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?

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.

Proof:
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:

cabinet

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:

island

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:

Legs

Nice big bruises.

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

my legs

OUCH!

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.

steps

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?