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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Not really sure what is going on. It's been months since I've really paid attention to sparkpeople. I've probably been on like 5 times in the past 4 months. I am overwhelmed with trying to even get interested in cooking at home again. I did really well for the first 3 or 4 months after my surgery, but lately I've rally slacked off.

I know part of it is the fact that my kitchen has gotten cluttered and I don't have the energy to clean it up.

I'm not sure I even care anymore. Well I do or I wouldn't be writing this, but don't know where to start.

I like the teams I'm on, but I'm not really a chatty person so have a hard time becoming engaged in them. Being outgoing is a challenge for me. I'm an Office Specialist so I'm on my computer all day long, and don't want to get on at night except to play games.

Food tracking has been hard as well. I've got so many gadgets (apps) on my Iphone to keep track that it's almost funny. Some work for some things, and some work for others. I even have the SparkPeople app, but it won't work when I don't have access to the internet. I hate using my 3G connection because it is sporadic.

Oh well, I need to get off, my lunch time is over and I need to stop this pity party.


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    Tracking for me is my number one priority.

I have gotten back to my computer games - but only after I finish tracking.

Spend the time you need where you need it most. We will always be here for you when you need us.


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DOING_IT_4ME 10/7/2010 4:28PM

    Tackle one problem at a time. If your kitchen is cluttered pick a spot and clean so much every night. I understand lack of motivation, not being chatty. I am the same way. Remember you can do this just take it one step at a time. All the little steps will lead to getting you where you need to be. Good Luck!

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Relay for Life

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Woohoo, I made it!! I just completed my first Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society. I was part of the IAAP Wasatch Waddlers team and we walked from 7:00 Friday night to 7:00 this morning! We didn't have to walk the whole night, we walked in shifts and my shift was from 2 to 3 this morning. I managed to stay awake for the entire night, made it home about 7:30 this morning and crashed for a couple of hours.

As soon as I got going I headed out to the my local Field to Families pick-up point and got some fresh fruits and vegetables that I had won in a contest on Facebook with their page.

I got fresh beets, potatoes, celery, leeks, avocados, tomatoes, baby spinach, another type of lettuce (not sure what it is). Now I just need to figure out how to fix dishes to go with what I have.

I have definitely been trying to eat better since my cancer diagnosis last November, so that is why I'm trying to eat more fresh vegetables and fruits. I'm doing okay sometimes, I'd say I've cut back eating out about 40%, so it's a start!

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting me in my bits and drabs of participating in my groups.

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    WTG on completing your first relay!!

Look in the spark recipes to learn what to do with all your veggies!


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Catching up on life

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Well, I finally decided to catch up on my blog. Life got interesting the week before Thanksgiving. I had gone to my doctor for my annual physical the week before and I received a call that she wanted to talk to me about my test results. I didn't think there was a problem, but was I in for a surprise.

My pap test had shown some cells from my endometrium and they showed there was cancer up there. I asked her if it could possibly be a false positive and asked if we could just do the pap test again, she said no because that test just tests the cervix and that was clear. So I sat there in her office just stunned and crying as I tried to wrap my brain around the diagnosis adenocarcinoma, endometrial.

The next few weeks went by in a blur, I had two more ultrasounds, an appointment with my GYN and another endometrial biopsy (all showed no cancer), a consultation with an oncologist and setting my surgery date.

Wel that date is almost here. I am having surgery at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital on Friday. The oncologist feels that we have caught the cancer early enough (praise God for that) and I won't have to go through any further treatment after the hysterectomy. He will check some lymph nodes to verify that but I think we are good to go.

I can see God's hand in all of this over the past 6 months or so. I had these same tests including the pap test, done without any sign of cancer in June. I just happened to be have my favorite time of month in November so the cells were able to come down and be discovered. Subsequent test have been clear as well.

I am ready for Friday, I think. I am now officially off from both of my jobs for the next 4 - 6 weeks. It felt really good to turn over my keys to the lady who is filling in for some of my responsibilities.

Well, I need to get a bit more sleep tonight, tomorrow is a fun day of packing stuff up so I can stay with my mom for the first couple of weeks.

I will be back soon and start my journey again.

Oh, I almost forgot, one thing I learned when I did a search on WebMD for endometrial cancer; fat cells produce estrogen! Which I guess is not a good thing for our bodies, just another motivating factor to really start on eating better and doing whatever I need to do to eat healthier in my future.

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KARA151 4/8/2010 1:04PM

    I hope everything went well with the cancer surgery and now you're on the road to recovery and making yourself a priority.

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My new goal 10%

Friday, November 13, 2009

Good morning.

I just read this great article here on Sparkpeople about setting smaller goals to start with. Instead of making my final goal what I want to eventually weigh the article suggested that I aim for a 10% weight loss.

I just went in to my goals section and reset my goal to lose 28 lbs in 14 weeks which will be the 12th of February 2010. That looks a lot more achievable for me than the 100+ lbs that I really need to lose. I based the time frame on a 2 pound per week loss and I think that is achievable.

I wish there were some of my teammates from my By the Numbers team who lived near me and could help walk me through the steps of determining the number of calories I should be consuming. But that isn't a realistic wish so I just need to sit down and figure it out, start tracking everything I put in my mouth and actually write it down, and not just talk about it.

I am still limited in the physical activity I can do because of my surgery last month, but the physical therapy is starting to help build up those hamstring and quad muscles again.

emoticon for the new goal.

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WORLDTRAVELER1 11/19/2009 1:28AM

    So to start off with this new goal I gained weight! Oh well I will not let this discourage me too much.

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Vacation & Knee update

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I am going on vacation today, and I really need a break, so I'm not going to stress over whether or not I've logged in to keep that particular streak going. I am not taking my pedometer with me, okay maybe I will, but I know I am going to a conference for two days on Friday and Saturday and I'm not sure how many steps I am going to get in. Food isn't going to be a crucial thing either.

I know, I know it sounds like I'm giving up, but I don't think so. I've just finished reading part one of a fantastic book about Hormones and Metabolism.

Now for an update about my knee. I will be having a scope done on the 14th of next month. The doctor gave me a cortisone shot a week or so ago, but it is already starting to wear off and the pain is coming back. So I am taking my cane for any long walks that I may take while I'm on vacation. The doctor isn't sure what he is going to find once he gets in there, but he thinks I may have torn my meniscus again and he just needs to clean that out. He said I should be having pain where I am having it so that is why I am having the scope done.

Well, that's about it for now. Did I mention that I am really looking forward to this vacation?!? I am.

emoticon Go and see the movie Broken Hill, I promise you will like it.

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MARTHAR3 9/26/2009 12:18AM

    Have a nice & relaxing time while your off.
Ouch just thinking about the knee thing!!!

Hugs Martha n TX

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WISEWIFE 9/23/2009 2:26PM

    I hope the vacation is fun, and relaxing! And good luck with the knee!

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