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350 Calories Burned PLUS! And Cosmic Joke Continues...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

One of my teams is the One Day Challenge and team leader SHANFANNIN comes up with great challenges. Some are fun, some are exercise or food related. Today's was one of those that made me think there was no way I could do it when I read her post. But I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!

I had lots of reasons to walk around the campus at work today and used the stairs every chance I got. When I stepped out for my lunchtime walk, it was barely sprinkling. Not long into the walk, the Juneau-type sprinkle became a big fat raindrop Arkansas kind of rain. I don't mind rain at all! But, before I could finish, the wind blew off my hood. I got pretty soaked and my ears got cold. (I can't afford to get sick!). I started laughing and giving thanks! The worsening weather made me move even faster, making me burn more calories, so I won!

My intention was to try another scary machine at the company fitness center, but life intervened. I needed to get home by a certain time which I did not know until I was well into some overtime...I had an errand to run before I could get home. At Target, I still parked at the opposite end of the parking lot, grabbed a cart and hustled through the store. I ended up with 1o,039 steps!

At home, I did some strength training, trying a few exercises I've never done before. For some of my "regular" exercises, I did more reps. It's kind of fun seeing my progress by counting how many more I can do...Never thought that would happen!

Yesterday, I was so unhappy with the scale results - a 3.9 gain that took me all day to deal with. I decided not to cut back on nutrition but to ramp up my exercise. We'll see how long I can follow through on that intention (LOL).

This morning, I stepped on Mr. Scale again. I usually weigh just once a week, but I thought I would try to understand what happened. As I thought, this is a fluctuation. Possibly TOM, but he has not appeared yet. This morning, I was down 2.4 from yesterday. When life presents a cosmic joke, all you can do is laugh and enjoy the ride. It will end soon one way or another.

Pre-Spark. I would have given up long before now and, had a scale stuck out his tongue like this to me then, that would have been the end of that diet attempt! Even though I am losing weight so, so, so slowly, I am definitely changing! Thank you, SparkFriends! My success is a reflection of your generosity towards me by sharing, encouraging, educating,,,,Thanks to you, I'm like a road explorer - I just can't wait to see what's around the next bend!

  
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AMBER409 4/13/2010 6:29PM

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/13/2010 3:58PM

  emoticon on all that you've accomplished. :) you are doing really great. don't let that mean scale *EVER* win! u will always have such a great support on here :) ...

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NONIE_C 4/13/2010 11:51AM

    Yay!!!! I'm so excited that all it took was 24 hours for you to realize that things are rarely as bad as they seem. The only way to go is forward, and you, my friend, are most assuredly going in the right direction!

Thank you for the stability ball goodie and the heartfelt encouragement. You are so very precious to me.
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/13/2010 1:47AM

    You are inspiring!! It is so wonderful when we reach that moment where we know we are in this for the long haul and that this time is unlike all the other times we tried to lose weight and didn't make it. It's amazing what happens when we realize that this is truly a lifestyle change and that phrase starts to mean something to us!
Keep up the awesome work! You are doing a fantastic job!

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JHADZHIA 4/13/2010 1:37AM

    Sounds great, that team! Very well done to push yourself to new frontiers! Not only will this challenge you and your body, you can't say its boring! I have walked in soaking rains too. As long as its warm, and you have something dry to change into if you got wet, you will be fine. News flash! You don't get sick from being too cold or caught in bad weather. You get sick if your immune system is run down (from being overtired or improper nutrition), and you catch someone's virus! The weather here is bad a lot of times, especially in the winter and I have never gotten sick even though I have experienced being bone chilling cold many a time! I never weigh myself more than once a week, because it really does fluctuate so much. Its how you feel that is important. Its when you notice the clothes are easier to get into, etc.
Keep up the great work!
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BUTEAFULL 4/13/2010 12:52AM

    doesn't it feel good to accomplish something you never thought you could and it didn't seem that hard after all either
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ROX2013 4/13/2010 12:29AM

    You have come so far in your journey and it is great to hear that laughter is playing a part in your day. It has been so nice here without rain..but I know it won't last so I am going to enjoy every minute of great I can. It was 80 degrees here today! emoticon

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A Treadmill Adventure (and Other Thoughts)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This blog interrupted for some thank yous. Ponderthis, CMRAND54, VICD25 snf JOYSGARDEN - thank you for encouraging me today! Thank you, also, to MISSY 455, PONDERTHIS, NITZARAQUEL, IXCHEL23, GATOR12 and NANNER2121 who all helped me turn the page on yesterday's calorie faux pas.

