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Day 70 ASK for help when you need it

Monday, March 11, 2013

After nearly a month that included being away for an 8 day retreat, daughter moving across the country, and big workload, "I'm so far behind, I think I'm first!" Not original with me; I spotted it a in co-worker's cubicle.

Bright idea: GET HELP. Why is it so hard to a) admit you need help and b) ask for it? I did both and hired Char Lady for three hours. This dear soul is a pleasure to work with, doesn't make me feel bad about my mess, does everything beyond thorough. :-) My chandelier is sparkling, the tops of the lightbulbs in my bathroom mirror have no dust on them. My goal is to simplify my home till I can manage it in spite of work schedule.

"Voluntary simplicity is not about deprivation or sacrifice; it's about discovering what is enough." quoted in AARP

  
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ROXYZMOM 3/14/2013 8:12AM

    Great idea! That must have taken some of the pressure off of you!

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ILOVEMALI 3/11/2013 10:28PM

    One of the most difficult things for us to do is to ask for help. Good for you!

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LAURELSPARK 3/11/2013 9:58PM

    Congrats on your decision to get help....................I'd hate to see you run yourself into the ground!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/11/2013 3:06PM

    So wonderful you found the right person! Enjoy your sparkle.

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Days 67-70 Ready? Set for Monday

Monday, March 11, 2013

Where did the weekend go? After a day of exhaustion, I worked hard on getting caught up. I made crockpot chili, hardboiled some eggs, and the house is much cleaner. I was sitting in the silence of my Quaker Meeting when it occurred to me that--duh--against all cultural programming, I could ask for help. I hired a friend to come give me a hand with stuff I simply hadn't had time to do. It worked out great for both of us, and we finished with a bowl of chili and KALE CHIPS!

I'd had some at a restaurant and decided I had to give it a try. I was lucky and got it right the first time!

KALE CHIPS

fresh kale
sea salt or seasoning salt
olive oil

Remove stems and cut into 2" pieces. Place in mixing bowl; drizzle in some olive oil. I didn't measure, but it didn't take much. Stir, or hand mix as I did, to coat reasonably well. Sprinkle with salt, again not much, just a bit for taste.

Heat oven to 250, bake about 25 min till dry and crisp. Makes deliciously light chips! I know what I'll be doing with the rest of the kale in the garden!

  
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1EMMA2011 3/11/2013 7:23PM

    These are so good. I've made them before and love them!

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ILOVEMALI 3/11/2013 2:12PM

    thanks for the recipe for kale chips!!

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/11/2013 11:09AM

    read somewhere you can do the same with mushrooms.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/11/2013 7:37AM

    Silence is golden! I love kale chips. I'm thinking of using my kale now for kale, hominy and lima bean casserole. We like that too. Have a wonderful day.

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Day 66 Almost Friday!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

1) What new habit you wish to develop? DONE
2) How will you do that? DONE
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? DONE
4) How are you doing day by day? DONE
5) What can you improve upon? DONE
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! DONE
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

A daily blog topic has been one of the best ever 5% Challenge assignments ever!

Asking for motivation or advice...hmm. I could use that personal chef to prepare and pack my meals. Any suggestions for when you're in pressed for time overdrive?

Gratitude:
Texting with daughter
Visit with mom and was able to help with her new Kindle
Great dinner out with husband
The first relatively low key work day I've had in awhile
That tomorrow is FRIDAY

  
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1EMMA2011 3/10/2013 9:38PM

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ROXYZMOM 3/8/2013 6:28PM

    Great job this week! I prepare my stuff the night before so I can grab and go. I also use my crock pot a lot. Hope that helps!

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ILOVEMALI 3/7/2013 10:52PM

    TGIF!!! Have a great weekend.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/7/2013 9:51PM

    Great ideas!

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DARLY55 3/7/2013 9:21PM

    Just a couple of suggestions for you:
Cook a weeks meals on your day off, then package them for lunches, or freeze or whatever for dinners.
Use your slow cooker, (crockpot). There are many Spark recipes for it that are delicious!
Keep boiled eggs in frig along with ready to eat raw vegetables and fruits. Something you can pick up and go!
For lunches, a pack of tuna is a great choice to start with. Yogurt is another good choice. Don't forget peanut butter on whole wheat or graham crackers.
Make a large pot of soup for the week.
Stir fry lean protein and vegetables for dinner, it is quick and easy.
.Happy cooking!



