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Mano a mano...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

That wrestling analogy is kind of how I feel. But it IS getting me somewhere.

Last blog was April 11, a Thursday. Today is April 24, Wednesday. So - two weeks out from that resolution about patience and sustainability and being grateful for small progress -

I am 143.2, down from 143.6. So, big whoops? No, but yes...

During that two-week period, I was 143.6 or less for seven days.
On four days, I was 144-something.
On two days, I was 145-something.

I've written down my food intake every day except two.
I've had major stress at times, low sleep nights, etc. but haven't given in to major binge-ing.
It feels like I am finding a balance I can live with.

The other big change - my work computer is now at standing height, on the second floor of my house, and I am going to leave it there. This means every time I work or take a break, I have to do some stairs.

I've also discovered that standing is majorly tiring. We knew that, yeah, but it's been a long time since I worked a cashier's job and experienced how tiring it can be. My computer work is often in brief stints which is not so bad, but this week I've had major projects to finish so the standing has been a challenge. I've figured out how not to stress myself with posture, and it's gradually getting easier to do this. It doesn't burn many extra calories but I do think it has an impact on my body which has to remain more active and in better alignment.

What with keeping up my usual daily walks and as much ST as I can manage, when I do sleep through the night, I sleep REALLY well.
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Weather is getting better for outdoor walking, my favorite thing!
And the search for my replacement will soon be reaching the interview stage. We may even have someone hired toward the end of next month!
That will be major stress relief.
But it's fine to know that I can deal with this stress without constant compensatory snacking. Thanks to so many of you who support and click and just plain remember I am there and say hello from time to time.

I am going to be more active here once this job search is done so I will give back what I have received.

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MAIA2011 5/5/2013 10:32AM

    Low sleep nights make me HUNGRY! (And ANGRY!) Good job on controlling your food intake accordingly!

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CANNIE50 4/28/2013 12:22AM

    It sounds like you are managing quite well during this time of transition - good for you. Yes, just not sitting so much seems to have a noticeable impact on our health. Standing is tiring but I find that sitting too long makes me so stiff and sore, more sore than running or strength training! I am glad you are doing so well.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/25/2013 9:54PM

    WOOHOO! Sounds like a great two weeks. Keep moving my friend.


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CLAIREINPARIS 4/25/2013 11:57AM

    This is great news, bravo Sara! I am very glad you are sleeping well, I am sure it is helping to keep you sane in this crazy and stressful time! ;-)
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CELLO23 4/25/2013 5:23AM

    Sounds like you're doing a fab job! Easy to let things go when it's stressful, and you've kept right on track.

Interested in seeing how things are working out with the standing desk - you'll definitely be burning more cals, just through shifting about more, and it's bound to be better for posture, energy etc.

Thank goodness the weather is picking up. I want to get out on the bike!

Go girl!

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CELLISTA1 4/25/2013 12:11AM

    I love that you feel you've found a balance. That is most wonderful. I am full of admiration. I am a little full of envy, too, because I should be weighing in the 140s and I'm not there. But I'm supportive and proud of you, as always!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 4/24/2013 11:18PM

    What a fun blog, a veritable smorgasbord of complementary dishes. I'm glad you pointed me here to read about the standing desk. It would be fine for brief periods, but the longer stretches sound over the top. Now that I think of it, I recall an item some time ago about these desks being installed in a school for student use. High school at the very least, I'd hope.

And thank you for the encouragement in form of Official Lucy Van Pelt Boxing Gloves. Ding-ding-ding. (Does Fitbit make sounds?)

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STARTINGINLIMBO 4/24/2013 9:13PM

    Good news, good news, good news! Yeah!

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2013 8:32PM

    You are doing great: it's ALL about "small progress" . . . small enough so that we can keep it up! If I can't do it for the rest of my life . . . then it's not going to be sustainable, right?


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