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Veterans Day 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It was a good thing I went to work today and cancelled my vacation day (and, yes, I did honor our veterans). I wore my aloha shirt that I bought aboard USS Midway and wore my USS Enterprise ball cap. My brother served on "Big E" and when he came home from Afghanistan, he came through San Diego and we went on the tour of the USS Midway together.

I got the urgent project completed for my boss and found out that our top attorney (Sr VP, second only to the CEO) needed my help on a new special project. I had told my coworker across the country who is a paralegal that I seldom get to do paralegal work. The project fits the bill, so I am thrilled. The overtime will be nice, too!

Today was the holiday potluck in the Finance Department. When I was invited weeks ago, I declined because I was going to have the day off. I went in to work having forgotten about it. I was in a teleconference until well after the time the meal celebration started; I had not brought anything to share; I hate to walk in to anything late and, most of all, I did not need the temptation of all that food. I happily ate the broccoli and chicken I brought and got ready for my meeting about the special project. I was proud of myself for not giving in to the cakes, cookies and everything else! I won today!

All in all, even though it was not the day I wanted, it was a very good day!

Here's my update on the ongoing challege (week 2):

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF [drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day] I WILL [carry my water bottle around with me wherever I go/whatever I do].

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF exercise, I WILL seek every opportunity to me! No shortcuts! And, on the 20th, I am doing the fundraiser walk!

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF [staying in my calorie range] I WILL [enter food in my nutrition tracker at every meal. If an opportunity to eat differently presents itself, I will take the time to look online and learn how I can handle it (if it can be handled). If it cannot be handled, I will seriously think about the choice before I make it.

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF getting my cards out, I will work up a plan to draft the letter over Thanksgiving weekend, address the cards the following weekend and mail them then!

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF cleaning my office, I will spend 15 minutes on it every day until it is done.

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MY GOAL OF decluttering my house, I will spend an hour every weekend on it until I feel at peace with it.

ALSO, I WILL CREATE A "HOLIDAY GAME PLAN" TO HELP ME for the inevitable goodies at work and lunches out. Part of that is planning, part of it is having fruit and other "safe" foods around me. I am going to find my pottery turtle and put it next to my computer at work to remind me of this journey every day.

For the first time in my life, I'm more motivated to reach my goals than I am fearful of reaching them.willing to "go with the flow" and be complacent about "the season." I am going forward. I am not going back. I mean that I can't (nor would I want to) unlearn what I've learned over this past year. I have said that I am on this journey because I am concerned about my length of and quality of life. I MUST put my money where my mouth is and act on that. It is important for me to achieve the goals I've set for this holiday challenge, because they are simply part of the process of moving forward.

BONUS ACTIVITY: between now and next Wednesday, check in with someone, either in this challenge or among your Spark Friends. See how they're doing on meeting their short-term goals, and let them know where you're at too. CREATE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR YOURSELF!

Kudos to NONIE_C for launching the challenge and thanks to her for most of this blog.

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NONIE_C 11/17/2010 12:37AM

    Your goals are achievable, your attitude is fantabulous, and you have a game plan!!!

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CMRAND54 11/12/2010 10:17PM

    Great blog. You've really got the right attitude!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/12/2010 7:02PM

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/12/2010 10:26AM

    I am so happy for you. You sound much better. Good that you on focusing on your goals - that is how you reach them. Have a great weekend.

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MISSY455 11/11/2010 10:38PM

    emoticon Your goals are well defined, definitely the first step in getting them accomplished! You have laid out your plan very well. I know you will succeed!!!
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The Internet, Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I could not accrue all of my points last night due to connectivity issues. I don't know if it was my wireless provider or the SP site. I gave up and "left points on the table" so to speak.

Today, I see they will be doing maintenace for EIGHT hours starting tonight, so I had to hustle to get my points in today. GRRR!

I came to work today and discovered that I have no business taking nondrowsy cold medicine. I had taken it so that I would not get sent home today with that seal bark cough. But it made me feel very strange and this was the nondrowsy stuff! Even as heavy as I am, I can take only a half or a quarter of the "may cause drowsiness" meds, but never before have I had problems with nondrowsy meds. It has been a struggle all day!

Having used up vacation time being sick this week, I must cancel tomorrow's already long since scheduled day off and come in. I just want to be home in bed! Tomorrow is Veterans Day and I always take that day off so I can honor our vets. I was not able to serve so I feel the need to pay homage to those who have.

Yesterday, when I was home sick, dosing, I dreamed that I came back to work and was laid off because I have missed so much time. I have missed more time than I have ever missed in my life, but not an exhorbitant amount generally. But the dream was so vivid and the work so pressing that I feel I must come in tomorrow.

I could not blog last night because of the internet issues, so I did not share that yesterday was well below in the food world. I had almost no appetite and that is a rare occurence, believe me! I did not push it. Today, I will probably end within range, but scant on the exercise realm. I walk only a few yards and I am wiped out. I don't feel terrible any more, but I sure am drained!

