January 3, 2016

The Best Things I Did For Myself in 2015

Before looking forward and making my New Years Resolutions for 2016, I wanted to take a peak back into 2015 and share some of the better changes that I made in the last year. I don’t think these were technically “New Years 2015 Resolutions” – but they were promises that I made to myself as 2015 went along.

1. Getting more sleep – This was a hard one because I am more of a night person, and not a morning person at all.
So to remind myself to go to sleep earlier, I did what I do in the morning – I set an alarm to go to bed. Just like I set an alarm to wake up.

So at 9:30 pm, by cell phone starts ringing. I am usually in the middle of something – doing dishes, watching a tv show, creating my artwork projects, there lots of stuff to do. But that 9:30 pm alarm tells me to “slow down”. Its time to make sure I am in my pajamas with my teeth brushed. Its time for the electronic devices to get turned off. Its time to mellow out and relax. I can sit and watch a little more tv, but the lights need to be dimmed.

Sometimes I do stay up a while longer, but its at a very slow relaxed pace. Usually sipping decaf tea or wine curled up on the sofa with a tv show on low. If I am not sleeping, I am resting.

I don’t set an alarm on Friday or Saturday night because I don’t have to get up early the next day. But I am noticing that my bedtime on Friday or Saturday is a bit earlier than normal just naturally, due to my schedule on other days of the week.

2. Waking Up Earlier – See above. Setting an alarm at 9:30 pm to tell myself to go to bed, has given me a ton more energy. I am not up earlier all the time. But there have been many days that I just naturally wake up a half hour before the morning alarm clock goes off. And I feel well rested.

3. Getting Ready for the Week – this is an organization skill that I picked up from a friend. The friend told me that they couldn’t go out on a Sunday night because they spend that time “Getting ready for the week”. With a hectic job schedule, social life, church, hobbies and other things going on, it made sense.

On Sunday after church, I usually stop off at the grocery store so I have everything that I need for the week. On Sunday evenings I make a point to cook both my breakfast and my lunch for the next few days. They go into the fridge in glass containers ready to microwave at the office. Organic Oatmeal with different fruits, and hard boiled eggs for breakfast. Usually some type of low sodium chicken dish with roasted vegetables and rice or potatoes for lunch. I make sure I have my fruit, nuts, snacks, yogurt, whatever, in a bag and ready to go to the office in the morning.

I also pull out a couple of outfits from the closet, so they are hanging right where I can see them. The office is casual so I can easily mix tops with jeans or black slacks. But I also take into consideration any after work plans for the week so I have those clothes out where I can see them. This eliminates a morning of not knowing what to wear.

So these are the changes in that I made during the year 2015. They made me more rested. I am eating healthier. I have more energy. And have helped me eliminate some stress.

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February 5, 2012

Follow up to my latest Cancer Story

Follow up to my latest Cancer story

I posted yesterday about my ordeal over the summer of 2011 which included a lengthy hospital stay.

I am now 7 years out from the breast cancer (lumpectomy, radiation treatment, refused the chemo).
Now in 2011, two completely unrelated cancers: beginnings on Uterus cancer, with hyperplasia. And a uterus sarcoma.

So thats three totally different cancers. Plus, you have to consider that my mother died from skin cancer.

Well, I just got the results of my first ever PET scan. And all was clear !
No sign of any more cancer anywhere.
Thats a welcomed relief!

In my opinion, The PET scan is much better than a CT Scan.
With the PET scan you have to stop eating carbs the evening before. Then you fast.
They inject some kind of radioactive surgery an hour before the scan. And some how it magically lights up any tumors.
It took about an hour for me to go through the PET scanner. There was also some type of CT scan done as well.
They say the PET scan has more radioation, but that means it can detect smaller tumors.

I didn’t suffer any bad effects from it, even though I am hypoglycemic.
The technician said the radioactive sugar is different from real sugar, so it does not get digested or whatever the same way.
I was really hungry afterwards. And a tiny bit sick to my stomach later in the day. But that could have been an effect of wolfing down a
Fat Burger and onion rings after fasting for a day.

I remember after my CT scan years ago, that I was sick for days after drinking all that stuff, and being injected with the contrasting stuff.
I might have been allergic to it.
But with the PET scan, and reaction was extremely minor, if any. It was probably the fast food.

I do find a little dark humor to the PET scan instructions.
For 8 hours afterwards stay away from small children, pregnant woman and public restrooms.
I assumed that meant also not picking up my cat as well.
It resulted in me posting really stupid jokes on my facebook page: “Just call me Chernobyl” and “I’m glowing in the dark”.

When I went to the doctors office the other day he seemed more interested in giving me the results of the Genetic blood testing they did.
They were trying to see if I had a “Genetic mutation” that caused me to develop three different kinds of cancers.
But the genetic tests all came back negative.
If I have to have a genetic mutation I would rather be able to see through walls or morph into things anyway.

After the doctor went on and on about the genetic blood test… with me sitting on the edge of my seat, I finally said “Yes, but
what about the PET scan?!?!”.
He said the pet scan was clear, no cancer – Just eat lots of fruits and vegetables, get plenty of sleep, exercise and take a good vitamin and
mineral supplement.

I was very happy to tell people that the only results my PET showed was that I am Old and Fat.
Just basic regular health stuff that needs to be dealt with.

So I am back to regular life for now. I will just keep going until I fall over.
Wish me luck with my Old and Fat problems. Those are good problems to have.

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December 16, 2010

Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly Ceramic & Ionic Dryer – Green

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December 15, 2010

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December 4, 2010

Jane Fonda Workout DVD

Jane Fonda’s Complete Personal Trainer Series is a classic exercise DVD to watch. The exercises are fun and easy to follow. Plenty of instruction and direction are given as you do the routines.

I remember doing these types of aerobics way back when. And I wanted to watch something that I enjoyed. I hate the loud “bootcamp” style routines in so many of todays programs. Jane Fonda’s workouts are perfect for any person over 40 – they sure do bring back the memories.

I actually rented this on Netflix and did it for a few weeks. You might want to see if your local video store or public library carries it. It is a classic exercise video worth checking out.