Sunday, August 12, 2012
just before I return to work full time at the office.
Things may be a bit blurry and crazy next week, so....
Firstly, I have some clarification on Bright Sided and Positive Psychology for Dummies. We are talking apples and oranges here....both very good for you, but different fruits! The Dummies book takes some basic positive psychology concepts and gives practical advice. Kind of boring, but not crazy.
Ehrenreich, on the other hand, at leas as far as I have read here, is talking about some weird stuff, like believe you will make money and dollar bills will float in your window, with proponents using science such as quantum physics to support this. Strange.
Other than that, chores are all done and I am ready to roll. I am truly ready to go back, I have learned that I do not have the whatever it takes to work only from home....too confining, and I like to be around people.
And, here is the most exciting thing, at least for me.
At the end of August I will have one year to go to retirement. I think the time will fly! So wish me luck, as I enter the last journey of my working career, and get more active in planning my retirement!
So, wish me luck,
Thursday, August 09, 2012
or improve your analytic abilities big time!
I am reading concurrently the books "Positive Psychology for Dummies" and Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Bright Sided" (recommended by Meddy).
Not at the same time, or course.....I trade off.
The Dummy book tells you how to apply Positive psychology to your life.....
Bright Sided says that positive thinking has in essence ruined America.
As is the usual, I think the truth (at least for me) is somewhere in the middle--even Martin Seligman, the Positive Psychology Guru, states that critical thinkers and risk assessors are needed as well to look on the not-so bright side....
It will be an interesting ride. So far, Ehrenreich wins for just plain good writing!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Not that I haven't been working from home, but I am heading back to my office, with computer and large monitor and two boxes of documents in tow, and will be setting up in my home office and sometimes traveling to our other offices as well, business as usual. I will be able to arrive a bit late or leave early sometimes, my position has that kind of flexibility.
So, what are the results? A normally structured foot, still swollen and painful at times, but to be expected. I am minus a toenail and do not know if it will ever grow back, have to ask the doctor. I also have a tendon released on one of my fingers, the scar area is still swollen and kind of painful at times, but the finger works fine. And a capped tooth--that is just about perfect.
What did I accomplish? I wrote a number of draft policies and procedures and documented 10 or the 25 criteria I have to address for a certification submission for my organization--right on schedule. Aside for a couple of days after the finger surgery, I have played my guitars for at least 15 minutes every day, and have increased it to 16 minutes. I finished and reviewed 3 of the 4 books I planned to read.
And I kept working out--that was hard to try and figure out what to do. From seated workout videos to purchasing and using an inexpensive arm cycle machine to back to my dumbbell routine to walking outside with my cane when I was still bandaged up in the walking boot. Now I am back to my beloved treadmill, working on building up time before I start building speed.
What did I eat? My usual 1,200-1,300 calories, I think one binge day and a few close to my max of 1,550 calorie days. Did not lose, but did not gain.
What did I buy? Internet shopping is tempting when you are stuck at home. I bought mostly good purchases and one mistake. Good purchases are the arm cycle, a heart rate monitor, some books, and a book download. Mistake was a high tech purse/carrier for my iPad that turned out to be too small; looked big enough on the Internet. That was a present I chose as well as a titanium spork, which I love. And I was in Costco with DH the other day and bought a new Roots lunch bag, nice to have a clean and functional place to carry all my food around in!
And what did I learn? It is probably not a good idea to do three procedures within such a short period of time...I did come down with an infection that required antibiotics to clear up, not related to the procedures, I think my body had had it. And, as a lover of routine and order, I was able to adapt, even though I didn't like it, and work with what I had. Good preparation, as I have said before, for the increasing limitations I know aging brings us all.
I want to thank my SparkFriends and Sparkguy for all the support, I am certainly not leaving the site but may be a bit less active. I am trying out SparkCoach and will see where that goes.
Monday, August 06, 2012
of grocery shopping! Boy oh boy!
So today was my first solo grocery trip in 8 weeks. Getting ready for total return to responsibilities when I go back to my office after this week.....
So I walk into my local No Frills....and food! food! food! Junk! Junk! Junk! Chips, and chocolate, and cookies, and cakes, bless our prosperity in North America, but really!
I think that I had inured myself against these distractions pre-surgery through regular exposure. But today?
In case you are waiting with baited breath, I did not give in. The only thing that called me slightly was the candy bars at the checkout (candy bars at the checkout, evil supermarket, bhwaa haa haa, but I told myself they were not worth it. Which they are not.
I did find a new product (at least new in Canada) called MIO, it is a liquid water flavor enhancer. I bought it and tried it, the fruit punch flavor, it is good. I think I can even use less than recommended, it is pretty concentrated.
Sunday, August 05, 2012
Today is the first day since my surgery when I really believe I am going to heal up and get my capacity back...all of it.
Did a full housecleaning today, including using the vacuum instead of a carpet sweeper, and then walked for 30 minutes on the treadmill. And my foot hurts a bit, which is as usual, but we are not talking about extreme pain here!
So, next week is my last week of working from home, then I am moving back to my office. Feels like the right time.
I am going to use this week to move completely from a combination of arm cycling and treadmilling to treadmilling only. Arm cycling did its job, but I do not really like it. I have read blogs from Sparkpeople who have had to give up their favorite workout because of injury, etc. and do something else, and I see now how it feels.
So what have I learned?
Lack of mobility is really bad...being unable to drive is worse. Great motivation to stay as fit as I can.
I can adapt, even when I don't like it.
I can persevere....oh heck, I knew that already.
I didn't gain weight, which is kind of amazing...
Looks like it is back to LIFE!
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