SEAWAVE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEAWAVE SEAWAVE'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/ 5% Challenge - 12 Things I'm Reaching For... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719332 On January 2, I blogged about 12 things I'm reaching for. I was just out of surgery (again) and gearing up to go back to work, and things were looking up. Then I got a terrible cold, and things got put on the back burner. <BR> <BR> Basically, I want to be functional again. All of the things below are things I've done in the past, and I want to be able to do them again (well, maybe not run into a bear, but if I do I want the confidence to know I can walk away!) I call them my “comfort memor... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:25:00 EST It's prep time! Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717347 A friend sent me a note that the 5% Challenge was starting and encouraged me to join -- thanks MEMARE! The challenge is to lose 5% of my weight over 8 weeks, starting on Saturday, June 21st. <BR> <BR> (1) Exercise Commitment <BR> <BR> First step to prepare for the challenge is to identify my exercise commitment. This one is easy, as I am just now getting back on my feet from a horrible early spring. Consistency will be the key for me, and my fitbit will tell me how many steps I'm doing. ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:07:45 EST Oddly relieving to not sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669521 Since my sleep doctor told me Wednesday that it's like my normal to not sleep more than 4 hours per night, I feel oddly lighter and more relaxed. No more trying to stay quiet, destress, meditate, etc to try to get back to sleep. I stay wide awake anyway! So tonight, I've planned my day, which will be an errand day. <BR> <BR> * meet with my GP for the results of my annual physical bloodwork <BR> * meet with the thyroid oncologist <BR> * meet with the respiratory technologist and get my CPA... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:48:37 EST Met with my sleep doctor today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668405 ...that is, the doctor from the sleep clinic. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea last year and tried the CPAP machine. Nice thing is that they let you test it out for a month before you buy it, to make sure you get the right machine and mask. Bad thing was that I wasn't "compliant", that is sleeping with it for at least four hours straight, at least 21 nights per month. <BR> <BR> I tried to explain to them that I have never slept that much, but suffice it to say there was a mini-war ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:40:46 EST Received my Fitbit Plus today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639950 I registered for a health coach through a program at work, and as part of the program I received a Fitbit Plus. I've set it up to sync with SparkPeople -- hopefully that will work. <BR> <BR> I also get three hours of training with a health coach, as well as three with an exercise coach. Will likely also do a few hours with a nutritionist and possibly a naturopath. If the naturopath doesn't work there, I'll just go back to the one I was going to before. She's back from maternity leave now ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:03:50 EST Finally back in the game! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635552 I had my annual check up yesterday, and the doc has (again) ok'd minimal exercise until we get some test results back. So I'm ok for the stationary bike for short (10 minutes) of time. I'll be trying out some of the Spark videos as well. I also had my first telephone consultation with a wellness coach (a new service provided through work) and will have a fitness coach at end of March. It's only for three sessions each, but it will get me on the right track. My aim is to be ready to go walk... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:14:41 EST Difficult return to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609858 Well, although the welcome was wonderful when I returned to work after surgery -- I truly have the most supportive colleagues in the world! -- being back has been difficult. It has surprised me, because the other returns after cancer treatments seemed to go smoother for me. Perhaps it results from an accummulation from all the body trauma. <BR> <BR> In any event, I tire much more easily now, and am most often asleep in the car on the way home. Attention to food and exercise has gone by the ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:12:23 EST Starting the week-end right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589896 Yesterday was just so full of awesome, and a great way to start the week-end! <BR> <BR> I went to the surgeon's to get the results of the pathology report from my hysterectomy (which came because I was hemoraging and they found some pre-cancerous cells). Well, great news! The path report showed no cancer! Frankly, I expected bad news as I've had two primary cancers (thyroid and breast). I guess third time is the charm! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was also a day of running around for medical appoint... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:47:15 EST Declutering - house and body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582906 So this recovery from the hysterectomy is not at all what I expected! There is no pain, and I can move quite normally. However, I thought I would try a low-impact cardio – just 15 minutes – and that was a bad idea. I experienced pain in the abdomen, so I stopped after three minutes. So I’m guessing anything that has to do with using core muscles for the exercise is out for now. I’m still waiting for my follow-up appointment with the surgeon, but for now I will stick to the short Qi Gong ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:48:59 EST What to do in 2014? