More Snow

November 12, 2018 — Leave a comment

It’s snowing here again this morning. We have zero groceries, so I likely should have paid attention to the forecast yesterday! I’ve got the day to myself, so snow boots and a hoodie sound like my attire for the day.

I met my dad for breakfast on Saturday to celebrate his birthday. After that, I came home and lounged for the majority of the afternoon, then got a few simple chores done around the house. Friday’s surgery was simple and the only limitations are no lifting over 5 lbs with my right hand. I feel great so I’m happy to not be all drugged up and lazy.

Sunday was Liz’s Celebration of Life and it was perfect.

Liz picked the venue and things were just as she wanted them. Liz wanted nothing more than to bring her family and friends together so they could all share with one another how they knew Liz and enjoy some apps and drinks. That is exactly what we all did. We had a party.

Liz truly loved Black and White, a Houndstooth pattern and splashes of red.

Liz chose the event space based on the decor of the room. This surprised no one and it was absolutely perfect!

 

Several family and friends honored Liz in their best Black and White and Houndstooth!

 

The party theme was spot on with Party Favors for the four legged friends. On the reverse side of this are directions to Liz’s Bench at one of our local parks in the Off Leash Area.

 

If you knew Liz, you knew Dooley. The event space even allowed Dooley to be there! It truly was perfect.

It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating a dear friend gone too soon.

RIP Sweet Friend.

 

Saturday

Breakfast – 8 SP?

Pretty Traditional – Eggs, Bacon and Hash Browns. When I don’t know the points for sure, I make my best guess.

 

I gave half of my hash browns to my dad (Happy Birthday Dad!), then left a few on my plate along with some bacon. 

Leaving food on my plate has become much easier than it used to be.

 

Lunch – 7 SP

These are similar to the RXBars that I like.

 

Dinner – 8 SP 

Mike grabbed us some Mexican take out.

This taste about as good as it looks? It was a tad blahhhh

Shrimp Fajita’s, no beans, no rice, extra peppers and onions. Guessing on these points for the Oil and Guac.

 

Snack – 2 SP per serving

One Frozen Banana, 14 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1 T. Almond Butter

I put all of this in the blender and it made two servings.

Mike…”Are you sure there’s no sugar in this?”

Ha! This is a great dessert only using the sweetness from the banana!

 

Sunday

Breakfast – 1 SP

Scrambled Eggs, Salsa, Guac and Berries

 

Lunch – 20 SP

A few un-pictured Appetizers (Chicken Skewer, Shrimp Skewer, Steak Skewers and two glasses of Wine)

 

Dinner – 6 SP

Salmon Caesar, dressing on the side (3 SP), pushed the croutons off of my plate, with Salmon (Oil 3 SP?)

 

I’m out the door to attend a WW Workshop, then to the store.

Have a great week!

My friend Ashli included this quote in her eulogy for Liz yesterday. It is so Liz!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Snowfall, Fall Snow?

November 9, 2018 — 3 Comments

Let me share with you what we’ve been so fortunate to look at over these las few weeks here in Kansas.

 

 

I wish I had more pictures of the snow sitting on top of the leaves.  

 

And this is why I have to buy new cushions! When will I learn to bring those inside?

 

Green grass, Fall Colors and a little snow. Sneak in a tulip and we’ve got all Four Seasons!

 

I am so not ready for snow but I must say this has been a beautiful sight to see. We’ve had so many beautiful trees this fall, and now we’ve had a light snowfall that put a beautiful dusting of white on top of it. It truly is gorgeous.

Mike and I were out the door yesterday morning shortly after 5:30 am. I had a quick surgery on my right hand/wrist/thumb, a cortisone shot in my left thumb and we were home by 10:30 am. I spent the afternoon on the couch trying to nap, with no real luck at all. I’m not a good napper. I did not get sent home in a splint which is nice. My hand is wrapped in an ace bandage and they sent me home with this crazy looking pillow to help keep the right hand elevated.

 

Makes me want Swiss cheese. 

On the left side I have Trigger Thumb

On the right side I have De Quervains Tenosynovitis

Hopefully after a few days both hands will feel so much better. The only difficult part of the surgery was the IV. When you have lymph nodes removed from one side, they no longer take your blood pressure or draw blood from that side. So the blood pressure cuff was on my calve and because I was having surgery on my right hand, the nurse tried  to put the IV in the top of my foot!!

 

After two failed attempts and me yelling F*** over and over again, they called in the IV specialist team. Now why on earth didn’t they do that first?

I ask the IV specialist if he ever put an IV in a foot. He said no because there are too many nerve endings in the foot. Well, thats explains a lot! I asked him if he didn’t mind sharing that with the nurse. Egads.

He then used an ultrasound machine to find a good vain in my right bicep, and put the IV in there. Didn’t feel a thing. He also said that it was far enough away from the surgery site that it shouldn’t be in the surgeons way.

 

Does this look crooked to you? I’m so happy there is no splint!

 

If someone ever tries to put an IV in the top of your foot, tell them to bring in the specialist!

Okay, I couldn’t have breakfast because of the surgery, so this is brunch and dinner and a snack.

Brunch – 10 SP

I ordered First Watch on the way home.

