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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

And I said, 'hey, hey'...I said, 'hey--what's goin' on?'

Been maintaining.
Had some more health stuff come up...another 5-day migraine that doctors worried was a stroke, turned out to be just a migraine...but they did a spinal tap to be sure it wasn't meningitis, and the spinal tap became a spinal headache, so I wound up in the hospital for a week. Then I wound up with a...shall we say, feminine issue? Which involved "routine surgery"...but my routine surgery wound up with me hemorrhaging blood post-op and needing a second surgery because of a "massive hematoma" under the incision site...
It's been crazy.

Working a second job, at a music bar...I tend bar, and I sing on weekends (sometimes for fun, sometimes for pay)...and just got involved with the owner's band as a singer/back-up singer. Music has been such a positive influence in my life over the past several months, I'm overjoyed.

I met someone new...actually, a coworker of mine at the bar. We've been dating for a little over a month, and he's actually pretty wonderful. Handsome, kind, funny as all heck, and really caring. Drove me to my surgery, then sat in the waiting room with my dad (after dad was able to get there...he had a meeting) and talked to him. We laugh all the time, he brings me flowers, and he makes me feel beautiful. Exactly what I need right now, and I'm so grateful to the universe that it fell into my lap. (We started as friends, and just hit it off.) Oh--and he's supportive of me, musically. It's totally awesome. HE'S totally awesome.

I switched to a new branch of the same bank, got a raise, and am full-time and permanent. With benefits, starting in November.

Now, to get back on the actual weightLOSS train, instead of the weightMAINTENANCE train. lol
So, goals reevaluated and set. Plans laid.
I'm grocery shopping today, going to lay in food at home and at work. Started tracking food again this week (2/2 days, for what little that's worth yet!). Upped the water, lowered the sodium.

My one issue right now is going to be that, while getting in good with musicians, they tend to want to buy me drinks. And that usually means beer. So, I'm going to have to find a dignified and not-witchy, easy-going, laid-back, chill and cool way of saying 'omg, guys, like, srsly, you don't want a fat chick singer, right? Either SkinnyGirl cocktails or vodka-soda with lemon, mkay?' lol
(Yes, that was intentionally valley-girl-ish)

As far as exercise goes, one of my two jobs keeps me active... On days that I work both jobs (Tuesday and Wednesday), I work 8:30-5 at the bank and then 6-3 at the bar...and then the next day, same deal. It's a 16-hour-day double-header...but then my weekends are free (mostly). So, since those days are long and I don't get a whole lot of sleep, I tend to be fairly laid-back and still at the bank. I just don't overdo it, you know? So, I'm thinking that what I'll do is exercise 4 days per week, on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sunday is my day off, and I'm keeping holy my personal Sabbath. Also, it's bf's and my only common day off, so it's been dubbed "date day." It is untouchable. I love it. lol

My surgery was this past week, I'm not allowed to exercise again until the 19th. I just started at the new branch with the new schedule this week. So, I have a week and a half to get back on track with eating, and then I can get back into the swing of working out.
I can so do this. :-)

Today: work til 1:30, groceries, nap, work til 3.
Tomorrow: work 8:30-5, work 6-3.
Thursday: work 8:30-4, dinner, walk, early to bed.
Friday: work 8:30-6, dinner, walk, and probably out to sing

  
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ROBBIEY 9/9/2014 12:52PM

  I am glad you're doing better, that was quite an ordeal with the surgery. Get well soon and get back to your plans. What an awesome guy you met. Good Luck!!!

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The past month or so...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Okay, we're gonna do this as bullet points:

1) April 7: Returned to my FAVORITE company, I'm now working as a teller/CSR. Buh-bye, crappy data entry job with stupid hours!! Hello, bank I've always loved!!

2) Alumni weekend at my high school led to my meeting a guy who plays guitar and was looking for a female vocalist. Our first mini-gig (we're testing the waters) will be tomorrow, and our first official gig (as long as the waters prove to be not horrendous) will be May 16.

3) Allergies have been kicking my butt this season (like seriously, holy CRAP), and I've been feeling gross and tired, but I've stayed on track with my diet.

