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Orange Monday and Yoga!

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!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/27/2010 5:54PM

    Good for you! I've always been curious about yoga but never brave enough to try it.

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JHADZHIA 10/27/2010 1:57AM

    Glad your first class went so well, and way to go fitting the old sweats!!! Lucky you, getting the harder class first LOL. Orange and pink are colors I would not be caught dead in.. Unfortunately, its means I can't show support for breast cancer research because I really can't stand the color and it can't stand me!
Keep up the great work! Mixing up your exercise is a great way to go!!

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JGINTX 10/26/2010 11:38PM

    I haven't tried yoga yet, but am wanting to really bad! Everyone I know who does it regularly swears by it. I am bad about not stretching after exercising and it's taking its toll on my muscles.

Way to go!! I hope you are able to continue it!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/26/2010 4:53PM

    Glad you enjoyed the yoga. there are so many different variations around it can be quite confusing. There is yoga on u-tube. emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/26/2010 8:34AM

  that is awesome that you at least gave yoga a try! :-)


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EMPTYNESTER60 10/26/2010 7:45AM

    I haven't really tried a yoga class but my daughter does yoga & has several DVDs that we have done together (she has done well & I have tried to do). It is something I enjoyed when I did it and have thought that now that I have lost some weight I should pick up some beginners DVDs just to try to relax. emoticon on taking that first step!

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MISSY455 10/26/2010 12:11AM

    Sounds like you did awesome in the class!!! Congrats! There was a lot in the class I took that was way out of my scope of doing. At one point the instructor brought over a yoga brick and suggested I "try" with that. She was very nice about it, but I definitely could see I was in need of much work!

I felt muscles the next day that I didn't even know existed, so be prepared.

Sleep well!

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I Did My Part for the Local Economy

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!

I bought
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".

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CARRAND 10/25/2010 9:46PM

    I'm doing yoga Tuesday night after work. I love it.
I love your excitement about your team, too. Good luck in the World Series.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/25/2010 8:56AM

    I wish you well with the yoga. I love it when I get round to doing it! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 10/25/2010 12:47AM

    Good luck with your yoga class -it may be just the thing to relax you and loosen you up! I envy you being able to try it! Its not even on the page for me as I can't get up and down off the floor or put any weight or pressure on my hands and elbows :(( I have heard from many others how much it benefited them..
Enjoy your ball games! Playoffs are always so exciting.
Keep up the great work!!

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MISSY455 10/25/2010 12:35AM

    Ohh let me know if you like the yoga class. I took a beginner's class before I went to Montana this past summer. It was tough, but I would like to try it again soon. I see my Dr. mid-November, so will ask him then if he thinks my back is up too that type of regular exercise yet.

You are a much better fan than me! I would never have stood in the rain for gear. I am glad you weren't completely disappointed after your wait.

Hope you enjoy the coming games and they go your way!

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Ready to Quit and Other Musings

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!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/25/2010 7:34PM

    emoticon This small emoticon has such a powerful message. Stay focused on your goals, determined to reach them, and positive that you will.
Take every day one day at a time, sometimes even one hour at a time. Forgive yourself when you "slip" because we all do that. The trick is to forgive yourself and continue forward. Spark says to take two steps forward for every step back.
You CAN do this because you are a strong person.
Stay positive,

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TEMPEST272002 10/24/2010 8:54PM

    I also have a difficult relationship (or more accurately, non-relationship) with my mother. May I suggest that both the extra hunger & the weight gain are related to thinking about your Mum a lot this past week? Our thoughts & how our bodies function are so closely related. This week, try to refocus on the good things that are in your life right now. Remind yourself that you are worth the effort it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. Take a few extra walks to help clear your head and get air flowing through your lungs. You can take care of yourself now in the ways your mother never did. emoticon

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MISSY455 10/24/2010 8:16PM

    Don't let the emoticon define how you feel. If you need to put it away for a few days...do. The important thing is too do what you know is right. Eat healthier, get in your steps, drink at least 8 glasses of water. The weight will take care of itself. emoticon you have been so strong all this time, don't let a number on the scale discourage you.

