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Thankful & Grateful

November 22, 2017 — 6 Comments

Hi Friends!

While I have not been blogging or posting much on Instagram, I have been enjoying family and friends and staying focused on feeling Thankful & Grateful.

One year ago today I turned 50. I loved turning 50. I was feeling good about my health and my life and I was so happy to be headed to Dallas for Weight Watcher Leader Training. Everything in life was feeling really good.

Yesterday, as I went into the last day of my 50th year, I didn’t like that my memory of 50 would now be associated with my breast cancer diagnosis and all of the things that came for our family following my diagnosis. 

I wanted my memory of 50 to be all about how great I was feeling in life and the goals that I had achieved.

I decided to make my memory of 50 about overcoming obstacles.

I decided to make yesterday, the last day of 50, a truly great day by doing things that I love and thinking about my success and my families success in overcoming obstacles, and that’s exactly what I did. It was a truly great day.

I worked at two of our Weight Watcher meeting locations, filling in for one of my coworkers. I love being able to Lead meetings at the stores. The members truly are so welcoming and friendly.

Our meeting topic this week, What Are You Thankful For, gave me all sorts of good feels. Not only did the members have great things that they were Thankful & Grateful for, but this was the perfect opportunity for me to be Thankful & Grateful for being able to overcome the obstacles that had been presented to our family this past year. It was a great work day!

Later in the afternoon, my mom came over and gave me a foot massage. She knows this makes me very happy.

After Mom left, I curled up in my big chair by the fireplace with a cup of coffee and started this blog post. I really miss you guys.

Tess called and we had a nice chat. Love me some mother/daughter time.

Then, I went to a girlfriends house for a spur of the moment get together before a few friends head out of town for Thanksgiving.

I came home late to finish up this blog post, something I truly love.

I ended 50 blogging.

I’m going to remember 50 as the year that me and my family were able to overcome obstacles and I will remember that the last day of 50 was a really good day.

I’m feeling Thankful & Grateful

 

This past weekend, we got my mom moved into her new apartment. We spent part of Friday, all day Saturday and a little time on Sunday getting her situated. Mom has a real knack for making things cozy and her new apartment looks like home already and she is super happy. She had several friends from her work step in to help and I honestly don’t know how we would have gotten it all done without them.

Thankful & Grateful!

This girl came to town Wednesday!

 

I picked up my daughter Tess and her fiancé Manuel and Tucker at the airport Wednesday evening.

Tucker experienced his first flight and was a real champ! It was fun to have him back home for a long weekend. He has had a rough month with a digestive disease but  he is doing much better thanks to him mom and dad, Tess and Manuel. They are going to make great parents one day! This is one loved dog.

 

We had our first Thanksgiving dinner here on Saturday and we had a happy houseful.

I simplified things this year by accepting the fact that it is okay to eat Thanksgiving Dinner off of paper plates (but the really good kind!).

I also decided that I would order a smoked Turkey and a Honey Baked Ham and spend less time cooking.

The Turkey and the Ham were both amazing.

The Turkey practically fell apart as Shelby carved it. Delish!

 

My mom is always in charge of the dressing and the sweet potatoes. Thanks Mom!

 

Lots of Thankful & Grateful people here…..

 

I even kept my decor simple by placing these around the house.

 

All that simplicity left lots of playtime before and after dinner. Aunt Tess was catching up on baby snuggles.

 

Our daughter Anne and her family were not able to make it up from Oklahoma for our Saturday meal, but they will be here on Thanksgiving Day for dinner number two!

Here is a recent picture of her three. These three could not look more alike! I can’t wait to see them all.

 

We are so Thankful & Grateful for our three new grand babies this year!

Kingston, in the picture above, is now 3 months old.

Below is Sawyer (6 months) and Wrenley (8 months) just chillin on Saturday.

Look at those cute little baby toes!

 

That face! Such a happy baby.

 

Those cheeks! This one giggles a LOT! (So happy my grand babies sit in this high chair I found at an antique store a few years back.)

 

These guys. Thankful & Grateful for all of them.

 

The girls asked me if I would like for them to put the tree up. Um…..YES PLEASE!!

Kate and Jordan put on the lights. I love you girls.

Thankful & Grateful

 

All the girls, even the little ones, hung all of the ornaments.

I sat in the chair and watched.

It was heaven.

