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Thursday, December 06, 2012

So, it’s been a while. Survived my second surgery, and recovered quickly. A little too quickly, actually. While I was encouraged to move as much as possible after my pancreas surgery, I was forbidden to move much at all after the hysterectomy. It was a bit tricky, since I felt great….not that I’m complaining. Feeling great feels great!

Shortly after the second surgery school started. I was apprehensive about going back to work, after being off since April, but it went even better than I could have imagined. I’ve got a tricky group, with some very low students, but overall, they’re fairly well behaved, and that’s half the battle.

Between work, home, finances, and fitness, though, it’s always a challenge to keep the balance I crave. I have moments when I feel like I’m barely keeping all the plates in the air, but, overall, I feel like I’m doing pretty darn well. I turned 50 in October, feel better than ever, and am thrilled to say I’ve maintained this healthy lifestyle for five years now. How cool is that?!
Here’s a picture from my birthday party - still at goal weight, but needing to firm up a bit.

So, after the party, I had a bit of a setback. I was still moving regularly, eating healthy meals and snacks, but had a few weeks where I was bingeing on sweets at work. When I noticed my pants getting tighter, I decided pretty darn quickly that I had better take some action. I upped my water, and I arranged with the school nurse to have a weigh-in every Wednesday. A little extra hydration and accountability was all it took, and I’ve been binge-free for 35 days!

Last week I got a puppy. I am totally in love, and getting her is undoubtedly the best thing that I could have done for my health. Besides all the activity I am getting, she keeps me laughing, and that, as you know, is the best medicine.

Oh, and did I mention I’m back to playing my guitar? When I was sick, it just seemed like such an effort. Recently I found some great online lessons, and am actually making some progress. It’s become a joy once again!

Life rocks!

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  • BILLB000
    Love your ability to recognize when you need to get back on track. I admire all your resourcefulness in knowing what to do at the moment.

    Great to read a positive blog, in spite of all you have had to contend with.

    God bless you in your journey.
    3159 days ago
    Good to hear that you're doing so well. And that you recognized and corrected the behavior that was causing the clothes to be snug.

    Love your puppy!!!!
    3162 days ago
    Thanks for the update. Sounds like you're doing well. Congrats on the puppy, we love our Husky.
    3162 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3248497
    So glad you are doing great! And your puppy is super cute!
    3163 days ago
  • JLITT62
    And you rock too! Enjoy the puppy - boy it goes so fast. You look great & good for you for facing the music when the clothes got tight. Mine are a bit snug right now with all the good food but it'll come off pretty quickly when I get home & back into my normal routine.
    3164 days ago
    Good Luck hope you are feeling better and can get back to doing what you like to.
    3164 days ago
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