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Banana Slug

Sunday, September 12, 2010

California's state mollusk (or something) is the banana slug, so called because it is often BRIGHT yellow. I guess the yellow is so bright because it gives the false message that the creature is poisonous. I felt slow, sluggish and nonspecifically yucky all day.

I am still banged up from the fall on Friday and my tendon is sending warning twinges. So I was, for the most part, a couch potato. I ate sparingly, even though I am hungry. I am not sure if the hunger is real or if it is bordom. I have covered the water and I feel good about that.

Friday at the picnic, an executive admin told me that she knows big changes will start this coming week. We have an all-hands meeting with the new CEO on Tuesday. Rumors abound, but I try not to put stock in them. Even though some of the past rumors have been later proved to be true, I cannot spend my energy on that. I am nervous. It is a bad time to be laid off and I am not young. So we shall see...

I wish I had lost the tonnage I need to so that, if I have to job hunt, I would look more employable instead of like a potential drain on a health plan. I am very healthy, but my weight is a real concern for the long term (if I don't make some changes, which I am doing, but ooooooooooohhhhhhh so slowly!)

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/13/2010 12:34PM

  at least you are changing bit by bit.. you can't expect to change everything overnight. but you are doing it.. and, that is all that matters! :)


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LIBBYFITZ 9/12/2010 10:17PM

    emoticonGrab a carrot! Or do you have trail mix bars, or celery with peanut butter, just 20grams or 1 oz. goes a long way. They are the things I grab if I have the munchies. emoticon

emoticonhope you mend soon!

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.3 Increase Disappointing, Not Defeated

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I weighed in this morning before I saw the advice from a Sparkfriend to avoid the scale today. She suggested, rightly I think, that the scale would be up because of the sodium increase from the picnic food yesterday. .3 is not terrible, but it is the wrong direction. I did drink enough water, but I drank more diet soda than I normally do ON TOP of the higher sodium foods. So...I am not beating myself up or hanging my head in defeat.

I am going to continue what I have been doing: walking as much as my body will allow, eating right and drinking water. Money is tight, but I may try the yoga class at work just to change things up. I have reservations about how much I might be able to do. The only way to answer that question is to try.

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/13/2010 11:05AM

    You really shouldn't be weighing yourself every day. you should weigh once a week or even once every two weeks. Your weight will fluctuate day to day for many different reasons. If you tie your emotions to what the scale says, then you shouldn't weigh yourself every day.

You will not see a dramatic change in the scale in so short a time. A safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week. However, there may be weeks you don't see a change of any kind and that's perfectly normal. Weight loss is not linear. there will be weeks you lose and weeks you don't.

Don't tie your emotions to what the scale says. that's not healthy. You've got to find other ways to measure your success that don't involve the scale. Take your measurements. You will see the inches drop off long before the scale budges. And that's perfectly normal.

How many push ups can you do ? How many can you do today as compared with two weeks ago ? Set a fitness goal. try to achieve that goal instead of worrying about what the scale says. Remember, the scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do or how fast you can run a mile. Either of those are good way to determine your fitness.

If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will lose. BUT IT WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT !! You really do have to be patient with yourself and your body.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/11/2010 11:30PM

    emoticonYoga is good. I don't particularly like the fast paced one, the name for it slips me at the moment. But the slow one with all the stretching is great, and you just do what your body allows you, dont push too hard. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/11/2010 8:12PM

  The answer is always to 'try'. :) That's all we can do. :) Well.. if you do try the yoga class at work.. let us know how it goes. :)

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CARRAND 9/11/2010 5:08PM

    We can always try. I started yoga this summer and really enjoyed it. I plan to continue. I'm not very good at it, my balance is bad, and I'm not very flexible, but that doesn't seem to matter. I'm making some progress and I feel good doing it.

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I Blew It!

Friday, September 10, 2010

I appreciate the words of encouragement and advice about the picnic. The advice was to eat prior to the picnic - check. The other advice was to have fun and eat lightly. Partially done. I overate big time and it was mostly mindless eating. Even though I had eaten before I went, I was still ravenous! I entered a watermelon eating contest. I had never done that before. I ended up wearing more than eating it and laughing all the way through.

