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A Day of Friendship, Food and the Arts (Scale, Too!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I spent most of the day with a very good friend and her partner. We met as coworkers years ago at one company. She left the company and I lost track of her for a few years. We got reacquanted at a holiday lunch. She is the one who brought me to my present company. She was laid off from there almost 2 years ago, but our friendship has only deepened.

I took the train to San Jose and we went to lunch. I can only guess at the food metrics. After lunch, we enjoyed a musical based on the life of Ginger Rogers. After every song, I was sure it was my favorite and then the next one was better. The staging was lovely and some of the voices were amazing. We had the chance to participate in the Q&A with the cast.

Now it can be said. The attorney who is leaving is the one I have been working with for part of the work week. This coming Friday is her last day. I am sorry to see her leave...Several others are leaving that same day, so there is no joy in mudville for me.

Tomorrow - back on track with exercise and food! I am determined to keep moving forward. I am .7 away from -25 pounds gone since I started my SP journey. It has gone a lot more slowly than I ever expected. At this rate, it will take almost 3 years to lose this tonnage! But, along the way, I am learning and changing. If I stick with it, these pounds truly will be gone for good!

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JHADZHIA 12/13/2010 8:44PM

    So glad you enjoyed your lunch and musical with your friend, its nice you had some relaxing time in and amongst all the work you have been doing. You need a recharge.
So sorry about losing more co workers. Your company seems to be having quite the time :(
It took me two years to lose the weight I needed to, while my sister lost about the same amount in only six months. I believe people with our condition have everything happen slowly, no matter how good we are at sticking to the program :( I know I really exercised my butt off and was very good with eating, but the lbs crept ever so slowly off anyway.. Not having a social life meant I had few temptations and little distractions, so no excuses of big binges, many social suppers, etc...
But I also think slow means it won't come back on quickly either. 11 months maintaining and no gain for me now..
Keep up the great work!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/13/2010 7:22PM

    Life continues to change and evolve, no matter how much we'd like it to remain the same. Hopefully, the attorney you like is moving on to better things!
The day with your friend sounds like exactly what you needed - time for fun and laughter and friendship! I love musicals, especially stage productions. I love to go to dinner theaters - no matter what the presentation is! I can't sing or even carry a tune but I love music.
The ups and downs of this journey have definitely been a learning experience. Hopefully, I'm back on track now and you soon will be!
Stay focused, determined, and positive!
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MYSTERY4EVER 12/13/2010 11:05AM

    Your determination and motivation to get to your weight loss goal will carry you forward. I really believe that slow is the way to go so that the body gets used to the new weight gradually and isn't trying to keep it on.

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Saturday Workday & Feeling Huge

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I thought I was going to put in about 3 hours at work today and it ended up being almost twice that without me achieving as much as I thought I would. I picked up the work that Yvonne could not do (she's worked from home while sick, but, when you work from home, you don't have full access to all the systems). Her student did not get as much done as I thought, so, when I came in this morning, I discovered that I needed to go back and fill in what was not finished. On top of that, the systems were running slowly. I guess IT was running some maintenance programs.

I ate different foods today and ended up on the low end of the range in most things. I feel really huge today and it's probably because I chugged diet sodas yesterday...

I am tired, tired, tired!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/12/2010 6:55PM

    I hope you get a good night's sleep after all the extra work.
I think you're probably right about the soda. I hadn't had any in months and drank a Sprite while on a trip - and felt bloated and terrible for hours afterwards!
Stay positive!

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CARRAND 12/12/2010 4:04PM

    Better get a good sleep tonight. I hope you boss appreciates you.

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ISHIIGIRL 12/12/2010 9:02AM

    We all have days like that. Make sure and drink lots of water to flush the bloat and you will do better tomorrow! Hope you get to relax for the rest of your weekend!

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JHADZHIA 12/12/2010 12:14AM

    Nice of you to pick up the slack! Sorry you didn't get as much done as you wished..I hope you can get a good night's sleep and rest and have a peaceful Sunday!
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MISSY455 12/12/2010 12:04AM

    I hope you get a good night's sleep tonight. I have found myself drinking way more diet sodas than I did in the beginning of my SP days. It has definitely affected my water intake. Just substituting one vice for another I guess.

