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DH (Andy) & me at his work Christmas party 2007.

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Kitchen remodel as of 01/28/10

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I am currently battling a return of breast cancer, & it looks like I may be doing so for the rest of my life. Because of this my weight loss efforts had to take a back seat. My main goal is to get the cancer to go into remission. The strange thing that happened, however, is that in the progress, I have pretty much reached my weight loss goal, although I have changed this since I started this process. I had thought to get down to 120, but at 130, I'm looking pretty skinny. I've decided what I really need is to firm up what I have.

I had triple-negative breast cancer (tnbc) in 2006. This means that no hormones were involved in the development of the disease. Unfortunately, it's also a more aggressive form than one where hormones were involved. What I currently have is a recurrence of this. It's considered stage IV metastatic breast cancer, although I don't follow the typical staging because it's not in my breasts, nor in any organ, & I didn't have chemo after the first battle with this disease. It's all located in the lymph nodes of my chest wall (see my photo page for pictures of my PET scans).

I gained 50 lbs when I quit smoking in 1996. My weight has gone up & down since then. The reasons in the past for gaining the weight back are ones that hopefully won't be an issue again, so I feel very positive about being successful this time, but exercising is very hard because I don't have the ambition (due to chemo) & struggle with shortness of breath & dizzy spells. The biggest problem I have is with finding something to drink that tastes good enough to want to drink a lot of it. I've been told plain water can make me nauseous, so this actually isn't a good option for me, but the one I use most often.

I've been hoping to get DH interested in losing weight & exercising, but haven't had much success with that, yet. I'm not giving up, though! Both of his parents are diabetic, & his father has had a major heart attack & quintuple by-pass, so DH needs to be serious about this! Being at the proper weight is one of the few things I'll have some control over to prevent a relapse once I'm in remission or the cancer has stopped growing, so I hope that DH will join me in this endeavor at that point.

I also think it would be a good idea if we were both in shape before taking on the tremendous job of building a new home, which we plan to do mostly ourselves! It's going to be very physically demanding. We're probably at least a year behind in our plans to do this. First, we're remodeling our current house, so we'll be able to get top dollar when we sell this. We're also trying to get my Mom's old house sold, & we'll use this money to buy property & set up a trailer on it. We'll live in the trailer while the house is being built, & DH will give up his part-time business at this point. Once the house is built, my Mom will move into the trailer, unless she decides to take over the guest room, den, & main bathroom in our house. In that case, Andy would like his parents to move into the trailer, so we can all be one big, happy family!

Member Since: 1/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 21,113

My Goals:
2010 Goals

(These are my most basic goals & don't really change much each year. See my blog entries for monthly goals & the results of each month.)

To have better health & put my cancer into remission to have it STAY THERE!

To declutter, organize, & make my house look better.

To reduce our debt.

To enjoy life more to be happier.

To keep to the plan to build our new house.

My Program:
This is the workout routine I created for myself that I plan to do as my health permits.

Monday: Wii.
Tuesday: Upper body & abs.
Wednesday: DVD.
Thursday: Lower body & abs.
Friday: DDR/Step Mania.
Saturday: Total body.
Sunday: Rest.

We all know that "life" can get in the way of the best-made plans, so I may also substitute a workout for certain daily activites.

These activities are most likely to include: gardening, long shopping trips, nature walks when camping, "big" housework days, & remodeling tasks.

Personal Information:
Donna, Upstate NY

Other Information:
Hobbies: RVs, motorcycles, computers, reading (especially prehistoric literature & time travel), home design & remodeling.

Other favorites: Lost, Star Trek, Tolkien, Heroes, Smallville.

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