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Back on Track

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

For the last several months, Iíve been on a roller coaster of emotions. During that time Iíve ďfallen off the wagonĒ in my eating and exercise and now itís time to get back on track.

The law office I have worked at for the last 15 years permanently closed itís doors at the end of May and I found myself out of work. I considered canceling my backpacking trip to Havasu Falls in June, but was relieved when a friend called and said he had talked to the owner of the company where he worked and they wanted me to come to work for them in July. With my spirits up, I headed out with my best friend to Arizona and Utah for our two weeks of backpacking and hiking. It was a great trip.

Unfortunately, when July came around, the owner of the company where I was to start working decided he didnít want to hire anyone new with the economy like it is right now. Suddenly I found myself out of work with no prospects. I immediately started putting my resume out and applying for jobs, but the job situation in our area is very bleak with most companies laying off workers and very few hiring. I soon found myself sitting at home and growing more and more depressed by the day. I began to exercise less and eat more and the pounds started coming back on. When I thought things couldnít get any worse, we got the news that my husbandís company where heís worked for more than 30 years is closing their location here and he will be out of a job in October.

We have both spent way too much time worrying about all of this. While I still donít have a job, I am ready to stop the downward spiral and get back up, dust off and try to welcome the opportunity to change our lives for the better. Weíre now exploring other possibilities for the future and fully intend to do whatever is necessary to weather this storm.

Now that Iíve gained about 10 pounds back, Iím ready to get back outside and get those back off. My oldest son has vowed to help by getting me on the tennis court early in the mornings before his college classes start. I also plan to get back to my hiking trails starting today and get back on my bike next weekend.

Time to look forward to the future instead of dreading it.

Thanks to all of my Spark buddies for your support!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 8/25/2009 10:47AM

    I remember reading an article back when things with the economy started going poorly about how many people would abandon their health goals because of stress. The message of the article, though, was that this was the time to focus on your health goals because when you can't control other things, you can always control yourself. I've thought a lot about that as things get tough, and it's really helped. I used to have this really bad habit of eating a lot when money got tight, as if I wasn't going to eat again because there'd be no money for food. It was a totally ridiculous thought (thankfully for me, though I know that's a real possibility for others), but I just felt this drive to keep eating. Now, I handle my fears and stresses differently, by controlling what I can and staying positive. I'm sad to read about your situation, but I'm happy to see that you're not letting that hold you back. I'm glad you've got a good support system, and you know you've always got your sparkbuddies!

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RAVON27 8/25/2009 10:38AM

    Sorry for all your problems, but I know you will get over this big bump in your life. I'm glad you got to go on your trip. Try thinking of the great time you had when you feel down. My husband has been working part time but we are lucky enough to have moved in with my mom (did I say lucky hahaha)!

That 10 lbs. will come off in no time with the tennis. I would love to play tennis again. I was working for a tennis team this summer and it made me miss it from my childhood.

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LIZZYP609 8/25/2009 9:00AM

    Good luck to you!! I can relate to your families job situation. I live in Northeast Indiana and the unemployment rate in the county we live in is the lowest at 10.5%! I have so many friends and family that have been out of work. I say a prayer everyday that my husband and I still have our jobs! Hang in there. This to shall pass!

I love the picture!

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MYCUTEGIZMO 8/25/2009 8:57AM

  No worries start again now..it is never too late..

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A Couple of Bad Weeks

Thursday, March 26, 2009

They say bad things happen in threes. If that's true, I can only imagine what is coming next. The last few weeks have been REALLY bad.

First of all, my injured right foot has continued to bother me. I finally went back to the doctor 2 weeks ago and he sent me for a bone scan. It confirmed what we thought all along; I do have a stress fracture. I had stopped hiking altogether and tried to be very careful to allow it to heal, but apparently it wasn't enough. They put me in this huge Herman Munster looking boot that I have to wear all the time and when I asked what I could do, I was told "Nothing." That's not good news since I really needed to get back to hiking to prepare for my planned backpacking trip in June. I've now drug my Schwinn Air-Dyne and small weight bench up to my bedroom so I can spend a lot of time pedaling away (should be interesting with this thing on my leg) and doing leg lifts on the weight bench to try to keep my leg muscles built up. I will probably have to wear this thing about 8 weeks, which means it will only be off for about 1 month before my trip.

