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Immediate & Short Term Goals: Day 2

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Yesterday's results:
Water goal met
food track goal met
ST Kettle Bells goal met
Cardio walking - not met. I forgot to wear my pedometer and did not walk much

No goals today - I feel absolutely crappy from the alternative treatmet last night. I have no energy and no appetite. But I am not defeated.

When I stepped on the scale at the doctor;s office (fully clothed but with empty pockets), I was 178.9. This morning, I was 170.4. Between the clothes and the hyper awareness about fat (everything I've read says to stay away from fat in order to avoid gall stones), here I am. I expect, because my scale is not reliable, that the truth is somewhere inbetween!

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_LINDA 7/23/2012 2:14AM

    That is not a good sign feeling bad with this alternative treatment. Maybe you should ask your Dr. if they think its safe. You did well yesterday! Have you searched what foods to avoid when you have gallstones? Might be worth a check.
Hope you are feeling better tomorrow.
Thanks for the awesome goodie, that was so sweet of you,
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CARRAND 7/22/2012 7:03PM

    Hang in there. You can do it!

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DIANNEMT 7/22/2012 6:26PM

    Hey--sounds like you are doing great! Today you can meet the water goals and track the food and move more tomorrow!

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Immediate & Short Term Goals: Day 1

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Some people delete their profiles and start anew. I have not decided whether or not I will do that. While that minor decision is in the back of my mind, I am moving forward. Instead of blogging (or not) at night, I am blogging this morning to set my immediate goals for the day. Those goals will get me closer to the short term goal of losing the first 4 pounds.

Water 10 glasses = working on the first 3 right now
Food track for the first time in a while = breakfast logged in
Strength training will be Kettle bells
Walking will be my cardio

I'm trying an alternative treatment for gallstones. I have been eating lots of apples this week. The article said the malic acid in apples would soften the stones. Tonight will be the rest of the treatment (epson salts, olive oil and ___). Supposedly, tomorrow I will have results. I have had lots of orthopedic surgery and some dental surgery, but I've never had any other kind of surgery. Not excited about losing an organ. There seems to be conflicting info about the gall bladder. Yes, it's important for helping the body digest fat. Or, no it's not important. Not having it removed (the only standard medical option) leads me open to increased chance of bile duct cancer. Removing it leads me open to having more digestive issues than I already have. So I hope this experiment works. I guess this is a new way of taking care of myself. I have never tried anything like this.

In addition to the goals noted above for today, I have chores and errands. So off I go. I intend to blog again tonight to report on my success. Or I might do the update tomorrow morning.

Thanks for the support on my last blog. I truly was close to logging off for the last time...!

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NONIE_C 7/22/2012 5:55PM

    I have RE-started listing my goals for the day too, and mine are very similar to yours!!! Love it!!!
Even if I don't reach all my goals for the day, I think there is real benefit in keeping track of them, because the more conscious I am of my actions, the more likely they are to change.

Also, I don't know if you knew this, but I had my gall bladder removed in Sept, right after my 40th bday. I was so bummed and super scared, but I had an even scarier incident that led to me finding out I needed it removed. Since then, the biggest change to my food processing regime is that, if I eat a butt-load of fatty food, I get immediate diarrhea (sorry if that's TMI). Thing is, I do not, nor do I want to eat a butt-load of fatty foods, so, as long as I eat healthy, I do OK. Now, that's just me and my body. You need to do what's right for you, and I hope this alternative method works for you, because whether it's a vital organ or not, avoiding the knife is a good thing in my book. No matter what ends up happening, just keep yourself well informed, and take good care of you...and please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

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    Medical news vacillates between "THIS IS WONDERFUL - everyone should have this done/take it/ do it" to "OMG, barbarians! Why would anyone have this done/take this/do this?" to "Maybe, in certain situations, this would be good." Everythime I worry about how much coffee I drink, a new study comes out saying it prevents Alzheimers, Parkinsons, dementia, pancreatic cancer, diabetes ... OR, it cause heart disease, stress, mental problems ... I go with the one I want to believe - coffee is good!

Hope your holistic methods work for you. Like Marg said, be careful with the Epsom salts - it's used for major bowel cleansing.

