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My computer is being a little squirrelly, but I am glad to hear you are keeping on keeping on. edited to add: thanks for the ID and GPS suggestions!

I'm a little frustrated with my weight, which is back up over my goal by a couple of pounds, but I have not been able to steer clear of commercial food for several days so it could be salt. It could also be that I shouldn't log activities like home repair and house cleaning. So I didn't do that today. There was an unexpected birthday party on Monday and then I went out with a friend yesterday for lunch. She pointed out that it's our 20th anniversary of being friends, which was sweet. We worked together when I had just graduated college and had babies about the same times, except I have one more girl than she does.

I've moved all the furniture I can for the basement project, so I guess it's time to get back to sorting boxes. My siblings tell me that moving helps them declutter, but I guess I've moved a couple of times where I'd just had a baby or was injured.

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7/29/15 10:14 P

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Aurlie, I hope you get enough rain to keep fires at bay but not so much that it causes mudslides. I know that it will probably continue to be dry though. And I hope that the Mike gets a positive answer soon on his workers comp.

Checking in quickly because I should have been in bed 30 minutes ago, my fault, just got to talking with a friend and time got away...lunch with Jamie today and no exercise. Left work on time. I'm
still about a month behind jut I am trying to manage my time and stress better. Did get some laundry done, but wish I had done some organizing.

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Gloria, the key to my refrigerator organization is a large plastic storage bin that only fits on one shelf of the fridge. That bin contains my kale, ginger, turmeric, spinach, cucumbers, herbs, etc (about 90% of my green drink/salad ingredients). Mike respects that one part of the shelf and the rest of the refrigerator is his to randomize as he pleases.

We haven't reached the height of our fire season yet, Gloria. The hottest and driest weather comes later in the summer here. The wildfire that incinerated cars on the freeway a couple of weeks ago seems to be an indicator of things to come.

My early-morning awakening has been getting progressively worse. Since most of my worries are job/financial I'm hoping that it will improve when Mike finally gets a resolution to his Worker's Comp case. Until then, I'm doing my best to find a solution that's within my powers....



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7/28/15 3:11 P

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I like the idea of reorganizing the fridge Aurlie, I would like to do that, though I am not sure how long it would last as Jamie just randomly sticks things all over in there. I always prepare my lunches ahead of time and three times recently I have had to move it to another location because he has taken it over that spot. Last night I got up in the bonus room and sorted through some stuff and threw some things away. I just need to keep doing a little at a time.

Aurlie, do they think that the extreme heat that you are expected to get will impede putting out the wild fires in your state? We've got another heat advisory today - it isn't that it is so hot, it is that the humidity is so high that it makes the heat unbearable. I am dreading speed work tonight because I find it so hard to breathe when it is like this. Maybe we will get a storm this afternoon which will drop the temp down and make it somewhat more bearable.

I've had three nights in a row with over seven hours of sleep! It is wonderful! Won't happen tonight since I will get home late but I am really trying! Went to yoga today, that is helping me a lot too. I've been feeling munchy today - I want to eat, even though I am not hungry. I am trying to be mindful.

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I see what you mean, Gloria -- a new shelf could work to streamline your whole workday routine. I designated a small space in our kitchen for my weekday lunch stuff and it's made a big difference in my daily lunch preparation time. In the same way, reorgainizing our refrigerator has simplified my green drink preparation. There are surely other areas in my life where a small investment could have a big payoff -- I need to give that some thought.


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Aurlie, I hope you are able to make time off part of your regular routine - it made such a difference for me to have that one day and you are right, life is going by, best not to miss out on it!

Tricia, have you considered a Road ID for your little boy? Here is the link - not sure if he would keep it on but you can get one for his shoe or his wrist....and they are very reasonably priced. I use them for running.

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Each weekend I try to get my clothing, including shoes, accessories (scarves, jewelry) and underwear ready for the following week. I didn't really have a place to put the shoes and accessories other than on top of the dresser (clothing could be hung in the closet). So the new shelf in the closet will be for that stuff - then it won't sitting out on the dresser the whole week cluttering up the place. I haven't had much time lately but I have been slowly getting rid of stuff and I need to tackle the "too big clothes" and a lot of old magazines.

