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Saturday, January 22, 2011

I did not sleep much at all last night and spent today dealing with really weird back spasms and a headache that is threatening to become a migraine.

No walk or other exercise.

Still within range for food, but I am also fighting the urge to inhale all kinds of stuff. I have healthy food, it would be just a matter of more than I should have...

The scale is up about 1.5 pounds. Not surprising - I think it's just my body getting back to life after this dreadful cold.

I am tired of having these aches and pains!

  
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JHADZHIA 1/23/2011 9:21PM

    So sorry you have been struggling with this for so long, been some nasty ones going around.. Give yourself a break. You will be back into it as soon as you feel human again..
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4KRISSI 1/22/2011 10:38PM

    Try taking that walk anyways! I've had problems with back spasms for awhile now and they always stopped me from exercising, but recently I've found that a walk actually helps relieve them. Just don't overdo it...

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/22/2011 10:30PM

    Take care of yourself. Getting better has to take precedent over losing weight. Of course, that does not mean going on a food binge. Think healthy. Take care.

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CMRAND54 1/22/2011 10:08PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling good yet. Take care of yourself.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/22/2011 10:05PM

  When I was sick.. I had lost weight and gained it right back after I got better. :( Always make sure you're getting your fluids. I totally understand about wanting to 'inhale' everything... had weeks of that kind of feeling. It must be the fact that it's winter and gloomy. Do you take anything for your pains and spasms? Sorry to hear that you're in pain. :( It is totally understandable that you wouldn't walk or exercise if you were in pain and are having spasms. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF. Take care of you!!

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OCEANUSBOREALIS 1/22/2011 9:54PM

    Be sure to keep your water intake high! It will help your cold too!

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Doughnuts & Pizza and Tidbits of Thought

Friday, January 21, 2011

She brought doughnuts again today. I have skipped so many doughnuts, so many candies, dip and chips and all the holiday goodies. I am not a saint and this is also not a statement of deprivation. I did not feel well today and it was the kind of blah where I thought carbs would make me feel better. In the past, that has been a license to inhale food like crazy. How did I do today? Not as well I as would have like to have done.

Instead of a walk at lunch, I went to my car and slept. I guess I needed it because I was out!
For most of the day, I was in the mood to eat anything in front of me. There was nothing in front of me, so that was good. Later in the afternoon, I went down to give Angie something and she gave me the doughnuts. They smelled so good! One was a cinnamon twist and I love those! I headed to the kitchen and got some herbal tea. There I saw that there was leftover pizza from a meeting. Combo pizza = my favorite! Someone came in to get coffee and I walked away. I don't like people seeing me carry food, so I thought I would come back in an hour to see if the two slices were there. I went back to my desk and inhaled two doughnut holes. Then I turned away from the bag of doughnuts and got back to work. When I went back to the kitchen, the pizza boxes were empty! YAY!

A disappointing day in terms of exercise. A muscle went nuts in my back so I did not push it. I was not completely victorious in food, but it was not a wipeout either.

  
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JHADZHIA 1/22/2011 9:14PM

    You did very well. Your body wanted rest, not exercise, so you did the right thing. I am sure I would have inhaled my favorite donut when it gets shoved under my nose like that..

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ACIMPEGGY 1/21/2011 11:40PM

    But you just had two doughnut holes? Honey, that's great! That's an allowable treat that you can figure into your day's allotment! Wonderful!

I hope you enjoyed them without guilt!

You are super! You can do this! Have a marvelous weekend...mostly nutritious food, a treat now and then....some fitness, errands and chores if you must and RELAXATION! You deserve it! emoticon

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VALERIENEAL 1/21/2011 9:37PM

    As Scarlett O'Hara said "Tomorrow is another day". Don't you just love do-overs, that what each day is a do-over. Don't be hard on yourself over 2 doughnuts, you've done great so far, and will continue to do so!!!

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CMRAND54 1/21/2011 9:00PM

    You did good - only two doughnut holes and no pizza!