Thankful & Grateful

 

The house was just the way I like it. Full and happy.

 

With the three new babies this year, we now have 18 stockings hanging!

 

I may keep Christmas super simple this year too! The living room feels cozy with just the tree and the stockings.

 

Our daughter Anne and her family will be here tonight and spend the night at our house. I’m so looking forward to having them all to ourselves for the night.

We will be having Thanksgiving Dinner at my In-Laws and the only thing I have to take is a requested salad from a restaurant up the street. The only thing I have to do is remember to pick it up today!

Feeling Thankful & Grateful!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Thankful & Grateful for each and every one of you.

Hugs.

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Loving Fall

November 10, 2017 — 6 Comments

Happy Friday!

I am loving all of the trees these past several days. The only bummer is that these gorgeous leaves fall off of the trees so quickly!

I am trying to soak up as much of it as I can.

The view out my back door.

 

I love walking up my street right now.

 

I’ve had a few days of over 10,000 steps this week and I thank these trees and their gorgeous colors for getting me outside.

Fall perfection right here. No filter, just pretty colors hanging out on the sidewalk before the wind takes them away.

 

On November 5th, I participated in the “5K LUNG evity Walk and Fun Run to End Lung Cancer” with the goofballs pictured below.

My friend, Liz (in the red hat) was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. She has been through chemo and radiation and is back at work now and doing great! She had several friends that signed up to support her and walk with her, and although she had many opportunities for short cuts in the walk, she completed the entire thing!

We all had a great day together, even through the light drizzle and chilly temps.

 

Not only was I happy to walk with her, but I was also all about the tree’s and the view.

 

Union Station and Chiefs pride!

 

 

A little peek of the city….and a beautiful tree.

 

Have you ever walked a 5K while carrying a Mimosa? Well, there’s a first time for everything. 

 

Mission accomplished!! Nice job Liz and Dooley!

 

Not only am I loving the Fall tree colors, but I’m also loving Fall comfort food like Butternut Squash Chili, Mom’s V-8 Soup,  Turkey Spaghetti and Turkey Chili.

Fall seems like the best time to try a new squash recipe.

Have you ever tried Delicata Squash?

I had two of them on the counter that needed to be cooked, and after looking at a few recipes, here is what I came up with.

We both loved this!

Think…Sweet Potato Fries….Kinda….Sorta…..

 

Roasted Delicata Squash
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Delicata Squash, sliced (Leave skin on)
  2. 3 T. Olive Oil
  3. 2 T. Pure Maple Syrup
  4. Sea Salt
  5. Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix Oil and Syrup in a large bowl.
  2. Add squash and mix well.
  3. Place squash on a baking sheet on parchment paper in a single layer.
  4. Roast at 425 for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
  5. Season with Sea Salt and Cinnamon.
Notes
  1. Make 4 Servings
  2. 1 Serving = 4 SmartPoints
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 I’d love for you to share some your favorite Squash recipes!

 

Okay, the weekend plans.

My mom has been packing for what seems like forever and is moving today, so the rest of the weekend will be filled with getting her situated in her new apartment. I’m thinking moving earns lots of activity points!! Hopefully the rain holds off. Who doesn’t love to move in a cold rain?? (Really big eye roll here.)

I hope you all have a great weekend planned that involves some beautiful views wherever you may be.

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

I’m In A Strange Place

November 3, 2017 — 12 Comments

Hi Friends…

The blog is lacking my attention and I am struggling with that a bit.

I am 9 weeks post op my double mastectomy and I have 6 weeks to go until my reconstruction surgery.

I’m In a Strange Place.

As most of you know, the blog is my journal. It keeps me accountable with the choices that I make. It encourages me to set goals. It lets me connect with people and it provides a place for me to vent when I feel the need.

I am having a hard time getting here to blog for a few different reasons.

Changing things up is what I do and how I roll. Variety is one of the things that keeps life exciting for me. I think the blog reflects that.

I like to set new goals, try new things, then blog about them in hopes that others find new things that they like to do and set new goals for themselves.

I have found that trying new things keeps living a healthy life easier for me because I keep myself entertained, and that keeps me from going back to old and unhealthy habits.

I blogged recently in a blog post titled, In Limbo, about this strange time during my mastectomy in August and my scheduled reconstructive surgery in December.

I’m still really struggling with this time that I find myself in.

