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”

 

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! 🙄🙄🙄

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”

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”

Feel it!

October 1, 2018 — 2 Comments

“Feel It On The First!” 

Please take time today to feel your breast for any unusual lumps, bumps, dimples or changes.

Men too! 

Unsure how to do a Self Breast Exam? Click on Breastcancer.org to find out!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Be your own advocate. Doing a monthly self breast exam will familiarize you with your own body. Don’t be afraid to call your doctor if you feel something unusual.

Have you scheduled your annual mammogram? Get it on the calendar ladies.

This is not about saving your boobs. This is about saving your life!

 

Yesterday after working my Sunday WW meeting (seriously, I’m ecstatic!!) I received a call from one of the Healing Chair volunteers wanting to know if I could help her deliver a chair to a mastectomy patient. Absolutely! Janette picked me up (We had never met before, she is adorable!) and off we went to pick up the chair from one patient and deliver it to another. This is such a wonderful organization. If you are in the KC area or the St. Louis area and you have a loved one preparing for a mastectomy, reach out to the Healing Chair. They will deliver an electric lift chair to your home for your loved one to heal in post surgery. It gives so much comfort those weeks after surgery.

You can also email me and I can help set up a delivery for your loved one. 

julesfarm@yahoo.com

 

Well, I did something absolutely amazing yesterday. Okay, I’m being a little dramatic, but you expect that from me now, don’t you?

I walked a mile! Just a tad over actually.

The last time I went for a walk was when I did the 5K on July 4th. My knees were really feeling it at the end of that walk. Seven days later, my meniscus tore.

10 weeks ago, I had knee surgery.

While repairing the meniscus, it was discovered that I had osteoarthritis in there as well (cartilage damage, bone on bone), so doc did a procedure called Microfracutre Surgery, In a nutshell, holes are drilled in the femur bone to release stem cells that will clot and become a base for new tissue to regenerate.

Simple. Right? Well, the meniscus part of my knee is feeling pretty good. Tight, but getting there. The microfracture part is taking it’s own sweet time.

I had made up my mind that I would get outside and walk yesterday, so I did. It was a full day and I was on my feet most of the day too, but at the end of the day, pain or not, this felt pretty damn good to see on my fitbit!

 

If you’ve been with me for a while, then you know that weeks before cancer, Mike started an entire Master Bath remodel. You also likely know that with cancer came a whole lot of other stuff in our lives that put the remodel on the back burner. Well, things have been happening here since August 1st and we are getting SO close! I gave Mike a deadline of October 10th and it looks like that just might happen! We will have a houseful at the end of October with out of town guest, so this was a great incentive to get it done.

I hope to share pictures soon!

Here are yesterday’s eats….

Breakfast

Black coffee – 0 Smartpoints. Ha!

Lunch – 8 SP

Tuna Salad (made with real mayo and hard boiled Eggs) on a bed of mixed greens topped with Cheddar, 1 T. Ranch, Everything But the Bagel Seasoning and Tomatoes.

 

 

Dinner – 15 SP

Nothing pretty here, but I’m a little outta practice.

Beef Burger (9 SP) topped with shredded cheddar (2 SP) and an Egg. Caulirice with a little cheese mixed in (2SP). Avocado Slices (1SP) Asparagus (1SP)

I guess yesterday was a Cheesy day!

 

Have a great Monday! It’s going to be a great week. I feel it!

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

 

WW

September 29, 2018 — 2 Comments

Are you ready for WW?

Last Monday, Weight Watchers publicly announced that they were changing their name to WW. That is not an acronym. That is simply the new name of the company.

Tagline? Wellness that Works.

 

I am so excited to be a part of this company during this rebranding. 

Stay tuned, because there is more exciting news to come over the next several days.

FYI….Freestyle is not changing and SmartPoints are not changing.

Are you a WW member?

Do you have questions?

Please comment here on the blog with any questions you have or feel free to send me an email.

julesfarm@yahoo.com

 

When WW went to Beyond The Scale a few years back, I was ecstatic to see them incorporating the importance of all of the areas of health that included so much more than just the number on the scale. It felt very personal to me. I feel like they have been evolving to a wellness company for a while now and I absolutely love it!

