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Volunteering Can Be Hazardous To Your Health And Other Random Thoughts

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I volunteer at a Thrift Store on saturdays. Just something I always wanted to do and now that the kids are on their own for the most part, I can.

This work involves a lot of standing, bending, and lifting. My Monday through Friday job has me working in an office setting, so extended periods of standing, bending, and lifting are things I'm not really used to.

After working for two hours today it dawned on me, this might very well be what ultimately sent my back over the edge a little more than a month ago. Actually, I'm fairly positive.

Now that I've identified the culprit, I will be extra careful when working my volunteer job.

My 100 Day Challenge has been put on hold temporarily during the final days of wedding preparations and since. I'll pick that back up starting tomorrow.

Wedding was beautiful. I posted a couple of pics on my page. (The out of place looking dude is my son. We are hopeful that he, too, will grow up eventually.)

At work, we've managed to make it through our first month on the new operating system. The newness and unfamiliarity set us all back, and everyone of us is behind in our work, which, on top of an already stressful job, plagued my many deadlines, makes life double-stressful.

With only one week to go until my oh so deserved vacation, I can't see any way to catch up to where I would be comfortable leaving. Well, I guess I'll do what I can, and while I'm gone they'll just have to deal with the fallout. As will I when I get back :) There just never seems to be a good time to get away.

But get away I must. I desperately need a change of scenery and a break from the rat race. Flights are booked, accommodations secured, and I just printed out my train ticket. It's starting to get exciting.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/11/2012 1:32AM

    You can also volunteer reading to children in Los Angeles through meet up if this turns out to be too physical for you. Let me know if you want the link.

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    You're probably dead on with the back, although it could also be from sitting all the time. I have to set reminders to get out and stretch out. If I don't, my back will get bitchy. I would lay off the volunteering until you get things righted. At least remove another variable from the equation.

Take it from someone who hasn't been on vacation in 11 years, there is never a good time to go on vacation and if you wait for one, 11 years goes by. So go!

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CARTOONB 3/4/2012 9:52PM

    I'm glad you figured out what caused the back pain.

Sounds like the vacation is just in time. Good luck getting everything caught up enough to fully enjoy your vacation.

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IUHRYTR 3/4/2012 8:55PM

    Hope you have a relaxing vacation. We all need a change now and then. -- Lou

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KOFFEENUT 3/4/2012 1:37PM

    Good for you for identifying where your back issue came from - awareness will help you avoid future problems. ENJOY your vacation and really relax!

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BOVEY63 3/4/2012 10:39AM

    Anxious to check out the wedding pics. Enjoy your vacation!

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 3/4/2012 10:15AM

    You deserve a vacation!! Don't even think about your job while you are on vacation. In fact, don't think too much about your job this week either! Lol! ;-)

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Days 20, 21, 22/100 * And a Wedding, and a Vacation in the Near Future

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Still on track with my water and exercise. I'm 22/100 on both.
Kind of shifted focus away from the no TV/WiFi portion on my challenge. No need to inflict unnecessary stress.

My daughter is getting married next Saturday. I have my dress, I have my shoes, I have my hair- and make-up lady booked, I'm in good shape there.
(I never wear make-up, that's why I need a make-up lady :))

I just realized a couple of days ago that this is the first time in forever, that I don't need to stress about losing weight for an event. I'm so there! This is awesome!

Work is definitely my #1 stressor at this time. Last week I refused an assignment outright, 'cause I was so overwhelmed I could not see straight. Not exactly a good career move, but I really need to hang on to my last thread of sanity.

Desperately need to get out of the rat race for a while, so I went ahead and booked a vacation. We're going to Europe middle of next month.
DD & new son in law are taking a Mediterranean cruise and will visit my parents afterwards. Thought it would be great fun to surprise them and meet them there.

DS even wanted to go, which surprised me, but of course I'm glad. Our first stop will be Vienna. I have never been there and always wanted to go. We'll visit a customer and good friend of mine, and they offered to show us around. Should be great fun!

We'll then take the train into Germany straight to my home town. I'm really excited to be able to get out of town for a while.

My back is on the mend. Still a bit tight, but definitely better. I'll be back at the gym next week. But, as I posted in my status just now, today I'm eating chocolate and watching TV - 'cause I can.

More later.

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FRAN0426 3/5/2012 9:34PM

    Just finished reading this blog, and checked out the wedding photos which are beautiful. The picture of the three of you is beautiful. Congrats that you didn't need to lose weight for the wedding, what a wonderful feeling and how proud you should be.
So heading for Germany, how exciting for you to get back to Germany and see your mom. What town is hometown for you?

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2012 8:09PM

    Sounds like an exciting vacation. Will you post pictures? Have a fun time and emoticon on your success. -- Lou

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TERRIPAL1 3/2/2012 8:47AM

    Enjoy the trip ,the wedding as well! Congrats on not having to worry about your weight that's a real accomplishment!

