Tuesday, July 05, 2011
This morning, just outside the front lobby at work, I saw a critter on the ground. I squinted and realized, yes, I did see it right. It was upside down and stuck. One person watched and another took a cellphone photo as I turned it over with a stick. It was a very large brown beetle and obviously had a couple of injured legs. I helped it to the grass. I figured one of three things would happen: it would die and become compost, it would become food or it would recover. For some reason, I could not stop thinking about the poor thing. I did not feel particularly virtuous in a karma sort of way, but it felt right. Better than it dying under a shoe or dehydrating in the heat of the day.
There's a Weight Watchers at Work program at work. I didn't join. I can't afford it and the meetings overlap with my Toastmaster meeting. Several of the members work near me so I have the unenviable delight of hearing them "Monday morning quarterback" their weekends. I wish I understood why this makes my hackles raise. I wince when I hear them talking about "cheating" or eating "bad" food. Yet, I am also jealous of their success! I get thinking, "I'll show them!" and still I flounder. Today, it was more of the same only more so. I could not get away because I was trying to finish a time-critical transaction. I felt like crying.
A lunch date got cancelled. I had not brought lunch, which I usually do. I went to the cafe and had watermelon gazpacho and a wonderful salad. Instead of dressing, I used low fat cottage cheese. (For breakfast, I used Yoplait slim 50 yogurt instead of milk.) I took a short walk around the campus, and, yes, the tendon was sore, but it felt good to walk up and down the hills.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I dropped out of 3 teams today...sigh. Thanks to those of you who offered support last night when I mentioned I was going to do this. I view this as a temporary thing. If nothing else, curiosity will get me to rejoin and check in on my SP friends. I hope, rather, that I rejoin and jump in with full energy. In the meantime, I need to get my act together.
I have been doing tax research at work for more than a week. I LOVE the law but would rather read case law (judicial opinions) instead of statutes any day of the week. But I am BLESSED to be working, so I am not going to complain! Since this is not particularly interesting to me and it is frustrating when I don't find the answers at the first pass, I have to step away from the computer frequently (and load up on the caffeine - only a little joke!).
Speaking of caffeine, I have cut way back on my diet soda. Not by intention except that I decided not to have any soda until I'd had at least 5 glasses of water. I have been drinking more waterand less soda.
Last weekend, I bought a Conair thermal spa bath mat from my neighbor who's selling her home and retiring to FL. I used it tonight and it really helped my aching body. My tender Achilles tendon is still sore, but the inflammation is greatly reduced. BF is diabetic, so he tried it and his feet feel much better! I hope this stimulates his circulation.
Thanks for the Spark Goodies and positive thoughts!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
In the next day or so, I will leave a few teams. Not because I don't care about my SparkFriends or the focus of the team, but for myself. I am on overload in far too many areas of my life and I need to take small steps towards restoring balance.
One team seems to need more involvement than I can fairly give. How can I help others when I am paddling backwards on my own Spark journey? I have gained nearly 10 pounds in the past 2+ weeks and I cannot let that continue.
In other news - the shoulder feels great. The wrist sprain is still there, but not nearly as painful. Worload is nuts, but I am so grateful to be working, I can't complain. Fires everywhere, including beautiful New Mexico (I grew up there). People are evacuating and abandoning their pets.
I could go on. We all have our own songs to sing about life!
Now it's time to log off and get some sleep!
As I drift off to sleep, I pray for the safety of the fire fighters and their support staff, I pray for rain and I pray for people and issues I care about. Thank you - gratitude is part of prayer and I am grateful for you.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I stepped on the scale this morning. Up again. Not so much from overeating as it is from under-exercising. My shoulder and wrist sprain are much better, as is the tendonitis. I go in tomorrow for the follow-up appointment on the sprains.
The tape measure also gave unhappy numbers but there were some surprises.
I did not eat a balanced plate today despite better intentions. Good thing I get to try again tomorrow!
My pedometer's battery is dying and I won't be able to replace that before tomorrow's walk at the VA. I'll probably use the numbers I did last time I went there plus more because of the trip to the doctor and some other errands.
Still, I end the day in an upbeat fashion and will build on the foundation tomorrow.
Thanks for the SparkGoodies, the comments and all the support!
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