thrilled it’s sept!

Thankful Thursdays are some of my favorite posts.  I like taking some time out to each week to think about what I am grateful for.  I’m working on trying to focus on the positive things in life!  There really are so many and it’s simply too easy to get caught up in the negative happenings.  I know it sounds all hippish but it’s become more and more important to me and living a healthy life.  So, here is this weeks list!

1.  Simon is recovering!  Thanks so much for all of your kind thoughts and comments!  I still get to put ointment in his eyes twice a day (oh yeah, he LOVES this!) but his eyes are looking healthier.  Simon, of course, is milking this for all it’s worth!  More treats?  Just looks at me with his weepy lil’ eyes!  Wants to cuddle with me?  Just sends out a little meow and I’m toast.  Actually, when he wants to cuddle, I’m always toast but even more so now.  Anyway, he is on the mend, and I have recovered from the stress of having a sick pet.  When I have kiddies, I’ll probably be pathetic excuse of a human when one of them gets sick!

yes, he has made himself quite comfy!

2.  Some quality push ups!  Wahooo!  Let’s face it, feeling strong is pretty bad ass.  I’m looking forward to building more muscle.

yes… this is me

3.  Running documentaries!  Haha, yes, I might be a nerd – okay, I am a nerd, but I love to watch these flicks.  I watched one about the creator of the New York City Marathon, “Run for Your Life”,  “Spirit of the Marathon”, and “Running the Sahara”.  Running the Sahara is about three men who ran across the Sahara desert in 111 days.  Crazy, eh?  I love listening to others talk about their love of running.  It’s so inspiring!  Watch these!!

4.  Day off – nope not Labor Day, although that was handy.  Today I woke up with another migraine.  Actually, I’ve had quite the cluster of headaches recently.  I feel VERY lucky to be able to take the day off as needed.  I am more than grateful to have a job with benefits, sick leave and the support to take the time to recover.  I used to never use my sick leave and I never fully realized how detrimental this was to my overall well-being.  It definitely helps the healing.

5.  An old (AWESOME) friend encouraging me to write my book – a good friend and I have been chatting about my book.  He asked how far I had gotten since I’ve been talking about it for a very long time!  When my answer was less than satisfactory he stepped in… and has decided to light a fire under my arse!  By the end of Sept I owe him a chapter as well as a story outline.  Scary!  Haha, seriously, it IS!  You know when you’ve wanted something for so long it’s daunting to actually do it?!  I’m incredibly appreciative of the motivation.  I’ll keep you updated!

6.  these ice cream bars – YUM!  And only 160 calories.  Lately, I’ve had a hankering for ice cream but haven’t indulged.  These are the perfect size for portion control and not terrible stats.  They also taste AMAZING!

Magnum mini ice cream bars… get them!

7.  FALL!!  Yay!!  I am thrilled we have reached Sept and into the beginning of fall.  In my line of work, August is a killer.  I’m beat and it usually takes a couple of weeks to recover (hence all of the headaches).  But I am getting there.  It also means pumpkin, cooler temps for running, cute fall running clothes and lots of races.  I love it!  My favorite races are coming up, Campus Classic (local 5k), The Peacock Strut (local 10k), my FULL marathon and the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago.  I love fall racing season!

not only great races but cool enough temps to wear my cute compression socks!

I’m feeling much less crabby today and working on rebuilding my emotional reserves that were depleted during August.  It’s a good thing yesterday wasn’t Thursday or this list would have been short!  Happy Thankful Thursday!

simon threw up on my journal

When you come home and find that your darling pet has thrown up on your journal, it takes a couple of deep breaths before finding SERENITY NOW!  (Seinfeld anyone?)  Of course I could never get mad at the little guy for some vomit – he has braved the move, hung out here while I visited my family (don’t worry, someone took care of him!) and when he does throw up, it looks like the most painful thing ever.  Luckily, he threw up on blank pages – nice aim, buddy!

yeah, I am a total sucker for this lil’ guy

Do any of you keep a journal?  I have for a long time now.  It helps, when my mind seems all chaotic, to write down these thoughts that I wouldn’t burden you all with!  Trust me, they are that dramatic!  However, journaling led me to writing this blog and I believe it will eventually help me get to writing books.  My friend sent me this yesterday and it made my day!

Tonight is a major milestone for me.  Usually, around this time, every August, I am staying up through the wee hours of the night getting things ready for my staff to arrive in the morning.  This year, with my new job, I am hanging out in my apt!  Yay!  There is still truckloads of work to get done but it’s very different.  It’s pretty exciting!

I also missed crossfit tonight but went for a run.  I had to work late again and there simply wasn’t time to get out there.  I decided not to fret and instead once I got out of the office took off.  It was only about 80* but still felt warm.  I did manage to hold onto some 9:34 – 9:45ish paces after a slower start (all uphill) but by the time I reached mile two I was feeling sick.  I stopped and drank some water and thought this would help.  Unfortunately, I still lost it – luckily I hit up a bar across the street and managed to NOT puke my guts out on the side of the road :)  I drank a bit more water and felt good enough to finish the last two miles.  My pace was 10:40 average.  I was pleased I finished.  My legs felt tired and sore especially after all of the air squats we did on Monday.

You know what I realized though?  I do love running!  I love the fact I can simply take off from my front door and just GO.  There is so much freedom in this.  Even when I have a crappy run, I still feel so accomplished when I am done.  Maybe I will get there with crossfit as well.  Maybe once I feel like I can actually do the WOD’s better, I will leave with the same feelings I get after I run.  Or maybe I won’t.  After crossfit, I always feel this sense of, “great scott – I can’t believe I finished that!” so perhaps this is the start.  We’ll see…

Oh and I had this deliciousness for lunch and the other half for dinner.  I inhaled this puppy!  I LOVE sandwiches! :)  Plus the Subway guy thought I was cute so I got extra veggies!

man, I could probably eat this everyday…