Hiatus No More

Hi, friends!

My hiatus from blogging just happened to coincide with a hiatus from a normal working GI system. Crypto was exhausting…literally. I am happy to be back to both blogging and, well, you know.

Although that darn parasite limited my activities for a week and a half, I was still able to keep up with a regular workout schedule (yah for BodyPump and kickboxing) and do a handful of other fun things.

1. I went to dinner at Pizza Brutta with a few friends; it was delicious, but I think I still prefer Cafe Porta Alba.

2. I went to an RPM (spin) class with my friend, Ellie. This class kicked my butt! After the third song, I was a sweaty monster. Thank God the class was only fifty minutes. Spin is hard, and while I didn’t love it, I have a feeling the fact that it’s so hard for me means I should be doing it.

3. I went up to my cottage. This place is lovely and so relaxing. The weather wasn’t the greatest, so I did a lot of reading (The 19th Wife…which I just finished this afternoon). Brody and I also met my sister’s boyfriend; he was great and fit right in.

4. I began thinking about school…you know, my real job as a teacher. While I enjoy the summer and my job as a nanny, I do begin to look forward to school right around this time of the summer. Part of me is excited and part of me is overwhelmed. The first day of school will be here before I know it.

5. I bought a new tv! Actually, Brody picked it out and bought it. Our main tv was one Brody bought after graduating law school. This one is pretty, extremely skinny, and has 3D capabilities. Fancy schmany. I even figured out how to turn it on and change the channel this morning without crying, calling Brody, or giving up.

6. I watched the Olympics. My favorite has been gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. Moose’s favorite was men’s gymnastics. This was not a random, one second kind of thing; his eyes were glued to the screen for a good five minutes.

7. I made mac ‘n cheese per Brody’s request. Carbs and melted cheese = happiness. While this dinner fueled Brody’s late night hockey game, it gave me the energy to watch the women’s vault and fall asleep immediately after.

It feels good to be back.

What summer Olympic sport is your favorite?
Have you tried any new workouts recently?
What is your favorite comfort food dinner?

I’m On This New Diet – It’s Called Crypto

Struggling with those last few pounds? Well let me tell you – cryptosporidium is the way to go.

First of all, it has a sweet, hardcore name. Doesn’t it remind you the gang, the Crips? Crypto definitely gives rhabdo a run for its money in this category.

Also, it’s free! While you may have to pay for the water to get crypto, there are no monthly fees. Plus you can keep eating the foods you normally do.

Which brings me to the last point: food doesn’t sound good so you’ll stop eating as much and as often. Knowing that whatever you will eat will not stay in your body for long really makes you not want to eat.

The downfall? When you’re done with this diet, the pills are pretty expensive: $700 for thirty pills. Luckily I only need six to stop the crypto, and with insurance, it was $50.

Okay, enough sarcasm.

Somehow, I contracted cryptosporidium, a gastro-intestinal illness. It is possible I got it while traveling, as it can take two to ten days for the symptoms to start, but I will never know where it came from. In 1993, Milwaukee experienced an outbreak of crypto when the city’s water was contaminated. As no one else around me is sick, I highly doubt it is from Sun Prairie’s water.

It is true that I have lost weight, but I’m sure it’s mostly water. I would much rather have those few pounds back if it meant I didn’t have to deal with this.

I’m just happy I know what’s wrong with me and have (expensive) medicine to make it go away.

What is the strangest illness you’ve ever had?