Sunday, August 31, 2014

I managed to force myself out of bed for the early church service this morning as to ensure I could get on the road to mom's at a reasonable time.  We had a short visit before another aunt stopped in (it's hard to really talk once company arrives) and then had dinner.  As always mom made a ton of good food, including a yummy way to do eggplant (that I need to steal the recipe for), baked potato (which I had to take a small one of), steak (which I had to take a small piece of), sliced tomatoes, and broccoli.  Then she tried to bring out ice cream and raisin filled cookies, which I managed to turn away.

I headed home to get my run in - number 1 in week 5 which meant nearly 1.5 miles (I'm not quite on the 5 min 1/2 mile pace, so shy of that), but I still made it through the 5 min run, 3 min walk (repeat 3 times) cycle without too much strain - despite being too stupid to remember to double up my top before I headed out to the high school track.  I wanted to go up there to get a vibe for the distance covered in the 5 minutes, which ended up being shy of two laps (1/2 mile) thus my assessment.

I also need to report that two people in the past 24 hours noted how happy I am as of late - one being Kath and the other my Mithy.  They, of course, have their finger on the reason, and it makes me blush - but it speaks nothing but good things about the guy when one person who has only known me since returning to PA said they've NEVER seen me this happy and the other who knew me in my 'other life' said it's been a looong time since they've seen me this happy.    Don't have the nerve to give the Egg all of this info ... but maybe someday.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Three awesome ppl (ok technically 4) in one day.  After getting the oil changed this morning at the recommended replacement location, I headed home to workout and get cleaned up to head out for a long day of visiting.  First stop over the mountain (after a couple of shopping stops) was Kath (and Mark).  I haven't seen her in so long, but since I was headed out 'that way' it just made sense to try and connect.  I'm so glad I got to see them and chat.  I miss her.  Hopefully I'll see more of her this winter when she's working in the area.  Just remember Kath I have a spare bed if the winter weather makes travel home treacherous.

Then for the main driving event, to see the sweet Egg at camp with some friends.  I had a nice longer than expected but shorter than desired (as always) visit as he showed me around a place he's been to throughout his lifetime.

Since I didn't leave until it was getting dark I'm surprised I was able to get to see my Mithy, but I did!  It was a short sit down over a quick drink, but quality time is good.  This has been one of those Saturdays that feels like a full weekend's worth of activity.  Thank goodness I still have two more days to get even more stuff in.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The new phone is officially active.  I texted the Wild one, so she was my first there... who will my first call be?!  I think I'll wait and see how long it takes before that cherry is popped.  Couch to 5k app downloaded too, will give that a try tonight.
Oh NO!  I called to get the Tib in for an oil change (since I've been putting a lot of miles on as of late) and found out Wagner's is closing.  My heart is breaking a little.  It's way too hard to find a place you can trust to service your vehicle.
I received my new phone last night, but unlike in the past it did not come with the right telephone number to call to get the change over completed.  Since I didn't have a lot of time after my workout last night I just charged it up and figured I'd go the lazy route and stop at the AT&T store today after work and have them do the change over in their system.  One of my cases arrived too, so at least I don't feel awkward/worried carrying it.  She is slightly larger length-wise than my current phone.  I'm really glad I didn't get the full size, it's just too much phone.
 
I was already sore last night but got a full hour workout in, in addition to 20 minutes before work. Boy am I feeling it in my legs today, they really need rubbed (where's that cute, sweet guy when I need him?).  I skipped out on working out before work today since I have plans to hit the body sculpting class over lunch and need to run again this evening.  At least the scale budged again this morning, it's been a long plateau.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm to wait until the doctor reviews my test results and sends them back to my PCP but it's pretty clear there is asthma and a high likelihood of an inhaler to have on hand should I have another incident.  The thought of it makes me feel old, out of shape, and damaged even though I know that there are world class athletes with asthma.
 
I was feeling rather lazy yesterday after getting home, perhaps from the test, perhaps not, as I was too lazy to do a morning walk too.  I did take a nap w/ Saffy on the couch, but then forced myself to the elliptical, weight won't loose itself after all.  It really does make me feel better, it's just hard to get on there in the first place.  I didn't get up to walk this morning either, but tonight is another run night.  It will be necessary after having Mexican for lunch w/ magic hands and Beff. Of course, with a massage at the end of the day I may have even less motivation to get moving... but maybe it will loosen up my sore leg and shoulder.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another great, relaxing weekend on the road - this time with my favorite Egg.  I need more weekends.  Fortunately, I was in between diet bets, as the pasta all weekend was a bit of a carb bomb, but Saturday night's meal was a way awesome baked penne with meat and sauce and perfectly broiled cheese. I have leftovers in the fridge that I fought off eating tonight.  Tomorrow's lunch is going to be pretty friggin sweet.  I can also tell you the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel was rather entertaining with a ton of cameos.  Odd that it hadn't even crossed my radar prior.

