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):
THANKSGIVING IS A MERE TWO WEEKS AWAY, SO IT'S TIME TO MAKE A PLAN OF ACTION.
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.
LONG-TERM "SPECIAL EVENT" GOALS:::
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.
QUESTION FOR THE WEEK:
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS I'VE SET FOR THIS HOLIDAY CHALLENGE?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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