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ULEWIJ 10/24/2010 7:01PM

    Hang in there lady!
I feel you on the emotional eating train. Just think about the long term. The bummer would be completely giving in and letting this stupid little 2.9 lbs have that much rule over you. Nope, you have total rule over it! You can make it go away just as much as it appeared....but that 2.9lbs...don't let it make YOU go away. Just from what you shared about your mom, I'm thinking you are a strong person to keep going. Just like SEASTAR71 said...think of our dear giants....

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LIBBYFITZ 10/24/2010 6:06PM

    emoticonSounds like water retention! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/24/2010 5:23PM

  You are NOT allowed to quit! Remember what we said before to one another? I can't quit and neither can YOU!!! You can do it beautiful woman. Just try to be patient with yourself. We all have days that we cave in and eat things like those tortilla chips... and, we gain weight.... but we have to push through all that .. and win this battle once and for all!


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CARRAND 10/24/2010 4:03PM

    Don't give up on yourself. Scales are just fickle creatures. You may be losing inches. You're making really good food choices, and getting in lots of steps every day. You can do it!

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SONICSIESTA 10/24/2010 2:15PM

    if you quit then you will not even know that you added the pounds. if all you do is weigh then you are doing something. You Can Do This one step at a time.

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IXCHEL23 10/24/2010 12:57PM

    I agree with everyone, don't quit! It must have been the chips, you are retaining water. Make sure you are drinking enough water, I find when I don't I feel more hungry but I"m really thirsty.
I agree with CEGRUBE too, you are going to now get stubborn to finish what you started!! It happens just get back on the wagon!!
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ULTREYA3211 10/24/2010 11:45AM

    Congrats on the Giants victory.

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MAGGIE805 10/24/2010 10:57AM

    No, don't quit! Just look at the Giants. Look how many times they were down, out, and nobody thought they could pull it off.Where are they now? Going to the World Series! Sorry for the cheesy baseball analogy. Sometimes we struggle, struggle and struggle but at some point it eventually it pays off. Hang in there and Go Giants! :)

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ELSEEBEE 10/24/2010 10:19AM

    Keep on going! There are a lot more ways to judge your health than just the number on the scales. As someone who's suffered from bad family relationships and depression most of her life, I can assure you that you will get through this! Take some walks and enjoy the beauty around you. Stay away from the scales for a while, track your food and get in your exercise! That will dissipate the funk you're in- guaranteed! We are all cheering for you!

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JENIMI 10/24/2010 3:21AM

    emoticon: not to be morbid but, as someone with similar shoes, you are not dead yet keep fighting and hopefully there will still be a sun tomorrow ^_^

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CEGRUBE 10/24/2010 1:29AM

    Hey!! "That stubborn Norwegian" is going to use that stubbornism to finish what she started!! You've done great so far and you'll get over that little 2.9 bump in the road. Plateaus and bumps in the road happen.

Smile - remember the Giants beat the Phillies!

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KIDDEN04 10/24/2010 1:21AM

    Don't quit!! Just keep on keeping on...One day at a time emoticon

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HSHEAJ5 10/24/2010 1:19AM

    Two steps forward. one step back. Don't quit! You can do it!

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The Area Contest

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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JHADZHIA 10/24/2010 2:07AM

    With your non biased, completely open and honest observation of the various speakers, I think you would make a great evaluator! I thought Toastmasters was about making speeches, not using props and things. I think you are staying true to what its original intentions were. Showy and flashy should be reserved for the comedy clubs..To hold someone's attention with nothing but a speech is a true skill.
Sorry about your weight gain:(( That you are so hungry all the time is disturbing. Are you really getting enough calories for what you are burning? 11K steps is quite impressive. I hope you have not put yourself into starvation mode..Maybe you need to have several smaller meals throughout the day...
Hope you have a restful Sunday..

