My Life

I’m Back (again)


Wow! So this is my first post on here since my grandfather passed on the 13th, ever since then things have been nonstop so I haven’t been able to decompress here. Now I can.

Death & funerals do funny things to people, unfortunately they seem to tear people apart more than bringing them together & after a while the drama can be overwhelming. Thankfully I was able to escape the drama either with walks or runs occasionally. I think those helped me stay sane while everyone else lost their minds.

An adorable, sweet squirrel makes any run better.
An adorable, sweet squirrel makes any run better.

During my stay in Oregon, I found out that I can go three days before I start the Jekyll & Hyde routine from not running. Good to know! Of course, had I known I would find Jerry (I named the squirrel in the above photo) I would have brought little treats for him. He was seriously the cutest little thing I have seen in some time, he came right up to me!

I was able to run on Friday before the viewing and again Saturday before the funeral, both times they helped immensely. Saturday however my brain got overloaded by being around so many people everyday for a solid week from dawn to bedtime and I had to bail out. I told everyone I was just going to walk the couple blocks to my old elementary school to clear my head and took off. It didn’t matter that I was in 1.5″ heels and my feet were killing me I just knew I had to go before I lost it. I made it to the school and quickly remembered my favorite park Riverside was just a couple MORE blocks away, (actually 6).

Riverside is my favorite place in La Grande,OR I spent so many days there as a kid that I am likely to throw a fit if I cannot get to the park when I go visit family. First thing I did was rip of those heels and go to my knees in the cool water, it was so refreshing! I went to my old hiding spot and just zoned out for a bit listening to the river and feeling the little fishes nibble my feet.

By the time I left I felt like a new person, and thank God that feeling is still there, even today.

Even though last week was a nightmare, going to Oregon gave me something I’ve been missing, clarity, confidence, & better knitting skills 😛 . I was able to think clearly about things going on in my life and finally got the ‘aha’ moment I’ve been searching for to improve my situations.

The old cement mill heading towards Boise.
The old cement mill heading towards Boise.

 

Shifting gears. After years of begging, dad finally was able to take me to the old cement mill between Baker City and Boise, ID to explore. I was like a kid in a candy store there even though the air was smokey from a fire in the distance. I took as many pictures as I could in the limited time and I think they came out pretty good, especially for phone photos!

Phew, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this post, or if I was going to at all. I think it sums everything up pretty well!

If you have lost a family member, did exercise help you cope? Tell me below!

Oh! Almost forgot, I am now a Sweat Pink Ambassador! Yay!

My Life

6 Mile Walk Challenge!


As I headed out for my walk today my special brain presented me with a challenge. A 6 mile walk challenge. I just downloaded FitRPG and have a bit of a love affair going on with it. It seemed like it would be a good way to get gold from the quests! (I was right, I racked up over 600 from 3 quests). In case you haven’t heard, FitRPG turns your daily steps into ‘quests’ where you earn gold to do battle and hopefully win even more gold. Just like a real RPG only for steps! It’s goal is to connect you to other users and provide you an incentive to log more steps throughout the day in game format. It’s a great motivator, I’ve found.

A couple of snapshots from fitRPG.
A couple of snapshots from fitRPG.

So today I loaded up a few quests headed out the door and then my special brain was like “I bet you can’t walk 6 miles before the storm comes.” So…I did. It started out fine, humid but fine, and around mile 2 I got a phone call for a job interview next Monday! See? Walking has TONS of benefits! Alright, so the interview offer would have happened even if I was binge watching The X-Files but the whole “walking causes awesome things to happen” connection is wayy better!

The heat only got to 85° but with the humidity it felt much higher, until the wind started (thank God) around mile 3.5.

Mile 4 I was dragging and contemplating the sanity of myself, ” seriously brain, why are you trying to kill me?” “Lets go gallivanting along in a balmy 85 for 6 miles!” “What day is it?” “HOMG, I don’t wanna walk anymore, my butt hurts now!!”…Yeah, I’m not proud of it…

Pretty view, had to pause a minute.
Pretty view, had to pause a minute.

Fortunately around 4.25 miles I came up to our local market and bless the cashier’s heart, he filled my water bottle that had HOT water in it now with a crap-ton of ice and cool water. Such a relief!

Apparently all I needed was cold water! I damn near frolicked along the last couple miles, rocking out to Florence + The Machine (Girl crush!!) and snapping pictures.

Cold water makes it better!
Cold water makes it better!

At one point my fiance drove by to his interview & I tried convincing him that if he just drove me to 1/2 mile nobody would know…yeah he didn’t. Love you too hunny, thanks for the support! Haha!

So close!
So close!

By the time I had the house in my sights I was giddy, yet dragging, and so ready to be done. I am incredibly proud of myself for getting out there and doing the walk even though I thought I was going to die, and forgot my name at some point…Yay, victory!

IMG_20140710_144922 (1) Shortly after I got back home I checked the weather and saw this…

Screenshot_2014-07-10-14-55-48
Beat the storm!

 

And the final stats!

Nailed it.
Nailed it.

So tell me, have you st any recent fitness related challenges? What were/are they? Were you successful? Tell me in the comments!

Nutrition

Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergy. What’s the Difference?


I must admit that I am a little nervous about publishing this post. I’m sure I’m going to get some flack because of it haha! So I’m just gonna get into it.

I think it’s a load of crap that everybody and their mother are now “intolerant” or “allergic” to everything. It seems now that everyone claims to have some form of food allergy. Now this is NOT to say that people do not have food allergies, because there are people that truly do.

Continue reading “Food Intolerance vs. Food Allergy. What’s the Difference?”