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Feeling good about these last two days

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My goal on my two days off work has been for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. I surpassed that this time!

Yesterday I tried a Leslie Sansone DVD I hadn't done before, a 3 Mile Walk which was 45 minutes. Previously, the most I did was a 2 Mile Walk. I had to slow down just a bit a couple of times, and modify a few of the moves, but I kept moving the whole 45 minutes, even though I was tempted to cut it short because I was working up a sweat. I felt good though when I finished it.

With my mowing the lawn yesterday, (it takes me 22 minutes, I timed myself once), I had 67 fitness minutes for yesterday.

Today, I walked over to the Wednesday farm market and back, near my house. Total walking time, not counting the time I was actually at the market and shopping, was 10 minutes. I came home with my clothe shopping bag full of cucumbers, yellow squash, zuchinni, and small red potatoes.

Tonight I went for a 40 minute walk after dinner.

The next five days are all 3-11 shifts. Hate having to get out that late at night, but at least I can get up and eat my meals at the same time all those days. On those days, I will do at the very least one of my 15 minute 1 Mile walking DVDs. On my job, I'm on my feet all day and moving around, so I don't worry so much on those days about getting a longer workout in.

I am tired right now, but it's what they call "a good kind of tired."
I was able to sleep for two nights in a row without having to take my Ambien, and hopefully tonight I won't have to either.

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DEUCE119 8/15/2008 12:07AM


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CAROLYN0107 8/14/2008 8:31AM

    Congratulations on all your walking/exercise. I too walk with Leslie Sansone! emoticon

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MARTHA-ANN 8/14/2008 4:24AM

So glad you are feeling better and getting some good refreshing sleep.
You are doing so well. It must be hard to keep changing shifts all the time, having treatment and sticking to your programme.
I admire you for that.
Take care, thinking of you. emoticon

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This recipe is from the Hungry Girl Cook Book.

makes 1 serving

1/4 cup light vanilla soy milk*
1 TBSP fat free non dairy liquid creamer*
2 tsp malted milk powder
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp instant coffee
3 no-calorie sweetener packets
5-8 ice cubes or 1 cup crushed ice

Put all dry ingredients in a tall glass. Add 2 ounces of hot water and stir until ingredients have completely dissolved. Add ice and 5 ounces of cold water. Top off with soymilk and creamer, and give it a stir. Enjoy!

calories 69
fat 1g
carbs 11g
sugars 4g
protein 2g

* I had to make some substitutions, since I didn't have all the ingredients on hand.
I used 2% milk instead of the soymilk, and 1 1/2 tsp. powdered French vanilla creamer instead of the liquid creamer. Keep in mind that the nutrition info is for the original recipe ingredients.


Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I have that song from the Moody Blues stuck in my head for some reason, but it's a good song!

I did get some good sleep Sunday night, though I had to take my Ambien. If I hadn't, I would have been thinking about my problems all night. I felt pretty good working my 2-10 shift on Monday; I don't know if I was in a better mood than usual because of having the extra day off, or knowing I was getting out an hour earlier than usual, and knowing I had the next two days off.

The new schedule is always posted on Mondays, and for August 23-29, I only have one shift that is 3-11, a 1-10, two 12-9's and a 10-6. I was pleased that the 10-6 shift is on Monday, that is the day I usually get my groceries after work, so it is nice that I can that done earlier in the evening for a change. We also have s0me changes at work with the inventory, affecting how we do the stocking. It is suppose to start today. If it works, I think it will be a good thing; it will make all our jobs easier and more efficient.

I tried a new recipe Sunday night for some KFC Popcorn Chicken; they are baked, not fried. The recipe was for one serving, which is 25 pieces, and you cut the boneless chicken into small bite sized pieces. You coat them with seasoning, dip them in an egg white and water mixture, coat them with breadcrumbs (I used panko), then dip them a second time in the egg white mixture and again in the crumbs and bake them. They were good, but it was quite tedious dipping them all one at a time, and then having to turn the little things over halfway through the baking time. I think next time, I will try them using chicken tenders, and just baking them longer. I think they would be even better that way, and you wouldn't need to use as much of the breadcrumbs. I did like the way the panko crumbs stayed nice and crisp in the oven though.

Slept good again last night, without having to use the Ambien. Still didn't get 8 hours, but I'm sure I got at least 7.

It's still cooler than normal out, only in the 70's when I went out and mowed the lawn. The pollen count was high so I had to use my dust mask. I hate wearing those things, but it's better than getting sick from my allergies. Even though it was cooler out, I still worked up a sweat. I think I was a little dehydrated too; felt a little shaky when I came back into the house. I drank some water and had my lunch and I am feeling ok now.

I haven't decided yet if I want to go for a walk outside later this evening, or do a workout DVD. I'll check one of the weather sites later and see what the wind and the temp will be and decide from there.

