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Exam Fear

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I have never enjoyed doing exams, they just freak me out.....
Now I have this major online exam coming up, PMP in less than 2 weeks. I am slowly getting butterflies in my stomach and feel like I need to go to the loo all the time. Yeah, it is exam fear alright..... Happens every time.
Only this time I am "preparing" for an exam without havign time to. Pressure at work is so high, I am totally mentally exhausted in the evenings. Weekends there are all the things I didn;t do during the week, waiting for me.
I am relly having a hard time focussing. But I do study early mornings, when not in the gym & today I want to continue listening to the PMP audio book over lunch time.
Next week I have taken leave to prepare myself for the exam. I want to go to the gym most days, maybe have a massage to relax and then study about 6 hours each day.
Need to cram those formulas for the costing..... The rest is more learning how to answer the questions and how to use my experience for answers.

I know I can do it, but the fear is always there. Hope I don't have any other exam any time soon......

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STEPHLOKI 6/26/2013 1:21AM

    Thanks everyone.
Diamondarcadia, unfortunately this is not one of those exams you can cram. You can only pass that exam when you have both:
1. Studied the book
2. Have practical Project Management Experience
Problem is that I have hardly any experience in the cost management bit, since we don't practise it in accordance with PMI at the moment. This will be the enxt thing I will tackle at work in a couple of months, once oru work on scope & time has been successful.

I think so too. Right now I feel like I am loosing the grip

I will definitely exercise every day a bit next week. I always do when preparing for an exam

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WILEE323 6/25/2013 12:17PM

    It has been proven that exercise before study can help you focus and retain knowledge better! Plus it will help relax you too!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/25/2013 8:18AM

    Don't be scared, Lucy is right!
Bless you! Get some Vit B Complex before your time off.

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    I am totally calm when it comes to exams fortunately but I have superb short term memory and just need to review a little before a test and bam... an A but it comes with a price of never retaining anything lol I hope you do well... breathe and get plenty of rest. Best of luck.

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NYARAMULA 6/25/2013 1:47AM

    emoticon . You will be fine. I'm think most of the fear right now is because of the fact that you are feeling you haven't had time to study. After next week, I bet you will be feeling more relaxed and ready to face those exams. All the best.

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Mindful eating

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

When I analyse where I slip up it boils down to 2 simple issues:
1. When I eat mindlessly and give in to cravings
2. When I am out with friends and drink alcohol.

There is a simple lesson to learn from both:
Stay away from the alcohol, since it has lots of empty calories, unless you are sure you can get away with only 1 glass of wine, and pay attention to what you eat.
Make sure you have healthy snacks in the office and carry your daily food items from home.

When that doesn't work, make sure you go to eat somewhere, where there are healthy choices. This is important, since here in Kenya, you will get no info on calories and end up overeating, if not careful. If BF & I meet for lunch we often share 1 smoked Salmon Bagel. We realized even 1/2 portion is filling and it is enough to push me through the afternoon.

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NATPLUMMER 6/18/2013 12:57PM

    I do #1 all the time.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/18/2013 2:51AM

    My problem is not alcohol. It is food!

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EOWYN2424 6/18/2013 2:36AM

    I just love bailey's and milk! but I force myself to stick to just one drink!

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Amazing Day in Nairobi National Park

Monday, June 03, 2013

Just want to share my amazing day in the Nairobi National Park. This is a wildlife game reserve within the boundaries of a Mega City.
We do game counts every 2 months from the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) and they are a lot of fun.

Basically you are allocated a piece of the park and count animals you see at the same time as everybody else. I love it if I am allocated a piece on the other side, since you will drive through the whole park and get a chance to see a lot.

This was one special morning! We went in at 6am at the crack of dawn as always.

First thing we saw with in 3-4 km was a big fat Rhino walking right in front of us on the road - usually you only get to see them from a distance.
UNfortunately my camera developed a problem, so most pictures where very bad, I will only share the Best!

500m after the Rhino, right after the next bend we saw a big male lion, who was very love sick according to the sounds he made.

We had to follow him for a while, before he moved over enough for us to pass. Sorry about the poor picture.

less than 1 km away we got to one of the sign-posts and see what we found:

Then when we got to another dwam a few km down the road I saw 2 Rhino getting at each other with their horns. so we tried to get a bit closer for a better look. Turned out they were again right on the side road we choose. As we got closer they stopped quarreling and decided to walk on.

So we followed and voila, right behind the next bedn in the road we found a group of 7, including the 2 we had seen. This is a rare sight!

We had a few other sightings of Rhino & Lions and of course lots of other animals. Once you finish counting in your part you can stay in the park for the rest of the day and we always take advantage of that. We carry a picnic and just have a good time driving around or going for little walks in the few areas where you are allowed out of the car.

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ORANGEKIWI1 6/11/2013 4:18PM

    Wow Steph, One to never ever forget, especially loved the big cats on the sign posts!

