Wednesday, September 01, 2010
I was going to call this blog "Snarly Mood = Head Down at Work and an Opportunity" but I found a much more positive title!
I was pleased to discover this morning that yesterday's 10K steps did not aggravate my tendonitis too badly! I felt it, but I did not wake up in pain. That is progress. I got in 9861 today. I thought about taking the stairs a couple of times but did not want to reawaken a cranky knee.
I realized early in the day that I was just out of sorts. In a snarly mood and I know exactly why: TOM. Actually have not had that happen for months, so I should have anticipated this one would be a challenge. (Age, nothing serious happening). I tried to keep to myself at work because of the little things that I found so irritating. I did not want to have to eat my sharp words later!
A manager (not mine) said she had too much to think about, too many facts for her little brain. She asked me for a tax exempt certificate and I asked to see the invoice so I could see how the taxes were characterized. It was a utility bill, so I figured there'd be a ton of little fees like cell phone bills. She sent me a statement which had no detail. When I sent it back and asked again for the invoice, she said she didn't realize I wanted the invoice and then made that stupid comment. A manager who chooses not to understand the elements of what she's managing? I don't respect her, though I respect her position. It was all I could do not to say anything. That taps into my lack of patience with stupid.
The menu at the onsite cafe had an entree that I thought sounded great, but, when I got there, they had switched the choices. I chose something I was curious about. The chef does traditional ethnic foods with a California twist and sometimes the combinations are pretty good. Not so today. It was flavorful, almost too spicy, but it was greasy, which I had not expected. To make matters worse, the carry out dish leaked all over the front of my shirt. Thank goodness I had a t shirt in my workout bag. It was a company t shirt so it looked ok even though today was not casual dress day. I was glad no one sent me home. I hope the shirt washes out because it's one I really use!
I received an email today for a nationally known, possibly even internationally known, charity. They will be having a fundraiser walk in November in San Jose. At work, they've been doing a wellness thing all year with an incentive of up to $250 at the end of the year if you do all kinds of different self improvement things such as eat more veggies, attend a stress management seminar, get all your annual check ups and participate in a community event. If I do this walk (never been good at fundraising), it would benefit this child charity, contribute to my $250 incentive AND get my butt moving! A triple win!
Monday, August 30, 2010
This weekend, CHAOTICKITTY blogged about the fact that she joined the Cincinnati Spark Rally team and she is hoping to attend (05/21/11). That got me excited! The chance to meet her is AWESOME! Of course, I want to meet all my Sparkfriends, but she is a particular friend and mega inspiration to me!
So I decided to start working on my September goals TODAY! I even set some monthly goals, which I have not done in a specific manner since starting SparkPeople in late January. I think I have been hesitant to set specific goals because my dieting past has said that that is a recipe for certain failure.
My weight loss goal for September is a "stretch" goal, but I am going to work on it and see how it goes: 6 pounds! Four is achievable, eight is probably too much, so six seems an appropriate challenge.
Today, I walked at lunch, but I did something slightly different. I usually walk to the cafe for the free fruit and that's what I did today. But, I walked back the way I came which meant that I had a short steeo decline and a very long incline. My heart rate got up and stayed up! It felt SO good! Even with my Achilles tendon stretches, I am feeling it a bit. We'll see how it is tomorrow morning. I ended the day with 10,040 steps! Woohoo! I should not celebrate yet. It really depends on what I can do tomorrow. I hope it's not going to be a setback...
Other than a taste of 93% fat free ground turkey at dinner, today was unintentionally a Meatless Monday. It felt great! Since I started Sparkpeople, the combination of health and budget concerns have made me cut even more back on meat. Thank God for Grocery Outlet or I could not afford to eat in any manner that approaches a healthy diet!
I did not add the weekend's mini rewards yet, but I know I have saved about $12 so far for drinking water, steps, strength training, etc. I have not yet decided what or when my first reward will be. I'm thinking about either a new pair of jeans or bras. Maybe when I reach 150. That's 22 pounds from now....That might be too far. I lose weight so slowly, that might not happen until next year (LOL!).
My Dad's widow lives in Owensboro, KY, so if I make it to the Rally, I will have to add some time to the trip so I can visit with her and my stepbrothers and stepsisters. I have not been back to Owensboro since Dad died 02/13/2005. I know they would be really disappointed to see that I put all the weight back on.
When I long distance planned Dad's 70th birthday party and then made it out there for his party, my stepmother was so blown away that I had lost so much weight that she could not stop talking about it! During the party, she kept telling everyone how much weight I had lost. (I was embarrassed!) What she did not realize is that people were looking at me and passing on the buffet we had laid out! We had leftovers for days!
After Dad died, I lost focus. I did not care. It took more energy than I had to get back on track. Without realizing it, over time, the weight came back on and here I am...And last month, with Ruby's death, I gained 5 pounds in 3 weeks. That was both amazing and sobering. It shows me I have work to do with coping skills and my internal dialog. It was amazing that the weight came back so fast and amazing that I slipped back into that mode. Sobering that the weight came back, that I slipped back into that mode.
But I am not going to dwell on that right now. I am driven to meet my September goals!
Monday, August 30, 2010
I did almost nothing yesterday. I came home Friday feeling as if I had caught the cold that a coworker shared all week on my floor. He admitted people had been giving him a hard time about it and seemed absolutely oblivious to the fact that not everyone has enough accrued sick time to deal with an inconsiderately shared cold. ARGH!
CHAOTICKITTY shared the news that she joined a new Spark team for a Spark Rally in Cincinatti next May 21. She is hoping to attend and that news made me think about attending. I would LOVE to meet her and a bunch of other Sparkfriends!
I don't know if I will be able to make the trip, but the idea of attending should help me stay focused 'cause I would like to be a lot farther along on this journey than I am now.......
I'll be putting in too many hours this week, but the money will be helpful!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I don't have time or money for a vacation, but that is what I really need! Work is beyond busy and about to get even more so. The more busy it is, the less energy I have, which is not the way I have historically reacted to workload.
I am tired, but not sleepy. Tired means I can't think, can't make decisions, can't find the energy to complete tasks at work. This is not me!
This year, I have bought 3 different computer mice. They are all wonderful for a while and then they stop working. I have reloaded drivers, changed batteries, all to no avail. They are not the cheapest mice nor the most expensive, but they are more money than I should have to deal with for mice!
I ate too much today. I waited too long between lunch and dinner and inhaled far too much food. I know better!
Steps today were almost 10K even though my leg was sore for most of the day. I did not walk at lunch, but I had to go back to school, which meant a lot of walking...Still a bit tender, but not pain. We will see what happens tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I woke up this morning with twinges in my tendon, so 8K steps yesterday was just a bit too much. I did not get a chance to walk at lunch, but I did walk around the campus throughout the day. I took shortcuts walking to the cafe for my free fruit, so I kept moving, but was gentle to my leg. Even so, I put in 7900 steps! I was surprised when I looked at my pedometer at the end of the day. My leg is a bit tender tonight. We'll see how it is in the morning. I hope I don't wake up in pain...
I was hungry sporadically throughout the day. I realized it was that I wanted to chew and that, at other times, it was either because I felt tired or stressed. But I prevailed and ended the day on the low end of all the food metrics.
I've been continuing my micro rewards - the 8cents for 8cups of water, etc. That is helping me stay focused on SparkPeople. I feel burnt out in other areas of my life, though.
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