Several years ago, J & I thought we needed a friend for Sasha. We thought she could use more play time and more time being non-people-focused. We wanted a dog about her size, male, friendly and calm. We hoped it wouldn’t be a swimmer, and it needed to be a rescue.

We looked. We went to events, and brought Sasha. It was a failure (although we did find the boys along the way). Frankly we gave up. Actually, we said, “if another dog is going to come into our lives, it needs to come to us. we aren’t going to look anymore.”

Meet Leo:

Leo

Leo

Leo has been fostering with my Mom for several weeks now. She loves him, but has some physical problems that make having a dog, even a perfect one, too difficult. I’ve loved all I’ve heard about him, and I feel he’ll be a great addition. He’s dog-friendly, cat-neutral, child-friendly, and apparently very mellow.

So my darling husband is driving to San Francisco this weekend to get him. Next week we’ll be integrating him into the house, and hoping all goes well.

It has been an incredible 10 days. I am already experiencing dramatic — POSITIVE — changes; likely due to no longer taking Tamoxifen.

No weight loss, but that wasn’t the primary issue.

  • I am sleeping better, and more soundly.
  • My energy is profoundly better — much more even keeled throughout the day.
  • I feel more focused and ‘together’
  • I desire my husband again. (BINGO!!!!)
  • Its been easier to plan meals, and stick to the plan, and find healthy alternatives when the plan goes awry.

This weekend we took my measurements, because losing the fat all over is far more important to me than just losing weight. I’ll check my weight weekly, but only as a data point. What will be very exciting for me is a belly reduction of several inches.

I am a big believer in HAES (Health at Every Size) and my goals are focused of overall fitness and improvement. And stopping the Big T might just be the thing I’ve needed for several years now.

Some interesting facts about Tamoxifen and breast cancer recurrence:

In 2009
211,731 women were diagnosed w/ BC
40,676 died

In 2011 (approx)
230,480 diagnosed
39,520 died

In 2012 (approx)
232,340 diagnosed
39,620 died

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