Hopefully you got enough done today that you won't feel too far behind on Monday.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Validated! WooHoo! What a Day! A Prayer Request

Friday, December 10, 2010

Today was something else! In yesterday's blog, I mentioned the awkward situation with the manager who was upset that I included his boss on an email about some legal research I had done. I included the VP not because he's the boss but because he is an attorney and a paralegal may not perform work without attorney supervision. Late this afternoon, the VP came to me and asked me how I was doing. I told him I am doing great! Then I asked him about the awkward situation yesterday. We talked and he understood completely why I had included him in the email and also why I had not earlier (I knew he was in an all day meeting). He said he spoke with the requesting manager yesterday and told him that the next time he has a request like that, he needs to have one of the attorneys ask me. Totally validated! I DID make the right decision! Of course I knew I did, but it was awesome to have that kind of support!

At lunch time, I drove to our outside counsel's office to deliver some discovery documents. It was casual dress day so I did not ask the receptionist to page him. I was not dressed to meet anyone! (I did not know I was going to do this before today or I would have dressed differently.) I left the confidential sealed envelope with her. Their office is really nice! It was moments from work, so I had the chance to take a walk and also augment my leftovers with a fresh salad from the cafe. It was a very short lunch time - work has been unbelievable! That was the first time I ever have done a trip like that. It's a little thing, but the fact that my employer trusts me to hand deliver legal documents was very cool!

I had two meetings this morning. The second was a leadership conference call with one of our board members. I may never meet him, but I would sure like to. He is very intelligent, degrees up the wazoo in areas of study that I would never pursue, he teaches, is the executive director of a think tank and was an astronaut. I am the only nontechnical person who attended, so it was a personal satisfaction to have him validate one of my observations.

The first meeting of the day was with our new CEO. It was a "this is what we did this year, these are the goals for next year" kind of meeting. I always sit in the front row because, otherwise, I can't see or hear. I am also known for asking questions. I asked one today that several people thought was really sharp. I never get tired of hearing that! The meeting opened with bagels, fruit, juice, coffee and toppings for the bagels. I had some fruit.

One of my coworkers brings in doughnuts every Friday and insists that I distribute some in the Finance group and I am supposed to have some. Today, no one wanted any and the smell got to me as the day wore on. The stress of workload almost triggered me to inhale some doughnut holes, but I stopped at one...! Progress!

I finished two of the big projects I needed to do for the outside counsel! Neither were as big as I thought they would be, so that was a nice surprise. I went to work very early and stayed very late. I will be going in tomorrow as well.

Yvonne has been sick and I have been attempting to cover her desk in between everything else. Her boss is the one with whom I had the awkward moment yesterday. Please keep her in your prayers. Her elderly parents are having some very serious health issues. She is scared! She is an only child and this whole thing is really freaking her out.

I have been having intermittent computer issues, so if I am slow to say thank you for spark goodies, post notes or whatnot, that is why...

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MYSTERY4EVER 12/11/2010 11:54PM

    Sounds like progress at work. Your resistance to the doughnuts speaks of how far you have come.

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MISSY455 12/11/2010 12:31AM

    Sounds like progress in all aspects of your life! Congrats!

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JHADZHIA 12/10/2010 10:47PM

    Love to hear how well you are doing in your work and your healthy lifestyle!
I can just feel the energy flowing from the page. When you get such confirmation of your skills and ability, it gives you a high that just keeps building! Here is to more kudos I am sure you will be getting!
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ACIMPEGGY 12/10/2010 10:38PM

    Marvelous day for you! I will keep your co-worker and her loved ones in my prayers.

It is great when you feel you go above and beyond at work. And with your nutrition, too...and walking!

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CARRAND 12/10/2010 10:29PM


Your blog made me feel good. You are doing so well, both at work and with the healthy eating. Keep up the good work.

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Countdown Begins

Thursday, December 09, 2010

There were 11 working days left in the year when today started. I never did the countdown until this year. My company shuts down between Christmas and New Years. The end of the year push is really draining and stressful. I don't know how I'll get it all done!

