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Friday, November 05, 2010

I still have my headache, I still have the sinus issue and I still have the tinnitis, but everything is less intense than it was yesterday. I made it through the day at work more by stubbornness than anything else.

A few days ago, I was in the grocery store and the bagger commented that I have lost a lot of weight. I don't remember ever seeing him before, so I think he was thinking of someone else. I just said, "Thanks, I am working on it."

Today, a coworker saw me heating up my lunch which included 2 cups of mixed veggies and he said something about how that was a lot of veggies. I said I am trying to lose some tonnage. Every time he walked past my desk, it seemed as if I were eating. I don't feel quite as self-conscious about it as I used to.

This coming week, my Toastmaster club is doing a "grab bag" meeting. No one knows what their role is until they get there. That means I have to have a speech ready. In order to get credit for doing a manual speech, it has to be a new speech. I am going to prepare #3 which is get to the point. I am going to talk about walking and why I use a pedometer and why I use the one I do. Someone on a message board asked me about that and, from that dialog, a speech will be born. Who knows what my role will be? But I will at least have a speech ready for the next opening.

If anyone would have said that exercise of any type would be a part of my life, that I would volunteer to do a fundraiser walk, that I would deliver a speech advocating walking - I would be sure you did not know me! I have very far to go. While I don't see a huge change in the mirror and that "these clothes feel looser" is a fleeting feeling, - when I read about the marathons, the pounds and inches that others on SP have done and lost, I feel as if I am not doing enough - but today, I was thinking about that and realized that comparative thinking is not healthy, - I take credit for this incremental change.

While I did not walk much today, I will walk this weekend. Even BF does not think I can do the fundraiser walk in 2 weeks. That comment last night hurt, but I am using that to get into that "I'll show you" mode! I may even walk the route twice!

  
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CARRAND 11/6/2010 9:21PM

    You are amazing the way you do your speeches for Toastmasters! I'm not comfortable speaking in public at all.
I hope your sinus problems clear up soon. You need to be strong for your charity walk and I'm sure you will be.

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CATLADY52 11/6/2010 6:11PM

    emoticon and probably better than he can.

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/6/2010 10:27AM

    I am so glad you are feeling better. Have a nice walk, but take care of your knee. Please don't compare yourself to others and their weight loss. Everyone's metabolism is different. I am finding that I plateau for several weeks and then I lose a couple of pounds - a different kind of slow, but that is how my body is doing it.

What is important is that you are trying. Eventually that is what will work.

Have a great weekend.

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JHADZHIA 11/6/2010 8:17AM

    I am glad you are no longer trying to compare yourself to others. That is destructive and self defeating behavior. Not everyone's body, health and circumstances are the same. That is why we all do things differently and have different results. Keep in mind it took me TWO years to lose my weight, while my very own sister lost hers in six months. Not hardly fair, but you have to make the best out of the hand you were dealt..
Nothing like someone saying you can't do it, to get out and do it!! Your BF may have given you a slap, but he also gave you motivation. People have told me I can't do a lot of things. I enjoy proving them wrong, and you will too.
I am glad you have accepted exercise into all areas of your life! You are doing this healthy lifestyle!
Enjoy your weekend!
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LIBBYFITZ 11/5/2010 10:48PM

    So glad you are slowly improving. emoticon

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Migraine Day Two

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Left work early because of the migraine yesterday and stayed home today. It's actually a combo headache, migraine & sinus. And the ringing in my ears is loud and constant.

No exercise today, low on every nutritional metric.

Thanks for the comments & spark goodies!

I hope EVERYONE had a better day than I have!

  
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LIBBYFITZ 11/4/2010 9:38PM

    That is so not nice. Combination headache! Rest up and hope you start to feel better soon! emoticon

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CARRAND 11/4/2010 9:09PM

    Sure hope you're feeling better soon.

