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Monday, February 22, 2010

I did the math. If I work out my normal schedule all week AND do yoga, I'll be able to get my 1000 minutes for February.

Except I feel really crummy today. I was starting to feel under the weather last night, woke up last night sneezing and struggling to breathe, and am coughing and stuffed up today.

Bah humbug. I really want to get back on track--I'm even wearing my work out clothes--but I just don't know if it's a good idea since I'm still stuffed up and coughing and generally feeling lousy.

Discretion may be the better part of valor today.

But I'm sooo tired of getting sick all the time.

  
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MYLOVELYCURVES 2/23/2010 11:11AM

    I know how you feel! I had to skip last week's workouts altogether because I just wasn't feeling well enough to exercise. As frustrating as it is, it's best to listen to your body and give it time to get better. You'll be working out again in no time!

Feel better soon!! :)

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RAIN454 2/22/2010 5:08PM

    HI, Zanna
I found myself in a similar predicament yesterday...put my gym clothes on and just sat around for a couple of hours, "planning" to workout...the only difference is that I wasn't sick! :P I think you should just rest until you feel better...sometimes, working out only makes matters worse. Hope you feel better soon though! Take care. -Rainey

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/22/2010 4:07PM

    If you want to get in the exercise minutes, just do some lighter intensity exercise. I find that when I'm congested that a light workout can help clear everything out faster. I just walk or Wii Fit. I don't do the Tae Bo or try to jog at all.

Feel better soon!
Cyndi

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PRAIRIECROCUS 2/22/2010 2:09PM

    You have just been under a lot of stress, with your computer woes !
That can really wreak havoc on your immune system !
I recommend that you take a few days, just to stop and "smell the roses."
Take some time, just for you !
After some "time off ", you'll hopefully be refreshed, and able to tackle
your projects anew !

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GAL8DY 2/22/2010 1:46PM

    Sorry you're under the weather. But sometimes working out makes me feel better. Probably all the endorphins.

Hope you feel better soon.

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CATLOVER7731 2/22/2010 1:25PM

    I am sorry you are feeling so bad. .Take some extra vitamin C that helps me alot. Feel better soon.
Cheryl

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Torn

Monday, February 22, 2010

I did the math. If I work out my normal schedule all week AND do yoga, I'll be able to get my 1000 minutes for February.

Except I feel really crummy today. I was starting to feel under the weather last night, woke up last night sneezing and struggling to breathe, and am coughing and stuffed up today.

Bah humbug. I really want to get back on track--I'm even wearing my work out clothes--but I just don't know if it's a good idea since I'm still stuffed up and coughing and generally feeling lousy.

Discretion may be the better part of valor today.

But I'm sooo tired of getting sick all the time.

  
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SAASHA17 2/22/2010 4:05PM

    take rest Zanna..u dont want to aggravate whatever you are coming down with..if u feel better after sometime, u can workout..dont strain urself..

Manasa

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Torn

Monday, February 22, 2010

I did the math. If I work out my normal schedule all week AND do yoga, I'll be able to get my 1000 minutes for February.

Except I feel really crummy today. I was starting to feel under the weather last night, woke up last night sneezing and struggling to breathe, and am coughing and stuffed up today.

Bah humbug. I really want to get back on track--I'm even wearing my work out clothes--but I just don't know if it's a good idea since I'm still stuffed up and coughing and generally feeling lousy.

Discretion may be the better part of valor today.

But I'm sooo tired of getting sick all the time.

  
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KOMAL53 2/23/2010 4:08AM

    Dear Zanna---you young guys are so impatient!!!First get well---the rest can follow in good time!!!Stressing yourself won't get you anywhere---I've learnt this the hard way---trust me stress NEVER works!!!Look at me---that stupid scale keeps showing the same weight no matter what I do--so I've decided to throw it out---but to stay on track by eating right and doing all the right things.Someday the Almighty will bless me----Hope springs eternal in the Human heart!!!
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FINDINGMYWAY09 2/22/2010 1:38PM

    maybe take it slow today for your workout just walk.

