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Salsa and Garlic Bread

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thank you for the wonderful thoughts and SparkGoodies today. I am fighting a cold/sinus infection/ear infection - probably due to the season change and being in a hot-cold-hot-cold situation on Saturday at the seminar. At times, the room was hot, at times, cold.

I have had zero energy and even took a long nap this afternoon. I went in to work to do some urgent things and got one done before I realized there was no point in me staying. I came home, taking the day as a vacation day.

I did not meet many metrics today: no exercise, low in water and food. Tomorrow should be better, but I am not going to put in overtime. This has the feeling of something that could hang on for a while. My supervising attorney worked from home today also fighting a cold. Maybe we won't have our meeting tomorrow...That would be fine with me.

When I woke up from my nap, I wanted to keep sleeping but was afraid I would not be able to sleep tonight, so I got up. I was craving salsa so I went to the corner market and got some. Probably craving the C. It is HOT - I make mine without jalapenos and this had them. Added a few chips and followed with garlic bread. Odd dinne, but that was what I wanted.

I have to be careful about that. Eating strangely when I don't feel well is part of the reason I lose so slowly. Speaking of which, I lost about half a pound this week. Considering I was not pushing the exercise or strength training, I was happy. Unfortunately, this week is starting light in that arena as well.

I really appreciate my Spark family! You are the brightest part of my life right now!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/19/2010 9:40PM

    emoticonSorry to hear you are not well. Rest as much as possible. Allow your immune system to do it's job of fighting the virus. emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 10/19/2010 8:35PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Salsa is a vegetable, isn't it?

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NONIE_C 10/19/2010 1:23AM

    Sometimes taking care of yourself means taking some time off from the exercise. So long as you're not being unconscious in your actions, listening to your body is A-OK. And congats on the 1/2 lb loss!!!

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MISSY455 10/19/2010 1:21AM

    I hope you feel better soon. Sometimes a nap is the best medicine :-)

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JHADZHIA 10/19/2010 12:25AM

    Good for you on the loss!! Salsa is actually low calorie and a preferred sauce to use. The hot peppers are supposed to be beneficial for health and reducing pain. I always have hot pepper jelly every night and put chili flakes on my salads. And of course, garlic is heart healthy too, I always have some with my egg whites every night (to ensure I don't have garlic breath during the day during my interactions with people lol).
You are supposed to rest with a cold. Only mild exercise is necessary. I have had long naps sometimes coming home from bridge. Today it was two hours. I seem to have no trouble getting back to sleep when it comes my regular time to go to bed.
Sparks does advocate no more then an hour though. I try to shorten mine by drinking water before I lay down so I will have to get up to go to the biffy. Didn't work today though.
I hope you can get a good sleep tonight and feel better tomorrow..
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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 10/19/2010 12:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sending first aid, hoping your fell better soon. Oh and my vote is for the garlic bread and salsa. Yummy!

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JAVALOVERTOO 10/18/2010 11:56PM

    Feel better soon! emoticon

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Couch Potato Day & a Prayer Request

Sunday, October 17, 2010

No exercise today. Totally drained. I did what I absolutely had to do and no more. Going to bed early. Back on track tomorrow. The day will be busy and I hope to take part of the day off, but it very likely won't happen.

Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was paralyzed below the neck after making a tackle during a game against Army, and he will remain hospitalized for the near future.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/foot

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CARRAND 10/18/2010 9:34PM

    Sometimes a couch potato day is just what you need. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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EMPTYNESTER60 10/18/2010 8:11PM

    Glad you had a restful Sunday - that was me last Sunday. Never got out of my jammies. emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/18/2010 8:57AM

  i am glad you had some kind of rest on sunday. best of luck today (monday).

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ILLINITEACHER52 10/18/2010 7:54AM

  Hope you feel better. Prayers for Eric have been happening ever since I heard yesterday......

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LIBBYFITZ 10/17/2010 11:47PM

    emoticonI am glad you had a break. you have a very hectic life. you do need time off! emoticon emoticon

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RUNIT03 10/17/2010 11:37PM

    good night:) good luck tomorrow!

