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Been awhile and some rough times...but time to start living again.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Been awhile since I logged in. Actually I am at goal weight and doing a good job running and doing strength. Eating could be better, but it has been a rough haul lately and grazing seems to work for the moment. Found out in February, the spinal tumor they found in my DH last year, six weeks after his pancreas/kidney transplant looks like an astrocytoma in this year's MRI. In basic terms...an incurable brain tumor. It appears low grade, but all treatment options offer temporary fixes and he isn't willing to lose the transplants. It has a low life expectancy.

Things have been ugly here, but are slowly getting better as I learn to live again. So many problems. Need to be here tracking and feeling in control of my life again. :(

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2TS4ME 3/19/2010 3:05PM

    Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. We are trying to live our lives to the fullest right now, but some days it is difficult with a problem like this looming over. I appreciate your kind words and it helps to have the connection with so many caring people.

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DANCENTHERAIN 3/17/2010 10:39AM

    Hi, I am sorry to hear about your husband. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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LOOZNIZGR8 3/16/2010 11:04PM

    Hello: I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Do hope things will be okay. I know it has been a hard road for both of you as you had written in your blog. Praying all goes well for both of you.
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Rough Start to a Dynamic Finish

Thursday, March 05, 2009

So far this year has been a little rough. My DH has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was five years old. On Christmas day my DH underwent a pancreas/kidney transplant. This blessing not only means that he has a needed kidney, but now he is no longer a diabetic. It is an amazing new world for our family. We were also very fortunate that he did not have to wait very long. He was only on the list two weeks before getting the news. This is his second major surgery on Christmas in ten years, the first being for an emergency surgery for a blocked colon in 1998. Obviously there has been a recuperation period and he went back to work finally two weeks ago.

Last Friday, his primary care doctor noticed a spontaneous tremor in his calf while doing a physical and sent him to the hospital for an MRI. Following that, they sent him to another hospital to do a dye test and a lumbar puncture. He was admitted when there upon discovery that he had a tumor between his T1-T3 vertebrae. After being released on Saturday, we had to wait until Monday for him to get a hold of his MRIs and read them to discover that it was non-malignant. We don't know the prognosis so far, but it appears to be favorable from what we've discovered.

In addition, like many others we've had issues with the economy when we discovered that our retirement savings which are tied up in the family construction business might be in jeapordy since the general contractor on a major construction project was failing to pay the bills to the sub-contractors. This seems to be a situation that is improving though.

We decided during all this that we didn't have enough on our plates and decided to adopt an adorable red wooly-coat husky puppy, Neka. While darling, she is not exactly restful!

Overall, we've been very lucky and we are counting are blessings, but it has still been a difficult year and often exercise and diet have been overlooked. I worked with a trainer in February, and while I loved it, with the financial situation in jeapordy, I cancelled that. I've also been very good about running. However, despite the fact we eat very healthy, I haven't kept track of my calories and I've thrown alcohol into the mix regularly (not excessively, but certainly regularly.) I also have not been sleeping well for many obvious reasons. So I am back here daily logging my exercise and tracking my calories in the hopes of getting back on track and maintaining what I have worked so hard to acheive. Despite the rough start to our year, I am anticipating a dynamic finish.

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VLVTGRRL 5/14/2009 7:55PM

    That's awesome that you have a new fresh resolve to get where you know you want to be. Thanks for the motivation!

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Stupid Jeans Shrunk Again!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

All right. This is getting ridiculous. All my jeans including my loose ones are to tight. Stupid dryer must be shrinking them.

Seriously...I worked so hard to hit goal and now I just can't pull it together to save my life and am letting two years of hard work go to waste. It isn't alot of weight, but it's coming fast and hard. I'm not eating that much, but I'm also not exercising nearly enough.

I finally found a maintenance calculator. The 2000 calories a day they recommend for women isn't even close to what someone with a 5'0 105 lb frame can use for maintenance. I need 1150.

Thinking I was okay between 1200-1400 is part of the problem. It doesn't take long to get an extra 3500 calories into your diet when you're putting in an extra 50-250 a day.