On Thursday night I had my first meeting with my new group. They were very welcoming and I am so excited to get to know them on individual basis.

Tomorrow will be my first Sunday meeting with my other new group. I’m so happy to be able to meet the members during this exciting time with the company!

When I started the blog, I had hopes of being able to inspire people to live a happier life and a healthier life. I wanted to share my struggles in hopes of helping others find what works for them. It was just a dream to be able to work for WW while also blogging about my life as a WW member. Yesterday, after my Friday meetings, things just kind of hit me that my dreams that began almost ten years ago were really a part of my life now.

My territory manager showed up at my second meeting yesterday for a performance review. Surprise! I’m not used to that yet. This was only my second one. Thankfully, I felt like the meeting went well and of course the members were awesome. I scored well with my review (I still have areas to improve on but I was happy with my review) and as I walked out of my meeting, I felt like I’d achieved something really big.

I know it may sound so small to some, but yesterday was a real milestone for me in my own journey to becoming the person I’ve been working on for a long time.

It was a damn good day.

Are you chasing your dreams?

I’m really feeling this today!

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

Bachelorette Weekend Success!

September 29, 2018 — 6 Comments

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

There is a chill in the air these last few mornings that I absolutely love! Perfect for sipping coffee in my robe. I am so happy to curl up in my bedroom with an enormous cup of coffee this morning and write this blog post. Yesterday’s mascara and all……but so cozy and happy.

 

I drove home last Sunday from Dallas with one of my daughters and my daughter-in-law. We went to Dallas for my daughter Tess’ Bachelorette Party. That’s right. My daughter invited not only me, her mom, but she also invited her future Mother-In-Law to her Bachelorette party, and let me tell you, we had an absolute blast!

I had so much fun watching my daughter spend time with some of the women in her life that mean so much to her. She invited childhood friends, college friends, people that she has met since moving to Dallas and family members too.

Her friends Elly and Cara found a Airbnb house in Plano, Texas.

The address is 3816 Tapestry Ct. Plano, Tx 75075 if you’re even in need of an Airbnb in around the Dallas area. This place was awesome!

The whole weekend was really scheduled around the gorgeous pool at the house. The weather wasn’t super cooperative but Tess insisted the whole time that we continue with the pool party as planned. So we did. Here are just a few (maybe a gazillion) pictures of the weekend.

Everything was perfect!

 

 

Cracking up!!   

 

Friday morning Mimosas and a delicious breakfast casserole!

 

Poolside for the day….

 

The Bridal Party before heading out to dinner and dancing on Friday.

 

My daughter-in-law Jordan, Me, The Bride and my daughter, Kate.

 

I think this is everyone that was able to make it Friday night.

Friday Night Fun….

 

Tess LOVES to dance, so she was sitting in this spot for all of about 1 minute. She cracked me up all night long. 

 

 

Saturday Brunch

 

Cloudy, but still more fun by the pool

 

 

Saturday Night was an awesome Taco Bar at the house followed by a Lingerie Party. So FUN!!

 

Me, the bride, Aunt Karen and beautiful Mary, the future Mother-In-Law.

Tess and Mary already have a wonderful relationship and I am so happy for Tess to be marrying into such a loving family. She hit the jackpot with Manuel and his entire family!

 

It has been crazy busy here trying to get caught up with work stuff and just life, but it’s been a really exciting week!

I have a blog post coming later today (maybe tomorrow?) with exciting news about WW!

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

My Knee, My Job & My Journey

September 18, 2018

These Dang Knees

My mind….35ish

My Body…. apparently 80-90ish??

My Actual Age….51.

🙄🙄🙄

This past Thursday I had my 8 week post op appointment. My knee is healing well and I’m on track with PT. I go 2-3 times a week for PT, then do about 30 minutes each day at home. PT continues through October.

The biggest problem that I am having is my good knee. Or should I just say, my left knee. Do I have a good knee?

Going back 8 weeks. I had a cortisone shot in each knee. The very next day my meniscus snapped in my right knee. So, surgery.

During surgery they discovered that I had osteoarthritis that did not show in the MRI, so he performed micro fracture surgery.

Two weeks after surgery, I had another cortisone shot in the left knee, the good knee. Whatever that means.

