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Garage door woes = more exercise

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday morning when we were hurrying off to meet a friend to work on a Colombia project, our garage door wouldn't open! We tried & tried--it had been giving us trouble, & now it wouldn't open no matter what we did. Finally we caught the train--& apologized profusely for being late when we met our friend in the bagel shop.

With my car still inaccessible in the garage, today I walked a LOT. First to & from church, which is 6 blocks away--I always walk there. In the afternoon I took the train to a poetry workshop, which of course required walking to & from the trains both directions. Then as soon as I got home my husband & I walked about a mile to get a bit of supper & groceries. We could have taken the train back, but he proposed walking, which I thought was great. We have big canvas tote bags for our groceries--I slung mine over a shoulder.

But I now have the name of the company that has repaired garage doors before for our building, & you can bet I'm going to call them first thing tomorrow.

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SHANSHE 1/28/2008 6:05PM

    Oh my! I am so glad you and hubby are in good enough shape to DO all that walking! Hope your door is fixed by now though!

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STEPHANIEDIAN 1/28/2008 10:17AM

    Hopefully it's nothing major and you can get it fixed. I know that's no fun to deal with.

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Bitter cold

Friday, January 25, 2008

Well, my friend picked me up promptly at the train station before dinner last night, & we all had a nice time together. But later in the evening nobody in the group picked up on my "time to leave" signals; the station wasn't close enough to walk, so I was dependent on a ride back to it. I finally got there a little past 10:30--& then there was no inbound train till 11:00! The temperature was -2 F (a big display across the way gave temp & time). I stayed under the warming lights, which are better than nothing but not nearly enough for such chilly weather (& at this El stop the entry building is too far from the platform where the trains stop--if I waited there I'd miss the train). I was wearing long johns under my pants, urban hiking boots, gloves, a thermal scarf wrapped around my head, & a really warm hooded coat, so I was about as bundled up as I could be, but it was still really cold. I marched in place the entire half-hour till a train finally pulled up.

Fortunately my train transfer was between subways in the Loop rather than aboveground, but both the trains & the subway stations were much colder than usual. By the time I got home it was a little after midnight, & of course I was thoroughly chilled & exhausted. Then my husband, who hadn't noticed my messages reminding him that I was going to that dinner & would be home late, was upset with me rather than comforting.

Not surprisingly, I was not relaxed enough to sleep well--took me a long time to fall asleep & then I woke up early though I hadn't set the alarm. I did need to come in to work today because of a deadline, so I roused myself, showered, put on long johns again & my heaviest sweater. While I ate breakfast I heard on the radio that it was something like -10.

I can deal with the extreme cold, but it IS an assault on my body & I need others to be extra-thoughtful & helpful in weather like this. Now I'm evaluating (again) whether I will continue to gather monthly with this group of friends. Is the trek just too long? Maybe I should drive to work on that one day each month; getting home would certainly be faster, but traffic out of the city between 5:30 & 6:30 is hugely congested & I really, really hate being in traffic jams. I wouldn't arrive cheerful & relaxed. But I can't count on my friends to be thinking of my needs toward the end of a meal when we're enjoying dessert & catching up on each other's news--I feel like a jerk getting up & insisting that someone take me to the train station right away, but they don't take initiative to do it.

Not sure what to do. It's not the best time to be trying to think through the issue, either, since my sleep has been poor for so many nights in a row now. I hope that changes tonight.

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PJBOKC 1/29/2008 10:59PM

    Oh my! overall that doesn't sound like a good evening. I could never stand to be out in that cold!! You probably would have slept very well but for your husband being upset. I think being out in the cold is exhausting. Maybe you should play it by ear with the "group", and take it on the circumstances of evening - distance, weather, other things going on in your life. - and let them know you may not always be available if you can't arrange your schedule for some of the get togethers.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 1/28/2008 10:15AM

    Ruth, this cold weather is terrible especially when you have to wait for those trains (they seem to run on their own schedule sometimes...especially when it's really cold). I say, you have to take care of you. So if you need to tell your friends it's time to bow out, then do it. I know it's hard especially when you are enjoying time with them. Or maybe you could alternate locations. Closer to you one month, and then closer to your friends the next month, so you don't feel so put out each time.

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SHANSHE 1/26/2008 4:49PM

    Too bad your friends did not offer to stand and wait with you! Company would have made it a little more bearable and the friend that waited with you would have realized that they should have been more considerate of getting you there in time.


