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Making Today a Success

Friday, January 07, 2011

"Making Today a Success" is my current status. When I posted that this morning, it was a comment of determination, not yet a statement of fact. This cold has really wrecked the beginning of the year for me. I hated taking 2 sick days in the first week of the year! I have not eaten much because the cold has taken away my appetite. One day, I would drink 12 glasses of water, the next, struggle to get 8 and then the next day another 12. Strange week.

So how was today a success? I got just over 8K steps in. I did some light strength training. I made it through the day at work and am ending the day on the low end of the nutrition metrics. Tomorrow is my weigh-in and I am curious to see what it will be. The kicker, though, will be to see how I do next week. I have noticed since starting SP nearly a year ago that I lose a little, gain a little, loose a little, gain a little, plateau for what feels like forever and so it takes a very long time for the loss to stick.

I spread the Spark to a friend at work. She wants to do some new diet that she's heard about. Something called the 17 day diet.

It was a very good day!

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CARRAND 1/8/2011 8:01PM

    I Spread the Spark too, today. The Blue Cross nurse called me to check up on my diabetes management and I told her about my 70 pound weight loss, and all the help I've gotten from Spark People. By the time we finished our conversation, she said she was going to join SP to work on her own health issues!

You are always such an inspiration to me, the way you meet challenges and don't give up. I'm confident you will do well next week as your nasty cold clears up.

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ROX2013 1/8/2011 12:36PM

    emoticon I hope your co worker is only trying to lose a few pounds. Those day diets etc always seem to set people up to fail. Hope she trys out sparkpeople and make the changes that will last forever. Losing is never easy especially when it comes to weight and habits. Have a great day!!

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JHADZHIA 1/8/2011 7:58AM

    I am glad you are getting better. I hope your co worker does give Spark a try before going on some fad diet. You appear to have a slower metabolism then even me.. Why don't you try going on the Spark Message Boards and see what people might suggest. You have to do it during work days though to get one of the Spark pros to answer. They aren't around on weekends.
Here is hoping this week is better for you

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MISSY455 1/8/2011 12:08AM

    Overall sounds like a very successful day! I hope the scale cooperates for you this week. I was trying to explain yesterday to my daughter the same two pound gain and loss I struggled with a few months ago, it was very frustrating. I knew I was doing all of the right things but the scale just refused to cooperate. I tried to remain consistent and feel like that is what finally paid off for me. She is now going through the same thing. Hang in there, keep doing what you know works and eventually the weight has to give up the fight.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/7/2011 10:11PM

    emoticonIt's always wonderful to hear when a Spark Friend has had a good day! I'm glad you're starting to feel better and can get back into your normal routine.
This year has not started off well, health-wise, for a lot of us. I'm hoping we've got the worst over and we'll all be healthy the rest of the year!

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Cold = No Appetite

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I stayed home sick again today. I slept a lot and did not do much else. A coworker emailed me with the news that a manager has been let go. She was not well liked, but I hate to see anyone lose their job. Of course, I don't know the details and never will. I kept thinking about her staff and wonder how they are feeling. Change can be painful!

I am on the low end, and below, on nutrition. This cold has taken away my appetite. I'm not stressed about it. When I feel better, the appetite will return. I am struggling to get the water in, though! Yesterday, I had about 12 glasses of water and am struggling to get 8 in today...

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CARRAND 1/7/2011 8:58PM

    I hope you're better soon!

I don't want to be sick, but I could use a little lack of appetite. For some reason I've been hungry all week.

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JHADZHIA 1/7/2011 5:38PM

    ll you can do is rest and ride it out. Hope you start to feel better soon, Another person lost in your company :( Are they downsizing in a big way or what. It sounded like a hug organization.

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BIKERBABE2BE 1/7/2011 9:42AM

    Sorry you are still not feeling better. Be sure and get lots of fluids and as much rest as you can. Take care! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/7/2011 9:40AM

  I hope you're feeling better soon.


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    I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself.
I'm sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.
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HOT_FLASH 1/6/2011 11:11PM

    Hope you feel better soon! Warm tomato tea helps when I have a cold - good nourishment and soothing. Take care.

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NOTBLUSHING 1/6/2011 10:57PM

    You're struggling to drink more water because you are not using as much. Bed rest doesn't make you sweat, so unless you have a fever, don't force yourself. Keep resting and get well soon!
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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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