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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Don't ask me what the title means...I have no idea...kind of like this blog ;).

Here's a shocking fact:
The average North American gains seven to twelve pounds over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. (taken from "The Daily Extra" in my "Lawyers" daily calendar). Shocking statistic. I have no idea if it is true, but I'm adamant that I'm not going to be an average North American this year.

Here's a wonderful morsel for thought:
"Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway."--Elbert Hubbard. Thank you, Elbie. I think you are right (for the most part). For the little things, I should really stop apologizing. I need to learn to take up space in the world and feel comfortable doing it.

So about that 1000 roll-up challenge...my goal was to complete 1000 roll-ups by yesterday. I completed 244. A couple thoughts, though...that's 244 more than I would have done had I not accepted the challenge. Also, roll-ups are harder than crunches...I think I set my sights too high. For December, I'm going to see if I can do 1000 crunches, instead. Then, maybe I'll revisit the roll-ups in January. We'll see.

I also had planned to jog three times per week to improve my 5K time. I only went a couple times. I have really gotten off my schedule. This is something I am addressing...I need to figure out a new routine that is workable with all the new obligations in my life. In other words, I need to reassess my priorities and get things back into the proper perspective. Yeehaw!

About kitty...the vet and the animal specialist have no answer as to why my little kitty got so sick, but she's still taking antibiotics (just in case) and is back to her pink-gummed, spunky self. We are relieved that she's doing so much better and have to accept that we may never know exactly what happened to cause such a life-threatening condition. Very, very strange. But we are very thankful that she is still with us and seemingly doing fine.

I had a job interview yesterday for a position in the office where I'm doing volunteer work. I have no idea how it went. The interviewer was very nice, but very hard to read. I was told by a colleague that a lot of applications were received, but was also told that I should be a competitive candidate. Hmmm. Now, I'm waiting to hear about two jobs. Hopefully I'll hear by the end of the month and, with any luck, I'll have one or maybe even two job offers. Fingers crossed!

Onward and upward!

  
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LEASIM1231 1/7/2011 5:36PM

    I was one of your statistics! I gained 8 pounds from Dec 8-this week :S

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MINIUM 12/2/2010 5:13PM

    Fingers crossed indeed!!!

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LMBARR1 12/2/2010 2:02PM

    I think for somepeople the holidays extend from Thanksgiving to after New Years. I know for me a few years it did. This year I booted all of the unhealthy food out the door immediately after Thanksgiving.

Also, about those sit-ups...I started out doing great, averaging about 33 per day working towards my 1000 for November. About half way through the month I pretty much forgot about it or gave up. Either way, I didn't complete 100 sit ups. I think the "EVERY" day thing is too hard for me. Then if I missed a day I tried to make it up and it was just too much. So, I need to reassess that goal as well and come up with something more do-able.

Keep on Blogging! I'm always looking for your next one!

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LEASIM1231 12/2/2010 7:02AM

    Wow that is a lot of weight to gain! One year I gained 5 :S We had cookies and chocolate EVERY day of December at work...hopefully this year the damage isn't that bad, but I'm looking forward to a few treats!

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"Dietgirl" Thoughts and Thanks

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I just finished reading "The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl" by Shauna Reid. It is a true story of a 350-lb woman who lost half her weight and found herself. I really enjoyed the book and related to a lot of her struggles. I wanted to share two excerpts.

1. "Weight loss isn't about willpower or motivation; it's just the cumulative effect of tiny actions over time. Putting down the chocolate bars, putting on the running shoes. You just have to keep picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again, for however long it takes." page 339.

I believe this to be true. However, I remember and forget it quite regularly. Healthful living is a choice made daily, through the accumulation of many moments. No willpower is required if thoughtfulness guides choices. Planning, and then doing, eliminates the need for motivation. Choose health often and the results will follow. Now if I could just remember this all the time...

2. "I used to worry I'd end up with floppy excess skin, but the leisurely pace of my weight loss has given things time to adjust." page 382.

I worry about this, too. I don't know if the author had good results because she's in her twenties and my results may be different; however, I find comfort in that sentence. Weight loss has slowed down, but I'm okay with that right now, especially if it allows my body to adjust.

