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Friday Fun

TGIF! Somehow I survived the week. YAY!!!

I was on the road all day and finished earlier than I thought given the distance we had to travel. So to get home around 2 was a real bonus for a Friday afternoon. When I got home, I decided to take Blue and Ozzie to the park. They LOVE the park and they love walks. I was a little concerned about the heat, but figured with the shade in the park they’d be fine. They stopped a few times to take a break so we headed home after about 30 minutes. Total distance walked: 1.37 miles in 42:41. They have to stop and smell and/or pee on everything. They are such boy dogs.

See how happy they are?!
They HAVE to walk right next to each other. I love it.

After I walked them, I decided that I was going to go back out myself and run. I’ve been complaining about the heat and wondering how I’m going to deal with it. I figured today was as good as day as any to get out there and see what happens. Worst case, I’d end up walking. Yea…. That’s exactly what happened. I ran 1:1 for the first 11 minutes and then I walked for much of the rest of the 3.11 mile route. I would run every once in awhile, but it was mostly a walk. It was just too damn hot out there and I wasn’t going to be stupid about it.

Running is not a pretty sport.

Once I realized this was turning into more of a walk than a run, I decided to take advantage of this time and take photos of the pretty sites I saw. I absolutely love our park and it just never gets old. There is always something that catches my eye while I’m there and I have to take a picture of it. Here’s what I liked today:

Pretty trees…

I saw a turtle too!

I ended up running / walking 3.11 miles in 46:51. I guess it’s not terribly bad. See, here’s my proof!


Despite the heat, it really was fun to get out there. I love the sunshine and it felt great on my shoulders. I just have to find a way to run in the heat. This is Florida afterall and it will be hot. Oi.

Have you done anything fun today?

A funny story about this morning’s walk…

Yesterday, my SIL Jenna texted me and asked if I wanted to walk this morning, a “training” walk with the fabulous ladies of Thanks For The Mammories, the 3-Day team we are a part of. I said YES!!! It had been far to long since we joined in a walk with them, plus I hadn’t seen Jenna in a bit so it would be a perfect Saturday morning.I got there a few minutes early and took a picture of the pretty sunset coming up over Tampa Bay. Then Jenna arrived. And no one else did. We sat there for a few minutes and then checked the email. OOPS! The walk is tomorrow, Sunday. NOT TODAY!! Ha! Ha! It was pretty amusing. But we walked anyway. The plan was 5 miles and that’s exactly what we did.

Despite the humidity and the sidewalks still torn up from construction, it was a very nice walk. It’s always nice to catch-up with Jenna and have girl time! We walked 5 miles and ended it with a delicious breakfast at Paradise Restaurant. I had French toast, eggs over easy, bacon, and a glass of ice water with lemon. It was de-lish!

While we were at Paradise, we also ran into our friend Debbie who walked last year. We had just been talking about her, saying how we missed her and need to catch up with her. We walked in the restaurant, and there she was, having breakfast with her husband.

So, we got a great walk in AND have a funny story to tell about it. Good times! We missed seeing all the other ladies, but we’ll see them soon, I’m sure.

Sunrise over Tampa Bay
Doesn’t the water look so peaceful?
5 miles done!
Fountain in Safety Harbor
So pretty!

Happiness Is…

I am not happy that I’ve missed the last 2 days of blogging, but we had a bit of craziness. So, time to move on and start with today. Being Saturday, I’d like to do a Happiness Is post. 🙂


Happiness Is…


  • Starting the weekend with a 3 mile walk with hubby at the park after work on Friday. We ignored the clouds and threat of rain and went anyway. No rain and a nice breeze made for a very nice walk.


  • Meeting a fabulous friend for a 4 mile walk this morning on beautiful Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. We hadn’t seen each other for almost 2 months so it was great to catch up AND be active at the same time. A trip to Starbucks topped it off.


  • Knowing that my snuggle boy Blue is getting the care he needs at the vet. I hate that he has to stay there, the house is WAY to quiet without him, and I miss him but I know he is exactly where he needs to be for now.


  • Having time today to upload pictures to finish my dad’s scrapbook that I started for him years ago. I will work on the book tomorrow and while I will not be happy about finishing it and bringing it to a close, it will make me happy to know that SO much love and emotion went into it. Since starting it, it’s been a very special book to make.


  • Having so many ideas for my blog and knowing it’s all mine to do what I want with. 🙂


  • Knowing that this week I’ve walked 11 miles. This is FANTASTIC given the last few weeks I’ve had.


