MJL2010's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJL2010 MJL2010's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896171 5 day streak! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:38:33 EST moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881476 still moving! just wish it didn't take 2-3 days to bounce back from the pain. chemo certainly did a number on me... but it's been 9 months. i thought i would feel better and be more on track by now. frustrated. but i know i feel better after excercising... so i will keep pushing through. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:34:35 EST missed a couple days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877027 went up north this weekend and wasn't able to blog from my phone. <BR> took a 3 mile walk in the single, possibly negative digit temps! but my 2 girlfriends and the sunshine was all i needed! <BR> back on blog track tomorrow! <BR> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:00:42 EST day 8 still moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872794 one week back on track 4/7 days... good start only doing 20 minutes so I'd like to get back to 6 days a week. <BR> when my stamina is back up i'd like to go 45 minute excercise 5 days a week... sounds do-able... thoughts. i feel like i lost all my brain power with chemo... chemo brain! i don't remember if more minutes less days or more days less minutes should be the ultimate goal! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:41:25 EST day 6 and 7 ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872071 20 min stairmaster... day 6 added 10 flights up to level 5 ...51 flights <BR> 20 mins stairmaster... day 7 random hill level 2 50 flights Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:51:12 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868913 got up first thing and did 20 minutes on stair master... really miss the elliptical... but better than nothing... thats another story. <BR> last night started... 41 floors... today, same time... 53 floors :) <BR> not better eating choices yet... mindful, but not better. baby steps. as i get ready to have a SMALL bowl of ice cream. i use a teacup to manage my portion control. smaller container, smaller serving! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 20:06:21 EST happy new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868172 I'm back! decided that jan 1 wasn't new years for me...too cliche... and too many goodies around still. <BR> i was in a low point the last couple months. post chemo & steroids i gained back 40 lbs in 3 months of the 60 it had taken 4 years to lose. felt defeated and deflated...but i'm alive... and i'm a survivor, (almost a year!). and i remember how good it felt to be where i was. so i'm back on track... my word for the year is INSPIRE... so time to get back at it, and inspire my self, my ki... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 20:26:56 EST day 1 again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790668 short walk and 20 minutes on the elliptical. wanted to stop after 10... but pushed through! building stamina back up Wed, 1 Oct 2014 20:19:32 EST day 9 challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776846 oral surgery did not keep me down. dirty 30 challenge complete for today Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:40:33 EST day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775362 played basketball with the girls and finished day 7 Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:04:50 EST day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774734 3.25 mile walk and 30 dirty challenge... done! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:37:28 EST day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773581 As they say...BOOM! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:39:46 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772210 almost gave into exhaustion today... extreme weight loss was on the tv when i sat down on the couch... got it done! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:06:55 EST day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771087 joined a dirty 30 challenge! day 1 complete! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:23:49 EST starting over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769972 cancer got me down, but i won... starting again. 15 mins on the elliptical and 44 minute walk Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:03:06 EST walking the dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754645 Haven't been blogging much this summer but it has been a good one. Lots of dog sitting this summer therefore lots of walking :) walked the dog everyday this week... for me a d the dog ! new goal is a house by Christmas 2015... would love a dog of our own... and so would the girls. For companionship and health reasons. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:29:52 EST june 6th... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712351 Another walk today. Was still winded, was still slowere than my old time... but im moving and building my endurance back up. Have to get new batteries cor the scale... so not sure how im doing there yet! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 21:08:45 EST starting over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707423 First long walk today... In a long time. Need to update/renovate my spark page for my new journey. <BR> April 2010 started my weight loss journey...lost and kept off 60 pounds until October 2013 when I was diagnosed with cancer. It was a long winter more ways than one. <BR> May 23rd 2014 I was diagnosed with NO active cancer cells! So yes, I kicked cancers ass! But the treatment (radiation, chemo, & steroids) kicked my butt! All that nonsense & poisons that helped me beat cancer also help... Sat, 31 May 2014 11:13:01 EST day 26 (12)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681189 very short walk tonight too cold, too tired, too winded... i've been so very blessed to not have been sick so far through my chemo treatments. but at this point, i would take the sick over the 30 lbs i've gained in 3 of 4 rounds + steroids. it took me 4 years to lose 60 lbs now this has me back up almost 30 in 2 months. frustration at its max. <BR> anyone have experience in this area? does any of the weight come back off after this crap is out of my system? Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:37:36 EST day 24 (11)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679480 I think the couple days I walked 2x should count for more days! Oh well, goal is 50% and i'm at 11/24... that's pretty close. <BR> today was a good walk, even knocked a minute of the time we've been doing this week! I'm definitely winded though... what a difference 22 lbs makes. That's what i've gained since I started chemo... mostly a side effect of the steroids... but can't wait to get back down to where I was and continue my journey when I'm done with all this cancer nonsense! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:33:40 EST day 23 (10)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678685 One walk today plus shopping. More than 1/2way to my steps today! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:30:24 EST day 22 (8&9)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677939 ok, so not at 50% currently... but taking 2 walks a day. have to get my stamina back! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:26:37 EST day 18 (5,6,7)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675309 Playing catch up! Ran away to kalahari for 2 days with the kids! Allthose steps and all that swimming, I gave myself an hour of exercise... at least! Out for a walk tonight. ?. Even qfter chemo today... so what's your excuse? There is still daylight. ?. Go get your 10 or 20 minutes in! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:15:45 EST day 4 (8).. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667673 All these 15 minute walks are bound to add up... 1 month until post cancer diagnosis 5k! Need to re train! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:20:17 EST day 5 (3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665483 getting back on track my goal is 50% this month... now only if the rain will cooperate! walked the park with my mom today Sun, 6 Apr 2014 07:24:41 EST day 1& 2 (1&2)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662891 the weather has broke and i'm back on track! day 2 of april day 2 of activity! Only 24 mins yesterday and 18 today, but i'm back out walking... and i even played catch with my daughter yesterday! if you haven't been following my blogs, this is a BIG deal because I'm in round 2 of chemo. Day 8 treatment friday and then i'm half way done!!! As long as i can stay healthy and on schedule i will be done before the kids get out of school! So while i am VERY TIRED! I'm trying to stay on track... exe... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:43:31 EST day 19, 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651585 Sun is shining... I am walking Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:52:45 EST day 11 (1)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645590 I'm back! <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:59:45 EST day 1 (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612102 going to walk in the snow later today... i enjoy the peacefulness of it! many kid activities going on this morning and afternoon. <BR> After much research, I did not buy the spark excercise tracker, but bought myself the jawbone for christmas. i've been wearing it pretty steadily for about a month and really like it. the sleep and activity tracking is interesting, but i think the best part is it vibrates after i've been sitting for a half hour and i know i need to get up and move. i don't kn... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:48:47 EST day 30 (4)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610376 so radiation REALLY wore me out... it's been a loooooong month. but 25 degrees or not, i got out and did a 21 min mile walk... and i already feel better! cant wait to get back on track for februrary before i start chemo in march! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:00:33 EST day 8 (3)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587357 i am fighting the exhaustion of radiation treatment on the treadmill! hope i will feel more energy tomorrow... back to school after christmas break and 3 snow days! Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:47:17 EST day 6 (2)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584889 -2 before the wind chill is too cold to walk to workout room! But I pushed a little bit more than normal..rid myself of some negative energy, and did 3.15 miles on the treadmill in 55 minutes. A personal best for me! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:59:23 EST day 2 (1)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580007 BRRRRRR 9 degrees! it was only a 1/2 mile but i walked to pay rent today instead of driving! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:07:32 EST day31 (7)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576729 Out with the old in with the new! Wishing you all strength and health for body and mind in 2014 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:16:10 EST day 29 (6)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574743 called in reinforcements! called my mom at 230 and told her if she didn't come walk with me i wasn't getting out of my jammies today! we just finished 30 minutes Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:31:59 EST day 28 (5)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574202 what a day! wish it was 45 degrees out when i took my walk this morning! but the sun was shining and i'm still standing! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:41:18 EST day 25 (4)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571659 it was a cold walk! but it was nice to have family & dog join me! <BR> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 13:59:17 EST day 24 (3)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570960 brr it's cold out there! <BR> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:41:18 EST day 14 (2)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564095 it was a long week, week 2 of radiation treatments and it definitely has wiped me out. so tired, but not sleeping well, maybe another side effect? so i bundled up in 12 layers and went out and walked in the snow early this morning. just me and the squirrels... and the snow! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:30:00 EST day 9 (1).... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560715 brr it's cold! but i walked! i lost a week and getting back on track. i returned to work after an 8 week leave, and started radiation treatments. so that's my excuse. now i just have to get used to my new routine and make sure i'm getting everything in. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:38:55 EST day 9 (1).... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560713 brr it's cold! lost a week, but i'm getting back on track. i returned to work after my 8 week leave and started radiation treatments. so that's my excuse for last week. but now, this is part of my routine, so i just have to make time to keep my walking in. inside more often than not now! <BR> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 17:37:09 EST day 30 (10)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553460 does getting fired up over a great college rivalry game burn calories??!! walking the dog at half time! Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:11:18 EST day 29 (10)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553458 gave myself an hour of fitness for power shopping for the entire day! 10-10 Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:09:48 EST day 28 (9)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552347 met my angel via the internet today! if you know of anyone who is a survivor or battling cancer, look up Imerman's Angels. they match you with a survivor with your same diagnosis, so you have someone to talk to that's "been there." <BR> feeling blessed! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:11:18 EST day 25 (8)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549797 already on the stationary bike this morning. ironic... bike going no where... that's how i feel waiting to hear when i will start my treatments... spinning my wheels and going no where! but, i keep doing it, and as long as i can i will, and then some! i'm going to push through this. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:53:27 EST day 23 (7)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548430 used the stationary bike before early thanksgiving with the family Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:54:23 EST day 21 (6)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546936 I'm doing this! Physically and mentally... I'm ready to start the fight of my life, cancer picked the wrong chick to mess with Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:39:18 EST day 18 (5)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544532 hmmm. just another blustery day. walked on the treadmill and thinking about my next trip to u of m for a second opinion Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:08:52 EST day 16 (4)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542630 Got my walk in before the rain/hail/snow/tornado storm they are predicting on the news! The overcast day is actually helping me to be fairly productive! No kids, walk done, living room decluttered (to the storage unit!), getting ready to bake cookies & clean, there is almost room for the christmas decorations and tree! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:44:49 EST day 13 (3)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539990 Back at it! Beautiful outside today. Its about 23 degrees out, but the sun is shining and the skies are blue! I bundled up and toughed it out (thanks to the inspiration of a spark friend yesterday). There will be plenty of days to head inside on the treadmill in the (winter) future! So for now it's dry, sunny, and cold, but I did it! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:48:12 EST