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Lay of the Land

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I was dying to get that promotion, I deserved it. I did. And I got it.

But now with it, comes a whole host of things I didn't really want: MORE work, and some underlings who are awesome, and some who suck. Mostly suck. It is my job to turn them around. Hard to do with folks who have no incentive to do that.
They think they are working just fine.

So I am chipping away at the things I can control, and I am handling those well. I will spread my wings when I am ready. I took stairs today. Slowly, and one step at a time. So what. I did them anyway. I need to start moving around more. Maybe I can come into work early (or leave a bit later) or just do it at lunch - but I can exercise in my office (chairs) or strength train (yes, Jo, I just said that!) behind my closed door.

Hubby is on a big organic kick, so we are shopping for higher quality food at places like Whole Food and Trader Joes. This is good! Turkey from the deli is REAL turkey. I was shocked the first time out.

So all in all, I am not doing badly, just at a standstill because I hurt when I walk much and that much seems so much less these days. I have a gym membership I am not using, but if I could get in there 1 day a week that would be a good start.

Maybe buying some gym clothes will help. ;)

Hope everyone is doing well. Let's spring forward and get a little momentum going! I'll go first!

  
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LINDAINALABAMA 5/2/2013 10:59AM

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FIRECOM 5/1/2013 8:21AM

    Tough to change anyone who is in denial of their shortcomings. I guess they don't realize that there are 10 candidates for work should they not there anymore. I just know that you cant run a popularity contest. Many are called but few are chosen.

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MAVERICK59 4/27/2013 4:20PM

    Progress is progress no matter how it is measured.
You are doing great.

Belinda

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LISAREINHART1 4/26/2013 9:46PM

    emoticon Congrats wow what a blessing being promoted . Great work on creaating workouts at work. You will see great results from all your hard work that you are doing. Best of Luck. emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/25/2013 10:29AM

    Congrats on your promotion!

Good advice here already - nothing to add.

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NORWOODGIRL 4/24/2013 9:57PM

    Keep finding ways to incorporate movement in your day. Stairs are great!

Hope you find a way to motivate the unmotivated. To me it is a disturbing trend in people these days.

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NICOLERZ 4/24/2013 8:26PM

    Way to go on taking the stairs! I am proud of you!

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SARAWALKS 4/24/2013 8:20PM

    emoticon I am so happy about your promotion!
Yes, there are no unmixed blessings...but you will find a way to break through to these complacent folks...
Take it one day at a time and remember small steps are progress, just keep stepping. emoticon and emoticon and prayers to you!

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MICKEYH 4/24/2013 7:26PM

    emoticon on your promotion. For the work out, I know you can do it. Step by step. Little by little . Good luck on your Heath journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOODIE59 4/24/2013 6:02PM

    Congratulations on the promotion!!! You'll convince them of the right way in no time, and every one will be happier. Good luck!
Deirdre

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OLIVIANIGHT 4/24/2013 3:16PM

    Well done on getting that promotion!


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CMRAND54 4/24/2013 1:44PM

    Go for it! I like your ideas of moving more at work, and going to the gym one day a week. I shop at Whole Foods all the time. Keep it up!

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_KATHY 4/24/2013 12:26PM

    Great to hear from you and about your new promotion. You are very motivated and excited about taking care of yourself. I know you will do well with the job and your weight. You have already made great progress..(on both)
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1STARVINGARTIST 4/24/2013 12:26PM

    Congratulations on your promotion! Small steps mean you're not standing still--you can do it!
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DOVESEYES 4/24/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon on the job lots to get on with and new things coming ...

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 4/24/2013 10:08AM

    emoticon on the promotion!! I'm sure you'll take care of the suckage and whip those lil weenies into shape.

Find ways to do 5 minute blocks of exercise in your office, like set a mail reminder for the top of the hour. Chair push ups/tricep dips, pulsing lunges, squats, speedbags, punches, etc. All are quiet and no one needs to know you're burning calories behind closed doors. ;-)

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COWGRLKT 4/24/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon I hurt when I walk too. Does your gym have a pool? Can you join one that does. YOu can get a lot of excercise in the pool without the joint pain! I go in the mornings before work so I don't have the excuse and don't get derailed. good luck!


