A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Things Never to do Before I Die (Reverse Bucket List)

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Hey all! I am linking up with Fairytales and Fitness!

Last week, San @ The In Between Is Mine posted her Reverse Bucket List. A reverse bucket list is a list of things you never want to do. It was hilarious and thought provoking, so I thought I would post my own Reverse Bucket List. 

Can you guess what's on my Reverse Bucket List?

I won't keep you in suspense...

  • Go to Disney World. I know people love Disney. I am glad they love Disney and I hope they bask in their Disney loving and are able to visit. However, it is just not for me and I know I would simply not enjoy it.


  • Take a cruise. For awhile, I really thought I would enjoy a cruise! And I think 30 year old Megan really would have liked it. But 36 year old Megan is a lot more high strung and controlling. I know I would feel trapped. I would not feel relaxed. I'd worry about getting in lines to disembark or reembark early. I'd worry we wouldn't get a place at dinner or a show. It is my own faults that will cause me to not enjoy a cruise.
  • Join a book club. I enjoy reading but it never crossed my mind to join a book club. I don't think I would like the expectation to have read something by a certain date.

  • Sky dive (or any other extreme activity). This is something 20 year old Megan would have liked. But as I got older, I got more catastrophic.

  • Run 100 Miles. I have friends who have done multiple 100 milers. I have seen them train and heard about their races. I respect the distance and I don't have the desire to put in the time and the tax on my body to do something that extreme. I did a 50 miler once and I believe that's as far as I will go.
  • "Go off sugar". As an athlete, my body needs sugar- the good kind and the bad kind. As someone who suffered from disordered eating in the past, totally eliminating something from my diet is not a good idea for me. I currently have a healthy relationship with sugar and I hope I maintain that relationship for the rest of my life!
  • Tweet. I do too much on social media as it is! I will leave the Tweeting to Paul!

  • Have kids. I've known for over 10 years now that they're not for me. Luckily, I deeply love my nieces and nephews. Also, I have hundreds of current students and thousands of past students. My life is already full of kids, even if they aren't my own!

That's all I can think of for now! I'm sure as soon as I post this I'll think of more...


HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's on your Reverse Bucket List?
Have you ever given up a certain food completely?
What's the longest you ever ran?
Tell me the most extreme activity you've ever done!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

I saw my doctor about my sleep issues!

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 I'm writing this post Wednesday afternoon and I woke up at 12:30 this morning so I'm in zombie mode. Apologies if this blog post is disjointed or there are lots of typos!

I finally saw my PCP about my sleep issues. I made the appointment awhile ago, but apparently unless you have an emergency, there's at least a month of waiting time at my doctor's office before seeing your PCP.p Hill area has a suggestion, let me know!)

<<<<Short background: I went to my PCP back in 2015 to get help with my sleep problems. She suggested 25 mg of diphenhydramine and a small dosage of melatonin. I did that for several months but I started to become immune to the diphenhydramine. I also ended up getting diarrhea for two months straight. I stopped taking melatonin and within two weeks my GI issues were gone. Related to the melatonin? Who can say for sure...>>>>

Now it's over two years later and I feel like over the past year and a half, my sleep issues have really escalated. 


  • My main trouble is falling back asleep after waking up. It is not uncommon for me to wake up at midnight or 1am and never fall back asleep. 
  • This can happen on a weekday or a weekend. It is not associated with work stress. In fact, I rarely think about work when I'm laying in bed in the middle of the night.
  • My sleep troubles used to plague me 1-2 times per month. Now it's at least three times a week.
  • THIS. IS. SERIOUSLY. AFFECTING. MY. LIFE.

Before I went to the doctor, my SIL recommended I ask for a short term and a long term solution to my sleeping issues. I need to get to the root of my problem. My SIL also suggested a deficiency in magnesium could be contributing. Her family takes magnesium supplements. She sent me some info about it so I am going to read about it... as soon as I get some sleep!

My biggest fear was going to the doctor and having her tell me to have a cup of tea before bed, read a book, and put on a sound machine. I think if that was her suggestion I would have just started bawling.

Luckily, she listened to everything I had to say, asked good questions, and suggested I try out the prescription drug called Trazodone.



She assured me it was not an addictive drug like Ambien. I wasn't going to sleep eat, nor would I murder anyone in my sleep. (Of course I asked that.)

Trazodone is actually for depression and anxiety, but it's off label use is for insomnia. It's one of the most widely prescribed drugs for insomnia.





Of course I researched the pill and found good things and bad things about it. I am not getting my hopes up that it will be a long term solution but I am hopeful it will at least help me short term. I have a physical scheduled at the end of December, so my PCP and I will touch base with how the prescription is working for me.

I hate taking medicine and I never thought I would want a prescription for sleep medication. But I am at the end of my rope. I need something. This lack of sleep is affecting my life, my happiness, my work, and my relationships. I really, really, hope Trazodone helps me.
Have you ever taken a prescription sleep medication?

Are you familiar with magnesium or magnesium 

deficiencies?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I suck.

