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Just that extra step...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I guess one of my pet peeves of late is seeing people NOT going that extra step or people deciding that "item x" is S.E.P (somebody else's problem). Not so much where I work, but just in general.

There is a guy who lives in my building who meticulously sweeps and neatens his little porch and yet flicks his cigarette butts out onto the grass of the complex. His SEP field starts where his porch ends.

At the park this morning, which happens to be next to a Sonic, there was a burger wrapper not 4 feet from a trash can... that person's SEP field started right about his skin.

Yesterday at IKEA, the couch I bought (which came in a huge box) fell off the cart in the traffic lane, 3 cars went around me before a very nice gentleman came to help me. Their SEP field started right outside their cars.

And in general, many people who are in poor health and need exercise and a healthy diet, always find something else to blame it on, rather than just taking that extra step even for their own health and for their loved ones.

I love the fact that this season's theme on Biggest Loser is "No Excuses"... heaven knows I make my own pile of them each time I decided not to exercise, but I try not to couch them as excuses as a decision that I have made for this moment. And I work to turn the bad behaviors around ASAP... because it's true also that we all need an indulgence day or a day off from the hard work of losing or maintaining weight.

The extra step is good for us and those around us, be it holding a door open for someone with their hands full or taking a brisk walk at lunch. So take that extra step for everyone, including yourself! You will be glad that you did!

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UUCEEJAY 1/26/2012 8:07PM

    "If a man really wants something he will find a way, if he doesn't he will find an excuse." Stephen Dolley, Jr.

The world is full of people who say they want to do something, but...........
Wonder what would happen if "want" was stricken from our language and people had to use will in its place.

People leaving trash really bothers me too. We rode the train from Chicago to San Francisco- you should have seen all the trash along the tracks - refrigerators, cars, tires, etc. Some people from Sweden were looking out at the mess, shocked at what Americans did with their junk.

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COOP9002 1/23/2012 10:45AM

    That's some good advice. It's always good to go above and beyond what others expect.

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KAYOTIC 1/22/2012 7:28PM

    So true, if we all just looked around and did one thing that wasn't "ours" how much better off would we all be?

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ANNIEONLI 1/22/2012 6:40PM

    you are SO right...taking that extra step sometimes is a hard step to do but when it's done, it makes all the difference in the world....literally.

All we can do is be the example and hopefully others will notice and pay it forward too.

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OAKSHAVEN 1/22/2012 5:45PM

    My least favorites have been dirty diapers. One I found on a highway clean-up day, thrown at the side of the road perhaps 50 yards from a convenience store with trash cans between the pumps. The other was in a pile of discarded packaging for camping items (tent, Coleman stove, etc) in Three Creeks Nature Area, after the Powers that Be decided it needed a real parking lot. Apparently that meant that it was now "civilized" enough to trash. What are people thinking when they do these things?

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Wow! Really?!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I don't have a great deal of time to write this, but I just had to!

It seems everyone in my unit is trying to lose weight and they are all staying away from the evil CARBS! (Do you hear the ominous music building in the background?)

I thought low carb had died... but just when you think it's safe to go into the water...

Hypothyroid people (like me) should eat fewer carbs (like 45%), but not go LOW carb... most people can get 55% of their calorie intake from carbs and be fine. And while I heartily believe that your mileage may vary on any "rule"... generalities do exist... and too much protein can be harmful to your body by throwing off your electrolytes, making your blood too acidic, and damaging to your kidneys, etc. And there are legit diet plans for certain health conditions that are very low to no carb, but you need a doctor and dietitian to monitor you while you are on it.

But from everything I have read, what Atkins and every other "diet" plan, they all manage to restrict calories... but they do it through gimmicks and not necessarily healthy ones.

I'll take Spark and a balanced diet, tyvm! Moderation not restriction!

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WIFEALF 1/20/2012 1:39PM

    gREAT BLOG!!!

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ANNIEONLI 1/20/2012 7:05AM

    I find it funny that this is going on in the Army! Really? Even there, the gimmicks hit with shock & awe! Eesh!

