Monday, October 25, 2010
I wore my new Giants gear to work even though Monday is not casual dress day. I got lots of positive and envious feedback! it was fun! Orange is not a color I would wear except in support of the San Francisco Giants because orange is a color that was never meant for me!
Over the weekend, I dug out an old but seldom used pair of sweats and tried them on this morning. I had not been wearing them because they were so tight. But they were not tight today! Woohoo! I wore them to my first ever yoga class! The company allows this lady to come in twice a week during lunchtime to lead the class. The first class is free and it's $5 per class after that. I don't know if I can afford that, but I used the coupon today.
I was pleasantly surprised that I could do about half of the exercises/moves and was able to modify some of the others. Attempting to do one position, I rolled over but I was not even embarrassed! Imagine that! Wow! I ended up not doing some exercises, but, over all, I was really pleased with my first class.
I am sore in odd spots but very relaxed and feel great! Marti said that Monday yoga is harder, I forget the terms she used, but the Thursday class is more relaxing, I guess. The breathing was amazing! At some points during the class, it seemed to last forever and other times, the time flew.
We used a chair for some of the exercises and some of the exercises are things I can do outside of class and without the mat, strap, block and blanket.
I liked her comments about using some of the poses to open the heart, to share kindness (including with oneself) and so on.
I ended the day slightly up in calories, within range for everything else but low in fat. Ugh! All I can do is laugh!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my blog from yesterday. It was a really low day. Today was not a stellar day, but it was, in terms of choices, better than yesterday.
I did a lot of standing and walking today. It was rainy but that was welcome! We have needed it. I did not bring my pedometer, so I had to guess steps and time.
We went to the Giants Dugout store to get some National League Championship products. I was astonished to see the line! It was down almost the entire length of the shopping center! They allowed only a few people in at a time. We stood outside in the drizzle and chatted with the other fans. We waited two hours and the last 45 minutes were stressed because the clerk came out and announced that they were out of one shirt design and color and had low stock and sizes on the others. I was so afraid they would be out of everything!
and a couple more that don't have pictures. They don't have pins yet. I collect pins, so I was disappointed. I did get some pins, but not specific ones for the NL championship or the World Series.
This week, I will be going in to work early, especially on Wednesday and Thursday so that I can be home in time for first pitch!
I'm going to do a yoga class tomorrow - a first.
Thanks, everyone, for sustaining me through yesterday! I cannot do this journey alone. I look for opportunities to "pay it forward".
Sunday, October 24, 2010
My mother's birthday was this week and I did not comment about it on the day or until now. As bad as our relationship was, the fact that we have not had a relationship since 1971 has been equally bad. This was her choice. She missed out on seeing me grow up and become a person. I missed out on seeing my sisters grow up, see them get married, know their spouses and their children. She is the source of a lot of my emotional relationship with food, but, knowing that does not solve things. I still have to make my daily decisions in that regard. 'Nuff said.
I stepped on the scale this morning and was absolutely STUNNED to see a 2.9 weight gain! The tortilla chips earlier in the week probably led to water retention and it could be that TOM is approaching - at my age, it's hard to tell. But I was stunned! I have been HUNGRY, not just a little, but a lot for most days this week. I did not pig out and still this happened! As slowly as I lose, this gain sets me back to a couple of weeks before I graduated at the end of June!
This stubborn Norwegian feels like quitting.
I did not do anything today. At all.
This evening ends on a wonderful note! The San Francisco Giants beat the Phillies and will host the Texas Rangers in the World Series starting Wednesday!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I did not hear back from my supervising attorney today so I can guess that she is saving it up for our Tuesday meeting. I DID, however, find an executed document that she wanted, so that may soften the criticism on the statute search.
This evening was the district contest and, as it turned out, I was not needed for the evaluation contest, so I was a judge for the humorous speech contest. There is so much I could say about what I did not like about the evening...The quality of the speech from the various area governors and other leaders was, for the most part, disappointing. The top guy was very polished, almost too slick.
I finally got to hear the evaluation style of the guy who won the contest I entered. He is very flashy, very funny, but his humor is just a bit condescending and demeaning. I felt as if I were the only one to hear that. At the end of the evening, when he did not place, I felt perhaps my observatioins were not solo.
One of the humorous speeches was rather juvenile in the humor and used a razor and a container of deodorant. It went downhill from there. Another speaker gave a rather techncal speech with humor. It was an interesting speech, but not slapstick funny. I would like to work on that technique for a manual speech. Another speaker used oversized props for his magician-themed speech. He was quite good. And my coworker and friend did a wonderful job on his speech! He placed second. The winner was also the winner in the evaluation contest and both offerings were more show than speech.
I am not showy or flashy nor even particularly funny. I am discouraged about my place in Toastmasters.
They had Indian food for the dinner. I was glad I had eated earlier. I like Indian food, but I knew these dishes were loaded with high calorie sauces. I did have a couple of pieces of naan, the thin bread that's kind of like a pita. I had some chicken (I knew I was low on protein), and a tablespoon of curried rice. The guy in front of me commented about how little food I took. I was surprised! Even the little I took sent me over the edge on calories.
As I conclude this, I am hungry, but it is very late, so I am just going to bed. I got in over 11K steps and nearly an hour of walking. This is good - I need to be able to walk 5K for the fundraiser walk.
Speaking of the walk, I asked my VP of Legal about whether I could post a note in the company bulletin or if I may use the company email system to ask a few of my coworkers to donate. She asked me to send her what I drafted for the newsletter. I sent her the draft, the reply and the redraft. She is about to travel and did not, presumably, have time to reply. Because I work in the Legal Department, I do not want to do anything that would make it appear the company sanctions this event or that the strength of the department is behind a request for donations. I know I was right to ask the question. Now I must be patient.
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