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A Triple Win!

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!

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JHADZHIA 9/2/2010 1:31AM

    Congrats on continuing to do well. Sounds like you needed a Tide stick for your shirt, they work really well, saw a woman get blueberry stain off her blouse once. Well done not losing your temper with idiots :)
It would be fabulous if you did that charity walk. I am really shy and withdrawn, but I once raised funds for a charity walk, Relay For Life, and really enjoyed it as it meant a lot to me, knowing many people that have died of cancer and had cancer scares.

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CARRAND 9/1/2010 9:47PM

    Keeping quiet when others are stupid is probably the best thing you can do. I have to do it all the time at work. Sometimes I put my phone to voice mail just to get away from it for a while. Then I wander around to talk to my employees who are really a great bunch.

Your walk sounds like a great idea!

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EMPTYNESTER60 9/1/2010 7:02PM

    Glad you could end what could have been a really negative day with a positive blog. I too have not just a supervisor, but the owner of the company who constantly does things that she would have our heads for if we did them. Really aggravating, but . . . she's the boss & signs the paychecks, so . . . we suck it up & go on emoticon

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    I thought Win-Win situations were good...but I like your Win-Win-Win one even better!!! I have those irritability days (and "stupid" can pluck my last nerve quicker than anything. Big congrats to you for holding your tongue, though.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/1/2010 2:49PM

    emoticonThat sounds good. I know what you mean about a manager not even knowing there own area of what they are managing! Duh!
hope you're irritability levels are dropping! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/1/2010 2:09PM

  Well best of luck if you do decide to do the fundraiser thing. :) And, I like the "A Triple Win!" title much better than what you were going to name it. ;) Congrats on getting so many steps in too.

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MISSY455 9/1/2010 1:52AM

    Very positive title! The walk sounds like a definite plus.

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Spark Rally Team SPARKed Me!

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!

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CARRAND 8/31/2010 9:18PM

    You sound like you got your Spark back. Good for you!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/31/2010 6:09PM

    Thank goodness for CHAOTICKITTY! So pleased to read that you have you're Spark back. emoticon And as you said enough of looking back, move forward and you will do it! emoticon

I am starting to feel better today, even managed to walk to the shops and market and bought home some very tasty silverbeet. emoticon

So will get myself sorted re this leader of the group tomorrow, or may be tonight, depends what time DH comes home.


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EUPHRATES 8/31/2010 4:00AM

    Losing a parent is a huge deal, and not easy to come back from - go you for finding focus and getting back on track!

I'm SO looking forward to meeting sparkfriends next May!

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JHADZHIA 8/31/2010 12:54AM

    Thanks to CHAOTICKITTY for giving you a Spark , I am so happy that it did! Hopefully, your 10K steps won't set your tendon back :( Keeping fingers crossed.
A healthy lifestyle change, by necessity, does include mental fitness. A lot of people do backslide on their diets, simply by reverting to old habits in times of stress or when life gets in the way. A true change is when your mind and body accepts that this healthy lifestyle is the way its going to be for the rest of your life, and then the good habits will happen all the time, no matter what, because they will have become second nature. But unfortunately, its a slow, long process to get your mind to accept this new reality. That is why Sparks says slow, one step at a time. You have it in you to do this!

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A Deliberately Low Key Weekend

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!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/30/2010 11:18AM

    Glad you had a quiet weekend and rested, these colds are a pain in the b.....
I have one also, so been a bit slow on the team leader thing. Once I am well will look into it. Hope you are able to go to the rally, would be great for you to meet fellow Sparkies. emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/30/2010 1:46AM

  hey!! :) i would really enjoy meeting u!!! i need to start saving up because as i said in my blog... i really want to go! :) well...that wasnt very nice of your coworker making everyone sick like that. hope u are feeling better.


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EUPHRATES 8/30/2010 1:38AM

    I hope you're able to come! SQUEE! I love meeting online folks face to face! It should be a blast!
Hope you're feeling better today.

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JHADZHIA 8/30/2010 12:31AM

    Sounds like you really needed a day of rest, no crime in that! I hope you can find a way to attend that Spark rally, it would be fun for you to meet your Spark friends!
Get a good night's sleep!

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Burnt Out, Frustrated, Tired and Way Over on Calories

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.

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ACIMPEGGY 8/29/2010 2:05PM

    I'm doing the steps, too...goal started at 3,000. I've raised it to 6,000 (and about to raise it again). I only did 10,000 once...the day I went to Criminal Court to be on a jury.

Re stress: it can really be exhausting, but I'm sure you know-it's just our reaction to things around us. Can you ever have a moment to step back and take a deep breath? You know what I mean. Or even 5 minutes to close your eyes and go within at lunch time?

There's tips on stress under either Healthy Lifestyle or Motivation, and teams for it, too.

Great good luck. I hope you have the kind of week you prefer!


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    Sorry this was a rough day! We all have 'em. At least you got your exercise in! Just be careful... I had to be careful of the knee as it began to be angry at me, so I did about half my time on the elliptical and half on the bike. Just gotta listen to the body! Take care, and munch on your favourite health-filled foods... hope your tomorrow is better!

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CARRAND 8/27/2010 7:08PM

    Take care of yourself. Everyone goes over on calories once in a while. Just keep trying to eat healthy foods and you'll be fine.

