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It All Starts Somewhere

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I don't think I'll have any trouble sucking down water today. Geez, it is hot and steamy today. I decided that I am going to try to leave my office when I want to eat. I did bring my lunch as I most often do, but I always eat at my desk. I get into a habit of not leaving the office. I'm also working solo these days, so with my staff away for the summer, and my boss on vacay, I am looking at the same 4 walls without any change in scenery.

I think eating away from my desk will also make me less of a grazer and more of an eater with regimented times. I would like to stop being a closet eater. It will help me to become less lazy in my habits. It all starts somewhere, and this is my starting point. When I get home from work, I am going to clear off the table to make it a place where I can sit down and eat. I sit on the couch and watch tv now.
The table (and the couch) have become a catch all for all kinds of paper, (mail, newspapers, catalogs, magazines). It would be nice if they could fall back into their intended purposes.

I am not going to overburden myself with loads of stuff to do. Right now, I am simply going to focus on clearing off that table. I have a horrible tendency to load up a list of all the things I need to do (as if I need to do them this very minute) and then get so overwhelmed, I move myself into paralysis and do nothing, and feel very defeated. So today, it's is the table. Everything else can wait until another day.

OK, I am happy with my little plan of action. I'll report back tomorrow as far as the table goes, and eating out of the office.

I hope everyone had a super 4th of July weekend. My heart goes out to all those serving overseas and their families. Thank you for my freedom.

Have a blessed day,
Spark on, sparkies. :)

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RIPPEDPAUL1 7/8/2010 6:56AM

    I think you're on the right track. Eating away from your desk will allow you to become more aware of your eating and I found I work better with a break even a short one

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/6/2010 12:52PM

    Great plan with the table. It will be good for your eating to be at the table. All the articles I read say to not do other things well eating, just enjoy the food.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/6/2010 11:43AM

    Getting away from the desk is a great idea. I am going to start doing that myself as soon as I get back to the office. Got to take a little time to 'smell the roses' every day.

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ADIPOSEROSE 7/6/2010 11:23AM

    You go, girl!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/6/2010 11:09AM

    Fantastic plan! Great job!
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    I'll see how your plan works! I was also an office eater (grazer) and have worked hard to overcome that. I just try different things and see how they work and then adjust. Good luck!

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/6/2010 8:37AM

    I love the eating out of the office idea. Great move!

Great luck on the table. I now keeping things neat and tidy is very tough for me too. I can't wait to hear about your next success!!!!!

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MEL_UNRAU 7/6/2010 8:12AM

    Oh yes! Good plan. I think getting out of your office to eat would be a welcome thing! Especially since you are all alone right now. I'd have a really hard time with that!

And eating at the table! I decided that we would just start eating at the table more... and it has totally changed our family. I did it because my tot is easily distracted and the TV was keeping him from eating... but am keeping with it because, among other things, it makes my life easier! Less dishes to haul around--

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PATTYKLAVER 7/6/2010 8:11AM

    You sound like you know what you need to do. That's great.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

Sometimes, I am all for censorship. Not the kind where you're burning books because you disagree with the doctrine, but the kind where the description is superfluous to the story. Last night I was working and a patron told one of my staff that "the big woman" sent me down here. (In this story, I am the "big woman.") If the shoe was on the other foot, and the patron had been talking to me about my colleague, and I was the one sharing the story, I would have NEVER said the "old woman, or the short and hairy woman...." Well, you get the picture.
p.s. to the story, "the big woman" did NOT send her down there, but again...it's not part of this tale.

I physically winced when I heard "the big woman." Who wants to be the big woman? Maybe next year, I'll get to hear that medium-sized woman. :) In any case, I thought it was unnecessary for her to have said it, and it does surprise me given how well we get along. Oof. Well, I need to let it roll off my back. Sometimes this person does not think before they speak. I am a frequent violator of that myself, so I should be more understanding, I s'pose.

I had a very successful day yesterday. Stayed within my calories and did lots of walking. I was dead man walking on my feet when I got home. The concrete floors I spent the last 3 hrs of my day/night really put a hurting on my feet. I was so glad to get home and crawl into bed. I am really hoping to sleep in a bit tomorrow. Also won $100 on a lottery tix yesterday. That was super cool!