I've written and almost sent the same thing a few weeks ago about fad diets, but since it was a horrid rant that just needed to be vented I didn't send it into the universe.....yours is MUCH better than mine & the universe must have needed it said!

I agree with you...balanced and moderation really is the only way to go....and that goes with exercise as well. Here's my mini-rant to add to the fray on that: You can exercise ALL YOU WANT....but if you are not fueling your body in the PROPER BALANCED way...it will be harder to LOSE WEIGHT and keep it off for good.

People feel guilty about not getting their exercise in...not me....I feel "guilty" if I haven't tracked my nutrition. Exercise IS very important, but nutrition is every minute of every day. My advice if people are struggling: Figure out the nutrition part out first (track it!!) and do a 30 minute walk every other day to start...more intense exercise will come in due time.

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OAKSHAVEN 1/19/2012 11:51PM

    And there is the extremely low carb, low almost everything "Paleo diet", based on the premise that we shouldn't eat anything a cave man wouldn't have had access to. So, basically Vegan, but without any grains (on the apparent assumption that the hunter/gatherers would not have been gathering that), and from what I can see, mostly salads. What? Paleo Person was into leafy greens? I don't think so. I think instead that portions were limited to what they could manage to hunt and gather, and that they ran off the calories gathering their food. OK, enough of that rant. Had to get it out here, because the people who have fallen for these diets do NOT want to be confused by the facts.

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THE_BATGIRL 1/19/2012 4:52PM

    OMG, I almost posted something really similar - it is driving me CRAZY! I cannot talk to even one coworker without them bringing up evil, evil carbs. They also like to tell me how since I haven't lost as much weight as them, I'm clearly not working hard enough. Uh no jerks, it's because I'm hypothyroid and lose weight differently than you. But thanks!, haha.
Give me SparkPeople any day!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/19/2012 10:42AM

    Hear hear !

I've tried telling co-workers (who are restricting their carb intake) that is wasn't the carbs that made people fat, it was the CRAP that did it ! That and the giganormous portions people have been eating.

If anything has contributed to the exponential expansion of the American waistline is the super sized portions they've been eating. People should be eating their carbs ! Eat that spinach ! Enjoy that kale ! I ate carbs like bread, past, rice, potatoes, etc... while I lost weight. I still eat all those items and I've kept the weight off.

moderation, not deprivation. Your coworkers think that cutting carbs will help them lose weight quick. yes, they will lose weight quick and they are doomed to regain it even quicker. everyone wants the quick fix. Well, weight loss ain't that easy. If it was, we'd all be skinny !


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KAYOTIC 1/19/2012 9:31AM

    I like to balance it out too, and tend to stay around 50% carbs, which works well for me (I gotta admit, I love my carbs!) But I also try to stay away from the refined sugar/flour and go for the less processed and whole grain stuff.

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HAWKTHREE 1/19/2012 8:26AM

    I think you said one very important thing: if you have a health need to go low carb, please get help with monitoring.

Low carb is critical for my health because it keeps me off diabetes medication. I'm at the extreme because moderate carbs still allow my body to sneak in diabetes.

I worry that my diet is too high in fats all the time because my cholesterol is over 200. But my diabetes doc is happy.

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ADAM2298 1/19/2012 8:24AM

    A good post and I agree with you.
I really enjoyed the quotes you have listed under other information of the front of your spark page. Will add some of them to my collection. Nice job!

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LEEHAME64 1/19/2012 8:15AM

  The most positive post I have read in two weeks. Thank you so much. Thank you for giving back to everyone. You may not realize it but you have made someone's day!!!!!!

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Old memories, old pain, some things never go away...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I had a great run at the park today... except for a group of punk teenagers who were hogging the sidewalk... I ran around them and they started laughing at me. I have no clue why since I was minding my own business. I lapped them and then they were like, "hey lady"... I ignored them. I lapped them again and they realized I wasn't going to play... but I am still WTF? The also had apparently been to the Sonic next to the park and left a trail of food trash and waste in their wake.

I have never understood people like this or how any parent who gave a pinch of a crap about their kids could come out with a kid like that.

