IT'S A PILLOW THAT SAYS RUN!

Thankful Things Thursday: Happy Thoughts Will Make Me Healthy

Date: May 24, 2012 at 8:35 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 45

Yesterday was a pretty cool day.

Your comments on my “Crohn’s sucks a little more than you may realize” post were awesome. I loved hearing all of your stories about your own battles with chronic illness, and I appreciated all the good advice and kind words. You’re the best. Love you.

And on that grateful little note, it’s time to kick off today’s installment of Thankful Things Thursday. Go time!

I’m thankful I felt pretty good last night! After getting Remicade yesterday, I noticed an immediate difference in my mental and physical health. I was able to go to a spin class after work, and I got through the entire thing feeling surprisingly strong!

I came home after the class, still felt OK, and had my beet and carrot juice a la Brian for dinner.

So colorful! Beet juice makes what happens in the bathroom TERRIFYING, just so you are aware.

I went to bed feeling hugely optimistic about being fixed by Remicade.

I’m thankful I have a sick day left. So yeah. Turns out, I’m not totally fixed, and my stomach was obnoxious enough this morning to get me to send that dreaded email to the office saying I won’t be in…again. Pretty sure it’s my last sick day, and I’m using it up. That’s promising, right? Going through all your allotted sick days by May? That’s a PR for sure.

Really, I know I just need another day to rest, recover and get back on my healthy little feet. I feel like a jerk for missing so much work lately, but I guess that’s what sick days are there for.

I’m thankful for good friends who give great housewarming gifts. Lauren knows the way to my interior decorating heart…

IT'S A PILLOW THAT SAYS RUN!

…and the way to Brian’s, too!

AND THIS ONE SAYS "CYCLE!" You know, because of Brian and his biking and stuff.

I love these pillows. They’re those things I’d see in a store, be all, “Those are cool, I want them,” and then leave without actually buying them. I also think they are a little more gender neutral than the lavender satin-y pillows that were on the couch before.

I’m thankful I got off the wait list. SoulCycle just expanded its Upper East Side studio and it now has a whopping 70 bikes. That’s basically huge. Naturally all the classes still filled up immediately, but I got into the 6:15 class for tomorrow morning. I’m a little nervous because I tend to feel the worst in the morning, but hopefully resting up today means I’ll be strong by tomorrow. That’s how this all works, right?

I’m thankful for the long weekend ahead. I have no plans beyond “resting.”

I’m thankful I survived Becky’s wedding without Crohnsing up at the altar or during my toast. Success! (Yes, I was legitimately concerned about those things.)

WE ARE FRIENDS AND WE ARE LAUGHING.

I’m thankful the New York City Marathon is still really far away. I miss running, and I miss running far and running fast and running effortlessly. I miss being able to walk out the door, go for a run and come home feeling good about it. I’m glad I have time to get better after this flare before I get into a training plan.

It’s tough to wake up in the morning and read everyone’s updates about “awesome morning workouts” and how it’s a “perfect morning for a run in Central Park.”

Yes, I know, I used to Tweet those exact phrases. Call me a hypocrite.

But since I haven’t been able to do those things lately, it makes me sad, and I miss it. I miss sweating in the morning because I demolished a tempo run (HAHA, kidding, that never happens) rather than just sweating out a fever (though I didn’t have a fever last night, so see, I am improving!).

I know this list was short, but I think that’s all I’ve got today.

SO I NEED YOUR HELP: Add to my list! What are you thankful for today?

45 Responses to "Thankful Things Thursday: Happy Thoughts Will Make Me Healthy"

Love those pillows! I am thankful I have an appt tomorrow to get my MRI results, I’m hoping for some good news and hope I will be able to run pain-free soon.

I am thankful for the blue and white polka dot pajamas my little brother sent me as a gift during my recovery. They make me happy and are super-comfy.

I’m thankful that my outfit choice today that I made while half asleep somehow ended up looking cute. Win in my mind! Happy Thursday!

I’m thankful that I’m on a plane right now ready to take off for Cancun, my first tropical vacation! In related news, I am also thankful for warm weather and swim up bars and butlers.

Take care of yourself!

My boss is in Cancun for a wedding this weekend! Man. I’m envious of both of you.

I’m thankful that I start a 10 day vacation today.
I’m thankful to go camping this weekend with my family.
I’m thankful that while I have stage IV cancer, I am still able to run and do all that I want to do.

chocolate chips. coffee. tropical fruit popsicles from whole foods.

Oh I know what you mean about beets doing terrifying things! I pretty much never eat them but recently had a salad with them at a restaurant and almost cried the next day when I was convinced I was dying of some terrible disease (obviously not a hypochondriac at all…).

I’m thankful for a 5 day weekend!

Thankful for family, friends and opportunities in life.

I only have 1 sick day left, too. (Consequently, anytime someone coughs or sneezes it sends me into a moment of crazed paranoia….totally normal….) On that note, I’m thankful for insurance!

I’m also thankful for friends, late night dance parties and supportive family members.

Feel better!