Skipped lunch today because I had a lot of meetings this afternoon, I am trying to get out at a decent time today. I also was able to get to bed earlier last night and got about 7 hours and 22 minutes of sleep (according to FitBit - was in bed for over 8.25 hours) so I am doing better with that, hope to be able to maintain it and get on a more regular schedule. Not sure it is going to happen though.

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I hope you're poised to have a great week, Gloria.

I skipped a few of my normal weekend chores and I suspect I'll regret that later in the week. It's becoming clear that neither my home nor my work routines are sustainable. I'm just feeling too fatigued and stressed. This week I'm going to devote some time to examining some of my routines with an eye to my life easier. It seems like I'm always been focusing on doing more, better, faster and more efficiently. Too much of my life is getting lost in the process. Taking a few hours off on Friday was a huge deal to me. I've got to make that kind of thing a regular part of my life before I get completely burned out.

Tricia, you reminded me of the "elopement precautions" that my friend has had to adopt as her special-needs son has gotten older. GPS-tracking gadgets are getting less expensive and more sophisticated all the time.

I'm impressed with your decluttering, too, Tricia. Mike is talking about moving again. Whether that happens or not, decluttering would really help us.



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7/26/15 1:34 P

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Gloria, needing one shelf to resolve organizational issues reminds me of what I used to think when I'd see a diet offering to help you shed 5 pounds, when I needed to lose 50. It's funny because now I am trying to lose 5 pounds. I hope that made sense, in that I do hope you get your shelf!

Aurlie, I am glad the dinner thing ran its course. I think I know what you mean about replaying conversations in your head. I probably would do the same thing if my life involved more interactions of consequence with people I have limited contact with.

So my husband did get the extension on his resignation timeline, so he works through September which is good to have resolved. (The alternative was having his last day in 2 weeks!) Our plan for the state holiday collapsed. My brother in law couldn't finish his deck, so my sister in law stepped up, but then her son got suddenly ill, so my parents in law stepped up, but then they also cancelled. My daughter was very disappointed, as was I, but we did something fun the next day instead (nickel arcade).

My preschooler has begun being being more independent, not clinging to me all the time as much. It is nice in some ways but also scary as we contemplated going to the arcade, so I wrote a cell phone number on his back with a sharpie. We are talking about getting him a medic alert tag or something.

My decluttering is going really well. I was able to take the old carpet out of this spare room we have in the basement and put in some carpet tiles we kept from doing the sun room last summer. They are backed with heavy rubber and lie flat, and we took them out in the yard and washed them. I have never seen anything like them before.

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Got a short run in with friends this morning, taking care of some household chores. We went to get supplies for a shelf in my closet. I need to run to the grocery store to get some food for my husband's lunches this week. Otherwise I am trying to just be relaxed and not stressed. Still have things to get done around here, and would like to do yoga but we will see....I am not going to let things overwhelm me.

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Hope you having a good weekend, Gloria!

Our temperatures are rising -- looks like we'll be in the 90's or triple digits this week. I'm trying to make this a productive day so I won't feel so stressed during the week. We'll get our walk this morning and I'm making a list of all I want to do this afternoon.

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Aurlie, what a blessing to get the afternoon off, so glad that you were able to relax and enjoy. Hope you don't have to work too much today or tomorrow.

I have a friend who hasn't been able to run since April due to back trouble, so I went for a long walk with her early this morning and then we met other friends at the running shoe store for a special event being put on by Brooks shoes, which included a three mile run. They gave away seven pairs of running shoes but I was not one of the lucky recipients. Was finally able to pick up my prescription from the pharmacy, a relief to have that done. Got a little pool time this afternoon. I am trying to convince Jamie to put another shelf in my closet and if he does, I think that will resolve my organizational issues.

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It was a busy morning, but I promised Mike I'd leave at noon so I did. I left a message for my boss, telling her the status of the projects I left unfinished and told her I'd login from home after lunch. We had a very fun time in Chinatown, just walking and browsing the shops and had a nice lunch. When I logged in, my boss had left me a message telling me to just let it all go and enjoy my weekend. She had already followed up with the project teams on my behalf. It was a real relief. She's really stepped up to provide a buffer between me and the unreasonable expectations of the project teams.

I'll put in some time tomorrow and Saturday, but I feel better now that the pressure is off.

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Aurlie, did you get your half day off today? My day was not very productive but VERY beneficial. I got plenty of sleep (9.5 hours, I didn't even wake when my husband took his shower) and took a nice long walk. Got some laundry done too. I feel a lot less stressed today.

