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Day One hundred-eighteen - TGIAF - 4/29/30

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thank God it's (almost) Friday. I'm really making an effort at getting sufficient rest. Not an easy task. It's now 10:15 and I am just sitting down with somewhere around 100 assorted e-mails which are going unattended untill tomorrow or the next day. For now, just letting you all know that I am still here....got my run in today between coming home from work (at 4:30) and getting to church for practice (at 6:30), and even ate dinner during that time. I did get some odd looks from people as I should up in my running pants and hoodie and hair slicked back in a ponytail - as I had no time after running to eat and shower and change. Food won.

Sorry to make this so short, but the plan is to be up at 5-5:30AM so I can get in some fitness before work....wish me luck! Sweet dreams everyone!

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TEAPOT57 4/30/2010 5:12PM

    Wow you are something else Girl Friend doing your run and attending church. You should be very proud of yourself for following through on your exercise and your Church activities. I think I am a little to vain to show up at church after working out and not changing or showering if needed. More power to you that you have that attuide I don't care what people think.
Keep up the good work with your exercise but make sure you also get the rest you need.
Have a wonderful weekend.

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LKEITHO 4/30/2010 8:22AM

    Good job fitting everything in! Have a great Friday!

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ANGELFMABV 4/30/2010 7:03AM

    Keep up the good work my friend. emoticon Rest well!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/30/2010 6:05AM

    Sounds like a great evening!

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AMYSTRONG 4/29/2010 11:38PM

    Amen to not skipping meals. Also loved you showed up to church in your jogging attire. Shows true commitment. Very cool! Almost TGIF!!!

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/29/2010 11:23PM

    Good luck! I'm glad food won before shower! Can't skip meals!!!

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Day One hundred seventeen - Bed! - 4/28/10

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sorry all, was out of the house this morning at 6:30, it's 8:30 now and I'm just now sitting down for the first consecutive 20+ mins of the day. I'm chilled, tired, and praying I'm not getting sick. Haven't worked out today....and honestly, just don't have the energy. I'm going to bed and will try to be up early to get some workout in before work. I have lighting practice tomorrow after work and none of my meals are made for tomorrow yet. Hope the rest will cure what's dragging me down.

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TEAPOT57 4/30/2010 5:00PM

    Hope you got a good nights sleep.
I know when I get over tired I get cold, so it may just be from being over tired.
What is lighting practice?
Take Care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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BE_STRONG 4/29/2010 9:39PM

    I hope you get a good nights rest and you wake up feeling great!

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ANGELFMABV 4/29/2010 10:56AM

    Hope to hear you feel better in the A.M. emoticon emoticon

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MIMIKK7 4/29/2010 10:11AM

    Get some much needed rest and I hope you are feeling better in the morning! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPHAPPYHIKER 4/29/2010 8:14AM

    Well it is a new day--Hope you are all rested up and not getting ill. Taking a day break from exercise is ok for your body.
Have a wonderful day today!!
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DJS-DEBBIE 4/29/2010 4:58AM

    Hope you got a good rest. Have a great day!

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/28/2010 11:43PM

    Rest up and feel better! Hope tomorrow is a little more relaxing!

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MERRYLYN 4/28/2010 11:36PM

    Just stopping by to see how you were doing...
Sorry you are not feeling well and certainly hope you aren't getting ill. I was just playing catch up on your blogs and I am sorry you have been having a rough time with work and all. Certainly hope something opens up for a positive change.
Hope tomorrow finds you feeling well and full of energy again. emoticon

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LKEITHO 4/28/2010 10:40PM

    I hope you feel a lot better in the morning! All the best!

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AHEALTHIERME9 4/28/2010 10:29PM

    Awww... feel better, my friend... I hope a good night's rest does the trick!

And don't worry about the exercise... It's good that you're listening to your body and getting in bed. Kudos!