 

I’m In a Strange Place

I’m trying so hard not to put life on hold, but no matter how hard I try, I find my mind thinking about certain things, and saying to myself….I’ll deal with that after surgery. I’ll set new goals after surgery. I’ll try new recipes after surgery. I’ll update the look of the blog after surgery.

I have shared that my weight is up from my comfortable 172 to an uncomfortable 182.

My surgery in December is a DIEP Flap reconstructive surgery. My genius plastic surgeon will make new boobs for me out of my belly skin, tissue and blood vessels. Obviously, I am so happy to be able to have breast reconstruction surgery following my double mastectomy and use my own body tissue, but the whole mental side of things has me in a strange place when it comes to my health goals. 

I understand it all, don’t get me wrong, but my life for years has been about counting points, doing what I can to feel my best, taking pictures of food and blogging about “how I’m doing” with my decisions.

I lose my appetite and my weight goes down a few pounds. I thing about my surgery and the need to have belly fat for everything to go as planned, and I eat a bit more.

I am going up and down between 178 and 183. 

My plastic surgeon would like for me to keep my weight at 182 or higher so he can use my belly fat for my upcoming surgery.

Now, instead of having goals that keep me feeling great, my “goal” is to maintain my extra pounds so I can have new boobs made out of my extra belly fat because I lost my old boobs to cancer.

Lets be honest.

I’m In a Strange Place

 

I can’t really think of a way to change things up for myself right now when it comes to exercise goals or food/recipe goals, nor do I have the motivation to care much about either. I still want to feel good, but the desire to set any goals just isn’t there.

I’m trying to keep active, but my body feels very uncomfortable and I am finding this time extremely frustrating.

I don’t seem to have much of an appetitive and coming up with pretty pictures and trying new foods is not as appealing right now as it has been in the past.

Those are the things that I blog about the most. Food and Activity, so obviously….

I’m In a Strange Place

 

I’ve been researching whether to have a hysterectomy or not.

My particular breast cancer is estrogen positive and feeds off of estrogen. Having a mastectomy does not guarantee that the cancer will not return. Eliminating as much estrogen from my body as possible reduces the risk of the reoccurrence of my breast cancer. Ovaries produce estrogen. Removing my ovaries completely would reduce the estrogen in my body and eliminate the risk of ovarian cancer. There is a family history of Ovarian Cancer.

I’m no doctor, but having a hysterectomy seems to make sense to me and I am okay with that if I think it could save my life down the road.

My plastic surgeon wants me to wait until after my DEIP Flap surgery so the blood vessels that he will be working with are not disturbed. Okay. Got it.

I have now seem my general practitioner and my OBGYN. They both agree that having a hysterectomy is a good idea and are behind that decision.

My oncologist would like for me to take a drug called Tamoxifen (basically an estrogen blocker) each day for 5 years. When I inquired about having a hysterectomy instead of taking the drug, he told me that he understood why I would want to take that route and that it was up to me.

I called my breast surgeon for her advice. She basically said the same thing that the oncologist said.

So now, I have a decision to make. Two doctors are behind me 100% and two of them tell me that they understand my concerns, and that I need to be the one to make that decision.

I know me. I always go with my gut.

Assuming insurance will cover that, I will plan to have a hysterectomy sometime in 2018, after healing from my DEIP Flap surgery.

 

I’m In a Strange Place

Looking at my body each day when I shower has become more emotional. This time in between surgeries has been too long and I find myself thinking that I will look this way and feel this uncomfortable physically forever.

I know that I won’t, but I am also learning that after my surgery in December, there will be several mini surgeries to perfect things. I’ll explain later, but let me just say that 2018 is going to be a long year and as much as I know that it will be worth it to actually have breast, it all sounds daunting right now.

I am trying to focus on setting goals for 2018 that will make me feel and look my best. After all, I am getting a tummy tuck out of this deal.

So, that’s where I’m at with the blog and life right now.

I’m In a Strange Place

 

It’s Not Just About Me

It’s been a tough year for several of my family members. So many things that I haven’t even blogged about. I’m trying to remember that even though I’ve had my own crap, a lot of my family (and friends) have had their own crap too and I want to be there for them.

My mom is moving next weekend and she has spent the last three weeks packing. I know that she is exhausted and I hope to spend my free time over the next several days helping her finish up and get moved.

