Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome Fall

Hard to believe that today's the first day of fall.  Cold nights and warm days would be perfect year round weather.  I'm not ready for chilly or cold all day with us not having much of a summer this year.  I'm always cold so I sit at work with a sweater on year round.

Monday's consultation felt a little awkward.  We didn't see the surgeon until about an hour after my appointment time.  I don't even recall shaking his hand.  He showed us my gallstones on the CT scan so now I can identify where the heck it is.

3 Views of My Kidney Stone
3 Layers of My Gallstones - 3rd shows the partially calcified one
Benny is still trying to fight me having the surgery.  Yes, the kidney stone and gallbladder can be removed at the same surgery.  We don't know the true cost of yesterday's hysteroscopy with polypectomy so we have no idea how much a second surgery will be with insurance.  He wants me to order more Gallbladder Complete and take that at the next attack.

Speaking of yesterday's surgery, it seemed a little chaotic once we went back to pre-op.  I was thinking that they'd freeze or just snip them off.  Instead they told us they use a rotating blade to slice through it all and chop it up.  Samples go to the lab to verify they're benign.  They'd trim the vaginal wall in a similar manner if they deemed it necessary (curettage).  The doctor did say that they don't want me to get pregnant because it could cause complications with a thinner uterine wall.  You should've seen the grumpy face look Benny gave when she said that we'd have to use condoms for a while!

My long nails made it difficult for them to attach the pulse oximeter and get a good reading (they use a disposable one - what a waste!).  My thumb nail had split some time ago so it's shorter.  They had to open a new one and attach it to my thumb.  So many people were coming in and out of the room I don't even remember who anyone was!  Being on TOM I had to wear these weird looking (think big gauze) disposable underpants and attach a pad to them.

When I headed into the OR they had to hunt for a step stool so that I could climb up onto the table.  I think only one or two people in the room were tall enough that they wouldn't have needed one LOL.  Not sure why they gave me oxygen through a mask before starting; I'm used to that nose tubed thing.  They put these things on my legs like giant blood pressure cuffs I assume to prevent clots in the legs but they seem to have kept my legs warm too.  I was out pretty quickly.

The doctor forgot to indicate the size of the polyp so I have no clue how big it was or even where it was exactly.  Benny looked at the pictures and said it's just huge LOL

Weigh-in Wednesday!

THURSDAY I wrapped up Episode 2 with Adventure 4.

SATURDAY was supposed to be the Arsenal 5K, rain or shine.  It was raining and thundering but they cancelled it for alleged lightening.  Don't know where they were seeing it; neither Austin nor I saw anything.  They let us take a lap around the track but nothing was recorded.  Austin ran the track with his tumbler of tea in one hand and the umbrella in the other hand.  I couldn't believe he was so fast! LOL

I don't think I'll be doing much more than walking this week.  The post-op instructions say to not lift more than 15 lbs until cleared by the doctor.  Yeah, I haven't needed any of the prescriptions they gave me so I think I'll be OK to start Episode 3 next week, although I have NO clue how I'm doing some of the exercises.

Today I walked to the farmer's market but didn't see anything I wanted to buy.  I then headed to the YMCA and signed up.  Benny won't be happy about the expense but I can see if this will work for me.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Super Heroine Fitness Week 7

In June I won a $500 gift card to Spafinder from a Socialshops giveaway on MomItForward and received it last month.  Monday night we went to 7eFitSpa for a free consultation to check out the Torc treatments to tighten my loose skin.  They use this device to work with your body's natural electrical currents to manipulate your muscles.  They'll do it everywhere but your upper back or chest as that's too close to your heart and they don't want to risk anything.

Since I have loose skin everywhere I wasn't sure what area to concentrate on.  I figured Benny would say my arms (as he's commented on them many times before).  However, he said I should do my abs.  Lauren gave him the option to try it too but he wasn't up for it.  She measured my abdomen in three places and got me hooked up to the machine.  OMG did it feel weird!  I felt the waves of the electrical current working my muscles.  From the outside Benny couldn't feel the movements.  I wasn't feeling much in the lower abs but when I did it felt like when I was pregnant with Austin and he'd kick me!  After we were Lauren she measured me again and I'd lost 2.5 inches throughout my abs - .5 in on the top measurement and 1 in off the other two.

Benny decided that he wants to do it too so we'll be splitting the 8 pack.  Honestly I don't think he's going to like the vibrations so I may be having 7 sessions myself! LOL

Weigh-in Wednesday!

THURSDAY I did 5 sets of Episode 2 Adventure 1.

SATURDAY I dropped the weights back to 10 lbs to do 4 sets of Adventure 2.  I feel so weak with this workout having to use the lighter weights and move slower to complete it.  It's officially my least favorite of Super Heroine Fitness.

TUESDAY I did almost a full 6 sets of Adventure 3.