Goodnight :)

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TEXASG-MA 4/28/2010 9:41PM

  Sorry you are not feeling really good. I hope the rest is all you need. I know you will get back into the mood to continue toward your goals. You are strong and you do a lot. You are bound to get tired out sometime. Best of everything to you dear friend.
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Day One hundred sixteen - I LOVE MY SPARK FRIENDS - 4/27/10

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kind of another typical day for me, but extraordinary in some wonderful ways. It is now 9:25, I just finished snacking on my half deli-flat w/Tbsp pnut butter and half cup chocolate soy milk to round out my nutrition for the day. I had a good big breakfast, but was going so fast all day, that everything else was pretty much small snacks...got 'em all recorded and stayed within all my limits, on the low end too.

The best part though was the good achievements, and those I celebrate with YOU, MY SPARK FRIENDS! I know I was feeling pretty down, defeated and kind of beat up yesterday, but you all were so kind to read and put up with my whining in my blog and then respond and reach out and lift me up! I hate to think where I'd be without you all. This is what WE accomplished today.....

Today, I got up with the alarm, at 5:15 - after it went off for about 10 mins, but I got up. Then I ate, made lunch took care of the animals and got in a SMALL workout BEFORE going to work at 8AM. Then, besides keeping a positive attitude for the most part all day at work, I came home at 5:30ish, changed and got in my C25K training running of 2.54 miles before I had to leave to meet the group I lead (left at 6:30 to be there at 7). After the group, I meet a couple of friends, got one registered for the 5K I'm running in and got a ticket for the event for another friend who is going to meet us at the finishn line. We also got our traveling schedules straight for a trip we are all making to San Antonio for the 4th of July and the hotel booked.

In the midst of al that, I got half of the reading done that I needed to get done today (maybe a little more than half) and now after what I have to say, was a very full, productive and surprisingly positive day, I'm going to go try to get a good night's sleep. Work at 7AM tomorrow, so I doubt if a workout is in the cards, but maybe....I'm off at 4, so I'll have some time while making dinner to do some and I won't be running tomorrow.

YOU ALL ARE A SIMPLY AMAZING FORCE in my life. I can't express my thanks enough. Keep Sparking dear friends........ emoticon emoticonYOU'RE THE emoticon

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TEAPOT57 4/28/2010 4:36PM

    So glad your day yesterday went good and that you were able to work out also.
I love Sparks also and everyone that I have meant.
Hope and pray today went as good.
Keep up the good work .
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LKEITHO 4/28/2010 12:27PM

    Glad you had a great day!

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MIMIKK7 4/28/2010 9:38AM

    emoticonon your productive and successful day!! You rock!! emoticonfor inspiring me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BE_STRONG 4/28/2010 6:19AM

    It feels so good when things fall into place. Good for you!

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ANGELFMABV 4/28/2010 6:13AM

    So glad to hear you had a productive day! That is such a relief inside and out to have that feeling. I am also glad to hear that we here at Sparks lift you enough to keep you going! What a great feeling! Have a glorious day today! emoticon emoticon

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AMYSTRONG 4/28/2010 1:00AM

    I don't always catch your blog entries but do read most of them. I really enjoy reading your story. Sounds like you came back kicking today. Way to go girl!

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DONNAGRACE1164 4/27/2010 11:39PM

    You got a lot done today!! emoticon

It really does help to have each other to cheer on as we each walk and/or run our paths... emoticon

Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/27/2010 10:53PM

    Sounds like a day full of accomplishments! Great job getting your run in! You're good at fitting all these things in!!!
You just gave me an idea on how to get more protein in today...thanks!

Sleep good tonight...you done good!

