Sunday, July 27, 2014

Solvin' Mysteries & Crossin' Out Stuff

I'm well on my way to completing my list of 34 things I want to accomplish before turning 34! I figure that if I complete an average of 1.79 items a week I will be right on track to finish by my birthday! Yes, I realize I just dorked out. Math is cool, yo.

This week I solidly accomplished 2 items and I'm working on items in blue/italicized.
I'm working on sticking with OTF, blogging weekly and stressing less. Those are *in progress.* (I think stressing less is always in progress for me, but you get the picture!) My 2 solid accomplishments were to try Stitch Fix and to go to The Great Escape room. Now for a quick recap.


The Great Escape Room
The Great Escape Room is a place that recently opened here in Central Florida. It's basically a puzzle room. You get a team of 10 people (in our case we were a team of 6 and a team of 4 signed up with us) and you are placed in a room. A number padlock is placed on the door. You have an hour to solve all of the puzzles, answer the clues, find the code and get the heck out of the room. We definitely rocked it but we were literally a minute too late. The puzzles were amazingly challenging and we are definitely going to try again when they have a new room next month! So glad we did it!
The team!

Stitch Fix
I'm not going to say this was a total fail, but this was a...complete....bust. Ok, it was a fail. Now, I consider myself to be a stellar shopper. I know what style I like, I pick out great pieces and I even bargain shop and find some kick booty deals. I've been told numerous times my blog should really be about shopping. Sure, in all my free time. So I was a little hesitant about Stitch Fix. But I've been dying to see some new, different things in my wardrobe that you might not see everyday. That is exactly the opposite of what I got. Below are 4 of my boring-as-heck pieces, plus I got a pair of jeans that fit amazing but there was no way I was going to pay $78 for a pair of jeans, no matter how slammin' my backside looked. I got a very basic white top and a boatneck striped shirt. They were both just ok, but I could find the same shirts at H&M for a fraction of the price. The teal, draped-neck top was just horrible. No one with a chest needs the combination of v-neck AND draping in a jersey material. Whew. The striped dress on the bottom right was just cheap looking and I'm pretty sure I've seen the same piece at Ross for under $15. This dress was over $50. So everything got sent back. I wrote one heck of an online review and I'm giving it one more chance in September so we'll see. For now I'll stick with my own picks.



This week
Tomorrow I begin my first week of Nutrisystem. The food has been sorted and is ready to go, the body measurements have been made and recorded (horrifying) and I am determined to make it through 2 months of this. Things I will miss? Alcohol, coffee creamer (just the first week), and my freedom. I will just keep visualizing the hotness that will eventually occur and power through. The first week is definitely the hardest because it's just the food plus 4 veggies a day. Next week I will be able to add things like string cheese (OMG cheeeeese.....I really love cheese) and yogurt.

This week I also hope to accomplish updating my media kit and maybe getting trying Fabletics or buying a Keurig. I'd like to say I'll be ambitious and rebuild the shelf or clean out the closet but I will probably be an angry little elf this week. I also realized that I have a few things that aren't going to happen until my Nutrisystem time is up (Orlando Brewing, Cafe Tu Tu Tango) so those would be easier to cross out but they will have to wait until October or November. So this week I will be easy on myself and do what I can. 

The kids helping with my Nutrisystem food

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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Little Trip to the B&B

Hey, remember those chest pains I was talking about? Hm well they didn't go away. Then some tightness happened, then my feet started swelling....so then I went to the ER. Turns out it was just some random chest pain, with absolutely no explanation. C'est la vie. But with my history they admitted me, strapped me to a heart monitor and did bloodworm every 3-4 hours. I'm so glad it was nothing but feeling kinda ridiculous. The worst part? The usual crew of nurses that can't find my veins and poke me like a Christmas ham. Bruises for days, y'all. Oh, and if one more person comes to my door and said, "You're so younnnngggg" I. Will. Scream.

I took Thursday to relax and recuperate since going to the hospital is definitely emotionally draining. The smells, the blood...did I mention the smells? I seriously couldn't wait to get home and wash the smell of the hospital off of me. It's this combo of rubbing alcohol/sweat/hospital gowns that gets me. When I smell it, I swear I'm back in the moment even after 2 and a half years. I don't know if the PTSD symptoms ever go away completely.

Swollen feeties
Duck face in the hospital realness


I'm plugged in
the usual accessories
the port from Hell





Thursday, July 24, 2014

200th Post Giveaway!

Holy motha...this is my 200th blog post! In honor of my 200th post, I am having my first giveaway! This giveaway is for a red (duh) Nalgene water bottle. So let's stay hydrated together!




