Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I have noticed that during the Holiday season there is an increase in the amount of alcohol consumption amongst colleagues , friend and family - and I have no problem with that. I was raised with a father that was a "functioning alcoholic "(a police detective that went to work everyday and functioned there but created mass chaos at home)- as a result between the ages of 18 - 30 I tried to drink myself to death . I bought myself some sanity (through the Grace of the Lord, psycho-therapy and meeting my DH ) and have not had a drink in about 24 yrs. So when the Holiday season comes around I am shocked at the pressure that people put on those who do not drink. For example - my Christmas party at work - champagne, wine , beer etc were flowing -people even walked around with bottles refilling glasses all night long . Each time I refused and I pretty much drank all the bottles of water ( about 20) that they had available for 100 people(obviously , the doctors knew their staff and their preferences- lol). After repeatedly refusing a drink from a "Glass filler"(one of my staff members) - he states(slurs), " I will not forget that you refused a drink from the special champagne that I bought for our department." And then he promptly went and made a fool of himself ( a very looong story that involves him dancing suggestively in front of a female employee and then making a pass at her son ..very ugly). I can not tell y ou how many other people put so much time into pushing drinks on me(the only other non-drinker in the office did not go to the party) and saying, "just one won't hurt" . I am not a preaching teetotaller ( people are adults and they are able to make their own choices) BUT I am an adult who chooses not to drink(again I know that I have the genetic make up to go to extremes ), PLUS I have 2 children (20 and 16) who would definitely be disappointed in me if I came home drunk ( I won't even mention DH)- PLUS I drive home ...for a matter of fact everyone at the party drove home. So now you have about 99 fairly snoggered people behind the wheel of their cars using their cars as potential weapons on the road.
How damned irresponsible!!!!!
So not only did I leave the party before the rest of the employees , I was able to come in the next morning - no headache ( a little heartburn from some eggplant) but I was able to walk through the office - quite a few people were very quite .. I found out that A LOT went on after I left the party.
I can replay this scene for about 3 other parties that I went to this season - and the joke is I was having a bit of a problem making good food choices and concentrating on bring the focus on talking to people that I may have not seen in awhile or people that I would not normally talk to and there were others who were spending their time try to get me to throw a drink down my throat.
I am finished venting !!!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I got back on track this morning - got up and went to an aerobics and a weight training class - I felt terrific!! For the last 4 days or so I have been off track - I ate things that I would normally not eat (ier Portuguese Pastries , chocolate chip cookies etc, etc) and I also experienced a case of acid reflux that I swear almost killed me - lol. But I did get in 225 minutes of exercise so I do not think the damage was too bad - I am not weighing myself until 1/1/09- no need to let a number on the scale get me down.
So it's back to healthy eating , exercising 6 times per week, running 3-4 times per week and keeping hydrated to perpare for the More Half marathon! Honestly I am looking forward to training - I will feel like I am in control again where as for the past week or so I have felt like I have been so much out-of-control atttempting to eat my weight in food- lol
Welcome back Denise to a healthy lifestyle!!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
December 16, 1979 - the day that I went out on my first date with the man that would become ny husband..
I met myhusband in a Business Law class in 1979 - being that I am a little on the compulsive side - I was early to my Business Law class and being who he is he was late. I am sitting in class the instructor is taking attendance and comes to the name , George Washington - and of course , the class laughs. the instructor promptly tells us not to laugh because this person has had to live with this name all his life and we should act like adults. About 20 minutes later this man walks in and he looks like Barry White - beard , full face , deep voice and when the professor asks his name he replies, "George " - everyone falls out laughing and George gives the class the meanest look and everyone stops laughing....except for me- I kept laughing. Later that night I told a friend about this George Washington that I met and she says , "You should make friends with him" and for some odd reason I replied( and I will NEVER forget this),"Yea , so that 10 yrs from now I will have fallen in liove with him and I am Mrs. George Washington". That whole semester we rode home on the train and "Mr. George , I look like Barry White , ", made me laugh - we had such a great time and became such good friends - we went on a date 12/16/79(roller skating) for which I was VERY late - and 10 yrs (7/15/89)later we were married!
We celebrate both wedding and our first date anniversary each and every yr. - Happy Anniversary DH and to all the name jokes that we have had to endure.
BTW - he responds much better to the jokes than I do, and his mother named him after her favorite uncle whose name was George and at the time she was not paying attention to the full name .
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This morning I completed the the race that started it all for me last yr - Turkey Trot 5K for Literacy Volunteers and Morris county Interfaith Food bank! As usual , I was nervous before the race - this time I controlled the jitters by ignoring them and reading a book prior to the start of the race. Being the nervous -nilly worrying about parking I got to the race a good 90minutes prior to the start of the race.
I started out a lot faster than usual but about a half mile in , I pulled back - I was listening to other racers near me complaining that they were not running their pace because the field was crowded(as it always is at the beginning of a race) , so silly me . as not to look like a slug I sped up - well that was dumb so I found my own pace and kept it - and guess what , about 1 mile later I crept by the complainers who by now were out-of-breath and crawling.
Mile 1 and two went by quickly and when I saw the finish line I sped to the end. This yr was so much different than last - this yr it took me 39 minutes (go me) where as my time last yr was 47 minutes. Although this is a PR for me , I will always remember last yr because it was my first yr doing a 5K and I made sure to enjoyed it ; I had no time goal in mind, I just wanted to finish the race and not come in last. This yr I KNEW that I would complete the race and I KNEW that I would not come it last - even with running with some people that looked like all they do it run , run and run some more. I call them "UBER-females" - tall , thin and gaunt as heck- lol
At the finish line as I was removing my chip , a woman asked , "Are you okay?" I thought she was talking to me so I answered , "Yes, do I look that bad"? She replied , " Oh , no I was talking to my husband behind you , you look like you could go another time around the course". This stranger has no idea how good that made me feel, and then to look at the clock and see that I was able to come in at under 40 minutes - whoo-hoo.
Came home and celebrated with my family - DH says he will going to have to get in shape ty - more o n him later. My 2 children were extremely proud - I hope that I am teaching them a lot about the idea of and "older person" and how to be an adult.
So now after the shower , refueling - we put the turkey on the grill - the remainder of the dinner is finished(DH prepared the majority of the meal) and I am basking in the glow of having worked out , having achieved the goal that I set for myself in Aug - to do a 5k each month from Sept - Nov and being so very thankful of the love of my family and friends. This has indeed been a great year for us and may it continue to be so.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my SP friends who have joined me on this road(filled with twists , turns and forks) to becoming healthier!
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