My favorite Hash. I”m guessing on the points, but that was quite a bit of potatoes.

 

Dinner – 2 SP

Before heading to the hospital, I put some chicken, canned tomatoes, chicken broth and Taco seasoning in the crockpot. No measurements here, just throwing stuff in.

The house smelled good when we got home and I didn’t have to worry about dinner. Sorry for the really ugly and un appetizing picture.

 

Evening Snack – 0 SP

I was feeling dehydrated so cold grapes sounded good and I also drank a ton of water.

 

I hope those of you that have beautiful Fall Trees are able to get outside and enjoy them as much as I have.

Happy Weekend!

(Go Chiefs!)

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Eating Clean & Simple

November 7, 2018 — 1 Comment

Monday and Tuesday are now my weekend, kinda. I don’t work on Monday or Tuesday now so I am trying to make those my errand days and meal prep days. Sometimes a meal prep day simply means I plan out what we’re going to have for the week. Sometimes just knowing what we are going to be eating can save time later in the week.

This week I made Betsy’s Zucchini Soup , a Fall Chopped Salad a Beef and Pork Meatloaf and a tray of Roasted Veggies. We ate that all week long and it was a perfect little variety.

If you go to my recipe tab, I have a few links to favorite recipes from other sites. I forgot how much Mike loved that meatloaf!

I’m trying to eat as little processed foods as possible in hopes of my joints and just my body in general feeling better and hoping for some improved sleep. I’ll let you know when the starts to happen.

On Monday I went to a WW workshop as a member. You know we call them workshops now, right? We used to call them meetings. It was a great workshop and I left feeling motivated and energized.

After dinner on Monday night, Mike and I worked out together in my our home exercise room. I think that’s the first time we’ve ever been in that room together. I’m not sure how he felt about watching Dancing with the Stars instead of Monday Night Football while working out, but it was nice to have him in there with me.

In the last few days I’ve ran several errands that involved shopping for accessories for the newly remodeled master bedroom and bathroom. I’m not having much luck. I just can’t decide what I want in there I suppose. We are making progress though. The shower doors are being installed right now! Yay!

I started a little Christmas shopping. Every year I say I’m going to keep it simple this year, and then I don’t. I think this is my year. I think this is my simple year. (Please let it be my simple year. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ)

I ate lunch out on Monday and Tuesday and I found two spots with great choices! Do you have a Zoe’s kitchen where you live? They have a great menu with lots of healthy choices. I’m trying to eat as clean as possible (Little to no processed foods.) right now to see if I can get to feeling better, and they have several options on the menu that allowed for some great choices.

Lunch was great!

I ordered the Mediterranean Chicken with roasted veggies and grilled potato Salad.

I guessed lunch at 6 SP for the potatoes and any oil for cooking.

 

 

 

 

Monday night for dinner I made one of my favorites.

Fall chopped salad. , a long time favorite. So happy I came upon this recipe a few years ago.

Rotisserie Chicken, Sugar Free Bacon, Eggs, Apples, Red Onion, Walnuts, Dates, Roasted Butternut Squash and home made Dressing.

I LOVE THIS SALAD!!! So does Mike.

 

Tuesday I tried a new place for lunch after I cast my vote. I hope you were able to get out and vote!

Again, lots of choices that were Smartpoints Friendly at this new little spot that a WW member recommended.

Crushed Red.

If you’re in one of these four states, you just might get to try it out!

 

Salads, Flatbreads and Soups. They also have a Wine Bar. Bonus!

I did a “Build Your Own Salad” and I drank water.

 

Tuesday I made a big pot of Betsy’s Zucchini Soup for me and a Paleo Beef and Pork Meatloaf for Mike. The meatloaf isn’t low in points, but it’s one of his favorite meals and I knew he’d eat it for a few days while I enjoyed some soup.

 It was chilly and rainy and I was really in a soup mood. The soup hit the spot!

This taste great over tortilla chips or roasted plantains and is also really good topped with cheese or avocado or both!

 

I’ve eaten some of this Zero Smartpoints Soup Every single day.

 

This really is a good one if you’re wanting a new meatloaf recipe.

 

For breakfast this week? Omelets.

Egg White Omelet filled with Asparagus, Onions and one Diced New Potato, topped with Smashed Avocado, Berries with 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter on the side.

 

This one is filled with Asparagus and Peppers and topped with Smashed Avocado. Apple one the side with some Vanilla Almond Butter.

 

1 T. = 3 Smartpoints. No added B.S. (bad stuff)

 

 This is a new “Food Find”. I love to do Food Finds in the WW Workshops.

I like these with a cup of hot tea as a snack. They are high in points since they are only nuts and dried fruit, but totally worth it for me if I have a day filled with Zero Smartpoints foods.

1 package = 7 SP.

 

This RXBar is 7SP and made a great breakfast on the go with an Apple.

 

Yummy non-dairy Coffee Creamer! (Thanks for the “Food Find” Amy!)

1 T. = 0 SP

2 -4 T. = 1 SP

 

Okay, more stories to come!

Do you eat little to no processed foods?

What are some of your favorites?

“Love the life you live, live the life you love”

Number Five

November 5, 2018 — 8 Comments

Now that I’ve mastered the voice command for blogging….this is one long post! It’s just me, sitting in bed with coffee this morning while it rains, talking into my phone. This is the perfect morning! Ha!

