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A Quick Hello

Friday, September 13, 2013

I have a minute before starting dinner -- the first one I've started in a long while. My DH is cooking these days for which I am grateful. Tonite I am making tilapia and a salad. I weigh the same 145 and I have decided that since my my old step tracker didn't turn up I will get another one per your advice. I just thought if I gave it some time it would show up -- but not so far.

Not much is new that I can share at the moment. Fred (DH) has been going to my son's house to help repair some things. I eat, sleep, work, sleep, work, sleep, eat, and work. I come home and eat a Greek yogurt for breakfast and go to bed. I get up at 5 or 6 pm and eat dinner, get ready and go to work again leaving at 8 pm and clocking in at 9 pm. At 3 am I eat lunch (always chicken salad with no bread and another Greek yogurt.) I drink Lipton tea n honey (15 calories) and that's my diet. I never stop moving for 10 - 11 hrs. To make things interesting every morning our store manager comes in 7 am to tell us he's not happy for all the things we didn't get done. We all push as hard as possible to get as much done as we can. It's really not too rewarding. I do like most of the crew a lot, and then of course, there are a few that need to go home and find something else to do.

I will have to adjust as much as possible to this pace. It is mental as well as physical stress, but I am pretty determined to hang in there for now. I think just one week at a time.

Gosh - this is so boring and mundane, but that is where I am at right now. I will just have to adjust to setting very small personal goals right now -- like ordering the new step tracker, and then give some thought to current situation.

Well, off to make dinner -- just wanted to let you all know I am thinking about you. Stay healthy and true to your goals.

Blessings to you and yours,
Sheila emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 9/24/2013 3:46PM

    I'm so behind on things and decided to check for a blog from you and here one is, waiting for me! I'm late but still here finally. I think of you all the time and sending you high energy vibes because I know you need energy with your job. emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 9/18/2013 1:46AM

    Your job sounds a lot like my daughter's part-time job. After putting in 8 hours at her regular job, she then goes to her part-time job at McDonalds. She's been working two jobs for the past 5 years just to be able to make a living. Making minimum wages isn't a living wage for anybody!!!! Those types of jobs are super stressful without many rewards for all the hard work you do just to make the managers look good. emoticon

Maybe you'll be able to find something you like better that pays more of what you're really worth instead of what big corporations eeks out for their employees. I certainly hope so because "YOU are worth it!!! emoticon

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BARBFROMAZ 9/15/2013 4:28PM

    Hi Sheila, Callie makes a good point. I think your energy level may increase with more fuel too. Your postings are not boring at all, I find them interesting, hearing about your job and that manager who no doubt has his/her manager breathing down his/her neck also. I appreciate you taking precious time to write!

emoticon Hugs,

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CASTIRONLADY 9/13/2013 11:24PM

    I know I feel lost without my fitbit. DH reports to me its location and sometimes runs it to me in tiny steps like mine. Like the lady says life is life is life. emoticon

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    your job sounds terrible. I hope you can find something better. emoticon

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NSPIXIE 9/13/2013 8:07PM

    I thought I lost my fitbit today but found it - I took it off before a shower and left it in a spot I don't usually put it...

A DH who cooks and repairs things is worth his weight in gold!!


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CALLIECURTIS5 9/13/2013 7:55PM

    I am not an expert, Sheila...but maybe you are not eating enough to lose. Crazy as it seems...it can be true. I know you are working and moving ALOT and your body may be "hanging on" to all it can so it will have the energy to do what it needs to do to sustain you. emoticon and your update is not "mundane'...just another day in your life...but that`s life.

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Hey, Remember Me???

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Just wanted to stop by for a minute to say a big hello Tao those who may have been reading my blogs. I do miss all of my SparkPeople friends! My new job has so exhausted me and I don't know how long I will really last at it, but it is paying some bills right now that I needed to take care of...so will try to hang in there for a while.

As far as my health is concerned...I haven't been able to do cardio in several days, but for 10 hours every day I am bending and stretching like never before...does that count for anything...don't know. I lost my pedometer so don't know how far I walk...not good. But I am physically active for 10 hour stretches four days Lin a row and then I am so exhausted I sleep for two days and my sleep patterns are the opposite of my friends and relatives. No surprises there.

My new goal is to check in with you guys more and use this blog to stay connected. Hope you even remember me as so many of you are on my heart! I hope you each are well, getting healthier each day and taking good care of yourselves each day and making progress towards your hearts desires. Most importantly, draw close to The Lord and abide in Him. He is the real prize and the solution to all our issues!

