Workouts have been a little cardio heavy this week. I've been having fun riding my bike more often now that I someone to ride with. There is still a small part of me that is convinced I will crash and break something every time I get on given my history with bikes, but it's getting better. I've noticed that my stomach has been toning up significantly lately and the only thing I've changed is riding more. Every time we get done with a long ride I mention how much it works your lower abs. I would not have anticipated it being such a great core workout!
I've also started doing workouts on FitnessGlo. I have been provided a membership to the site via FitFluential and I'll be writing up a complete review of them soon. Let's just say the short ab & arm routines I did on Tuesday were effective enough to make me more sore the following day than I have been in weeks!
Tuesday I had a dentist appointment to see about getting my front tooth fixed, and my next round of blood work to see if my thyroid levels have been brought into normal range with the synthroid I started 6 weeks ago. As for the dentist, he basically said my face is broken. The 'trauma' as he kept referring to my accident in high school, occurred when the bones in my face were still forming. The trauma interrupted their growth and now I need way more work done than I anticipated. I thought I could just get the temporary bonding that's on one of my front teeth that I had a root canal on replaced with a crown. Wrong! He suggested I get braces since my teeth have shifted significantly, then I need to get my root canal re-done, and then I can get a crown put on. Even without braces I'm looking at 3k worth of dental work.
So, guess who's just going to live with this good 'ol bonded tooth a little while longer?
After I turned into a hot mess driving away from the dentist office (crying while driving and throwing myself a pity party) I decided it was the perfect time to get my blood work done. Fortunately, I had a MUCH better experience having my blood drawn this time! I could honestly hardly feel it and at one point I almost asked when they were going to stick me (I don't look) when I realized they already had. My TSH levels went from 15 to 4.75 so just a bit over the normal range (.4 to 4.5) and they've increased my synthroid from 50 to 100 mg. I was honestly hoping that the levels were high still because I have been struggling the last few weeks with fatigue again. I'm going back again in 6 weeks for my next test to see if it's finally in normal range.
When they said you start falling apart at 30 they weren't kidding.
Here are some random shots I took while walking/biking this week. I'm so floored by how great the camera in my iPhone is!
I took these two at Pensacola Beach/For Pickens. I love that our mayor re-tweeted this photo!
This is at Fort Pickens. We biked there and back on Wednesday (15 miles total - a distance PR for me!) If you ever come to Pensacola you have to check it out. It's so much fun being able to run around this huge abandoned fort. I'll leave you with some shots I took of Salem one afternoon this week. Not his best looks, but his snaggle toothed smile has certainly helped me stay sane these last few days!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day! I'll be running my first race with my Dad on Monday - the Gate-to-Gate 4.4 mile run on Eglin Air Force Base. I can't wait to share photos of it with you all! **Edit: My Dad texted me late last night and it looks like he is not going to be able to run due to a leg injury. He and I are both bummed but he'll still be there to hang out and take photos. Who else would get up to do that at 5 a.m. on a Holiday aside from another runner?!
What will you be doing for Memorial Day?