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Putting The Focus Back On Me

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The past few days have been a blur. My sister's birthday was this week-end, couple that with working on Saturday, lighting for two services on Sunday, Financial Peace University, a couple of long runs, working ion Monday and my little sister being in town, and there has not been much me time (except for those two runs and one other work-out session). The past two days have been zip for fitness, and I'm missing it.

Sunday and Monday were birthday dinners out. Sunday was Olive Garden, and although I did eat quite a bit, most of my choices were wise and I wound up managing to stay within my limits....even with sharing a couple of appetizers and eating a couple of breadsticks and two servings of salad....Yesterday(Mon), however was a different story. It was Red Robbin night, and I had no intentions of staying within my limits, and I didn't. That's okay, I'm a couple of pounds below my "goal" and I knew that I would enjoy that one meal and back on track today...and I am, nutritionally at least.

Weather wise it is horribly hot and humid and I thought that with today off, I would be able to manage some quality fitness time, even if I didn't make the early morning run. I did call in to my second job to see if they could use me today and when they couldn't I immediately started planning everything I could accomplish before my job club tonight. I wasn't off the phone 5 mins, when job #1 called to see if I could come in. I really needed the extra hours, so that put a kabash on all I wanted to get done. Now it's 10:30, I just walked in the door from job club and I have to be back at job #1 at 7AM. Before that I need to call job #2 with my work schedule for #1 so they can look for hours for me to pick up there.

Going to still try to get in at least 15 mins or so fitness in the am and prayerfully a good long work-out on Thursday which is my other day off this week - if job #2 doesn't need me. Maybe I'll still have some energy after job #1 to get in a few more minutes tomorrow night, I really don't want to let fitness start to slip away and with the weather like it is, the number of miles (especially outside) is really suffering. Praying for a break in this hot/humid streak...maybe swimming tomorrow evening if the thundershowers hold off.


And So...Life Goes On and Keeps Getting Better

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Okay, blogging early today. This week has been a whole new learning experience for me. I think I learned (or am learning) how I can let subliminal fear dictate so much of my life. I also learned that I can not accept resignation and that I can make myself keep pushing forward and not give up. One thing I have definitely learned is that if we are not pushing forward, we will slip backwards. Life is a process and does not simply stand still, so there are only those two options; Move forward or Slide backward. Sliding backward has been my course way too many times in the past. This time I choose to keep moving forward. Sometimes it's hard when you don't see the progress as quickly as you might like, so today I am reviewing the changes that I have seen physically in the past seven months. I have also started recording my runs so that I can go back and see the progress that I am making over time. There isn't enough data to report on that yet, only that on 1/2/10-walking 1 mile in 20 mins left me winded...May 8th, I ran a 5K(3.1 miles) in 36:21....today I ran 3.64 miles in 36:50.

Then there are the numbers:
DATES---- 1/2 ------3/9-----5/18-----8/6
Upper arm-12.5---10.75----10.5-----10.5
Waist to Hip-.86--.85-----.82-------.81
Body Fat---37%----33%---29%-----25%

My original weight loss goal with Spark was 146 by Aug (now), so I have to say I'm please and am enjoying my newly found and ever increasing level of fitness.
Gaining more muscle and firming is my goal now as well as continuing to improve my cardio performance and reduce my running times....I just have to continue to do what I'm doing and increase the weight training a bit. That will probably happen in the winter months when I turn to that instead of doing as much running (since I HATE the treadmill).

I have alot yet to learn about living this new lifestyle, so I won't be leaving Spark anytime soon, if ever. Looking forward to many new adventures on this journey with you all.

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LLLAWSON 8/10/2010 8:32PM

    Great progress. I think it helps to look back and see where you've come from. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MIMIKK7 8/7/2010 9:35PM

    emoticonon meeting and exceeding your goals! You are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILANMOM1969 8/7/2010 8:21PM

    Great job meeting and exceeding your goals! You inspire those around you. emoticon


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RUTHIEBEAR 8/7/2010 6:54PM

    It is good to track your progress. It helps to see how much had really been accomplished. Keep up the great job!

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NELLIEC 8/7/2010 3:45PM

    I don't know what your weather has been, but I know that for me, hot weather seems to affect my physical performance -- probably a combination of the heat and allergies.