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MRNOTABOUTFACE 4/24/2013 9:37AM

    Congrats on your promotion! You deserve it indeed!

Back when I first started losing weight it all started with walking and eating right. I didn't have much choice but to park really far away from my building because it is such a large company, but they have a shuttle bus I could have taken, yet chose not to. So it really is the small steps you take that make the big difference in the long run. Glad to see you're getting in good healthy food too. Trader Joe takes good care of us! Keep up the great work!

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FELINEBETTER 4/24/2013 9:28AM

    Nice to see you back! Congratulations on your promotion! One step at a time -- it all happens, just the same! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 4/24/2013 9:24AM

  emoticon on the job promotion. Now, just like the promotion that you deserved and got, go for a healthier you. emoticon emoticon

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No More Mrs. Nice Guy

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Take that, powderpuff!

Yeah, I am talking to you! I am sick of being sidelined with weakness, sickness, or just plain ol' laziness. There, I said, laziness! Not when it comes to work. Not when it comes to figuring out the oh so serious issue my client is facing that only I can figure out. Not a smidge of laziness. No siree Bob. But ask myself to do one push-up, one crunch, one stinkin' walk around the block, and I am just too tuckered to do it.

What is that about?

Since when did I give up on myself and throw myself to the wolves. I know exactly what to do, AND I know what it takes to get it done.

It takes

Heart
Fortitude
Belief in oneself

It Takes
Courage
Perseverance
Determination
Chutzpah!

and sometimes, it takes a village - but that is what Sparkpeople is --- a village of we get it, we got it, and by golly you can have it too, just freaking do it already.

Whew, it is exhausting waking up, isn't it? : )

  
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SUNSHINE65 4/4/2013 10:17PM

    Amazing that we take better care of others than we do of ourselves!

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GEORGIA_KAY 3/12/2013 12:45AM

    I am SO glad I'm in that village with you! I'm tired of being lazy too. No wolves for us!!
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RAINBOWFALLS 3/8/2013 9:58AM

    I talked myself out of a walk yesterday and I'm not happy that I did. Now we have snow everywhere again! I will have to go to the mall today and I just wish I didn't have to work so I could do it now. I am much better off if I can get teh exercise in during morning hours.

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MAVERICK59 3/7/2013 10:16PM

    Mar,
I love your blogs.
They always ring true to me.
You speak for so many.

Hugs,
Belinda

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1STARVINGARTIST 3/7/2013 2:21PM

    You have done amazing things, and with your determination you can get over this hurdle too! You can do it!
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DIFROMWYOMING 3/7/2013 10:55AM

    I agree- I had to get 'angry' too, that I always put myself last. That I will go to the end of the possibilities to help everyone- except me. And for me it comes down to worth- and not acting as if I'm worth it. It is hard to 'wake up' sometimes...but WE can do this, together.

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_KATHY 3/7/2013 10:33AM

    I kinda love the "anger" in your tone. A few months ago, that is what it took for me to get back on track. Just plain anger at the way things were going and my efforts. It would be great to get to the "determination" part easier but for me, I just had to get angry. "That's enough! Now, go do what you have to do and what you know you want to do." She said to herself. A person just has to get angry from time to time. :) I know you are on your way and I am there with you as well.

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NORWOODGIRL 3/7/2013 9:32AM

    You are funny, lady! You also have all those qualifications. Let's take that step. Together we can do anything!

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MGAL76 3/7/2013 8:33AM

    emoticon I feel like I can relate to what you are going through! So lets do this! Come on! I am here for you and you are hear for me! The Spark Community is here for all of us! Let's Go!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/6/2013 10:30PM

    You can do this girl. The fact that you keep coming back is a sign you want this. If you didn't, you'd give up and be a ghost page. That had better NEVER happen, you got it?

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 3/6/2013 10:27PM

    Good morning!

Yes it takes a lot of energy to wake up but once you do, it gets easier. It's like the snowball effect. Once you get rolling, nothing will stop you!

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TWIDDLYDE 3/6/2013 9:48PM

    Yes! it takes all that and more. It takes the strength that God supplies.

