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Taking Care of Me - Sort Of

Friday, May 21, 2010

Virtual Journey Update: just over a mile today, so 75 miles to Eureka.

Today was one of those dragged-out, I don't feel like moving days. I am learning that, when I feel like that, my body needs rest. I really do pay attention, this is not an old style cop out.

Uncharacteristically, I did not bring lunch today. I knew I was planning to go to Costco at lunch with a friend, which would include lunch. But, even so, I normally bring something just in case. Did not today. She was a few hours late getting to work because there was an accident on the bridge. She was not in the accident, but she was behind it. So she cancelled lunch. I had no money, so I couldn't go to the cafe and I hate to drive off campus at lunch hour. Fortunately, I had a kashi bar at my desk, but that small meal may have contributed to the energy drain.

I am castigating myself for not being prepared. I am wondering where my energy and drive to exercise has gone.

Tomorrow will be better! It has to be!

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ANDASI 5/22/2010 11:24AM

    I find i allways have to have extra food with me. When i dont i do get in trouble end up paying for it somewhere somehow.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/21/2010 11:51PM

  Tomorrow WILL be better. Thank goodness you had that kashi bar. It's good to rest your body when you feel like you need it... try not to feel to guilty/bad about that. It's better to rest up .. save your energy..then when you are ready to go again - you will do great! :) I hope tomorrow is a better for you.


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JHADZHIA 5/21/2010 11:08PM

    You can't help what happened to your friend that caused her to miss lunch. I don't understand why you didn't have any money whenyou knew you were going to Costco to have lunch, what did you expect to pay for your meal with?
Perhaps what you are feeling is a little distress that your friend came that close to being in an accident? Also, having a plan blow up is never fun, it causes stress.
You have a very busy work and school life. You have chosen a very tough field and I would imagine are under a lot of strain. This is not good for your mind or body health. You have to cut yourself a little slack. I would say you do pretty darn well with the little spare time you have.!!
I wasn't able to continue with University myself as the stress caused my health to bottom out (Another nasty thing RA can do to a person -very bad anemia). So now I have to be careful about not taking on anything too stressful.
So just be patient and you will be all over it again!!

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NANNER2121 5/21/2010 11:04PM

    No need to castigate, just a lesson to be prepared!!

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SPIRITCATCHER 5/21/2010 10:24PM

    Everyone needs a rest now an then. You are taking the right approach looking at it as just that. Tomorrow, new day, sunshine and success.


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ROX2013 5/21/2010 10:23PM

    You were somewhat prepared! You did have the Kashi bar. I keep a Thomas thin bagel in a baggie in my purse now so if I am gone longer than planned and may have to eat before I get home I have something. It has 110 cals, 4 gm fiber and I believe 4 gms of protein.

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DSUBIOPROF 5/21/2010 10:09PM

    Oh I know, I hate those days when you don't pack food, then need it!

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Midterm, Overtime and Not Enough Exercise

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Virtual journey update: 2.5 miles means I'm only 76 miles from Eureka. I did not walk a lot, but I got something over 7000 steps. I was a little bit sore from yesterday's 14K steps, but not as sore as I would have been a few weeks ago!

I aced my midterm, which was not a foregone conclusion. The teacher is a sitting judge and the test was mostly definitions. Usually not a problem except that he grades very tightly which means I had to have a very precise definition. When I turned it in, I thought there were 2 definitions he might fault, which could have been a 20% hit, but no points were withheld!

I put in some overtime on my continuing project, but this was boxing up stuff in one office and moving the boxes into another office. My supervising attorney and her boss were effusive in their thanks. I rewarded myself by buying two books about the US Supreme Court - a splurge, but given the great week I'm having, felt great! I will have to curb that - bought the dress yesterday and the books today....

I need to get more exercise in and part of that is motivation.......I need to do more ST, more cardio....

Thanks, everyone, for the comments, the kudos, it all helps!

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MISSY455 5/21/2010 1:33PM

    Isn't it great to realize that things that would have made you sore just a short time ago don't? Awesome job on the midterm!!!
You are doing wonderful.

Hope you have a great weekend and get some time to enjoy a good walk outside. Our weather down south is supposed to be decent hope yours is too.

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VICD25 5/21/2010 12:39PM

    Woo Hoo!

Steps are steps. Doesn't have to be "exercise". How much exercise did you do in the boxing up stuff?

You are doing great!

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JAVALOVERTOO 5/21/2010 10:25AM

    emoticon On the midterm!!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 5/21/2010 8:41AM

    Way to go with your exam!!! Sometimes life gets in the way of getting exercise! You just have to make sure you eat at the lower end of your calorie range when that happens. You will be fine!
Keep up the great work!

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UNIBOK 5/21/2010 8:16AM

    Yay Juneau! You have so much to celebrate!

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NISA-JOE 5/21/2010 1:06AM

    Congratulations on your midterm! emoticon
14K steps! Wow!!! You're doing so great.

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ROX2013 5/21/2010 12:27AM

    Way to go on your midterm! Congrads. Sounds like you are working your plan and it is working for you. There are going to be times that exercise takes backseat because of other things that have to be dealt with first. Just remember exercise is always there when you want to step it up. Sorry I haven't been on line this week, sat dish problems, between the weather and they think the dish needs to be aligned again. So be back up to full power Saturday. I apologize if this posts twice.

