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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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CARRAND 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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CARRAND 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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CARRAND 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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It Pays To Look Twice! A Job Application Posted

Monday, January 17, 2011

I seldom do this, but I looked back at yesterday's food tracker and discovered I had made a double entry, so I WAS within range! Woohoo! I am today, at least in most things. Low in calcium and high in fat...I had lunch out with a friend and had to guess on ingredients.

Last week, I shared the news that our top paralegal had been let go. Late Friday afternoon, a coworker told me that her job was posted. I looked and saw that the job is being transferred from Charlotte to here! I read the job description and decided to see if I could apply. I emailed my boss and asked if I had his blessing to apply (that's the protocol). I had to wait until today to get his reply, given the time difference. He did give that blessing, so I dusted off my resume and posted it and applied. I included a cover letter and addressed my one weakness - the lack of experience working in a law office. I acknowledged that weakness and asserted that my company knowledge, my track record for learning new tasks, for working with the technical folks and all across the Institute were strengths that outweighed that weakness.

Given the changes, I don't know who the hiring manager is or anything else. I don't know how long it will take for me to find out, be invited to interview (or not).

I got in over 8K steps without seeming to have done much walking. Time for me to ramp it up. Still light on the ST and true cardio. More to do to have a strong journey this year!

My goals for the next 2 weeks: 750 fitness minutes and a loss of 2 pounds.

  
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CARRAND 1/19/2011 8:29PM

    Good luck with the job application! You sound like a super employee to me.

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BIKERBABE2BE 1/19/2011 11:47AM

    Good luck on the job application. Keep us posted!!!

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JHADZHIA 1/19/2011 10:38AM

    Hopefully, all of your experience will win the day!

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/18/2011 1:17PM

    It is so good that you are being positive about your job and your weight loss, I know you have had physical ailments lately that could have kept you down mentally. But you are showing your true strength. Good luck on the job application.

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MISSY455 1/18/2011 2:14AM

    I hope the job situation turns out the way you would like it too! Best of luck!

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41SUSAN14 1/18/2011 2:08AM

    Best of luck!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/18/2011 12:27AM

    Good luck! I know you have the qualifications and the desire to do a great job - hopefully, the person who does the hiring will realize that!
Sheila

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20 Calories and No Fitness Minutes

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Wiped out again today. Zero energy of any kind. I did not exercise at all. I ended up 20 calories over the top. Not a good day save for a phone call with my sister.

  
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CARRAND 1/17/2011 8:03PM

    Things will get better. It's wonderful that you talked to your sister!

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JHADZHIA 1/17/2011 6:22PM

    man, this is hanging on :( rest is what you need its what you have to do.
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JANI-LOU 1/16/2011 10:40PM

  SO, today is a learning experience, and tomorrow, try again. You can't fail unless you give up. Don't give up. You are worth the effort!

Jan

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METAMORPHOSIS36 1/16/2011 10:33PM

    I'm right there with ya. Although I am more than 20 calories over.

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OWENAR 1/16/2011 10:31PM

    Hang in there - emoticon

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