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All going well

Monday, March 21, 2011

The chemo is going well. I went to my fourth chemo therapy on Wednesday and like always I was rather sick until Sunday. Last Wednesday was my last BIG chemo, and my doctor says that the side effects that I will get the next 12 times are not as much nausea. But I will get side effects like when you get sick and fever but my hands and foots can get also get numb.

The steroids are making me feel like I am a blow fish in the face, and that is not a good feeling, so I started this morning to eat healthier and more greens to flush the medicines from my system.

I think it is hard to feel how I am gaining weight, I look at myself and I feel disgust...

When I started my weight loss journey (2005) I followed the program called "The Weight Consultants" and now I have printed out the program and I am going to start eating by their method

I want to go to a weigh in at their office but it is on the chemo day and day after so I just have to evaluate it when the new chemo starts.

My goal is to lose the weight I have gained since December but that is about 6 kg.

Every day I have to remind myself that I can only handle this moment, and this day, but my husband said to me last night when I said "I am so scared that I will fail"...

"Do you know when you are failing ?"

"When you notice that you have not started"

I have to start! Even though I will get set backs!

When I am trying and doing I am not failing...

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AVANLON3 3/28/2011 9:35PM

    I'm glad your eating right and taking care of you.You will succeed! Please take it a little easy on yourself though. emoticon emoticon

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LYNNOTT 3/23/2011 2:07PM

    Sounds like you're on the right track with the healthy eating, and get in what exercise you can, but don't overdo it. Steroids will effect you, but you can't help it. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2011 6:24PM

    It is so frustrating to put the weight on: but it's not "real" weight, it's the side-effects of the chemo/meds. And will come right off again. Not to worry. You are focused on getting better and that's what counts.

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JLITT62 3/21/2011 1:55PM

    I have to agree with everyone else - even tho it's frustrating to gain when you've worked so hard, that isn't what's important now. Eat the healthy stuff cause that'll help you stay healthy, not causevof your weight!

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JANNERUN 3/21/2011 12:15PM

    Take care of yourself and don't worry about the weight. The steriods and all the medicines can play havoc with your body, so just rest when you can and eat the best you can--especially if the food tastes good.

You can get thru this!!!

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CODEMAULER 3/21/2011 12:03PM

    Wherever you are is a great place to start. I know that you are managing everything that is coming your way. I have all the confidence that you will tackle every challenge!


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LAURIETAIT 3/21/2011 11:51AM

    Once you are off the meds and your body is getting back to normal I think that weight will come off. I'm glad the side effects are lessening. I'm also glad to hear the determination in your blog. You are strong and resilient and so is your body. You will rebound from this. Remember we have a 10K to complete in August!

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LKEITHO 3/21/2011 10:47AM

    Don't get too concerned about the weight right now. As long as you are on the steroids you are going to be prone to some weight gain. Once you come off the steroids, it should drop off again. Eat healthy, hydrate well, and hang in there!

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ABRIDGESRNC 3/21/2011 10:28AM

    I know that at least some of th weight gain can be blamed on steroids - your face is not the only thing they effect. But you're right - do good things, get through the chemo - and do as much exercise as you have the energy for.

Sending you strong thoughts...


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SHEILA1505 3/21/2011 9:35AM

    Take good care of yourself, plenty of healthy food options and lots of water. The weight will take care of itself - you are the one that's important now!

Hugs and love

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LIBBYFITZ 3/21/2011 8:29AM

    emoticonJust do what you can at this satage. If you have the energy exercse, if not rest. emoticon

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Thinking of buying a bike

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I am thinking of buying myself a bike. I want to be able to exercice this summer and my bike is so tired after being used for five years that now is the time to get a new one.

I have found bikes in a store near me, but I am not sure if I am looking at the correct type of bikes..

I have found this one TREK 7.3FX

and that one TREK 7.5FX

The store is also getting bikes like those one but with disk brakes.

I think those bikes are reaaaaalllyyyyyy expensive, but they cost 990$ and 1440$!!!!! and I am not sure if the price difference is worth it.

And I don't even know if I am looking at the correct type of bikes hehehe.. and why should I buy disk brakes ?

Do you have any tips for me ?

p.s I have been feeling good after the chemo (felt bad for five days), but I am going for another one on Wednesday *sigh*

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GRACEISENUF 4/2/2011 1:24PM

    emoticon biking is great exercise....I say GO FOR IT!

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MARKAMURKA 3/18/2011 9:58AM

    What do you want the bike for? Obviously cycling, I know...
Disc brakes brake better in serious mud or if you're doing downhill races.
If you'll use it on general trails/grass/roads
- not MTB race courses- disc brakes aren't a must.
You can still have them, looks cool :)

A good bike should last for 20 years if maintained.
I mean it should still function properly.
Treks are good.
On the other hand they do get better and better setup
(brake, frame, gear, pedal....)every 5 years or so and people usually get the new versions.