As if that wasn't enough, the attorney I work for came in 1 week ago and announced that he will be closing the office. He has been appointed the new Clerk of Court in our county as the old one is retiring. I'll continue to work here for a couple more months closing everything out, but after that, where I'll be is still a mystery. With the job market being what it is right now, there are not many promising leads. But, I'm sure things will work out somehow.

Once again, it's time to stop whining and figure out what I need to do to get things back on track. Somehow things will work out.

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BOSSMARE_13 3/28/2009 10:05AM

    Your foot will heal. Everybody needs exceptionally good employees, and you will either find a job or create one for yourself. As to what's next, whatever it is, you'll handle it because you don't really have a choice, do you? So hang in there. Sounds like you have an exercise plan, even if it's not what you intended in the beginning. That kind of resourcefulness will see you through whatever else is coming. You'll be fine, and your friends will marvel at how you created something good out of something bad.

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RAVON27 3/26/2009 3:59PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your foot and your job. I know that you will still have a great time on your hiking trip. I believe there is a journey we are meant to take. We are given certain choices or problems in our lives to deal with. If we are strong (which I know you are), we make it through and come out better and stronger. I know you will find your next journey when this one is over.

Have a happy and healthy week!

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Recovering from the Holidays!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Iíve always loved the holiday season, from Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year. This year was no different. Unfortunately, the way I ate wasnít any different either. Okay, maybe a little bit, but not much. It seemed like every time I turned around someone was delivering some wonderful Christmas cookies, candy or nut bread to our office, and far be it from me to hurt anyoneís feelings by not eating their carefully prepared gifts! And, of course, I had to prepare some of these treats at home for my family. If only my family would have eaten them all. But no, they ate a reasonable amount and left the remainder for me to consume, which I did.

So, whoís to blame for the few pounds I GAINED over those five weeks? I only have myself to blame.

I spent the first week after the New Year beating myself up for being weak and not eating sensibly, so thatís enough of that. Once again, I will now call this a lesson learned and remember it next year when the holidays roll around again. Iíll be prepared ahead of time with some wonderful, healthy treats to replace the ones Iíve become accustomed to.

For now, I have to get back on track so I can shed the pounds I gained and the move forward to lose more before my backpacking trip in June. Iíve adjusted my goals that I want to meet by the end of each month, trying to give myself plenty of time to get back on track and still be where I want to be in June. Iíve moved my treadmill from my basement to my bedroom as a reminder every morning to get on there and burn a few calories.

Most importantly, I have to remind myself whatís at stake. Itís either lose the weight or forget the backpacking trip. I intend to take that trip because I want it a lot more than I want sweet and fatty foods.

Not to sound like the Grinch, we did have fun over the holidays. DH and I spent Christmas in Florida with my sister and we went canoeing for the first time ever. Wow, that was a lot of fun. The picture is one I took of my sister and her husband while we were canoeing on the Loxahatchee River. They were in front of us in their kayak.

Hope everyone is having a great New Year! Keep positive thoughts and keep pushing toward your goals!

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DAVESLAURIE 2/5/2009 5:34PM

    looks like you guys had fun on your journey

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 1/24/2009 5:47PM

    I'm glad you've recovered from the holiday guilt. It doesn't do us any good. (Has berating anyone else ever gotten them to change their ways?) Like you said, learn from it for the next time. If you didn't have the experience, you wouldn't know how much you don't want to feel like that next year. Hey, we can gain wisdom along the weight! We'll just hold onto the lesson and lose the baggage.

