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A Sad Day

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Today was a long day...I made it through the day at work and got some good work done, but am drained as I type this. My head cold is centered on my throat and I am tired.

I ate lightly and got in over 8K steps. Not much strength training, either.

My friend Wendy was fired on Monday. (I found out today) My heart breaks for her. I don't know who will take her responsibilities. She was our senior paralegal and handled our IP transactions (patents, trademarks and copyright releases). I hope we will remain in touch...

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LIBBYFITZ 1/7/2011 7:17PM

    Sorry to hear about your co[worker getting fired. Hope you get well soon. emoticon

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CARRAND 1/6/2011 8:29PM

    I'm sorry about your friend. This is a tough economy to be looking for a job. I'm sorry you're sick, too. See your doctor if you think the throat is a strep infection. I was just reading a SP Article about what to eat when you're sick. It said don't worry about calories when you're sick. When you have a fever, your metabolism actually goes up!


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MYSTERY4EVER 1/6/2011 12:13PM

    Wow, you are going through so much at work. Keep your health up. You are important.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/6/2011 10:26AM

  sorry about your friend Wendy getting fired. :( sorry you had a bad day.


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TIBURONA 1/6/2011 1:25AM

    Feel it. (I keep reminding myself "this too shall pass" a lot lately).
We're here for you.

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JHADZHIA 1/6/2011 1:19AM

    Sorry about Wendy :(( Its bad when they are firing senior people :((.. Hope you feel better soon, but take it easy and look after yourself while you are sick, eat lots of citrus, get that vitamin C in, can lessen the length of time you are sick and the severity...
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BYEFATNANNY 1/5/2011 11:17PM

    That was insult to injury - sick and a co-worker gets fired. At least you ate well and got 8K in...when you are sick...not bad. Hang in there

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METAMORPHOSIS36 1/5/2011 11:08PM

    I'm sorry you had such a bad day. emoticon

Make it a point to try to keep in contact with your friend. She probably could use some comforting too.


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Another Wasted Day!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Yesterday's HVAC failure at work meant everyone was cold. I woke up with swollen glands and swollen tonsils so I stayed home and slept a lot. Another day of no exercise. Tomorrow I will go back to work and get some steps in...I am really unhappy to have to use a sick day the first week of the year!

I intended to eat lightly today and ended up in midrange. This year has a rough beginning!

On top of everything else, my microwave died this evehing.

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CARRAND 1/5/2011 7:58PM

    Sometimes your body just needs a rest, so your day was not really a waste. It does sound frustrating, though. I like to be active, too. I hope tomorrow is better for you!

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JHADZHIA 1/4/2011 11:13PM

    Sorry about the crappy start to your New Year :(( I couldn't live without my microwave, its all I use!! I don't use the stove or oven :((
I hope tomorrow is a better day. No worries about the exercise. You need to rest and recover first.

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ALLEY2300 1/4/2011 10:34PM

    Not a wasted day! This may have been coming on anyhow! Get your rest and come back stronger! Sorry about the nuker though, it sucks when those die =( Hang in there, you will make it work!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/4/2011 10:27PM

  Hope you're feeling better tomorrow. Sorry to hear about your microwave. :( Make sure you get plenty of rest & liquids.

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EMPTYNESTER60 1/4/2011 10:25PM

    If you were sick it's probably best that you just took it easy today. With so much sickness going around now be sure to get the rest you need & keep those fluids coming. Good luck tomorrow if you go back to work.

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MICHCLEARY 1/4/2011 10:16PM

    Hope tomorrow is a better day. I woke up sick and missed my workout as well. Tomorrow is another day!

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Ouch and Brrr!

Monday, January 03, 2011

A few days ago, I really overdid it housekeeping and hurt myself in some weird spots. My left arm hurts if I move it or attempt to carry anything of any weight. Today, I was glad to get back to walking at work, forgetting that the cafe was closed. I had not brought fruit with me and that made for a hungry day! (I did have some craisins for my cereal, but I missed the banana and apple).

While I was walking, something moved in my left heel, close to the very tender Achilles tendon. That cut short my walk and turned me into a limping mess of pain.

Today was my first day at the VA Toastmaster club as one of their mentors. They welcomed me as if I were a celebrity! What a boost to my ego! The more I interact with these people, the more I like them. One guest castigated the crowd for what he thought was an incorrect definition of the word of the day ("salient"). He went on and on and on. I was amazed. The definition given was correct, as was this guy's. I finally said, "One of the beauties of the English language is that some words have multiple definitions." The meeting did not go smoothly, but they are learning and the rough edges will smooth out. I ended up being away from the office longer than planned, but dealing with the parking situation and walking back to my car (before the heel flared up) helped add to my step total.