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What a Great Day!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Virtual journey first: Down to 78.5 miles to Eureka! I walked 14029 steps and that was 4.6 miles.

I stayed within range for food in most respects. Low in fat (really?) and low in calcium....Balance is still not there.

The day at work was really productive. I spent most of the day on a project I really did not want to do. I'll continue tomorrow, but the headway I made was great! AND I have a chance for a smidge more overtime. That will cover the cost of my cap and gown!

I ordered my dress and shirt. The dress is a halter sun dress and I got a short sleeve shirt in the same print to wear over it since I will be in the office.
I found them from classichawaiianproducts.com and that's where these pictures came from:

I got to school early to see about the cap and gown. Not in yet. Maybe in a few weeks. I overheard students say last year that you have to get in early to get the right size....I went to the counseling center to make sure everything is on track for graduation. When I applied for graduation, I was supposed to finish at the end of March but I dropped that class and am taking the current class in lieu of the other requirement. I did not want that change to hang anything up and give me a rude surprise on June 26. I have to call and email someone else in a different office and I may not get an answer until next week.


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FURANGEL 5/20/2010 8:37PM

    Glad to hear to had such a great day. I love the dress. Congrats on keeping up with the walking.


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JHADZHIA 5/20/2010 12:21PM

    That Hawaiian clothing is beautiful!! You are going to look great in it!!!
Well done on your steps!! You are just a motoring!!!
Keep up the great work!!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 5/20/2010 9:16AM

  the dress is really beautiful! congrats on all the walking you've accomplished. :)

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NONIE_C 5/20/2010 3:05AM

    That dress is super fun and pretty!!! Great job on the walking, and best of luck with the cap, gown, and all other graduation arrangements!!!

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WALIDGAZALA 5/20/2010 12:36AM

    It is interesting to Know all you had .
May I say Best of Luck in every thing

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Less Than 10K and I Don't Want to Do More!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I got in 8458 steps today, short of my 10K. Little aches with my weaker leg and a big ache in my hand. I know the hand does not impact walking, but the pain is such that I choose not! I suspect it's arthritis or some other inflamation. It's the kind of pain that makes you hold the afflicted part and try not to cry! WAH!
I really hate being a whiner!

I forgot to put in my virtual journey last night, so...over the past two days, I have shortened the distance between Eureka and me to 83 miles!

My interest in this daily journey is flagging just a bit and I am guarding against drifting away....At the same time, today, I had to wear a larger size pair of slacks and I loved the fact that they are not tight any more! I need more clothes, but I want to lose a little more before I go shopping, not out of vanity but practicality.

I am shopping for a new dress for my party. Possibly a sun dress and a shirt in matching Hawaiian print. (Shirt to cover my arms and make the sun dress presentable for work). Thinking....Shopping on line...

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CMRAND54 5/19/2010 8:52PM

    Your dress shopping sounds like fun. I like the idea of a sun dress and matching shirt. You're doing great and deserve a reward.

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UNIBOK 5/19/2010 8:38PM

    Keep Sparking, my friend! Some days you just do the best you can, and that needs to be good enough. And, congratulations on your graduation! Imagine if you had to buy that cap and gown instead of renting :-)

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ISHIIGIRL 5/19/2010 4:51PM

    Hope you find a cute dress. Good luck!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/19/2010 4:07PM

    Oh yeah - this dress shopping thing is fun. Shopping online or in person - all of it is kind of exciting.

I sure hope you feel better soon. You are just doing stellar. Spark on!!!


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Syttende Mai and Body Barometer

Monday, May 17, 2010

Who needs a weather report when the body tells you?! I knew the rain was coming without having to consult an expert! My left index finger hurts as if all the arthritis in the world is in the joints! I felt very stiff all day.

But, really, I am not complaining. I still got in over 10K steps. Avoiding stairs really helps me stay active. At one point today, I had no choice but to go down the stairs and, whew, did that annoy my left knee. The left leg is still very sore from last week's elliptical work, such as it was.

I ate within range today, ending up on the low end of the calories. At this rate, I may be able to balance out the 3 days last week where I was at the top or over!

Today is Syttende Mai, Norwegian Independence Day! I am part Norwegian and I could not help but think of Dad all day. He would have been wearing his US/Norway flags pin and would have made sure we all knew what today is.

Other than that, today was blah.

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FURANGEL 5/18/2010 7:57PM

    Happy Syttende Mai! Way to go with the 10k steps!

Gotta love those built in barometers. I have a few myself.


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ROX2013 5/18/2010 1:28AM

    I have a built in weather predictor too. It rained here on and off all day! Wednesday it is suppose to clear up. Stayed on calories but went over on salt again. I have to stop eating out where I can't control the amt of sodium in food. Sounds like you had a pretty good day! Remember small steps....

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MISSY455 5/17/2010 11:32PM

    We had rain today too. My ankle has been bothering me all day, and I never connected it too the rain. Sorry you haven't felt up too par today.

Getting in 10K steps is great! I have been shooting for 6k and some days don't get that.

I hope you see the results you are hoping for this week. You have already come so far. Keep the faith!

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