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Catching Up – News from us…

Hello everyone! Well, lots has been happening. Where to start? Weight, I guess, since we started with weight, we’ll touch base on that. I’ve gained some back and so has Ivan. I’m about 250’ish now and not too sure what he’s at, but it’s not pretty. Looking back at my previous blog, I’m about what I was before, but up a few pounds… but with me, the real setback has been my fitness. I wouldn’t say it’s been non-existent, because I still do things like walks and go hiking, but the daily exercise, that has pretty much gone out the window. Food has been all over the place. That’s been Ivan’s problem and since he never really did the fitness thing (a bit of a cause for us to get into “discussions”), that has helped him with putting on the pounds.

My job at UPS is starting up a fitness challenge on Monday and I’m in charge of it… so I’m DEFINITELY looking forward to it! It’s a 12 week challenge to track your daily fitness and this is JUST what I need! I plan to do a minimum of 3 miles of walking, either with my Leslie Sansone walking DVD’s or just by walking outside and if I do more, so much the better! I know that with the fitness, the diet will follow and the diet I always feel very comfortable with is the 17 Day Diet, so I feel that my weight will start going the direction I want it to. As for Ivan, well, he should follow suit with the food and hopefully on the weekends, I can get him to go on the occasional hike with me. I’m still working on him with the fitness. It’s a struggle, I tell ya!

Health-wise, I’ve had a few issues. I found out that I have arthritis in my right knee, but we aren’t going to do anything with it, it’s bearable and weight loss and fitness should help it. A few months ago, my left shoulder started really acting up and by acting up, I mean, it started not moving much… and then radiated over to my right shoulder. I let it go and eventually it just about stopped moving altogether. I can’t even put my own bra on un-aided! A huge thank you to Ivan for stepping in to help in that department! Anyway, I finally went to see my Orthopedic Surgeon and found out that I have bursitis, tendonitis AND arthritis… isn’t that LOVELY? So, now I’m going to physical therapy! BTW, the gang over at PT said that I could have just called (they are the same ones that helped me through my hip replacement last year). Let’s see, what else? Oh yes, I was told that both of my carotid arteries had blockages, so I had to go to the hospital to get an ultrasound and see just how blocked they were (thankfully, 1-15% and they say to just get back to eating healthy and start up with my exercising)… and I had bloodwork and that came back good. So, it’s been pretty eventful with me and doctor’s offices and I’m pretty sick of it!

Not sure if any of my previous posts informed any of you that my son won a scholarship for this summer? Anyway, he did! He was selected about of over 450 kids in Pennsylvania to be one of 62 chosen students to win the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of Sciences Scholarship. For the past 5 weeks, he’s been dorming at Carnegie Mellon University and he comes home on Saturday! We have been so very proud of him! He starts his Senior year of High School on September 4th! Whew… BIG YEAR!

I think I mentioned that my husband is losing his job at the end of September? Well, he still is. He’s chosen to get the free training to get his CDL License… so that’s what he’ll be doing after that. We have been thinking about our future lately and have a huge announcement, but I wanted to catch up this blog to what we’ve been up to before I let you all know our plans for our future… so, stay tuned and tomorrow night you’ll get to hear all about our plans… it’s something Ivan and I have been talking about for the past 6-8 weeks non-stop but we were hosting a French student and we were really just too busy to do anything about it. So, we’ve been planning things and our French student just left yesterday morning and now we can proceed with the little details…

It is VERY EXCITING FOR US! Hopefully, you’ll all be excited for us as well. Talk to you tomorrow.

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I know it’s been a long while…

If I make typos, forgive me… The setup for my pc isn’t quite right in my recovery…

I thought alot of things would be different after surgery. I thought I’d be like Wonder Woman! LOL WRONG! I thought I’d bounce back incredibly quickly and be online, writing a book, healing, walking, doing all kinds of amazing stuff. Instead… well, I’ve been lying around not doing much of anything.

I’ve been in pain. I’ve been swollen! and did I say SWOLLEN??? OMG! I mean, wow! I had NO IDEA! My leg is still SWOLLEN! It’s honestly thrown me for quite the loop. I wasn’t expecting it. It’s uncomfortable. It’s ANNOYING! It’s a pain in the well… TUSHIE! My leg has been rock hard at times, and just well… uncomfortable. Not at all fun. Thank GOD, I saved my big girl panties! LOL I’ve been wearing them and some of my bigger stretchie workout pants alot. Just for comfort. I can only lie on my back at night, so sleeping has been a huge trial. I am normally the BEST sleeper and there have been many a night where I just cry at about 3 am.. from sheer exhaustion and misery. But, I think those nights are starting to fade. I’m getting to bed around 1 am now, and it’s getting a bit better.

