Migraine Update

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I had an appointment with my neurologist this morning, and we discussed how my migraines seem to be increasing again. It’s frustrating and the ones I get are debilitating, to say the least. Meredith, one of the doctors there, said that now is the time to reconsider a preventative.

I had very little success with the in the past with the exception of Topamax, which was great for my migraines but I had a few of the severe side effects that potentially put my life in danger and that prompted me to drop off of it really fast. So I was cautiously optimistic when Meredith suggested a different version of the Topamax since it worked before.

Apparently, about two years ago they came out with an extended release version that is supposed to lessen the behavioral side effects of the drug. I would take one a day at night, for a few weeks and with the help of my family, I would track the side effects to see if I was starting to see the behavioral changes again.

If all goes well, it will help keep my migraines away. If all goes bad, then we are back to square one.  Continue reading

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This past weekend was the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. I was actually feeling pretty good going into it, even though I hadn’t been training much. At least not half marathon training. I have been going to the gym pretty regularly and trying to get back into condition. But despite that, I felt good. I knew that I wasn’t doing this for time and I was doing it for fun since I registered for it a thousand years ago and expected to be further along than I am now .

What I didn’t expect was another migraine, my body wanting to shut down on me, and an overall feeling of failure. I crossed the finish line and finished the half but I had signed up for the speedway challenge and had a 5k still to do… which they wouldn’t let me do because I took too long to finish the half. I was disheartened and despite them giving me all of the gear for the challenge, I don’t feel like I earned it.

Here are the lessons I learned from this race:

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Ending January with a BANG!

Well, then. January just done passed me right by, didn’t it? I didn’t even realize that it’s going to be February next week. When did that happen?

It’s amazing how fast time goes when you keep yourself super busy like that. But I’m okay with the craziness of life because it means we are moving forward. I am in my third week of class, am closer to making it to the gym every day and I’m already looking ahead to February with a smile and a focus like no other.

Getting back into the swing of things is pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

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Welcome to 2017

The new year officially started 11 days ago. I am 11 days late in the relaunch, and that simply just explains how life has been for me the past few months. The hiatus I took had a lot to do with that. Between work and family, marriage and getting into school, my health and my hopes, I simply had to take some time off and get, as they say, my shit together. It took some time, and it’s going to be a very tight schedule for a while, but I think it’s going to work.

So, here’s what’s new.

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Hiatus

Due to circumstances beyond my control, this blog is going to be on hiatus (again) until January 2017.

Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for now!

thank you for your understanding!

Hello again, October

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I kind of disappeared again. I honestly didn’t mean to, but I keep doing it inadvertently. Sometimes life gets in the way of things and I’m left having to figure out  what to do first, what to do next and what can wait. I don’t want to give excuses, so I won’t. Just know that I am trying my best to get back to my normal and everyday I make steps to get there no matter what gets done or doesn’t.

Now. We are officially 8 weeks from my first half marathon and I am part excited and part terrified. I feel wholly unprepared and nervous. And that’s only 8 weeks out!

Good thing I have a plan.

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We shall begin….

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Who knew that we would start September with a tropical storm!? I sure didn’t. It was fun though. Thankfully, Jacksonville got very little damage and St. Johns County had even less. It could have been significantly worse, as the south and east side of the storm was predicted to be much more severe. I’m glad it wasn’t.

It is, however, the beginning of half marathon training! woohoo! I’m actually really excited about it because I need something to focus on. And this is something we all can focus on!

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Hello, September.

Sometimes I think about this fitness journey that I’m on, and wonder why things work out the way they did. Not in a “oh, woe is me” kind of way (although that’s there sometimes. I won’t bore you with that) but more of a “Is this a test? What am I supposed to learn?” kind of way.

I spent some time going through my photos as I was organizing the years past and I noticed how my body changed over the years. Going from a self-proclaimed fat girl to a relatively fit runner girl only to go back to a self-proclaimed fat girl is tough on the self esteem, but good on the focus for what it is I want. And what I want more than anything is to be that fit girl again.

Lately, I feel like I’ve been all talk and no work. Unfortunately that’s true: I’ve been incredibly lazy and down on myself. I said I was going to get back to running and be under 200 lbs by now and I’m no where near making either of those two goals. I don’t want to wallow in self pity about it, I made my decisions and I have to accept them.

