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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Today began like any other day. Then, the entire company was called to an impromptu 9:30am meeting in front of the CEO's office, in which we were told that 12 of our colleagues were being laid off at that very moment and that they would be coming up to their desks in 15 mins and that we were to be supportive and help them handle the news. Shipping their jobs overseas, where they can hire people to supposedly do the same work (though, not as high of quality AT ALL) for something like $8 per day. It makes me sick. I don't usually like to deal with politics, but this really hit close to home and just about has me ready to start fighting with SOMEONE.

We work in small teams called pods. I can't go into much detail, but my entire pod was let go, except for me and my friend. I can't tell you how devastating this was...not just for the people laid off, who had absolutely no warning whatsoever (some who have been serving this company for YEARS), but also for those of us remaining. One thing that our company has going for it is that the people that work there are just wonderful. We genuinely love our co-workers. And my pod had become like my family. These people are so special to me and being near them and hearing their voices and laughing with them every day was what made all the horrible parts of the job completely worth it. And, just like that...they were gone. The whole place was a MESS...people were crying all over the place. It was just horrible.

Then I thought...wow, I leave my church one day. The next day I lose co-workers that I love. My friends are just dropping like flies. :( Thank God I still have derby!

I did emotionally eat to handle this news. But not out of control. And when I got home, I walked 4 miles...really fast. And I am exhausted now. So, at the very least, my body is calmer and I will hopefully just get in bed and pass out and forget all about this day.

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MARVEEME 4/7/2011 7:28PM

    The hard part is over, the aftermath is yet to be dealt with. While you will miss your friends dearly, you have been spared their fate. How you handle this is most important. I'm happy about your shared report on your emotional eating response. I highly suggest that you are very careful to avoid reacting to or discussing this among your remaining co-workers in the upcoming days. Stay positive, and you remain in my prayers, along with your former co-workers.

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ILSAWING 4/6/2011 10:01PM

    So sorry to hear about your friends and you having to deal with the loss. I will be praying for you and those who lost their jobs. I kinda understand, I've been unemployed since Thanksgiving. Stay strong.

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JERSEYFLOWER 4/6/2011 9:39PM

    Ugh. I feel for you, I really do. We had that conversation two weeks ago at my work. My bestie work buddy was let go. It's hard. emoticon

Keep fast walking. It helps. Probably the only thing that truly does.

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Big Decisions

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Been dealing with a lot of huge decisions lately regarding all sorts of things. In short, though, my husband and I have been feeling for awhile that our current church is not a good fit for us and we just don't feel like it's our "family" or our "home". Therefore, we finally got our courage up and made the decision to leave. This is difficult. We are nervous, scared, excited, confused...all rolled up into one. If you've never been a really integral part of a church, you might not understand why this is such a big deal for us. But it really is. It's such a big part of our lives and leaving people you care about is never easy, even if there are only a few that you feel a lot of affection for in the bunch. It really does feel, in some ways, like a divorce. We went through all of this just 2 years ago. That one happened to be a very healthy, very friendly divorce and we have been able to hold onto a lot of those relationships and they have remained. This one will likely not be so friendly and not be so clean. And that is why we are nervous.

So, in all that...I am so thankful for my health. That I have been working this past month to take care of myself and learning how to use exercise as a stress relief outlet and not see it as torture. If I didn't have the opportunity to let off steam and think about things while I'm being active, I don't know that I'd make it through this without sinking into depression.

I'm so thankful for this journey. So many new things are happening. And it is all good. If you're the praying sort, we sure could use some prayer right now.

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MARVEEME 4/5/2011 6:39PM

    My rosary will be dedicated to your collective spiritual needs, for sure!


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LOIDAEG 4/5/2011 5:06PM

    I don't pray all that often unfortunately :( I don't go to a church right now. Hopefully someday in the future though. I did grow up going to church though. We have been through so much with a couple of different churches in our lives. You are right, it's more than just a church. It becomes a part of you. If you aren't happy at one church it is usually best to go some place else. I hope you find a good church! And yes, exercise is GREAT for stress!!! :)


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Tough Walk Today

Saturday, April 02, 2011

So, I figured with all of this desire to eat houses and such...I better make sure I up my activity this weekend. I pretty much had to FORCE myself to go for my walk on the trail today, but I was excited to take my 3 yr old boy (who has really missed me a lot since I've been working so much overtime) out with me in his stroller. Let me just say...walking 4 miles with a kid in a stroller is a much tougher workout than just walking the trail myself! And the best part is...I cut my time down from a 26 minute mile to a 22 minute mile! Woot! Go me! :)

Now I'm going to do some strength exercises...nothing too extensive...just enough to stretch my body out and get a little bit of muscle going. Then, I am RELAXING!

