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Sets the Summer Sun on Fire

Monday, August 16, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw

Ha, I don't really want candy. I actually had to buy some for work, though. We're doing a booth show, and you have to attract people. So it's all about the chocolate. Small sigh. I do wish people would go ga-ga over fruit. Or that fruit would be cheaper and easier to keep (we're still trying to figure out if the booth will be outside. If it is -- in the Providence heat -- we will have chocolate soup after a while). Or that we didn't have to do this at all, that we'd just be loved for our robots.

But, alas, we are new and so you need to be a tad gimmicky. Plus, heh, I may be the only middle-aged Booth Babe out there. ;)

But -- this entry is not intended to really be about work, and it's not intended to be me railing against people preferring Snickers bars to blackberries.

Nuh-uh, gentle reader.

It is -- ha!

Welcome to another milestone, baby.

I am 169 pounds. This means I get to choose a new mini-goal. I've been selecting them in 10-lb. increments and this one will not be an exception. Hence my next mini-goal (on the way to the 146 Holy Grail) is to be 160.

Now, it took me 259 days to get here, but still!

It doesn't matter. I still got this far.

Now, about my measurements. I am recording them but I have not been broadcasting them, as they are fluctuating around pretty much the same numbers, and have been for months, so it doesn't exactly make for a too terribly thrilling news flash. This is fine, it is essentially normal and is also a part of me working out less. This makes the firming up part of the process happen considerably slower, and even reverse itself a bit. I am not too concerned about such things. I am a pretty solid size 12. I would like to be smaller, yes, but I am in far less of a hot hurry about such things these days.

I am still fiddling with what should feel like maintenance. What is it like to do this on a regular basis? What am I going to look like at 50? What will my days look like? That is where this portion of the experiment is going. I am learning and enuring myself to how the regular days are going to be, the days of pay the mortgage, commute to work, shovel the walk, call the plumber. Those kinds of days, but they will also be intersprinkled (that is a word NOW!) with weight training and food tracking and hey, let me grab these resistance bands, and let me see when I can get to the gym and oh, by the way, we need postage stamps and I will walk for the errand and not drive.

And, perhaps, those will be intersprinkled (there's that neologism again :)) with a few bites of candy, too. Because that is a part of maintenance. It is releasing the idea of verboten foods and exchanging them for ideas of controlled foods instead. A less binary mindset. It is not on/off, yes/no for food unless you are allergic or keep kosher or vegan or the like.

No.

It is ... do I want a small candy bar or a big piece of fruit? Do I want pizza or a big salad with grilled chicken? All of this fits in, so long as you balance it. And, like on a see-saw, when you grab something heavier, it takes more effort, more juggling, more working out and more restriction of other things in order to balance it out.

But it is not impossible.

The booth show is on the 28th. I am certain that I will not eat any of the candy, but I cannot promise that the dinner we will have afterwards will be perfectly wholesome. And so goes the way of the world. But ... that is not the end of the world, it is not the end of health and it is not about the end of me caring about what happens to me.

Candy and pizza just do not have that power over me any more.

  
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LBEEKMA 8/20/2010 11:29PM

    Congrats on hitting the 160's...that's my goal too...I'm at 170 right now! I agree that balance is the key to really maintaining any kind of loss. Slower is better but sometimes it's hard to be patient! emoticon

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CJROMB 8/19/2010 4:19PM

    I just saw this one, too. I'm gonna put a little bookmark on my desktop and read it when I get a chance!

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 8/19/2010 6:45AM

    I love reading your blogs. (Don't know how I missed this one till now.) Congrats on all the milestones. I love the 169 ville. I love the energy and enthusiasm about work that I read in you these days. What a difference from last year. That is a big milestone too. Every one of these shows you do you sets another milestone too. The way you think about your body and your work sounds so healthy.

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/17/2010 4:53PM

    Congratulations! One-sixty-ville!

I liked your blog. We have to live our lives...and just keep our health a priority. I strive hard to reach my daily goals, but I'm not perfect. Thank goodness we don't have to be!

You are such an inspiration.

