Thursday, March 22, 2018


Journaling for Weight loss
Prompt #20: musical motivation 

Make a list of songs that keep you motivated.  Songs that make you happy or bring back good memories.  Then make a playlist of those upbeat songs to listen to while you workout.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Behind the scenes

I've mentioned several times in the last few months about medical issues,  being mentally and physically tired and stressed. I think it's time to share my story.

In January I found a lump in my right breast. I spent two weeks keeping it to myself.  I didn't want to add any more stress and worry to R. Heaven knows he has enough medical stuff of his own to worry about.  But keeping this quiet put me in a constant state of dread and depression.

Finally I just told him. He scheduled me a doctor's appointment for the very next day with our family doctor.  He thought it might just be an infected gland and started me on antibiotics.  But (because of my age and because I've never had one) he scheduled me for a mammogram just to be sure.

One week later my mammogram confirmed a mass. They then scheduled  me for an ultrasound but again, had to wait another week for that.

At the ultrasound appointment, it was clearly visible on the screen.  The tech took over a dozen photos of it. The doctor took a look and reported that it is a solid mass, not a fluid cyst. The only way to know if it's cancer is to do a biopsy.  He told me the nurse would call me the next day to schedule it.

(Meantime.... I'm kinda freaking out!)

The nurse called and said that in reviewing my account,  she finds that I am a self pay patient (meaning I have no insurance). It's true I tell her. She then tells me that they do not do biopsies on self pay patients.  So basically,  sorry you might have cancer but we aren't going to tell you for sure.

I started going to different places to try to get this done.  Everyone kept telling me no, not without insurance. Three weeks and 6 different places later....... I found a hospital that will do the biopsy.  And again  I have to wait a week.


Then the day comes for the biopsy.  First they have to do their own ultrasound.  And the radiologist request more photos,  so they do a second ultrasound. Then the biopsy,  which I was dreading.  But it wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. They took the samples from the mass and then inserted a metal clamp to mark the spot where the samples came from (for future reference). Then after the biopsy they did another mammogram to confirm and photograph the metal marker.  They wrapped me up in big bandages and ice packs and sent me home to wait. (This was my four days of rest that I mentioned.)

Wait three days for resuls.......

Finally, on the 12th I get the results.  IT'S NOT CANCER. But it is a rapid growing mass and it needs to be taken out. This is scheduled for April.

So much stress was lifted off our shoulders. I'm relieved and so blessed. I'm sure this is something they will keep an eye on in the future. I know I will always be on the look out for anything new.

It's been a tough three months. But I finally feel like I'm getting my energy and motivation back. For awhile I just didn't feel like even getting out of bed.

Girls,  please take care of yourselves. Get your yearly exams and do the self exams every month.

I'll keep you posted about my upcoming surgery and recovery.

Progress Report

Healthy Me 2018
Progress Report for March 12-18, 2018.

My goals were:
1. 156 oz water.
2. 21,000 steps.
3. 10 miles.
4. 7-12 fast.

The results:
1. 136 oz. Just 20 oz short.
2. 20,403 steps. Just 597 short.
3. 8.11 miles. Just 1.89 short.
4. This is going good.

Weigh in:
Mar 12: 177.4
Mar 19: 177.2
Loss/gain:  -.2
Year status:  +1

My thoughts:
I did much better this week, even though I was a little short on my goals. I'm going to keep next week's goals small and I know I can reach them!  My weight loss was small,  but it was a loss.  I thought it wasn't too bad considering minimal workouts and the arrival of my "lady bug".

Goals for March 19-25:
1. Walk 10 miles.
2. 32oz water a day (224 oz/wk).
3. 21,000 steps.

♡"Dont wish for life to be easier.  Instead,  live, seek, work for it to be meaningful."

Monday, March 19, 2018

Little Things

For the week of March 12-18, 2018.

This week:
~It's been a couple week since I did a little things post, so I thought I should.
~I got a new fish.
~lots of stress
~R in hospital from Wednesday to Saturday.
~lots of stitching

The best part of this week:
R coming home from hospital.

This week's struggle:
Medical stress and pain.

A motivational quote:
Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert H. Schuller

Goal review:
1. House hunting. ☆made a list of houses to see when realtor gets back from vacation.

2. 7-12 fast, 6 days a week. ☆this is going good.

3. 300 stitches on dragon. ☆1840 stitches.

Goals for March 19-25:
1. Use my spending tracker.
2. Walk 10 miles.
3. Stitching: 3 hours on small, 1200 Xs on dragon.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Journaling for weight Loss.
Prompt #19: Self care

Make a list of things you can do to take better care of yourself.  Don't just list the obvious things like workout more and eat right. Think about really taking care of who you are. Do you need more quiet time? More social interaction?  Do you need to learn to say no every time someone asks for a favor?

Try to list 31 things and then spend next month checking them off your list.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sneak peek

A quick look at my March small stitch...

And my new underwater friend...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Progress Report

For March 5-11, 2018

My goals were:
1. Listen to my body and rest.
2. Track miles for the 100 miles in spring challenge.

The results:
1. I was in complete rest mode from Thursday to Sunday.
2. If you divide 100 miles by 3 months, it's about 33 miles a month. Or just a little over one mile a day. I walked 3.79 miles. Not bad for resting 4 of the seven days.

Weigh in:
Mar 4:  178.8
Mar 12: 177.4
Loss/gain:  - 1.4
Year status: +1.2

My thoughts:
I felt like it was a pretty good week. I took my fitbit off for the four days of rest. But still tracked my water, weight, and small walks. This was week 2 of my intermittent fasting and it went great. I've gone from a 7pm-11am fast to 7pm-12noon. My weigh in weight was down, but on a daily basis it's still fluctuating quite a bit.

Goals for March 12-18:
Back to baby steps...
1. Make sure to drink water.
2. 21,000 steps (3,000 a day).
3. 10 miles
4. Continue fasting 7-12.

♡Be thankful that you have more to be thankful for than you can ever know.