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I got out today for lunch with my friends but no exercise today. The trail run was canceled because of our weather, which was rainy overnight and in the morning so the trails are muddy. I should have gone and run with one of the other groups but instead I stayed late and got enough stuff done so that I can take off tomorrow. Traffic was bad coming home but I was just so relieved knowing that I can stay home tomorrow that I didn't mind. Next week will be another crazy week. I am sitting outside enjoying the evening. Weather is more pleasant this evening but the mosquitoes are vicious so I will have to go in soon.

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Hope you can manage to take Friday off this week, Gloria. It sounds like you really need a break. My boss suggested I take off Friday afternoon. I agreed without even looking at our calendar. I'd really enjoy a break -- we'll see....

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Just dropping by for a second, it's a 14 hour workday for me and add the commute each way of about 40 minutes, I am really tired and getting ready to go home...no breaks at all so no exercise and quite low on calories too. But I haven't had dinner yet.

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Mike put a stop to the Breakfast-for-Dinner-week experiment on Day 3. After my initial observation that I needed to eat my evening meal later in the day, I was willing to continue without comment, but Mike realized it was important to have variety in the evening meal -- go figure. Yesterday, he went out and had a delicious vegetarian meal waiting for me when I got home.

The meeting with the VP really interrupted my sleep pattern -- even last night after the meeting was over. I find myself continually replaying conversations (both actual and anticipated) over in my mind at night.I realize that's unproductive behavior, but I haven't found a way to break out of that. The meeting ended with the VP assuring me he was going to talk to HR about getting just financial compensation for our department and for me specifically. I don't know if he'll do that or if HR will respond positively. It's out of my hands for now. If I don't get a response within a month, I'll raise the issue again.

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7/21/15 11:04 P

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Nicky, good to see you, and glad you seem to have enjoyed Kurdistan. The Pomodoro method sounds very interesting. I take my breaks when I can, or when a child decides I need one. ;)

Aurlie, hwo are you holding up with the breakfast for dinner? That does sound frustrating. I try to make gluten free dinners for my husband and then he gets up from the table and eats graham crackers. I keep telling myself it's just the one meal. And he's waiting to hear back from work on his resignation timeline. So I guess I can wait for that shoe to drop before getting on his case.

Gloria, congrats on the good sleep. I could use some. I'm not at a critical point, just woke up around 4 this morning and wound up getting up to go shopping. I hope you get your holiday! We have a state holiday on Friday, though my husband doesn't get it off. We'll probably watch the parade on TV and there's a Barbecue at my brother in laws.

My decluttering is going well, but the cleaning is less so. I want to try alternating which one I do in the morning, since I think that time is much more productive. I filled a bag with extra large shirts today, which was bittersweet. It was all my turtlenecks in the colors I love most. I'm not sure how they wound up where they were, but they are too big, and I have no question in my mind about needing them in the foreseeable future.

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AURLIE, I had lots of salad today too!
Let us know if your meeting was helpful or futile..
I used to try and fail to do 15 mins. these 25 min pomodoros are working wonders..
GLORIA. I find the heat stops me getting to sleep at night, which doesn't help with tiredness...

N ICKY. FITNESS. It was cool enough to go up the mountain, tho I did decide to take a break half way to the restaurant. Enjoyed my cold capuccino. On the way down my knee made itself felt. Cartilage? or back playing up in a different pat of my legs? only 9.5 k steps.
ATTITUDE. I'm now opening my Bible before I open Facebook. So I start much earlier and get much more done and, amazingly, am much less tired.But normally sleeping under 6 hours, under 5 last night as the heat kept me awake. Shall try sleeping in the living room tonight, and hope it's cooler.25 mins can make a dent in the accumulated papers that cover all the surfaces...
NUTRITION. Not counting cals. Breakfast, bread and cream cheese and ham and cucumber and tomato out of the garden. Lunch, cabbage, cuc and tomato salad, with healthy egg macmuffin makeover. Supper, lettuce, from garden, cuc and tomato salad with trout and chips. Working at getting my weight back down within the 3% limit for the maintenance challenge.


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Good luck with your meeting today Aurlie. I hope that your VP comes through for you and gives you some solid answers.