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LALASLAND 2/21/2012 10:57AM

    OK, now I am jealous! That is SO COOL that you get to take a vacation like that! emoticon

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JULABELLE 2/20/2012 9:18PM

    Where is your hometown? I used to live in Münster und Rheine and miss it very much. Vienna is absolutely lovely. I hope you are able to stop at Hotel Sacher to have an over-priced Sachertorte u. Kaffee).

Wow - congratulations on all the good things you have going on. And of course for not having to worry about the weight loss it huge.

I wish you a wonderful time at your daughter's wedding and a fabulous and safe trip.

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MARLINDA5 2/20/2012 8:20PM

    Congrats on your daughter getting married and your trip sounds awsome - I hope you post pictures from the wedding - I would love to see them.

glad to hear your back is beter. emoticon

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    Meh, the power of 'no' is a good thing. I don't think you can be expected to say yes to every task thrown at you. If your boss was decent, he would have already known that you were booked.

Sounds like many good times ahead. Enjoy Vienna, I hear the sausages are great.

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WPAMPELL 2/20/2012 1:59AM

    Sounds like a good trip. Enjoy

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CARTOONB 2/19/2012 9:18PM

    Your vacation sounds fantastic. Hope it comes soon enough to save your sanity.

I love your plans for the day!

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BOVEY63 2/19/2012 8:46PM

    Have a wonderful time at the wedding and on the trip ~ sounds like an awesome time!

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JUSTJOSS 2/19/2012 8:21PM

    Congratulations to your daughter & to you for not having to stress for the big day!!

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SALEX52 2/19/2012 6:41PM

    Have a great trip.

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Days 17, 18, 19/100 - Going, going -

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Almost 1/5th of the way in my 100 Day Challenge.

Finally figured out how to get my water in, at least during the week, and it's going great.

I'm still banned from exercising due to my back problem. I am allowed to stretch (yeah...), and I'm continuing my pushup and pull up routine.

The past few weeks at work have been very stressful, and not being able to get my workouts in is not at all helpful.

Back is slightly feeling better today, I've been doing therapy all week.
Next week I WILL start back up with easy yoga.

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MARLINDA5 2/20/2012 8:23PM

    love the cartoon - yes hard to drink water - I am able to drink it because of my constant cough and I usually drink more when I am at work - at home need to remind myself.


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KNITTABLES 2/19/2012 1:02AM

    Love the cartoon. Take care and I hope your back feels better.

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BOVEY63 2/17/2012 11:42PM

Hope your back keeps improving daily!

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MYOWNHERO 2/17/2012 12:22PM

    Hope your back feels better soon!

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LALASLAND 2/16/2012 11:27PM

    That was adorable! emoticon

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CARTOONB 2/16/2012 10:26PM

    Love the cartoon! Good luck!

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SHEILA-45 2/16/2012 10:25PM

    Getting enough water can be mind boggling...I always forget to drink it because I never feel thirsty. Hope all is going well. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Day 16/100 - 10 daily activity minutes and growing

Monday, February 13, 2012

Between my challenge exercises (pushups and pull ups) and my rehab exercises for my back (pelvis lifts and the like), I now total 10 activity minutes a day.

Pretty weak for somebody whose general goal is to hit 1000 minutes a month, but I do what I can. I'm still aiming for at least 500, so I can keep my 25-month streak alive.

Struggling with water today. Didn't drink any during the day today. So when I came home tonight I still had 40 oz. left to go. Still working on the last 20, but it will get done.

Chiropractor tomorrow. Maybe he'll be able to snap me back into place.

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IUHRYTR 2/18/2012 7:40PM

    emoticon on not giving up and for doing what you can. The 10-minutes a day is getting to be routine, soon maybe that can be increased to 15 then 20 and then a bazillion! -- Lou

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CARTOONB 2/15/2012 11:28PM

    Oohhhh. 25 months? I need to see if I have a streak and if its close to yours!

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JULABELLE 2/14/2012 7:07AM

    I hope your chiropractor can help you feel better. Get that water down - so important for so many reasons!

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KNITTABLES 2/14/2012 1:13AM

    I'm struggling with my water too today. Good luck with the Chiro, I hope he fixes your back. Take care and Happy Valentines.

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Day 15/100 - Goodbye Weekend

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Here it is Sunday night again; on the threshold of another busy week.

I'm on track with my challenges, just finishing up the last of my water.
Tired, nothing in my brain tonight.

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa

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BOVEY63 2/13/2012 5:02PM

    Awesome poem! Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful and successful week!

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LALASLAND 2/13/2012 10:05AM

    Oh, that is beautiful! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 2/13/2012 1:48AM

    Thanks for sharing the poem.

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