SABLENESS's SparkPeople Blog SABLENESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Really bombed 5% Challenge <em>24</em> <em>193</em> <em>49</em> <em>198</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Those emoticons about sum it up. I still don't have a job lined up when mine ends June 30. I've been tired and stressed and totally focused on job hunting. I had my monthly massage this week, and the therapist said your head may be handling things pretty well, but your muscles say otherwise. <BR> <BR> The best I can say is that I didn't quit, I was honest about all the days when exercise = zero, and I did c... Fri, 20 May 2016 07:08:20 EST Morning prayer You know my desires, You know my feelings, You know what is best for me. Bless my job hunting, I pray. Tue, 17 May 2016 09:25:02 EST Big time ups & downs today Good news: <em>128</em> I woke up before the alarm, having forgotten I go in early on Fridays. I got to work on time, but... <BR> Bad news: I had to go home again for my badge and key. <em>2</em> <BR> Really bad news: I didn't get the job I had a second interview for. <em>198</em> <BR> Better news: It was the nicest rejection notice I've ever received. <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> Better yet: the person who sent it called me to reiterate all the encouraging things she'd said an... Fri, 13 May 2016 17:12:45 EST Why bother and what's going on?? Job hunting has been taking up a lot of energy. I'm behind on Sparking, behind on house upkeep, behind at work, and just about anywhere else I can get behind. However, that is the rhythm of things at the moment. <BR> <BR> Why am I bothering to do any Sparking at all? Anything I do, however small, keeps me mindful of my longterm goals, even though I'm not doing much toward meeting them at the moment. <BR> <BR> What I have been doing is researching whatever I can about the jobs I'm int... Mon, 9 May 2016 13:11:33 EST Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow That's a line from a hymn I learned as a child, and I take those words with me into this week. This moment I feel tired and unready for Monday. Before I start a new job, I intend to take a vacation day between finishing and beginning. SISSYFEB48 is making a retreat right now, and I am heartily wishing I could do the same. That will have to wait, but I'm hoping to make time for one over the summer. I need it. Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:22:51 EST Hurry up and wait Quite a week: three very good but very different interviews, two classes, trying to keep up with my work between interviews, classes, and looking for new job postings. I seem to have timed it right; nothing this week looked as suitable as the four I've applied for. So now I'm waiting to see about an interview for the fourth position and to hear back on the others. I'm not going to worry about it this weekend; Monday will get here soon enough. <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:41:51 EST Where oh where A heartfelt thank you for all the support with my job search. I've been so focused on it that Sparking has sort of gone by the wayside this week. I check the day's job postings first thing to see if anything new has been added, give my very supportive coworkers updates on my latest interviews and applications, come home to dinner and a nap, then get to work on one of the several online classes I'm doing to better my chances at one or another of the jobs I've applied for. I went to an onsit... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:39:29 EST Seeds bearing fruit I now have four applications in and two interviews ined up for next week so far. I've had some very encouraging conversations and figured out the new job search site well enough to explain it to someone else. Now I feel sad, exited, scared...and nervous. <em>39</em> <em>224</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:34:05 EST Gardening is hard work My last blog was titled Planting Seeds of Change. I wrote about the positive seeds I've planted since learning that my job will be eliminated, effective end of June. Although I will be getting internal placement offers, that won't happen till mid to end of May and the offers will be equivalent to my position or below. If I want to use this unsought change as an opportunity to move up, it's up to me to work at it. So far I've had to navigate an unfamiliar new system in HR which I've done ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:10:00 EST Planting seeds of change My job loss won't be common knowledge till tomorrow, and it's been good to have today to get used to the idea myself. I have this job through June 30th and hope to have a new one to start on July 1st.. <BR> <BR> <em>378</em> I spent some time today looking at work-sponsored classes that could be useful to a job seeker, especially if I should be able to make a move upward in best case scenario. <BR> <em>378</em> I spoke with a coworker about a class he teaches without explaining the ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:49:42 EST Happy? Birthday? Well, some days are just not what you expect. Yes, it's my birthday, and that is good. My office was all decorated when I got to work, and there are beautiful flowers on my desk. <BR> <BR> The not so good part is that I learned my position is being eliminated. Whew, what timing. <BR> <BR> I'm reminding myself that things have happened in the past that I would not have chosen that led me to other places. I will have internal job opportunities, so I'm not completely out out of a job. Mo... