Friday, December 17, 2010
MY LIFE FEELS UNBALANCED WHEN I DON'T take a walk every day
IT ALSO FEELS OUT OF BALANCE IF I EAT too little vegetables and too many carbohydrates - any time I eat out of balance.
MY BIGGEST CHALLENGE RIGHT NOW IS BALANCING everything. I've never had a life in balance.
IN ORDER TO CREATE BALANCE IN MY LIFE THIS WEEK, I WILL get 8 hours of sleep every night. I need that energy in order to tackle everything else.
ONE ACT OF KINDNESS I WILL DO FOR MYSELF THIS WEEK IS: I traded in my cellphone for a new one that works!
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK IS:
WHICH BOOK, ARTICLE, MAGAZINE, ETC., WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP, INSPIRATION, OR MOTIVATION TO BEGIN LIVING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE? IN OTHER WORDS, IS THERE ONE THAT HELPED YOU, AND HOW?
(SPARKPEOPLE IS A GIVEN...JUST SAYIN')
[For me, I had the chance to recommend Steven Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People". A coworker was really stressed and I told her the biggest tip I got from the book. Picture 3 concentric circles. The smallest one contains those things that you can influence or control. The next one contains those things you may be concerned about but either cannot influence or it's not the right time to do so. The largest circle contains everything else, especially those that you have no control over. When something worries you, figure out whether you can fix it now, later or ever. If not now, don't spend energy on it!
At work, I am the only one in my department who works in a different building. My boss used to work on this floor, but he moved to Knoxville 2 years ago. The rest of the floor is the finance department. Today, they had a send-off for a contractor who has found a full time job. When the executive admin is there, she makes sure the entire floor is included. But she is off on Fridays, so it was left up to the A/P manager. She left me out. She looked right at me and away and rounded up the rest of the floor. I worked very closely with the departing employee on tax exempt questions FOR HER DEPARTMENT! It had nothing to do with the bagels and everything to do with respect and appreciation. That was why I slipped into a bit of a pity party today. It felt justified and yet, I hate feeling like that!
Today was also the departure day for one of my supervising attorneys. I was not there for her farewell party so I was not tempted by the tiramisu (don't like it anyway!). I left early because I moved wrong yesterday and hurt my back. I stayed for most of the day because of meetings, but I suffered! She understood why I left early and we managed to say our best wishes without tears. I still feel them, though.
Surprisingly, I got in over 9K steps, 3 miles and 42 minutes! I ate within range, but just barely. It was another HUNGRY day. I also ate some crackers when the pain made me nauseous. TMI, I am sure!
The storm has not yet arrived. It has been raining lightly, but not the downpour that was forecast.
Something weird is going on at work. I am quite nervous. Every day, another one or two people leave. I have gotten some weird responses to some routine questions, so I feel a bit anxious about my status...That does, however, fall into the second circle. I am concerned, can't do anything about it, so...........Move on, brain!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
13,257 is what my pedometer says I did today! I walked as much as I could today knowing that it is going to be very stormy for the next few days. I looked for every opportunity to move that I could! I took two bags of food to donate to the food drive, I walked to the cafe for the free fruit, all kinds of back and forth while working, fast walking at Costco at lunch and fast walking through Sears and every inch of the drug store (only a small exaggeration there).
Nonie_C's blog today is a victorious blog, not only for her successful week while on a business trip, but for the retrospective - the choices she's making that are different from before her SP journey.
So where am I at nearly 11 months in? Hmmmm.
Not as far as I thought I would be in terms of weight loss ("only" 25 pounds) and I will take it! I hit a long plateau in the spring and I still do not have exercise fully integrated in my lifestyle.
I have always had breakfast, so that has not changed. What has changed? Instead of pop tarts or muffins, I relish my heavy duty high fiber cereal. I have also switched from 2% to 1% milk for it.
White rice is replaced by brown and I really want to try black rice. Beef is history (but I LOVE it!) and I very often have meatless meals and days. Portion control is inconsistent, but doing much better. Monterey jack, pepper jack and sharp Cheddar have been replaced by lowfat mozzarella and portions are much smaller!
My tape measure has disappeared, so I don't know how many inches I've lost. But I walk a lot more, the hills are not as noticable, I don't begrudge walking more than I have to.
I've started doing some strength training, not enough to get excited about, but that is starting to change and will definitely change this coming year. Looking forward to the new year, making resolutions that I am actually going to keep - this anticipation is new!
Eight hours of sleep is still elusive sometimes, but I am doing much better. I do have cycles of insomnia, but they seem to be less severe. Overall, my energy level is improving.
Instead of guzzling diet soda, I am very consistent about eight glasses of water
And I am mostly at peace with the idea that it is going to take another year or more for me to drop the rest of this tonnage.
The chrysalis is starting to crack. The butterfly will emerge!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I forgot to wear my pedometer today! I hate it when I forget it. I had to estimate what I did.
Work is completely nonstop. I have not even had time to address my Christmas cards because I come home completely exhausted. But it has had good moments. Today, our top attorney asked me to find a US Supreme Court case (my favorite thing!). It's actually not a case yet, but it was announced last week that the Court would hear the oral arguments next year. She wanted me to find the filings associated with the case. It took me moments to find the docket number, but, since the case is not yet before the Court, I had to hunt for the documents. I found them and was thrilled. She was amazed that I found the docket number so quickly. The letter about the case that she received did not contain the docket number and that surprised me because it came from one of our outside counsel firms. It may be that the docket wasn't assigned when the letter was drafted and did not get updated when it was done.
