Saturday, June 16, 2012
Where on earth did the week go?
The memorial was nice. The chapel was standing room only. It was a sad way to reunite with so many of my friends and doctors I haven't seen since I transferred to the admin building. There were several people that have long since moved on from SDMI, that I haven't seen in years. At one point this strange man came up to me and gave me a big hug and I was a wee bit wary of him, until he spoke to me. It was one of our old managers who left 15 years ago and had changed somewhat in the ensuing years. Well, enough that I had no idea who he was! *LOL* Especially with the "Men in Black" style shades he was sporting.
I have been so very conscious of what I am eating oever the last couple of weeks. More so since I have to watch my cholesterol. I bought Morning Star vegetarian sausage patties and links. While they really don't taste like sausage to me, they aren't nasty, just...different, I will continue to eat them with my southwestern egg beaters. They make for a decent meal.
I find with using the Orowheat whole wheat sandwich thins at a nifty 100 calories a serving, I use only half the serving size of peanut butter, jam, or nutella. Bonus! *LOL* It is still quite satisfying and I feel as if I am geting away with something that tastes so good!
Speaking of good, I tried (and Loved) Silk's mixed berry Fruit and Protein juice blend. It's a yummy treat. I also have say once more I love, love, love, Weight Watches dark chocolate raspberry ice cream bars. Two bars are a serving and I find that most of the time one bar hits the spot. (and they last longer too!) I also enjoy WW Chocolate and raspberry cheesecake bar. One bar I believe has about the same calories as the two above, it is a bit bigger and only the top half is covered in chocolate. It is wonderful that there are finally tasty treats that I can indulge in without feeling guilty!
I have been eating less calories in lieu of the fact I have not started exercising. Apparently I am doing something right as I have lost 8 pounds in 4 weeks. It is time to get my tush in gear and pump up the game. If I have lost this much just cutting back on calories, imagne what I can do once I start moving! (Yes, I know that once I start exercising I will increase my caloric intake a bit to fuel my exercise)
Now on to foldng clothes, putting the sheets in the dryer, cleaning the kitchen and working n my living room so I have somewhere to exercise. Oh, and let us not forget lots of kitty time...
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Whew! It is hot out! One of these days I will have a car with air conditioning! Anywho...I had a lovely day once I had my shower and revived my flagging energy. Hit a wicked sale at Fashion bug; new jeans, two new tops and a shrug. Then I got a hair cut and I treated myself to a new set of nails! I decided I needed to reward myself for doing so well. In a while, once my laundry is done, I am going to strip my hair and try a different color.
I haven't felt this good and excited about taking care of myself since before I got sick. 3 years is a long time and I am very long overdo. Now all I have to do is get motivated to get my apartment done and to start exercising. Perhaps tomorrow morning I will explore the apartment complex's fitness room, see what they have and what I will want to work out on.
So laundry to finish and light supper and early bed. I am going with a friend to the memorial tomorrow . It's going to be a long day!
Saturday, June 09, 2012
First of all, how weird is it that I was so happy that gas was down to $3.64. How WRONG was it that it took 35.00 dollars to fill my little car from just below half! I am so grateful I have a job so I can afford to fill it up.
This has been the oddest week...Twilight Zone odd...everything has been just ...off. On the up side, lost another two pounds. I was up at 5:30 this morning, at the store by a little after 6:00 and was home, groceries put away and breakfast done by 8:00. I was oh so good during my shopping trip...actually been pretty good all week. I think my head is finally in the right place and I am deliberately making better choices.
Yesterday was pay day and my weigh in day. Normally on pay day I splurge at Mickey D's for breakfast. I looked up the calories of my usual breakfast and holy moley was I shocked! I can hardly bring myself to admit it here...1,130 calories...**grimaces* It wasn't even that big a breakfast! *LOL* The worst culprit was the large mocha frappe. My very favorite goodie.
Anyway, I had a Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage and egg bowl. 240 calories, 50 calories worth of cantaloupe. Yeaaaaaaah...much better. I also had a salad, more cantaloupe, carrots and yogurt for lunch. Much better choices. Today at the store I started looking at low cholesterol food items. I bought morning star sausage and griller patties. I did buy non fat sliced cheese...*shudders* I'll try it. Lots of salad stuff, 100 calorie whole wheat sandwich thins, no sugar jam...again we'll see.
Now, as for the week, as I said it seemed like everything was just this side of "normal." Busy days, but they seemed to drag, everyone seemed to be in strange moods all week. Wednesday tension went over the top and there was lots of whispering and mini meetings and worried looks. I heard the word hospital mentioned more than once. Thursday, my supervisor called me into her office and told me our COO had been rushed to the hospital the day before, had coded twice and one of those times it took 30 minutes to bring him back. It didn't look good. He seemed to rally a little during the morning, but on my way back from lunch, our chief accountant stopped me and told he had just died.