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JHADZHIA 11/4/2010 8:53PM

    So sorry, that is just awful :(( I have two Spark buddies already that have these frequently and never seem to find any relief from them :(( I wouldn't feel like eating or doing anything with those conditions either.
Rest and recover is all you can do. Feel better soon...
Hugs

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ERNURSERN 11/4/2010 7:59PM

    I hope you feel bettter...I was so sick last week too...today we were walking through the grocery store and my ear POPPED...I mean REALLY POPPED..it was so painful but once it was over it was fine! I think I am on the other side of it...I hope you get some relief.. I know it is a horrible thing to feel this way!! GET BETTER SOON!!!

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SCHECK5 11/4/2010 7:49PM

    OOHH I know how that goes with the migraines...I was just in your shoes two weeks ago.
It will get better and your body just need a day of rest!! emoticon

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The Holidays are Looming: I Challenge Me!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

It's time to throw out the rest of that Halloween candy and make a plan for staying on track from now through the beginning of January. If you want to join this challenge, and I hope you do, then simply copy and paste the text below into your own blog, erase my answers and fill in your own. We can do this!!!

TO STAY ON TRACK THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS, I WILL:

SMALLER WEEKLY/DAILY GOALS
~keep drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day
~keep beginning my day with uplifting thoughts
~keep planning my food and (mostly) staying in range
~keep exercising
~keep sugary snacks out of my life (except on an "occasion")
~do my charity walk on Nov 20th

LARGER "SPECIAL EVENT" GOALS
~send out Thanksgiving letters
~send out Christmas cards *before* Christmas
~index my Will Clark cards
~clear out my closet and donate those larger clothes!

QUESTION FOR THE WEEK:
HOW CAN YOU HANDLE EMOTIONAL TRIGGERS IN A POSITIVE & PRODUCTIVE WAY?

Stop and breathe! Identify the trigger (usually stress). Face the trigger honestly and respond appropriately. At work, walk away from my desk, get a glass of water and give me time to think before I start mindlessly eating.

Thanks to Nonie-C for the idea of this blog!

  
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/4/2010 1:17PM

  Thanks for sharing.. You are SO going to do this!! :)

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VICD25 11/4/2010 6:25AM

    If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This plan is GREAT! WTG!

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NONIE_C 11/3/2010 11:28PM

    I love your goals and I love that you are in on this challenge with me!!! Together we will see each other through the holidays and we will give ourselves the priceless gift of good health!!!

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JHADZHIA 11/3/2010 10:27PM

    Good for you! Go for it!!
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Election Day Hodge Podge

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

As I end the day, I am hungry, but I have eaten all I can eat today.

I got the tough project finished today - at least the first part. Now I wait for the responses and keep going on other things. My supervising attorney was at a seminar all day so we will have our weekly meeting tomorrow. Joy....

Tomorrow is also the day of the parade for the San Francisco Giants. They will replicate the route the team traveled in 1958 when San Francisco welcomed the team. I am not going, though my heart will be there. I am sure I would get so deep in the crowd that I would not see anything. I will have my radio at work, so I can listen to the coverage (intermittently). Work and a Toastmaster meeting will intervene.

Over 7K steps today, slightly sore, but I feel thinner if that makes any sense! HA!

  
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MAGMAN 11/3/2010 8:24PM

  Didn't go either, but enjoyed hearing the speeches and the crowds on the radio--hope you did as well! emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/3/2010 5:34PM

    Yes, it is possible to feel thinner. Sometimes I can just feel that I just am not so big. Maybe it is the exercise paying off or the skin tightening. Who knows? I just enjoy the feeling.

Sorry you couldn't go to the parade. They are always so much fun - except for standing forever.

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TIBURONA 11/3/2010 4:12PM

    I feel taller sometimes, if that makes sense.
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LIBBYFITZ 11/3/2010 7:54AM

    If I have eaten all I can calorie wise I go for a chomp on a carrot. Well done on all those steps!

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VICD25 11/2/2010 11:55PM

    how about a snack of celery or snap peas? very low calorie and filling!
7K steps! I'm totally impressed. WTG!

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 11:44PM

    Good for you! Shame you can't see the victory parade :( But you can wear your 'colors' to work in support at least!
All that cheering and nail biting from the series, worked off a lot of calories no doubt ;) Good for you on the steps!
Have a good sleep!

