I’m very excited to have hit another milestone in my blogging: over 20,000 hits! Considering I have written 184 blogs to date, that’s an average of 109 views per blog. While compared to some, I’m sure that’s not much, but to me, it’s about 100 more a day than I anticipated when I started this! 🙂 As always, my gratitude goes to all of you who continue to follow along.
I was updating some medical information on my WebMD account today and had some surprising discoveries. I had mentioned previously that my cholesterol dropped 40 points since I have gone vegetarian / pescatarian / wannabe vegan. In reality, it has dropped 53 points (215 to 162)! Additionally, my triglycerides dropped by 101 points! (173 to 72) What WAS I eating all those years, exactly???
The “healthy lifestyle challenge” at work has us earning points for eating at least 25 grams of fiber a day. It’s been interesting talking to people about this, as some are struggling and some are finding it quite easy. I’ve been managing to hit 25 (and more) by eating a lot of raw fruits and veggies. And my tablespoon of chia seeds each day adds an easy 5 grams. In reading up on fiber, I have come to the realization that there is no way my son is getting the necessary fiber in his diet. I think it’s time to start adding flax and chia seeds to his cupcakes.
The hardest part of the “HLC” has been the sleep requirement — at least 7 hours a night. According to my FitBit, I am getting that amount of sleep, but the number of disruptions continues to be way too high. I am still waking up 25-35 times a night. How is that possibly restful? (Rhetorical: clearly it explains why I am so tired.) I blame the Femara since my pattern of sleeplessness resumed when I started taking that medication. I did struggle with poor sleep during chemo, but it was more from the bone pain and restless legs issue. Now, it’s almost solely due to night sweats. I spend my nights in a vicious cycle of: sweat. Uncover. Freeze. Cover back up… over and over and over. If this is what I have to look forward to for the next five years, it won’t be pretty.