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BAGGYPANTS5 8/17/2010 3:44AM

    Well done!! A brilliant milestone.
It's a transition from diet to life.
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TRACYZABELLE 8/17/2010 3:16AM

    Wheeeeeeeeee another milestone met! Keep up the good work!

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DDOORN 8/17/2010 2:41AM

    Woo HOO! Congrats on the milestone!

I once ran a beverage booth for our local non-profit group at a local fair. Next to us was a booth selling watermelon. On a hot summer's day one would have thought they might have gotten *SOME* business?

Nope: all the ice cream, sausages and deep-fried everythings were everywhere as far as the eye could see, but only a handful of folks ever came up to get their big wedge of watermelon...sigh...

Don

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SWEETZMIX 8/16/2010 8:20PM

    emoticon for making it to another milestone and for keep going!!

ummm I enjoy a Twix bar now and then...I am just sayin' lol

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KSGROTHE 8/16/2010 3:23PM

    You're emoticon, you know that?

I'm still struggling with eating too much candy and pizza and other junk. I don't stay in my calorie range nearly often enough. I keep thinking I can balance my eating, but it seems like I don't. I need more discipline or I need to change my thinking or something.

emoticon on reaching another weight loss milestone! Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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MARCHMAID 8/16/2010 10:51AM

    Ya know, I'm trying. Hope when I grow up I can be like you.
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MS.ELENI 8/16/2010 10:16AM

    Sounds like you have it under control. I have no doubt you will make your goal. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/16/2010 9:55AM

    I'm still trying to figure out how this maintenance thing works.

I became a lot less restrictive in the spring when I got close to goal and loosened the structure of both my eating and my working out - and gradually gained 20 lbs back!
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At the moment (168) I'm 17 up from my minimum (151) and pushing that down aggressively. Because I feel a lot better under 160, and ideally I would like to range between 145 and 150. But definitely under 155.

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I've Been Livin' Someone Else's Life and Now I've Got to be Free

Monday, August 09, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSc-scbSnAw

Ha, I have done it.

And they said it couldn't be done.

Okay, well maybe THEY didn't say it.

Maybe I did.

Uh, what?

Oh yeah. Forgot -- the only person in my head is me, so I shall explain.

I currently weigh 171.8 lbs.

I have lost a total of 174.2 lbs., which is just about what my husband weighs (no divorce jokes, please).

Oh yeah, baby!

I have lost over half of my body weight.

Hell, I'm .8 lbs. away from having lost 175 pounds.

Am I done?

Nuh-uh.

Got another, erm, 25.8 to go.

I am still overweight.

I still have nights where my hand dips into cereal a little too much, although I dip less, and it is cereal and not chips.

I still have clothes in my closet that are too small.

I still need to be faster at 5Ks.

I still order pizza for company events (it's cheap -- I wish other stuff was cheaper and easier to stretch, but there you have it).

BUT!

I am living my own life now. And it's a pretty decent one, if I do say so myself.

See, I think Billy Joel got that lyric right, the one in my title. We get fat, we get tired, we get complacent. We get sick and doughy and slow and winded. And we are -- who are we, again? That is not us.

Sure, we tell ourselves that it is us. We accept it and let it wash over us, until the years have gone by, and those years tumble into decades and we ARE the fat person. We are whoever that is.

But we aren't. We are inside, struggling to get out. We are in the fat cage, and we need to break free of it. Ever see a prisoner of war escape movie? There's action, to be sure, but the real work is in the slow, steady dripping, the chipping away of mortar, the careful forging of documents and the slow sewing of civilian clothing from scraps and bits of thread, with a needle made by grinding a nail on stone.

There's another line in this song: "But there's gotta be more to life than just try, try, try" and, I'm sorry, Billy, but you got that one WRONG.

Trying is all we've got. We do, we attempt, we work, we wrangle, we dance around, we pump, we measure, we haul ourselves and our lives from Point A to Point Z, with Q and S and all the others in between. And trying is actually good enough.

Did you know that? It's true.

