Exercise goals for 2020, nearing the finish line

One of my goals for this year in regards to exercise is to run 250 miles and walk 250 miles. There are just over 2 months left and I’ll admit there were days I wasn’t sure I could do it. Today I feel good but with a bit of concern because here in Nashville it’s getting cold. Hey, I’m from Florida… if it’s not sunny and 80, I expect snow.

Me with a slight cool breeze:

So when and where I run or walk will definitely be affected by winter approaching. I’ve been in the habit of walking with my 2 dogs each day, about a mile, but I will be totally transparent– only 1 of us likes the cold weather. So me and my spirited beagle overrule the young adventurer in the family.

Here is a screenshot of my progress so far on the 250/250 goal:

You can see that if I just do about a mile and a half each day (combined) I will reach the goal. Awesome! I’ve been using both the Garmin VivoActive HR and the Forerunner 245. They have been great GPS watches for tracking, as well as entertainment– the Forerunner is the “music” version of the watch so having a playlist right on my wrist has been really nice and convenient.

I am determined to reach this goal, but as the temperature falls I will have to adapt… and probably take some walks and runs in the cold.

-Out of the Wilderness

My life in pictures… the last few weeks

-Out of the Wilderness

Truist TV ad features well-known song and Cruiser the dog

There’s a new ad out now from a bank called Truist. This bank is newly formed from a merger between SunTrust and BB&T. Both SunTrust and BB&T will be phased out until all that’s left is Truist, but of course that will take time. Until then, we will be seeing ads for Truist introducing us to the financial institution and how they plan to help us bank better. Their first offering features a dog let loose in the town of Cartersville, Georgia, population 21,141. The 30-second ad is called “Main Street Love.” Take a look! (At the bottom of this post is the minute-long version of the ad)

You may recognize the song as “With a Little Help From My Friends” made famous by Joe Cocker. The version used in this song is performed by a band called Endway. The TV ad uses the 2nd verse, which is a nice touch as the first verse is easily the most recognized verse. Using a lesser known verse caught my attention, and of course using a cute puppy is always a win. This pup’s name is Cruiser.

[Special note: more details about Cruiser the dog can be found here]

For a behind the scenes look at the making of the commercial, check this out:

What do you think of the ad? Could it have been done in a different way to get the desired message across? For more of my research about TV ads, check out my TV Commercial page with research on ads from Publix, Walmart, Walgreens and more… featuring music from Drew Holcomb, Bebe Rexha, Ro Malone, and more!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now for the minute long version of the cute Cruiser…

-Out of the Wilderness

Every day is green day

I have two dogs. A beagle and a pot head. There. I said it. One of my dogs is hooked on marijuana. Worse yet, I’m her dealer! That’s right. The other day I slipped a few drops of CBD into my pups dinner and now she’s the black sheep of the family.

I hope it’s not just a gateway drug to something worse.

OK, OK, to be serious… this dog of mine has major allergies and for everything we’ve tried, we’ve come up short of solving the nagging problem. There are seasons of the year where it’s not too bad– maybe she scratches here and there throughout the day (still more than a dog ought to), but then there are weeks and months where she’s either sleeping or itching. It’s got to be frustrating for her, always scratching, nibbling her paws, rubbing her face in the carpet or grass.

I tried a pill the vet recommended and it worked, but there were only enough doses to last a couple weeks. I had also read reviews of this product and shuttered at the side effects, or possible side effects.

I had been curious about CBD oil to help relieve the itching so it’s only been a couple days at this point, but I’m hopeful! I’ll update more when it’s had time to get into her system but I’m very much hoping that this will solve the problem for her. And if it does, Daddy might take a dose 😉

-Out of the Wilderness