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Whew! TGIF

Friday, September 28, 2012

This has been a long day. I had New Hire Processing from 8-1, a chiropracter appointment this afternoon, and numerous errands.

Big plusses today:
1. Got up early enough to do a SP video
2. Prepared as much as possible last night, including snacks
3. Made a SP recipe, Thai Peanut Sesame Noodles, for dinner
4. Resisted temptation to stop for a large lunch, went home instead and ate a reasonable one
5. Just finished a Qi Gong SP video. Perfect for bedtime relaxation and 15 more fitness minutes

Blessings:
My mom gave me a generous check for new clothes for new job!
My daughter gave me a notebook labeled "Mama's Back-To-Work Cookbook" with her favorite SP and other healthy recipes.
She also gave me a pilates DVD and pilates bar, something new to try!

End of day
266 breakfast
319 lunch
68 snack
402 dinner

Total 1056 + 36 fitness minutes. I'm under on calories, but dinner was late, and I don't feel at all hungry for my usual evening snack.

THANK YOU SPARKFRIENDS FOR ALL THE GREAT SUGGESTIONS!

  
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KAI_ZEN 9/29/2012 12:05PM

    Sounds like a great day! Good job staying on target!

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POPSY190 9/29/2012 3:22AM

    What a lovely start to a new working life! Your mother and daughter sound great. You have begun as you mean to go on - positively!

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SOPHIEDO13 9/28/2012 11:11PM

    emoticon Have a wonderful weekend, and hope to see you sparking.

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ILOVEMALI 9/28/2012 9:38PM

  Have a wonderful weekend!!

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WANT TIPS - WORKING SPARKERS

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I am about to rejoin the workforce after nearly two and half years of unemployment. My days are about to drastically change. I'm wondering how I'm going to keep up with my meals, fitness, friends, and especially my latest team Fall 5% Challenge. It just this moment occurred to me to ask for help - duh. As a Little Red Hen type, this is not my norm. SP, you've changed me forever. So, friends and community, how do you do it? What works best for you?

I will be working M-F 8-3:30, plus Wed/Thur evening rehearsals and Sundays 8-12:30. Yes, I'm keeping my choir job.
AMCMASTER, are you reading this? You are a pro. emoticon

316 breakfast
252 lunch
168 snack
325 dinner
139 snack

1200 total & 17 intentional fitness minutes, but I had a very active day. Up early tomorrow for new hire processing.

  
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AMCMASTER 9/30/2012 4:30PM

    Here is a link to the cookbook. You should see two recipes - one private and one public. Let me know if you can't see both of them and we'll "sort that out"!
http://recipes.sparkpeople
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Also, a couple more thoughts:
1. Take some time on the weekend to plan all your meals and snacks for the week. It not only consolidates grocery shopping, but it helps me stay on track, knowing that I have tasty meals to look forward to. I try to do as much cooking as possible on the weekends, so everything is ready to be eaten when I'm hungry. However, I only track my food daily. If I enter my meals too far ahead, it feels too regimented and I'm more likely to eat things I shouldn't!
2. I would recommend bumping up your calorie intake for at least the first couple of weeks at the new job, instead of trying to eat at the very bottom of your range. You'll need the extra calories as you acclimate and you don't want to feel exhausted like you did on Saturday.

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MLH148 9/28/2012 6:20AM

    Log days food before you go to work- less likelynto graze. Mtake workout clothes to work so you change before leaving and can exercise on the way home. Ot helps the mental jump from home to work, too.
Congratulations!

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POPSY190 9/28/2012 3:23AM

    I don't work now but for many years I used to do 10-15 minutes jogging before setting out for work and before breakfast. Then, whatever I felt like after work as far as exercise went, I knew I had that regular movement done.
Enjoy the new job. It sounds fantastic!

