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45 day streak

Monday, February 21, 2011

Back on January 9, 2011 I decided to start a Spark Streak to help me stop biting my fingernails. Well, it's been 45 days and so far my streak is still going!

I wouldn't say that I have been completely reformed because I've quit for longer than this before, but I'm pretty encouraged. I'm not ready for a manicure yet, but getting there. I have never had a manicure in my life. I'll turn 55 next month, so maybe that would be a good present to give myself!

  
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REDHEADMOM2U 2/22/2011 8:20PM

    Manicures are great...I actually like pedicures better because my finger nails don't "hold" the polish very long BUT I love the massage, the softness of the skin, the great looking cuticles afterwards.

I think that is a great reward for a long streak!!

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VITASANA 2/22/2011 10:14AM

    That's great!!! Can't wait to hear about your manicure! emoticon

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LISA_TRYING 2/22/2011 7:19AM

  Great job!! I kicked the habit when I was pregnant with my first b/c my nails were strong and thick and grew like weeds :) However, that turned in to me being a picker when they got brittle again after the kids were born :(

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ILIKECACTI 2/22/2011 6:44AM

    That's so great! Such a hard habit to break, but you're doing it!! That manicure will be well deserved :)

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JANET552 2/22/2011 6:26AM

    WooHoo for you!!! Congratulations. I've been quit for quite a few years now and I've never had a manicure either. That would be a fantastic reward. Keep up the great work!

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CRYS828 2/22/2011 4:59AM

    emoticon45 days is quite an accomplishment!

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/22/2011 12:31AM

    I bit my nails for years and years. My fifth grade teacher tried and tried to get me to quit biting my nails, but I never did back then. I am 58 and miraculously just stopped biting my nails about 15 years ago. Don't know how or why, but I do remember always having a nail clipper near me at home and one in my purse. And I kept polish on my nails because I didn't like the taste of the polish in my mouth. I think a manicure would be a great reward for yourself. My granddaughter loves to paint my nails. That is the closest I have ever had to a manicure. Go for it. If I did it, I know you can too. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois

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NDMOM73 2/21/2011 11:34PM

    WooHoo!! Congrats on your streak! And yes, that would be a wonderful present to yourself. :)
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TARAHA 2/21/2011 10:01PM

    Good Job, that is something I do about every third year for lent. It is right around the corner, maybe I will join you!
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TDLEE9674 2/21/2011 8:52PM

    Congrats... You can do it, just keep looking forward to that manicure.

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Somebody Noticed!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

I went to a lecture yesterday at lunchtime and one of the attendees came in a little late. She is a dietitian and I work with her classes sometimes. Anyway, after the lecture she came up to me and told me I looked great. She said I looked like I had lost a lot of weight and she said if she had to guess she would say I lost 22 pounds or so. She completely nailed it! I have lost exactly 22 pounds! This was so exciting because nobody else has noticed anything. I haven't seen her in a while, so that probably had a lot to do with it.

I actually hadn't minded that nobody noticed. In a way I was keeping it all undercover. Everyone is so bundled up around here in the winter, so I was hoping for some dramatic "ta-da moment" when I showed up at a meeting without a bulky sweater and tons of layers.

So this was great and this person is someone I really respect and like a lot, so it's extra special!

Today is Day #1 of my second Spark Challenge. I am off to a pretty good start. I generally jog through one half of S.U. basketball games when they're on TV (which is every game), and I chose the second half today. Well, the game went into overtime, so I got over an hour of jogging in today. Plus S.U. won. Cool!

I'm on a new team this time (the Butterflies), so I'll have lots of chances to make new Spark Friends along the way too.

My strategy is pretty much the same as my last challenge. I have become addicted to my pedometer and I am committed to at least 6,000 steps per day. I also want to add some strength training this time. I will faithfully track EVERYTHING I eat!
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LANIDOLL 2/21/2011 9:15PM

    I'm sure it feels great to be noticed. I've been there before and I'm on my way again (I hope). Welcome to the butterfly team and let's accomplish some great things together!!

P.S. Great job with those nails too - once you have a mani, you'll get addicted. emoticon (imagine little nails on here)


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KIYOSHI04 2/21/2011 4:28PM

    great job! i bet it felt great to be noticed!
and great job with the jogging!

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TALLGIRLX3 2/21/2011 9:33AM

    That's great! I love it when people "notice". Don't worry, though, I'm sure you'll still have that TA-DA moment! Once this nasty weather goes away and you peel those layers off you'll get many more comments! Something to look forward to aside from warmer weather! :)

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ANNIEMAC_98 2/21/2011 9:15AM

    Great! emoticon

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VEDDIE78 2/21/2011 9:08AM

    That's so awesome that someone noticed and has got to be such a great feeling!

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ILIKECACTI 2/21/2011 7:50AM

    That's so great! I can't wait until people start to notice on me!

