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Plea Bargain!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Jury duty is over. There were three trials starting today and I was up for the last one. But.... a plea bargain -- yay!!! My group was excused at about noon so I was able to get to work in plenty of time to do the class I was so worried about.

Honestly, I don't know what is wrong with me that I get so stressed out over these things and everything almost always works out fine. This is a real problem for me and I know better. I really need to work on just letting stuff go.

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KIYOSHI04 12/12/2012 11:55AM

    me too... its hard.

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LINDAKAY228 12/6/2012 11:38AM

    Glad it all worked out so well for you!

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3016DEBRA 11/28/2012 11:57AM

  YAY!!! is right. I got called up but fortunately I work for the prosecutor so I was excused emoticon . I 've done it 3 times so it's not like I'm evading my civic duty - I'd just rather not do it again! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 11/27/2012 7:02AM

    unfamiliar territory is always stressful
I get uncomfortable when it's my turn at the Dept of Motor Vehicles to get my license renewed.... How crazy is that?
You're not alone...other people just know how to fake it better.

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NESARIAN 11/26/2012 11:06PM

    Me, too. I do better when I remember my previous successes instead of any difficulties.

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OKBACK2ME 11/26/2012 9:59PM

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Jury Duty!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I got a summons for jury duty. My number was pretty high, so I was hoping that I would at least get excused for Monday. No such luck!

I don't mind doing my civic duty at all and I've done it twice before, but I am supposed to be a guest speaker for a class on Monday and I am so worried that I won't be able to get there or whether I'm going to find a place to park for the class and for jury duty downtown, whether they are going to take my cell phone away so I won't be able to contact the instructor to let her know, etc. I probably should have asked the instructor if we could reschedule the class for next week, but I was so sure I wouldn't have to actually go that I gave her a half hearted FYI about it just before Thanksgiving and told her I should have no problem getting there. I guess she went out of town because I haven't heard from her and I'm unclear about what to do in case I need a plan B.

This rant above just shows the amount of time I spend worrying about what MIGHT happen and worrying about things I cannot do anything about. This is so frustrating. I am a big girl (in more ways than one!) so I am sure I can figure all of this out.

The ironic thing is that while I'm winding myself up with worry, I am listening to Spark Radio and they just happen to be talking about how stress can affect your metabolism by putting you in panic mode. This is so incredibly relevant for me right now! So, I am taking deep breaths and trying to catch myself when I start to go to that dark place.

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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2012 11:25PM

    I would actually enjoy doing jury duty at least once, if it were during my summer break and did not interfere with school. Good luck with it.

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3016DEBRA 11/25/2012 9:15PM

  I just got excused, lol emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 11/25/2012 5:06PM

    I'm the same way. throw a wrench in my plans, and I mentally freak out and ruminate about all the bad things that ay possibly happen maybe. Much more stress spent on my freaking out than on the actual event. It's a hard thing to break! Good luck with jury duty and the lecture!

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SparkPeople Radio!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I just tuned into SparkPeople Radio. It's really cool! I can listen to it while I do my other SparkPeople activities. Great way to multitask, plus I am sure more good stuff is seeping into my brain through osmosis.

I have been a little angst-y (is that a real word?) over the last few weeks. I just went through a period of not caring that much... I don't know why. I am hoping that it was my one step back in preparation for the two steps forward. I have been weighing weekly, but not tracking it, so today I am getting back on track. I am down 24 pounds total, so my backtracking wasn't as severe as I thought, but I need to get my act together pronto!!

My original plan was to be 40 pounds down by Christmas because we're going to visit my elder son in California and it will have been a year since we've seen him. He MIGHT notice a difference. That would be cool. I don't think I'm quite going to make that, though, because my goal is 1.5-2 pounds a week and that would be cutting it pretty close. But, one day at a time is all I can do, so what happens, happens.

In the meantime, if you have not checked out SparkPeople Radio, do it today!!

