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Saturday with a smile

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Today has been a busy day, started out taking my car in for GM recall work and an oil change. While waiting for my car to be done, I took a long walk. It was 4.5 miles round trip to the mall and back. It was an awesome walk, the sun was out and that always makes me feel better. I found a dollar bill on the ground, along with 2 pennies and a dime along the way. I always pick up the change I see on the ground, it's kind of a game now, see how much I can find when I walk emoticon . It's amazing how many pennies we pick up in a year of walking. It doesn't add up to much, but I'll bet we pick up $20 in change every year.

I finished up my Christmas shopping today, as well as purchasing some stretchy pants for after my surgery. I don't have any pants, other than workout pants that stretch, and with abdominal surgery coming up in 11 days, I knew I needed to do something. People online are posting that they aren't wearing jeans 3 weeks post op because of the pain. 17 days post op I'm hosting our family Christmas party, where there will be pictures taken, so I had to find something I could wear to that. By hosting the party, I mean it will be at my house, but everyone else is doing the work this year. My daughter volunteered to host it at her house, so if I absolutely can't do it, it will be at her house. I know I won't be lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk for a few months, but we'll see how I feel.

Knowing that I'm done Christmas shopping makes me smile! I only have 5 presents left to wrap, and that makes me smile too!

My hubby makes me smile today. He's so caring and loving, and has the patience of a saint. I hope he keeps that up after surgery. I know this cancer thing is bothering him a lot more than he lets on.

I'm smiling, knowing that uterine cancer is cureable. It's scary to know that I have it, but knowing that it's cureable is awesome. Knowing that on 12/3 the doctor will take that yucky stuff out of my body makes me smile. Knowing that my family is behind me and supports me 100% makes me smile.

Today is a good day. They aren't all like this, so we have to take days where we can smile and embrace them!

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DEEEBEE 11/22/2014 11:37PM

    I've heard that people with positive attitudes do much better than those with negative ones in the face of illness. So keep your beautiful smile beaming!

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MARGOH12 11/22/2014 3:57PM

    I als pickk up money when I walk. We have a saying "find a penny pick it up and all dasy long you'll have good luck". I hope the money you pick up brings you luck with your surgery and healing.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/22/2014 3:43PM

    Donna,

You are such a serene soul; I definitely count you among my blessings on SP! I know if we lived near each other we would be good friends.

My hubby is always finding money on the ground; whether it's a penny or a nickel he too picks it up. I'm amazed at how attuned he is to the small stuff -- one of the many things I love and appreciate about him, and would love and appreciate about you too!

I had a hysterectomy 8 months after my only child was born (undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy). I wasn't allowed to lift my own baby for a month, but after that I was OK physically although it took me about a year to recover emotionally. (I was 27.) I suspect your hysterectomy will not carry that emotional baggage. I too will be glad to have you rid of "the yucky stuff!"

You have so much to be grateful for, including such a loving husband. I hope you will give him an extra hug from me because he is worried for his soul mate, and he must be SUPER-SPECIAL to have won the heart of such an amazing woman and Sparkfriend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Life Altering 11/13/14

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Three weeks ago I got a phone call from the doctor, that a test came back questionable. Had another test last week and this one came back positive. To hear your doctor say the word cancer is very frightening. Today i was having a pity party, as i have to have a hysterectomy (total, with lymph nodes, ovaries, everything) and I had to pull myself out of that frame of mind. I could lose myself in depression, but I made myself put on my big girl panties and make the day as normal as it possibly can be. I went to my WW meeting, grocery shopped and then the pity party hit. I forced myself to go for a walk, and I'm glad i did. Even though it was cold outside, the walk did me good.

Spending time trying to figure out what to get rid of in my life, anything toxic is going, going, gone. Only positive thoughts are going to be allowed in my head from now on.

Still trying to wrap my head around all of this. one good thing though, I'm not eating my way through this.

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AUNTRENEE 11/14/2014 9:25AM

    Sorry to hear about the sad news but stay positive and don't let the horrible news get you down and let you eat your way through it. Food isn't a drug that helps you get over what's going on.

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RITAROSE 11/14/2014 7:55AM

  Sorry to hear your health news! Sending prayers your way! emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 11/14/2014 7:29AM

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DEEEBEE 11/13/2014 10:34PM

    That's scary news, but I admire your attitude. Remember, doctors can do so much more now than even a year ago. You will overcome this, too. Best to you!

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DAKARISAH430 11/13/2014 10:05PM

  Take care of yourself and stay positive. emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/13/2014 10:03PM

    So sorry, but a positive attitude is shining through. Hugs &prayers

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MM11113 11/13/2014 9:35PM

    Keep that positive thought thread going.

Lots of people have worse problems, that is what I tell myself! Find a way to deal with it in a non food way!

Good luck.

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KNEEMAKER 11/13/2014 9:28PM

  Awesome attitude! With that winning attitude you will do just fine. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring frame of mind considering all that you are going through. My journey is much easier now that I can see how great people handle their tough paths in life. Thank you so very, very much and I will be praying for your speedy and perfect recovery. Keep us posted then please just keep on keeping on! emoticon

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DWSCHUYLER 11/13/2014 9:27PM

    So terribly sorry to hear about your news. Your positive attitude came through loud and clear. Try to keep it going. I am adding you as a friend. I hope you don't mind. emoticon emoticon

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Rainy Days, Good or Bad? 10/18/14

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Another rainy day. I don't like rainy fall days. I don't mind the rain in the spring and summer, but in the fall, there are so few days left before the snow falls that I get a bit upset with rainy days. Not sure that makes any sense, but that's how I feel this morning. Two days in a row, of not getting outside for my nice long walks, two days in a row of dampness in the house, two days in a row of me feeling sorry for myself. So I guess today is the day to make a change in my attitude.