What are you happy about today? Happy Saturday!

A little something different…

The past week, I’ve had to stick close to home to be near Blue as he has a wound that is having a heck of a time healing. Trying to keep a 2-year-old Aussie reasonably calm is well, just about impossible. He’s bandaged and is wearing the cone of shame. Keeping the bandage in place is not easy. But, because I am the mommy he loves oh so much, if I am near him, he is mostly calm. He likes to snuggle, it makes him happy.

Because of this ordeal, I have not been running. When I got home yesterday afternoon, hubby asked if I was going to go run. I said NO. How was I supposed to when I have to keep Mr. Saucy Pants calm? Leaving right after I just got home is a sure-fire way to get him all wound up when he shouldn’t be. No thank you. But then I started to feel guilty. I have to do something, I have to be creative.

Fortunately this past weekend, I cleaned our spare bedroom and uncovered the treadmill. I haven’t used the treadmill in ages. I used to love the treadmill and I went on it all the time. Then I decided I enjoyed the outdoors much better and it made me feel better. I keep the treadmill for times like this, when I have to use it as it’s my only option. Or if it’s raining a lot which it can do here in the summertime.

Couple things about me and the treadmill. I can’t just get on it and go. I have to either read a magazine or a book, which slows me down and I get a headache. Or I have to watch TV. Music in my ears won’t even do the trick. Staring at the wall in front of me does nothing and it makes it drag on forever. We used to have a TV and DVD player in that room and I watched all 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.for the umpteenth million time at one point during my treadmill days. But alas, the TV is gone from that room.

BUT!! I have a Kindle Fire and Netflix. I decided to give that a whirl and see how it goes. I selected a TV movie that we had DVR’d and that had mysteriously disappeared before I was able to watch it. Which one you ask? Stephen King’s Bag of Bones that was recently on A&E. I was all set.

I am pleased to say that I walked for an hour. Watching the movie made it fly by. I also worked up a pretty good sweat, walking at an 18:45 pace. Not super fast, but I was moving. Another thing I don’t like to do is run on the treadmill. I feel it much more in my knees when I do. So, if I’m on the treadmill, it’s all about walking.

I can’t say that I’ll use the treadmill a lot because ultimately I prefer to be outside. But until I can get back to that regularly, the treadmill is a very good option, especially with my Kindle Fire and Netflix. And honestly, I can’t wait to go on it again to finish watching part 1 of the movie and then starting part 2. I’ll have to do 3 hours on the treadmill to finish the whole thing!

Go feet go!

True Confessions Tuesday

It seems that I missed my confessions last week. No worries there, though,  because I am sure to make up for it today. Here goes.

  • I CONFESS that I am afraid of weighing in this week. I’ve had a loss every week except one (which was a minor gain of 0.4). I have not made the best choices this week, totally on me, and while I have been active, I feel that some of it is out of my hands. I’m going to blame Evil Bloated Woman. Remember her? She’s been nice enough to have a few mentions on my blog before.
  • I CONFESS that despite my fear of weighing in this week, which started yesterday morning, I still chose not to run yesterday. I just did not have it in me. My legs were tired. I made myself read my post from last week about listening to my body to remind myself that it is okay. And while I *mostly* believe that, there is still that nagging voice in my head telling me that I should have done it.
  • I CONFESS that in addition to my lack of running yesterday, I made a BAD decision for dinner. I made the mother of bad decisions. Pizza Hut. It was all my idea, no one to blame but myself. I had such a craving for it – or shoud I say Evil Bloated Woman had a craving for it. It sounded so good. And it was good. We got the $10 Dinner Box. Pan pizza (ham and onion), breadsticks, and cinammon sticks. It was so bad and so good all at the same time. I felt guilty as I was eating it but it sure didn’t stop me. But, what’s done is done, and it’s time to move on. Today, I have stayed within my points.
  • I CONFESS that today’s run was H.A.R.D.. I knew all day that when I got home, I was going to change and get out the door as soon as possible so as not to change my mind. My legs were still tired and heavy today but I was not going to let it stop me. I had to undo the damage I did last night. I ran 3.11 miles in 40:38 and in all honesty, I’m surprised it didn’t take me alot longer. My legs felt like lead weights. I ran and walked in short spurts, fighting the urge to just walk it. And it was HOT outside. I was so happy to be done and I am proud of myself for pushing through it.

Do you have any confessions for this Tuesday? Now’s the time to ‘fess up!