You should also think about the other costs you'll have when you
start cycling. I spent 300 on my race bike and the same amount on equipment in the six months afterwards. (clipless pedal and shoes, clothes, helmet, flashlights, overshoes, computer, indoor trainer, pumps, inners, tyres, maintanance tools, race entries and the list is endless, really)

The difference between the two bikes are in the specs listed on the pages like gears, the frame is the same.
You should try them out before you buy it.
Also sizing is very important. A good fit is much more important than a technically better bike.

Have fun with cycling.

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CARILOUIE 3/17/2011 7:07PM

    I've heard good things about disc brakes. I don't know a lot about them, though.
Sending you prayers!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/15/2011 3:45AM

    Don't know an awful lot about bikes!
Hope the next lot of chemo isn't too herrendous for you. Lot's of healing thoughts coming your way! emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 3/14/2011 1:34PM

    They both look pretty spiffy. I'm not so much into gadgets as I am into comfort. I'd buy the one that feels the best (assuming money is no object!) I don't have a lot of knowledge to share but I do think a bike is a great purchase. I love mine. I ride it to work when the weather here is decent. (Apr - Oct maybe). It's a great way to stay fit. And when you ride to work in the morning you can't opt out of the ride home!

I hope you have more and more good days as your treatment progresses. I think of you often and send healing thoughts. Do you feel them?

Good luck with your purchase. I hope you enjoy your bike as much as I do mine.

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LKEITHO 3/13/2011 8:13PM

    They are both great bikes! You can probably do fine with the 7.3, but if you're like me that 7.5 is pretty tempting! I've never ridden one with disc brakes, so not much help to you there. Have fun with whichever one you choose!

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    I'm still riding the bike I bought when I was 20 (30 years old!) I just keep having it refitted with new tires, brakes, handle bars, etc. I also take it in twice a year to have it maintained.

The trek bikes are awesome and should be fine for getting around town and getting some exercise in!

Sending you lots of healing energy and strength for your upcoming chemo. Enjoy every moment of your "feeling good" days!

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Chemo #3

Friday, March 04, 2011

This visit to the hospital went much better then the first two and the nurse only had to give me one shot to the port.

Everything went fine, but I started to get nausea straight away at the chemo, and I am feeling a bit tired now (and yesterday), when I stand up the world starts spinning and I went with my mother to the store today and I had to sit down or drop on the floor hehee..

I guess I will not exercise, run ( I am always hoping to be able to run again) or walk much this weekend, but I was going to go for a walk later today, but I will just stay home :)

I started painting again, but when I graduated from high school/collage (we have another system here in Iceland), I graduated from the Department of Art and I have missed painting with Acryl, so I took out my pencils and painting stuff and started this day! WHOWHO!!!!...

If I can't take care of my physical health I have to take care of my mental health and by doing what I like I get optimistic and happy :) and if I am happy I know I will have more power to start exercising when I finish this chemo stuff!

I am still focused on going for 10k In August!!!

here are pictures of me painting :)

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HEALING_LORI 3/9/2011 12:45PM

    You are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!
I'm sure the painting will keep your spirits up!
Sending best wishes your way!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/7/2011 5:52AM

    I am glad you have taken up painting again. You can express so many things through art. I also would encourage you to continue to stay active if you can. There is lots of scientific data to demonstrate the benefit, including having less side effects of chemo such as nausea. In addition, people are less 'deconditioned' at the end of the treatment. - A friend of mine went through chemo and radiation for lymphoma and ran a marathon a year after he was diagnosed.

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IMAGINE_IT 3/6/2011 1:23AM

    Im so glad that Round 3 went a bit better for you...even though you did get Nausea right away. Are you taking meds for that? I have some really good pills that knock out any type of Nausea immediately..but as you know i have problems with horrible cramps. It is good to see that you are so upbeat immediately following Chemo.. Love your attitude and love that you are taking care of your mental health by doing something you enjoy doing! Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing... Round 3 for me is Monday and i need to start blogging about it. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 3/6/2011 1:09AM

    Sorry to hear you felt the nausea so quickly , during your chemo. The painting sounds like a great thing to do. Thinking of you. emoticon

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LYNNOTT 3/4/2011 9:57PM

    Love your smile! Glad this chemo session went better than the first two. Nice that you're starting to paint again. I'd like to see the finished picture. Take care and God bless!

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LKEITHO 3/4/2011 9:20PM

    Glad things went well, and I hope you are feeling better soon. Great idea to go back to the painting. Enjoy!

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IRONGRANNIE 3/4/2011 5:40PM

    You just amaze me!!! You are so positive and creative! There is no limit to what you can achieve. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/4/2011 5:28PM

    What a smart move: love the blue/green graphics of the piece we can see, it looks fresh and optmistic. Great smile too!