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AMCMASTER 9/27/2012 11:16PM

    Enjoy the cookbook! lol Let me know if there's anything missing that you can think of - I have lots more recipes. I agree with everyone who says to pack your lunch the night before. It takes too much time in the morning, especially as I pack breakfast, lunch, and two snacks. Plan your exercise the night before too, especially if you're still doing videos. It helps prevent "faffing" around, as Simon would say. I don't have to think about what I'm doing in the morning. I just roll out of bed, grab my yoga mat, feed the cats, and start my yoga routine. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/27/2012 10:23PM

    Ok, I think it will actually be easier for you because you will be working. Here goes...
I an my breakfast the night before - and I use a measuring cup. I pack my lunch and afternoon snack and take them to work. I buy a lot of indinvual portion sizes and have certain staple foods always in supply in my fridge -- Yoplait light yogurt, 2%cottage cheese, weightwatchers string cheese, veggie dogs, veggie burgers, fruit or fruit cups...

Dinner - put in crockpot in morning - smells do good when u get home - yum!

Exercise - 3 choices - early morning, lunch break (pack workout clothes, shampoo, bath gel and towel), or when you get home. Most important is to write it in your calendar and stick to it!

Hope this helps- you can do it!!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/27/2012 9:08PM

    I wish I could help but I am still not working so am not facing that dilemma although it is hard on hubbys days off-lol!
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ANGGEL40 9/27/2012 8:51PM

    Sometimes I wake early to workout before I go to work, but you can also do a workout while at your job, I like to park my car as far out as I can to get a walk in..I pack my lunch, it's mostly fruits, turkey sandwich and water..in the evenings if I am to busy..I will do my workout before I go to bed, even if it's 10 at night..I will find a way to work that workout in..but I know you will do Great..I am here to cheer you on my friend and Congrats on your job!

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1EMMA2011 9/27/2012 5:57PM

    You will be awesome!! Very excited for you and sometime I'd love to hear about if you retrained for this job or if it was something you have been pursuing for a long time. The reason I say that is that it sounds very interesting...Also, Wow, I am amazed about the little red hen. That is so me. Thanks for writing that. Good luck with your work!! emoticon

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KIMPY225 9/27/2012 3:51PM

    Pack meals & bring snacks!
Make sure you drink a lot of water even if you are busy.
Schedule your exercise if you can.
It will be tough with friends because your schedule may clash more now since you will have less free time.

Good luck!

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MSGO72 9/27/2012 12:58PM

  I eat steel cut oats most mornings, so I make a big pot at the beginning of the week. I pack my breakfast and lunch the night before. This allows me to get in some exercise in the morning to get my day off to a good start. I also keep snacks like protein bars and little packages of nuts in my office for snacks.

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NOW2DAY 9/27/2012 12:41PM

    Wow! You will be busy and enjoying the changes for sure. Plan your meals and keep counting the calories and your blessings.

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ILOVEMALI 9/27/2012 11:52AM

  I am so happy for you! I keep FiberOne bars in my purse and in my office for snacks. I think that it really helps me keep on track. When you figure out how to work in any exercise, please let me know...

Congratulations!!

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Candlelight Yoga

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I mentioned in yesterday's blog that I had done Candlelight Yoga for some of my fitness minutes. This DVD was recommended by the doctor who was handling my compounded HRT. I was suffering with chronic middle of the night insomnia, and this was one of her approaches. "Consider it as a prescription," she said. My insomnia has long since subsided to an occasional bout, and I hadn't used the DVD in a long time. By bedtime last night, I was feeling tired and wired--and thought, "Perfect. Just what I need."

Under "Meet the Instructor", it says: "Sara Ivanhoe. Certified yoga instructor. Fitness Philosophy: Yoga is like a marathon, not a sprint; slow and safe persistence gives you the best results." Meaning I am in for the long haul, not a once and for all weight loss and fitness event. I like the "slow and safe persistence". As with SP videos, no pressure to do more than I can right now.

The program takes you through 30 relaxing minutes that focus a lot on breathing through many traditional poses--tree, cat stretch, downward dog, butterfly, etc. Unlike many fitness DVDs, this one can be done near bedtime. I ended feeling considerably unwound and relaxed. I did wake up a couple of times last night, but was able to go back to sleep.