Speaking of my diet bet, I didn't quite double my money last round, but I still earned more than I put in.  I joined another 4 week bet, then maybe I need to try out the long term one, which would take me to my target weight over 6 months.

Since my local AT&T store didn't have the phone I wanted to upgrade to I also checked out near the burgh and they too didn't have it, so I went to order it online.  Once you get to the cart it no longer had the option to just pay for the phone outright only to go with their 'next' plan or a two year contract.  Fortunately, I was able to get it ordered outright by calling their customer service, so I have a new phone on the way (this is so overdue).

I'm really looking forward to being able to grab other apps, like a stop watch or the actual couch to 5k app as tracking the time on the small media player clock while bouncing up and down is a bit of a challenge.  Now to buy the cases and screen protectors and all of that other junk.  Thank goodness the chargers have mostly normalized across phones.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

As I type an email, Outlook didn't recognize the word connotate. It recommends connote. So I go look both up on dictionary.com thinking "really?  I know that's a word".  Turns out connotate is marked "obsolete; replaced by connote". Words in my vocabulary have become obsolete.  I'm definitely not feeling old right now.
In yet another demonstration that I've lost my mind I got up this morning and went running before work.  I forgot to stop for an allergy shot on the way home last night, so I had to stop at 8am this morning.  I also needed to stop and pay the chiropractor.  Between those two things and the fact that the evenings have been a bit warm and humid I decided to stay at the house a bit longer, which facilitated this morning run.  Either way, I never would have dreamt I'd be one of those people.  Core crusher over lunch today?  Maybe.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

By some miracle I made my weigh in yesterday and won my second diet bet!  Of course, the fact that I dehydrated a little yesterday to make sure I crossed the finish line probably helped.  The only reason I think I did cross that line is because I thought I needed to drop one lb more than I did.  My big debate now is do I do another 4 week / 4% bet or do I go for the long term 6 month / 10% bet?  I'm giving myself a couple of days "off" to think about it and waiting to see how much I $ I get back from this current bet.  I feel like a slacker, but I think I'm skipping the lunch workout I should do and going for something yummy (Chinese or Mexican).
 
I did do my second run for week three last night with slight apprehension.  I did NOT have an issue this time, but perhaps it was because of how I was focusing to not huff/puff towards the end or maybe because of the treatment earlier in the day?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

So my bank recently "upgraded" their bill pay system.  As I have for quite some time, I made a payment on payday towards my mortgage.  Normally this payment shows up in 24-48 hours on my mortgage account.  Since it's been 4 days I decided to call the bank and ask if there are known issues since the "upgrade".
 
Long story short - the address and zip code I entered in for that biller?  Pfft. No, we have a better one, we're just gonna go ahead and send it there.  Can you call your mortgage company and get us a fax number.  I already know they're painful to deal with, but I call anyhow.  Instead of a fax number I get a lecture about how I shouldn't have to enter a zip code for bill payment if it's coming electronically, blah blah.  Long story even shorter a case has been opened to contact the mortgage company to make sure the payment goes.  Unfortunately, that doesn't help me w/ correcting the info in the bill pay section if it's not going to route properly in the future.
 
Golly I'm glad I didn't just pay it off and instead decided to wait and let them make the insurance and tax payments that are due in the next month out of escrow.
 
On another note:  breathing test 1 done.  I did show marked improvement on the tests after a breathing treatment which is a likely indicator of lung problems (in the grand scheme of lung issues - hopefully asthma), but we'll know more after my second set of tests.
Well that was fast. The hospital called last night and after returning their call today I am scheduled for two tests, a complete pulmonary function test this afternoon, and a methacholine challenge on Monday.  At least I'm going to get answers pretty fast.

Monday, August 18, 2014

This weekend I took to the road once again, this time heading South to visit my Mithy and Addie.  The weather held for most all of my driving save a little shower, despite predictions otherwise on weather.com and my only complaint about the traffic was the turnpike, which I promptly avoided on the way back home.
 
We had a great visit.  It's hard to get quality time in when she comes home due to the demands on her schedule, so we were overdue to sit and chat.  We also ate a lot of delightful food, which puts me in a spot at the moment.  There was brisket, an amazing chicken parm, banana bread, ice cream, and home made 50/50.  Since I managed two days of that it's time for two days of high water, low calories, and major workouts to try to still hit my number for final weigh in on Tuesday.
 
I did head out on my first week three run last night.  It was 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking, 3 minutes running, 3 minutes walking - times two, but I stepped it up and repeated three times.  I made it without too much difficulty at the time and my legs don't feel like rubber today, but an hour or so after I was home and showered I felt it - in my lungs.  Slight difficulty breathing, cough, and coppery taste in my mouth.  Yay.  This is something I often experienced in my major out of shape moments when I had to vigorously chase after a dog, but it has me concerned.  There are much larger workouts on the horizon.  So the question is, do I contact the doctor to get assessed for exercise induced asthma.  I have to wonder if this is another great gift received from being the child raised in a home w/ two smoking parents.