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If I Could Slip the Sickly Ties that Earthly Man has Made

Monday, June 04, 2012

People ask, at times, what the best bit of workout gear is. And, inevitably, somebody mentions some obscure bit of Danish technology that makes your hips go sideways while an awesome kick-bun song by some band I've never heard of plays, as your metabolic rate is measured in metric doodads and your heart rate is calculated to the nearest nanosecond.


I may be a geek, and even a fitness geek, but I am not that obsessive.

Wanna know my best bit o' workout gear? Aside from comfortable sneakers, decent clothing with pockets that I can close (so I don't lose my house keys), the iPod holder thingie that goes around my bicep and my pedometer - you're lookin' at it.

Yep, it's even zebra-striped, too.

Oh, it's so easy, you know, to look at a grey sky and sheets of rain coming down and think - I don't wanna go out there.

Yet we go when we need groceries.

We go when we need to go to work.

We go when someone needs to be picked up.

We go when there's a concert or a game or a worship service we want to attend.

We open up that umbrella and we go!

So why the hell can't we go when it's about our own health and well-being?

Calories don't care if it's pouring out.

Salt doesn't give a damn if you're getting rained on.

Carbs do not look at your plastered down hair and laugh at you.

So why do a few raindrops - or even a lot - make so many of us lose our resolve?

It's silly, you know. When you really think about it, I mean, c'mon!

You are not so sweet that you will melt.

Wet feet and wet hair do not make you sick. Germs and viruses do. But wet feet and hair do make you feel uncomfortable, so - here's a wild idea - change clothes and dry your hair when you get in from your walk.

And then maybe you can add dry socks to your favorite pieces of workout gear too, eh?

Quick change of subject -- !

I mentioned interviewing in my last entry.

The process continues.

Job #1 - I had an in-person on 5/23 and am waiting to hear. I am not pushing them as this is not my first choice job.

Job #2 - I had an in-person on 5/30 and am waiting to hear. I am also not pushing them as they are a close second to #3.

Job #3 - I sent in a writing sample on 5/24. They liked it. I now have an in-person on 6/7. Hence I am not pushing anyone else until at least 6/8 or beyond.

Anyway, that's the scoop on that stuff.

In the meantime, it's kinda damp and nasty here.

So I get to use one of my favorite pieces of workout gear. Yay!

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ROCKYCPA 6/5/2012 3:23PM

    Love your blog and so true - I am guilty of not going out in the bad weather. Need to change that POV!

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    Were you there yesterday while the debate raged inside my head about whether I would go out in the rain? So funny. And I did not melt either. Yay

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CHANARO 6/4/2012 9:27PM

    What a great blog, thanks for bringing a smile to my face :-) And good luck with job...hope the best one works out for you!!!!

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CAROLISCIOUS 6/4/2012 8:18PM that was clever. And I love the Zebra stripes!

Rootin' for #3!

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DOGLADY13 6/4/2012 5:07PM

    I ran a race yesterday and would have preferred outright rain over the drizzly mess we had. Once you accept the wetness it starts to be fun. Besides, when I was a kid, I begged to go out to play in the rain.

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CODYG123 6/4/2012 12:47PM

    I love the way you wrote about rain gear. I live in the pacific northwest and rain gear is required, even if worn over other workout gear. I'm not a big fan of umbrellas, as they slow my forward momentum, but I do love a good hoodie or two, and I always love getting warm and comfy after a few soggy kilometers.

I hope you get the writing job because your writing rocks. emoticon

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MS.ELENI 6/4/2012 11:20AM

    Your work out gear is perfect. emoticon

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I Had a Giant Rubber Shark and It Really Made a Mark

Monday, May 28, 2012

Today's song is for all of the job prospects I currently have.

Yeah, really.

I have three lives ones. And I mean, really live ones. As in, I've had phone screens with all three. And I had an in-person with one, there's an in-person scheduled with the second and I submitted a writing sample for the third.

