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Showing Love

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Last night, I read a blog on SparkPeople written by a member I'd never interacted with. She said some great things including that one of her daily goals is to show love. She also does something loving for herself.

That got me thinking. I have gotten back in the lifelong habit of putting others first ALL THE TIME. It is no coincidence that I am not making progress on my weight loss goals.

I have not had a hair cut in over a year. I decided I was going to let it grow so I could donate it to Locks of Love. I blogged about that disappointment a week or so ago. At the same time, my hair is a battle. It is thin but it has a very coarse texture. Dad called it wiry. It has been coming out in chunks and it takes too much time, too much pain and does not look good at the end. I have a very hard time getting a comb through it.

This is review season and my personnel review is going to occur tomorrow afternoon. I like my boss a lot, but this will be our first conversation like this and I have no idea what to expect. Several people have already been laid off. In the back of my head, I've been thinking about that. I don't have the wardrobe to job hunt and....there's a whole litany.

So I took the plunge. I got a Power Haircut! (My name for it.) My hair was at my shoulder blades and is now halfway up my ears. I figured this will give me confidence to go in for that performance review. That review leads to the raise, if there is one, this summer, so it's a big deal. And, if I am laid off, at least I will look better for those interviews.

I could ramble on about the office politics, the sickness that just keeps circulating because people don't stay home, but....that would not make interesting reading.

PS. Thanks for the spark goodies and comments!

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CARRAND 3/23/2012 5:40PM

    I'm so glad you got your hair cut. You need to look after yourself. My hair is very thin, but the lady who cuts and colors it does wonders for it. A good haircut just makes me feel good all over.

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 3/23/2012 7:08AM

    Sending positive vibes your way! Good luck with your review today. Think positive - even if you receive negative comments... think of it as an opportunity to grow (not always easy - I know!)... And thinking about us is not selfish, it is just making you stronger so you can continue to look after others!...

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You have a great SparkFriday!

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MISSY455 3/23/2012 2:04AM

    I hope that your review goes well, and your hard work is acknowledged.

There are days I think about getting my hair cut short again, but it takes me so incredibly long to get any decent length back on it, that I always talk myself out of it. I bet it felt wonderful to do though!

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_LINDA 3/23/2012 1:47AM

    I would love to see a photo! All the best with your review -you have been working so hard it should be great! I hear you about people who are sick not staying home- you could hear the coughing all over the bridge club :( Its really rude.. I hope you don't catch anything..
A change in appearance is the first step in taking care of yourself, now go all the way, and get back to the program of living a healthy lifestyle! You can do this!!
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ACIMPEGGY 3/22/2012 10:50PM

    Dear one, I believe when we do for others we do for ourselves, too! You know how good it makes you feel...BUT...you HAVE to include yourself in there, too!

Has your hair always been like that...coarse, thin and not able to get a comb through? I ask because there are prescription drugs that can do strange things, lack of nutrients, etc.

Good luck with your performance review tomorrow. Let us know...and POST A PHOTO! (if you haven't already. I read the blog first ;-)

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St Patrick's Day Thoughts

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I was craving a Rueben sandwich today and was thrilled to see Chef Meg's revised version of it today. But, I did not have one.

After an unreal amount of sleep over the last two days, I feel much better. My fever broke, the sore throat and head stuff seem to be history. I did my grocery shopping - I have not been shopping for a couple of weeks and was out of almost everything. I ended up spending more than I planned, but I also saved a ton, too. If I look at it for 2-3 weeks' worth of money, it's not that much. It's just more than I would normally spend at once.
After spending all that, I decided not to splurge on a Rueben, both moneywise and caloriewise. I successfully resisted the marketing, the social pressure and ignored my tastebuds. Amazing what the power of suggestion does, especially with food!

I came home and took a nap. I think it will be a few more days before I feel 100% again. One of the things I bought were salicylic acid callus removers and am wearing one. I have had a callus on the ball of my right foot for a very long time. It has finally gotten so painful that I have not been walking. Finally, it occurred to me to do something about it. After being out and about today, my foot is feeling much better. Why did I not think of it a lot sooner?!

Today was the first day I logged my food in a long time. I have recently rediscovered some of my trigger foods and have been completely undisciplined. I really know better!

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RFJSJ50 3/18/2012 9:23AM

    Reubens are my favorite indulgence - wait - maybe it's really a Shamrock Shake! Both call my name but I try to resist. I did break down and have a small Shamrock Shake yesterday. Thank goodness they're only available in March.
I'm glad you're feeling better and could get out to the store.
Are you sure it's a callus and not a plantar's wart on your foot? I had that once and they can be very painful.

