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Getting back to normal

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My part-time return to work has led to a loss of focus for me this week, and I need to get back on track. I havenít slept all night, Iím not eating nutritiously, Iím disorganized. So my plan for the day is as follows:

Breakfast today was:
Omega 3 eggs, 1 slice walnut bread, turkey sausage, black coffee

Chickpea salad, and pasta salad, and a small can of tuna in water. Iíll have the same at work tomorrow.

Leftovers: Mashed potatoes, Brussel sprouts, stewed beef and mushrooms.

Since today is a non-work day, I plan to do both cardio (stationary bike) and strength (core and upper).

Aside from that, doing household chores is the name of the game today since itís raining outside. Plus, Iíll likely fit a nap in there somewhere!

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KELPIE57 6/9/2011 4:29PM

    nap, good word!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/27/2011 11:29AM

    Hope you get back on track with this plan!

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    A change in routine always challenges us to keep up with the 'healthy habits' we have formed. Sounds like you are making headway and will do great!!

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JUSTYNA7 5/26/2011 10:22AM

    Sounds excellent. Step by step! You have the resources and I think you are right, the key is focus. Great plan.

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/26/2011 9:30AM

    There ya go. Having a "plan" is an excellent. Now stick with it. It takes time to adjust sometimes to new things.

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MUMMYUK2 5/26/2011 8:14AM

    Remember 1 day at a time emoticon

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TODDERICKV 5/26/2011 8:05AM

    Yes, I have had a rough few days and heading into a weekend out of town. I am trying to get back on track today.

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JECKIE 5/26/2011 8:04AM

    Sounds like a great plan! You just need to figure out your "new" schedule and I'm sure it'll all work just fine. :)

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Feeling much better, thank you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Yesterday was so blah, I was nearly afraid to go to work today. But off to work I went, and things went very smoothly.

It helped immensely that my DH called me around lunch time to tell me that the soccer week-end had been cancelled. The fields are too wet to play on. So my disorganized week-end has suddenly turned into: now I have transportation to pick up plants, and help to put them in!

I did learn my lesson this week (I think... it seems I need to keep re-learning it!): I promise that I will not overdo it tomorrow, will properly consider how many "spoons" I have to spend and spend them wisely so I'm not flat on my back Sunday or Monday. Tuesday I'm back to work again.

ETA Also, a non-scale victory! I bought a new pair of jeans in a smaller size a couple of weeks ago, hoping to get out of those elastic-waist jeans. Well, today I forgot I was wearing my new jeans and I pulled them down without unbuttoning/unzipping them. Hmmm... maybe I'll need smaller jeans soon! Gotta go basement shopping this week-end!

Have a happy Sparkly week-end!

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JULIEANNCAN 5/21/2011 1:40AM

    So glad you're feeling better! Have a lovely weekend! :)

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RUTHXG 5/20/2011 10:06PM

    So glad you're feeling better & looking forward to a productive weekend! And yes, it's so important to pace yourself--you're still recovering from some Big Stuff.

Hurray for smaller jeans!


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JECKIE 5/20/2011 9:11PM

    I love that jeans story! That's amazing. Gotta love it!
I'm right there with you on watching what I do this weekend - rest and recharge this weekend, and enjoy your plants!

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/20/2011 7:48PM

    Sounds like things are really coming together for the weekend.

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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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    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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    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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    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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