On Thursday afternoon I picked up my first ever prescription glasses. They are progressive lenses. When I first put them on I assured the lady helping me that the prescription must be wrong. I couldn’t see a thing! She then assured me that the prescription was correct and that progressive lenses would take me a while to get used to. You guys, learning how to walk down stairs with progressives on is NO JOKE!

A picture I sent to one of my grandkids last night. I can see!

I should’ve been wearing prescription glasses a long time ago, which I knew. I have been getting by with the readers for a long time. She told me the more that I wore them the quicker my eyes would adjust. I put them on and had no plans of taking them off for the rest of the day. Three hours after getting the glasses I worked a WW meeting. I’m very used to taking my readers off and putting them back on several times throughout the day. I also do that at work. Towards the end of the 30 minute meeting I took the classes off to say something to the members and I got really dizzy. I went into full on panic mode. I felt lightheaded and I could not think of one thing to say. I did let them know I had new glasses and that I was feeling a bit dizzy. I backed up to the wall and leaned up against it. Then I simply had no words. I felt 28 pairs of eyes looking at me and I had absolutely nothing to say. Then a hot flash came. Then the sweat came. I just looked at all of them and said, “Well, goodbye and have a good week. I don’t know what else to say.” It was so embarrassing. We still had a few minutes left of the 30 minute meeting. I couldn’t believe I just stood there in front of so many people with no words coming out of my mouth.

The subject matter last week was all about sleep and how it is such an important part of our overall health. It was so ironic because I was definitely feeling sleep deprived and lost all concentration.

My Friday meetings went much better. I was certain to keep my glasses on so that I did not get dizzy.๐Ÿคฃ What a dork I can be.

I headed down to my girlfriend’s farm on Friday after work for a girls weekend. I was looking forward to zero responsibilities.

We did all of our usual fun farm stuff. Build fires, ride four-wheelers, hunt for a bitter sweet, get caught up with one another, play games, laugh and eat snacks and enjoy some drinks.

I’m usually in that rocking chair seeing if I can mess up the fire.

 

Here’s the porch in the daytime. A great place for that first cup of coffee if it’s not too chilly!

 

Getting the big fire ready for the evening. I like to poke at this one too and mess it up, which I did. 

Several of my friends are doing Keto so there were no sugary snacks to tempt me. Those were probably the healthiest food choices ever when going to the farm for a weekend! 

Saturday night it was just me and my friend Steph, sitting inside by the fire and chatting. I can’t remember how long she’s had the farm now but I’ve always loved going down there and relaxing and she knows how much I love it.

We watched movies (Dirty Dancing and Jerry McGuire) and Steph made a big pot of sausage soup for dinner. We went to bed at 10 o’clock, 9 o’clock after we set the clocks back. It was a perfect day and night of relaxing and getting some much needed rest.

I came home early Sunday morning, jumped in the shower and then headed back out to work at WW. No panic attacks and glasses remained ON! This working on weekends thing is a huge adjustment! But I am loving meeting so many people and so happy to have a job that I love.

Last week I had my appointment to see the hand specialist. Apparently I have tendinitis that requires surgery. Well of course I do! We have a ridiculously high out of pocket amount for our insurance and I guess I’m trying to see if we can reach it! I love to spend money. 

On Friday I am having surgery. That’s right. This is surgery NUMBER FIVE in just 15 months.

It is just a simple procedure that will only take about 45 minutes, and then I will be in a splint for a couple of weeks. It is my right hand and I am right-handed.

After I accepted the realization that I was going to have to have yet another surgery (I was so trying to hold it together, but my eyes would not stop watering. I really had no idea he was going to say surgery.) I asked him to look at my other hand. My left thumb has been locking in a bent position off and on for about the last three weeks. There is now a knot at the end of my thumb inside my palm and it feels bruised?

He said I have “trigger thumb”. He is going to give me a Cortizone shot in that thumb during the surgery on the other hand. ๐Ÿ™„

I really don’t know where all of this is coming from. I have a theory. Of course it could all just simply be coincidental.

When you have estrogen positive breast cancer, you take an estrogen blocker for anywhere from 5 to 10 years after your cancer treatment. I found my cancer early and it was Stage 1, Grade 1. I was prescribed the estrogen blocker Tamoxifen for five years. After I had my hysterectomy the oncologist suggested taking a different estrogen blocker that postmenopausal women take. Okay. This one was called Arimidex. I had terrible side effects with the Arimidex that only seemed to involve my fingers, hands, wrists and forearms. I took that medication for eight weeks. The oncologist then put me back on the Tamoxifen. She said that would work fine for me as an estrogen blocker. Again. Okay.

My fingers and hands and arms have not felt normal since I stopped taking the Arimidex.

My oncologist tells me that the hand and joint issues that I am having have nothing to do with taking either of the estrogen blockers.

I’ve read several articles on breastcancer.org and the American Cancer Society website (recommended sites for information from my breast surgeon) about joint pain that can be related to taking estrogen blockers. It can also make you feel fatigued. I thought I felt so fatigued now because I’m having a hard time getting a good nights sleep because of the hand issue keeping me awake.