There are so many positive things happening in my life right now.
1. The kitchen remodel is going well
2. The Bowflex Tread climber was assembled yesterday and I was able to use it for the first time
3. I'm healthy
4. I'm in a great marriage
5. I retired at age 51
6. I have a great family
7. I am lucky enough to be able to play with my 4 year old granddaughter 3 days a week (although she's on vacation for another week...I haven't seen her in 9 days and counting :( )
8. I have enough of everything I need
9. We are financially ok
10. I have wonderful cyber friends who support me no matter what

Writing down the positives, sure makes the rain seem like a silly little bump in the road. The weather forecast shows rain for the next 5 days off and on. We are lucky though, it's just rain, it's not tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, or any other weather event that results in mass destruction, it's just rain. Snow will be here soon enough, but I don't mind the snow as much as I do the rain.

Rain rain go away, come again another day....

Mantra:

I am the only one who can do this for myself. emoticon
I make the choice of what I put in my mouth. emoticon
I make the choice to exercise daily. emoticon
I make the choice to have a positive frame of mind. emoticon
I make the choice to be healthy! emoticon

Goals for today:
~ read my mantra
~ 80 oz water
~ 17,000 steps
~ 25 flights of stairs
~ keep an open mind
~ journal every bite
~ smile at least once an hour
~ learn something new and remember what I learned
~ eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and as one snack today
~ laugh out loud today
~ focus on this lifestyle I have chosen for myself and don't sweat the small stuff

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AUNTRENEE 10/18/2014 8:53AM

    I heard that the Treadclimber isn't worth the money to get. It doesn't do what its suppose to do like it says in the ads.

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Sunny Sunday 10/12/14

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Very exciting day around here getting ready for our kitchen remodel to start tomorrow morning. The kitchen is cleaned out and ready, but I'm not sure I'm ready! I don't really like change, and this is going to be a big change for me. We have lived in this house for 23 years, and haven't done anything with the kitchen until now. The layout isn't going to change too much, but it will be enough of a change to throw me off. They are supposed to be done in 3 weeks, and I hope they are. I am dreading cooking in the basement! We are having work done in the livingroom and one of the bedrooms too, so there are only 2 rooms on the first floor that won't be affected, and one of them is the bathroom - so no cooking there!

I do have a plan though at least for the first week. I have some home made TV dinners in the freezer, and will have some leftovers from tonight's dinner for a couple of days. We are also doing some crockpot cooking, as well as cooking on the grill. Dinner menu is planned for the next 3 weeks, breakfast will be smoothies, lunches are usually salad, so that should be ok.

I got in a 45 minute elliptical workout this morning, then DH and I went for a 4.5 mile walk.

Mantra:

I am the only one who can do this for myself.
I make the choice of what I put in my mouth.
I make the choice to exercise daily.
I make the choice to have a positive frame of mind.
I make the choice to be healthy!

Goals for today:
~ read my mantra
~ 80 oz water
~ 17,000 steps
~ 25 flights of stairs
~ keep an open mind
~ journal every bite
~ smile at least once an hour
~ learn something new and remember what I learned
~ eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and as one snack today
~ laugh out loud today
~ focus on this lifestyle I have chosen for myself and don't sweat the small stuff

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DEEEBEE 10/12/2014 11:31PM

    Just think how much you will love your kitchen after the work is done. You will be so much better off.

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Thursday 10/9/14

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Yesterday was a tough day for me. It was the 1st Anniversary of my Mom's death. I'm not sure what I expected, but it was weird. DGD and I went to the library for story time, then met DD for lunch, visited with my Dad for a few minutes, and then came home to wait for our entertainment center delivery. My mom would have enjoyed story time and lunch, as those are 2 things she would have done with my kids when they were little. She was on my mind all day.

Today started out rushed, my alarm didn't go off so I woke up late to go to Weight Watchers. I made it just in time though. Then it was grocery shopping, dropping groceries off to Dad, coming home and putting groceries away. I walked into town to get my nails done (and to get my daily walk in!) and am home now thinking about my sleep study scheduled for tonight. I'm also already missing my little princess who is going to Florida with her Mommy today and will be gone for 2 weeks. That is the longest we have gone without seeing each other since she was born!

I'm getting things prepared for next week, packing and planning as they are going to gut our kitchen on Monday. I don't like chaos, so this is really stressing me out!

But, I need to remember.....

Mantra:

I am the only one who can do this for myself.
I make the choice of what I put in my mouth.
I make the choice to exercise daily.
I make the choice to have a positive frame of mind.
I make the choice to be healthy!

and pay attention to my......

Goals for today:
~ read my mantra
~ 80 oz water
~ 17,000 steps
~ 25 flights of stairs
~ keep an open mind
~ journal every bite
~ smile at least once an hour
~ learn something new and remember what I learned
~ eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and as one snack today
~ laugh out loud today
~ focus on this lifestyle I have chosen for myself and don't sweat the small stuff

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/12/2014 4:14PM

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DAVISM6 10/9/2014 2:28PM

    I love your mantra and daily goals! I may have to try that... Cheers! emoticon

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