Be blessed as you move forward!!

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Dream a Little Dream

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I sat down on a two-seater on a train and there was room to spare between me and the gent next to me. Noticeable room. No longer the squish yourself in, try not to get noticed, please don't sigh and be obvious to show that I am probably crushing you and you want to move your seat, or you get up and do.

No, there was room, and I could feel it and not just experience if with a look. It was a feeling. Air space. And then a surprise happened. I woke up. It was a dream, but it was one of those it felt so vivid and real to me that I was not quite tethered to earth. It felt like I was sitting there, and I had room to spare.

So what that it was a dream. Well, maybe not so much of a dream, but a premonition. It is a sign of things to come. It is an indelible memory etched in my brain. Now that I believe it, I am going to make it happen.

  
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RNVICKI 2/27/2013 11:11AM

    I am sure it is a dream that you can make happen. You felt it in your heart.

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DOODIE59 2/24/2013 4:38PM

    Sometimes dreams are there to let you see the way. To believe it's possible -- to feel it. High level athletes use visualization all the time. You have to "picture" it happening, to be able to put the process in gear. Great dream!
Deirdre

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_KATHY 2/24/2013 12:16PM

    It's going to happen! ! And it will be fabulous!

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1STARVINGARTIST 2/24/2013 11:44AM

    Keep dreaming and you will do it!! It can be done!
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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/24/2013 10:11AM

    Turn that dream into reality girl!

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MRNOTABOUTFACE 2/24/2013 10:03AM

    Great dream! I know it will come true. You're ready!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/23/2013 11:31PM

    I like what norwoodgirl said- a vision, not a dream.
Go for it!

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FELINEBETTER 2/23/2013 11:13PM

    I can relate! A true target to aim for! You'll get there. Keep your eye on the prize!

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CMRAND54 2/23/2013 7:49PM

    You can do it!

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DOVESEYES 2/23/2013 6:41PM

    I agree, a taste of things to come. You will get there and beyond.
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BRADIA 2/23/2013 6:07PM

    believe and you shall see

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SUNNYHOUSEWIFE 2/23/2013 4:41PM

    Excellent! A dream like that can only mean you're on you way to making it a reality!

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NORWOODGIRL 2/23/2013 4:31PM

    Not a dream, but a vision of the future. I'll be waiting to hear it come true!

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SARAWALKS 2/23/2013 4:05PM

    That's super, Mickey! Dreams DO come true and I am betting this one is in your future! emoticon emoticon

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HANDYV 2/23/2013 3:50PM

    emoticon soon it will be a reality. We all dream.

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DAWN14163 2/23/2013 3:21PM

    Follow your dreams xx

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    May all your dreams come true!

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The Most Exhilarating 5 Seconds Ever!

Friday, February 22, 2013

There is only one way to describe my morning: exhilarating, especially this one tiny little piece.

If you have read my last blog, you know I sprained my knee and I have been struggling a bit while walking around. In the short term, I have a cane which is helping, along with some meds, and a knee brace (which will be part of tomorrow's experiment and no doubt, the subject of another blog.) emoticon

YESTERDAY, I didn't think I was going to have enough time during the allotted traffic signal when it was my legal time to walk. I felt like I was pushing it to make it across the street in the time before the "walk" went to "don't walk" and even then it was a barely-made-it moment. whew.

TODAY, I still felt the need to push but when I crossed to the other side, I had a full 5 seconds to spare on the clock. Happy dance! Those 5 seconds felt like an eternity, no flashing signal, admonishing me on, just 5 free seconds. It was a moment of glory.

The remainder of the day has not being without its pain and strain on the leg, and the realization that I am not ready for strenuous walking just yet, but it does give me a fair amount of hope that it will be coming, and I will be ready. After all, I had 5 seconds to spare!

  
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BRADIA 2/25/2013 10:57AM

    Have a beautiful week and stay controlling your movements.

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CMRAND54 2/23/2013 8:06PM

    Good for you! I remember how I felt when I was recovering from surgery and was trying to walk to my favorite coffee shop. Somebody actually honked at me one time for crossing the road slowly.