And good luck with the Butterflies team! We can make the most of this challenge :)

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GUMMY_BEAR7 2/20/2011 1:38PM

    That's great ~ that feeling is always great!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 2/20/2011 12:14PM

    Welcome to the butterflies team and happy you were noticed. Congrats.

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THINAGIN2 2/20/2011 10:43AM

    The first time someone else notices that you have lost lots of weight is special! It's always gives you the best feeling about yourself and a little boost to keep on keeping on!
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REDHEADMOM2U 2/20/2011 9:20AM

    How fun to be noticed like that! Your new challenge sounds great too.. Good luck!


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REDHEADMOM2U 2/20/2011 9:20AM

    How fun to be noticed like that! Your new challenge sounds great too.. Good luck!


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NDMOM73 2/20/2011 12:20AM

    Congrats on your current success and wishing you even more success on your new goals. Looking forward to being on this challenge with you! emoticon

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ANNIEJEFFRIES 2/19/2011 9:48PM

    Congratulations on your loss of 22 pounds. emoticon
Isn't it great when someone notices!

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TERESAMARIE1959 2/19/2011 8:23PM

    It is always nice when someone notices! emoticon

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LPETRO119 2/19/2011 8:05PM

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I'm so happy for you!

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LPETRO119 2/19/2011 8:05PM

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I'm so happy for you!

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CRYS828 2/19/2011 7:54PM

    That's awesome emoticon that someone noticed your weight loss. The compliment has a way of making you smile emoticon all day and you realize that all of your hard work and effort is worth it. emoticon

Go Butterflies! emoticon

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MJK0430 2/19/2011 7:50PM

    22 lbs is fantastic! I bet a lot of people will start commenting once the weather gets warmer.

I don't really follow sports, but since It's Saturday S.U. must be a college? Which one?

Happy fluttering! ~Maureen


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CHARANN3 2/19/2011 7:45PM

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SKIRNIR 2/19/2011 7:39PM

    Great story. Wonder how in the world she guessed so accurately?!

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BTRFLY08 2/19/2011 7:31PM

    emoticon That is awesome! Congratulations on losing 22 pounds. Good luck with the challenge. You can do it!

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DENNYJO25 2/19/2011 7:20PM

  I am so happy for you. It does feel great when someone notices. Keep up the great work!
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NHGRL68 2/19/2011 7:14PM

    emoticon on your 22lb loss. That's AWESOME! I bet it felt great to have someone notice it. Sounds like you got in a great workout today too. Keep up the great work, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 2/19/2011 7:08PM

    That's awsome! Although we tell ourselves that it doesn't matter if no one notices, but it sure is as nice feeling when someone does.
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WISEDIETER 2/19/2011 7:08PM

    It is great when someone notices I am amazed how accurate she was on the number and what a good one it is Well done I find tracking the food is the best way of keeping control
Cheers Sue

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Emotional Eating Assignment

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

One of my "assignments" for this week is to write about my triggers for emotional eating and what I'm going to do about them.

My major stressor right now is my job. I supervise people and for the last two years I have had the boss from Hell. I try to act as a buffer as much as possible between my boss and the people who work for me so that they can do their jobs, but this often means that I throw myself under the bus so to speak in defending them. The nit-picking and micromanagement can be really tough at times, and it's so unpredictable! I just never know what's going to happen.

My boss is also into yoga and meditation and such, but I find it almost laughable that she can be so heartless, needlessly cruel and completely unaware of the negativity that oozes from her every pore. I think she actually does mean well deep down, but when God was handing out empathy and basic civility she must have been off stealing candy from babies. I say it's almost laughable because it is more just really sad for all of us.

All of this being said, I know in my mind that I am not responsible for her actions and I need to take ownership and responsibility for how I deal with this situation. As a middle manager, I am definitely caught between those above me and those below me. It's a delicate dance because I am trying to keep "my" people happy so they can do a good job and at the same time keep my boss happy.

So, this is my reality -- now what am I going to do about it? What I can't do is use this as an excuse to give in to emotional eating -- in other words, "Man Up"! I've actually been pretty good about this. I can feel my stress level elevate just knowing I have to meet with her so I try to take deep breaths, and I sometimes even re-read some of my saved SP articles before I go. Just a reminder that my life is much more than my job and I need to take care of myself is helpful. (It's probably not such a good idea that I consider her my enemy and that if I give in then she wins, but it's working, at least so far).

I am also sure I internalize all of this way too much. I have a habit of hanging on to things that are bothering me and letting them fester. This is the thing that I need to work on the most I think. In this, I could look to my boss as a role model, as annoying as that thought is. She says something hurtful and then she's over it and everything is OK. I need to just live in the moment like she does and not take everything so much to heart. Not everything is earth-shattering or the end of the world. (I guess I should add "Lighten Up!" to "Man Up!")