I really don’t know what to think or what to believe. I guess it doesn’t matter, but I am one of those “need to know” people and I just wish I had some answers as to why I am feeling like I am.

Maybe it all is completely coincidental. I just know that I am continuing down this path of complete frustration with my body.

A few years back I did Whole30. We have done it a few times since that first time as well. If you are not familiar with that, it has nothing to do with Weight Watchers or weight loss really, although weight loss can happen during Whole30, but more to do with removing all processed foods from your diet and re-establishing your relationship with food. The idea is to eliminate certain foods and then work them back in one at a time and see if they are having an effect on your body or not.

You can read my first Whole30 recap.

No sugar, no dairy, no grains, no legumes, no beans, no alcohol. It is admittedly very restrictive, but my joints felt incredible at the end of the 30 days and I was sleeping great. I’ve definitely continued to eat less processed foods since doing that Whole30 and I have learned a lot about how different foods affect my body.

I’m going to spend all of November and December trying to eat as clean as possible. I will not do 60 days or 30 days of eliminating those items 100%, but I am going to try to eliminate as many processed foods as possible and see if I can just get to feeling better and sleeping better.

2019 is our year. I’m going to work really hard over this next 60 days to do all that I can to see if I can make my body feel better so I can go into 2019 feeling as close to 100% as possible. I feel like I’ve been taking pretty good care of myself but maybe my attitude has not been all that it could be.

I told Mike that if anything at all happens in 2019 that has a negative connotation. I don’t want to hear about it. If he gets even a cold, I don’t want to know. I also told my mom she was not allowed to tell me if she wasn’t feeling well.

My mom – “Honey I’m not sure I could do that.”

Me – “Mom, you have no choice!”

I was kidding of course, (kind of) but I’m really just focusing on positive energy and positive things happening in 2019.

Mike and I have taken a spring break trip with friends for the last several years. We had to cancel our trip in January 2018 because of my cancer and surgery. We had to cancel our trip in January of 2017 because I could not seem to shake the flu. This week we booked our trip to Mexico with friends. We WILL be going on vacation in January!

I am so looking forward to Tess and Manuel’s wedding in March, I can hardly stand it!

2019 is going to be amazing!

Just you wait and see!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Sweet Liz

November 4, 2018 — 18 Comments

I met my neighbor and now good friend, Ashli, about 19 years ago when we moved into the neighborhood.

This is us at Fleetwood Mac recently. How cute is she? Just as sweet as she isย cute!

Over the years, Ashli has graciously introduced me to her girlfriends that she has been close with for years. Ashli has many friends, but there are four of them that stick together like glue and spend a lot of time together. They are all amazing and strong and smart women. I love spending time with all four of them.

One of Ashli’s friends that I have had the pleasure in getting to know over the last several years is Liz. Liz is in the bottom right of the above picture.

Liz.

Smile with a heart of gold. Dog lover (partial to golden retrievers). Lover of all things black and white with a splash of red. Always doing for others. Loves to entertain. Loves a good theme party. Did I mention smile?

Liz was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer about 18 months ago.

Shortly after that, (weeks) another friend of Ashli’s (one of the four) that I have had the pleasure of getting to know, was diagnosed with colon cancer.

One Friday night when we were gathered at Ashli’s house for some good girl chat and a happy hour, Ashli’s two friends, both being diagnosed with cancer, received an appointment reminder on their phone for their chemo treatments the following week. They actually gave each other a fist bump and giggled!

I then told them that I didn’t really want to join the little club that they had going, but I had a biopsy scheduled for the following week.

When I got my results, the first two people I told were Ashli’s friends, but not Ashli. One of the hardest people to tell was actually Ashli.

I can’t imagine being the one friend that has three friends all diagnosed with cancer in such a short amount of time.

We jokingly blamed Ashli.

I never had to experience chemo the way that those two ladies did. They both were so incredibly strong.

Liz invited a bunch of people over and had a party for her head shaving. Yep. Her hairdresser came to her house and we all went outside on her deck. There Liz sat with her beautiful smile while her friend shaved her head. We then watched her put on her wig. It was a very emotional day but Liz smiled the entire time and had a house full of family and friends and love.

That’s Liz in the pink!

That’s the way she did everything. With a house full of family and friends and love. (dogs too!)

On this day, we gathered at Ashli’s house and made blankets for Cancer Action, a local organization supporting cancer patients in our community.

Here we are again, participation in a 5K last Fall for Lung Cancer Research. That’s Dooley, Liz’s bff.

Here’s the girls last New Years Eve.

Liz was told last December that she may only have a year to live. She made out a bucket list and followed through. She wanted a convertible, so she bought one. She had several trips she wanted to go on. She went on those trips.

Liz came to my “one year cancer free” party on August 31. I was celebrating one year cancer free while she was battling cancer with all of her might. Not only did she come to my party, but she had cookies made for me that looked like boobs! They were the cutest!

I knew she wasn’t feeling well that night but I was so happy that she came. Her and I did have a discussion about how strange it was for me to ask her to be there when I was celebrating and she was fighting. She assured me that we simply have different stories. That was Liz.

She skipped on the food and the drink and offered to take pictures with the camera that Weight Watchers had sent me. I knew she wasn’t feeling well but I also know that it was important for her to be there. She took great photos and I so appreciated her taking care of that for me.

