Hikes and Happenings

The ticking down of the weeks of leaving the desert is very exciting but stressful trying to squeeze in appointments that are no less than two hours away-some four. As of yesterday I booked most of them: heart follow up TBD (waiting on monitor to arrive first so we know how long it will take to get results), MRI 3/22, EEG 4/6 (although waiting on March cancellation), Neuro follow up 4/17 and rescheduled my last Lyme doc appointment for the same day as my tattoo: 4/27. Whew…..
While waiting for our physical orders to peace out of here we enjoyed some hikes. It’s something we did last winter as well. The freedom of time (not signing up for half marathons) has afforded this. During the week I’ve taken my pack to some local trails. We’ve had a crazy amount of rain (for here) and that’s made this place blessed with so much green and wild flowers.

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Over the weekend we went to Short Canyon. About a 20 minute drive north. I tend to find things listed as “short easy hikes” and they end up totally not so. We ended up deep into the canyons. My vertigo was a little nutty for a bit but some yogic breathing solved this. We went much further than expected and although the waterfall wasn’t exactly as advertised (hubby found it on the way down) we found much more.

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What else? We held off on signing up for the Coaster run as of now: first because we were deciding between that and doing race at Catalina Island and then because we found out our lab, Chester has a tumor on his tail. We should find out by the end of the week what it is. Prayers please, he’s an amazing part of our family. We’re still in the planning process for our Disneyland trip/son’s bday/family visit. I also completed the #forloveandyoga Instagram challenge. It was the first I’ve been able to do! Single digit weeks here for me, lots to do…. Until next time 💚

Rock and Roll Arizona Race Recap

We arrived in Arizona Friday evening and went to the expo in Phoenix. This race was set up a bit different. The 5k was on Saturday in Tempe along with a second expo day. On Sunday was the marathon, half marathon, 10k and relay. So something for everyone and those bling junkies could do a race a day for a “remix challenge”. The marathon started in Phoenix, went though Scottsdale and finished in Tempe.
We parked in the lot in downtown Phoenix and walked to the expo . I have to admit I was a bit giddy seeing all the super bowl signs hanging around with my Patriots in the AFC championship that weekend. The expo was well set up and stocked. My iPhone had finally crashed one too many times so A new phone meant I needed a new Spibelt. I prefere running with a tune band for my small arm but I didn’t have time to order one and I like my little pouch for walks and hikes. Finally found that at a little pop up shop called runners den. Next up was looking for NUUN. I needed a new bottle to run with and they always have great expo deals. I wasn’t sure if I packed my knee brace so I wanted to pick up some KT tape just in case. Hubby also picked up some socks and body glide. There was also some cool races to sign up for but we still don’t know where will be living next year….

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My 5k started in Tempe beach park. This is a gorgeous area with paths, playgrounds and more overlooking the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Now sometimes the smaller race just an after thought but that was not the case here at all. We had our own bag check which was nice because it was a chilly morning. I kept my clothes on until the last possible moment and headed to the back of the corrals. After the national anthem we were off. With all my gear on (see previous post) I felt pretty good. The course was fairly flat save a few overpasses one that was more substantial than others that I actually chose to gun up. We had a lot to look at running by the lake and some cool mountain/rock views. There was a band on course at the other end of a tunnel so it really amplified the sound and pumped you up as we ran though it. We also had a dj towards the end of the run. ( see the little 5k was not forgotten about;). I finished faster than my previous runs since undergoing my Lyme treatment. I felt pretty strong too…maybe I can run a little more?

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Finish Festival. After collecting my medal (not bad guitar pick) and grub I met up with my family and went to the finish festival. It was pretty warm now and we sat in the sun and watched Desert Dixie, the post race band, play some country music. I had my free mich ultra. I never drink anymore with my Lyme but I earned it. They also had a kid run for grades k-12. My son is too young but because of this they had awesome inflatables to play on that he LOVED (5 dollars I’m sure for insurance and a signature). We had great fun in the sun.

