Thursday, August 05, 2010
This is another Hungry Girl recipe.
You can find the True Lemon products in the baking aisle of the grocery store near the sweeteners.
I made this last night and it was so good! It really did taste like pie.
I added some fresh strawberries to mine too.
UPSIDE DOWN LEMON CREAM PIE FOR ONE
one 60 calorie sugar free vanilla pudding snack
2 packets True Lemon
1/4 cup fat free whipped topping, divided
1/2 sheet (2 crackers) low fat honey graham crackers, crushed
Place pudding, True Lemon, and 2 TBSP topping in a bowl.
Mix well. Top with remaining 2 TBSP whipped topping and crushed crackers.
Per serving: (entire recipe) 120 calories, 1.5g fat, 25g carbs, 4g sugars, 1.5g protein
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Yesterday's chemo took a little longer than usual. My doctor is still short one chemo nurse, but she should be back in about 2 weeks, recovered from her foot surgery. They didn't have me see the doctor before chemo, as they usually do, just got me right into a chair to do the blood draw for the CBC they need before they start. But that was ok; I didn't have any new symptoms to report or any questions.
They are changing the computer software at the hospital, and they started yesterday; the computers were down a lot and it took a long time to get my blood back from the lab. I had my Zometa first, then nausea meds, then the chemo. My appt. time was 2:45pm, and I didn't get out of there til after 6pm.
Have been feeling kind of "gassy" and crampy since then, but they gave me different nausea meds yesterday, so that might be some of it. Or perhaps just something I ate. Only got 5 hours of sleep last night. Can't blame it all on the steroids they gave me with the chemo, as I stayed up til 2am to finish a book. I woke up at 7:30am and couldn't get back to sleep, so I got up at 8am.
I got my TENS unit today from Amazon; I still have to read the directions and get it set up. I'm usually pretty achy on days 2-4 after chemo, so I will probably try it out tomorrow.
Went for my Neulasta injection at 2pm. I was at the hospital a half hour for that because the staff was still learning how to use the new software, and all my meds had to be re-entered. Lucky for me I remembered to bring a book with me this time.
The steroids are keeping most of the sciatica pain away today. I felt like I had a walk in me today, but it was too hot and humid. So I did a Leslie Sansone Power Mile DVD instead.
We really need some rain here; just came in from watering my plants. Gave them a good soaking because I probably won't be up to it tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Had another sinus headache last night that was turning into a migraine; had to take my Imitrex at bedtime last night. Tis the season for my allergies again. My eyes are red and watery all the time now, but the worst part is the sinus headaches. Unfortunately, I can't take any allergy meds to prevent my symptoms, because I am too sensitive to the side effects, and I've tried them all.
It was hard to get up again this morning, but I had to get my groceries since I didn't do that yesterday. It's hot and humid today; wonder if that's why almost all the other shoppers looked so grumpy today. They are probably the same people who complained about how cold it was this winter. I don't like the heat and humidity either, but I don't see the point in complaining about it. And we don't have it as bad here in Michigan as some of the other states have had it this summer. The only smiling faces I saw in there today (other than the employees) was a lady I use to work with, (she was smiling because she was on vacation!) and a disabled man in one of those electric carts; and that made me think, if he can be smiling, why not all those other people who should be thankful that they have two good legs to walk on?
I'm not saying people need to have a smile pasted on their face constantly, but it doesn't hurt to give someone a smile when you pass by them, or at least take the frown off your face. I just felt a lot of negative vibes from people today, and that tends to make me feel grumpy too.
I bought a lightweight sweater today that I had been admiring; I was waiting for them to go on sale, and today they were $10. I really wanted the cranberry color, but it was out in my size, so I got this gray one instead. I have a pair of dusty pink jeans that will look great with it. The sweater has a cowl neck, is fitted, and has 3/4 length sleeves.
I am blogging early today, because I have to leave for my chemo in about 2 hours, and I will probably be too tired to blog when I get home. This will be #7; not sure how many total treatments I am getting, but I think it's 12; if that's the case, I am half done. I'll be there about 3 hours. Already have my book and my snacks packed in my bag. And when I get home, I have the chicken and noodles I made last night that I can reheat.
Monday, August 02, 2010
I met a friend at Bob Evans for breakfast this morning. Had a very enjoyable time. I ordered from the "Fit from the Farm" menu; I got what I think is called the "pick 3" breakfast; you had your choice of 5-6 things for a total of $4.99. I got the light eggs, wheat toast, and a fruit & yogurt parfait. I also like how they had the nutrition info by each item. It's hot and humid today, but I actually had hot tea for my beverage, it was cold in the restaurant.
