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SPY 2; Day 26: BF Says I Have Muscles!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This will be a shorter blog than usual because I worked late and studied. I have to complete this certification class by the end of March or I will lose my money.

At work, I heard my former team talking about doing a small task that I have been doing for years. I just happened to be walking by when they were talking about it. I butted in and admonished them to be careful how they do this task because, if they create duplicates, it gives work for someone else. Their boss (used to be my boss about 5 years ago) made a really snarky comment as he walked by. I'm not sure how to react. The back story is that we never "clicked" and have had some awkward interactions in the past. We have to work together on a new project and I am not looking forward to it.

I sent a confidential email to the lady who will have to clean up whatever data mess they make. Separately. I sent an email to the team apologizing if I was rude for butting in, subtly reminded them that this task is mine and offered to be of assistance if they need it. I copied their boss and mine. I also copied an attorney because there are some other issues that they are not considering...

So, obviously, work is not going well.

Despite intentions, I did not get on the elliptical or pick up my kettlebells today.
I did get 32 minutes walking and 5600 steps. Not much.

Nutritionally, I am within range on most metrics.

The coolest thing is that BF was giving me a massage just before bed last night and commented about my back. I have muscles! I have not been doing kettlebells long, so I was very surprised and pleased!

I have muscles!

I will get / find more!

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CARRAND 2/24/2011 9:42PM

    It's fun to have muscles, isn't it? And the back rub sounds wonderful!

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LIBBYFITZ 2/24/2011 7:27AM

    emoticonYour work environment sounds toxic. It must be hard to work in thoses conditions. emoticon to muscles in your back!

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VYVIENN 2/24/2011 2:53AM

    Work can be a never-ending source of frustration... I hope that other than this little hitch, everything's well at the office. On days like those, it's wonderful to get an unexpected compliment! I'm sure that soon you'll be getting more of the same! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/24/2011 1:19AM

    Sorry about your work :(( Good that you are covering yourself in regards to this!
Toning is as important as cardio!
Keep up the great work!

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SPY 2; Day 25: She Who Sings Prays Twice

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Those of you who have followed my blogs know that I recently learned my high school music teacher died late last year. While she taught at my school for "only" 3 years, her impact on my life was so profound that our relationship remained strong for nearly 40 years. Today was her birthday and it was very weird that I had not sent her a card with a note full of love and music.

The food tracker seems to be DOA, so I don't know how my day has ended.

I walked for 40 minutes and did some light strength training. Intended to do kettlebells but had another one of those house crisis that consumed my evening. As I posted in response to someone's blog today, it seems as if the choices I make relative to my SP journey are the only ones about which I have any control.

I listened to music that I learned under my teacher's tutelage today. The only thing that would have capped it off would be if I had a piano!

Rest in peace, Winnie! Sing with the angels - I will hear you in my heart! I will continue to love you the rest of my life.

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CARRAND 2/23/2011 9:35PM

    You're lucky to have had such a wonderful person in your life.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/23/2011 10:44AM

    emoticonA lovely blog, thank you for sharing the story of your music teacher. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/23/2011 8:23AM

    Music is timeless, as is your devotion to your teacher. She lives on in your heart and you honor her memory by enjoying the music she gave you.
Eating and exercise are the only things we truly have control over, no excuses.. That is why Spark People has been good for so many people whose lives are in turmoil. Its an awesome base to touch where things are sane and stable..
Keep up your program,
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LOTUSBURGER 2/23/2011 3:33AM

    Sorry for your loss. How special to have music to always remember her by. emoticon

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SPY 2; Day 24: A Day of Fitness and Balance

Monday, February 21, 2011

The title of this blog was my attitude for the day. I chose this attitude today.

Today was not a day off for me. The company where I work takes few days off during the year, but we get the week between Christmas and New Years without that week counting against vacation time. Speaking of vacation time, I learned that, now that I have 10 years at the company, I get four weeks vacation a year. Now, if only I could afford to go somewhere! LOL

I left home without my pedometer and cellphone this morning. I really felt incomplete without my motivational step counter. I had to guess on my stats for the day.

I posted the title as my huddle on some teams today. It may not have made sense to anyone but me, but it kept me thinking of ways to exercise throughout the day.