Have a great & healthy day! Missing you all,

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BARBFROMAZ 9/9/2013 7:41PM

    Sheila, I could never forget you! I applaud you for taking the steps necessary to improve finances, I know it can't be easy but you certainly are getting your exercise in, it seems to me anyway. You rock, Girl!

Take care to get enough rest,

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MARILYNROBERT 9/8/2013 11:31PM

    I've been wondering how you were doing. Hope you can get another pedometer. You at least need the reward of seeing how many steps you've taken, after being on your feet so many hours. emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 9/8/2013 11:27PM

    Remember you???!!! you are missed soooooooooo much. Please know that I think of you all the time. I know you will check in when you can. (((HUGS)))

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    You have to do what you have to do. Best of luck to you and I wish you the best with your new job.

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CASTIRONLADY 9/8/2013 8:08PM

    Glad you are doing well. Take care of yourself.

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    I've been in your shoes before so I know how rough it can be. At least you are paying bills and that's a good goal. I hope things ease up for you soon.

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Transitioning to a New Schedule

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Today is a transitioning point for me. I am now working overnight 4 nights a week from 9 pm to 8 am. I am up tonite so I can sleep tomorrow and work starting at 9 pm tomorrow night. It's kind of a mind bender and I'm not quite sure how it will work out. I am actually a night person so I am hoping it will be okay. I am the Overnight Support Manager for a Walmart store and looking forward to it.

But my challenge now is to have a healthy lifestyle given I am doing 4 10 hr. days (nights actually). My goal for tonite is to locate my step tracker because I know I will be putting quite a few miles in just walking the floors at the store. At least my job is an active job where I will burn plenty of NEAT calories in the process. But I know I will still need to do cardio workouts. And I still need to do resistance work as well. So given the new schedule I will have to see how it will fit into my days. Either before work or after -- I'm not sure which. It's going to get interesting quickly.

Well, I did accomplish some of my August goals. I was going to lose 5 lbs. , to paint a table, to get a job, and to sell some things on Ebay. I only lost 2 lbs. but I am glad for that. I didn't paint the table as the job search and Ebay took all of my time. I'm not sure when I will do the table as it isn't really important to do it right now anyway. As far as the job which was important -- I did accomplish that with God's help. And Ebay has turned out to be very successful as I have sold $769.27 gross! I had a lot of stuff that we don't have any need for. So, while it was time consuming it did help us get through the month financially. All in all, August was okay. Now I'm looking at September.

Considering the new job and new schedule I am making the following goals for September:

1) Give myself time to adjust to the schedule, but start a new routine of cardio workouts 5 days per week in the beginning.
2) Adjust to packing healthy lunches for my job. This will be a bit of a challenge so I need to adapt to a new healthy lunch routine.
3) Continue to list items on Ebay at a much slower pace than in August.
4) Lose 4 lbs. in September! No excuses! With an active job and cardio 5 days a week this can easily be accomplished.

That's it -- not taking on any more goals for September given the huge change in lifestyle. I will be checking in here because blogging keeps my head straight and helps me to keep my focus.

I hope to hear how you guys are accomplishing your healthy lifestyle with your jobs. Any tips on how to do both would be appreciated. This is a whole new and huge step for me.

Make it a healthy day!
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    I've worked those hours before. Very challenging. Good luck with the new job!

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CALLIECURTIS5 8/24/2013 8:27AM

    Love to read your blogs and keeping up with all that goes on. I don`t have any helpful hints other than keeping it as dark as possible which was already mentioned. Maybe reading before sleeping will help rest your mind and your eyes. Also keep yourself to a consistent sleep schedule....this will help getting into a new habit, I think. Good luck .

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LUANN7 8/24/2013 1:57AM

    I worked nightshift for 27 years and just turned my lfe around. It worked out really good for me and I enjoyed sleeping during the day. I lost weight when I worked nights cuz I didnt have that night munchy time cuz I was a nurse and too busy for that. I think you will like it as long as you get 7 or 8 hours of sleep
Lu Ann

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LOSE4LIFE47 8/24/2013 1:20AM

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LYNMEINDERS 8/24/2013 1:14AM

    Woohoo...go you....

