Practicing Patience

January 16, 2018

I’m getting super antsy being at home wanting to organize this or that, move this chair or that chair, paint a room, move a dresser. These are just the sort of things I do when I’m home a lot. I get these ideas and want to change things up.

I’m advised to not lift over 10 pounds for the first 8 weeks post op. I’m also advised to do nothing strenuous as there is a risk of a hernia following my recent surgery. I hate asking for help, I hate to sit and I also hate thinking of things to do then not being able to do them.

I’m venting.

I’ve noticed that I’m in a much better mood if I keep myself busy. however, getting out in this cold isn’t my cup of tea either.

A cup of tea. Now that’s my thing. (But you can only sit and drink so much tea.)

I started the second season of The Crown, Mike and I are watching Stranger Things Season 2, I’ve colored in my coloring books and I’ve done a bit of meal planning.

Now that Tess and Manuel are engaged, there is a wedding to plan, so Tess has a Pinterest page all set up and I’ve been spending some time looking at that too!

I’ve had a lot of contact these last few days with other Breast Cancer patients. It’s nice to be on the other side now where I can answer questions about surgery instead of asking them.

I’ve also have been on the phone planning more doctor appointments

I felt like life was on hold for so long in between my two surgeries, and now that this surgery is over (but with Phase II in March and April and maybe May) and my hysterectomy is scheduled in March, things feel like I’m back on that hold button.

We were supposed to be leave this morning for Mexico with friends, but we had to cancel that a few months back since I wouldn’t have the okay to fly just yet.

Friday I am scheduled for an MRI on my knees.

They both have been bad for a few months now and I’ve decided to just take care of everything while I have the time. 

While scheduling the MRI, I had to answer a series of simple questions. Then the scheduler asked me if I had ever had cancer. Just the question put me in a funk and the remainder of the day had me thinking about how hard it is to really plan anything right now.

So….I just wish summer would get here and we could move on. I’m working on remaining patient while keeping a positive attitude about everything.

Sorry for the rant. 

Let’s talk food!

Breakfast – 7 SP

Cooked Sweet Potato (120 g – 4 SP), Red Onion and Zucchini Hash (sautéed in 2 tsp Olive Oil for 3 SP) topped with Eggs (0 SP) and Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s


Lunch  – 0 SP

Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt with Cinnamon flavored Stevia Drops and a good dash of Cinnamon. Topped with Berries and Banana Slices.


Snack – 0 SP

A couple of handfuls of berries.


Late Afternoon Snack – 1 SP (For the Olive Oil on the squash)

Roasted Butternut Squash and Scrambled Egg Whites


Dinner – 18 SP

I met my niece for dinner at Red Robin. I looked at the menu online (highly recommended if available!) and found a bunless burger for 12 Smartpoints. I also had about 10 fries out of the basket of “all you can eat” fries dipped in the sauce, so I’m guessing 6 SmartPoints for those.

Daily SmartPoints Total = 26 

2018 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps


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


10 responses to Practicing Patience

  1. January 22, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Ugh. Knee replacement sounds tough! I’m so happy you were able to get them both done and that you feel like a new person. I’m waiting for that day to happen! lol

    I did get my MRI results today. Torn Meniscus and a Baker’s cyst. More doctor’s appointments. By the end of the summer (fingers crossed) I should be made into a whole new person!!

  2. I’ve had both of my knees replaced (1-1/2 years apart) and it’s the best thing I ever did. I feel like a new person. Mine were both bad and after the first one, I felt like the second one was holding me back, but I had to wait until I could take off work again. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Everytime I walk across a big parking lot, I smile and remember how much it used to hurt………and then I’m so grateful💕

  3. January 17, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Thank you Maryfran. You are so very kind and understanding.


  4. Rant away! What better place to free yourself and let out the emotions, thoughts and plans!!!

    Your food looks delicious!!

  5. January 16, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    The unflavored works great as a sweetener for just about anything from coffee to yogurt to smoothies. I have the Vanilla, Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice that I use regularly and love all three of them in my plain yogurt (and my coffee!). I bought mine on Amazon, but I have seen them in several grocery stores in the health food section.

    I hope you find what you are looking for and love them as much as I do!

  6. January 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you Nancy!

    Hot Chocolate sounds great right now! I just might have to have a cup of that!

  7. Hi, so glad you are doing so well! Prayers do help!

    Question: What flavors of Stevia do you use and do they work well in plain yogurt?

    Thanks….take care!

  8. Since this is your space I say rant as long as you want to.
    Your journal will be filled with list and ideas of things you will achieve at a later date.
    I also got tired of hot tea after all these extremely cold days and have been drinking one hot chocolate each day.
    Warmer weather next week–I hope we get it

  9. January 16, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Susan,

    I am so sorry you are experiencing so much! I can not imagine crutches and a hysterectomy!

    I almost didn’t post this blog because I sound like such a whiner. Occasionally someone relates to a post that I think absolutely no one will, then I’m really glad that I posted it. Always comfort in numbers.

    Good luck to you on your mastectomy. I promise the recovery was much less difficult than I was expecting. I hope you have plenty of help and are prepared to rest and let those that love you take care of you.

    I’ll be thinking of you! Big Hug!


  10. Hi Julie. This was just what I needed to read today! I found your blog last year when I started WW and have followed along, enjoying pics of your meals and your commentary. Then in October, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and also told I needed a total hysterectomy due to a large mass on an ovary and other issues. Had the hysterectomy in November and now scheduled for mastectomy at the beginning of February. To top things off, broke my foot 3 weeks before hysterectomy and was on crutches for 6 weeks. When it rains, it pours. I, too, have been struggling recently with positive attitude and patience, so thank you for sharing today. It’s good to know it’s not just me! Hang in there, and hopefully by summer we will both be all fixed up and ready to enjoy being active again.