Five days after that party, Liz was told she had 90 days to live. I met Ashli and her girlfriends over at Liz’s house. We all sat on the couch huddled around her and listened to her talk about what she wanted to do with the last 90 days of her life. What an incredible group of women these ladies are. I feel so honored to know all of them.

Throughout the month of October it became more and more difficult for Liz to get out of bed and move around the house.

One Sunday afternoon, Ashli thought it would be fun to shower Liz with golden retriever puppies. Liz loved dogs, but she was extremely fond of golden retrievers. I think she owned four over the years. One of Ashli’s other good friends, one of these amazing women that I’m talking about, was able to locate eight adult golden retrievers to come to Liz’s house for a visit. It was the sweetest afternoon. Liz remained in her bed while each dog was introduced to her and pounced on her bed. They didn’t all come in at once, but there were four in there at one time! It was just the sweetest afternoon. You could feel the love in the room from the dogs and the people and the smile on Liz’s face made the day perfect.

Less than two weeks ago, I called Liz and told her I was coming over and asked her if there was anything she would like. She mentioned two things from Trader Joe’s and I was so happy that I found exactly what she wanted. I spent the afternoon at her house laying in her bed with her and chatting. I’m so glad I had that alone time with Liz. I will cherish that afternoon forever.

Last Sunday, while Tess and Manuel were still here, Ashli called and said that hospice was bringing in a hospital bed that day. She let me know that she would be at Liz’s house that evening if I wanted to come over. I dropped off Tess and Manuel at the airport and headed to Liz’s house.

There were about 10 other people there when I got there. We all stayed well into the evening and it was clear at some point that Liz was likely not going to open her eyes again. We all spent the night at her house and she had 24 hour hospice care.

Liz passed away on Monday afternoon with a house full of family and friends and love and her beloved Dooley by her side. Liz was 48 years young.

It was a strange and beautiful thing being able to spend the last hoursย with a friend and have the opportunity to tell them how much you admire them and how much you love them.

Thank you for welcoming me into your life Liz. Thank you for showing me grace, strength, integrity, kindness and love in a way that I will always remember.

Gone too soon my friend.

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

I picked up Tess and Manuel at the crack of dawn on Friday morning at the airport. I brought them home and then I was off to work. I have this job thing now ya know.

When I got home later in the afternoon, Tess and Manuel and I went for a late lunch. We got caught up and talked about how excited we were for the couples shower on Saturday night. We enjoyed an evening of yummy beverages and Yahtzee and hanging out the house. It was the perfect Fall night.

Manuel’s parents had a early flight on Saturday morning. They rented a car and were at our house around 9:00 am. I was up making coffee and cooking bacon so the house smelled yummy when they got there.

(Unfortunately, just blocks from arriving at our house, they got a call that their dog had unexpectedly passed away at Petsmart. It definitely was not a great way to start out the day.)

I really wanted to give Manuel and his parents a taste of Kansas, so we headed out to the Louisburg Cider Mill for some hot cider and a cider doughnut.

 

The weather was absolutely beautiful and the 20 minute drive to the Cidermill gave them a beautiful view of the fall trees here. We grabbed a hot cider and a doughnut and enjoyed the gorgeous day, although it was admittedly hard to get past the bad news they had received just hours earlier. 

 

 

I was really excited about our upcoming evening. 

Tess’s friend Madi and her mom Laura put the shower on for Tess and Manuel. The shower was absolutely amazing. The decorations were awesome and I think I captured a picture of all of them. Would you believe that after that I didn’t take one single picture of people? I don’t think anyone did. It was so fun seeing friends and family come together and introducing people to each other that had never met before, I guess we all got wrapped up in conversation and food and fun, and taking a picture never entered my mind

Sometimes I think that’s a good thing. We can get so caught up in keeping our phones in our hands that we forget to enjoy the moment. I’m bummed I don’t have pictures of all of the people that were there, but I have so many great memories of that evening. We had a great time and really enjoyed the party and it was fun to celebrate Tess and Manuel.

It was so nice to have Manuel’s parents, Mary and Rudy, be able to stay with us here at the house. Except for the unfortunate news of their dog passing, the weekend was perfect. The weather was beautiful. They were able to stay at our house. The party was a huge success. A great time was had by all. I’m so excited for this upcoming wedding in March.

Look at this cute couple. The only picture of people from the whole shower! Ha! I guess they are the only ones that really matter, so its all good.

 

The shower was outside around several fire pits and there were lots of goodies to eat inside!

 

Madi’s dad, Dick built this bar. I loved it!

 

Hot Chocolate Party Favors!

 

I loved celebrating these two and I am so excited for March 2019!!

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Life is Good and Busy!

October 9, 2018

I haven’t been here in two weeks!

I have most of the day to myself today, so on my agenda first thing is getting in a blog post.

This post is one of those that is all over the place and I likely have a lot of run on sentences and I repeat things. Forgive me. Think of this as though you are reading my diary. Basically, you are.

First of all, life is good.

The leaves are turning and it’s been nice and cool outside and I am loving it. Coffee on the deck with a blanket in the cool morning air with all of the beautiful colors? I’m all in! Or am I Fall in? Ha!