Because if all we saw in our lives, if all we celebrated, were perfect successes, we'd never get off the ground. We'd never do, we'd never haul, we'd never get there.

I am eight-tenths of a pound away from 175 off. I am a bit doughier than I was a year ago when I was actually 10 pounds heavier. I am slower in 5Ks. I am not living it perfectly and completely correctly, not always honest and right, delicate, careful and true.

SO WHAT.

I say, celebrate today, for what it is.

I have been living someone else's life.

I don't care about them any more.

Time to be free.

Come along. I have room in my jalopy. But I call shotgun.

  
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MARCHMAID 8/14/2010 2:41PM

    Flip side: Yoda said there is no try. I read that as make up your mind and do it. Something I've never quite done. . . not trying hard enough?

LOL

Nice blog as usual.

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CJROMB 8/14/2010 9:40AM

    What an inspirational blog, and what an inspirational person you are. Thanx for being my SparkBuddy. :)

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MY_TIME_2_SHINE 8/13/2010 5:36PM

    Very inspiring & so true. I've had & still have so much to deal with, but I am finally feeling like I'm not a hostage held within a fat suit. Keep up the awesome work!! I have ways to go as well, but with inspirations such as yourself-I can make it!! emoticon

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ONMYWEIGH2011 8/13/2010 2:27PM

  emoticon Congrats! Your journey is inspiring!

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KSGROTHE 8/12/2010 9:38PM

    This is emoticon!

"We are inside, struggling to get out." OMG, yes! I've felt for years that I'm a thinner person trapped in a fat body! I don't feel fat, really, until I look in the mirror or I feel pain in my knees. I used to be trapped in a bad mindset when I was in a bad marriage, and when the X left, I gradually improved my mindset. Now, I'm struggling with what I want to do when I "grow up" (in my career, such as it is, which is why I love reading your blog about what you're doing!) and struggling to get out of the fat body. I'll get there eventually.

emoticon on declaring your freedom from someone else's life! Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LBEEKMA 8/12/2010 1:47PM

    You are an amazing inspiration! I could really relate to the fat cage/prisoner metaphor. I've only really seriously started the sp journey at the end of June but feel (for the 1st time in 17 years) that I really can be outside what I feel like is trapped inside. Thank you for taking the time to write this blog (and share your journey). It gives me hope! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 8/12/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Whats left to say.You are great

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 8/12/2010 8:06AM

    This is one of the most moving blogs I have ever read. You have really made me think.

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ANEWVERSIONOFME 8/12/2010 7:13AM

    You so inspire me!!!!

Congrats on everything!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/12/2010 4:28AM

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BAGGYPANTS5 8/10/2010 3:05AM

    You're amazing. All respect to you for your perseverance. Great blog.
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ROCKYCPA 8/9/2010 10:56PM

    Great job - you should be so happy. And you are right do it for you. Keep up the great work.

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MALCONTENTION 8/9/2010 8:55PM

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DDOORN 8/9/2010 8:16PM

    Let's GO FOR IT!

Your DH better watch out, the gauntlet has been thrown down! :-)

Don

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SERV4LIFE 8/9/2010 3:48PM

    I'm in! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT_TERI 8/9/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congratulations!!! That is an accomplishment certainly worth celebrating!!
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Maybe Billy meant "But there's gotta be more to life than just try, try, try and not getting anywhere"....but that didn't rhyme. Cause otherwise I don't know what he means....trying is all we have. Anything we get without trying is random. And not repeatable or sustainable.
Think there's a reason I am not a lyricist?
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ANISSAJONES 8/9/2010 2:25PM

  Wow thank you that was an awesome blog. And so true. It's crazy how a lot of people don't give credit to trying, it's either you do or you don't, you win or you lose, and that thinking is stressful and just not right to me.

Thank you and congrats on getting closer and closer to your goals. emoticon emoticon

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GEE-KNEE 8/9/2010 11:56AM

    Amen to that.

I am a bit doughy too compared to 6 months ago, but still doing way more than I have ever done before. I keep pushing myself, not just physically but emotionally as well. I'v done things this year that were so far out my comfort zone that I wouldn't even think it was possible to be this person that I am now.