I have decided that I am going to remain on Spark the rest of my life, God willing, to endeavor to keep at bay the effects of getting older. Not that I expect to completely defeat them, but hopefully lessen them!

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A Little Disappointed in Myself - Will Work on That Tomorrow

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Not alot to say about today...was busy, but, so what's new. Got 5.4 miles in today, but my times were not too good. In fact, I averaged over 12 mins a mile...blech!

I did pick up the TV, and still haven't had time to hook it up, but then, I don't have a DVD player to hook it up to yet...or the cables...got to work on that.

Got some much needed grocery shopping done. Some of the shelf staples so that at the end of this two weeks, I won't be starving. Should only need some fresh fruits and veggies and milk to get through now, and maybe a little more yogurt.

Work tomorrow evening, going to run and meet with friends for a little tomorrow morning, then run home - only a mile and a quarter each way, so maybe I can do smething about those times. I know that it's two days in a row, but I slcked off alot this week and Sunday is out since it is my sister's birthday and the only window of time to run would be from 1-3 in the afternoon and it's supposed to be over 90 then. Plus, that's the time for the visitation for my friend.

Guess that it for today - thank you all for being there to keep me going through this week. I guess that's life...it just goes like that sometimes, and then one day it doesn't.....

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MIMIKK7 8/7/2010 9:31PM

    Somedays are better then others. We all have days like that. I am sure you have alot on your mind from the death of your friend and starting a new part time job. Tomorrow is a new day and your time will improve! Have a Blessed Sunday emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYCLINGSANDY 8/7/2010 10:15AM

    Your times will improve as your week gets better. I think our emotions affect our exercise too sometimes.
Have a good time with your friends.

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MONIEE2 8/7/2010 12:40AM

    You are not alone, don't beat yourself up too bad, tomorrow is another day!!!

You can do this!!!


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Thanking All My SP Friends and God

Friday, August 06, 2010

The past couple of days have been a particularly tough emotional ride for me. Both from the death of a friend unexpectedly, and the prospect of accepting part-time employment that I am none to thrilled with to having family in from out of town that really upset my sister and has made the already tough days even tougher.

Through it all, though, I have had the support and encouragement of so many of you, my SP friends, and my ever faithful God.....I just had to say "THANKS!"

Went to my orientation today, and even though its not exactly the job I would have chosen, I know some other people who are working with the same company and may even have the opportunity to work with some of those friends on a couple of assignments, so not ALL bad.

Then, this evening, I had lighting practice for church on Sunday...I serve with an amazing group and they are such a huge support - not to mention that we serve a simply AWESOME God, and through just the previews of this eeks sermon, He spoke some words to me that were exactly what I needed to hear at this very point in time.

To top off an already pretty decent day - I got home and found out that a used TV I've been wanting for the work out room to do exercise DVD's on is being given to me FREE...WOOHOO....since I really can't afford even the $20 or so for one at a resale. I've been watching the fitness DVD's on a laptop, but when you are moving around and across the room, you have to keep going over to adjust the screen so that it is viewable.

Through the whole gammet, though my fitness did slip (as usual), I never once had the desire or impulse to overeat, stress eat, pity eat etc etc etc, even when things got crazy....just kept to my five smaller meals (and even got in a small sundae with the rest of the tech team tonight). I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks!!!

Now for this old dog to get to bed. I work close tomorrow night, so I get up and run to the store to pick up my check, then home (that'll be 6 miles or so). Then drive to pick up the TV - get the check to the bank and try to do some stuff around the house before work.

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SLIMGRAM2 8/6/2010 7:04PM

    I am so glad your feeling better today, after such a stressful week. Your do an amazeing job staying away from emotional eating. emoticon You will come through all this just fine. God is in your corner. Good luck on your new job. Hey you never know, it may be one of the best moves you made. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR ALL OF US!! God Bless!! emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 8/6/2010 4:53PM

    IN the midst of every difficult situation, if we look hard we can find small blessings from God. You found some today and keep looking! ANd congrats on staying away from the food!

