Sunday, March 09, 2008
If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. Well there is no doubt about that this time. It really came in like a lion this past week and a half- ice storms, snow, sleet, hail, thunderstorms!??!, and more snow. Yesterday dumped just over 18 inches on us here- ugh. Not very fun living near lake ontario at this time of the year that's for sure. Now I get to go shovel it so that I will actually be able to get my car out for work tonight. Yippie! LOL. I will just try and be positive about it and count it as cardio. Always looking for an exciting change to my routine, here is my chance today. :) Bundle up everyone!
P.s. The picture was taken yesterday afternoon of my back porch patio when the snow was only at about 10 inches. Now there is almost another 10 on top of it. I can't even open my back door anymore. LOL. Florida just keeps looking better all the time.....
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Okay so I got the news I was hoping for yesterday- a clean checkup from my dermatologist. Whew! Let me explain. Almost two years ago I went to my PCP for my regular checkup and she noticed some "concerning spots" and sent me to a dermatologist. They checked them out, did biopsies on the areas and found that it was skin cancer- on my chest, on my right shoulder and on my right arm. Yuck! So I went back for some surgery and was told that I was cancer free. Since that time I have had to go back for checkups at first every three months and then 6months and with yesterday's clean checkup- I have "graduated" to the checkups only once a year now instead. Whoo-hoo! I hate going because I am always uneasy that they are going to give me the bad news again like they did that horrible day almost two years ago but I go because I know it's important. Many things have changed since that wake up call almost two years ago... I wear sunscreen EVERY day (hey- at least it should keep the wrinkles away, right?), I cancelled my membership to the tanning bed, I still go out in the sun but I am much more aware of how long, what I am wearing and wearing sunscreen. Sometimes people comment from time to time about how pale I look (I think the red hair emphasizes it to a degree as well) and I want to tell them to put a sock in it but they don't know the story behind why so why waste my energy. I just smile and say, "I know." Anyway- now I look at the scars on my body as a way of reminding me to take every day as the gift it truly is. Some days it can be easy to forget that but most days I hold it close to my heart. So here is to a clean checkup, here is to another day, here is to what the future holds! Cheers!
Friday, February 01, 2008
We had another weigh in this week and I lost 3.4 pounds this week. I am very pleased so far with everything I have done so far. I am starting to feel a sense of accomplishment and that is always a nice thing. These past two weeks have been a challenge for me that is for sure but I have worked hard at not letting it get me off track. I have worked hard to stay focused and so far so good. Since I started I have lost 15.4 pounds and that has definitely helped to put a little spring back in my step. In addition, I have signed up for my first 5K run- it is in May and it is for Nurses Week- pretty appropriate I thought. :)
Saturday, January 26, 2008
This past week has been rough, no doubt about that. I had some less than fair things happen at work, I had to work with a couple of people I truly do not like, I had some patients go bad multiple times requiring multiple trips back to the OR, there was some definite tension between me and a good friend of mine for a reason I can't quite understand, I had another weigh in and only lost 0.6 pounds, It is that time of the month, and then just last night I got a phone call and suddenly none of that other stuff mattered. One of my friends called and informed me that someone we both had hung out with before and were friends with (not close but still friends) and co workers with had been killed in a car accident earlier that day. She was 26 years old. I was floored. Suddenly, the past week really meant nothing and I felt like a fool for letting any of that stuff get to me. She was 26 years old and now she is gone. Here I am- wasting precious, valuable days on things that don't matter till the next and what I need to be doing is appreciating everything I have got. So no more of the "pity" attitude from me. I will continue to get healthy, lose the weight, and reach my goals and I will do it because I have been given the precious chance to do it. I will do it and I will be successful. I will do it in honor of my future and all the things I still have to accomplish in my life. And I will do it in honor of Rosa, a young woman taken from us much too soon and also in honor of all of those that were gone too soon, that had so much more life to live. I have been given a chance to change my life for the better and I will not waste a moment of it.
Friday, January 18, 2008
So we all weighed in again today for the biggest loser contest at work and I lost another 4.4 pounds! Yay! I am actually in the lead still by a margin of about 3%. Yay again! A couple of people in the contest asked me what I was doing since I seemed to be having success so far. I told them I was watching what I am eating with WW and doing cardio at the gym four days a week and weight training two days a week. Plus I told them about this website and how great it is for support, articles, tips and recipes. I get a lot of motivation to stay on track and I really think it has alot to do with reading other people's journeys on here- they keep me going in the right direction! :)
In addition, last night I had my first "test" so to speak. I went out to dinner with my mother and sister and I will admit I was a little apprehensive moving out of my "safety zone" but I did very well. I believe I made really good choices for dinner and came away feeling comfortable but not stuffed. I am really surprised and proud of myself to see how this is really starting to become a habit for me and not just a fad. I have not always had the best follow through on things that relate directly to me but this time I really feel this is a permanent change. Now on to next week!
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