Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3 more sleeps

Well, the sleep train was short lived.
Last night was hang out with my geriatric cat and stare at the ceiling night.
I'm tired as hell today, but really I am glad for the time with him tho, since I get the feeling that it may not be too much longer before he heads over the rainbow bridge too. His energy is low and his appetite is less than stellar, but he still has mostly good days, so we're making him comfy and giving him lots of love. He still purrs like a bubbling waterfall...
In 3 days we go to pick up our new cats and I am glad for it. Yup, cats :) We've decided to give the cat her kitten as a companion. The happiness of playing animals will be a good thing...hoping it won't tick the old guy off too much to have new companions because I know it'll do J and I a world of good. Being trapped inside by the polar weather with minimal money and no sunshine watching your cat slowly fade away is not really a fun way to spend your time... Soon the new girl and her kitten will be here to cheer us up and drive us nuts and I can't wait.

Yay! Kitties :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

To sleep perchance to dream

I slept all night last night. I'm not kidding. I didn't get up once. Not once. That hasn't happened since spring.
Giggedy.
I feel great. This morning I was good and got up on time to do all my exercises plus 20 minutes on my bike before I came in to work too. Oh yes. It's that kinda day already :)
We went to meet our new cat on saturday and she is great. She has a kitten...and J and I were charmed by the kitten as well. So we're thinking, since our remaining cat is not too long with us, we might get the cat and her kitten both to take home. It will mean all my savings put into cat form (and a kitten...gulp), but I'm willing to do it. It will be fun to have playing cats around. A huge change form Mr. Sleepsalot here. Hopefully they won't drive Gavin too bonkers. We pick her (them?) up next weekend. Trying to find a strong feminine name for her...wavering between Athena and Dax.
Meep.

Friday, November 14, 2014

sugar coated

Hello. How's things? :)
Lately I've been busy with life and work and haven't been here much have I?
Work has been busy and home has as well. Full of mostly good things: Celebrating my bestie's upcoming new little babe, visiting my Dad and brother for a few days...things like that.
My other geriatric cat gave me a scare the other day being particularly old and creaky, but a trip to the vet with some fluids and arthritis medicine has helped him a lot. I know he doesn't have tonnes of time left either, but I'm determined to have him comfy and well fed while I can. We should soon have a new critter as well...and I'm looking forward to that very much.
Still working out as directed, but I admit I'm not doing as much cardio as I should and my eating has been less than stellar. With the increased sleep I need it's really hard to get up in the dark wintry mornings to workout, but I need to be more consistant with the cardio part of my workouts. After putting on a few pounds I've realised that I need to get a bit better about that. Yes I need more sleep and good nutrition now but nutrition doesn't include chips and handfuls of Skittles :)

Mmmm.
Skittles.

It's funny. I don't really like or crave sweet stuff until I have some for a while...then I do very often. A vicious circle of sugary deliciousness...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever

Well, it's been a nice last few days. Thursday was my birthday and J took me out to my favourite restaurant (St. Tropez Bistro) for supper and then we went to the local artsy theatre to see a screening of The Crow. I love that movie...
Halloween we spent at home together, giving out candy to trick or treaters and then drinking wine and eating leftover halloween candy once it got too cold and dark for more kids to stop by. Being the craaaaazy fun person that I am now post treatment I was in bed by ten. Do I know how to cut loose or what? :)
Saturday we had a bonfire with friends in the woods by the river and sunday was birthday brunch with my best friend Heather followed by family birthday supper out at J's family's place. I'm all birthday fooded up that's for sure, but it was a great weekend.
I need a nap :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

fuzzy

I miss my cat.
It's been 3 weeks now since he passed and the house is still too quiet. My lap is chilly. My heart is sore...although not aching anymore.
Gavin has been very friendly and snuggly to me lately, which helps, but I miss my Geek. I had a lot of quality time with him while I was home sick. He was with me for half my life. Longer than my husband even. It's a strange adjustment.

Yesterday I decided that I am going to apply to the local Street Cat Rescue Program and start the process to adopt a new fur-friend. Then when we meet the right adult cat we'll take them home with us.

Friday, October 24, 2014

And so it begins

Yesterday I had my first training session where she assessed my range of motion and strength and put together a starter program for me. It was a good day. I am very proud to say that my diligence at doing my physio exercises paid off - I have full range of motion and while my right side is weaker than my left, it is not by much. More that my shoulder slips forward a bit. I also had an excellent surgeon - sometimes they have to sever a nerve under your shoulder when they remove your lymph nodes, but my nerve appears to be intact, which allows for me to have better control of my arm and back muscles. I have a starting point much further along than a lot of ladies who are rebuilding themselves. She said that my good health before surgery and my attempts to remain active likely played a huge role in my recovery.
The program I have now is to start to rebuild core strength in the areas I am weak, particularly to rehabilitate my shoulders and back from surgery. I am to walk or bike daily (at least 5d/wk) and do strength training every other day for the next two weeks. She watched me do the exercises and corrected my form. My strength training program is:
3X10 5Lb chest press with my shoulders/neck on the exercise ball and my body held flat
3X10 raised pull backs using my yellow bands
3X10 squats + one sided stand up leg raise
3X10 front shoulder raises against the wall with 5Lb weight
3X6 ball passes between my hands and toes (add 1 rep every 2 workouts, no touching the floor)

I feel comfortably stiff today. The ball passes were insanely hard. It's strange to see where my weaknesses are - now doing 6 ball passes is literally all I can do before a break. But I am rebuilding myself. I will be stronger again.
Booyah.

In other totally unrelated news, I am recertified to ship dangerous goods again. Want some brains or nasty chemicals? Hey, I can do that!

Friday, October 17, 2014

To my health

Yesterday I met with my soon to be personal trainer after work. I told her my health story and she told me her philosophy of health training. She's been doing this for over 20 years and specializes in working with people like me and has a nursing background along with numerous personal training and dietitian affiliations. We are going to meet a few times and set up a program for myself and then meet monthly after that (mostly cuz of $$, and my lack of funds to meet with her too often). It will be good to have someone with a medical background helping me get active again and keep an eye on my progress. She is determined that I not do too much and make myself sick or prone to illness by pushing myself to try and get back to my old normal too fast and I agree. Because she trains for functional strength (yay!) and can work with the equipment I have at home to build me a program to slowly rebuild my strength I know this will be a good fit for me. I don't have any trouble doing the workouts...it's knowing when to stop or how to move forward that's the problem. This is very exciting. I got a very good vibe off of her and I am looking forward to our first workout next week!