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It's OKAY to PUSH BACK

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Good girls play nice, but not everyone does. I know sometimes folks don't do it intentionally, but it does not make it right. Sometimes, you need to push back a bit. And you know what? It is OKAY to do that.

With recent promotion comes staffing changes with staff that used to belong to someone else. People are not always so quick to let those pieces go. I know it can be hard. I know it can be rough. I am sensitive to that, but seriously, have a little savoir faire. I should have been included in the conversation before the colleague disseminated a coverage schedule without my knowledge aforethought.

Per my boss, I handled it right on. The good news is said colleague and I both report to him. It's over, but in the meantime I stood up for myself. It felt good to do that. and oh yeah, I walked up the big hill this morning.

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GEMINIGEM6 5/29/2013 5:56PM

    Yay! I myself love a good confrontation. I mean that in the way that it brings about growth. Not the Jerry Springer kind. So proud of you!

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/22/2013 8:46AM

    Good job, Mar! I had a similar day yesterday and it felt pretty darn empowering.

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DOODIE59 5/17/2013 9:09AM

    TWO victories! Way to go:)
Deirdre

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/16/2013 3:31PM

    Good for you!
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NORWOODGIRL 5/16/2013 1:18PM

    Well done! I am proud of you.

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RAINBOWFALLS 5/16/2013 7:57AM

    We have a lot of changes going on here and they are not making people happy - best of luck

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DOVESEYES 5/15/2013 7:33PM

    You sound like a great boss,and go you for sticking up for your self!!!!

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MICKEYH 5/15/2013 4:58PM

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DMUERHOFF 5/15/2013 4:07PM

    Congratulations! Another step of doing what's good for you!

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TAYGRL 5/15/2013 11:43AM

    Been there done that! OH! And I especially liked the part about how you walked up a big hill!!!

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_KATHY 5/15/2013 10:18AM

    Good for you Mar! I'm getting the image of a kitten growing into a full grown mouser! :D

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MAVERICK59 5/15/2013 10:07AM

    Congratulations on standing up to instead of putting up with.
There are big changes on your horizon.
You go girl!

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Done with Losing Weight

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I want to be thinner. That has a much more active sound to it than I want to lose weight, which even just the sound of it seems depressing! I am hopeful that this little change in vocabulary will help me to feel something lighter and bouncier in my step.

What good thing happened to me today? I caught myself. Literally,..Right when I nearly toppled down the slate staircase, I caught myself and I was able to yank myself to a seated position and avoid taking a header face first down the flight of steps.

Man, that was a scary moment. There was likely some bruises or broken bones for me if I had taken that tumble. I got up (not without difficulty) and climbed up the few steps and went down the hall and took the elevator. I figured better to arrive a couple of minutes late for the meeting, then to not arrive at all. Oy!

I felt shaken up like I wanted to go cry somewhere for a moment (it did scare me), but I soldiered on and went to my meeting. Geez, louise. I need to become much steadier on my feet. IT'S a DRAG!!!!

So here I go in my quest to be thinner. Hope you are making positive changes and putting your own spin on things!


  
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BIGSKYCHERIE 5/20/2013 8:40PM

    So scary! I just read this today--a little late. I had a fall nearly 2 years ago that left me totally dependent. I sprained one knee, broke the other and messed up one shoulder. As a result, I couldn't drive for 14 months and couldn't walk more than 10 feet without help from my husband. It sent me into a downward spiral emotionally to the point where I was ready to go into a motorized wheelchair and just give up. But I guess we have to hit bottom before we can get well. After some introspection and a lot of support from my dear husband, I decided it was finally time to get serious about losing the weight. That was 102 lbs. ago--August 2011. There are still many ups and downs, but I'm now able to walk again (no cane or walker either!), and drive (my little Buick was too hard for me to get in and out of, so my dear husband bought me a new Kia Soul for Christmas last year) and I'm finally able to exercise. I started trying to do 5 minutes a day (many days I couldn't even do that), and now am up to 20 min. a day for sure and am adding a little bit at least once a week. These baby steps are paying off. I'm making healthy food choices most of the time and watching the portion sizes. I've added a lot of fruits and veggies that weren't part of my diet before. And I am LOVING the compliments and support from friends--especially those who haven't seen me for awhile. I had to lose about 75 lbs. before anybody could notice, but now I get compliments a lot. Still have a long way to go, but I won't give up--my Spark friends keep me motivated. That fall was a disaster, but in another way, it was the blessing that I needed to 'get real' with myself about getting healthy again. I'm glad you didn't fall. I hope you can continue the journey to being healthy without such a drastic turning point. Hang in there. Together we CAN do it!
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_KATHY 5/15/2013 10:28AM

    Wow! What a scare. We just have to be so careful and thoughtful doing any task it seems. I'm glad you were able to catch yourself. That in it's self says something about your increased mobility and agility. I also like the idea of becoming more active rather than wanting to lose weight.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 5/15/2013 4:56AM

    I like that thinking. I have reframed my weight loss. I am releasing weight, off it goes to frolick somewhere else not near me. And I am careful not to say I gained weight, it is not a positive thing! And I never regained it, if I put on some extra fat, it is NEW fat, not the old fat hanging around waiting to climb back aboard.
Funny, but somehow it makes a difference.

