Monday, July 28, 2014

My Fitness Journey and My Cancer Journey: Acceptance.

If God has accepted me, I need to
accept myself.
This is a difficult post to write. Following the “keep on keeping on” theme; there is a place where the keeping on is all that’s going to happen.

I have not met my expectations—no matter what I do. I can exercise 6 days a week, eat all the things I am supposed to eat, and nothing happens (of any consequence).

So, here’s what we’re dealing with. (1) A medication that causes weight GAIN—which I am happy to say has NOT happened! This is the anti-cancer pill which I take for 3-5 years. I have heard women say they stopped taking it because it made them gain weight.


(2) This medication—Arimidex, although I am taking the generic—also “causes” osteoporosis. I don’t want that any more than the next person, but what is a person to do?

The answer:
  •  Continue to challenge myself with boot camp classes and lifting weights. Some of the lifting I can do at home.
  • Continue to strengthen my cardio limits in whatever shape or form that takes.

This summer, I was discouraged to buy three pairs of capris that were a larger size. However, they look good on me. It looks like I will be investing in some things for fall and winter too. (My tops are not an issue: yes, I work on my “wing flaps,” but none of that work is going to change my size.)

So, I am at this place: acceptance of what is going to be, until I go off this medicine. In the meantime, I will continue to work as I know what to do, and hopefully, if the weight doesn't fall, the body mass index will.

I have a few problems though, and I just have to work at it. Water really makes me nauseous. Really. So when I go to my classes, I am nauseous. Getting up and down also makes me nauseous, so I have to manage that. I am juggling balls of waves of nausea, the relationship of when to eat with exercise, and fitting that in with the rest of my life.

I also had a shot of cortisone in my left knee and I AM going to obey the doctor on this. No planking, push-ups, burpees or mountain-climbers. However, I do substitute exercises that build strength in my legs. It’s funny how there are things that others are grunting at that come easy for me. An example is spreading my legs and stretching them, which I believe comes from years of cheerleading. My core is terrible and I am working on that specifically.

Underneath all the work, and all the eating, is a place of “This is going to be as good as it gets for a while, so I need to accept it.”

I will keep doing what I am doing.

While my husband is not completely on board with the eating, I will do as much as I can. I will make good choices in restaurants and I will NOT fix two meals at home. I will do as much as I can do within my lifestyle.

Today I took the big tote of clothes in a smaller size to the basement. I hated doing that. It seems like failure, but the other side of it is that seeing that tote in my closet every day was depressing. I don’t need that. Now I can see exactly the clothes that fit me! That, in itself is fun!

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Fitness Journey: Staying the Course

It’s been awhile since I've written. I promised myself in beginning this that I would be inspired by SOMETHING and not just write to write. So, sometimes we settle into a routine that is not marked by unusual thoughts or circumstances. Actually, that’s a very good thing, at least it is for me.

I continue to work at my fitness program. I go to the gym and I do exercise at home also, because the orthopedic surgeon gave me some exercises to do, and while I can work them into a class when the class is doing exercises that I am FORBIDDEN (for the time being) to do, I can also just do them at home. I go to boot camps at least twice a week and have another day of “hard labor.” Haha! Then there are other days that I either just do some cardio at the gym for 30 minutes or I work my lifting in at home, because of time constraints. In all things, I MOVE! That’s the key.

It is summer and I am eating fruits and vegetables. My one medication seems to make me nauseous. I don’t know why this is, but I go in spurts. I have already changed meds and I don’t think I will again. After all, it is always temporary, so I know I’ll feel hunger again. Somehow, I always have room for a piece of cherry pie. I don’t know why that is.

The scale moves slowly BUT I can feel the changes in other places. I am not going to be graphic about this, but be assured, I know.

Stamina is still an issue. I work through this. Fundamentally, I don’t plan more than one big thing a day. There will always be housekeeping chores, and I can break them down. I am not in that place where everything has to be done on my day off! Exercise is key, but there are just some things that I don’t do. For instance, I don’t plan on traveling far, spending all day with someone, and driving home after dark. That’s too much. Going from one social event to another is too much.

Stay tuned, however. I have a road trip planned in August. We’ll call it “Thelma and Louise,” because it’s with one of my best high school and beyond friends. I have no doubt there will be stories. Most of all, I really AM looking forward to it. And I’ll probably be wonderfully exhausted.

There is much to look forward to, and I just keep on keeping on. We have a granddaughter to be born in a few months, and I don’t know how Grandma is going to wait. But wait, she will. Football season is soon upon us and the Coach’s Mom is looking forward to the fall. (By the way, the baby must not be born on a Friday. Haha!)

As I previously mentioned, there are changes going on at the gym and mostly how that affects me is in the class schedules and MY schedule. I will continue, I will continue. How I will continue is to be determined.

And you know what? Mixing it up isn't all bad, either!

Birthday Month!

This month has brought me little to say about Thrift. When you aren't spending much money, you aren't spending much money. Period.

It is my birthday month and I am very much about taking gift cards and using them FOR ME! I will look for a sale or a regular mark-down as much as the next person, but they are gifts for me! I bought a bracelet and necklace set that was marked down enough that I got the necklace free. I also did buy four LLBean Pima t-shirts that I love so much. They were only about 25% marked down, but thank you, Mom. That’s what I wanted and needed.

The SubHub and I made a decision. He priced airline tickets to a destination that we are going to later in the year. Driving will be about 33% of the cost. My brother has a Hilton halfway there and the price is always right. We may take some little side trips to places we have never been. We will make memories--that’s what 66% of our cost will consist of. (In addition to a couple of jobs my brother will have for us to do around the Hilton.) This is a time-over-money decision. This is what retirement is about.

I have given some thought to making a Facebook Community Page for The Thrifty Tabloid. This is why I want to do it. I will still write the blog—but so often I see a really good “idea” on Facebook that I would love to share; but it is not enough for an entire blog post. I can share, you can share, we can all share! I would love some feedback on that idea.

I found a couple of INTERESTING LINKS:

The first one includes a list of where to get senior discounts. We might as well be doing this folks! Those of us that are “younger” seniors do not mentally think of themselves as seniors, especially if they are still working. But it’s just an age and if you can get a discount, go for it!

Here’s another one. There may be some repetition, but who cares?

And you don’t have to join AARP if you don’t want to, but their web site is one you should bookmark and take a look at every once in a while.

Comments and feedback are welcome. I would love to know what you think.

P.S. I went to a garage sale this morning. I got some things I could live without, but I spent next to nothing for them! They're cute!

Friday, July 11, 2014

When Thrift Becomes Miserly

I read an article this week that got me to thinking about scrimping and saving so much that we don’t give.

Giving could mean to organizations, our community needs or even family gifts at gift-giving occasions.

In no way do I EVER recommend living beyond your means in order to “keep up appearances” at Christmas and birthday time. Our loved ones should recognize that our “retirement” or “downsized” incomes may mean we have to make adjustments. There isn't a thing wrong with home-made gifts. It IS the thought that counts.

Until the time I quit work to raise my children, we bought for thirty members of extended families on both sides. I had to speak up and say, “We need a new way.” On one side we started drawing names and on the other we decided it was time to stop entirely. It was OK.

Within immediate families, there are some households that make a far different income than others. Families need to communicate and figure it out.

However, the article I was reading took another approach to this topic. That scrimping and saving shouldn't give us a pride that keeps us from giving.

Although I don’t hide my Christian faith, and this link is written from that perspective; if you don’t believe as I do, you can still take something from this. A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget.

It can be wrong to scrimp and save for the wrong reasons. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. 

Are we balanced?