My leg is starting to get a bit less hard and softer, so the swelling is going down a bit. I’m going on four weeks after surgery and I’m still using the cane to walk around, but I’m getting up and down the stairs more often now and out of the house more. I’m trying to go to the store more and walk around. I do get tired very quickly but I’m trying to do more. each and every day. Tuesday was my first outpatient physical therapy day and tomorrow will be my 2nd. Next week, I’ll be back to Mon, Wed and Fri schedule.

As for eating… well, I did gain 10 lbs. I think it’s all in the leg, but I can’t say I have been eating perfect. Something about watching tv all day long and watching food commercials and wanting crap food. What can I say? Comfort eating? I am trying, though. I’m back to the lemon water first thing. The yogurts and the green tea at every meal. I stook for an hour yesterday prepping veggies for stir fry this week, which really tired my leg out, but I’m trying to get back to the healthy eating, so it’s a process! And, I’ll get there! I just need to get up more and away from the constant tv watching! LOL Seriously, that’s not a good thing, even though I do love my tv… I just can’t give in to the constant commercials of the bad food!!!

Drinking the water and the green tea is filling up my stomach, which is making me less interested in filling it up with any “extra” food, which is a plus! I just need to start getting more activiity in and then the right balance is back in my life and the weight should follow, even though, my therapists feel that alot of the 10 lbs IS in my leg! I don’t doubt alot of that… it’s still swollen, quite a bit. I am a bit more squishy in my middle, though… I have to start getting my “core” back into shape.

So, I DOOOOOO sooooo appreciate all of your comments and emails and just thoughts, as I know you have all been so kind to think of me while I’ve been away. I know you all know I’ve been recovering and have been missing me and that means so very much to me. I am here. My pc set up is on a table and I have to lie in bed, so my eyesight isn’t stellar, so I can’t really see what it is that I’m typing… luckily, I’m a fairly decent typer, so I may make some typos, but overall, I think this will be legible… although, not perfect, as I’m not really seeing what I’m typing. So, the postings won’t be as often, til I can comfortable sit back in front of the screen. Typing from my cell phone just isn’t feasible, as you can imagine. My finger would get so sore! LOL

So, til the healing is even better, I won’t be posting alot, but know that I’m getting better and I’m still here! Thank you all for supporting me! I can’t wait to be back here with you all!


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Feeling ready…

Had a great mother’s day and ready for my surgery…
Today I met with the surgeon… my surgery is a week from tomorrow. He asked if I was still decided on getting the new hip… I mean “really?” I am almost unable to walk up stairs after a month of physical therapy… if he doesn’t give me a new hip after all this trouble, I’ll scream! LOL I’m in worse shape now than I was a month ago, actually. A month ago, I was able to walk up stairs with no problem (a limp, yes, but my muscles weren’t this fatigued) and I am just so READY for this… I’m really looking forward to getting past this pain. I’m MORE than ready for this surgery.
I’m in my last five days of work before I’m out for about 6’ish weeks and then the real work of getting on the road to recovery begins. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.
I got myself out of the house yesterday with my family. We went to a local amusement park and enjoyed the day. Hubby was off work, son didn’t have a show, I figured it’d be a great day to get out, walk around and just enjoy the day… it was fantastic! Plus, I was finally able to fit into some rides! So, I rode a few… first time in about 20 yrs! I had a blast!
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Also, wore a shirt that I bought from Old Navy and gave myself at Christmas… size Large… when I opened it up, it was so tiny that it was laughable at the time… never thought I’d fit into it… and now it fit! I’m almost smaller than my man now!
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and even got a great pic of my son and I… just a fantastic day all around! I had the best Mother’s Day! I hope you all did, too!
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So, I’m in the final stages of prep for next week… this last weekend will be the cleaning the house, as therapists will be coming to my home after the surgery for a week or two. I should be in the hospital for a few days, maybe four… I have a few magazines to keep me busy and I hope to get back to work on my book… hoping I can “focus” with the time I’ll have to myself. I may even blog more often, too!
I also bought a Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies 4 DVD and figure that it’ll be my cardio workout (moving my arms, as that little guy is SUPER full of energy and just does NOT stop) for when I’m in bed! I hope to lose some weight while in recovery… I still have more to go to get to my goal!
Do any of you have any recommendations for in bed exercises?


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Getting ready for surgery!