How cool to be half the person you were..., and yet have such a bigger life. Good for you.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/9/2010 10:50AM

    I totally hear you.

I feel like I'm living someone else's life. And I don't know whose it is, but they can't have it back, because it's MINE, now! LOL

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TIME4ME2010 8/9/2010 10:22AM

    Loved this! Thanks for the reminder that we need to live our own lives, just what I needed to read this morning!

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The Land of Milk and Honey

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NISeJCeKUgs

Okay, so it's skim milk and a limited supply of honey, but still!

So, the wacky week continues. I just doubled my income.

Huh?

Well, one of the guys' Dads has his own biz. He wants a new marketing person.

And so it goes, another gig!

I am still (cleverly, ha!) on Unemployment.

And this means that if I get a third one of these gigs, I will have to hold my hand out more, as I'm at the limit of what Unemployment will let me make before they start to take out from the weekly check.

But -- still!

I need to write up a contract (I now, ha, have a standard one) and all.

I have passwords. I will blog, I will tweet. I will work on the guy's website (he does home energy audits in Central Mass -- need to see if you need a new furnace? I got a guy for ya).

Eek, I actually am getting, I dunno, what's it called? Oh yeah. Business.

I need to get better organized. I have a bunch of stuff organized, but it's not as good as it could be and that always troubles me. Plus, that tends to take up my time, finding stuff and seeing piles. Piles unnerve me. I want neat files.

That's a minor quibble but it's still important to me.

Oh yeah, TED.

I have blogged twice about it for work. I don't want to repeat everything -- the blog entries are huge, it's like the online versions of Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Our event is mentioned here: neuronrobotics.com/2010/07/re
view-of-our-tedxboston-pre-adventure/
and the TED Main Event is reviewed here: neuronrobotics.com/2010/08/a-
review-of-the-tedxboston-main-event-an
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That's not a not so clever means of directing you to the company site. Rather, it's just me being incredibly tired, still. But I'll sum it up quickly in case you don't want to click and read the novels.

Our event was great. I was harried. Let's face it, I was loaded with work, and I was (along with the Prez and VP) shouldering the lion's share of the socializing. Everyone else was okay with demos but they terrified me as I still don't know enough. I can answer very, very basic questions. Then I freeze. And for good reason. I'm just not informed enough, and I truly wish I was.

So I busied myself with greeting people, handing out business cards and brochures, and whisking away empty pizza boxes. I wiped off counter tops and opened boxes of soda. I tweeted when I could. I smiled at everyone and thanked them for coming. And after it was all done, I took on my alter-ego, the mantle of the superhero I like to call "Politeness Girl".

Politeness Girl sends out thank you notes. She follows up. She puts people on the mailing list, which trebled in size in the last few days. She directs them to the Facebook page and the Twitter stream. She is cleverly disguised as Emily Post half the time.

She also came out after the TED Main Event. The Main Event was enormous and it's a good thing I took notes as it was one idea flying in upon the heels of the last 47. Plus everyone talking in my ear about this and that and the other thing. Names were dropped. One of those names was Michelle.

As in, oh, the First Lady.

Yeah, heh, who knows if any of that will ever happen but it was mentioned -- science education, Michelle's very interested.

Eek.

The. First. Freakin'. Lady.

I can pour tea nicely, or at least Politeness Girl can.

But be that as it may, I/we also learned (ha!) there are robotics fans.

As in, teenaged girls.

Now, keep in mind that I work with guys who are between the ages of 22 and 27. They are all single. They all have serious, major geek cred. And three out of four have serious girlfriends. But no matter.

The tween crowd LOVE 'em.

We handed out the last of the swag. There was much rejoicing on the part of our tween friends. Not Beatlemania-type swooning and squealing, but still!

I have never worked for a company before that had fans.

Today's blog song, by the way, is actually a reminder to myself: although I weigh less (for the most part), I am less toned than I was 10 lbs. ago. I am creeping up a size, to a 12 and perhaps back to a 14. Not awful, but it could be better, certainly.

