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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Last week, I was asked to put in some OT today for our IT department. They wanted me to do some validation testing. My boss and my VP both approved the OT. Friday, IT came and said they decided to move the testing to Monday! I just about fell out of my chair!

I asked my boss if I could work the OT today on some of the work I was planning to do tomorrow because the testing would take a chunk out of my day. He approved so I had four very productive hours at work today. I spent about an hour and half on the request for production. I have a phone call with our outside counsel tomorrow and was glad to chip away at some of what I think he will want to know. (Two weeks ago when the top lawyer had me in her office and called the outside firm, she told both attorneys that I am a paralegal. That is still music to my ears and I smile every time I relive that memory!)

I spent another hour plus on the statute research for one of our other attorneys. I still have to write the memo, but I was so glad to have the quiet and get the statutes printed and ready!

Another hour plus was on my tax exempt certificates. Most were all ready to upload to the e-file system, but I did have to PDF a few and email them. It felt so good to get this pile of paperwork done. This is a task that takes a lot of time and it took about a third the time doing it today instead of tomorrow.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I felt really good about getting so much done. As usual, nothing is completed. I did not go the the stacks and file the paper tax certs, but they are in the system and are ready to file, so that won't take more than five minutes tomorrow.

I don't know how long the validation testing will take tomorrow, but it is a really boring task, so I will fight the yawns doing it! I don't know when the outside counsel will call, but I am ready.

I cannot work late tomorrow. I cancelled an appointment that I scheduled for what turned out to be the exact time for Game 1 of the World Series and tomorrow is the rescheduling of that routine mammogram. Those exams are always an adventure. I am very, very short and very, very well endowed. When I went to my previous doctor, I always felt as if I were being suspended by that ample tissue because I was standing on my tiptoes whilst being squished! My current medical provider is very proactive, so I get "nagged" to get current on all these exams. This summer was my first-ever colonoscopy, I've had the other female exam and this is the last for this year.

Next year will be dental work and glasses, assuming my employment situation remains unchanged! I never like any of these exams, but I sure don't want to be surprised by the worst possible news with no chance to catch it early!

I had a homemade soup for dinner, a couple of large bowls (chicken, veggies, lentils, barley, green chili, scallions). I have no idea how to count it because BF cooked the chicken in the slow cooker WITH skin on. We usually buy boneless and skinless, but bought this whole chicken (save money) and he just did not think about the skin. I did not eat any skin, but the presence made the broth less clear than I would have liked.

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CARRAND 11/22/2010 7:13PM

    Your soup sounds wonderful. The skin probably added a little fat, but I wouldn't worry about it. After all the work you got done, you deserved a good supper.

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VICD25 11/22/2010 10:22AM

    Wow! sounds like you've had the 50,000mile tune up this summer. Great to have it all behind you, isnt it. . .

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/22/2010 10:08AM

    It is so wonderful that you had a productive day. You did not let things go after the excitement of the walk. Have a great week.

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JHADZHIA 11/22/2010 1:03AM

    I like working at the club by myself with no one around. You really can get a lot done with no one constantly pestering you.. Glad you had such a productive day and are ready for Monday!! Nice to see the go getter you back!!
Congrats to the affirmed paralegal!! You have arrived!!
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MISSY455 11/22/2010 12:06AM

    Sounds like a very productive day for you! Isn't it amazing what you can get accomplished when no one is around to bug you? One of my old jobs, years ago, I used to go in on Friday nights and do all of my filing for the week. I so enjoyed those nights in the office by myself and zero phone interruptions!

For the calories count you might look through some of the Spark recipes for slow cooker chicken to see if you can find something similar. The skin probably added some fat to the broth, but much less than if you would have eaten the skin.

I hope the rest of your week goes as smoothly as today!

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ACIMPEGGY 11/22/2010 12:00AM

    The work sounds challenging, the soup terrific. You can use the recipe calculator to figure the nutrition.

I hear you about saving money!

Have a great Thanksgiving, dear...you and yours.

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The 5K Fundraiser Walk

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It took a bit to find the place where the walk was taking place. We took the wrong exit off the freeway and, then, when we got to the mall, it was, of course, on the other side. Nothing started on time. We were greeted by a crowd of high schoolers and there were more inside.