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_LINDA 7/22/2012 1:35AM

    So glad you are sticking with it!! This is a good idea. State your goals for the day for all to see, and check back in later with a report. This will give you accountability. It will also allow your cheering section to rev it up!
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CARRAND 7/21/2012 6:14PM

    Good goals. I like them.

I avoided having my gallbladder out for a couple of years, but the attacks got worse, and were leading to pancreatic problems, so I finally had it out. This was 20 years ago. The surgery is much easier now because the incisions are smaller. I didn't have any problems digesting fats after my surgery. It's never been an issue. However, I did develop gluten intolerance after my surgery. I'm not sure there is any connection at all. I'm not sorry I had the gallbladder out. Listen to your doctors. I'm sure you'll make the right decision.

If your delete your profile and start over, don't forget to add back your old friends.

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1954MARG 7/21/2012 1:59PM

  Careful with the Epsom salts, they are a ferocious laxative and can cause serious dehydration, good for fertilizing roses, though.

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PARKERB2 7/21/2012 1:59PM

    Don't quit. I'm sure you will be able to make an informed decision about the surgery. Keep Sparking and good luck. I wish you a healthy journey.

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Leave? Maybe...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Rambling Thoughts
A different recruiter called me about the same job that I blogged about last. Phone tag = unresolved. This one is a contracted recruiter with a 503 area code (OR). Strange.

More layoffs are being talked about, as if several people have been given that pink slip in the last week. But I try not to tune in to the rumor channel. Most of the time, it turns out to be true, but it saps the energy. Yesterday was the sendoff for my first boss at the company. Mary was a fabulous boss, a warm “mom” type. Everyone loves her! This one really, really hurts.

I have been mentoring 3 students this summer. Last week, I had the opportunity to encourage one of them to present herself with more confidence, (I know – me?!) and I showed her how her body language (clasped hands almost up to her throat) telegraph a lack of confidence. I told her a little of my background and encouraged her to join our Toastmaster club. This morning, I had a similar heart-to-heart with our second student. She started crying and unburdened a heavy heart. Afterwards, when she came to ask me a business question, she was far less nervous and projected confidence. As I told my boss last week, I appreciate the trust that the company has in me to allow me to all but manage these young women. I told him that I am finding this experience to be both humbling and exhilarating. During our heart-to-heart conversation, she told me that this internship is the first job where she has gotten support. The fact that I have complimented her analytic skills and told her to “trust her instincts” – those are things she has never heard. Sofia is a beautiful young woman with a beautiful mind and an entire life ahead of her. It was heart-breaking to hear her story. I shared a tiny bit of mine and told her that I wanted to encourage her because I did not want her to have to learn the same lessons I did the hard way, that, if I could help her through this, then what I went through was worth it. In my own life, because I have no family nearby and don’t make friends easily, I don’t often have the chance to be supportive and nurturing. Hey, now I sound like Mary, my former boss! I had no idea that being a mentor would give me so much!

Recently, SP changed some of the points. One of those changes was to increase the number of points one could earn commenting on member blogs. So I have been commenting on blogs of people in my teams, even though I don’t know them in the SP sense of the word. One person misunderstood what I said and my subsequent efforts to explain only made things worse. I feel badly. It’s almost the last straw as far as SP goes.

The bigger problem, literally, is me. I had a doctor appointment that was a follow-up on my ER visit. I had not met my doctor before. When my previous doctor transferred to a farther-away clinic, I had to select a new doctor. I like her! I actually had a list of questions and we talked about them (first time I have ever done that.) She offered a steroid shot for my bursitis (declined – too scary), we talked about my gall stones and she said all they would do is remove the gall bladder. (declined for now. All I have ever had is dental and orthopedic surgery, not interested in organ removal unless I MUST). Blood pressure low (normal for me), temp 98 something (high for me) and then there was the scale. I was not surprised, but I was very disappointed, to see that I have regained everything I lost over my entire SP journey. I have long since lost my Spark.

