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Fish & There’s Something On My Mind…

Morning!

I paraded into work this morning with a bag lunchbox full of goodies because I have some errands to run at lunch and dont think I’ll be heading home so I brought lots of snacks/lunch.

Well, breakfast is thrown in there too but snacks for later include a grapefruit, applesauce, a frozen veggie mix (for lunch!) and a Luna bar for later.

The S’mores Luna bars are my new found love for an afternoon snack! They are perfect because usually around 4:00 I am craving something sweet!

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Training last night was great! It was weird because it felt like a lot more of a mellow mix, which is nice here and there – but dont get me wrong, I was still an 8 out of 10 on the sweaty mess scale.

We did a lot of moves that involved calves and hamstrings last night. I can tell, because it hurts today haha. Last night after training we even did some special stretches to assist with oncoming pain (kidding!)

We did do some squatys on air discs, and hip abductors using slider discs, tricep dips, calf raises, wall sits holding a medicine ball out in front of us, grapevines (yeah the oldschool kind where you run side-to-side), and also an awesome chest press type thing using a bar in a lunge position – I dont even know how to begin to explain it – but it was fabulous, and I am feeling it in both my arms/chest and legs today!

And after training? We ate fish.

 

I have been so weird about fish lately, since I have been trying to buy only wild caught (rather than the farm raised stuff) which now that I have been paying attnetion to that, it changes weekly what they have in the seafood counter that is wild caught. So, that above, is orange roughy because that was my only option. I do like orange roughy though, it is more of a plain fish in my opinion which I am okay with because then I can season it up how I like.

It was served alongside some staemed green beans (with balsamic), tomatoes, and whole grain angel hair with a little herbs and cheese.

 

Delicious! And I must admit, I was in bed early last night – but it felt good. I have no idea why I have been so tired lately but the extra sleep was much needed!

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Okay before I get into this, let me preface by saying – I am someone who is 100% guilty of just going along in my ways and not really paying much mind to something. I’m stubborn. But I am for sure someone who learns from experiences – and other people’s expereinces, especially if it is someone I “know.”

With that being said, there is something that has been on my mind lately…

Skin cancer.

For some reason, it seems everywhere I turn lately it has been being brought up all of a sudden – more specifically I know of 3 people that have found Melanoma in the last month and have had surgery to get spots removed – 2 of them are my age.

This scares me, and makes me feel really dumb for using tanning beds to be honest. I actually had a freakout moment a little over a year ago and quit using them all together, but knowing that I used them a lot throughout my teen years still sucks. I think about some of my friends that went tanning 4x a week…scary, which luckily I cant say I ever did that much – but it doesnt matter. I was doing something I knew was 100% not smart.

And as much as I heard stuff about it and saw and heard the warnings, I never paid much attention to it and went on my way, because like I said – I’m stubborn and I did what I wanted.

After that freakout moment over a year ago, I slathered on the spf 50 like there was no tomorrow. Which in Alaska seemed crazy because the 3 months that it is sunny, the sun isnt really that strong. Maybe I went from one side of the scale (careless) to the complete other (crazy paranoid person).

(Yep, I still got that tan in Belize, even through my spf 50!)

So, with all this recent activity in seeing and hearing about other people dealing with it – I have decided to make an appointment with a dermatologist (which I have never been to one in my life by the way) to get checked. Because it seems like the the smart thing to do.

If you are wanting to read some real stories about these experiences (particularly some of what has sparked my recent thoughts on this) – head over to Allison’s blog and check out her posts on her experiences with Melanoma - as well as Alyssa’s (who just had her surgery yesterday).

And if you think this is silly and ignore all that has been said here, that is fine too because I have definitely been guilty of that. But really, what does it hurt to be educated about something? Nothing.