We heard a couple of heart-rending stories about children needing this medical care and, then, finally, we were off! The course was inside the mall, which was great because it was very cold outside!

Two laps around the mall and all along the way, the youth were cheering us on, waving signs and clapping. Great fun! There was one team wearing black shirts and pushing a stroller to which a picture was attached on the side. The boy's name was Chase and the words on the back of the shirts were "Walking in memory of my nephew/grandson) Chase". I did not speak to them because I did not know what to say, but I just about lost it then.

I wore a lanyard with a picture of the five year old girl who inspired me to do the walk. Chase and Deanna were the only pictures I saw. As I walked, I kept my promise and thought of all the healthy children I know and gave thanks that they are healthy. In that regard, my cup runneth over. I raised over $800 without a whole lot of effort. I should have done more.

I will do this kind of thing again. Next year, I hope I am more of a runner and will find a charity run.

It was over in less than an hour. It was still more than an hour before the mall opened, so we just headed towards home and did the grocery shopping. We beat most of the crowds and most of the storms.

It poured most of last night and intermittently throughout the day. We saw a gorgeous rainbow!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 11/21/2010 6:28PM

    I'll mention the charity you so graciously helped - St. Judes does wonderful things for children! It's people like you who help make all they do possible. I am so proud to be your friend!
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MYSTERY4EVER 11/21/2010 5:23PM

    YEAH!! You did it. That is a real accomplishment for you and for [unnamed charity]. As a contributor towards your walk, I am just so proud that you did this. You kept your spirits up even after being sick. I can't wait to hear about your next effort, especially if it is this walk again next year.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/21/2010 3:15PM

    emoticonWell done on your walk!

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MELA1953 11/20/2010 9:41PM

    How wonderful!!!!! You inspire me!

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JHADZHIA 11/20/2010 9:03PM

    What a wonderful and heart warming day for you. You did very well raising $800. In our tough economic times with so many worthy charities clamoring for our tight dollars, I would say that is pretty darned good!! You have done Deanna proud! My nephew is named Chase, and I am thankful he is hearty and hale after reading this blog!
All the best with your future fund raising and run, I am sure you will really rock it!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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CARRAND 11/20/2010 8:39PM

    What a wonderful experience for you. You are such a kind hearted person to want to help, a real inspiration to us all.

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MACEWOMAN 11/20/2010 8:35PM

    What a great job participating and raising so much money. Good luck with the running and the future 5K.
I walked in the JDRF (juvenile diabetes) walk this year as well. Was behind a couple of people that had "In Memory ofs" on their shirts. I was just like you, it brought me to tears and I couldn't think of a thing to say.

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Fundraiser Walk Tomorrow!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I had a very interesting day. It was also a frustrating day. I spent a good part of yesterday trying to find out what would happen to other data and processes if I changed one field on a customer record. No one could tell me and everyone told me to talk to someone else. I spent part of today continuing to try to find the answer to my question. Through this journey, no one gave me any credit for asking the question instead of just fixing the field to suit the current need.

It was like that all day with every file I touched. I needed to do X but I needed Y info from someone else. I could not get Y, so I am stuck.

But I got in 8K steps trying to solve these things!

I ate within range until I got home and scarfed down some chips. More than some.

Tomorrow is the fundraiser walk. It is raining now and rain is in the forecast. The walk is at a local mall, but I don't know if it's inside before the mall opens or outside. This is a fundraiser for a well-known childrens' medical charity and it is the first time I have ever done anything like this. I am excited about it!

A couple of SparkPeople friends donated to the walk and several coworkers did as well. Without being aggressive, I am bringing over $800 to this charity! Just think if I had only been more assertive about asking for donations!

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, SP's policies prohibit me from naming the charity, but, if you're curious, send me an SP mail with your personal email address and I will reply.

I'll be going to bed early. Registration starts at 7 and the walk starts at 8.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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CARRAND 11/20/2010 8:19PM

    You are such a caring person. I hope it all goes well for you.