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_LINDA 7/22/2012 1:33AM

    That is wonderful you mentoring these three women -sounds like you are helping each other really. Great support!! I second that -with everyone getting fired all around you, you still have a job -that does speak volumes, don't you think? You are a valuable asset to this company!
I almost lost a Spark friend over a miscommunication :( I am sorry to say I have been known to put my foot in it sometimes. Trying to be helpful but sounding overbearing or condescending, I don't know. Sorry to hear you had this experience :(
I have so many friends who blog regularly it wasn't hard for me to earn the 5 points. Might be best to stick with those on your friend's list..
I had my appendix out, and it was done minimalist -through the belly button! Was only in the hospital overnight. They would probably do the gallbladder the same way -so you wouldn't even have a scar. It would be nice if a non surgical method would work though -keeping fingers crossed for you..
Its difficult to lose weight with all the hours you are working and the stress of your job, so take it easy on yourself. Don't ever give up -you are worth it!! Just take it one step at a time, and squeeze in what ever you can.
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CARRAND 7/21/2012 6:31PM

    You sounds like great support for those young women. I hope your company appreciates you.

I was a manager for many years at the IRS before I retired recently. The things I am proudest of are the employees I had who followed me into management.

Take care of that gallbladder!

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ADARKARA 7/21/2012 3:07PM

    As someone who has had her gall bladder removed, I can say it isn't that bad. I totally respect the decision to not have elective surgery. Mine however, was so painful it kept me up for days on end.

I was in the hospital at 6:30 and home and in bed by 11:30, and back at work in 3 days (I had a desk job). I had no issues except a little bit of nausea from the anesthetic.

I recently had my wisdom teeth removed and my recovery time was longer!

As for the lay offs, staying away from the rumor mill is a good idea, and looking out for yourself is even better.

Good luck!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/21/2012 2:51PM

    So sorry about all of the layoffs. That's a tough one.


What a great mentor you are. Doesn't if feel great to know that you have affected someone's life? :) Those are memories and sage advice that she will take right into her bright future. Well done, Ms.


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BYEFATNANNY 7/21/2012 12:29PM

    You are doing great at work, lots of lay offs but they keep you, that's a kudos for your work right there. I'd watch these recruiters, good jobs seem to fill themselves, why do these other companies need a recruiter in this job market? Be cautious before moving too fast. Doctors are so rushed these days I alwayss have to write a list of questions. And the shot....as long as it isn't all the time, they are a great relief. Really. Take care.

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MRE1956 7/21/2012 8:31AM

    BTDT on the recruiting and blog situations - I've learned to pick up on those cues from recruiters as I've gotten a few of those myself lately (it's pretty obvious when multiple sources are referring to the same situation - guess it's just as much of a jungle out there in the recruiting world as it is in the job-search world) - as far as the blogs go, I try to just leave a sentence or two of support in most cases (this not being one of them, obviously) ...... :)

I see you're involved with Toastmasters - I was one myself, "back in the day" - it's a great organization! Between that, your mentoring and your "heart-to-heart" chat, you definitely have some positives to reflect on and use as motivation - so hang in there.......don't give up hope on having your spark return!

You have the power!


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    I'm proud for you for your mentoring! Now, my dear, mentor and be kind to yourself - you deserve it, too emoticon

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GET-N-HAPPY 7/21/2012 2:09AM

    Girl !!!! You better pick yourself up. Lol. Stop beattin yourself up over your weight , and give yourself a pat on the back for all the great things you are doing with the kids. emoticon

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IMREITE 7/21/2012 1:54AM

    we had 3 supervisors that "retired" a couple weeks ago. they were actually laid off and were told the could reapply for other positions (at lower pay). I don't like rumors either, but all we can do was keep out eyes/ears open and mouth shut. And keep our resume updated.

Management will either not know about lay offs, lie about it or tap dance around it.

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A Cautionary Tale?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last night, when I got home and logged into my personal email account, I got a huge surprise. An HR rep for a local high tech company found my info on LinkedIn and asked me if she could send me a job description for an openinng in her company. She thought I might be a good fit. Flattered and curious, I said yes. Her reply was almost immediate including the description and the salary range.

I realize this is analogous to those "preapproved" credit card offers. I have been invited to apply. It does not mean I get it. But, still. It was a great surprise!

The floor of the salary range is more than $20K more than I make. Of course, I read the description. Parts of the job I am familiar with, some I have zero or limited experience with (and no interest in).

I looked at their website and was intrigued by their business - it dovetails with my interests and past experience.

I did not sleep much last night. I emailed my resume this morning. She replaied that she had forwarrded it to the hiring manager for review.

