Archive for August, 2008

When the going gets tough…

over the falls, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

The tough often run away. Well not in all circumstances. Life will become more hectic at work next week. A local company has announced another large layoff. This is tough in a community that is already hurting. Makes me want to run away!  But I won’t.

In other news this week, my workouts have increased to almost 1.5 hours a night doing both cardio and weight training. I can’t believe I have fallen for this healthier lifestyle. Eight weeks have passed since my surgery and it has been a roller coaster to say the least. I do however, think that I am on the up side of things in my recovery. Every day is a new day, although I am still struggling to eat and take in enough protein I am feeling so much more energetic and my excess body is melting away! 🙂

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Tough times ahead….

mountain pass, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it? And every person who discovered
this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We
become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry – his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing… he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you
about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land
gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he
chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the

We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.

Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other
nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the
land…and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was

As it’s written in the Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

Remember the land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as
wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants – one
corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn’t care what we plant…success…or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal…or
confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant. GO FIGURE!!!!

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Well a week’s vacation has come and gone once more. My husband came and went home before I could bat an eye. We had a fantastic week spent on the river and seaside in Maine. It turned out to be the best week so far this month weather wise. We even had the chance to go to the closest Whole Foods Market to stock up on food supplies! Soy chips, Greek yogurt, keifer…..

I continue to have issues related to my surgery. Esophageal pain, trouble eating protein and vomiting *yikes*, but my visit with my surgeon and dietitian yielded no changes to my current protocol. I am now advanced to all foods as tolerated and to full exercise. So a visit with my personal trainer on Friday, introduced me to the weightlifting scene. No, I’m not talking Miss Universe or anything, just toning.

Meanwhile summer is fading fast.  School starts this week. Nights are getting chilly and the crickets are out….my favorite time of year is fast approaching.

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My stomach is in knots today

all tied up, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Yes, I having a rough 24 hours. Not a good 24 hours for eating. My esophagus feels like crawling out of my throat. On the other hand my cardio workouts are going great, I’ve worked up to a full 65 minutes on the treadmill, ergonometer, supine bike, and the rowing ergonometer. Next week, I hopefully will get clearance for the weight and resistance training. I wish I was Michael Phelps and was able to consume a whopping 12,000 calories before a workout..hehehehe! Instead I’m lucky to be able to get in around 400 calories a day!

I can’t wait to see my husband. We have not seen each other since June, so he has not witnessed the amazing results post op. He arrives home tomorrow night! 😉

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I’m still waiting…

rode hard, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Hello all. Today is another Monday, six weeks ago I embarked on a new adventure in life. Although I am still waiting to feel “better” after surgery my life has taken on some major changes. I have joined a local gym and have been working out with a personal trainer and doing cardio for now about 45 minutes to one hour per day, a total of five days per week. I am ashamed to admit, but I “LIKE” it. I actually enjoy going there every night and meeting my workout partner Anne. Before long I will probably bring out my mountain bike. Next week I have another post op check and I am hoping to be able to start with weights and resistance training. As far as my eating is concerned…It is still a sore spot for me. Still not able to take in much, if any, solid protein yet. I’ve been having cravings though.

This week’s craving include:
A grilled burger with fresh mozzarella and big slab of tomato.
Still craving BBQ ribs
Fresh corn on the cob
SALAD…how about a caprese? Yumm

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a strange world, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about life. My life in general. I have been through tremendous changes over the last 7 weeks both physically and mentally. I have survived moments of temporary insanity. But i have pulled through. While both my body and my spirit heals itself, this has not been an easy challenge for me. But things are looking up.

Recently I have started working out at a local gym with a friend of mine. She indeed has been a friend for years, she too has had struggles in life. Especially over the last year and a half since she lost her sister to a battle with breast cancer. But she has come out a stronger person as well. She motivates me and encourages me to continue and when I’m having a difficult day she always inspires me. She is a strong woman, stronger than she imagines herself to be. But she keeps me going.

Life is about choices, some good some not so good; however we must continue, after all we don’t’ have any other options! Not everyone in my life has been so encouraging to me as my friend Anne. The naysayers are all around. I hear it everyday. Some days I can’t help but getting sucked into the vicious cycle of negativity. Sucked in like a vortex….waiting to be suddenly released. Then whoooosh, I’m spinning out of control. ‘Nuff said

Things I’m craving today: a grilled hamburger with fresh lettuce tomatoes, pasta, bbq’d ribs, buffalo wings, and lots of fresh corn on the cob…I think that is all!   🙂

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It’s like climbing a wall.

emma climbing, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Well here is another week. My recovery is still in progress, sans any improvement since my last update. I had an UGI series last week and was contacted by my surgeon on Saturday night at home, that my “new stomach” looked okay, but the area where it empties, is very small. So I have to wait 7 more weeks to see rather I need to have it dilated. So I will continue with liquids, liquids, and more liquids including yogurt. I am trying to justify this self-inflicted pain I have caused myself to have (well not literally). I made a decision, now I have to keep on track and stay focused over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I keep having a recurring dream of returning to Italy. Even though a trip to Italy has not even been booked yet; however, I am hoping to go camping with my beloved husband when he comes home on the 15th. *WINK* if I don’t have enough energy to set up a campsite, then perhaps we could hop on the next flight to Florence!

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Talking Cats….

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