Friday, June 27, 2008
Isn't the old saying true? You never know what you had til you don't have it anymore? How 'bout clean air....whew. It has (again) been horrible here in California. Last fall, it was Orange county. Now, it is northern CA, fighting over 1200 fires...and only about 250 of them are contained. Hundreds of thousands of acres are burning. Everything from the parched hills to the redwood forests...The air looks like something from a movie...after the holocaust. It is horrible.
My dear hubby has transported me to work so I don't have to walk my normal 3/4 mile (or more) each way...but that means I get here at 6:15 each a.m. and he doesn't pick me up til 5:30 p.m. LONG days...I am officially off the clock, but playing the waiting game now...so thought I would catch up on Sparks.
If I sleep well, I eat well, but with such smokey air, I think I am oxygen deprived, and thus sleep deprived. I even took a break and snoozed at my desk today. I got the idea from coworkers who are all doing the same thing...in my entire working career, I have never had to sleep on the job, but today? I set my alarm phone, put a sign up saying "On a break" and dozed off for about 15 minutes. I have a snuggly blanket and was all wrapped up cozy. It was awesome. I could do it again! Cannot believe it is summer, and I am wrapping up in blankets and sleeping at work!
I am pulling out the stiches on my biopsy tonight. I cannot stand it! The bigger incision (where the excision took place) is not ready. I'll let the doc do that on Tues...it's itchy but still hurts too much to scratch. So I double pad it up and "Rub" the incicion through layers of gauze!
I'm starting 10 hour shifts again next week...meaning every Monday off. We're going with some friends to the central coast for the holiday weekend. A mini vacation....and then it will be a weekend with my folks, and then a weekend in Fort Bragg, and THEN, I can have some days off to myself. I am not sure it will work, due to the length of my commute. It takes about 45-50" door to door (drive, train and walk) so that makes it about a 12 hour day minimum (because of mandatory lunch breaks...It wasn't so bad when I was 10 minutes away, but I am committed for 3 months. May change back at that time...or not...
Have no plans for the weekend. Laundry, cleaning. Canning. and probably time with the grandkids. ALL in doors. But most important? SLEEPING!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I took the pressure dressing off today, and was able to shower! Did THAT feel good! Incision is almost two inches long, and there IS a dent...sigh. I am sure it will fill in some, but there are puckers at the edges, closing a circle with a straight line...It does look weird. I just say, "More Character" This battle scarred body of mine. How kind it is to me. I am so very blessed. It just keeps on tickin.
It is steamy hot here in Sacramento. It is humid and at the century mark. What better motivation to eat light.
Went to Farmers' Market with an umbrella. Like that would help.
I got our team started for the Memory Walk, coming up in October. Figured I would enlist friends early on this year. But we shall see. I guess I don't get it. I would think EVERYONE would want to walk for a cause....but as each year goes by, I realize no, they don't. Check out the team link on my spark page.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Had the melanoma excision yesterday. tomorrow....I slept most of the day yesterday, and today am just lazing around. I am to stay down for a couple of days, then...I should be almost back to normal. Much less painful than I thought it would be.
It is over 100 outside, and I would love to be in the pool, but no swimming til the sutures are out.
Not much else to say, other than I am thankful for A/C.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I thought I would take it to work...instead I poured it over lettuce as dressing tonight. My hubby asked me what the H--- kind of dressing did I make...Oh you mean lemon, celery, romaine, basil (sounds good so far, right?) dates, peanuts, cayenne and tabasco? I have no idea WHAT mood I was in when I began throwing things together. It actually didn't taste SO bad when you added salt...and it was much lower in calories than other things I could have used.
I am at 1400, which gives me a little wiggle room...about 50% raw today. Tomorrow, we're having friends for dinner, and I am making raw cucumber soup, pasta with fresh tomatoes and fruit compote for dessert. I am hoping NOT to add sweetener, but I bought a bunch of rhubarb today, that looked SO good, so I may cook it with a little, then add fresh plums, nectarines and apples.
Have to get busy. The Celtics are ahead, and I *need* to watch the rest of the game, get organized for low cal tomorrow. I am on a roll.
And I walked over 3 miles today.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
AND, not only Truffles, but triple ginger cookies (one of my favorite Trader Joes' treats) sitting in the kitchen at work 20 feet from my desk! I went to the fridge to put my lettuce, fruit, etc in the fridge and they were sitting there...calling my name. LOUDLY. VERY loudly....I almost succumbed. I had to run out of the room, take deep breaths, walk around, and keep going back into the kitchen to see "if they were gone yet" It took a couple hours. But it was a BIG box of truffles, and a huge full container of cookies...I could not even start working til they were all gone!
I was SO relieved when they finally disappeared. I could barely breathe. I made up my mind last night that I was going to eat 1500 calories today, and not one more. Period. Well, my first challenge came WAY earlier than expected. I had to laugh. Last week, I would have gobbled a few truffles and a large handful of the cookies...but the day is done and I am at 1475 calories! Lowest intake in months. I am nauseated, light headed, and all the other things that go along with cutting sugar, and excess calories out of one's diet.
I have my weird smoothie all ready for the morning. And it is farmers' market tomorrow so I will be set with fruit and veggies. And I am off to bed before I attack the fridge.
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