But September starts tomorrow, and it’s a game changer. I had to postpone my first half of the fall season, therefore not being able to do the Try to be Tuff Challenge because of reasons – some valid, some not. I need to get my lazy butt back in the game PRONTO.

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It’s me. I’m me.

So…. I disappeared. I didn’t mean to. I got really busy between work and life, and for about a week I couldn’t get into my wordpress. Lord knows why. I had to make phone calls with people, verify my identity and change my password like a dozen times before they finally let me in today. I’m really sorry to anyone who is still lurking about and paying attention to this blog. I know there are probably like… 4 of you, but I appreciate your reading this and being patient with me.

Right now I’m writing between assignments. Earlier this afternoon, I was on a video shoot for work at a high school, and tonight I am going to be on a DUI detail. I’m excited about it but am also so behind in personal stuff. And given there has been so much time passed since my last blog, I’m just going to break this down to the good, the bad and the ugly.

 

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THE GOOD:

  • My running is getting better. I’m at the point where I can run a quarter mile at 4.3 on the treadmill, then walk .2 miles and not get my heart rate over 170. I am slowly adding distance per running segment in hopes that soon I’ll be able to eliminate the walking blocks all together but I am forcing myself to be patient. It’s not easy.
  • I’m now paying for Spotify, and I am so glad I started doing it. Unlimited skipping, no more commercials, AND I can download playlists so I can listen to them when I’m out of data/wifi range. No more excuses for losing my running playlists.
  • They are currently renovating the building across from mine to fit the gym in there. That has me thinking that I could easily run here at the end of my day and still make it to the gym for the classes I want to take. I’m excited for that to happen. It’s a few months away from being completed. It’s LITERALLY just across the sidewalk. Love.
  • I’m really digging my running shoes right now, and need to get a few more pairs. They are great, asics and that’s about all I know. I also need to get a different pair of shoes for work and a third for cross training because wearing my running shoes all the time is a slight issue. Yay, shopping!
  • I got complimented by a coworker to said that it looks like I’m losing weight. My last weigh in had me at 212, so a couple of pounds yeah. Yay!

THE BAD:

  • I had to change my race plans. I’m now not going to do the October half marathon in order to allow myself time to continue the good progress I have with my heart in my running. I am, however, adding a challenge (half and 5k) the weekend before my first marathon. Because I’m crazy. And probably stupid.
  • Migraines are a bit out of control, and that’s hindering my progress. No me gusta.
  • I have yet to make it through my plan of double workouts TUE – THU. It’s frustrating me, and while part of it is work related time issues and scheduling… it still frustrates me. I have to focus on getting this done.
  • Dreamboat starts double shifts in September, which means we REALLY need to focus on the meal planning and cooking of meats and the like on Sundays. I mean REALLY focus on it. Because it will be an issue, I can already see it happening. That means I have to focus on making a real meal plan and sticking to it. I’m not good at that, and neither is he.
  • I’m over feeling like I’m constantly dehydrated. I don’t know if it’s the fact that we are living in Satan’s Butthole (AKA Florida) or if it’s the heart meds I’m on. But I hates it.

THE UGLY:

  • In the matter of a week, I got a migraine, a nasty eye infection that left me wearing my glasses for two weeks, and a cavity that didn’t hurt then but does now. When I do it, I go all out. (Dreamboat also had a tooth issue and currently has a hole in his jaw. It’s kind of terrifying. He’s getting fitted for an implant)
  • My compression shorts have me feeling like a busted can of biscuits. And my shirts don’t fit like they used to. Makes for a grouchy Jamie.
  • I really need to focus on the Gluten Free diet again, because I’m not and it’s a big bloaty mess.
  • Fat girl chafing. NOT A FAN.
  • Freaken WordPress doesn’t know if I’m me. But I am me. I AM ME.

So that’s that in a nutshell. I will update you more soon! Right now, I have to sit in a briefing and learn why we are going to stop people from drinking and driving tonight. 🙂

Love,Jamie

Hello, August

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I noticed this morning when I woke up (with a migraine) to get ready for work that the sky wasn’t as bright as it was a month ago. Then Dreamboat told me “Happy August” and I realized, oh yes. It’s getting close to end of summer time. School will be back in session soon, pumpkin flavored everything will be out, and in other parts of the country that are not Satan’s playground as Florida seems to be will be seeing temperatures dropping steadily down to more comfortable numbers.

8 weeks and counting in half marathon training.

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