Asode from the drain that the nondrowsy meds unexpectedly gave me, today was the best day I have had yet this week!

Thanks for the comments and support!

Thank a Veteran tomorrow!

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/11/2010 10:36AM

    Glad you are feeling a little better. So sorry you have to work today.

I always think about veterans a lot on this day as my father was a Pearl Harbor veteran. On the few times when he would talk about the horror of the war in the South Pacific, I realized that there is no way to ever say thank you enough to those who have served.

The internet thing is odd. I assume SparkPeople will fix it. I got duplicate e-mails of yesterday's e-mails from the various mailings today.

Bottom line is, take it easy and work on your health and your work. Those are the important things today.

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CMRAND54 11/10/2010 9:32PM

    What a nasty cold you must have. I'm sorry to hear it. I know you must hate to miss work, but sometimes what you need most is rest.

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JHADZHIA 11/10/2010 9:15PM

    When you are sick, you can't push it. Just eat healthy, try to get plenty of sleep and rest. I hate leaving points on the table too and am scrambling to get them all before melt down tonight, but that bloody ad is making it difficult walking across every page before I can push a button to get on with my reading articles. Its probably taken me an hour just to get the health condition one read :((
I am surprised that your work place isn't shut down for Veteran's Day!! Shame on them!! The day and age we live in I guess. My Curves is closing at least.
They always hold a huge service in our stadium for Remembrance Day every year here. Seats 10,000 and gets full!
Feel better soon,
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NONIE_C 11/10/2010 8:26PM

    I always call my dad, the veteran in my life, on Veteran's Day. I am very grateful to those who serve our country.
So sorry to hear what a rough time of it you're having. I really hope you are kicking this illness and getting back to normal, and I hope you stop having stress dreams -that's no good-, and I will be thinking of you tomorrow at work when you'd rather be home in bed, sending you happy healthy vibes.
Take care of you.

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NANNER2121 11/10/2010 7:21PM

    It is very important to honor our veterans, both present and passed on.
I will stand in honor tomorrow at 11:00 am.

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MISSY455 11/10/2010 6:57PM

    I hope you fell 100% really soon. I saw that the site was going to be down for maintenance too. I haven't been logging in until later myself the last couple of weeks, so glad I popped in this afternoon. (For what I thought was just going to be enter my food for breakfast and lunch, LOL)

Take care!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/10/2010 6:55PM

    emoticonHope by the weekend you are feeling much better! emoticon

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"Vacation" Day

Monday, November 08, 2010

I dragged myself to work this morning, still feeling lousy. I sound fine, but I feel lousy. My VP sent me home when he found out I felt lousy. I had to take it as a vacation day as I have no sick time left. I am grateful to have it, but ............ I just wish I felt better.

Not much exercise, low on food etc. I am taking it easy and have not yet decided whether I will attempt to go in tomorrow or not.

Kind of hungry all day but nothing sounds good except junk. I don't have any junk so.........ignoring the feeling as much as I can.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/9/2010 3:35PM

    emoticonhope you get well sonn. Rest up. emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/9/2010 9:42AM

    I hope you feel better. Take care of yourself.

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JHADZHIA 11/9/2010 12:33AM

    If you don't know what it is ailing you, might be time to see a Dr.,
Please take care of yourself and rest when your body tells you to.

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EMPTYNESTER60 11/8/2010 11:10PM

    Have you been to the doctor? I suffered for over a week before I finally went & found out that I had a sinus infection - along with the strep & ear infection. I think the sinus infection made me the sickest & took away my energy & appetite. This has been going on too long for you not to get it checked out. Hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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PRYDEQUEEN 11/8/2010 10:15PM

    I hope the cootie bug goes away!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/8/2010 9:47PM

  Hope you're feeling better soon.


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ACIMPEGGY 11/8/2010 9:43PM

    Chicken soup? Juice? Honey, you gotta eat something! It will help you feel better.

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CMRAND54 11/8/2010 9:40PM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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There's a Reason Why "Work" is a Four Letter Word

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I could have just as easily titled this blog "I don't wanna!" but Dad would roll over in his grave at that kind of sloppy English!

I mentioned yesterday that the scale was unkind to me. That really surprisedme.

The migraine + sinus + tinnitis are unrelenting, though they have decreased.

Tomorrow will be "work" but I am glad to have my job.
Tomorrow will also be "work" because I do not feel like eating right, caring about choices, water, exercise, the whole ball of wax.

But, neither do I want to see this reversal continue.

I will continue on, but it will feel like "work" until I recover my mental and emotional equilibrium.

Thanks, everyone, for the comments and encouragement. My well is dry and I cannot yet reciprocate, but my silence is not because your touches are not appreciated.

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VICD25 11/8/2010 9:07AM

    Work can help you focus. Find your routine. It's tough, but you are tougher.

