Life savers after surgery

During recovery from a major surgery, I started to look back at all the amazing things I used that were LIFE SAVERS. The little odds and ends that made recovery and life so much easier those first few weeks and I wanted to pass them on to you!

~Night gowns~

I didn’t think this would be a big deal, but wearing even sweats with my incisions was NOT a good time. If you EVER have to have surgery, you must have some. Also, have several so you can wash them each night. You don’t want to get your incisions infected (ok. done being the nurse haha)

~Workout jacket with thumb holes~


it kept me warm, and its cute!

~$9 sleepers from Old Navy~


I didn’t want to walk around the hospital barefoot, this were so comfy too!

~Soft robe from target. Also comfy clothes at Old navy~


I used the robe in the hospital and at home. I LIVED in comfy clothes for WEEKS.

– Netflix. I watched Prion Break (also Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime) and lots of chick flicks!

~Cards and flowers~


I had NO IDEA how much these would effect me. Even a simple text, meant the world to me. To know that others were thinking and praying for me, was uplifting. I was in great need of them when i was having a not so good day

~Cake. Because it’s awesome.~


I mean who doesnt love cake! My mom’s friend made this and brought a smile to my face 🙂

~Cross stitch~


This was given to me from my grandma, and helped keep me busy. Also, I accomplished something more than watching tv and laying around. This helped me so much!

~Bag of goodies~


I was given this before surgery by a close friend. It had EVERYTHING! I especially used the travel toothbrush, lotion, and face wash. Back to the basics.


Before surgery, I only had a few days to prepare. I ran to Target, Marshalls, and Old Navy is a WILD search for comfy clothes. I came home with bags, and used about 3/4th of them. I slippers were also a great find. On sale, andd then I didnt walk barefoot in the hospital-YUCK.

Now to never have to use this list again 🙂
Question for you:

Have you ever had a long stay in a hospital before?

A favorite piece of comfy clothes, or something you use wen you are sick?

Spreading Smiles

This month, I had an aunt that I am very close to receive the diagnosis of breast cancer. (our family had a rough month) Today, she was having surgery, and Andrew and I thought we would spread some cheer, and send her some silly photos. I know that I enjoyed receiving texts, cards, etc from family and friends. They truly raised my spirits, and let me escape away for just a little bit

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If everyone could say just a short prayer for my aunt during her recovery, I would really appreciate it 🙂

Question for you:

Have you taken any silly photos lately?

When all there is to do is PIN

With LOTS of time on my hands, I have been reading, walking, catching up shows, and of course checking out pinterest. Even though I don’t have much energy to cook, and I still can’t lift over 10 lbs, so many of these pins will be for the future 🙂

Just click the picture for the link

~ New Workouts ~

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CrossFit Travel WODs


~Wedding Fashion~

OH.. This color is fantastic! - Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress

Pink Sleeveless Bead Belt Chiffon Sundress

Bridesmaid Jewelry Name Bracelet Sterling by vintagestampjewels, $28.00

~Wedding hair~

Perfect bridesmaid hair! Elegant, and soft like wedding hair should be!


Bridesmaid hair. Bridesmaids can do whatever they would like as long as there is a braid in their hair.

~Spring Fashion~


"Yellow, Navy, and Tortoise" by classically-preppy on Polyvore



Color of the year + aqua.

~Paleo Recipes~

Paleo Hungry Man Sweet Potato Casserole



Homemade Buffalo Chicken Nuggets I Tastes of Lizzy T I   Paleo, grain free, gluten free, sugar free, and dairy free!

~Spring Cleaning~

Spring Cleaning List
You can follow me on pinterest too 🙂

Question for you:

My brother is getting married in one month (hence the wedding pins). I am a bridesmaid, and I have been looking for hair style ideas. SO should I wear it down, or put it up?

















Squat workout after surgery

Well it is just a little over 2 weeks since my surgery, and I have been having many ups and downs last week.


One of my limitations, besides not having much energy, is that I can not lift anything over ten lbs. This has been very frustrating for me, because I either have the energy to work out, but can’t, or I am exhausted.

Working out is something that has become apart of my routine. I also feel A MILLION times better after a good workout. Also, the endorphins and muscles help! haha. And I have missed a good sweaty workout

So I had to find a way to get past feeling so down, and stop whining with Squats.