In the meantime, I contacted two paralegal mentors. One said "go for it". The other said "run away!" I used to work with both and I trust their judgment. Turns out the one who said "run away" used to work at this company! What she shared with me about the company, their culture and their personnel made me want to take a shower.

Next time I research a company, I will include their name + the word "litigation". Yikes.

I am staying put for now. I love my job. I like and respect the people I work with. I have a short commute. I could only wish for more money, but this does not appear to be the right open door.

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CATLADY52 7/20/2012 5:41PM

    Sometimes you just need to have confirmation that staying where you are is really best. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/20/2012 12:57PM

    Glad you checked it out!

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_LINDA 7/19/2012 7:53PM

    Wow! Lucky you had this warning before going in too deep! For sure it pays to research something like this fully. Sorry for the disappointment though, as is usual when something sounds too good to be true...
I just hope you have job security in your present job, because with all the firings, it sure seems like a nail biter working there wondering who will be next. It doesn't hurt to have a look around for something better. Costs nothing but a little time and effort..
Hope you have a good week..
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CARRAND 7/19/2012 6:00PM

    I'm glad you got a 2nd opinion! It pays to be cautious about anything on the internet.

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BYEFATNANNY 7/19/2012 3:13PM

    Good choice, good thing your friend gave warning. It is good to check. I guess the grass is not always greener on the other side. As I think I mentioned before, I am a govt. paralegal and could make much more money at the "big" firms, but like my low key job and think the pay off is worth it. Good choice.

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DENRNAJ 7/18/2012 10:12PM

    Wow, that is a cautionary tale- thanks for posting.

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I Did Not Fall on My Face!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

This afternoon, I had the follow-up to Sunday's trip to the ER - a stress test. I've never had one and did not know what to expect. i was afraid I would fall, fall or otherwise make a complete fool of myself. I actually went longer than they needed and the test was a huge success. No heart problems, no hypertension.

Still no answer for the event that brought me to the ER on Sunday.

In other news, on the heels of learning of Christie's mastectomies, I learned another friend lost her sister this morning. Carolyn needed a lung transplant that did not happen.
Carolyn's fiance, Gary, died earlier this year for the lack of a kidney transplant.

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CARRAND 7/7/2012 7:14PM

    Woo hoo on the stress test!

I'm sorry to hear about your friends who died without the transplants they needed. My husband got a kidney transplant from his brother and it saved his life. It may have saved his brother's life, too, because he had to lose 40 pounds and get his blood pressure down in order to be a donor. He did that, and kept the weight off and is in the best health of his life.

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MACNANA 7/7/2012 12:28PM

    Thank you for your comment on my post. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sometimes it seem as though these things come in droves in our lives. I'm glad for you that the test was successful - that's something less to wonder about now. emoticon

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ERINMARIE424 7/6/2012 9:44PM

    Glad the test went OK. Sorry to hear about your friend's sister. I've had friends pass while waiting for organs, and it just seems so unfair.

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_LINDA 7/6/2012 1:24AM

    I experienced much the same thing as you and the stress test was negative as well -that is good news. Perhaps it was a result of the stress you have been going through.
So very sorry to hear of this couple losing their lives for want of a transplant :((
Like the others have mentioned -you need to find a way to ease some of the stress you are dealing with -like meditation, find ways to empty your mind and be at peace..
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ACIMPEGGY 7/5/2012 10:34PM

    Sweetie, let's think positive....somehow we gotta turn things around for ourselves! Hugs...

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MISSY455 7/5/2012 10:11PM

    So glad the test was successful, and they found no issues. I hope you find a way to lessen some of the stress in your life. It has made a huge difference in my health.

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MSKITYOCAT 7/5/2012 10:03PM

  stress can mimic heart symptoms. Enough already with sorrows in your life. Blessings on your journey from now on.

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KNITTINGNAN 7/5/2012 10:00PM

  At least you were able to pass your stress test. When I had one, I had never been on a treadmill before, and failed miserably. The man taking the same test behind a curtain next to me kept offering me words of encouragement as I am panting and begging to get off the treadmill. When we both finished, he pulled back the curtain and revealed that he was a shriveled up little old man in his 90s. I was mortified.

Like you, I was experiencing a lot of family stress at the time, which triggered symptoms of a heart attack. Take time for yourself. Learn some meditation techniques to relax....deep breathing in a quiet room. You will get through this. emoticon

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