Steps, Miles, Badges, and you can wear it as a cape dahling.

Good Morning!

We’re back to the grind of the work week.  Thankfully I was able to get a good five mile run in before starting work this morning which put me in a better mood and hopefully I wont bite anyone’s head off.

Grey Gardens

Tell them Mother Darling wont you?

Please tell me that you’ve seen the documentary Grey Gardens.  It’s one of my all time favorites.  It’s not the best or most riveting documentary but it’s one of those things that you start watching and you just can’t look away.

I’ve seen it at least 30 times.  Don’t judge.

Over the weekend I got a migraine which, if I’m being 100 percent honest, I had a mild one for several days leading up to Saturday so I didn’t run Saturday morning.  Instead, MacGyver an I went to a bazillion garage sales and then it rained all afternoon so we watched a ton of movies including, you guessed it, Grey Gardens, with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.  I liked it.  MacGyver feel asleep.

I was a total sloth on Saturday.

saturday stepsI made up for it the next day.  Of course, because I have the best luck in the world, the weather went changed and by that I mean, it got warm and humid.

And I decided to run 10 freaking miles because I’m so smart.

I ran on the Legacy Trail


ten mile run

And I nailed the 10 miles!

And then I hit a level in my fitbit that I have never hit before.  MacGyver went to Englewood to work on the boat and I decided to work in the yard and clean up around the house in Nokomis.  Apparently I just kept going and going and going because I got something called a cleats badge.  (If anyone has any idea what this means, clue me in.)

4o,ooo steps in a day

Holly steps a lot! Yes, that’s one day!

I guess it pays to be a sloth the day before.

We’re back at home now.  Too soon if you ask me but we may head back down mid week since I can work from anywhere and we have some things we’re working on at the house down there that need to be finished.

Anyway, I’ve got one more thing I wanted to share with you.  This is MJ Day.  She’s the editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and this is a video she posted on instagram.  It’s a powerful message and I couldn’t not share it with you.

I love it!

How do you feel in your bathing suit?

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:


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:


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:


Nice big bruises.

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

my legs


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.


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?

Treadmills and fitbits and other gadgets that control my life…until I kill them.

And just like that, it’s Monday.


Where did my weekend go?

If you read this blog at all then you may know I’m not the best with electronics.  In fact, I may be the worst.  If there ever was a company that wanted to test out their electronic equipment in the worst possible conditions, they could just give them to me.  Seriously.

iPod's I've killed

I am the girl who killed 11 iPods in 3 years.  Eleven.  Three of those died on the same day.  Hence the reason that MacGyver refuses to buy me a new treadmill because treadmills are much more expensive than an iPod and according to MacGyver, ‘four treadmills in three years is an excessive kill amount, even for you.’



Anyway on Friday I found a perfectly good treadmill on Craigslist for a great price, see cheap, and I convinced MacGyver and the kid to pick it up for me.  All I had to do was promise MacGyver he could have the motor from the old one and promise the Kid dinner and a movie, done and done.  So, we got a new treadmill and it runs like a dream.  Runs, hehe.

And we got to see the Secret Life of Pets which I am going to highly recommend to any pet lover or anyone who has children or anyone with a heartbeat because it’s just the cutest darn movie ever.

Secret life of pets

We also got to eat at an authentic Indian Restaurant because the kid got to choose and he loves this place.


Surprisingly, we all loved it and it was very, very good.  If you are ever in Clearwater I highly recommend it.

On Saturday morning I woke up late which meant it was too hot to run outside so I opted to take the morning off and go to garage sales instead.  I noticed that the time on my fitbit was off by an hour but in the frenzy of garage sale heaven I didn’t worry too much about it.

Later in the day I realized that my fitbit said I only had around 9,000 steps so I decided to hop on the treadmill and walk four miles after which I hit the little button on my fit bit and saw 11,809!


What just happened?  Why is my fitbit not recording all of my steps?  What in the sam hill is the matter with this damn thing?

So I plugged it into the side of my computer to fully charge it and then I put it back on my wrist and it seemed to be working, so I walked around a bit and then synced it.  It seemed fine but just to be safe, I plugged it into my computer and went to bed.

On Sunday I got up to run but before heading out I put my fitbit back on.  It seemed like it was working okay because when I got ready to leave it already had 754 steps.  I ran my five miles and looked down and it said 10, 308 steps.  Okay then, all is well and it seemed to be fine.  I walked the dogs and piddled around for a bit and then I took off the fitbit to take a shower.

After I showered I decided to go ahead and sync the fitbit before going about my day and guess what?

fitbit fail

Yeah, fail!  It’s missing about 4,000 steps!  Son of a …………….

After spending three hours trying to figure out how to repair the damn thing and ending up with a  raging migraine in the process, I called fitbit.  They determined it was definitely faulty and said that they would be sending me a replacement.  Well, that’s great but in the meantime, I am missing steps!

can't move

I couldn’t really do anything about it because by this time my migraine was a full blown migraine and I had to lay down or risk throwing up all over the place.  The entire day was pretty much a wash and I didn’t get up until around 9 in the evening and then the first thing I did was visit the fitbit community and try to repair my fitbit.  Because, STEPS!

Guess what?  Even though they’re sending me a new pink one, I fixed mine for the time being.  I don’t trust that it will work for very long because it still shows the wrong time, but at least I can move again.  Unfortunately I overslept this morning.  Apparently 7 hours yesterday was not enough sleep and I needed 10 more last night.

fitbit fanatic

But hey, I’ve got a treadmill again so I’m headed to it!

Have you ever broken an iPod?
Have you ever broken a treadmill?
Has your fitbit ever acted up, lost time, or been broken?