This evening, driving home, I tried to think of somewhere to get dinner. BF had worked on our leaky roof all day, I did not want to cook, so....He did not want much, so that limited my choices. I decided on Subways. I thought about driving and parking closer (it was cold, I had worked late and I just wanted to get home). But, as I waited for the light to change, I remembered my huddles and decided to drive straight and park on the far side of the shopping center. I walked from there to the other side of the center, got the sandwiches and walked back. By then, the sun had set and it was colder, but I was glad I lived my huddle statement!

Fitness also included four, yes, 4 minutes on the elliptical! This was at the mini gym we have at work. A young man I work with in our Finance department was weightlifting, a lady I've seen around but don't know was on the treadmill. I climbed up on the elliptical and started going. Instead of looking at the numbers (especially the time), I looked out the window and the time went faster. At about 3:30, I thought I might fall backwards off the elliptical but I dug in and kept going. A few seconds after 4 minutes, I stepped off. I might have been able to go longer, but I was not comfortable with almost feeling faint 30 seconds earlier.

As I walked back to my car, my legs did not feel as rubbery. I felt good, but not wobbly. What a great feeling!

Balance has two meanings for me. Physical balance is always elusive. That's why I do the hip flexors in the elevator. I think elliptical and kettlebell work helps with that. But it will be a long time before I get from whatever negative number is mine to zero. Today was going to be about nutritional balance and life balance. I was not successful in either realm, but I did get a lot of work done, just not much on my to do list. That is discouraging.

Even though...........it was a good day!

I did not post a blog the last two nights because I did not have much to say. Yes, I did lose weight this week "but" I discounted that because this is after a gain that wiped out a month's loss. Most of that loss was the cold, but I did not expect all of it to come back. I should be happy to have lost more than a pound this week, but I have been discounting the loss. Let's see. What would I say if one of my Sparkfriends wrote that in her blog? Exactly.

My balance seems better, my core seems stronger, though I have done so little and have so far to go. I revel in the novelty of the feeling! I am going to own that loss!

And keep moving forward!

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CARRAND 2/22/2011 8:39PM

    I love that you are sticking with the elliptical and gradually increasing your time. I have to say that elliptical machine really gives me a workout. My legs are like rubber afterwards, and it really gets my heart rate up. But I don't go on it very often. I do the treadmill at home and only go to the gym for yoga and weight training. I wish I had one at work. Do you ever listen to music when you're exercising? I find it helps keep me going.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 2/22/2011 9:48AM

  Yay! For the good day! :) A loss is a loss... and you should be PROUD of it! I am losing weight that I gained since Christmas... so, I'm happy... finally. ;)

Hope you're having a good day today!

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LIBBYFITZ 2/22/2011 4:28AM

    emoticonOWN the loss! Well said my friend!
Do you go backwards on the ellipticall? I was wondering as you said" you felt like you might fall backwards".

Subway is a great choice for healthy food, well done. emoticon

Parking away from your destination and doing a longer walk is fantastic considering the cold weather. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/21/2011 11:43PM

    Well done!! Be careful with the elliptical. You should not be going to the point of being light headed or dizzy, that is dangerous. Make sure you have it set on the lightest tension and that you don't go too fast. Remember, slow careful steps up..
I like the idea of getting a week off instead of taking a bunch of one day holidays. Congrats on 10 years and reaching four weeks off!!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/21/2011 11:36PM

    Balance is the key and you seem well on your way to establishing it. I'm hoping that not being able to exercise for the next few days doesn't totally throw me off!
Stay positive!

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SPY 2; Day 21 A Mundane Day

Friday, February 18, 2011

There's not a lot to say tonight. I am within range on most food metrics, over in sodium and under in calcium and fat. It's rare that I am in balance. Not much exercise today. My joints ache with the damp rain.

Work is incredibly busy. I had the kind of day when I could not get things done on my to-do list and, the more work I did, the more I needed to do. I will be going in to work tomorrow (another rainy day) and we will do our shopping and other errands. I wonder if cutbacks at other companies have other people feeling this overwhelmed all the time. Or is it just me?

I know I have just started with my kettlebell workouts so it's probably just coincidence, but I felt more centered in my core today as I walked throughout the day, I felt as if my clothes were more roomy in different ways.

Tomorrow is weigh in and we shall see. I have no idea what to expect.