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I have never been a fan of them, but they have been the answer to all my prayers this week. I don’t use any weights, and can do them anywhere!

I don’t do too  many, just 20 here and there, but throughout the day they add up! It has also made me feel better, and gets me moving. I find that my mood is MUCH happier, and I don’t feel so lazy. Win. Win.

Question for you:

Would you rather NOT do squats, lunges, or burpees?

How do you get in a short workout?


Back after surgery!

Hi everyone!!!

I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted. It has been a LONNNGGG couple of weeks, because a week and a half ago, I had a partial nephrectomy.

Life has had its ups and downs. But today, I can finally say I am feeling better. Last I talked about my MRI results, and how quickly surgery came up.


Well march 7th, was the day. My parents and I arrived at the hospital at 7am for surgery at 9.

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We waited for just a bit before going to the preop area. Here I changed into a gown, got an IV, and signed consent. I had an amazing nurse during this time. I didn’t have any major breakdowns, but I was starting to get nervous.

Then around 9:45, I said goodbye to my parents and headed back to the OR. This is when I started to get some nerves. I had a great OR nurse and nurse anesthetist who I think could sense it. They tried to calm me down by talking, but the tears started coming. Luckily, the meds took effect quickly.

For the next few hours, my family and friends waited to hear. I was then taken to postop care. Where I had another great nurse! My blood counts were a little low. So I stayed there for awhile to make sure everything was ok. And luckily, it was!

The next few days were a pain. literally.

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(these pictures were taken when I was feeling better on sunday)

Then on Sunday, I came home. My parents, family, and friends have been amazing. I have no idea how I would have taken care of myself, or Andrew that first week.

I even received Get Well Cards for all of Andrew’s friends in 3rd grade. They were so sweet!


I can not explain how blessed I feel to have everyone send well wishes, thoughts, and prayers. It has been a trying few weeks, but these have kept me going. I hope to be able to keep blogging, keep you guys updated, but some days my energy does not exist. My pain is a million times better, and I will take it day by day 🙂

The next few weeks, I will have to take it easy. more to come and I promise not to stay away so long 🙂


When the MRI results come back cancer

Well, I am sure that a lot of you can tell that the results for the MRI came back, and they weren’t the best. Soooo we rewind alittle…..


I arrived at work and was having a great morning. But I missed a call from my doctor, then played phone tag with his nurse several times. FINALLY, we caught up together. And I was thinking they would say “oh. it’s just a fat mass. NOOOOO BIGGIE”. Well, instead they told me it was papillary renal cell carcinoma. Cancer. Yep. The big C word.

After finding out the results, I pretty much had a break down and had to leave work. Luckily, I have amazing coworkers. I also was in contact with the GI nurse the whole morning, who went ABOVE and beyond her job to comfort and help me. She has set up an appointment with the renal surgeron the NEXT DAY.


From Monday till Tuesdays appointment, I was in such a fog. I guess that’s called denial? haha. My mom and I went to the doctor’s office (where I was the youngest person there by 30 years!) and talked with the doctor for almost an hour. He was so patient and kind. I never felt rushed with him, and his nurse was equally as awesome. I am so excited to have their support.

After the doctor’s appointment, we got to work. We drove to my grandparents and gave them the news. When my grandfather started tearing up, I almost lost it! Then my mom and I stayed on the phone and called family and friends. And the support was AMAZING! I will never be able to describe the love and prayers I received. It was incredible!


Today, I had to arrive at the hospital for a chest CT to make sure that the cancer was not found in  my lungs. And they LOOKED GOOD!!! Wahoo. This was defiantly something that I was extremely stressed about. The rest of the day was spent on the phone with work, leave papers, and family and friends. Surgery scheduled for Friday at 1pm.


I had a ton of running around. I basically went to every store in St Louis in search of comfy clothes. and I bought ALL of them haha. I then had a two hour preop appointment. Where they took blood, did a physical, and asked lots of questions. Thank goodness that is done. Next up was packing, prepping for the surgery (more GI fun), and figuring the house and life out before I have surgery tomorrow! Well, then I received a call at 1pm that surgery was bumped up to 9am and I needed to be there at 7am. EEK!!! Bring on the stress. Luckily, I had a TO DO LIST and I just went after it.

So now I am ready to kick cancers butt. hahaha.

