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A Day of Rest and Blessing Continue!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ever since my 135 seconds on the elliptical last week, my weaker leg has been pretty sore. I have kept walking but not much else. I have been very stiff in the morning. Today, I decided it would be a true day of rest and, other than shopping, have stayed off my feet. I hope I'll be able to get moving again tomorrow.

I stepped on the scale this morning, out of curiousity, but I am not counting it. It was after breakfast, 2 cups of coffee and a shower. I usually weigh first thing in the morning. It showed I am a tenth of a pound down, but it is also TOM, so, no credibility there!

I am way under on nutrition metrics but have not yet had dinner.

My plan is to start getting up a few minutes earlier in the mornings so I can get in more exercise time.

Thanks to all who offered such support on the stolen bike situation. The lock had been cut!

I check my mail at the PO Box once a week. Today, I got two letters from the state. I had made a stupid mistake on my 2008 return for both state and feds. I am making payments to the IRS, but the state had not even acknowledged my debt and even returned my check! I knew the shoe was going to fall, so I just deposited the check and left it there. Independent of that, I filed for some unclaimed property last year. The first letter was a follow up on the property acknowledging it was mine and the state owes me some money. However, they are diverting it to pay the tax bill! This is good news! It means that I will send a copy of that letter and a check for something less than $2.00 to pay that bill. Later, I will get a check for the balance of the unclaimed property and will use that to pay down on the Federal debt. What a blessing!

That easing, even though in a minor way, of my financial pressures makes my ability to stay focused on my SP journey just a little easier! Grateful is only the beginning of attitude descriptions!

Virtual journey update: I walked 2 miles yesterday, so that means I am only 89 miles from Eureka, CA.

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JHADZHIA 5/17/2010 1:34AM

    I am glad things are easing up on you a bit. Way to go two miles!!! I personally love morning exercise. I break through the pain faster and get moving better and it sets the tone for the whole day. I have to do these very painful hip flexor exercises every morning in order to get my legs moving with less pain later on. But its kept me flexible and I haven't had to have any treatment on them for a long time. Its when I slack off that I pay for it. We have to be strong and not let this disease beat us down!
We can do it it together!

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ROX2013 5/16/2010 10:58PM

    Sounds like a great day all the way around! I think I am beginning to feel some muscles I didn't know I had from the little dance workout this morning! emoticon

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Stolen Bicycle Returned!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Today was a day of blessing. This was not because of anything to do with my SparkPeople journey. As far as the journey goes, a mixed bag. I had a walk, got in the water and ate within range, but did not eat in balance. It was all protein and carbs...I really was not hungry for most of the day.

My BF had a few good things happen today. We went to KFC and I bought one of those Susan G Komen buckets. A bit of a splurge, but definitely a good cause. Afterwards, we went for a short walk and, coming home, saw a truck sitting in front of our house with a bicycle in the bed. It was BF's bicycle! The manager was called to remove it from behind someone else's home! The manager was not sure it was ours and was going to put it in the clubhouse! Had we not been heading back right then, we would not have seen it!

I cut out some of my goals from different teams just because I need to narrow my focus. Some goals are duplicative of others. I also set up the fitness tracker for SP to tell me what to do. I am not able to do a lot, but trying to do it myself has not worked.

One of my SparkFriends has a virtual journey and uses a map to track her "travel" from home to her destination. I decided to do the same thing, but, because I need short term success, decided I'm going to travel the US a small bit at a time. My first stop is 255 miles from home in Eureka, CA. I hope to reach there by my real party in July. From there, I'll head to Seattle and.......off I go! I hope that I can sustain the energy.

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VICD25 5/16/2010 2:39PM

    Karma or whatever, what a great outcome!

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/16/2010 2:33PM

    That's wonderful ! Your BF was very lucky. Most people who have their bikes stolen never see them again. Definitely make sure the bike has a good lock. A lock won't deter a professional criminal, but it will keep away the kids looking for a joy ride. Do you think that's what happened to his bike ? Maybe a local kid stole it for a joy ride ?

At any rate, wonderful news !!!


-- karen

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/16/2010 1:52PM

  that's great that your bf got his bike back. you are the second SP friend of mine that mentioned kfc... it's like a conspiracy or something.. LOL! ;) i had to leave some of my teams too because the goals weren't what i was looking for. best of luck girl. :)

hope you're having a great sunday!

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MOM2PACO 5/16/2010 10:32AM

    So glad you guys got your bike back!! Good timing!! Stay on track and you will be fine! emoticon emoticon

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    Glad to hear that your BF got the bicycle back! Good news indeed!

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KAKIPOPUP 5/16/2010 6:57AM

    What a great idea - maybe I'll work on moving to Pennsylvania.....

