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Day 24 – 100 Day Challenge

Today was another good food day… I’m getting back on track! Thank goodness! I still didn’t do great with exercise, but I did walk at work today, so that’s something.

Also, I was called today by lady who ran an article on my weight loss story for our company last summer. She wanted to do a follow up story. I had told her that I really didn’t lose any more weight. We talked for a while and she wanted to know how things were after my hip replacement surgery and the car accident I had last year and told me that after all I had been through, to hear that I had maintained the weight loss and that I was still excited and focused on my journey even though I still had disappointment that I hadn’t lost more weight told her that my story is still very motivating and very relevant to what she was looking for. She said that it was “real”… not every weight loss journey was easy or full of constant successes, but it was just that… a journey.

I am still motivated to lose weight, even though I have not seen the scale get into “new weight loss” for over a year. I still challenge myself to get out and exercise, I still get up every morning and drink my lemon water and pack my lunch and go to work with the excitement of being on plan and I think it’s that energy that probably has helped me keep the weight off and not gain it all back on. I am proud of maintaining the huge loss I’ve done. I also know and have every confidence that I will reach my goal, even if it’s going to be “in my own sweet time”… it will come. At least I’m headed in the right direction! That feels amazing!

I am thrilled with my health and my energy and stamina. I could ask for more, but I’m quite happy with this!

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Day 16 – 100 Day Challenge

Such a busy day! 

Took the day off for doctor appointments! I had 3 today. I like to just take a day off and schedule them all in one day, rather than taking off early from work three different days. It’s just easier. 

Today was also a GORGEOUS day! The temps climbed up to about 60 degrees! Yay! However, we are due rain after midnight and then all day tomorrow, with declining temps and yep, it’ll end in freezing rain and snow! Yep, it’s still winter and well, them’s the cold, harsh facts of it, I suppose! 

Anyway, this morning was the ol’ gyno appt for the yearly visit us women have to make… and yes, it went well, thank you very much… then it was off to the dentist for a cleaning and now that I have a new hip, I had to take antibiotics before the visit… this is a new thing for me, but I was prepared and on top of that requirement! One that I’ll have to do for the rest of my life now. Then, checked the temp from my car and it showed that it was over 40 degrees and I was near a favorite walking path of mine, so I went for a 35-40 minute walk! (yep, got my exercise in! Yay me!) While on my walk, I met a super nice family… a mother named Lisa and her two small boys, Ethan and Aiden! I definitely had a fun time talking to little Ethan who loves Airplanes and Trains! 🙂 Hope to run into them again, he helped me march a bit as we walked! 

After that, I headed out to Taco Bell (blame the movie I rented the other day with a Mariachi lead actor… I’ve been craving Mexican food ever since). However, they had this burrito called the Cantina Burrito, which is a healthier version… It was soooo good and so big that I actually couldn’t even finish it. Anyway, I had water on me, so that and water got me through and I thought, “let me see if my optometrist will let me do a walk in appointment, too”, so I drove there… He wasn’t in, but I made an appt for my son and I. Off to the hospital for my next appt. 

Now, I’ve been wanting to donate plasma… there is this local place in town where you can earn money doing it, but apparently I’m a special case and with my history of cancer and then my surgery within the past year, they needed to know if I had any blood products in the surgery, so I needed to get paperwork at the hospital to figure out that blood product question. I had a letter from my gyn about being cancer free for the past 16 years, so that part was figured out… and then I had to go to medical records to get the other bits… then it was off to my last doctor appt, the neurologist… the name sounds alot worse than it is… I see him for my back, I’m all good. It’s more of a check in after all the surgery stuff. No biggie. 

But, then I ran home to get the paperwork on my cancer free letter, then off to the plasma donor place. That was around 2 pm! Well, long story short (too late, I know)… I was there a bit over 4 hours (special case situation)… I just made the iron count, always on edge with that and had to cut out early on the full donation and nearly didn’t stop bleeding for them to let me go, but I was in a hurry to leave as Ivan needed to get to work! OMG! I couldn’t clot fast enough! I got home JUST IN TIME for him to leave and he barely made it! 

Then, I forgot all about Toastmasters, so I had to call a friend of mine to get me to the meeting and we were late to that! Uggh! It was such a crazy day… I didn’t eat til I got home, nearly 9 pm… had leftover turkey taco meat with cabbage from last night and green tea and water…. 

Eating was just not super consistent and a bit of a mess today, because of my crazy, hectic schedule… but it wasn’t horrible and I DID exercise! LOL 

Overall, I had a decent day today.. I think I’ll sleep like a baby! Look at the video today on http://www.Giveit100.com/Cinnamarie1 of where I walked… the path is GORGEOUS! 🙂 One of my favorite walking paths!


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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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Results are in… surgery is looming.

I just got back from the Orthopedic surgeon… and well, I’m rejoicing… even though it’s HUGE news…

I am going to have a total hip replacement. And probably within 2 months.. or near there.

A few years back, I noticed that there was a pain in my leg… and really, no range of motion… noticeable when I try to put on my right sock. I just can’t do it very easily really… it’s one of my biggest struggles… My leg just doesn’t move that way… giving me access to my foot…

About 6-7 wks ago, I told my doctor that through all this weight loss, the limp I have has gotten more and more noticeable. It was always there, but EVERYONE notices it now. So, he ordered an MRI. It came back and he saw the degenerative arthritis I had… so had just about every doctor… but he thought he saw a tear… so he sent me to the surgeon.

Well, today was that visit… and he told me that the tear was the least of my worries… it was the arthritis that was really my issue. And it was HORRIFIC… it was all over the place. It was inevitable that I was going to have a hip replacement in my future… So, the only real question was “when?”. Well, I do NOT want to limp forever and truly, I’m at the peak of health now… as I’ve lost so much weight and I’ve been exercising so much since last April… and I’m young. So, why wait?

So, I start a month of physical therapy to prepare for the surgery on Monday… I see him again on May 22nd and all I know is that I’ve booked a walking tour in NYC on June 8th… so since I’ve paid for that, I’m probably going to want to book the surgery for just after that.

What I want to do is walk as much as I can til then. See what more weight I can lose before I’m in recovery mode and lying down… I’m going to read up on exercises I can do from bed! LOL I know they are out there. I will also work on my book and ask my job if I can work from home to save me having to go on disability. We’ll see what can be done to get through this…

Alot going on, but that’s the news I have… I’m actually rejoicing… I kind of never thought I’d get a “fix” and now I’m thrilled that I will! I may be able to dance again! How exciting is that???