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Still Alive and Well

Thursday, December 06, 2012

So, itís been a while. Survived my second surgery, and recovered quickly. A little too quickly, actually. While I was encouraged to move as much as possible after my pancreas surgery, I was forbidden to move much at all after the hysterectomy. It was a bit tricky, since I felt greatÖ.not that Iím complaining. Feeling great feels great!

Shortly after the second surgery school started. I was apprehensive about going back to work, after being off since April, but it went even better than I could have imagined. Iíve got a tricky group, with some very low students, but overall, theyíre fairly well behaved, and thatís half the battle.

Between work, home, finances, and fitness, though, itís always a challenge to keep the balance I crave. I have moments when I feel like Iím barely keeping all the plates in the air, but, overall, I feel like Iím doing pretty darn well. I turned 50 in October, feel better than ever, and am thrilled to say Iíve maintained this healthy lifestyle for five years now. How cool is that?!
Hereís a picture from my birthday party - still at goal weight, but needing to firm up a bit.

So, after the party, I had a bit of a setback. I was still moving regularly, eating healthy meals and snacks, but had a few weeks where I was bingeing on sweets at work. When I noticed my pants getting tighter, I decided pretty darn quickly that I had better take some action. I upped my water, and I arranged with the school nurse to have a weigh-in every Wednesday. A little extra hydration and accountability was all it took, and Iíve been binge-free for 35 days!

Last week I got a puppy. I am totally in love, and getting her is undoubtedly the best thing that I could have done for my health. Besides all the activity I am getting, she keeps me laughing, and that, as you know, is the best medicine.

Oh, and did I mention Iím back to playing my guitar? When I was sick, it just seemed like such an effort. Recently I found some great online lessons, and am actually making some progress. Itís become a joy once again!

Life rocks!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BILLB000 12/10/2012 10:44PM

    Love your ability to recognize when you need to get back on track. I admire all your resourcefulness in knowing what to do at the moment.

Great to read a positive blog, in spite of all you have had to contend with.

God bless you in your journey.

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FIT_TERI 12/8/2012 4:27PM

    Good to hear that you're doing so well. And that you recognized and corrected the behavior that was causing the clothes to be snug.

Love your puppy!!!!

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AZIMAT 12/8/2012 8:35AM

    Thanks for the update. Sounds like you're doing well. Congrats on the puppy, we love our Husky.

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SWEETZMIX 12/7/2012 3:10PM

    So glad you are doing great! And your puppy is super cute!

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JLITT62 12/6/2012 7:47PM

    And you rock too! Enjoy the puppy - boy it goes so fast. You look great & good for you for facing the music when the clothes got tight. Mine are a bit snug right now with all the good food but it'll come off pretty quickly when I get home & back into my normal routine.

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YOBOELI 12/6/2012 6:15PM

    Good Luck hope you are feeling better and can get back to doing what you like to.

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