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Recently, I decided to start eating hard boiled eggs again. I like them with salt for breakfast or cut up in a salad for dinner. Instead of buying eggs already hard boiled (like I used to) I decided to learn to make them myself and save money.

Surprisingly, it was very easy to do. The eggs even peeled well because I followed the instructions on when to peel them precisely. I was all proud of myself as I peeled the eggs in the sink and let the shells go down the garbage disposal...

... Until the next day when Paul informed me that there was a clog in the sink and I was NOT supposed to put the egg shells down the garbage disposal. I am such an idiot. I thought it was okay to do that. Apparently not. Paul tried everything he could to fix the clog be eventually he had to call the plumber. I told him I didn't even want to know how much it cost. He assured me it wasn't too bad, but I have a feeling it was a couple hundred dollars.

So much for saving money by making my own hard boiled eggs.

I suck.

Then on Saturday night, we were at Broad Mountain Vineyard to see an improv show by a group called Safeword. Right when the show started, I felt my wedding ring fall off my finger (my fingers shrink when it's cold) and heard it *ding* on the tile floor. Paul and I tried to discretely look for my ring, but it was hard to do because the show started and there were lots of tables with people sitting at then. I just imaged my ring could have rolled really far across the large room.

I looked for my ring at intermission and after the show, but I still couldn't find it. I told the owner that if he found a white gold wedding band, it was mine. He told me he would let me know if they found a ring while they were cleaning up.

I still haven't heard from them.

I suck.
Did you ever lose your wedding ring?
Ever send the wrong thing down the drain and need to call the plumber?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up!

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Three day weekend- wahooooo!
I hope everyone was able to honor the veterans in their lives! Here is my Grandpa, all of his brothers, and their father.


Friday! The most magical day of the week! I went to Planet Fitness to lift and do a deck of cards workout.

When I got to my classroom that morning, I was greeted with a concerning sight. I had a sub the day before and was annoyed to see my desk in HUGE disarray. There was even stuff strewn about my room. It immediately annoyed me because I had to spend about 20 minutes cleaning everything up.


I know to some of you, this would be considered "neat", but I normally have my desk spotless. I can't relax if it's not organized.

The best part of the day was chorus. I literally cried after my kids sand When The Lights All Shine. They sound like angels! I love my chorus!

Another fun part of the day was teaching my fourth graders the mixer dance called Sasha. One boy (who definitely isn't the dancing type) kept saying in astonishment, "This is fun, this is actually really fun!" There's lots of videos of my students doing this dance on my classroom's Facebook page called EP Music Kids. If you "like" it on Facebook, you can see all the fun stuff we do!

After work, I just relaxed. Paul had plans so it was an at home type of evening for me. I went to bed early. Why not?

I took this funny picture of Christmas...


Bright and early, I met a group of runners for 8 miles on the AT. The run was one of the Saturday runs organized by Appalachian Running Company. I didn't know anyone and it was a weird run because nobody talked! We just... ran. I tried to start convos with people, but they ended quickly. The reason this is strange to me is because I'm used to jibber jabbering during a trail run, even if it's with people I just met. 

However, when I got back to my car, the run organizer had put some muffins and a water on my windshield. That was nice! (I did not eat the muffin. I went home and made a healthy omelette.)


It was a very, very windy day. It would have sucked to run on the road. Being in the woods gave some shelter from the wind.

When I got home, I finished the puzzle I was working on. Jelly tried to cock block me every step of the way...


This is my favorite type of puzzle. Farmhouses. Horse and buggies. Some quilts...

There was nothing on my agenda and it was still early, so I decided to clean the house. I went through the process of putting away a lot of nick knacks because the next time I clean, it will be for putting up Christmas decorations! Now our house looks very empty...




That evening, we went to see the improv group called Safeword at Broad Mountain Winery in Elizabethville. The show was hilarious! It was great to hang out with friends!


Me and Michael. Haircut twins.
My morning started bright and early with 8 miles on the AT with Allison. We parked at the top of Peter's Mountain. This section was very rocky but luckily I didn't trip.

I didn't have anything planned during the day, so I went out and about shopping. I tried on clothes and shoes but didn't buy a single thing except some necessities at Dollar General. I do this a lot... go out shopping for hours and then don't buy anything.

I was very tired when I got home (crappy sleep the night before) so I just kind of chillaxed in bed with my laptop, Jelly, and Christmas.

That evening, I met Molly for sushi! We tried a new place in Lemoyne called Akitas. I thought it was very good. Paul and I will have to try it.


~ MONDAY ~

That morning, I went for my third trail run in three days! I parked at Sherwood and ran South. I wanted to go farther but some cows blocked me!



So I turned around and made up some mileage going the other way. I got 6 miles in total. I still am not comfortable trail running alone. I wish I could go back to the days when I wasn't worried about getting murdered on the trail.

Then I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody at Midtown Cinema. Oh my gosh it was AMAZING. I laughed, I cried, and I apologize in advance to all of my music students because we will be listening to Queen from now until Thanksgiving!!!!!