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 5/16/2010 2:22AM

    Best of luck to you as you continue your journey to a healthier you!!!

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ROX2013 5/16/2010 1:52AM

    Glad to hear your BF got his bike back!! Sounds like you are staying on track!! I have been doing the virtual walk team started in VA and am just leaving it finally! Have a great Sunday!! emoticon

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Pitfall: MoGo BBQ

Friday, May 14, 2010

All week long, I'd been hearing about the MoGo BBQ truck that was coming to work today - sort of a Korean twist on Mexican food. I don't know why, but I never thought to calculate the food. I made what I thought was a lower calorie choice, but it was not. At my best guestimate, it finished my day. I ate at the top of my calorie range most days this week, so this was not a good way to go. It tasted good, but it was not worth it in terms of my goals. Sigh.

But I am not throwing in the towel. Tomorrow is a new day.

I woke up very stiff this morning and my weaker leg was pretty sore. That was the elliptical, but I don't blame the machine. I will keep working at it. I have a long way to go, that's for sure!

Tonight's my night to relax. Tomorrow, more time to exercise, get chores done and continue the research on my paper.

Have a great Friday, sparkfriends! I told a new spark person who is struggling that she needs to be active on the site, find a team she likes and build her community. I said that, with my community, when I think about a choice I have to make, I think about the reaction my blog comments for those choices will be. Supportive, consoling, tough love, it all helps. Most of the time, not today sadly, the thought of your response gives me time to make the better choice. I told her by being active on the site, she will see that we all struggle, we all succeed, we support and encourage each other and that's far better than going it alone.


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ISHIIGIRL 5/18/2010 4:58PM

    Grat job sparking someone else! I think sparkpeople is so helpful to those just starting on this journey and it helps on your own journey as well! Way to go!

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CARRAND 5/15/2010 9:16PM

    Not being able to plan ahead can cause a problem. But, you're right - tomorrow is another day. I'm glad you recognize that and are not giving up on yourself.

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KAELIE 5/15/2010 8:28AM

  Oh, I would have totally tried it too, especially if everyone was talking about it (office peer pressure lol). If I hadn't, I would have ended up obsessing over what I didn't get to try (lol). So, chalk it up to something new tried (and not worth the calorie investment).

Hope you were able to relax last night!

Sending you literary mojo for that research paper!

Enjoy your weekend :)

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/15/2010 7:16AM

  emoticon Wow. Korean/Mexican food does sound yummy!

That is really nice of you to welcome the new struggling member the way that you did. :)

And, you are exactly right! - tomorrow IS a 'new' day. Remember that if you ever mess up again. No need in throwing in the towel.. just start all over again. :)


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ROX2013 5/15/2010 12:07AM

    That sounds really different! The calories would be hard to figure with a combination food! But you still did ok and like you said tomorrow is another day!! You are doing great! Be careful with your knee as you are working up your stamina on the elliptical. Good luck with your paper and have a great weekend!!

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JHADZHIA 5/14/2010 10:20PM

    That is something different! Nothing like that combo around here! Mexican is just not that big. We just recently got our first Chili's here! Its not a sin eating at the top of your range, as long as you don't consistently go over it or something.
You will do better, no problem! Hope you have a good and restful weekend!

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CUBFANGIRL1 5/14/2010 10:04PM

    Korean Mexican food sounds awfully delicious. As you said, tomorrow is a new day. Forgive yourself and move on. . .

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Elliptical Silliness, CSR, Food, Work and Water

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today was a much better day, not for any one thing, but for all of it. The morning flew by because I was dealing with tax exempt certificates. A simple task but time intensive.

Avoiding stairs is paying off. I had a couple of walks today. At lunch, I walked very briskly (I am a turtle, so it is relative!) for 38 minutes and walked farther than I have before. I broke a sweat, but not until afterwards. That was odd. For the 2nd or 3rd consecutive day, I got in over 10K steps. The other thing I did right was stretch my Achilles tendon after the walk. That felt really good AND I did not stiffen up in the afternoon!

The afternoon dragged a bit and the low point was when I saw the hire notice for the student in our Knoxville office. I knew one was coming, but it still makes me uneasy. This student is working for my boss doing there a lot of the same things I do here.

I had a bit of an energy dip in the afternoon, but, overall, what I ate today kept me from yawning my head off! I also got in the 10 glasses of water earlier in the day. I felt much more on track, even though all the concerns are still nibbling in my mind. I am back to my initial nutrition settings. We'll see how it goes.