Anyway, I need to start over at square one and build myself a schedule. I'm working to much and then the kids are home and I'm not scheduling the me time I need to take care of myself. I need to start factoring my exercise into my day at a time I'm still getting enough sleep.

I need my jeans to stop shrinking, because there isn't a chance my DH is going to let me go buy a new wardrobe because I slacked off after what I spent on the last one. Maybe I just need a new dryer...

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HEPKITTY 9/23/2008 7:06PM

    What a funny post! I loved it.

It sounds like you're doing what you need to do, figuring out what your calorie intake should be and planning time for yourself and your exercise. It totally sounds like you can do whatever you need to do.

And that's a good thing too, because I hear dryers are pretty pricey!


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Bad Habits, Beer and Creme Brulee

Thursday, May 29, 2008

All right...my jeans are starting to get a little tight again, I'm not happy when I look in the mirror and I'm slipping into my old bad habits again. I started working again part-time about a month ago doing the marketing for my neighbor's company. It is the ideal job: I get to work from home, I get to do what I love and I get paid alot of money to do it. However, I didn't realize how little "spare" time I had. Between running the kids to all their events and my activities I don't seem to have any time left when I throw in the job to actually exercise.

So for the past two weeks I haven't run once and before that I was lucky to get in once or twice a week. Strength exercises have gone by the wayside and my shoulder that I injured 11 years ago in a car accident is hurting again from sleeping. I haven't had that problem since I started exercising regularly. I have muffin-top over my jeans and there's a couple pairs that aren't fitting at all. Plus my darn mole on my stomach is itching terribly again. (It doesn't like being stretched at all, so my stomach must be getting wider too.)

I've only gained a couple of pounds, but obviously on a 5'0 frame, that is enough to be destructive. Plus it is so obviously fat and not muscle mass.

In addition, while my eating habits are still relatively good, bad desserts are happening more frequently and having a beer or two is more regular as well. (Love those mojito evenings too!)

So I need to up my ticker and get serious again. I am NOT going back to the way things were before. The kids are out of school tomorrow and Tristan is done with lacrosse after this weekend's major tournament. So I should have more time available then and I need to start making exercise and healthy eating my top priority. I NEED to make them fit into my day and stop this downward spiral before it sends me right back where I was. So back to tracking and being good. You should see me around more often trying to make myself accountable. emoticon


Fall Motivation

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Yeah! Things are in a groove now with school back in session. Mornings are my running time and evenings are for strength. Three months and counting for bikini season for me. We head off for Atlantis again at the end of January. That's a post-Christmas letdown I can definitely live with as that is my favorite vacation local. Of course, eating well down there is always a challenge, but if I hit it in full-stride a week of being a little bad should be okay.

DH and I are planning on running on the beach this year. In past years, the one working treadmill is always in high demand down there and as I am a seasoned indoor runner, running outside has been a continuous source of internal contention for me. One-I hate looking stupid in public and am very sure that I look stupid running. (For some reason this doesn't bother me at a gym on the treadmill though.) Two-I worry about my knee. I have enough problems with it with treadmill running and fear the pavement could destroy it enough that I really do need to go get it fixed. And three,-why run outside when I have a nice, convenient treadmill to run on?

Anyway, this will be a huge challenge for me and I look forward to crossing it in January. I keep thinking about joining a race and this will prove to me that I can make that step.

On other fronts, everything has settled down as well and things are back to normal.

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2TS4ME 10/25/2007 12:32PM

    I think it's one of those traumatic childhood memories that makes me think that! LOL I was always the youngest and the smallest in class and hence the slowest by far. Plus there is the beet red and sweaty thing I hate. My treadmill has a wonderful fan on the front that I worship while running. :)

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DD-THEOTHERHALF 10/25/2007 9:11AM

    I don't htink you would look stupid running outside. You are assuming too much there. I would think that you are doing great with being in shape. Have you looked at some people running? Some use weights, listen to music, Some you wonder if they are going to fall over( people very heavy out there trying). They are out there with pets, kids ,freinds and strangers doing their thing. Trust me you WON'T look stupid. DD

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