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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thank you, SparkFriends, for your comments on yesterday's blog.

Today was one of those days just full of irritations, nothing went smoothly and I was not in a good mood. Not much energy. Feeling overwhelmed in so many ways. I skipped the overtime tonight, choosing to head home so I could have a better chance to get to bed earlier tonight.

Since I had over 10L steps yesterday, I decided 5K would be ok today. I got in something over 5800.

Taking your advice and saying good night!

  
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MEGANC1988 4/30/2010 5:31PM

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/30/2010 8:15AM

  I hope you had a great nights sleep. And, feel better.

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JHADZHIA 4/30/2010 1:59AM

    Hope you get a good one! Sweet dreams!
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ROX2013 4/29/2010 11:52PM

    With everything going on right now, I would be overwhelmed, irritated and exhausted! You are holding up so well! I think you have the right to be irritated today if you want to be. You are doing great on the steps each day! You are doing great. You may need more sleep and I know when I feel like I need more sleep my mind won't shut off about it even when I am trying to go sleep! I try to get a mantra going in my head either by counting backwards from 100 or more or just repeating over in my mind "It is time to sleep". Alot of times I will doze off and have a good nite's sleep. If my brain won't shut off I get up a read a book or something for 20-30 mins and then go back to bed. Good Luck! emoticon

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Steps and Swirling Thoughts

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I made sure I grabbed my pedometer on my way out the door today. Three short walks and lots of walking around at work and I made it to 11,090. Sixty minutes of moderate walking for 3.6 miles.

I'm still having trouble keeping the energy up. After I eat, I fight to keep my eyes open.

I'm bordering on overload between work, SP, family concerns, school and money........

Sleep well, everyone!

  
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CARRAND 4/29/2010 8:34PM

    The step count is awesome. Are you sleeping well at night? The exercise should help that if you don't exercise right before you go to bed.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/29/2010 9:52AM

    I agree - you probably need more sleep.
You are doing incredible!
Stay positive,
Sheila

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JHADZHIA 4/29/2010 8:58AM

    You may need to cut back a little. Try to organize your time better. One thing you don't want and that is to burn yourself out! Sounds like you are heading there. Hope you can get some rest and a good night's sleep!
Remember to make yourself a priority!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/29/2010 8:04AM

  Sleep! Make sure you are getting plenty of it. I was having trouble staying awake during the day when I first started on my journey and that was because I wasn't getting enough sleep. :( Hopefully you were able to get a good nights sleep.

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SHELLYCAN 4/29/2010 7:34AM

    Wow! You need some sleep. Take care of yourself.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 4/29/2010 7:23AM

    Sounds like you might need more sleep, I found I needed a bit more after my program kicked into gear

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Forgot My Pedometer!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I was driving to work when I realized I had forgotten to pick up my pedometer for the day - first day I've done that since I got it. I almost turned around but decided to accept the challenge and see what I could do solo.

I can only guess at steps, walking and distance. I looked at what I did last Tuesday and copied that. ARGH!

I had the best strength training day so far! (but I may have overdone it - the back of my left thigh is killing me!)

But I KNOW I need to do so much more! I need to do more cardio, I need to strength train more, but.........I am still fighting the old "exercise is a four letter word that got stretched" attitude. I don't really know what I'm doing and that is, much as I hate to admit it, an excuse. There is a lot of information available to me and I am still dabbling at it.

The double-edged sword of available overtime is about to end, I sense. Nothing has been said, but I just have a feeling. I will miss the money -I'm setting it aside for my mediation certification (about $800). I won't get that all from the OT, but it will cover some of it. But, once the OT ends, I can hit the little gym at work without creating major schedule upheavals. They have a stair stepper and I've never gone on that. I've been on the treadmill once.

I went back to my Kashi cereal this morning, but half a serving. I added a hard boiled egg. Much less sleepy at work! Lunch was with a friend at Costco - the chicken caesar salad. When we scheduled it, she wanted to come back to work to eat, so I did not bring my salad spritzer. When we got there, she wanted to eat there. I ate half of the dressing served and part of the cheese. Turns out ok for my fat for the day. Whew! I took a sublingual B12 and think that may have helped.

By the end of the day, all I had room for was a lot of veggies and some carbs.

Not the best day, not the worst. I did not let lack of my pedometer be the excuse to do nothing. THAT is a change! I did my strength training while dinner cooked. THAT was a first! I am so glad I thought of it!

I cannot take full credit for this change in thought and desire. Of course, it's the influence of my Spark family!

  
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RIPPEDPAUL1 4/28/2010 10:00PM

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CARRAND 4/28/2010 8:12PM

    You did a great job of staying on track. Keep it up!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/28/2010 10:25AM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling to realize that these healthier living changes are actually becoming part of our everyday lives!
You are making great progress - it really shows when you don't let an obstacle like forgetting you pedometer stand in your way! I have one I keep in my car in case I forget to clip my usual one on before leaving home. Could you leave an extra one at work?
Stay positive,
Sheila

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/28/2010 7:56AM

  *you* are doing really fantastic. :)

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 4/28/2010 12:20AM

    emoticon there are many days i wish i'd worn my pedometer,,but oh well.. doing well otherwise.