I was able to be in bed for over eight hours last night and FitBit reports a little over seven hours of sleep, which is wonderful - tonight I have speed work and will get home late but I have everything organized so if I can just force myself to settle in and get to bed, maybe I can eek out adequate sleep again...it is just really hard for me to come home and settle in right after my evening activities - which is why I need to limit how many times I am out on weeknights.

Skipped lunch (i.e., yoga or a walk) in order to work through and get more done....I don't like doing that but there is just too much to do by Thursday. If I can manage it I am going to take Friday off for my July 4th holiday but not sure if it will happen.

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It's not surprising that you're feeling exhausted, Gloria! Your work schedule, lack of sleep and the weather are all ganging up on you. I hope you can at least get more sleep this week.

Nicky, my mother had her own version of the Pomodoro method when we were children. We used a 15-minute timer, which was well-suited to our attention spans. I took an online course called "Learning How to Learn" last year. The Pomodoro method was featured as an effective learning technique. I find it great for practical work and breaking down big tasks, but not so much for grasping new concepts.

I'm supposed to meet with the VP of my Department today. I'm still trying to puzzle out a way to make my job here sustainable. Our last meeting was in May and this is my opportunity to see if he followed up on any of my questions. I'm sick at the thought of another futile meeting and I'll be glad when it's over.

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Aurlie, how good to hear you were able to walk earlier! Hope your area didn't experience the sinkholes and mudslides, etc, that seemed to have resulted from the rain you got out there. Ironic that you got that much rain to cause that sort of trouble yet it is likely not enough to even make a dent in the recovery from the drought.

Nicky, what a pleasure to hear from you! Happy to hear you are able to go up the mountain again. I had never heard of the Pomodoro method, interesting!

Worked through lunch today and stayed late....I hope I can meet this Friday's deadlines. I should have stayed longer but I have felt this sense of exhaustion over the past few days and decided I needed to get home and get to bed earlier. I actually wonder if the tiredness is a result of this unrelenting heat and humidity. Last night managed about seven hours of sleep, which is good for me - though eight would be much better! Hoping to eek out seven tonight as well. Since I worked through lunch, no exercise today, would have liked to have gone to Power Sculpt, and no walking either - I'm not even at 4,000 steps yet. I've been working on re-organizing a few things to make my morning routine simpler and easier, but I don't have it quite where I want it to be yet. Slowly but surely...!

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Gloria, I continue to be in awe of your running accomplishments! It's great you have so many friends in the running community. It seems to be good for you in many ways. I hope you get into a good pattern of sleep this week.

Nicky! Welcome back! It's great to hear from you. Congratulations on your outstanding work with the Kurdish language. You certainly deserve the prize after all the work you invested.

I had a brisk walk and now I'm eating my salad and Sparking a bit. I've got a busy afternoon ahead of me. Happy Monday to all.

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The lost sheep returns to the fold!

TRICIA, great news about the toddler! or preschooler, or whatever he is now!
GLORIA, I sympathise about the rough day.
AURLIE, I'm glad Mike has realised it could happen to him if he doesn't take preventive measures.

NICKY. Put on a kilo or so in 6 weeks in Kurdistan, which was not bad. Then another kilo compulsive eating once I got home, which is not so good.... It's too hot to exercise, 30+, which doesn't help. It's now 45 in one place where I stayed in Kurdistan, so I'm grateful to be back in Albania.
Had a great time. Ate what I wanted, and walked lots.
Had a fairly expensive week of nearly 26 hours one to one teaching with a brilliant teacher who knows no English, so 26 hours of Kurmanci, with some consultation of Turkish dictionaries. I have months worth of material to absorb now. I wrote it down and we recorded it, in English and Kurmanji. I was communicating, albeit somewhat laboriously, by the end. Incidentally I was amazed to be awarded the prize for progress in the language challenge I did!!!
I tried 5 mins jogging today to see if it hurts my back. The medics tell me not to, but they don't tell me what I can do, so I am being my own physio! They said don't go up the mountain, and I do, with no problems. Biking turned out not to be a good idea, tho that might have been the very dodgy bike I borrowed. Might try to borrow a decent one and see what happens. I think hula hooping is not a good idea, sadly, as I love it.
I've started experimenting with the Pomodoro method. You work flat out for 25 minutes and have a break before the next 25 minutes. It seems to be helping me get my act together. And do things I hate, like decluttering, and things I don't get round to, like correspondence.
I shall stop now and cook my trout. The oven chips are just about ready!