I’m also really thankful NYCM is so far away. I keep reassuring myself that I have plenty of time to get healed/back into shape. Let’s hope that’s actually true…

I’m also thankful for the fact that I got to run for 3 minutes at a time last night! I never thought I’d be bouncing off the walls with excitement after 27 non-consecutive minutes of running. It’s funny how your perspective changes after an injury…

I’m thankful for awesome Memorial Day weekend forecasts, bloggers who inspire me, new school/office supplies, and coffee.

hmm thankful for chocolate and sunshine finally today :) happy thursday- feel better!

Thankful for a 3 day weekend! Also thankful that the nyc marathon is far away. btw, met coach cane last night and decided to train with his coaches at jack rabbit for the marathon. i. am. scared.

Cynthia says: May 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

I really enjoyed reading people’s comments yesterday and the information/alliance felt by those who also have GI issues and reading your blog.

As for thankful things Thursday…I’m thankful I found out today I’m entered in the NYC marathon, and one (if not two) of my favourite Brits are travelling over with me!

Also, it’s super sunny and hot in London today. SO HAPPY.

Cynthia says: May 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Wow, the structure of that first sentence is SHOCKING. That’s what I get for trying to comment at work on the sly, half hiding my browser window!

Jocelyn H says: May 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

I am thankful for my last sick day too (yay, May records!), neon orange nail polish, and an appointment with the surgeon today to hopefully make the pain stop. Happy Thursday!

I’m thankful that last night I had a breakthrough in my swimming! Suddenly not so terrified of my sprint tri in a couple months.

I’m also thankful that I get acupuncture and cupping tonight. It shall be glorious.

I’m thankful that I FINALLY fit into awesome jeans! And everything I bought a Bloomies on Monday night is a size smaller than I usually wear! Spinning seriously works wonders. I’m also thankful for the amazing photo of Tyler and Patrick we just got. Love that kid already.

I am thankful for Memorial Day weekend and a trip to Michigan to see my family. :) I’m also thankful for the free doughnut that I just got at Dukin Donuts. It was completely unhealthy…. and completely glorious. OH AND, I’m thankful for warm weather so that I can break out my cute summer work dresses. I’m sure the city of Chicago that my neon white legs are back.

And I feel your pain re: sick days. I’ve already used all but 1 of them. Yay for health.

Um yeah. Need to proof read before submitting… revised to say “I’m sure the city of Chicago is thankful that my neon white legs are back.”

Those pillows are awesome! I’m thankful that the weather looks perfect for my first marathon Sunday.

I’m thankful for a long weekend and a 4 mile race at the beach on Monday. :)

I am thankful for raisins. I totally forgot about how much I like them.

I’m thankful for people like you, who write about your IBD and make me feel less alone!

I’m thankful you’re feeling better.

I’m thankful for Mad Men on Netflix.

Bethany says: May 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

I’m thankful that I have been better about writing down my calories. I am thankful that I have very few things on my to-do list today. I am thankful that I bought a new super comfy shirt to wear on my day off!

I’m thankful for the ability to run, after reading your blog today. Strong legs (if sturdy, alas) and a healthy heart. I take this for granted so much, thanks for the reminder not to!!

I’m thankful I’m going to DC next weekend for a girls’ weekend!!! Bring it on right now.

I’m thankful that it’s the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend…one of the three best nights of the year in my book!!!

I’m thankful I’m “under budget” in my Excel sheet for personal financial budgeting this month. I’d like to pat myself on the back but realize that this is more a consequence of staying at work til almost midnight every night lately.

Working late = company food = not spending money = sad Grace = happy wallet.

Yes, I used to be a math teacher in NYC …

I’m thankful that my husband is starting to feel better after being sick since Sunday! He’s a big whiner when he’s sick.

I’m thankful that there are technically only five days of school left! Helloooooo summer vacation.

I am thankful for your blog that always makes me smile :) Also for no hip flexor pain today, my mother for listening to me whine last night, my friends for coming over providing me with hummus and cukes and listening to me whine about silly things in life. Oh and SUN!!!!

I’m thankful for achieving a huge milestone in my own health-related journey: 1-3-0 pounds lost, baby!

Sarah Baker says: May 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I’m thankful for the long weekend coming up. We get to party with my husband’s veteran buddies and then do nothing for 2 more days. Saaaaweet!

I am thankful my roommate didn’t break my tv or call the cops on me last night when I told her I wanted her to move out.

Glad to hear today is a little better than yesterday. Lets hope tomorrow is even better than today!

I’m thankful that I got to see the ocean this morning!

I’m thankful that it’s not raining. That’s rare around here. I’m also thankful that I got to spend last night riding around on electric scooters with my best friend. I’m pretty sure her neighbourhood will never recover hehe.

I am thankful for diet coke.

I am thankful there is only one more day left in the week and then we have a long weekend. I have no plans, but I’m thankful that I can just kick back.

I’m thankful for friends who recommend really nice dentists.

I’m thankful that even though I hurts knee and couldn’t run I still had a great workout. My best swim ever! Yay!! :)

I LOVE those pillows!!
I am thankful hat I am running again after being off since January!

I am thankful that my son’s grandparents were able to go to his graduation today, it made it sting a bit less that I missed it

I am thankful that you started thankful things thursday and gave me something to look forward to!

I am also thankful that joint pain is the only annoying Crohns symptom I have right now. Could be a heck of a lot worse! :)

Where are those pillow from? They’re awesome!

Thankful to be home from a long work trip. :)