I need to balance things better. I need to get in cardio (I have been getting in strength training faithfully, but the large amounts of cardio have suffered -- it takes 4 - 5 days to hit a new cardio milestone; it used to take only 3) more. I need -- desperately -- to get enough sleep.

I dunno how I'm going to do it, between my 2 gigs, looking for work (still required by the Department of Employment & Training, of course) and my life as Politeness Girl.

By the way, Politeness Girl drives a sensible superhero vehicle and always signals her turns.

I am ...

Politeness Girl.

  
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LESS_IS_MO 8/7/2010 7:44PM

    Politeness girl..... I like it! (I might need to borrow it, or a similar mantra when I start teaching those dreaded tweens in a month.)

Sounding good....you are resonating focus, excitement and energy. Without an ounce of "overwhelmed". COngratulations.

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MARCHMAID 8/7/2010 1:24PM

    HOLD IT! Don't slip on the diet and exercise no matter how grand it is! Instead of pizza and soda, introduce the kids to real food. It'll do all of you good.

But, lecture over, CONGRATULATIONS! Go for it, but remember where you've been and don't go back there!

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KSGROTHE 8/5/2010 4:51PM

    Wow! This is all so emoticon that I'm not sure what else to say!

Perhaps things will settle down just a little now that TED is over and you'll be able to find some balance.

Congrats on the new gig and keep up the good work!

- Karen

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PROMISE2DESIGN 8/4/2010 12:40PM

    Hang in there sweetheart. You'll be fabulous in size 12 or 14. Are you healthy? That's what matters. As long as you have a grip on your health. Michele was mentioned? That is stellar!!! Rock on girl. You've got this : )

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250STRONG 8/4/2010 11:18AM

    Way to go politeness girl! Sounds like things are amazing. :)

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 8/4/2010 7:01AM

    Well Politeness Girl. You are also still hilarious. I like the way you describe your methodical approach to the chaos of your start up. Much like Spark People's approach to the mystery of weight loss. But wait. Maybe it is not so mysterious.

I don't so much like the scale creeping up again. For you or for me. How can this be? You are right as usual. Back to basics. Back to cardio. There won't be any success if the basics are not in order.

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RBALF1 8/4/2010 1:38AM

    Your schedule makes me feel a little better about mine. The only way for the cardio today was running at 9 p.m. when it was still 90 degrees. I did 3 miles, then jumped in the pool for 15 minutes of water jogging to cool down.
Unfortunately now I'm up and a little too energetic for sleep, which will continue the cycle of not enough sleep.
Good luck with all your ventures, but don't start eating that damned pizza.

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KAYWEB555 8/3/2010 10:10PM

    Way to go, keep them wondering what you are doing!

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DDOORN 8/3/2010 7:50PM

    Wonderful news on the job front...we just KNOW you'll "get there" re: juggling work and not losing sight of taking care of you, too! :-)

Don

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GEE-KNEE 8/3/2010 4:21PM

    Balance is hard when you are busy. I am having a hard time with that one myself. I am working like 9 hour days, and I have kids... The consistent exercise has not been so consistent. I was very close to ditch-en the 12's for a 10, and wearing some 10's comfortably. I am back in the 12's and 14's. I don't like it, but I have been working too. If you figure out how to do it all, please let me know.

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MS.ELENI 8/3/2010 4:04PM

    Whew. You have been busy. I got tired reading your blog.But you do sound good tho. Staying busy agrees with you emoticon

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A Chance to Check Out the New

Monday, July 26, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkBUx6Zn6mo

I remember this week's song well, but apparently it's pretty obscure. Hmm, I had thought that Stevie Wonder and obscure couldn't possibly be thought of in the same sentence.

So. Tomorrow is our big, honkin' TEDxBoston event. I am excited and a little nervous. I am perfectly fine talking to large crowds but that confidence stems from knowing my material and I wish I knew the material better. We are going to work on the whole thing tonight, and during today I am going to read the manual (RTFM) again. And I will blog. And write the company newsletter. And set up catering. And a billion other things, too.

