How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.--Stephen Covey

Friday, January 27, 2012

Here We Go

So, I'm back to working full time. Which means, life has gotten busy. When I'm not with clients, I'm completing notes. When I'm not completing notes, I'm spending time with my hubby. Or taking care of our home.

I am almost back to "normal" now and am feeling great. I have 2 more weeks of not being able to lift more than 25lbs due to my incisions but after that, I plan on focusing on my health. Which means, aside from making good food choices (which I have been working on already), I will begin working out again. As soon as we have a gym membership.

Although, does anyone out there watch The Biggest Loser?? Jake and I do. I find it inspiration and also painful. I am not as obese as the contestants on BL, but I am consider obese according to my weight/height/BMI. And I've struggled with my weight basically my entire life. So I can relate to the contestants and the pain that they experience. Anyway, to the point. This week on BL the black team (Bob's team!) lost the team challenge at the beginning of the show and lost their access to the gym for the week. Guess what?? They almost beat out the red team without having access to the gym. So I know if they can do it, I can do it. I'm not going to go to the extremes that they do in the show, and I certainly am not going to work out 5-6 hours per day (1-2 hours is enough for me, and I like having a life, tyvm) but I can walk at the park and start running. We are getting a gym membership, we are just waiting on it...

My plan is to start the couch to 5k (C25K) program and actually finish it. I've started it several times and just never finished it because I am not a strong runner. BUT, it would be nice if I could run with Jake.

Monday starts my focus on food. I am also going to start reading 100 Days of Weightloss and just start focusing on taking care of me. It's time to get this weight off. I also found free printables from the book and plan on writing about that. It's about to get real personal in here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Good News & Bad News

Well, everything with my heart looks normal. Good news! The echocardiogram was normal as was the results from wearing the halter/holster for 24 hours. I'm still worried about having palpitations at night when I'm sleeping but the doctor assured me that it was okay to continue taking the beta-blocker at night before bed and possibly in the morning if I need it.

I am relieved that everything is okay with my heart... but I am still a bit unsettled that I am still getting heart palpitations. The doc mentioned that it could be sleep apnea but Jake says that I don't stop breathing at night (that he's noticed--which is hard, since he's, um, sleeping too) and I don't snore. We'll see what happens.

I have my follow-up appt with my general surgeon from the gallbladder removal and am hoping to be cleared for exercise and everything else. Ready to get moving again!!

I got more hours this week for work. This is a good thing. I'm overwhelmed, but it'll be good for our bank account.

Back in October I interviewed for a case manager position at a local adoption/foster care agency. I did my second interview the beginning of this month. Bad news: I didn't get the job. They called to let me know earlier this week. I feel super inadequate and hate doing interviews to begin with but I am moving forward. It just wasn't meant to be right now.

I'm praying that God shows me the way and opens up something new for me. I know that He has a plan for me and will put me in the right place. I'm thinking of looking outside my field for the time being... but we'll see what happens. It's hard to wrap my head around that since it would ultimately set back my advancements in my career. BUT, I also need to think about myself and my health (mental, physical, emotional). I have no idea where I am supposed to be right now and am trying to figure that out. Lots and lots of prayer.

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Health Saga Continues

So, after dealing with my toxic nodule on my thyroid and getting my tonsils removed and then getting my gallbladder removed, I thought that I would be done.

Done with dealing with health stuff for a little while at least.

Ha, not quite. A week after getting the partial thyroidectomy (look at that scar! Don't see it?? Oh yea, my surgeon did a great job!!) and tonsillectomy, my heart palpitations returned. I thought I was done with those. My endocrinologist and I thought that the heart palpitations were caused by the toxic nodule (hyperthyroidism). Apparently not :( Seriously.

Then, since I had a massive (and uber painful) gallbladder attack 3 days before going in for the thyroidectomy and tonsillectomy surgery, I self diagnosed myself as having palpitations from my gallbladder (I did some research on forums and found that some people have them...). Well, here we are. Still having them.

Mostly they happen at night. When I'm sleeping, but occasionally, like last Monday evening when I was simply sitting on the couch and playing a video game (don't judge!), I had palpitations, a high heart-rate (the heart-rate monitor on my phone got up to 120!!) and I had some numbness in my left arm. Talk about a freaked out Liz. I had Jake take me to urgent care where my heart rate was in the 90's upon arriving and was down to 70-something by the time we left and an EKG was normal. Oh, and I take a beta-blocker before bed which helps them to not happen at night and I can get some restful sleep.

Seriously, what.the.hell is going on with me?? I don't drink caffeine anymore because I thought that was the culprit. They usually happen at rest (although, I haven't been very active lately because of all my health stuff, so I wouldn't know!). And it's pretty anxiety producing.

So, here is me today:

Sexy, huh? I'm wearing a heart monitor for 24-hours to see if there are any irregularities or anything. The doc already thinks that they are benign (and I think he thinks I am a little crazy--maybe I am) and wants me to continue taking the beta-blocker. As soon as I am cleared to begin working out again from my gallbladder surgery, I am going to start that--slowly. Maybe it's just that I've been so inactive. Who knows?? Either way, I have this pesky machine on me until 3pm tomorrow.

I'm ready for something else to talk about... Something happy and less stressful? 
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