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ANNE1123 4/28/2010 12:19AM

    It sounds like a great day to me, you accomplished a lot and stayed on track, more power to you!! Hope tomorrow is just as good! emoticon

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ROX2013 4/28/2010 12:09AM

    Time always seem to be the spoiler. It is hard when all the errands, work schedules, school etc get in the way. It is not like you are just sitting around all day eating bonbons. If I didn't have my tai chi and treadmill I probably would never get any cardio done. If I had a gym routine I know I would always come up with a reason not to go. That is why the treadmill and dvds at home work better for me. It has been hard these last few weeks because I can;t exercise or do Tai Chi when the guys are here working on the kitchen. My treadmill is right next to the kitchen. Give yourself credit, you keep making the steps to reach your goals and staying consistant. I think you are doing great!!!! emoticon

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What an Odd Day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Obviously, 10K steps every day is too much for me. Scaling back. I will aim for 7K and be happy with 5K on my less active days. I expect there will be several days a week when I hit 10K or come very close. But I will work towards 10K a day. I am very sore, but less so than I expected.

I ended the day within range nutritionally speaking except for low calcium and, not within range, but at the top of the calorie mark to the very calorie! I have not done that before!

I had decided yesterday that I was going to do things differently so that I could get the scale to move down. I ate a Kashi bar for breakfast. I like them, but a meal they do not make. I got hungry earlier than I wanted and, following that, was the crushing fatigue. It was not a great day at work from that standpoint.

Does this mean I have to choose between losing tonnage and having enough energy to function? No, it means I need to make some adjustments. Among other things, this is an educational journey.

I was relieved and horrified at the same time to see that several of my sparkfriends shared my exposure to a pseudosparkfriend's spam. I was spammed on Saturday and, today, the comment is gone. I was not going to mention this so as not to give credence to this person, but, the tone of the messages was so different, so upsetting that I felt the need to comment in case any other SparkFriend has been as hurt as I was and thinks it was their fault.

I could not find the offending page, so I put a message on the site help message board.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 4/27/2010 10:11PM

    I love that you are changing things up to suit your needs and your body. Just listen to your body and you will be fine.

Cheers.

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ROX2013 4/27/2010 8:19PM

    It is great that you can adjust when your body tells you something and it does not throw you off your plan. I use Kashi cereal or some other high fiber cereal and then have my coffee and a thin sliced bagel (natures own) for a snack half way thru the morning. You will figure out what you need for breakfast to keep your energy up. Have a great Wednesday! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/27/2010 12:40PM

  I agree with the others on this one... listen to your body.. and, if you can't do what you would *like* to do... just take baby steps towards it.. you will be able to do it someday. (hmm... maybe I should listen to my own advice sometimes .. LOL!) Kashi bars are yummy... but, not enough to eat as a meal. I like the Dark Chocolate/Cherry Kashi Bar. :) All this talk about Kashi bars - makes me want to go out and get one. ;)

You are doing amazing. Keep it up!! :)

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/26/2010 11:36PM

    You are doing great by listening to your body when it tells you to slow down a bit! Every day is indeed a learning experience and there is no failure...only new lessons learned! You will find the right breakfast combination to keep you full AND see results on the scale. You are doing great..just keep going!!
Yep..I got spammed too...I had just deleted the comments without making anything of it since I figured as long as I am part of a public site that anyone can join and make comments so I just got rid of them. Still...it's annoying to say the least, especially when there are so many amazing people here for the purpose of leading a healthy lifestyle and uplifting and motivating others in the process!!

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ISHIIGIRL 4/26/2010 11:31PM

    Try making sure you get plenty of protein. This will ensure you aren't as hungry, but balance it. Have you tried Greek yogurt? It is high in protein but you can get no or low fat. It is fantastic. Also, eat it with some fruit and it is pretty balanced with carbs and proteins that way. You can also try egg white omelet with veggies and a piece of toast. You are doing a great job, sorry to hear you got spammed, that's not fun! Keep up the great work!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 4/26/2010 11:21PM

    Don't overdo - stay within a comfort zone so your pain stays under control.
I try to do between 5000 and 6000 steps each day - my "exercise steps" - when I'm walking just for the exercise. I've found my knee can handle that combined with other exercise I do,
You'll find what works best for you - it takes time
Sheila

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IXCHEL23 4/26/2010 10:10PM

    Don't push yourself too much with the walking, that's great that you are setting a range and goals for your non-active days. Make sure you're within your calorie ranges so you are not hungry and then fatigued. You need to have energy! Try to also eat balanced meals and snacks like protein with a carb, so that your blood sugar levels stay steady and you'll feel fuller longer and not get a sharp drop in energy later.

YES it definitely is a learning process everyday I have found. In fact I did a few blogs about my 'learning something everyday' I did for a full week. You can find them and check them out.

