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SPY 2; Day 36: Laundry Day, Spark Absence (Head's Up!)

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I'm still fighting the cold so I did not do much exercise today. BF usually does laundry during the week here in the park, but he has been sick. So today was a day to load up the car and drive to the laundromat and spend hours there. At least I will have clean clothes for my trip!

I am going to go to bed early...

Thursday, I am flying to Albuquerque to meet my brother and sister and their children at my stepmother's house. (She's their mother) This will be the first time we have had 3 generations together. I splurged on a new little digital camera with case, extra batteries and memory cards.

There is a chance I will get to meet my eldest cousin. Jack lives in eastern New Mexico, almost Texas, and he will be in Albuquerque on the 14th for prostate cancer treatment. That's the cancer that ultimately killed my dad and it is very important for me to finally meet him while I can. I leave on the 14th, so I hope we can connect for lunch on Sunday or something. Jack is the first born of my generation on my dad's side, but his mother (dad's sister) was killed in a car accident when Jack was about 2, so he was raised by his father's family and did not know his mother's side until later in life. Because I was always thousands of miles away, we've yet to meet.

This trip will mark my first break in being on SparkPeople in more than a year. I doubt I will be able to access the internet, so I'll be active through Wednesday evening and it might be a full week before I get back on - depends on how sleep-deprived I will be!

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CARRAND 3/7/2011 9:13PM

    Enjoy your trip. We'll be looking for you when you get back.

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JHADZHIA 3/7/2011 1:39PM

    So glad you are going to be able to meet this cousin! Wishing you a safe journey. Spark life always goes on and will be waiting for your return and all the news and photos :) Hope you can recover from that cold before you leave, rest, plenty of fluids and Vit C...
Do not understand why you can't do the it there in the park too instead of having to pack it up and take it out..That is rather inconvenient.
Hope your work week flies by with no problems..

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MYSTERY4EVER 3/7/2011 12:04PM

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip. Your family is important. We will still be here when you get back. But you can still do all the good things you have been doing while your away -- counting your steps, watching your food. Have fun!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/7/2011 10:05AM

    This is an important time for you. Glad you have a camera to tkae lots of photos!


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SHERRYJVP 3/7/2011 7:57AM

    this is one sparkbuddy that will pray, not ony for your safety, but for a wonderful visit with family, AND that you will be so busy enjoying family, you will get your satisfaction from them and not from food while away.

Eat to live - not live to eat!

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BYEFATNANNY 3/6/2011 10:39PM

    Enjoy the time with your family. I too will be seeing my sister in law just diagnosed with cancer. Lets both cherish our time.

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SPY 2; Day 35: I WILL Miss a Few Days on SP!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Amazingly, my boss replied to my email today and I've booked my flight! It cost almost $200 more than it would have if I'd been able to book last night, but less than it would had he not seen my query until Monday.

I will be flying to Albuquerque on Thursday and returning on Monday. In between, I get to see my stepmother, her husband, my brother and his son, my sister and her two sons and daughter. This will be the first time we will have had all 3 generations together and the first time in years that the siblings and cousins have been together.

We're going to have "Thanksgiving" and a big birthday party because several of us have birthdays this month and next month.

I'll cross the financial bridge later. This is a trip of a lifetime.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/6/2011 7:33AM

    Have a wonderful time, so happy that this is happening! emoticon

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BRINDA01 3/5/2011 10:25PM

  Family time is alwAys greAt

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CARRAND 3/5/2011 7:46PM

    Woo Hoo! Have a great trip!

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MISSY455 3/5/2011 3:43PM

    I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy your nieces and nephews! The weather should be better in NM too!

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SPY 2; Day 34: I May Miss a Few Days on SP

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Not a productive day, but at least I did not overeat! Victory!

Late this evening, my brother called from Japan to say he is going to be in Albuquerque with my nephew. My sister is bringing her children, so it will be a mini family reunion. I have sent an email to my boss asking for an extended weekend next week. I will go into debt to buy the ticket, if I go, but it would be wonderful to see my family again. My BF is not invited (my stepmother has not opened her home to him), so that will be an awkward conversation, if I go.