That lasted about 10 days.

My orthopedic surgeon has now ordered the series of three gel shots for my left knee. After reviewing the MRI from November, there is apparently more osteoarthritis in the left knee than the right knee! One shot a week for three weeks. This supposedly brings relief for months. Maybe even a year. Now I’m simply waiting on insurance approval. 

Also, the stronger the right leg gets, the less work the left leg will be doing, so it should start to feel better.

I so want to feel like myself again. There are days that I get glimpses of the old me, then I over plan things, then I feel like crap again.

I am remaining positive, but I gotta tell ya, some days I do not even see a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel. I know it’s there. I just can’t see it right now.

Hello light?? Are you there??? Reveal yourself I say!

Weight Watcher Leader

Just as I am having a day where I think everything sucks, something really good happens. Remember that whole “Gratitude” thing I claim to have? Well, I really do have it. I promise. I’m just irritated with my body right now. Well, for the last several months you could say.

However, while at the beach, I received the news that I will be getting two more meetings to lead!

I will be leading two meetings at our Olathe location. This is pretty awesome because this is the meeting location where I went to my own meetings,

Thursday 5:45 pm meeting

Sunday 10;30 am meeting.

My goal has been to have at least four of my own meetings and it is finally happening!

If you’ve been thinking about joining WW and you live close to me, I would LOVE to see you at one of my meetings.

If you are considering joining and you are local, email me. I would love to know you’re considering!

julesfarm@yahoo.com

Me and my Weight Watcher Journey

While I am ecstatic about my personal goals with my job, they do come at a time when I’m not at my physical best, so that brings a challenge to my mindset. I always imagined myself leading meetings at my very best physical self. It’s no secret that I’m not there right now, so I’m feeling disappointed in myself while also trying to be realistic about my own expectations. There is a fine line there I suppose.

Life throws you curveballs. I know this. I just have to continue to take my best swing. I’ll always play the game. I may get benched on occasion, but I’ll never quit playing the game.

I put my Fitbit on this morning for the first time in months and I have tracked every bite of food since my weigh in day on Friday. Progress.

I came home from my beach trip with an additional 7 pounds! Just a few days of clean eating and lots of water drinking, and I’m back down to 178. I knew most of it was travel swelling (that’s what I’m calling it) but it freaked me out a little!!

I’m working on 5 pounds at a time and getting back to a more comfortable 160 something.

I’m leaving on Thursday to go to Dallas. I am driving this trip. It is Tess’s bachelorette party weekend and I’m really looking forward to spending time with Tess and some family and friends.

I am working on a schedule for myself that will include blogging my daily meals again for my own accountability (I know that some of you appreciated when I was doing that for meal ideas) getting my PT in, having a more regular work schedule, which I am so STOKED about and spending quality time with Mike, family and friends.

I don’t remember the last time I craved anything for breakfast or made a pretty breakfast plate. Most of our meals have been salad bars at the grocery store or meals out. I’ve had no desire to cook or count points, although I will say that over time I have developed a lot of habits that I am proud of so my choices for meals feel good. But, I miss the old blogging style and I miss cooking. It will happen. I will get back to it.

This week in the meeting room we are talking about Time Management, so I’m really spending some time thinking about this in my own life.

I hope you are all having a great start to your week! Thanks for continuing to stick with me!

Gratitude. It’s a lifesaver right now.

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

“People following the @weightwatchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 lbs/week. I lost weight on a prior WW program and am continuing on Freestyle.”

The Beach House, Chapter Three

September 18, 2018

Happy Monday! I was hoping to post this this morning…..but you know. I have a post to follow this one with all sorts of happy things going on that are actually Weight Watcher related.

I came home a day early from the beach thanks to Florence. We were right in her path at Carolina Beach! My friend Ashley has a family beach house that her parents built in 1967 (I think that’s the right year.) Three of us (all childhood friends) went to see Ashley four years ago and we had the best beach trip! We then went two years ago as well. We’ve tried for an annual thing, but this is maybe a bi-annual thing. It will definitely get easier to plan as all of their kids get older and are out of school. For now, I’ll take what I can get. I love these girls and we had such a great time.