I'm glad I read this book. It was encouraging and comforting, especially knowing that the weight-loss journey may have ups and downs, but ultimately the results are the sum total of individual choices. I can live with that.
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I'd like to thank individually everyone who posts such positive and supportive comments on my Sparkpage and Blogs, but time is much tighter since I started volunteering full time. I wish Sparkpeople had a feature where the blog poster could post a comment and anyone who commented would be notified, but that feature doesn't exist. So for those who I have not thanked individually, please know that I do appreciate your support and I thank you!
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HELLOSHAUNY 11/29/2010 9:05AM

  Thank you so much for reading my book! Really glad you enjoyed it :)

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LMBARR1 11/28/2010 9:09PM

    Great Blog Sherryl. I was just invited to a dinner and the hostess asked if I was on a "special diet." I said, "no" and I felt so happy that those days are past. I now have the confidence to go anywhere and have a little bit of everything and enjoy every bite guilt free because I have learned that weight loss and weight gain isn't about one meal. It is about all of the rest of the time. I know that if I am eating within my calorie range about 90% of the time, I can afford those little extras once in a while. That's how I felt about Thanksgiving this year. I didn't have a fear that I would "blow it." I totally gave myself permission to eat what I wanted if I wanted it and did, keeping everything in moderation. The next day was totally back on track. I am thankful this is a lifestyle and not a "special diet!" emoticon

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KRICKET57 11/25/2010 1:55PM

    I like your view on things. I tend to agree if we take the time to loose weight properly there will be little problem with saggy skin. So far it does not seem to be an issue.

I especially like the comment if you choose health, then the results will follow. This is very true. Thank you for putting this into words for us.



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VICIOUS421 11/25/2010 2:39AM

    I think if we lose weight slowly, 1 to 2 pounds a week; exercise and do strength training hopefully we will not have loose skin to worry about. The only people that I know personally who have had that issue lost their weight very quickly and didn't do strength training or daily exercises.
I will keep my fingers crossed for both of us that we don't have that issue when we reach our goals!!!!!!
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FANORONHA_14 11/24/2010 11:19PM

    emoticonYou are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
Life is Good!
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
Philippians 4:13
Happy Thanksgiving

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I Have a Dream

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yesterday, I was walking to work listening to "I have a dream" by ABBA. What a great song. Here is a snibbet of the lyrics...the part that really clicked with me:

I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
Iíll cross the stream - I have a dream

When I started this journey in March, my dream was to be healthy and fit again. Then I realized that I'm living that dream right now. I'm about half way to my goal weight and I'm already looking and feeling so much better than I did in March. I can breathe so much easier. I could barely jog for a minute in March, but since then I've jogged a 5K twice! My body is also looking better in my clothes. I've been able to shop for stylish clothes again, which makes me feel so much better than when I was wearing so-so clothes just because they fit.

I just saw my doctor yesterday and my cholesterol is in normal range. He even commented on how much weight I've lost and asked me how I did it! My answer was that for the first time in my life I DIDN'T diet, but instead I try to eat from hunger as opposed to appetite, I watch my portions, and I try to choose healthier options. And I exercise, which is something I rarely used to do. I could tell he was impressed. And I was very pleased.

I still mess up. I skip a day of exercise. I eat a cupcake. But I am so proud of myself for coming this far and changing the way I relate to and feel about my body. I have a dream, and I'm living it today!

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1000 Roll-up Challenge:
194 (running total) + 15 + 15 + 20 = 244 total

  
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LEASIM1231 11/18/2010 10:57AM

    A cupcake sounds great at the moment! I am glad to hear that you are feeling pleased with your progess: you should! :)

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SMOCKON 11/17/2010 3:13PM

    I'm not sure missing a day of exercise or eating a cupcake is messing up. It's life! Congratulations on your achievements! You rock!

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LMBARR1 11/17/2010 12:41PM

    And I'm so proud of you too! emoticon

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Life Is a Roller Coaster

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Up

Friday evening I found out that I'm still in the running for a position I interviewed for two weeks ago. I still don't think I'll get the job, but it was nice to hear that even though others had been eliminated from consideration, I hadn't been. Then, I came home to a message on my answering maching regarding a resume I submitted in June 2009. It was too late for me to call back, but they had to be calling me about a position, right?

Down

Friday night I noticed that my kitty was breathing shallowly. She'd been a little lethargic in the morning, but nothing too concerning. However, at night I noticed her smacking her lips like they were dry and I realized that I hadn't seen her eat or drink in the few hours I'd been home from work. I gave her a syringe of water and noticed that her gums were white. Then, I checked her for any lumps or painful areas, but couldn't find any. For no really good reason I checked her stomach and was shocked and upset to find a really large purple bruise on her stomach. I woke up my husband and, at 12:30 am, we drove to the pet E.R. Turns out that, apparently, she must have ingested rat poison, although we never put any in our house. Perhaps the previous tenant did? We have no idea. We were at the E.R. until 4 am, finally leaving as the vet was about to administer a blood transfusion, which had the potential to kill our kitty outright or save her life. We got 3 hours of sleep that night.