Everyone has gotten into the act, which is truly fun to see. I was at the Worcester Lab on Wednesday and one of the guys' girlfriends was putting together robotic arms. Well, actually, she was filing down rough edges. So another girlfriend, and I, started to help her. These were plastic edges that were a bit uneven because the laser cutter (yes, we use one of those) was a tad dirty. It's the three of us, sitting there, filing away, when one girlfriend asks the other: do you have a heavier file? Sure, she says, and pulls out a thin file. From the back of her hairdo.

It was sort of like some wacky steampunk idea of cottage industry. I half expected someone to hand me a loom and tell me to start weaving. The guys, on the other hand, were talking about the production run, talking about the brochures we're going to hand out, etc. I flitted between the two groups.

My husband has even helped out -- he is an AutoCADD Designer and we needed a blueprint, so he spent four hours this weekend (he did not mind -- he is one truly awesome fellow) drawing a basic house plan.

But it's been a lot of driving (round-trip, Worcester is 3 hours) and so, naturally, this is all dominating my life. I am okay with it being that dominant -- it should be! But I am not the Spring chicken I keep telling myself I am. Copious naps and cups of coffee, interspersed, have helped tremendously.

I also had a phone screen last week, for the company that's courting me. I passed and now it's on to ... another phone screen. In a way, that's good, as I just don't have the time to deal right now. This week is taken over, with the before, the during and the after.

Oh and I am flirting (although I gained about a half a pound this week -- blame TOM, there's another thing for me to be dealing with right now) with 173.

Why is the mark of 173 lbs. so important?

Because that's half of what I originally weighed.

Yep, really. I don't know if it will happen this week -- I will try to keep the eating good but it just might not happen. I will forgive myself if it is imperfect. C'est la vie. But it is definitely within reach, which is rather exciting. My current minigoal is 170 but that's not the ultimate goal, which remains 146. But hitting 173, perhaps in mid-August, would be awfully sweet. Thank you -- ALL of you -- for everything you've done to get me to where I am today. I truly appreciate it.

One last thing -- if you want to see me in action tomorrow, we are actually webcasting. We're all wearing company shirts (and the gals are all wearing black skirts), but I am unmistakable as I'm the only blonde.

I am ready for my close up now. neuronrobotics.com/2010/07/beyond-ro
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MUSIC66 7/27/2010 5:22AM

    thats great

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TRACYZABELLE 7/27/2010 4:52AM

    You rock girl!! I want to be 1/2 my size too~

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DMPRIDER 7/26/2010 11:19PM

    Wait, WAIT! Your half your size! WaHOO for you!! And wait a gosh-darn minute! Stevie Wonder's "Dont Worry 'Bout a Thing" is obscure? I'm pretty sure it was considered a hit where I grew up outside of Philly.

Just one more "thing" - GOOD LUCK tomorrow! :)

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ERIN1022 7/26/2010 9:50PM

    Oh my goodness, you're almost half your size?? That's awesome! Woohoo!

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/26/2010 9:40PM

    LOVE it that you have so many exciting things going on, yet being healthy is still a top prority. That's what the spark life is all about! Thanks for being such an encouragement!

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MARCHMAID 7/26/2010 9:30PM

    If 173 is half of what you originally weighed, you were one big baby!
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Glad things are going so well, if hectically, for you!

Best of luck, break a leg, etc., etc.
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LAB-LOVER 7/26/2010 9:01PM

    Sounds like you are having a blast.

And WAIT... WAIT one freaking minute. You can't be flirting with 173... because I'm 175 and working on getting to 173 as MY next mini goal.

Oooohh... the green eyed monster is lurking!

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TELERIE 7/26/2010 6:53PM

    I'm so PROUD of you! Happy for you! Enjoy tomorrow and let me know when I can send you a double hug for half-a-Janet! :)
I'll try to catch the webcast if I can!

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KSGROTHE 7/26/2010 2:28PM

    Wow! This all sounds so exciting for you and for the new company you're working for! I hope it goes well!

And, congratulations on being so close to being only half your starting weight! I know you'll get there soon!