I have met up with people like this all of my life. And somehow they always picked me out with the intent to victimize. Why would you intentionally try to hurt someone like that? Even though I am an adult, it brings back painful memories and emotions. Luckily, I am able to rise above it on the outside, but on the inside, grade school comes right back to my emotional matrix.

I wasn't fat as a child, but I was always the one picked out to by the popular kids to pick on. I have always been different, but since I have become an adult, it seems that those around me seem better able to just accept me. I get on well with people, but I always feel like I am standing outside looking in, except with my closest friends and immediate family.

I will always be vulnerable I guess.

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WIFEALF 1/20/2012 1:41PM

    Some times it has nothing to do with you..They just picking on anyone who comes along!!Dont let it bother you!!

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VKKESU 1/16/2012 11:47AM

    I understand how you feel. What you have to remember is their parents are probably the same way. ( I was a leader of a girl scout troup for 6 years) I had to quit due to two parents (out of 20) made my life miserable.

These kids would have picked on everyone who went by them, it's not just you. It was a reaction they were looking for. They have very little compation for others possible because they get little in their own lives. They need help much more than you do. As adults we can look back but not change what happened, but make what happens and how we react better to better ourselves.

Keep doing what makes you happy..........believe me MOST adults still have issues/bad memories from school days.

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KAYOTIC 1/16/2012 11:33AM

    Sorry you had those feelings come up....that's a tough one! But the bad behavior of others is really a reflection on them, and has nothing to do with you, you just happened to be there to catch it. I know it's hard to do, but try not to let their bad feelings and behavior leak onto you, hold your head high as you lap them one more time! emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 1/16/2012 8:12AM

    OMG we live parallel lives!! I hear you loud & clear!
I knew you felt something other than "I just blew them off" too...well...just a feeling I had...it was in my own flashback feelings when I read it the first time.

On Friday I had to go back to my old elementary school for my own childrens' dance fitness show...not only was a woman I used to be friends with sitting in front of me, but right next to me was another that I truly dislike...I was the kid who was picked on and left behind because one person didn't like me for some reason and then turned everyone else against her...and by the time 3rd grade hit...I had 2 friends...so what do you do? you turn to your books and food for comfort.

So now I get to go back to the same elementary school and relive those memories each and every time...with some of the same exact people....but this time most of them don't know me & I am a Mrs....and I look completely different....that helps too.

My husband doesn't get it...says I have issues...and I do. I get over these things by not being as active in the PTA and hiding (yes, I know that hurts my kids because I am not always living at the school) and I am very active with them in scouts..this is how I cope.

Another way I cope is very fickle and petty and I will probably go to hell for thinking like this: I look better than them. Yes, I said it. Another plus to getting healthy right there. I have more energy than 94% of them...I can run circles around them...I am more outgoing than I let on...and I have talents that they cannot touch...talents and brains that I honed when I was alone in elementary school. So you see....who is the victor.

Karma has a way of weeding out the evil in our past Jenni...I like to think that. I have seen it happen right in front of my eyes...even last Friday I saw it...but that is another blog....

You've gotten SO much ahead of others your age...and in your position in life just by taking the bull by the horns are gaining control! and blogging gets it out into the universe so then it can "go away from whence it came". Betting money that you might have inspired one of the punks in the back of their peabrains that you lapping them was pretty awesome...there is always a blacksheep, even in a pack of punks...bet it was that one you inspired without even knowing it!

Sorry to make this so long...but it touched a chord and I guess I just wanted to let you know that you are SO not alone in those feelings you just had...they happen to others all the time....and besides, if I did this on FB, it would have been waaay too long! emoticon

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UUCEEJAY 1/16/2012 12:39AM

    Grade school and junior high were a nightmare for me. I finally found a group of " my kind of people" in high school. We were the debate team, rifle team, play guitar and sing folk songs, chess team, talk about ideas instead of people kind of people. After I found my group, I realised how lucky I was that I was excluded from some of those other groups.

