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Why not work out?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I have a meeting this afternoon with the woman who is leaving the job that I will be starting on Sept. 8th. We'll be meeting at 5pm and it's about a 30 minute drive for me, so I'm going to squeeze in a 45 min. session on the elliptical. When I told DH I'd be working out before the meeting, he looked at me like I was nuts. But he didn't say anything, so I didn't explain, but here's the thing: I have an hour between when I get off work and when I need to leave for the meeting. If I didn't work out, what would I do with that time? Would it be as productive as a workout? Would it be as good for my well-being as a workout? Would I feel as good about it afterward as I would a workout? I couldn't think of one thing that I could fit into that particular window of time that would benefit me as much as some time rockin' out to my tunes and getting a good sweat on. So, I ask you, why NOT a workout?

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APED7969 8/27/2014 3:51AM

    Great attitude :-)

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CATTUTT 8/26/2014 7:59PM

    That is a spectacular attitude! Why not a workout indeed! Hope it was a good one.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

After 4 Fridays in a row at 140.8, I finally saw 140.0 on the scale this morning! I know it's not much, but I'm so grateful to see it! I'm sure it helps that I don't get much chance to eat during registration week at school, so my calories were in range. And I am back up to about 15 miles a week on the running, slow and steady, so I think that is a factor. I need to keep at it and drop the other 5-7 I really need to lose to feel better in my clothes. It's not like they don't fit, it's just snug enough that I find myself checking all angles in the mirror in the morning to see what might be spilling over :-(

On the good news front, I got a new job!! Just a couple of interviews and I stumbled into what I think may be a great fit! The company is a custom home-builder about 30-45 minutes away from home, so it will be a commute, but the people are just awesome, and the salary will be substantially more, between the rate and going to year-round. I'm nervous, I'm excited, I'm SO happy to be leaving this job behind, though not some of the people, for sure.

Now we're just waiting for Princess to get home from Finland next week and we'll get geared up to send her off to collitch, and life can return to what passes for normal in the Emma Household :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend, enjoy the waning summer and time with friends and family.

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CATTUTT 8/22/2014 9:21PM

    CONGRATS on seeing the scale move and on your new job! Both are absolutely wonderful!

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BLITZEN44 8/22/2014 5:04PM

    Wow, congratulations on your new job! And breaking into a whole new field too! It sounds like a great time for you to be making the switch to year-round, now that your youngster is off to college. You'll do great! Nice job breaking your weight plateau too- that's not easy to do. emoticon emoticon

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A minor victory (and I need all the victories I can get!)

Friday, August 15, 2014

So the other secretary in my office brought me a cookie today. Her sister works at the school as well, and she makes the BEST peanut butter cookies, and Linda knows it's the only thing that I say yes to when it's offered. That way I don't have to think about it when food is offered. The answer is always no, thank you - EXCEPT - Debra's PButter cookies. Today, being Friday, is a high-calorie day for me, though, and the thought of adding another cookie's-worth of calories and fat into my daily totals was not going to be okay for me. But I loves me those cookies. So, what I did was take the cookie, explain that it wasn't going to fit into my eating plan for the day, but how I would wrap it in plastic and save it for next week, when I can budget for it. I was pretty proud of myself for handling temptation this way, and realized it was also an opportunity to model healthy behavior. NOTHING is off limits, but you have to PLAN for it, right? And that it's okay to say yes, I'd love a cookie, just not right this minute, which helps me flex my delayed-gratification muscle, too.

I don't always make good decisions, but I am trying hard to notice it when I do :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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BLESSEDBEING 8/18/2014 9:48AM

    Giving yourself credit emoticon for your victories is an emoticon skill to develop. I consider it vitally important to cheer emoticon and acknowledge our progress, also known as tooting your horn emoticon Good for you! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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    Great way to handle it!

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SUNSHINE20113 8/16/2014 5:08AM

    Exactly! Nothing is off limits - you just have to be picky about when you eat it and how much!

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CATTUTT 8/15/2014 9:09PM

    Wow that was awesome! Turning down cookies is hard, and so is delayed gratification. But you did a great job of it.

Woo hoo!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 8/15/2014 8:31PM

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The end of a busy summer...

Monday, August 11, 2014

...and the beginning of a new adventure?

