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45 Seconds, Rubber Legs and Sparking at the Grocery Store

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Today started with such great intentions. I was going to go to work so I could study for my midterm in peace, then go to the little gym at work and work with weights. Then I was going to come home, grab BF and run errands, thus clearing the decks for a long walk tomorrow morning before the heat arrives.

Studying: I transcribed my notes from this week's lecture. Then I took the highlights from all the lectures and created a study guide for this coming week's midterm. I read a case that will be on the test. I still need to brief it to make sure I nail the concepts.

I went to the little gym and saw that they have big heavy weights that are used on machines. Nothing small enough for me. So I went to another machine. I think it is an elliptical. Having never been on one, I didn't know what to expect. My treadmill adventure is still fresh in my mind, so I thought I was being very conservative when I set it up for 5 minutes. I almostfell off when it started just because I was so startled. After an eternity, 30 seconds passed and I thought this might be fun. Fleetingly, I thought it was easy. Then, at 45 seconds, I realized I could do no more. My legs were rubber! I was amazed! I was also humbled. I really have such a long way to go.

I strained my shoulder doing some exercise and have taken the rest of the day off to rest.

We went to the grocery store, an outlet store, where we do the bulk of our shopping. I was looking at some flavored water as was another lady. I said,
"Too much sugar" and put it back. The lady did the same thing, thanking me for reading the label! I was pretty stoked to see an example followed! It happened later with another lady when we were looking at frozen goods. BF is also getting very good at reading labels and, while he doesn't make the best choices, he thinks about it before he chooses. Progress.

Congrats to my spark friends who are making such wonderful progress in running marathons, accumulating fitness minutes - you're leaving me in your dust! I am humbled! I also am with you in spirit!

Verizon is experiencing a switch failure in northern CA, so I could lose my internet connection at any time....Dead tired and afraid to log off. Dreading the thought of not having Spark access if I log off!

  
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CHARLOTTE1947 5/2/2010 4:51PM

    Get some help with the elliptical. It might have been set too high. Start at a reasonable point of beginning. It will get easier, I promise!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/2/2010 3:17PM

  emoticon on getting your BF to read the labels on products & making him 'think' about food before he chooses them! :) That was great that the woman said thanks to you for reading the label. :) Please look after your shoulder. I hope your shoulder is feeling better now.

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ROX2013 5/2/2010 1:39PM

    My doctor says I can use a ellptical because of where I broke both my legs. I thanked God when he told me that, I have been told that it kicks your butt!!! Kudos for trying it!! My niece thought I meant a totally free day meant I could eat anything, so she brought me a apple turnover to have before we tried bollywood dvd. I ate it there goes my calories for today! I did explain that calories are never free. Enjoy the day!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 5/2/2010 12:24PM

    You continue to inspire me by pushing forward each day and not being afraid to try new things!
Sheila

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JHADZHIA 5/2/2010 8:45AM

    I have had an elliptical for my go to machine for ten years now! It still kicks my butt lol! You do have to start very slowly on it for sure and build up endurance. I started with five minutes and thought I was going to die lol Its a great workout, and best of all, easier on the joints because there is no impact like the treadmill. Its the best workout for me and my arthritic joints!
Good luck with your midterm, sounds like you have excellent study habits, and should do well (I was never that organized, probably why I didn't do so well :(()
Great job reading the labels! And inspiring others to do the same!
I hope your internet woes are fixed soon! Spark on!

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MISSY455 5/2/2010 1:33AM

    I have an elliptical at home that I use twice a week. Even though I walk 3 to 4 miles everyday outside, when I first started using the elliptical again it kicked my butt!!! I think you use a completely different set of muscles on there than we use just walking. Don't give up. I found that if I can push through that first, and sometimes second wave of rubbery legs, it does get better. Start out slow though, and build time every time you use it. I am now up too 2 miles in 30 minutes. The amount of calories burned is at least two times my outdoor walks. That is the motivator for me to get back on there every week. You will find something too!

Hope your mid-term goes well this next week. It sounds like you are very well prepared for it.

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I Beat the Elevator and Other Friday Evening Musings

Saturday, May 01, 2010

A good night's sleep did make a difference! I clicked off over 11300 steps today. I made sure I ate something every 2-3 hours and did not feel abnormally tired.

I ended the day within nutrition range except for being low in calcium and achieving minimum water...

My office is on the second floor of one building and I often have to go to the first floor of the adjacent building. There are four flights of stairs between the two buildings and an elevator. When my knees act up, I take the elevator and do strength training exercises on the way. Today was a good day for my knees. As I headed to the stairs, I saw two coworkers at the elevator. As I reached the stairs, I heard the elevator starting up to the second floor. I reached the outside before the two ladies did! And I was not running! It that kind of small thing that shows me I am getting more fit.

  
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JHADZHIA 5/1/2010 11:34PM

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That just goes to show, you work hard enough, you get pay off! Well done!!

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SHOSHANADP 5/1/2010 10:54PM

    Go for you! Take pleasure in all the small accomplishments.

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MEGANC1988 5/1/2010 1:42PM

    Glad you got some sleep! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/1/2010 11:52AM

  emoticon that is so amazing. :) you are doing so great.. :)

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SCRAPPYLADYV 5/1/2010 11:08AM

    That is so great!!!

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NONIE_C 5/1/2010 1:44AM

    Whoo Hoo!!!! Way to count the little successes of each and every day! You are getting more fit, and you are having fun doing it! Stay excited about your achievements, because each and every one is bringing you closer to your goals.
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Sleep!

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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