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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!
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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CARRAND 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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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!!

Hope this helps with your invitations

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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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Layoff = Overtime = Almost Zero Exercise

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I am unhappy with myself! Despite better intentions, I did not get any meaningful exercise in today. I did walk the stairs every chance I had, but not much more than that. My lunchtime walk was replaced with lunch out with a coworker.

She noticed I had a very balanced low calorie meal and commented about it. I had downloaded the nutritional PDF from the website and had picked out a few alternatives. I was going to order a la carte, but found, when we got there that the options were not available. I still felt pretty happy with my choice. The one drawback was that it was high in sodium AND I had a diet Pepsi with it. I made sure to drink extra water, but I don't know if that will compensate for the high sodium.

A coworker was laid off last week and I have been given the opportunity to put in some OT (rare opportunity where I work!) over the next few weeks taking care of the boxes of paper, stacks of files and stuff in his office. By the time I got home, I had zero interest in exercise and was not even that hungry.

This is 3 consecutive days of not moving! It almost feels like "diet" thinking - sort of like I screwed up so I might as well continue doing so. I have the same guilt for not doing what I "should" do. I have seen some great ideas this week - one guy walked every day for a year and lost 40 pounds just doing that. Another SP person decided to post 3 goals for the month of April.

So here goes:
I am going to walk every day
I am going to strength train 3 times a week and try one new exercise every week
I am going to live my mantra: No shortcuts!

Please, SP friends, hold me accountable!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/7/2010 5:12PM

    Just make sure you are taking care of yourself, watch your nutrition, get plenty of sleep to help deal with the stress, and then when things slow down hit it hard. Are you a figiter? I have read several articles on figiting. If you figit you can burn extra cals without trying. Wiggle your feet while you are at your desk or wave your arms in the air. If you are standing while going through the paperwork this will help you burn cals. You can count lifting boxes, etc. there is always a way to get in a little extra exercise. Good luck, stay the course. Do not be afraid of going slowly, only be afraid of standing still! And you only lose if you quite. So no quitting!

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ROX2013 4/6/2010 11:17AM

    You go girl!! Life does throw curveballs now and then and we are not "failing a diet" when we have to make adjustments for it. Be proud that you are watching what you eat and are trying to get in what exercise you can during the day. You are right there are not shortcuts but sometimes a detour comes along you can avoid. You have a great mindset and you will success. emoticon

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JAVALOVERTOO 4/6/2010 10:34AM

    emoticon The first step is setting up a plan and then next is asking for support. You are well on your way! emoticon

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    You can do this! We can do this together and keep eachother accountable. Love your mantra of "No Shortcuts"!!

Have a great day!

Kristen emoticon

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VICD25 4/6/2010 7:37AM

    Great mantra! There are no shortcuts. You can do it.
A few lunges and squats while moving boxes.
Standing crunches while in line or waiting for the bus.
Crunches before bed. .

It all counts.


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MUSIC66 4/6/2010 1:12AM

    just take one step at a time.

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DEE107 4/6/2010 1:04AM

    You CAN DO IT AND YOU WILL because you want it ,,rest and then take baby steps and jump right back in

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SUGARPUNK52 4/6/2010 1:00AM

  i AM UNABLE TO DO MOST EX ERCISES SOME DAYS,BUT i do WALK EVERY DAY.I'm sure you'll get back on track soon.Just don't give up! Even if you have bad days ( and we all do) keep on going.You'll make it! YES WE CAN!

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Rainy Easter Sunday and In a Rut

Sunday, April 04, 2010

The storm front I felt days ago has arrived, but it is underwhelming. It is windy and very cold, but the rain changes by the minute - dripping, pouring, sprinkling. "I don't want to slip." "I don't want to risk getting sick." How easily those excuses came back. No walk today, at least not much of one.

Not sleeping again and just feel like a slug!

