Monthly Archives: February 2014

“I Didn’t Recognize You!”

was a phrase I heard a lot today.
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Post-Op Week 32 Progress Report

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This was a great week on the weight loss front.  Did not see the size of this loss coming, that’s for sure!

But I’ll take it.

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My Mindful Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a day that for most folks is filled with sweet treats, flowers, and declarations of love.  Some folks feel like the day is simply a conspiracy by the candy and greeting card companies to get people to buy stuff in an attempt to woo or keep a lover.  Today, Valentine’s Day for me was just another Friday–nothing out of the ordinary, really.  My Valentine’s Day went down a little like this:

  • Got to school this morning to discover my classroom door’s window covered in Valentines.
  • One of my students gave me a Valentine that said, “Yoda one for me” with a picture of Yoda on it.
  • Came home to a handmade book by my hubby detailing some of the reasons he loves me.  It made me cry.
  • Went to dinner and had a tasty fish dish that I am going to source the ingredients for this weekend so I can replicate it here at home.
  • Registered myself for the Firefly Run on March 29.  I don’t care if I walk the whole way; I am going to finish, no matter how long it takes me.
  • Spent some quality time on the treadmill and bike at the gym even though I wasn’t feelin’ it.

I don’t need a contrived holiday to tell my husband that I love him.  I do this every day, as it should be.  I couldn’t be more blessed to have him along for this adventure we call a life together.  I’m mindful every day of the fact that I am lucky to call him my husband, and that this life we share together is one of the most precious gifts I have.

So for me, today was really all about mindfulness in many ways.

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In The Middle of Difficulty Lies Opportunity

Einstein said that, a really long time ago.  I never really gave it much thought until today.

Today, I was presented with a fantastic opportunity and I decided to seize on it.

The opportunity involves a birthday gift to myself.  Last year’s gift was pretty big, and I had been thinking about what I could give myself that was better than the gift I bought myself last year, because my sleeve is the gift that keeps on giving.  And that’s no joke.

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Dogpaddling In The Deep End

is how I feel as of late.

There is simply so much going on in my life both at work and at home, and I’m trying to juggle both of those worlds while trying to keep myself afloat and it’s hard.

I got a call from my PCP’s office today.  She wants to discuss my recent bloodwork with me.  Why do I get the feeling that my liver enzymes were high again?  I mean, that’s the reason I had to go back to have the test redone in the first place.

This means I will have to go in for an ultrasound on my gallbladder to make sure there aren’t any stones.  She said she’d be obligated to send me for one.

SHIT.

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Post-Op Week 31 Progress Report: The Week Life Happened

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This was the Week Life Happened.

This was the week my father found out his wife’s cancer was more widespread than originally thought.  Tomorrow they find out if it is treatable.

This was the week I had to learn to balance my priority of getting healthy with the temporarily more important priority of taking care of my Dad and being there for him.

This was the week I coped with the stress by not eating it.

I think I did a good job.

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7 Months Post-Op, By The Numbers

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Today marks 7 months post-op.

In that time, I’ve gone down 6 shirt sizes.

Next month, I’ll be participating in my first 5K race.

During 2014, I’m planning on participating in at least 4 such races.

I used to take 3 different medications each day to manage different health conditions.

I have gotten rid of 2 comorbidities (type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure).

And I am 1 thankful and grateful girl.