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Monday, August 17, 2009

I went on vacation and ended up with no computer to log in on. I lost all my streaks and lots of points. Oh well. I was mostly worried that I would not stay on track and gain a lot of my weight back. I was pretty good about what I ate and did a lot of walking. I was made to feel guilty when I wanted to break from the family to hit the gym. So I walked and annoyed my mother when I would not take the closest parking spot in front of the store. "Could you park any further away???" she would say. I really thought I would have gained weight. I came home braced. I ended up losing 1 pound. I'll take it. I can only imagine what would have happened if I had really tried.

  
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SALDABA6 8/17/2009 11:18PM

    Wtg on losing in spite of the odds being stacked against you!!!! Now you know how easy it can be for you at home, with no one to make you feel guilty except you emoticon You go girl you are doing well Keep On Trucking emoticon

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KEALLEY 8/17/2009 6:31PM

    You did great! And just remember, it is okay every once in awhile to let yourself relax and enjoy a much earned vacation!

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I'm a "Sparky" today!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I get to be a "Sparky" for the next week and a half at my part time job. YEAH!That is what we call Electricians and I am a Certified Electrician through the Union. The Union is great because I can do different things every time I work. I am also fork lift, scissor lift, and boom lift certified-among other things. I plan on earning the coveted rigging certification one day soon. But I have to admit--being an electrician is my favorite.
Being a "Sparky" today had a different meaning for me. I didn't think about it until the bossman called "Attention all Sparkies". I instantly thought about Sparkpeople. Then I thought of the impact it was having on my life. Normally, I would have just packed a lunch. This time it was different.
Wednesday, I planned my menu for the rest of the week and did a bunch of prepping and cooking. Last night, I made my lunch, figured out my calories and packed healthy snacks. I took two bottles of water-in case I lost one (I didn't). I looked at the Quickfire challenge to see what I could incorporate throughout the day. I also told myself NOT to sit in front of the couch when I got home but in front of the computer so I could log in and record my food and fitness.
I do a lot of squatting, walking, heavy lifting, and pulling heavy cable in this job. I took my pedometer and I've walked over 10 miles today. Every time I work electric I come home exhausted, rather dirty, sore and stiff, and very satisfied that I put in a hard days work-I earn my money.
I am pleased that Sparkpeople has had such an impact on me. The word Sparky has more than one meaning for me now.
P.S. I had a lot of people telling me I looked REALLY good-lost a lot of weight and looked healthier and happier. BONUS!! emoticon

  


My pedometer

Monday, July 13, 2009

I received a pedometer while volunteering at the MPI convention that is in town. It is to encourage being green and minimizing greenhouse gases by walking whenever possible. I volunteered for the Fun Run this morning and afterwards, I checked my pedometer and had walked nearly 4 miles. Awesome-no treadmill for me today. Since I still wanted to make my step class, I kept the pedometer on to see what it would tell me. It seems my step class is the equivelent of walking a little over three miles. So at 16,000 + steps, 7 + miles and 450 calories (according to the mighty pedometer) not including my cardio for step-I am done for the day and am really considering doing the Fun Run they have tomorrow morning. 5am is awfully early. It will depend on my knees I think. OH WAIT!! I still have to do my Quickfire Challenge.

  
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WATERMELLEN 7/13/2009 7:36PM

    OK -- you knew all about the wonders of food scales for portion control before I figured it out (thanks for dropping by my blog and your nice comments) and now you've acquired a pedometer too! Guess I'll have to investigate this gizmo as well!

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Pinning the black pants

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, the black pants have sprung back into the spotlight of my life once again. Last time I tried them on I found them to be too big. Thrilled as I was, I was in no hurry to buy new ones. I intend on losing more weight. I spend about $50 every third year on clothes for me. My money goes to the household and my kidlets. Before I was laid off, my job required me to wear jeans and a company shirt.

I am volunteering to help with a convention this weekend and though they have provided me with a shirt, I am required to wear black pants. emoticon

I froze. I don't want to buy black pants. I don't want to cinch these up and be uncomfortable for the 8 hours I'm going to be wearing them. I also don't want to go to the 2nd hand store and try on pair after pair. It depresses me to try on clothes right now. In fact, it sometimes sets me off on a funk.

I've decided to pin these up and call it good. What suprised me was the angst I put myself through trying to decide what to do. I also decided I'm really going to need some mid-way black pants for interviews so I'm just going to have to buck up and spend the day at the 2nd hand store. Later. Another day. I'll stick to what does fit me for awhile. I wish that shopping would be fun again and not a day breaker. emoticon

  


No loitering

Friday, July 10, 2009

I have a friend that, unbeknownst to me, decided it was time to do something about her weight. She started going to the gym and she quit drinking (as much). One day she mentioned in an email what she was doing, I praised her for doing so. I told her that I was very proud of her. I mentioned that I had been hitting the gym and watching what I ate as well. "We'll do it together!" she said. Though we belong to different gyms, I told her that we could always meet to walk. Over the last few months, we have met for lunch a few times. I watch her eat her bread-then mine, have a beer-"But it's light beer!", eat salad (dripping in dressing), fries (" I haven't had any for almost a week"-she said. I haven't had fries in almost a year) and listening to her complaining that she isn't losing weight, can't get to the gym, and that I look "great". "You know..." I would start. "Yea yea I know" she would finish. I mentioned the other day that I had clothes that didn't fit anymore-they were too big. I saw the look on her face and I immediately said "Yeah I know-WHAAA-cry me a river" She glared at me harder. It's so sad that sometimes you feel you need to play down your successes to spare other people their feelings. I would be truly happy for her if she really put in a logical effort. She is single with no kids. I'm a single mother with two. She can't get to the gym and I can get there 3 times a week? I understand baby steps-big fan of them-but you they have to be actual steps and you can't sit on that step for months and call it good. The purpose of "steps" are to keep moving. Otherwise-they are loitering and no one likes loiterers.

  
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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2009 10:12PM

    Once again -- I totally relate to this. When I went from 230 to 150 in 2001 I did actually lose a couple of friends over it, one in particular who was very very unhappy with the change in my appearance. She wrote me a couple of unpleasant letters; actually a little frightening. I was polite and distanced myself and haven't seen her since -- until at a distance several weeks ago: and she refused to acknowledge my presence.

Sad but you know -- if I had to choose between keeping the "friend" and losing the weight it wasn't a bad choice that I made! And actually it was her choice, not mine.

Not easy to remain friends with people whose values are so divergent from your own.

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