Had a fabulous salad for lunch! As I told someone in my comments on their blog, it seems as if the tastebuds need variety just as our bodies need a variety in exercise. I recently discovered sunflower seeds. I sprinkled a few on my salad and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Watching the new Discovery series "Life" gets my mind off the desire to munch mindlessly. Something about watching African vultures eating bone takes the edge off. Seriously, the photography is gorgeous! Vicarious traveling is all I can afford now, but that will not always be the case.

I visualize myself slender, strong, healthy and being active. I MUST get out of this anti-exercise rut. But I'll procrastinate one more day and get some sleep.

It's supposed to be rainy tomorrow, but not as much. I welcome the absence of joint pain and welcome the ability to move again!

Happy Easter, SparkFriends!

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    Hope the weather clears up for you and you can get back out there AND find some relief for your joints! Keep visualizing the "you" you want to be and you will get there!!! You can do this!!

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JANLEEW 4/5/2010 12:41PM

    Rain gear is a plus here in the northwest. Check out the Quickfire team for during the day bursts of things to do that help bump up your metabolism throughout the day!

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ROX2013 4/5/2010 12:28AM

    Sorry you got the rain and cold today! It was sunny here. I ended up cooking for the family today anyway and had a great visit with my 2 yr greatnephew. I did avoid the candy today but skipped my strength training. Took along nap too before the kids got here. Sometimes I think we all just need a day off. Gotta get back on track tomorrow!! emoticon

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VICD25 4/4/2010 11:20PM

    Ah, sleeplessness.It was also my cause of missing exercise this week a couple of times.

I hope you get some good rest tonight and can get back into a good exercise rut!

Here's hoping there will be sunshine tomorrow!

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CARRAND 4/4/2010 9:30PM

    Your salad sounds great. I'm sorry the rain spoiled your walk. Maybe tomorrow it will be nicer and you can get out. I'm starting to look forward to my treadmill walks, believe it or not, and I didn't exercise for years. Enjoy.

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Eating Out Wisely, Skipping Exercise and Staying Relaxed

Saturday, April 03, 2010

We ate out this morning at IHOP. BF wanted to go out for fast food and I wanted to make a more intelligent choice. I had read on SP a few weeks ago that IHOP had revamped their menus to include fit and friendly choices. I was thrilled with the changes! I had a whole wheat french toast combo for 470 calories and loved it! The scramble was with egg substitute, which I have used for years and now prefer to real eggs, they gave me two slices of turkey bacon. I liked it (it's fun finding new things), but, if I were as into bacon as I was when I was younger, it would not have been an acceptable substitute. The french toast was done so well that I think it's the best I've ever had. Sometimes, french toast is either soggy or eggy. This was neither! It was garnished with banana slices, something I never would have done. It was so good, I didn't even chase the waiter for the sugar free syrup.

To my surprise, BF chose the fit and friendly version of the incomparable harvest grain pancakes. Served with the same scramble, blueberries in the pancakes (2 instead of the 3 on the fully loaded platter) and banana slices. He covered it in syrup, not as much as he usually uses. I think his breakfast was considerably lower in calories than his usual choice. Had he not used the syrup, it would have been 570 calories. I was so proud of him for making a better food choice! I told him so, too.

I stayed within range in food and water, but zero exercise. I felt sore, stiff, tired, a bit rundown. All day long, I kept telling myself I needed to get moving, but I just didn't or couldn't.

I'll probably regret this when I step on the scale tomorrow morning, but even that prospect is not enough to get me moving...

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FOCUSEDDIANE 4/4/2010 7:54PM

    Way to choose! Don't sweat (no pun intended) not exercising today. Enjoy and relax for today. You can jump back into your full program tomorrow.

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/4/2010 7:33PM

    Awesome call on the IHOP choice - I would have never thought they would offer healthy choices.

Now I can go back! :)


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ROX2013 4/4/2010 12:26AM

    We all take a day off now and then! We are going to try IHOP for breakfast next weekend while we are out of town. I know what you mean about turkey bacon, if I am going to have bacon then I figure in the extra fat and calories. Its really in the fat that you get the extra calories. Thanks for the tip on the french toast, that is what I usually have and wasn't sure about how the whole wheat one would be. Have a happy easter..relax and enjoy the day!! emoticon

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