Your enthusiasm is contagious! Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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MS.ELENI 7/26/2010 12:45PM

    I didn't remember the first part of the song but after a few seconds I did. I checked out the other link and i don't think your name was anywhere.I thought you deserved some credit for all your hard work.maybe I just missed it.
You have sure been busy. I have no doubt you will get to your goal. Find some "you" time

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PROMISE2DESIGN 7/26/2010 12:07PM

    You're awesome skinny! You'll do excellent tomorrow. There isn't anything you can't do. Remember to imagine it all in your mind before you do it.

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250STRONG 7/26/2010 10:48AM

    WOO freakin' HOO!

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FIT_TERI 7/26/2010 8:46AM

    I remember the song, too.

How awesome is it that you are nearly at half your original weight. You should be jumping up and down. Amazing. Be sure to let us know when you get there!

Have fun and good luck tomorrow! I will try to check out your webcast. I will be in our NYC office tomorrow, where I typically have to scrounge around the very "open" seating plan for a place to sit...so I never know who might be looking over my shoulder.

Finally, the heat wave is over!! Enjoy today!

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And however much we try

Monday, July 19, 2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CAzwewVjZ0&
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Before I go any further in this blog entry, I've just gotta say, check out the video. Paul Weller is one hot ticket. My oh my.

Now that I've gotten THAT out of the way, here comes the actual blog entry:

I had a somewhat up and down week and that is going to be pretty much the way things are for the remainder of the month so please bear with me. On Tuesday, my company heard that we have been selected to present a pre-adventure for TEDxBoston ( neuronrobotics.com/2010/07/tedxbosto
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). This is an ENORMOUS deal -- it is the kind of thing that careers are made on.

So, we are busy. Because I am the only non-technical employee, I get to do all the grunt work: invitations, Tweets, blog entries, order catering, figure out other things we need (magic markers, name tags, etc.), promote, send out thank yous, etc.

We are in good shape but it is generally because I worked like a dog for the last four days of last week. Invitations are done, Tweets are done and scheduled and almost all of the blog entries have been written. Most of the stuff has been bought. Today I've got to call catering. Catering is tricky as I don't have a head count yet, and I know that people will come in at the last minute. There's limited space in the pre-adventures so I can see more interest being generated if the -- ahem -- helicopter ride over Boston or the BSO, um, thing get filled up. At least I think there's a BSO activity. It's all been blurring together for quite a while now.

As for the talk, that is not my department but we will do a rehearsal on Wednesday evening so somehow this will be all worked out, I'm sure. I don't mind speaking in front of crowds but I need something to say. I suspect I will work the front table and maybe introduce the guys, then get out of everyone's way.

Which is fine.

In the meantime, over the weekend, my husband and I ran a 5K.

Oh. My. God.

Hotter than Hades. Slow. Grinding. Dirty.

My second-worst time. Ever.

Did not faint, did not feel like it, but I know my face was red and hot, which is the sign right before feeling faint. Yes, I had a ton of water with me. Didn't matter.

We drank and drank afterwards. There were pretzels there -- I totally did not even count them. Just grabbed, had to have the salt.

I am okay today but I have inner thigh (groin?) pain on both sides. I get this after running and hate it. I will need to get my act in gear in terms of some strength training for that area at some point. I understand that races give me pain the following day, and I accept that, but it's been a few days and it should be done now, so that is telling me I need to strength train more.

Plus -- and I'm not sure how I did this, although it may have been that I whacked my hand on a water bottle -- my left thumb has a lovely bump and pain. Some sort of jamming, I suppose.

This week, no race, just the rehearsal but before that I have a marketing thing and, in between, as the meat in the sandwich, I've got the phone screen with the place that is courting me.

Life is whizzing by and getting more and more confused. Good things are, for the most part, happening. I just wish I was more conscious of them.

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/21/2010 4:52PM

    Dang. A TED event?! Even if independently organized, is pretty dang cool

You GO, girl!

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DDOORN 7/21/2010 3:48AM

    Any ol' way you can do it, such an AWESOME deal on the 5K!