 

No Worries

That being said, I’m actually in a pretty good mood.

I do light Yoga in my exercise room. I take short walks. I drink coffee like it’s going out of style and I’ve been more mindful of appreciating each day.

I’m looking forward to having our family all together for the holidays.

I hope you will all stick with me!

I can’t wait to get back to normalcy in 2018!

I’d like to get two blog post up each week just to stay in touch over these last two months of 2017.

AND….exciting things are coming soon for Weight Watchers and I can hardly wait to SHARE!!!

 

I Love Your Emails

I love hearing from all of you, so please feel free to keep sending me emails and commenting on the blog!

 

Six weeks to new boobs! 

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

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

I started writing this blog post on Friday afternoon, got side tracked, then never did make it back here!

What I had started to blog about on Friday is how much I love my Weight Watcher job and and my members.

Some of you may know that I was just hired by Weight Watchers and went through my training last December. Some of you also know that this is a job that I have thought about doing for a really long time.

My job as a WW Leader in some ways feels so new still because I am always learning, but in other ways it feels like I have been a Weight Watcher Leader forever. I’ve certainly been a member forever and I could talk WW talk all damn day. I was ecstatic when I was hired. I couldn’t believe I was finally going to be working for Weight Watchers doing a job I felt very passionate about. I was going to have the opportunity to connect with members and hopefully help them in the same way that my leader helped me.

My Thursday At Work group was my very first member meeting that was all mine. I wasn’t in training and I wasn’t subbing for someone. I was leading meetings that were assigned to me. My members made me feel very comfortable right from the start and never was I uncomfortable or nervous with this group. I think I saw myself in that role for so long that everything just always felt right.

My first group of members had their last meeting on Thursday. They have been a very successful group! They gave me the sweetest card (that they all wrote sweet messages in), a Target gift card (they know me so well) and a very thoughtful bar of soap! Some of the members told me that I inspired them and encouraged them to make Weight Watchers a Lifestyle.

I didn’t cry because I was trying to be all cool and leadery. It’s a word. Leadery. Well, it is now.

Anyhow, not only are they a sweet group of people, but this group gave me an awesome Leader experience. I shared with them last week that they were my first group of members, which as a Leader, you don’t really want to tell your members that you’ve never done this before. But I had to tell them how much I appreciated them for welcoming me, sharing like they do and making this job be everything that I hoped that it would be. By sharing at each meeting, they were helping each other learn a new lifestyle, work through their challenges together and they were celebrating each others success. That’s what Weight Watchers is all about!

Thursday was a great day because with all of the crap that has happened this year, it was a nice reminder that a lot of great things have happened this year too, and having this job is something I am truly grateful for.

 

The Weekend

On Saturday Mike and I went to our friends farm for the night and stayed for most of the day on Sunday. I love going there for a few reasons. I love my friends, it’s only about a 45 minute drive, each trip there builds new memories and it always feels like a mini vacay.

The weather was perfect. Sunny but cool. My phone doesn’t get service there, so I like that I can disconnect and unwind when I’m there.

I’m still not ready for 4-wheeling at the farm (one of my favorite things to do!), but I was all about sitting outside by the fire, roasting marshmallows and enjoying a few cold beers. We also had a really good time playing games. We did play one new game called “What Do You Meme?” It is somewhat like “Cards Against Humanit”y as far as being completely inappropriate. I laughed so hard I almost pee’d my pants.

Mike told me that his stomach actually hurt when we went to bed Saturday night from laughing so hard.

Now that’s a good time.

Mike tried something new this weekend.

Ear plugs. Check.

 

Safety lesson. Check.

 

Me….”Honey. Be careful. Tell us when you’re shooting.”

 

Me….”Oh crap. That’s the shoulder that just got sewn up!”

 

He hit his target!! Now he wants to buy a gun. (Insert eye roll emoji here)

 

It was a full Monday and after work I curled up in one of my new chairs with a big bowl of soup and we watched the Chiefs game.

I was curled up in this chair. We got rid of our two big living room chairs that the dogs had destroyed and picked out a couple of new ones last week. This is a chair and a half and I am loving it. I think the ottoman is just as big as the chair!

 

This is chair number two. I love how soft the fabric is on this one and how high the back is. Super comfy! Were ready for all of the kids and grandkids to come over!