During the picnic, I had a very hard fall. Very superficial scrapes on both knees, both elbows and pain that worsened quickly. My shoulders and neck are really sore along with everything else. We were at a local park and the landscaping at the park includes some very large rocks. I have no peripheral vision straight down and I walked right into the rocks and fell over them. They had originally stationed trash bins around the rocks, but the cleaning staff had moved them. Everyone told me later that our VP of Legal Services fell in exactly the same way last year, but he bled more than I did, so I got teased about not having done as good a job. I left the picnic shortly thereafter and, as I was driving home, began to realize that I was really banged up. Fortunately, I made it home, though I was fighting falling asleep at every light.

I had a concussion two years ago that was pretty serious and it's possible that I rattled my brain with this fall. I could not focus on anything when I got home. I fell asleep for a while and am feeling much better. I expect to have some shoulder and neck soft tissue soreness tomorrow. But I have certainly had worse falls.

More concerning: why did I not, why could I not stop eating? It was as if I were watching someone scarf down all that food! I'll find out the consequences tomorrow morning when I weigh in...

Thanks for the encouragement! I wish I had handled this situation differently...

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/11/2010 8:23PM

  I hope you go and get checked out by a doctor. :(


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ARCHIMEDESII 9/11/2010 1:08PM

    You've got to stop beating on yourself because you ate a little more than you should have. Things like this are going to happen from time to time. Don't try to be perfect. No one is perfect. If you try to be perfect, you're just going to end up frustrated.

So, the beatings must stop.

It sounds like you had a good time at the picnic. Do you have a company picnic every single week ? Probably not. You had a good time. That's all that matters. What do you do ? You log the food you ate. Then you eat a little better for the rest of the week. Don't starve yourself. NO NO NO... !

You eat more healthfully. You eat plenty of leafy greens and whole grains. You drink plenty of water.

You've got to stop feeling guilty. Feeling guilty will just cause you to overeat later. So, don't worry, just eat a little better this week. One picnic is not going to derail your weight loss efforts.

Oh and don't get on the scale for at least another 3-4 days. If you do, you will see an increase and it's NOT because you overate. It's because you probably ate foods that were high in sodium. You'll be retaining water.

So, can you eat a few extra servings of fresh veggies this week ? Can you drink more water ? if so, that's all you need to do. Return to a normal routine.


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NONIE_C 9/11/2010 12:37AM

    Why don't you take some time to journal about what was going on emotionally for you at the picnic? Sometimes, by figuring out what your triggers are, you CAN avoid it next time. Use the experience as one to learn from - it's all part of the process. And you can get back on track immediately, so it's all OK.

Sorry to hear about the fall. If you have some arnica, you should rub it on your bruises - it will sooth them. And you should take it easy tomorrow. I hope you get a good and restful night of sleep - sounds like you need it.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/11/2010 12:03AM

    emoticonSparkpeople say 2 steps forward 1 step back, so tomorrow will be youre 2 steps forward day. emoticonBe kind to youself, you have a lot going on in your life. emoticon

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BEAR_GURL 9/10/2010 11:58PM

    Ouch! PLEASE go see a doctor for your fall; you could have done more damage then you think! Don't be so hard on yourself--everyone has times that we fall and if you're anything like me, it's always easier to give then take advice! I hope you feel better tomorrow and again, I urge you to get yourself looked at.



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ANNAMARIE1958 9/10/2010 11:49PM

    see a doctor for any kind of fall...don't do what I did wait until you can't walk any more....Walked around for 2 weeks before I knew I had a broken pelvis...ouch. Take care! emoticon

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JAVALOVERTOO 9/10/2010 11:31PM

    Hope you feel better and tomorrow's WI isn't as bad as you think it will be. Take care of your ouchies.

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CARRAND 9/10/2010 11:31PM

    Don't be too hard on yourself. Every one slips up now and then. I'm sorry to hear that you fell. You need to see the doctor if you're not all better tomorrow. You may have rattled your head a little!


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Carmen, This Week's Focus, Minute Progress, Reward Fund

Thursday, September 09, 2010

My boyfriend's sister is undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. I think it's uterine cancer. Scared. Terrified. I wish Atlanta were not clear across the country! Of course, they have no money. I am not even sure she has insurance. They have a son who is mentally and physically challenged. He is in his late teens, maybe close to 20, but is a child. I cannot imagine how much he comprehends. BF does not handle stress well at all and I am praying that he does not fall off the wagon in his concern for Carmen. She is much older than he is and, in some ways, was more of a mom to him than his own mother had time to be.