There are candles clustered about the studio setting and gentle background music, very conducive to relaxation just looking and listening.

Highly recommend this DVD.

  
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POPSY190 9/28/2012 3:32AM

    Very interesting. Thank you.

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1EMMA2011 9/27/2012 7:55PM

    Very neat!!

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CELIAMINER 9/27/2012 8:39AM

    That sounds so much more pleasant and relaxing than yoga in my cold, unfinished basement. Ahhhhhh...

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SOPHIEDO13 9/27/2012 7:44AM

    Yes I find yoga relaxing too....I am into the OMY on Spark it has helped me limber up, so I try to do several poses a day. emoticon

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Busy Wednesday

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

I've been scrambling around today to reschedule appointments and cancel temp work to get as much done before I start work as possible. Had bloodwork done early this morning; I was the first one at the lab. Instead of going out for breakfast as I normally would, and knowing I'd be having dinner at my mom's tonight, I bought some V8 to tide me over while I went for a long walk at a park on the way home. Since I was last there, they've added some nice fitness stations. I did most of them.

381 breakfast
306 lunch
90 snack
768 dinner

All that, as best I could estimate, came out to 1545 calories, within range by 5!
106 fitness minutes: wake up stretches, walk, SP video, and Candlelight Yoga

  
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SOPHIEDO13 9/27/2012 3:11AM

    emoticon emoticon your doing emoticon !!

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BACKTOTEN12 9/26/2012 11:53PM

    Way to go. You are doing awesome planning. Am trying to get back.

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POPSY190 9/26/2012 11:47PM

    Good planning. When you start this job at least the uncertainty of temporary ones will be something you don't have to factor in. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/26/2012 11:20PM

    Very good! And, candlelight yoga - haven't heard of that one,

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ILOVEMALI 9/26/2012 10:53PM

  Well done!!

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JOB!!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WOOHOO WOOHOO!!! I am so excited! I just got a call offering me the job I interviewed for last week! I will have an ESE (Exceptional Student Education) Associate position as resource librarian. I had tried so hard not to get my hopes up after over two years without a normal job. I start sometime next week!

I am celebrating with ONE dark chocolate coffee bean star, 15 calories! And maybe some blueberry tea to calm me down. emoticon

Edit 2 PM: I just realized I was so wired that I forgot to eat the rest of my lunch. No wonder I'm hungry. And I thought it was just excitement burning extra calories!

Daily totals
379 breakfast
219 lunch
239 snack
378 dinner
150 snack #2

1365 cal + 45 fitness minutes. Husband and I walked to the corner gas station to put air in our bike tires.

  
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BACKTOTEN12 9/26/2012 11:57PM

    So glad to hear you got a job! You are so well disciplined with just 1 bean. I'm soooo proud of you. I'm getting there. I eat way too much. Have to get back to the Beck. Can't believe I'm not gaining. Lots of exercise, I guess. What awesome news. Bet you feel GREAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/25/2012 9:29PM

    They were smart to hire you and very lucky that you accepted!

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NICIACOLETTE 9/25/2012 7:17PM

    Wow, congratulations! That is huge news. Wishing you the absolute best in your new position.

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NOW2DAY 9/25/2012 5:54PM

    Congrats on the new job.

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1EMMA2011 9/25/2012 4:09PM

    WOO HOOOOOO Congratulations!! I feel so happy for you. Well deserved!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 9/25/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon . Love your celebratory treats. emoticon

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SOPHIEDO13 9/25/2012 2:44PM

    Congratulations emoticon !!

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ILOVEMALI 9/25/2012 1:28PM

  Congratulations! Great news!!

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MNWILDCIN 9/25/2012 1:07PM

    Congrats!!!
I'm returning to the working world this month-substitute teaching. I'm a little nervous, haven't been in the classroom for awhile.

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PICKIE98 9/25/2012 1:06PM

    How wonderful!!! You must be up in the air!! Enjoy that bean and tea!! what a great day!!! Life is good...

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