Today ended with an uncomfortable situation that may blow up tomorrow. A manager (not mine) asked me to do research on a statute. It took me a while. I found the statute and it was 30 pages long! I read it, skimming first, then reread it more carefully. I also found a brochure published by the state attorney general's office. I wrote a memo with my findings and sent it to the manager. I also copied the director of the legal department who is, incidentally, his boss. I knew the VP was in an all-day meeting, so I had not bugged him about the request before doing it. I told the manager the reason I copied the VP on it is because he is an attorney and that, as a paralegal, my work is subject to legal supervision. The manager sent me an email saying that it is his prerogative to decide when the VP sees something. I replied that, in legal matters, by state statute, that prerogative explicitly does not exist and that, if I did legal work without attorney supervision (or prior direct authorization) then I would be breaking the law. The Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) is a very serious charge and I don't want to lose my career, my job, my bank account or my freedom for that!

In between the emails between the manager and me was an email from the VP saying to take it off line. I don't know what that meant. Maybe he did not know about the request. Maybe he thought I should have asked before doing the research. Maybe there were some other conversations about which I have no knowledge. He does have a hot temper and has been known to react before having all the facts. I very well could get chewed out tomorrow. I will stand my ground. I made the best decision I could based on what I knew. If I should have asked first, then, I know next time. (Assuming I don't get fired!). If the manager was right to be tweaked, then I wonder why an attorney would not want to know what his department is doing!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/11/2010 7:42PM

    I hope it all turns out okay for you.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/10/2010 8:24AM

  Wow. Stand your ground. Best of luck.. and, let us know how it goes!!!!


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Tasty Lunch and Layoff Season Has Returned

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I had chana masala at lunch (a dish with rice, chickpeas and tomatoes) at the work cafe. To that, I added some spicy black beans and it was a feast! I was full, my palate was joyful and I lasted until dinner...

It's layoff season again. A couple of admins, two sales people, a lady in the payroll office, three technical guys and and attorney. I am sorry to see them all go. I feel diminished at their loss, but, obviously, the company believes it will do without them. We had a huge layoff a couple of years ago and I think that cut too deeply. However, I am very low on the organization chart, so...

I am, so far, safe, but time will tell.

Great news, however! I was invited to become a mentor for the new club that the employees at the VA are starting. I accepted conditionally - I had to clear the extended lunch hour with my boss. He approved today! I start in January! I am SO excited! It's a closed club (restricted membership), so I would not get to meet these people otherwise. The area governor said the club asked for me as a mentor! The lady whose speech I evaluated last month works with vets who've lost their sight. She trains them how to function in the world without sight. Improving her communcation skills will help her clients and I am humbled and excited at the prospect of contributing to her success! I am sure there are plenty of other stories behind each of these employees and I look forward to getting to know them.

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CARRAND 12/9/2010 10:03PM

    I think you'll be a wonderful mentor!

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ADF_1975 12/9/2010 11:00AM

    Layoffs are always scarey. It's good to know you are safe. :) Wow! congrats on the mentor program what a compliment. have fun..

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MYSTERY4EVER 12/9/2010 10:00AM

    What is important is that you keep doing your best. Layoffs happen. But you need to keep doing what you have been doing - making yourself the best person you can be - physically and mentally. Keep up the good work.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/8/2010 10:57PM

  Companies apparently LOVE laying off people just in time for christmas and new years... :( Not nice at all.

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JHADZHIA 12/8/2010 10:16PM

    Wow! That is some pretty heavy lay offs there, particularly when you are so busy!!
A HUGE congratulations on being chosen as mentor for the employees new club at the VA Center. They obviously think very highly of you. You should be very, very proud!! You will have something to look forward to now! Great of your boss to allow this too!
Your lunch sounded fabulous!
Keep up the great work!!

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IMREITE 12/8/2010 9:59PM

    We have had layoffs too. and there is no reason to expect there won't be more soon after the finish some reorgs. the powers that be rearely notice the losses, but i the people who do the daily work notice it!

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