Tech tuesday because I seriously love my gadgets.

I am the luckiest person I know. For real.

I'm so luckyYou probably won’t think so when I tell you what happened in the last few days but Im’ma tell you anyways cause that’s the kind of girl I am.

First, on Sunday when I was out running, just after mile 5, silence. That may not seem like a big deal but it is because I had my iPhone on and I was listening to Pandora and I had the Runkeeper app tracking my run. When I left the house at 7AM, the phone was at 100% but after less than an hour, silence.

phone fail
Just after mile five the battery was at 1%, wtf! So, yeah, it died. Fortunately I run that route almost every single day so I knew how much farther I had to go to get to my six miles.  And I knew what time I left that morning so all I had to do was quickly run into the house and look at the clock when I got home thus determining my time and pace. Easy peasy.

Except it wasn’t because I had to first enter the code to open the garage door and then I tripped over the dogs who were waiting on me to walk them and finally I made it to the kitchen where there are two clocks and both of them displayed a different time.

Oh GodI was able to make a fairly good estimate and I just had to live with it.  Do you know how hard that is for someone with OCD and a stat addict?  HARD.

Y’all know what happened later in the day right? Yeah, I lost my Motiv Ring. So on Monday morning I had to rely strictly on my phone for my stats. I mean I could have charged my Garmin but I didn’t and that’s probably why at mile 2.4, crickets.

The phone battery diedThe technology Gods are laughing at me, hard.

In light of all this trouble I was having I decided to dig out my trusty old Garmin 620 yesterday and charge that bad boy up. While searching through all of my electronic gadgets I happened to find my Lumo lift and my Lumo Run. I totally forgot I had the Lumo Run. Seriously. I know, that’s bad.

A year and a half ago MacGyver bought me the Lumo Run and at the time I wasn’t running because surprise, I was injured. So, I put it in my ‘electronics drawer’ which is basically a pile of gadgets and cords in a box. Yesterday, I found it and I am so excited to use it. I remember when I first got it I was so upset that I couldn’t use it because it has so much info. You can read more about the Lumo run here.

Anyway, I was having a real hard time focusing on work yesterday so I went outside to finish cleaning up the back patio and maybe to add a few more lights.

light display
That picture above might just be the end result I was going for but I’m nowhere near that yet. It’s so magical, but I digress, as I was outside preparing to sweep the back patio I moved a plastic lawn chair over to the side and as God is my witness, there it was, right there just lying there on the ground.

MY MOTIV RING!

Crazy Dance
I mean, how freakin lucky am I? It was right there. I was so excited to have it back and also to realize that I racked up 541 active minutes last week. I still can’t believe it. I found my ring!  I FOUND MY RING!

Anyway, because I don’t trust my iPhone right now, this morning I decided to go ahead and run with the garmin as well, just to be on the safe side. But guess what? The iPhone worked for all 5 miles and it was pretty fun to compare the stats between the runkeeper app and the garmin. (They were almost identical.)

And now I’m back on my gadget kick so for the rest of the week when I run, I’m going to use the Lumo run and the Garmin and some of the other tech gadgets I have. I forgot how much of a stat geek I am. And also how lucky.  Really lucky.

What tech devices do you use to track your exercise and what do you like the most and the least about it?

Plaids and a ring

It occurred to me that I might have a problem this weekend when I realized that I yell for MacGyver’s assistance anytime I need to get something that would require me having to use a stool or a ladder but I will scale a tree taller than my house all by myself to put up Christmas lights. Every time.

tree with lights
I got about 15 feet up the tree and I was trimming like a boss until I missed a step and fell into the pond. I know, I am graceful like that. It wouldn’t have been so bad except that it was freezing cold out, probably like 50 degrees. I nearly died. Okay not died but I did get very cold and I had to change clothes.

After all that I didn’t feel like working on the pond anymore but I did manage to finish the lanai.

lanai lights
Since it was so cold this weekend I got to do something I’ve been waiting almost a year to do. Last year late in winter MacGyver and I had gone to a pet store and I happened to find a clearance section full of some great things. So Sunday morning when I woke up I decided it was time to take advantage of the cool weather and show off my clearance finds.plaid chucksDo they make chucks in buffalo plaid? If they do I need them.

I spent a lot of the weekend in running clothes. I ran 11 miles on Saturday. You may not have noticed and I really haven’t been all that vocal about it but I’ve been increasing my long runs by a mile every week in the hopes that I’ll be ready to run a half marathon in the next month or so. I think I’m pretty close. I just want to be confident that I can run a full half without suffering from a migraine hence the reason I’m trying to get to 13 or 14 miles before I commit to a race.

