The things we do for love…

I am sitting outside on my porch where it is really quite cold to type this so that my cat can get his outside time.

He was so upset that he didn’t get outside time for two days! Most of the time he just sits in the flower beds waiting for a curious bird to land on him. Occasionally he stands up and chases a fly or an ant. He is funny.

My grass really needs mowing again. I will probably do it tomorrow. Maybe I’ll drop the mower down to the next level so I don’t have to do it again in six days.

When I suddenly stopped being able (or have any urge) to eat a lot of foods again I added Muscle Milk back into my daily routine. I learned the last chemo go round that protein makes a huge difference in your quality of life and if you aren’t eating solid foods you are probably not getting a lot of protein. Well, I’m thinking I was just eating like shit before because two weeks after I started drinking my protein again I had a 4% shift in my muscle + and fat -.  And then yesterday I got on the treadmill and ran a mile for the first time in six months. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t fast. But I did it, and then today, I did it again. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am by that. I ran a mile for the first time in my life the week that I found out my cancer was back. So I only ran a few days before I was sidelined by medical procedures and such. I honestly thought there was a chance I would never get back to it. That was my goal to reach to be able to order the new FitBit Charge HR that I wanted, so I ordered that about 30 seconds after I got off the treadmill. I do wish I could run outside but my body is so trashed again that I wouldn’t risk it for awhile. Unless I ran in a park, in circles around the restrooms. I have also been doing just 10 minutes of interval training only on arms every night. I am happy with the results of what only ten minutes can do! I think I will try to up that to 10 minutes twice a day starting tomorrow. I really am determined to get back to where I was last year before this stupid cancer sidelined me again. No matter the outcome no one will ever be able to say I haven’t tried.

I also started adding coconut oil to all of my beverages. I have almost no oils or fats in my diet and it really is important, especially if you tend to get dehydrated. As an added bonus since I have this nice lovely oil in my hot teas and coffees I also now have incredibly soft lips!


This is what I look like now if you wondered. I took this picture to enter a contest. It’s fun because you actually get before and afters.

Have you ever heard of ASMR ? I heard about it on a podcast last night and thought it was really interesting. I found a YouTube Video that has 4.5 hours of ASMR Triggers and I thought it would be fun to see if any of them effected me but not for 4.5 hours! If I could download it and do it in bits and pieces I might.

I will have my first followup CT since I started the clinical trial before my next chemo on June 2. No pressure.

Okay, my tea is getting cold so I think it’s time to collect the cat and take everyone back in the nice warm house.






8 thoughts on “The things we do for love…

  1. You look really pretty 🙂
    Big T has been out, nabbed a finch the other day. Poor finch. But he was doing what cats do I suppose.
    Coconut Oil is supposed to be a good thing. I sometimes add it to my morning coffee, and I’ve tried to remember to cook with it sometimes. It’s a good oil, they say. Is your CT then before June 2 or on June 2? Hoping for all good things. 🙂

  2. Thank you. Most days I am okay with how I look though I still miss the old me.
    I use coconut milk or coconut milk creamer in my coffee so it seemed like a pretty easy add.
    My next chemo is June 2nd so the ct will be before that. According to the clinical trial guidelines results need to be logged between 2nd & 3rd treatment.

  3. You look amazing! No one can say you haven’t tried and you have taught so much to so many! You sound more cheerful today. That makes me smile!

  4. You look great! Your hair looks great, too.

    I bet Frankie was upset when he didn’t get his outside time. Did you ever find a different type of harness that kept him harnessed in? When Leia was a young cat and winter would come along, she actually seemed depressed. When it was too wet, cold and snowy, she would just mope around the house. It was sad.

    I am so happy that you were able to reach your fitness goal. Yay Muscle Milk! It must have felt amazing to get there and I am so glad you rewarded yourself with a new toy.

    I love the picture of you and the frame of all the pictures. It is so nice that you two have each other.

    I will look up ASMR. I have no idea what it is.

    1. I did pick up another harness. It makes him feel badass because it has skulls on it. He slipped out of it once so I tightened it even more. I think he could still get out of it but it would be difficult and take time so that should be okay. I could tighten the neck more to make sure he couldn’t but I think it’s just too tight if I do that so I won’t. Most of the time he’s perfectly content in his harness it’s just when he’s gotten stuck on something and I don’t get to him fast enough that we have a problem.

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