4) Only 28 movies left on the AFI top 100 list!

5) Reasonable goals have been set for my weightloss this year, and I'm really excited to blow these goals out of the water!! (See my SparkPage goal list)

6) Been reading and writing more, spending time with friends, and even started working with my poetry group again!

7) Chopped off eight inches of hair, bought skirt-suits that REALLY fit, and I'm loving life!

8) Getting better and better at taking time to do little things every week--packing lunches, cooking something healthy, trying new recipes, spending time with friends/family, doing my nails, etc. Little things that make all the difference. Last night, my mom's bf was back in the hospital, so I took dinner to her and surprised her with red toenail polish. I thought she was going to weep for joy--she was so excited, and it felt so good to do something special for her. emoticon


So, current status:
Working, singing, writing, watching movies, and dieting.
I'm on the 3-day diet right now, just to get myself back on track with limiting my intake, upping my veg, and saying 'no' to people. Working in a bank can be really high-calorie, lol Just this week, we've had people bring in muffins, bagels, soft pretzels, and a pizza. I can't wait for summer, when people bring in their excess tomatoes and zucchini!! :-)

Things I want to try soon:
Changing up my pasta routine, subbing half of it for zucchini! (Thanks to SP for that one!)
Smoothies for breakfast! (Just got a great recipe from one of my coworkers!)

June 1 I can start working out as normal again, so I want to shed some weight with diet to make that transition easier! :-)
I have computer access and time everyday again now, so I'll be on a whole lot more--and more regularly!!

  
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PRINCESS_SOFI 5/12/2014 10:31AM

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IRISHBEANERGAL 5/8/2014 2:26PM

    Sounds like LOTS of changes, and positive too!

Keep us posted on how things (continue) to improve!

~Irish

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What's New, Pussycat.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Everything is different.
No, really.

In November...two days before Thanksgiving...I was admitted to the hospital, having had a stroke. It hit the left side of my cerebellum. Doctors were floored--after all, I'm only 25 and while I haven't reached my goal weight, I've maintained and kept to my healthy lifestyle.
They did a bevy of tests, took about 10 gallons of blood for tests...and came up with the cause: my hormonal birth control, which I've been taking since I was 16 years old.
So, I'm off birth control. Whoop.

I wasn't allowed to go back to work for a full 30 days, so I moved my fly dates for Christmas around and flew home to be with my family (sister is a nurse, dad's fiance is an ultrasound tech, and all my doctors are still up here) for a month... And in that time, made a lot of decisions.

So, the run-down:
1: I ended my relationship
2: I packed up and moved back home to NJ--living with my dad for now
3: working a crap data entry job until next month, when I start back at the bank I worked for up here before I moved
4: stopped drinking
5: got more active

Busy few months...
Then, throw in a few more things... My Grandmother died last month, which was devastating for all of us. And I've been battling my depression, but having gotten meds evened out and with my increase in exercise, I'm feeling better every day!

Life is good, I'm taking it one day at a time, and I'm back with the Spark!!

  
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CHRIMSONFYRE 3/28/2014 7:00AM

    Wow...I can't even imagine what you've gone through recently. I hope that the stroke was minor and did not cause any long term damage. Seems that you are a fighter though and making great choices even with the outcome. Kudos to you!
Keep up the great work and keep that motivation!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/27/2014 11:56PM

    Wow, talk about some life changing events!

Glad to hear you are still around- take good care of yourself!

~Irish

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Icky Sicky...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I swear, I decide to get fit and every germ,. virus, cough/cold/flu and infection attacks my body. I've literally had SOME kind of misery every day for the last two weeks. UGH. It's like my body immediately freaks out and says "NO!! SHE'S TORTURING THE FAT CELLS AGAIN!! HARD SHUT DOWN!!" And then I quit. It's happened before--I get all motivated, I get all set and into a groove, and then WHAM. I have GOT to come up with a fail-safe for this. Maybe it just needs to be the 10-minutes-a-day thing...

