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Review of 2012

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Well now that I sit down and think about it, 2012 was more of a down year than I originally thought.

In late February I had hernia repair surgery, took about eight weeks to fully recover from that and got back on track and started making progress again.

Then I talked hubby into a short vacation in August at the beach. That was a blessing in more ways than I ever anticipated, in September I had my annual mammogram and a lump was found, the stress from that triggered my emotional eating and although I did my best to reign it in I did gain, luckily it turned out to be a benign tumor, spent October and most of November getting back on track.

Then the beginning of December I started noticing wheezing – not good thought it was bronchitis that was until I started coughing up flecks of blood. A call to the doctor’s office and an appointment a few hours later came with a diagnosis of pneumonia. With prescription in hand, hubby drove me home so I could rest and recover – after all the holidays are in full swing.

So my wish for 2013 is to be healthy and stay on track – that isn’t asking too much is it?

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FITNESSLOVER74 1/10/2013 5:48PM

    Wow. You've had a quite a year! 2012 wasn't the best year for me either. My unemployment has been a challenge for both of us.

2013 will be better. We can choose how we react to the stressors in our lives. We can and will triumph if we choose to.

Thanks for the comment on my blog!

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SCAROUSEL1 1/7/2013 12:26AM

    Hang in there KC! 2013 has got to be better. You can do it! Health and fitness. I have faith in you!

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SUNNY332 1/6/2013 7:55PM

    Wow - You have had a lot going on. Bless your heart.

I wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Time to put 2012 behind you and
have a GREAT 2013.


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    It seems to me that you are due a fantastic year now after last year!
I hope you have great health and fun times!
Happy New Year!

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1DRWOMAN 1/6/2013 4:38AM

    Thank goodness that's over! I had that year in 2011! :) new year...keep going...everything will Improve as you get healthier...sometimes you have to work through pain and issues...even when it hurts...:) you can do it! Xo

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What a frustrating day!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I had the call back for my mammogram today and there is defiantly a mass in my left breast. They tried to do an ultrasound on the breast to get another image and do a biopsy, but my breast is too dense and the mass is just under a 1/4 of an inch. So they have to schedule the biopsy another way. Through out the process the past few days I have come to realize I have some real control issues that I need to overcome. The feeling of being out of control over this issue has sent me on an emotional spiral.

To add to the problem since my hernia surgery in February I have put weight back on and am back over 300 lbs - which is the weight limit for their equipment here, so they have to do it out of network, which is going to involve traveling a great deal of way to have the biopsy done.

Funny right about now I would be reaching for food to comfort myself, but the thought of food is making me nausea. I think I am going to ask hubby to cook dinner for the kids.

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ARNETTAMAE 9/7/2012 11:52AM

    I'm so sorry to hear your bad news on all counts. I pray God lifts you up and holds you tight!

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SUNNY332 9/7/2012 9:50AM

    What a frustrating day is right! I will be thinking of you and the journey ahead of you and will be keeping you in my prayers.

Do keep us posted.

Hugs, Sunny

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/7/2012 3:10AM

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, Stay positive and think good thoughts.

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    emoticon I wish you the best in dealing with this. Stay strong and positive.

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Its only a patch of road that is under construction

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I guess I have come a long way because I am not beating myself up.

I rolled by ankle back in the middle of May and broke it. Which of course lead me to be on crutches for almost 4 weeks. Ha, I had to go and break my right ankle too, which is located on the "good" side of my body. I have a left sided radiculopathy and a left side SI joint dysfunction, all the result of an injury I susbstained from an on the job injury twenty years ago, has it really been that long, 1991, yup 20 years. Unbelievable. So, as I was saying I was on crutches for almost 4 weeks, which did a number on my left hip (the SI joint dysfunction), during the 4 weeks I put the hip out several times, which lead to a great deal of pain in the hip and low back spasms. I basically ended up sitting all the time with my ankle elevated above my heart, changing out heating pads on my hip and back and trying to stay in a position where the pain in the hip wasn't driving me to distraction - of course because of this I felt absolutely no pain in my ankle, which the doctor said probably worked to my benefit.