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THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Today was an interesting day that faded into a tense evening iced with euphoric surreal joy. I mentioned briefly yesterday that I was going to make increased cardio a goal for November. Today, the company newsletter came out with a very edited version of my blurb about the charity walk on November 20. The published version did not even include the link to my fundraiser page! So now I need to figure out how to do a flyer and post it around and hope that people will contribute.

I decided to skp yoga. My knee has been horribly swollen and very sore. This morning, I almost could not walk with it. But, I thought, with the 5K coming up, I had better start working on endurance. I walk a lot, but not all at once. I decided I was going to walk 3 miles during lunch. It was a gorgeous blue sky day with that softness in the air that autumn brings. I did not make it for 3 miles, but I did 2. Something to build on.

That made the afternoon pretty nice. I was still fighting with work - working on a project that is mind numbingly boring, but, as I occasionally stepped away, I was amazed how wonderful I felt. Where I work, the terrain is very hilly, so I walked up and down some long hills. I don't think the fundraiser walk is going to be on such terrain, but I don't want my back to lock up on that day!

I came home in time to watch Game 5 of the World Series. It was the pitching duel that Game 1 (same starters) was supposed to be. Even after we scored 3 runs, I was not complacent. I could not breathe during the last inning. I burst into tears when the final pitch was called a strike. I am so happy, so thrilled and still in happy disbelief.

Food wise - chips called me. As soon as the game started, I did not want to leave the TV to fix something to eat. I was hungry (there was zero time between leaving work and first pitch), so I inhaled a bunch of tortilla chips. I had bought them for the potluck. They were called "fright bites" in normal tortilla chip color, along with orange and black in Halloween shapes. They were at a discount store and that became obvious why - super salty! This was after a day of ignoring the candy and the Oreos at work. I love Oreos, but I know if I have one, I will have all. I walked past them 4 times!

Tomorrow is election day. I voted weeks ago. I have permanent absentee ballot voter status and I love being able to read my booklet while drinking coffee on a Sunday morning and to vote in peace. My polling place is a school and it is usually chaotic. One year, it was in the cafeteria during mealtime and I honestly expected a mashed potato food fight would mar my ballot! Ugh! The polling spot has no privacy - everyone can see me mark my ballot and I just hate the idea! I never miss a chance to vote. The privilege to do so comes with a very high price and I treasure it. Off my soapbox.

  
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MYSTERY4EVER 11/3/2010 5:27PM

    Congrats on the Giants win! If I am neutral about the teams, I always root for the National League team because I hate the designated hitter in the American League.

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CARRAND 11/2/2010 9:50PM

    I felt like people could see me vote this morning, but I decided I didn't care. I just hope the voting machine was working properly.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/2/2010 4:49PM

    emoticonWell done ! Glad your team won!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/2/2010 8:23AM

  Sorry your knee is still bothering you. :(

Congrats on walking past the oreos. Ooooh. I'm the same way.. can't just have one! So, I don't eat the stuff anymore. Now, M&M's are a different story. One I wish *I* could stop eating. :(

Well.. you have to look at it this way... You resisted temptation with the oreos... so eating the tortilla chips isn't *that* horrible. Now, if you had - had the oreos on TOP of the chips.. then it would be not so good.

Congrats on your Giants winning the World Series. :) I remember when my Blue Jays won that title back to back a long time ago.. and the celebration in my city was AWESOME! :) So, enjoy it. :)

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JHADZHIA 11/2/2010 1:39AM

    Make sure you take care of that knee! You should be icing it for 15-20 minutes three times a day. Ice is the only thing that ever brought any swelling and pain down for me. Do be careful, you don't want to increase the flare..
So glad your team won and you could enjoy the thrill of victory!
Don't know that I would be walking by an oreo, good for you!
Sorry about the newsletter giving short shrift to your fundraising efforts. Guess posters is the only way to go now..
Lucky you to get that status for voting. We have polls in gyms of schools, which are never in use -any activities are canceled during polling. They are very careful with the set up so no one can see you vote. And of course making sure the ballot is folded properly before handing it to the person to place in the ballot box, they show each person how to do it before they go vote!
Hope you have a good November! You can do it!!

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