I stepped on the scale and pulled out the tape measure. Sunday is the morning when I do this. To my shock, I gained 3.9 pounds! I forget what the tape results were, but equally bad. I did not get much exercise in last week and, because it was due to the Achilles tendon, I should have thought to revert to the auto settings that sparkpeople had given me when I started in late January, but I didn't think of it.

For those of you who missed it, I started a 10% experiment a few weeks ago. I have been exercising more than I ever have in my life and found that I was far too sleepy at work. Increasing my calorie range and other nutrition metrics by 10% solved that problem and I was continuing to lose pound fragments until this week.

Yes, it could be because TOM might be coming. I am of the age when it is very unpredictable. Overeating yesterday did not help. Succumbing to the Achilles tendon did not help and neither did the schedule which ate into my lunchtime exercise.

In any case, following the shock was strong disappointment, discouragement and anger. I kept telling myself all the positive things I've learned on this journey. It would be a lie to say that has completely removed those negative feelings, but it has helped. Yes, this is a journey and, no, it is not a diet. I realize that the negative thinking is "diet" thinking and not part of the positive language of my new lifestyle.

Some of the disappointment was that I had decided that, when I reached 10% body weight loss, I would reward myself with some coveted items from the Sparkpeople store. That gratification has been delayed...!

My first thought was to scale back on the nutritional settings but I rethought that. Doing so would be like punishment. The other side of that coin is to get more serious about exercise.

This morning, while doing laundry at the laundromat, I had a couple of short brisk walks. The sprinkles made it very refreshing. While waiting the last few minutes for the washer and, later, the dryer, I read a few more pages of the Spark book.

Then I went to work, not to work, but to get away from the tv and get some personal stuff done. I planned to study, but did not get that far. I worked up the bulk of the invitation list for my Mahalo party, worked up the music list so my coworker can set up the songs, balanced my checkbook and paid bills. It always feels good to be current on my bills. I just wish I could pay them off!

By this time, the storm had begun in earnest. I had a few errands to do on the way home, but I deferred them for another day and went to the company fitness room. Rows of weights for weight machines, a fitness ball wedged in a corner (I couldn't see how there was any room to use it as there was no open floor space), exercise bikes, stairmaster, a couple of machines I could not identify and two treadmills.

I've never been on a treadmill. I figured out how to set it by following the instructions and trial and error. I could not figure out how to hook up the heart monitor, but, the thing was moving! So I figured I should. I had set it for 10 minutes. I wasn't sure if I should run or walk, so I walked most of the time. Before I knew it, over two minutes had elapsed. Then 3 and then, at 5 minutes, the halfway memo popped up (as if I could forget). I made it have a small incline and jogged for 15 seconds every minute. At 8 minutes, I seriously considered hopping off, but I didn't want to waste the electricity! It doesn't sound like much, but I completed the 10 minutes! Imagine my surprise when it started a cool down session! I thought I was done! But I stayed on until it stopped.

I was SO glad there was no one there to see me clumsily using the machine! My heart rate was up for a long time afterwards! I am very, very, very tired and will be going to bed early tonight. The machine said I completed .15 miles and burned 26 calories. It sure felt as if I did more than that!

The intention is to get up early and check out the stair machines before work starts.

This does not relieve my bad feelings about today's results; it means I am compartmentalizing those feelings, not dealing with them right now and focusing on moving forward. We'll see how intention can turn into action...

Thanks, Sparkfriends! I would not be plugging onward without your participation in my journey. I truly love and appreciate you!

  
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NONIE_C 4/12/2010 2:32PM

    I say, ignore the scale for now, and simply focus on all the wonderful things you are doing for you: like overcoming any fear of awkwardness you had and getting on that treadmill, like reaching out to spark friends when you were feeling down, like owning your calorie faux pas. You are a super star, and you're doing great. Just don't forget that.
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NANNER2121 4/12/2010 12:31PM

    TOM is mean and I don't miss him at all!