Ok I'm done, but I don't feel that much better... darn! I'll work on that!
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ILIKECACTI 2/16/2011 6:42PM

    Your boss sounds like a nightmare =p I totally let things fester inside me too much too. I feel for ya... hope you find out how to deal with the situation. Good for you for recognizing that as a trigger to emotional eating though.

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REDHEADMOM2U 2/15/2011 8:18PM

    i hope you feel better .... been there, gone through that. It's super hard...

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So Mad at Myself...

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I went to a conference today. It seems like whenever I get to do something fun that takes me out of the office I forget almost everything I've learned and just go crazy. I was doing OK until dessert after lunch. I ate 4 cookies! I didn't want them and I barely remember eating them. I certainly didn't enjoy them. It was so not worth it! Ugh!
However, I did say that I forgot ALMOST everything. I do know that I have to pick up where I left off and start fresh RIGHT NOW.
Nobody said this would be easy...
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AUNTB63 2/9/2011 9:10AM

    I get caught up in "mindless" eating so often........I'm really trying to keep this in check.
You're doing the right thing by just getting back on track. Good job. Have a great day....keep moving...eat healthy and smile.


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ILIKECACTI 2/9/2011 8:07AM

    Yeah... going outside the normal throws me for a loop too! I'm now attending lunch conferences, but now i'm kind of glad the food they provide isn't all that tasty, because it's not really healthy either. I have no problems eating really small portions, because it's not tasty, hehe. At least we know how to get back on track :)

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PINKHOPE 2/9/2011 12:47AM

    Hi! Well four cookies aren't the end of the world, but maybe it's a little reality check for you. We all have these little setbacks.

You might want to read my "Fast Fifteen". It's a list of 15 things to get back on track FAST!

http://www.sparkpeople.com/my
page_public_journal_individual.
asp?blog_id=4002825

Press On!

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KAYE454 2/8/2011 9:00PM

  We need to plan all our meals around our weekly activities it really has helped me I try to find out what is going to be served

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MARSHA1956 2/8/2011 8:58PM

    Don't beat yourself up over the cookies. You have the right attitude to pick up and start over. I certainly can relate, this has been a week where I've craved all sorts of food that are not on the healthy diet menu. I've had good days and bad days in this regard. Good luch tomorrow take it one day at a time.

Marsha

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ADIPOSEROSE 2/8/2011 8:57PM

    Four cookies???? Firing squad at dawn! Cut yourself some slack, my friend! You were in a situation that has all of the "permissions" of a holiday--everybody's taking advantage of the "freebies," you're out of your normal environment, and there's a party atmosphere to the breaks. SO YOU HAD FOUR COOKIES---SO WHAT??????

I sentence you to one extra set of aerobics (whatever you normally do) in the morning as penance--on the proviso that you then forget about the sins of today, and move on down the yellow brick road!

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SAILSCALL 2/8/2011 8:55PM

    You ate them because you were bored, been there, done that. Work out a little harder tomorrow and call it even.

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CHRISTY60 2/8/2011 8:55PM

    You are soooooo right!!

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Appreciating the Little Things

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I haven't had much of an occasion to go off-campus for anything during the work day because: I've been really busy; it's a long walk; the weather (Upstate NY) is not conducive to foot travel right now and it's really COLD. Plus I always bring something from home for lunch. (Also it's way cheaper!)
Yesterday, however, I had to go to the bank, which is about a 15-20 minute walk (downhill). I didn't get anything to eat because I had some healthy and tasty soup waiting for me, but the walk back to my office is pretty much uphill the whole way and frankly it used to be a big drag. Anyway, I got all the way back to my office and I was eating my soup when I realized that I hadn't gotten winded and my knees didn't hurt AT ALL! The really cool thing was that I didn't even notice the walk at all! It was like no big deal. This is so great. I have many pounds to go, but little victories like this really help keep me going.

Also, thank to everybody who sent me well wishes about my ribs. They are feeling MUCH better. It still hurts to drive, but it's definitely improving! Take some advice from someone who learned the hard way... DON'T COUGH! emoticon

Thanks SparkPeople!!!

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NANASKNOLL 2/3/2011 11:26PM

    Thats great!
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REDHEADMOM2U 2/3/2011 2:20PM

    Oh I am SOOO happy for you!! That is awesome! It's great when we have "proof" we are getting healthier.

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MOMOF2TONI 2/3/2011 1:13PM

    The little victories are great! I love when the little surprises happen. Hugs! (gentle hugs because of your ribs)

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THINAGIN2 2/3/2011 11:34AM

    I love those little victories! Especially the way it just "dawns" on us that there has been a change. Glad to hear that your ribs are better, too! I did that once and so I know how miserable it can be.
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ILIKECACTI 2/3/2011 10:51AM

    Isn't it great to see those kinds of changes!!! Glad to hear your ribs are feeling better!

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