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RAVON27 1/15/2009 5:05PM

    So glad you stopped beating yourself up about the holidays. The picture is beautiful. If I went kayaking with a camera you can bet that one of us would end up in the river hahaha! Good Luck on your New Year's Goals. I know you will get through it!

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GRALLEN 1/15/2009 4:03PM

    Beautiful picture! I'm not much of a kayaker myself but I bet you get to see some pretty scenery from that perspective.

Well, heck, we all falter during the Holidays and now that you've recognized that, you know what you need to do and sounds like you are heading that way. Keep at it, those pounds will come off.

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What I'm Thankful For

Thursday, November 27, 2008

We will all sit down at a table somewhere today with family or friends and enjoy a feast of wonderful food and, hopefully, remember that this is a day to give Thanks for our Blessings. With the many challenges our country faces, it's often easy to focus on the negative, but there is still much to be thankful for.

After reading a message from a fellow SP'er, I thought about this and realized how truly blessed I am. Yes, with the economy like it is, it's very easy to worry about jobs and finances, but there are so many wonderful things to focus on. I am thankful that I have a wonderful family and friends that I love being around. Although many of us live far apart, I look forward to the times that we're together to reminisce over old times, and to make new memories. I am thankful for our dog Thor that has brought so much joy into our home. I am thankful for all my friends here on SparkPeople who provide so much support and encouragement. I am thankful to have both of my jobs right now to help provide the necessities of life. I am thankful that we have a home and plenty to eat. I am thankful for the health of my loved ones and that I'm healthy enough to get outdoors and enjoy hiking and bike riding. I am thankful for our military troops that are fighting to protect our freedom and our country and my prayers are with them and their families. I am thankful for the precious memories I have of all my loved ones that have passed.

I am Thankful for all God has provided for me and my loved ones.

I hope everyone will take a few minutes today to give thanks for all your Blessings and to pray for our troops and those less fortunate than ourselves.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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CNTRYGRIL24 1/6/2009 4:21PM

    Great blog. I love thinking of the things I am blessed with. It keeps me motivated to go on.

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RAVON27 11/27/2008 3:18PM

    Beautiful thoughts. Have a great Thanksgiving! I'm thankful today that we got to take the 2 dogs to the dog park and that my DH is not making me cook a turkey. He will eat Tofurkey with me!

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More of Thor

Thursday, November 13, 2008

In one of my first posts, I wrote about our dog, Thor, that my son brought home after finding him in a bad situation and very sick. It will be 2 years next February since he came to live with us. So, what's changed?

First of all, he is now MY dog. Jeremy (my son) has now accepted the fact that when he finishes college and moves away, Thor is staying with me. He's turned into a big "Momma's Boy" as Jeremy says, and follows me around the house when I'm there. He's now so spoiled that he cries when he doesn't get his way. He is set in his routine that includes a morning walk (no matter what the weather) and a mini massage every morning. Even my husband, who was always adamant that he would never live in a house with a dog, is now catering to Thor's every whim and even takes him to the park occasionally to see the ducks. I would have never believed that would happen.

Thor went to the vet today for his check-up where he spent the entire day while I was at work. His doctor said he's doing very well. He received some vaccine boosters that were due and had his nails trimmed. I understand that he found a girlfriend while he was there (a German Shepherd), so I'm sure that made his stay a little more enjoyable for him. In any event, he was still ready to go home when I got there.

We love having Thor as part of our family and hope he's with us for many, many years to come.

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DAVESLAURIE 1/7/2009 9:11PM

    thor is a lucky boy to have a good family to pack with.

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SPINNINGAL 11/29/2008 11:05AM

    Thor is Beautiful! Thanks for sharing him with us.


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BONNIEBEE 11/19/2008 2:31PM

    He's adorable!!!

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RAVON27 11/13/2008 7:18PM

    What a beautiful dog. It is hard not to fall in love with a dog. My DH only wanted 1 and we know how that turned out hahaha!

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