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DEE-NICE 8/6/2010 1:34PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. It's uplifting, though, to hear that you're holding up well through your many challenges. Remember this Wet Willie song...Keep on smilin through the rain, laughin at the pain, keep rollin with the changes, til the sun comes out again emoticon

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Really Feeling Knocked Off Kilter

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

This is really a stressful, trying and emotional week. First of all, I'm trying to kick the job hunt into overdrive, and that can be a job in itself....and I do have one of those already. Then, I did find a part-time job to help out a little until something else comes along. It is banquest waitressing and the money isn't too bad...noit great, but it will help until something else comes along. Yesterday though, I had to go shopping to get the necessary black slacks and tux shirt and tie and vest. The tie and vest put me back 17.00, which didn't make me too happy and the men's vests were all too big and the boys fit, but were too smal at the hips, so I had to hit FIVE resale stores untill I found a black vest. It has a small amount of decoration on the lapels, but it will have to do or I just wasn't mad to have this job. I did pick up a couple of pairs of nice slcks for $3.99 ea at the Good will. That was the highlight of my day. SIZE 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticonSIZE 6!!!!!!!!!!!.........and they look GREAT! Almost makes the whole situation worthwhile. Never thought I'd waitress again, but I can do it, and I can pick and choose the jobs, a God know that I need the money.

The last straw was today, though. It has me really knocked off kilter. I don't pal around with too many people at work. Most of them are pretty negative and I don't choose to be a part of the gossip and backbiting, but one of my coworkers who is a just a few years older than me has also lost 30+ lbs within the past year to year and a half. We've had numerous discussions about healthy living and his bike riding and me running and out best healthy eating choices etc etc etc. In fact, just 2-3 weeks ago, he started running again....he used to run marathons in his 30's and early 40's, but has been mostly riding his bike for fitness and just this week was passing the 5K mark for his longer runs. Another one of our coworkers is his neighbor and he came in to work today and told us that Kurt died yesterday....quite unexpectedly....not sure yet, but they think maybe an aneurism. I'm in shock, saddened, and just don't know what to think. Somehow, I keep asking myself if it was the running?!?! Maybe he wasn't ready? I don't know, I just know that I need to get to bed, regroup and try to get my butt out there for a nice long SLOW run tomorrow. I think it will help me to recenter and clear my head. Then I'll go with another friend of mine on the orientation for this new part-time job that I don't really want, but really need.

Hopefully I'll get it together enough to get some more infor on a couple more of my target companies so that I can make at least a couple of contacts, phone calls and get out my resumes to find a job that I won't detest and I can live on.

Gosh, I need a good nights sleep and a run....that always makes me fell better!

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DONNAGRACE1164 8/5/2010 11:46PM

    So sorry to hear about your co-worker... It's so sad when you know someone so young who passes on like that... Sad for their family... I had a similar situation recently in that a truck drive from where I was working... who was laid-off the same day I was... had been in a motorcycle accident a couple weeks ago... and when he was home on bed-rest... died of a blood clot or something... he was somewhere in the 45-50 range... very young... with a family... just makes me think... live the life that God's given us to our fullest...

Good luck with your job hunt... It's tough out there... I'm still sending out resumes usually on-line - sent out a couple via email after I got a couple of leads from friends of mine... my JC Penney job I can work the 20 hours or so with my unemployment- but I'm almost to 6 months now myself and just hoping that they'll grant my extension when I need to file it... Had an interview today with an insurance company in Schaumburg but it's a commission job... It's tough but hang in there and know that lots of us are standing together on this and we can try to keep each other up-beat...

Take care... You're doing great... and I'm sure something will come through for you soon... emoticon

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LIAMSMOM3 8/5/2010 10:24PM

    Thinking of you today and of Kurt and his friends and family.

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RUTHIEBEAR 8/5/2010 1:34PM

    I am so sorry t ear about your co worker. I hope all goes well with this new job and that something better will come along soon. Keep up your good healthy habits.

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MIMIKK7 8/5/2010 8:25AM

    Good luck on your continued job hunting and best wishes on your temporary part time job. emoticonon your size 6 pants! That is way cool!!
I am so sorry to hear of your friends death. emoticon emoticon

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BE_STRONG 8/4/2010 10:38PM

    That had to be quite a shock. Remember that God has a plan for all of us. Don't second guess your part in this. You were incouraging him to make healthy choices.

Good luck with your new job and congrats on the size 6! Way to go!

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/4/2010 10:12PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your co-worker.
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