Our legal department director supports my interest in mediation, thinks I will be good at it and was impressed that I have a support letter to the county court already lined up.
Yvonne's boss has yet to express any appreciation for my work for his department. His emails have been very high and mighty which makes me react very negatively. I have to watch that! He sent an email to my boss about something else, some sort of contemplated system upgrade and wanted to know all about our department's internal workings. He has probably been tasked to spearhead the effort, but the tone of his email was very rude and condescending. UGH. He was my boss for a few months and, while we were civil, we just did not click.
I had the opportunity to spread the Spark today. Two people wanted to know how I had lost 25 pounds this year and I was happy to answer the questions...! Next year, I need to do a lot more! It may take close to 3 years to lose this tonnage and I keep telling myself that that is ok because I am learning very good habits while on the journey.
My internet connection is unreliable, so I will log off for now and beg indulgence for not thanking y'all for comments and spark goodies.
Cyberhugs to all!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I decided I was going to live victoriously today. What did I do? Nothing differently, but I had a very positive attitude. I usually do, but today was a high energy day and I needed it.
The workload is nuts and it does not feel as if it will drop off until after the break. I was a bit upset when I saw Yvonne was on Facebook but I have to remind myself that I don't know everything. She was probably on a break. Normally, I would not care except that I have been working very hard on her desk! My boss might get upset if he heard, but I also don't want to come across as if I am tattling. I hate office politics!
The last meeting with my supervising attorney was postponed until tomorrow afternoon. She sounds really, really stressed and, of course I don't want to add to it in any way.
The interesting conference call was all that and more. It went a different direction than I expected, but I learned a few things. Before the call started, our VP asked for an update on the matter and I started to answer when the outside counsel called. She asked him the same thing and he used the exact words I did! That was pretty cool!
I got in over 9K steps, some strength training and ate within range. Yes, it was a victorious day!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I registered for the Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate class today. I've been intending to do so for a while, but I had to juggle some things and scrounge for the money. The company is not covering this, it is all me. I view it as a chance to earn some money on the side, make contacts with other paralegals and local attorneys and judges. Who knows what the future holds? I have six months to complete the certificate work. The material should arrive next week. Aside from the money issue, I like the idea of having the communication skills to bring people together to work things out so they don't have to spend the money on a trial. In California, most civil cases require some sort of mediation before a trial can be set.
I had no trouble getting my steps in - I made countless trips between two of the buildings on our campus. Additionally, my routine round trip walks to the cafe (one in the morning, one at lunch time) took longer because I had to detour around the work being done to repair some asphalt. No complaint from me! 9222 steps. Plus, I am back to doing hip flexors, squats and other exercises in the elevator. If I take the elevator, it saves my knee and I can walk every day. If not, I set myself back by a day or two.
I am still covering part of Yvonne's desk. She came in today and, other than being tired, is over her cold. BUT her dad had surgery this morning and she was there with him and her mom. He is in very bad shape due to age, diabetes and the heart issues. Her mom is, we believe, in the beginning noticable stages of Alzheimers, so Yvonne has a lot on her plate. I know she feels alone but part of that is her doing because she puts walls up and doesn't allow those who care about her and her parents to help. She also is one of those people who, when things go wrong, sees everything negatively and as if she is the only one who has a problem. I find myself biting my tongue a lot...!
Tomorrow afternoon, I have a conference call with our top attorney and the outside counsel. The question is interesting and I am excited to listen in on the discussion. I am honored to be included!
Tomorrow is also my last one on one meeting with the attorney who is leaving. She came up to me today and asked if we could still have the meeting (I had not deleted it from my calendar) and between what and how she spoke, it sounds personal. Despite her sometimes prickly manner, I will miss her. She knows I respect her legal knowledge a lot. It will be poignant.
On top of the "must finish this before Christmas shutdown" push and workload, we have to do our self-assessment in preparation for the personnel reviews. These are a big deal because the review impacts a significant amount of the bonus. My boss gave me until next week to fill it out, but I did it today in case he wants to get feedback from the departing attorney. I also added a new category based on the comments our new CEO made last week: leadership. I noted that I will be the secretary for the company Toastmaster club and that I am going to be mentoring the new club. I have also joined the "read to lead" program at work. My cynicism rears its head. All that is fluff because the company has the philosophy that every review MUST have something negative. Not to say I am perfect, but I have received unjust criticisms in the past. On the other hand, I have also gone into a review meeting expecting to be hammered for some transgression and have received a pass! Go figure!
The list of people who are leaving the company gets longer and longer. By law, they don't say why the person is leaving, but the rumor mill does and is usually pretty accurate. I have been surprised! So far, I am ok and I said many prayers of thanksgiving for that today!
I will end the day within range in nutrition, got the steps in and did some light strength/balance training. I should have run some errands this evening, but I am taking care of myself and relaxing. (If you can call paying bills relaxing...But I am on my couch.)
Please pray for Yvonne and her parents. I would appreciate it!
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