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MISSY455 11/20/2010 2:51AM

    Have a great time at the walk on Saturday! I hope the rain holds off until after you are finished.
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JHADZHIA 11/20/2010 1:45AM

    That is wonderful!! You did really great with your fund raising!! I am hoping it will be inside the mall, if not, be sure to dress warm and water proof.
You have no tech person you could ask this question of, or the person who wrote the program? Gave you some exercise at least along with the frustration of not getting an answer. What I do when I want to know how things will work in my bridge computer scoring system and don't want to mess up the club's computer, is I have an exact copy of the program on my home computer, complete with data base, so I can practice all I want without worrying about damaging the club's program or its data. It also gives me a good back up in case the club computer gets stolen or the program crashes.
Enjoy your walk tomorrow!

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/20/2010 12:44AM

    Have a fabulous walk!! I will be cheering you on from afar.

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NONIE_C 11/19/2010 11:30PM

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I wish you the very best of luck tomorrow. Have fun!!!
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Toastmasters and Steps!

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!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 11/20/2010 5:15PM

    I am so happy to hear you sounded like you're feeling better.
The way you are getting your steps in makes so much sense! Keep filing and stepping along!
Stay positive!

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CARRAND 11/19/2010 9:31PM

    Good for you for getting your steps in!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/19/2010 4:08PM

    emoticonI love the way you welcome every bit of extra walking as a plus. Have a great weekend! emoticon

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ULEWIJ 11/19/2010 3:34PM

    I really liked how in this blog you see how your outlook had shifted to the positive; I know I try really hard to see the positive, and it can be so hard at times. Thank you for the reminder!

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/19/2010 9:18AM

    Keep your energy up for your big day tomorrow! I too did not see the notice about maintenance. I was right in the middle of entering info when the site went down. But the points are just virtual. What you are doing for yourself is real. Keep up the good work!

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JHADZHIA 11/18/2010 11:22PM

    And it shows how very far you have come in committing to a healthy lifestyle!! Keep up the good work!! I hope you continue to feel good and can get you work and exercise done! And they are not small changes, they are HUGE!
Its a sign of success!
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It Feels as if I Have Made a Leap Forward

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:


~ drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day
~beginning my day with uplifting thoughts
~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 - still in the plan!

~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!

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.

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CARRAND 11/18/2010 10:10PM

    You sound great, and so positive, and that's good to hear.
Just keep doing what you're doing.


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LIBBYFITZ 11/18/2010 3:10PM

    emoticonSo glad you are finally feeling better, it has been a long haul for you. Good on you for that jog down the hill! emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/18/2010 12:20PM

    Wow!! This is fabulous!! Well done!! Welcome back the real you!! The go getter who is going to rock her program!!
Ginger tea is one of my favorites :) Tea doesn't have to be boring, lots of exciting flavors to explore! Grating fresh ginger in it and lemon peel will give it extra zing. I have never drunk coffee, can't stand it, and gave up pop long ago. All I drink is soy milk and water, but to give myself something warm in our long, bitterly cold winters, I got into herbal teas, and boy, was I glad to!
Good luck with this challenge, you can do it!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 11/18/2010 10:20AM

  It's great to read that you're in a much happier mind set. :-)

Congrats on all the weight you have lost! :-)

Love the "send out christmas cards *before* christmas" part. ;-)

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/18/2010 10:05AM

    I am so happy you are feeling better. Yesterday sounds like a great day. Twenty pounds is a real accomplishment. Be proud of it. Goals are just that - goals. It is your accomplishments that speak for you. You have had a significant weight loss. You are changing your lifestyle. Those are real; be proud of them.

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VICD25 11/18/2010 8:25AM

    WoW! You sound like a whole other person. I'm so glad for you. Love the jogging spirit!

Congrats on your weight loss. If you are not feeling proud with 23lbs. try going to the grocery store and pick up 20lbs of flour/ lard/ potatoes/ etc. That will make you realize just how far you have come!!

I hope you address Thanksgiving with the plan to eat everything you want but in moderation. It's so much easier than just avoiding all the good things you like. . .

Remember the 3 bite rule. (I can't find it now, but will e-mail it to you when I get it from CAROLYN 1314). In essence it's 3 bites of anything you want so you don't fee deprived!

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