But today, I feel like I have re-joined the land of the living!!
I've been miserable for over a week, and finally started to turn the curve after sleeping 10-12 hours a day over my three-day weekend... I now feel like I can finally breathe, so tonight is my triumphant return to the exercise bike (and old episodes of The Biggest Loser)!! Bf is home late tonight, too, so I'll have the whole evening to get caught up on stuff!
Last night, we made a giganto turkey (coupons, sales, more coupons....) for dinner, mostly for the leftovers and ease of being able to just throw dinners and lunches together. Plus, we spent last year's Thanksgiving at a friend of bf's house...and they didn't give us any leftovers! We were both SERIOUSLY bummed. So, when we decided that we were going to a friend's house this year, too, we up and decided that the no-leftovers thing would NOT stand this year. So, a shopping trip and a 17-lb (SEVENTEEN POUND!!!) turkey later... Yeah.
So, tonight's projects include: trimming the carcass and making stock (first time!! woo!)...then using the stock to make some broccoli-cheddar soup in the crock pot (for lunches...nom!)...also biking/watching Biggest Loser, cleaning up the rest of the kitchen from last night (it's a MESS), putting away the last of the laundry (yeah, we've been sick and unmotivated), and baking bf's pumpkin pie that just didn't get made last night, lol
I think I can do some of those things at the same time, though, so...
I also need to coupon, at some point...they upped our security settings at work, and now we can't do hardly ANYTHING online anymore...so, I have to do it at home now. Blegh.

But exercising is taking tippity-top-top priority tonight!
I haven't gained...I haven't lost... (Forgot to enter my weight on Wednesday, but I did weigh in!) And all that says to me is that I'm doing--meh, ok...not ideal, not perfect, not right for getting the results that I want...but I'm not just sitting around on my bum eating bonbons and Doritos, y'know? So, now I just have to ramp it back up to where I was before being sick...

  
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MLEHTO 11/14/2013 1:48PM

    Sometimes maintaining is the best we can do.

I've also had years where I went to someone else's house for Thanksgiving and didn't get any leftovers. Did not like that one bit! So regardless of where Thanksgiving dinner is, I make a turkey of some sort (even a turkey breast) with all the trimmings so I can have the leftovers. How else do you get through the long weekend? emoticon

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KACEYSW 11/14/2013 1:39PM

    With all that is going on with your body and illness, maintaining is a total win! Remember that!

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Shrinking...

Friday, November 08, 2013

Our roommate got this miserable cold.
Then, my bf got this miserable cold.
Now, I have this miserable cold.

My bf told me--and I didn't believe him--that this cold not only drains you, it sucks pounds off of you. Who wouldn't put up with a week or two of a nasty cold, to lose a few pounds--right? LOL
Well, he wasn't kidding. I don't know how many pounds I've actually lost, but my clothes are slipping off me and my belly is definitely flatter.
Now, I know this is temporary. I'm not counting on it sticking around, not at all (darnit). I haven't been able to work out, I'm not really eating much, and I hydrate constantly (someone told me it helps break up sinus congestion, and I was on it right away, lol!)... I'm doing my best to make what I can out of a crappy situation.
Today I was supposed to work 9:30-6, but my coworker goofed and scheduled her flight for this morning instead of tomorrow morning, and I'm the only one who could come in. Usually, my policy is that, as a bank teller, I can sit here and feel miserable just as well as I can sit at home and feel miserable... Today, though, I'd give anything to be at home. I actually took a half-day yesterday and left early, which worked out well since it was bf's birthday. (I got major gf brownie points...being sick, he just wanted to hang out at home, so my gift(s) to him was a nice bottle of scotch (saved my pennies for that one!!) and a little ice cream cake (his favorite). He just kept thanking me, all day...I was practically soaring!) We hung out and watched tv and relaxed, and he said it was just exactly what he needed. :-)
I did manage to sleep through 10 alarms this morning (on the phone and with the regular alarm clock)--think my body is trying to make me sleep?--but woke up barely in time to get out the door to work. Tonight I'm meeting a girlfriend to grab "Asian street fare" at a local place...chicken and noodle bowl, here I come!! lol

Hopefully, I'll recover over my three-day weekend!

  
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    Get well soon!!!

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