And - yeehaw - these are all actually what I want to do. What I concept.

So, we'll see.

Trying not to be too weird about it. Trying not to get my hopes up too much. Trying not to set myself up for, perhaps, a nasty fall.

So, we'll see.

Anyway - weight stuff - argh - forget it. Not gonna talk about that. I have had some major issues with what is likely menopausal sleep issues rearing an ugly head. Lovely. Because I just NEED to go through my days like a zombie, unable to really smack the hell out of exercise and burn calories. 'Cause, you know, I can just sit around all day long.



Anyway - last week was freakishly full of job search stuff. This week promises to be more of the same. Of course that's all another reason for me to be beat. Oh and there were car issues. Expensive ones. And an anniversary celebration (we hit 20 years of married life) that went awry, due to said automotive issues.

So, 50 years is gold. 25 years is silver. Apparently, for your 20th wedding anniversary, the traditional gift is auto parts. Who knew?

I'll let you know how the week goes.

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SHOES17 6/1/2012 4:08AM

    emoticonMoving onward ..congrads on 20!

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MALCONTENTION 5/29/2012 7:41AM

    Congrats on 20! And good luck with the jobs!

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    Oh I do so hope you get a magnificent job, right next to a great fitness center.

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DOGLADY13 5/28/2012 3:50PM

    I'm taking synthetic progesterone to deal with the perimenopausal symptoms. One of the big problems I had was insomnia and anxiety that was crippling for 5 to 7 days before/during my cycle. The other big problem was my menstrual cycle was 19 days. Do the math. Not much sleep.

Anyway, 10 days of progesterone was a miracle for me. No more anxiety/insomnia. Regular cycle. It fixed the problem immediately. Maybe a low dose of hormones can get you through the worst of it. It's really stinks to not get enough sleep.

Good luck with the job search. I hope it works out for you.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/28/2012 1:12PM

    I'll keep my body parts crossed for one of the jobs coming through. A friend pointed out once that our intestines are always crossed. I hope that helps even more.
Bummer about the cah and the wackadoodle sleeping. Congrats on 20 years, though, that's a majuh accomplishment!

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/28/2012 12:28PM

    Hubby is driving the "back up" vehicle right now as his needs some repair. Trying to decide if it is just time to get a new one.

May the best job win! Nice to be in the position to choose...which is where it sounds like you will be this week!

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MS.ELENI 5/28/2012 11:46AM

    Hope you get the job that makes you happy. Congrats on 20 years. Our 20th is coming up on the 4th of July. emoticon

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FIT_TERI 5/28/2012 11:30AM

    Congratulations on your 20th wedding anniversary! Sorry your celebration went awry! There are few things I hate spending money on more than auto repair.

Good luck with all the irons in the fire on the job front!

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Told the World Just How You Felt

Monday, May 21, 2012

Welcome to the blog of someone who's gained every week for the past 6 weeks.

Or, welcome to the blog of someone who only gained 7.2 pounds during that time period, who fits just fine into the same clothes as before.

Welcome to the blog of someone who's over 220 again for the first time since February 2nd.

Of 2009.

Welcome to the blog of someone who should be walking more.

Welcome to the blog of someone who walks every day, for 80 minutes, with few rest days.

Welcome to the blog of someone who should be lifting, what, 60 pounds every day? 80? 100?

Welcome to the blog of someone who lifts 45 pounds every single morning, without fail.

Welcome to the blog of someone who really should be eating, what, 1600 calories every day? 1400? 1200? No one seems to know, not definitively, anyway.

Welcome to the blog of someone who eats 1600 - 1800 calories per day, every day, without fail, and has since January 9th.

Of 2008.

Welcome to the blog of someone who's over 220 pounds.

Welcome to the blog of someone who's lost over 120 pounds.

Welcome to the blog of somneone who feels sorry for herself, who mourns her lost opportunities and missed chances, who, chop chop! just isn't doing this fast or well enough.


