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A difficult day

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today was a difficult day. Tried a protein smoothie for breakfast for the first time ever, and I guess it didn't agree with me. Just sapped all my energy, wound up falling asleep for a couple of hours.

I was supposed to plan the menu and bulk cooking for this week-end, and do groceries for it, but no way I was able to put all that thinking together in logical order. Slept again in late afternoon, and am off to bed now because I'm again falling asleep on the sofa.

I'm hoping this isn't a sign that I've returned to work too quickly. Even if my breakfast wasn't the best thing for my particular metabolism, it shouldn't have bothered me all day! Call me frustrated and a little nervous...

  
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SWEETNSKINNY 5/21/2011 12:07PM

    I'm sorry that the protein drink didnt agree with you! hoping you feel better today!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/20/2011 12:27PM

    emoticonfeel beter !

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/20/2011 11:20AM

    Did the drink have too much sugar. Some are loaded with carbs/sugars and it will make you very sleepy.

Check the label.

Just a thought.

Hope you are doing better today.



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JECKIE 5/20/2011 10:49AM

    Working will probably drain you for a while. It'll get better!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/20/2011 4:06AM

    Was yesterday a day you were to go to work? I guess you can't try anything 'new' right now with respect to your eating.

I do hope you feel better today! TGIF!!

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JULIEANNCAN 5/20/2011 1:01AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you were so tired today. It kind of sounds like how I was feeling/am feeling sometimes, which makes me wonder if I need to get myself checked out. Anyhow, I hope that you will be forgiving with yourself and your body. You have been through a lot. Be kind to yourself. emoticon

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Return to work!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Returning to work yesterday after having been away for 1.5 years was glorious! I missed my team and the interaction, the exchange of ideas and the joking and teasing. They're a wonderful bunch of people, and I'm very blessed to have their support and friendship. One of them had even cleaned and dusted everything in my office so I wouldn't have to worry about a mess when I got back (there were people occupying the office on-and-off while I was away). It just felt like returning home, in a way, and made things so much easier.

This morning, we ran some errands, including picking up some things I needed for the office. I'll be going back on Friday (only two days per week for a month), and getting settled in. The rest of today was pretty much lounging around, as I hadn't slept much last night and was exhausted.

The plan for tomorrow is to get on my bike and exercise, and then set up a menu of sorts in preparation for week-end cooking. My DH and son are out of town for a soccer tournament, but my sister is going to come over and help me stock up the freezer.

I hope everyone has had a great first half of the week. Let's finish it off strong Thursday and Friday!

  
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RUBYTWOSDAY 5/20/2011 10:14AM

    So very happy to hear your first day back at work went well! Don't forget you'll need to do baby steps at work for a while and don't overdo. It takes time to get back into the groove!

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LISED58 5/19/2011 7:50PM

    Super! You did it. :)

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SUNRISE14 5/19/2011 4:09PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/19/2011 8:50AM

    I'm so glad you are enjoying getting back to work. Having a pleasant place to work always makes it easier.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/19/2011 4:46AM

    I am so happy your first day back was so great! I am thrilled for you!! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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JULIEANNCAN 5/19/2011 1:12AM

    I'm so glad you had a good first day back! :) YAY!!!

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Quiet Sunday leads to Active Monday

Monday, May 16, 2011

A little of this, a little of that...

Saturday I went to a consignment shop and found a couple of treasures: a vest and pant set for the summer, and a really good raincoat with detachable hood. I've been putting of shopping for a coat because of the energy it would take, but this one is perfect and I didn't even expect to find anything in my browsing. Have I mentioned before how I love consignment and thrift shops? I made up for it by buying some semi-dressy looking shoes for work that I can wear with my toe still bandaged. Cost a fortune, but I try not to regret the cost of good shoes. I have such a high instep, it's difficult to find shoes that support me properly.

Yesterday was my alternate "off" day; I actually had to take a two-hour nap in the afternoon! But we started the day right, with DH and I going out for a healthy breakfast and a skim milk cappucino (for me, he had just coffee). Did the menu and groceries. All that was done by 10:30 a.m., with some cooking done in the afternoon (and DH BBQing some chicken breasts). I feel ready for a nutritious week.

I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, where he'll tell me what's up with this Vitamin B12 defficiency. I tested at normal levels in February, so this kind of surprised me. Curioser and curioser! But it does explain why I've started having problems with my energy levels again (which I was blaming on last year's chemo/radiation treatments). Just goes to show how easy it is to overlook something, and it's always worth checking things out!