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The lost sheep returns to the fold!

TRICIA, great news about the toddler! or preschooler, or whatever he is now!
GLORIA, I sympathise about the rough day.
AURLIE, I'm glad Mike has realised it could happen to him if he doesn't take preventive measures.

NICKY. Put on a kilo or so in 6 weeks in Kurdistan, which was not bad. Then another kilo compulsive eating once I got home, which is not so good.... It's too hot to exercise, 30+, which doesn't help. It's now 45 in one place where I stayed in Kurdistan, so I'm grateful to be back in Albania.
Had a great time. Ate what I wanted, and walked lots.
Had a fairly expensive week of nearly 26 hours one to one teaching with a brilliant teacher who knows no English, so 26 hours of Kurmanci, with some consultation of Turkish dictionaries. I have months worth of material to absorb now. I wrote it down and we recorded it, in English and Kurmanji. I was communicating, albeit somewhat laboriously, by the end. Incidentally I was amazed to be awarded the prize for progress in the language challenge I did!!!
I tried 5 mins jogging today to see if it hurts my back. The medics tell me not to, but they don't tell me what I can do, so I am being my own physio! They said don't go up the mountain, and I do, with no problems. Biking turned out not to be a good idea, tho that might have been the very dodgy bike I borrowed. Might try to borrow a decent one and see what happens. I think hula hooping is not a good idea, sadly, as I love it.
I've started experimenting with the Pomodoro method. You work flat out for 25 minutes and have a break before the next 25 minutes. It seems to be helping me get my act together. And do things I hate, like decluttering, and things I don't get round to, like correspondence.
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Tricia, I think it is wonderful that you are trying to cook and sit down and eat as a family. Jamie and I used to do that nearly ever night but our schedules have gotten so packed that it doesn't happen as often...but with children, I think that is a very positive thing to do.

Aurlie, sorry you are dealing with the meal issues...I can see where you are coming from.

Me: past my bedtime and I am hurrying once again. Spent the day trying to get stuff done around here and didn't accomplish all that needed to be done. Sigh. And didn't get to spend any time at all in the pool. Makes me very unhappy. Did the trail race this morning, very fun. It was six miles, and it was so hot and humid but it went well. I don't have the official results yet but I assume that they will publish those soon. I think it was about an hour and a half. Trail running is a lot slower, some walking must be done, especially on hills. And the heat is awful too, so that calls for some walking anyway. I was nervous but found some friends there and as it turns out, I did fine. Got grocery shopping wrapped up, laundry, etc. I think I have reached the point of sheer exhaustion where bad things might happen if I don't get some rest so I am going to lay low this week and try to get to bed at a more reasonable time...not starting out well though. Been feeling slightly unwell over the past couple of days, slightly nauseated, wonder if it is from the heat.

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Tricia, best wishes on your goal of cooking and eating together as a family.

My meals have been pretty standard for some time. For breakfast, I use my Nutribullet to make a green drink: mostly kale, ginger, fresh turmeric root, frozen berries, powdered vitamins and supplements, some seasonal fresh veggies, chia seeds and coconut water. I bring my lunch to work: salad with a couple ounces of grilled chicken, fish or boiled eggs, and tahini sauce for dressing. Snacks are fruit, raw veggies, nuts and seeds. When Mike cooks dinner, it's usually grilled chicken or fish and a vegetable. Alternately, there are a few vegetarian frozen meals from Trader Joe's that are acceptable. When we eat out on the weekend, it's usually Souplantation. It's hard to be in a food rut like this. My workdays are long and often depressing and I was looking for some variety in my evening meal to give myself something to anticipate. (I've been finding myself snacking in the evening, probably because I'm depressed and unsatisfied.) Mike is adamant that having my green drink for dinner and switching to scrambled eggs for breakfast is the answer. I don't belive it's the answer to MY issue, but I lack the communication skills to explain it to him. He's just frustrated that I'm arguing with him.

It's been convenient to make a green drink in the morning, while I'm also preparing my salad for work. Now, I've got the issue of cooking and cleaning in addition to still preparing
my salad in the morning. Plus, I'm committed to having the exact same thing for dinner every single night -- the one thing I intended to change.

