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1.25 Goal

Monday, January 07, 2013

This weekend, I decided to set some micro goals for weight loss. In order for me to lose what I need to lose in 53 weeks, I need to lose 1.25 pounds every week (or average thereof).

Today, back spasms continue. But I am sticking to my food tracker - something I have been treating in a desultory fashion for far too long. I am also stretching and doing the RICE treatment so that I cannot use this nauseating pain as an excuse for very long!

PIXILICIOUS posted a blog in which she said she is setting a short term goal for the first day of spring (72 days). Spring is our favorite season, so she has inspired me to think about a goal for that day as well. Thinking...

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ULEWIJ 1/9/2013 7:06PM

    Sounds good!

I have a lot of family visiting starting on June 21, and I want to show them all that SF has to offer.... which includes GIANTS!...great restaurants, great wine up in Sonoma and great small concerts....and that all leads to weight gain for me.
So I need to get the weight down as close to my goal before then. If I can lose 30lbs, I won't feel so bad gaining the 5 lbs that I"m sure will happen when they are here!

What is RICE?

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_LINDA 1/8/2013 12:33AM

    There is the key right there -keeping a tight rein on the food when you are unable to exercise! Sorry you are having such trouble with your back :( That is what prevents me from sleeping is waking up in pain -I finally see my surgeon tomorrow.
Oh, I so can't wait for spring to show up!! Setting a goal for it would be a great idea -motivation to bring it home in style!
You can do this!
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RFJSJ50 1/7/2013 11:53PM

    I'm at the point where my main goal is to say goodbye to at least 1/2 pound per week, more would be great. I've finally accepted the fact that I'm in this for the rest of my life and don't want to set my goals to an unreachable spot.
I hope your back improves soon.

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CHRIS3874 1/7/2013 8:55PM

    Good luck I hope you feel better soon - I have had back spasms too. Not fun.

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ANNESYLVIA 1/7/2013 7:33PM

    Best of luck on both your short term goal and long term goal.

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CARRAND 1/7/2013 6:53PM

    Great goal. A pound or two a week is certainly doable. The food tracker is so important. I've been lying to mine for too long.

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CATLADY52 1/7/2013 6:27PM

    That sounds like a very reasonable goal. Good luck. emoticon

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Prayers Worked! Thank You! This is Not New Year's Eve, it's Thanksgiving!

Monday, December 31, 2012

I was still at the laundro mat this morning when BF called to say that he would be having surgery in about an hour. Time must have flown because I had not been home yet before he called again and said he was ready to come home!

THANK YOU for your prayers and good thoughts! They did surgery, gave him a boatload of antibiotics and let me take him home. He is already feeling much better, even though he is resting now. He has to go back in a couple of days, but they saved his arm!

While I was waiting for him at the hospital, a light came on my dashboard. More coolant, please! He put that in and, because I asked, he checked the oil. Blocks away from the hospital was an auto supply store and we got some oil.

Another crisis averted!

A quiet New Year's Eve at home and it is one of Thanksgiving.

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CATLADY52 1/3/2013 6:45PM

    So glad for you both. I hope the rest of the year can be half as good. emoticon

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NONIE_C 1/1/2013 7:11PM

    Good news!!! May the rest of this new year be blessing-heavy!

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ANNESYLVIA 1/1/2013 10:12AM

    What a wonderful way to start the new year.

Glad the surgery was a success!

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SEAWILLOW 1/1/2013 9:51AM

    You have received a blessing! Thank God!

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/1/2013 7:48AM


That's fantastic news ! I'm so happy the doctors were able to save his arm. That must be a big relief for everyone.


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_LINDA 12/31/2012 8:42PM

    That is wonderful news! Glad everything went so well! May your BF have a swift, full recovery with no complications!

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LOVESTYPOS 12/31/2012 8:38PM

    I'm so glad they were able to get him home and back to you. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/31/2012 8:37PM

    Good news!

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Prayers, Please!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I dropped BF off at the hospital on my way to work this morning. We both thought he would get some antibiotics for his infection and be home before I was.

Stunned to find out that he needs surgery (not sure when, probably tomorrow). He is not home tonight and the girls (our two cats) do not understand.

He's disappointed I did not drive there after work. I asked him earlier in the day if he wanted me to do so and he said no. So I came home. As soon as I started eating dinner (yummy zucchini and other veggies!), he called and asked me to come up. I said I was home for the night and he is really disappointed.

