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Critical NSV!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I went to renew my prescription for my meds (replacement for thyroid that was removed, so will be on them forever), and the pharmacist asked to review my meds list with me as they're updating their systems. We obviously kept was the thyroid med, and I told her to remove one that I'm reacting to so have stopped - will be replaced with another as it's to prevent the cancer from coming back.

Out of a very long list of meds (various migraine meds, three different meds for blood pressure, etc), that was it. I've been off the other meds for months now.

Now, I have been working out with a trainer one or two times a week for the past year - still haven't been able to regularly do three times a week. I have not lost a substantial amount of weight, but I am able to do more and have more stamina. The medication situation is just another confirmation that I'm on the right track, and that NSV are the things to aim for, at least for me. The scale victories will come later.

Stepping it up in 2013!
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BLUEANGELLK 1/16/2013 7:57AM

    Great!!!Keep it Up!

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KELPIE57 1/16/2013 7:54AM

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Trying hard to take the long view

Monday, January 14, 2013

I seem to be having problems with my meds again - at least, I'm falling asleep everywhere on a moment's notice. I haven't fallen asleep at work yet, but I am sleeping on the way to and on the way home (no, I don't drive!). I see my oncologist at the end of the month and will be discussing it with him. The other thing is that I seem to be reacting to my other new meds, and getting itchy everywhere. Ugh. Baking soda baths it is for me for the next couple of days!

Aside from that, though, I have to say that I'm feeling quite serene with some major decisions I've taken lately. DH and I decided to postpone any travel plans to when I have more energy. We had hoped to take a 25-day trip in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. It's a waste though to spend a lot of money on a major trip when I know I won't be able to do the things we love to do (hiking, canoeing, basically being active and out there!) It was a tough decision to make because it's what has been keeping me going in some ways. But now, it just means more time to plan, and perhaps a trip to Europe (which we wouldn't have done in February as it's too cold).

Also, sarting in February I'll be working four days a week instead of five. Sure, it cuts into my salary and benefits, but I just don't have the stamina to do a full five days. I think I haven't been able to do five days in a row since before summer. This will give me a chance to catch up on my energy, and then once I have to catch up on the rest of my life!

I continue to work out with my trainer; in fact, I just got back from the gym. She has this great way of managing my various issues, and finds ways to help me work through them rather than sit everything out. I am truly blessed that they assigned her to my case. I can do more now than I ever thought I could.

So that's it, just a few notes about where I'm at right now. Happy Sparking everyone!

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JUSTYNA7 1/15/2013 4:59PM

    I'm very proud of you. I know that you are pushing pushing pushing. I know you WANT to do more and this body is your limiting factor. All about the balancing act. Hopefully it IS the meds and it can be figured out. I have taken my darling blue haired daughter and I off sulfates as apparently they can cause itchiness and grumpy feelings. For me I'm hoping it will improve my skin... so scaly and dry and I know it is not the pool. Wouldn't it be nice to just have a scanner that could ID exactly what the problem is instead of this experimenting? I do miss coffee. I do have hopes of reaching the "next level" this week.... although I know that what I plan and what God plans are sometimes out of synch (an understatement). I feel like I am doing MY part and if nothing else I can feel like I am pushing that boundary of what I am able to do a little wider. All my daughters, DH and I went to a meet up for life drawing. It was awesome! It is every Saturday so I hope to go some more. I already see improvements in my own drawing after just going twice. Practice practice practice! Harp lessons today were very good despite my worries that I had not improved. I forget sometimes that the teacher is there to help me improve. She worked on slowing me down and on specific technique and we agreed to have me work 2 weeks on it before the next lesson. I'm actually excited to have more time as I feel like this will really improve my overall playing! Hugs to DH and BIG BIG hugs to you. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 1/15/2013 4:10AM

    You are doing well, both with the planning and with pacing yourself.

I also like your idea of postponing the trip / celebration until you feel more up to doing the things you enjoy. And if you DO get over here to Europe - you'll make a stop in England, yes? Like - in Manchester?
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KELPIE57 1/15/2013 3:10AM

    Sounds as if you are taking the best decisions for you, and should you come to Europe, let me know

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"To do's", "Accomplishments" and "WooHoo's"

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fellow SparkFriend KASEYCOFF has inspired me! I've always been a relatively organized person, and could list you the advantages and disadvantages of just about any organizing system by glancing at it. I have an ongoing "to do" list, and a daily one. However, one thing that always irked me about my daily "to do" list was reviewing it at the end of the day and reminding myself how much I had not accomplished. Somehow, those items not checked off just seem to garner more of my attention than those that are checked off. And I used to review my "to do" at the end of the day to plan my next day.

