Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I registered for a health coach through a program at work, and as part of the program I received a Fitbit Plus. I've set it up to sync with SparkPeople -- hopefully that will work.
I also get three hours of training with a health coach, as well as three with an exercise coach. Will likely also do a few hours with a nutritionist and possibly a naturopath. If the naturopath doesn't work there, I'll just go back to the one I was going to before. She's back from maternity leave now and seeing patients again.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I had my annual check up yesterday, and the doc has (again) ok'd minimal exercise until we get some test results back. So I'm ok for the stationary bike for short (10 minutes) of time. I'll be trying out some of the Spark videos as well. I also had my first telephone consultation with a wellness coach (a new service provided through work) and will have a fitness coach at end of March. It's only for three sessions each, but it will get me on the right track. My aim is to be ready to go walking once the nice weather comes.
Aside from that, work is crazy busy so not much time or energy to blog or even visit my Spark friends. We only have three people working on our program, and one is on leave until the end of March. Our Admin assistant is also on leave for three weeks, having just had emergency surgery. ARGH! Somehow, the workload and expectations don't really go down although they know we're short two people!
I'm off now to get a prescription filled and then to plan food for tomorrow and Saturday (when, I hope, I will have the energy to do a good, well thought out menu and groceries!)
Happy sparking everyone!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Well, although the welcome was wonderful when I returned to work after surgery -- I truly have the most supportive colleagues in the world! -- being back has been difficult. It has surprised me, because the other returns after cancer treatments seemed to go smoother for me. Perhaps it results from an accummulation from all the body trauma.
In any event, I tire much more easily now, and am most often asleep in the car on the way home. Attention to food and exercise has gone by the wayside as I struggle to just stay afloat.
To compound things, the cold/flu/pneumonia decimated my workplace while I was off, and they didn't have one week where all staff (except me) were there. Just about everyone n the team was off sick at least a week, and one is still off. Two are going on extended leave for various reasons of two or more months, and I can still only work 4 days per week. Expectations "from above", however, are the same if not greater. I'm a little anxious about how all of this will work out.
With all of this going on, I'm afraid I haven't been active on SparkPeople as I would like to be. I hope all my SparkFriends are doing well and staying warm with this freezing weather.
Hanging in there!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Yesterday was just so full of awesome, and a great way to start the week-end!
I went to the surgeon's to get the results of the pathology report from my hysterectomy (which came because I was hemoraging and they found some pre-cancerous cells). Well, great news! The path report showed no cancer! Frankly, I expected bad news as I've had two primary cancers (thyroid and breast). I guess third time is the charm!
Yesterday was also a day of running around for medical appointments. I had bloodwork done early in the morning to go see my breast cancer oncologist in the afternoon, at one hospital. Between that was the surgeon for the hysterectomy, at another hospital. Usually, I would have gone home between appointments.
Yesterday, I stayed at the first hospital, did some planning for tasks to be done at home and did some walking. I got nearly 1800 steps in, which is enormous for me as I have been mostly sedentary for quite a while. I did it in three spurts of activity, but it is still 1800 steps over and above what I would have normally done. I'm so proud of myself for (1) having planned it (2) having done it and (3) not having overdone it!
My discussion with my oncologist also confirmed for me, though, that I need to get to my naturopath now that she's back from mat leave. When I told my oncologist I want to get back to my active life (biking, hiking, skating...), he said he didn't care about weight or blood pressure or cholesterol or that type of thing. All he cares about is cancer and I'm perfect because I have none. Not really the holistic approach I like to hear from my caregivers! First on my list next week is setting up an appointment with my naturopath, so I now have a way forward as well.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
So this recovery from the hysterectomy is not at all what I expected! There is no pain, and I can move quite normally. However, I thought I would try a low-impact cardio Ė just 15 minutes Ė and that was a bad idea. I experienced pain in the abdomen, so I stopped after three minutes. So Iím guessing anything that has to do with using core muscles for the exercise is out for now. Iím still waiting for my follow-up appointment with the surgeon, but for now I will stick to the short Qi Gong video and perhaps walking when itís warm enough or when I can get to the mall.
Other than that, my body is finally rebelling after so long of really very bad sleep habits. Iíve never been a good sleeper. As a natural night owl (even as a baby and child) and a light sleeper, sleeping during regular hours has always been difficult. Yet I have a day job, so I try. Since Iíve been on sick leave, itís been so much worse. Compounding that is that we got rid of our mattress before getting our new one, and so have been a week without a mattress. Yep, that leads to me sleeping on the sofa again. Iíve given the one mattress we have Ė a single Ė to my DH so he can sleep. He is still working , after all.
Today is the day Ė our new mattress is arriving between 3 and 6 this afternoon. I really have to discipline myself to shut down electronics early (around 9 pm), find a good book to read (but that I can put down to sleep), and settle myself in with my CPAP machine and develop some good sleeping habits. I know it will make the world of difference in how I feel!
Earlier this week, recipes went out; my sister took some, but our recycling bin is overflowing at this point! Recipe books will be going to the library or freecycle. This morning, I did some serious kitchen declutering Ė the spices and the baking cupboard are cleared. It feels good, as a lot of the baking cupboard especially is stuff I canít eat since Iíve become gluten free.
And thatís with only half the day gone. Wonder what the rest will bring?
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