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New Plan . . . New Goals

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Anyone who saw my last blog knows that I have been fighting with some really stressful situations. I've come to the realization that it's not just one stressful thing here, and another there. It has become bad news . . . recover . . . bad news . . . recover . . . bad news recover . . . and that cycle has not ended for a couple of months now.

My opinion . . . poor management.

I have new goals and a plan in place for the week, and I'm going to put them into motion. But it starts with opening my mouth and asking people to change their management style. I'm not sure I'll have the guts to do that tomorrow or the next day. But I've dropped a few hints and will continue to drop more. When the moment comes that I'm strong enough to do it and I feel the timing is right, I'll get the job done.

In the meantime . . . I share an appropriate quote . . .

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JENNIK2 5/15/2013 1:30PM

    Great plan, just be careful talking to your new boss. People are sometimes so stuck in their ways or so defensive that your suggestions may be seen as an attack. Good Luck!

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RYDERB 5/12/2013 12:45PM

    Good for you!

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QUOOTIE 5/12/2013 10:37AM

    Sometimes a new plan of attack is just the right thing to do to start thing off in the right direction. Go for it!

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Fighting Back Against the Hammer

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Remember the whack a mole game at the local fair or carnival?

So I've not been doing my best lately, and I'm starting to get disappointed with myself. I've let a huge amount of stress at work define me and lead me down the wrong path.

I returned from vacation feeling like I would be changing things. I felt like most of the changes at work were behind me . . . the horrible new workspace (quarters so tight that you have to ask people to move their chairs in order to get out of the room), the new boss, the drastic changes and uneasiness we've been feeling at work.

Imagine my surprise to return after a week off and find out that one of my co-workers was given the option to move or lose her job. It was a huge set-back in my mindset, and it's been a week of me being off my game again. And to make matters worse, they gave her time to transition her work over the next month or two, and she's not willing to stay. So her coworkers will have to figure out her workload and absorb it, when none of us were aware of how it worked. I can't blame her, but I have to admit that I'm not happy about it.

So yesterday afternoon I had a meeting with my new boss, and I was very honest with her. I told her that I don't mind change . . . I really don't. But being fed very large changes in a piecemeal fashion, one at a time, is not good. If you want our department to go in a different direction, then tell me where you want to be. If I disagree with it, I'll let you know, but I'll still get you there once I've given my opinion. Being delivered a new, awful message every week or two is counterproductive. You get used to one drastic change, you recover and get your morale back up a bit, and they pull the hammer out and smack you down one more time.

I don't know that my discussion got anywhere, but I will say that I need to find a way to not allow this to define my goals to become healthier and lose weight. So my goal this weekend is to make a plan for the week. Just one week! I will build something into that to reduce stress. I will build time for some healthier meals. I can no longer come home feeling exhausted and defeated and eat grab and go food.

Also on my agenda, a discussion with my former manager (my new manager's manager) explaining my "hammer" theory.

So I'm off to search for some healthy new recipes . . . make a grocery list . . . make a plan!

I'm fighting back against the hammer! I am not a mole to be whacked!

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KELLIEBEAN 5/11/2013 12:38PM

    Good for you.

Turn negatives into much as possible!

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NESSAGIRL67 5/11/2013 9:47AM

    I love your blog and I have to agree with you because you and I work together and I am in the midst of making a plan as well. Thank you so much for putting your blog up because I was writing my down on paper. Hang in there and we will encourage each other. emoticon emoticon

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Fitness Personality

Saturday, May 04, 2013

For one of my challenges this week I was asked to do two quizzes that look at personality traits and can tell you what kind of fitness routine will work best for you. The first was an 8 minute color quiz to find out what your color is, and mine came up GREEN. As I read the results, my initial thought was, "That's not me!" I was concerned that I was not honest in answering the questions. There were some where I was on the fence, so I went back and retook the quiz. I answered differently on those where I was on the fence to respond one way or the other. The second time I came up BLUE. When I read the results, I realized that it was even less close to me. At that point, I went back and read the GREEN info, and I thought honestly about the responses. Yes - I guess that really was me. I am highly attuned to and observant of the physical world around me. My profound attention to detail and outstanding orienting skills influence all aspects of what I do and when I do it. Minimalists at heart, my demeanor is understated, quiet, and unobtrusive. In groups, I tend toward the background, preferring others to take the lead in social interactions.

I think when the dialog all changes specific to exercise, nothing is going to match me. There would have to be a color that signifies laziness. I hate exercise. I do it . . . but I hate it. What color is that?

So back to me being GREEN. "For Greens, the desire to be outdoors overrides all other motivations to exercise."

Really? I hate bugs!

"They prefer to be alone and are in tune to all the vivid details of the natural world. “Greens are great navigators. You won’t see them in gyms very often unless they’re working toward a specific goal, such as training for a mountain climb or backpacking trip."

