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US Constitution Day!

Friday, September 17, 2010

09/17/1789 - the day the US Constitution was signed! That was the highlight of the day.

I have felt lousy most of this week and have been inhaling carbs in an effort to make me feel better. I don't think I will weigh tomorrow...

My tendon is very, very sore.

I hope to take a nice long walk on the baylands tomorrow. We shall see. This is a week that is a setback, but it is not a defeat.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/18/2010 9:56AM

    emoticonAs long as they are healthy carbs................lol emoticon

Sorry about the tendon, maybe do some upper body exercises while it is sore. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/18/2010 1:18AM

    Maybe you have to look at alternate forms of exercise while this tendon remains a problem. Nothing like water jogging -no impact, good workout. Just put on a flotation device and go to the deep end of a pool -no pressure on the tendon, but a full body workout -you can do jumping jacks and crosscountry ski, all kinds of things. I love my pool workouts -consider them a break from all the ground pounding I do.
I hope things get better for you and you get some rest this weekend.
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MISSY455 9/18/2010 1:05AM

    I hope you get to take your walk tomorrow if for nothing else but enjoyment. The week is basically done, which means a new one is around the corner!

Sending good thoughts your way that this next week is better for you!

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JOFOR15 9/17/2010 11:11PM

Good for you to just let it go & keep going forward!

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HAPPYMOM8 9/17/2010 10:44PM

    Have you seen the video of Barney Fife trying to recite the signers of the Constitution? cute.
But a good thing for all of us to appreciate!!

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All Hands Meeting With New CEO and Picnic Munchies

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today was the first All Hands meeting with our new CEO. I usually sit in the front of the room so I can hear and see. But I knew everyone would expect me to do so and I wanted to send a message that the change of CEO is not something I take lightly, so I sat near the back of the room.

I'm going to reserve judgment for a while - see how things play out. I won't allow myself to get caught up in the rumor mill or the speculation about what everything he says or does not say. At least not outwardly!

There is still a ton of snack food from the picnic. I hit up the pretzels again even though I know the salt will be an issue. And more...ACK! I need to get a grip on this. Halloween is coming, Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming. I sit and work with two groups that are always bringing food in.

Surprisingly, I got in almost 9K steps today! It was a gloriously perfect day today!

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POORGIRL_DIET 9/16/2010 1:54AM

    Blimey woman you done alot of walking today, well done you!! I think you and I know that you don't need those snacks. In case of emergency always have something of low fat variety snacks with you so you wont indulge. I always carry a handful of raisins of some walnuts in my bag. They are great for energy. But it looks like you dont need anymore energy after all of that walking. GO YOU!!

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CARRAND 9/15/2010 8:41PM

    You must have an active job to get that many steps! I know what you mean about the snacks at work. I keep a candy jar in my office for my employees and then get into it myself.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/15/2010 6:52PM

  Congrats on getting 9k steps into the day. :)

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LIBBYFITZ 9/15/2010 4:32PM

    That must be so hard with all that food constantly coming in!................You could tell a white lie and say you are diabetic............ emoticon

Good luck with everything else! emoticon

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EAGLE101 9/15/2010 5:13AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Both staying neutral and bringing your own snacks.


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JHADZHIA 9/15/2010 1:35AM

    Wonderful!! No tendon problems, I assume? That would make it perfect!!
You are a strong woman. You can ignore those snacks. Just make sure you bring your own healthy snacks so you have something to enjoy yourself.
You can do this!
Its always good to be thought of a neutral. No fuss, no muss. Everyone sees me that way at the bridge club as I don't socialize with any members. So the factions at the club can't say I am in one group or the other. The perfect choice for a club manager!
Hope you have a good sleep!

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Executive Reorganization and Picnic Snacks

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our new CEO started the week with an over-the-weekend email. He has promoted one VP to take his old position, created a new VP position and moved some departments to now report to a different VP. My take away is that he wants to hit the ground running (a good thing) and that this may be the first of a series of changes (a good thing IF I don't get laid off!).

He held meetings in Charlotte and Knoxville today and will hold his California "All Hands" meeting tomorrow. Everything is up in the air.

Late in the afternoon, the picnic committee put out the candy, chips, cookies and other snacks out. I grabbed a handful of pretzel bits, but skipped the oh-so-tempting chocolate chip cookies! Thinking about them makes me hungry!

I got in 7636 steps but am still feeling the after effects of the concussion, so I did not push it.

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MISSY455 9/13/2010 9:55PM

    emoticon The cookies are never as good as the extra calories you have to burn to get them off your hips! You are doing awesome!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/13/2010 9:51PM

  That's great that you didn't push yourself and that you're listening to your body. Congrats on staying away from the cookies.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/13/2010 9:23PM

    emoticonHope in amongst all that re jigging you keep yor job! emoticon

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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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