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ROTTMOM71 4/27/2010 10:52PM

    Congrats on such a productive and successful day! What an inspiration you are. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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Day Onehundred fifteen - God, PLEASE Open Up a Window - 4/26/10

Monday, April 26, 2010

So, I think I need a serious attitude adjustment. (ora new job) It's not that my job is HORRIBLE (perse), I can pretty much do it standing on my head with my eyes closed and no sleep for two weeks.....and they pretty much love my job performance. The issue is that they require a "wide open availability" in order to be full-time and that is something I just cannot offer. It isn't like I won't work nights or weekends, but there is one week night that I require off each week, plus one additional Thursday night a month and I can't work on Sunday - or at least untill after one, but I CAN work every Saturday.....so, my question is, sdince they've been able to give me the 38-40 hrs a week for sometime now at part-time pay (and no benefits), why, now that I've turned down "full-time" because I won't give in and make Home Depot the one and only priority in my life, are they CUTTING MY HOURS! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Anyway, I can't control them and this next week or two I have enough concerns, but I need to seriously get out the old resume and start some serious job hunting . In the meantime, I will continue to work on me. I got up on the first alarm again today - WOO HOO - two day streak. Even got in my fitness early....got in a good hour between stretching and weight trng and some circuits. No running, was going to go tonight when I got home, and usually it will help if I'm in a foul mood, but I had yet another cancelation from a running "buddy", so that is just adding to my frustrations.

On the brighter side, lost a half pound this week - yep, that's a grand total of three lbs so far this month....not my best results to date, but at least it's something. Hopefully with some renewed effort on the cross training and core strengthening, I'll at least drop some inches. Well, at least I hope so, I really need something to reignite my spark. Maybe a good nights rest...I am getting better at that. It progress, not perfection, right?

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BE_STRONG 4/27/2010 10:21PM

    3 pounds is awesome.

I'm so sorry that things aren't where you would like them to be with your work. You are such a positive, hard worker that anyone would be luck to have you working for them. I hope something (like that window you are looking for) opens up for you.

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ANGELFMABV 4/27/2010 3:08PM

    Way to lose them pounds! emoticon That is better than gaining! You are doing such an emoticon job! Keep up the good work. You will find the right position that will work for your position in the mean time you can just stay on until you do! emoticon

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DONNAGRACE1164 4/27/2010 1:16PM

    Congrats on your weight-loss! It's tough working it all in... and making sure you get your exercise and everything else in...

My husband has been in retail pretty much most of his life... and I've done it on the side on-and-off since high school- through college- when I was first married- and then now at JCP... It's rough with availability and getting hours... I'm like you with JCP right now... my Thursday nights I keep with "No Availability" because of Praise Band/Team practice and then Sundays I keep my availability as only "after 1"... since our 10:45 service (that I usually sing in...) doesn't get out until around noon... and by the time I get out of there...etc... 1:00 is the earliest I can get there... But at JCP they're pretty understanding about that... maybe it's because I am part-time... still... It's unfortunate that at "the Depot" you'd have to increase your availability to be full time... I'm not sure how JCP would be if I decided to try that full time... But they still seem pretty flexible even for our supervisors (who are full-time...)

Good luck to you... Job searching is not easy... I'm still searching... Had a couple of interviews... But nothing that's been successfuly yet... I'll keep you in my prayers...
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MIMIKK7 4/27/2010 10:30AM

    emoticonon your 3 pound weight loss for the month!! I know as you get closer to your goal weight it is harder to move the weight but you are doing an emoticonjob! emoticonon your running buddy cancelling on you. That is truly frustrating for you. It is very frustrating how managers continue to not listen and utilize all of their resources for scheduling purposes. emoticonToo many managers just simply do not care. Remember, when one door closes another door opens! Have a Blessed Sunday and a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISANANCY 4/27/2010 8:16AM

    Be true to yourself, you will never look back on your life and "Wished you had worked more" You are not a tree, if you are unhappy and can not resolve the time issue with Home Depot, move. You are part time worker? Isn't that what it means, part time? Stay positive where you are now, things might come around your way, but definitely keep you eyes open for new opportunities. I don't think they can make you work Sunday during your church hours. Interesting, are you sure the company knows the reasons you are not available? You might try showing them how much more valuable you are because you can do most nights and all Saturdays. Just because they are the boss, doesn't mean they are smart. Good Luck, something good is coming your way. Look for it! emoticon

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CJKOMODO 4/27/2010 7:42AM

    Great job on your progress! I will be praying that God will help you find the perfect job for you!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/27/2010 6:25AM

    I am sorry to hear about your job. My BIL worked at 'the Depot' and I understand that is pretty much par for the course for them. The saying goes that it is easier to find a job when you have a job, so time for you to polish up that resume and test the waters. In the meantime, I am hoping that window opens for you!