No strength training today. Too much pain. This is so frustrating.

Having posted my food for the day, I see again that shrimp is awfully high in cholesterol. Rats!

Today was the first day back at work since before Christmas and all kinds of things were haywire. All the fax machines had been turned off so nothing came through - despite orders to leave them in "sleep" mode. The finance department was really unhappy! One of the elevators had a sign on it that it was not working, so I unhappily took the four flights of stairs. Later, it turned out the elevator was ok. My knee sure was unhappy! The worst thing, however, was that the HVAC units were down. It was COLD in the office all day. Even after facilities sent an email that the problem was fixed, the buildings were cold. The first floor was warmer at 67 degrees. I have no idea how cold it was on the second floor, but it was colder. I never took my jacket off! Watch - tomorrow will be broiling!

I am failing at my exercise goals so far....Discouraging....

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CARRAND 1/4/2011 7:14PM

    You are doing the best you can, and that's the important thing. I've had heal pain on and off before. It can be really painful! I remember limping for weeks. My doctor gave me some stretching exercises that helped, and recommended putting ice on it after I walked.

The toastmasters sounds really interesting. Hang in there. You'll get it done.

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    You can push through, but don't overdo it! You are doing great and do not feel bad. I agree, just try to be in the low end of your calorie intake range and you'll do fine!

We're in this together!

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JHADZHIA 1/4/2011 7:44AM

    So sorry you had this set back :(( Water exercise is a great way to go to stay off the foot. You can also do chair exercises. Hope you feel better soon Just be careful what you eat and ride the lower end of your calories while off, get lots of protein to avoid getting hungry.

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41SUSAN14 1/4/2011 12:53AM

    I know that heel pain - it's (forgive the pun) a pain.

Can you do something different for a while? Water walk? stationary bike? Use resistance bands?

Assume the "Ibuprofen Speech" (Remember to take the nsaid of your choice - it will help reduce the internal swelling around the injury and allow your body to heal faster...") And drink lots of fluids!

And be extra nice to yourself for a couple weeks while things get better.

You're not failing. Geesh, you walked up four flights of stairs! You're just trying some different avenues.

You're GREAT!

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Pasta Shocker!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

A friend of mine gave me some money for Christmas and I used it at Ross Dress for Less when I found the Fit and Fresh food containers. Tomorrow is the first day of work for the new year, so I prepared my breakfast and lunch tonight (partially). I use a higher fiber vegetable pasta but had never measured it out. I did that tonight out of curiosity. Two ounces of pasta is not very much! And that is 200 calories! Yikes! No wonder my weight loss has been so slow! Just shows that portion distortion is alive and well!

Now I am afraid I will feel hungry despite the veggies and fruit and protein. I have been having too much pasta!

I walked a very little bit today and it felt ok. Tomorrow, I will walk at work and it will be good to be back in that routine. My new walking shoes are already in the car. But it will be a tough day at work. Not just for the work and because it's the first day back since 12/23, but my friend Wendy called this evening to say that she fully expects to be fired tomorrow. I hope she's wrong!

Also looming is my personnel review. Those are never comfortable experiences. My boss is a wonderful man, but he is so busy with big picture stuff that he lost sight of me a long time ago. It does not help that I started reporting to him as a result of a reorganization. I still feel as if I got dumped on him. The other awkward thing is that he is 3 timezones east of me, so the review will be done over the phone and via email...I'm still getting used to how weird long distance reporting is...

This year is not starting well despite my intentions. I have yet to do any meaningful exercise. I could let that fester, but I won't. A new page turns in the morning and I know I will get it done.

Tomorrow is also my first meeting with the VA Toastmaster club as their mentor. I hope I do a good job with them! Years ago, I was a teacher. I was in my early 20s, fresh out of college and scared to death. I was so scared because I know teachers can have a profound impact on students. I was not a good teacher because I had no self confidence. Now, I have some, but is it enough? Will my passion and enthusiasm carry the day?

I am full of self doubt tonight, mostly about my weightloss journey. The funk will pass, but I know I need to do more work.

I am so grateful for SparkPeople and for my Spark Family! I could never adequately express how much this site and you have contributed to my success and to my life. I am richer for these 11 months.

The pasta shocker is just a reminder that there is always something else to learn...

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/3/2011 11:22PM

    Portion control along with the Nutrition Tracker have been the big help for me. It is amazing how a little bit of some foods has a tremendous calorie load. These things all take time. It is good that you got a set of storage containers. That helps in the long run. All the best in the New Year.