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    You are SO BEAUTIFUL! I love that you are nourishing those parts of yourself that you can. Hugs.

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    You are SO BEAUTIFUL! I love that you are nourishing those parts of yourself that you can. Hugs.

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LAURIETAIT 3/4/2011 1:24PM

    If positive thinking (yours) and healing thoughts (ours) cure cancer you have got this thing beat. This disease is just a blip in a long healthy and amazing life. Can't wait to see what cool new thing you do next!

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    You look radiant! I'd never guess you're fighitng cancer. very smart girl to do something you love while you're on hold from another love.
Best wishes and God bless you on this journey!

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TWOTIMESS 3/4/2011 11:45AM

    You're looking so good! It's great that you found outlets for your energy. Drink ginger ale, eat fruit and take regular rests, your healthy cells need all the help they can get at this stage.

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SHEILA1505 3/4/2011 11:32AM

    Big hugs - glad that you have an outlet like this - it can be such a great help emotionally, can't it!

thanx for the comments on my blog

Gently does it this weekend!!

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FRACTALMYTH 3/4/2011 11:05AM

    Yay for taking care of you and rediscovering joy in using your talents :D I Hope you will show us the finished picture too!!!

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    I envy folks with artistic talent. I hope the effects of the chemo get better and that you feel better soon. emoticon

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Visit Iceland 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Here is a Video for you, if you want to take a look at Iceland :)

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GRACEISENUF 3/3/2011 2:34PM


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DOR2BFIT 3/2/2011 10:27PM

    Very tempting-it looks stupendous!... maybe 2012. This year- Africa! emoticon

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CHRISTINECAN 3/2/2011 4:07PM

    Ahh, a place I would love to see in person.

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LAURIETAIT 3/2/2011 2:46PM

    I haven't been to Iceland for 30 years! I've always wanted to visit again. This video just makes me want to do it even more. Thanks for sharing.

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IMAGINE_IT 3/2/2011 12:46PM

    I had to watch the vidoe twice!! It is so beautiful where you i know MY Germany is gorgeous..but i have to say..Iceland is just as gorgeous too!!! emoticon
emoticon for this neat idea of showing us your beautiful country. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 3/2/2011 5:52AM

    Thanks for sharing - that's beautiful!

Hope all goes well today

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2011 9:21PM

    What a gorgeous country!! love those Icelandic ponies . . . and all of the great vistas! Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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LKEITHO 3/1/2011 9:16PM

    Gorgeous country! I would love to see it sometime.

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HEALING_LORI 3/1/2011 7:21PM

    OMG! I just watched the whole video! Iceland is absolutely stunning!!! And after reading a few of your other blogs.... You are too! :D

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Last day taking pictures of everything I eat for a week

Sunday, February 27, 2011

YES! I made it!

I took pictures of everything I ate for a whole week!

These are the final pictures and the last one is a collage of everything I have eaten.

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GRACEISENUF 3/3/2011 2:30PM

    Oh WOW! You eat some YUMMO stuff!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/28/2011 4:49PM

    Wow, great eating! Wonderful collage; thanks for sharing.

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IMAGINE_IT 2/28/2011 3:26PM

    Well i have lost all my Tastebuds or Appetite from the Chemo.... BUT when i look at those pictures of all the delicious food you have had..Oh MY GOODNESS!!!! I want to eat!! lol....
I love all the pics..and i think you are doing a great job on eating well!!!Plus your pics are so well taken and beautiful...they could be posted in one those fancy Food magazines!! Good Job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_AIYANNA_ 2/28/2011 4:26AM

    All this looks mouthwateringly good!!! I love the way you present your dishes as well :) This way you satisfy all your senses ;) I really believe that these food blogs are a valuable help to all. The ones who post them and the ones who read them.

Thank you!!! xxx

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LIBBYFITZ 2/28/2011 4:07AM

    Very colourful! Thank you for sharing, loved the collage!

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SHEILA1505 2/28/2011 2:25AM

    This is great, Sigrun, thank you so much!!!

How did you create the collage? Is there some very nifty IT process that I need to learn?

did you get a good night's sleep or did the earthquake tremors worry you????

PS - you commented the other day that you eat a lot of bread - I have noticed (because of your collage!) that you drink a lot of coffee, too :D

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BLAIRJ1 2/28/2011 12:00AM

    everything you eat is so pretty!

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CODEMAULER 2/27/2011 8:15PM

    The pictures are fabulous, as so are your food choices!


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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2011 6:04PM

    Very creative and inspiring!! You are one healthy eater -- and make it look delicious too!!

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LAURIETAIT 2/27/2011 4:59PM

    I made a big mistake and read this while I am hungry. I have to go and stuff my face now. I know I won't eat as well as you. Your collage would make a great wall paper. Have a great week.

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