Went to Rite Aid and Kmart after that. I had a great Rite Aid shopping trip today; my total before my Wellness card and coupons was $88; after swiping the card, using UP Rewards from last week, coupons, and a $5 off $25 purchase, my grand total was $31.95. I got $6.50 in UP Rewards to use next time, and also getting back $12 in rebates.
Got a couple of good deals at Kmart too; Sobe water was $1, used a buy on get one free coupon, and got two 10 packs of Bic pens for 50¢ each; they were on sale for $1 and I had a coupon for $1 off on 2.
My main reason for going to Kmart today was because I wanted to look at a tip they had in their ad, the sleeveless henley in the picture on sale for $12; I thought it would be a great piece for layering, especially with a cardigan, and I love the ruffles on it. I also found a short sleeve jacket, kind of a "drapey" style, that actually looks cute with the top too. I think when the weather gets cooler I will wear them with my skinny style jeans. I'd also love to find a cute pair of ankle boots for fall; hoping to find some at a good price that won't hurt my feet. I love it when all the new fall clothes come out!
(This looks much cuter on than it does on the hangar)
I got my chicken started cooking in the crock pot this afternoon, making lemon dill chicken. I'll have leftovers for a few days, which is a good thing, with chemo this week I sure won't feel like cooking.
I did ok with the hip pain while I was shopping, but after being back home a couple of hours it started to hurt. Just did a gentle work out today with the light weights and stability ball.
Going to try my best to get up early tomorrow; I want to get to the store for my groceries before it gets busy, and too hot out. My chemo will be at 2:45pm, so I want to have enough time at home before I leave for that so I don't have to be in a rush to eat my lunch and I just want to have some time to relax and play on the computer a bit before my appointment.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I spent some time this weekend catching up on the housework and laundry, since I have chemo #7 on Tuesday. Yesterday I was really feeling some fatigue, even though I thought I slept pretty good the night before, but the fatigue is just something that goes along with the chemo. My sciatica pain was bad yesterday too, so between that and being so tired, I didn't get any workout in yesterday. I ended up with 115 fitness minutes for the week, and 312 for the month. That's a lot less than I had for May and June, but I am feeling the cumulative effects of all the chemos so far, and some of the rainy and humid weather didn't help with my pain either. I am disappointed that I didn't do as well with the fitness minutes as I did for May and June, but all I can do is move on and try to do better. I can't blame the chemo and the sciatica though for the days I just lacked the motivation.
I did some light cleaning yesterday, and did the heavier cleaning today and also the laundry. I also planned ahead for my dinner when I get home from chemo on Tuesday; it's in the afternoon, so it will be dinner time when I get home. I know I won't feel like cooking, and I wanted something more than just a frozen dinner. I decided on lemon dill chicken in the crock pot, something I've made before, and it's mild enough for my stomach after a chemo. I took the chicken out of the freezer and it's thawing in the fridge; I'll start it cooking tomorrow afternoon, then I can just reheat it on Tuesday. I don't like leaving my crock pot on if I'm not home while the food is cooking, even though I know a lot of people do, so that's why I am cooking it tomorrow instead of Tuesday.
Another side effect of the chemo is thinning hair; it started about a month after the first chemo. Before, I'd notice it mostly after I washed my hair, but last night, while I was reading in bed, I had a few long hairs come out and fall onto my book. Oddly enough, even though it is thinning, it is still growing too. I'll have to make an appointment soon to have my bangs trimmed. I really want to grow it out again to the length I had before getting it cut for chemo, but I think it would be best to wait til the chemo is all done. I know a lot of people like me in short hair, but I am happier with it longer, and I need to do what makes me happy.
This morning, I wasn't quite so tired. It was in the low 70's when I got up, so after breakfast, I went for a 10 minute walk, and watered the plants. Had to take a half a pain pill, but not feeling too bad now. Just a little light headed from the Sudaphed I had to take for a sinus headache. I'm pretty sensitive to that stuff, so even just one will make me feel that way, and I sometimes get a few heart palpitations from it too, so I only take it when I really have too. August is usually when my seasonal allergies start up again, and last into fall.
I hope I don't sound like I am whining! Really, the weekend hasn't been that bad. I didn't get everything done I wanted to do, but the important stuff all got done.
I really enjoyed watching all the birds around my feeders too; quite a variety out there; I have a lot of finches and starling, and have also seen woodpeckers, cardinals, mourning doves, chickadees, and red wing black birds. I also had 3 squirrels chasing each other around the yard at one point. I had one climbing up the shepard's hooks I have a couple of bird feeders on. After I took these pictures, I put some Vaseline on the pole to try and discourage them. I don't mind them eating the bird seed so much, I just don't want them to damage the feeders.
Here's one of the woodpeckers I had in my yard.
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