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Thursday, November 04, 2010

I am very excited because I lost 4 pounds my first week of "Sparking"! I am still exploring this site and making some mistakes here and there, but I have discovered so much and I know I've only just begun! The articles are informative and the success stories are so inspirational. I know slow and steady is the way to go and that there will be ups and downs, but hopefully there will be more downs.


Good day at work

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

I was asked to join a wellness task force at work a while ago. It was because I'm the health and wellness and nutrition librarian at my university and I know about what resources to use to study these things. I have felt like such a hypocrite. Yeah, I work with materials dealing with obesity and other health issues all day long, but I don't actually USE any of it to help myself... I was afraid I would get kicked off the team, or the other members would secretly give each other funny looks like, "what is SHE doing here. She doesn't belong.". Today was our second meeting and there were a lot more people there. Everybody was very nice and there were not too many skinny minis, so I didn't feel bad at all.

So, all this anxiety for nothing!


Much better today

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Feeling much better today after oral surgery. Had a really good day at work and am ready to settle in to watch election returns. I'm just glad all the campaigning is over. We had 6 recordings on our answering machine and all the junk mail - what a waste of paper!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/2/2010 8:46PM

    Glad that you are better. I will be glad when this election is over too. At least the phone has stopped ringing today from all the recorded messages or polls. I refuse to answer them when they call and want to ask you who you are voting for. I don't think it is anyone's business but mine of who I vote for.

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Ow... that hurt!

Monday, November 01, 2010

I had oral surgery today. I wasn't expecting it to hurt that much. I was actually planning on going to work afterwards - what was I thinking?! So, today was kind of a lost day as far as exercise and diet went. I was still able to log in, read some motivational articles and success stories, and do other things to earn my points, so all is not lost. Back on track tomorrow!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/1/2010 9:19PM

    NO take it easy for a couple of days. My husband had a tooth pulled out and after a couple of days he thought that he could do some light work but ended up having it bleed on him so he iced it and is taking it easy. That was Friday that he had it pulled and Sunday that he did the light work. So take it easy and let your body heal it.

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SWEETPEACH84 11/1/2010 9:16PM

    I hope your mouth feels better! At least you were able to get on and read some motivation stories and such so at least you were able to keep your goal on your mind. Take care and have a good week emoticon

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Taking control by letting go

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Like everybody else, the economic downturn has had a real effect on me. I supply most of the income and all of the health benefits for our family, so the stress of not knowing what would happen next with my job really took a toll.

I used to really like my job, but we've had some layoffs and the ones who are left are generally doing the work of two. We've also been reorganized a few times, and my job has changed dramatically from what it was 2 years ago. But still, I am grateful to have a job. It's amazing how fear, and in some cases survivor guilt because friends and colleagues lost their jobs, can cause such physical and mental anxiety without us even consciously realizing it. It makes it hard to concentrate on anything but the basics as we try to make ourselves indispensable in the workplace. Things like not taking a break, eating fast food from the vending machine for lunch at your desk - if you eat at all, working late -- the price is high in ways we don't even think about.

Now I feel that I am, in some ways, just waking up. I've been out of touch and at the same time internalizing a lot for a long time because I didn't feel I had a way to deal with my fears and anxieties. I couldn't talk to my husband or family about anything because I didn't want to get them upset, and my work colleagues were in the same condition I was.

But thanks in great part to the inspiration I am getting from my fellow Sparkies, I am starting to realize that work, no matter how great or bad it is, is only part of my life. What I do for a living should not define who I am. I can choose to be ruled by my dissatisfaction OR I can find and embrace the joy I have in the other parts of my life. I need to move on from this place and I think I have been making good steps forward. Choices, that's what it all comes down to, and just letting go of the negative and things I can't do a thing about.

It sounds strange but by letting go I feel like I have taken the first steps towards taking back control of my life.

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CJJANISS 10/30/2010 8:53PM

    Some things are just beyond our control and there's nothing we can do but let go. I think your attitude is great. I am grateful for my job as well. My husband has been unemployed for a few years now.

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