My reasons:
The hospital is nearly 20 miles away, in a town I don't know
I don't drive at night if I can help it
My car has a moisture problem that requires running the AC to keep the windshield from fogging,
making night driving in this winter not fun at all
Since he is not home, it falls to me to do everything he should have done
I have to get up early to get into the laudromat before the rest of the world
I WILL be there tomorrow - hopefully, I can bring him home, but they might keep him another day....

He is diabetic, is a smoker with heart issues, so your prayers are appreciated!

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LOVESTYPOS 12/31/2012 7:54PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both. emoticon

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CARRAND 12/31/2012 6:56PM

    I am praying for you both.

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MOVEITMARY 12/31/2012 6:06PM

    I will be keeping you both in my prayers.

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SEAWILLOW 12/31/2012 6:39AM

    Praying for both of you. Keep us posted!

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ELSCO55 12/31/2012 12:02AM

    Praying fofr you both.

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ALIHIKES 12/30/2012 11:59PM

    I'm praying for him

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ESCHLETZ 12/30/2012 11:47PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

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"Little Christmas Eve"

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I was about to say I failed…

I have not been blogging regularly. I have not been logging food. I have not been exercising.
No, I am not surprised that my weight is about what it was when I joined SP nearly 3 years ago.
For a long time, I have been more or less “marking time” on SP. Earning points, minimally interacting with my SP family, going through the motions…As I read blogs, I made small comments. Humbled, thinking I have nothing to contribute since I am not walking the SP journey the way I know I need to be doing.

I am off from my full time job until January 2 except for one day this week. I decided I was going to cross a lot of things off my to do list, including errands and some professional development. I also decided I am going to get back into my kettlebells. My Christmas present to myself is a new KB DVD (not here yet). I have a rebate check for REI and I will probably use it towards a higher weight KB.
Even so. I am disappointed with myself for allowing life to get in the way of taking care of myself on my SP journey. I am very unhappy with my weight, I hate the way I feel, I hate the way I look and I really wonder if I have what it takes to start anew AND to stick with it and succeed.

I read blogs from _Linda with her battles with RA and sleeplessness. Exercise is her drug of choice (her words). There are days when I feel as if I can hardly move and her day begins with kickboxing or zumba or…I am humbled.

LDRICHEL is a swimmer and a runner and shared a wonderful blog about reevaluating her fitness journey, choosing balance. Recognizing there are other elements in her life, she is scaling back on her running regime in order to invest the time to maintain relationships. I could use such balance!

KNITTABLES is struggling financially, has a ton of stuff on her shoulders and still remains committed to her health and wellness. I am in her fan club, helpless to offer anything but words of encouragement.

TEENYBIKINI is just awesome. I love her turn of phrase and I am convinced that we would get along wonderfully if we met in real life.

CHICCHANTAL is another gifted wordsmith. She also shares wonderful pictures of her part of the world (I dare you to get her started on Cornwall!). I would love to meet her some day, too, but I cannot imagine I would follow her into the mud!

CMRAND54 is getting used to being retired. She and Sheila have been faithful SP friends almost from day one. They know what to say to keep me plugged in.

PIXILICIOUS faithfully posts on my SparkPage. I cannot match her for quantity of inspiration!

I read a comment from one of the SP employees on an email last week that said something about having the confidence to succeed. That is what I don’t have and have not had for a while.

Then I read a blog from ABA101, one of those blogs I found by clicking “blogs” from the banner. She asked for willpower to succeed. I usually flinch when I see “willpower” because, in my life, that word becomes a club with which I beat myself and feel a failure. So I commented on her blog that I wish her time. Time to think before she chooses….the exercise DVD over the cooking show, the water over the caloric drink…etc. She appreciated my comments and we are now SP friends.

That got me thinking. Outwardly, I am not making progress. But certain elements are becoming internalized. Subject of another blog will be thoughts about everything else in my life, but tonight’s is a musing about the community, the power of my SP family. Were it not for the fact that I really care about my SP family (including those not mentioned above), I would have given up and left long ago. Instead, I find myself reaching out and thinking of starting anew.

