Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Ok, so my last blog was a giant vent.
Apparently I should have done it sooner. I FINALLY have some resolution on my work issue and I think we are going to get it resolve before the 31st! Of course, there is another issue looming, but I hope I'm wrong and that it doesn't really happen.
Now to just get the rest of my life turned back around.
Today begins COLD TURKEY ON CANDY. I have to do it. I am at that point where I KNOW I cannot have even one piece or it sets me off. I'm actually wearing rubberbands on my wrist and I'm going to snap them whenever I feel the candy dish around the corner calling to me.
I have less than 3 weeks now until our beach vacation and I'm seeing a little pudge growning on my belly. I've been trying to get back to ST and it's been sparse. I've done triceps a LOT and they're showing progress, now I just need to get it all going.
Have a GREAT day!
Monday, May 20, 2013
It's been eons since I've posted a blog. Sometimes I feel like I'm just too busy, but most of the time I think no one really cares. Not like I'm an eloquent blogger. I vent in my Sparkteam and get it all out there.
Today, I just felt like sharing with the Spark World.
So here goes...
Stress sucks. Stress makes you not sleep well, makes you not want to exercise and makes you not want to eat the best foods all the time. I've been under an incredible amount of stress at work. Way more than I should be and WAAAY more than I get paid to be. I've been working on an ongoing problem since about April 8th. One problem created by a customer had ballooned into a massive problem, that I have to solve. Antiquated systems on our end and a department who decided to not follow their normal protocol have made it impossible.
Today I was ready to walk out the door and never look back after over 13 years. I don't get paid to solve all these issues. I don't even understand how half of them happened. It's not anything I deal with on the back end, but it's my issue to resolve by May 31st. 175 problem accounts.
I did make some headway today after I sat with one of the other areas dept managers and we worked through a few accounts. This afternoon I recalculated ALL the accounts based on our work this morning and I'm going to present it tomorrow to my manager and supervisor. They better accept it if they know what's good for them. I cannot continue to spend 6 hours of my 8 hours on this. I mean, if they want to continue to pay me and not expect my other work to get done, okay, but otherwise something has to give. I'm worried because what I did balances, however the write off amount is about $6,000 less. Technically a good thing, but I'm betting they'll want to know why. If I knew it would have balanced the other way I calculated.
So stress sucks. What have I been doing about it? Eating candy. Now I've been at or pretty close to my goal weight for almost a year. I don't really worry about 3 or 4 lb fluctuations. I am however starting to worry about my increasingly jiggly belly. I'm not gaining per se but because I'm eating more junk and working out less because I'm so tired in the mornings I'm getting more jiggly.
I have 3 weeks til our 2 week beach vacation. I have to do SOMETHING! I didn't want to run tonight, but after dinner I sat down with my Women's Running magazine and about 10 pages in felt guilty so I changed and ran 2.55 miles. I feel better after that and a nice shower to rinse off. It's a sticky one tonight so I was sweating like crazy when I was done.
So tomorrow I start again. I'm always tracking, though not everything I eat, but I will try to be better at that too. I just brought the 8lb weights down and I'm retiring the 3 lbs. I'll now use 5 and 8.
I never thought this would just be easy once I hit my goal, but I sure thought I had gotten over the stress candy eating. I guess not.
I didn't get where I am overnight and I'm still a work in progress. Sometimes I just need to hear myself say it.
I'm sure most of my work jibberish made no sense but it sure felt good to tell someone other than my daughter or my partner. And don't feel bad, they don't understand it either.
If you're still with me, thanks for letting me vent.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I heard this on the radio on my way home from work yesterday. I had forgotten about this. As I listened I realized how much good advice there is in it. And many are very important to remember.
EVERYBODY'S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN)
Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '99:
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind sides you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
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