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/8/2010 8:59AM

    On the other hand, "rest" is a four-letter word too. Frankly, I always find the first few days after the end of Daylight Savings Time to be very tough. Keep up the good work. Even if you are not getting positive results, what you are doing is important for your body. Again, I hope you feel better today.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/8/2010 8:53AM

  i am so familiar with "i don't wanna!". ;-) i hope things get better for you soon.


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JHADZHIA 11/8/2010 12:46AM

    I so understand where you are coming from. I wish I didn't have to get out of bed at 4am tomorrow and do my phsyio then some regular exercises and hit the shower early enough not to interfere with them coming to replace my bedroom window. No relaxing in jammies for me, it will be off to work and then an executive meeting tomorrow (yucky)
So lets just do it and get it over with, shall we?

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CMRAND54 11/7/2010 8:00PM

    My Dad always said God gave us work to keep us out of trouble. But it's hard to see that when you're not feeling good.
I hope you'll be better soon. You've done so well so far.

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PUGRAD1995 11/7/2010 7:59PM

    I definitely know the feeling. I had a knee replacement and have been on short term disability and tomarrow is my first day back at work. I've kinda gotten spoiled. So I sympathize with your I don't wanna.....

Good luck tomarrow. Diana emoticon

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RUTGERSM0M 11/7/2010 7:29PM

    There should be SparkTeam titled "I don't Wanna." I would join because "I don't Wanna" workout. But lets look at it positively. Once I workout, it will be over and I can move on to something "I Do Wanna" (very bad grammar). We can do what we don't wanna, make the best of it and move on to something more pleasurable.

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NANNER2121 11/7/2010 7:20PM

    There is a long list of things I dont wanna . . .

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LAINGMOM 11/7/2010 7:19PM

    I kinda like the title "I dont wanna" instead. I usually dont wanna but i do anyway. Nice to know others on sparkpeople dont wanna either. Work- here it comes!

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Down and Out For Now

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I stepped on the scale and was stunned to see it back up again. First time it was up about 2.5 and when I repositioned the scale, it was up even more. Stunned. So much for feeling thinner this week!

I have not been as active, so I am sure that is a large part of it. I was very inactive today. The headache is mostly gone, but, if I move around, the nausea and other unpleasant feelings come back. I am chafing about this. Not at all happy. The tinnitis is quieter, but it is still constant....

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LOSETHEWTIN08 11/7/2010 7:32PM

    Don't concern yourself with the scale for now...take care of the tinnitis so you can get back on your feet. Hope you feel better real soon.
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VARELSE 11/7/2010 7:14PM

    I just went over the last 2 weeks of your nutrition tracker and if you are religiously tracking everything you eat, then it looks like you are not eating quite enough. That could be part of the reason you aren't feeling well.

That fast of a weight gain *has* to be water, looking at your fitness and food trackers. You don't have the calorie surplus for it to be a real tissue gain!

I can only echo what the others have already said - rest, drink water, and be very mindful of your self-talk (make sure it is kind, supportive, and positive).

Hang in there, you are doing fine!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/7/2010 7:01PM

    I hope you feel better soon. Don't worry about the scale now. One step at a time. When I was sick - I just ate smaller meals and drank lots of water if that helps.

You can get back to your regular program when you feel better.



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MYSTERY4EVER 11/7/2010 4:53PM

    Sorry you are still feeling somewhat ill. Perhaps your body is just conserving energy to help you get well and that is why you gained. Take it easy, health has to come first.

I'm here rooting for you.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/7/2010 3:57PM

    When I am inactive due to be unwell I try to eat lots of low cal foods like carrots and other vegies. If I feel like comfort food I go for trail mix bars at 107 calories each.Hope that helps.Hope you get well soon. emoticon

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CMRAND54 11/7/2010 2:45PM

    Drink lots of water and get lots of rest. The scale will be kinder next week.

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ETTEZEUS 11/7/2010 10:32AM

    Do you sleep with a sound machine for your tinnitus? Mine has gotten much louder over the years and I was losing sleep at night since all I could hear was it.

Have you noticed that when you shower, the tinnitus is gone, well, not exactly gone as it never goes away but it is much quieter. It has something to do with the sounds of water.

I normally keep my machine on the sounds of the ocean or rain. It takes awhile for my ears to get accustomed to the sound but I do sleep much better now that I have it.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/7/2010 10:21AM

  sorry to hear that your scale isn't co-operating with you... mine isn't co-operating with me either today. just because it says a certain number - try to not let it get you down totally. hmm... maybe i should take my own advice eh? (haha)

hope you feel better soon.


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EMPTYNESTER60 11/7/2010 8:17AM

    Sorry you are still feeling bad and that the scale isn't being your friend right now. It almost sounds like your headache is sinus related, like maybe you have a sinus infection that is also causing the ear problems. Have you tried a decongestant like Sudafed? Take it easy and be sure to track what you eat so you can see what changes you need to make. Hope you feel better soon.

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JHADZHIA 11/7/2010 1:27AM

    You just have to take care of yourself. Go on the lower end of your calories while unable to exercise..
I hope you feel better tomorrow..
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