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Roller Coaster Day

Sunday, October 17, 2010

In the middle of the night last night, BF woke me up to let me know he needed a ride in the morning to retrieve his bicycle that he had locked up about 15 miles from home. I had already realized I was going to have to leave home very early so as to be able to drive to the paralegal meeting without fighting the glare of the rising sun. Great. So having to run him up there meant I'd have to get up and leave even earlier. Plus, I would be starting my drive to the meeting place from a very different spot from where my downloaded directions started. (I don't have GPS, a printer at home or a phone with email). Only now, at the end of the day, do I remember that I could have gotten those new directions at work, which is between home and his destination.

Last night, I learned a friend was going to the paralegal meeting and I had called and asked if we could carpool. I left her a voicemail and did not hear back. After I dropped BF off this morning, she called me. We met up and drove to the conference center together. Marsha finished the paralegal program at the end of the quarter before I did and I had not seen her since. It was great having the chance to reconnect!

The day was not what I expected. The material presented was very elementary. I thought I was going to learn the nuts and bolts of mediation and it was what I had learned in school, but less so.
The vendors sponsored the food, so there was a lot of food! I tracked everything I ate and ate carefully. I skipped all the candy, most of the pastries, all of the desserts at lunch and the whole cocktail scene. My snacks were not chocolate or cheese, but fruit and water.

The lunch was mostly heavy food. I had a salad without dressing and, oddly, beef. The beef was the only protein not drowned in breading, cheese or other calories. I was very proud of myself! I had moments of hunger, but I was not stuffed like everyone else was. I enjoyed the fruit for my snacks and the crunch of broccoli at lunch.

I did not get to do all the networking I wanted to do. I never saw some of the board members except when they were on stage. At lunch, I ate by myself. Not by choice. No one joined me and so I ate and went for a walk around the beautiful estate that has been turned into a conference center.

With the schedule I had, I ended up not getting on the computer until this evening. First time I've done ALL my sparkpeople stuff at one time. Speaking of SparkPeople, I mentioned it to someone who asked me how I was losing weight. I was not preaching and, as I talked, she continued eating her fettucini or chicken parmagiana or whatever it was.

A week or so ago, my laptop was stolen and I have not been able to update everything. I just got an email from my wireless carrier that my online access to the account has been blocked because someone has attempted 3 times to get in. I feel sick. I am scared.

BF got angry at me this evening for something really silly. The degree of anger over something so minor really shocked me.

Yvonne emailed me that her elderly parents are not doing well. She has a cat dying of kidney disease and is feeling overwhelmed. I am sure part of that is the quality of the relationship she has with her parents. She is scared. I know how she feels, but I also know my words are of little comfort.

The San Francisco Giants won their game tonight!

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/17/2010 10:37PM

    Sounds like a roller coaster indeed. Driving from unknown locations is not my specialty - even with directions I am not the best navigator. I just hate driving in general.

I certainly hope tomorrow is less turbulent. Sending big hugs just because....


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CARRAND 10/17/2010 9:01PM

    Some days are just harder than others, but you didn't overeat in reaction to the stress, and that's important. You are making some good habits and it will pay off. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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POORGIRL_DIET 10/17/2010 7:58PM

    Well done with your food choices, that was great

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/17/2010 4:30PM

  great job on your food choices! really sorry to hear about your laptop being stolen. :( you really are such a busy woman... i hope relaxing for you is in your future!

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JHADZHIA 10/17/2010 4:07PM

    Well done with all your food choices at the conference!! Sorry you couldn't network :(( That is such a downer cause you really need the contacts in your chosen career :((
This BF sure doesn't seem to be mindful or respectful of your needs. I sure hope he is worth the aggravation..
Sorry about your wireless connection, couldn't they issue a new one and delete the old one?? Did you inform them your computer was stolen? Companies won't help you unless you tell them what happened and ask for assistance.
You sure had one whirlwind of a day. I hope you got some rest today..
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LIBBYFITZ 10/17/2010 6:09AM

    You did well with the food choices at the lunch! I find that the hardest time. But like you with the help of Sparkpeople it becomes ingrained in us to portion control and make the right choices!

So sorry to hear about your computer being stolen!

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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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CARRAND 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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