It's just not worth arguing with Mike. I'm committed to doing this for a week. Yesterday I had my green drink too early and kept getting up to get something more to eat: an apple, then almond butter, then a graham cracker). I'll find out tomorrow if the new morning schedule is workable. If the eggs are too much trouble, I can certainly eat the same green drink for breakfast and dinner. I guess I should just get over it, stop looking for variety and satisfaction in my food and just stick to what's simple and makes Mike happy. We've got too much stress as it is.

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I think it's definitely worth asking a neurologist, Gloria. I think many disorders are a combination of genetics and environment/lifestyle. I'm sorry to hear about more frustrations at work. I do have 4. My husband is paranoid about me talking too much about them on the internet.

Aurlie, good luck with Mike. Can you have the same breakfast twice a day? Is it something very specific?

I have been doing well with my dinner goal, of trying to cook dinner and eat it together as a family. The cognitive behavior work for organization is going well too. Last night I was thinking about the different facets of wellness and decided I wanted to get back to writing as a spiritual focus.

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My dad goes to a neurologist at University of Michigan, and of course, I am in Tennessee so I probably couldn't go see him. I did think about that though, that a neurologist would probably be who I would need to see and I don't just have one, you know? Haha! I will have to give that some more thought. I cut my thumb while I was cutting vegetables for a salad....a couple of weeks ago I scraped my hand in a drawer when I was closing it....I seem to be prone to cuts and scratches on my hands and fingers. That one was superficial and it ended up getting infected. I seem to not be healing as well or quickly as I should, probably that is because of the steroids that I take.

I did see the wildfire and the cars that got burned. I hope that today's rain helps and that there isn't any lightning to set off more fires. Oh fire is so frightening.

Went this morning and did 3 miles with my friend then went to Fleet Feet and did 3.5 with the 10k training group. Wow wee it was so blasted hot and humid! Heat index was probably close to 100. After that went with some of them for coffee/breakfast. Tonight I am going with the smaller running group here for putt putt golf. Tomorrow I have a trail race. I have so much stuff to get done this weekend and a very busy schedule, and I need to work!

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Gloria, I don't believe you're being paranoid. I would only ask a doctor who has some knowledge of the issue, though -- but that's just me. It's an extremely specialized issue and I'd find it frustrating to have a doctor give advice outside their area of expertise. This is surely a condition that your average doctor would have limited experience. Maybe your Dad's doctor would be the person to ask.

How did you hurt your thumb?

Fire danger is extreme here -- I imagine the cars engulfed in the wildfire on a local freeway here made the national news. Today we're experiencing uncommon rain and lightning which could make the situation substantially worse or better.

Congratulations on doing well with your chores, Tricia. A pioneer reenactment sound like a great activity for teens. It's nice that your son has such an opportunity.

I mentioned to Mike that I wanted to change up my dinner routine a bit. He's now insistent that I have my breakfast for dinner. It was certainly not my intention to screw up my morning routine which has been working well. Unfortunately, the high price of appearing to ask for his input is that he'll give me no rest until I follow his advice.

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Yay, it's FRIDAY! Of course, I will be working this weekend but I am still happy for it! Do you have four children Tricia? You've mentioned your daughter, who goes east for school, and the tween and the teen....and the toddler, who must be getting to be a big boy now!

I didn't post a whole lot last night because I cut my thumb and was wearing a band-aid and I was on my phone - it is really hard to type on the phone with a band-aid! So I kept it short. Someone at work got a promotion of sorts and is going to be a manager now....I am reticent to say much here on public social media but you can probably guess who I am talking about and I am shocked about it. My former group has an opening and I would try to go back to it but they won't let me move until I have been in this job for a year. I made a lot of progress today, felt pretty good about and I really hope in another month that things stabilize somewhat.

I went to Pilates at work today instead of strength training. I am not a huge fan of Pilates but I really do need to work my core. I've got a question for you ladies - my dad has a disease that is very similar to ALS but it is very slow progressing and pretty much only on his right side. He has had it for years and is almost at a point where he won't be able to walk anymore. This disease is extremely rare and they thought it was probably caused by exposure to some chemical (he is a fire chief). But it is an autoimmune disease and they actually don't know the cause - so heredity is not out of the question. It has been observed by both a physical therapist and the chiropractor and today by the Pilates instructor that I am extraordinarily weak on one side. Am I being paranoid or should I ask a doctor about this?

