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Scale Redux

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thanks to everyone who commented on my blog yesterday. I think some people misread or misunderstood my comments about the doctor scale. I generally weigh once a week and in the morning. My appointment was late in the afternoon and I weighed fully clothed. Yes, I knew it would be higher, but it was higher than I anticipated, so I don't know if that means I gained, the scale was off or my clothes and shoes weigh more than I guess. Or it could have been end of the day puffiness.

Just curious, not wound up about it.

Today was hectic beyond belief. I did not even eat lunch, though I grabbed some fruit and a granola bar. Same type of thing for dinner.

Tomorrow will be long. I have to leave early to get to the seminar before the sun blinds me. The seminar is all day. This is a training class put on by the local paralegal association. It will be my first seminar since graduation, first since my teacher committed suicide. She probably would have been at this seminar as she was very active in the association. It will be surreal.

I will have to take a walk at lunch because I think it will be sitting most of the day............And if I get talked into lunch as a networking thing, I will have to hustle on Sunday.

I am supposed to have Monday off, but work is so pressing, I think I will go in and use a vacation day later.

  
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CMRAND54 10/16/2010 9:20PM

    You sure are having a busy weekend. Try to get some rest.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/16/2010 8:49AM

  emoticon what a busy busy weekend... and, then on your day off you have decided to go in anyways? tsk tsk.

you don't ever sound like you have a minutes peace... :( i hope that isn't the case.

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JHADZHIA 10/16/2010 8:47AM

    I always take my shoes off to weighed at the Dr.'s office, they weigh at least two pounds!! Sorry you are so busy and aren't going to take your day off :(( You will be too busy to think about much else at this seminar, hope you get some walking time in..
Hang in there...
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LIBBYFITZ 10/16/2010 8:19AM

    emoticonSounds like a very busy time for you. emoticon

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The Hospital Scale Surprised Me

Thursday, October 14, 2010

If you saw my status update from earlier today, you know I had a stressful day, but I was handling it. I feel overwhelmed at work and home, but it will pass.

Today was capped off by what I thought would be a routine exam at the doctor's office. I left work an hour before the appointment figuring I would need time to park, walk to the office (find it) and check in. It took 50 minutes to drive 5 miles. I have no idea why traffic was so horrible! I was late and, as I drove in, I thought fleetingly of not showing up. Then I decided that I would go and be prepared to reschedule. But they let me go ahead and have the exam. This is an exam I have skipped off and on all my life. But part of my SP journey has included learning to take care of me. That includes doing the preventative care that I didn't want to endure, pay the copay for or take the time to do.

The doctor's scale said 174. My shoes are about 3 pounds, so I am concerned. I wonder what the scale will say when I weigh on Saturday. Today's weigh in was late afternoon, hours after lunch and about an hour after a glass of water and fully clothed. Hmmmm. Maybe this is why people usually weigh in first thing in the morning.

  
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JHADZHIA 10/16/2010 8:52AM

    I agree with everyone else, weighing in the morning, but I do it after breakfast and after my morning workouts are done and I just get out of the shower.. You do weigh lighter n the mornings, but it does wildly fluctuate in a day and during the week so one weigh in shouldn't be a huge scare. This is why I only weigh in once a week too. But stress does encourage weight gain and you are under a pile of it unfortunately :((


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LIBBYFITZ 10/15/2010 8:26PM

    emoticonon going through with you preventative medical exam. I will do all mine back in Aus. next year when I go back. Here's to hoping all the results are OK. Glad to be back, really missed you guys. emoticon emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/15/2010 7:34PM

  I agree with others... weigh yourself in the morning just before eating breakfast.

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MYSTERY4EVER 10/15/2010 9:55AM

    I agree that scales vary widely. I too weigh in the morning right after going to the bathroom in my PJ's. It is amazing how much different clothing weighs and how much food itself weighs.

What is important is to keep up the work on eating right and exercising.

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JOYSGARDEN 10/15/2010 12:48AM

    I did the Drs. thing today too, and between home and Erie, without eating, I gained 3 lbs. LOL Told the nurse I liked the scales at home better. They are the ones I use on a daily basis, but the one at my GP I use a couple times a month - I just run in and ask to weigh myself. They are within about 3 lbs.of what I have here at home...

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NONIE_C 10/15/2010 12:45AM

    Do it in the morning (after you pee), with or without clothes (just be consistent), and only reeeeaaaallly pay attention to the one scale. There is soooo much discrepancy between scales. Just pick one and stick with it. You are doing great: you took care of yourself on a day when life's challenges were begging you not to. Go You!!!

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SDSHIW 10/14/2010 11:49PM

    I rely on one scale. I'm sure I could go to every Target, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath &Beyond and get different readings on the scales I find, but I won't. I use one at my job, because when I'm home I tend to have to wait to pee 3 times, stand in different
places, and other insane things. I just go in roughly the same clothes, weigh once on the scale and call it a day. When I start having to wear more clothes, they will be what I weigh in. At my weight, a fraction of a pound isn't important when I go down. I'll get more technical when I get closer to my goal. I'll have to come up with new rules for using the scale so it won't become an obsession. The point of us losing weight is to be healthy. Relying on the scale for an identity or mood gauge isn't part of being healthy.

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FROSTY99 10/14/2010 11:30PM

    It is amazing how the weight fluctuates from morning to evening and sometimes from scale to scale. If concerned, you need to calibrate yours to agree with the dr's or just use your scale and know the pounds difference so next time you won't be surprised.
Don't give up and hope you have a great weekend.

