Good to 'see' you sarahmaude! I think some of the weight stuff also is part of aging (aging is a good thing to be happening!). I've noticed that my arms and stomach are more 'squishy' than they should be for all the work I do. I am thinking it has something to do with my age (which is about 10 years older than you). I guess we have to just keep fighting gravity!
TT, I love challenges & any kind of 'gimmick'. Makes things more fun!
My Pound class was canceled this morning & I want to be home tonight to pass out candy, so I tried a class called LIFT. All toning, lots of up & down. Hard, but I do need to add more weights into my life, so I will probably try it again. I don't think the Brazilian Capoeia class I told you about is going to be for me; seems like more work than fun!
Oh! Yoga tonight is providing glow sticks! I'll let you all know how that is. Definitely gimmicky, but could be fun!
It will be fun! We had a dress up night with glowsticks at my Dance2fit class last week. I love doing that kind of thing!
Here's my Dance2fit '80s Party last week. All our dances were to hits from the 1980s.
Bluebird: Can't believe your dog bats didn't attack you or run away from you in that costume! They are good obedient dogs and so cute.
Ruth: Count Bruno!
sarahmaude: Great to hear from you! Glad you found a yoga class that you like and right near your house. Sounds like you have a good weight management weight plan in place. Weight gain is a struggle and focusing on good nutrition and being active is excellent defense against it.
TT: I really like the Turkey Trot Challenge you posted.
Glow stick exercise sounds like fun!
Went to see the NP at my cardiologist office. Going to have a heart ultrasound next week and then wear a heart monitor the following week. Just staying on top of things and hoping the increase in meds will do its thing. I've been feeling good for 2 days now so fingers crossed. Will do some simple walks this week.
Handed out candy tonight. Happy Halloween!
Wednesday Walking Women.....sadly indoors for now and possibly until spring!
Well, ding dong me mixed up yoga start time yesterday, and arrived way too late to join. But I'll be taking a non-glowing class today. Glad to have indoor activities as it turned very cold for northern Alabama.
Dance2fit and Yoga tonight.
I was tired out yesterday and did no exercise. Today I did an ab DVD, dog walk, and 90 minutes of leaf raking....now I am tired again! 🤪
I bet you are tired, Ruth!
sarahmaude: It's getting colder here also but we are expecting another warm up by the end of the week.
Walked today. Actually, it was a stroll. Taking it easy and it felt so good to be walking on such a beautiful day. Had a couple of rough days but thankfully I have not had any afib for 2 days. I also went to a baby shower today which was fun.
Hope everyone is doing okay. A rotten cold caught me; I spent most of yesterday & part of today sleeping, drinking orange juice, eating Vitamin C gummies and taking Zicam. Hopefully I will start perking up by tomorrow. I have a meeting tomorrow night that I have to go to!
So sorry you are sick, Ruth. My sil and bil have been sick with a deep, painful cough and fever but luckily they are feeling better. They went to a football game with friends who brought their grandbaby to the game who had been in the hospital for rsv. Who in the world would bring a baby who had been in the hospital to a loud college football game?!?! My sil held the baby during the game and became sick a few days later. They don't if they had rsv but I'm so glad they are feeling better.
Karen: Haven't heard from you in awhile but I want you to know that I think about you everyday.
75 degrees today. Sat outside and read in the sunshine. I'm reading The House of Seven Gables. I really like the way Hawthorne describes things and wish I had better literary skills. I admire those who do.
Did another stroll this afternoon. So far so good with my heart. I go tomorrow for an ultasound - mainly to have a baseline.
Ruth - fell better
I thought I posted yesterday, but I guess not. Here is what I posted on the "drinking " thread.
I've been MIA. On another thread, someone wrote something quite hurtful to me a few weeks ago and I told them how very angry I was about what they wrote and they got insulted. I won't go into details here, but it was personal. Usually, I can let things just roll off, but this time it really got to me. Decided that I needed a break away. I've been on bco for 17+ years -way too long to give it up.
Saw my medical oncologist the middle of October and it was a good visit. Thankfully still dancing with NED. We talked about Zometa and the difference between oncology use for BC and endocrinologist for osteoporosis. I thought he said I would get it in November (this month) but I haven't heard anything about the appointment. Both my medical oncologist and hematologist are in the same practice and i have labs for hematologist on the 13th and see him on the 15t. I need to check with his nurse through the portal. Nephrologist this past week. Kidneys are more or less stable but my B/P was high - it goes up and down from any from 90 to mid 140s. Protein in my urine - I asked what that meant and he said my kidneys aren't working so well!!! We both laughed. My calcium is rising again but not dangerous yet and parathyroid is also high. Nephrologist said to work it our endocrinologist. Endo thinks the high calcium is due to hyperparathyroidism, but Hematologist says is the MM. If it's due to parathyroid, then eventually it will need to come out. It's 5.5 month since I stopped chemo and I still don't have my stamina back. Don't sleep well.. I've gained most of my weight back but that is because I been shoving food in my mouth at night. I want to drop two or 3# and quit snacking. After I see the hematologist next week, I think I'm done with medical appointments till February - then it starts over again.