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ANDI_3K 4/27/2010 12:23AM

    Would you consider working with developmentally disabled adults? From experience I can tell you that many of those companies are exceptional in working with folks schedules - and it's really rewarding. Try a sheltered workshop - you could find a great opportunity there. :)

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RACHELRB 4/26/2010 11:36PM

    I would think that job would be a stress for me- and then I would eat emoticon One in the bag is worth something so congrats on having a job. Start your looking (when you look while you have a job you look better to other employers and you feel better about yourself). I will be rooting for you emoticon

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TEAPOT57 4/26/2010 11:28PM

    Hi Lorraine,
Sorry to here about the trouble you are having with your job. I worked retail for close to ten years and I do not miss it at all. I hated working weekends I missed out on special family events. So that's why I switched to office work. Of course this past year I have been without a job. Seeing they did away with my position when we were bought out. Worked there four years loved my boss the only thing was that the job was not very challenging.
I pray I find a job soon.
Also sorry your running companion called off .
I have also lost close to three pounds this month. I am trying to eat a high protein diet and low fat and carbs. The scale said this morning I went down another pound. But I don't post it until the end of the week to make sure I am still down that pound.
Take Care maybe the Lord has some other job in mind for you. I am waiting to see what he has in store for me.
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AHEALTHIERME9 4/26/2010 10:53PM

    Definitely right... progress, not perfection!

As far as their cutting back your hours, who knows... maybe something even better is in store for you and will pop into your life at any given minute!

In the meantime, yes, it would be a great idea to have a backup plan, especially in light of the current state of our economy. Update your resume, get things in place, and start researching the job market...

Keep that positive attitude and the faith, and I just know things are going to look up for you, my friend! After all, you are officially a Warrior!


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LKEITHO 4/26/2010 10:45PM

    You're absolutely right, take that progress and be proud of it! You're doing great! I'm sure you'll find another employer who will appreciate your talents more than your present one, too! All the best!

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/26/2010 10:29PM

    Progress not perfection! You are so right!!!

Congrats on more weight loss! You're doing great! I'm gonna have to grab onto your coattails to pull me back up! I've GOT to figure this out!

Sorry about your job! You're right, it doesn't seem fair! I hope in the long run they don't continue to cut your hours, OR that you get a new job!!!

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Day Onehundred fourteen - Caught Up Just To Start Again - 4/25/10

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Well, it's Sunday night and I didn't mean to let this much time get away without blogging, but it just did. No excuses, it just did. I think that I've figured out that even though I'm getting it together healthy living wise, life is not going to slow down and living healthy is always going to require time and effort....but its worth it. I pray my attitude remains the same for a VERY LONG time.

I finally took some time to spend with my sis. Watched AVATAR the other evening. Quite good, but probably was incredible in 3-D. Tood about 45 mins to figure out that when they hooked up digital cable, now you have to put the setting on VHS (mind you there is a DVD setting, but it doesn't do the trick)in order to view a DVD. That made for a very long night.

Last night went to see a friends brother doing Improv. Hilarious! And in real life he is sooo shy and quiet! Who would have guessed?!?!? Of course, after the show, everyone wanted to go out to eat.....an idea that generally puts me in a panic. We went to chili's nd I was as good as I could be without advanced planning. Had a bowl of chicken green chili soup and house salad w/guiltless carribean salad dressing on the side. (Note: nothing guiltless about that dressing.) It didn't throw me over on fat, but I was highter in fat than I would have liked and ended the day a little (20 something) carbs low. Not bad for being caught off guard. I could actually have done the carbs when I got home, but sleep was more important.