Thank you to all of you who responded to my status post with promises of prayer and words of encouragement. It means more than I can express.

I have had a good week, but only time will tell if I make my weekly goal of a 1.5 pound loss. I have not kept that goal completely front and center. I have had an easy time getting the water in and a fairly good week staying in range with food (for the most part). On Tuesday, I did increase my step count by 500 to 6K a day. I've been able to exceed that, but having the low number reminds me to be considerate of my tendon!

Strength training progress is just barely perceptible, but it is there. Twice I did not do anything in the elevator, but that was after my tendon warned me to slow down.

I measured the length of my hair today. Not quite long enough to donate, but, if Carmen loses her hair, I am seriously contemplating shaving my head as a gesture of solidarity. I did not do that when a close friend had cancer of the esophagus (she would not have appreciated the gesture) and Dad never lost his hair, so.......thinking...Carmen already has balding hair anyway, so it won't surprise me if she does lose it all if only temporarily. There is at least one charity that takes donated hair and makes hair pieces for children who have lost their hair. It is against SP site policy for me to mention the name of this charity or that of the fundraiser walk in November...(different cause).

I mentioned last month that I saw a Secret of Success that someone posted where the puts money in her swear jar and is going to use that for her smaller wardrobe. I turned that to a positive and have been setting aside change every day for good acts such as: 8 glasses of water, 5 ST exercises, 10 minutes of exercise, 5K steps (I will raise that soon!), doing chores...I have over $18 so far!
And that's without succeeding in every measure every day! WOOHOO!

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CARRAND 9/10/2010 11:28PM

    Hang in there. You will get through this, too.


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LIBBYFITZ 9/10/2010 11:08PM

    emoticonThere is so much going on in your life. So sad that your boyfriends sister has cancer. I hope her treatment goes well. One of my clients shaved her hair off for cancer fund raising. Hope yur tendon behaves itself.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/10/2010 8:00AM

  Sorry to hear about your bf's sister, Carmen. She is in my prayers (as you are always too in my prayers). That is such a great idea about the jar.. congrats on already having $18 in it. :)

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JHADZHIA 9/10/2010 12:16AM

    So sorry about Carmen :(( My Mom had the same thing, but fortunately, was caught in time. She had surgery, no radiation or chemo needed. Thanks to a very aggressive Doctor who was monitoring closely minute changes in her uterus. I think its a wonderful idea to donate your hair.
Nice idea about the healthy living jar! Like it a lot better than a swear jar!
Keep up the great work!

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Working in Movement in Small Moments

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Yesterday, I came to work to learn that my department was having lunch brought in for a team event. I knew today was going to be lunch in as well for a mandatory training session. I was actually disappointed - not only did I not get my lunchtime walk, I also had to miss the Toastmaster meeting. I knew it was going to be pizza and, much as I love pizza, I don't like the vendors the company chooses...

So....I ate half of the lunch I had saved from yesterday before the meeting. I DID have a piece of pizza, cheese with veggies. I did not finish it. It was a new vendor and it was disappointing....

Knowing I was going to miss my lunch walk, I took every opportunity I could to get steps in and I ended with over 9K. I still use the elevator, but I use the time in the elevator to do some very simple exercises (hip flexors, wall pushups, wall squats). While I nuke my lunch I do calf raises. While waiting for the elevator, I do Achilles tendon stretches. This last exercise is one my orthopedic surgeon gave me to do decades ago after the surgery. I can really feel that I did a lot today!

Thank you for your comments on my friend feed and page about the pizza challenge! You really helped me not cave in and eat 4 or more pieces!

I love my Spark Family!

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CARRAND 9/9/2010 12:39PM


You are


You are making some really good choices.

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KCLARK1355 9/9/2010 12:00PM

    You sure took advantage of all situations to get your workout in! I think I need to be more mindful of that.

Don't you hate that when the pizza doesn't live up to what it should? Always kind of feel that if I'm going to eat something out of the realm of healthy then it should at least live up to the expectation of TASTY and worth it!

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    Way to go!!! That's awesome that you do exercises in the elevator. I try to do them in my office, but I always feel like a dork. I'll definitely take a clue from you and just do them!

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IXCHEL23 9/8/2010 10:48PM

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LIBBYFITZ 9/8/2010 10:42PM

    You are so good to remember to do those exercises. I always have good intentions of doing them and somehow I forget. Might need to put up some reminder's around the place! emoticon

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