I have never heard of a "pseudosparkfriend's spam." Gosh that sounds scary.

Hang in there, you are so motivated!
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A First! (I may pay for this tomorrow!)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thanks to all who commented on yesterday's blog!
I am not sure if I lost even an ounce or stayed the same as last week. Either way, the fact that I did not gain is a real win!

Today was a much different day! This morning, I saw a blog from Anne1123 who said she was going to work on getting 10K steps this week. I commented that I would join her in the challenge because I needed something to get me going again.

I took a walk today. Instead of turning right and walking to the small shopping center, I turned left out of the park and walked to the post office. 1373 steps. Sip of water. Inventory: nope, no pain, no fatigue. I can go on. Up to the main street that provides access to the freeway. Getting warm. The breeze and the occasional shade is very appreciated. Something over 3700 steps. I have not gone halfway yet. I planned to cross and keep going in the same direction, but there is not much shade. Turning right would have me walk over the freeway and into another city. I turned left, heading in a direction I have seldom driven and never walked.

I had thought about taking a nature trail, but I was alone and I know that nature trail is not well used. I stuck to the sidewalk next to a heavily traveled road. Cellphone, ID, water bottle and pedometer - I was prepared.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a path for most of the distance. When it gave out, I had walked past the driving range and was near the small planes airport. There was no way to safely cross the busy street. About 4300 steps, not halfway.
I made a loop out of the airport parking lot and headed back the way I'd come. The path was made uneven because of tree roots - lots of opportunities to fall. I did stumble a few times, but no fall. Yay! Getting stronger!

Shortly after I was headed back, I heard a lot of sirens and soon saw two fire engines turning down the street off of which I live. I called BF and there was no answer. Yes, I was concerned, but there was nothing I could do until I got there. I live in a mobile home park with a lot of senior citizens, so the emergency crews often come.

As I turned the corner, I saw that the freeway and my street were both very backed up. "God be with the rescuers." I thought. Obviously a car accident, but I could not tell if it was on the freeway, on the access ramp or on my street.

I walked through some more corporate parking lots to add some steps. Two firms have water fountains and shaded walkways, nice oases for their employees. It would be wonderful to work within walking distance of home (and make more money!).

Closer to home, I could see that the accident had occurred just as the access ramp met the freeway. My street was blocked by emergency vehicles so they could cut through the fence to get to the victims. It was weird walking faster than the cars on the street! I saw some victims on the sidewalk ahead. They looked fine, if shaken up. One was talking with someone on the cellphone telling them she was waiting for a tow truck for her car. So glad they were ok!

I was drenched in sweat by the time I got home.

My wonderful pedometer said I logged 10,516! This does not include steps around the house...!

Even with SPF 70 sunscreen, my face was pretty pink! I took a cooling shower and ate some carbs and protein. My feet are a bit sore. I don't know if I'll be able to do 10K tomorrow, but I sure feel great today! It felt really good to break from the slug mode I've been in for a few days!

Thanks, Anne1123 for sharing your challenge! I got off the dime! See, Sparkfriends, good or bad, what you share can help someone else! Woo Hoo!

  
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 4/27/2010 12:42PM

  Wow... 10,516 is fantastic. Congrats!! :)

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SHEERJOY 4/26/2010 10:59PM

    Wow, what an adventure you took just walking. Imagine if you had not went walking. It is amazing what we see when we walk. I know you enjoyed the beautiful weather, even though there was an accident. Thank God the people are okay.
Enjoy your next walk!!

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REVELATIONGIRL 4/26/2010 1:45PM

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Great job!!

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MISSY455 4/25/2010 9:52PM

    emoticon Sounds like you did a tad of exploring as well as a good long walk!

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JHADZHIA 4/25/2010 8:25PM

    Well done! If all you got out of it was sore feet, that is wonderful! And completely natural! Good luck with the challenge! I agree you ought to be using a walking stick, or even those walking poles. My Mom loves hers and it helps on uneven ground and going up and down steps! They also give your arms a bit of a workout too!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/25/2010 8:11PM

    WAY to go, keep up the great work! We have had horrible weather here, but hoping it clears up this week for outside activity!

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MOMFAN 4/25/2010 8:09PM

    Way to go! I started using a walking stick to help with the balance issue, hubby bought them for me for my birthday. Isn't it great we have Spark Friends to challenge us.

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REIGNWATER 4/25/2010 7:50PM

  wow. Simply wow

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READNKNIT 4/25/2010 7:23PM

    Good for you! It's wonderful to shake things up and do something new! I've been doing that, too! Today was my second day of the 30-day shred video. While it contains nothing I haven't done with SparkPeople videos, it puts everything together in a 20-minute package that I would never have thought of myself, and it is CHALLENGING! My husband did it with me today, and even he said it was a good video! His next thing is to start P90X.

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CICI510 4/25/2010 6:57PM

    That is wonderful!! emoticon You're really making me want to get outside and walk! :)

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