Thursday, November 18, 2010
I did not work late tonight not did I go to the paralegal meeting tonight. I was physically and mentally tired, so I came home.
I had not seen the notice yesterday that the SparkPeople site was going to be down yesterday evening and was stunned to be booted out while I was trying to get my points in! The people who read the site help message boards are very responsive in terms of replying to a post, but so far, the foundational issues with last week's and this week's site maintenance are not addressed to my satisfaction.
But these are not huge things in the grand scheme of things.
I went to the local Veterans Administration Hospital at lunch time because the employees are starting a Toastmaster club. Unfortunately, it will be a "closed" club which means I won't be able to attend their meetings. I had the privilege to evaluate a speaker's first speech. I liked the people, I wished I knew them and I wished I could be involved with their club. The speech I evaluated was by a lady who rehabilitates veterans who've been blinded. Her speech was about her journey to get the education to do the work and then the job at the VA. It was an inspirational experience on many levels.
I have been thinking for a while that I would love to work for the VA, but, based on the comments the employees made, the grass is very much greener where I work!
I am sure that God has a sense of humor. Today, I discovered that a great portion of the parking at the VA is not usable because of construction. I was directed to park in a different area and I had a lovely walk on this lovely day to get to the meeting. I absolutely loved it and was grateful for it!
At work, I have been doing a lot of work with our files which means pulling a file, bringing it to my desk and refiling it later. Last year, I hated days like that because it was wearing and my back or legs would get sore. Now, I welcome every step! And I don't grab more than one file at a time, not just because I want the steps, but it also ensures that I won't misfile the paperwork or do the wrong action with the contract.
I am so grateful for these small changes in my life!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Feeling better really agrees with me! I feel better today than I have felt for a very long time. I had been feeling bored, drained, tired and run down long before I got the migraine and cold last week. I had not realized how badly I felt until I realized how wonderful I feel today.
I was in a different mood this morning and, when I headed to the cafe for my morning beverage, I actually jogged part of the way. Then I walked and when I reached the downhill part, I jogged there, too. It was a gorgeous morning, soft fall air that I love and I realized that I might fall at the bottom because I was running pretty fast. But I did not fall. I was out of breath afterwards, but it felt so good! It was fun! Yes, I was self conscious about jogging in my work clothes, but part of me also did not care. Instead of coffee or diet soda, I tried a new tea. It was decaf, but that was not the number one criteria. I wanted to try something new and did I ever. It was a lemon ginger tea that was really, really flavorful! I really enjoyed it!
I have spent the bulk of the last two days working on one stack of files on my desk. When I left today, 95% was completed, off my desk and filed. Wow! I have not felt that wonderful feeling of a good day's work in a long time! I also discovered a couple of oversights and set things in motion to get them corrected.
My attorney did not add anything to my plate yesterday. In fact, she took one thing off when I told her about the big project for the company's top attorney. I feel badly that I did not execute the work she needed done, but I thanked her for the adjustment.
Today, I was way over in calcium. I am usually under, so I was really surprised. When I looked at the full report, I saw it was because of the hot and sour tofu soup I had at lunch. I had no idea tofu had calcium!
People have been commenting about how much weight I have lost. Nice to hear and I always thank them for the compliment, but 22 maybe 23 pounds this year is not a lot. When I started at the end of January, I naively set my goal date for Sept 3 and then, later, the end of the year. Then I had that long plateau and pushed it to the end of next year. I am now thinking that may even be too soon! Still, even if I lose "only" 20 pounds a year and it takes me four years to lose the entire tonnage, if, along the way, I am changing my life, my habits and those pounds never come back, it will be worth it. If my length and quality of life are improved when I am no longer morbidly obese, it will be worth it.
My clothes sure feel looser today, even though I told BF this morning that I felt bloated and huge. I stepped on the scale after 2 glasses of water and a shower just out of curiosity. I read an article on SP yesterday that said to weigh more often than once a week in order to change things more quickly. I don't know about that, but I was curious. I forget what the number was, but it was either half a pound or more than a pound down from last Saturday. We shall see.
Nonie_C reminded me today is the day to do the update for the holiday challenge:
IT'S TIME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND CHECKING IN ON GOALS. THIS PAST WEEK I MET MY SHORT-TERM/DAILY GOALS
~ drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day
~beginning my day with uplifting thoughts
~planning my food and (mostly) staying in range
~keep sugary snacks out of my life (except on an "occasion")
~do my charity walk on Nov 20th - still in the plan!
LARGER "SPECIAL EVENT" GOALS
~send out Thanksgiving letters - composed in my head but not written yet
~send out Christmas cards *before* Christmas
~index my Will Clark cards - 75% done
~clear out my closet and donate those larger clothes - not started
TO ENSURE I STAY ON TRACK NEXT WEEK, I WILL stick to the plan. We are not hosting nor attending a Thanksgiving meal, so it will not be hard! What I will have to watch is not compensating for the absence of celebration by stuffing with the foods of my childhood Thanksgiving meals.
TO ENSURE I STAY ON TRACK AND DO THE WORK I MUST TO ACHIEVE THESE LONG-TERM GOALS, I WILL keep doing what I am doing. I have a lot of work stuff happening and know I cannot handle much more now!
QUESTION FOR THE WEEK:
WHAT ARE THE CERTAIN TRIGGERS THAT WILL COME WITH THANKSGIVING, AND HOW CAN THEY BE CONFRONTED AND CONQUERED?
I have to watch for the sense of deprivation - not having turkey, trimmings, mincemeat pie with sharp Cheddar cheese. My plan is to have a wonderful meal with BF that is somewhat special but allows me to stay on track.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Another day of doing almost nothing. I felt worse today than I did yesterday. The lingering lack of energy is driving me nuts and is something I am not used to experiencing. I was very often tired when I worked 2 jobs and went to school, but this kind of fatigue is different. It is draining me physically and mentally.
Tomorrow will be better!
Sleep well, SparkFriends!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
I did not walk much today and did not do any other exercise. I ate sparingly, but I feel much better than I have for at least a week. Did the weekly grocery shopping, so I am home for the rest of the weekend unless I choose to go somewhere.
The upcoming week will be hectic. Overtime on the special project for the top attorney, overtime on the ongoing project and a lot of work during the normal workday. The auditors will be here starting Monday until almost Christmas for the first part of their work. Then I think they come back for a couple of months in winter.
I also have two meetings offsite next week, so there will be some unusual elements to the week. I feel completely overwhelmed at work! But I am not giving in to the stress by stuffing my face!
The scale showed I lost 3 pounds. I am sure most of that is because of the cold this past week. I am feeling much better, so I am not putting a lot of credence to the number this morning.
I could not log in last night so I left a lot of point on the table. That was frustrating. I tossed and turned last night, thinking about work, thinking about the computer issues, all kinds of things.
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