 

Food

Now, here are just a few of the yummy things that we have been eating over the last few days.

I’ve been eating my RXBars for breakfast and I haven’t been cooking as much lately.

 

These grapes. I love these grapes and I look for them every Fall. Have you had them? They make the perfect snack!

 

Roasted Butternut Squash. I love this as a side dish, or in a breakfast scramble, but mostly we eat it on top of the salad below.

 

 

This Fall Chopped Salad is amazing and we eat it no matter what the season!

 

I made soup last night and I have yet to actually write up a recipe for it.

I browned some Ground Turkey with celery and onions and garlic, added some Veggie broth, a few seasonings and veggies.

We topped this with freshly grated parmesan. Tasty and Hearty!

 

I hope you are all having a great week!

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

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

An All Around Good Day

October 27, 2017

I’ll keep this post short. For realzzzz. It’s later than I was hoping to get a post written today, and I’m in the mood for p.j.’s and Will and Grace. I could not be happier to have a favorite show back on! Nothing better than a good laugh to wrap up an evening.

I ran a gazillion errands yesterday. Who doesn’t love a Target day?

 

I also got a walk in with my friend Becky. It felt good to get some steps in!

 

 

That’s TWO days in a row of exercise! Really, there’s not a better mood booster than a nice walk with a nice friend on a nice day. (Insert great big smiley face here.)

I was loving the weather, so I decided to chill in my hammock after our walk. Oh, look! Smiley face!

 

The first evidence of my Christmas shopping spree arrived! Could the day BE any better??

 

Okay, I’ve already blogged more than I had planned.

Dinner yesterday was easy and a great low point option. Have you tried this seasoning? (I even painted my nails yesterday!)

 

I love this seasoning. I buy this at Whole Foods, The package calls for 1 pound of Cod. I’ve used several varieties of fish/seafood with this seasoning, and they have all tasted great! Dinner yesterday was shrimp.

Why didn’t this guy curl up like the others?

Dinner was great!

Okay, I need p.j.’s. Now!

Hope you had a great day!

Breakfast – 4 SP

Loving my Kids RXBAR’s for something quick! I also had a Banana and Black Coffee

 

Lunch – 6 SP

Leftover Buffalo Chicken Casserole

 

Dinner – 10 SP

Shrimp Taco’s with Mango Salsa (Mango, Cilantro, Red Onion and Lime Juice) on Corn Tortillas and Roasted Plantains from Trader Joe’s with a side of steamed Broccoli and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

Daily SmartPoints Total = 20

 

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

 

I haven’t used this one in a while, but it’s a favorite!

 

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

Yoga and More Shopping!

October 25, 2017

Yesterday was one of those days that I’d like to do all over again today.

Coffee with a blanket on the deck, but real quick. It was chilly and windy!

Then a nice pancake brunch…..

After brunch, I paid bills, balanced the checkbook, sorted the mail. Those task I could do without today.

Then…Yoga.

I know that I have got to get back to an exercise routine of some sorts in between these two surgeries. My favorite things to do are Yoga and Walking and there is no reason that I shouldn’t be getting one of those in at least 5 days a week right now. I’ll need to be strong post surgery in December and staying active during this time in between is the best thing that I can do to feel good physically and mentally.

Yesterday I headed up to my exercise room and did Beginner Yoga with Adrienne . on Youtube. It was just what I was needing to get back into the groove of things. If you are looking for something new to do, she does an awesome job of explaining each pose! Shout out to Adrienne!

I spent my afternoon doing a little more Christmas Shopping. It is feeling really good to have some ideas on what I am buying. Having four kids all with significant others and all those grand babies, I got a lot of stocking to stuff and a lot of shopping to do this year!!!

I only got in Brunch and Dinner yesterday, and ate hardly any veggies, but my low point breakfast left me a lot of points available for dinner!

Brunch – 6 SP

Big Ass Waffle batter, but in pancake form, topped with a Banana and 1 T. Pure Maple Syrup, black coffee.

 

Dinner – 20 SP

Baked Almond Chicken Fingers – 9, Sweet Potato Fries cooked in Olive Oil in a skillet- 8, Brussels Sprouts – 0, Honey Mustard – 3 

 

 

Have a great day!!

