March High-Low

by agirlandhermutt on March 31, 2015

March is over folks! Another month of unexpected joys and annoyances has come and gone. As part of my effort to be more positive this year, last month I started my High-Low series. It is a way for me to acknowledge the things that really SUUUUCKED and counter it with all the good that happens in my life. Thankfully the good outweigh the bad, but sometimes it is REALLY hard to remember that. Write it down and I will remember!


March High-Low

Low- I felt like I had about a billion drs appointments throughout the month. Not only do the costs really add up, but the time it takes up is incredible. I had to miss several days of work and pay about a billion dollars for parking.

High-My CT scan came back totally clear! I was thrilled to pieces to hear that my recovery was right on track. The infection was gone, the fluid in my lungs was gone and my incision was coming along nicely. I have to go back in May for a few some blood work and then June for another scan. Hopefully that will be the end of this whole ordeal!

Low-The antibiotics I was on for almost 41 days really took a toll on me. Without getting graphic, my body was NOT a fan. Dry hair, bathroom issues and other body problems. It was like my body was on strike!

High-I finally was able to come off the meds! I was thrilled to give up my schedule of medication doses. I still have one lingering medication, but nothing serious. My hair was able to get back on track almost immediately too. I had a nice deep condition, color and cut. Much needed!

Low- Dumpy would be the exact word I would use to describe how I feel lately. I hate every single item of clothing I have and I hate how I look in them.

High-I’m back on Weight Watchers and back to a regular gym schedule. I was actually not feeling 100% even before my surgery so it was really almost 2.5 months off from working out. I’m back and slowly gaining my endurance and muscle back! Now if the weight would move a little quicker I would be a happy camper.

Low- Boston is still getting snow. STILL.

High- We had a few warm days so the snow finally melted in front of our house and I can walk down the sidewalk without almost falling and breaking my arm every day.

Low-Snow, cold temps and being sick=Feeling trapped. Everyone is going on vacation and I’m over here just hanging out at my house.

High- Just last week my parents and I planned for me to go visit them in April. It will be a much needed sun break. I also had some really fun activities this month including Bob’s Burgers Live!, volunteering at the Extreme Beer Fest, dinner with the girls, book club and an upcoming trip to NYC.

Low-Being inside so much has led me to feeling a bit overwhelmed by the house. I have A LOT of stuff. Clothing, kitchen gear, shoes, decorations. Everything. It just gets to be a bit too much for me sometimes.

High- I’ve started to purge and IT FEELS SO GOOD. A friend of mine also recommended the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Confession…I have not read the book yet, but I have found some great videos online of people who have! How sad is that?! ;) I secretly have aspirations of being a minimalist, but I’m no dummy. That isn’t going to happen.

I’m definitely planning on reading the book, but I felt like I needed to get an immediate control on my clothing. I watched a few videos and done. I purged a little! I expect to do more, but it makes me feel so much lighter! I might even talk about my whole experience with getting rid of my crap a bit more, if people are interested in that.


I’m realizing more and more as the year progresses that just waking up and telling myself to have a good day and to stay positive is the key to me keeping my head up. Fake it till ya make it, right?! There are times when the Lows listed above start to do their number on my attitude. I do a quick check and realize how lucky I am compared to many others. A little shame in that department is a big motivator for me to just keep on trucking. I hope you all had a good March. Let’s have an even better April!


Still getting back into it…

by agirlandhermutt on March 23, 2015

Hi folks! Just a quick drop-in to say hello! This is a nice little brain dump of what has been going on in my life.

Last week was a little bit of a hot mess. I started off the week with my debit card number being stolen online and charges for Overstock.com that added up to about $6k. Fortunately, my bank knows that I’m not in the market for a remodel of my living room and was able to quickly cancel the charges. There is a special place in hell reserved for people who mess with other folk’s money.

Do you know the best way to go on a no-buy challenge? Have your debit card cancelled unexpectedly. ;)

I somehow managed to mess up the start times for a fitness class that I love not once, but twice. I made the most of it though and discovered a class called Kettle & Core.

I decided to take it easy since it was my first time using weights since my surgery. Poor decision. My instructor decided to call me out on how I needed heavier weights. Normally I would be embarrassed but instead I was smug and pointed to my incision mark. Um recovering from surgery over here! Hey. At least I was there!

I did discover that my neck does NOT like crunches. Funny, my abs don’t either. ;) It is just way too much constant pressure on my incision. It feels like any minute my neck is going to come unraveled like Raggedy Anne and my head is going to roll off. Maybe a better analogy would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas?!

My husband was traveling last week so I got to do a little lazy girl cooking in the kitchen. I try to keep things normal when I’m cooking for the both of us, although he will eat ANYTHING I make, and try new/lazy things when I’m cooking for just myself.

This time I decided to go the tortilla pizza route. Just a tortilla, sauce, pepperoni, a little cheese and a crap ton of arugula with balsamic drizzled on top. It was weird and delicious all at the same time. Plus, for those of you that remember I’m on Weight Watchers now, it was just 5 points for the whole sucker! I managed to slam 2 down.

While I was being lazy in the kitchen, Korky was busy getting into anything and everything. He just gets super antsy when one of us isn’t around as much as he would like. To calm himself he likes to knock over the kitchen trash, pull out my chapsticks from my purse (that I have no idea how he grabs off the bed!) and “knocks” on the front door to go out every 10 minutes. I bribed him the whole week to behave through treat after treat after treat after treat.

I’m so cute and I have something on my lip that I probably found in the bathroom trash. That I ate about 3 times.

Oh, and yes. He IS looking a little homeless puppy right now. He gets groomed tomorrow and I think the whole house is ready to be a little less hairy.

On Thursday I met with my book club and proceeded to eat all the rest of my 49 weekly points in one sitting. Seriously. One piece of bread was 6 points. Don’t get me wrong. It was totally worth the splurge.

Mustard Chicken at Not Your Average Joe’s. Ugggghhh. So good.

We also discussed the book. Like for REAL discussed the book. This month’s book was Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I loathe, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I didn’t really care for the main character in this book either. I liked the book for the most part, but I found a lot of the text to be just filler and totally unnecessary. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? Or did I totally lose you when I said Eat, Pray, Love totally stunk?

In weather news, it is still cold as crap and it snowed on Saturday.

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Saturday was the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest. We dragged our feet a little on getting tickets and decided to volunteer instead. I’m so glad we did! We had a good time doing something different from our normal weekend schedule and we got to try some really interesting beers. Jalapeno Apricot? Yes!

Sunday was a day of rest. I slept in ridiculously late, went grocery shopping and wondered around Target for about two hours. It was just lovely!

This week promises to be pretty busy and I’m ready to get going!

See ya soon!


Health & Fitness Update

March 12, 2015

Hi folks! I’m coming to you with all kinds of news! GOOOOOOD NEWS! First, I made it back to Zumba last Friday night! I had to take it easy and even stepped out of the room for 10 minutes to cool down, but I did 40 minutes of moving around! My incision was super red […]

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