Now I am out of the walking cast and trying to get active again, I feel tired and weak. I fell back into some bad habits while I was on crutches, the diet coke addition came back on strong, because I could put a can in my pocket and hobble back to the chair without having to call the five year old and worry about her spilling hot tea and possibly burning herself as she carried it to the table for me. I stopped taking my supplements - which probably lead to more pain. I started taking them again yesterday and I have already notice a drop in my pain level.

Of course the weather isn't helping we get one sunny day and then an overcast day. I am sitting here with the space heater on because it is only 65 degrees down here in the office (and it is August 2). I know I shouldn't complain most of the country is seeing unusually high temps. Triple digits and I should count my blessings that I am having to put a sweat jacket on to prevent myself from shivering. I have always thought it was easier to warm up than it is too cool down. I have been trying to motavate myself to spend more time in the yard, hubby and I did go purchase more plants for the holes in the garden that developed over the winter, but everything is running at least two weeks if not three weeks because of the cool temps and the mess the moles are making in the yard is sort of depressing me.

So as I lay in bed last night clearing my charkas and feeling my bodies energy fall back into a balanced alignment I realized even with all these set backs in the last two and half to three months I haven't berated myself once. That is something to be proud of - now I just have to rebuild my stamina, get the muscles in my ankle restrengthened and stretched out. Its funny now that it is all over I am now feeling pain in the lower leg and it is muscular. But this too will pass and I will get back on the paved portion of the road and get on with my weight loss, its just annoying to have to relose the weight.

There must have been an easier way of learning this lesson than breaking my ankle - but then again I might not have listened otherwise.

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THRICEBLESSED 8/7/2011 12:19PM

    Ouch! Keep trying, once the ankle recovers and you can get back into your usual routine things will probably start going better.

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SUNNY332 8/3/2011 7:54AM

    Great Post and best wishes as you continue to recover.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday.


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ARNETTAMAE 8/2/2011 2:37PM

    I love your upbeat attitude! Keep it up, and good luck with the rehabilitation!

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More Garden shots

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The front eye bed

The new Japanese Hydrangea in the backyardto replace the passion flower vine that died over the winter.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 7/31/2011 10:40AM

    Very nice!

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ARNETTAMAE 7/31/2011 7:27AM

    You certainly have a very green thumb; your yard is beautiful!!! Seeing the beauty and picturing you working there reminds me of my Grandmother's favorite poem which I have on a plaque in my tiny condo garden:

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth;
One is nearer God's heart in the garden,
Tnan anywhere else on earth.

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SUNNY332 7/31/2011 7:16AM

    Your yard looks amazing. Good job on all the hard work. It is paying off.


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    Everything is so lovely. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHope you enjoy your virtual flowers. Directions: Use 8 8oz glasses a day. Best Wishes!

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Garden pictures

Monday, July 25, 2011

Now that it is starting to warm up here in the Pacific Northwest the garden is starting to bloom and with the additions that were added this past weekend to fill in the spots left by plants that didn't make the December freeze it is starting to look nice.

This little guy didn't like his picture being taken- he dived bombed me just after I snapped it. Apparently we have a turf war going on between several nesting pairs of humming birds

This is the latest bed addition, I found a use for the rusty wheelbarrow that came with the house, the kids planted the sweet peas that are just starting to bloom, the hummingbirds love the red flowers called Lucifer - croscomia.

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SUNNY332 7/26/2011 10:41AM

    Your garden looks amazing. Love the Sweet Peas in the wheel barrow.

Can't wait to see more pictures.

Sunny emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL70 7/25/2011 9:22PM

    Love the flowers. I also miss seeing Hummingbirds.

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REDBUBBLES 7/25/2011 6:32PM

    I broke down and went and purchased several hummingbird feeders this morning at Fred Myers - apparently there aren't enough flowers in the yard to go around. Still trying to get the other pictures to upload.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 7/25/2011 6:11PM

    Hummingbirds are so much fun! They sure do fight over our feeder.
Your flowers are beautiful!

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