Welcome to the blog of someone who knows that setbacks are temporary, but this change is permanent.

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    Uh oh. Do I hear a touch of something like frustration here? Uh oh. No wait. I see real personal honesty here. Yep. That is even louder than the frustration. And it can be much more powerful.

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/22/2012 7:51PM

    Even when you reach your ultimate goal weight/size/perfect'll still have to work....and work even harder! Enjoy the journey!

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SHOES17 5/22/2012 2:58PM

    Thanks for allowing me to visit this emoticonperson and emoticon! Success isn't measured at graduation! emoticon We are in it for the long run. emoticon emoticon your life by each achievement! emoticonon!!

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JENIFIREHARP 5/21/2012 8:30PM

    Good postive attitude!

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MS.ELENI 5/21/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESEVEN 5/21/2012 10:17AM

    You have the right attitude! Keep it up and those 7 pounds will be gone again in no time! :-)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/21/2012 9:23AM

    You've gotten to the place we're all ultimately heading to whether we like it or not!

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DDOORN 5/21/2012 8:21AM that word! :-)


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And You're Rocking to the Next Big Thing

Monday, May 14, 2012

So here's a somewhat decent pic of m'new haircut. :)

I tell ya, I need a vacation.

Which is good, seeing as we are leaving day after tomorrow. We'll have the laptop but we'll be sharing it, so access will be spotty.

In the meantime, everybody and his brother has decided to call, which of course interrupts everything and then I lose my train of thought. And they all seem to be in perpetual hesitation mode.

You know what I mean - you get some weird blow by blow description of something you don't give a damn about. E. g. "Oh and I saw the neighbors today. Suzie was wearing a pink blouse. And Amy was wearing a white one. And Terri's was blue. Or was it green?" Pause. "Maybe it was blue-green? Wait, I'll check."


Or I get decisions on the other end of the line that are s...l...o...w, as if they were somehow momentous. "Yes ... send me ... a ... resume."

Okay, sure.

"And ... send it ... by email."

Er, I was planning on that, 'cause semaphore takes too long.

Yeah, I need a vacation.

What's planned?

Cape Code stuff, which mainly will involve walking, bringing breakfasts, lunches and snacks (dinners will be out) and generally getting better acquainted with the hot tub and spending time with the dude.

I need it!!

"Wait ... the ... hot tub ... is ... hot. No, wait ... it's ... kinda hot. No, wait, ... I'll get ... a ... what's it called again?"

Thermometer! And don't bother! Argh!!!

Yeah. I need a vacation.

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    You...are...a...funny, girl.

A funny....girl, with a cute...haircut.


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DDOORN 5/14/2012 2:49PM

    Looking forward to hearing all about it...never spent much time out on the Cape beyond a little drive while staying at Plymouth WAY long ago. Missed an opportunity to join with cycling buddies on what sounded like a beautiful cycling vacation out there later this summer...not enough time & $$$...ugh!


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PHEBESS 5/14/2012 2:07PM

    Cute hair!

And I know what you mean about the hesitation mode - ugh!

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DMPRIDER 5/14/2012 1:03PM

    Have fun. Time spent by the ocean is the best! :)

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MS.ELENI 5/14/2012 12:20PM

    Have a great time.Sounds like a good vacation emoticon

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From the Rooftops Shout it Out

Monday, May 07, 2012

I've had a rather full week.

It started off kinda meh on Monday and Tuesday, and then suddenly I got a notification that I'd be interviewed at a rather large financial servies/insurance company on Friday. Hence I had to change a hair appointment to Thursday, which I did.

Hair dude gave me a fab cut. So I go. I was almost late and - get this - I ran through the streets of Boston, in ballerina flats, to get to the interview on time. This, I am able to do! I must've looked a little silly, trench coat flapping behind me. No matter. At least I could do it, eh?