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CARRAND 3/18/2012 9:07AM

    I'm glad you are on the mend. Congrats on avoiding the Rueben sandwich. I know how strong those cravings can be, but you are stronger. I'm tracking my food again, too.

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MISSY455 3/18/2012 3:00AM

    Glad you are on the road to recovery. Keep an eye on it though, my DH started with a sore throat and what looked like a normal cold a week ago, was better, then came down with a nasty case of bronchitis. After 4 hours at Urgent Care yesterday (our doctor had zero appt's) he got antibiotics and hopefully can go back to work on Monday.

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_LINDA 3/18/2012 1:52AM

    Glad you are getting plenty of rest and feeling better. I am in the constant care of a podiatrist -she regularly has to scapel off my corns and callus build ups from my big toes. I hope the callus remover works for you.
Great job resisting the sandwich!!
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ACIMPEGGY 3/18/2012 12:06AM

    We learn by our mistakes. Of course, you knew that.

I would have tended to get the Reuben...and save half for another meal.

Glad you're better, hon. Soon you'll be your 'old' self again!


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I Am So Out of Shape and Other Saturday Thoughts

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I had some errands to do this morning, including stopping at the eye doctor's to get an replacement receipt from my visit in December that I need to fax in to my flexpay provider before the end of the month or I might have to pay the IRS for it. After that, I walked to the hair dresser to inquire about getting my hair cut off so I could donate it to Locks of Love.

I was dismayed when the cutter told me that they count the 10 inches from a pony tail, not from the actual length of the hair. I guess I had misunderstood what I read on the Locks of Love website. The problem is that my hair tangles very easily, worse as it gets longer, and I don't know that I can put up with the daily battle for the months that it will take for it to grow long enough to cut and donate. Locks of Love makes wigs for patients who have cancer or other diseases that are related to hair loss. They can take any hair (grey, colored or regular hair) but it has to be 10 inches at minimum. I was really depressed when I left the salon.

From there, I walked a few other places and then drove to a Target store that I seldom visit to see what they had that was different from my "hone" store. This store is in a mini mall and I parked in the larger parking lot, not in the Target lot. More steps, I thought! I found more than I expected, so my cart was pretty full. As I wheeled it to the car, it locked up. I had forgotten about the stop strip. I carried some of the bags to my car and then thought that I should move the cart so that other cars can get around it. It was pretty heavy and was really hard to move. I finally figured out that I could pull it from the basket, raising it at the same time so that only the wheels on the push-handle end are on the ground. It was still hard to move, but I was proud to have been able to move it safely. Then I carried the heavier items to the car, making a couple of trips.

I was wiped out after getting everything out of the car, up the stairs and put away. Man, am I out of shape!

Tomorrow is my brother's birthday (today in Japan, where he lives). We were at a mini family reunion last year celebrating his birthday in New Mexico when the word of the earthquake and the tsunami came across the news. That was the end of our celebration. It took him nearly two days to find out his wife, her parents and her sister were all ok. In the year since, I have worried about them, mostly for my very young nephew, nervous about radiation exposure. My heart is still in Japan.

Yesterday, at work, we had an "Update on Fukushima" meeting and, as we waited for the presentations to begin, one of the scientists asked me what I am doing these days. Ever since I earned my paralegal certificate, he has been encouraging me to leave the company and make more money elsewhere. I don't think I have the experience as a paralegal to do that - I cannot afford an entry level position and I don't think I am getting enough exposure in paralegal work where I am. So I have been thinking...

It would help for me to brush up on my language skills. I know bits and pieces of about 16 languages but am fluent in none. So, should I go for Spanish or Japanese?

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CARRAND 3/20/2012 9:26AM

    Is your brother staying in Japan? You could learn Japanese and join him there. But I don't know what the job market is for paralegals in Japan. Maybe Hawaii? I really admire bi-lingual people.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/11/2012 4:22AM

    Spanish is a bit more universal. Those shopping trolleys can be a hazard. One of my friend's little 5 year old daughter had one fall on her a broke her hip. This happened yesterday! She will be in hospital for 2 weeks and in a wheelchair forat least 4 more weeks. As I was reading your blog I was getting quite anxious, thinking you were going to tell us you got hurt! Thank goodness you didn't.

