I run for a happy brain

I get up every morning intent on running.  It’s no secret that if I don’t get out on the pavement and move my feet before my day begins, I can be a real bitch.  It’s not because I didn’t get to go running either, I mean, that’s part of it but if you look at it that way you miss all the reasons why I really, really need to run.

running is my favoriteRegardless of what problems, issues, or challenges I wake up facing, running helps me find the answer to all of them.  Once I get out there I can get into my head and all of the minutiae fades and I can really figure things out.  It relaxes me in a way that I can’t even describe.  It’s cathartic and energizing at the same time.

Of course there are the obvious health benefits and it does help to keep me in shape but the main reason that I run is for my mental health.  It’s the best thing that I can do to calm down my overactive brain and focus.  Plus, when I get home afterwards and the dogs are fighting or MacGyver is yelling over missing tools or clients are getting on my last nerve, I can handle it.  I feel like I can handle anything.

Of course if you’re a runner you already know this but wouldn’t it be nice if everyone knew that feeling?

Tell me one of your favorite reasons for running.

Forty Miles, the bridge is open, and so is my mouth while I shovel in the food

Hello from Nokomis, Florida.  MacGyver and I got here on Saturday night and plan on staying til Tuesday nite or maybe a little longer, I can basically work from anywhere so we’re playing it by ear.

the dude

Actually the Dude’s uniform is much nicer than what I normally wear….

We installed our TV that we got on black Friday.  It’s absolutely amazing how much of a difference 5 inches make.  The TV that blew up was 60” and the new one is 65” and it’s huge.  Go big or go home, right?

We also installed the ring doorbell, a new fan in the bathroom, and brought down the new table which I’ll show you pictures of tomorrow.  MacGyver has been doing most of the work because I’ve been swamped with decorating.  Of course as soon as he is finished, I’ll have to reset the passwords and info on all the tv’s, paint all the areas of the walls where the old things were hanging, clean up the mess, and repaint the ceiling in the bathroom.  Who’s really making out here?  That’s why I’m busying myself with decorating.

I realize I might be a tad exorbitant but I just love me some trees.  I did manage to keep Nokomis at a minimum with only a large tree in the living room and a small one that was gifted to us in the bedroom.  I also kept all the other decorations to a minimum with only two wreaths, a large nutcracker and a few tchotchke’s by the front door.  I can’t say the same for Clearwater.  I have 3 large trees, 3 small trees, countless wreaths and other decorations, and I’m adding another large tree when we get home, IF I can sneak it by MacGyver.

 

 

 

 

Obviously, I’m out of control.

I wish I was as prepared with my shopping because Christmas is only 2 weeks away and I‘ve purchased exactly zero presents.

last minute shoping

This might be a gift card year.  No, I can’t do it, I’ll just have to find the time to shop.  Like that’s gonna be a problem.

So, last week I ran 40 miles y’all.  I can barely believe it.  It’s been so long since I’ve had a 40 mile week that I hardly thought it possible but I did it.  I’m averaging about 5 or 6 miles a day but I did manage an 8 mile run on Saturday and I think double digits are right around the corner.

The part of the Legacy trail that had been closed for months is now open and the bridge is awesome.  It’s a nice little hill and will be perfect when I actually start training for something.  I thought about taking a picture of it this morning but let’s be honest, my coordination is really off and that would have been dangerous so you’ll just have to show you some pictures that I stole from the internets.

You may not be as excited about it as I am but trust me, it’s a big deal.

Here’s another thing that happened over the weekend, my fitbit automatically started syncing again which it hasn’t done since August and it happened randomly.

I think MacGyver almost ran off the road when I screamed that out loud.  Probably wasn’t the smartest move on my part but let me tell you, I got pretty damn excited.  I have no idea why it stopped syncing and no idea why it suddenly started again and as long as it continues to work, I don’t care.

Besides, I’m gonna be using it a lot more in the coming months because for now I’m  on a steady dose of 30mg of prednisone a day to help ease the symptoms of my sarcoidosis and steroids are hell on your body.  I’ve already gained a little bit of weight and I have to be really diligent to avoid those attacks of the munchees.  It’s a constant struggle and unfortunately I don’t always win but I’m doing the best I can.

If anyone out there has had to take long term, high dose steroids and has an idea of how to maintain your weight or stave off hunger, please let me know.  Because right now, this is an accurate representation of my eating habits:

me eatingI sure am glad I can run.

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything exciting?

WTF Wednesday, Overdecorating and stealing baby Jesus

I was almost positive I scaled down my Christmas decorations last year.  I think I remember donating quite a few ornaments and outdoor decorations and if my memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure I threw out one of my artificial trees.

And yet for some reason my house still looks similar to this:

over decoratorAnd sadly, I am not even close to being finished.  Maybe that’s because I keep putting things up and then staring at them, deciding I don’t like it and redoing everything.  At this rate my house will be fully decorated by April and you’ll be able to see it from space.

There have been some great sales lately at some of my favorite department stores.  Macy’s had a great deal on this Michael Kors purse which I bought from me to me and Belk had a great sale on a cute dress from Free People and I planned on wearing it out on New Years Eve, but that probably won’t happen because guess who just got summoned for Jury duty?  Yeah, on New Year’s freakin Eve!  You know who I feel sorry for?  The defendant.  I mean seriously, how would you expect a fair trial?  People have celebrating to do you know.

I’m already working on my excuse…

jury dutyThat statement is unbelievably accurate.  I’ve lost nails to a few of my sports bras, I kid you not.

In case you didn’t see this next item, I’m about to make your dreams come true and you can thank me for it later.  You can get a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for a buck next week.  That’s right, I said one dollar.

donutsStarting Wednesday, December 12th you can walk into any Krispy Kreme and order a dozen donuts at regular price and they’ll give you a dozen more for a buck.  Mark your calendars for this important date.  Now!

You may have seen this on Facebook already but since I’m from Tennessee originally and I know how hilarious we all are I had to share.  We start young…

You go girl, get you a baby Jesus.

WTF?  It’s Wednesday!