Friday, September 11, 2015

OneWalk for Cancer

I'm sitting awaiting the arrival of my friend, colleague and soul sister as we embark on a crusade together.  We are heading into Toronto where tomorrow morning, at the crack of stupid, we will begin a 25 kilometre walk in support of all cancers.

I've been fundraising for about a year, with a personal goal to raise $1500 in support of research to end this deadly disease.  10 years ago, I lost my grandfather to bladder cancer.  Not long before that, a family friend died far too young, at the age of 19, from ovarian cancer.  There are currently four members in my immediate and extended family fighting their own battles with various forms of the disease.  Needless to say, I have a very good reason to be participating in this walk and doing everything I can to support the research efforts.

I'm walking because I can.  No matter how much I am going to struggle on the walk; no matter how tired and sore I will be afterward; I will walk because what I experience is going to be NOTHING compared to what those struggling with the disease are going through.

So, wish us luck as we take on a day to walk and make a difference!  You can still show your support by donating here:

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cruciate Surgey for Röxi

It has been an interesting couple of weeks in the Twingle family household.  Two weeks ago, our beloved pet Röxi was outside playing with the neighbourhood kids when we heard a yelp.  Not seeing what caused the cry, we could only see that she was favouring her left rear leg.  After a trip to our vet, we learned that she'd suffered a cruciate tear.  In other words, she'd torn her knee ligaments and would need surgery to repair the knee.  Röxi adapted rather quickly to functioning on three legs; and, had no problem taking advantage of the extra TLC she was receiving.

The vet assured us that this type of injury is common in dogs, some breeds more prone to it than others; but, the surgery would have her up and going in no time.  So less than a week later, we took her in for the surgery that would get her back on four feet.

The surgery went well and I went to pick her up the same day.  Unfortunately, I wasn't prepared for what I was about to learn.  No one warned us how intense her recovery was going to be.  We were sent home with 3 different prescriptions, 2 handouts of instructions and a cone to prevent her licking her stitches.  One of the hand outs details step by step, day by day, rehab exercises for us to do with Röxi.  The biggest hurdle?  NO stairs for 6 months!!!  What do you mean no stairs?  We have 8 steps into our backyard.  How is she going to go to the bathroom?  Not just that, we have to exercise her 3-4 times a day with a variety of different exercises.  No one said anything about how long and time consuming recovery was going to be; but, she's my baby and we'd figure it out together.  

We got home a little after 7pm, and I carried the baby into the house putting her on the couch beside me.  She whined and cried for TWO hours.  I was heart broken as I had no idea how to help her.

After many tears, mine and hers, I managed to get her into her crate for the night and settled in for a long, restless sleep.  And it was just that.  At one point, I heard Röxi yelp, but she settled down for the most part, crying only 6 or 7 times through the night.  

The next morning, Röxi was more alert and much calmer.  She still couldn't get around on her own but she was a lot more settled.  After speaking to the vet about the fact that she hadn't gone to the bathroom and wasn't using her "good" leg, we were told to give her a couple days and she'd figure it out.  Spoiled dog that she is, we carried her in and out all day long and she was definitely happy for a change in scenery. 

Sunday, was much of the same.  Still no bathroom usage outside.  She had gone pee in her crate overnight which we were glad to see.  She was happy to drink water and eat the cheese slices I was wrapping her pills in; but, otherwise she had no interest in eating or getting around on her own.

And so that brings us to Monday and another trip to the vet.  We needed to know what was going on with the "good" leg, and why she's not using it yet.  So after another set of X-rays, it looks like her "good" knee is now the injured knee.  Yep, that's right, she has to have surgery on the other leg.  After consulting with the surgeon, it has been decided that we need to wait 5 weeks before moving forward.  Not only to give the repaired knee more opportunity to heal, but to reduce the risk of complications during the new surgery. 

Now we wait...we wait for her to figure out how to get around; we wait for her to go to the bathroom on her own; and we wait for the next surgery.  