 

The Beach House, Chapter Two – 2016

 

The Beach House, Chapter One – 2014

I’m 8 weeks post op my knee surgery and I had no idea that recovery would take so long. I felt very limited as to activities, and honestly, just going from the house to the beach then back to the house was a lot of work! Walking in sand can be a workout without a bum knee. I was really swollen pretty much the whole time spite my bottle of water after bottle of water. My body seems to absorb the salt when I’m on the beach.

Basically, I was a blimp.

The beach and airplanes just make me swell. Add to that a little surgery and well…….

So….Hurricane Florence gave us a good scare! We were supposed to come home on Wednesday. Florence was supposed to hit on Thursday. We did come home a day early. We are assuming that the Beach house is OK but our friend Ashley thinks the beach has been destroyed. As we were driving out of town there were shop owners putting plywood on their windows and spray painting messages. We stopped and said hi to this one shop owner. We told him good luck. I saw his shop sitting in a flooded street on the news on Friday. 

My friend Ashley lives in Raleigh. She sent us a picture of the path that she walks on by her house. Even that is flooded. School has been canceled.

Prayers to all of those dealing with the wrath of Florence.

Before Florence hit, even though I was a puffy mess, we enjoyed our beach time and some great girl time together.

I love this view walking out to the beach from the house.

 

The house with the beach towels…..that’s us. (The houses on each side were boarding up the day before we left.)

 

We were on the beach at 6:00 am with coffee in hand to watch the sunrise the first morning.

 

I love this view from the porch.

 

Happy Day.

 

Me, under the umbrella pretty much the entire time……

 

These girls love the sun….

 

Snacks on the beach. Lots of fruits and veggies thrown in there. (and a little sand)

 

I whipped up some Tuna Salad and it was a hit. (also with some sand)

 

We’ve decided the Shuck & Shack is one of our favorites. A little hole in the wall where you drink cold beer and eat crab legs. Um, okay.

 

Here’s a great Google pic of the house location!

 

This was Tuesday morning on the beach. I drank my coffee while the other girls went for a run. There was a mandatory evacuation in place, so shorty after this pic we packed up our bags.

 

The houses on each side of us were already boarded up!

 

We gassed up two nights before in anticipation and happy we did because there were long lines at most of the stations.

It was a hell of a way to end our trip!

We we will be back Carolin Beach! We will be back!!

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

One Year Cancer Free

September 2, 2018

One year ago today I was sitting in my living room recovering from my Double Mastectomy.

I didn’t really think about being Cancer Free that day. I was just thinking about the fact that I no longer had a part of my body. It was months later that I began to recognize August 31st as my Cancer Free Anniversary. 

I was pretty drugged up that weekend so I don’t remember much. Here’s what I do remember about the days leading up to it. I know some pretty amazing people. I had friends scheduling meal trains. I had family and friends texting me telling me that everything was going to be okay and that they loved me. I had family and friends constantly asking me what they could do. And the days that followed I had family and friends bring meals, flowers, gifts, come to visit, text me and call me, I had great coworkers making sure that all of my meetings were covered, and I learned how important it was simply to tell someone that you were thinking of them. ❤️

As a weight watcher ambassador we are offered the opportunity to host parties throughout the year. I was going to host my party in July, then I had my unexpected knee surgery. August 31st was the one year anniversary date of my Mastectomy and I decided to host my party by celebrating with many of the friends that got me through my surgery. Everything was very last minute but it was a great time celebrating with friends. It also gave me the opportunity to show several friends how flexible weight watchers freestyle plan can be. I built all of the food that I served around zero smart points foods and everything was simple and tasted great.

Thanks Weight Watchers for letting me have a party and celebrate with friends!

I made a simple Sangria with Diet Cranberry Juice (5 Calories per serving) and Red Table Wine (3 Cups of Cranberry Juice to 1 Cup of Wine) and added sliced Strawberriess and Apples Slices.

I made a White Wine Spritzer with Sprite Zero and White wine, (2 Cups of Sprite Zero to 3 Cups of White Wine) adding Orange Slices and Mint Leaves. Very refreshing!

 

Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken Breast, Mayo and bulked it up with Grapes, Celery and Cucumbers.

Croissants, not low in points but delicious with Chicken Salad! I cut them in half so smaller portions were an option. 

Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad from Paula Deen

 

I am loving these gifts from Weight Watchers!

 

Shrimp is Zero SmartPoints!

 

These make a pretty appetizer and the fresh basil gives them so much flavor!

 

Thanks for coming early Steph and helping me! I was panicking just a little! I love you!

 

I was so happy that Carla could make it! Carla and I were introduced via our nurse. Carla also had breast cancer and had Diep Flap Breast Reconstruction. Not only did she meet with me and answer all of my questions before my surgery in December, she also talked me off the ledge a few days before my surgery. I’m so happy to have her in my life.

 

Huge shout out to Liz for offering to take pictures with the adorable Polaroid Camera that WW sent to use for the party!

 

 

I made Moscow Mule Popsicles and completely forgot about them! I enjoyed one on the deck yesterday afternoon. I have 15 in the freezer! Come on over!

 

Not only did Liz offer to take pictures all night long, she also showed up with these adorable Boob Cookies!!

Liz…I LOVED these cookies. They were so darn cute and thoughtful AND delicious!

 

Today, lots of water and clean eats.

I’m leaving for the beach on Thursday and I have four days to get my beach body back.

😂😂

Wednesday night I went to Melissa Ethridge with my friend Carly. We had a blast and I’m so thankful for patient friends. This is pretty much a standing concert venue and Carly went and sat with me when I was needing to sit. I’m so over this knee.

Thanks Carly for being such a good friend. I love you!

 

Thursday evening Jake picked up Wrenley from daycare and came by our house for a surprise visit. It’s always nice to have a little one on one time.

 

Friday morning I arrived in Lawrence at 7:00 am. This is the face of a very tired but happy Julie. 

The store is open for several hours at some locations for those that can’t make a meeting but want to come and weigh in. It was a long morning but it was nice to get familiar with that location and I was happy to see my members laster for the meeting!

I’m really looking forward to that beach trip at the end of the week.

Today I am hoping to just sit on my butt most of the day.

So many thanks going out to so many people including you my blog readers. I thank all of you for your support then and for your continued support. Reading such sweet comments from people that I have never met before meant so much to me. One more reason to continue to blog and reach people that I otherwise would never have know anything about.

You all are the best!

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Please remember to do your monthly self breast exam. Be your own advocate. Check your breast for any lumps, bumps, dimples or changes in appearance. If you find anything unusual, have it checked out. You just might save your own life!

Kathy, thank you for my adorable T-shirt!!! It’s also very soft.

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

I Have That!

August 29, 2018

Good morning to you all!

(Tons of typos in this post, I am aware but running behind and need to jump in the shower!)

I spent Sunday through Thursday in Dallas celebrating my daughter Tess. Due to the leg brace, I flew first class.

 

Okay, I flew Southwest. So you get that’s a joke, right? But I was able to sit in the front row so I could keep my leg straight.

We had such a great time. We spent a lot of time wedding planning. Tess pushed me around Hobby lobby in a wheelchair. I drove the electric car through Michaels. We had great girl chat. We were successful and accomplished lots of wedding planning for the reception. I got to see the event space for the reception and it is even better than I imagined it would be. This visit was one of the first times since all the crap happened that we were able to spend time wedding planning and really enjoy it together. We ended our visit with  a girly dinner out on Wednesday, which was Tess’s 27th birthday.

I came home on Thursday and things have been busy here since.

Mike and I went to Malik’s football game on Saturday morning. Then Anne and Cortney brought the kids over here on Saturday evening so they could have a date night for a few hours.

WARNING: Never, ever take your kids (or grandkids) to Chick-Fil-A on a Saturday night! It was packed, I felt like everything was dirty (I mean, how could they possible even try to keep it clean with so many people in there??) and while in the little room watching the kids play, I became claustrophobic and we had to leave. We had so much more fun at home playing outside.

Of course, Kingston had no idea how the dirty the place was. Ha!

 

There is a LOT of work going on in our master bathroom (Please stop reading for a moment and imagine the Happy Dance that I am currently doing….without a brace of course) and that makes me really happy. All of the tile work is done and the new floors are in.

