Tuesday, how this woman faced down stave IV lung cancer, and won.

This morning I woke up early and went to get ready to go run. I wasn’t feeling particularly ambitious and I actually thought about not working out at all but I took Monday off so I really wanted to get a workout in.

The truth is, I’ve been sort of lazy for the last month or so.  Okay, really lazy.  Because sometimes it’s just easier not to work out, not to prepare the healthy food, not to worry so much about keeping the house clean, and not to take care of myself.

im lazy

Anyway, while I was sitting on the sofa pondering whether to go for a run or not I picked up a magazine and started flipping through.  This particular magazine tends to have a few feel good stories in it every issue, you know like the chicken soup for the soul variety.  I never read them.  I don’t know why but I’ve always considered them a bit hokey.

This morning I read the story.  I’m not sure what got my attention, the ‘beating the odds’ headline or the byline that said, ‘after being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer doctors didn’t have a lot of hope.’  Whatever the reason I read the story.

Rachel Drazan-Malmberg was a 30 year old elite athlete who woke up with a pain in her ribs that wouldn’t go away.  At first her doctors told her it was probably pneumonia because she was such a health minded person and so physically fit but the pain didn’t go away so she pressed the doctors, got an MRI and then heard the news no one ever wants to hear, stage IV lung cancer that had spread to her brain.

Rachel went through an expensive and grueling treatment and miraculously she has beat her cancer.  In fact, she’s currently training for a marathon.  I was so inspired by her story I looked her up online and wanted to share it with you.

I so admire her courage and strength and in the article I read this morning Rachel was quoted as saying, ‘What you believe is what you can achieve.’   We should all live by that motto.

Have you ever had to fight to find a diagnosis before?

On a scale of 1-10 how confident do you feel that your doctor listens to you?

My video surveillance saves the day again.

I had a plan.

Yesterday I had my to do list all ready to go. I ran five miles, then walked the dogs and finally at 8:45 I sat down to conquer the day and let me tell you, I was ready!

And then, my computer crashed.

nooooooooooooooo
I was pretty sure I knew what the problem was but I had to go on another computer to google all of the issues and then try and fix it, which I did, after a deadline, and just before lunch.

Maury
I was just about to make some lunch when I heard my neighbor yelling and so I ran outside to see what was going on. My neighbor has a gold and yellow macaw named Gracie and apparently she up and disappeared. She doesn’t really fly all that far so I was thinking that she probably walked across the road and was hiding and I decided to check my security system to see if I could tell which way she went.

And that’s when all hell broke loose.

In the footage from my surveillance cams I noticed a yellow car parked in front of my neighbor’s home so, I asked her if she knew the people in the car and she said no. Then we decided to view the video of the car a little bit closer just to see if we could tell why it was sitting there so I zoomed in.

And that’s when we first saw a woman get out of the car and grab a blanket or towel and throw it over Gracie and put her in the car.

An actual birdnapping right in front of us!

Holy Shit

And, it had happened just a half hour earlier!

My neighbor called the police and they spent the next few hours looking over the scene and viewing the video. Fortunately, it’s a brand new system that MacGyver installed this weekend, (black Friday sale) and the police were all kinds of impressed with the quality, but unfortunately because it’s new, we have no idea how to get the footage off the system and onto a jump drive or a disc.

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The police will be coming by at some point today and their IT guy will figure it out. I’m just happy I don’t have to try and figure it out and risk losing the data. That would suck because I’m hoping with the footage they can get their bird back.

Wouldn’t it be great if I could have their forensic IT person actually look at my computer and figure it out too? Yeah, I’m not counting on it either but I can dream.

Do you make to do list or are they over rated?

Who do you call when you have computer problems?

Tuesday Tips, Staying comfortable, even when it’s hot!

It’s no secret that it’s hot in Florida, everyone who’s ever been here knows that but you do tend to get used to it and you adapt.  I’m always giving runners advice on how we stay cool when running in the Florida heat but I often get asked how we stay cool and comfortable in general, especially with the humidity.

Florida

As I said, we adapt to the heat and humidity.  We develop ways to stay comfortable and cool and for those of you who wonder how I do it, here are some of my tips.

Keep your head cool.  It’s the number one thing I tell people.  You may think wearing a hat is hot but actually it keeps the sun off of your face and helps to cool you down.  If you don’t like wearing hats, wear a visor.  I wear one every day when I run.  Every. Single. Day.

I have a pretty small head but I live in this one, even when we go out on the boat.

Cool your engine first.  Just like a car, your body needs fluids to keep it cool.  I munch on fruit like watermelon and strawberries throughout the day and I also drink lots of water.  Staying hydrated is key.

Cotton is king.  I love my cotton underwear.  It breathes and its super light.  That’s really important here in Florida.  No one likes to have something sticking to them underneath their clothes.  It’s not only unsightly, it’s really uncomfortable.

Wear Sports Bras under all the things.  I wear sports bras as much as possible.  If you see me in anything other than an evening dress, chances are I probably have on a moisture wicking sports bra underneath.  You can get the same support with a sports bra as you do with a really good bra but a sports bra is much more comfortable in my opinion and the moisture wicking option is a must!

This is one of my personal favorites. Focusing on a comfy, moisture wicking base layer isn’t just for women either. Choosing the right men’s underwear, like these, make all the difference for guys too!

Forego the heavy makeup.  Makeup tends to run down your face when it’s hot and that’s why I stick to a light moisturizer with sunscreen instead of foundation and I use very minimal makeup.

makeup running

This is not pretty.

Dress for comfort.  I love light colors and really thin fabrics.  I don’t like to feel restricted by clothing and being able to move in it is a must and that’s why I prefer clothing that’s light and airy.  Long flowy cotton dresses look just as nice as a tight pencil skirt and it’s much easier to step out of my SUV!

Be mindful of your feet.  High heels sure do look nice, especially with a really nice outfit, but let’s face it, they aren’t the most comfortable.  I recycle my old running shoes and wear them when I’m running errands, garage sale-ing on the weekend, or shopping. When the occasion calls for something other than my running shoes, I wear cute flat sandals as much as possible.  Lately, I’m living in my Sperry Calla Jade sandals in Blue, LOVE!

running in heels

This is a broken ankle waiting to happen.

Misting sprays for your face.  I have a couple of these and I keep one in my purse at all times.  Not only does that mist feel great on your face, it gives you a nice little glow as well.

Lower your temperature with your wrists.  If you find yourself out running around during the day and the heat is getting to you but you certainly cannot take a dip in the pool, just run your wrists under really cool water for 10 – 15 seconds.  This trick actually lowers your whole body temperature and it keeps it cool for up to an hour!

What are your tips for staying cool and comfortable?