I used to do nights as well....did 11pm till 4am for around 5 years....only 4 nights though....it was enough for me to suffer sleep deprivation as I didn't manage to sleep at all well during the day and sometimes I would get home and get to sleep and my superviser would ring and ask me to go back and do a day shift as someone was sick....
I certainly wouldn't do it now but I did it then as it was the easier option....

Praying for your transition

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    I worked night for years. Keep a close watch on your over all health and if you start to gain weight.
I had to work really hard to try and get any sleep as my children were young at the time and awake during the day. One thing that did help was to darken the room so there wasalmost no light and keep it very cold in the room.

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If you have good health you have everything!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Spark Coach asked us to visualize the future 10 years from now. I am visualizing that I will be living an active lifestyle and enjoying my life near my children and grandchildren. I will be traveling some and enjoying myself being active in a gym, taking classes, and being social with others in my age group. I am at my goal weight and maintaining is not a struggle because I know how to eat healthy foods and I stay active each day.

Each day I remind myself that the steps that I take each day matter toward reaching my goal weight, and that the sooner I arrive at that weight, the easier my life will become. I am excited about the future as a healthy person. I have no doubt that this will happen and it will remain the priority in my life. If you have your health, you have everything. Without it you have nothing.

Tomorrow I will take more positive steps to reach my goal weight!

Sheila emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2013 10:44PM

    I loved your vision and could go for the same. LOL.

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ISTRALOUISE 8/20/2013 1:30AM

    Congratulations on joining Spark Coach! I like how it streamlines and directs you to better use the resources the site has.

It is a powerful visualization and makes the weightloss less task-oriented than goal/dream oriented. You can see the end picture in your mind and use it to overcome hurdles.

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MCFITZ2 8/19/2013 11:59PM

    Visualization is a very powerful tool. emoticon

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GINGERLY4 8/19/2013 11:42PM

    I need to remind myself of this too.

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A Second Look at My Goals...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spark Coach has suggested that at this point in my weight loss journey I take a second look at my exercise program. Toward that end I need to ask myself 1) how am I doing? 2) if it is working for me? and, 3) how sustainable it is considering I am probably going back to work shortly? Also, this causes me to also rethink my other personal goals since working 4 ten hour days will likely result in a readjustment in all of my personal goals.

Toward that end I have given some thought to all of this and here's where I am. First of all, the program I have been on has been working well for me. The cardio has been good for me and I am already half way toward my weight loss goal. But that is just it, when I look at my weight tracker when I make comments on the site I have to ask myself if I am satisfied with being half way there, or do I want to finally finish the race completely? And I choose the latter!! I want to finish the race and take off those final pounds. In the past I have always just settled for getting close to my weight loss goal and not taken the off the full amount of weight. Well, not this time. This time is different. I have proven that I have a new lifestyle and that it is good for me. I vote to continue to push towards my real goal! I am not going to shortchange myself like I have always done before. I am going the distance this time! And that excites me.

The new job possibility is likely. And even it is doesn't materialize, I will simply apply elsewhere until I get something. So either way a new job simply will mean more NEAT calories will be burned. I will wear my mileage tracker to be sure I get a full 2 miles in every day as well as sustained cardio on the treadmill each day. So my new goal is to do 2 miles every day. I will continue this practice until I have reached my goal weight. Then I will look at a reduced maintenance schedule.

As for my personal goals, yes, I do have to adjust there. So here goes:

1) I will still finish my gluten free cookbook.
2) I will work on completing the pictures for the cookbook. That means actually cooking the recipes and doing the photos. I have about 30 different dishes left in it so that's a lot of cooking. This priority needs to be moved to the top of the list as it has been too long.
3) I need to get back on track with exercising 2 miles per day to make it to my weight loss goal! Then all of the size 10 pants will fit just fine.

If I do get the job I have applied for I will be putting in tons of steps every day that I work and that will only help me to reach my goal as well. It is actually a healthy job in that regard. I am sure, however, that there will be lots of stress to go with that -- that's the nature of the beast. But that's life. I will simply work out to handle the stress and get plenty of rest. All that to say I won't have a lot of extra time when I am doing 4 ten hour days. I will work, eat, sleep and work out each day. Probably take Fridays off to rest & recover, Saturdays will be mine to accomplish other goals, church on Sunday, laundry and back to work. It will be a grind -- but a good one!

Well, all for now, I'll be working out this afternoon and I can't wait to get started! Then I will cook and photograph dinner! Two good steps in the right direction. I am making Hawaiian Chicken for dinner tonite -- Yum !!

Later guys,
Keep on Sparkin !!
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