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Loving Fall

Loving Fall

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”

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. […]

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I’m In A Strange Place

I’m In A Strange Place

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”

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 […]

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Love the Job, Love the People

Love the Job, Love the People

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”

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 […]

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An All Around Good Day

An All Around Good Day

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”

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 […]

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Yoga and More Shopping!

Yoga and More Shopping!

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”

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 […]

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