The type of cancer that they believe I have, is 95% of that is not aggressive. Which is good. There is also 95% survival rate. Also REALLY good. This cancer is mostly found in adults MUCH older than me. It is extremely rare to be found in your 20s. (lucky me) Mine is about the size of a ping pong ball that is grown into my kidney. So for surgery, I will just get that part of the kidney removed. So I will have one and a 1/2 kidneys starting tomorrow 🙂

Well here’s to kicking cancers butt!!! I am watching Ellen to get me in good spirits

I do have a caring bridge site that people can follow along, just email me if you would like to see it! My mom will be updating it tomorrow after surgery!

Thanks everyone for following along, and hopefully I will back sometime this week or next week 🙂

New fitbit :)

A week or so ago, I received an AMAZING gift from Angela!


She had purchased a new fit to record her steps, calories, and sleep, and she sent me her old fitbit! I was thrilled. I have heard great things about them, and even have a few friends at work that will wear them.


I started wearing it just a few days ago, and while at home, I hardly get ANY steps. I get a lot done, but even working on the house, I don’t get many steps.


On Saturday, while working a 12 hour shift, I had a totally different result. (you can see in the steps and distance)

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It was even a pretty slow day at work, but my steps were almost 8,000~

I am not so sure if the calories burned really add up, but it is defiantly motivation to get more movement throughout the day!

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Sunday, I worked around the house (even deep cleaning the oven and refrigerator) but it doesn’t look like I moved as much as I thought. I will still be wearing this. and it can also sync up with my account, so I can get calorie diffs and all!

Question for you:

Do you or have you ever used a fitbit or something similar?

Giggles before the MRI

After an early morning trip to the hospital, for my very first MRI, I went to visit a graduate NICU patient.

cool paper clothes haha
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He has been out of the NICU over a year, and I still visit at least every week, just love that little guy. I also LOVE his foster mom. Who listened to me, and was supportive when I just started bawling when I walked in the door. I guess I was trying to be strong, and not deal with the stress and it hit me all at once. Can’t wait to hear the results!!

(rewind to Thursday night)

Since my test was early enough that I had to be awake at 5:30am, and be there at 6, Andrew spent the night at my parents. And then the laughs began……..

My nephew is such a hoot and LOVES the BLUES


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My dad being silly…


I will say these laughs, talking to several friends about my worries/concerns helped lifted my spirits. My dad is retired, but he was an CT tech at a hospital here in St Louis, and talked with a few of his buddies who told me not to worry. This “fat mass” on the kidneys are common and it is probably something I had since birth.  Here’s to praying its fat! haha

Question for you:

Who is the goofiest person in your house?

30 by 29: week 9

I hope everyone had a great week! I can’t believe we are week 9 of this challenge! I feel like I was just writing up week 8. This week went pretty well, just need a little improvements 🙂


(Goal is to lose 30lbs by my 29th birthday on July 16th)

Week 8: Down 1.5lbs

TOTAL DOWN: Considering I was up 4lbs last week, I am still up. BUTTTT this week, I lost. That I am happy about 🙂


Nutrition:  Pretty Good

I have been tracking everyday, and I have been getting less than 80 of carbs. This week I want below 60. I can do this!


Workouts: Good

  • Sunday: off
  • Monday: 12 hour shift
  •  Tuesday: Muscle works class at the gym 🙂
  • Wednesday: 12 hour shift
  • Thursday: sick day 😦
  • Friday:  15 min elliptical + 10 minute no excuse workout (I did this 2x with sets, not a time)

Lots more weights this week! my body defiantly feeling it, and liking it. I did miss my spin class and rowing. But I think I will try and incorporate both weights + cardio 🙂


Sleep quality and duration:  Alright

I defiantly could work on this this week


How I was feeling: stressed

My MRI test and the result of my CT test were REALLY weighing on me. Need to get some yoga in my life, or a massage


Things I did well:  Workouts

Things I need to work on: getting the weight off!

Even though I probably won’t make 30 by 29, I am still going to plow through. If I lose or not, I am not going to stress about it. Just try and be healthy eat day, and keep track if the weight goes up or down. Just see what happens!


Go over to Angela’s blog! She is working on losing 30lb by her 30th bday 🙂

Question for you:

How do you get your strength training in? classes? home workouts?

Who’s ready for spring time!!