Happy Friday! Happy 4th Weekend! Spark on, Sparkies.... emoticon emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 7/3/2010 12:57AM

    Sorry that happened to you; it can be so painful when people are that insensitive. Kudos to you for letting it roll off your back. It shows that you have real strength of character. I don't think I could have been that forgiving. And congratulations for sticking with your plan and for winning the lottery! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOKNOWS 7/2/2010 9:07PM

    I read a quote once that may apply to the staff member. It was from a story by Robert Heinlein and is commonly referred to as "Hanlon's Razor." It says, "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." Some people just don't think -- and you're right, that phrase definitely did not have to be repeated.

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MICKEYMAX 7/2/2010 5:03PM

    It's funny to me in looking back how I wrote this, that I don't think I described it well. I was not at all upset at the patron who said the "big woman" --- I was only thinking about the staff member who repeated exactly what she said. I'm just saying that I would have repeated the story if it were me telling the story, but I would not have said "the big woman." That's why I winced. I think the staff member realized it after the fact as she's been writing more than usual today. I did let it roll. I just know that I would act differently in that situation.

Thanks for all of your comments. :)

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ADIPOSEROSE 7/2/2010 1:07PM

    Maybe she meant the "important woman" (as in the "big boss" or the "big shot"). I call my friend's husband "the Big Guy" because he's over 6 feet tall, and until very recently commanded a ship in the Coast Guard--there is absolutely nothing pejorative about it, and he knows it. It has nothing to do with his weight--he's one of the handsomest kids on the planet, and he knows I think that, too (he's younger than I). So don't define the words hurtfully, Mick, and they won't hurt you. Suppose she said the big-hearted woman: you wouldn't have been offended, right? Her words are her problem, not yours.

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/2/2010 11:47AM

    I have to agree that we should all be more sensitive to how we describe people. Congrats on the ticket, I'm hoping for a big win someday! It would be so nice to fix up the house and travel. How many of us have these same dreams...

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CHERKYLE 7/2/2010 10:50AM

    Lots of time people are cruel without meaning to be! emoticon

You are doing an amazing job!

Hey and congrates on $100!! emoticon

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SKATVEN 7/2/2010 10:30AM

    You are a shrinking woman. I can't wait to thinkwhat descriptors they'll have to use for you when big no longer applies

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DONNAEDA 7/2/2010 10:09AM

    congratulations on winning 100.00 bucks you should buy yourself a treat with that (not food) Maybe a new outfit? Or more comfortable shoes so your feet don't hurt. Anyway, If this is a regular patron and she is a good customer I wouldn't say anything but if you feel that it would be worth it to you, the next time I would call her on that, and just go up to her and tap her on the shoulder and tell her "Miss, I want you to know that calling me a big person really hurt my feelings" and then just walk away. She is mull this over all day and really watch her mouth the next time.

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GRANDMAAMIE 7/2/2010 9:47AM

    yes sometimes when people open their mouth dumb things come out .you can lose your weight but some people stay dumb forever.

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have anice day!


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MEL_UNRAU 7/2/2010 9:44AM

    Eh-- sometimes, people are insensitive! Glad you are determined to let it roll off your back, because letting the opinion of some random person effect you isn't going to get you anywhere! You are a rocking your plan and doing well and that is the important thing in all of this! And congrats on the lotto win!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/2/2010 9:43AM

    Congrats on the lottery win, good job keeping going yesterday!
It was incredibly inappropriate for that person to say such a thing! Whatever happened to "If you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing at all"? Maybe I have a different perspective than she does, but if I had been a kid and said that I would have gotten whacked upside the head! either she didn't have that lesson from her parents, or she didn't hold on to it. Every person is a person to be treated with respect no matter what they look like. I'm sorry you had to go through that, and good job not responding in a negative way to it. Just like you told me about K. in my blog a few days ago, I would've bopped her in the head!

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Never Say Never

Thursday, July 01, 2010

One of my very best attributes is that I rarely give up on people. OK, sometimes this does not always work out the way I plan, but on a day like today, when a kid I have nurtured and mentored and tried really hard to help, shows me that he is living up to my hopes, it makes it all worthwhile.

It is remarkable how great I feel about this kid handling himself in this way. Woo hoo. It makes me appreciate myself and the job that I am doing. I have been a lifeline for this kid, and it's working out. Woot! Woot!

