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Hey Monday! Bring. It. On.

Monday, October 01, 2012

I had a great weekend. I made a nutritious dinner to share with my sister (who hung out at my house Friday night) and we watched The Avengers. It was awesome. I had no idea it would be so funny!

Sunday I went to Avenue Q at our local theatre with a couple of friends. It was hilarious!

What a great, relaxing weekend. I'm really glad I chose to finish my homework during the week and take the weekend off. I could have used it to get ahead on this week's assignment, but I chose to give myself a much needed rest.

Go me!

P.S. I got a sweet new haircut on Friday, so I'm feelin' pretty sassy. emoticon

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LUCINDARW 10/1/2012 1:28PM

    Glad you had an enjoyable week-end with your Sister and like your new "sassy hair style"! Take care, Lucinda

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Dealing with a loss of a not so happy variety.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My great grandmother passed away last night, about an hour after I left her side.

The experience of visiting her for what I knew would be the last time left me physically and emotionally exhausted. For both our sakes, I kept my chin up, my eyes dry, and spoke with her like it was any other conversation. After telling her I loved her and leaving, I was completely drained.

The feeling seems to be carrying over to today. I'm at work, trying to stay awake and be productive. I'm not very motivated. I've got homework to do this evening too.

Trying not to do any emotional eating, or any "keep myself awake" eating.

Lots of praying.

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/6/2012 3:03AM

    It sounds like a "good" experience although sad but being allowed to say goodbye, having the competence to mourn...not bad, not bad at all emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 10/1/2012 11:25AM

    So sorry about your great grandmother. How awesome that you were able to spend time with her and tell her you loved her. I never got to know my great grandparents (always wished I'd had the opportunity) and only had one grandmother and grandfather that I knew, he passed away when I was only 10. I was fortunate enough to enjoy my grandmother until my mid 30's when she passed after just turning 99.

Hoping you find some peace. Take good care of yourself, it's all part of the grief process.

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BRITOMART 10/1/2012 9:06AM

    How blessed you were! to HAVE a great-grandmother so far on your journey, to be able to say good-bye knowing you were. Give yourself time to grieve, because our culture doesn't really appreciate how long a process that can be. You have my deep sympathy.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 9/28/2012 12:20PM

    Thank you guys. I've finished my assignments for this week and I'm taking the weekend off to just take care of myself. emoticon

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  Take good care of yourself.

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NANT406 9/27/2012 11:05PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. I know the stress of losing a loved one while attending school. Perhaps you can talk to your instructors to let them know what's going on. I'm sure they'll be understanding and willing to work with you. Maybe taking a couple days off from work will help you recharge. Be gentle with yourself and remember the good times with your great-grandmother. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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MYLEHIA 9/27/2012 10:55PM

    Oh sweetie. I send you hugs. I too lost my grandmother recently. I know exactly what you are going through. I will keep you in my prayers.

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LARISSA238 9/27/2012 7:51PM

    *hugs* I'm sorry for your loss... I just lost my Nana this past May. It does get easier with time but it never goes away. Just remember the good moments!

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    The walk sounds like a really good idea. Don't try to add stress to your life right now. Can you take a couple personal days off of work? If you have any major assignments due (you mentioned homework?), perhaps you can ask for a small extension. Let your feelings out, but don't do it in front of the fridge or pantry. Just don't let yourself pretend everything is OK when it's not and ask for help and support when you need it. Best wishes, you will be in my prayers.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 9/27/2012 5:12PM

    I am incredibly grateful to have been able to see her one last time. They're waiting until spring to have a memorial for her, so thankfully I don't have to deal with all of that just now.

I really think that the best thing for me is to go home after work, have a nice walk, get my homework done, then get a good night's sleep. It won't fix everything right away, but it's sure a start!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/27/2012 4:55PM

    Sorry about the loss of your beloved great-grandmother. You are so blessed to have been there so close to her demise and to be able to tell her you loved her. You must feel you feelings and get through the sorrowful time of funeral preparation and the aftermath. I wouldn't be surprised if your eating went off the rails somewhat during this time. Where I live, when a loved one passes, friends, family, and neighbors bring over food and there is a degree of feasting. You can pick up your program this time next week when the funeral is over. I hope your school work doesn't suffer too much. Your great-grandmother wouldn't want you to let your studies slide. Consider a good grade a tribute to her.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Well, I'll be at home this evening, doing a bit of Walk Away the Pounds, and then finishing the Gandhi book for my World Religions class. I'm going to finish the assignment for my Research class because tomorrow I'm going to a college football game and I don't want to be thinking about my schoolwork.

In the past I would have put all of this off until Sunday afternoon and worked right up to the 11pm deadline. Now, I'm all about not causing myself undue stress. Plus, having my Sunday free will let me plan my meals for the week and get a jump on the Siddhartha book that I have to read next week.

Progress, not perfection.

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KIMCOLLINGS 9/21/2012 4:05PM

    That is an awesome way to tackle it. It's a good feeling to get the homework out of the way so you can enjoy the weekend without it being at the back of your mind.


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Fitness Reality Check

Thursday, September 20, 2012

So. I ordered a workout DVD (Xtend Barre) I found through the video section on Spark. It arrived in the mail yesterday. I was totally jazzed to do it.

I get all un-officed, put on the sports bra, yoga pants, tank top, and I'm ready for this workout. I pop in the DVD, watch the introduction, the tutorial (so I know what she's talking about if she uses terms I'm not familiar with) and hit play on the six minute warm-up.

THEN... Reality punched me in the face. I am SOOOOO out of shape. It is amazing how good I've been at lying to myself with regard to the state of my body. I nearly didn't live through the warm-up. I was DRIPPING sweat and breathing heavily. It was six minutes.

However, I figured, hey, I'm obviously warmed up (sweating like a pig), so now I should really do some kind of actual workout. So, I grabbed one of my collection of Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. I did two miles with weights, then the cool down/stretch and I feel really good about that.

So, I learned two things. 1) I'm totally not ready for the Xtend Barre DVD just yet, so it'll take time for me to work up to that point. Challenge accepted. 2) Just because I couldn't do the workout I WANTED to do, didn't mean I couldn't do SOMETHING. I still got a great workout. Excuse denied.



One Day At A Time

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yep, you're right, it's a cliche. I've been learning why cliches are around - because they're true.

If I look at my eating/fitness habits for the next 10 years, I will get overwhelmed and dive right 'off the wagon.' I can say this with conviction, I've done it before. Many times, in fact.

However, I can do this today. Just for today, I can go for a 30 minute walk. Just for today I can make my nutrient goals without going over my calorie goals. Just for today, I can make sure I get my daily variety of fruits and vegetables.

It doesn't seem so difficult now. emoticon


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