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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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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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    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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