Up

After 36 hours of hospitalization, an oxygen tent, a transfusion, antibiotics, steriods, and rat poison antidote, we were able to bring home our dear little kitty. She's still doing well and I'm taking her to the vet for a follow-up appointment tomorrow morning.

Down

On Monday, I called the law firm that kept my resume for almost a year and a half. I was told that I have impressive credentials. Yay! Then they found out that I work (volunteer) for a pretty powerful person in my field. The conversation ended and no job would be offered. Turns out certain people don't want to be accused of poaching people from those who hold the purse strings. This really has to be a cosmic joke, but I'm not laughing.

Sadly, with all the stress, I tossed good food choices to the wind. I ate more than I should have and not the healthiest choices. I don't care (I do, but I don't). I'm giving myself a pass, because that's what I felt I needed at the time. I've still got more to learn apparently, but this isn't a race, it's a journey.

I've also been neglecting my 1000 Roll-up Challenge, but it's back on as of tonight!

129 (running total) + 65 today = 194 total

  
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MINIUM 11/11/2010 6:29AM

    I'm so glad your kitty is feeling much better!
However I'm sorry you're feeling down about that phone call. What I would remember though, is that as you said they've kept your resume for more than a year. They'll probably keep it for longer, until you're "free" from that volunteer position.
I understand the way you feel about your food right now. I'm sure you'll be back on track in no time, just because you're worth it! emoticon

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ZESTYLADY 11/10/2010 7:06PM

    All that up and down sure takes a toll, doesn't it? I'm so glad kitty made it.

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LMBARR1 11/10/2010 1:43PM

    Keep on Keepin' on. You are doing great. Give yourself a break when you need it, then keep going to where you want to be. I read a great line in a magazine that said something like we have such incredible power to change our own lives.

Also...we got two new kittens two weeks ago today. I have kept them in a little 4 ft high pen but they started climbing out so we have been leaving it open so they could roam freely on our porch, which they don't leave. Last night when we came home at 10pm two coyotes were coming out of our yard. We were sickened, fully believing they had just eaten our kitties. Happy Ending...they hadn't. But...it was a close call! emoticon

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LOSLUWOM 11/10/2010 12:34PM

    glad to hear that your kitty is getting better!

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LEASIM1231 11/10/2010 2:41AM

    Indeed, live is a roller coaster...

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The Pilates Roll Up and Persistence

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

I've challenged myself to do 1000 Roll Ups by November 30. In case you're wondering what a roll up is, it's like a crunch, but with straight legs and a larger range of motion. Here's a link to a brief demonstration video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP9Zzq2xf2E&
feature=related


I've done roll ups each day since October 30, and boy am I feeling it! Actually, I think I overdid it at the gym yesterday, because today I can barely move. This is in addition to very sore abdominal muscles from the roll ups. I'm curious how challenging the roll ups will be tonight.

Today's reflection e-mail from SP was about persistence. How timely! Not just for the roll up challenge, for which it IS highly applicable, but also for my life in general. I've been seriously wondering if I should start considering giving up being an attorney. It's been over a year and a half since I've been paid to practice law. But today I had a really good talk with my supervising attorney where I'm volunteering and I get the feeling that she's really working hard to try to get me into a paid position. I know I've got to do my part and persevere. I don't have to make a decision right now. I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other or do one roll up after another and I'll eventually end up somewhere. If I focus on my goals, I hope that the "somewhere" is the time and place where I reach my goals, including a paying job and 1000 roll ups done!

  
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LMBARR1 11/4/2010 1:54PM

    Sherryl, there is something in the "Spark" that talks about talking ourselves out of something before we try. I didn't really think I did that, but have since noticed I do! I have recognized it and counter it with, "Just try...if you can't then okay, but maybe you can and just don'w know it." I have proven to myself many times lately that I can do things that I didn't think/believe I could and also things do work out differently than anticipated many times. So...keep on keepin' on. Don't lose faith in yourself! You had a call in your heart, and you followed it. Now, don't lose heart...it was there for a reason and I am confident you will see why... :-)
p.s. Thanks for the info on roll ups. Maybe I'll try one! (It kind of sounds like a food, like "wraps."

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MINIUM 11/4/2010 10:53AM

    Great thoughts - persevere and see what tomorrow's made up of.
I'm thinking of you!

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ATHENA130 11/3/2010 8:28PM

    I have found the same thing - just keeping taking action and things will happen. Do everything you can and trust that by focusing on your goals and taking action that you will meet these goals and you'll be surprised at the opportunities that may start showing up.

You are doing great!

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