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

34 Things To Do Before 34!

This week I'm taking a cue from my heart brother from another mother, They Call Me Mini. You might recall his guest blog on my site not too long ago. He decided to make a list of 38 things he wants to accomplish before turning 38. So, challenge accepted! I decided I should do the same. My birthday is at the end of November and I will be...*gasp* 34! Crazy how time flies! 

Actually, I've already accomplished number 1! My sister and I finally booked our trip and we will be heading to the motherland in March! 1 down...33 to go! Each week I will update you with my progress and let you know where I am at. Some will be easier than others but I am determined to finish the list by November 28th! Any suggestions? Leave 'em below! 

2 1/2 Years & Feeling...WAIT. What Was That?!

This week I will celebrate my 2 1/2 year anniversary with Stewart the Stent. This past week I thought about how long it has been since I've been concerned about my heart. I mean, I lost my nitro spray (old purse maybe?) and I have been running without it this session. That's a huge step for someone who wouldn't leave home without it the last 2 years. So I can already tell that I'm weaning myself off of the constant panic and paranoia. Or so I thought.

Friday night I was minding my business, cleaning the house and watching mindless entertainment on Hulu when out of nowhere I got a pain in my chest. A sharp, stabbing pain on the left side. It was quick, but it definitely took my breath away. I figured I had moved wrong so I kept going, throwing my laundry in the dryer. It continued. It hurt so badly that I had to sit down and take a moment. But it continued. It was the kind of pain that makes you panic a little bit because it is so sharp and painful that it can't just be a pulled muscle. Plus it's riiiiiiight where my heart is. 

When I had my heart attack, the pain was in the middle of my chest. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my sternum while a mop was being wrung out underneath it. Intense. This was not the same feeling but it still had me upset. I haven't had any chest pains for 2 years now. Weird fatigue? Yes. Weak body? Sure. But chest pains? Nope, definitely not.

When I had the heart attack I walked the dog and drove to the hospital. Again, it's a miracle I'm still alive. But I figured it worked for me last time so I walked Max, took a few aspirin, packed a quick bag and drove to the hospital. No, seriously. But as I was parking the pains stopped. I got out of my car, walked the parking garage ramps a few times to get my heart rate up, but nothing happened. Feeling like a moron, I headed home. Well, first I bought a smoothie since Kathleen told me an iced coffee would be asinine. Noted.

The next morning I got up to go running, figuring it was all a fluke and I might as well get my training in. But, as I was waking up the dreaded pains were back. Two of them. Then nothing. I went to my running group and we ended up walking 5 miles which I think was probably a wise decision. But, NO PAINS. Score. I headed to meet everyone for breakfast but had another chest zinger on the way there. I also felt like my chest was tight, but that could have been my paranoia which was building rapidly at this point. 

The breakfast club convinced me to put in a call to my cardiologist's office and when I finally got a call back the on-call doc said it was probably premature beats and to have some magnesium. So, a fistful of almonds and a 3 hour nap later, I was feeling better and I've only had one zinger since. The moral of the story? Having a chronic illness never goes away and always be on your toes. Also, have amazing friends that force you to call your doctor.♥

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2014 Greater Orlando Heart Walk!

It's that time of year again ladies and gents! The Greater Orlando Heart Walk is September 6th this year. I have a fundraising goal of $500 but let's blow that motha out of the water! Please take a minute to visit my fundraising page and donate a dollar or two. Wanna walk? Sign up and let me know so we can meet and walk together!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2 Months, 0 Lbs, 'Murica

Ok, the universe is hilarious. First of all, I'm precisely the same weight I was 2 months ago. But, the real winner winner, chicken dinner goes to my sunburn from last week that is now peeling like a motha and making me itch like I have some serious leg dandruff. It ain't sexy. I swear I put sunscreen on but when I reapplied I missed some spots...like half my leg. Whoops.

It looks like you could fry an egg off of it

#caucasian
However, even with my body covered in aloe and a few Aleve in my system I still managed to make it to Orange Theory Fitness 3x last week! The rowing machine was rough because I could barely bend my legs, but I made it through. I even had a conversation with one of the trainers. Apparently my medications are preventing me from getting my heart rate as high as others in the class, so I shouldn't be discouraged if I'm not in the orange and red. I'm still burning almost 500 calories in an hour and that rocks.

I hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July! We had a great time hosting a party at our place. There was an insane amount of food, delicious drinks and dips and awesome company. Lina and friends even had a crab/shrimp boil (I hid inside and ate my turkey dog). The only negative? Our A/C gave out in the middle of the day. No bueno. But maintenance was here within the hour and we were back in business. It was a lovely, happy, celebratory day. 

So this week? No lbs lost. So, no ridiculousness at the end of this post. Just me, trying my best to be healthier everyday. If the weight changes, I will be happy. If not, I will continue logging my food, running, working out, loving, wearing my FitBit, smiling and being me. The end. 'Murica.