Went to the Colorado School Psych conference last week. It is more tiring that work - but some fantastic sessions. Sitting all day is harder than work. It was in Vail and the weather was gorgeous. Today broke a record with 78 degrees. By Wednesday it will be in the 40s. Potential for snow Wednesday and Thursday. We also had snow 2 weeks ago. I do not like the time change. I wish we would stay on standard time, but there is talk about year round DST.
Karen, so good to hear from you. I also think of you every day. 💓 The whole health thing sounds like quite an exhausting balancing act (no wonder you are tired!). I'm glad you will get a break from the medical 'stuff' until February! I always found workshops/conferences (even good ones) harder than teaching. I don't think we are very good at being the 'students'!
Wonderland, how did the ultrasound go?
I still feel 'blah' so will take another day of sitting around, drinking fluids, resting etc. Since I am the speaker at the meeting tonight (talking about Theodore Roosevelt's time in the North Dakota Badlands); I not only have to show up, I also have to have a voice. Yikes!!
So I signed up for recurring yoga classes….unlimited for the price of 4-1/2 per month, so a great deal. I have four a week I like. I had tried another teacher's classes and found myself feeling old and crotchety when the teacher kept referring to the part of the body where I sit as "your ass." Not that it's incorrect, or that I'm prudish on blue language, it's just that yoga has such beautiful language, I found it to be jarring and out of sync with the setting. I started worrying that it was going to be a common issue, but none of the other teachers have used term in class. I just won't take her classes. She also has a tendency to push past my limits, and I sure don't want to be injured!
I did get to go back to the Sunday morning class. It had been cancelled the prior week for a teacher meeting. It's truly become one of the favorite parts of the week. I come home feeling mentally and physically energized, which is such a welcome change from how I felt a year ago. Tonight is a restorative yoga class, which is really therapeutic to me. Can't wait!
I posted about a recurrence scare that ended well here. Having yoga during that week was truly a wonderful way to maintain a sense of balance.
In other news, a quilt top I've been making with friends was finished. It looks great!! The blocks are tiny…each is only 5 inches. We take it for professional quilting on Friday. It will be entered into our local quilt show this coming March.
Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear about your cold. They are truly miserable. Hope you feel better very soon!
Wonderland, impressed that you are reading classics! I'm not there yet, but have been reading a lot of Kindle unlimited selections. Fiona Valpy writes a lot of historical fiction set in France and England, and I've loved all of those.
Karen, I'm so sorry about the unpleasant experience you had on the other thread. I know that there is a tendency for some to forget that we are real people who don't have close enough ties with one another to be their true unfiltered selves. It really can hurt to have that kind of rudeness directed toward us. Glad you are able to be back.
Oh my goodness, that quilt is gorgeous, sarahmaude! You'd win a prize if I were a judge! I'd be pretty surprised if a yoga teacher, or any of my teachers said 'ass' ....which seems crude. Although, when we do floor work in my Pound class the teacher says we're working on our 'assets' 😆
Sarahmaude - so glad that you had good news. The quilt is gorgeous.
Ruth - how did your presentation go tonight. Hope you are feeling better. I think the hard part with professional development is also that we aren't used to sitting all day. It really was a great conference.
Gorgeous weather yesterday and today. 76F today. Tomorrow 30 degrees colder and rain here and snow in the mountains. Then it will slowly warm up.
Wonder - how are you doing?
That women sent me a pm - I could see part of it without opening which I won't. Trying to apologize, I think, she then totally insulted me and my professionalism. I won't open the pm and I'm not returning to that thread. If anyone there cares about me, they can reach out. I never felt totally welcome or accepted on that thread. Good riddance. It no longer bothers me, but I actually find it comical.
I love being 5 minutes from work 3 days/week - I can manage a short walk before work even though I have to be at school at 7. I'm covering a maternity leave till mid February. The staff hours are 7-3. Mondays, till winter break, I'm covering at a high school about 15 minutes from my house but the hours are 8-4.
Karen: i am so happy to hear from you! Having a break from medical appointments until February sounds like a nice long break for you. Congratulations on NED! I'm so sorry someone wrote something hurtful to you on another thread. I can't imagine anyone insulting you! Don't blame you for leaving them but please don't leave us! You are part of my BCO family.
sarahmaude: Your quilt is GORGEOUS! Such talent. Does it have a name? I need more details about it. I notice some repeat tree patterns with different colors but I don't see any repeat house patterns. Is that correct? I absolutely love it! I read about your about your scare. It's freaky that it happened and I am so grateful that all is good.
Ruth: Were you able to do your presentation tonight?
My heart ultrasound went well. I had DIEP reconstruction on my left breast in 2009 but I decided not to add a nipple or nipple tattoo. I explained it to the tech so she wouldn't think I was totally weird lol.