BF talked to my brother before I did and he told him about my exploration with kettlebells. I am not quite ready to broadcast that to my family, but the cat is now out of the bag...

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CARRAND 3/5/2011 7:45PM

    This sounds like a fun trip. Your family should be impressed by your kettlebell workouts. I know I am. You won't be able to take them on the plane, I assume! Have fun.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/5/2011 2:31PM

    emoticonHave a wonderful time! Grab the opportunity while it presents itself! emoticon

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/5/2011 10:58AM

  It would be great for you to see & spend time with your siblings. If you go, try to enjoy yourself.

Have a great Saturday!

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JHADZHIA 3/5/2011 6:43AM

    This is going to be a wonderful break for you to see you brother and sister, don't worry about things, just enjoy it.
You should be proud of trying to improve yourself!
Enjoy your Saturday!

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SPY 2; Day 33: A Slightly Better Day

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I ate above range today and that was just thoughtless. I had a salad at the cafe with the lady they hired for the paralegal position that I wanted. It was a great salad, but I threw in too many sunflower seeds. Just did not think.

My throat is really sore and, as the day wore on, the daytime cold meds wore off and the cough returned.

I did get 39 minutes walking, but no KB workout tonight. Going to bed early.

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CARRAND 3/4/2011 8:38PM

    Take care of yourself. Are you sure it's not strep throat? I wouldn't worry about a few extra sunflower seeds. It sounds healthy anyhow.

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MISSY455 3/4/2011 12:15AM

    At least it was excess seeds on your salad and not full fat mozzarella cheese like mine today. I ordered an antipasto salad at lunch with a friend today and didn't even realize how much cheese was on it, until I got half done...yikes! Too much talking and not enough paying attention.

I hope you got some extra sleep and feel better soon!

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JHADZHIA 3/4/2011 12:08AM

    I can just imagine. That is nice of you to have lunch with the person who got the position, but rather a stressor, don't you think? At least the seeds are healthy.
Hope you get a good sleep and feel better soon.
Get lots of Vitamin C and your water..

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SPY 2; Day 32: I Feel Like Chowing Down, But I'm Not Going To!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

A very light exercise day. I skipped the Toastmaster meeting because I woke up with a sore throat that got worse as the day progressed. I thought being in a small conference room would be unfair to everyone else. Instead, I walked at lunch, not much, but more than I would have if I had gone to the meeting.

I am all over the map today nutritionally. A bit hungry, but I don't want to give in. I weigh over 2 pounds more than I did the last time I stepped on the scale and that is not acceptable. If I were kidding myself, I would say it's the KB workouts, but that's not true. I have barely started with them and I have been overeating.

The next few days at work are going to be very challenging, so I am going to bed early.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 3/4/2011 6:45PM

  Hope your throat is better!!


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HEALTHQUESTER 3/3/2011 10:57PM

    Great job walking instead of enduring a meeting (and possibly getting others sick) light exercise on days you dont feel well can actually boost your immune system. Also, fantastic job on getting extra rest! emoticon

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CARRAND 3/3/2011 8:43PM

    Sleep is better for you than food today. I hope your throat is better soon.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/3/2011 6:07AM

    St. Johns Wort is a great herb for stress, might be a good stop gap until you get to your Dr.

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JHADZHIA 3/3/2011 12:28AM

    Its called stress, you are craving carbs because of it. I hope you can get some decent sleep at least.. Stress also makes it not only difficult to lose weight, but in fact, causes you to retain fat because of the cortisol hormone release.
Unfortunatley, you can't do anything about how your work is stressing you out as those factors are beyond your control, but you can try to control your response to the situation. Maybe its time to look into meditation and relaxation as part of your healthy lifestyle. Recognize that there isn't anything you can do about your job situation, and just move past it and get done whatever you can..
Wishing you all the best, as always,
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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 3/2/2011 11:38PM

    I second what Netgnal said! You are making great choices and sometimes going to bed is the absolute best thing to do for yourself. I hope you have sweet dreams and wake up strong and refreshed!

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NETGNAL 3/2/2011 10:04PM

    You can do it! You're being honest with yourself and that really helps!

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