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ROX2013 4/12/2010 1:04AM

    Sounds like you are still on track and doing great!! I walked so much this weekend in Dayton I may have to take a couple of days off the treadmill. Did the ceramics show (8.5 miles total) and then today to kill time to we were meeting someone for lunch We did 8 miles in the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. My ankle started acting up at Wright so I am going to have to take a break from walking for a couple of days too. You are doing great!!! emoticon

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VICD25 4/11/2010 11:51PM

    Keep it up! You are doing great!
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/11/2010 11:32PM

  Wow... congrats on doing 10 minutes on the treadmill... Try not to let the 3.9 pounds worry you too much. You are doing great. Have a great sleep!
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Calorie Faux Pas

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Today was a cool, grey, overcast day and it was perfect for a walk. I was surprised to discover that my long brisk walk did not aggravate my sore Achilles tendon. This was a deliberately long roundtrip walk from home to the local market. I did feel some twinges further up on the leg, but I did not allow that to deter me.

Then I did a little bit of strength training, first time all week.

But I forgot a fundamental thing for dinner. BF made dinner and I ate all of it! It was good, but it was far too high in calories. I am over goal by 300 calories! YIKES!

Tomorrow, I am going to work, not to work, but to get some quiet time to do some study and party planning. I have a US Supreme Court opinion to read and brief before Wednesday. I have to work up the music list and mailing list for the party.

I have some workout clothes in a locker at work so I hope to try out the mini gym with all those scary pieces of equipment.

Tomorrow morning is weigh in and I regret that I was not more vigilant today!

  
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NANNER2121 4/11/2010 11:10AM

    300 seems like a lot but you can burn that off in no time at all. We all overindulge at times: I think it is healthier for you than constantly depriving yourself and giving up completely.

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GATOR12 4/11/2010 10:17AM

    TODAY IS A BRIGHT NEW DAY, A NEW START. THANK HEAVENS YOUR PAIN IN LEG/HEEL IS GETTING BETTER!!

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IXCHEL23 4/11/2010 9:20AM

    It's in the past, the dinner, forgetta about it! Great news on your walk and AT not bothering you!! Hope there's someone at the gym to help show you the machines. Good luck on getting your work done quickly!

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NITZARAQUEL 4/11/2010 2:07AM

    yeah today was just A day! if u dont get where u wanna be tmw, then soon ok? keep ur chin up

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PONDERTHIS 4/11/2010 1:09AM

    Congratulations on the walk and the increased health of your legs. :) You are going to have a great day tomorrow, right back on track with calories. Yay!
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MISSY455 4/11/2010 12:32AM

    The good news is...tomorrow is a new day. Add to that the nice walk you had today and strength training are both pluses emoticon

Good luck at the mini gym and show those machines who's boss!!!
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I'm Planning a Mahalo Party!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Mahalo is the Hawai'ian word for thank you. I am planning a party for July 7 for my coworkers (selected) who've been so supportive during my Paralegal Studies journey. I will graduate June 26! This date is after the end-of-quarter crazies and before my mentors head off for vacation.

It will be an Aloha shirt-themed party and a potluck (I can't afford to host much!). I'll bring dessert or drinks or something and ask everyone to bring their favorite dish.

I am a Toastmaster so I will give a speech and a few token gifts to thank the senior VPs and supervising attorneys who've been so instrumental in giving me this opportunity.

Not sure how to word the food request, but I want to say something about light and healthy. I have time to work on that.

So what does this have to do with my concurrent SP journey? A lot! I am not socially gifted and it will be the first time I have ever hosted something like this. The newfound confidence is directly related to this journey. AND I now have a stronger incentive to get my butt in gear and MOVE! One of the very few "small size" pieces of clothing I have not donated is a Hawai'ian sundress that I bought in Waikiki years ago. I want to wear that to the party! It's sleeveless, so it means I really need to get the batwings corraled and, because it's straightlined as opposed to A-line, I need to tighten up my core. That's putting it lightly because I look as if I am expecting.

