What a difference a year makes

So this time last year, I was lying in a hospital bed wondering what the heck had just happened. How was a 46 year old woman, who until two months earlier had felt healthy and active was now dealing with blood clots, heart issues and a thyroid condition?

The answer? The thyroid condition. I had ignored the lump on my neck for over a year. Well not ignored so much, as became a Google doctor. My diagnosis was that it was a goiter caused by a low thyroid.

It made sense. I was eating mostly vegetarian and leaning even closer to vegan in most meals so I could justify I was missing some vitamins. And I was tired and cold and could tick most of the boxes in the “hypoactive” thyroid column.

So I did what any good Google doctor would do. I self medicated. First it was Brazil nuts since they are supposed to be good for your thyroid. When I realized how much I was spending on these nuts and not really seeing an improvement, it was time for a more drastic approach – iodine supplements.

This may have worked out fine, if in fact, I actually had an under-performing thyroid. What I had instead, was a hyperactive thyroid and the iodine pills were just like its crack!

Now if at any point in time, I had made a visit to a healthcare professional, the above mentioned hospital stay would have been avoided. But I continued to ignore signs that something wasn’t right. That is until severe abdominal pain forced me to the ER on Good Friday.

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Second Spring

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus 🍁 🍁 🍁

Such a pretty walk today in Port Coquitlam with the beautiful leaves everywhere. It actually did look like spring.

One Hit Wonder Running Playlist

September 25 is One Hit Wonder Day. And for every U2, Dixie Chicks and Tragically Hip; there is an EMF, Blind Melon and Michael Sembello. Even though they are known for one big song, who doesn’t smile and sing along when it starts playing?

With that in mind here is a running playlist featuring some favourite one hit wonders.

  1. Unbelievable Β by EMF: 104 BPM
  2. The Final Countdown by Europe: 118 BPM
  3. What is Love by Haddaway: 124 BPM
  4. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum: 128 BPM
  5. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers: 132 BPM
  6. I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls: 145 BPM
  7. No Rain by Blind Melon: 148 BPM
  8. Maniac (from Flashdance) by Michael Sembello: 157 BPM
  9. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) by Lou Bega: 174 BPM
  10. (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes: 109 BPM

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Running… Out of excuses

So for the past couple of months I’ve had quite the list of reasons excuses why I wasn’t going out for a run:

  1. too hot…
  2. too smokey…
  3. too tired…
  4. too lazy…

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