And I ran, slow and steady, but I ran

Well, this weekend it happened, I started running again!  I mean, I’m all kinds of awkward and slow but then, is that really a new thing?

silly running

Nope.

I walked around 10 miles last week and my hip felt fine so on Sunday I decided to run and I ran a whole 5 miles.  It was a slow and steady run but it felt so good.  I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel since I started cross training more.  I’m gonna veer off my beaten path from now on and keep doing that.  It seems to work. 😉

We had a pretty low key weekend around here.  It rained on Saturday afternoon and pretty much all day on Sunday.  It didn’t stop me from getting some yard work done though because we’ve entered the rainy mowing season here and I have 3 lawns to mow on the reg.  If I get behind it’s a bitch to catch up.

For some reason I happened to be awake on Saturday morning and caught some of the royal wedding.  I loved both dresses though the second one was my favorite.  The first one would have been pretty in a tea length but then it wouldn’t have been a wedding dress now would it.  That train!  Oh my gosh, I would have gotten it caught on a pew or something and ripped off the crown jewels so that would have been a no for me but she pulled it off so Go girl.

I wasn’t really all that interested in the actual wedding or who attended and all the customs and pomp and circumstance.  I was interested in little Charlotte.

Charolotte

her wave game is on point!

MacGyver and I did manage to go to a few estate sales over the weekend and I did very well.  One of the places that we went to had some various things in the garage and I found this unique looking rooster.  I offered the person hosting the sale a dollar and they accepted.

Turns out it’s a Dala Rooster from Sweden, circa 1950’s.

I found one just like it on etsy selling for 92 dollars!  I’m not selling mine, it’s prominently displayed in my kitchen on a shelf above the sink.

Now let’s talk food.  I know it may seem like I’ve been a bit evasive in talking about the diet that MacGyver and I have been on.  It’s not that I didn’t want to tell you about it but rather I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about it and so until I figured it out, I didn’t want to talk too much about it.

eat all the cheese

Anyway, we were doing the keto diet.  We didn’t plan to stay on the diet long term for many reasons but mainly because it is very hard to keep your body in ketosis and in order for the diet to work in the way that it’s supposed to, that’s what you have to do.  I have to say though, when I read I could eat ALL the cheese, I was on board.

The problems that I had were that I had to keep my carbs under 8 grams a day just to even get my body in ketosis and then if I went over 20 grams of carbs in a day, my body would not stay in ketosis.  Also, no matter what recipes I found or tried, I could not get enough fiber.  And I NEED fiber.  I will say the diet did a good job of breaking me of the sugar habit that I had developed over the past few months but I could no longer eat all the fat.  I mean, let’s be honest, food was going in but nothing was coming out!

So I had to Veto the Keto.  MacGyver and I are now back to our paleo way of life and while it’s still fairly low in carbs, we get enough fiber and not so much fat.  I lost weight after the first 24 hours of getting off the diet.  I’m not going into details, I’m sure you can figure out how 😉

Have you tried the keto diet?

Are you strict with your diet or do you splurge whenever you want to?

 

The Monday after when you eat all the things…

Hello and greetings from Nokomis.  We came down Friday night and we’ve decided to stay until this evening.  I’m working on wrapping up a huge project and for some reason I get more done down here.

Hank packed up

Can we go already? I’m packed!

Did you see his tongue sticking out, I mean, how cute is that?

I went for a walk on Friday morning and as soon as I got around the corner a peacock started following me.  He twerked his way around me at least 5 times.  I finally yelled, ‘No, Mr. Peacock, I am not having sex with you.’  (That’s what it means when they twerk like that and fan their feathers out.)  I didn’t realize a neighbor was standing outside when I yelled it so that was embarrassing.

twerking peacock

(I made the alt tag ‘twerking peacock’.  I wondered what kinds of hits I’ll get from that, lol.

We packed up on Friday afternoon and left Clearwater around 7ish.  MacGyver wanted to leave earlier I think but the Kid had mentioned that he sent something and it was being delivered on Friday so we I wanted to wait until it got there.

Y’all, I have the best kid in the World.  Not because he thinks of his mother on her birthday and Mother’s day but because he’s kind, smart, successful and honest.  Every day is Mother’s day because he makes me so proud.  We talk at least 5 or 6 times a week and even though he is miles away, we are very close.  I love that kid more than life itself.

