Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Thoughts

I don't have a lot to say about any 1 topic, so I thought I'd just write about a lot of different things today.

  • I'd be lost without my food journal. I've seriously been slacking on posting my daily logs, but I'm doing them! I stay so much more accountable with my paper journal, as opposed to an online tracker. I've used My Fitness Pal and the Weight Watchers apps in the past, but it was too easy for me to "forget" to track, or consciously skip it altogether. With my paper journal, if I skip a day, the blank page is staring me in the face! Something about filling out all the numbers and completing it at the end of the day just speaks to me, and motivates me to track; I'm also completely honest with myself. Writing a negative number for the day or for the week (especially if I've used up all available points) is hard, but if I don't track it, I'm only cheating myself. What good would that do? I started using the paper journal in January, and I seriously haven't skipped a day since then. 
  • A close friend (Ashleigh) of a dear friend of mine (Janna) is fighting against a horribly aggressive cancer. She's 30 years old, married with 2 toddlers at home (she was first diagnosed a little over a year ago when she was still pregnant with the second and was given a 1% chance of survival at that point), and her doctors are now estimating that she has about 2 months live if they forego any further treatment as the cancer has now spread throughout her lungs and her bones. She blogs at My Journey With Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It's heartbreaking; being the same age, also having 2 toddlers, it just hits close to home. If you're the praying sort, or if you're not, would you mind saying a little prayer or sending some kind thoughts for Ashleigh and her family?
  • Janna, the friend through whom I came to know Ashleigh, is also battling cancer. She's in her 30's with 2 kids (we met in Korea and were pregnant at the same time for both our babies) as well; hers is a very rare form of ovarian cancer. After several rounds of chemo, things weren't really looking great; but she's in the hospital now receiving her second stem cell transplant and the doctors say it looks like her cancer is almost gone (praise the Lord!). The plan after the transplant (she'll be in the hospital for 2 weeks), assuming the treatment works like they're hoping, is a complete hysterectomy and hopefully she'll be cancer free. Would you mind throwing a prayer or some kind thoughts out there for Janna as well?
  • I went on my first evening run the other night in honor of National Running Day. I don't know if it was the extra humidity, or the fact that I was running so late in the day (after dinner) as opposed to first thing in the morning, but it was tough! I had a hard time keeping my breathing under control. In any case, I finished, and felt damn proud of myself afterwards!
  • I haven't been great with the Starbucks portion of my challenge to myself. I have been a LOT better with my sweets at night, and I'm definitely better with the number of Frappuccinos I'm consuming per week, but I'm still going more than 2x per week. However! I have been making more of an effort to get the Frappuccino Lights; they have half the calories and sugar of the regular ones. I used to get them all the time, but now when I get them, all I taste is the artificial sweetener. This week, I went to Starbucks on Sun, Mon, Tues, and today (Friday), though a coworker bought mine today so it doesn't count! I got a light frap on Mon, and I've been forcing myself to order the Tall instead of the Grande (which I never finish anyway, it's totally a mental thing). 
  • Marc is off this entire weekend (he usually works Saturday nights), so woohoo! Not sure what we'll do yet, but I always enjoy it when we get to spend time as family without pressure to get home so Marc can get to work. Maybe I'll actually do some cleaning tonight so I don't have to spend the weekend cleaning! 

Food logs for last 2 days
Have a great weekend!


  1. I am a morning runner, as well so sometimes evening runs hit me hard.

    So sorry to hear about your friend and your friend's friend. They are both in my thoughts!

  2. I have said heartfelt prayers for both, their families, their doctors, and I've posted Ashleigh's blog link with a request for prayers and particularly addition to any prayer my Facebook. God bless.

  3. I'm so sorry about your friends. Sending good thoughts!!

  4. Sending prayers for your friends! I'm with you - writing is much more effective for me on pen and paper than electronic tracking for some things. I loved electronic tracking for food, but I get more from tracking workouts in a paper journal.


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