Good job on saving yourself from that fall, keep working on your balance and functional fitness and it won't nearly happen again.

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MAVERICK59 5/15/2013 12:08AM

    Mar,
I tripped and fell a few weeks back at work. I did not report the fall.
Hurt my hip, still has not healed, walking with a limp.
We have to take extra good care of ourselves in our quest to be thinner.
I am so happy your blog was not about bruises and broken bones.
Hugs,
Belinda

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DOODIE59 5/14/2013 10:57PM

    As someone below has said, "Sane eating is the key". I'm glad you avoided the fall -- doesn't bear thinking about. All we can do is take steps to improve our health in whatever way we can: eat a little more healthily, move a little more ... we'll feel better along the way.
Hugs,
Deirdre

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MICKEYH 5/14/2013 10:52PM

    Glad you didn't fall down. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 5/14/2013 10:43PM

    Your title certainly caught me off guard!

I like framing my goals using the most affirmative words possible. Perhaps you could even say "I will be thinner!". I believe you will be!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 5/14/2013 9:41PM

    Glad you caught yourself and didn't get hurt!! You can do it!!

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DOVESEYES 5/14/2013 7:59PM

    changing your thoughts is another step toward your goal...glad you weren't hurt. You rock!!!! :)

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OOLALA53 5/14/2013 5:57PM

    Plus, I know I weighed a bit more several years ago, but was exercising vigorously consistently, and I know I was smaller. That's my next step, to get back to that.

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OOLALA53 5/14/2013 5:56PM

    I gave up losing weight or even being thinner, but committed to consistent moderate, sane eating 40 months ago. I have specific guidelines, but even they offer me leeway. I want to feel vital most of the time, so do little overeating. Lost 20% of my weight! But sane eating is the core. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/14/2013 4:39PM

    I want to make healthy choices!

I'm glad you didn't fall ... But applaud that you were on the steps! Hope you can continue to walk, not ride, from one floor to the next!

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LWADE1963 5/14/2013 4:29PM

    Glad you are doing good now.

Sometimes just a change in wording helps you focus better. How bout I want to be healthier? Then, you will be thinner.

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SEATTLESIMS 5/14/2013 4:25PM

    EEk.. glad you caught yourself!
I like that positive spin on want to be thinner vs lose weight..
Also try "want to be more active" or just plain.. 'want to move more'.
Have a great day!!!

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LINDA! 5/14/2013 3:04PM

    I am so happy that you caught yourself. Less than 2 years ago I fell down a staircase causing many broken bones. The worst was a broken shoulder which led me to have a shoulder replacement. I will never be able to use that arm at full rotation.

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JTREMBATH 5/14/2013 3:00PM

    It is no fun falling down stairs been there and done that I was completely bruised down one side.

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Off the Menu

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Wendy, I am sorry, we are breaking up. You know the story, It is not you, it's me. Well, in this case, it really is you.

I was really hungry last night, so much so that I stopped for fast food, which long ago would have been a regular occurrence, but in the dawn of pink slime, not so much. So last night I stopped. I told myself I would only eat the "meat" and skip the buns. Nope, I inhaled everything, and I also did it while driving, so it was like I ate but have no recollection of it.

And then I felt sick.Blech. Bloated. Disgusting, headachy, and woke up at 3 this morning with a wicked leg/shin cramp. What the heck was that. I have not had severe muscle cramps in a while. Throw ina little msg, mix in some dehydration and who knows what pretending to be a food source and the next thing you know, it's I am not eating that again. So, Wendy it's over. It's not me. It's you. It's all you.

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 5/14/2013 6:04AM

    I hear ya! Once we have established healthy eating habits, our bodies get very confused/irritated when we go back to bad habits. Just further proof that our former habits were bad choices.

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/7/2013 2:39PM

    Sometimes it's hard to end a relationship, but it must be done if it is a toxic relationship. emoticon
Sorry that you felt bad after eating fast food, but it was useful in showing you that nothing good comes of eating that way!
Good for you for your wise decision!
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NICOLERZ 5/4/2013 6:46PM

    I got breakfast from Chic Fil A this morning. There was a survey to do for a free chicken sandwich on your next visit, so I did the survey. One of the questions was "How many times have you gotten fast food in the last 30 days, including this visit?" I had to think really hard. My answer was 2. We got subs from Firehouse about 2-3 weeks ago. Not sure if that counts as fast food or not, but I counted it. It's amazing how much we've changed.

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SANDY1969 5/3/2013 1:54PM

    I try and keep a fiber one bar with me for that trip home at night. I eat it when I get in the car with a bottle of water. Then when I get home it's done it's job and I am not hungry.

Not saying I've given up the fast food yet, but I do know I feel LOTS better when I don't eat it.

