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!
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!
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!
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