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JOJACK2 10/14/2010 11:28PM

  yes, weigh in first thing in the am is the best. On my SP journey i am finding out that putting the scale away has done best for me. i used to weigh constantly! Just keeping track of the 1-4oz daily changes. I now weigh in once a week and find that my stress level is down and my sanity is back.

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10/12/10: She's Here!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jordyn Kay-Ann Wilson, 8lbs 19 1/2 inches!!
Mom and baby are both healthy!.
Thank God :) 55 minutes ago!

  
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ILLINITEACHER52 10/18/2010 7:55AM

  Wonderful news!!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/14/2010 7:37PM

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TURQUOISELOTUS 10/14/2010 2:45PM

    Wow, congrats to mom and baby, and whole family!! Nice to hear some gooood news, yay!!

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LAUREL220 10/13/2010 12:10PM

    Wahoo, congrats!!

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JHADZHIA 10/13/2010 7:50AM

    Congratulations, glad everyone is okay!

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MRSJARI 10/13/2010 12:53AM

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I'm so happy!

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JOYSGARDEN 10/12/2010 11:41PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! How wonderful!

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EMPTYNESTER60 10/12/2010 11:25PM

    emoticon Such great news! I know this is a relief for you. Wishing all best of everything to the new family!

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Reflections (Jordyn is Not Here Yet)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

They went to the hospital last night, but I still have heard no word. It's been nearly 24 hours, so I have to guess that it was a false alarm and that Jordyn is not ready to be born yet.

Yesterday was my sister #1 birthday, today is sister #2 birthday and tomorrow is niece #2 birthday! October is getting to be fun. The sad thing is that I have not seen these sisters since they were in grade school and have yet to meet this niece or her siblings and cousins. I hope it will happen. Fractured families can impact generations.

I am going through a very tough time right now, the particulars of which have nothing to do with SP. What is different about how I am handling it, at least today, is that I am not turning to food. I ended the day within range in all nutritional metrics except being too low in fat, of all things. I usually end up short on calcium, so I am happy to see it within range.

I emailed my former boss today, thanked her for the offer of the tickets and declined. It was the right decision. No fun for me (part of the bad time)! But the seminar on Saturday will be a brain drain (in a good way) and I don't need to be overtired behind the wheel late at night in a part of the world with which I am unfamiliar.

Even though my numbers (weight and measurements) are not where I thought they would be by now, I feel very good about this journey. The fact that, even for a day, I can manage not to turn to food when stressed, sad or scared is a big deal!

Thank you, Spark Friends, for holding me accountable, for encouraging me, propping me up and just being in touch. It truly helps!

  
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CMRAND54 10/15/2010 9:07PM

    Stress is tough, but you're doing OK. Not eating in response to stress shows you're making real progress. You just sound happier with yourself! My Spark friends are a real help to me on my journey, too. What would we do without them?

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JHADZHIA 10/13/2010 7:50AM

    Its a VERY big deal not to turn to food when under stress!! Very well done!!
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I Froze! Breaking News, Too!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tonight was the taping of the community access channel show. The show was an abbreviated Toastmaster meeting. I was the evaluator. The speech was an advanced speech (a tall tale from the story telling manual) and the speaker was really, really good! She was so good, I almost forgot to take notes. At one point, I looked past the tiny studio audience, saw the cameras and froze. I drew a blank! It was long enough to feel excruciating to me, but the audience said it was not long.

We had pizza afterwards so I ended the day above in calories...ugh.

I got in nearly 10K steps. but I did not push it.

I've been offered tickets to the corporate formal at Blackhawk Auto Museum. They are, for me, expensive ($40 per person), but they would be free to me. I have nothing to wear and I will be at an all day paralegal seminar on Saturday until about an hour before the formal starts. Hmmmmmmmmmm How to gently decline the generous gift from my former boss?

Funny how life does this....I spend most of my life with a blank social calendar, but every once in a while, everything happens at the same time.

Tomorrow I must stay on plan nutritionally. I have been HUNGRY for days! I have not given in every day, but it is starting to be a real challenge!

Still awaiting word of Jordyn's birth. She was due yesterday (10/10/10). My stepbrother is going to be a grandfather. He is the same age as I am, so this is quite surreal!

BREAKING NEWS! Thanks to FB, I know that Jordyn is on her way. Mom and dad are at the hospital and, presumably, labor has begun! Prayers for safe delivery of a healthy baby girl!

  
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CMRAND54 10/12/2010 8:53PM

    Does the new baby make you a great-aunt? Hope everything goes well for mother and baby.

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JHADZHIA 10/12/2010 11:18AM

    Would honesty work? Tell your former boss exactly why you can't go to this formal dinner (its a real shame you can't go :(( ) The truth is usually appreciated..
It would seem be to freeze in front of the camera like that, but if the audience said it wasn't long, then it wasn't.. This is why I never liked to get up in front of a group and speak. I took zeros on any class assignment that required this in school. So my Mom paid for a Dale Carnegie course for me which I really, really appreciated. Another in the long list of things I owe my special Mom..
Good for you getting in your steps..
Its strange you are feeling so hungry. Under a lot of stress? Not getting enough water? Getting enough protein? Maybe you have to up it.
Strange hearing about a baby about to be born on FB of all places. What ever happened to the old fashioned phone call. Wishes for safe delivery and healthy baby.
Take care of yourself,
Hugs,
Linda

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MUSIC66 10/12/2010 3:24AM

    hope the baby is healthy.

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