a few movies from that Redbox thing at Wal-Mart last night.  Obviously a subscription to Sling, Netflix and Hulu as well as hundreds of cable channels isn’t enough TV for us, we needed more.

MacGyver wanted to see The Revenant which was inspired by the story of Hugh Glass.  I’m pretty sure they exaggerated a huge portion of the move but MacGyver liked it so that’s all that matters.  I picked out an entirely different type of movie.

dirty grandpa

Dirty Grandpa!

It was mindless entertainment and I ain’t even sorry about it because that movie is hilarious, and bonus, Zac Efron.  Did I mention Zac Efron?

Watch this video of mean tweets and laugh your butt off, do it!

That’s it for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

What have you got planned?

Nailing negative splits, lumo lift, and more.

In case I haven’t mentioned it, I’ve been nailing my negative splits like a boss.  Of course, I’ve always been pretty good at negative splits.

negative splits

The only thing is, those are walking splits, but hey I’ll take a win wherever I can.

Since its Thursday let’s talk about some of things that I’ve been reading and reviewing this week starting with my Lumo Lift.  In case I haven’t mentioned it or maybe I did and I just forgot because it took me forever to try them but anyway, MacGyver got me both the Lumo Lift and the Lumo Run for my birthday.

lumo lift and lumo run

I haven’t used the Lumo Run enough to tell you what I think about it yet, but I love the Lumo Lift.  LOVE.  In a nutshell this little sensor resides on your clothing and helps you maintain good posture.  Since I have so many back issues, this thing is invaluable and it works really well.  Almost too well.  It’s like my Mother is standing over my shoulder saying ‘sit up straight young lady!

The only downside is the buzzer can get annoying but you can turn it off or remove it if you’re in the mood to slouch on the couch and pull off a Netflix marathon, not that I would encourage that sort of behavior but hey, to each his own right? 😉  Of course the point is to learn to have better posture….and seriously, I love it and if you have a tendency to slouch or have back issues due to a desk job, I highly recommend it. I’d go so far as to say it’s an invaluable tool for me.  (And for the record MacGyver did buy this for me as a birthday present and this post is in no way sponsored, besides I’m not that big of a deal.)

You can read more about it here.  Now, sit up straight!

I watched this video not because I hate running but because it leaves with me with severe migraines currently and I have to find alternate means of getting a good cardio workout.  If nothing else it’s a good HIIT workout and I don’t know why but the fitness models in the video look odd to me, almost like too stiff cheerleaders who really want to break out and do some hip hop but can’t…. you be the judge.

hiit workoutYou can see the video by clicking on the image.

I still read every article I can about running because obviously I want to run again as soon as possible so I best be prepared.  And I also might be obsessed.  A little.

The next article from GrindTV reminded me that there are things I can do every day to help me improve my running even though I’m not currently running.  Plus, if you aren’t in the habit of doing these things already you really should be.

GrindTVCheck out the article by clicking on the image.

And if you’re over 40 and you started running later in life, consider yourself very lucky.  According to this article, your running career may be longer than runners who started in their 20’s!

Do you remember last week how I told you about the girl who ran a half marathon while pumping her breasts?  Well, this woman actually does some pretty hard core yoga WHILE breast feeding.

Breast feeding Yogi

Click on the image to read the full article but I warn you, the graphic you’ll see is a bit more that what I’ve posted here.

And now for my favorite thing.  And it really is my favorite video that I’ve seen in a long, long time.  I personally nominate this guy for dad of the year.  And he would win too, hands down.

best dad everClick on the image above to follow the link and remember, you are no better than anyone else and no is better than you, you are blessed!

Have a great Thursday.

Do you have good posture? 

Do you like reading about running even when you can’t run?