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Interesting times

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Friday, November 09, 2012

I have a colleague who always says, when I bump into him, 'We live in interesting times.' For 'interesting' read 'horrible'. He should worry. He's retiring in a few weeks' time.

I on the other hand am lucky, I'm likely to be working full time for another 15 years minimum. That's lucky because so many people don't get the opportunity. I keep reminding myself of this.

This week, in particular, I had to do that a lot. One thing you don't realise in your 20s and 30s is that when you hit your 50s, any PMT you suffer from is likely to spread itself from two or three days in a month to a fortnight. A whole fortnight when you're really not fit to know, you want to eat everything all the time, you want to burst into tears at every and any excuse or even for none at all, and your cats irritate you so much you shut them out of the sitting room. Poor puddies! I've let them back in again now. There's only so much yowling my neighbours will put up with.

Then of course I had to spend two evenings filling in applications for promotions that I confidently expect not to get, but if you don't try, you're infinitely more likely not to get them. I've had premenstrual insomnia, a bit of earache, chronic sneezing and general bloodymindedness to deal with this week. I went seriously off-piste last night though oddly I didn't get piste, mainly because I couldn't be bothered to open a bottle of wine.

I did a bit better on the food front today, but you wouldn't call my gastronomic career this evening sparkling by any means.

(If you're still reading, I'm just finishing the build-up and am about to get to the point. Sorry it's taken a while.)

So there I was lying on the sofa going through my friend feed, moodily punching 'like' 'like' 'like' 'like' 'like' 'like' . . . and most of what I was liking was 'Bloggins received a 500 monthly fitness minutes award' 'Buggerlugs crossed 3 zillion fitness minutes' and after a while, I thought, 'Well, you've got the choice. Do you lie around on the sofa all evening eating toast and peanut butter, or do you go to the gym, work off some calories, stretch your muscles, get the endorphins running, and lift your mood?'

So I went to the gym. While at the gym I was listening to iPod and 'Green Onions' by Booker T and the MGs came on (mainly because I scooted through 20 songs to get to it, but forget that bit, it's bad theatre) and I thought, now there was a guy who knew a good dirty bassline when he heard one.

And I was watching the news on BBC Worldwide and there are 2.5 million refugees from the civil war in Syria.

And I thought, 'Just stop whingeing, now. And next time you want to whinge, come back and read this blog.'

And I also wonder, if at the end of June this year I hadn't gone asking Google to find me a free online food tracker, where would I be now? Without SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends, how much would I weigh, how much more unhealthy and unfit and miserable would I be?

It's too awful to contemplate.

As of now, I am in a good mood again, and back on the wagon.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for listening.
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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 8/15/2013 11:46AM

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FRABBIT 12/3/2012 11:48AM

  Good job getting up and going to the gym!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/21/2012 8:20AM

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BEATLETOT 11/16/2012 2:51PM

    I read you, but don't usually comment. This was a great blog, though, so I HAVE to. What a great blog! I love that you listened to "Green Onions," what a great song! Your writing style is so cool and interesting. Thanks for posting this!

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CINDYBEL 11/15/2012 10:33AM

    Sometimes we just need a reminder of how much worse our lives could be. emoticon

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HYATTI1 11/15/2012 8:26AM

    Your blog was so on target..thank you for writing it...the least we can do is take the time to read them. I find the best way though life is to see the half full glass rather than the half empty....and I have retired.

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JBEAUFORD 11/13/2012 4:12PM

    I know that may not have been your intention, but your writing makes me giggle and smile. Maybe it's the subtle differences between British and American English, which I'm quite familiar with, but enjoy to no end :D

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NANAGO1204 11/13/2012 3:08PM

    If 'PMT' is premenstral trama...I have enough history with it to fully understand and be grateful it has passed for me and menopause has brought sweet relief. Both my husband and kids survived, as did I, but I remember clearly one day when my husband was lamenting the loss of his 'sweet' wife and said "I hate it when you are like this!" I instantly replied, "You hate it? At least you get to leave the room!!!" As such, my heart aches for you and yet is also grateful you are a SP user and that the gym helps to bring back your mind!! By the way, Primrose Oil and L'Thianine are also helpful. Oh...and stay as far away as you can from sugar during that time...it is like pouring gas on a fire!!! emoticon

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AMANDEES76 11/13/2012 10:35AM

    You have a great way of relating what you are experiencing with everyone here and I appreciate your candidness because it helps us all work through our own road blocks as they come up. Keep Sparking and you will be reaching all of your goals sooner than you think.