I'm scheduled to go back to work on Wednesday - 3 days in the office before registration starts on Monday. I am NOT looking forward to it, I have to say. Since Princess graduated, I won't have any of my own kids at the high school with me for the first time in 8 years, THAT will take some getting used to! But also, I have started looking for a new job. I had my first interview this morning (the first one in 15 years, so I'm a little rusty...) and I think it went well. I am hoping for a full-time position with a pay rate that is more than $2.50/hr more than the proposed new minimum wage :-( I realize that it will be a big adjustment going from education back into the private sector, but part of me is very much looking forward to it.

And part of me is wondering how I'm going to fit workouts into my schedule when I'll be adding a commute to my day - I've been SO spoiled! I'll be going from and 8 1/2 hour day to a 9 hour day, with lunch, and the commute on top of that will probably mean an additional 2 hours or so out of my day. Which means I'll need to be a bit more creative when it comes to afternoon workouts. The morning run shouldn't be a problem, but I probably won't be hitting that 4pm RIPPED class that I used to enjoy so much before my foot trouble started. And workouts will bump up against dinner time probably, so do we eat later? Do I plan more crock-pot meals? Do I ask DH to take over some of the dinner preparation? Any or all of those things will do the job, but it's still and adjustment. One thing I know for sure is I WILL find a way to get my workouts in, especially since I have extra summer/non-running weight I need to get rid of now as well :-(

So, life is in transition - transition from full-time Mom to semi-empty-nester, transition from working 201 days a year to 260, transition from afternoon workouts to evening workouts, etc. I know it will all shake out in a positive way, but I also know transitions can be really difficult and angst-producing. That makes it all the more important to continue to eat well, workout regularly, get enough sleep, depend on my friends and family, and sally forth as best I can - wish me luck!!

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CATTUTT 8/11/2014 9:35PM

    It's true that change can be very difficult to deal with, but it sounds like you've got a great attitude about it. A really great attitude. Hope you get good news from your interview, good luck!

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Dontcha hate it?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When you see something edible, in the house or at work, and think to yourself "I'm not going to eat that, it's not for me". Then you watch as your ostensibly disembodied hand reaches out- of it's own accord, mind you - snatches that cookie/potato chip/piece of chocolate and pops it in your pie-hole before you even realize you've done it. Dontcha hate that? It's been happening a lot to me lately :-(

I don't have a weight issue, I just have a hand management issue :-)

I need to find some inner fortitude here pretty dang quick or I'm gonna be having a problem with my wardrobe. Maybe a 1400 calorie challenge, or a Vegetarian Week, just something to remind me that I am the master of my hands and my mouth and I can make good choices. This is especially important as I head into my 6-week summer break from school, where my eating schedule is less structured and there's all sorts of room for damage.

Hopefully I get the okay to start running again, that always seems to help. My PT prescription is up at the end of this week, though I suspect he may ask to have another week or two tacked on. I'm crossing my fingers that I improve enough to start getting back to my regular activities.

And that's the State of the Union, a la Emma, this fine Tuesday morning. Hope all of you have a splendiferous day!

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BA5454 6/26/2014 7:57AM

    *Hand management issue*, LOL--can so relate! I like the idea of doing a challenge--it's a great strategy and one I may have to do, too. Thanks for the tip. (And good luck with the PT)

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BLITZEN44 6/24/2014 11:50PM

    At least you have that "stop for a second" moment when you tell yourself you're not going to eat something. There's none of that going on in my brain! That said, when I AM on a good streak, which is admittedly a very rare occasion, I've found distraction helps. See the thing you want to eat and get away from it and do something else. The strong desire to eat said thing passes in just a minute or two, and by keeping your hands doing something else and/or your mind focused on something else during this time, you will literally be managing your hands and avoiding the automatic "grab and eat" impulse. *As I grab another brownie and smarf it down...* emoticon

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CATTUTT 6/24/2014 12:26PM

    Oh yes, I definitely have the disembodied hand phenomenon. I wonder if burning some sage would cure it? But seriously, yeah, I'm feeling ya this morning.

I hope you get the okay from the PT to get back to your life as normal! Good luck!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 6/24/2014 12:19PM

    Nice...Hand management issue!

Crossing fingers and toes for improvement so that you can be discharged from PT!

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    I like that! HAHA a hand management issue!

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