In that same hot weather I had a WONDERFUL time biking 66 miles through the Catskills...a few pics in my latest blog.

Keep the SPARK! :-)

Don

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CAROLISCIOUS 7/20/2010 7:29PM

    Catching up here...it all sounds very exciting, but then, I am not in the middle of it like you are. Or, perhaps it is all over and you are a robotics celebrity now.
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PROMISE2DESIGN 7/20/2010 3:12PM

    Hang in there.... YOU ARE LIVING LIFE! Sounds like great things are happening even if you didn't make the best time. Your aches and pains are temporary, the way you've kicked butt and took names is a lifetime of memories! I totally understand the feeling of wanting to be more conscious of all going on... but in my opinion that is a defense mechanism so you don't really comprehend how hard you are working! Good luck with the presentation!

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STRINGS58 7/20/2010 8:44AM

    WOW! verrrrrrry busy, but a good busy! I hope the presentation goes well. Congrats on the running. It's amazing how you have to get tough for this fitness stuff, isn't it? If you want to feel better, check out a crash on the Tour de France. I'm following the race when I'm home, and I know that I would hurt from the bike seat for a 10 mile ride, much less the Pyrannees --- ahhhhhhh

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TRACYZABELLE 7/20/2010 3:04AM

    Always make time for you!

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 7/19/2010 10:00PM

    Well Hot Stuff...I can call you that after the run last weekend good luck with this. Very exciting stuff. Just think you could be at that stuffy terrible old gig. Wow.

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MALCONTENTION 7/19/2010 8:13PM

    Sometimes you just need to roll with it! Hang in there and enjoy what you can!

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MADERINERUE 7/19/2010 8:01PM

    I have nothing truly useful to add, except 1) keep taking good care of your precious, precious self. And 2) if you think Paul Weller is hot, perhaps you will agree with me that Adam Ant is SMOKIN':

http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=LSSzlLfmpRE&feature
=related

I think we should both take up face paint.

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ONECOOKIETWO 7/19/2010 1:39PM

    You are indeed busy!
But you're doing it for the good of your future, after all.
The groin muscle pain sounds not good though, just curious, do you do yoga?
None of my business, and KNOW that I am NOT giving you advice.
I hope the job possibility comes through for you, but only if they pay you well, respect you well, and if you have time for a life!
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MS.ELENI 7/19/2010 11:29AM

    Wow You are a busy gal.I got tired reading your blog.But congrats on doing the 5k.Who cares if it wasn't your best.you finished it and thats what counts.
I know you are busy but do find some quiet time to relax.

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250STRONG 7/19/2010 11:21AM

    Sounds like a lot going on. Just remember to pause every now and again and catch your breath.

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CJROMB 7/19/2010 11:11AM

    My personal trainer, whose advice I've not bothered to take yet, sent me a link to some agility moves that he says are really good for people who are running.

Lemme see if I can get my lazy fingers to open up email and find it, and I'll post a link here!

One day I want to speak at the real TED. Wouldn't that just be incredible? For now, I just want to be accepted to attend. :)

We had a TEDxAustin here recently; I was apparently not a big enough thinker to get in. Or perhaps I didn't get in because one of my competitors was on the decision board? Maybe I should try to get in the TEDxBoston. I could meet you, see Lab-Lover and Quirkles and Queenotheforest...and get SMARTer. I think they should have t-shirts - "My friend spoke at TEDx, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"

Okay enough from me. I'm going to work now. Speaking of confused...ahha

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MARCHMAID 7/19/2010 11:01AM

    Congrats on the run! And the career moves! And beating the heat!

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DMPRIDER 7/19/2010 10:29AM

    Wow, you have lots going on. Good luck with everything.

For the caterer, if you have a good one, which I assume you do, and they are experienced with these kinds of events, they should know how to plan for last minute attendees etc. I'm sure they have a way to figure out the correct amount of overage.

Good for you and Mr. J. running a 5K this weekend. Its just been so HOT. I have not been running due to a knee issue. But I've been walking. More often though I go to the air-conditioned gym because the last couple of weeks the heat has been brutal.

Have a good week!

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