Daily SmartPoints Total = 26
2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Dallas Visit

October 24, 2017

Tucker

I went to Dallas on Thursday to visit Tucker. Well, and Tess and Manuel too. I miss that silly dog a lot more than I thought that I would!

Tess picked me up from the airport when she got off work and we headed to her apartment. I was really looking forward to seeing Tucker, and knowing that he hadn’t been feeling well, I really just wanted to give him a big hug.

He was excited when we opened the door, but really just excited to get to go outside. Once we started walking down the hall, he turned around and looked at me and then did a double take. Then he walked a few steps and did it again. It was like he had just realize that it was ME! It was super cute. He did it outside too and I could see his mood perk up!

He’d walk a few steps…..

 

Then he’d turn around and look up at me….like….Is it really YOU??

 

More steps.

 

More looks.

 

You can’t really tell in the pictures, but his little body is just so tiny now.

 

On Friday Tucker and I spent the day together while the kids went off to work.

We took a couple of slow walks. I let him set the pace. Last Saturday he wasn’t even walking, so we took it nice and slow.

 

We stopped by the water for a break. The weather outside was perfect.

 

We spent most of the day snuggling on the couch. He slept there overnight with me too.

 

Such a sweetie.

He looks pretty good, but when I first reached down to pet him and pick him up, I was shocked at how I could feel his ribs, his backbone and his tailbone. He really has lost weight and feeling him in my own hands made it all so real. Poor little guy.

His mood is much better than it was just a week ago and he has his spunk back. The vet told Tess and Manuel that he does have an intestinal disease and that only time will tell if he will improve or not. He is on a special diet and B-12 shots once a week. I hope he has more good days to come like the ones that he had over the weekend.

I came home Saturday morning and it was hard to leave the little guy, but I’m so happy that I got to see him feeling better.

Christmas Shopping?

After putting everything away and saying hey to Mike when I got home from the airport, I went Christmas shopping. What?? I know. It just kind of happened. I was headed out to just run a few errands and all of a sudden I was finding things and filling up my cart!

Then I headed to the grocery store. I spent most of Saturday evening cooking.

Since Saturday, I have bought SEVERAL gifts on Amazon! It feels good to have some gift ideas in my head and some shopping out of the way.

Sunday was a relaxing morning at home.

Fun with Friends

I spent Sunday afternoon at a friends house making blankets. Do you remember when I went to the Cancer Action breakfast a couple of weeks ago? Well, Cancer Action does a lot of great things for cancer patients in the KC area. One of the things that they do is deliver blankets to cancer patients. We decided to get together and make blankets to donate! We also had great snacks and yummy adult beverages.

 

Pretty great group of ladies right here!

 

Food

Here are a few of the yummy things that I ate over the weekend.

Thursday night Tess and Manuel grabbed dinner out and brought it home for us. I had a Greek Salad with Grilled Salmon, dressing on the side. 

Perfect!

 

While they were at work on Friday, I drank coffee all day and had a late breakfast, so brunch. Love eggs. Eggs all day if ya ask me.

 

Friday night we went out for dinner to Gloria’s, one of their favorite spots. I ordered one of my “go to” favorites for Mexican food.

Fajita’s with no beans, no rice, extra peppers and onions.

 

For dinner on Saturday night, I made Shrimp Scampi. This is such an easy meal and I forget just how good it is!

 

I made this Buffalo Chicken Casserole to share with the girls on Sunday.

 

I enjoyed a couple of these over the weekend too!

Frothy Coffee. Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee, Pumpkin Spice Stevia Drops and Frothy Skim Milk topped with Pumpkin Pie Spice.

I’ve got a full week planned. Apparently I’m Christmas Shopping this week!

Have a Happy and Healthy Week!

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Fall Fresh Air

October 18, 2017

Obviously my Daily Blog has turned into a…..Every Few Days I Blog….kinda thing.

Last week in the Weight Watcher Meeting room we talked about Time Management. I’ve been trying to practice my own time management by spending less time on my computer and less time on my phone.

I feel like I’m at a place right now in my life where the computer and the phone need to occupy less of my time.

I really enjoyed spending time in the kitchen on Sunday with the windows open and I’ve worked at spending more time outside these last few days soaking up that fresh air and enjoying these 70 degree days. There is just something about that 70 degree temperature that heightens my mood. Always has.

This weather also has me craving soups, stews and big bowls of comfort food.

