Priorities, Running, Botox and eating only potatoes for a year!

Let me explain.  I needed a little break from myself so I took a brief hiatus from the blog.  Just a few days but I needed it.  I was a little stressed trying to get all of my actual work caught up so that MacGyver and I can get packed up and go down to Nokomis for the holidays and it occurred to me that sometimes I take on too much and I need to prioritize a bit better.  Okay, a lot better.

priorities

 

For some reason I can have two huge projects looming over my head and both may be only hours away from completion but I am convinced that if I don’t stop everything and clean my house from top to bottom that somehow the world will end.  It will end.

Everything will come crashing down around me, it will rain hell fire, and people will drop like flies because there is dust on my coffee table and cracker crumbs in the lazy boy.  We are all doomed and it’s all my fault.  (Actually it’s MacGyver’s fault because he ate the crackers and then fed them to the dogs to get them on his side because he’s convinced they like me more than him.)

Hank loves mommy

I need this phone beside me in case my Mommy calls!

 

Anyway Tuesday I pushed through and mostly finished those two projects and then yesterday I got most of the holiday things done, in fact, I finished a bit early and so I treated myself to a Groupon that I had purchased earlier in the year.  The Groupon was for dysport, which is similar to botox injections, and if you’ve read my blog or you know me then you may know that I get them to help me with my migraines.

I have never tried dysport before and since my insurance only pays for two injections of botox per year when I saw the Groupon for dysport I was intrigued and I bought it, but that was quite a while ago so I had to use it or lose it and yesterday was the day.

In all the times that I’ve had botox injections, I’ve always been told not to lay down or exercise for 4-12 hours afterward so I was expecting the same but they told me not to exercise or do anything that would cause my face to get red for 24-48 hours after the injection.

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

I was kind of surprised by that.  I’m not sure what the difference between dysport and botox is.  They feel the same.  It’s not a huge difference aesthetically since I get them for migraines but since I bought this one on a Groupon, I had some units left over and I decided to use them on some fine lines.  Goodbye crow’s feet!

(Not really, now they look like chicken feet in sugar sand.)

That waiting 24-48 hours thing though, I just couldn’t do it.  I researched it online and mostly it said 4-24 hours.  And well, this morning it was a balmy 53 degrees here.  C’mon, FIFTY THREE!  I live for that kind of weather.

And so I ran.

Six miles.  I didn’t really sweat.  It was quite comfortable and I didn’t push it, not that I have been anyway.  Yes, I am a rebel, without a clue.  Whatever.  The injection site still looks great.  No harm and no headache, it’s a win, win.

I’ve also been avoiding my favorite news sites lately since all anyone seems to want to write, talk or read about are ‘Rob and Blac Chyna’ or ‘Christina and Tarek El Moussa’ and I just really don’t care about either.

I did manage to find two stories that did interest me though and I wanted to share them with you.  The first is this one about running and your knees. I cannot wait to show this one to MacGyver.

kneesThe jury is still out on this study but it’s one to definitely follow.  Click on the image above to read the article.

Also, have you heard about the potato dude?  Spud guy?  The tater dude?  Tater tot?  Andrew Taylor?

Spudfit.com

 

This guy from Australia who’s struggled with his weight his entire life finally decides to do something about it but what he decides to do is an unorthodox and quite unusual diet consisting of, you guessed it, only potatoes.

Click on the spud dude above to read all about him on his site.  It’s super interesting.

And I’ll be back tomorrow with a review so if you need a suggestion for a great last minute fitness gadget, I think I have your solution!

Would you go on a potato diet?

Have you ever had botox or dysport?

Tuesday tangents

I just got back from walking the dogs and taking a five mile walk myself and now I’m sitting here watching the CSI van roll by.  Nothing tragic to report just another robbery in the neighborhood.  Another vehicle break in.

It’s so annoying to watch helplessly as my little neighborhood just repeatedly gets targeted over and over again and all we can do is just sit here like targets and it’s all because of the way we are zoned.  Just to give you a basic idea, my house is county but the house directly across the street is city and the house next door to it is county and the house directly behind it is city.  It’s a ridiculous mess and when a crime occurs such as a minor break in and the police are called, the 911 operator has no idea who to direct the call to and God forbid we have an emergency.  I’m so afraid that one day I’ll have a need to call for medical services and they won’t know who to dispatch and the outcome will be determined by the mere seconds it takes for them to decide….I shudder to think about it….

On the other hand we sort of have it made because we are zoned county so we can have small farm animals and fires, so there’s that.

fire pit

I ended up with a migraine yesterday but not because I ran.  I know this because I have been keeping really good records and I hate that I have to do this but it’s become necessary, otherwise I wouldn’t know what went wrong because Topamax does help with migraines but for memory, not so much.  Anyhow, I took a peek at Saturday and Sundays diet notes and then I looked over what I drank and I was a little shocked to see that I didn’t drink very much at all.  Bad girl!

Migraine mystery solved.  Also, Topamax and too little water is a no no since it can cause kidney stones so I won’t be making that mistake again.  We learn from our mistakes right?  I wish I would have caught it earlier instead of losing half a day to a migraine but it wasn’t so bad.  I made a fort blanket in the media room with the dogs and we chilled out for a while. I feel all better today.

I’ve got a visitor coming tomorrow and so do the dogs….

How much water do you drink in a day?

 

Migraine medications finally

So, this post is a little late today because I’m using my lunch hour to write it.  Did I mention that I’ve taken on another part time job?  No?  Because you know one of my recent part time endeavors is dealing with the idiots who are supposed to be providing me with insurance but instead are constantly refusing to pay because of what they say are ‘wrong approval codes’ or ‘out of network services’ and what I say is bullshit.

health care

Exactly!

And now I’m fighting with my current doctors (who have referred me to specialist) because I’m on a waiting list for the specialist and in the meantime no one wants to treat my migraines which are ongoing.

After weeks of phone calls and emails I finally won a battle.

My neurologist has called in a prescription for Topiramate (Topamax).  He is also prescribing steroids.  I’m not sure about those.  I took steroids once before for a few months.  I’m not sure how much they helped me but I did refinish almost every piece of furniture that I owned, twice.

Or maybe I should take the steroids….

what meds do

But for now I’m taking on a third job.  I’m researching the side effects of my new meds.

all the jobs mon

I have 17 jobs mon!

Bonus points if you can tell me where the jobs meme is from.

Anyone else take medications for migraines?  Has it helped?