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YAHTZEELOU 1/25/2008 7:37PM

    They will understand, if you express your needs. I'm sure they wouldn't want you to be outside in the freezing cold. Sometimes friends just get wrapped up in the moment having fun with you, and they forget about the nasty weather. My thoughts are with you Ruth. Have a snugly warm weekend!

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DELLLEE 1/25/2008 6:43PM

  You are in Illinois - so am I.
Thankfully it's going to warm up this weekend!
I've been avoiding anything but what I have to do outside, although I have walked the dog and done a few outside things.
We've sure had a siege of cold weather. I think this year we will really appreciate spring.
Maybe, though, that marching in place in the cold burned extra calories. I would try to comfort myself that way - telling myself that cold weather + marching in place = burned calories!

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LINDAMARIE56 1/25/2008 2:02PM

    Wow! I feel for you. I hate cold weather and I hate having to wait on things. Winter depresses me I think. I always look forward to Spring.

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BLACK_UNICORN11 1/25/2008 1:33PM

    I know exactly what you mean. Bitter cold does strange things to me too (combined with the lack of daylight). Suddenly the smallest things become just too much to bear, my temper flares, and I can't focus on anything. I can't wait for spring. I told my hubby last night that he just needs to be extra sensitive and helpful during these cold spells. Good luck in making it through to warmer weather!

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Well, it seems my body likes being at 146 now--no change on the scales even though I have relaxed a bit on my eating. I haven't gone nuts though! Am sticking with healthy foods overall.

I did get to bed at a good time last night, but I woke up quite early & couldn't get back to sleep. Some of you know all too well those early-morning "thoughts" that are more like chemical surges--mine tend to cycle helplessly around financial issues. But when my alarm went off I got up, threw on my exercise clothes & did strength training exercises for half an hour. That felt good.

Tonight instead of going home from work I'm off on a different train to meet my friends in the suburbs for our monthly "creative group." It's mostly just chatting about our lives--we've been friends for many years--but we also report on creative projects & encourage each other.

Hopefully tonight my body will be properly calibrated, at last, to sleep all the way through.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 1/25/2008 10:50AM

    Sounds like a good time with the friends, hopefully you were able to catch up on some sleep, and you feel more rested today.

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LINDAMARIE56 1/24/2008 10:54PM

    LOL! I am on mom's computer, so she is signed in, I didn't even think about it...
Oh well, I signed my name, and now you know what is going on LOL!

Shannon again...
Goodnight I am going home!

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LINDAMARIE56 1/24/2008 10:53PM

    I hope so! Going without sleep is horrible! Hopefully seeing all your buddies will rejuvenate you in you mind and soul!

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Very tired

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Every night my husband & I have been spending a good part of the evening working on an upcoming Colombia event--& I have been getting to bed quite late. I've been setting my alarm late too, to allow a little extra sleep, but yesterday & today I woke up earlier, decided to get up, & made it to work at my usual time. It means I'm short on sleep, & I certainly haven't exercised beyond my usual walking for several days.

Tonight I'm going to do my Spark stuff, say hi to my teammates, take care of one or two other little things, & head to bed early. My body is craving exercise as well as sleep. Time to get back in sync for both!

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PJBOKC 1/29/2008 10:43PM

    Even tho this blog was a week ago, I want to say that I know exactly how you're feeling - craving exercise. You'll see more on my comments on the team check in. It's amazing how we get accustomed to that "feel better" feeling with exercise.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 1/25/2008 10:48AM

    Isn't it funny how your body craves exercise once you start doing it more regularly? Try and catch up on some sleep if you can this weekend, it's important for our bodies to get good sleep!!! Are you now done with the Columbia Event?

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Pounds are slipping off

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Again this morning I was down a pound! I'm now at 146. So I set my SP goal weight at 142 once more; then I don't have to adjust everything each time I report a loss.

The only thing I can figure out is that once I stopped tracking, my calorie intake decreased a bit overall . . . because I'm no longer eating extra protein to make sure I get to 60 grams every day. I'm still trying to get good protein at every meal, though.

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PJBOKC 1/29/2008 10:38PM

    I knew it would turn around for you soon - you're so consistent!!

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STEPHANIEDIAN 1/25/2008 10:47AM

    I know you were struggling a little bit there for a while, but patience is rewarded!!! :-)

i'm glad things have started to go your way!

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SHANSHE 1/22/2008 7:04PM

    LOL! That is so funny! I have noticed soemtimes once you relax a little things strt happening and apparently, it was time for you to relax on tracking for awhile. Not that I think I should, but there may come a time eventually, ya know?

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