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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!




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ROCKMAN6797 8/16/2012 12:13PM

    The book by Ehrenreich sounds interesting. I love reading books where the author is "out there." It is always enlightening to listen to a different perspective....
Congrats on returning to work Bonita and continued success in your recovery!

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PAULINLIM 8/15/2012 5:09PM

    That reminds me of when I was listening to "The Secret" on audiobook. It was utterly preposterous, positing that if you think positive thoughts enough, you will emanate "vibrations" that will attract these good things to you. Their examples were mostly material possessions. I tried it out at an ice-skating marathon; as I skated and skated around, I kept repeating to myself, "I will win the raffle prize. I will win the raffle prize." I figured, "Why not try it? I don't have anything else to think about!" Of course, I didn't win the raffle prize, ha ha!

"The Secret" is idiotic; however, I must admit that when I was painting while listening to it, I was incredibly freed up, creatively speaking. I had the best painting session! So there is SOME benefit to it, I guess.

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SALTYPOPCORN 8/13/2012 4:03PM

    Are you saying dollar bills WON'T be floating in my window? What if I think really really good thoughts?
Congrats on your soon-to-be retirement! And congrats on being in a wonderful place right now~:-)

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PUDLECRAZY 8/13/2012 6:45AM

    emoticon You are really close to retirement! I have at least 3 years to go; fortunately I like my job, but how I would like time to do the things I want to do.

Hahahahaha about the money! I think that only applies to rich people. emoticon The rest of us schlep along making ends meet. I have a lot of positive energy and thoughts about money, but it just doesn't fly through my window. Darn!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/12/2012 6:07PM

    emoticon you're almost there! Good luck!
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How to Drive Yourself Crazy....

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!


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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/10/2012 6:00PM

    I haven't read either but my initial thought was/is is Bright Sided confusing reckless thinking with Positive thinking? Thanks for posting; I'm going to look further into both books! Enjoy, Pat emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 8/10/2012 5:52PM

    Talk about extremes!
Will be very interested in Ehrenreich point of view when you are done with the book, very interesting point of view.

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PAULINLIM 8/9/2012 5:58PM

    Ha ha! You're going through the same thing I'm going through-- I recently started following Caldwell Esselstyn's "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Diet" (with excellent results, I must say), but then I started reading William Davis's "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health", which was in almost direct opposition to the first book. It stressed me out! But the author of the first book looks lean and the the author of the second book looks chubby, so that must mean something. Plus, Davis's writing style is so biased and annoying, it makes it easier to decide whom I'm going to listen to!

The hardest thing about life is that we have to make our own choices.

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MEXGAL1 8/9/2012 3:56PM

    Very thought provoking indeed. I guess sometimes if one is too positive and not thinking about consequences and they ignor what needs to get done, that can be a problem. I think the fear of consequences and also competition can be very driving forces to motivate one to get it done!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/9/2012 12:54PM

    Interesting...I think I would be way analytical if I were to read those books...especially at the same time!
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Heading Back.....

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

To work.

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.

Enough.

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.

Spark On!


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HAPPYSOUL91 8/9/2012 11:11AM

    You really did a great job, from the pre-planning through today. I am really impressed that you did do 3 procedures, but it is done!

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MUSICNERD1993 8/8/2012 7:52PM

    You are amazing, Bonita! emoticon

I'm thinking about trying SparkCoach myself. Let us know how it goes!
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And wonderful news about the practicing everyday!

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MEXGAL1 8/8/2012 7:12PM

    Wow, busy lady. Sounds like you have a great job. So glad to hear that you are healing even though I am sure it's slower than you would like.
You will have to let us know about sparck's coach and what that is all about and if you like it.
Have a nice evening.
Sallie

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ROCKMAN6797 8/8/2012 6:38PM

    Great news Bonita! I agree, the three procedures in such a short time period might have been pushing it for somebody half your age! I, too, am a stickler for a routine so I understand trying to adapt but good for you for doing so and, best of all, not going off of the deep end!

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I Forgot about the TEMPTATION.....

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.

Interesting experience!


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2BMYOWN 8/8/2012 12:35PM

    As you walk into our local Walmart, the entire wall you are immediately greeted with is filled with:
1.) Pringles
2.) Bags of miniature peanut butter cups and candy bars
3.) Energy drinks

(As if anyone would need an energy drink after that sugar rush.....lol)

It's no accident that these chains have psychologists on staff to determine where they should **strategically place** things. It's allllllll about the bottom line and appealing to peoples' worst (and strongest) weaknesses. Whaddya do....takes a strong person to live in today's world, for sure. Junk is in abundant supply, while organic is usually twice as expensive and far less appealing to our psyches. LOL They're even more aware of every foible in the human brain than WE are, usually. I read that in those stores that have inhouse bakeries and delis, they actually pipe the cooking odors thru-out the stores in order to get peoples' salivary juices (and their minds) going so they will be more inclined to purchase from the bakery or deli. I find it all so manipulative and kinda scary, sometimes. Also caught an article awhile ago that spoke of how they are now using video cameras to record where customers' eyes are first drawn to, in their displays. Geez...does the manipulation NEVER end??? We are but puppets in a junk food world......

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ROCKMAN6797 8/6/2012 10:00PM

    I love using the powdered sugar-free drink mixes! I have tried the Mio, it is good.

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MUSICNERD1993 8/6/2012 3:30PM

    I know how you feel! Sometimes it's a little hard to walk by all of those tempting treats. That's why I never go to the store hungry.
Good for you for not giving in, and it's great that you can go to the store alone now!
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MEXGAL1 8/6/2012 2:39PM

    I know when I go to the states and go to the food store that I get on overload. I can believe all the products and things on the shelf. I am already worried somewhat about my upcoming trip to Seattle and all the temptations. I guess I will have to really work on portion control
Good for you to pass on the junk!!! You are right as we just do not need it!

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This and That...

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?

Things heal.
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!

Feels good.


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2BMYOWN 8/8/2012 12:26PM

    It's kind of a scary thing, being temporarily incapacitated, isn't it?? At this stage of the game, my 'motivation' is a bid to stay out of the nursing home for as long as possible, and how bad is that??? LOL Kudos to you for an excellent outlook and keep on taking care of yourself to the max.

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ROCKMAN6797 8/6/2012 9:53PM

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PUDLECRAZY 8/6/2012 8:09AM

    Yes, you should have it all back and more once you finish healing up. Driving again will be great.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/5/2012 7:36PM

    The circle is almost complete, you are truly healing nicely.

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MUSICNERD1993 8/5/2012 6:41PM

    So happy that you are healing! You have been doing wonderfully and I know you will continue to do great things.
Maybe soon you'll be able to work in a music store! :-)
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MARATHONDAD 8/5/2012 6:37PM

    glad to hear u are getting better

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MEXGAL1 8/5/2012 6:06PM

    So glad to here that you are on the mend. I know how hard it can be when you can't do the things that you Re used to doing! Been there for sure, I know tha tyou are going to heal and your attitude is wonderful. That is the key!
Keep on Keeping on!
Sallie

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