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Whadda ya know...goals work!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

I blogged yesterday about my plans for the weekend. How I was going to eat well and exercise and all that. Color me surprised when I realized that it works! emoticon

Today was my son's first football game of the season. He was scheduled to play at noon and had to be there at 11:00. Can you say "Lunchtime"? Anyway, I ate some string cheese, took an apple and carrots and stopped by the convenience store for a DP and peanuts. As I was watching the game, I really wanted the peanuts, but I thought about my goals and opted for the apple and the carrots. Hunger gone. Afterward, I had one of the tiny bags of chips that we brought for after-game snacks and a hamburger bun with peanut butter. Not the best, healthiest lunch, BUT I did not slather peanut butter on the bun. I actually kept it very close to the 2 TBSP serving size! WOO HOO!!

My plan was to get up this morning and go to the gym before the game. That didn't happen. I had trouble hauling my lazy butt out of bed and then I still had to go get snacks and laminate sheets. As it was, we barely made it to the field on time! I justified missing the morning workout by telling myself that I would go this afternoon. And...I actually did!! I did my week 3, day 1 pushups and 45 minutes on the elliptical. Yay for me!!!

I get home from the gym and what do I see? Chocolate chip cookies. What do I want to do? Eat them ALL!!! But, again, I thought about those goals and guess what?!?! Yep, it worked! I did eat two cookies, one before supper and one after. But, they fit into my eating plan for the day.

So, overall, I would say that the day was a success. I could have done MUCH better on my lunch, but for the most part I had a good day. One down, the rest of my life to go....and that's going to be a very looooooooong time! emoticon

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    We love it when a plan comes together!
Keep that chain of good choices going Barbarba!

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LOWTIDE 9/6/2009 12:21AM

    Awesome!! Way to look outside the box. Keep up the fantastic work!! Goals do work!!

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Not my best week...okay, month!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Since football started...okay, football practice for my son...I have gone way off track. I used to come home in the evening, make dinner and then head to the gym. Well, now I come home, I may or may not make dinner, grab my son and off we go to practice. I usually hang around there, talking to the other moms and watching my son. Partly because I like it and partly because he really likes it when I'm there. (He would prefer that Dad goes, or better, both of us, but he'll take what he can get!).

When we get home, I usually make dinner, walk the dogs (with one of the kids or DH), gather my stuff for the next day and then log onto Spark People. By the time I'm done with all of that, it's 11:00 and I need to get some sleep. Obviously something needs to change. DH's suggestion is to not log onto SP..or if I do, not spend so much time here. I don't like that suggestion! emoticon I do this for me. I am not going to give this up. I'm just not!

So, here's the plan for this long weekend. I am going to stay on track with both nutritional intake (not just calories, but actual nutrients!) and exercise all three days. I am also going to plan my week to make sure I get in my exercise and nutrients each day. Here are the things I'm going to consider...Any other suggestions?


Get up before work (HARD to do!)
Take my bag and work out at lunch (doable, but I would miss sitting on the patio reading my book)
Working out during my son's practice - there would be running, walking, pushups, situps. If not there, the gym, but I would miss his practice

I'm not really trying to shoot down any of these ideas...okay, the before work one, I am...I'm just trying to keep limitations in mind so that I make the right choices.

Plan easy dinners - tacos, sandwiches, etc.
Ask DH to make dinner - although, not sure why I have to ask. Doesn't he see that no one is making dinner? There is a menu on the fridge that shows what to make. Anyway, different subject...
Ask daughter to make dinner - she's 13 and should know her way around the kitchen better than she does now. Doesn't leave her much time for homework, chores and down time
Any other ideas?

Staying in range:
Plan, plan, plan and...oh yeah... PLAN!!!! Figure out what I'm going to eat, when I'm going to eat it and take it with me!

I'll write down my goals for the week and let you know what they are and how I do. Please throw any suggestions my way. Softly tho! LOL!

