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Gym Encounter and Speaking Up for Myself

Monday, December 22, 2014

When I went to my small storefront gym today, we had a new manager. Hey, this is a great opportunity to speak up about how frustrating it is that only one of the tuners on the TV's transmits signals to our radio/MP3 players, so the sound often gets turned on for the whole area to hear. Some things I would really not be subjected to - politics, slanted news, downer news in particular. Manager was all receptive - yeah! Then AJ Guy comes in - when he started working out on the elliptical in the center of the cardio equipment, it was so loud I couldn't hear my MP3 player that was tuned in to the other TV. He was right in front of the TV. I was on the recumbent bike behind him. After awhile of trying to manage anyway, I told myself 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained", and got up to ask him if I could please turn down his TV a bit since I couldn't my hear my radio/MP3 player. He said that he wouldn't be able to hear the TV. I was surprised he wouldn't even turn it down a bit. I switched to a treadmill machine three to AJ Guy's left, in hopes that putting me closer to the other TV would make it easier to hear over the radio/MP3 player. During a break, I told the manager nicely what had happened - and I asked him how to turn on the closed captioning since I was still getting the loud sound from the other TV whose speaker was to my right. He said he would speak to AJ Guy. I studiously avoided any eye contact with AJ Guy, I know the manager spoke to him, and I tried to focus on the show. I dislike confrontation. I was polite. And now I am a little afraid to go back to the gym as AJ Guy and I are frequently there at the same time. I'm not really afraid for my physical safety. I really don't like confrontation - and I don't know if he'll express anger at me. I have a right to use that gym - I pay my fees. I just need to make sure that I am not alone the next few times I go, until I get over the hurdle of seeing AJ Guy again. And hopefully the manager will make arrangements for the tuners to get fixed or replaced so people can workout in peace and quiet.

  
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SPEDED2 12/22/2014 7:32PM

    Advocating for ourselves, especially women, is so very difficult. We are raised to be people pleasers and not ask for anything in return. Closed caption on the television sets is definitely a solution to the problem.

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JAXMOMMY 12/22/2014 4:01PM

    Sounds to me like you did the right thing and handled it very diplomatically. If AJGuy gives you any flack, simply go to the manager again. I agree with the person who said if you couldn't even hear your music with your earphones then something was wrong! Don't be afraid! You did what was right and you have that on your side! Wishing you well with these gym issues!

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JAXMOMMY 12/22/2014 4:00PM

    Sounds to me like you did the right thing and handled it very diplomatically. If AJGuy gives you any flack, simply go to the manager again. I agree with the person who said if you couldn't even hear your music with your earphones then something was wrong! Don't be afraid! You did what was right and you have that on your side! Wishing you well with these gym issues!

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JAXMOMMY 12/22/2014 4:00PM

    Sounds to me like you did the right thing and handled it very diplomatically. If AJGuy gives you any flack, simply go to the manager again. I agree with the person who said if you couldn't even hear your music with your earphones then something was wrong! Don't be afraid! You did what was right and you have that on your side! Wishing you well with these gym issues!

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/22/2014 1:38PM

    Good for you standing up for yourself! Sounds like that new manager wants things to work right! Let us know how things turn out!

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BA5454 12/22/2014 1:22PM

    On the other hand, perhaps you clued Mr. AJ in to the 'share' principle of closed-in spaces. And maybe he'll respect you for it--yes, I'm an optimist, lol. You did good! I wouldn't have an issue going back--you have EVERY right to be there, just like Joe Muscles.

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ERNOINACTION 12/22/2014 12:53PM

    It's important to stick up for yourself I think. Luckily I have a gym with many different rooms so I can just head to a different one...there is one guy in particular that irritates me. If you can't hear your headphones, that's a problem. I think you have a reason then to complain. Hope it works out...

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Food/Needs Connection

Monday, December 22, 2014

MEMORIES & FOOD*

Fudge - time spent in kitchen with Mother. The name "Harris fudge" even associates it with connection.

Cheese - Sunday midday meals with Dad - him slicing up the Colby cheese

Grilled cheese, tomato soup - being a kid, ?being at Moriarty's (neighbors, babysitter's home)

Mint candies - white and pink lozenges - family trips

Buttercream frosting - having a project, feeling accomplished. Plus birthdays, celebration.

Mashed potatoes - comfort food, holidays

Sweets - what I/we made during childhood

Breadboard/large wooden cutting board - cutting out sugar cookies. Can't seem to find right recipe. fun. doing stuff as family.

Colored sugar cookies - fun and tasty.

Mac & cheese - symbol of being nurtured (?maybe) , just being on the receiving end, allowed to just be a kid.

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I am going to make some sugar and/or cutout cookies on the breadboard to see if I can recreate the feeling. Hasn't worked in the distant past - haven't craved the not-quite-right cookies. Can take any cookies in to work.

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*From Linda Spangle's "Life is Hard Food is Easy"

  
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JAXMOMMY 12/22/2014 4:06PM

    Ah! Haven't started tha tbook yet, but this chapter should proove interesting to me when I do! so many loving memories attached to food for me! Nice to read yours!

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JAXMOMMY 12/22/2014 4:05PM

    Ah! Haven't started tha tbook yet, but this chapter should proove interesting to me when I do! so many loving memories attached to food for me! Nice to read yours!

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"What Do I Feel?"