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  • Do you eat fish? Favorite kind?
    I love halibut but am realizing that is going to be hard to find here! I do love salmon also though!
  • Do you have any fears of skin cancer? Are you guilty of having used tanning beds at some point? Do you use sunblock?
  • Do you feel you learn or at least take something away from others’ experiences?
    Yes, especially if it is someone I “know.” I guess it hits a little closer to home.
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  1. Life's a Bowl #

    Thanks for the shout-out and it makes me so happy to hear that you are being proactive! In the moment of it all, it’s overwhelming and scary but it sounds like you’re conscious about it all and taking the appropriate preventative measures, you’re golden! My thoughts are with you chica :D

    February 7, 2012
  2. Skin cancer is scary!! I was definitely guilty of tanning for here and there during college. And I lived in the sunny Dominican Republic for 3 years. My naturally pale freckly skin was bronzed that entire time… soooo… that probably can’t be good. Although I miss it. Why does being tan have to be bad with you? I think it’s smart to go to the derm, if nothing else to give you peace of mind and suggestions on how to avoid it in the future.

    February 7, 2012
    • Yeah, I just feel like its the right thing to do!
      Annnnd i know it feels so good to tan! So many people in Alaska do it because it is DARK most of the winter and it keeps them from going insane. like light therapy!

      February 7, 2012
  3. this has been on my mind too—especially after Alyssas post yesterday. my best friend has had some scares over the past few years with her moles and even though i’ve always been good about slathering on sunblock (i tan and burn very easily…i guess its the combo of salvadorean/scottish skin from my parents…but I’ve always always used sunblock and never was really obsessed with tanning) i became much more aware about it in the past few years…I def want to make a dermatologist appointment soon too, i’ve never been before either!

    February 7, 2012
  4. Chase is on a dermatology rotation right now and every single night he comes home freaking out about skin cancer. Now I am totally freaked out, too! He never wore sunscreen, but now he is going crazy buying everything with sunscreen. I have a feeling he will not be bemoaning my nags to be more careful in the sun anymore.

    February 7, 2012
    • Oh man! I bet that does freak him out. I was a hypocondriac when I was little but grew out of it for the most part so I try not too worry too much haha

      February 7, 2012
  5. MY favorite fish is salmon and tilapia, I also like shredded tuna for salads!

    I am guilty of using tanning beds in the past (during college and before my wedding) Then is hit me – How can i criticize smokers for doing something they KNOW will eventually give them cancer when I am doing THE EXACT SAME THING! Tanning WILL give you cancer if you don’t stop. So now I don’t do it at all I ALWAYS where sunblock (30 spf moisturizer!) and am 100% ok with being healthy and pasty! I go to the derm once a year to check for skin cancer because I have a lot of moles and such. It’s a good idea!

    February 7, 2012
  6. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance #

    Yeah, skin cancer is really no joke! My family is pretty prone to it, so I’ve always been ultra careful with the sun and have been caking on sunscreen since I came out of the womb. That doesn’t mean I dont worry about it though– I should go get some of my beauty marks and freckles checked out!

    February 7, 2012
  7. Skin cancer is no joke…and I am totally guilty of tanning (just before a trip, but still). I do wear sunscreen (my daily face lotion and tinted moisturizer both have spf 20), but I need to be more careful about my sun exposure. I’m the girl that can be out in the sun allllll day and never think to reapply because I won’t burn. Sigh. Thanks for the reminder!

    Fish is awesome!!! I have never met a type of fish that I didn’t like.

    February 7, 2012
  8. ahhh! this is so timely! Because I was just thinking of perhaps trying a tanning booth soon, but just once! I’ve never tried it and have always been terrified of tanning b/c I just don’t feel comfortable showing skin, AND I don’t want to age and get skin problems. But I was considering it b/c my wedding is coming up, and of course I wasn’t going to do it right before, but perhaps within the next 2 weeks….now I’ll seriously consider not doing it. :) Not sure though! And I love fish~it’s definitely one of my favorite foods ever :D

    February 7, 2012
    • Girl, Do a spray tan! they look good, theyre cheap, no damage, and you get a lot more color in just one session! if you talk to tanning salons that offer it they can give you advice on how far ahead of time before your wedding to do it, etc :)

      February 7, 2012
  9. Melanoma *is* terrifying. I’m so glad you’re on the SPF train now! And I’m super jealous of your tan. That would never, ever, happen to me through 100 SPF ;)

    February 7, 2012
  10. Thanks for posting this – I hate that so many people feel like it won’t happen to them. I have never been diagnosed with melanoma but I have had several moles removed and that is a really scary feeling. I’m just so grateful that I have never gone to a tanning bed.

    February 7, 2012

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