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LENNY48 9/5/2009 10:29AM

    Here is my thing this is a lifestyle right? I don't say diet because we are trying to learn to eat right portions and exercise etc. THere are times when life is super busy and we just can't put this as top priority. It is important for you to be with your son and enjoy the community interaction. Once you get in the groove, all things will steady out. I am doing Spirit Wear and this is my really busy season with all sports ordering stuff. The other day I was busy from 7 until 4PM with orders. I was exhausted, had not exercised and we ordered out. The next day, I did my exercise and cooked a nice meal. It is called life and we need to be OK with the times when it gets too busy to post on sparks or having the meal be the most important thing. Give yourself a little room for wiggle. We always have tomorrow! Lenny

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    I liked you plan for dinner with two of the alternatives.
First, DH should be able to fix dinner
Second, Daughter could be a good support system for DH and be able to call the fire department should the need arise, LOL.

I'm not sure what to suggest on the work outs. I'll let YOU make THAT decision, as if I made any of the others, LOL

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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NORCALTOPAZ 9/5/2009 2:35AM

    Oh B - you are a busy, busy woman! (I get sleepy just thinking about it lol)

don't have any suggestions but one query: is the only alone and/or downtime that you have is when you sit on the patio reading a book during lunch? Just food for thought. I know for me, my alone time is sacred - it helps me to clear my head and take a moment for myself.

I'm sending you good vibrations to solve this quandary.

Keep your face toward the sunshine,


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MUSIC66 9/5/2009 1:23AM

    you will get back on track sooner or later

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GEEMAWEST 9/5/2009 1:09AM

    Oh boy, I can totally relate to your blog. However, I am over and done with this part of my life. I went through this exact same thing 20 years ago, which is actually when I gained all my weight.

I wish I had a magical answer for you. Is it possible for you and DH to take turns making dinner? Make up a schedule and do every other day? Would he be open to that? I definitely don't think not logging on to SP or not staying on as long is a good choice because I know how much it has helped me. My husband has actually made a few comments about me and my keyboard but we are old enough and far enough along in our relationship to deal with it. He has his things and I have mine and we're good with that.

Your son needs to know you are there for him. If Dad can't be there it is a good thing for you to be. I know this from experience. However, you don't want to put all the pressure on your daughter to be responsible for making dinner. She will resent it later. Unless of course, she likes doing that sort of thing. Then it's a perfect opportunity for her to shine.

When I was in this exact same situation I choose to get up earlier in the morning to do my exercises. It helped my day go smoother and gave me more energy to make it through the day.

Sorry that I don't have any miracle cures. I wish you the best and know that you will do the best for you and your family.

Cheryl emoticon

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Boise State is dominating the Oregon Ducks

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Can't stay long...just had to let you all know what a great job my team is doing during their season opener. Boise - 13...Ducks - 0! Zero points and zero first the first half! WOO HOOO!!!

Later y'all!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRISLEWIS48 9/5/2009 2:35PM

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I'm from the Boise area, but the U of O is my almamater! I expect that my true colors lie with the green and gold. Congrats on kicking our asses. emoticon

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    And at the end of the second half, we had crushed them. We won. We rule. We are THE BRONCOS!!! emoticon

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Daughter's first volley ball game....

Thursday, September 03, 2009

and it was painful to watch. emoticon Yes, I know they are 12 and 13 year-old girls. Yes, I know it is the B-team. Yes, I know that I couldn't do it either. That's beside the point!! So many of the points were because the girls couldn't serve the ball over the net (both teams). If the ball made it over, very rarely did it actually volley back. The hard part for me is that I know these girls have been practicing for two weeks and I know they have done better in practice. I think a lot of the errors were due to nerves. I'm hoping they can pull together for the next game.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not one of those parents who yells at their kid from the sideline, telling them what to do and pointing out what they did wrong. (No, really, I'm not!!!) I cheer the good plays and keep my groans to myself on the not so good plays. Plus, it's not about winning. It's about being out there, giving your all and supporting your team. In that regard, the girls did great! As long as my daughter has fun, I'll do what I can to go watch.

