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Still walking!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I have been walking at least 6 times per week for at least 30 minutes per day for many months now. Ian and I have worked up to 2.5 miles at an average pace of 20-22 minutes per mile. I can feel myself getting more stamina, more strength and better general better health. I feel good about what we are doing.

In order to make sure that this gets done, we wake up at 5:30 in the morning every week day and some weekend days also.

I feel great!

  
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CHERLYNE 10/5/2010 9:34AM

    I started walking yesterday. I decided to ditch my comfy parking at work and park instead at a friend's house and walk 45 to and from work 5 days a week. I can feel the pressure already so I know what you are doing. Best of luck and keep on walking.

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FIVE DAYS IN A ROW

Monday, August 09, 2010

I have walked for at least 1/2 of a mile for 4 days in a row! I am up and have my shoes on to make it day number 5. From what I have read, doing something for 30 days in a row makes the activity a habit.

Here's a big glass of water to me for being 1/6th of the way to making this a habit.

  
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BEEKAYBEE 8/9/2010 8:23AM

    Yay! This is great! You must be feeling better!
--Bridget

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Why don't we do what we know will be good for us?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Yesterday, Ian and I went for a walk. This was the first walk that I have been on since my surgery on June 18th. I was able to go further than I thought I would be able to. We walked about half of a mile. I have been walking in the pool and moving my arms and legs around in the water. It worked better than I thought that it would to get me back in shape.

I am up early this morning and I am drinking a large glass of water as I speak to get ready for a walk today also. I wake up early now - about 5 am. I am getting about 7 hours of sleep per night. I am trying to stop the afternoon naps in preparation for returning to work in ten days. Right now, I am just waiting for Ian to wake up so that we can go for the walk. Well and waiting for the sun to at least lighten the sky a little if not make an appearance.

Jordan, my son, turned 28 yesterday. The day that he was born is one that I can remember almost perfectly. He is so happy. His marriage to Rose and learning how to weld so that he can aniticpate earning a living has made just a difference in his outlook. It is wonderful to see him so happy.

I am back to taking my vitamins. What a HUGE difference the vitamins make. I don't know why I sometimes will go without them. Why do we do without the things that we know are good for us - even when we have them right at hand. All I have to do is go into the kitchen, open up the package and swallow them with a glass of water. And in return, I feel better all day long. But sometimes I won't do that simple act. Why not?

The same thing goes for walking, but less immediately. I know that I will feel better if I walk 3 miles per day. That seems the perfect amount of walking for me. But sometimes I will go months without doing it. It makes no sense. None. And yet I will go day after day without walking. And the wierd part is I LOVE TO WALK. It isn't like it is something that I dread. I LOVE IT. So, why don't I do it?

So instead of playing around on the computer, I am going to go put on my clothes (the one good thing about the cancer is I got to wear pajamas for weeks - I love pajamas) put on my shoes and wait for Iam to wake up.

See ya!

  
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GRAMMAELLEN 8/6/2010 7:34AM

    I totally relate. I love to walk, also. Really LOVE it. So why do I let little things stop me? I don't get it either. Seriously, what is wrong with me? Sometimes I really do feel like my own worst enemy. Good to know that I am not the only one who suffers from this bizarre affliction. Have a great walk, and a great weekend! And thanks for sharing in your blog. Ellen

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I HAD cancer

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I had cancer. I got diagnosed in the middle of May. From the time of my diagnosis until now, my whole life has certered around that diagnosis. The first month, I was being poked and prodded and made to drink yucky stuff so that they could take CAT scans. Then a weekend off to attend my bonus daughter's graduation from the University of Virginia Law School. Back home to work for a few days. The doctor told me to go ahead and take my planned vacation to Disney World and that he would operate when I got back.

Had the operation to remove the cancer and any affected or potentially affected lymph nodes. The pathology report came back with clean margins, no cancer in the lymph nodes. So, no chemotherapy or radiation for me. Just recovering from the surgery. I have my next doctor;s appointment on August 10th and I expect to be released to return to work at that appointment.

Yesterday, I had my first post-operative appointment. I was cleared to begin a walking program and to swim and bathe. Thrilling! I am at home recuperating, but now I have an evening swim to look forward to. I am walking up and down the hall to start my walking program. Baby steps.

elaine

  
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MARYMAC45 7/18/2010 12:33PM

    Congrats on clean margins. As a 2 year BC survivor I've been there. I am so glad that all went well for you and now you can slowly get back on track. Wishing you the very best.

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BEEKAYBEE 7/16/2010 9:13AM

    Yay! for clean margins! It's good to see you back here! I hope you've gotten a lot of good reading in while recovering.

-- Bridget

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BEETH52 7/15/2010 1:26PM

    I am 5 years cancer free!! I never had radiation or chemo! I hope in our lifetime cancer will go away!!
Take care

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SOFEDUPP 7/15/2010 1:06PM

    That is awesome news!!

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CINDY1TWO3 7/15/2010 12:43PM

    I Had Cancer last year also - I had to do radiation even though the lymph nodes were negative so go for you that you don't - real energy zapper.

I am glad that it went so well for you, great that you can get back on track so quickly, mine derailed me for months.

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NBJAGGAL 7/15/2010 12:41PM

    emoticon good news on being cancer free

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APARKE41 7/15/2010 12:38PM

    Good for you! It's nice to see that you're looking forward to getting back with the program! Keep it up! And congrats on being cancer-free!!!!

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Feeling Good!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Today, Ian and I walked about 1.5 miles at a leisurely, but purposeful pace. We visited with each other throughout the walk and would speak to our neighbors as we walked by, but did not stop. It was pleasant and rewarding. The weather is on the chilly side, about 62 degrees, with very little wind. The light jacket that I wear around the house was fine for the walk. I got pleasantly cool.

Ian has cooked all weekend. He has made baked beans, Tuscan beans, Gumbo Z'Herbes ( a recipe from Emeril - I do not know if it was from the food network or Epicurious - whichever it is, this is a scrumptious way to get in lots of vegetables: mustard greens, turnip greens, spinach, cabbage and collards --- lots of garlic, onions and peppers to make it really tasty), and two of my favorite recipe from the Sonoma diet: Chicken Puttanesca and Braised Pork with olives and capers.

I calculated our food bill, including when I took the kids out to eat while he was out of town, and we spent less than $400 on food this past month - about $150 of this was while the kids were here. Since being on the mainly bean diet, our average grocery bill has gone from almost $300 per week to approximately $50. A huge difference. Part of the reason our grocery bill was so high is because we ate out alot and we ate all organic food when we cooked at home. Many of our vegetables are still organic. The big savings is from eating in season and using beans as our main protein source.

We are feeling good!

  
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NANCY91301 5/31/2010 9:43PM

  way to go. great blog. emoticon

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MAMATOBI 3/1/2010 12:25AM

  Good idea! I am big on buying what is on sale. I also find that if I plan my meals for the week and shop once or twice I buy less impulse and our bill has gone down!

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HUNGRY4CHANGE 2/28/2010 8:12PM

  Great suggestions about eating in season. I am starting to save money as well on my family's monthly food bill!

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