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NONIE_C 8/27/2010 6:46PM

    Well, since vacation is not on the horizon, you'll need to create some "down time" for yourself. Maybe that means lighting some candles and listening to soothing music as soon as you get home, or a bubble bath, or whatever you like to do to shut out the world and give your mind and body a moment of rejuvenation - even if it's just 15 mins when you get home from work - make time for you!!!

Don't kick yourself while you're down either. So you went over on calories? It happens. I do agree with Karen, though, and think you should keep some bars on hand (whatever kind you like) for those times when there's gonna be a big gap between meals. I know you know better, but maybe you needed yesterday as a reminder to be prepared. I also agree with her that you need to be putting good energy food in your body now more than ever. One of the best ways to deal with stress is to treat yourself right.

Take it one day at a time.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/27/2010 4:12PM

    I know the feelings, but we need to stay strong.
I'm fighting the urge to give up completely and just close my Spark account - but I keep telling myself "this too shall pass."
We need to focus on one day at a time.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/27/2010 2:58PM

    Hello, have finally got back to Sparking! Have missed everyone. Just read tou're last few blogs and it looks like seesawing emotions. This is normal due to all the sadness that has been happening around you. Get some trailmix bars, they are sweet but healthy. so if you feel like eating grab one of them. Will get organised with the team leader thing once I get through 60 e-mails! emoticon emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/27/2010 9:25AM

    Hang in there !! Don't beat on yourself because you ate a little more than you should. These things happen. You do the best you can. Think of it this way, did you drink 8 glasses of water ? Even if you drank 6 glasses of water, that's one good thing you did for your health !

So, what we have to do is find simple ways to help you reduce your work day stress. Do you get a lunch break ? If so, take advantage of it. Go out and take a 30 minute walk. A 30 minute walk will not only help you reduce your risk for heart disease, it will help you reduce your stress too.

Speaking of which, eating right will also help you reduce your stress. Part of your fatigue may be coming from your food choices. If you're fatigued or frustrated, you may be turning to comfort foods. No one would blame you if you did. Those comfort foods are probably loaded with sugar and salt.

Too much extra sugar can make you feel more fatigued than you already are. Thus the need to try to eat healthier foods. If you need a sugar fix, have some grapes, an orange or some fresh strawberries. the fruit has natural sugar that's better for your body than the processed stuff.

If ever your body need healthy food, it's now when it's under stress. Do the best you can. Try to eat a couple extra servings of fruit and veggies when you can. You will start feeling better when you start eating more wholesome foods.

If you'd like a cookie or two, don't deny yourself. indulge, but don't over indulge.

Also, if you can't take a week vacation, take a day trip somewhere. Set aside a Saturday or Sunday to go the beach, the lake, the mountains... a spa. One day away from work stress helps too. Go to a museum and enjoy the art. that's what I do when I'm under stress. I read and I go to the museum.


-- karen

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JHADZHIA 8/27/2010 1:08AM

    Sorry you had such a rough day :(( Hugs. It does sound like you were overwhelmed and are headed for a burn out. All the more important to take care of yourself first and be careful with your foods. I like the idea of a mini escape, that was very good. You need a downtime, a regenerate the batteries time. What ever it takes for you to relax and take a deep breath. Make sure you get a good sleep if you can..

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JAVALOVERTOO 8/26/2010 11:54PM

    When things get crazy around here I take time to prepare some grab and go food for me. I might precook several portions of chicken, precut veggies... I don't do a ton just a few servings and this helps get me through some of the tough moments.

I hope tomorrow is better and your leg stops hurting altogether. emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 8/26/2010 10:52PM

    Hope your day tomorrow is better! emoticon

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JOYSGARDEN 8/26/2010 10:52PM

    I'm feeling that way right now too. Ready to turn off the computer, and stay away from everyone. My blood sugar numbers are way too high, the scales won't budge, nothing tastes good, or even sounds good, if it's good for me......chocolate cake sounds good, even better with a scoop of iced cream, and being allowed to sleep until noon, and then do nothing....... I hope you get a chance to slow down, step back, and relax over the weekend, and start Monday as an all brand new day, and the beginning of a great week. Take care..Hugs...

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KIMBYUT 8/26/2010 10:38PM

    Awe hang in there! Tomorrow is a new day :). It is really frustrating when you know you need some downtime but it is just not feasible! How about a mini-escape? Like, 20 minute relaxing bubble bath or something? Hope you feel refreshed and a bit better tomorrow!

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JESSYKA4405 8/26/2010 10:38PM

    emoticon I can totally relate tho!

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8400 Steps Was Pushing It

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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EMPTYNESTER60 8/26/2010 10:03PM

    Great job with your emoticon emoticon emoticon 7900 steps is emoticon Be sure to listen to your body so you don't hurt yourself. You're doing too good to let an injury sideline you.

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VICD25 8/26/2010 12:52PM

    Wow! 8400 or 7900 you are certainly putting in the effort. WTG. BUT, take care.


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JHADZHIA 8/26/2010 12:18AM

    Hope you don't have pain when you wake up. You are doing good though you must be cautious. Sweet dreams!

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NONIE_C 8/26/2010 12:08AM

    You do what you can, when you can. Make sure to take care of your body - don't push it or you'll be out of commission altogether :( and just let yourself be proud of the good work you're doing. And you are doing GOOD WORK!!! Now, what can you do to relieve some of the burnout in the other areas of your life?

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