Tuesday, September 07, 2010
This was a Tuesday that certainly felt like a Monday. In saying that, I don't mean to complain about Mondays per se. I like every day and don't have that Monday dread or Friday delirium. I think my years of school and years of working 7 days a week over 2 jobs has cured me of that attitude. No, it's an observation about this particular day.
I did not get everything crossed off of my to-do list. In fact, I added more than I subtracted! I came to work prepared with lunch and plans for a productive day. I had not realized that the Legal Services group was having lunch brought in. I was not planning on going down to the Legal floor, even though I am part of the team, but this is the kind of thing one does because absence is noted. As it happened, I was able to make a healthy choice and had that instead of the lunch I brought (stretching my budget and not wasting the paid lunch).
Over the long weekend, my sister and I corresponded about her fragmenting life. I offered to take over one of her monthly bills just so she has some breathing room, some margin. Today, she gave me the info for one of the bills and I was able to get that billing changed to a monthly charge on my card. She has been feeling so low, so desperate and yet so reluctant to reach out for help. I reassured her that her present financial condition is not a life sentence. I sure wish I could do more!
Most of the weekend had me taking it easy because of the tendonitis. Even today, it was very tender. Almost without intending, I got in almost 9K steps. What hurt worse today was a lower back pain that cropped up after I got to work. I don't know if it's a kidney infection, need for more water, or some other intestinal difficulty or....I did not put in any overtime tonight. I came home!
Nutritionally, today was very interesting...within range on most metrics. Over on fiber, under on calcium and fat. Weird!
I've been thinking about increasing my daily step count again, but I am hesitant since last week's increase seems to have taxed my leg too much. On the other hand, I still want to achieve a 1.5 pound loss this week.
That reminds me...This afternoon, we had a surprise shower for a young man who is getting married Saturday. There was a gorgeous looking chocolate cake that was cut for everyone to share. I left before they started passing out the cake - even though I love chocolate! My cube neighbor started a restrictive diet today and her talk was all about "bad" food, things she cannot have (like fruit and yogurt!) and just talk of deprivation. She took a piece of cake and then asked someone else to eat half of it. She bragged to someone else that I am an inspiration. He had asked why I did not take cake and my answer was that, much as I would really like the cake, even more than that, I desire a positive result on the scale this week.
On balance, today was a very good day.
Monday, September 06, 2010
Back to square one on the tendonitis. Very sore today but not as terrible as Saturday.
I read something today about black rice and am curious to try it.
The summer of death continues. I learned this morning that another former coworker has died. Richard was around my age, I think, and I know no more than that. With every name, it gets harder to not slide into some sort of depression. I know better than to ask "why me?" or to ask "what next?"
Sunday, September 05, 2010
The tendon feels much better today! I was able to take 3 short walks with only twinges. The pedometer dropped steps again (when a button gets pushed, it sometimes changes the time and, thus, the day), so I can only guess at what I actually did.
So I did some upper body free weight work and that felt pretty good. BF says I will like doing the exercises once I am doing them regularly, but I am doubtful!
A short blog tonight: we're having a great salad for dinner tonight! I am on track nutritionally in every category except for being too low in calcium...
Water - done easily. When it's this warm, water is easy! Surprisingly, I am ending the day with the minimum fiber. I thought I usually am pretty up on fiber, so seeing this (newly added to my tracker) is quite educational.
Stay comfortable, stay healthy, rest tonight and enjoy tomorrow. Whether it's a day off or a day of work, celebrate the day!
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...
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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