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Making a New Rule for Me

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I was on this site faithfully when I was working part time. Last summer, after I graduated with my Masters, I decided to focus on me and I worked out by walking and jogging miles each day. I LOVED it!

Then I landed another position at my job which was full time and I was immediately swamped! My weight loss stopped and then slowly crept back on. I am not at my original starting weight, but will be soon if I keep this trend up.

Two weeks before my vacation, I literally was working 80 hours per week. I brought my work home. I did not want to come back to work swamped.

My vacation to Oregon was amazing! A very beautiful (and cold) place to visit! We were on the coastline for most of it.





We did a lot of hiking...and I am once again, out of shape. Oh, and we ate quite well too!

So, I decided when I got back to the home routine life, I will not work crazy long hours. When it is 5 pm, I am done with work. I do know that I am on-call 24/7 but it does not mean that I don't have a life.

I have started walking my little doggie again, poor guy was so neglected...and I want to get back into jogging again.

I need to lose again...my clothes are way too tight, sigh... I reset my goals and am starting over.

Okay, off I go planning my day

Deborah

  
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HAPPYDOES 10/12/2014 1:14AM

    Wow. So a similar thing happened in your life as in mine (a bit of derailing).
I'm so sorry, but the good thing is this: if we lost weight and got into shape before, we can do it again.

I've only been back a few weeks after taking a hiatus when I injured my knee last Autumn. I not only put on all the weight I lost in the meantime, but about 7 more.

I want to thank you for helping me get started here at Sparkpeople. You were an inspiration then and you are still an inspiration today.

Hang in there, Deborah. I'm cheering you on. emoticon



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HAPPYDOES 10/12/2014 1:14AM

    Wow. So a similar thing happened in your life as in mine (a bit of derailing).
I'm so sorry, but the good thing is this: if we lost weight and got into shape before, we can do it again.

I've only been back a few weeks after taking a hiatus when I injured my knee last Autumn. I not only put on all the weight I lost in the meantime, but about 7 more.

I want to thank you for helping me get started here at Sparkpeople. You were an inspiration then and you are still an inspiration today.

Hang in there, Deborah. I'm cheering you on. emoticon



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SUNSET09 8/19/2014 10:26AM

  It's all about you and you need to make time for the things we need to do! Work will be there however, your health is nothing to play with. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSCAMACHO 8/19/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon I believe you will be able to meet your goals. Just remember that you are still allowed to work on you. Nobody can take self-care away from you. And I bet your dog is so happy to walk with you again!

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TRAILRIDERKJ 8/19/2014 9:43AM

  Welcome back. It is easy to lose sight of our goal and get wrapped up in the life as it overtakes from us! Great reminder to reassess and add new energy to our routine.


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I Seriously Need to Make Time for Me!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I have been very swamped with work - working at least 12 -16 hour days each day almost 7 days per week. If I did not get what needs to be done at work, I bring it home. This is becoming very ridiculous!

I understand that for the first month of a whole new staff and clients at 2 of my 3 group homes will cause some chaos, but it is ridiculous when toilets are constantly clogged, alarms going off all the time, clients having massive behaviors due to being out of their elements and staff is clueless, not having all my staff medically trained, having gaps in the staff schedules where I have to cover...sigh...

I am exhausted! I WILL be going on vacation far, far, far away in the first week of August. I will be gone for 9 full days! So excited!!!

My weight has now started to go up on the scale. My walking / jogging has almost completely stalled. Whenever I do jog, I am no where near to what I was doing last year.

So, I decided that after my vacation, I will seriously make some time for ME! My supervisor is totally on board with this. She told me that I don't have to answer every "crisis" or work the hours I have been doing. Tomorrow is another day... Other case managers that I have been talking with said they refuse to work more than 50 hours per week and absolutely refuse to work weekends unless they are on-call for that weekend.

So this is what I will be doing after I come home from vacation...seriously cutting back in my hours! By then, my staff should be used to their new assignments, clients will be back to their routines, etc...and I will take time for ME!

If this does not work, then I will be looking for a new job within a year...I still have about 6-9 months of LCSW supervision before I can take the exam...

Once I do take the exam and hopefully pass, I will definitely be looking for a counseling position!

Deborah

  
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BURGUNDYBABE 7/16/2014 10:46AM

    It's very difficult to say no to emergency situations, but it is required for health. Had a similar thing come up this past weekend, but after already getting in 50 hours with no days off I just declared no.

Before you can help other people you have to take care of yourself.

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THEGROOVYCHICK 7/14/2014 1:14PM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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144AUTUMN 7/13/2014 1:31PM

  You can do it!!