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_KATHY 5/3/2013 11:55AM

    Ahhhh the fast food blackout. I totally understand. I have water with me at all times but do fast food it on occasion. My choices are much better though. I think the only thing I like at Wendy's is the chili. Breaking up is hard to do...go ahead and sing it with me :)

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HEYITSLISA 5/3/2013 7:10AM

    I still eat fast food maybe once a week, and then it's usually Subway. Occasionally a McD's Happy Meal. Good for you for breaking up with Wendy's. That stuff is evil!

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MAVERICK59 5/3/2013 12:32AM

    Giving up fast food was not easy for me but I did it a few years back.
So I tried some fries a couple of weeks ago and they did not taste at all like my memory of them. What I tasted was salty, stale grease.
It is funny how our taste buds change when given good food to eat.
Yours will too, just give it a little more time.
Can you carry nuts or a protein bar in the glove box to grab during those difficult moments?
I am glad you are making this choice for yourself.
Hugs,
Belinda

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/2/2013 8:23PM

    With the exception of traveling, I do not 'choose' this option when I can help it. I agree, it's never a good option.

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CARRAND 5/2/2013 7:39PM

    Good for you! I've broken my fast food habit entirely and I don't miss it at all.

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DOVESEYES 5/2/2013 7:35PM

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MICKEYH 5/2/2013 6:31PM

    emoticon good news and choice you've made. emoticon emoticon

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SWEETSUGAR7 5/2/2013 6:16PM

    I think you should break up Wendy and any other bad fast food place.
You want to eat something that hits the spot but not so much to where it makes your body cry out why? I would make small meals ahead of time and if your going to be out for awhile bring a on the go snack bag with water.
Train yourself to have water in your car. I know some people put the 24 pack case in the trunk for anytime.
I hope your feeling better.

Keep up the good work and don't let your setbacks get in the way.

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DOODIE59 5/2/2013 6:08PM

    I'm not sure you could convince me to give up Wendy's chili, but I hear you about fast food in general. Fast food chains are the last place we should be looking to for enriching meals. At least summer's coming, and you'll be able to find all kinds of great things to throw in your salads:)
deirdre

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AJB121299 5/2/2013 6:01PM

    nice

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Peeling Away the Layers

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Just find something small to change and THEN DO IT.

Here is my spark. I stopped eating scones. Every morning, I would get a cup of tea or coffee with a baked good, most often a scone or a crumb cake. Do I still want them? Sometimes yes, but what I am finding is exerting that little bit of willpower is leading down a path of acceptance, that I can make adjustments, and in doing so, I am PHYSICALLY feeling better. Oddly, I am emotionally feeling better too.

I am starting to become more mindful of what I am doing it when I am doing it. I am reading a book about Every Day Zen and it is about participating in the moment you are in. I am a frequent spinner - no, not the kind on the bike, the kind whose mind is going in 40,000 different directions at once. The result of taking time while I am performing a task is that I am getting more done because I am focusing.

I am not eating in the car mindlessly, because I am driving. That mind time is reserved for driving not eating. I am making little bits of progress with little pockets of success. I am cutting back on wheat (notice cutting back, not cutting out) and it is helping me. I am eating higher quality products. I am peeling more of my food, instead of shaking it out of a box.

Higher quality choices is leading to a higher quality life. Little choices over time are adding up. Beneath all of the processed foods and mindless eating, I am finding something I really like: ME!

What will you find when you start peeling the layers away?

  
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SARAWALKS 6/8/2013 10:04AM

    Excellent! Change is in your present and your future, change for the good!
"I can feel it, I can hear it..." a song from West Side Story

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DOODIE59 5/2/2013 6:12PM

    This is very good news -- for YOU:) I find trying to look at food in terms of its "value" for me very helpful. A fruit? Lots of fibre, nutrients, etc. Bread? Not so much. French Fries? Are you kidding me?! You get the pattern:) What are you worth? I think you are worth the best fuel for the body -- go get it!
Take care
Deirdre

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/1/2013 8:45PM

    You are so right on here, Mar. And I loved the peeling your food instead of shaking it out of a box! That made me smile.
Good for you!

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CARRAND 5/1/2013 7:40PM

    Great blog!

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DOVESEYES 5/1/2013 7:29PM

    What a great blog good work you are doing well!!! emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 5/1/2013 12:38PM

    Great approach! I am going to use this. Thanks!
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NORWOODGIRL 5/1/2013 10:25AM

    Well done, Miss Onion!

I really appreciate your statement that "higher quality choices = higher quality life". That really resonates with me.

Thank you!

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MAVERICK59 5/1/2013 10:22AM

    I like this. It is exactly the way to make long term changes.

I recently read that if we feel sad we are living in the past,
if we feel anxious we are living in the future.
To find peace we need to live in the moment.


Hugs,
Belinda

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_KATHY 5/1/2013 9:35AM

    You are making many many small changes and you know they add up to big changes. But it's easier to concentrate on the little ones. Love your blog message today. It really is how we make progress.
Hugs
Kathy

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FELINEBETTER 5/1/2013 9:19AM

    Atta Girl, Mick! One step at a time! emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 5/1/2013 8:17AM

    Great way to start a new month. Thank you very much.

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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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CARRAND 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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