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CARRAND 1/3/2011 8:14PM

    I was amazed when I started to measure things like rice. 1/2 cup of rice just isn't much.

I can relate to the work review, too. I had mine in December, and lets just say my manager doesn't appreciate me. She trusts me enough to move me to manage another group that's having problems, which is where I started today. She wants me to clean up.

But, I went to the gym for strength training after work, which I love to do, so that gave me something to look forward to all day.

Hang in there. You're on the right track, and I'm sure you'll get to where you want to be.

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JHADZHIA 1/3/2011 12:12AM

    So you have discovered pasta's secret. I unfortunately loved pasta too much and for sure was in the portion distortion mode. I ended up cutting it mostly out of my diet because it was hard to stop at that tiny 1/2 cup serving, even expaneded with veggies! All I can say is I am glad there is no Olive Garden here, because I sure wouldn't go out to eat there just to have a salad!!!
That is one strange or very large company you work for that your boss is that far away!! But I guess they feel there is no such thing as borders in the modern age of communications. I for one would hate a phone or video conference. I prefer in person dealings.
There is no subsitute for weighing and measuring everything you eat. Its what made the difference in me losing weight (and keeping it off). I still weigh and measure everything. I know I am no good at guessing. Though I am getting more knowledgeable with portion sizes now as I get more experienced at it.
All the best with it, you can do it!!!

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MISSY455 1/2/2011 10:55PM

    emoticon Perhaps you can add in some extra veggies, most are pretty low in calories, until you get used to the portion size of the pasta. I could never figure out the ounce sizes of anything, so I usually just go by the SparkPeople rule of 1/2 cup cooked for starches.

Try to enjoy yourself at the VA Toastmaster club tomorrow! Your passion is amazing!!!

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ETTEZEUS 1/2/2011 10:46PM

    I can soooooo relate to the pasta problem! I normally eat pasta the night before my long runs and I tend to eat 3-4 portions!! Can you believe that???

My portions are way out of control for some things....like 1/4 cup of cashews....who can eat just a 1/4 cup??? What is that, like 4 whole cashews.....LOL

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PEDNURSEMOM 1/2/2011 10:35PM

    I am still trying to figure out portion control. It does seem like some of these serving sizes are small, but I think I'm just used to ones that were too big!

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Instead of Resolutions, Commitments

Saturday, January 01, 2011

01/27/10 was the day I finally signed up on SparkPeople. I had found it the week before, poked around and thought about it. Even after signing up, I still did not know much about the journey ahead, all I knew was what had failed or worked only for the short term in the past.

Eleven months later, it's New Year's Eve. Instead of making resolutions, I am making commitments. The difference is not pure semantics. For the past few years, I did not make resolutions because they had never lasted much beyond January 3rd or a week later. Now, I know what the journey is. The goal is not even the achievement of goal weight. That will only be one outward manifestation of the fruits of the journey. By this time next year, I will be some pounds lighter. I will be stronger and I will have integrated exercise into my life. I will have refined my eating habits.

So, for 2011:
I will make exercise a priority
I will make taking care of me a priority
Give myself permission to relax
Give me 8 hours of sleep
Smart food choices are part of taking care of me

The goal is not the scary totality of the pounds I need to lose, it is the new life that being healthy and fit will bring.

Somewhat nebulous and scant on details, but I DO know this is a commitment.

Happy New Year! Welcome the opportunities and victories of 2011!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/2/2011 7:29PM

    Great commitments, gorgeous. Rock them!

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CARRAND 1/1/2011 2:24PM

    Great commitments! Taking care of yourself is so important, and that includes the points you hit: eat good foods, take time for exercise, get enough sleep, and find time to relax. I know this will be a great year for you.

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JHADZHIA 1/1/2011 8:54AM

    This sounds fabulous!! These few simple things will do it for you! I wish you all the best sticking to them! This is going to be your year!
All the best in the New Year and always!!

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STEELBUTT 1/1/2011 6:09AM

    Happy New Year I love the new thought to no resolutions and yes to commitments for 2011

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MISSY455 1/1/2011 1:37AM

    emoticon You have already come so far on your journey! Here is too a successful 2011!

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ULEWIJ 1/1/2011 1:27AM

    Go YOU!


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ETTEZEUS 1/1/2011 1:13AM

    I like your commitments!
I know you can keep them.

I don't make resolutions either....after a couple weeks, they are gone like the wind.

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MASAYAMM 1/1/2011 1:11AM

    I like your 2011 goals... Simple and to-the-point! Best of well wishes from Vegas! ~MaSaYa

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