I will also cross my 10,000 steps today. That is exciting too. :)

I have not had time to dwell nor allowed myself the luxury of sitting around feeling sorry for myself. I have no reason to do this anyway. My life is really good and filled with MUCHO blessings. I just needed a day to take stock of all the things I have going for me, which are many.


p.s. I stopped back to edit this when I saw that one of my tenses were off. :)

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JOKNOWS 7/2/2010 8:58PM

    Congrats -- isn't it great when a plan comes together. (quote from Hannibal of the A-Team circa 1980s) emoticonjob!

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GROOVYCHICK9 7/1/2010 11:29PM

    You go girl. It is so worth it when we see what happens with our continuing effort. The ones who require the most help are the ones who mean the most to us. Good job. Everyone deserves a second, third, and fourth, chance.


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RAINBOWFALLS 7/1/2010 7:04PM

    Great job helping others.

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YESITSDEB 7/1/2010 4:06PM

    Sounds like a perfect day! emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 7/1/2010 3:56PM

    That's great!

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    Good for you!!! It is nice to recognize the blessings we have in life, at times, we all forget to count them.... Terri =)

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Pretty Woman

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Remember that movie with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere? One of my favorite lines from the movie is when she defiantly tells him, " I say who, I say where, I say how much." Ok, well, I am taking that same tact for myself. I get to make the decisions for me, and I am doing them.

Started off with a good breakfast and a walk. Out of necessity, I will need to make several stops across town today and it will be much easier to do on foot. I am becoming a champion of movement. I know exactly how I had my success before and I know how to get it back.

Thank you to my friend, CM, for reminding me I am a rock star! Woo hoo!

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POOKAQUEEN 7/1/2010 4:05PM

    Yeah! Get it done girl!

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CHERKYLE 7/1/2010 12:48PM

    You go girl! Great attitude (rub off on me! LOL)

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/1/2010 12:37PM

    Keep up the great work!

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/1/2010 12:28PM

    You Go Girlfriend!!!!

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ADIPOSEROSE 7/1/2010 11:46AM

    You go, girl!! It's all about the AT-TI-TUDE! emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 7/1/2010 10:48AM

    You rock !!!! emoticon

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STARPESCADO 7/1/2010 9:52AM

    Great blog!

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Cave Dweller

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I am not my spark best today, not by a long shot. I walked a smidge and have little excuse for not doing more. It is the perfect day outside!!!

I have been hiding in my cave for the better part of the day. My office is tucked away under a stairwell and it reminds me of a little cave. Some days, I call it the bat cave. Today is not really one of those days.

I am sitting in the middle of a lot of work angst. Not for the actual job which I could do with both hands tied behind my back. :) It's for the political situations you find yourself in which you sometimes just can't avoid. Ugh! It involves a person who I have been friends with since I started here. Sadly, she didn't make the best choices and it has come back to haunt her. Unfortunately, she just doesn't see the big pic or the implications and will put other people in awkward situations. I am playing the avoidance game for now, but I have been binging (after work) and chewing my nails to the bone.

For now, I will try to take my mind off it, and try to chill.

Spark on, sparkies. I do know that this too, shall pass.

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ADIPOSEROSE 7/1/2010 11:52AM

    Thanks for the good wishes, and your post today says it all. Stress makes us want to punish something--and often, because we can't punch the cause in the nose, we turn it inside, on ourselves. I am done with beating up on me because the world is sometimes an unpleasant place--when I beat up on a treadmill or a bike or a weight machine, the problem doesn't go away, but I feel better able to handle it.

By contrast--when I beat up on me (by not working out, eating something I know I shouldn't, or "consuming mass quantities") not only doesn't the problem go away--I create another, worse one.

Go get 'em, Tigress!

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BLESSED2BEME 6/30/2010 9:12PM

    Here is hoping your mood and situation improves! I hide in my cave from time to time too so I understand.

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ADIPOSEROSE 6/30/2010 9:05PM

    Hey!!!! I haven't had a paycheck in five months as of 02 July. I went from a 6-figure income to a little over $20K . . . wanna trade????

Don't use stress as an excuse to goof off! EXERCISE REDUCES STRESS--so get out there and work it!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/30/2010 8:07PM

    Stress is an evil thing. I fight with the want to eat that calorie ridden chocolate or cookie. I find taking a walk at lunch at least gets me out of my office and that is better for my mood. Good Luck!

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