Today I walked 3.23 miles during lunch, stopping off at the farmer's market for a couple of tomatoes and the YMCA at the Athenaeum to ask about financial assistance for memberships.  The guy at the front desk said the best way to see where you'd fall is bringing in a copy of your tax return.  I'd only printed off paystubs so I couldn't find out anything today.  If it's not raining next week I must remember to bring last year's tax return with me.

Writing it all out it sounds like I didn't do much of anything this week compared to normal.  No cardio until today's walk, just weightlifting.

Saturday's the Arsenal 5K and Austin expressed an interest in running it (from lapping kids in gym class LOL).  It's supposed to rain so I don't know if he'll really do it.  We can sign him up (for free) the day of so we'll see...

Next week's going to be crazy with Monday's consult and Tuesday's surgery.  Supposedly you're supposed to be able to function normally the next day.  I've been spotting since Saturday so I may still be in full TOM mode during the surgery so that'll make it all interesting.  Have you ever had surgery during your TOM?

Will play it by ear how much I workout.  I may just walk then start Episode 3 the following week.

Images are in "the cloud" so the surgeon should be able to see everything from the CT scan in July.  Both the gallbladder and kidney stone removal can be done at the same time so they'll just have to coordinate schedules between the doctors.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Summer of Blah

I bought the bikini this spring as my reward for hitting my goal weight but with all the issues that have popped up since then it all seems like a distant memory....

I didn't go anywhere and it wasn't ever warm enough for long to lay outside and actually wear the bikini.  It's just sat in my drawer for months.

For the BBQs at the neighbor's we had to stay covered because the mosquitos bombarded us all night despite sitting by the bonfire.

At least I didn't have to worry much about leaks this summer!  Since becoming one of the #UnderWarriors this past April I rarely have to change clothes.  I'd like to think that this has something to do in part with using U by Kotex!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Super Heroine Fitness Week 6: Prepping for Surgery Season

Just two weeks until Surgery Season!  Yes, I have to make light of it all because it's so depressing to me.  I never had a broken bone or stiches.  Childbirth was the only instance for me spending time in the hospital.  To have these issues pop up after starting my journey makes me so sad sometimes.  It's a great mental challenge to keep my spirits up some days....


Yesterday was my birthday.  KayBee of Nats & Fitness featured my brief transformation story.  I went to work as normal and we went to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  I ate off their fall menu - two salmon patties with green beans and hashbrown casserole.  Instead of water I drank apple cranberry iced tea.  I'm picky on my teas but this was rather tasty.  I don't know how many glasses I had.

Weigh-in Wednesday!

THURSDAY I was only able to complete 3 sets of Episode 2 Adventure 2 so I determined that I'm not ready for the 15 lb dumbbells for this workout.

SATURDAY I completed 5 sets of Adventure 3 with the 15 lb dumbbells.  We went to Goodwill's 50% off sale but didn't buy much as the selection wasn't very good for me.  Perhaps it's because we went so late.  I'm trying to get the pieces to make my Wonder Woman style Halloween costume.

Two Pairs of Pants
Two Blouses
Two Shirts - S was more loose fitting than the XS!
Pair of dolphins for my collection
MONDAY I did 45 minutes of power yoga with Adriene.

TUESDAY I wrapped up this round of Episode 2 with 4 sets of Adventure 4 using the 15 lb dumbbells.  I wanted to take a picture of the TGU Roll/First Move but those 10 seconds on the timer weren't enough to get back in place.  I kept falling over and almost dropping the dumbbell LOL!

It's supposed to rain most of the day today so I'm not walking.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Super Heroine Fitness Week 5

I weighed in last night down 2.2 lbs so I'm safely in the goal window again.

September is a busy month for birthday on the 8th, the Arsenal 5K on the 19th, the surgery consult on the 21st, and the hysteroscopy with polypectomy on the 22nd.  It's all a waiting game now.

Did you see any of the #WeAreEverything Movement on Monday?  Brittnei Washington came up with this idea for all of us to join together and seeing one another in each person's perspective in all lifestyles and situations.  It's all about showing love and compassion for everything and everyone.  Check out the hashtag on Facebook to see the posts and share with us the last day of every month (except NYE).

Weigh-in Wednesday!

WEDNESDAY I walked a 5K through downtown during lunch.

THURSDAY I completed 6 sets of  Episode 2 Adventure 3.

SATURDAY I did 5 sets of Episode 2 Adventure 4.

MONDAY I did a session of Yoga with Adriene.

TUESDAY I did Episode 2 Adventure 1, upping the weight to 15 lbs (except for the flyes - still not yet ready to move off 8 lbs).  I almost got in a full 6 sets again...first time the timer ran out on me.