No more!

Kasey suggests a list of accomplishments instead, to appreciate what you actually have done. Now why have I never thought of that? So I'll be combining them (because I just can't let go of that "to do" list cold turkey!). I'll have a "to do" in the morning, and an "Accomplishments" in the evening, and only look at my "to do" to review and do a new one the next day. Accomplishments will be held close to my heart forever LOL! I'm also going to be trying BOGUSANNIE's WooHoo jar idea. At this rate, I'll have a lot of concrete reminders of my successes!

Thanks Kasey and Annie!!!

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JUSTYNA7 1/15/2013 5:05PM

    Especially important because how many times do you get to the end of the day and have NOTHING done on your to do list because other things came up that HAD TO BE DONE. LOL, yesterday was certainly one of those days. I kept getting distracted with requests and realizing that in order to do something I had to do something else first. To do lists are not a reflection of our accomplishments. They are tools to help us achieve our goals... we just don't always know what should be on them! I think I told you the story of my DH... he had so many projects around the house on the go that he felt overwhelmed. One day he went around with a sticky pad and as I walked around realized he had written "work in progress" on them. When I asked he explained that he was working on them when he could, when a part came in, when the weather was better... many reasons why he could not scratch them off his to do list but he was still working on them. I liked it.

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 1/12/2013 11:26PM

    This is a GREAT idea! I, too, am a "to do" list-er, but I always seem to add to it throughout the day until I feel like I've gotten few things done. What a positive spin! I might just try this, too. :D

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/12/2013 6:19PM

    LOVE it!!!

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KASEYCOFF 1/12/2013 6:00AM

    I am so glad it "sparked" (!) an idea, hon--!

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KELPIE57 1/12/2013 3:27AM

    Nice and positive!

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I'm a weeble!

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Remember those toys: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. Well, that’s me. I’ve been a weeble for the past few months, wobbling but not actually falling down. I was trying to think this morning what changed, and the only thing I could think of was that we got rid of the TV/cable. Well, that’s counter-intuitive to me; you would think I would be more active.


I realize now that most of my bad guys are traps that I’ve created myself. For example:
* The computer – spend much too much time on it, and we now watch tv shows on the computer, watch lots of you tube, etc.
* Seating – whether it’s a chair, the sofa, whatever. Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time means not moving!
* Liquid calories – For some reason, I’ve fallen into drinking juice instead of eating fruit with lunch, or doing both which I’ve learned is WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR for me. Other calories I drink are a protein shake after I exercise, but this is experimental at this point. I’m trying to find a way to steady my glucose levels so that I’m not zonking out after going to the gym. Ok as long as I don’t forget those calories! So, anyway, back to my “no liquid calories” rule in 2013 (except for the protein shake).

The way I’ll battle my bad guys? The usual, which boils down to “do good for myself”. Drink more water, more often. Do small bursts of exercise. Brush and floss my teeth (discourages additional eating). Plan ahead and eat healthy meals and snacks. Attend to my living space.

Counter the sitting at work: Get up and walk around the floor. Go downstairs or upstairs to go to the washroom. Stand instead of sit when I’m reading documents. (Explore having a “standing” station). Sitting on my ergo “kneeling chair” at work for some of the time. Stealth exercises when I go to the washroom, at the copier.

Counter sitting at home: Sit on my ball when at my home desk. Stealth exercises when I go to the washroom. Walking to pick up the mail. Walking to the grocery store, the library, the drugstore.

Unresolved issues: Mostly my medication, which was changed and is causing me even more pain in the ankles and heels, and now hip and pelvis. Will be speaking to the onco this week about trying something else.

So those are my quick thoughts this morning. I hope to be back to Sparking more often in 2013, and wish everyone all the best for the New Year!

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JUSTYNA7 1/11/2013 10:23AM

    Love the title. La la la la but they don't fall down... Ah... memories. You have to admit they were cute. YOU are cute. OK, to work.

Great blog and great plan. Saying it outloud is the start.