How totally inspiring for you (and us now!)



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OWL_20 6/9/2013 6:08AM

    emoticon Would love to see these animals in their natural habitat!

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EOSTAR_45 6/8/2013 10:49AM

    Wow, sounds like a great day. I went to the park in May when I was home for 3 months. Had a great time. We didn't see any rhinos :-( but still it was nice. It had been a while since I had visited the park.

Have a great weekend
~ Cathy

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RONNIEHUEY 6/6/2013 6:07PM

    Wow! You are so lucky to be a counter.We have to count Bald Eagles at a local lake.They are rare in Southern Calif.

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IGSBETH 6/4/2013 2:21PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing!

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JUNEPA 6/4/2013 1:35AM

    Awesome way to spend a day !!

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JACKIE542 6/3/2013 10:20AM

    Very exciting!! emoticon

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STEPHLOKI 6/3/2013 10:13AM


here poaching has also gone up to alarming rates, that's why yesterday was so special. Last week about 4 rhinos were killed for their horns in different game parks. So far Nairobi National Park has not been affected. The Wildlife Service has increased the patrols and we saw lots of the Rhino guards all over the park patrolling.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/3/2013 10:04AM

    How great is that! Our rhino are being pouched at an amazing and unheard of rate at the moment. SA is losing the battle to save the rhino.
Bless you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/3/2013 9:00AM

    What an experience! Thanks for sharing.

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YMWONG22 6/3/2013 3:51AM

  That must be quite an encounter. To be able to see so many animals in their habitat up close. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience and the pictures you took.
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It's official - another pound down

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yep, I have lost another pound. I weighed 2 days in s row with the same result.

So let's keep focused

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DDOORN 5/31/2013 10:11AM

    Excellent! Job well done!


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LOVINGAFRICA 5/31/2013 7:04AM

    Haha, love how you double checked!
Good Job!

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KENDRACARROLL 5/30/2013 11:20AM

    Super! Weiter so. Keep the focus!!

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ELRIDDICK 5/30/2013 6:57AM

  Thanks for sharing

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LAURIE5658 5/30/2013 6:56AM

    So happy for you, Steph!

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Need for snacks

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I think this expereince can help others.
The year I turned 40 I gained a lot of weight while still running 5-60km per week and I had not changed my eating habits. My blood pressure also went up and for the first time in my life (my blood pressure has always been on the lower side) I had several readings above 140/80mmHg. I think it was changing hormone levels, which made my body need less food.
I reduced my food to 1600kcal per day but still on 3 meals a day and increased my exercise (mainly running). but for several months I did not loose any weight, i did however maintain and my blood pressure got back into the normal range.
Then I started reading up - that is also when I came across SP and joined - and realized I need to do several things:
1. take my snacks seriously and bring them from home to ensure they are healthy choices. By spreading out your claories to 5-6 meals a day and taking a snack every 2-3 hours, I felt less hungry, had less cravings. Also snacks are the best time to get in those fruits. At work they laugh at me because of the apples & bananas I bring almost daily, but I have seen some taking up the habit.....
2. change up my exercise. I went from mainly running, to do 2-3 runs a week, go to the gym twice a week doing a combo of cardio & ST and then went swimming whenever I got a chance.

This worked very well and suddenly the pounds came off I lost 10kg that time. Meanwhile I have regained most of that, due to sickness, injury and further hormonal changes. I also lost focus for a while.
Now that I am focussing again I have lost 2kg. and know I will loose more.

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DDOORN 5/27/2013 8:52AM

    Kudos to mixing up your workouts and bringing your freggies to work! I'm always carting my main snack staples to work: apples, broccoli, baby carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes... :-)


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STEPHLOKI 5/27/2013 1:54AM

    thanks for all your comments. Let's keep snacking! emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 5/25/2013 12:16PM

    Sounds like a good idea. Let us know how it goes for you on your wellness journey.

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/25/2013 7:43AM

    I know that you will too. You have proven so many times that when you put your head down and focus, you are capable of reaching your goals.
So GO STEPH. Just do it.

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KITT52 5/25/2013 6:44AM

    eating what I call mini meals 6-7 times a day is what helped me loose 210 pounds...I still eat that way and my DH tells people I am always eating, and have manged to loose weight start eating and loose weight...of course you have to watch calories. I also plan my meals....I have kept the weight off for almost years now and still going

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OWL_20 5/25/2013 5:54AM

    I like your idea of eating the small meals thru the day to break things up and the snack ideas, too. Your good habits are rubbing off on your co-workers emoticon !

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COLLEENROSTE 5/25/2013 5:30AM

    I have had similar experiences- hormones- can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em, but they sure keep life interesting. My work lunches / snacks are the easiest time for me to get those fruits and veggies in too (I keep a placemat in my drawer and line up my banana, apple, berries and nuts on my desk) - as well, I fill my 24 oz water bottle before my shift and on each break. add in my planned meals and life is good

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