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Saturday, July 09, 2016

It's been a while since I've added a blog, so I thought I'd check in. Over the last several months my eating wasn't so great, my exercise was next to nothing, my energy was pretty low and I gained some weight. Not much, maybe a 4-5 pounds, but I'm not very big to begin with so I really feel that increase. In addition, I have a fibroid that has decided to start growing noticeably, and I'm sure it's due to the Tamoxifen. I'll get it checked out next month, along with my mammogram, another PET/CT scan and visits to my OB-GYN, oncologist and surgeon. August is my doctor month. I think I may ask for a refill on my Ativan to help me get through it all, as the fear of cancer remains fairly great for me.

Since getting home from vacation (which was actually great for me in terms of walking and healthy food choices) I've been trying hard to be healthy each day. I've been getting many more steps than usual, and I've made good food choices the vast majority of the time. I've also started planking most days and using some light free weights for some upper body work. I've been taking pictures and hope to see some improvements by the end of summer. I also hope to just feel better overall.

Having time off means having more time to cook and make things from scratch. I have garbanzo beans cooking today to make some hummus later, and I've been making my own yogurt and almond milk too. I strain the yogurt so that it's more like Greek yogurt, and I really like it. I use 1% organic milk and that makes the yogurt creamy.

I also had time to go to the farmer's market today. Saturdays are usually busy with getting my daughter to ballet and taking care of volunteer things there, but with her being gone for six weeks, I have all kinds of free time. I got pluots, watermelon, pixie tangerines, zucchinis, and carrots. It's so nice to have fresh, local fruits and vegetables. In my effort to eat more broccoli and cauliflower, I tried riced cauliflower this week in place of regular rice. It was great! I'm going to try it again tonight in a fried "rice" recipe and am hoping this recipe works equally well.

I've been off work officially for about 2.5 weeks now, and it's taken this long to settle into a far less busy routine. I was pretty discombobulated for a while, but I'm feeling better now. I guess that's a good thing, but I don't like being so all or nothing in my life. It's the nature of teaching, in some ways. I am not going to have my teacher-admin role anymore - my choice - and I'm really, really glad about that. I can go back to focusing on what I love and let go of the things that were really bad for my emotional state.

I guess that's about all. Maybe I will remember to check in again before summer is over!
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  • FLRED12
    It's great you are using your additional free time to get fresh food and cook. I believe it is so much better than the packaged stuff. Enjoy your time off.
    1767 days ago
  • LOISLEL
    Glad you're able to do more cooking and going. It's nice to have that time off.
    1767 days ago
  • CASSIECAT
    Thanks George. No job is worth the sacrifices I was making in order to do it well.
    1767 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Glad you made a change with that teacher-admin role which was too challenging!
    1768 days ago
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