Monday, April 21, 2014

Medical Adventures: 1 Year Follow Up

It has now been a year since my cancer scare which means it was time for my ultrasound and blood work follow ups. Spoilers: All is good.

Ultrasound was last week. The tech was either new or just not good with people. She managed to get that gel all over my shirt and say stuff like, "It looks bigger which is good because that means it is shrinking." I got my blood work done on Wednesday, which was better this time. Last time the nurse just stabbed me and rooted around in my arm until she hit something.

My original endocrinologist moved to California because her husband's job relocated him. I met with my new doctor this morning. He seems nice and he runs early. I got there 15 minutes early (because I am crazy like that) and they came and got me within 5 minutes.

Blood work is perfectly medium which is good since before it was high. He said if I continued to lose weight he may need to make adjustments. Therefore, I need to continue to check my blood every 3 months.

The three of the four little buggers that are all smooth and nice have not changed in any way in the last year. One is slightly bigger, but not enough to warrant another needle biopsy. The one little bugger that got me stabbed in the neck last time because it was not like the others is slightly smaller. Therefore, he decided to make it every 2 years for a biopsy instead of every year. I do need to still see him every year just to check in or if I have any changes in symptoms or seem more jittery.

By and by, all is good and continue doing what I am doing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Challenge 2 - Week 8

MY MAIN QUEST

Over the next 6 weeks, I would like to healthly drop one size which is roughly about 15-18 pounds for me.
Friday Selfie: Week 7: A Challenge is Coming
In order to accomplish this, I plan to:
  • Stick to my diet (I am doing 4 Hour Body diet)
  • Go to the gym 4x a week (stretch/cardio every day and add swimming in 1-2 times a week)
  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours a night
MY SIDE LIFE QUESTS
  • Read 10 books via audiobook, ebook and regular book. 2 of them need to be off the BBC's Big Read List and 1 needs to be an eBook because I have been neglecting my Kindle Fire
  • Memorize Falstaff's speech from Henry IV (If fat and sugar be a fault) - Teaching Your Kids Shakespeare book recommends learning Shakespeare speeches. I have just finished memorizing "Once more into the breach"
MY MOTIVATION

What I want to do is get into shape to start fencing, but in order to do that, I need to lose roughly 65-85 pounds. This would put me at what I was in high school when I used to fence. I love the sound of swords clashing ever since I was a kid. The last time I lost weight was the freak out I had before turning 30. I lost 60 pounds, but over the last 7.5 years, I have since put it all back on. I didn't have a long term goal. It was all about my birthday. There was nothing beyond that. I think this time having a hard goal will be better and then once I am fencing, then setting the new goals of getting better at fencing will keep me motivated. It also isn't just about losing weight, but getting into shape enough to survive those classes which will be brutal in the best way.

I am starting out as:
Race: Human | Class: Adventurer
[Level: 2STR 3 | DEX 2 | STA 4 | CON 3 | WIS 5 | CHA 3 ]

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Battle Log - Week 6

MY MAIN QUEST:  Over the next 6 weeks, I would like to healthly drop one size which is roughly about 10-15 pounds for me. In order to accomplish this, I plan to:
  • Stick to my diet (I am doing 4 Hour Body diet)
  • Go to the gym 4x a week (stretch/cardio every day and slowly add in weights)
  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours a night.
MY SIDE QUEST
  • Read 10 books via audiobook, ebook and regular book. 2 of them need to be non-fiction because I tend to be more of a fiction girl and 2 need to be a classic because I tend to read newer stuff.
***********************************************************************************
Friday Selfie: More Like Week Sick
I had a got awful cold that came from working Emerald City Comicon. I couldn't make it to the gym all week. On top of that, my UP band's battery died. I am waiting for a new one to come. Basically, my last week of the challenge was pretty off.

Monday (Day 36):
  • Good on the diet (according to my UP app), I was too tired to remember to track food on my app
  • No gym, first day after convention and (according to my UP app) moved a total of 1,857 steps
  • Slept 14 hours and 17 minutes (according to my UP app)
Tuesday (Day 37):
  • Made this my cheat day, calories consumed: 1771
  • Came home sick and moved a total of 4,830 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 11 minutes
Wednesday (Day 38):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed:1070
  • No gym due to early morning on Thursday, but moved a total of 5,361 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 33 minutes
Thursday (Day 39):
  • Good on the diet, but super hungry, calories consumed: 980
  • No gym because head cold over took me and Up crapped out and wasn't tracking steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 45 minutes
Friday (Day 40):
  • Not bad on the diet, calories consumed: 1001
  • Didn't go to the gym because I was still sick
  • Slept 7 hours and 40 minutes
Saturday (Day 41):
  • I didn't track calories. Make good choices.
  • Didn't go to the gym because I spent 12 hours editing photos and head cold still horrible
  • Slept 7 hours and 25 minutes
Sunday (Day 42):
  • I didn't track calories. Make good choices.
  • Didn't go to the gym because still sick
  • Slept 7 hours and 50 minutes 
MY SIDE QUEST (10/10 done) (4/2 classics) (2/2 Non-Fic)
  • I finished The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexandre Dumas (audiobook) and am in love with the book. I went out and bought the classic style Barnes & Noble copy.
  • I made no progress on "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich (Kindle)
 End of the week recap:
  • Emerald City Comicon nearly killed me with exhaustion and then got massively sick
  • I didn't make it to the gym
  • Met sleep goal on 7/7 days and slept 2x normal on Monday
  • I have lost 20 pounds total.
  • This week measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - 2"
    • Hips - .5"
    • Bust -No change
    • Underbust - No change
  • Grand Total Measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - 3"
    • Hips - 2"
    • Bust - 3"
    • Underbust - 2"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Battle Log - Week 5

