New Year...New Beginnings!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Wow, It has been a long time since I have written a blog. This might be a book. Things sure got crazy in 2011. But along the way I did learn some things.

My mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in March last year. That kind of started the ball rolling for a topsy turvy year. She moved here from New York so she could go to MD Anderson and so I could help take care of her. It has not been easy but she is pretty much on the downswing now, only having to go every 3 weeks for follow up Herceptin treatments. And compared to the other stuff the are easy. She had some significant issues with depression and anxiety along the way that made life very interesting for awhile but she seems to be coming out of that too. I'm just thankful that she is doing well and she is healthy. Trying now to get her to eat a little better and we are walking because she needs it just like me.

After I completed the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer last year, I found out that my thyroid and adrenal glands were all messed up. I began getting way more tired then usual and after working out would need a few days to recouperate. That is one reason I disappeared from spark for awhile. I just couldn't keep up and was putting preasure on myself to try to .

I went to several dr's. Tried a few different medications, some vitamens and other things. I went gluten free, which I still am learning to do. But as time went on I almost was feeling worse. I was more tired, my body began to ache like I was 90 years old. I just was feeling crappy. So I choose last month to end all the medication for now and just see what happens. I honestly feel better again. I'm not falling asleep at 3:00 in the afternoon and my body doesn't feel like it is falling apart on me. I'll still look for answers but over all I think I'll take the low thyroid now and see what happens versus taking the medication and not feeling good at all.

When this all started I was floating with my weight between 133-136 mostly. Over those months I was able to pretty much maintain that. Until January and then I ballooned up to my current weight of 146. I knew my cloths were fitting worse and I was gaining inches. I had to get back!! So now here I am. I am starting off slow though. Walking 30 minutes a day with my mom and throwing some yoga in there. No gym right now and nothing too exerting. I don't want to be back where I was when this all started. I let my portion sizes get bigger and I know that is where my problem with this extra 10 pounds began. What I learned though is I can maintain this. It just takes some work. Now getting this extra off and the inches is not going to be easy. But I know I can do it. I know that I am dedicated to my lifestyle. That is what I learned. I didn't go back to eating fried, fattening, cheesy, bad for me foods. I just became immobile and didn't watch my portions. I'm back now to tracking my food so that will get me back in check. It feels good to be back here!! I look forward to getting caught back up with my spark friends.

BTW....I'm still smoke free which is still my biggest accomplishment in all this time!! It will be 2 years this month...woo hoo!!!

You all have an awesome and amazing losing day!!!!
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    emoticon on emoticon . That is a major accomplishment!

    Sounds like you have a good plan. Just focus on each day, small goals and you will succeed. emoticon
    2811 days ago
    Welcome back to SP! It sounds like 2011 really got crazy for you. I hope 2012 treats you (and your mother!) much, much better! Good luck with everything!
    2812 days ago
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