I made Meatloaf on Sunday, and while that was baking, I also made a big pot of soup for the rest of the week.

Do you ever just start throwing things together and it ends up being one of the best meals that you think you’ve ever made and you know you’ll never be able to re-create it? Well, that’s what happened with this soup. Mike gave it 5 stars!

I’ll give you the basics then you can give it a try. I really don’t think you can mess up a simple soup, and really that’s all that this is.

 

Cook ground turkey (or beef) with diced onion, celery and garlic. Add broth of your choice (I used beef), lots of veggies and season as desired.

I used carrots, mushrooms, potatoes and canned peas as my veggies.

I seasoned it with thyme, oregano, a bay leaf, salt and pepper. I added a little bit of tomato paste.

I wanted to thicken my soup up, so I cooked about 1 cup of diced potatoes covered in broth, then used an emersion blender to puree it.

 

I added that to my big pot of soup and it really did the trick!

Tada!! Simple soup that will last through the week. I’m guessing it’s about 4 SmartPoints for 1 Cup.

 

I added a Banana with 1 tsp Almond Butter, Chia Seeds and 1 tsp Honey for dessert.

 

I put the Waffle Iron to use yesterday and made Mike and I waffles.

Breakfast – 8 SmartPoints

Big Ass Waffle recipe (3 SP) topped with 1 tsp Cocoa Nibs (1 SP), 1 T Pumpkin Butter (1 SP) and 1 T Pure Maple Syrup (3 SP)

 

I met with the oncologist yesterday and I still have some decisions to make.

Menopause in the middle of everything that is happening with my body has changed up a few things.

I love the team of doctors and nurses that I am working with at KU. They really do put all of the options out there for you, but ultimately, they leave a lot of decisions up to you.  A huge part of me loves that I am in charge of my health and the decisions that determine my future. Another part of me just wants the professionals to tell me what to do.

Some days feel extremely overwhelming. Yesterday was one of those days.

Yesterday also happened to be our son Jakes birthday. We were looking forward to having dinner with him, his wife and daughter. Mike and I took the convertible to dinner and I left my overwhelming thoughts at home for the evening.

 

I’m going to Dallas tomorrow after working my WW meetings to visit Tucker (and my daughter Tess and her fiancé Manuel). Tucker went to live with them before my mastectomy.  Tess found Tucker when she was in college, and Tucker living with Tess someday has always been the plan. Tess decided the timing was right and I agreed.

Tucker lived a very neglected first year and a half of his life before Tess found him almost 6 years ago. Due to the neglect, he has been a challenge with house training, but also such a joy. I’ve never met a sweeter dog.

Loves all people. Loves all dogs. Loves to snuggle.

He even posted on his own Instagram page for a while.

This summer, Tucker was having some tummy issues, but I assumed he had gotten into something in the backyard. It never seemed to last more than a couple of days, so I didn’t pursue having him checked out. Long story short, Tucker has really been having some tummy issues since moving to Dallas and has now been diagnosed with a intestinal disease. I’m going to visit him because he isn’t doing so well. Welcome to 2017.

I’ll be back next week.

I hope you all are having a great week and that the weather where you are is just as great as it is here in KC!!

I’m going for a walk and leaving my phone at home.

Wait. I could trip and fall, get bit by a dog, attacked by a bird. It is 2017 ya know. I’ll take my phone.

2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

Feeling the Football Love

October 16, 2017

Sunday morning coffee on the deck with a blanket, then breakfast, then a long walk that started off a tad chilly, but felt refreshing at the end.

Perfect way to start off my Sunday.

Groceries, then cooking while listening to the Chiefs game, (which was NOT a great game), made for a great Sunday afternoon.

I received two text messages from friends at the game.

Look how sweet.

From my friend Kim.

 

From my friend Carly.

 

Even my grandson had me on his mind this past week while his team recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Look at that handsome kid!

 

 

His mom told me that he was thinking of me while he was playing.

I love this……

I was feeling all sorts of love over the weekend.

None of my food pictures are pretty today……

This was on the menu for Sunday.