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JHADZHIA 2/21/2011 11:47PM

    Any time a company 'downsizes' the workload is going to get dumped on the junior employees for sure :( Hope you don't get too overwhelmed and stressed out.
Keep up with the great fitness!

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POORGIRL_DIET 2/21/2011 4:29PM

    Hope your weigh in went well.

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WONDEROONA 2/20/2011 2:41PM

    Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow. I hope it goes well. Think positive and thin thoughts......LOL.

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CHRYS13 2/19/2011 2:20PM

    Hang in there!
Congrats on your stronger core! WTG!

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CARRAND 2/19/2011 2:07PM

    I've had days like that at work. It's a shame if you have to work on the weekend.


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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/18/2011 10:59PM

    I just purchased a kettlebell set, including a DVD. I really enjoy doing it, although some of the things are beyond my physical capabilities at this time. Let me know how you do with it.
Stay positive!

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SPY 2: Day 20: Changing Mindset

Thursday, February 17, 2011

This weekend, I learned that I had gained all the weight I lost last month and am back to my end of the year weight. I'm not happy about it, but I am also not berating myself (much) and I am not punishing me. I am less concerned about what the number on the scale is than the numbers on my pedometer (time, steps) and the number of exercises I do with my kettlebells. Still a beginner with those, but I am still loving using the kettlebell!

This weekend, I am going to some used book stores to see what I can find about kettlebells. BF used to use them a long time ago, but he had forgotten about them until I came home with my little 5 lb KB and waxed enthusiastic about it. Then I came home with the 10 lb KB and the DVD. He watched the DVD while I was at work and figured out some exercises I can do and coached me on them last night and tonight. Different ones, so I was using different muscles. I still can't do much, but I love the feeling. I am sore when I finish but I won't be tomorrow, unlike when I was using regular weights. He says because these are heavier weights, I am not tearing down the muscle as much every time and so I have a shorter recovery time. Later, we'll add more reps as I get stronger.

A nice surprise is that, coincidence or consequence, my crushing fatigue seems to have gone by the wayside! If I need to stick with the KBs in order to ditch the fatique permanently, that is ok with me! Yee haw! Me being excited to get home and grab my pink 5 lb KB BEFORE I even start Sparking is astonishing! Choosing to exercise, choosing to do that first and actually anticipating doing it is an amazing change.

The number on the scale is not unimportant, but I am starting to come to the thinking that I am going to put that on a back burner and focus on the lifestyle changes. Of course, I could change my mind tomorrow! But I am not locked in to what it says, nor whether I feel fatter or thinner than I did last week. Yes, I dearly want to be thin and tomorrow would be great, but I also know that more than that smaller size, I want the stronger muscles, the denser bone, the reduced pain, the stamina and the better quality of life.

I know I need to do more - more cardio, more strength training, more work on balance and more consistency in my food balance (too low in calcium and fiber today, too high in sodium). I am growing more confident in food choices. I used to eat the same thing often because I knew what they did in my tracker. Changing a meal would reall throw me. I am making progress in that arena.

I wonder if they make a Wii Fit thing for Kettlebells?!

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CARRAND 2/18/2011 7:30PM

    You sound so excited about the kettlebells and that's wonderful. I feel that way about strength training at the gym after work. I actually look forward to it and I wish I could go every day. You're right to focus on the healthy living and strength training rather than the weight loss. Keep up that great attitude.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/18/2011 2:16PM

    emoticon emoticonWay to go ! Have a great weekend! I totally agree with you about not worrying about the number on the scales, all the other stuff is important and they do say that muscle burns more calories!

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BIKERBABE2BE 2/18/2011 11:26AM

    Your enthusiasm is catching. Have a great weekend.

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MISSY455 2/18/2011 12:16AM

    You "sound" super excited about the kettlebell exercises! I am so happy for you! It is so much better to exercise doing something you actually like doing, rather than feeling like you are forced too exercise.

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JHADZHIA 2/17/2011 11:53PM

    Good for you finding an exercise you are enthusiastic about. That is the key to want to continue with it..
I confess I take calcium supplements to make sure I get the 1500 mg my Dr. wants for me. Can't get that in diet alone..
I stick with the same foods too. Just one little change makes a difference, like oatmeal instead of bread, etc..
Good luck with your KB. Be sure to check out Spark's info on it..

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