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So that was my Monday

Monday, July 28, 2014

It took one look at a couple of photos online- which was basically a picture of the exact same thing I have on my head- to make the appointment.

After five phone calls I managed to make an appointment for today to have a biopsy done on a long-time sunspot that suddenly went crusty four weeks ago.

The doctor didn't hesitate to identify it as being likely pre-cancerous but she didn't think it was anything to worry about.

Have my follow-up appointment in two weeks.

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IAMARMSTRONG 7/29/2014 11:58PM

    Uh.... PASSION4CHANGE.... with all due respect, WHAT THE F&CK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!??
.... I'm sorry.... I know... harsh language... but it's truly out of concern, even though I do not know you. It's senseless not to take care of it.


Skip the laundry. Skip the night out. Skip to overtime. Skip a class. Skip the kids' basketball game. Skip date night.

Handle your business.

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PASSION4CHANGE 7/28/2014 10:44PM

    Way to go making the appt happen before you were too late :) This encourages me to have the one removed on my back asap, which I was told needed to be removed a year ago.

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"Cheat Day" has Consequences

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My understanding of Cheat Day is that it is meant to give you a sense of release or relief- a break from the hard work of sticking to healthy eating.

"Cheat Day" is not worth the after-effects of a no-holds-barred break from common sense.

This past week I stuck to my eating plan and calories like a champ. With this accomplishment came a physical adaptation of what to expect- smaller, cleaner, healthier meals.

Last night, however, I gave it Starbucks White Mocha coffee, Coke, pizza, potatoes, and fried chicken.

This morning I feel nauseous, not hungry, sluggish, and just gross inside.
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What I find particularly interesting is that I have been through this before, but my body's food cravings override the warning signs my brain should send to stay away and not eat this stuff.

I wonder if there is a physiological explanation. Research to commence.
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IAMARMSTRONG 7/28/2014 10:07PM

    Thanks for the feedback, KOFFEENUT.

As far as curbing my chocolate addiction goes, my friend at works gives me two Hershey's nuggets per day.

granted, I feel like I'm a dog begging for a treat, but it's better than a full candy bar.

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KOFFEENUT 7/26/2014 5:34PM

    In order to avoid the feeling I NEED a cheat day, I decided early on to try an "all things in moderation" approach. I don't restrict what I can eat, although I try to be sensible about how MUCH of it I eat (no, not the ENTIRE pint of Ben & Jerry's!). I try to balance out my calories over the course of a week instead of daily - which means if I went over by a couple hundred calories today, I try to find a place later in the week to be lower in my calorie range. It worked better for me because as soon as I tell myself I CAN'T have something until a "cheat day", it sets me up for going CRAZY on that day. Like you, my body is perfectly capable of ignoring every warning my brain sends its way!

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I Almost Went Ape Sh!T

Friday, July 25, 2014

While driving home I saw some Piece of Sh!T throw his trash out on to the city street. I can't tell you how irate instantly became.

Who DOES that in this day and age, and is there an appropriate response that A) doesn't get you killed, B) Gets the point across, and C) Ensures these idiots don't do this again.

I thought about getting out of my car, picking it up while staring dead at this idiot AND HIS CHILDREN, giving him the tsk, tsk finger and throwing it out myself. More like a 'you should know better, you ignorant mongrel'.

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IAMARMSTRONG 7/26/2014 9:24AM

    We also have a problem with trash discarded on our street and in our plants and yard by the Junior High School kids, who buy Starbucks and McDonalds, and then throw it on our yard.

Our commitment is to pick up anything we can carry if we are out walking, or see it on the street in front of the three houses in either direction.

My husband would not let me post a sign in the yard because he was concerned that the snotty 14 year olds would see it as an opportunity to throw MORE trash- you know, because teenagers are jerks that way.

I thought about reaching out to the school to see if they would speak to the kids or post signs or something.... while it's not the school's responsibility in my opinion, it IS the place the kids are centralized and a way to reach them...


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SNOWKAT 7/25/2014 7:50AM

  One morning I found that someone has discarded their junk mail on my front yard. I was kind enough to package it up and mail it back to them!!! It was postage well spent as I can only imagine their face when they opened the envelop of wet, dirty - hopefully stinky mail - with my note of concern on how terrible it must have been when their mail few out of their car window. emoticon

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WOODHEAT 7/25/2014 7:19AM

    As an Outdoor person, it always amazes and angers me how me people just toss things without giving it a second thought. How many times do we hike miles into something beautiful (like a waterfall or vista) and find plastic bottles, candy wrappers or other reminders of just how ignorant some people can be. It simply doesn't make sense that they seek out the beauty of these natural places and then trash them.

Fortunately there are those who care and who cleanup!

Still, Life is good!

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"You're ego's writing checks your body can't cash, Maverick"

Monday, July 21, 2014

The the title says it all.

I am BEAT from today's ride home. I cycled in to work again, but this time did it all the way from home, instead of driving to a friends house (2.5 miles closer to work, and further downhill).

I pushed myself on the way in, and got a good sweat going.

The way home was a different story. Mother of all things great and small!

It took me an hour and a half to get home (12 miles) and I was miserable half-way through it!

But I did it, and that's what counts.

Now, if only I could get up from this computer.....


Courage to Try Something New

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's funny, sometimes, how something can seem like a good idea at the start, but as the day or moment arrives to take action, one suddenly becomes a big ball of doubt. Such was my experience when a co-worker proposed that we bike to work on Friday.

I accepted the challenge on Monday, focusing on all the ways that this would make me a total bad-ass; exercise, team-building with a co-worker, no car on the road, trying new things.

The week progressed and I prepared. I learned how to change my tires, bought the appropriate equipment and travel case, bought the brightest orange shirt known to man for safety... total preparation.

Then Thursday night arrived and I was so nervous. I'm by no means an expert on the bike. Then there's the traffic. The distance (9.5 miles which is cross-country to me). The giant down-hill slalom that will surely be the death of me.

That morning, however, I felt a sense of anticipation and excitement. After the first few miles, I was loving it. It was cool, quiet, and I had the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunrise that would have otherwise been missed in the car.

The ride was not scary at all- okay, the hill really was as bad as I thought it was going to be- but there was a stillness that I love about weekend mornings that I know have an opportunity to enjoy during the week.

I find it fascinating how something as simple as a bike ride can impact your outlook. Something as simple as a bike ride can change your perspective about commuting, cars, and your abilities.

You CAN do it. Change IS possible.

One final note- be kind to yourself. Get the padded shorts. Seriously. Get.the.padded.shorts.

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IAMARMSTRONG 7/20/2014 12:34PM

    Thank You, BUTTONPOPPER1 for the taking the time to read it. :)

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/20/2014 9:14AM

    I like your happy ending. This is a good story with a very important message. Thanks for this interesting blog. Take care.

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