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What I Have Learned While On My "Sabbatical"

Monday, May 21, 2012

I am back. I plan to be spending a lot less time on SP, but I NEED to be here every day! emoticon

As some of you know, I took a leave from SP to spend more time with my DH and to try to make my days a little less stressful. DH has had a fistula put in his arm to prepare him for eventual dialysis. He has been holding his own and giving the fistula some time to get ready for use, thank God. However, he has suffered from some other complications. He was hospitalized for close to a week with congestive heart failure and while there they discovered he was severely anemic. So, more Specialists, more pills and more restrictions. He tries to remain optimistic because that is who he is. I am the Stress Queen! emoticon

My weight has fluctuated up and down but tends to level out around the 175 mark. In other words, I have not lost any weight since I have been away. The good news is I have not gained any that stayed with me for long! I know the only way I am going to get this remaining poundage off me is to go back to my tried and true routines again. My exercise has been erratic and I even started smoking again. emoticon

So, I turned the big 60 in April and quit smoking (again!) on May 1st! emoticon I have started to get myself back to the gym on a more regular basis and my goal is to go at least 4 times per week. Since DH has very restricted exercise options, we plan to walk more and do some swimming together. My nutrition has been erratic too. I cook great for DH on his restricted diet, but it is so bland that I have been sneaking in some extras. A lot of the foods that are healthy for me are actually not good for him at all. He can't have any dairy, broccoli, spinach, brown rice, whole grains, bananas, oranges and most other things we think of as healthy. I know...no excuses!!! emoticon

Back to the title of this blog, "What I Have Learned While On My Sabbatical":

1. I need to keep my routines, no matter what.
2. I need to stop making excuses for making bad choices.
3. I need to take time for my needs if I expect to be able to help my DH.
4. I need to keep in touch with my SP friends. The support here makes all the difference!

A little extra information for my friends: I finally went and had my long overdue full body scans and I remain cancer free!!!! emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD9961756
    Linda, glad to see this blog. You are dealing with more stress than most folks but seem to be handling it with grace. I've been off SP for awhile too, but am trying to get back to it. Hope to see more of you on the website!!! emoticon
    2640 days ago
  • CHLOEGRACE1
    just checking in on you and see that you have not posted since may. i assume your dh is now on dialysis; hope the fistula is great. it makes all the difference in the world with the outcomes.
    2920 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9839390
    Linda

    I am so glad I decided to check your blog today. II was all ready to send you a personal email to see how you and DH have been doing. Since you left I too have not spend alot of time on SP. Instead, I began writing again and exercising in the evenings. I am so glad you are back. I too have discovered I need to spend some time here at least to track my fitness and encourage others. Also, for healthy recipe ideas and information.

    So glad to hear you finally got your full body scans and are cancer free. Sorry to hear DH has been having a difficult time but is holding his own.

    Welcome back my spark friend. emoticon
    3086 days ago
  • MRSSCHENCK
    Linda,
    Something told me to check in on your page. I'm so glad that I did. I'm happy to hear that you are cancer free. emoticon

    My mom has congestive heart failure. They actually wanted to put her on the heart transplant list because her heart was only working 25%. Now...10 years later with the help of great doctors and medication she is doing well. Her heart is working at about 85%. So I know your hubby is going to be fine. He has the best nurse around! emoticon

    Thinking of you both.
    Hattie
    3096 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Welcome back!!!!
    3117 days ago
  • PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Linda.........
    I am so happy to hear that you are Cancer FREE!!!!!! emoticon
    I am so sorry to hear of all that your DH has had to go through and will add BOTH of you to my prayer-list. You are so right in stressing the fact that you need to take the time to take good care of YOU so that you will be strong for BOTH of you.
    I won't leave this site completely, but will be spending A LOT LESS time on it this summer. I will be busy with my grandchildren and we also have company coming for an extended period of time. I do agree with you that to be away from it entirely is just too difficult (I need the discipline of tracking) and I would miss the company of my Spark Friends.
    Please stay in touch and know that I am wishing the best for you and your family.
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    Patti
    3118 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/23/2012 1:43:03 PM
  • GOPINTOS
    Sounds like you have a great plan! Now you just have to work it :)

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    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Dr Oz Show Fans Team
    3118 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9392719
    Yes, get back to your :do: list. From another stress queen, find time for yourself so you can do what you can for your dh. So glad you are cancer-free - hope I get the same good news!

    Glad your back and I so do understand the need to not spend as much time on SP. It can take so much time - make the time you do spend productive.

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    3118 days ago
  • PINKHOPE
    SO SO happy you are CANCER FREE! I am so proud of you for knowing your center. You know what you need to do to make progress. I know you will because you are an ACHIEVER!

    We had a facebook group for the Sapphires (BLC 18 and 19) and if you would like to be a part shoot me a sparkmail. It's really great because it gives you the contact, the support without the obligations of challenges etc.

    Hang in there!

    PRESS ON!

    Suzanne
    3118 days ago
  • GOINGBACKTO180
    So glad to see you back - sorry to hear of all of DH's complications. You guys are definitely an inspiration to a lot of people! No matter what you keep going!

    Keep doing what you need to do for yourself and DH, take time to think about the decisions you're making, and always use the filter of "is this going to lead to a healthier me?". Your journey is your journey - the destination is always waiting for you...

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    3118 days ago
  • SHOES17
    emoticon take some for you! Great blog and attitude.
    3118 days ago
  • DANCINCAJUN1
    I am so glad you -- my inspiration -- came back to see us .... you have actually done terrific for all that you have and are going through .... I've always had the 2-meal type plan in our house as I've always been a chicken/fish and veggies girl and DH is a meat and potatoes man ---- I went along with his way and now I'm trying to lose those 60 pounds !!! LOL .... soooooo, we do, try to complement each other in our eating habits .... so glad to see you again ...and I missed all the news with your DH ... give him a big ole hug for me .... feel like we have all already met ...... Roc
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    3119 days ago
  • MY9STONEJOURNEY
    Hi Linda,

    Just wanted to send you some well deserved emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and more emoticon !!!! I will continue to pray for you and your husband.

    And Yay on the CANCER FREE news!!!!

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    ~Steph
    3119 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    Hi Linda
    wonderful news that you're cancer free! ! nice to see you back but I'm sorry to hear your hubby is so unwell.
    Sending up prayers for him and you emoticon
    3119 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2012 2:59:23 AM
  • JUSFOLK
    Glad to see you back...you've been missed! Praying for you and hubby as you face these challenges!
    3119 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    Hi Linda - I've thought of you often and am really happy to see you back. I'm glad that your DH has not had to go on dialysis yet, but sorry that they discovered the congestive heart disease and anaemia. It's wonderful news, though, that you were able to have your scan and that you are cancer free!

    Preparing meals must be really difficult because, as you said, many of the things that are recommended by SP are not appropriate for him.

    Good luck with your walking and swimming together; wish I could get DH to walk with me, but I have to stop using that as an excuse for not going out myself.

    Take care,
    Gail
    3119 days ago
  • MILLISMA
    So happy to hear that you are cancer free. How exciting! Now for hubby and getting him well. Keeping him in my prayers. Please let us know how things go.

    Sending extra emoticon to you and hubby!
    3119 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Congrats on the good news: no cancer!! That's huge!

    You've been dealing with lots of stress . . . and you're right, this is the best place for support in sticking with your stress-busting routines!!
    3119 days ago
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