It's times like those I am thankful that I'm gluten intolerant. I can't eat either doughnuts or pizza without getting violently sick, so I don't touch them.

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MISSY0356 1/21/2011 8:44PM

    They keep bringing donuts at my job as well, I thought with the holidays over things would get easier, not exactly true. BUT we can do it!!!

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GOCELTICSGO 1/21/2011 8:32PM

    Love Love Love doughnuts and pizza!

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Did Not Meet My Fitness Minute Goal Today, But...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Close to the beginning of this month, I was poking around on the message boards and found a few Sparkpeople who were asking for a fitness buddy. I have wanted one since I joined nearly a year ago. I contacted them and ultimately we started a new team: Fitness Buddy Circle. What a precious group of people! We decided that monthlong goals were too long so we set up two different 2-week goals - one for fitness and one for weightloss. With the cold, I have not been achieving the fitness goal. I pulled out the calculator and realized that I need to average 76 fitness minutes every day to meet my goal this month (to make up for what I did not do the first 2 weeks and to meet the second goal.) Today: 30. Hmmmm.

But - I did do something pretty creative and am rather proud and sore about it. I had a conference call with my boss and the rest of my team (I was in the room by myself because they are all in Knoxville). This half hour call turned out to last almost 3 hours. I muted the phone and started doing some strength training (there were no windows so no one could hear or see me). The meeting went through lunch and I had to go right into another one, so I lost my chance for the lunchtime walk. The ST work had to help!

I am HUNGRY tonight and I have less than 100 calories left for the day!

I felt the best I have felt all month! Woohoo!

  
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CMRAND54 1/21/2011 9:23PM

    What a great idea to strength train during your conference call!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/21/2011 7:32PM

  it's good to hear that you're feeling the best you've felt all month! awesome. :)

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MISSY455 1/21/2011 2:30AM

    Sounds like you used your time well. Also, very happy to see you are feeling better!

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JHADZHIA 1/20/2011 11:15PM

    So happy you found this group :)
Good idea using that call to get some exercise in. Sitting that long would bore me to tears.. I am sure no one blames you for not getting your minutes in while sick. That is the time you need to rest to recover..
Keep up the great work!!

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/20/2011 11:08PM

    I love how you exercised during the call. Usually I play Solitaire. I'll have to remember that the next time.

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LYNHALTINER 1/20/2011 10:28PM

    great idea to exercise while taking the call

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/20/2011 10:19PM

    Good for you! Every minute you exercise brings you closer to your goals!
Sheila

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BEANTOWN18974 1/20/2011 10:17PM

    good idea with the conference call!
maybe you can have an apple and go to bed early...you know that 8 hours a night does a body good!

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The Miracle of Sleep and My Scale Mantra

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The scale is not my boss. It does not govern my mood. It captures only a moment in time. It reflects only part of my journey. The scale said I had gained over 2 pounds (was that only yesterday?). Today I am down over a pound. I am not going to get wound up in either direction about this.

When I woke up this morning, I was very, very tired. I sat down on the couch and tried to muster the energy to walk out the door, drive to work and spend 9 hours there. I could not. My stomach was killing me and I felt as if I would not keep it down if I ate breakfast, so I sent my boss an email that I would try to come in later. I slept for a few hours and woke up with violent chills and could not get warm. I took the rest of the day off. Then I went back to sleep for a few more hours. I am feeling the best I have felt this month! I hated losing another sick day, but I must have needed it.

No exercise of significance today, but I am within range for food and water. Tomorrow should be a great day!

Thanks for all the comments and support! I feel as if I have finally turned the corner.

  
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BIKERBABE2BE 1/21/2011 12:53PM

    Great mantra. Glad you are feeling better, now. Take care and have a great weekend.

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JHADZHIA 1/20/2011 11:16PM

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CMRAND54 1/20/2011 9:45PM

    I hope you are finally over whatever bug you've had this month. It's time to feel better!