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BEACHFIT10 10/23/2010 3:42PM

    Buffet style dining is such a slippery slope. Great job keeping yourself in line. I just completed my paralegal certification, so I am really enjoying looking through your older entries. It's nice to get an idea of what it will be like to work in a law firm or legal department. emoticon

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CARRAND 10/23/2010 11:59AM

    You are very observant. I think you must make a great judge. When my daughter did high school debate, I judged some of the competitions - never for her school - and I found it fascinating. Of course policy debate is quite different from what you are doing. I think you get a lot out of Toastmasters. You sound so confident.

Congrats on all the steps you got, and the good food choices!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/23/2010 7:23AM

    emoticonOn the taking of a"little" amount of food at the function. I find it interesting that some one even commented on the amount of food you took!

Well done on the exercise front. emoticon

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Tortilla Chips and Frustrations

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I spent most of today on the same statute search as yesterday. Eventually, I emailed my supervising attorney and reported what I did not find. I spent the rest of the day flinching every time I looked at my email, but she has not responded. Either there will be an email or a phone call tomorrow or she will bring it up during our weekly meeting Tuesday. I have not had enough experience doing statute research to feel comfortable that I did it right. My worst fear is that she will do one search and find tons of info that I did not and that I will be chewed out for it. I wish I felt confident about the hours of work I spent on this.

I had emailed our webmaster earlier in the week asking if my walk fundraiser could be published in the employee newsletter. I got my reply today, too late for anything to be posted in Monday's newsletter. She said I might be able to do it if I rewrote it so it did not sound like a solicitation. What?! I don't get it. Why else would I write an article about a fundraiser? I was nonplused and am not at all certain how to rewrite it. This is not the first time she has found fault with something I've written but she is almost the only person who has done so.

So I came home and chowed down on the chips again. They are all gone now. The Giants are losing to the Phillies and I had high hopes for a win tonight! I have not given up hope, but it sure is stressful to be a fan!

Since I spent so much time on the statute search, I have a ton of work to do tomorrow! Most of it is little stuff - email so and so and ask about X, look in a box of documents for Y, be sure and mail my ballot...

Tomorrow night is the Humorous Speech Contest for my Toastmaster district. I am the alternate for the evaluation contest so I have to go in case the winner bails. I have never been to the company where the meeting is going to be held and it will mean driving during rush hour (is that ever a misnomer!) in a part of the Peninsula with which I am not very familiar. What an adventure for someone who does not like driving. I will survive. The most important thing is supporting my coworker who is in the speech contest. I hope he wins!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 10/22/2010 10:57PM

  let us know how the Humorous Speech Contest for my Toastmaster district went.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/22/2010 1:30PM

    emoticonHope it all goes well with the drive! and the conrest!

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JHADZHIA 10/22/2010 2:02AM

    So sorry you couldn't find what you were looking for in that statute :(( Hopefully, your supervisor will be sympathetic and give you suggestions which would be more constructive and useful then chewing on you.
Giving up TV was the best thing I ever did, there was no bigger snack trigger for me. I guess I am fortunate my little city has no big sports teams to cheer on. That is also a nail biting experience for binging. I hope your team does better in the next game..
NMSMOMMY has some good ideas there, maybe try them for your fundraiser.
I wish you a safe trip on this scary sounding drive,, too bad you couldn't have someone come who knows the area..
Take care,

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NAMSMOMMY 10/21/2010 9:29PM

    You can totally do it! Big hugs about the email and the article. I would suggest just talking about the event "On Saturday this will be happening and this is what it is supporting" then at the very end say that you are involved and looking for more people to join or support you and give contact information. Or you could do an article informing them about the cause, then mention that you are raising funds at the end with how to help. Good luck!

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