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Back to Work.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I spent the last two weeks being ďretiredĒ and forgot what it was like to be at work. Today Iím back at work and lapsed right back into the Ďwork mentalityí. There were emails, memos, and papers to read, and as an added task, packing for Fridayís move. Fortunately though, there were no meetings, those start up again tomorrow. It doesnít take long to forget what it was like to get up when you want, to go for your walk when you want, to exercise for as long as you want in front of the TV, to stop everything and go on an errand to the store, have fun in the craft room, read, or to take an afternoon nap. (I could have used that afternoon nap today.) They are right when they say that most people canít maintain their vacation highs when they get back to work.

I am sore today. In all the days that I have been exercising, I havenít really gotten sore. But yesterday I hooked up the Wii and had fun with the boxing and bowling and tennis. I didnít think about slow controlled movements or the correct form, I just played. Obviously there are muscles that havenít been worked recently. My ribs and neck and left arm are the worst. I think it was the boxing. Letting myself go and throwing punches felt good at the time, but today Iím paying for it. I can hardly wait to do it again.

On the nutrition front, Iím going to have to come up with some new goals. Iím doing great on my goal to limit sodium to within the recommended guidelines. Iím eating more fresh vegetables, cooking my own beans, taking my own lunch to work and itís all being reflected in my sodium levels. YAY! On the other hand, I donít seem to be getting all the calcium I need, so thatís going to be my new goal. I guess Iíll have to add more spinach, broccoli, cheese and yogurt. And remember to take my supplement to, well, to supplement.

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LEWISCA1 4/8/2010 9:03PM

    WIIIIIeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! I want one :-) emoticon

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EYEONGOAL 4/7/2010 8:12AM

    If it's any consolation, everyone I know has been surprised at how sore they got when they first played with their Wii. You start having fun and forget that your exercising. I have enjoyed mine a lot, although I haven't had much time for it lately. I understand the nutrition thing. I know that I need to watch my sodium, but it tastes so good. That will be one of my next goals.

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Pre Work Blues

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I was mourning today. It is my last day of a two week vacation and I have to go back to work tomorrow. Itís amazing how the thought of going back to work tenses you up and depresses you. I did not want to get up today, nor did I want to exercise. I managed my 15 min aerobics and my strength exercises but thatís all. The rest of the day was spent vegging in front of the computer and TV. I played on Spark People for awhile, watched a few quilting tutorials, watched one movie, and then set up my new WII that came today and played a few games of tennis and bowling and boxing. I had to try it out didnít I? I have to admit that boxing does take it out of you. I will probably have sore arms tomorrow from the swinging of the remote. I do tend to put my all into it as if I were really participating in the sport. But unlike the real sport, you can quit or slow down when you get tired so I canít really count it as cardio. I guess the next item I need is the Wii Fit, but Iíll have to wait until I pay this one off first.

Tomorrow is going to be difficult. I will have to rise early enough to exercise before I go to work, and my mornings have been getting later and later for two weeks, so itís not going to be easy. Then work is going to be a few days of playing catch up while packing for the cubicle move Friday. I have to remind myself, three days and then itís over for the week. Just a minor blip in time. But then I get to go to the gym in the evening. Iím actually looking forward to that. The walking on the treadmill will get me moving again and back in the mood for walking. Sometimes itís best to have a scheduled routine.

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EYEONGOAL 4/6/2010 10:22AM

    If you can go outside during your breaks or lunch, it might make the day a little better. It always helped me when I worked. A little sunshine and fresh air really cheers me up. emoticon

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Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sunday 3:30pm

Today was the traditional Easter Egg Hunt for the family at my sonís house. There is still one egg somewhere in the house to be found next summer some time. But the good thing is itís a plastic egg. I think every yard must have had at least one rotten egg left over from Easter egg hunts over the years. I know our family has. This year we celebrated at the local Chinese restaurant. I canít say I did great, but I certainly did better than I have ever done before. I couldnít exactly choose wisely, since all the food was covered in some delicious soy sauce based sauce, but since it was served family style, I did limit my portion sizes to very small. Not anywhere near the baseball size. More like a golf ball. And I canít say that the food was so rich it didnít sit well or that I regret eating it because I didnít. It was delicious and very difficult not to have more. I donít know how to track this, so I just did the best I could with the Chinese foods listed on Spark People and realize that itís probably a lot more than the numbers reflect; especially the sodium. I will have a light dinner and call it a day. Tomorrow Iíll be back on track.

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LEWISCA1 4/5/2010 10:15PM

    I was expecting to float away on sweat last night from all the sodium in that Chinese food. Too much salt and the wrong time of the month tend to give me wicked night sweating now. But either there wasn't that much sodium, or its not the right time of the month, or that "anti-night-sweating" accupuncture point my doc is doing did the trick, cuz I had a fine night.