I did get through my bout with struggling. Physical Therapy has been a total trip! It’s really taken me back to my days of being in NICU when my son was born. He was born at 28 weeks (3 months early) and was in the hospital for 53 days in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) before he was allowed to come home. The day to day of being in that room with the other parents and other babies, you became a family. I am feeling those same feelings now. I am growing to care for the people I see every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. I am experiencing highs and lows and seeing them go through the same roller coaster ride… and it’s been a very emotional journey, just as it was in NICU. Sometimes, I even cry just thinking about the past and remembering those memories that I had buried deep down in my mind. Who knew? 

With that said, I have been feeling so exhausted from the physical therapy and sleeping well every night. My muscles are really getting a workout. I’m back to eating healthy and losing weight. I’m down 141.5 lbs now. I feel great and I’m hoping to lose at least 5 more lbs by my surgery date of May 21st! We’ll see… but I’m trying. 

Today was my pre-surgery testing and I was told to stop taking my multi-vitamin, my glucousamine, stop drinking my green tea, or any herbal tea, I can’t take the cayenne or CLA or the Triphala that I just started taking… I also started a detox tea that I heard about on Dr Oz about a week ago, where I boil cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds, drain them from the water and drink the water… nope, have to stop that, too. I guess now, I just eat and drink tons of water. No more mojo… just back to basic eating healthy and doing my exercises. Bummer! LOL 

I haven’t been blogging lately, not because I haven’t wanted to, but only because my son was keeping me ultra busy. He just wrapped up Guys and Dolls two weekends ago (it ran for two weekends) and then went straight into Chorus Line, which opened this past weekend and runs for two more weekends… and tonight was County Band, which he made, as well! He’s such a talented kid… I’m a very proud mom! Here is a pic of us after a Chorus Line performance. 

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I hope to blog more this weekend, but definitely wanted to let you all know where I stood with my struggling… things are definitely looking up!


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My recent struggle…

Lately, I’ve been experiencing my first REAL struggle out of this entire journey… It’s coinciding with the news of my recent announcement of needing a right hip replacement. Currently, I am going to physical therapy to prep for the surgery. This is new to me. I am in my second week and I’m going every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

I thought I was in shape… and last week when I announced the surgery, I was in a great place mentally. I felt as though this would be a breeze and I was going to recover quickly and become a new woman! But I’ve had 4 therapy sessions under my belt and I’m worn out. Basically, after just two appointments, I was experiencing pain and twinges of back pain that I haven’t felt in over a year. I went in to my appt on Friday and told the therapists that my back was starting to really feel the stress of the therapy and that I was starting to experience the spasms of yesteryear… but they just asked if I wanted another heating pad or pillow… and I just went along with the exercises yet again… Well, on that afternoon, I almost couldn’t move… I was in such pain.

With this pain, I went back to an old habit of wanting to eat to feel better… so I went to McDonald’s drive-thru for dinner… and then, obviously felt just horrible afterwards!

Saturday, I was participating in a Craft Show and my back was super sore, but I had made a commitment, so I went anyway… and once I set up (super slowly, mind you)… I took 3 ibuprofin… and sat down, near tears… I tried to be cheerful and friendly, but the pain was just near the surface… a couple of hours later, I took 3 more ibuprofin, but nothing was touching the pain and then the back spasms started… and at times, I just couldn’t move at all… it was horrible… When the show was over, I somehow managed to pack up and a nice man helped load up my car and I drove home in tears… I took 2 Aleve, had hubby rub some Bengay on my back and crawled into bed and fell asleep.

Sunday, I rested alot and it eased some, and I was able to get out and watch my son perform in his opening show of Guys and Dolls… but still not feeling well, I drove back through McD’s again for dinner… Uggh! Then it was just watch tv all night and eat.

Such a struggle when you are feeling miserable and in pain and then let your diet and healthy food choices go downhill completely, when you just KNOW that it’s the wrong thing and not even the best “bad” food… just junk!

I couldn’t even exercise like usual, due to the pain in my back…

I woke up to a new day and even though I’m still feeling not quite myself and as peppy and happy as my usual self (which is USUALLY very happy)… I still woke up with the effort of staying 100% compliant on my plan… and it’s bedtime now and I can thankfully say that I was successful! Thank God! But, it was a struggle… and I know that tomorrow will be as well.

I went to therapy today in tears, and today they listened (tears totally helped!)… We nixed a few exercises, replacing them with standing exercises and a few sitting exercises. I probably won’t truly know til tomorrow if it helped… but tonight, I don’t feel that bad… so, fingers crossed that it worked. Hopefully, getting rid of the serious pain will get rid of the horrible mood which will get rid of the bad feelings that I’ll want to “eat away”… and then I can start focusing on my healthy life again!

I sure hope so!