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STEELERCRAZY 9/3/2009 11:29AM

    And that's what makes you a wonderful, awesome Mommy! My youngest daughter (Breanna) has recently taken up painting portraits and although I wanna jump right in there and say, "Okay, now do THIS or THAT" I remain the silent supporter because I realize she needs to do it on her own. I only give comments when asked and fade into the shadows when I get "The Look."

It could be your daughter's nerves. I made it all the way to the Spelling Bee Finals and screwed up the word 'mawkish' because some cute guy was in the front row and I was all nervous and giddy. (And I swear to this day I'll never forget how to spell that word.) They'll be fine, Mama. And it sounds to me like you're a great fan of the sport, too. Kudos to you, today, Barb. You're awesome.

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Mad, mad, mad, MAD!!!!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I've mentioned before that my area at work is going through a re-org. One of the guys is moving on to another position and needs to hand down some of his projects. One in particular is fairly involved and complicated. Every department is involved, plus subcons and our Singapore site. It makes sense that he would hand this project off to me. I think so. He thinks so. My boss' boss thinks so. Unfortunately, my boss doesn't think so nor does his boss or my boss' boss' boss.

Why? I don't know, but I was irritated beyond irritation when I found out that my boss was taking this over! emoticon Granted, he did not volunteer for it, it was assigned to him. However (and really that's a big BUT!), I think he could have handled it so much better. Instead of telling the powers-that-be that he was too busy to take this on (which he probably is), as my boss, he should have been telling them why I should be the contact on this! Since he didn't (and I know he didn't, he told me), that tells me that he has no confidence in my abilities!

He knows that I don't agree with the decision. I did the right thing (if I want to keep my job) and told him that I'll help wherever he needs me to. My plan is to be an expert on this and be able to answer every question without consulting notes. I'm already familiar with the product, so that shouldn't be too hard. The twitchy part of me, however, will not make it easy on him when he needs me. I'll make sure I get the credit for my work...not him.

On the re-org subject, we've been told that the structure is set, most names are in place, there is just one more item to hammer out (must be a dang small hammer!) and that we are "this close". Should know something "shortly." Can you say vague, followed by vague with a side helping of vague....

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NORCALTOPAZ 9/5/2009 2:49AM

    Personally, I think your boss is a dweeb and I agree with your sis, all your SP friends should kick his butt (wouldn't that count as a serious aerobic session: think about all the calories we'd burn! LMAO)

I wish I could do something for you, I know that political office games make ones life a bummer.

Try to have a good weekend,


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STEELERCRAZY 9/2/2009 12:04PM

    Barbara, breathe. Okay, now that you're irritated with me for telling you to 'breathe' (because when someone tells ME to chill out I want a slice of their head with a side of their rear), you can only do what you can. I don't exactly know what it is you do nor am I in a position to offer you any helpful advice, but one thing I do know, you are a great person. You are right. You deserved to be handed this project. You deserve to have all the credit that is definitely due you. Some days, work sucks. Especially when you see all of your hard work being handed over to the mercy of someone else.

I feel you.

All you gotta do is say the word and I'm revving up the Vette (too cold for the Dyna) and I'm bringing my can of "whoopbutt." I will go down for you. Hey, you want me to mess with his computers? I can be in and out in five minutes. Trust me, it doesn't take long.

Seriously, though, hang in there, B. I'll pray for you and this situation. If anything, maybe you can gain some comfort of mind or God can give you peace over this. Love ya, Sis.

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CALIMAN1 9/2/2009 2:01AM

    Hey, I'm a manager!!!! But Lord knows I delegate to my much more talented folk as much as I can, though there are certain sensitive issues that I have to absolutely deal with...

Learn what you need to learn, be the pro that you are, and I hope that you will get the credit you deserve. I have a few "irritable" memories that I can share, but in most cases ultimately things worked out ok....

Hang in and see what happens...I know this is frustrating, but I think you have the "ooomph" to not only get through it, but to shine bright and be the "STAR"!!!! My thoughts are with you my new Spark friend..."I got your back!"

ok, from a distance, but I still got it!


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