Saturday, May 28, 2011
Review of Thursday:
Meals... Breakfast, lunch and supper were as planned, except I had cauliflower instead of Brussel sprouts.
Exercise... Fail. No exercise at all. Very tired all day (perhaps because I hadn’t slept all night???)
- Made a rhubarb-apple compote in the slow cooker, with rhubarb from the garden and a $1 bag of apples from the day-old shelf. It was high time I went out and picked that rhubarb!
- Clear out three boxes of stuff, including a full box of things I brought back to work yesterday!
- My “nap” turned into a three-hour sleep! So I didn’t make our lunch, we ate out (but ate the same things I had planned to make).
Review of Friday:
Meals... Again ate as planned for breakfast and lunch. We had take-out for supper – Lebanese rice, fatoush, chicken. Healthy enough except (probably) for the sodium.
Exercise... Another fail. I’m realizing that I don’t have enough “spoons” to exercise and work these days, and get everything else done that I need to do. I’ll have to figure something out to make this work better.
Activities ... A very full workday requiring heavy concentration. I did some great writing and editing, and got sent to a meeting at the last minute and was able to not only keep up with the discussion, but contribute. Not bad after being away for 1.5 years! I’m happy to see that I have very mild “chemo brain” that’s managed by lists to help me focus and remember, BUT I did use up too many spoons and was exhausted last night. Still feeling it today.
And here, I have to apologize to Team StarFish, because I have totally neglected logging anything onto the points thread this week. My head was totally not there this week, and I wasn't tracking things at all. Promise to do better this week!
Breakfast – a kinda fried rice with eggs and veg. Black coffee.
Lunch – will be making a broccoli raisin salad, and I have some cooked chicken in the fridge. Supper – Pork chops on the BBQ with veg, and a bit of rhubarb compote as a 'salsa'
My Top 4 List:
(1) Clean out fridge, in preparation of...
(2) Menu, grocery list, groceries
(3) Sort two work boxes, pack to return to work
(4) Send bday notes/cards
Also, although the doc said my Vitamin B12 was fine (but was worried that my thyroid wasn’t functioning properly, until I pointed out it was removed in 2006), I double checked my bloodwork report. Vit B12 is shown as being “insufficiency” (not as low as “deficiency”, but also not “sufficiency”), so I’ve begun to take Vitamin B12 in the morning. They say that you see results within a few days, so I’ll assess next week-end if it’s helping or not.
I'm also realizing that I'm adjusting to my "new normal", if I can put it that way. I'm still not juggling my spoons as well as I could, but I'm determined to get back to being as active as I was before the two cancers, but I'm realizing I'll have to adjust my thinking about how, and especially how soon, I get there.
On my way to having a great week-end! I hope you are too!
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 haven’t slept all night, I’m not eating nutritiously, I’m 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. I’ll 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 it’s raining outside. Plus, I’ll likely fit a nap in there somewhere!
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...
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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