And it looks good, yanno. I am not trying to get my hopes up, or otherwise risk jinxing it. So kindly forgive my vageness. But there is naught to report yet, not really. But it felt good. It was also the first in-person interview I've gotten for this job search. So even in that manner it's something of a victory.

Turning to sports - quite literally.

I ran my (egad, is this right???) 28th 5K race. I finished in 46:02, which is not so great for me. I've only been slower 5 times. Two of those times, oddly enough, I was a good 40 pounds lighter than I am now. For one of them (my first 5K), I was 20 pounds lighter than I am now. This is also my second-slowest time for this year (the first 5K of the year was 21 seconds slower). I was overdressed and hot, and splashed into puddles in an effort to cool off my too-hot feet.


This was a charity race, for Miles for Hope (Brain Tumor research). They gave out medals for top finishers in each division. The divisions were tiny, e. g. women 45 - 49, rather than women 40 - 49. But that's okay.

And I came in third in my division (out of four). So I got a medal! W00t!

It's weird. I know my time could have been considerably better, and it has been. I know that I was hot and that slowed me down. I know that a goodly chunk of the people doing the 5K were walking it. I know that the division was somewhat artificially kept small. I know that this is a lot more like the Participation Generation, where people get rewarded for just showing up.

I know all of that, yet I don't care. I got a medal!!

The last time I got any sort of a non-finisher award for anything athletic was when I was 11 years old and attending horseback riding camp. We had shows at the end of the year and ribbons were given out. I placed fifth (it's a pink ribbon) out of six. Even the gal who was in sixth got a ribbon (the Participation Generation goes back to the summer of 1974, apparently).

I cannot begin to tell you how much silly pride I have in this medal. And how good I feel about not only running this, the 28th 5K, but also about running through Boston in ballerina flats to get to an interview on time.

Life has changed. Neither of these things would have happened a scant five years ago.

I am a new person.

And I've got a medal!!!!

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PHEBESS 5/7/2012 8:03PM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on being 3rd!!!!!!!

I have to laugh - I was in a boat race once, we came in 1st in our class - and last in the entire race!!! But hey, a win is a win!

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CAROLISCIOUS 5/7/2012 7:54PM

    A new person and a medal to prove it! That's so awesome, JES!

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ROCKYCPA 5/7/2012 2:05PM

    Good for you in winning the medal. Good Lunck on the interview - keep us posted.

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VEEJAY3 5/7/2012 11:48AM

    I am tutu excited for you.
Sorry! Couldn't resist the pun, my petite ballerina!

Hope nothing BARREs your way to the job, and you JETE into the stratosphere of success.

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TEMPEST272002 5/7/2012 11:31AM

    28 5Ks - that's incredible! Well done on showing up for the race - that's more than what 90% of people in our age group are doing. Enjoy that medal because you DO deserve it!

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MS.ELENI 5/7/2012 11:06AM

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DDOORN 5/7/2012 10:06AM

    Racking up those 5Ks...woo hoo! Crossing fingers on job prospects...

Nailed my 2nd official 5K yesterday myself...gotta pull a blog together on this.

Keep on celebrating the new, improved, Jes 2.0! Woo hoo!


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    This is great! So full of accomplishment and hope and great energy. Congrats on your well earned medal. And by the way the new hair is great!

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DMPRIDER 5/7/2012 9:35AM

    Congrats on your 5K and your medal! Enjoy it, you've earned it. And congrats on your "ballerina run" which is as much of an accomplishment as your actual 5K race. I hope good things come from the interview too.

Also FWIW, equestrian events frequently award ribbons to the 8th place (I think that's a brown ribbon).

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CHEETARA79 5/7/2012 9:23AM

    YAY! Where are you going to put the medal? Maybe you could wear it to your 2nd interview at the financial place? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 5/7/2012 9:10AM

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You get a bunch of medals from me, girl -- you are awesome. Good luck on the interview!!!

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