MY MAIN QUEST:  Over the next 6 weeks, I would like to healthly drop one size which is roughly about 10-15 pounds for me. In order to accomplish this, I plan to:
  • Stick to my diet (I am doing 4 Hour Body diet)
  • Go to the gym 4x a week (stretch/cardio every day and slowly add in weights)
  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours a night.
MY SIDE QUEST
  • Read 10 books via audiobook, ebook and regular book. 2 of them need to be non-fiction because I tend to be more of a fiction girl and 2 need to be a classic because I tend to read newer stuff.
***********************************************************************************
Friday Selfie: Off to see wizards
Monday (Day 29):
  • Good on the diet (according to my UP app), calories consumed: 896
  • No gym due to a horrible headache and (according to my UP app) moved a total of 10,530 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 30 minutes (according to my UP app)
Tuesday (Day 30):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 955
  • Went to the gym and moved a total of 8,733 steps
  • Slept 8 hours and 45 minutes
Wednesday (Day 31):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed:1070
  • No gym due to early morning on Thursday, but moved a total of 5,361 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 33 minutes
Thursday (Day 32):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 1097
  • No gym because prepping for Emerald City Comicon and moved a total of 10, 624 steps
  • Slept 8 hours and 19 minutes
Friday (Day 33):
  • Not bad on the diet, ate when I could and tried to at least make good choices. Didn't track calories
  • Didn't go to the gym because it was Day 1 of Comicon, but moved a total of 21,345 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 28 minutes
Saturday (Day 34):
  • I didn't track calories. Make good choices, but for dinner had fries for the first time in 5 weeks. I must say that I didn't miss them so there's that
  • Didn't go to the gym because it was Day 2 of Comicon, but moved a total of 16,907 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 25 minutes (no surprise here)
Sunday (Day 35):
  • Not bad on the diet, ate when I could and tried to at least make good choices. Didn't track calories
  • Didn't go to the gym because it was Day 3 of Comicon, but moved a total of 15,353 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 49 minutes 
MY SIDE QUEST (8/10 done) (3/2 classics) (2/2 Non-Fic)
  • I continued with The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexandre Dumas (audiobook) which will take me into next week since I didn't get much done Thurs through Sunday except in the car to and from the convention (32 discs and 43 hours of listening)
  • I made no progress on "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich (Kindle)
 End of the week recap:
  • Emerald City Comicon for 3 days did me in, but I stayed true as I could. I had no candy, no dessert and kept moving as much as I could
  • Only one day at the gym this week, but walked at a good pace for 12 hours a day for 3 days
  • Met sleep goal on 4/7 days. See above for reason
  • On track for reading. 
  • I have lost 18 pounds total.
  • This week measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - (Increased .5")
    • Hips - (Increased .5")
    • Bust - 1"
    • Underbust - (Increased .5")
  • Grand Total Measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - 1"
    • Hips - 1.5"
    • Bust - 3"
    • Underbust - 2" 
    • For the first time in 6 weeks, my arm decreased and it was a full 1"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Battle Log - Week 4

MY MAIN QUEST:  Over the next 6 weeks, I would like to healthly drop one size which is roughly about 10-15 pounds for me. In order to accomplish this, I plan to:
  • Stick to my diet (I am doing 4 Hour Body diet)
  • Go to the gym 4x a week (stretch/cardio every day and slowly add in weights)
  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours a night.
MY SIDE QUEST
  • Read 10 books via audiobook, ebook and regular book. 2 of them need to be non-fiction because I tend to be more of a fiction girl and 2 need to be a classic because I tend to read newer stuff.
*************************************************************************************
Friday Selfie: Visit Mars. Satisfy Your Curiosity
Monday (Day 22):
  • Good on the diet (according to my UP app), calories consumed:1266
  • Went to the gym and (according to my UP app) moved a total of 11,095 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 37 minutes (according to my UP app)
Tuesday (Day 23):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 955
  • Went to the gym and moved a total of 11,269 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 7 minutes
Wednesday (Day 24):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed:1030
  • Went to the gym, but swam 10 laps with a kick board in lieu of regular routine and moved a total of 5,567
  • Slept 6 hours and 52 minutes (close, but no cigar)
Thursday (Day 25):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed:1145
  • Went to the gym and moved a total of 7,829 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 55 minutes (missed it by that much)
Friday (Day 26):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed:1125
  • Didn't go to the gym, but moved a total of 10,546 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 48 minutes
Saturday (Day 27):
  • I didn't track calories. I was good and only had 2 slices of peperoni pizza as my cheat meal.
  • No gym moved a total of 6,984 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 57 minutes (and yet again)
Sunday (Day 28):
  • Went to brunch thinking they would have lunch option, but they didn't. I had oatmeal and fruit thinking this was my best option and then for lunch, I did sushi, but kept it light. I did my best with the options I had.
  • No gym, but moved a total of 7,602  steps
  • Slept 8 hours and 2 minutes 
MY SIDE QUEST (8/10 done) (3/2 classics) (2/2 Non-Fic)
  • I finished "Jude The Obscure" by Thomas Hardy (audiobook) which is on the BBC Big Reads list [I recommend, if you like sad endings]
  • I started The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexandre Dumas (audiobook) which will take me all of next week (32 discs and 43 hours of listening)
  • I have started "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich (Kindle)
 End of the week recap:
  • Good on the eating. Weekends seem to be the most challenging. Next weekend will be extra hard with photographing Emerald City Comicon for 3 days.
  • All four days at the gym this week
  • Met sleep goal on 4/7 days. I have no real reason as to why I missed it.
  • On track for reading. 
  • I have lost 17 pounds total.
  • This week measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - .5"
    • Hips - No Change
    • Bust - (Increased .5")
    • Underbust - .5"
  • Grand Total Measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - 1.5"
    • Hips - 2"
    • Bust - 2"
    • Underbust - 2.5"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Up by Jawbone

