Saturday, March 02, 2013
Except for one glorious week celebrating our 25th anniversary, Jan and Feb were pretty much a write-off for me. Illness and deaths in family and friends, very little gym time, brouhaha at work, a migraine that lasted a week, and the possibility that I have yet another cancer. Iím quite anxious about that if I think about it at all, so Iím trying not to. I see the onco on March 12th, so not much I can do about it until then except keep working on getting stronger.
Which brings me to March, and better things. My naturopath has given me an eating plan and supplements that will help to make me stronger, particularly if I do have to battle cancer again. But better yet, sheís given me a form to track it all on, itís easy to use, and it fits in the agenda that I carry around with me so Iíll be tracking as I go along. That will be much more useful and accurate!
My plan for March looks like this:
Nutrition: plan my meals and snacks, and write them in my agenda so that I can refer to the menu on the way home. Commuting time, particularly if weíre delayed getting home because of a snowstorm, wreaks havoc with my supper. If I have the menu with me, Iíll know whatís on and I can call my DS to start prepping if Iím running late.
Lesson learned: I still havenít figured out triggers, but I have figured out that if I have a really good herbal tea Ė lately a combination of orange and wild berries Ė it covers my cravings for sweets. WooHoo!
Exercise: Gym, at last three times a week, preferably more. Cardio every day. Period.
Challenge 1: Still a lot of joint pain (ankles and knees) from the Tamoxifen, but at least itís less than with the Amiridex. Iíve resorted to taking painkillers when it gets too bad, but I hate the thought of doing that for the next number of years. Gotta find a solution to this problem. Iím thinking maybe pool time at the gym will help.
Challenge 2: I am still a very bad sleeper, awake in the middle of the night, sometimes two or three nights in a row with only three hours of sleep. I need to regulate that somehow.
Teamwork: Iím a Firecracker in the Winter/Spring 5% Challenge. From past experience, the 5% teams are pretty lively (as usual, you get what you put into it). Iím afraid my participation in the first week suffered along with my migraine, but Iím looking forward to getting into it more.
I'll finish with someone else's words, or rather refer you to a blog that I think everyone should read: Sharon10002's blog of February 28th, entitled "Loving Yourself: My Body Pledge of Allegiance". Go read it. Just go.