Monday, May 13, 2013
Today I start the 2 week challenge from the new book The Solution!
I'm going to see just how far I can take this. I've been motivated this year to make this my year to get back to my pre-cancer weight.
This 2 week kick start may just be what I need to re-charge my diet mojo. I've lost over 25 lbs since Jan 1 (yes, that was my New Year Resolution) and I've been at a kind of stand still her the last 2 weeks.
Unlike in years past, I consider that aging has played a part in my new found acceptance of my self and my progress. I no longer live by the numbers on the scale, in fact I only weigh when I go to the Dr's office now. In the past, that 1/2 lb or 1 lb gain or loss could cause me to become manic or depressed. I don't care so much now about the short term as much as I do the long term. I'm in this for life, for the rest of my life, so I just want my health back.
So I'm going to follow this new 2 week Solution Diet as closely as I can. I may change the order of the days to meet what I have in the refrig at the time. During this 2 week solution, I will go to the gym 3 days a week, I will walk at least 1 mile 5 days a week, I will get my sleep (if work doesn't keep me out late) and most of all, I will continue my Spark streak. This is my promise to myself so I'm blogging it to keep me honest.
Here's to the healthiest year of the rest of my life!! Go Me!!!!!
Friday, April 26, 2013
This week I had another friend call me to tell me she was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Let me start this journey. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 7 years ago. Wow, what a shock that was. Fast forward a little (don't want to write about my journey here now). My good friends husband was diagnosed about a year later and passed a year after that. He was a scientist for Genintex who discovered the Hercepton drug that I had for 21 months for the Her-2-Nu genetic receptor that 20% of women with breast cancer die from. There were hundreds at the funeral. I sat next to other dedicated scientist there to honor him, who are frantic to find drugs for cancer patients. I have survived.
My older brother was diagnosed with a rare form of Sarcoma 2 years ago. After numerous test, a trip to the Mayo Clinic and a 3 month stay at Harvard Medical Center for a new form of radiation, he was sent home. Unfortunately it had little to no affect on the tumor. He is confined to a wheel chair with a morphine drip now but refuses to give up to this disease. I know his will to live. I inherited it as well. Time is precious for his family now. I have survived.
One of my dearest friends in the world was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer 2 years ago. I watched as she bravely fought to rid her body of this menace for 18 months. It had spread through her entire body. She was the most faithful of spirits. She had just had her first grandchild and together we had planned to enjoy this time as Nana's. She drew her last breath at 55 just 6 months ago. I have survived.
Now our good friend called me last weekend, encouraged but devastated. She has breast cancer. They felt is was early, stage 1 or 2. She went to the surgeon today after her MRI and was told the grim news. They found it in both breast, most likely Stage 3 in both and it has metastasized in many lymph nodes. Chemo treatment starts next week before surgery. I am honored that people call me an inspiration and ask for prayer. I know how truly blessed I am. I have survived.
In the past 5 years, Cancer has been all around me. It taken too many of my friends. I HATE CANCER!!!!!
BUT I HAVE SURVIVED. I will not let it beat me.
Live every day as if it's your last. Control stress in your life. Live in the moment, it's all we have. Love your loved ones as if there is no tomorrow. Thank God every day for the blessings he's given.
I have survived another day.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I received a wonderful email from a cousin who is one of my favorite spiritual comrades. Distance has kept us apart for most of our 60 years but non the less, thanks to modern technology and the internet, we communicate our love for our maker. We were blessed to be born to parents who were children of our beloved Grandfather, who was a minister, believer and extremely spiritual man. Faith was always a part of our lives.
I have always been a positive person. Not sure why. I've had many 'unfortunate' things happen in my life and some day as I continue to blog (and deal with my weight issues) I'll go in to detail. Oh, it's surely not as traumatic as many others for sure, but non the less, I've had my share of disappointments in my 61 years of existence that have made me who I am. But I still see the glass as half full. And to say I love being alive is an understatement. EVERY DAY is a blessing!! I've had a Fantastic life and I know how lucky I am.
I sent an email to an amazing new friend on Sparkpeople and she suggested I share it here so others can benefit from it's wisdom. The meaning of this post is what has made a true difference in my life. And I've taken it by faith as a way to live by. It's not always the things we pray/ask for that are right for us, many times, as the song goes, it's the unanswered prayers that benefit us the most. It goes like this:
"A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all circumstances would always say “my king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect. He makes no mistakes!”
One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty from losing a finger.
Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman asked
"Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger."
The slave replied:
"My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows why these things happened. What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!"
Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.
Later, the King left for another hunt, this time alone. He was captured by savages who engaged in human sacrifices.
On the altar and ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages discovered that their victim did not have one of his fingers. According to them, only a whole person with all his/her parts intact could be offered to the gods. The King without a finger was deemed an abominable sacrifice for their gods. So they released the King.
Upon his return to the palace, the King authorized the release of his slave. He received the slave affectionately.
He asked his slave, "my dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?"
The slave answered, "my King, if I had gone with you on this hunt, I would have been sacrificed instead because I have no missing finger. Remember everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong. He made you keep me in jail so I would not be with you on the hunt."
Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.
Every morning, offer your day to God, don't be in a rush.
Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because He never makes mistakes.......
The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. He is the way of all those who trust in Him, as He says in 2 Samuel 22: 31
What you do with this message is up to you. May God put in your heart the desire to understand why. God knows why He choose you to receive this message.
God is never wrong! "
So my hope for you today is
Make this the best day of your life and pass it on. Positive thinking is contagious!
You will get back 10x's what you put out, I believe that.
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