I am sitting outside, loving summer but the heat and humidity this year and just so bad - I am quite literally WET. And the mosquitoes are vicious because we have had so much rain.

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I'm sorry to hear people are still talking around you at work, Gloria, that's obnoxious. But glad to hear the bad days are getting to be fewer.

Aurlie, the operation of attention was something that really fascinated me in my positive psychology class. I can listen to music, sometimes, but watching TV tends to suck me in. I sometimes listen to inspirational talks too.

I did really well at my chores yesterday. I am about to get back to that now. I just did school work for a couple of hours. I am kind of wondering where my tween is and realize it's not so late for sleeping (almost 9:30). My teen is away on the pioneer reenactment. We haven't gotten a call so he must have survived the first day. ;)

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Mediocre day at work, not the worst but not great. Went for a walk at lunch time with my friend and then trail running tonight. We decided to be brave and try the 4.5 mile trail tonight instead of the 2.5 mile one. Very hard! But I loved it. It's almost 2.5 hours past my bedtime and I am whipped so I hope for good sleep tonight!

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Good to hear your walking partner is back again, Tricia. It sounds like your family gathering was pretty chaotic -- I hope your Mom's hand is all right.

Gloria, I can't believe your office mates are so petty as to talk about Derek in your earshot. I admire your ability to rise above it and not respond. I'm glad today was a better day at work for you.

I'm multi-tasking my way through the evening. I'm working on the tedious part of a project that doesn't require my full attention, but keeps me from fully attending to anything else. I plan to give it about 10 more minutes and then resume in the morning. Today was a long day and I need to unwind a bit.




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Doing a quick check in because it is late. I only stayed maybe an hour late at work, though I definitely should have stayed much longer. I got a load of laundry done and got food and clothes read, and by the time we had dinner, it is bedtime. That is about how my life goes these days. No time for play! I would have enjoyed a walk or yoga. No exercise today, and I had lunch with Jamie. Work was okay, I feel like the bad days are getting to be fewer - I haven't reached the summit yet, but I will!

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Tricia, I know a bunch of people who think highly of The Beck Diet Solution...I have thought of reading it but despite how much I love to read, I don't get much time for it anymore. But it is on my list.

Thank you Aurlie, things were generally better today and I hope not too stressful for you today. For me, there are a couple of women who keep on talking about Derek (the guy who left back in November who I replaced - but I didn't start until March) - they are continually going on about how they miss Derek, and how Derek knew what he was doing, etc. I guess they think that I can't hear but we do have an open work environment and I can hear. It is very annoying, kind of like junior high school. Being 50, I won't play their stupid games and I just ignore them but I want to get up and tell them to shut up!

Had speed work tonight, there were some terrible storms today and I guess I didn't know just how bad it was because the track is three miles from my office and it took almost two hours to get there - traffic lights out, utility lines down! Yikes! I was late and I am slower than everyone else so I did a slightly abbreviated workout - I am okay with that. At least it wasn't as hot at that point, the storms had cooled it down quite a bit.

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That's crazy about the gas, Aurlie. And you spend so much time in traffic there too. I'm sorry to hear that both of you are facing increased strain at work, when your plates were already overflowing.

My walking buddy is back in town so I'm getting up consistently again. I ate a lot at my mom's on Sunday so I've tried to get back to normal. She had cut her hand making dinner and invited my sister's inlaws, so it was a crisis when we arrived. So even though I really hoped to stay on track,the fight or flight reaction kicked in.

A friend of mine is working through the Beck diet solution and I'm contemplating it relative to chronic disorganization.

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Aurlie, wow, that is crazy about the gas prices. Way too high. I hope it goes down soon, that is not sustainable for working people. And you work isn't sustainable either!

PowerSculpt class today, not a good day at work....I am being given more work to do and it upset me. I went to my stamping group tonight even though I needed to work late and I was not on the mood for it.

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Best wishes on getting through the week, Gloria.

We may be approaching a crisis point here. Gas prices shot up to over $4.50 a gallon over the weekend and there's no end in sight. Everyone is stressed. In spite of the workload, my boss is taking some time off this week. She's just overwhelmed and I'm challenged to take on more of her work. I'm falling behind on my new project and I'm getting pressure from several different teams who want me to help in other areas outside my department.

