Sunday, February 03, 2013
If anyone is still following me, I thought I should post about where I've been since I basically disappeared.
Last year, I started experiencing very irregular periods that increasingly grew to where I was having more frequent, longer periods. Some of them lasted for a few days up to a full two weeks or more. Sometimes I might not have a period at all and then suddenly have one that would seemingly never end.
In August, I had a period that would not stop. I was miserable and I had absolutely no energy. I finally made an appointment with my doctor. I was diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia, which basically means that my endometrial lining was over producing and then shedding (which is what causes periods in the first place). For some women who are diagnosed with complex endrometrial hyperplasia, it can lead to uterine cancer. Luckily for me, I was not diagnosed with this.
I was put on a triple dose of hormones in the hopes it would stop my ongoing period. It worked for about two weeks. Then, it came back. So, my doctor gave me a shot which would temporarily put my body into menopause - that is the theory anyway. It did not stop my period. Finally, my doctor who was absolutely wonderful throughout, asked me if I would consider having a hysterectomy.
I said without any hesitation at all, "YES!"
The excessive periods caused me to have severe anemia. This anemia led to exhaustion as well as a strain on my heart. My doctor basically told me that I was at an immediate risk for cardiac arrest. Very scary stuff. I had also developed a heart murmur.
On September 28th, I had my surgery. All my pathology reports came back good which was a relief. I still have my ovaries as well, so no early menopause. It took me about two months to recover from the surgery.
My heart murmur has gone away and my energy level has significantly increased.
What this has taught me is that it is absolutely crucial to listen to our bodies. I had been tired and fatigued for some time, but didn't realize it was related to my weird periods. I also had been having some struggles with exercising as I was having some pains in my chest whenever I would try to exert myself in some way.
I'm back and ready to try again now that I really have no reason not to!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I just received the notice that I've logged 1000 fitness minutes. This is the sort of thing I need to focus on because every step taken, weight lifted, fitness move made are all to lead me in a better, healthier me.
For mother's day, my kids bought me some cute work out shorts & t-shirt with a new water bottle. My family is always supportive and love me no matter what, but it's nice to know that they want what is better for me as well.
It's so important to keep focus on all the good we are doing in this journey. We tend to let ourselves get bogged down in the things we aren't doing right, which so easily can derail us.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
My weeks get so busy as there are some days that I'm working 12 to 14 hour days. A good for instance, I have a big event scheduled for this Thursday that is not scheduled to be over until after 7:30. This means that I won't even be home until after 8. When I have a week scheduled full like that it makes it very difficult on a number of levels.
First is that if I have the next day that is a little lighter schedule, I'm so worn out from the previous few days that all I want to do is veg, even though I know that I usually feel better after working out.
Second, due to the sporadic nature of my schedule, meal planning almost becomes impossible. I try to keep healthy entrees in my fridge at work, but I'm not at work every day around lunch time. What inevitably happens is that for convenience sake, I'll swing by fast food and pick something up. I usually try to get healthier options, even if I don't feel like the healthier options I will choose a small hamburger, small fries and a small soda, which is definitely better than going all out with the super size stuff.
I keep trudging along despite all of it because to me the bigger picture is just feeling better. Exercise may only happen on the week-ends, but at least it's happening!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Today I went to yoga and then had coffee with one of my friends afterwards. I ordered a medium non-fat latte and a reduced fat fruit & nut scone. I thought I was being good by ordering the reduced fat scone. Just now, I'm putting in my food eaten for today, go to Peet's to get the nutritional info on my two items and come to find out, my reduced fat scone had the second highest amount of calories of the scones I could have gotten.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I've decided to take up this challenge, which will be a real challenge to me as it requires five days of working out during the week. I was in need of a kick in the pants & think that this might just do it.
My schedule gets so busy during the week and I'm not much of a morning person. It's tough when you're working 12 hour days, which may not start for me until 9 or 10 in the morning. I'm usually up by 7, but have had a hard time doing any type of workout prior to getting out the door. One of the things I like about the challenge I'm doing is the focus on a quick ten minute workout. I tried two of them today and it was something I can see myself doing just to get my day started.
One of the things I want to try during this challenge is a Zumba. I'll check to see if there are any available on this website - I think 10 minutes would be great.
My endurance, even with my sporadic working out, has increased since I restarted this commitment to myself. I've also have lost about four pounds, which is about right if I look at a 1 pound per week weight loss.
Tomorrow is yoga, then maybe coffee with a friend, then my book club. I'll check in next week on this blog to see if I was able to make it through my first week of this challenge!
Anyone else doing the challenge?
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