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Playing to the Firmament (song of the week)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

On the bus home I REALLY listened to a song that I have liked for a long time, Playing to the Firmament by Dar Williams... it really told me how much I need to just let go sometimes and recapture some of the childlike wonder that is so easy to ignore all too often! Here's the lyrics:

There are kids, lots of kids, who put the law inside a circle
As they jump, I hope that you will up and down, up and down
When did you cave into this role that you were cast in
When did dress-up turn to fashion, throw your gown up and down

There's always the sky, let it hear what you're saying
For all that you are saying
And let it take you apart, to the elements of praying
Till we are only playing to the firmament
Till we are only playing to the firmament

In the rain, in the rain, people rush around on cold streets
Here's a shell to hear their heartbeats very loud, very loud
Where's the pain, it's only rain, it's only slowing down a work day
Only singing happy birthday to a crowd, very loud

So turn on the sky, let it hear what you're saying
For all that you are saying
And let it take you apart, to the elements of praying
Till we are only playing to the firmament
Till we are only playing to the firmament

And when did sex get so mean, when did crime get so clean
You know I just can't seem to find the soul in this striving
Why not play to a dream, cause the world is too green
For all this bad driving

What's the rush, dip your brush into this twilight
There are leaves upon the skylight, trace your hand, trace your hand
Mr. Red, he shot ahead, he shot ahead inside a circle
On a bad day, who would you kill, take a stand, trace your hand

There's always the sky, let it hear what you're saying
For all that you are saying
Let it take you apart to the elements of praying
Till we are only playing to the firmament
Till we are only playing to the firmament


Back from Chicago... and I did okay!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well I did the Infamous Working Without a Net (TM) Chicago Edition ... sort of incidentally and sort of by choice and I did okay. I pretty much stayed within calorie range by making the best choices that I could. I didn't get quite the level of exercise that I wanted but I made do.

My friend got me a week guest pass to her gym and I used that one night. Then I did stuff in their apartment like I would at home. We also walked around downtown Chicago & the Art Institute in a killer driving wind one day.

I didn't gain any weight. As a matter of fact, I am still at 143.8#. I daren't tell my hubby about this in case he tries to start force feeding me.

Chicago was really fun. I mentioned going to the Art Institute (the original of Georges Seurat's Sunday at La Grande Jatte is there).... the Thorne Miniature Rooms are amazing... they had an amazing exhibit of 70 restored medieval tapestries... and just plenty of things worth seeing again and again and again.

We also spent a day out shopping. My friend MM was sneezing from allergies all day and I was very sleepy and we were driving SM's car. We were Sleepy & Sneezy and 5 dwarves short of a Disney movie. We managed to have fun anyway.

We had lunch at Panera... I had Chicken Tortilla soup and fuji apple salad. Very tasty. Then we had dinner @ Olive Garden, I went with salad and a lunch portion of Shrimp Primavera... which I only ate half of.

I actually got some R&R while I was gone and had some interesting mental breakthroughs that I think will help me with the stress in my life.

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ANNIEONLI 11/13/2008 7:05AM

    Glad to hear things went just right! DH was just saying that Chicago is on his bucket list - I know, sick sense of humor....but then again, Maine is on mine.

Glad your home safe and sound!! (again) emoticon

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PEARLLL 11/12/2008 8:27PM

    Congratulations on making such good choices when traveling. That is always my downfall. How cool that you did not gain during your trip.

I love visiting Chicago, too. The Art Institute is awesome.


By the way, your background on your sparkpage is wonderful with the knitted texture. Is is something you knitted? I love knitting, and I want to get back to it.

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Feeling much better now...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Today was recovery day. I purposefully stayed home from work to just take it easy... I would have been miserable and useless at work... I know that after a GI bug hits me I need a day to just get my strength back. I have neglected this fact too many times, pushed myself too hard and regretted it. And since I'm going to Chicago on Friday, I need to be in the best shape I can be in.

We did finally get to go out for Miss M's birthday **TONIGHT**... we were all healthy for the first time since last week. She opted for TGI Friday's, our family favorite. I had the Ahi Tuna Sliders (very healthy and tasty), well one of them, with a side salad and steamed broccoli. I'll take the rest for lunch tomorrow.

