>Radiation Day 12

>It’s Tuesday. That’s doctor day.  Still haven’t seen my actual radiologist since I started the radiation treatments. Maybe next week.  What makes Tuesdays so bad is I have to weigh in – not fun. And today I was up by 3 lbs.  Before someone yells at me about being silly about fretting over a mere three pounds – keep in mind I have a weight problem.  I have spent many years over weight – very over weight. And that is one of the things that can contribute to cancer.  It’s only been in the last 18 months that I got rid of the excess weight.  Being skinny and relatively healthy (except for the cancer) is still new to me.  So when I go up, of course I worry.  Usually two pounds doesn’t bother me, but three or more and I began to fret.

And I’m a stress eater. I’ve been trying very hard not to give into that temptation. I try to keep healthy snacks on hand for when I can’t fight the temptation.  But lets face it. There are just some foods I can’t keep in the house. It’s rather frustrating to have gained weight after last week, when I finally managed to get in some decent exercise.

The rational side of me knows that the few pounds this morning were most likely a combination of water (I had just had finished drinking roughly twenty ounces of water – not only is drinking lots of water good for you in general, but with the radiation, it’s important to get at least 64 ounces a day) and the big sweater (yes it’s spring, but we woke up to snow on the ground here in Colorado this morning) I was wearing.  Though weight gain can be a side effect of the tamoxifen, I can avoid it – if I spend more time concentrating on being healthy and less time whining.  So it’s nothing to panic about – yet. However, I don’t want to fall in the trap of making excuses either. It’s a fine line to walk between cutting myself a little slack and keeping myself on track.

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  1. Anonymous
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 04:38:47

    >You are up to 12 Days of radiation. How many do you have? I just keep praying that you keep up beat and that you keep tabs on your snacks. I know that you worked so hard to get to the skinny you and I know that it is very difficult going through all of this. You are strong and I know you will do whatever it takes!I am sure the gallon of water is like 5 lbs:) Luv Ya,Lorraine

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  2. Joyce
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:19:51

    >Go ahead and cut yourself some slack! If you stress over 3 lbs., the stress may make you gain 1 more! 🙂 Big sweaters can be hefty!However, I can appreciate your concern – but when the radiation is over, you can go back to concentrating on the more "normal" health issues.

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