I'm a little nervous anticipating returning to work tomorrow (Tuesday). I've been away for 1.5 years, and so much has changed. It's exciting to think of all the new stuff that's going on and sliding back into working with my team. I work with a great team! I'll be spending part of today getting ready for that: checking the stuff I brought home and deciding what I want to bring back, preparing my snack stash, etc.

For now, I'm going off to my stat bike and I-Pod. Can't do it without the music!

Have a great week everyone!

  
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JULIEANNCAN 5/17/2011 1:29AM

    Best wishes to you with your return to work! I hope you got good news at the doctor. I love thrift shops too! I'm glad you found some treasures! :) emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/16/2011 10:15AM

    I need to go explore the thrifts shops ... you'll have to share the location with me :)

Good luck on your first day back to work tomorrow. You WILL have an emoticon week!

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JECKIE 5/16/2011 10:11AM

    Have a wonderful week!

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Oh Look! Thereís my Perspective!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I lost my perspective a little bit on Friday. Hearing that Thursdayís walk, which had felt so good and strong, had set back my healing by 3-4 days was disheartening. But I took a deep breath, then another, and found my perspective.

Really, I should have expected problems because the doctor had told me that I shouldnít do any walking. The action of pushing off the toe when you walk is the issue, and thereís no avoiding that when you walk. In the heat of the moment (sunshine, feeling great, fresh air), I forgot that little tiny limitation. Stupid chemo toenail.

But, besides learning that hard lesson Ė and it was very hard to swallow Ė I learned something else.

The biking Iíve been doing on the stationary bike is really, really helping. A lot. I had stamina, my legs didnít hurt during or after my walk, or the next day, despite the fact that I havenít been walking/hiking in literally a few years. Already, Iím so much stronger than I was and it was such a gradual improvement that I didnít even notice.

And that? That is so very encouraging! So Iíll be sitting on my stationary bike, cycling away with my I-Pod while everyone else is out there hiking, thank you very much. And in about a month, Iíll be out there with the rest of you!

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GENEVIEVE_KING 5/15/2011 9:01PM

    such a great, encouraging blog. you have bravery, and stamina, and i agree - the stationery bike definitely pays off, in a lot of ways... so if that works, go for it, girl!!

we are only limited by what comes out of our minds... or something like that... i'll have to look that quote up... i think it's buddha or gandhi.

emoticon, emoticon, and then emoticon some more for me!

yours, jen

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FITGRL124 5/15/2011 12:19PM

    This is emoticon (well not the overdoing it of course but the perspective)! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/15/2011 9:48AM

    Looking forward to hopefully meeting in person and walking together one day!

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KRISTA64 5/15/2011 9:12AM

    You go girl!!!

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KAREN_NY 5/15/2011 8:46AM

    emoticon You can't keep a good woman down!! emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 5/15/2011 1:14AM

    So glad to hear that biking is working for you! I, too, bike because my plantar fasciitis flares up too much when I walk too much. Wishing you all the best!

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SUNRISE14 5/14/2011 11:05PM

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GO-LOEW 5/14/2011 10:14PM

    It is wonderful to hear how you have improved. Maybe the toe problem was worth it because you got the confirmation how far you have come. Now you know that when you finally get to go hiking and walking that you will be strong from all your bike riding.

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SWEETNSKINNY 5/14/2011 9:46PM

    So wonderful you have a new positive perspective! You ENJOY that bike, I think its so great that you are noticing its benefits!!!

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PENELOPEHOPE 5/14/2011 9:41PM

    Whoop whoop! This cheer is sent to you for your really great attitude to having to wait to walk and not giving up. Great work. Cycle on!

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CARLYG8 5/14/2011 9:32PM

    oh...I am sorry that your walk set you back a couple of days! I know how hard it must be to feel better, and want to walk, and get out in the sunshine, but remember...baby steps when it comes to healing. You can't rush it. Good news that you have the bike, and that you can tell that it is helping.
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Full stop.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Well, I had my check-up today to assess the healing of my toe surgery. She says I put myself back a few days by walking. Ugh. It felt so good to walk, like old times, but I knew when I changed my bandage there was trouble because it was full of fluid. This has just confirmed it.

Iíll be sticking to the stationary bike and core/upper strength training for the foreseeable future. Thatís all; I have no other words.

  
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SWEETNSKINNY 5/13/2011 5:39PM

    Aww I'm sorry to hear you have to temporarily stop your walking :( hopefully it wont be too long till you're out there again!

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JMCADE 5/13/2011 3:02PM

    So sorry that you can't get the walking in. But it is good to hear that you are still getting in some exercise.

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