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SPY 2; Day 28: Kettlebell DVD Hunt Continues (A Good Day!)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I started the day with a little strength training. I used my kettlebells and was discouraged that some of the exercises seemed really tough. Then, I realized I was using the 10 pound weight instead of the 5 pound one. No wonder! Yet, WOOHOO! How cool that I could even use it at all! That got me pretty excited!

I went shopping and did not get much walking in then. I was going to take a walk when I got home, but it was soooo cold outside and I suddenly could not keep my eyes open. A short nap was not particularly refreshing.

Surprisingly, BF wanted to go with me to see if I could find a DVD for beginners about kettlebells. He hurt his knee the other day, but said he could handle the walk through the shopping district. We did not find any, but I got in a lot of walking. We did find some "sweet black rice" and "red" rice. That should be fun to try.

We're going to a larger bookstore tomorrow and, if I don't find one, I'll order one from ebay or Amazon as an early birthday present to myself...

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LIBBYFITZ 2/28/2011 4:20AM

    emoticonLooks like you are onto a winner here! Well done. Good luck with the DVD hunting!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 2/27/2011 11:02AM

  Awesomeness job with the kettlebells :) You are doing so fantastic. :) Good luck in finding the video! :)

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CARRAND 2/27/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon I'm glad you're back to the kettlebells.

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MISSY455 2/27/2011 1:55AM

    WOOHOO is right! I definitely think you have found your exercise! Good luck on the hunt emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 12:40AM

    Way to go with the kettlebells! Good luck finding a video!
Have a fabulous Sunday!

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SPY 2; Day 27: I Feel as if I am Chasing Mercury

Friday, February 25, 2011

I feel as if my role in life right now is trying to corral mercury from a shattered thermometer. Of course, you're not supposed to touch mercury, but I remember from science class that it is really hard to round up!

I've blogged ad nauseum about my work situation. I just don't think I will ever be on top of my work load and all the other stuff surrounding work does not help.

My living situation has challenges (but whose doesn't, right?).

In short, as I commented on someone's page or blog yesterday, I feel as if I can control nothing in my life save that part of it that is SparkPeople. Yesterday and today, I abdicated my responsibility. I did not eat as if I care about me and I have not exercised much. Amazingly, I got nearly 10K steps today, but that was more accident than planned.

I am not proud today...

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CARRAND 2/26/2011 8:28PM

    You should be proud.
You got nearly 10K steps in - I never even come close.
You're still on Spark People, still trying.
You have a strong work ethic, whether it's appreciated or not at work.
You are a kind individual, and ultimately, that's worth more than all the rest.

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 2/26/2011 2:01PM

    Today is a new day! Rejoice in it and take care of yourself. Having control of yourself is very empowering. That sense of control gives great satisfaction and it sounds like that would really fit well in your chaotic life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 2/26/2011 10:41AM

    Take a deep breath, look forward - not back, and enjoy your weekend. You can do this.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/26/2011 8:43AM

    emoticonSorry to see that things have not improved for you. There are things you can control, and how you think is one of them. Google "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy" and have a look. There are some really helpful strategies on how to change the way we think and view the world. emoticon

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NONIE_C 2/26/2011 2:45AM

    There is so much in life that we have no control over, but that's not what's important...what's important is what we do with the things that come our way. And one or two decisions on a bad day do not define us. Things have been stressful for you lately and you're finding it difficult to make good choices about food and exercise - this happens. I'm beginning to realize that it will probably always happen. But don't jump into the cycle of self-destruction. You have come too far!!! Just because you make some choices that don't necessarily reflect the kind of self-care you want to be showing yourself, doesn't mean you should beat yourself up.

When you are feeling down, you don't need negative self-talk, you need encouragement, belief in your abilities, acceptance of the fact that mistakes will be made and are not the end of the world...you CAN tell yourself it's OK!!! YOU CAN YOU CAN YOU CAN!!!! Try it!

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JHADZHIA 2/26/2011 12:52AM

    Keep in mind exercise is a great way to relieve stress and boredom! When you feel like eating something bad, drink water and get moving instead! This is just a bump in the road. We all have them. Time to own your weekend and get back on track!

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MISSY455 2/26/2011 12:00AM

    Don't allow a bad day or two too derail you from eating well and exercising. Reflect on what choices you are making and why, and then move on. Every time you need to make a choice you have the opportunity of making the better choice. Do what you can, and don't berate yourself when you fall short.

The work stuff not many of us have total control over, unless we own our own business, and then you are at the whim of customers or clients. After all work is a four letter word for a reason!

I hope you have a good weekend my friend.

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SPY 2; Day 26: I Failed Today!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I did not feel well this morning. Allergies and a consequential stomach ache. I ate a doughnut and a half in the hopes that the carbs would quell the bad feelings in my stomach. At least that's what I told myself. I did feel better insofar as the stomach goes, but it made me feel worse knowing how that would look on my food tracker. I still feel like eating, too! I really don't like this.

Sleep calls and, tonight, I intend to go to bed earlier than usual, or at least on time. That should help tomorrow's energy level and, perhaps, help me fight off whatever is trying to attack. My throat is sore, there's a possibility of snow in the Bay Area and it's a good night to snuggle in early...

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BNBLYNNE 2/26/2011 10:59AM

    I always feel like eating. So do not feel alone there.
I hope you feel better soon.

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CARRAND 2/25/2011 9:13PM

    I wouldn't call that failure! Don't be too hard on yourself. You'll be back on track tomorrow. How are the kettle bells working out?

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MYSTERY4EVER 2/25/2011 8:07PM

    I hope you feel better today. Don't beat yourself up for one doughnut. Remember this is about moderation, not deprivation. Think of it as a treat. Feel better and be careful if you get the snow.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/25/2011 5:11PM

    emoticonStop beating yourself up1! A donut is not that big a deal in the long run and you ate it for a reason, if I need quick carbs because I feel off in the tummy I also grab what is around! stole my hubby's last vienna sausage and had it with White bread and ketchup! It was not meant for me to eat but I saw it there and after it, it tasted nice at the time and I will not do that again in a hurray as that white bread really pushes up the calories!

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JHADZHIA 2/25/2011 10:43AM

    When you say you binged, I was imagining a huge, calorie and fat laden meal in a restaurant, not a donut. That isn't the worst you could have done, believe me!!
I use pasta when I have an upset stomach -stops the runs cold for me. I have learned moderation and give myself a portion that will stay in my calorie range.. My allergies are starting to drive me nuts and being shut in is not helping when its too cold to open the windows :( I tried giving myself Nasonex, using both hands as that is the only way my bad hands let me do it. It meant bending my right elbow past 90, but I just had to do it. Hopefully, its close enough to the time my surgeon will (hopefully) give me permission so that it won't have mattered..
Sometimes you just have to look after yourself.
Hopefully, you will feel better on Friday and can get back into it..
Do what is best for yourself today and have yourself a great weekend!
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HEALTHQUESTER 2/25/2011 10:11AM

    Failure is when you stop getting back up and trying again! You havent failed sweetie. You hit a bump in the rd, went on a teensy detour, and reemerged on the trail! emoticon you assessed the situation and looked at how you could improve. I say emoticon

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CHRIS3874 2/24/2011 10:43PM

    That's really not that big of a deal in the big picture. Just keep going (you'd be shocked if you knew how many times I've screwed up).

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SEXXYBACK2012 2/24/2011 10:40PM

    I hope you feel better. Tomorrow is a brand new day, so get back on the wagon and conquer your goals. emoticon emoticon

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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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