Skipping the overtime, deferring that to tomorrow, I started doing some prep work for my final paper. I did not have class last night, but I went to school anyway. I always meet with one of my prior teachers who is becoming a mentor. He's encouraged me to look into becoming certified as a mediator and has offered to draft a letter of recommendation to the court. That would put extra money in my pocket! Anyway, I bounced an idea off him a week or two ago about this final paper. He remembered that and told me some news about the topic. CSR is my abbreviation for Collateral Source Rule. What that means is, in CA and other jurisdictions that have this rule, if you are the injured party in a personal injury case (the plaintiff), the defendant does not get to benefit by your fiscal responsibility. The defendant doesn't get to pay less just because you have insurance or other "collateral" sources that reimburse you for your expenses incurred by the injury. Today, I had a chance to look into the news he shared and it gave me a new slant for my paper! I am so excited! I am sure no one else will take this angle on the topic!

I mentioned to a coworker that I had checked out the elliptical and she told me another lady uses it just about every day. I used to sit next to Janis, so I felt comfortable asking her about the elliptical. We have two in our tiny work gym. One, she said, is broken and the other might be. So she went with me and got on the one I had used. Then I felt so silly! Turns out I had not been using it right! It has these long handles and little tiny curved ones. I had been using the large handles! Janis said those are for guys! Janis is even smaller than I am, she's a few inches shorter and probably 10 pounds smaller than I will be when I reach my goal. The other thing I saw was that I had been going backwards! That is the movement it makes when you are setting it up, so I had no clue! Boy, did I feel silly! My result today = my 3rd time on the elliptical: 135 seconds and my legs did not feel so rubbery and I did not feel dizzy! But I am so out of shape! All I can do is improve! I really liked it!

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JHADZHIA 5/14/2010 10:24PM

    That is nice you have a wonderful mentor, great lead for your paper!!
Good for your co worker showing you the proper use of the elliptical, it is a challenging machine, and even worse when not used right! Glad you were not hurt!!

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CARRAND 5/14/2010 7:14PM

    Great day! I've never tried the elliptical machine. I'll be sure to get some help the first time.

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MISSY455 5/14/2010 7:09PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are finding that track again :-) I am really glad you had such a good day, your post sounds so enthusiastic! I hope you have a great weekend and get to spend some time enjoying our sunny CA weather.

emoticon Margie

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    Sounds like a good day on so many fronts! So pleased to hear about your mentor. It is so so good to have one or more mentors, to guide you through the process, give you feedback on your research, and write recs that will help you. Maybe you can keep a copy? It must be a great one. I have kept copies of my recs so that, on truly dismal days, I can read them, and they do bring tears to my eyes and a new lease on life.

Glad you are liking the ellptical! It gets better and better. It is good for a lot of knee and joint conditions. Now that I have a permanent injury in one knee, though, I have to ice the joint after 45 minutes on the elliptical, but happily, I can still use it for the time being. It is a great workout!

Keep up the great work!

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LOZUKE 5/14/2010 5:23AM

    Sounds like a good day !! I am happy for you! I had tried the elliptical once or twice I could not stay more that 5 minutes. I was lucky my trainer was there and she showed me how to use it I had no idea! I am short 5'2" I have to adjust everything in the gym! emoticon emoticon emoticonDebbie

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ROX2013 5/13/2010 11:49PM

    Sounds like a good day all the way around! You will build up your endurance as time goes on..my niece who had a car accident 5 yrs ago and damaged her knee was told that the elliptical is a great machine to use with her recovery from the knee surgery she had to have.

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I Think I Really Screwed Up

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I knocked a little off my calorie range yesterday because I don't think I am exercising enough to lose tonnage and I just can't do more right now. I had not forgotten that I had increased the range a few weeks ago because I was beyond tired throughout the day. Stupidly, I did not expect that crushing fatigue to return but it has. I spent all day so hungry and so sleepy.

But I am still euphoric! Yesterday, I mentioned my sister and her family are moving to a better home that will have heat for the children and no psycho landlord. Her stepfather does not have prostrate cancer. Then, today, I got to see a really good friend/coworker. He works in our Charlotte NC office but was in town for a meeting. He had a heart attack a little over a year ago. A young man, younger than I am, but bad genes and poor choices put him in that spot. Just barely recovered from that and he was diagnosed with leukemia. He looks great now! His heart is doing well, he is in remission and faces another couple of years of chemo.

Giving him a hug today was absolutely soul satisfying!

Kind of puts my tonnage battle in a different perspective...!

Thinking about changing jobs. Everything I read in SP and elsewhere speaks about doing work that is rewarding. I am GRATEFUL to have a job, I love the company where I work, but I do not like my job. It has taken me a while to recognize that. I am thinking about looking for work with the federal government. I know it takes a long time to get on board, but the thought is there.