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KIYOSHI04 11/14/2012 4:43PM

    i think you're doing great. never heard of spark radio. neato! thanks for that.

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OKBACK2ME 11/6/2012 10:13PM

    He will still notice, my Son noticed the 20 pounds.

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24 pounds is awesome!!

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WALLAHALLA 11/6/2012 8:06PM

    You still have time to put a good sized dent in that goal. Bust it!
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Not AWOL -- Just Concentrating

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I haven't blogged in a while, but it isn't because I've been doing the walk of shame, it's because I've been deep in concentration, or contemplation, ... or something.

I'm still doing my walking/jogging every day and I really look forward to it. I've been at a minimum of 12,000 steps per day for quite a while. The scale is not cooperating that much -- down 1 pound from last week, but it really doesn't bother me too much because I feel a lot stronger and positive about my progress so far.

One thing that is kind of cool is that I found a recipe in a magazine (I think it was Fitness, but I'm not positive) for Morning Glory Muffins. They have all kinds of good things in them, including carrots, golden raisins, coconut, and almonds (which I normally don't care for). I decided to try making a batch and they were really good! It makes 18 muffins and I can freeze them. Normally I grab a Luna bar to bring for breakfast at work, and the muffins actually have more calories, but I think the effort of grating the carrots, putting everything together and baking them myself somehow makes me feel more invested. Plus they look pretty!

One of my mainstays on WW was Orange Apple Spiced muffins that I used to make every Sunday. Thatís what I had for breakfast every day. It was just part of my routine. (Telling my family they were a Weight Watchers recipe was a sure-fire way of getting them not to eat them, too!)

WW is many years in the past and I did reach my goal weight, although I had a lot less weight to lose to get there than I do now. What I've been contemplating is what worked for me then and whether I capture that positive spirit again somehow. Taking the time to bake something from scratch, knowing what the ingredients are and tweaking the recipe until I get it just the way I like it, getting my steps in -- all of this has to help.



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CLUMBOY 10/30/2012 7:22AM

    lovely muffins--and so healthy for you! the beauty of baking is that it is a physical action you take that not only tastes great but it good for you and is a symbol of a new healthy attitude. way to go with that AND your walking!

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KIYOSHI04 10/23/2012 7:51PM

    looks great!
i think its great you're looking to the past for some answers..

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OKBACK2ME 10/23/2012 3:24PM

    Excellent work! The muffins look good, but saying they a WW would not stop my family from touching them. emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 10/23/2012 1:56PM

    Yummy! emoticon Think I need to try that recipe.

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 10/23/2012 12:56PM

    12,000 steps a day is awesome! emoticon

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Measuring Progress

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I am up .6 pounds this week. We went to visit my parents this weekend and my mom made a big dinner, including my favorite lemon pie. Plus as we usually do, we stopped at the golden arches on the Thruway for breakfast on the way there. I could have had a yogurt parfait, but unfortunately, I went for the sausage and egg McMuffin (no cheese). I know, not good.

I'm still a walking fool, though, so I am making progress in that area. I figure that as long as I am sweating, I am on the right path. I also did my monthly measurements and I was .5 inches down in the waist and .25 inches down in the hips. Is that good?? I was really expecting more because my clothes are fitting MUCH better. Maybe it's my wishful thinking, but in any case, I'm encouraged.

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OKBACK2ME 10/2/2012 8:14PM

    Wow, you visited your Mom and only gained .6 of a pound awesome! You know they always cook favorites, it is just a weekend and you will drop the weight fast. You would have been shocked at the food my grand mother use to put out. I stayed over night once and she had bacon, eggs, oatmeal, toast and jam sitting there waiting for my breakfast and I do not mean little servings! They use to be ranchers and wore off the food, so she was use to cooking large amounts of food! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 10/2/2012 3:09PM

    I can do point 6 pounds with a glass of water.
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40LESSOFERIN 10/2/2012 12:53PM

    Baby steps, you will got there! Sounds like your making progress. Great job and emoticon

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