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PATRICIA441 8/13/2008 10:33AM

  Sounds like you are doing well which is great. I am glad you are getting some good sleep at night too. So important for our well being. If I don't get enough sleep I get crazy with my food and don't want to exercise. Not a good combination! Keep on keeping upbeat and positive. It is all about attitude!! Hugs. Pat

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Kind of blue Sunday

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's a long story, so I won't post it here, but I have a friend mad at me, and I really don't understand it. It basically is a situation where you can't please everybody. I'm letting it upset me more than I should. I didn't give it much thought as I was working my 2-11 shift at work yesterday, but when I got home, I was feeling quite sad about it. I'm sure a lot of it was just being tired from work. But anyway, I ended up having a good cry over it, and lost some sleep over it too.

I am off today, a rare Sunday off, so I could have slept in today, but I woke up earlier than I needed too and couldn't sleep because by then my acid reflux was kicking in and I had to get up and eat something. I never really feel that great after a night without enough sleep. I did talk to another friend that knows this person, and that made me feel better, she reminded me that it is not my fault. So I am going to try to put it behind me. I will just leave her alone and give her her space right now. I don't want to do anything to start a feud, nor do I wish her any ill will. I will leave in God's hands as to whether we remain friends or not. I'm not going to spend any more time beating myself up over what I could have done differently.

I would love to get out for a walk today, it is almost fall-like outside, only in the low 70's; but the ragweed is out, and it is windy, and I'm already "sniffly" from my allergies. I didn't really feel like doing a regular workout either, but I made myself do my Leslie Sansone 15 minute Power Mile. I still need to do some light housework and change the bedsheets, so I'll at least get some activity into my day.

Tomorrow I work a 2-10 shift, then have my two regular days off. On those two days at least I will try to get 30 minute walks or workouts in.

To end this on a happier note, I am still getting compliments on my new hair cut. It's really made me feel better about myself and given me a boost to my self confidence. I find myself "walking taller" now!

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SAMIKITTY 8/10/2008 6:19PM

    I hate when you have a day off and you just feel like junk... I like to enjoy my days off, with good health! :) Oh well, can't win 'em all.

I am on Prilosec every other day for my reflux. I'm looking to try and drop down to every three days. I've done it before and it worked fine but it's easy to lapse and forget every three days instead of two.

And YAY for haircuts!! That's one of my favorite things to do for myself when I'm in a funk. Helps a ton!

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MDTWEETY 8/10/2008 5:01PM

    I hope you get things sorted out with your friend. It's always sad when a friendship falls apart, but sometimes it's for the best too. I of course don't know about the situation, but I just hope you don't lose any more sleep stressing about this.

The temperature has been so awesome here lately too. That's good but also makes me sad because I take it to mean that summer is coming to an end. Indeed, fall is JUST around the corner. Yikes!

Isn't it wonderful how a new haircut can give you renewed confidence and a pep in your step?? emoticon

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Passed another check up!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

My check up went well Tuesday afternoon, my lab work was good too.
Had my monthly infusion of Zometa. I realized after I got there I forgot to put my EMLA cream on my port; that is a numbing cream I have to put on an hour before my appointment so it doesn't hurt so much to get the IV in. It really hurt getting it put in this time, but once it was in for a minute the sting went away. I also get a Faslodex injection once per month; that hurts going in, it's injected into my back end, and it's a thick needle and they have to push it in slow. But it's a small price to pay to have my life. I also have to have a Lupron shot every 3 months and it was time for that too.

Took my Fiorcet when I got home; if I don't, I end up with a migraine after my Faslodex shot. The Fiorcet makes me sleepy, and I still have a mild headache, but no migraines! I usually just get into my pjs when I get home from a treatment and veg out in front of the tv until I get too sleepy.

Wednesday I was mildly achy and just feeling kind of "blah"; which is normal after the Zometa. I just relax and take it easy on those days, no exercise either. I'm usually fine again by Thursday.

I have it pretty easy compared to most people going through cancer treatment; I only have 2 days out of the month where it makes me feel bad, it's not all the time like when I had the chemo in 2003. I've been doing my current treatment for over a year now, I just know to plan ahead if there is anything I need to do those weeks, I do it before my appointment.

Today I had an 8-4 shift. Don't get those day shifts very often. We had a couple of brief rain showers late this afternoon. It cooled things off nicely. Around 7:30pm I went out for a half hour walk.

The picture is of Timmy and Kallie's new cat tree; they love it! Kallie likes the platforms on it, and Timmy loves taking naps in the cubby hole. In this picture it looks like the opposite though, Timmy is on the top and Kallie is on the bottom.

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LORI2008 8/8/2008 3:38PM

    You have me wondering if there are different kinds of ports. Or if they have to access yours in a different way that causes so much more pain. My nurses just have me take a deep breath whenever they access my port. I feel a bit of a bee sting, but it goes away immediately.

Rest easy!


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MDTWEETY 8/8/2008 10:58AM

    I'm so glad to hear that another checkup went well! :)
We had some rain yesterday too, and in the evening it cooled off as well. Dh and I had a nice walk with the dog. I love the pic with your kitties. Soooo cute. My cat would LOVE that. Alas, we don't have the space for it.

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IVYLASS 8/8/2008 8:07AM

    Sounds like you're doing well! When I have my chemo they spray a freezing cold numbing spray on the port stings for a bit, but I don't feel the IV going in. Is that an option for you?

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