O.K., so you won't see me in the gym very often, but that's just because I hate the gym. I promise you I'm not training for anything. However, the idea of training for something is indeed intriguing. So perhaps I should train for something.

Suggested Activities: Hiking, orienteering, backpacking, mountain or road cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, windsurfing.

Hmmm . . . I really need to give this some thought, as none of these sound too appealing. Except the road cycling. Something to think about.

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AMDODSON12 6/25/2013 10:49AM

    You motivated me to go take the quiz-I got silver...I think I am more green myself.

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RYDERB 5/6/2013 1:02AM

    "Really? I hate bugs!" …. "but I hate it. WHat color is that?" emoticon
Great honest blog! I'm sorry you didn't like your results. But who knows, maybe with a little bug spray, a walk wouldn't be too bad.

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JCARDINAL 5/5/2013 4:21PM

    I was a Purple Harmony and it described me pretty well.

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BECKYSFRIEND 5/4/2013 10:56PM

    road cycling sounds good

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TRENTDREAMER 5/4/2013 4:05PM

    " When I read the results, I realized that it was even less close to me. At that point, I went back and read the GREEN info, and I thought honestly about the responses. Yes - I guess that really was me. "
* I love personality quizzes, but yeah. I've done that a couple of times with various ones.

"Really? I hate bugs! "
* Amen!

"You won’t see them in gyms very often unless they’re working toward a specific goal, ..... O.K., so you won't see me in the gym very often, but that's just because I hate the gym."
* :D

"Hmmm . . . I really need to give this some thought, as none of these sound too appealing. Except the road cycling. Something to think about. "
* Best of fortune to you as you ponder.

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Panic Mode

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's official! I am in panic mode. Pre-vacation panic mode!

I still have to pack.

I hate to fly.

I don't know what to pack.

I hate to fly.

I have to get boarding passes.

I hate to fly.

I need my ID and all my information for hotel.

I hate to fly.

I need to get everything squared away for when I'm away.

I hate to fly.

I need to buy some new socks.

I hate to fly.

I need to find proper footwear.

I hate to fly.

Did I mention that I hate to fly?

I hate to fly.

No worries . . . I'm sure once the plane lands, I'll be in dandy shape.

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JENNIK2 4/25/2013 2:14PM

    I don't hate to fly, but I'm not really fond of it. But just remember you get to have a great vacation after the dreaded flight! Bring a good book on the flight and it will be over before you know it! emoticon

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/25/2013 8:23AM

    I do too - whats the saying--- be calm and keep going ??? I am trying :0)

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RYDERB 4/25/2013 6:27AM

    emoticon Just take a deep breath and think about how much fun you're going to have.

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KATRINAKRAUT 4/24/2013 11:03PM

    First of all...have a great vacation! I love to travel and I would be constantly on the road exploring if I could. My travel tips: When packing, less is more. Most important item? Comfortable shoes. Only take what you really like and feel good wearing. Stick with one color scheme so that things mix and match. Add a scarf for color. I have "travel clothes". I can travel for a month plus with a small carry on. At the end of the month, I am sick of the clothes and they get put away until the next trip. But usually I am moving around from place to place and so I don't have to worry about wearing the same things multiple times. have fun. have fun. have fun.!!!! Oh yeah, HAVE FUN!

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MAJONES1225 4/24/2013 10:52PM

    I know how you feel I hate to fly too. Have fun

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Unsettled . . .

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I am having one of those unsettled evenings . . . the kind where you don't quite feel right, to the point where you're completely unmotivated. Am I overtired? Am I sick? I'm definitely not myself.

It's funny, when I get this way I feel like it's the end of the world as I know it. Yet in a few hours I could be completely fine. And then I will thank my lucky stars! But in the meantime, I am feeling icky and wondering . . . what is this?

Blech-i-ness! (is that a word?)

But putting that aside, I am hoping to have a positive week. I leave on vacation Saturday, which I have to say has me feeling super anxious. Just a little crazed. I've not packed . . . there is so much to do. My husband grilled some chicken, so I will have that for some meals this week (although thinking about food has me feeling a little ill . . . so let's table that discussion for a bit).

Hope you all have a great start to your week.


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IYA_EKUNDAYO 4/24/2013 2:33PM

    Hope you are having a great vacation.

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RYDERB 4/24/2013 2:28PM

    emoticon I think we all go through this every now and again. Hope it passed quickly, and you've been having a great week. Congratulations on your upcoming vacation. You deserve it!
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JENNIK2 4/22/2013 4:41AM

    I hope you feel better. Have a great vacation!

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IMREITE 4/22/2013 1:15AM

    i dont like that feeling either. i try to shake it off or do something i enjoy so i can take my mind off it untill it passes. or i do a task that requires not thought: cleaning or organizing.

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