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Unplanned Day of Rest

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I woke up this morning planning to do a lot of exercise. My tendon felt rather sore, but not bad. BUT a while later, I could not even stand on that foot. As long as I stay off my foot, I feel fine.

I lost 2.1 this week! I was amazed becuase I still feel quite chunky. This week has been TOM, the first I have had since April or May, so to see a decrease, much less one that exceeded my goal, was astonishing!

This week's results give credence to the SP philosophy about eating more to lose. I just have to find the balance...

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IXCHEL23 9/5/2010 10:29PM

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Feel better soon!

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PRYDEQUEEN 9/5/2010 5:49AM


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MISSY455 9/5/2010 1:03AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! The balance really can be an issue. Rest that tendon for a few days, and wishing you continued success! You are doing so well :-)

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LIBBYFITZ 9/4/2010 11:39PM

    emoticonHope that tendon heals up quickly for you.Have a relaxing Sunday. emoticon

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ACIMPEGGY 9/4/2010 11:10PM

    Good job on the weight loss!

Thanks for your comment on my feed.

We had our club contest Thursday. Only humorous speech for us this fall. No one wanted to do evaluation. I was so exhausted I had to lead the meeting sitting on a chair in front of the lectern!

Did you have your Area contest yet? emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/4/2010 9:24PM

  Congrats on the 2.1 pounds! Amazing! Sorry to hear about your foot.. make sure you rest that foot.

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JHADZHIA 9/4/2010 9:11PM

    Sorry that tendon came back on you :( It is difficult to deal with, but rest is the only option.
Congratulations on your loss!! Finding the right balance of food is challenging.
I still rely on tracking everything even though I am on maintenance. Gives me a reality check about my food choices and helps keep me stable.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, rest that foot!

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JUST_SIMONE 9/4/2010 9:04PM

    Sorry your foot hasn't been feeling well. Tendon pain can be difficult to deal with. I always say this, mostly because I need to remind myself of this point repeatedly, but rest can be just as important as exercise. Have no shame in giving yourself permission to rest when you need it.

And congrats on the 2.1 pounds! That's awesome!

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What a Fabulous Day!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Today was the big day at work. Our CEO has retired and today was the party to celebrate his birthday and his contributions to the company. It was not sad, which surprised me a little because I know the people who work closely with him are sad to see him go.

We had a catered BBQ for lunch. I ate very lightly.

Steve LOVES cookies, so we had a cookie baking contest. There were 18 contestants with 2 dozen each. The top 6 were prize winners and I placed #4! I am not someone who enjoys being in the kitchen. I made "no bake" cookies and have not even eaten one because they are definitely not SP! My prize was a package of 3 cookie sheets with a cooling tray!

Then, I was honored to "Ask the Last Question" during all of the ceremonies. We have All Hands meetings where everyone attends and, at the end of the talk, it's open for questions. I am usually the first person to ask a question and, the few times I have not been at a meeting, Steve asks for me. So, I was honored to ask the last question! When he called me up for the cookie prize, he told the assemblage I am his favorite person at the company! Me! I am so far down on the ladder! There are four levels of management between us! WOW!

I did make a huge mistake today, though. Lunch was so early that I ended up waiting far too late to have dinner and, before I knew it, I had inhaled 4 pieces of pizza! There were no brakes, no stop and think, nothing! ARGH! I know better!

Only 8K steps today, but I have been able to walk every day this week! What a victory!

Tomorrow is another day and I will make better decisions!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/4/2010 8:42AM

  Sounds like a fun, exciting day! :) Mmm... Pizza... :) Congrats on doing 8k steps. :)

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LIBBYFITZ 9/4/2010 12:00AM

    emoticonSounds like a fantastic day. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 11:56PM

    Sounds like a great day really. Shame about overdoing it with the pizza. I have been wanting one for a very long time, but don't have access to them. I will not buy one for just myself as its too much even with leftovers. Too many of them now do 2 for 1 anyway. The main thing is one blow out doesn't mean a flood. You can get back to it!
Enjoy your weekend!

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CARRAND 9/3/2010 10:35PM

    Sounds like a great day to me! I can understand why you were praised at the party. You are such a sweetheart.