Good luck on the promotions.

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TREE57 11/13/2012 9:40AM

    We all need a little rant once in a while!
Yours was fab!

Glad your back in a good mood....keep blogging!!!

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CAM2438 11/13/2012 7:13AM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SLIMINDOWN31 11/13/2012 12:07AM

    I don't know where I would be if I hadn't found this site!

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TERRIJ7 11/12/2012 10:59AM

    That's the way to work through a downturn! I'm glad you shared it

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1935MARY 11/12/2012 10:08AM

    Hormones rampaging it not a good feeling. Been there done that. Glad you got on track. I turn to blogs when I feel like I am in a crisis. I always fine comfort and support here. And most of the time what I am going through is not as bad as someone else. Keep pushing my friend. Cats can be annoying , but I think they can sense things. Pet them for me. I love cats emoticon emoticon .

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LJOYCE55 11/12/2012 8:26AM

  Sounds like you had a pretty good day even with being a bit grumpy. And frankly, I am pretty sure the cats will forgive you once you feed them.

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SLFGOLF 11/12/2012 1:01AM

    SP is a lifesaver isn't it. Well done turning yourself around.

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MIZINFO2003 11/12/2012 12:56AM

  interesting viewpoint


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FATHINSN 11/12/2012 12:53AM

    Hmm, fascinating thing to share.
For me, be grateful of what we have, do your best to get what you're dreaming of and let out from inside of things that make you feel mad/sad/stress (what I always do is to write everything in the blog - feel much better - rewrite a happier version of blog, hehe)

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NYARAMULA 11/12/2012 12:47AM

    Always important to count your blessings!

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DRAK416 11/11/2012 11:58PM

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LIBBYL1 11/11/2012 10:39PM

  Made me laugh! Though of course that might be the bi-polar perimenopausal mood swings. Hate these hormone surges/dips/whatever...Always good to know someone else is crying at the supermarket till...

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MOMOSG 11/11/2012 7:44PM

    Well, I too could say almost the same thing! I'm not liking all the erratic female hormone fluctuations one bit! I agree with you though, I am in a much better place having lost weight and exercise definately improves my mood.

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NEVERORNOW 11/11/2012 5:10PM

    emoticon for reminding us how truly blessed we are. emoticon

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SATCHMO99 11/11/2012 4:25PM

    Loved the way you turned yourself around, well done!

SparkPeople friends really do help, don't they?

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ENERGYSTARALLY 11/11/2012 3:21PM

    You can do it!! :) Keeping my fingers crossed for your promotion!! I'm asking for a raise myself. :)

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BARBANNA 11/11/2012 2:37PM

    Same way I found SP was looking for a free food tracker! Great bit of information!

Thanks!

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/11/2012 2:17PM

    PMT?? I suppose I might know what it is, but I am having a "senior" moment!

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SPAQUEEN2012 11/11/2012 2:00PM

    Thank you SparkPeople!!! So blessed to have found this website and all the people who are so similar to me. It really helps. Thanks for your post!

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AJB121299 11/11/2012 1:09PM

    nice

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OKIEGIRL561 11/11/2012 1:01PM

    SP has so many resources that makes it helpful to a wide variety of people.

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    Thanks for sharing

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/11/2012 11:29AM

    These are indeed the times that try men's souls, but

Nothing is but that thinking makes it so!

Make today a great day!

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MYBABYGIRLS 11/11/2012 11:25AM

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MANILUS 11/11/2012 11:15AM

    Every once in a while we need a reality check, great job on that fitness!!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/11/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon As a Nvember challenge this month I have my teams(both of them) writing a daily thing that they are grateful for. After they do that they have to write at least one random act of indness that they did that day. It does put a whole different perspective on your day.

I was hit by the hurricane but was very very lucky. I only lost my powerfo a few hours. There were people without power on SP for 10 days. That mens no heat, hot water or ways to cook. I had nothing to complain about.

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CICELY360 11/11/2012 10:40AM

  good blog

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WISDOM73 11/11/2012 7:57AM

    I like to write a gratitude list every night before going to bed. I especially need to do that when I get critical about my life circumstances. When I think of it, I have so much to be gratefull for it can fill not only five lines but five pages and even more. Have a great day and don't let details bring you down!

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