Friday, December 12, 2014

I avoided doing the homework in the later part of the "What Do I Feel?" chapter of "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" book by Spangle. I've been putting it off for days (?years?), most recently saying I had to be home alone. Today I put it off by going to websites I don't really like, trying to shop online, etc. Finally I said enough and 'you can do it for 15 minutes'. I decided to center the homework around money issues because I'm supposed to dealing with that today (payday) and my two loudest feelings have to do with Dave's insurance and a loan from my recently deceased mother. So here is what came out in the "II FEEL...BECAUSE..." exercise:

Exasperated, angry, hopeless, resigned...because Dave didn't remember our conversations correctly AND he didn't communicate with me SO he declined his health insurance, and I don't know how to recover from the situation so he has insurance and the cost doesn't overwhelm us further

Lonely and burdened...because it seems nothing gets taken care of unless I do it myself, because Dave is not a take action type of person.

Inadequate ...because my paycheck is small compared to Dave's & those of other people with college and graduate degrees

Wasteful...because I am not using my degrees in my employment. Doesn't matter that I have no interest in the career my degrees are supposed to be for.

Hopeless...because of our credit card debt.

Torn...because I want to pay down cc debt and do nice things for DD, DS and DH. And myself. I wish Dave and I could take that honeymoon we never took - our 25th anniversary is in about 25 days. I'm not talking a big trip - maybe go Washington Island off Door County, WI this summer.

Unimportant...because everything.

Apprehensive..because while I feel it is the right thing to do share info with siblings about the loans (46K) from Mother, I fear attacks on my character and pressure to pay back it all right away.

Insecure, resigned...because Dave's had periods of unemployment, has not progressed up the payscale much in his career, we've never had any savings and I can't provide financially for our family

"The Courage to Feel" phrase is used at the end of the chapter - that's a truly a scary concept.

  
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SPEDED2 12/13/2014 12:35AM

    emoticon and emoticon for you.

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/12/2014 8:33PM

    I am so very proud of you expressing your feelings!
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PEZMOM1 12/12/2014 3:25PM

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RAWCOOKIE 12/12/2014 2:24PM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/12/2014 12:07PM

    Some powerful feelings.
Hoping that getting them out on the table will help you overcome them. Sending prayers your way.
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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/12/2014 9:31AM

    Go ahead and

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/12/2014 9:28AM

    Wow, what a powerful blog! Good thoughts and prayers your way! There is so much to work on, but life will (and is) better! Hope your day goes well

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Rebuilding Self Esteem - Chapter 4 of Life is Hard, Food is Easy

Monday, December 08, 2014

Rebuilding Self Esteem - Chapter 4 of Life is Hard, Food is Easy (LIHFIE)

This is a long chapter with lots to take in and work on. Spangle divides self esteem up into these three areas: How I see myself, what I say to myself and what I believe. The lists below are the result of the exercises - some will make updated appearances in my blog, some are now part of my Other Goals here on Spark.

SMALL WINS/GOOD THINGS 12/8

-Slept over 9 hours
-Preplanned & pretracked all food for today and tomorrow; preportioned most food; and prepped dinner. Such a relief to get back to this - when it was a habit in past it really helped me out alot.
-Got my new Spark Activity Tracker working
-Already drank 6C of water by 12:30.
-Worked through my Start Page
-Broke down a large chapter (4) into smaller chunks in Spangle's LIHFIE


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AT MY BEST, HERE'S HOW I AM:

Energetic
Organized
Have a plan and follow it
Follow good-for-me routines
Patient with myself and others
Working towards exercise goals - and seeing progress, making the goals

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LIST MY STRENGTHS - present, past

Organized
Persistent
Goal oriented, achiever
Physically strong
Endurance athlete
Caring, considerate
Responsible
Creative
Intelligent
Beautiful hair
Fun, light hearted, funny
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My instant booster phrase:

I have sparkling eyes, a warm smile and a CAN-DO attitude!

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 12/10/2014 11:05AM

    "I have sparkling eyes, a warm smile and a CAN-DO attitude! " Perfect! I should adopt that quote! You sound so positive! Keep it up!!

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KABMPH 12/8/2014 8:31PM

    You are amazing. I know you will get to where you need to be! Keep up the good work!!

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SPEDED2 12/8/2014 7:57PM

    It's the Can-Do attitude that will take you across the finish line. emoticon

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MKBWNSUGAR 12/8/2014 6:43PM

    That is awesome, I'm going to have to get that book when I finish FWTS.

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RAWCOOKIE 12/8/2014 3:54PM

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Chapter 3 - What's Going on?

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Chapter 3 - What's Going on? from Life Is Hard, Food is Easy - by Linda Spangle

The discussion of heart hunger and head hunger is very valuable, both types resonate with me. These issues are something I would benefit from paying more attention to.

Emotional eating of both the head hunger and heart hunger varieties DOES postpone what I need to do to address my situation.

The references to feeling invisible and wanting it to be my turn could have come straight from my mouth - in fact those words have.

"Like bandaging a skinned knee, food temporarily hides your wounds but doesn't make them disappear." Wow - what a powerful image.

I am pondering some ideas for 'insteads' - what to do in the moments of head and heart hunger. Head hunger insteads: walk, exercise, deep breaths while saying to myself 'I CAN do hard things', clean a shelf, chew gum. Heart hunger insteads - lotion on my hands, crochet, cardmaking, plan for a social activity (craft class, hiking club).

  
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2BDYNAMIC 12/8/2014 8:28AM

    Now here is FOOD for thought instead of right into the mouth!!! I really like this; right to the point but thoughts to ponder for sure!! emoticon

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SPEDED2 12/6/2014 10:20PM

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KABMPH 12/6/2014 11:52AM

    Deep insights from a smart and thoughtful woman. Thank you for sharing.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/6/2014 9:52AM

    Feeling invisible certainly resonates with me. Will have to investigate the difference between head and heart hunger.
Proud of you, Mary! You're really going after it.

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ROCKPORT9 12/6/2014 9:52AM

    Good ideas!

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