Walking makes me happy. Walking in this makes me even happier.

 

Breakfast with mom.

Pumpkin everything also makes me happy, but mostly any way I can have a Pumpkin Spiced Coffee.

 

Love all of the CalifiaFarms products! (This is not a paid post.)

You can have up to 5 T. of this for 1 Smartpoint. It actually has Pumpkin Puree listed in the ingredients.

 

Life is also very busy.

Lot’s of work responsibilities the last two weeks with the new WW rebranding and adjusting to my new schedule. I absolutlely love it.

Upstairs now has all new carpet as of Thursday and that Master Bedroom/Bathroom project is damn near complete! The upstairs feels like a new house.

 

Sneak peek. Terrible pictures.

Master Tub Before.

 

During.

I’m not a good visual person. I had no idea where he was going with this.

 

 

I love it! He’s so creative.

We are waiting on our new shower door, but at least we can use the shower. I’ll post pics of it after we have the door.

 

I love how he mounted the new light fixtures to tie in with the ceiling and the new floor.

 

 

Better pic’s to come.

I seem to spend two to three days a week either going to Physical Therapy or doctor’s appointments. TRUTH!

Checking my muscle strength at PT.

 

Waiting to see the Oncologist.

 

Waiting the see the Vascular surgeon while the tech’s review the ultra sound of my aneurism. 

 

I took an overnight trip with my dad and his sister to tour the small towns where they grew up.

 

An old church they remember attending.

 

We actually found (well, I drove, they found….lol) the property of some of the houses that they lived in growing up. They were old farm houses that were no longer standing, but my Aunt was adventurous and walked the property, locating parts of the foundation. They had some great stories to share that I hadn’t heard, and other than my dad snoring all night while sharing a room with him, we had a great weekend and beautiful weather!

An old picture of the property while standing on the property based on the old circle drive that my dad spotted.

 

My dad and Aunt were the youngest of four. The older two have passed away. Love this old picture of the four of them!

 

Mike and I went to Fleetwood Mac with our friends Ashli and Ryan. Is Mike the cutest? I think so. (Stevie Nicks kicks ass at 70 years of age!)

 

I am so loving my job. Receiving a regular paycheck doesn’t suck either. It is so nice to get paid to do something you truly love. With the new app update a couple of weeks ago and the WW re-branding, there have been several emails to read, training videos to watch and employee conference calls to participate in. Between that and working at the studios, (formally called stores), I’m keeping myself super busy with work!

Mike has really been working his tail off to complete our master bath and bedroom remodel. With that project comes new carpet upstairs. He has spent this last week tearing up all of the carpet upstairs in the bedrooms and closets, the hallway and the stairs. He also screwed down every floor board and meticulously cleaned every corner of every room! We now have a garage full of items to be donated. Upstairs feels like a new house! That was just as much work as moving!

This I am certain was a much bigger task than he expected it to be, but it is really all coming together. There are still things to do. but for the most part, the project is done.

We are waiting on a shower door, so we have a shower curtain hanging in there for now. We have yet to pick out towel bars and accessories to finish things off and we don’t want to hang anything on any of the walls until we know for sure what we want. Mike wants to build a headboard for the bed and a barn door for in between our bedroom and bathroom. I love those ideas but I am in no hurry to see those projects done. I think he’s looking forward to a break!

I’ll work on getting some before and after pics posted here soon.

I was finally able to take my first bath in over a year! After having surgery last August, I wasn’t allowed to soak in the tub for weeks. One surgery after another kept interfering with my bathtub time. Then the construction began and I couldn’t use the tub. I love relaxing and soaking in a tub! I’ve missed that and it’s so nice to have it back!

I was feeling extremely frustrated with my recovery time post knee surgery.  I had no idea that I would be so uncomfortable for so many weeks after surgery. I feel so limited as to what I can do physically.

I marched into my orthopedic surgeons office (let me add here that I really like this guy and he spends so much time explaining things, has a great bedside manner and a great personality as well) two weeks ago and expressed my frustration with the time in which it is taking me to recover from this surgery. He looked me right in the eye and said….

“Yes, we repaired the torn meniscus, but for the Micro-fracture surgery, I basically poked holes in your femur with an ice pick. I fractured your femur. It’s going to take time to heal and you are on schedule as to where you should be at this point. You need to be patient.”

I guess it was what I needed to hear. I’ve been in a much better mood since. I honestly forget that I had that second procedure done since it wasn’t part of the plan

I found a yoga video on YouTube (Yoga with Adrienne Yoga for Sensitive Knees) that has been a great help for me when doing physical therapy at home. I’m one of those people that prefers to be told exactly what to do when exercising. My folder full of exercises from physical therapy was beginning to overwhelm me. I’m still going to physical therapy twice a week through the end of this month and the yoga video has been a game changer in my recovery. The entire Yoga workout is all about building strength around the knee, just what I need to be doing, along with stretching.

My insurance finally approved the gel shot for my other knee and I have now had two out of three of those. I will get shot number three tomorrow. So far, I can’t tell any difference. I’m hoping that will kick in soon though so I can continue to move forward.

