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Recharging to get back on track!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The holidays were a trying time. I worked between Xmas and New Year's, and there were two accidents at work that kept us busy. There was also a death in the family, and my dad has been in and out of the hospital. So I started January off course, working very full days including lunch, working late some nights, not eating well, not sleeping well.

So I'm gearing up to get back on track in February.

I've joined the 10-minute challenge team, and will be joining the 5% Challenge team as soon as I can find the link LOL! But more importantly, I've got the experience behind me to know how much better I feel when I plan my food and when I exercise more regularly and that's what I'm aiming for. DH and I are going to stay at fellow Sparker Justyna's B&B for our wedding anniversary in mid-February, and I know that just being there is so supportive and a boost to spirit. I am sooo looking forward to it.

I've also started adapting some tools I've found around - a deskercise bingo game, a set of sock poi (because my arms are mush!), a ball at my desk at home, and a kneeling chair at work (the ball just won't fit in my teeny office area!). And the big wall calendar I bought myself to use at work? I'm keeping it for my wellness program!

I'm counting the days to Jan 30th; I expect my oncologist is going to green-light cardio now that we're sure it's the meds that were causing me ankle/hip/pelvic pain.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/28/2013 7:29AM

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KELPIE57 1/27/2013 10:47AM

    Sounds as if you are planning to win!

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WEARINGTHIN 1/27/2013 2:57AM

    Sounds like you've got your share of stress. Perhaps some pleasant music or movies you might like. I know it's extremely important to do well for yourself when others around you are stressed or not well. Wishing you peace, Glenn

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I am a planner

Sunday, January 20, 2013

It nearly feels like a confession, but I am coming to terms with negative aspects of this planning thing that has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My mind just naturally sees things in a linear fashion, I guess, breaks things down into steps and makes order of them to get to the other side.

Except for now. For the past few years. Since cancer (both cancers!)

There is so much I have to do, it seems that I go two steps forward, and one step (or more) back. I'm getting tired, and it's beginning to really have an affect on me. And I realized I just don't know the sequencing of everything I need to do. It's easy enough for me to accept "one step at a time" and "baby steps", but are they the right "one steps" or "baby steps". I'm in my head too much, thinking thinky thoughts, and not getting into the action. So I've found a couple of tools to get me out of my head, and back to action and focus.

As many of you out there know, there are many, many aspects to wellness in all aspects of life. As I was browsing a bookstore after supper the other night, just killing time until DH went to get the car, I found a set of cards that I think will work perfectly for me: Cheryl Richardson's "Self-Care Cards". There are 52 cards, I pick one per day (might go to one per week later) to help me focus consistently on at least one thing, for one day. That's it - no further than that; no planning ahead. And it gets me out of my head. For example, today's card is: "Boundaries" and the reverse says: "Set boundaries. Protect your precious time and energy."

The second thing that I think will help (haven't tried it yet) is an action bingo for at work. Set up like a bingo card (even a "free" square in the middle!), but with activity blocks all around it. The objective is to cross off all the blocks by the end of the week (or I suppose one could do one line per day). Found it
on a just-discovered blog that I think I will be visiting regulary :
http://backtoherroots.com/2012/10/15/des
kercise-bingo-free-printable/ She invites people to print and use her stuff.

So I'll combine these two tools with my weight training (which I am still striving to do at least three times a week - two times seems to be the most I can do so far). And coming to Spark more often, as you are all truly an inspiration to me.

  
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SPARKCHANTAL 1/20/2013 1:10PM

    hi seawave! nice you're back, missed you!
groan, planning takes up all my time, too! most of what i write are plans for the day or week, on scraps of paper, and they tend to clutter up the place.
so now i'm just going to plan the next project, one at a time. (what can i get done right now? then do it. then move on to the next one...) and... never forget to enjoy the moment! it will never return.

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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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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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