I had known the man for years, he started as an MRI tech when I was still just an operator. (I am getting ready to observe my 23rd year with the company) He left for a few years and then one day showed up and was hired as our COO. I was never close to him, but he had close friendships with my supervisor, office manager and several people in my office. (not to mention our five diagnostic centers) I was sad that he died and so very suddenly too, but I really hurt for my friends and co-workers who are hurting right now due to the loss. I haven't cried once, and truth to tell, I have been feeling rather guilty for not being more upset. I mean, I saw him everyday and did a little work for him. But I never developed a comfortable, breezy friendship with him like the other had. *shrugs* I wonder if there is something wrong with me?
They are having a memorial/celebration of his life tomorrow which I will attend in support of my work family. I need to go out today and find something to wear. I am really dreading tomorrow...
I so don't want to go out...I just want to curl up and take a nap. I made the mistake of sitting down! Must...get...up!
Saturday, June 02, 2012
Well...summer has announced its arrival with triple digit numbers! *sighs* And awaaaaaaaaaay we go! Yes, I hate summer and no, I have NO earthly idea why I am still in the high desert! There are saving graces, the best of which is AIR CONDITIONING (at least in my apartment! My car...not so much). Come September, the mornings and evenings start to cool down a bit, just have to wade my way through 3 months of "dry" heat! *LOL*
I woke up this morning with the best of intentions! I was (and prolly still will) get my kitchen done and start on my chaotic living room. However, my little girl cat is VERY needy today, so I am spending a lot of down time cuddling, petting, and grooming her. Normally she only likes to be held for a maximum of a minute and half(yes...I timed it) usually long enough to say hello to me when I come home from work! Lately though, she needs to be held a bit more often and for quite a bit longer (for her). I came to do the kitchen a while ago and she was weaving figure eights around my ankles or just kind of following me just out of eyesight. I am always afraid I am going to step on her, as she is so quiet and sneaky!
Anyway, I'll be taking frequent "Shade" breaks today and I suspect tomorrow as well. Like I'm worried about it! Heck...I'll love on my baby anytime.
Saw my regular doctor's partner on Thursday. What a trip she was. I really liked her, but she had very definite ideas as to what I need to do to lose weight. She also told me I need an inversion table for my back. She says they are not too expensive "only" 300 dollars and up. I just looked at her and smiled...Really? Yeeeeeah....Don't think so. Although I did have an interesting vision later that day as I ruminated on what she said. I saw myself on the inversion table, horizontal...and then Shade jumps up, sits on my stomach and looks at me as if I was crazy, then proceeds to walk up and down my body, making me her very own teeter totter! It was such a real vision that I started laughing out loud and got some very strange looks from my co- workers.
While I am grateful for her input, I think I will continue to do what I am doing...except I REALLY need to add regular exercise. Now that I am feeling better, there is no excuse not to be exercising and tweak my food plan to be more effective. On Thursday I realized that I have a wonderful 3 month stretch in front of me before the start of my busy season. I have to see the doctor again in September and I know she expects weight loss! OH! On a side note, my cholesterol has gotten out of hand and she has put me on medication. Now on top of everything else I need to study what I need to do to start lowering my cholesterol. I know exercising is key, as well as healthy eating, but I need to see if there is anything specifically I need to do, cut out or add, to help me be successful!
So, baby steps. First thing is to forgo soda, period. I am a huge water drinker, and actually don't consume a lot of soda to begin with, not even once a week. However, I really feel I need to delete it from my diet altogether. Next, I need to get moving. I have a little stair stepper I will use and may try to get my fitness room and try the stationary bike. Oh! Let us not forget my dancing! *LOL* Last year I bought a yoga dvd for plus size exercisers I want to try, but need to get my living room in order first to I have room, as well as having a feeling of calmness and serenity.
I have also determined not to have the TV on unless there is something I truly wish to watch. No more having it on for company and background noise and getting stuck to my chair, sucked into whatever is on. No more channel surfing when I KNOW there is not a thing on that interests me!
The next step, once I master that, is to reduce the amount of time I spend online. I can spend hours here and not really do much of anything. I will devote time here on SP and check email and such. But I am going to limit the amount of time I spend on certain social networks. I have already stopped playing the games to which I used to lose hours and hours (and not a little money).
I feel the stirrings of excitement and have a giant sense of possibilities. For now, I need to have lunch (since I seem to have missed breakfast) and do what I have planned to do. Life is good!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I had the best weekend! I didn't get done nearly as much as I had planned, and much to my surprise, I am perfectly okay with that. I am relaxed and there is a long forgotten feeling of contentment. I'm even looking forward to going to work! (Put's hand to forehead...Nope, I'm not sick! *ROFL*)
Didn't overindulge this weekend, quite pleased with myself, although I am not resting on my laurels. Oh yeah....When I weighed in on Sunday, I was so excited to see I lost 2 pounds in spite of myself! Yay me! *LOL* Imagine what I could do if I really put my mind to it!
Well, time to finish getting ready for work. I wonder what the day holds in store for me?
Here is to a splendiferous day!
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