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EPLFAN 9/3/2010 10:16PM

    Congrats on walking every day this week! emoticon

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JR1952 9/3/2010 10:16PM

    Huh! I am well known for my No-Bake Cookies........and I make mine in the microwave. Last time I made them I didn't even eat one. Dang, those are good.

About the pizza, pick yourself up and get back on your plan tomorrow.....there is always another day, so forget about the slip up.

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JAVALOVERTOO 9/3/2010 9:44PM

    Pizza happens. But all in all you did have a great day. I smiled the entire time I was reading. emoticon

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If I Used Stress as an Excuse...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Over 8K steps today. I am loving the fact that I can walk throughout the day without seriously waking up my tendonitis! I had 8 glasses of water before lunch. I finished a task today that I had been fighting a block about.

However, if I were newer to the SparkPeople journey or had not started on the journey at all, I would have had many reasons today to stuff my face.

The CEO is retiring tomorrow. The new guy starts immediately and the rumor mill is full of layoff talk.

An unexpected financial setback cropped up this morning.

The evening ended with my sister's news that her soonto-be-ex is being mean, ugly and awful as they go through the beginnings of the divorce proceedings. Admittedly, I am hearing just her side, but her side is pretty awful. She gets to pay support to him and he is not being required to pay child support. Money is beyond tight. I have never heard my sister this upset.

My stomach hurts and I feel powerless to help in any meaningful way. I have not had dinner yet and, it being so late, I may not.

Tonight - stress is not making me stuff! I WIN!

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CARRAND 9/3/2010 11:03PM

    Woo Hoo! Good for you. Hang in there. You're a real sweetie and you deserve the best.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/3/2010 2:06PM

    emoticon emoticonon not eating because you were stressed.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/3/2010 11:19AM

    Stay strong!!
You and your sister are in my prayers that better times are coming!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/3/2010 8:24AM

  Really sorry to hear that you're so stressed out... :( But, as you said.. it's great that you didn't turn to food.. and that you won that battle. :)

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JHADZHIA 9/2/2010 11:51PM

    So sorry about your sister :((
Unfortunately, stress is harmful to a healthy lifestyle and not just because of the binge potential. I hope all goes well for you at work and you don't get a lay off. Keeping fingers crossed.
Good for you not wanting to binge, but skipping eating altogether isn't much better -maybe eat something bland that will help settle your stomach.
Take care of yourself.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

That cinnamon roll looks pretty good! I remember what it tastes like!
No, I don't want that today. I would rather lose 1.5 pounds this week because I choose to lose 6 pounds this month.

It's really hot outside. The A/C feels good at my desk.
Yes, I want to walk outside today. I would rather lose 1.5 pounds this week because I choose to lose 6 pounds this month.

Going out to lunch sounds wonderful! I love to eat out!
I brought a really healthy lunch and I would rather log that into my food tracker than some unknowns. I would rather lose 1.5 pounds this week because I choose to lose 6 pounds this month.

A cold soda would really hit the spot in the middle of the afternoon. I love the perk from caffeine. I have a 24 oz water bottle that holds cold water. I know how refreshing that water will be! I would rather lose 1.5 pounds this week because I choose to lose 6 pounds this month.

Pizza would be so yummy and convenient on the way home.....I know the rest!
(I had a Boca burger with chives, mustard and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar
and it was fabulous!)

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/3/2010 10:02AM

    What wonderful choices you are making! I wish I had your willpower and determination and could remain consistent!
Stay positive!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/2/2010 10:56AM

  emoticon stuff! Keep it up. :)

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MYSTERY4EVER 9/2/2010 8:23AM

    Fabulous choices! The food is so transitory. What you are doing is long-lasting. I'm sure you will make your goal of 6 pounds.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/2/2010 7:09AM

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JHADZHIA 9/2/2010 1:26AM

    Way to go!! You have so many temptations you have to avoid! I have a pop machine right outside my apartment door, but have never been tempted to use it. I really don't like it any more. Nothing quenches thirst like pure, plain water..
Keep up the great work! Those 6 will be history!!

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    Sounds like you are getting the hang of this 'healthy lifestyle' thing...LOL. You are a wonderful inspiration to others. Keep up the good work.

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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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