Breakfast – 12 SP

White Sweet Potatoes, Bacon and Two Eggs

 

Lunch – 4 SP

RXBar Kids Apple Cinnamon

 

Snack – 3 SP

Un-Pictured Apple and Celery with 1 T. Almond Butter

Dinner – 13 SP

Skinny Taste Turkey Meatloaf, Smashed Potatoes and Broccoli

 

Daily SmartPoints Total = 32

 
2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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

In Limbo

October 15, 2017

I feel In Limbo right now and I’m trying really hard not to feel that way.  This time in between surgery one and surgery two is uncomfortable, full of overwhelming information and at times mentally draining.

That being said, I am doing my best to stay positive and take one day at a time.

The last few days have included walks, a little Yoga, I’ve enjoyed being back at work and I’ve tracked my food. The weather has been great for walks outside!

 

It’s been nice to count steps too! 

 

 

Routine has felt good, and I even got a short visit from my daughter Tess.

On Thursdays I have an early morning WW meeting and a lunchtime WW meeting. In between the two, I picked up Tess at the airport and she came to my lunchtime meeting with me! It was nice to have her there with me and also fun to get to introduce her to this group that I love so much!

We enjoyed the rest of the day on Thursday together and we had Friday morning to catch up as well. I had her back at the airport Friday afternoon. It was a quick visit, but just what the two of us needed.

I updated her on my temporary boobs.

Here is where I’m at. It’s all so weird. These tissue expanders really are no fun at all. I look fine in my clothes and that’s about it. I’ve been sleeping on my back for the last 6 weeks and I’ve had a bra on day and night for the last 6 weeks. They are just very uncomfortable, but it is the step in between the mastectomy and the reconstructive surgery, so I am trying to be a patient patient and count my blessings.

That dent at the top of each breast feels like someone is pushing on me at all times. It doesn’t hurt, it’s just uncomfortable and I keep wanting to move things around, but they don’t move. Rolling to my side in bed is apparently putting pressure on the sutures inside and that actually does hurt a tad. So sleeping on my back it is.

This time in between is just odd.

I will have an appointment with the plastic surgeon in November to discuss my surgery in December.

If you are new to the blog, I am having DIEP Flap Reconstructive Surgery, where a genius plastic surgeon will take these tissue expanders out of me and make me some new boobs out of my belly skin, tissue and blood vessels.

My weight is up, and upon the advice of my plastic surgeon, I am maintaining my current weight so he has enough belly fat to make boobs, or as I’m learning, Noobs. (New Boobs)

My nurse tells me that I am going to look great! I’m holding on to that!

While I’m trying to absorb all of the information coming at me in the last three months, and feeling grateful to have this reconstruction opportunity, my mood has been all over the place this last week.

This past week I have had several conversations with my team of doctors about the steps going forward and the best ways to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. I have been thinking so much about “today” and what we are doing right now, that I just hadn’t put much thought into the fact that reoccurrence was possible. I suppose I just didn’t want to think about it.

I was advised by my breast surgeon to stop taking the pill on the day that I was diagnosed with breast cancer due to the fact that my type of cancer is estrogen fed.

I met with my OBGYN for the first time last week to discuss my recent health developments.

My body has had some strange feelings since my mastectomy, one being a burning sensation inside my chest. That had subsided some, then came back, but more of a full body hot sensation. I hadn’t even thought about menopause. I just thought all of my body aches and new feelings were related to my recent surgery. Well, it seems as though what I described to my doc are actually hot flashes.

Now, almost three months after stopping the pill, it seems as though as I am beginning menopause. Nothing like a little mood alteration while going through cancer.

I have an appointment with the oncologist on Tuesday to discuss treatment to reduce the risk of reoccurrence and to discuss the possibility of a hysterectomy.

I’ll keep you posted.

I have a full Sunday of grocery shopping and cooking for the week and I want to enjoy the Chiefs game this afternoon, so I’m out the door for my walk then headed to the grocery store!

Have a great Sunday!

Here is an easy low point Breakfast that I have been enjoying these last few days!

4 SmartPoints

Sautee veggies in 1 tsp Olive Oil

Scramble Egg Whites in cooking spray.

Combine Scrambled Egg Whites with Zero SmartPoints Veggies seasoned with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, Banana with 1 tsp Almond Butter, 1 tsp Chia Seeds and 1 tsp Honey.

 

These came in the mail!

 

Perfect Fall Breakfast! lol

RXBar – Pumpkin Spice – 7 SmartPoints


2017 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
FOUR 100 Mile Walking Challenges this year! (This goal has changed a little now that I have this fabulous Fitbit.)

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