The first week of August I twisted my hand in a weird way while reaching into the backseat to get something and I felt something snap. ๐Ÿ™„ I tried to ignore it and assumed over the next couple of weeks it would feel better. It did not. One more reason I have not been blogging. Typing doesn’t feel great. (I’m doing this blog post this morning mostly using the voice command feature.) I went to the doctor and she determined that I have tendinitis. After sleeping in two different braces, it has now progressed and feels worse. I have an appointment with a hand specialist next week.

I was feeling convinced that a lot of the issues that I am having are related to the estrogen blocker that I took for a period of time. I am now on a different estrogen blocker. I had my regularly scheduled appointment with my oncologist last week and she tells me that what I am experiencing has nothing to do with the estrogen blocker. I’m skeptical though.

It’s one more thing that’s causing me not to physically be able to do everything I want to do. It’s affecting my sleep and It’s just one more appointment to add to the list of ongoing appointments.

The appointment with the Vascular Surgeon a week ago was a sixth month check up to look at my Pelvic Aneurysm.  The aneurysm was discovered in my CT that was done for my breast reconstruction surgery in December of 2017. Now he wants me to have a CT with Dye to see a more precise location of the aneurysm. That is scheduled next week. Knowing more details about the aneurysm will determine what steps to take in moving forward. All good info to have, just more appointments.

My body is kinda pissing me off.

I think because the knee stuff happened in the middle of all of the cancer stuff, I feel like I just can’t seem to move on. Constantly having doctor appointments makes its hard to put it all behind me as well. I guess the reality is, it’s not behind me yet. There are more appointments to schedule to finalize my reconstruction, but that has all been put on hold due to the other appointments. I just need to stay focused on what is important. Today. Today is what is important. Doing the necessary things to feel as good as I can today.

I am staying focused on eating foods that make my body feel good, I’m staying as active as my body will allow and I’m staying engaged with family and friends.

It truly is all about balance.

As much as I love to come here and blog for my accountability, I’ve been using a different accountability tool that works a bit better with my new schedule.

Work. Being around the members and being inside of a WW studio four to five times a week has been a great tool for me when it comes to accountability. The members are inspiring and I am loving being surrounded by like minded people.

I have been tracking but lacking in picture taking since I’m blogging less.

I did however make my Steak Soup last weekend and it tasted so good!

 

My Turkey Sweet Potato Chili remains a favorite! I served it over Butternut Squash Noodles for even more texture.

 

I love a good sir fry and this PaleoNewbie recipe is my favorite homemade stir fry sauce. Served over Fried Caulirice to keep it low in SmartPoints.

 

These Baked Almond Chicken Fingers are super easy and we both love them dipped in Honey Mustard or as leftovers mixed in a big salad.

 

Tess and Manuel and Manuel’s parents will be here this weekend for a couples shower. I am so looking forward to having a houseful. It was my hope to have our bedroom and bathroom done so we could comfortably have Manuel and his family stay with us and not be tripping over each other sharing bathrooms. I will be so happy to have them all here this weekend!

That about updates all aspects of my life right now. If you’re still reading this, then thanks and sorry for all the babble!

I hope that you are all Healthy and Happy and that life is full.

 

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Lots of exciting things going on this week with WW!

We are having some great conversations about wellness at the Studios (formerly called Stores). Are you planning on going to a workshop (formerly called meetings) this week?

If you’re a WW member, what do yo think of the new lingo? I love it! You should have an update on your WW App this week. If not, try uninstalling, then reinstall. 

I would love to hear what you think and answer any questions you might have. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll get it for you!

At the end of the week, I’ll go into more detail. I want everyone to experience the fun of finding out about all of the fun at their workshop this week!

For now, make sure you’re tracking. With the new rewards program being discussed this week, you’ll be glad you did!

 

I was doing good at getting back to the blogging routine, then….I wasn’t.

Tess and Manuel came in town on Thursday. They had planned to come in Saturday and we were all going to the Chiefs game today with some of their friends. Well, flight plans changed so they came in earlier. Then, with the predicted day of rain, Mike and I decided we’d have more fun watching the game from the couch with a bowl of Turkey Sweet Potato Chili than standing out in the rain. So, here we sit and I couldn’t be happier. Tess and Manuel are at the game.

 

They did just sent me pictures from the game! They also lucked out and their seats are under a big overhang. So lucky!

NFL bringing awareness, addressing early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers.

 

Just a couple of favorites from the last few days.

I made my Warm Cinnamon Apples, but used Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of Cinnamon. These are a tasty side, but also great on Waffles, Pancakes and Oatmeal!

 

 

I made a simple Pizza using a Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Crust and leftover Skinnytaste Santa Fe Chicken. This Crust is 2 Smartpoints per slice. If you follow the directions for a crispy crust exactly as directed, it really does cook up nice and crispy! Who knew? 

Shredded Chicken with just a little pizza sauce, Shredded Cheese and Tomatoes.

 

 

 

Okay, I’ve got some cheering to do and some Chili to eat!

Happy Sunday! I found this on a walk with Tucker yesterday. Yes, he came too. Isn’t it beautiful?

‘love the life you live, live the life you love”

 

Planning For a Busy Month

October 3, 2018

I thought carpet was coming next week. Now carpet is going to be delivered on the 22nd. It was my hope to have the entire upstairs completed by the second weekend in October. 