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BYEFATNANNY 1/19/2011 11:02PM

    Sometimes you just need to get that rest in and bam the next day 100%. I hope your tomorrow is 100%

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NANNER2121 1/19/2011 9:53PM

    May I please copy your first paragraph and post in on my bathroom mirror, my desk at work, my dashboard, my closet door, my computer screen . . . . .

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NONIE_C 1/19/2011 9:44PM

    I'm glad you are taking care of yourself. That's so important!!!
Hoping you're feeling great soon!

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The Pizza Lament

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This is one of those days when being careful about food, water and exercise is drudgery. I got in over 10K steps, not much strength training and will end the day on track with food and water.

Yesterday was BF's birthday, but he did not feel up to a celebration. I brought home pizza (his preference) and, all the way home, I kept thinking about what I would have for dinner instead of the jumbo combination slice from Costco (they are bigger than most slices). I looked on SP when I got home and saw that someone had reported the cheese pizza is 700 calories.

There's no way to record the extra effort that some of my steps represent. I had a very heavy cart at Costco and it was hard to push and turn. As usual, I parked at the very far end of the parking lot, so I can feel the workout that pushing that cart gave me! Bonus exercise!
Several people at work have come to me to make sure I know about the paralegal job posting. I don't know when I will hear from HR or the hiring manager, so I am just waiting...

I stepped on the scale out of curiosity and discovered that I have gained over 2 pounds since the cold has started to abate. I was not surprised, but I am disappointed. I remember years ago a book about set points. Perhaps I am at a new, lower set point. I was stuck in the 180s for a while, then 178 for a very, very long time. Now I am fluttering in the 162-160 range. I would dearly love to be below 160 by the 27th (my SparkVersary), but I will deal with reality and won't be distroyed if I don't make it. I will be disappointed, but it will only be a temporary setback.

I spread the Spark, or at least tried to. My friend Yvonne would rather use an Excel spreadsheet! I am disappointed...

Why do so many good tasting foods contain so many calories? I had chicken and mixed veggies for dinner and am satisfied, Had I eaten the pizza, I would have regretted it.

  
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CMRAND54 1/19/2011 8:18PM

    Wow, that's really discipline. Pizza is hard to resist. I can't have most pizza because of my gluten intolerance, but more places have gluten free pizza now. Don't worry about the weight gain. I'm sure it's only temporary.

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/19/2011 4:45PM

    Commercially made pizzas are so calorie dense. Good for you for passing it up. Don't fret about that weight gain. You have been sick several times. Your body is going to need time to recover.

Not everyone likes SparkPeople. What I have found helps people is that I am honest with them about what it takes - watching what I eat and tracking it and getting more exercise.

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BYEFATNANNY 1/19/2011 11:23AM

    Good for you turning down Pizza, you are stronger than I. You are doing great....go ahead and reach for the 160, you can do it.

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JHADZHIA 1/19/2011 10:35AM

    Great discipline!! Fresh pizza is so hard to resist.. You are doing the right things even if the results are frustratingly slow...
Hoping for good news in your job hunt

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/19/2011 7:28AM

  Good choice in not having the high calorie pizza. I buy pizzas from time to time from my grocery store... I usually am lucky in a way that one serving of the pizza I buy is 220 calories and 350 sodium. I know that is high for sodium.. but if I watch the other things I eat during that day.. I'm usually fine. It is tough .. when the great tasting food is so high in calories though. :( Nothing but good vibes being sent your way by me for the job that you're interested in landing. Best of luck!!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/19/2011 12:08AM

    Good choice on the chicken and veggies.
Pizza is one of my cravings and I usually give in - but only with Lean Cuisine pizzas. I've also found a local generic thin crust spinach pizza that is pretty good. In fact, I had 2 slices of it today and the total was only 300 calories.
I've got my fingers crossed and am hoping you hear good news about the new job soon.
Stay positive!
Sheila

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MICHCLEARY 1/18/2011 11:28PM

    Good choice. I shop there and know how big that slice is

Keep on sparking. On days it feels like a life sentence but it really ends up being a life choice that is all worth it!

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