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It's Becoming Routine!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Not much to say tonight, which is kind of odd.

What did I do today?
I walked for 53 minutes which included a different walk at lunch time. I walked a different direction so, while it was not quite as long as yesterday's walk, I felt the work because of the hills. I know it raised my heart rate, but I still have a way to go before I reach what SP calls the target heart rate for cardio. (Almost a year on the site and I am still not there yet!).

I came home and did some strength training and I feel that, too.

The food is within range, with dinner still to occur, and the water is covered.

There are a few things I can share that do give me something to say.
There are now two openings for attorneys where I work. One is to replace an attorney who gave his notice last week and the other is to add an attorney in our Knoxville office. Our newest attorney starts next week (she is replacing the one who was let go in December). With all that and with the company's notoriously slow action on responding to internal applications, I have not heard anything about my application for the paralegal position. I know there are reasons why they might not hire me, but there are also reasons why they should. My insecurity creeps in and I fear that I will not be seriously considered. If I don't even get an interview, does that mean I should take the hint and start job hunting?

I need to drop a lot of weight soon if I do need to job hunt. I don't have the wardrobe to do that and I can't spend nor do I want to replace this size. I would like to defer wardrobe spending until more pounds are history!

My company's founder died in 2007 at the age of 95. He was in the office the day before he died. We had a party for him at his 90th and 95th birthdays. Someone asked what he had to say about his longevity. He said that, had he known he was going to live so long, he would have taken better care of himself. By the end of his life, he used a walker and was in a lot of pain due to zero cartilage in his knees. He was a real inspiration to me. How could I complain about how I feel at my age when he was still active and contributing and working at 95? I am still in awe of his intellect, his humor and his humanity. He started the company after a full life as a teacher, as a nuclear engineer and was already a grandfather! I love the story about him trying to join the military at the outbreak of WW II. The recruiter asked him what he did and when he said something about nuclear energy, the recruiter sent him home saying "you can do more for us at your job." His patented design for cooling nuclear fuel in power plants is still in use in some countries.

His widow died this weekend at 94. I walked past his portrait several times today and all I could think is that they are now reunited in Heaven. I don't know exactly, but I am sure they were married for over 50 years. Their anniversary falls on my birthday (though they were married years before). The company is sending flowers and I sent a card to their daughter. I met her at his memorial service and we spoke briefly. Oddly, I had been thinking of his widow a lot in the past few days. Now I know why.

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CARRAND 1/26/2011 6:20PM

    Good work out.

I've noticed that I'm having more and more trouble getting my heart rate into the target range. I have to do at least 5% incline on the treadmill, or use the elliptical machine to even get my heart rate over 110. I guess that means my heart is stronger than it was.

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/26/2011 1:28PM

    Keep up a positive attitude. Whether you get interviewed or not is out of your hands. Don't put energy into worrying about something you cannot control. You have so much going for you that you can be positive about.

I loved your comments about the founder of the company. What an inspiration.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/26/2011 9:39AM

    Great work out, gorgeous. Stellar.

I believe you can do anything - rock this!


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Monday, January 24, 2011

65 - minutes walked today (not all at once)
02 - mintes on the elliptical (!)
06 - strength training exercises
05 / 02 hip flexor time without help

I can do hip flexors all day long as long as I have at least a finger touching the wall. Standing on my right leg, I can last 5 seconds without help. Standing on my left leg, I can last 2 seconds on a good day without help. I will keep working on this balance exercise.

My legs felt like jello after the 2 minutes on the elliptical. It sets for a minimum of 20 minutes - it will take me a while to work up to that!

I am feeling pretty chunky, but I am not going to focus on THAT number (scale) right now. I am going to keep moving forward (literally and figuratively) and work on building up my energy (I still am TIRED after this month of blah!)

THANK YOU for all the support and encouragement. I really appreciate it!

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CARRAND 1/25/2011 8:59PM

    Good for you! The elliptical is hard for me, too.

I had yoga tonight, and I couldn't do the tree pose at all. My balance just wasn't there.

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THATS_LOVELY101 1/25/2011 1:19PM

    Great numbers! Keep going on the elliptical. One of these days you'll get there. Just keep trying!

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SUGARPUNK52 1/25/2011 12:38AM

  Good for you! It takes time to build up to just about anything.Give time to yourself.You can and will do it.GOD bless.

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JHADZHIA 1/25/2011 12:29AM

    Balance is my worst problem. We all start at the beginning (seems like I am stuck there when it comes to balance). You are doing great trying! Never give up!

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BYEFATNANNY 1/24/2011 10:25PM

    Keep it up, you'll be surprised how fast you can build up time on the elliptical. Work on your legs on a separate day when strength training though. emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 1/24/2011 10:15PM

  wow.. congrats on all the exercise you got in. :)

elliptical is my fave. in my gym. there is a fat burner setting and it goes for 20 minutes. it really makes your legs feel like jello at the end. you will get up to 20 minutes.


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Zero Plus One

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A migraine threatened all day. Again, I did nothing productive. I am a bit down. I am tired of tracking food, of exercising, of the journey. I hope the mood passes very soon. I gave in and ate way over today. I am not particularly depressed, angry or upset, just beaten down.

Thank you, SparkFriends, who have posted comments and sent goodies. You are a lifeline!

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PMCFARM 1/24/2011 10:28PM

  emoticon try to remember, everyday is a new beginning!

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LESLIES537 1/24/2011 12:26PM

    emoticon Maybe doing some exercise will get those happy endorphins flowing again...hang in there! emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 1/24/2011 10:39AM

    One thing I have been doing on those "blah" days is to track my food BEFORE I eat it. I have been amazed how often the urge passes when I know what the damage is. It is oh so much easier to remove the food from the Nutrition Tracker than to remove the results from my body.

I hope this week is better for you.

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JHADZHIA 1/24/2011 9:01AM

    emoticon emoticon
You will get through this, as soon as you feel better. I have taken time off from all tracking, points earning, and my exercise is haphazard. I know I am eating more carbs and less fruits and veggies then I am used to. So its an easy guess I am regaining the weight that I worked so very hard to lose.. But I am not stressing it. My job is simply to heal and recover right now. I realize that. Taking time off is not a sin, regrouping is allowed after being ill/and or injured..
Hand in there, we are here for you..
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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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CARRAND 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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    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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CARRAND 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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