And we enjoyed the "monsoon" rain last night. The sound of it is somehow comforting. We were lights out by 10:15 - very early for us!


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EYEONGOAL 4/4/2010 6:52PM

    These special moments with our families are precious. You did well by not overindulging. Planning a light dinner shows how much you care. Compared to prior years or holidays, you probably had a lot few calories. You're doing great. Keep it up!

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A Fun Day

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Saturday 12:35 am
I had a visit from my daughter today. She had to use our computer to do her taxes, so she came to visit all day (Taxes are an all day effort). I didnít actually get to see her much as she was closed up in the computer room concentrating. So I spent the day doing some digital scrapbooking of my South Dakota trip. Granted it wasnít an actual scrapbook page in my album like I thought I would do this weekend, but I didnít have access to my printer to print the pictures, so digital scrapbooking to the rescue. It was fun putting them together, I just donít know if I want to print them up or translate the ideas to paper. Probably do the later since I like working with the paper and I just bought all those new scrapbook supplies from JoAnns. I got 5 pages done of Deadwood, so I suspect the translation will be fairly easy. The hard part is done:-the journaling and titles and deciding which pictures to use.

After the taxes were done, we went for a short walk. It was late and the weather had turned cold, very cold. We could hardly wait to get back home. But at least it was a walk. Itís always hard to keep to a schedule when company comes. And I managed to cook a good healthy meal which we all enjoyed, even the complainers (the ones that complain that thereís nothing in the house to eat anymore). After dinner we enjoyed an interesting family game called Killer Bunnies. Whenever she comes up, she forces us to play some weird game. Itís about the only time we actually play games not on the computer. Killer Bunnies is a confusing game, but only because every play is different. Itís hard to grasp the central concept and once you do thereís still a lot to learn. First you learn the basic play, then the strategy. We didnít quite get to the strategy part tonight. So that means weíll have to play it again soon before we forget the basic play.

All in all it was a successful day. I got exercise in and healthy eating and good company and fun!

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LEWISCA1 4/5/2010 10:12PM

    That was a really good roast, and the gravy was yummy! It seemed like a lot of work, but I enjoyed it a lot. emoticon

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CAM1325 4/4/2010 8:24AM

    Good for you! Sounds like a perfect day, despite the weather turning cold on your walk! emoticon

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Those Insidious Coupons

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Today I went shopping at JoAnns Craft store. I spent too much and bought more than I really needed. But I rarely get to JoAnns now that they have moved the store that I used to go to. So I think I went a little crazy. I love their scrapbook supplies and their fabric section. There are almost too many choices. Michaelís is great too, but they have no fabric. Of course I had a coupon, which is always slightly insidious getting you to forget about money and buy, buy, buy. It makes you look for something you donít really need just to use the coupon. Thereís always something somewhere in the store. The problem is it only applies to ďregularlyĒ priced items and everything you want is usually on sale, or out of stock. So I spent too much and bought too much and now I have to go use what I got just to feel ok about buying it.

I slept too late today. It threw my whole day off. I did get in all my exercise for the day, but my nutrition habits were really challenged. Since I got up so late, I had breakfast at lunch time and had dinner early leaving the last meal to be dessert. Although I kept within my calories I donít consider that I really ate healthily. I bought some non fat frozen yogurt yesterday as a possible dessert on those days when I needed a few extra calories. Since I had quite a few calories left today after eating dinner for lunch, I treated myself to a tasty dessert instead of dinner. I put fresh strawberries on the frozen yogurt with a small amount of sugar free hot fudge topping and enjoyed my first dessert in a while. I added two graham cracker rectangles and called it ďdinnerĒ. Itís not a menu I would recommend for anyone, even if you stick to your calorie range. Itís tasty but somehow not really satisfying. My mouth now has a sugary aftertaste and I think I would rather have had an extra helping of the pulled chicken I made for dinner.

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LEWISCA1 4/5/2010 10:09PM

    I buy too much at Joanns too - and end up making far less than you do with my stuff. It sits there in my "craft room" taunting me, daring me to find time to play.

I think your dessert would certainly be acceptable to weight watchers. But you're right, it was pretty much a non-food dinner - all sugar and chemicals, except for the strawberries - which are always a good thing :-) But some days are like that - you just gotta do what hits the spot!

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EYEONGOAL 4/3/2010 9:12AM

    My sewing room is a testament to my days when I made weekly trips to JoAnns and used all of my coupons. I did have a lot of fun, but I could make quilts for years without shopping for anything beyond border and backing fabrics. I even have some of those from the bolts that I purchased. Yikes. I noticed the other day that I even have rotary cutting blades and sewing machine needles for this lifetime. I have actively started shopping in my stash. Otherwise, I will eventually have to get a bigger sewing room. The place is addictive - especially now with all of the scrapbooking stuff.

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