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!
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
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!
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.
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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