Today I stopped at the farmer's market and picked up a couple of zucchini.  On the circle they had something for the NHRA race this weekend.  I looked around and took a picture for a guy next to one of the cars.

Now that most kids are back in school I invite you to join the Back to COOL DietBet to get back to working on YOU this fall.  It's just $35 to sign up.  Let's continue to make 2015 the best year yet!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Gallbladder Strikes Back

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Thursday morning about 2AM I had another gallbladder attack.  This one was a doozy, lasting all day!  It didn't start out the way the others did so I wasn't sure of what it was at first.  I vomited a lot more this time around.  Thankfully no recurrences in the every other day pattern the last round held.

I was freezing most of the day (thermometer kept reading my temp under 97F) so after the bathroom portion of the attack was over I went to the front room and lay on the recliner in the sun under a blanket.  Eventually I warmed up but I never slept more than 30 minutes at a time.  I was fighting with Netflix because it didn't want me to see anything (the annoying error message saying that it couldn't display the title at that time on everything I tried to watch).  I drank water off and on while I lay there.

I finally started getting hungry late afternoon.  I begrudgingly ate a piece of flatbread....tasted gross and made me nauseous.  At dinner time I ate about 1/4 cup of potatoes but that also made me nauseous.  I went to work Friday and ate some bacon and sliced turkey throughout the day.

Saturday morning I made a smoothie but couldn't finish it by the time we left for the State Fair (about 3:30 pm).  We strolled around the fairgrounds and occasionally sat down when Benny needed to rest for a bit.  Normally I'd stand or pace in front of him but I sat down each time.

I made sure we popped into the Lego area for Austin before it closed.  While he built a Mayan pyramid I walked around the pavilion, checking out the rest of the exhibits.
My Favorite Cancreation
I wasn't able to eat a full meal until Sunday night but it tasted gross.

Saturday I also found out that they cancelled the Indy Cooking Expo for some reason.  No explanation just an email that Cumulus had cancelled the event.  Not sure what that's about.

Weigh-in Wednesday!

Yesterday I worked out for the first time since the gallbladder attack.  I did Episode 2 Adventure 2.  More reps on this workout than the one I did this week so I didn't want to push it.  I got 4 sets in with about 1:30 to go.  It felt good to do something!

I weighed in last night down .6 lbs so I'm back in the goal widow.

Today I'll be walking during lunch.  Last week I hit 3 miles, the farthest I've walked during work.  How far will I go today?

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Super Heroine Fitness Week 4

I weighed in last night down .8 lbs, just .2 lbs above the goal window.

I received the Exspiral Veggie Spiralizer for free in exchange for my honest review.  When Benny saw the package he wondered why I had something German. LOL  I've been playing around with spiralizing squash and zucchini.
Messy leftovers
I didn't realize there would be such a mess to clean up afterwards.  So glad they provide the cleaner brush to get in the tight spaces!  The lid you're supposed to put on the end of the veggie you're spiralizing when you near the end of the item.  I tried that and it just squished it more.  It did not help in spiralizing the end piece.
End piece after spiralizing
I've heard from others that it's not uncommon to have the end piece after spiralizing with some spiralizers.  It was suggested to just chop it up and that's what I did.

Ready to toss the Zoodles & Squoodles
I enjoyed spiralizing the zucchini and squash but I haven't been creative with using the zoodles and squoodles (is that what the squash is called?).

Zoodles & Chicken leftovers for lunch at work

Weigh-in Wednesday!

THURSDAY I did Adventure 3.

SATURDAY I wrapped up Episode 1 with Adventure 4.

SUNDAY I explored Episode 2 to see what I could do and what needed swapped.  I think I'm going to get hurt on Adventure 3 with the Stability Ball Leg Curls!  That ball won't stay still even on the carpet.  This next phase will be totally different doing AMRAP in 25 minutes!

MONDAY I did a cardio workout from

TUESDAY I started Episode 2 with Adventure 1.  Now the guide says you complete 3-4 circuits on average.  I think I either went too light (8 & 10 lb dumbbells) or too fast because I knocked out 6 circuits and still had just under a minute left.  I didn't want to start a 7th circuit.  Take a look at the exercises (linked in Sunday above) and let me know in the comments how many circuits you think you'd do on average.

Today there are storms in the forecast off and on all day so I'm not sure if I'll get a walk in.

Saturday we're going to the Indiana State Fair.  We haven't gone in several years so it'll be a new experience for us.  Benny and I went to the media preview event on the 5th and we saw so many changes!  I spotted on the map a Lactation Station...and it's in front of the Public Safety Center.  Multiple Designated Smoking Areas but only one single "safe place" for women to breastfeed?  I found that odd.  Is this the new norm?

Speaking of the Fairgrounds, if you are planning to be in the area late September be sure to enter the giveaway for tickets to the Indy Cooking Expo as it ends Saturday!

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