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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Can't believe the last time I blogged was August '10. Lot has happened since then. I'm down to the lowest I've been since I ballooned up after chemo. That's 10.5 years ago that I hit the 16's.. I'm in the low 140's. Fitting into all size 14's, not just the "large" running one's after going back up to the "large-ish" 16's and "smallish" 18's. I've yo-yo'd so much these past 10 years I probably gained and lost 200 pounds during this time.

I relied on Atkins "diet" and lost every time, but thinking "diet" I always went "off" of it back to "normal" eating. Well, my "normal" way of eating was NOT normal! Eating healthily is normal. Now I'm eating fruits and veggies. Still not like I should but more than I have in 20 years. I'm working on increasing it a little at a time. Same with exercise. No more working out til I hurt and then quitting. Now, I' doing only a few minutes at a time...increasing gradually.

The "handicapped" gal who could not walk to the corner is now logging close to 9000 steps on her pedometer almost daily. 10,000 steps (recommended daily) goal here I come!

I've bid farewell to all of the 16's and am now wearing the 14's I bought 5-6 years ago when I was loosing wt and bought some tight clothes that I knew I would get down to wearing soon. Instead I went up....then down but not enough. Up then down..., over and over again...never quite reaching the size 14's....until now. Wooo Hooo!

Slow and sure will win the race.

  
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JIBBIE49 2/10/2011 7:14PM

    Glad u have been a Cancer survivor so long. My son, Nathan, had Testicular Cancer two years ago so had surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy. He just had cat scans and blood tests which came back "clean." But, then you know that it is a long road. He had 3 types of cancer cells and one was an aggressive type, so he had no choice but to deal with the treatment. He works out doing the P90X and still plans to go to medical school.

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/20/2011 10:53PM

    That is fabulous that you have changed your lifestyle, not just gone on a diet. I really believe that that is the key to long-term success.

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Muscle soreness and pain

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A couple of days ago I blogged about my new found muscle pain and what I thrill it is to have, as opposed to neuropathy pain.

Well, I've been on such a rush the past week I stripped wallpaper in a room plus scrubbed the walls to get rid of all of the little bits of paper left on the wall + glue. My post mastectomy chest and arms are not used to doing so much work, but I've kept at it every day. No stopping me! My chest is killing me today. I even have a "pump" to my pecs right now. Yippie! I love it!

Oh, I almost forgot...going up and down on my short ladder while working on the walls is giving my legs a work out too. Thursday night I went for a walk around my condo complex...after having gone to the gym and ridden the bike for a few minutes. Legs are tight today too.

Was going to hit the gym today but I think my body is telling me it had enough during the week and it's OK to rest today ( I did do a bit of wall washing this morning though).

Think I'll go soak in a nice hot bath...followed by a cool shower of course.

  
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MISS_VIV 8/22/2010 4:37PM

    Is it bath time? When my body says enough I have to agree. A hot bath and a movie on the old VHS... cause they are old movies that I have.

Enjoy and rest up.

HUGS
VIVIAN

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MRSJERRYBUSH 8/22/2010 3:49PM

    You go, girl!

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LYNNEJ5 8/22/2010 3:41PM

   
Enjoy your hot bath and make it a long one. You have done more than most healthy people do in a week. Enjoy your solitude and congratualtions.

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Doing positive things

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I've finally updated my resume to reflect (I hope) how resumes should be in 2010. No more listing of jobs, duties, dates and contacts. Now it is "what utterly amazing things have you done in your positions that you also can do for me?" emphasis that employers want to see. For months I thought...I did my job...I did it well...but I did not save the world.

Ha! This past week I remembered a couple things I've done...then a couple more...then more....Hey, I really was good at what I did and with customer relations! I could not put them all on a resume. This has really been a boost to my psyche.

I applied for a job I find exciting that I know I would be passionate about. It would use my old (a bit rusty) sales skills, with an emphasis on customer relations + my love of people + the rush I've gotten in the past from a challenge.... I am excited.

Say prayers, send positive energy, and keep fingers crossed.

My psyche has been improving baby step by baby step the past few months. It began accelerating in May and now I'm wanting to "run"! I am now raring to get back into the world and show what I can do! Look out world..

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/22/2010 3:29PM

    Fingers crossed for you!




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I'm Baaaack (0nce again) after 178 days

Friday, August 20, 2010

A lot has happened since I was last on Sparkpeople. Did a lot of work on my kitchen and townhouse (still not finished). Dealt with contractor who wouldn't listen to me...stressed to the max...ate....ate...ate. Gained 16 pounds, 13 of which came on in 12 weeks. Maintained for a couple months and have recently lost 4 lbs.

I bought the most amazing shoes which have helped, along with having the second mastectomy in December, in reducing my neuropathy pain by approx. 80%. I cannot believe the way I am feeling! I have not taken a prescription pain med since 5/6/10. Whoa! I have worked my way up from being able to be on my feet no more than 20 minutes to working on my townhouse while standing for 3 hours or more. I don't want to sound like a commercial or get in trouble for promoting a product, so if you want to know about the shoes send me a private message and I'll let you know what they are.

I have suffered pain since buying the shoes, however. It's a pain I have not really experience in years. It's called Muscle Pain. Yes, my new found ability to stand on my feet meant muscles had to be used in order to walk more and stand longer. These muscles had not been called upon to do much for years.

In the past when I resolved to exercise, pushed myself to go to the gym or ride my bike, but the resultant neuropathy pain would lay me up for a day or two after every exercise effort. My resolve to exercise would evaporate because of this. Muscle pain I can deal with. I have started back to the gym and am doing so much physical stuff at home. Muscle soreness/pain is exhilarating, not devastating like neuropathy pain is.

I have increased my prayer time and am keeping my focus on God more the past few months. This has helped my mental attitude to improve immensely. Although my finances are in horrid shape my mental attitude is in wonderful shape. I feel like I can conquer the world. Every day I get up now raring to go and wanting to do more.

  
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CALIRPM 8/22/2010 4:41PM

    It's good to have you back. Good luck with everything!

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BPELTONEN 8/20/2010 9:57PM

    Welcome back! So glad to hear that you are excited for each new day emoticon

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BUGLET- 8/20/2010 11:58AM

    I wish you the best! Go girl! emoticon emoticon

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MISS_VIV 8/20/2010 11:55AM

    ROCK ON.
AWESOMENESS PERSONIFIED

BLESSINGS

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WHIMSICAL3 8/20/2010 11:46AM

  Welcome back! Good luck on your quest of fitness! :-)

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Taking a break from SparkPeople

Monday, February 22, 2010

This past week was filled with overeating and eating wrong. I am under quite a bit of stress and will be needing to spend my time dealing with life's issues and less time being online. I'm taking a break for a while. (Perhaps giving up SparkPeople posting is part of my Lenten sacrifices.)

I hope to be back online by Easter. Good wishes for everyone's progress and success in the coming weeks.

  
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CALIRPM 3/11/2010 3:38PM

    See you then! Stay healthy in all ways. =D

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SANDRAHUGHES 2/22/2010 4:41PM

    Good luck on getting to a better place.

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SHERRYK5 2/22/2010 11:57AM

    Best of Luck. I hope all goes well. emoticon

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MISS_VIV 2/22/2010 11:37AM

    You know where to find me if you need some support off-line. Always at the ready. You can do it. (with a little help from your friends)

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PSYCHABOO 2/22/2010 11:31AM

    Good luck!

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