Tess and Manuel are coming in town the last weekend in October along with his parents and his sister. They are all coming in for a wedding shower that their friend is throwing. I’ve asked them all to stay at the house and I’m looking forward to spending as much time together as we can while they are here in town.

It will be a time crunch to get everything done those last few days. I never really thought about all of the work put into replacing carpet’s in all of the bedrooms and the bedroom closets. I seriously feel like we are moving and I hate moving! ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

Things will get done. Even if they didn’t (or don’t), I know we’ll still have a great time. Dirty old carpet and all. Here, I practice gratitude, but with a little bit of an eye roll because I really just want it all done. Ha!

It feels good to be able to get some time in to post a daily blog. As I look at my pictures of my food yesterday, I realize I didn’t get in a great variety of veggies. I know when I’m eating more veggies, I just feel better.

I did not get out to go for a walk as I am really unclear right now if that is helping my knees are hurting my knees. Physically, it hurts. As far as healing goes, I’m not sure if walking is doing more harm than good. That being said, I did several trips up and down the stairs (ouch, maybe not the best idea either?) to the basement trying to pull a few things out for a neighborhood garage sale this weekend. 

Anyhow, I got quite a few steps in throughout the day.

 

Here are yesterday’s eats.

Breakfast – 7 SP

Paleo Pancake Mix from Costco (4SP) topped with a Banana a 1 T. Trader Joe’s Vanilla infused Maple Syrup (3SP), which is AMAZING!!!

 

Lunch – 12SP

Leftover Beef Burger with Smashed Avocado, Asparagus and Cheese Caulirice.

 

Dinner – 2 SP

Skinnytaste Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken.  

It was nice to come home to dinner waiting in the crockpot. The only thing that I had to do was put the bag of Caulirice in the microwave, then shred the chicken while the caulirice cooked. I didn’t add the beans as the recipe suggested, but even if you do, this is a Zero Smartpoints Recipe!

I served this over Caulirice and topped it with Smashed Avocado.

 

It was a beautiful day here in Kansas City. I hope you’ve had a great day!

“Love the life you live, live the life you love”

You Had Me At Pumpkin Spice

October 2, 2018

Yep. Love it all. Pumpkin Spice everything! I’m that girl. Coffee drinks, bread, candles and even the color of Pumpkins!

I bought Pumpkins for the porch a few days ago, and with October 1st yesterday, I let myself Fall into an entire Pumpkin day.

 

Yesterday was a great self-care day. I enjoyed my coffee on the deck (Yes, it was Pumpkin Spice coffee!) while writing my blog post. I took a ridiculously long shower in our new shower. We don’t have a shower door yet but Mike did put up a temporary shower curtain so I could use it. I was in heaven. Mike may have to put me on a hot water budget. Pictures coming soon!

After doing my at home physical therapy in the shower (the hot water really relaxes those muscles!) I went to my physical therapy appointment.

My walk the day before really did a number on my knee! Yesterday, no walks but I still got in quite a few steps just getting’ stuff done!

 

Following my appointment, I headed to a WW meeting as a member. It was such an awesome meeting. I was so glad I went and I walked out of there feeling really good about the days and weeks to come.

Then, I decided my toes needed a little attention. I’m not a big Pedicure fan, but I keep trying to like it. All the trimming and clipping makes me a tense mess. I do however love the massage part. This is my second time going to see “Julie”. Maybe we’re meant to be. She’s very gentle.

Keeping with my Pumpkin theme I picked the most pumpkinny color I could find!

 

Later in the afternoon, Amazon delivered two favorites. Surprise. Pumpkin!

I spent the remainder of the afternoon getting closets organized and getting ready for the carpet to be installed next week. Our carpet upstairs is 20 years old. We’re replacing the carpet in all of the bedrooms, closets and the upstairs hallway. It’s been a good opportunity to purge and get things organized. I despise moving and I feel like we’ve been preparing for a move over this last month. It will be so nice when everything is done and feels so clean and fresh.

It was a full day for sure. Our friends Ashli and Ryan that live just across the street came over to watch the Chiefs game with us. What a game! A little too close for Mikes comfort zone, but it was fun to watch him panic a little. If you’re a football fan then you know that the Chiefs are having an amazing year with our quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

It was a great first day of October and I’m looking forward to the rest of the month!

Here are Yesterdays eats.

Breakfast – 5 SP

This bar is so yummy! The entire bar is 11 SP, so I only ate half and it was a Perfect Bar!

 

Lunch

The Chipotle girl was either new, or just in a really good mood. Maybe she was digging my Pumpkin Spice shirt?

She piled on the Fajita veggies and guac and didn’t charge me for the guac!

This is my usual Chipotle order.

Chicken Bowl, no beans, no rice, Fajita veggies times two, Corn Salsa, Pico, lettuce and Guac. This was one loaded Bowl!

 

Dinner 

(With friends over and the game on, I almost forgot to take my picture!)

Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, no cheese, no dressing. This may sound boring to you, but they always cook the salmon perfect and for me it just doesn’t need any dressing.

 

Are you a crazy Pumpkin/Pumpkin Spice wierdo like me?

What’s your favorite Pumpkin item?

 

“love the life you live, live the life you love”