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_LINDA 3/11/2012 12:38AM

    Good for you trying to get more activity in your shopping. I find those shopping carts awful to deal with, they usually have a wonky wheel, or veer off to one side, and ANY roughness on the terrain or so much as a pebble grinds those lousy wheels to a halt. I often wonder how the little old ladies always seem to manage to haul one back to our apartment, not that they have much in them other than their purses usually. You did well to deal with a heavily laden one. I am curious what all you bought that was so much.
Perhaps the scientist gives you good advice. If there is nowhere for you to advance in this company (indeed people were losing their jobs and you were worried about it too)maybe there are greener pastures elsewhere.
Whether you learn Spanish or Japanese should depend on where you want to live and what the highest % of population is in that language. LA would be Spanish of course and so on..But it is indeed a highly prized asset to have a second language..
Hope you have a restful and relaxing Sunday!
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RFJSJ50 3/11/2012 12:28AM

    It sounds like you had quite a workout! I had stopped doing strength exercises for a bit of time and have recently started back - boy can I tell a difference!
I can't give you any advice on the language except to do what feels best for you - follow your heart.
Stay strong!

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MISSY455 3/10/2012 11:49PM

    If you are wanting to continue to work in CA, I would think Spanish would be very helpful. Outside of CA, Japanese or even Cantonese if that interests you. I have enough trouble with english, but so admire people who can speak another language.

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How a Compliment and SparkPeople Impacted My Choices This Evening

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I had not planned to put in OT today, but had to given the challenges that arose today. When I finished work, I did not want to face traffic, so I started doing SP stuff. When I took a break and walked down the hall, someone asked me if I were losing weight. (I am not and I feel like a blimp). I thanked her for making my day. When I came back to SP, I saw a message board post about walking. I looked at my pedometer and went outside.

I recently bought an iPod so I could have music to block out the noise at work. _Linda posted that I could use that for exercise. I wore my iPod and found myself singing as I walked. Nothing but hills where I work and I was amazed how singing while walking raised my heart rate. I looked at my pedometer and kept walking, but I did not do enough. I got anxious about getting home so I could unwind and get to bed at a reasonable hour. I walked up the stairs thinking that would continue the heart rate momentum, but it actually turned out to be a cool down of sorts. I was so slow on the 3 flights of stairs that finishing the walk back to my desk was nothing.

I was not even going to blog tonight, but that would have defeated the point I wanted to share. The compliment inspired me and the post on SP got me moving. You never know how sharing some small part of your journey could help someone else!

I ended up with a 55 minute walk (I should've gone for 5 more minutes!) and over 10K steps!

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LJCANNON 3/12/2012 7:00PM

    emoticonIt is amazing how inspiring those little Pedometers can be!! And the steps really do add up quickly!!

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CATLADY52 3/12/2012 6:53PM

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    Way to go!

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HEATHER-IN-SD 3/9/2012 12:29PM

    What a great way to end the day! Yay compliments and SP!!!!

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RFJSJ50 3/9/2012 12:15PM

    We should all learn a lesson about the power of complimenting others from your experience. Just a few words can have such a powerful and positive impact!
What a great day you had!

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MISSY455 3/9/2012 2:53AM

    emoticon Since I have started wearing a pedometer every day, versus only on my walks, I have noticed a big jump in my total steps. Just being able to see how close I am to the next milestone is a big motivator. I hope the rest of your week is as successful for you!

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SHERRYJVP 3/9/2012 1:12AM

    wow..that is an awesome and inspiration blog!

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_LINDA 3/9/2012 12:34AM

    Well done!! I always find music inspires to to work harder, particularly when my favorite songs come on!
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Way to put those steps in!!

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March is For Me!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

I started an introspective blog and it disappeared. I am yawning, so life is conspiring to tell me it's time for "light's out".

Today was productive and yet not on track - sort of sum of my SP journey! I'll come back to those introspective thoughts, but, in the meantime, think on this: sometimes doing every day things can turn into moments of functional fitness. What did I do? I lugged a jug of 35# of cat litter! I can sure feel it and am amazed how good it feels!

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STAROFD00M 3/8/2012 10:39AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon re: kitty litter :)

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LIBBYFITZ 3/2/2012 5:43AM

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MISSY455 3/2/2012 2:48AM

    I have started typing my blogs into word and then cutting and pasting into SP to save that aggravation. I hope you got a good night's sleep!

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_LINDA 3/1/2012 11:40PM

    That kitty litter sure is heavy -another reason to like dogs more lol. You have to be careful not to strain something though! Hope you are okay tomorrow! Sorry about the blog loss :(( That happens all too often around here :(
May your March be simply Marvelous!!!
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ACIMPEGGY 3/1/2012 11:32PM

    Yea, but how far did you lug it? Reminds me...I've got to buy some.

Was Toastmaster tonight for neighboring area's contest....I'm tired, but it went very well...I followed the script (pretty much) and still managed to be myself and make the audience laugh a couple times. No major goof-ups, either.


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JAMBABY0 3/1/2012 11:19PM

    keep up the good work

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