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Back at the hotel. My husband had scored a great deal as a military rate at the Marriott in downtown Tempe. It was a quick (less than ten minute walk for Tempe beach park) which was the hub really for race weekend. *a bit of advice ask to stay at no road side of building, it was a bit loud if you’re a light sleeper like me*. I rested for awhile and then we walked to PF Changs (race sponsor). Yummy food for my crazy diet. More rest after and then I took my son out exploring. (If you cut through garage even quicker walk to the shops). We found a cute candy shop and mini park with bunnies while my hubby kept his feet up in prep for the marathon.

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Marathon day. My husband’s run started at 7:50, not too early. He said public transportation was super easy to get to the start.The course, he mentioned as fairly flat and had it not been for the unseasonable warmth (near 80 at finish) he probably would of PR’d. He’s fast too (3 1/2 average) so I can’t imagine being out there longer… Again it was easy for us to walk to the finish. We found our spot. (Marathon and 10k on one side 1/2 and relay peeps on the other). We cheered on the first female and waited for “daddy”.

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Finish festival. It was pretty easy meeting up with my eight time marathoner at the baggage area. We chilled by the lake while he caught his breath and then picked up his finisher jacket (free brooks swag). Then it was time to hit the beer garden (children allowed in unlike some other races). The tent provided some good shade as I ate a fruit bowl and they shared a pizza. Entertainment was great with Wallflowers started and then OKgo.

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Overall. It was a really fun weekend. A lot to do in the area. We cheered on the Pats at a Buffalo Wild Wings that night. I had really wanted to do a hike the next day but someone was sore so we hit a dunkies instead. The race was very organized, a lot going on, easy to spectate and something for everyone. A+ (just one plus nothing will beat the Bears).

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Cyber Monday tea Giveaway and Malibu Beach Beauty Tea Review

Newport Skinny tea/Malibu beach beauty tea has posted awhile back that they were looking for bloggers to receive samples and review their products. I jumped at the chance. I’m really looking to incorporate various natural/healthy products on the blog. I shared my story with the founder of the company and she shared that she had overcome some health issues using holistic means so she was excited as I was for this partnership.
So this tea contains various herbs that “stimulate your body’s natural energy pathways and detoxification systems” (from their insert). This really intrigued me because as a Lyme fighter we are huge into detox. Our bodies are fighting this illness and the toxins need an exit. I had noticed my skin getting oily in treatment process.I will say that I saw a difference after a couple cups. I will definitely keep this products in mind the closer I am to being lyme free.
So how’s it taste? It’s yummy as I expected. I love tea, especially since wine is on the back burner during treatment. This is a loose leaf tea. I do have an infuser on my Christmas list but for this taste test I used loose leaf filler bags purchased for about 6 or 7 dollars on Amazon. Getting back to the flavor, it has a very light licorice taste (nothing harsh I’m not black licorice fan by any means and I dug it), there is a lot of dimension to it but overall I found it to be an uber pleasant green tea. I added some local honey and some lemon to mine for additional flavor and to help the sore throat I had at the time. I would definately recommend this because it’s yummy, different (not your boring diner tea) and will help your skin woes.
So the giveaway . I’m going to keep it simple the first time. All you have to do is: 1.like this post and 2.either leave your email here or shoot me an email @valmyette21@hotmail.com. (The emails will only be shared to the company who will use it to send you coupon codes, updates and news). Entries will be received until Saturday and,I’ll have my little guy draw a name from a hat and the winner will be announced by midnight PT on Cyber Monday.
In the mean time you can check out Malibu Beach Beauty tea on http://www.NewportSkinnytea.com. Best of luck everyone and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Happenings 11/11/14

