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No Pedometer, Work and Spreading the Spark

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!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 12/18/2010 9:40PM

  emoticon you are spreading the spark around to others. :) You have done great losing 25 pounds... and, you should be proud of that accomplishment. :)

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NONIE_C 12/16/2010 10:10PM

    Work sounds super exciting, except the bit about Yvonne's boss, but don't spend too much brain time on that nonsense. And emoticon on spreading the Spark!!! How cool!!! You are an inspiration!

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CARRAND 12/16/2010 8:50PM

    Slow losing is OK. And 25 pounds lost is a real accomplishment.


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ISHIIGIRL 12/16/2010 11:43AM

    If it takes you 3 yrs that is ok, you will be able to sustain that weight loss. There are so many people out there who rush through their weight loss without learning the lessons they need to sustain it so they gain it all back. My personal motto, slow and steady wins the race. You can do it! You have lost 25 lbs this year and if it takes you three years to lose the rest it will probably stay lost and gone forever at that rate! So proud of you! Keep up the good work!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/16/2010 6:14AM

    This is the first year in a long time that I got my cards sent out early. One of my goals is to be more organized and I have a "spark" of success every once in a while.
It's wonderful that you have a career that actually involves something that you enjoy doing for the most part. That's how I felt about teaching. It had it's negatives, but the "goods" far outweighed the "bads."

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VENISEW1 12/16/2010 1:39AM

    emoticon emoticonon your progress! I've bought more than enough cards for the year but only sending out as what comes in & just handing out a few in person to save on stamps & time. I'm very proud of you for being civil w/your co-worker. You can never click w/everyone. Take care.

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Decided to Live Victoriously

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!

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CARRAND 12/15/2010 8:47PM

    Good for you!

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MISSY455 12/15/2010 2:02AM

    Attitude is everything!

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JHADZHIA 12/14/2010 11:20PM

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Its very hard not to be offended by Yvonne appearing to slack off when you are covering for her. How is it that you had the time to even see her on Facebook? I don't use it and don't know how you tell when someone is online on it, but would guess you have to be logged in it to see.
Keep up the great work!
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A Breathless 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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JAKEANDNELLIE 12/14/2010 12:36AM

    You are wise to continue taking classes and adding new "capabilities" to your resume! I firmly believe education is a never-ending process (spoken like a true retired teacher) and keeps us alert and vital!
You sound much more positive and happier in your past few blogs! I was worried about you.

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MISSY455 12/13/2010 10:43PM

    I am glad you signed up for the certification. I am a firm believer in life long learning. You never know when those skills will come in handy. Even in your current position at work, mediation is always helpful!

Paying bills is my second least favorite thing to do, next to dusting! At least you are on the couch!

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CARRAND 12/13/2010 9:28PM

    You certainly do keep busy! I'll say a prayer for your friend.

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JHADZHIA 12/13/2010 8:37PM

    Busy day, but you sure are getting things done! Well done with the fitness!
You are a very special and forgiving person to put up so well with people's faults, and yet still admire and understand where they are coming from. Its this empathy that is getting you close to your co workers, so that you suffer when they suffer or when they have to leave..
So sorry for Yvonne's parents :((, my thoughts and heart goes out to them.

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NANNER2121 12/13/2010 8:28PM

    Yvonne and family now on my prayers and energies list.

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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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