There is a method to my madness. My migraines are debilitating and since I don’t take the evil Topiramate anymore, I have to really monitor everything I do. It’s really just that simple but complicated at the same time. I have to make sure I monitor everything from my shoes to my salt tablets but it’s working and that’s all that really matters right?

I felt fine after Saturday’s run so I ran 6 more on Sunday and that brought my total to 17 for the weekend and 32 for the week, 37 if you count the miles I walked.

I only ventured out once other than running and that was for a quick trip to Walmart of Sunday and then late last night MacGyver and I got all settled in and watched The Walking Dead. I have this habit of spinning my Motiv ring around on my finger when I’m nervous or anxious and believe me when I tell you that last nights episode definitely made me anxious. I won’t spoil it for you but when I was watching it and went to spin my ring, that’s when I noticed that tragedy had struck.


My Motiv ring is gone. Forever. MacGyver and I looked everywhere but we couldn’t find it and I am just heartbroken. I plan on heading outside today to look again, probably at lunch time but I’m not holding out much hope. Wish me luck!

Have you ever lost a ring? (I’ve lost many…)
Did you watch The Walking Dead?

Thyroids, Animojis and weed.

I’ve had issues with my thyroid for years. Years. I’ve been on thyroid medication for almost as long. The medication gives me the hormones I need and without it, I’m deficient. In all of this time however, my T3 has remained low and even though I’ve seen a lot of different doctors over the years and none of them felt it was necessary to prescribe a medication including T3 because supposedly T4 converts to T3. Only mine doesn’t.

Im broken

 

In the last few years my doctors have increased the dosage of my medication many times but I feel like it hasn’t been working. Unfortunately none of them were listening to me. Every time they raised my dose, my blood pressure went up. I got so damn frustrated I stopped taking it all together and then went in for an appointment and low and behold, my blood pressure was completely normal. Of course my heart rate was 39 beats a minute. A normal heart rate is 60-100 bpm although for someone who’s active, it’s not uncommon for their heart rate to be in the 50’s or even the 40’s but 39 is not necessarily a good thing.

dead

Of course the doctor was a little irritated and told me to start taking my thyroid medication stat but I explained that I knew it was causing my blood pressure to spike and they told me I was mistaken.

i dont make mistakes
I promptly scheduled an appointment with a new doctor. Unfortunately, the entire bay area must have also been frustrated with their doctor because it was a 3 month wait. Also, my insurance wouldn’t cover it because she isn’t in their network but all that didn’t matter because she was highly recommended and I was fed up.  So I waited.

I saw her Tuesday night and let me tell you, I love her. First, she listened to everything that I had to say and she had suggestions and ideas and she was the first one to say that doctors don’t always know what the right thing to do is.  She even followed that up with a story about how she missed something in a patient one time. She didn’t just say she made a mistake, she said she f*ed up. She dropped an f-bomb during the conversation and I knew right then, this woman was my new doctor!

You are it
Most importantly, she put me on Nature Throid which is an all natural thyroid replacement hormone and does include T3. It’s only been 2 days and I already feel the difference. I can’t wait to see how I feel after a month or two on this medication.

jumping
The kid is a technology junkie. As soon as Apple releases anything, he’s first in line, always. He waited up until 3 in the morning to go online and order the iPhone X and he was super excited about it when it arrived. Shortly after he sent me a text message saying how excited he was but instead of the alphabet, he used the animoji and the fox actually read the message, I guess, sort of.

fox animojiI loved it so I texted him back to see if there was a dog.

animojis
He texted back as a dog! Is it wrong that I want an iPhone X strictly for the animoji feature. And I want it now.

Do you know anyone who smokes weed and runs? No seriously, it’s a thing.

weed runners
You can read the full article here. I don’t remember how I came upon the article, ahem, but I did. In all seriousness, I don’t think I could ever smoke weed and run. Ever. It would be hilarious though. The writer of the article mentions how he uses it before his run and then also during the run because it gives him a kick.  You’d have to kick ME if I used it because I’d seriously be on a bench somewhere sleeping.

sleeping runner
That would so be me. I’m gonna have to pass on the weed running. For now.

Do you need thyroid replacement? If so, what kind do you use?
Have you seen the iPhone X animojis?
Would you try weed before going out to run?