Lots of work ahead and a huge interim incentive! I took a walk at lunch and I tried to make it a brisk walk as opposed to my usual ant or turtle walk. It's absolutely gorgeous here today and the walk was exactly what I needed!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday, Everyone!
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Thanks, as always, for your support! You keep me going!

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/11/2010 2:05AM

    Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! I know your party will be a hit..have fun and enjoy it!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/9/2010 9:21PM

    What a fab idea! I am sure it will be amazing.

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CMRAND54 4/8/2010 9:09PM

    Your party sounds like a lot of fun. We've done things like this at work where everyone brings a dish to share and really enjoyed ourselves. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. You sound awesome.

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UNIBOK 4/8/2010 6:06PM

    Good for you! I look forward to hearing all about it, and celebrating your graduation!

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ROX2013 4/7/2010 7:45PM

    Awesome plan!!! Sounds like fun and such a nice way to say thank you!!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/7/2010 5:07PM

    Great idea. I wish you luck!

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MEGANC1988 4/7/2010 3:52PM

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GRETCHENH66 4/7/2010 3:45PM

    this sounds like lots of fun. I think saying something like,

You are cordually invited to a Maholo Party. Your hostess (your name), is having an informal Aloha themed potluck to thank all those that have been so supportive in her legal studies this past year. Please feel free to bring any festive and healthy dish to share and as drinks and dessert will be provided.

Hope you can make it and Mahalo!!


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Sodium, Fresh Choice and Tendonitis

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Yesterday, I had lunch out with a friend and was stunned to see how much sodium was in my "healthy" choice. I resolved to increase my water and did so. I left a post on the nutrition message board asking if increased water would make up for the sodium. Coach Jen said that it would, to a point. Other posters were a bit more negative and blunt. Others appreciated that I asked the question. I did not see all this dialog until this evening because, once again, no lunch walk and meal at my desk. Lunch at my desk means Sparktime.

Lunch today was an invitation with one of our attorneys. I am about to become a paralegal (one more class!), so I welcome every chance to network and look for opportunities to increase my value at work. I didn't know where he wanted to go, so I had no opportunity to download a nutrition PDF and plan. We went to Fresh Choice. I loaded up on the fresh veggies, skipped the dressing and should have skipped the soup and rice and chocolate frozen yogurt. I could only guestimate what I did. I like to blend a couple of soups and put them over rice. I did, but I did not make a huge bowl as I would normally have done. I also went light on the portion for the chocolate, but my taste buds told me I overdid it.

I had some errands on the way home so that gave me a cumulative step count over 10K, but it was not quality time. It was, however, enough time for me to aggravate my left Achilles tendon. I had surgery on that tendon as a teen, decades ago, and have had chronic tendonitis since then. Getting fit is proving to be a challenge! To think I, yes, I would fret about missing exercise is a paradigm shift from the old me! Wow!

So, tomorrow, I'm going to skip Toastmasters, walk and get my heart rate up. Oh, I also signed the waiver so I can use the little gym at work. I'll have to learn how to use all those scary looking instruments of torture.

  
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MEGANC1988 4/7/2010 2:01PM

    Sometimes it is difficult to get supportive answers on the message boards (I know I've been there!) but just remember they are people like you, trying to lose weight, who can only repeat what they've heard, negative and otherwise. Sounds like either way you're doing great, congrats on only ONE more class left before becoming a paralegal, that's AWESOME!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/7/2010 10:53AM

  LOL @ the comment about 'how to use all those scary looking instruments of torture.' :) .. that was cute. just be careful and don't hurt yourself!! and have *fun*. :)

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IXCHEL23 4/7/2010 9:00AM

    I think it would help to drink more water when you've had too much sodium. I had Red Lobster for lunch one time, and just had a salad and water the rest of the day and still lost weight the next day.

Is there someone at the little gym that can teach you to use the machines?

That's great news you're almost a paralegal!
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TIME4ME-CHERYL 4/7/2010 12:36AM

    I've been wondering if I increased my water would it help while I'm still adjusting to lowering my sodium, so I'm glad I read your blog.

Enjoy your time at the gym!!

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