First thing that came to mind is the stabilizing of glucose. Mmm. I have had a couple of lows lately and a fellow member recommended "Extend" bars which have been designed for diabetics. I found mine at Loblaws in the diabetic section. Not cheap. I think they go on sale sometimes. May not work with your food sensitivities. 5 g fibre; 11 g protein; 150 cal, They end up only having 1 net carb which is pretty impressive. They claim to be able to stabilize your blood sugars for up to 9 hours!
Ingrediants for this package include: soy protein isolate, cornstarch, arabinogalactane, milk protein isolate. I have no idea what these all mean.... but those are claimed to be the medicinal ingredients. Then there is malitol, peanut butter, chocolate, sucralose as the main other ingredients. Other flavours would vary. I am curious about what makes this bar "last". Sugars and starches of course digest quickly... fiber helps slow down digestion... protein takes longer to digest... and fats take the longest. I'm told on the website the bars are meant to help fats NOT be stored and in the process they reduce hunger and therefore assist with weight loss. Lots of big claims for this expensive little "snack". I am trying them before bed but may use one before exercise as that is when I'm tending to get my low. I am all for protein shakes to help the metabolism rev up but I need the fiber too so it doesn't happen too quickly. Juice for me is not just about the calories but the sugar spike then low that follows it. You know a lot about food so I'm just sharing my thoughts to see what triggers with you.

Moving is great especially to break up not moving. I find when I'm in pain I just want to stay still. So pain management is important and also seeing a benefit towards the pain when you are moving. If the moving makes me feel better then I am more likely to do it. I think I move enough between errands and cleaning here that USUSALLY it is not a problem. In fact I have sort of rolled my eyes at the whole "fitbit" craze on one of my teams. They have finally set up a thread for it as I was getting annoyed that that was all anyone was talking about..... but it does give you feedback for how much you are moving. For some people they seem like a really good reminder. Personally I would leave mine off, on the dresser, or drop it in water.... but it might be a thought.

So much right now is about mindfulness. Being aware of what we are doing or eating at any one time, I am starting an elimination diet Monday with a few foods and am wondering how NOT drinking coffee in the morning is going to affect me. I have been grumpy this morning already just thinking about it, lol. My next guest has a lot of food issues and I'll be doing all the food for the week. Her boyfriend is doing an elimination diet for the week so I figured the timing is good for me too. Jennifer has agreed to do ti too!!!! I'm hoping to figure out what causes my skin to be dry and maybe find something that helps the pounds slip away. Hahaha... reminds me of something I read... let me see if I can find it...

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KELPIE57 1/11/2013 9:37AM

    Glad to see you back, and I'm sure that you'll work out the right way for you!

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KASEYCOFF 1/6/2013 2:42AM

    All of which goes to prove there's never an easy answer - if only there was one thing we could change that would do the trick--! But it always seems to be a mix of several things. I guess the good part of that is we don't have to do a major overhaul on one aspect of our lives. Instead, we can take little steps, chipping away here and there until we find a mix that works.

Keeps us busy, ain't, lol...

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Away soooo long!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I've been popping in, reading friends blogs and such, but haven't really had the time or energy to be here on a regular basis. So I thought I would throw down a "stream of consciousness" blog and at least let you know I'm still here!

What I have taken in hand is to sort out a global picture of my health, and I went to a naturopath for that. All because I've been having issues with meds, and the oncologist says "oh, I know nothing about side effects". GRRRR.

So I went to a naturopath, and she took my history from babyhood. She says my body just hasn't recovered from its many traumas, and that I likely have tiny fissures in my intestinal tract that allows stuff to get into my body that normally shouldn't. So elimination diet it was.

Upon reintroductions, I've been reacting - strongly - to gluten, cow's milk and yeast. What a huge difference this has made. AND I've discovered that onions and garlic give me migraines. Who knew!?! So some migraines gone, bloating and pain gone.

So things are getting on the right track food-wise. Now I have to bear down and really start tracking calories and nutritional values again. I continue to try to get to the gym with my trainer 3 times per week, but it has been mostly twice per week. Despite that, I have seen a huge difference in my strength and stamina, and DH and I have recently decided that I'll continue with my trainer at least until the end of March.

So that's a snapshot of me today. How are YOU doing???

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JUSTYNA7 11/24/2012 3:36PM

    Good snapshot of where you are! DH is back from China and I made him come out and do the last yard cleanup outside today. Brrrr! But a good workout. Moving canoes, rocks, snowblower etc. Now I'm sipping hot chocolate while he is at the hardware store. Ah.. the guilt. Not! Glad you are going to keep the personal trainer. She has been sooo good for you. Justyna

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BRACEYM1 11/24/2012 1:44PM

    Sounds like things are going better for you. Yeah!

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