I also managed to get on the treadmill this evening, just 2.2 miles @ a slow (for me) 16 minute mile. But that was REALLY all I could do tonight. I only missed a day... but I'm back on the wagon... time for a new streak.

I do credit my relatively quick recovery with my good health. Thank goodness!

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ANNIEONLI 11/7/2008 7:58AM

    So glad to hear you are feeling better!! Enjoy your trip!

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    Glad you are feeling better!!! I was just telling DH this morning (as he was coughing and sniffling) that he didn't have to worry about getting me sick because my body is healthy and strong enough to fight it off...last year, we would be passing it back and forth all winter long!!! Just another benefit of eating well and working out!!! Have a great rest day!!! Jackie!!!

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JILLWILSON2102 11/6/2008 9:46AM

    I am so glad you are feeling better. Yeah!!

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Well this day didn't go as planned...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

My darling daughter Miss M, called from her friend's house on Sunday to say she couldn't drive. As it turns out, she got a nasty stomach bug (I suspect norovirus)( www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/

So I stayed home from work Monday to take care of her. Then I woke up this morning @2 with an upset stomach and finally vomited. I have been weak like a kitten all day, but still managed to go vote... hanging onto the table with my fingernails while I colored in my ballot circles. I then came straight home to take a nap.

I've managed a half cup of fruit cocktail, 2 soda crackers and a 20 oz bottle of gatorade. That's about 238 calories. The scale also says I weigh 140... and that's NOT a good thing.

My exercise streak of 70-some days also ends today... wah. I had a great plan to get up at 5:45 and jog down to the polls, but we drove instead because I was too weak to even walk it.

I think the great health I'm in now is paying off in the fact that I'm actually recovering quite quickly.

Here's a toast to the neverending election being OVER!!

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ANNIEONLI 11/5/2008 1:44PM

    Oh Oak - I hope you are feeling better today! Yuk...but applause to you for getting to the polls.

~~~~~~~Sending healing energy your way~~~~~~~~

I hope for you and Miss M it was only a 24 hour thing.


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2 months in MaintenanceVille!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The last 2 months have really FLOWN! My weight has been between 144.8 and 149 since I hit maintenace... I think that's really steady and I'm quite happy with it.

I am still tracking food and exercise... it works for me. It does take time, but that's okay since it keeps me on track.

DH thinks I should just be able to drop the tracking and be fine... I am either not ready or I never will. The tracking keeps me accountable.

I also still wrapping my head around the body changes... I am slim and I see that in the mirror. But it's changing the feel of the old image vs. the new truth... I feel great, but I have to still get used to the new feeling. It's weird I guess. Sort of like whatever you've been doing for the last week feels like what you have been doing forever!

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GUIDERZR 11/4/2008 3:57AM

    Congrats on staying on-track and you keep doing whatever you're comfortable with and what works for you. I don't track anymore (I'm pretty lazy about that sort of thing and hate numbers!), but I know how much (or more so WHAT) I can eat and maintain. I also know my key is that I need 5 days of exercise or all bets are off!!
Keep up the good work!

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FATHAIR 11/3/2008 2:13AM

    I don't want to jump the gun -- particularly since I have more than a year to go before the matter becomes relevant, but I'm wondering about your transition from weight-loss mode into maintenance.
I think you are wise to continue tracking food and exercise; it's probably more important than just doing weigh-ins as it shows the "why" not just the "what."
Have you increased the maximum calories per day? And how is that working -- how does the maintenance level feel compared with the weight-loss level (which, after all, is technically a degree of starvation as we take in less than we need to survive).
And I'm interested in another blog (from you) about the body change-related sensations. I'm wondering if there's an ongoing transition taking place in your body that continues for at least 2 months after reaching the goal.
A very thought-provoking post, OakBorn. Thankfully (as mentioned before) I have plenty of time to process it. -- fH

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ANNIEONLI 11/2/2008 7:19PM

    Keep tracking as long as you need to...falling off that wagon is a hard one to get back on...trust me on that one!!! LOL


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SHAREBEAR74 11/2/2008 6:33PM

    I agree with you that tracking will help you stay on target. Great Job maintaining! emoticon

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