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NYARAMULA 7/13/2014 12:58PM

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Trying to get my routine in

Friday, June 06, 2014

I have upped my walking emoticon and jogging emoticon but not nearly what I was doing last year emoticon

I am so very busy with work emoticon that my head is spinning. I really enjoy what I am doing but this is not my career, just a step in that direction. There is a lot of driving! emoticon which I am not fond of...especially when I have to go to emoticon airports and emoticon hospitals for my clients. I hate the Illinois Toll System. And the parking fees! Next week, I have to take a client to the airport and another to a hospital in Chicago. Sigh... emoticon

Anyway, my 9 month old, very energetic puppy emoticon barks at me in the mornings to go for walks. This is actually getting me outside walking or jogging before work! Yay for my puppy!!! emoticon

Two weeks ago I was losing...then it stopped and I gained a little. My Aunt Flo came for a 3 day visit and now she left and I am feeling great! The weight gain is nearly gone with 1 more pound to go until I weighed what I did two weeks ago! I am hoping to record a weight loss within 4 days from now!

Hoping to make this goal...speaking of goals...yesterday, I broke my record by jogging faster than my previous record! I am now at 12.30 minutes per mile! I was amazed that I actually did 2 miles at that pace! But I did walk in between so I must have been sprinting some...I had my energetic puppy pulling me along and some really good tunes! emoticon

Deborah

  
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SPARKMEIDAREU 6/30/2014 2:57PM

    That's great that the puppy is getting you to step outside before work. I know how busy one can be, especially with all the crazy schedule in a day. But I"m glad the puppy has you moving. Congrats on the weight loss and jogging. I know you could do it, you are a strong person and you have shown me in sp that you can achieve anything. I'm glad you are my motivator. I look up to you and always enjoy your blogs. Thank you for the inspiration.

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SUNSET09 6/6/2014 11:28PM

  emoticon and emoticon ! Knowing and being aware is a learning process and we all know what it is we need to do to keep and stay on track. We have others that "help" us on our journey of weigh lost and what better "person" to have, in addition to good company and a motivator! emoticon . Keep up the good work and we all know, emoticon . God put in this place for a reason and a season! emoticon We all go through, to get to!

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BEEANDHAM 6/6/2014 2:22PM

    Music makes all the difference!! And howdy, haven't checked in with you in a while, glad you're doing well!! emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 6/6/2014 10:04AM

  Thanks for sharing

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What a Beautiful Day!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Today I was able to sleep in a little emoticon My puppy also slept in too! emoticon

I had my emoticon and emoticon then took my inhaler.

I walked my emoticon for 1.6 miles with a little jog here and there... then we came home so he can rest. I changed out my emoticon since my last year's shoes are getting so worn out!

I put on my tunes emoticon and jogged emoticon 4.4 miles; making it a total of 6 miles!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Later in the day, my husband and I decided to go for a walk on the nature trails emoticon and it was such a beautiful day! emoticon emoticon

What a beautiful day it has been! The temp was just perfect with a slight breeze and all the trees are in full bloom with flowers in their brilliant colors! emoticon emoticon

I love this time of year!!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Deborah

  
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Day 5 - Pleasantly Pleased

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In the last 5 days, I lost 3.2 pounds. I know that the first week is a huge weight loss and then it will taper off to a half a pound - 2 pounds per week...if I am lucky.

Last year, I set up in my "Other Goals" a personalized goal that I click off anytime I lose weight, regardless if it is a 0.2 lb. I am then able to see some sort of progress each week.

My last year's healthy habits are slowly coming back. I still need to drop the soda and pick up more water. My fruits and veggies seem to be okay. I added a personalized goal to eat a salad a day. I missed one day this week. I may need to eat a salad every other day, though. I get the romaine hearts with is so much better than iceberg lettuce. I add a packet of flavored tuna, slivered almonds, several baby bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, 2-3 dried figs, salad dressing and a sprinkle of shredded cheese.

My work is very close to home, so I do take that luxury to come home to eat my salad.

Well, getting off to get ready for work...hoping to work out tonight.

Deborah

  
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THEGROOVYCHICK 5/21/2014 10:17AM

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JMARISK 5/21/2014 8:46AM

    I'm trying the 1-a-day salad challenge too. We'll see how far I get. I'm also trying to experiement with different kinds of lettuce. I've found that cooked kale is pretty delicious, especially with mushrooms and sweet peppers. nom nom nom.

Don't be discouraged if you start to gain a little weight in the coming weeks. That was alwasy my pitfall before I realized that the weight was actually added muscle. Eventually, the added muscle helps speed up the elimination of fat, helping the number come back down. Still, take pictures every week and make sure to point out all the improvements you see.

Good luck!



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