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OAKSHAVEN 1/15/2012 8:59PM

    I don't think the pain ever goes away. I think it is a form of PTSD, and most of us just deal with it. Don't feel like you are the lone stranger. I've always been the "eccentric" one, too, and have the same buttons that easily get pushed. Know this: I know you, like you, and think you are a cool person. And the sleezoids don't know you at all. .... them. emoticon

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Great start so far!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Rather than a resolution, I have a goal for the year... establish that pesky morning exercise habit! Since I was off on 1 & 2 January, I didn't start on those days, but I did start this morning with a 15 minute yoga session with My Fitness Coach on Wii. I plan to get myself up earlier and do 15 of yoga and 15 of aerobics... I like the flexibility of My Fitness Coach for that.

I also invested the $25 deposit in a 24 hour swipe card to the apartment complex workout room and I have already used it. I had kind of a stressy day, as most of them are turning out to be, and getting on the Treadmill to run was fantastic, just what I needed.

The environment in which I am working is very loud and busy with bad lighting, so I feel very tired by mid day... so today I did some close arm wall push ups and jogged in place... and tried to not over snack. I am trying to control my food, but simply making the healthiest choices and keeping healthier stuff around.

For the next 11 months, I have to concentrate on my Army mission and keeping myself healthy. I had a nice visit from my guys, but I have to keep myself focused on what I need to do and not dwell on missing home. There is a lot great about having this time kind of by myself to relearn who I am and have my own space for awhile. It's still a great, though not perfect adventure... and if the first month here is any indication, I will have some weak times when that can of pringles mysteriously disappears, etc, but I will keep that to a minimum.

Luckily my weight gain over the holidays was like only 2 or 3 lbs and I'm still in my range. So I have a nice park not too far away, an exercise room with treadmill and weights, my videos here in my apartment and my wii fitness games. I can also go to the gyms on base... I will be just fine!

One thing that is fantastic about the Army is the culture of expected fitness. I like that a lot. It just takes the stigma away from exercise that you sometimes find out there...

So we continue... onward and upward.

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OAKSHAVEN 1/4/2012 8:47AM

    Sounds like you are settling in, and making plans for yourself. You have been doing this for several years, and obviously have the ability to make it stick.

Sorry the work situation is sort of lousy. What do they have you doing, anyway? emoticon emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 1/3/2012 9:13PM

    The working environment sound like a real plus! Woohoo!!!!! not.

At least you have lots of places to go to to work out the work kinks! emoticon

Onward and upward!!!! Hang in there!!! You are doing great!!

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Holiday overeating... but new start today...

Monday, December 26, 2011

I have badly overindulged the past few days and have hardly gotten any exercise, but part of that is due to lack of facilities and an abundance of sweets and lack of willpower. The weather here has been awful for exercise and I don't have access to a treadmill like I do at home (yet)... I have to pay a $25 deposit for a swipe card to use the complex workout room... for which I will be able to afford this month.

There is a nice park that I have used a couple of times... but the rest of the time it has been in the 40s and raining with straight line winds, which makes for a miserable raw day. I thought Texas was supposed to be sunny and kinda warm, and on average it is, but this is blech! I feel chilled all the time at work and at home... I just want to pull the blankets up to my chin and hide.

Despite the weather, I had a great Christmas since hubby and son came down to spend the holiday with me... and we have had a nice few days. I think hubby and I will walk the mall today, just to get some walking in. I will also move my son to the side for awhile and prolly get in a workout too. I really need some more body movement since I feel like I'm rusting in place.

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ANNIEONLI 1/3/2012 11:03AM

    Hey lady....just checking in on here with you instead of on FB, aka "the other world" Hahaha!

A new year is upon us!! So glad the guys got to visit you over the holiday...and now, we look at a new year with new eyes!!

OK - back to work!!!

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CTRLALTTABBY 12/27/2011 6:20PM

    I've been off for a bit now, though I didn't over-indulge too badly. Time to get back on the treadmill! emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 12/27/2011 10:24AM

    I'm glad Mark and Alan were able to get down there. I've been off this weekend, too, and today still isn't going to be completely on track-but better than it has been. All we can do is keep plugging away, right? emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 12/26/2011 11:23AM

    good luck with that. try to find some 5 minuets workouts on here. i remember seeing some office type stuff. and really glad you got family time in. I know how hard it can be when you are in the military (i am assuming from your pic).

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