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_KATHY 2/23/2013 12:40PM

    I love hearing about your journey in self discovery and taking care of yourself!
Hugs

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NICOLERZ 2/23/2013 10:05AM

    That's awesome!

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MICKEYH 2/22/2013 11:52PM

    Hope your knee will heal soon. You are always in my prayer. Take care.
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SPSPSP1 2/22/2013 11:33PM

    Slow and steady wins the race! :-D

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Humbling

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I've never been speedy gonzalez, but I feel like it this morning. A few days ago, I sprained my knee and my activity plummeted. When I had to go to work, my walking was either excruciatingly slow or an over pronounced limp. Not pretty at best, but frustrating, woeful and hard not to feel depressed about it. What I kept thinking about though, was one of my friends who broke his leg a couple of YEARS ago and is still going through surgeries and rehab stints. I thought about soldiers who lost their legs and would give one minute to be where I am. In the house, it was not much better, and even yesterday I thought about folks who get trapped in their house because of fear. I was afraid to walk down the steps to leave my house, but I braced myself against the door and the siding on the house and managed to get out. (and miraculously in!)

This morning when I left the house, I stood on the front steps until the neighbors drove away. I did my best to look like I was waiting for someone. ha! When I got enough courage to go, (and it was freezing cold!), I did it with the help of a cane and holding onto the bush and it was so much better than yesterday.

That is how progress feels! It takes over you and when you realize it is so much better than the last time you did it, it is like a tail waggin' (if I had a tail), whoop whoop hollerin' feeling that takes a hold inside of you and you want to SHOUT YESSSSSSSS!!! I DID IT!!!!!!!

It is humbling to take a few baby steps, quite literally, and then feel free enough to walk a few steps. It reminded me to not lean on my power, but to share it with my higher power and continue to believe and improve. This was one of those life changing moments I had this morning on my steps! Yes, you can improve. Yes, you can make progress, and pardon the pun, but I am doing it one little baby step at a time!!!!!!

HURRAH!

  
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BRADIA 2/28/2013 11:06AM

    I like it so much looking at your positive attitude.
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    You're making progress. You can do it!

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1STARVINGARTIST 2/22/2013 12:25PM

    It is really wonderful how you see the positive in this situation. You are doing so well; keep on going! You will recover before you know it! Congratulations!
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BLITZEN40 2/22/2013 2:13AM

    Way to go getting out and about! Stairs are definitely the trickiest when knee trouble happens. Wishing you a speedy recovery on the sprain! emoticon

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    Great point! Good personal observation. Thanks for sharing - and be careful with that knee. No ballet or high jumps until it is better! emoticon

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DOVESEYES 2/20/2013 7:38PM

    Thanks for posting this you have a wonderful way of expressing your self , it was like I was there with you. Perfectly true, one step at a time.

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DOODIE59 2/20/2013 7:02PM

    Aw, I'm sorry to hear about your knee:( But as usual, you turn this into a motivational tale -- thanks for sharing, and for reminding us that we are fortunate and to remember that the glass is half full. At least half full.
Deirdre

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MICKEYH 2/20/2013 6:25PM

    Sorry to hear you've sprained your leg. Please, take car. Fo proud of your courage to go out side and you've made it !! Hope your leg will heal as soon as possible. Take care.

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    It is always a matter of perspective!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/20/2013 9:44AM

    You're so right, Mar. The alternative to hobbling along slowly and gaining momentum is to stop trying and lose the ability to walk at all- which is not much of an alternative. Looking on the bright side can bring some sunshine to a day. Love you lady, please take care and don't push too much. emoticon

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FUZZIEBEAR3 2/20/2013 9:39AM

    Whoop Whoop, congrats on a small victory, and keep improving every day!


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MAVERICK59 2/20/2013 8:27AM

    I am glad it is getting easier for you my friend.
Take it slow, don't over do.

Hugs,
Belinda

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_KATHY 2/20/2013 8:27AM

    If I had a tail, it would be waggin' for you as well! Yesssssss YOU DID IT. Plus... you reminded me to be more aware and grateful for things I CAN do now as well.
Hugs
Kathy

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