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Quick Update

Friday, February 19, 2010

Just a quick up date to let everyone know that I'm alive--I just haven't had very reliable computer access. I do have a new computer--it's very shiny and pretty and lighter than my old one yet with a lot more memory etc., so very cool. My old one was pretty dead--definitely a hard drive issue,possibly other issues as well. It may still be possible to salvage the files off the hard drive, I don't know yet, though if I don't get that data soon I'll have to redo at least the work on my diss. Sigh. Unfortunately, my new laptop doesn't have a lot of software on it, including MS office (need that for my diss) and anti-virus (won't get on line without it) so until the software gets installed (which will take awhile) I won't be using it much. Hopefully some of that will get done this weekend, though we're doing birthdays again and my husband (who will be doing the installing) has to work.

This past week and a half has really been a mixed bag for me. I've been really stressed out about the whole computer situation--I find it really stressful to sort through computer options to figure out what will be a good purchase (and am still not 100% confident I chose wisely) plus the whole hard drive issue since I still don't know if the hard drive can be salvaged, or even how much I've lost if it can't be. I have had horrible insomnia (a self sustaining cycle unfortunately once it gets going) and I have discovered that when I'm stressed I may not especially want to eat (food=ick when stressed) but I do tend to drink way too many caffeinated soft drinks (sugar ones too, so BAD), a tendency I restrained but not entirely successfully. And a tendency to crave chocolate, which apparently doesn't fall into the food=ick category, maybe because chocolate makes you feel better (chemically, not just psychologically) or perhaps because I crave sugar when stressed--always have (pixie sticks and Mt. Dew used to help get me through major deadlines). And while I have always read that exercise is supposed to help with stress, it didn't help me at all--way too much time on the elliptical or when doing weights to think of everything that could go wrong/be lost. So I ended up retreating into books and games and watching tv (specifically the olympics. It's very rare for me to watch tv--in the last 11 months, this is the first time I've watched more than a few minutes of television, and I've been watching hours of the olympics). So very atypical of me and not especially healthy.

It's not all bad, though. I did go to the fitness center today and at least haven't lost much, and if I go to yoga tomorrow as planned I'll get my 130 minutes for the week and may still be able to squeak in with 1000 minutes for the month. I drank my water. I ate a fair amount of vegetables and tried to remember to eat regular meals (not always successfully) and they were sometimes even healthy and I restrained from drinking gallons of Mt. Dew and mountains of chocolate, even though I did indulge more than normal and probably went over my calorie counts (I haven't logged food because of the unreliable online access. Technically, I can do it on my phone, but it's a pain).

I feel like I slipped pretty hard off the wagon but I didn't fall off entirely and I'm getting back on.

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/19/2010 6:44PM

    Hope your hubby both gets your software installed and your files back from the old hard drive. I know how hard it is to concentrate when so stressed. I think you are doing fantastic. You have limited the caffeine intake, which you said yourself is an improvement from the past.

Taking time to watch the Olympics could inspire you once the dust settles and you are up and running on your new computer. I wish you and your hubby joy, peace and the internet!
Cyndi

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PRAIRIECROCUS 2/19/2010 4:06PM

    I'm still really hoping that your husband will be able to retrieve all your diss. material !
That sure would be fantastic.
It would be nice to have this all nicely resolved, so that you can get Sparking again !

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My Personal Nightmare

Thursday, February 11, 2010

And also a heads up.

My laptop died on me today. When I woke up this morning, it was frozen; when I tried to reboot, it failed. Repeatedly. Husband tried to resuscitate it with no luck. It's dead, and it looks like it's a problem with the hard drive.

I'm trying really hard not to panic. This is literally the stuff of nightmares for me--most everything I do is on that thing. I'm really dependent on it and yet am hopeless whenever anything goes seriously wrong. I thought I was fairly obsessive about back ups--the good news is that I did back up pretty much everything not THAT long ago. But I also have been working really hard on my diss, and have many many hours worth of work that I had been about to back up but hadn't yet. Not to mention other stuff I've done, including the pictures for my vision collage that I had found. But the biggest loss--and the thing that's making me sick to my stomach--are the hours and hours of work on my diss from the last week and a half (or more--I can't remember when my last back up was or what I have done since then) that I may have to redo. Not to mention finding money to buy a new laptop, because I have to have a computer and these days a laptop is pretty much essential. The only good news there is that I'm told that they've come down in price. *Hopes*

So prayers, candles, positive vibes, whatever you can send your way that the computer techs can at least salvage my files... would be appreciated.