Despitee it all and this new set back, Röxi is a superstar.  She's been handling everything very well and allows us to do her passive range of motion exercises without even a whimper.  I know she's going to get through this in time, we just have to take things at her pace.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Tiny Gain

I'm up 1.6 this week.  While it's not an excuse, I do recognize that women tend to retain weight at certain times during the month.  So I'm using that in my reasoning. Well, that, and the fact that I only worked out once this week and I lost my battle against butter tart temptation.  I may have eaten 4 this week ��.  They were all tracked, but clearly poor food endulgences have consequences.

Today is a new day and a new week.  Can't wait to get back on track and see those numbers going down again next week.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Another Loss

Four consistent weeks of losses!  Hallelujah!  As of this morning's weigh-in and loss of 1.2 lbs, I'm officially back in ONEderland!  It feels just as good, if not better, than the first time I got here.

It just goes to show that consistency is key!  Not only have I been tracking, EVERYTHING, I've been getting active too.  Monday night I went for a run, Tuesday and Wednesday I went for a 20 min. walk on my lunch break.  The mid-day walk is awesome!  Just when you're starting to burn out in the day, that 20 minutes outside rejuvenates you to keep going.  I also found I was less likely to snack in the afternoon when I got out for that walk.  Thursday and Friday were busy days and yet I managed to meet my 10K step goal without even thinking about it.  So all in all a great week!

I can't wait to see how I do next week.  Wishing you all a successful week and a Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Coming Clean

My posts have been sporadic, to say the least, as of late.  The primary reason, is I really don't have the time to sit and write a blog post.  But, that's not the only reason.  I've been feeling sorry for myself lately.  Since December, I gained 14 lbs back.  I take full responsibility for the gain.  I stopped tracking, I stopped my regular workouts and I stopped being disciplined with what I ate.  I left "ONE"derland and I'm not okay with it.

The past 3 weeks, I've been back on track and I have lost 1.7 lbs at each of my Saturday weigh-ins.  That puts me back at 85 lbs lost, total.  It's still a fantastic accomplishment that I'm proud of; but, I'll be damned if I'm going to let it all creep back on.  I've had 2 fantastic "runs" this past week.  I'm starting the C25K program over again.  Who knew that not consistently running over the winter would set me so far back?  I feel like I haven't run at all before.  But that's going to change.  As much as I hated it in the moment, it feels good to be back outside getting the much needed workout I've actually come to miss.  Stay tuned for more regular posts on my journey.  I am committing, here and now, to continue on my upward swing with losses from here on out.  I WILL reach my goal, one small pound at a time.

Have a fantastic week!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Another Drop at the Scale

Woot!  Two weeks in a row for losses.  Looks like I'm finally getting back on track.  I'm down 1.1lbs this week.  I managed to get to the gym twice too, as well as complete the first 8 days of a 30 day squat challenge.  I feel good; but, I'm still not at my fullest yet.  I'm hoping this week gets me there.  I want to see 3 days at the gym along with the squats and maybe even a run thrown in for good measure.  I'll let you now how it goes ;)

Hope you all have a great week; and Go Pats Go!  (Yes, I'm a Patriots fan and I can't wait to watch the big game!)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Finally, the Scale is in my Favor

That's right...after several weeks of yo-yo like behaviour, the scale this week is on the right track...DOWN!  I lost 1.4 this week.  That brings me back to about 90 lbs lost; but, I'll get back to where I was and hit my goal if I continue on this path.

I think a lot of my success this week had to do with drinking enough water and I joined Curves.  After losing 90 pounds so far, I have a lot of loose skin and while running has done wonders for my weight loss; it hasn't really helped me tone.  That's what I'm hoping Curves will help me do, along with my continuing weight loss.

I've done 3 workouts so far and I've gotta say, they're not as easy as they look.  The more you go, the tougher it gets.  BUT, I can't wait to go again.  I feel so good after a workout.  No matter how much I may not want to start, I never regret it once I do.

On that note, I'll say goodbye for today.  I'd love to hear from you, so please stay in touch.

Have a great week.