About to be a paralegal, but I know I don't want to work in a law firm. I like working in a law department of a corporation.

Still thinking...Still trying to figure out balance in terms of nutrition, exercise and......everything. I'm not sure where I should be in terms of calories and the other metrics.

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MISSY455 5/13/2010 5:05PM

    As someone else mentioned, satisfaction doesn't necessarily have to come from your job. Volunteer work is a great source of that, and with your new degree in paralegal you could offer up some time to a non-profit legal defense organization for one. If that doesn't interest you, time spent with aging adults in convalescent hospitals or nursing homes can be so beneficial too you and them. There are so many organizations that need volunteers and it can be very satisfying to know you can help out some.

I have been playing with my Fitness and Nutrition trackers for the past couple of weeks because I had slowed way down on the weight loss. I dropped my calories to the low end of the range for the past 5 days and am finally seeing results again! It just takes some tweaking. It will come together for you. You have already done so much, just keep the faith!

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    making changes and adjustments will take time- but it will balance.
It sounds like you are working on it and have some positive things going on. Pray about the job choices and it will all work out.

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    It sounds like a lot of things around you are turning out well, for people you care about, and putting things in perspective, which is beautiful.
You can also keep in mind that "meaningful work" does not always translate into dollars. You may find you want to keep your job to support some volunteer work in some other capacity that has meaning for you. Or you may find work in an area that means a lot to you that you've never considered before. Sounds like taking time to figure out what you want to do, and where your talents are, and where your financial support will come from, are the next steps. Ideally, they all come together in the same job... but... there are always new ways to combine them!

Wishing you the best! emoticon

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CARRAND 5/13/2010 12:56PM

    It doesn't sound like you screwed up. You are having some good insights. I work for the Federal government and I really enjoy it. There are a lot of opportunities and the benefits are good. Good luck with your search.

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LOZUKE 5/13/2010 12:05PM

    I don't think you screw up! I did not think it was going to be so hard that you had to figure all this out! I am glad for your friend , but you are right about putting thing in perspective. Some people say also you have to eat enough to loose? emoticon this makes my head hurt.
Please think before you do anything about your job, my friend just lost her job. She is a nurse and can't find anything at her age because the past 15 years she was at a Drs. office. I think you know what you want emoticonAll the best to you. emoticonDebbie

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LOZUKE 5/13/2010 11:56AM

    I lowered my calorie intake I went by Weight Watchers and I am still not loosing. I need to exercise more, but I get so tired when my Grandson leaves I cdon't always have the energy. I have Pilates tonight then rush home for Survivor!! I might go to the gym early and walk some more. I am 55 years old and taking epilepsy meds that make me fat and tired! I will keep at it! emoticon emoticonDebbie P.S. What is a fitness tracker?

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/13/2010 8:10AM

  As other posters have said.. it will take some tweaking to find out how many calories you should be eating. I started out with 1,250 when I first started on this ... lost weight fast.. then , I had upped my calories to 1,400 and stopped losing... so, because I've lowered it back down to 1,250 - I have started to lose again. So, it's all about the 'tweaking'.

Yes, a job should be rewarding/satisfying. If you don't like the job you are at .. maybe it IS time to try to move on.


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NONIE_C 5/13/2010 2:13AM

    You are doing such a great job to create a life with meaning, and even if you don't know exactly how that life will unfold, the fact that this is how you spend your time an energy is so beautiful. And I have faith that you're path will become more and more clear as you continue to follow your heart. I'm glad to hear about your sis and her family; that's really good news. And I'm excited for you...I'm excited to see where this journey leads you. Oh, and just to throw it out there, you should be creative about what you can do with your training. What kind of work would be meaningful to you? Kids? Elderly? Environment? Conservation? Animal rights? ...the list goes on and on. What would give your life meaning? I ask, because there might be a way for you to use your legal expertise in the field/area of your choice. Just a thought. No matter what you do, just make sure it's something you love.
emoticon Nicole

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JHADZHIA 5/13/2010 1:31AM

    Its going to take some tweaking to find out what is right for you and your body. Just have to be patient! Glad your co worker had great news to share!
Nice to have a bright spot in your day!
Keep on trucking, its all we can do!

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LUNADRAGON 5/13/2010 12:32AM

    Lots of good things to be glad about. Sometimes we cannot move as much as we really want. I overdid it a few weeks ago, then through a fitness tracker through my insurance, I logged my workouts and discovered I was still over doing it. I get wiped out too. So, now I am trying to schedule myself so that I do not overdo it, or get wiped out.
Keep up the good work. Allow a rest day once a week for your muscles to recover, and keep drinking your water!
You CAN do it.

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