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Musing on a Mixed-Results Day

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.

  
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CARRAND 9/8/2010 8:40PM

    You sound like a great sister. How wonderful to be helping your sister that way. I can walk away from cake because I'm gluten intolerant and I get severe intestinal distress from eating anything with gluten in it. I wish I could walk away from the candy dish at work.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/8/2010 6:05PM

    Good for you not eating that cake!A very interesting day indeed, hope you can find out what is happening with your back, last thing you need at the moment.

That is so kind of you to help with your sistyer's money issues. I help my youngest sister a lot and she really appreciates it.

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MYSTERY4EVER 9/8/2010 9:24AM

    You have the right attitude. Eating healthily and resisting chocolate cake - those are the way to success. Have a great "short" week.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/8/2010 9:22AM

  wow...congrats on not having any of that cake... :) good luck on your goals for the month..

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JHADZHIA 9/7/2010 11:50PM

    A good day really, free lunch with a healthy choice, saved your own. Great resisting the chocolate cake!!
So sorry about your sister's woes :((
Don't hesitate to get that lower back pain checked out if you thinks its something other than a muscle strain. Take care of yourself. Pain is the body's warning system -got to listen to it.

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JOYSGARDEN 9/7/2010 11:08PM

    Yep, today sounds like Monday!! Glad you could enjoy the lunch, and that you had the strength and motivation to walk away from the chocolate cake! I don't know if I would have, to be honest! I hope you can guide your cube-mate to a healthy eating style. Good luck on your goals for this month...you go girl!!

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Black Rice, Black Day, Tendonitis

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?"

  
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JLITT62 9/7/2010 7:46AM

    I suffered from tendonitis in my wrists from a very young age (from playing the flute, I think, of all things!) and also developed it in both elbows later on.

I've found as I've lost the weight, it bothers me a lot less. Just an encouragement to keep at it!

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TURQUOISELOTUS 9/6/2010 10:47PM

    Sorry to hear about your co-worker emoticon Also, sorry to hear about your tendonitis. Ouch, as a (now only occasional) sufferer, I do feel your pain, and hope that it heals soon!

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CARRAND 9/6/2010 10:33PM

    You've had a really rough summer. My thoughts are with you.

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NANNER2121 9/6/2010 9:33PM

    So sorry to hear of yet another passing.

I have had black rice and red colosari red rice. Both are excellent and very fgood for you. Take longer to prepare than regular brown rive, but worth it. If you every see Cavena Nuda, it's a must have!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/6/2010 9:25PM

    emoticonMy thoughts are with you. How sad. emoticon

Just read the article about black rice. Will look out for it.

I am now applying anti-inflamatory jel directly to my sore tendon on my foot and seems to be helping.
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MICHCLEARY 9/6/2010 9:18PM

    sorry about your bad news. I've never heard of black rice...not sure if it is the same as long grain rice that is dark?

I hope your day tomorrow is better. I have tendonitis/arthritis in my shoulder. I find that BioFreeze helps... you can get it over the counter at most pharmacies. I can also get it at Massage Envy. I recommend it.

Have a good rest of the week!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/6/2010 8:46PM

  I am really sorry to hear about another loss of a former co-worker. Also, I am sorry to hear about your tendonitis hurting. :(

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A Light Day

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!

  
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/6/2010 4:49PM

  Great that your tendon felt better. :)

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CARRAND 9/6/2010 2:05PM

    Your day sounds great. I admire your steps. I have trouble getting enough unless I spend hours on the treadmill. I have trouble getting enough fiber, too, so I like to track it. I really feel full longer and eat less when I get adequate fiber.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/6/2010 9:46AM

    emoticonI have added salt and calcium to my tracker, the problem in Santiago is there are no calcium values on their dairy products, so will have to find the value elsewhere and add it.Have you had a chance to read my inbox message about the team?
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JHADZHIA 9/5/2010 11:57PM

    Glad you had a peaceful day and your tendon didn't bother you too much! Maybe taking short walks with good rest time in between is the answer, instead of trying long ones??
Its important you get your calcium. I have to take a supplement to make sure as cheese and cottage cheese is the only dairy I do, and you really can't get enough from natural sources without eating great quantities.
Keep up the great work and enjoy the holiday tomorrow! I am working it but don't care as the weather is supposed to be awful anyway as it usually is on our long weekends lol.
Good night, sleep well!

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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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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!

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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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