Do you know I worked 92 hours over the past two weeks?! Yeah...that is enough for me. I plan on resting for the remainder of this day! Ha!

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DBFBILLY 4/3/2011 12:04PM

    you rest girlfriend..you deserve it emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARVEEME 4/3/2011 8:16AM

    May your paycheck reflect a bonus, and you reap the reward of the exercise bonus in your weight loss and fitness journey quickly!


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PALENRYA 4/2/2011 7:25PM

    GREAT job! Cutting 4 mins off your mile is awesome keep up the good work! emoticon

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Have You Ever Wanted To Eat A House?

Friday, April 01, 2011

OK, so I've been doing really well for the past month or so with controlling my calories and ignoring crazy cravings, etc. And I've been steadily losing weight at a healthy rate.

I don't know WHAT is up this week, though. It's like I'm SO HUNGRY all the time!!! I want to eat anything and everything in sight. I will eat an entire meal and still feel like I'm starving! Last night I definitely had 2 dinners. : (

Has anyone else that's been doing this longer experienced phases like this? And WHY is this happening? I thought my tummy was supposed to shrink with smaller portions and I was supposed to be able to get full faster.

I've been doing everything right...drinking a ton of water, eating healthy calories, working out. Why this sudden increase in desire to eat? Could it be purely hormonal? It is that time...

UGH! Hate this! All I can think about is eating more and more and more. Luckily, I've been able to control it somewhat and not give in to every whim. But it's rough!!!

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NAANDO 5/2/2011 10:20AM

    Ok, here are a few things I've learned along the way, both by myself and with the help of my personal trainer. Yeah, I have a personal trainer I go to once a week. I know that my weight progress doesn't currently reflect that, but I gave up on myself for the past two weeks and just concentrated on graduating. Anyway:

1. If you are feeling ravenous all the time increase your protein intake.
2. It is better to eat 5 smaller meals a day than the standard 3 meals.
3. A meal is not a plateful of food. It is a protein, fat and carb. That could be two cups of melon and an ounce of almonds. Or a banana and peanut butter. This is what I try to stick to for meal 2 - or snack - or whatever hits between breakfast and lunch.
4. If you spread these meals out about every 3 hours you will feel fuller longer.
5. Every body is different and what works for mine may not work for yours - but these are the things I've found and so I thought I'd share.

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MARVEEME 4/1/2011 5:53PM

    When I get that feeling, I know I need more protein. That's when I look at peanut butter on my rice cakes and pistachios as a snack. As a replacement to my usual fruit, it sticks to the ribs a little longer and makes me feel full a whole lot longer.

Hope this helps!
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GYPSYROSEANN 4/1/2011 5:01PM

    LOOK at your nutrition tracker! Not just the calories! Are you getting enough fats? carbs? protein? How about potassium? The "starving" sensation may be your body's way of telling you to eat something specific!!!! The good news is, when you give it what it needs, it functions better, and helps you lose more weight! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNRISE14 4/1/2011 3:33PM

    They say when your doing that that is a sign you are losing weight ! emoticonI believe it because it seems like those weeks i do better. I just drink more water or sometimes a cracker with peanut butter on it helps ! You are doing great tho keep it up ! If i can help in anyway let me know ! emoticon

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LOIDAEG 4/1/2011 3:31PM

    OH yes around that time I get pretty hungry. More hungry than usual. It sucks! I agree with ilsawing. Try and fill up on healthy things. If you are hungry and have toe at eat more fruit and fiber :) Or some veggies and some sort of yummy dip! It will pass soon. :)

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LDRICHEL 4/1/2011 2:50PM

    Thanks so much! You're a sweetie!

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ILSAWING 4/1/2011 2:26PM

    Leah, this has happened to me before. Hormonal - YES. At "that time" your body needs more calories to make up for its loss. Prepare some do-able snacks for when you just can't hold out any longer. Plan ahead and eat things that are filling, not empty calories like Coke, chips etc. I'll be praying for you and cheering for your success.


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Met All My Nutrition Goals Today!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yay!!! Finally! A day where I ran the nutrition report and met all the nutrition goals. None that were over or under! That's a big deal for me. I'm usually under on (surprisingly) fat and carbs. Ha.

I also have a great workout planned for tonight - roller derby practice sans the skating (cuz of my injuries). But I have a GREAT strength and cardio routine planned out for 1.5 hours of practice, then one of the really tough roller girl coaches will be leading us in a half hour of her circuit routine. Really looking forward to the physical activity, as well as the comeraderie.

I'll report on how it went tomorrow!

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MARVEEME 3/31/2011 7:57PM

Amen! (clink)

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MARINO124 3/31/2011 7:50PM

    emoticon Here's to meeting goals and feeling good! emoticon

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