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579036 A brand new year, and a (symbolically) new start. So I started working on a list of 100 reasons to get healthy, and it really wasn’t working for me. So I went through the idea of identifying 50 things I miss doing, or making annual resolutions, or… Let’s just say I went back and forth through a lot of options and approaches and leave it at that. <BR> <BR> I finally realized how unfocused I was, and sought to first identify what I’m reaching for. So my list is now a list of “12 Things I’m r... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:00:12 EST I'm getting it back in 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577332 This is it. This is the year I my way of seeing myself, from someone who is chronically ill (and so unreliable and isolated) to someone who is adventurous, fun loving and confident. Oh, it won’t make the illness go away, but I need to explore the rest of myself and start living a wider range of experiences. I have therefore left the teams that were related to health issues (e.g. hysterectomy, cancer) and kept a very few teams I can relate to on another level. <BR> <BR> This is also the ye... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:18:11 EST Coffee with a friend, and indoor walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572889 I met Justyna7 for coffee yesterday at the mall. I truly count her among my life's blessings, and am so pleased we were finally able to get together! We walked a bit around the mall, and she was supremely patient with me and my limitations! While the mall was crowded, relatively few people were carrying bags. I wonder how the stores did this Xmas and Boxing Day -- I have not been keeping up on the news. <BR> <BR> I did make a nice find, though. J and I stopped in a store and she made a pur... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:03:31 EST Blood pressure medication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570564 Just back from the doctor, who has put me on medication to control my blood pressure. It was through the roof at the hospital after my surgery, and I got lucky to get a cancellation wtih her today. I wondered if I should push -- I'm going for my annual on January 16th. I decided that this was just as important as all those other things that still need to be done before Christmas. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy I went. First, my BP was lower than it was post-surgery, which is very good. And I lo... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 15:24:12 EST Gifts just about all done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570193 Despite starting the day with a migraine yesterday, I had a surprisingly productive day (thanks to my DH!). I did the planning, and he did the running around. Yep, we went the gift card way this year. Actually, movie passes for all the "kids" (they're all in their teens). We got a good deal, as $40 worth of passes gave a $40 gift package that includes upgrades to 3D, free popcorn, etc. They'll be happy with that, as movies are sooo expensive nowadays they don’t go as often as they would li... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:19:42 EST I've just discovered Qi Gong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569934 As I've mentioned, I'm recovering from surgery right now. It means I can't lift any weight and have to be careful not to pull stitches. <BR> <BR> I have been searching through Spark and bookmarking exercises I want to try once the doctors say it's ok (appointment in early January) and I found the 15-minute Qi Gong video. I tried it. I can do it, no problem. <BR> <BR> And it felt wonderful! I think I'm a fan... will try to do this regularly. <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> <em>252</em> <e... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:31:59 EST What happened vs What's the best thing that happened http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569208 I've been reading a book (Steal Like an Artist), where an approach to journalling is described. The author, Austin Klein, describes Nicholson Baker's approach to journalling. He says to not write about what's happened, which will usually put the focus on more negative stuff that you've had to deal with as that is where your time and energy went. Instead, he says to write about the best thing that's happened in your day. This puts to memory the positive that otherwise often are forgotten. <... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 09:47:44 EST Gonna try coconut oil pulling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567993 GiantPanda’s blogs have convinced me to try coconut oil pulling. It’s basically using about a tablespoon of coconut oil as a mouthwash, swishing it around your mouth for about 20 minutes, and spit into the toilet or garbage (can clog drains). Do not gargle, do not swallow. <BR> <BR> She’s reporting that after a week she has brighter teeth and her eczema is alleviated. Given my many health challenges, I have been doing some research on using coconut (oil, flour, etc.) but had never heard ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:58:42 EST Ok, maybe not so much with the CPAP :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565403 Well, my goal of starting to use the CPAP this week-end really didn't work out well -- I didn't even make it up to the bedroom! I have been sleeping on the sofa since surgery as it hurt too much when DH moved around in the bed. I thought I would go up this week-end, but both nights I fell asleep on the sofa. <BR> <BR> I must admit that sleeping on the sofa has become a semi-habit for various reasons - easier after each of my surgeries, DH going to bed before me and not wanting to wake him... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:22:32 EST First Post-op Week-End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564027 Well, this is my first week-end post op (I really don't count last week-end, as I got home around 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning and was pretty out of it all week-end). <BR> <BR> My goal for this week-end is to get the Christmas tree up inside the house, and the decorations accessible so that I can finish putting them up next week, and buying some decorations for outside. We had to cut down a beloved Blue Spruce, and so our front yard has nothing decorative at this point for Christmas. <BR> <B... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:22:25 EST Great sister! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561633 My sister saved up some vaca time to use if I needed help after surgery. She came over today, kept me company and did some cooking (chicken, spag sauce, and soup broth). I'll be able to make soup tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I don't think we've laughed this much in a very long time - things have been trying health-wise for a few people in the family, so serious discussions are usually the norm. After my surgery, it was like a weight had been lifted. When I called my aunt to tell her the "no obvio... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:10:46 EST Life is back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559828 So, what I had understood to be cancer was actually pre-cancerous cells - a big difference. Hysterectomy with removal of fallopians and ovaries Friday, and surgeon says "no obvious signs of cancer". While we still have to wait for the path report to be sure, I'm hanging my hopes on his post-op statement. <BR> <BR> It feels like I, again, have a huge mountain to climb. My thyroid medication for some reason stops working every once and a while, and the obvious symptom is weight gain - like ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 14:48:34 EST The Bad, and the Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481996 I'm having an odd week of great expectations and horrible news. I learned this week that I have cancer again, this time in the uterus. I'll be seeing the oncologist in early October, then hysterectomy, and we go from there (depending on what the path report says). <BR> <BR> But life goes on, and I refuse to let this get me down. I'm fulfilling one of my bucket list items over the next three weeks. DH and I are going to visit the Shenandoah Valley, National Park and all that entails, and th... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:02:55 EST My Affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417559 Looking through old notes I found some affirmations I had written in 2008. I really do believe in the strength of affirmations, and am happy to say that these still resonate with me today. Putting them here so I can easily find them later on, if need be. But I will also be making a card for my wallet and for my office, as well as posting them on my vision board so I always have them handy! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> My affirmations <BR> <BR> I am in control, and healthy in all aspects of my... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:27:36 EST Well, that didn't last long... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416796 I am now in the middle of a forced week of rest, following some physical symptoms that are leading to more tests and, yes, a suspicion that there may be cancer again. This is the fourth (4th!) cancer scare I've had since the new year, and I'm getting mighty tired of it. <BR> <BR> It comes back to a blog I wrote a while ago, where I realized that although I do know and rely upon the Serenity Prayer, I have yet to find the "wisdom to know the difference". I have no sense whatsover of when I s... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:42:03 EST And a month in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405704 Well, I've been living with those two things I discovered - an injury to my Achilles hell and having sleep apnea - for a month now. Great success on one front, not so much on the other. <BR> <BR> As per usual in my life, the one I thought would be more difficult - the heel injury - has proven to be the easiest to deal with. I've had simple silicone heel inserts in my shoes for the past month and it has done wonders in decreasing the pan, which I would rate at about a 2/10 (it was a 10/10 ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:02:17 EST I’m starting to believe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368217 I've been away for a long time. I'm back! <BR> <BR> I’ve been having a trying time, and trying to maintain some semblance of positive attitude. I’ve had heel pain that is so bad I nearly cry, I often can’t stand for more than 5-10 minutes. Yes, doctor, I know that at least some of this is a side effect of the drugs you have given me to decrease my chances of the cancer recurring. <BR> <BR> I’ve been so tired I’ve literally been falling asleep in the middle of conversations – with my manag... Sun, 26 May 2013 08:33:58 EST Hiking on hard-packed snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280416 The end of last week was pretty much a fail in my blogging as well as my “sleep” project. My sleep for the past three or four days has been very irregular, and I finally slept this morning, from around 4:30 to 11:30. I finally started working four days a week, with this past Friday being my first official day off. Maybe that helped. It certainly helped in that I made a huge turkey/rice soup. I have eight jars in the fridge, which will serve for tonight’s supper as well as week-day/work-d... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 18:57:34 EST Spot check on status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274974 So, today is a day to do a spot check on how I’m doing on this week’s goals on the 5% Firecrackers Team. It’s been hit and miss, I’m afraid. Sleep is still an elusive goal, as is closing down electronics by 9:00. For example, it’s 9:24 pm right now, and I just got back from the gym at 9:15 and want to do my Sparking for the day. <BR> <BR> Aside from that, I’ve found that biking every morning is too much, so I’m alternating it with walking. That’s working out well, and the weather is coop... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:28:07 EST How to encourage myself and keep on track? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273413 1) What new habit you wish to develop? (see March 2 blog) <em>48</em> <BR> 2) How will you do that? (March 3 blog) <em>48</em> <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR>... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:39:22 EST How will I sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271164 The 5% team’s challenge of the week is to develop a new habit, and blog about it on a daily basis. I’m up to the second question on the following list: <BR> <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? (see March 2 blog) <em>48</em> <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:33:56 EST Springing into sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270109 The 5% team’s challenge of the week is to develop a new habit, and blog about it on a daily basis. They ask the following questions: <BR> <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> 4) How are you doing day by day? <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> 7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team <BR> <BR> So, w... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:37:47 EST Squeaking into March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269274 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. I’m quite anxious about that if I think about it at all, so I’m 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. <BR> <BR> Which brings me... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 02:44:11 EST Amazing? I'm thinking YES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260689 So, my DH and I have been talking about what to do for holidays this year. We want something different, where we will be challenged physically, learn about an area and its people, and generally have fun. <BR> <BR> We seem to be settling on biking the Confederation Trail in Prince Edward Island. Easy enough (I think) for me to train this summer to do the trip in September. Now, just to make it more interesting, as I'm checking around for info, I discover that there are over 1600 geo cache ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 05:20:43 EST Do something amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244778 Inspired by SHERYLDS blog today, entitled "Push Your Tush - Anything Can Happen" (which is full of wonderful inspirational quotes) <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of getting a tattoo that says "oui je peux" (yes I can, in French). I read it and I hear the voice of my now 19-year old son who would let nothing stop him hen he was a toddler (walking at 7 months, on a two-wheel bike by the time he was 2) from trying first, not just wanting to and letting people tell him he couldn't. Where does that att... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:15:54 EST Strategies (Assignment #6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243466 I’ve wound up doing my assignments for the 5% Winter Challenge out of order, but this one just seemed to want to get written first LOL! <BR> <BR> Assignment #6 is to list MY reasons/excuses on why MY diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past, i.e. giving 3 or 4 reasons and for each and write a strategy that will keep me on track for the 8 weeks of the challenge. <BR> <BR> DIET <BR> <BR> Food allergies and sensitivities have been playing havoc with my energy and metab... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:06:29 EST Eight Weeks From Now (more or less…) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239374 So, the Winter Challenge is starting any day now; it lasts 56 days, or 8 weeks. The goal, as the name suggests, is to lose 5% of one’s weight (or about 12.5 lbs in my case). <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight. Short answer – to improve my health. Dig deeper? What does that mean? I’m not even sure at this point. I’m just getting to the point where I’m accepting that these two bouts with cancer have left me with certain limitations that I thought... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:46:51 EST Winter 5% Challenge Commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237951 So, I’ve joined the Winter 5% Challenge, and am looking forward to learning what team I will be on. My goals and commitments for this particular challenge are, first of all, to exchange encouragement, ideas and WooHoos with my team mates and with the wider 5% community. I am very much looking forward to some lively interactions! <BR> <BR> As preparation, we’ve been assigned to establish a plan to achieve our 5% weight loss in the 8-week challenge. For me, it will look something like this... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:34:51 EST February 2013 Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232966 The biggest decision I’ve made in a very long time is to reduce my working hours. As of this month, I’m working 4 days per week instead of 5. This is to address both the fatigue issue (I’m hoping!) and the lack of balance in my life. With all my energy going to work (I fall asleep on the way to work and on the way home), I have had very little energy for the rest of my life: exercise, family, maintaining our home, leisure… So I have big hopes that this will help with all of that. I’m lucky... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:01:42 EST Looking back - January 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231857 This month has been very difficult for our family, with two deaths (one New Year's Eve and one this week) as well as a work colleague who passed away recently from the same cancer I had. My oncologist also for the first time gave me stats regarding survival with my type of cancer - I always knew the 50% with no additional treatment, but even with the additional hormonal treatment I still have a 20% chance of it coming back. My dad was also in the hospital with pneumonia, high fever, deliriu... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:36:57 EST Thoughts of a sleepless night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229692 Well, here I am awake all night (again). My energy is so off, I sleep on the way to work and on the way home, fall asleep as soon as I sit down after supper, then I'm awake all night. I suspect my meds are off again/still - I should find out today. <BR> <BR> All this awake time led me to shuffle and draw from my "Self-Care Cards". This is just the fourth time I use them, and two of the other three times I drew the "Dream" card. Well, tonight I drew the "Peace" card, which reads: "Embrace ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:54:52 EST Recharging to get back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225144 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. <BR> <BR> So I'm gearing up to get back on track in February. <BR> <BR> I've joined the 10-minute challenge team, and will be joining the 5% Ch... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 02:52:03 EST I am a planner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215564 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. <BR> <BR> Except for now. For the past few years. Since cancer (both cancers!) <BR> <BR> There is so much I have to do, it seems that I go two steps forward, and one step (or more) bac... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:48:11 EST Critical NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209457 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. <BR> <BR> Out of a very long list of meds (various migraine meds, three different meds for blood press... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 06:05:59 EST Trying hard to take the long view http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207358 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! <BR> <BR> Aside from that,... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:34:11 EST "To do's", "Accomplishments" and "WooHoo's" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202356 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... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:11:20 EST I'm a weeble! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191498 Remember those toys: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. Well, that’s me. I’ve been a weeble for the past few months, wobbling but not actually falling down. I was trying to think this morning what changed, and the only thing I could think of was that we got rid of the TV/cable. Well, that’s counter-intuitive to me; you would think I would be more active. <BR> <BR> Wrong. <BR> <BR> I realize now that most of my bad guys are traps that I’ve created myself. For example: <BR> * The... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:56:23 EST Away soooo long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145133 I've been popping in, reading friends blogs and such, but haven't really had the time or energy to be here on a regular basis. So I thought I would throw down a "stream of consciousness" blog and at least let you know I'm still here! <BR> <BR> What I have taken in hand is to sort out a global picture of my health, and I went to a naturopath for that. All because I've been having issues with meds, and the oncologist says "oh, I know nothing about side effects". GRRRR. <BR> <BR> So I went ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 13:29:32 EST 37 Days til my Bday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020850 My 100-Day self-challenge has been going pretty well. On June 17, 100 days to my 51st birthday, I planned to*: <BR> <BR> * Keep all my gym appointments with my trainer, regardless of how I feel (even if I have a terrible migraine). At worst, I'll have to come back home; at best, it will get me past whatever... k <BR> <BR> Well, I have missed one where I was throwing up from the migraine, and one where I fell asleep on the sofa (more on that later), but overall I'm pretty happy with this on... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:34:21 EST Wow - it's been a MONTH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980624 I can't believe a month has passed since I last blogged. I continue to work out with my trainer, and came to the conclusion that I have to go whether I'm up to it or not. So my DH is dragging me over even if he has to wake me from a deep sleep. It feels so great once I'm into it, and my trainer is wonderfully encouraging. <BR> <BR> My own personal 100-day challenge is going pretty well. The house and gardens are looking so much better from the decluttering, and it has somehow coincided with ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 14:50:17 EST So Proud of Myself! and 100-Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929676 I'm so proud of myself. Friday night I went to the gym to meet with my trainer, more to discuss a way forward than anything else as my cast came off Friday. I have one of those velcro casts now, and can start rehab. Anyway, she took one look at me, said "you look exhausted" and we both sat down to plan. But then I asked if we could work-out anyway, and we did a full work-out after our discussion. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> I also realized that it's 100 days to my 51st birthday, so a great day to star... 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