The title of my blog is a tribute to my grandfather. When my aunts and dad were children, they would egg their parents on about being anxious for Christmas. Bestifar (Grandfather in Norwegian) invented "Little Christmas Eve" to kind of let some steam off of the enthusiasm. Dad and my aunts were allowed to open a present from a friend on December 23.

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CATLADY52 12/26/2012 6:39PM

    Baby steps are the only way you can get back into the groove (so to say)..................and continue the trek to better health and body. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/25/2012 7:37PM

    Oh, you bet! We'd get along smashingly. I am so lucky to have friends like you. That definitely means I am doing something right. Let's rock 2013~


You are amazing. May peace be with you. XO

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CARRAND 12/24/2012 6:11PM

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and healthy New Year. You deserve the best. I hope you can come to accept yourself just as the wonderful person that you are. Only then will you be able to take care of yourself and make the changes that you want.

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ANNESYLVIA 12/24/2012 11:13AM

    Merry Christmas.

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SEAWILLOW 12/24/2012 4:34AM

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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_LINDA 12/24/2012 12:30AM

    I am so glad you have chosen to stick with Sparkpeople, even in a minimalist way. All the friends you have met are an inspiration yes, but they are also here for you too. To encourage you through rough times. To support and comfort you.
But the fact you are even hanging in, rather then ditching the site altogether is a lot more then most people who have gone off their programs do. Usually, they ditch it and then come back years later and try again. That is telling me you really aren't a quitter. That you really want to do this, but haven't found a way quite yet to get fully back in it. Getting back into your kettlebells sounds like a little Spark is getting ignited! A start. A Baby step yes, but a huge step in the right direction! You can accomplish this! You can! I will be here cheering you on!
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FIT4MEIN2013 12/23/2012 11:09PM

    When you are ready, it will happen! Have a blessed Christmas!

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Remembering Pearl Harbor Day

Friday, December 07, 2012

I was not alive when December 7, 1941 came. I cannot explain why this anniversary has always been an emotional day for me. For more than a decade, I have taken the day off, but could not this year. I wore a pin for USS Arizona and went to work in the morning.

Today was our department Christmas lunch, one of those "important to attend" events. But my boss excused me so I could get my annual eye exam. I had FSA dollars that had to be spent and, with working 7 days a week, time for the appointment was going to be a real challenge.

I left when everyone else left for the lunch because I'd decided to run some errands. One of those was to get my hair cut. I parked at the far end of the parking lot from the eye doctor's. Only then did I remember that SuperCuts is a few blocks away. Traffic was so awful I decided to walk. That was glorious!

The eye appointment went well. Doc was very pleased. He's the best eye doc I have ever had. He has taken the time to figure out how my odd eyes work, he spends time with me and he reviews my charts in great detail. It was a full 2 hour exam. At the end, I learned that the cost for the appointment and the special test matched to the penny the last few dollars I had in my FSA account! I was thrilled! For those who don't have the Flex Spending Account: the funds set aside as pretax dollars have to be spent in that calendar year or the person loses the money.

Our young intern attorney commented today that soon Pearl Harbor Day will not be observed. By that, he meant that there are so few people still alive who remember the actual day. My thought was, it will be remembered as long as I am alive.


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I'm glad your eye exam went well and you got in a nice walk. You also avoided the office luncheon temptations of food. A real win all around.

My father remember Pearl Harbor Day. He volunteered not long after, and did training in Hawaii for the Signal Corp.

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_LINDA 12/8/2012 8:39PM

    That is awesome you have such a thorough and good opthalmologist! That is great these FSA dollars were used up to the penny, although I do not understand your system at all.
I cannot see Pearl Harbor ever being forgotten. Sure, the veterans involved will be long gone, but sadly more veterans of other wars will take their place and not let any of the fallen ever be forgotten. Your Memorial Day and our Remembrance Day will always have people observing it. On my trip to Hawaii, I visited the Arizona memorial. Even though I am not even from your country, walking over that shipwreck sent a chill through my spine, and seeing all those names of the lost on the wall made me deeply sad. So many young lives lost. As long as there are people preserving it, and there will be, we will have that constant reminder..
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CATLADY52 12/8/2012 6:36PM

    Ask the attorney if he remembers the signing of the Declaration of Independece and when he says no, ask him if people should not remember the Fourth of July? emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 12/7/2012 11:47PM

    Wonderful tribute to the servicemen!

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