The battle with the alarm wages on. As of today, I'm on a one day streak. Movie night and something else (allergies keeping me up I think) screwed me up a couple of mornings, but I'm not giving up. It's not quitte nine and after this blog I'm headed to bed. Hope to get up and get fitness in early, before work tomorrow afternoon.

I believe, also, as of this morning, the scale has moved, but I'm not counting my chickens untill tomorrow...somehow I feel I need the confirmation of seeing the same number two days in a row. It progress is soooo slow these days and sometimes it's down one day and back the next and down and up and down. That must be the ups and downs of being near my goal. I'm actually within a couple pounds of my original goal, but changed it to a couple pounds less to allow for cushion (or lack of cushion as the case may be). Now I have it set for 142. I would LOVE to be at any number under 140, but we'll see when and if and how long and hard it is to get to the 142.

The 5K is coming up quick. Less than 2 weeks now and I'm getting nervous. REALLY nervous! I know I'll make it, but I was in the neighborhood tonight and I would not call any roads that we might be running FLAT! Gonna do a little extra this week so next week I can take it easier before the race. I think afer that , I'm going to start the C25K over incorporating some speed work to get my times down some and then also try a cruch or situp challenge. Shooting for 200. Still need to look up that program.

Got most everything else caught up yesterday afternoon and this afternoon. So, tomorrow I start the whole process of falling behind again so that I'll have something to catch up on next week-end.....and on goes my life.

Thank you to all of my faithful Spark friends who keep me filled in on what happening in their lives. It helps so much to know that I am not alone in any of this. I thank you also for keep me filled UP with confidence and motivation to continue this journey when it seems the going is so slow and some dark chocolate ice cream or the WHOLE filet mignon or ribs and fries and fried onionstraws with jalepenos sound soooooo good. You all keep me one the straight and narrow. I love and appreciate you all more thsan you will know. Because of you my eating is staying straight and my waist is getting narrow.

KEEP SPARKING! Sweet dreams!

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MERRYLYN 4/26/2010 10:00PM

    It must be exciting to be so close to your goal weight.
It seems my whole weight loss journey has not been a very speedy one. I lose a pound and then sit ... forever....
It would be so easy to just say "pass that chocolate ice cream."
I too have to see that lost pound at least 2 days before I claim it as my scale plays mind games with me.
You sound so determined, I know you will do just fine on your race. I will be cheering for you!! emoticon

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TEXASG-MA 4/26/2010 9:54PM

  You are awesome my dear friend. You are doing so great. I'm really proud of you. Keep it up. You are so sweet and I love your attitude. I'll keep in touch. Alice
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BE_STRONG 4/26/2010 5:14PM

    That was good thinking for you to ride the road you will be running. If nothing else it will help you to get your mind prepared for the race. I'm sure you'll do great.

I also like that you are already looking for your next challenge. I need to find something for myself. Since I haven't been able to do the C25K training, my fitness isn't where it should be. My leg is finally feeling good enough for me to go for a 2 mile walk. I love to be outside, hate that stationary bike in the basement, so I'm not very motivated. I'm going to try to go for more walks now that I can.

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MIMIKK7 4/26/2010 9:59AM

    Good luck on your 5K!!! You will do emoticon Your determination and training will get you to the finish line without a doubt! emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/26/2010 6:03AM

    Good luck with that 5K. I am walking one in 3 weeks and I KNOW it is a hilly course. It should be interesting!

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LOSINWEIGHTJEN 4/25/2010 10:31PM

    I watched it tonight! LOVED Avatar!!!

You're right...living healthy will take time and effort even AFTER we make our goals! Something I need to realize!

I've been so naughty this weekend...your blog is helping me realize the naughtiness needs to be OVER! Eating right 4 out of 7 days does NOT work! I need to fix myself!

Thanks for blogging! You're an inspiration!

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