The new countertops and sinks were installed yesterday. The painter is coming next week. Apparently we are painting the whole house grey and I’m completely fine with that. It makes everything feel so fresh and clean. There really is still a lot to do (carpet, light fixtures, new bedding……) but it is so nice to see such progress being made.

Remember when I had my house cleaned a couple weeks ago and I was so excited about how clean it was? Well the entire house is now covered with construction dust. 🙄

Last week in the weight watcher room we talked about gratitude. As I was planning for my meeting, I actually said out loud……

I HAVE THAT! I have gratitude!

I also consider myself an optimist, but I’ve been practicing gratitude for really long time in my life without knowing what I was doing.  When things are crappy, it is gratitude that gets me through life. I am grateful for things that happen in my life daily. Big things and little things. Some days it’s the beautiful sky……

(I took this in Dallas last week and my picture doesn’t’ do it justice, but Tess and Manuel were in the car too and I yelled out….Look at the Silver Lining!)

other days I’m grateful for the fact that I found my cancer early. It truly is gratitude that keeps me going and helps to keep me in a happy place. I loved this meeting topic!

I strongly encourage you to embrace practicing gratitude daily. Find three things that you are grateful for each day. 

 

While in Dallas I got a phone call from my territory manager. I now get TWO meetings on Friday in Lawrence. Yay! I finally have two meetings to call my own. I am super excited. That second meeting will start September 14th. Who is in Lawrence? You can now come see me at a 10:00 meeting or a 12:30 meeting! 

I have to throw this in there really quick! One of my readers came by the Lawrence store last week to meet me. She found my blog via a friend that told her I was a Weight Watcher member and that I had breast cancer and that she might get something out of the blog since she too was diagnosed with breast cancer. Well, we have become “texting friends” and very supportive of what each of us are going through and we finally got to meet each other! We will get together soon so we can chat longer, but it meant a great deal to me that we were able to finally meet in person and hug! Thanks for coming to see me Tina!

I’ve been on my feet more in the last seven days than I have in the last seven weeks!

I started physical therapy this week and I had no idea that recovery after this meniscus surgery would be so difficult and long. My first goal was to get my need to bend at 90°. On Monday I was at an 88°. I though for sure I was already past 90! At yesterday’s appointment I was at 110°. I had no idea bending my knee could be so painful. 😩 When I asked the physical therapist how long he thought it would be before I could go outside and walk a mile, he told me probably four more weeks. That feels like four years. I will get there. I will stay positive about this. You know why? Gratitude. I’m grateful that I have a great surgeon that was able to get me in. I am grateful that I no longer need the crutches. I am grateful that I can drive, and I am SO grateful that I was still able to go visit Tess in Dallas for her birthday. I am grateful that my bathroom is being finished. I am grateful for my husband that loves me. I am grateful for my family and friends. So many things to be grateful for. This stupid knee will eventually heal and I will be back to where I’d like to be.

I am grateful that I will be leaving next week with three girlfriends to spend a week on the beach in North Carolina. I did think that I would be rid of the brace, but the PT says to wear it since walking on the sand is not the best place to be walking so soon after surgery and in the middle of physical therapy. Damn it. This trip was canceled last year due to my breast cancer, so this year this trip HAD to happen. This will be our third beach trip together. We went in 2014 and 2016. I love this girls trip! No Yoga on the beach or Paddle boarding for me, but really good girl chat while sipping coffee as the sun rises. I can’t wait!

(Memories from our 2014 trip, The Beach House, Girlfriends, Chapter One.)

 

Friday is August 31. That is the anniversary date of my double mastectomy. At the very last minute I’ve decided to invite a few girlfriends over to celebrate with me. I tried really hard to think of everyone that made that experience so much easier. Some brought meals, some covered work shifts for me, many made me feel like everything was going to be okay. In the middle of this dirty house and feeling exhausted after being on my feet for a few days, I decided to invite a bunch of friends over. My timing could not be worse as far as the house goes. But, life can’t stop for a little dust, so in the middle of the chaos, I am going to celebrate with some friends.

I am grateful for friends that don’t care what my house looks like. (Secretly in my head though…..Please don’t look at all of the dust and just enjoy your drink!)

Okay, more on Sunday when I have more time, but wanted to say “Hi”.

Hugs to all and have a great remainder of the week!

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