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September Results, October Goals

Friday, October 04, 2013

The short summary: I did not lose any weight this month. I did really well for the first half of the month, and then I let stress sidetrack me into overeating -- more than once.

Looking at September and how I did, results were:
1. Lose 6 pounds. NOT ACHIEVED. Weekly weigh-ins -- I weighed in 3 out of 4 weeks. emoticon
2. Work to reduce caffeine intake. NOT ACHIEVED too many energy beverages emoticon
3. Continue GERD related diet changes. No wine or alcohol; no rich desserts; no overeating. MOSTLY ACHIEVED but occasional lapses.
4. Work to improve portion control. MEASURE portions. DID BETTER BUT NOT PERFECT.
5. Calcium and Vitamin D daily. TOTAL SUCCESS emoticon
6. Weight bearing exercise daily; increase strength training; stretch 2-3 x weekly TOTAL SUCCESS on cardio; better on strength training but still not 3x per week; did well on stretching for first 2 weeks and then I lapsed.

Overall these are good goals and I will try to achieve them again in October!! October goals are:

1. Lose 5 pounds. No weekly weigh-ins – I’ll be away on a cruise for the last half of the month. I will be traveling a total of 20 days and I am NOT taking a scale with me!
2. Work to reduce caffeine intake. I need to take this SERIOUSLY if I am going improve my sleep patterns! (I think the cruise will be a golden opportunity to break my bad caffeine habit!) emoticon
3. Continue GERD related diet changes. No wine or alcohol; no rich desserts; no overeating. (Odd as it may seem, I think I will do better at these dietary changes on the cruise than when dealing with the day to day stresses of work)
4. Work to improve portion control. (Again I think I will do okay on this on the cruise – though I obviously won’t be measuring. My travel friend eats very small portions which will help)
5. Calcium and Vitamin D daily.
6. Weight bearing exercise daily; increase strength training; stretch 2-3 x weekly. (I will use the ship's gym and take full advantage of fitness classes!)

Speaking of work related stress – I had to deal with a woman who was very threatening in a meeting (she got angry, turned red, told another person “your suggestion deserves a gun”). Even more unbelievable – she was upset when I told her the gun reference was inappropriate (I was chairing that section of the meeting). Very upsetting for all, and not a good experience. Luckily two other board members also spoke up and told the gun reference lady that she has to treat it like the airport, she can’t even talk about guns. It took yet another upset observer telling her “You are making me very uncomfortable” for her to shut up and stop defending her freedom of speech. (This situation occurred in a workplace with a zero tolerance for guns and/or threats of violence, in front of several managers.) After the Navy yard and several other high profile mass shootings, implied or specific gun threats are not okay EVER.

So I am very ready for my vacation! I’m going on a cruise of the Mediterranean Sea, from Barcelona to Nice, Venice, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Ravenna, Dubrovnik, then back to Barcelona. I worry of course that mom may take a turn for the worse again and I will have to fly back to California. But she seems fairly stable and happy; she told me her leg is improving.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MICHELELYNN777 10/7/2013 7:05AM

    You have set good, reachable goals. I like how you are planning to work on them during your vacation. The cruise sounds amazing! We are planning a similar itinerary in June next year. I am looking forward to you sharing about it when you get back.

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/6/2013 3:13PM

    Your cuise sounds like it is arriving at the right time (what a scary woman, threatening people like this during a meeting!!!), and I am a bit jealous! It will be wonderful. I completely agree with you that often it is easier to eat right when being around people. I hope the GERD improves too, this isn't fun (finally under control here, and I am very glad).

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1BEACHWALKER 10/6/2013 12:00AM

    Sounds like you are getting there with your goals. I know how it is though, it can be frustrating to not get them all achieved! I started weaning myself off the Prilosec, I didn't want to go cold turkey like you did. Amazingly enough I am doing better than I thought I would!
Have a wonderful vacation! Looking forward to the pics from that! Sounds so nice!! Lucky lady!! emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 10/5/2013 4:37PM

    Your cruise sounds wonderful, and you definitely need a break. The woman who talked about the gun was scary and definitely out of line. To be very honest,I am less comfortable traveling in the US than I am in Canada, Europe or Asia because of the US gun laws.

You will do lots of walking at all the stops on your cruise, and I think you will find it relatively easy to control what you eat on the ship, especially as you are limiting alcohol and rich desserts. When Peter and I did our Greece/Turkey cruise I lost 5 lbs. The portions they serve in the dining room are not large, and at the buffets there are always lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

I know that your mother's health is a concern, but I'm glad that you have planned the trip. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful time.


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MENNOLY 10/5/2013 9:12AM

    Keep on working at your goals. You can succeed! Have a wonderful vacation. emoticon

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DR1939 10/5/2013 8:45AM

    Scary meeting! I think you need that vacation.

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MADAMES 10/4/2013 8:10PM

    Your cruise sounds heavenly! Enjoy yourself. I do tend to agree that being on a cruise to those lovely places should help your stress levels! A cruise is one of those things that has always been on my bucket list.
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ESCHLETZ 10/4/2013 6:43PM

    Sounds like a wonderful, and well deserved vacation. Have fun! And I love the goals you've set. I may incorporate them into my life. :)

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MJRVIC2000 10/4/2013 6:13PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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WIFE49 10/4/2013 6:12PM

    Have fun on your vacation.Hang in there. You seem to have your goals planned out. emoticon emoticon

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