I use Jawbone's Up as the fitness tracker. The below shows you the basics and compares it to the Fitbit. I am happy with my choice. I sync once a day, more if needed. It needs charging once every 10 days for about 30-40 minutes.



I like the app and have seen too many people lose their Fitbits so even though it costs a bit more, I think it is a good value.

If you have one, we can be buddies and share stats.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fitness Adventures: Battle Log - Week 3

MY MAIN QUEST:  Over the next 6 weeks, I would like to healthly drop one size which is roughly about 10-15 pounds for me. In order to accomplish this, I plan to:
  • Stick to my diet (I am doing 4 Hour Body diet)
  • Go to the gym 4x a week (stretch/cardio every day and slowly add in weights)
  • Sleep a minimum of 7 hours a night.
MY SIDE QUEST
  • Read 10 books via audiobook, ebook and regular book. 2 of them need to be non-fiction because I tend to be more of a fiction girl and 2 need to be a classic because I tend to read newer stuff.
*************************************************************************************


Friday Selfie: "Curiously, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias, as it fell, was, "Oh no, not again!"
Monday (Day 15):
  • Good on the diet (according to my UP app), calories consumed: 957
  • Went to the gym and (according to my UP app) moved a total of 12,297 steps
  • Slept 6 hours and 18 minutes (according to my UP app) - Had an early meeting an ended up working an 11 hour day
Tuesday (Day 16):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 1214
  • Went to the gym and moved a total of 11,776 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 36 minutes

Wednesday (Day 17):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 1244
  • Went to the gym and moved a total of 9,236
  • Slept 6 hours and 58 minutes (so close!)
Thursday (Day 18):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 1195
  • Went to the gym and moved a total of 10,570 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 12 minutes
Friday (Day 19):
  • Good on the diet, calories consumed: 1293
  • Didn't go to the gym, but moved a total of 8,375 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 25 minutes

Saturday (Day 20):
  • I wasn't able to track calories due to snacking at a Baby Shower. I was good though sticking to fruits and veggies. I did have some bread with appetizer cucumber sandwiches. 
  • No gym, but at baby shower played with a toddler who liked it when he chased me around. When I would stop for a break, he was yell "Run!" moved a total of 7,517 steps
  • Slept 9 hours and 34 minutes (1 nap taken. The kid wore me out)

Sunday (Day 21):
  • Good on the diet except for my cheat day Reuben sandwich, calories consumed: 1588
  • No gym, but went for a walk to the library and did chores around the house, moved a total of  3,402 steps
  • Slept 7 hours and 25 minutes (No naps taken)

MY SIDE QUEST (7/10 done) (2/2 classics) (2/2 Non-Fic)
  • I finished "Notes from a Small Island" by Bill Bryson (audiobook) which is both a non-fiction and on the BBC Big Reads list [I recommend]
  • A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness & a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup (audiobook) is my second non-fiction. [Recommend if interested in that era, but not praise worthy]
  • I finished Midnight Riot (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook) [This TOTALLY ROCKED. HIGHLY RECOMMEND]
  • I have finished "Bourne Identity" by Robert Ludlum (Kindle)[Not the movie, but a solid story]
 End of the week recap:
  • Good on the eating.I haven't been tempted which is impressive in itself
  • All four days at the gym this week
  • Met sleep goal on 5/7 days. I blame work.
  • On track for reading. On deck for next week: Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy (audiobook) and One for the Money by Janet Evanovitch (Kindle)
  • I have lost 13 pounds total.
  • This week measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - (Increased .5")
    • Hips - 1"
    • Bust - .5"
    • Underbust - 1"
  • Grand Total Measurements DECREASED by:
    • Waist - 1"
    • Hips - 2"
    • Bust - 2.5"
    • Underbust - 2"