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Day 65 Feeling worn

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

1) What new habit you wish to develop? DONE
2) How will you do that? DONE
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? DONE
4) How are you doing day by day? DONE
5) What can you improve upon? DONE
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

What can I improve upon? Hard question tonight. Only a few min exercise today, not so good meals on the run, a class after work. I hope I have time to blog about this over the weekend, but as worn as I feel at the moment, I continue to carry the peace of my retreat into the busy-ness. I can't focus on "Needs to Improve" tonight.

Gratitude:
That I can go to bed in a few minutes
That today is over the hump
That I was finally able to catch up on some of my work
That husband is home
That daughter was on the phone when I got home after my class

  
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1EMMA2011 3/7/2013 6:59PM

    Peace, yes yes!

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/7/2013 6:43AM

    check out flowerdalejewel's blog about 'tired' (you can connect to her blog through my friends on my sparkpage, or adopted pet lover's team)

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ROXYZMOM 3/7/2013 5:38AM

    Do you think you aren't your usual self because your daughter moved?

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ILOVEMALI 3/7/2013 1:42AM

    You are doing so well!

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1TERRY7 3/6/2013 10:02PM

    Hmmm. . . gratitudes. Something else I need to incorporate. Thank you for the insight. emoticon

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Day 64 Gotta be a better one!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

1) What new habit you wish to develop? DONE
2) How will you do that? DONE
3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? DONE
4) How are you doing day by day? DONE
5) What can you improve upon?
6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!
7) Anything else you would like to share with your Team

Did NOT do well first week of challenge; too much going on around daughter's move. This week is going much better with food and exercise in spite of work, etc. Did a yoga video this morning, got in a few extra fitness min by moving something while doing something else. I am hoping for a spare min or two for a short walk on break. Yesterday it was like WHAT BREAK?

PM edit: Well...the car had nothing serious wrong, and the phone is working; otherwise, this was nearly a repeat of yesterday at work. Hopefully, the little drama that's consumed the last several days has burned itself out. Midday after another THING, I said to myself, "I'm NOT going to eat lunch in the car; I'm going to sit here with my computer OFF and eat my lunch." So I did, and it occurred to me to watch a slide show of pics of the retreat house I was at less than two weeks ago. I looked at the pics of ocean, snow, and seals on the rocks and BREATHED before trekking off to the north county location for the rest of the day.

Gratitude list:
1. Husband gets home tonight
2. Nothing major wrong with car, and I can pick it up tomorrow
3. A peaceful and healthy lunch instead of rushing around and eating on the run
4. A good nap after dinner, knowing I'll be up later than my early bedtime
5. An email from the lovely person who had fostered my big sweet boy kitty; I'd sent her some pictures of him.
6. :-) Talked with daughter in Seattle
7. Figured out another small part of my job; I've had so much to learn, much of it on my own
8. My reaction to the last two days of stuff at work has been mostly centered and didn't spiral into overeating
9. I've kept up with my resolution to do a daily SP video this week
10. It's now Mar 5, and husband and I have kept up with his idea of reading the Bible through in a year together.
11. My current audiobook, People of the Book, for my doubled commute this week
12. I get to go in to work late tomorrow for the extra time I've put in the last two days! YAY!

  
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ILOVEMALI 3/5/2013 11:49PM

    you're on a role!!

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PEPPYPATTI 3/5/2013 10:10PM

    That sure was an awesome way to spend your lunch! I just love your list of all your positives!
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ROXYZMOM 3/5/2013 7:52PM

    I knew you would get those videos back in your day! Great job!

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1EMMA2011 3/5/2013 7:08PM

    It's OK you are doing well - yes a lot going on with your daughter moving. I know as the weather warms up we'll all feel better,

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SPARKCHANTAL 3/5/2013 9:24AM

    good thing there are 365 days in a year. think of what we can get done that way!

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ELRIDDICK 3/5/2013 7:17AM

  Thanks for sharing

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