Thursday, April 10, 2008
The last few weeks have been nothing short of frustrating! The scales hit 164 and seem to be stuck there. The positive side is that I'm not gaining back any weight, but the negative side is I'm not losing either. I'm sure this is partly because I've not exercised the way I had been. The weather here has been really cruddy (especially on the weekends) for the last few weeks, so I've done almost no hiking. I did manage to get in a short hike last Sunday afternoon, even though it was cool and kind of misty outside. Hopefully this weekend will be better.
I'm more motivated than ever to continue my weight loss and getting healthy because my best friend and I have now committed to taking a trip next June (2009) that we've been talking about for years. Alyce (my friend and hiking buddy) are going to fly into Salt Lake City, rent an SVU and head out to do some backpacking trips that we have both really wanted to do for a long time. We've talked about going to these places for about 10 years, and last Sunday when we were out hiking, the subject came up again. We decided that now is the time because we're certainly not getting any younger. So, we're going next June. No excuses, no delays. This trip will include an overnight hike to see the Native American ruins at Keet Seel in Arizona, Havasu Falls in Arizona, and Buckskin Gulch in Utah. We're also hoping to get in some hiking at Zion National Park in Utah and hopefully see Wupatki National Monument in Arizona, but the first 3 are our main goals. Keet Seel and Havasu are supposed to be strenuous hikes, so this will help me to get motivated and work harder at getting in shape.
It's sure gonna feel good to strap on my backpack again and really hike, but only if I'm in good shape.
With that in mind, I will turn off my computer now and go get on my Nordic Trac and burn some calories and fat!
Following up on this, I have finally started seeing the scale move again. As of today, 4/25/08, I've lost another 3 pounds. Yippee! Now I have to keep it up by getting out and hiking more now that the weather is improving.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It is becoming a sad world when we can't go to work and feel safe in our office. I was finally feeling pretty good today after recovering from the flu, but what started out to be a good day took a serious turn for the worse.
I work in a law office during the day where there is only me and one attorney. This afternoon about 3:30, I had walked to the file room to put some files away. After being back there only a few minutes, I thought I heard the front door open. I walked back to my office in the front and saw the front door standing wide open. I stepped out on the porch and saw a woman getting in her car. I walked to her car and asked if I could help her. She appeared very nervous and was covering something in the seat. I immediately knew something wasn't right when she told me she just wanted to know what kind of law we practiced, but did not want to come in and speak with the attorney. As soon as I walked back into my office, I realized she had stolen my purse that had been up under my desk, but she drove off as I ran back out the door. I was able to get her license plate number, color and make of her car. The police officer that went and interviewed her said she denied ever being at our office and she said she was in classes all day. It appears nothing will be done to this thief.
I have spent the afternoon calling my bank and credit card companies to close all my accounts. In my purse was my cell phone, my palm pilot (that had all my massage appointments in it), my Canon elph digital camera, my checkbook and drivers license, bank cards, cash, flash drive and numerous other items.
And nothing will be done to this individual because she simply said she wasn't there!! I will, however, rest easy tonight, because I know that even though she may have gotten away with my belongings on this day, someday she will have to answer to a higher power for her crimes.
To follow up on this story, I have spent the last 2 1/2 days taking measures to protect myself and identity, opening new bank accounts and beginning the process of replacing my electronics. I have finally moved past the anger and will sleep much better tonight. I have decided that this individual stole property from me, but I will not allow her to make me lose any more sleep and I will not allow her to make me miserable by being angry and upset. I have done all that I can, and now I will move on. This is now in the hands of a higher power, and I truly believe that you reap what you sow.
Well, life is getting back to normal. After days of being angry, I'm putting this matter to rest. I have also been truly touched by how many wonderful people there are around me. There have been so many kind words of support during this time from friends, including many here on this wonderful site. I also had something happen that I never expected. One of my massage clients came to the spa where I work and brought me a Palm Pilot because she knew mine had been stolen. Then I refused to let her pay me for her massage because I felt she had already done so much to help me out, but she left a check anyway for much more than I normally charge for a massage. I was overwhelmed by her kindness and generosity. I admit that I was wrong at the beginning of this blog when I said this is a sad world. Yes, we have the few bad apples among us, but most people are honest and kind. This is a wonderful world with fantastic people. Thank you all for your kind words of support.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Okay, so I took my doctor's advice last October and I got a flu shot to protect me from the flu. Ha! My son was diagnosed with the flu two days ago and I was so thankful that I had gotten a flu shot. So what's this going on this morning? I woke up with all the symptoms; fever (101), chills, headache, aches and cough. I immediately got on my telephone and began calling my massage clients to reschedule their appointments; after all, nobody wants to get a massage by a therapist spreading the flu. I came into work to pick up a few things I can work on at home and called my doctor's office. Oh, they explained to me that apparently the flu shot given this year is only covering about 40% of the flu viruses going around. Apparently, not the one everyone is getting here. Now I am getting ready to leave work and go by the drug store to pick up my Tamiflu prescription and go home to bed. I'll have to rethink getting a flu shot next year. Hope all of ya'll are healthy and avoiding this mess.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I have to go for a check-up every six months because I take synthroid every day for my thyroid and I take cholesterol medicine. Well, today was my appointment and I left the doctor's office feeling good. My blood pressure, which has at times been borderline high, was 120/80 and I was down 9 pounds from my last visit. When my doctor asked me what I was doing differently now to lose weight, I told him about SparkPeople. He had never heard of it, but seemed interested. I'm hoping he'll check it out later and let some of his other patients know about it. It has certainly helped me and I feel like this time I can really reach my goals. Thanks to all of my friends for the words of encouragement and keeping me motivated. I hope I can do the same for all of you.
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