What were you up to this weekend?

Tell me about a special veteran in your life.

How often do you go out shopping and not buy anything?


Have you seen Bohemian Rhapsody?

Monday, November 12, 2018

What I love about running in the freezing cold...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... On Friday, Kim @ Running on the Fly wrote about how she loves cold weather running. She much prefers the heat, but finds many things she loves about cold weather running.

I'm a lot like Kim. I LOVE running in the scorching heat. However, I will happily run through the dead of winter, even in single digits.

Having the right gear makes all the difference. I would never put myself through running in crazy low temperatures if it weren't for the proper gear.

The number one thing I love about running in the cold is what I love about every change of season... THE SMELL! There is a certain type of smell associated with the freezing cold and I love it. It reminds me of my childhood. It reminds me of happiness. It makes me feel really good.
Is there something you love about running in the cold?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Speak up for yourself!

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This week, I went to the eye doctor for the first time in seven years! I have glasses for far away things and for nighttime driving, but I never wear them. (I have a very weak prescription I'm blind without them.)

My old glasses are so out of style! Check them out...




I'm sure they were tres chic in 2011... 

My insurance covers and annual eye exam and contributes money toward frames, so I figured I may as well go get a check up. The doctor was very nice and informative. But there was two times during the appointment I had to speak up for myself.

Near the end of my exam, the doctor said the last thing she had to do was look behind my eyeballs. I had the choice between getting my eyes dilated (which was covered by my insurance) or having her look at the pictures she took of my eyes (which would cost $39). I hate having my eyes dilated, so I told the doctor I would just pay the money and have her look at the pictures.

Then it dawned on me... Do I HAVE to do one or the other? Does she NEED to look at the back of my eyeballs? I asked her politely whether I could do neither, and she said of course, it was my perogative. Awesome! Now I didn't need to get my eyes dilated or pay the money to have her look at the pictures! I'm glad I thought to ask and wasn't forced to choose one or the other.

The second time I had to speak up was when I was choosing my frames. Right away, I told the girl who was helping me that I was looking for frames that were covered by my insurance. She explained to me that they don't sell the Davis frames (the ones my insurance covers) because the frames are not as good of quality. The frames my eye doctor does carry start at $120 and my insurance will contribute $60 toward any frame I pick.

I did not like the sound of that. I was not in the mood to pay money for frames if I didn't have to. So I asked the girl if she knew of any places that carry the Davis frames so I could get them there.

What do ya know... She happened to have some Davis frames in the back. (Funny how that works, right?) She brought out at least 12 frames and helped me pick out ones that would look good on me. I got a brownish/blackish pair that aren't to aggressive or big because I have a small face. They will be perfect for the small percentage of the time I will actually wear them.

Of course I forgot to take a picture... but I will show you them as soon as they arrive!

The reason I am sharing all this with you is because it's always nice to be reminded that we can say NO to things in the doctor's office and we can inquire about other options.

I recently decided that I am going to decline being weighed at the doctor except for certain circumstances. For instance, I am getting a physical in a few weeks, so I will let them weigh me and ask for them not to tell me the number. On the other hand, if I go to Urgent Care for poison ivy or strep throat or something random like that, I will ask to not be weighed. (Getting weighed gives me anxiety, even if I ask them not to tell me the number, I sometimes accidentally see it on my paperwork and it affects my mental health a lot.)
Have you ever had your eyes dilated? Was it uncomfortable?
When was the last time you said "no" at the doctor's?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Weekly Workouts!

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I had a variety of workouts this week and LOTS of trail running!

Saturday- Zumba, deck of cards, another circuit, and a 3.5 mile walk with Bree. It was an ADD exercise type of day! My lower back felt a little tight from all the dancing and jumping.


Sunday- 7 miles on the AT. My back felt awesome all day. My hammy felt pretty good on the trail though, I just didn't want to push things by going longer.


Monday- Lifting at Planet Fitness. I basically did My New Gym Routine. I haven't lifted in awhile so I needed the pump!


Tuesday- 6 neighborhood miles. My back felt awesome! I stretched it after and I felt a TEENY bit of tightness but it went away. 6 miles on the road is a good test for it. Hammy felt a little wonky later in the day. If it's not one thing, it's the other...

Wednesday- Deck of cards workout, 2 treadmill miles, 10 minutes on the stair climber. I would have loved to run longer but I want to give my hammy a break. It did not hurt during the run or later in the day, so that's good. I took a 1/2 sick day from work since I only got 3 hours of sleep... for the third night this week. Paul wanted to hike so I agreed. We did four miles and it was a bloodbath. I laid on the couch the rest of the night. I was spent. And my knee was sooooo sore. Freaking A!

Thursday- 6 miles on the AT. I had a bunch of doctor appointments, so Paul and I hit the trail. It was a beautiful day and I had a pain free run! No back pain. No hammy pain. No knee pain. The universe is a strange thing...

Friday- Lifting at PF and a deck of cards workout. Nothing special!

How were your workouts this week?