Anyway, in the meantime, I don't know how much I'll be able to be around until I either get my computer fixed or, more likely, replaced.

Good news is... I'm not a person who eats when stressed. I'm more the kind of person who's stomach twists into this sick little knot and food is the last thing I want. Though today was a terrible food day--because of some screw ups on our end, there's no food for me in the house (well, for once I have fruits and veggies but not things like protein and carbohydrates. Usually the problem is the other way around). I was going to have peanut butter on whole wheat toast--only to find out after I had spread it on the last of the bread that my peanut butter had gone rancid (NASTY). So all I had to eat until dinner was a bit of cheese and some clementines--and then because we were out trying to deal with the computer issue, didn't get food and so ended up with pizza for dinner. And tomorrow I'll have left over pizza because that's about all that's available (did I mentioned that I'm stranded until we can get the van in for a new tire?) other than more cheese and maybe some more clementines, if any are left.

I did go to the gym today--figured I might as well since I wasn't exactly being productive. I didn't stay long though--too stressed out. I thought exercise was supposed to help with stress but it was almost worse for me--it left my mind too much time to think of everything that was stressing me out.. So I did cardio but not strength training. Instead, I called a friend.

Also... good news is that most likely I'll have a new computer, which means a newer, faster computer with a larger hard drive. My laptop was older, the memory was almost full, and it has been glitchy (to be polite) for at least a year. I can't say that I'm sad to have a new spiffy one that doesn't crash every other day. I'm not really looking forward to transferring all my programs, etc., but my biggest worry is that my hard drive isn't salvageable.

I apologize if this is really scatter brained. I'm too tired to be coherent, too stressed out to sleep.

Anyway--wanted to let you know why I wouldn't be around at least a bit, maybe longer. Kudos to everyone racking up fitness minutes, sparks points, meeting healthy lifestyle goals and losing lbs. You guys are all really awesome and I just know you'll be accomplishing lots of wonderful things.

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 2/11/2010 4:13PM

    I will miss you while you are dealing with these problems. Make the best decision possible each time. If all you have access to is pizza, eat the pizza. Don't starve. Pizza can be a good filling choice.

I hope you can recover the information on your hard drive. I know how tricky that can be, but it is possible depending on what the problem was. My DH can get info off many of them after a crash, but it depends on what caused the problem. So good luck with that.

I must say I love my little netbook. It is light weight, easily portable, connects to the internet and is just the right size. It does not play games, but that's OK by me. I don't play many computer games anyway. The price tag being about 1/2 of a regular laptop doesn't hurt either. LOL!

Be safe, well, happy and make each decision the best one possible.
Cyndi

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RAGGARWALAX 2/11/2010 9:48AM

    OOHHH Zanna - I can just imagine what you are going through and am sending prayers/thoughts/wishes that you are able to salvage the hard drive. Try not to be too upset and just focus on the positives. I am sure that you will not only survive but come out even stronger.

I'm sure you already know this but try to get a second hard drive and set it up so that it will automatically back up your documents on a nightly basis.

Take care!
Reeta

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PRAIRIECROCUS 2/11/2010 3:24AM

    I am really sorry to hear about your laptop ! I am sure that you are in a state
of shock , now that your trusty laptop has died ! But , like KOMAL53 indicated,
this is just a temporary setback.With your new laptop, you will be able to achieve
much more than before . You will be back , performing all your Sparkpeople activities ,
before you know it ! All the very best for your diss !

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KOMAL53 2/11/2010 12:53AM

    Whoa----take a breath Lady!!!Don't panic---deep a deep breath---and sit still and meditate for a while!!!Everything will WORK OUT!!!Stay calm and don't panic---all your Data will be retrieved and you'll be all set.Unknot your stomach and try to relax---God's looking after you Dear---think of the brighter side!!!
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