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:28:58 EST Scared! I had a big scare last weekend while driving down 75 at the end of spring break. I started feeling AWFUL, wondering if maybe I was having a heart attack. I know they can manifest in odd ways in women, and four close family members died from one. My mind was racing as well as my heart, checking to see if my hands were shaking, wondering if I was going to pass out, etc. Thanks be to God, I was close to an exit, and that exit had a hospital sign. <BR> <BR> Fast forward a couple of hours--... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:02:12 EST Colcannon, courtesy of MEWHENRYSMAMA An Irish recipe repertoire essential - simple delicious colcannon <BR> Jane Walsh @irishcentral March 09,2016 01:00 AM <BR> <BR> The Irish potato dish colcannon is delicious, hearty, and easy to make. <BR> Traditional for Halloween but delicious for any time at all, colcannon is an essential Irish potato dish. Its unique and simple recipe has become popular around the world. It normally includes chopped kale or green cabbage mixed with hot, floury mashed potatoes. <BR> <BR> This simple ... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:31:20 EST Monday menu Last night's leftover baked lemon pepper salmon <BR> Brown rice <BR> Red beets and white beets <BR> Mixed greens <BR> Salad with tiny very tasty tomatoes from husband's garden <BR> <BR> Yes, there is such a thing as white beets. We had white beets and red turnips in this week's farm share. The mixed greens turned out better than expected, given that I knew what only two of the four kinds were. I still have collards, cabbage, fennel, green onions, radishes, parsley, cilantro, the last of t... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:28:01 EST Sunday dinner Lemon pepper baked salmon <BR> Steamed endive with olive oil and lemon <BR> Red turnips cooked with their greens <BR> Broccoli and mushrooms leftover from last night <BR> Mashed potatoes <BR> <BR> We are so spoiled by wonderful farm fare and will miss it when Fla. heat kicks in. We're enjoying it in the meanwhile. Tonight's recipe for steamed endive called for cinnamon as well as the oil and lemon. Next time I'll leave it out. It was interesting but not a keeper. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:05:05 EST Lent, Quaker style So what is a Quaker doing keeping Lent? One of the Quaker testimonies is simplicity. I don't feel obliged to keep Lent, but I have a long history as a singer in liturgical churches, and this is a spiritual practice that I choose. <BR> <BR> Last year I chose a "give up"practice. I gave up baked goods for the duration. I had two hard moments. I offered to make my favorite from scratch cake for an office party--and chose to forego making an exception for myself. I froze a big piece and ate ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:50:14 EST good things I am so enjoying the weekly share we get from a small local organic farm. We've had vegetables tasty enough to double as dessert. The farm manager says the two questions he gets asked are "What is it?" and "What do I do with it?" I've discovered some yummy recipes for the more unusual veggies, our favorite to date being vegan kohlrabi soup. That recipe has morphed into "farm soup" using up whatever we still have toward the end of the week. The tomato-based sauce I made for today's egg... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:23:45 EST Off to a fizzle My winter 5% challenge got off to a fizzle. I started the week resuming good habits and then got flattened by a cold. I've missed a couple days of work and have had no energy at all. <BR> <BR> Gratitude list: <BR> 1. Being caught up enough at work to not worry about taking time to stay home in bed <BR> 2. Husband helped make a big pot of chicken soup <BR> 3. No sinus infection, thanks be <BR> <BR> Bummer list: <BR> 1. Missing Meeting tomorrow <BR> 2. Not able to sing a concert to... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 20:06:36 EST Where oh where could it be?? A Catholic friend shared this little prayer to St. Anthony, saint of lost things: "Tony, Tony, come around; something's lost and can't be found." <BR> <BR> I could use some help. Husband and I replaced our Sparkpeople activity trackers with Fitbits. I set mine up, synced it once, and promptly mislaid it two days ago. I know it didn't go in the wash because I distinctly remember taking it off to see if everything was syncing OK--and that was the last I've seen of it. I only hope one of t... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 19:23:10 EST Last day of winter break On this last day of winter break, I'm busy preparing for the workweek. I have a load of laundry going, am tidying up a few corners, and have just looked in the freezer at what I have ready to eat. I'm about to make a pot of mixed greens from this week's farm share to get a start on using up the veggies. <BR> <BR> I must confess I've been using up in whatever is in the pantry that's not low fat. However, I took a large batch of cheese squares to a potluck so there were only a few left. To... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:59:50 EST On the 15th day of winter break & 1st day of Winter 5% Challenge <em>550</em> Went to the farm to pick up my weekly share of organic produce <BR> <em>361</em> Met a girlfriend for lunch <BR> <em>311</em> Walked in Philippe Park afterward Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:50:36 EST On the 11th thru 14th days of winter break Tues 12/29 day 11: cleaned a closet and my jewelry cabinet; made smoked Alaskan salmon patties <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> Wed 12/30 day 12: girlfriends night out for dinner and Botanical Gardens to see the lights <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Thur 12/31 day 13: celebrated at home; caviar with cucumber rounds on rosemary crackers, baked salmon pie, apple/peach sparking cider <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Fri 1/1 day 14: made big pot of gumbo and put away decorations with much "help" from cats <... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:16:22 EST On the 9th & 10th days... On the 9th day of winter break, I made a delicious pot of vegan creamy kohlrabi soup topped with pumpkin seeds. Love the Ninja processor we bought ourselves last Christmas. <BR> <BR> On the 10th day of winter break, we went to the Sunset Point Cinema Cafe for dinner and the new Star Wars movie. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 19:57:30 EST On the 8th day... On the 8th say of winter break, I picked up and sorted this week's farm share, <em>550</em> ate leftover baked eggplant, and finally fulfilled a Jan 2015 resolution--went and got shingles vaccine. <em>273</em> I was quite surprised that my insurance covered it 100%. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:12:54 EST On the 6th and 7th days... On the 6th day of winter break, I did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and sang two beautiful Christmas Eve services. I was so pleased with how good I felt when I got home in the wee hours: tired but not exhausted, knees felt fine after up & down stairs to choir room numerous times, and feet didn't hurt even with all the standing. My new Vionics shoes are wonderful! <BR> <BR> On the 7th day of winter break, husband & I had coffee, opened our gifts, and ate a light breakfast. I'm about to sta... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:37:57 EST On the 5th day... On the 5th day of winter break, I took a real break. I needed some rest. <em>102</em> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:55:44 EST On the first day... <em>446</em> On the 1st day of winter break, I picked up our farm share, drove across the bay for a rehearsal and shopped at Trader Joe's. <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> On the 2nd day of winter break, I sang one service and a concert and got home late. <BR> <BR> <em>443</em> On the 3rd day of winter break, I took guests to Sunken Gardens on our family pass, ate out, and visited two of the Tampa parks I went to last year from my 100 parks goal. <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> On the 4th day of ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:37:01 EST FOOD This has been a FOOD day. Breakfast was a veggie omelet packed with lots of leftovers from last week's farm share. With a bit of shredded Cabot's 75% reduced fat cheese,it was delicious. We picked up this week's share and sorted out what needs eating first, what to make with our haul, and started cooking. The pot of vegan chili we made used up last week's onions, some extra cherry tomatoes, the few remaining kale leaves, the end of a pack of celery, some organic carrots, and a bunch of ci... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 18:58:17 EST Family day This is one of those days I'm happy to live in Florida--pleasant temp, nice breeze, less humidity than usual. It was a perfect day to start our yearlong family membership at Sunken Gardens in St Petersburg with our visiting daughter and my mom. It was a popular Florida attraction long before the days of Disney. <BR> <BR> Afterward we celebrated husband's birthday at a Middle Eastern restaurant with sidewalk seating. Bad news: we witnessed an accident with two totaled vehicles. Good ne... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:42:39 EST Creative cooking What do you do when your vegan daughter sends you a list of recently discovered food sensitivities? I found a recipe I hope is a winner, and I'm preparing now for when she arrives tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Wild rice + dried blueberries and cranberries + toasted hazelnuts <BR> <BR> Supposed to add heavy cream which I'm sure is delicious, but we'll be adding coconut milk instead. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a Thanksgiving full of peace and contentment. <em>426</em> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:52:03 EST Counting my blessings 1. My job <BR> 2. Being able to do it in spite of wrist issues <BR> 3. Supportive coworkers <BR> 4. A great occupational therapist <BR> 5. Helpful folks in workers comp <BR> 6. About 50% improvement <BR> 7. Doing this blog with voice activation <BR> 8. Daughter coming for Thanksgiving <BR> 9. Husband getting wkly share of local organic produce & helping to fix it <BR> 10. Today's healthy lunch: dal tadka, low sodium V8, apple Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:26:46 EST Update I wish I had more positive news to report. My wrists are not worse, but not better either. I have wrist splints and orders to continue limiting typing. I'd be really worried about my job if I hadn't had help from a friend in Assistive Technology who set up voice activation for me. It isn't perfect, and it doesn't like my accent sometimes which makes for amusing errors. I started occupational therapy and am hoping for good results. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:17:12 EST A real downer Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have repetitive stress injury from work. That means as little typing as possible, preferably none, so I won't be visible here for awhile. I will be keeping up good Spark habits though. I'm a secretary, and work is going to be challenging and slow with two awkward splints. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:43:52 EST Checking in after a lull I haven't been very active here for awhile except for bare minimum. Instead, I spent my time on an online Living Lean course and some related activities, courtesy of my health insurance. Now that I'm done with the course, it's back to more Sparking. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 21:13:15 EST Summer Challenge and something new <em>192</em> I've posted my final weigh-in for Summer 5% Challenge. I lost 4 lbs. That's only 4 of the 10 that would have been 5%, but it is 4 lbs in the right direction. The best thing about the 4 lbs is that I'm once again on the right side of 200. <BR> <BR> That time period included an office move and two vacations which added up to stress and opportunity. One vacation went really well. I walked every time I could, made good meal choices out, and ate vegan at daughter's. Vacatio... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:48:23 EST Re-eval Whew. First week back on normal 5-day schedule hasn't been exactly normal. I've stayed late Mon, Tues, Wed, went in early today, and will start early tomorrow as well. Where is my "normal'? <BR> <BR> My "normal" does not seem to include the motivation to do all the SP videos. It doesn't carry the same excitement as walking in 100 parks. While I like some of them, I've done others with the attitude of "I have to get through this one so I can check it off." That's drudgery. When I'm not... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:52:55 EST It's Monday, woohoo! I don't often say that about a Monday, but this one is worth a woohoo. My 4 day weeks of 10 hr days is done with till next summer, and I'm back on a normal schedule. I get to leave half an hour later, I get a whole hour for lunch instead of a stingy 38 minutes, and I'll be home a whole hour earlier. Luxury! Now I can get back to working my way through Spark videos. <BR> <BR> Much of my exercise this summer had to do with moving my office--packing boxes, moving boxes, unpacking boxes, a... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:39:25 EST It's Thursday, woohoo! For the summer, Thursdays are my Friday. That's the upside. The downside is that I have only three work days before heading off on vacation again, this time to a family reunion. While I'm looking forward to traveling with my mom again, the next week will be pretty intense. First project this morning: a detailed priorities list. <BR> <BR> Did video #16 - New You Bootcamp 7 Min Leg Shaping Workout. Good start to the day. I have 20 min before I need to be out the door. Ready, set, GO! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:00:57 EST Back at it Videos #14 & 15 <BR> <BR> Today: 11 min Chair Cardio Routine. This is one of my favorites. Gets heart rate up, gets me awake and moving. <BR> <BR> Yesterday: 10 Min Lazy Day Workout. This is a keeper too. Can actually do it. <BR> <BR> Nothing yet about job interview. The circumstances of the job posting were such that it looked like they already have a shoo-in in mind, but it was worth my best shot at it. Maybe today.... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:00:02 EST Interview Thanks, everyone, for prayers and good wishes. I've never had a job interview by phone, sitting in a breakfast nook overlooking a rose bush! <BR> <BR> I thought it went well. The questions were all ones I could respond to easily, and I feel good about it. There are always a few things I wish I'd said, but on the whole, I'm happy. It's clear that the position will be filled quickly, and I'll know one way or the other next week. Until then, it's hurry up and wait. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:14:28 EST Vacation in Seattle Our daughter has done a wonderful job of planning senior-friendly exciting things to do as well as fixing vegan meals that even my mom is raving about. We highly recommend Airbnb, and our rental house is close enough to walk to daughter's apartment. We even have a pair of friendly kitties next door who are happy to visit on the porch for a petting <BR> <BR> I haven't been tracking, but have been eating vegan when daughter cooks and making veggie-loaded choices when eating out. I've certai... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:41:57 EST Why I don't like Pilates After walking in 100 different parks this year, my follow-up is to do all ALL the SP workout videos. <BR> <BR> I started with the yoga/pilates ones because pilates is my least favorite. This body at this weight simply cannot do it. Usually, I just laugh and make up something else to do, but you know? Those things are discouraging. I'm sure I have lots of Sparkcompany out there, Sparkers with bodies like mine that no way can I get my weight into a plank without hurting myself. This mor... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:11:37 EST Ready for the week First week of 5% challenge? OK, no loss, but at least no gain. I've been moving an office and eating on the run, so no gain is good indeed. I think I'm past the worst of it. I moved my own office on Thurs, packing my car to the brim with the files, printers, and things I use daily. I earned lots of fitness minutes from packing, lugging boxes around, moving a rolling cart, unloading and unpacking boxes. This week I expect a truck delivery for the rest of the team's stuff, and I'm waiting... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:00:15 EST Wk 1 Day 3 + Video #12 - 10 Min Yoga Fusion Workout OK, back to doing all the SP videos project. I did the 10 Min Yoga Fusion Workout. Granted, I could do maybe half of it as shown, and my body did not resemble the models, but I improvised with other stretching, and it felt really good. <BR> <BR> Day 3 is going really well. Cheers, Champions! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:25:08 EST Day 2 Summer 5% Challenge Well, I haven't gotten to a video, but I've done some serious cleaning and cooking and shopping. Haven't calculated fitness minutes yet, might do at least a short video later. <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> I have new shoes! When you have plantar fasciitis AND a very narrow heel, shoe choices are pretty limited. This was my lucky day. <em>137</em> I have three pairs of new shoes for work to replace some old and worn ones. On sale and with $10 coupon! <BR> <BR> I've just finished making p... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:16:55 EST Day 1 not so good, but... Day 1 of Summer 5% Challenge is not a stellar day. Tired + unprepared = eat whatever's on hand, eat leftovers to get rid of them, read, and nap. <BR> <em>29</em> <em>102</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> OK, that's out of my system. Day 2 will be better, much better. Just sayin'. <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> On the very bright side, my points finally kicked in for a work-related health program. Husband and I now qualify for a discount on next year's hea... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:19:37 EST Barely keeping up Hi friends, <em>220</em> <BR> I'm having a tough time right now. Work has a lot of complications at the moment, and I'm tired and stressed. My 10 hour days aren't helping any. I haven't done any videos since last week. <BR> <BR> Counting my blessings anyway: <BR> 1. <em>43</em> Husband is amazing. After 41 years, he's learning to cook. I actually came home to a meal he'd prepared all by himself last night--and it was good! <BR> 2. <em>40</em> I had the presence of mind to get ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:21:49 EST A foodie day Husband and I have been celebrating Father's Day today. <em>220</em> We don't like going out on the actual holidays when restaurants, parks, beaches, etc are crowded with everyone else celebrating. We got into the habit of doing it early--or late--when his mother was up in years and managed more easily if there weren't crowds to contend with. <BR> <BR> We started off with vegetable omelets for breakfast with asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, <em>369</em> tomatoes, <em>370</e... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:39:44 EST SP Video #11 - 10 Min Pilates Thigh Workout One more down and lots to go! I really need to get my summer schedule shaped up so I'm doing one at least 5 days a week. As I said before, Pilates is not my favorite thing to do, and I have to be careful not to overdo and aggravate any joints. Anyway, IT WILL GET BETTER, right? <BR> <BR> Noticed on drive between new to be workplace and old workplace I saw some beautiful Florida blooming things: <BR> <BR> Red Royal Poinciana <BR> White, pink, rose-colored oleander <BR> Bleeding Heart <BR>... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:55:07 EST SP Video #10 - 3 Min Leg Stretching Routine on Mat <em>246</em> <em>406</em> <BR> So...I did this one in my desk chair on break when no one was around. It was really 3 Min Leg Stretching Routine in Chair. Amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. Adapting it to a chair was actually a very effective stretch. <BR> <BR> Now I have the longer more challenging yoga/pilates videos to do to finish up this grouping. There are only seven more to go. I decided it would be easier to keep track of where I am by staying in one gr... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:58:34 EST