And he does send the best presents too, in case you’re wondering.

fitbit versa

He knows me so well.

Since I’m still taking some time off of running I decided to finish up the lawn down here in Nokomis.  I finished mulching and weeding the entire yard, front and back and I built a grilling patio for MacGyver.  Okay, actually I got sick of tripping over the grill and the Traeger smoker which were placed randomly around the backyard.

I didn’t take a picture of the patio because it isn’t quite the look I have in mind so I need to add some additional features and then I”ll show you guys.

On Mother’s day MacGyver and I went to dinner with his Mom and Dad.  Before we left I noticed my shoes were a bit worn so I threw them out and put on a different pair.  Somehow while we were at dinner I managed to rip the entire side of my sandal out.

Yes,  I ruined two pairs of shoes in less than two hours!  Apparently, I need to bring some new shoes down here…or go shopping.  Which do you think I’ll do?

MacGyver and I have been really good about following this diet that we are on.  Except that instead of a diet, we’re calling it a lifestyle change because it’s geared towards autoimmune issues and we really want to keep our bodies as healthy as possible holistically.

I haven’t been running and I didn’t have any other workouts planned while we’re down here but I’m pretty sure the moving of pavers and all the lawn work count for something.  Actually, I’ve felt really healthy all week until this morning because at dinner, I ate all the things.

ate all the things

Yep, Accurate!

Instead of pizza, I ate steak and potatoes and chocolate gelato and lots of champagne.  Oops.  Oh well, I’m back on track this morning.

I hope that all of you Mother’s had a wonderful Mother’s Day and I hope that everyone had a blessed weekend spending time with those you love.

How healthy is your diet?

Do you follow a special diet or just watch what you eat?

Which do you think is worse, sugar or fat?

Is it unusual to see a disembodied head more than once?

So, yeah I know, I’ve been awol.  We went down to Nokomis on Wednesday for some family time and didn’t get back til late yesterday morning.

While we were down there I got sick of looking at the landscaping which we haven’t done anything with since buying the house.  So, I did something.

Dona Dr. landscaping

It’s a start.  I have a lot more to do but it’s been hard to find the time.  The only reason I had extra time over the weekend was because I’m a little bit injured.

It’s Boomer’s fault.

Okay not entirely because I was feeling tightness in my left hip after coming back from Ohio.  I’m pretty sure I stretched a bit too far when I was climbing some rocks in Hocking HIlls.  Anyway, it seemed to be just a little tight until I was getting out of the shower and didn’t realize Boomer was laying right beside the tub.  I had to hyper-extend my leg over him and when my foot hit the rug it slid across the floor.

On Saturday I woke up thinking it was better and went out for a run.  It felt great at first.

I feel great!

But that only lasted for about a hot minute.

hip pain

Yeah, it was just a nagging little irritation at first but by mile 6 it was intense.  Yes, I know only an idiot runs 6 miles with hip pain.

I'm stupid

The problem is I just kept thinking that if I ran slower with a shorter gait it wouldn’t be all that bad but it just made it worse and I of all people should have known that because I’ve been running for years.  Apparently I’ve been running stupid for years.  I didn’t listen to the voice of reason and instead buried it way down and kept going.

I only stopped when I saw a head on the running path.

what

Oh, did I forget to mention that?

I was running along the Legacy Trail but unfortunately at one particular intersection it’s been closed for a while.  It seems they are building a bridge over the main road, which is nice but I wish they would finish the damn thing because it’s been under construction for months.

Anyway, I had to veer off the trail and weeks ago I chose another path which takes me down a few local roads.  I decided to take a different road on Saturday and I chose a road that I’m familiar with but wouldn’t necessarily walk down at night and that’s when I saw it.  It was lying right there on the sidewalk.

a head

Just a head.

And then I realized this is the second time I’ve seen a head while out running.  I mean a disembodied doll head, by the way.  After I took a picture of it, I walked the rest of the way home and didn’t run again for the rest of the weekend or Monday.

I ran and walked this morning but the pain is still there so I guess it’s time to go to weights and biking for a week or two. At least it’s almost summer.

When is the last time you were injured?

Did you take a lot of time off?  What did you do instead of running?