Walked after the procedure. I haven't had an afib episode in 5 days and I hope that means my increased meds are working. I miss my power walks without worrying I would go into afib!
My voice held out, so my talk went well (Theodore Roosevelt is very fun to talk about 😃). The ladies enjoyed it, and I got a piece of delicious carrot cake out of the deal as well. Today I felt pretty good, so met up with the Wednesday Walking Women.
Wonderland, glad your heart ultrasound went well (I've had one and thought it was fascinating to see my heart at work). Hopefully the meds do their thing and you can get back to your normal schedule.
Sarahmaude, I would also like to know more about your quilt. Are those the houses of people who worked on the quilt? Does it have a title? How long did it take to put together?
Karen, I always thought workshops (even good ones) were a reminder of how hard it is for students (especially struggling ones) to mostly have to sit through the long school days. It is very nice to be near to where you work (which I always did). Saves time for other things you want to do! I think it is wise to back away from people who cause us to feel badly. I once read the very good advice that "you don't have to attend every fight you are invited to." Saves a lot of unneeded drama!
We're pretending we are outside!
Ruth - love that quote. Great photo of the WWW.
It's rainy, damp and cold this afternoon, but DH and I went for a walk when I got home as it was more drizzling than rain. Will see what after dinner brings.
Stay warm and stay dry
Ruth: Glad you're feeling better you were able to do your talk. Sounds interesting!
Karen: I admire you for walking in cold, drizzly rain!
Unlike both of you, we had 80 degree weather today. Sat outside and read. Had a zoom meeting this evening. Prior to the meeting I went for a walk. I'm increasing the distance and soon I will be increasing my intensity.
Well, I feel good today; which I attribute to taking Zicam at the first sign of a cold (plus drinking fluids & just staying home doing nothing for a couple days). I went to Pound this morning & both Dance2fit and Yoga tonight.
Friday my exercise was cleaning the house. I went to a wonderful Yoga class this morning.
Ruth: Glad you're feeling better!
I walked faster this afternoon then I have been and all went well. I think (and continue to hope) that increasing my afib meds will stop me having episodes. I'm on Day 10 without one. Yay!
I went to yoga again this afternoon. It's been kind of nice to 'goof off' this week (not check my steps etc.), but tomorrow I need to get back at it!
Hope this is a new trend for you Wonder.
Ruth - I'm tied to my watch! Last week I forgot it one day and I still walked but missed being able to see the time more than the steps.
I don't know if I told you, but DD#2 had BRCA testing a few weeks ago as well as a complete gyn exam. The doctor didn't want to do a pap smear but DD#2 insisted due to worry about cancer. BRCA was negative! And pap was normal. She was more worried than I thought. I was also BRCA. Thankfully my kids are all being pro-active with their health. DD#1 had her first mammogram at 35.
Tomorrow I have my labs for my Wednesday Hematologist appointment. I have gained all the weight back and more that I lost during chemo due to shoving food in my mouth at night. DH says my anxiety is worse than its' been. I'm not even hungry when I eat. I need to quick the mindless eating.
My 3 day/week coverge is during into real s*** show!! The SP that I working with is young but great - I'm covering for the SW.
Weather is supposed to be nice this week. Today we raked and bagged leaves. With what we did today and DH did earlier in the week, we have 20 bags of leaves.
Have a good Monday!
Glad DD#2 had good results from her tests, Karen. I am very glad both your girls are being proactive about their health! Night eating is my downfall, and I don't even have an excuse. I am so tied to my watch that I felt very bad when I really couldn't wear it to the wedding it (really didn't go with formal attire and a wrist corsage!). I would have probably gotten 40,000 steps…or more!!
Hello all…it has been nearly two weeks since I have posted. I was in Atlanta for a conference for 5 days…not wanting to insult any fans of Atlanta, but downtown has no life! No neighborhood bookstores or restaurants or people. My only experiences have been conferences 5 over 35 years…but it is always the same impression. I was at a conference at the Hyatt that had a skybridge to the Marriott that had a skybridge to the Hilton…yikes! I did sneak out on Friday afternoon to go to the Carter Center/Presidential Library…that was nice.
The weather was 75-80 like it was for Wonderland, but now back in SE Virginia it was in high 30's this morning on way in to school.
Karen, I hear you on the time change…I haven't slept right since we changed the clocks a week ago.
I think conferences are hard as we are the ones who normally get to stand up and move around even in class…so the sitting is difficult.
Love the quilt and the "pretending" to be outside!
Went to the gym Sunday night and today at lunchtime…otherwise have been walking, walking, walking…airports, skybridges, etc! TT
Welcome back, TT!
I went to Zumba this morning, which was very fun. Our teacher has been gone for a month & this was her first day back (a death in the family). It was 57 degrees here (which is much above normal for November in North Dakota), so I went out & raked some more leaves. I also spent several hours uptown looking for brown pants (which apparently don't exist anymore). Since nothing is going on here tonight (other than some football game DH will be glued to), I may go back to Pound.