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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.

lucky you on your lottery ticket emoticon

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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54 Weeks

Monday, June 28, 2010

In 54 weeks, I'll be climbing on the back of my hubby's Harley, going to Bike Week in Gettysburg, PA. This is one of those dreams that he's had. This gives me time to work on my plan of action and get to a place where I feel comfortable on the bike, and being more visible when chugging down the road.

54 weeks sounds much more concrete to me than to say a year and 2 weeks. It helps me to have a specific goal to propel me forward. This just might be the incentive I need to buckle down and move forward. VROOOOOOOOOOOOM!

I had a healthy breakfast at home and packed a lunch. I am going to go walk to the bank to help get some fitness in. I will leave shortly to bypass as much of the heat and humidity that I can.

My goals each week as I count down the 54 weeks:
1) Eat healthy most of the time
2) Track food on SP
3) Blog daily.
4) Exercise more often than not.

I did not cancel my gym membership after all. Riding the bike doesn't help me to lose really but it does amp up my energy level and make my legs feel stronger.
It makes my heart muscle happy. I'll start on the weight training again this week. I need to set up a specific plan to make it happen.

Vrooooom, vrooooom and away we go. :)


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JOKNOWS 6/30/2010 3:27PM

    You have a great plan and I know you will make those 54 weeks losing ones. On your mark, get set, GO! emoticon

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CHERKYLE 6/28/2010 1:02PM

    Sounds good! Keep us posted!!!

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BAYBELIEVER 6/28/2010 12:46PM

    You have a plan! That is fantastic! Now just keep on keeping on!

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NATKITA 6/28/2010 10:32AM

    Keep sparkin, and you WILL make it happen! emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 6/28/2010 10:28AM

    Very doable goal Sweetie emoticon

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DATARN 6/28/2010 9:55AM

    You are going to get there!! I am right there too! The wedding is over and I need to make more progress!! You can do it!!

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DONNAEDA 6/28/2010 9:49AM

    When I joined Weight Watchers I lost 72 pounds in 52 weeks. So your goal is do-a-ble. Congratulations on your new lifestyle change. Don't forget to drink your water. Keep us posted on your progress.

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POOKAQUEEN 6/28/2010 9:47AM

    That sounds like a great plan! And the trip sounds awesome too!

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/28/2010 9:43AM

    You Go Girl!
I know you can do it!
Great set of goals!
I look forward to following your success emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/28/2010 9:21AM

    That is great that you have a long term goal to work towards. Your short terms goals sound like the perfect plan to get you there too!

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