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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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37 Days til my Bday

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My 100-Day self-challenge has been going pretty well. On June 17, 100 days to my 51st birthday, I planned to*:

* Keep all my gym appointments with my trainer, regardless of how I feel (even if I have a terrible migraine). At worst, I'll have to come back home; at best, it will get me past whatever... k

Well, I have missed one where I was throwing up from the migraine, and one where I fell asleep on the sofa (more on that later), but overall I'm pretty happy with this one.

* Do cardio (stationary bike or walking) every day for at least 10 minutes, working my way up.

Haven't done any biking away from the gym, and have to get on it tomorrow (went to the gym this morning).

* Declutter the house at least 15 minutes per day

Still going on this one - I can't believe the clutter! But I seem to be less reluctant to let things go, and so it's really just a matter of time getting through it, freecycling, returning things to people we've been "storing" things for, etc.

* Bring my lunch to work at least 4 days out of 5

Again, this is going well. I love leftovers!

*My ultimate goal (so far, only one) is to do a 5K on October 7.

My ultimate goal has changed, though. Now I want to do the trail up King Mountain in Gatineau Park. I guess I'm just not the type of person to be in a crowd to do a walk.

Unfortunately, I've run into some issues with my thyroid meds, which don't seem to be working well at all (I gained 20 lbs in a month!). This led to some foot pain which I've addressed by wearing instep insoles - what a difference! It was like an overnight miracle. Why haven't I done this before? Why hasn't any medical personnel ever mentioned this to me? I tried it out of desperation, and now I'm getting some for my other shoes. They meds problem has also led to extreme fatigue, where I was falling asleep at my desk, at the supper table,... you get the idea. So they've increased the meds (the only answer the onco is giving me - ugh) which will of course lead to another increase in BP and increase in heart meds.

SO I had it and am going alternative medicine. I still have to take the meds, but hope to eventually cut out the heart meds (I have no thyroid so can't cut those out, but can reduce the amount I have to take). I've gone to a naturopath and in looking at the whole picture of my medical history figures I've been in a crisis state even before the thyroid cancer. So we're addressing the whole picture with an elimination diet and supplements, than when I get stronger we'll integrate more foods and test for allergies. Right now, I'm reacting to just about everything.

So although it may sound kind of blah, for me it's really looking up! And for the first time at the gym this week, while I was waiting for DH in the lobby, I had an image of myself thin and healthy. I haven't been able to do that on my good days, and take it as a sign that things are finally falling into place!

How has your week/month been? I'm going to check out blogs -- I've been away too long!

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KASEYCOFF 8/19/2012 2:45AM

    Glad to see you're back - and the '100 day birthday challenge' is brilliant! I don't have 100 days to go (yikes!) but I see no reason not to do a self-improvement countdown challenge... Now see what you've (ahem) sparked?

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JULIEANNCAN 8/18/2012 6:59PM

    emoticon Way to go on all of your hard work! I'm sorry to hear about the gaining weight due to medical issues, but you will get to where you want to be. I am thinking of you and wishing you all the best! emoticon

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 8/18/2012 4:36PM

    good! emoticon

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Wow - it's been a MONTH!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I can't believe a month has passed since I last blogged. I continue to work out with my trainer, and came to the conclusion that I have to go whether I'm up to it or not. So my DH is dragging me over even if he has to wake me from a deep sleep. It feels so great once I'm into it, and my trainer is wonderfully encouraging.

My own personal 100-day challenge is going pretty well. The house and gardens are looking so much better from the decluttering, and it has somehow coincided with DH and I starting to dream about the future again rather than being totally focused on chores and me just trying to regain my health. We went to the Laurentians last week-end, nice together time, had a massage. It was glorious. Now we're planning our next getaway for our birthdays in September. Can't wait.

My wrist is well on its way back to normal - no more cast or brace, and my trainer has me working it so I'm feeling confident that it will NOT take the year that the doc said it would before I could do housework and gardening.

Finally, wrt my challenge, bringing food to work has been great. I discovered that a snack of quinoa cooked in coconut water with apples and chopped walnut is the perfect snack for me before I leave work so I'm not too hungry before I get home for supper (AND I don't stop for fast food! WooHoo for quinoa!!!)

That's about where I'm up to right now. Off to catch up on other SparkBlogs and then out to the garden centre! Have a great week-end!

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JUSTYNA7 7/23/2012 9:55AM

    Very very nice. You know, this blog is so postive and happy. I love it. Quinoa is pretty great. I have NOT tried cooking it in coconut water. Hmmm. I am very grateful for this long time love affairs.... DH is out on the deck eating his oatmeal so I'll go join him. Just nice knowing someone so long and so well, through thick and thin, pain and joy. Mmm. We are pretty lucky!

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JULIEANNCAN 7/21/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon Way to go! I'd love to have that recipe!

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So Proud of Myself! and 100-Day Challenge

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I'm so proud of myself. Friday night I went to the gym to meet with my trainer, more to discuss a way forward than anything else as my cast came off Friday. I have one of those velcro casts now, and can start rehab. Anyway, she took one look at me, said "you look exhausted" and we both sat down to plan. But then I asked if we could work-out anyway, and we did a full work-out after our discussion. WooHoo!

I also realized that it's 100 days to my 51st birthday, so a great day to start my own personal 100-Day Challenge. My plan so far is:

* Keep all my gym appointments with my trainer, regardless of how I feel (even if I have a terrible migraine). At worst, I'll have to come back home; at best, it will get me past whatever...

* Do cardio (stationary bike or walking) every day for at least 10 minutes, working my way up.

* Declutter the house at least 15 minutes per day

* Bring my lunch to work at least 4 days out of 5

My ultimate goal (so far, only one) is to do a 5K on October 7.

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JULIEANNCAN 6/17/2012 12:50PM

    emoticon These are great goals. I know you can do it!

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JUSTYNA7 6/17/2012 7:28AM

    These are great and I'm proud of you too! I'll be doing my challenge right along with you. It is day 74 for me (of 77). I cannot believe it because I have lost 3 pounds! Anyways, it is all about consistency and I have sciatica so I know the feeling of doing it anyways. Even yesterday I found time to go out in the garden when I felt like I was not going to. I saw a rainbow on starting day and rainbows have always been a sign of something amazing going to happen.

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Good news!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Well, after last week's scare, the onco told me yesterday that (1) the nodules in my thyroid bed haven't grown, so he's not worried about them and (2) we'll try to fix the TSH levels by increasing the meds. While I don't like the idea of increasing the meds, it's better than being told have cancer again!

He's also told me to take another week off to give my energy levels time to even out. I've been sleeping about 15 hours per day this week, and was falling asleep on the way to and from work the past few weeks (and at my desk a couple of times a week too!) I'm meeting with my trainer tonight to reassess where I'm going and especially to develop strategies to keep on moving even when my energy is gone. I'm also determined to keep better track of everything -- food, exercise, etc. I'll do it separately in a notebook if necessary to re-copy into Spark, although for the most part I want to plan ahead. I'm trying not to bite off more than I can chew, if you'll forgive the expression, because it could take weeks for my energy levels to get back to normal. I'm not even sure what normal is anymore, but mine is definitely going to be better than what I have now!

On with the show!

A PS to add that my cast is coming off today, which will be a relief of another kind!

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JULIEANNCAN 6/15/2012 2:07PM

    That's great news! I'm glad that things have been figured out and glad to hear your cast is coming off too. I wish you all the best and hope you regain your energy quickly. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/15/2012 12:30PM

    things are looking up for you, I am so glad!

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JUSTYNA7 6/15/2012 11:49AM

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