So this post was originally going out last week before it was deleted somehow. Then we’ve been pretty busy. So first off how have I been feeling? Ups and downs. A bit of a roller coaster. I could use some more ups. But first the positive. I had two days, about 11 hours each where I had a clearish head. So brain fog, I’ve used the example of a bad hangover before but it’s also like your brain is covered in a too tight sleeping bag. Well those days it was open….Other than that we’ve had more herxing. One day I think was my bad. I ate an entire GF mini nothing bundt cake my hubby got me. As a result I missed going to the local fair with my family. Instead watched Big Driver on Lifetime. I recouped after a detox bath and some rest. The next herx I’m still sort of recovering from. My husband was out of town for work and just two days of caring for my kiddo ran me ragged and by the time he came home I was running 101 temp and had major aches for days. This is just a couple days solo and it totally kicked my butt. That really can’t happen again. I was on the road to recovery when my key fell off my chain and my son and I were locked out for the better part of a day. Next day sure enough I had a high fever aches and pains. Not too mention there was full moon which generally puts lymies in hell (the life cycle of the bugs mimics the moon).
What else, despite that herx I made it too the Marine Corps Birthday ball. It was important to me to support my husband for his day when a lot of life unfortunately has to be about me due to this disease. Luckily they were pumping AC and I had my fill of ice water so I survived. It’s amazing what make up and a dress can do, cause I felt like poo. Next up was the Semper Fi run for the fund. This race was local, I had a great time last year and was a bit disappointed I couldn’t participate this year. But with the herxing and Vegas a week later I needed to rest. My husband won the 10k and my 2 year old participated; err sat down and ran later for the kids 50 yard dash. Now unfortunately I’m fighting a cold. Please please cover your mouths and spread the word to friends. I knew after gymnastics last week when a parent coughed uncovered near me I would catch it and sure as sh@$ here I am. Those of us with chronic illness are trapt indoors most days and when we venture out sure there’s a risk but it’s much less when people are courteous about hygiene. We sat next to a lady in church who was picking her nose, ears, teeth and then shook everyone’s hands, what??
What’s up docs? The neurologist last week was a complete waste. He basically thought I was an idiot when I told him I was on plaquinel for Lyme. Basically told me to keep a headache diary for a month. Huh, I’ve doing that forever really… Wouldn’t order any labs and in order to do any testing for seizures I have to wait another month to see a separate seizure clinic and then maybe they’ll test? Soooo frustrating. Especially since I’ve been having these sleep incidents since July and still having pressure headaches. I took a couple days off of my cinnamon essential oil and saw less headaches. Now is that because it’s killing bugs in my head, not detxing enough or a reaction? My LLMD have been playing phone tag to discuss the herxes but I’m seeing him 11/20 either way. I feel 4 months into treatment I should be seeing some improvement….shouldn’t I?
Exercise There was a couple weeks I was getting out to walk every day so I suppose that’s somewhat of an improvement. It even kicked a headache a few times, especially after sitting in the sun for a quick minute. Perhaps a vitamin D deficiency….I ran a couple times, slow. I had to catch myself going too fast, but hey I love “don’t throw dirt on my grave just yet”. A few times of short yoga at home yoga sequences as well.
Up next we are going to Vegas on the 15th for the Rock N roll race next weekend. I hope to run/walk my 5k but I probably won’t know until start time if I’m participating. I am definatley changing my corral so that I can control my competitor brain and take it easy. 11/20 is the LLMD and then we have Thanksgiving of course.
Next post will be my review and giveaway of Malibu beach beauty tea. And if course thank a Vet today.

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Hair!!

Ah I loved Ricky Lakes role in the movie. Does this age me? Anyway I promised a review of Mountain Light hair dye. It is completely plant based. I am pleased with the results.
Again I chose the mahogany and medium brown. I have a ton of hair, plus some reviews suggested to mix and match so I did. The process calls for you to “cure” the product. Basically after you mix it with distilled boiling water it sits.

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The instructions suggested adding one of several suggested spices for scent and depth of color. I chose nutmeg. So it has to cure for about an hour. Kind of a time extensive project but that’s ok.
After that it was time to apply. That took quite awhile as my hair is waaaay too long. If you ever have used henna, that’s basically what it smelled like. So not nearly as stinky as chemical hair dye but I wouldn’t say it smelled like roses;)🌹. That sat on about two hours. Packet says 45 minutes to about 4 hours.
It suggests waiting to shampoo at least a day. I waited a couple. Initially it just showed a darker color, after the wash it really warmed up the color with a nice reddish highlight. It covered most of my greys. I think I may have missed a spot. It was hard to cover such a large amount. Maybe next time I’ll bribe the hubby with a six pack.

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Go check this out on Vitacost. 😉

up next
🔅Happenings post
🔆Newport Skinny Tea review and GIVEAWAY