Mike has been under the weather, but I think that's they way stress affects him. I'm trying to find some way to ease the pressure he's feeling. The possibility of spending time to support my friend sounds out of reach right now. I'm embarassed to admit that I feel I really don't have the energy to help anyone right now.

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Gotta do a hasty check in, it's a couple of hours past bedtime. I just can't get everything done in two days. Ran at 6:00 am with the local group....mostly some walking with a little running thrown in. Then to the grocery store to get just a few things. Beach towels washed and on the clothes line ( from the July 4th gathering). Worked a while but didn't make much progress. I'm really lacking on sleep and unfortunately I have a very busy week ahead.

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Tricia, you're doing great at sticking to your plan -- fortunately parties are an everyday event.

Gloria, I'm so impressed that you're at such a level that you can regularly run a half marathon -- even under extreme weather conditions.

We're blessed to have really nice weather here -- sunny and low 80's with low humidity. No telling how long it will last, so I'm trying to get out and enjoy it as much as possible. We did get out to walk in the zoo this morning, but Mike is back to feeling unwell. I put in a couple of hours of work last night and will do all I can this afternoon and evening. A friend has been asking me to support her in a struggle she's having and I want to find time to meet with her some evening this week.

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Gloria, I've been hot most of the day, but it's drawing down and I sprinkled my pans setting up the water on the lawn so I'm actually cool for the first time to day. It's not super hot here right now, but I started out the morning with a really brisk walk, accompanying my kid to 7 11 for a free slurpee, but they didn't start until 11. So we just paid for one and ran back home because we had somewhere to be.

Aurlie, sorry to hear you're up in the night with worry. It happens sometimes. My husband is leaving full time employment in less than a month, unless he gets a 2 month extension, which would be nice to have a little more stability, but as long as he's working full time he seems to never have time to build his practice. So it's hard not to worry sometimes.

I've had a weird couple days. Everyone but me and the littlest went fishing Thursday, and then yesterday was a church party I had volunteered to make ice cream for, so that was quite a production. Today a niece on my husband's side was baptized, and tomorrow we go see my mom. Her's is a standing monthy dinner. Doing my best to stick to my calorie levels! Parties are still a soft spot for me.



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Aurlie, I have been enjoying your Christmas in July pictures. Hope Mike gets to feeling better. I know that must be hard with you working so much and with him needing some attention.

It's so hot and humid here, miserable. I am sitting on our patio and I am pretty much soaked in sweat. I had signed up for that virtual half marathon with my friends but we had postponed actually doing it. Finally got that done this morning, started at 6:30. We decided on 3:1 intervals because of the climate and I am glad that we did, probably wouldn't have made it if we had just tried to run it. First half I really pushed and we had good time, second half my legs felt like lead and we were considerably slower. Came home and jumped in the pool and stayed a while. On the trail run the other night I got all of these bites that I thought were mosquitoes but were apparently chiggers, whatever that is, and I am so miserably itchy!

Aurlie, I pray for you to find peace in your situation and above all, for something like a pay raise - I know that is unlikely at this time but just something to help you feel more comfortable with things so you don't have to worry.

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Happy Weekend! I've got a lot of work to do, but I'm putting it off until this evening. I'm busy trying to do some chores and being companionable with Mike. He's been under the weather all week and it's been causing some stress for us. I guess he needs some TLC.

I've been able to get to bed on time and fall right to sleep lately. Unfortunately, I wake up in a panic around 2am and find myself tossing and turning unable to get back to sleep. I know it unproductive to keep trying to find solutions to our financial situation since it's all out of my control. I'm still working on acceptance and serenity....

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Yesterday I went for a walk at lunch time and the heat and humidity were so bad that I almost got sick and passed out. Had some coconut water and salt after I got back and did the trail run last night, felt GREAT! I was doing HealthMonth to keep me on track with stretching, strength training and sleep but this week has been a bust, I haven't even checked in. Monday I didn't go to Power Sculpt because I had to work through my lunch, today I went but the class ended up being canceled. And sleep...this week back to my old habits of staying up too late. Gotta get back with the program! I've been giving Jamie Kind and Clif bars in his lunch bag, probably not number one in health foods (not veggies after all) and some fruit - and he has been eating the stuff! Like I said, not health food but better than chips or cookies. It's a tiny step in the right direction. He told me last year that he likes blackberries so I got some blackberries from the farm and put some in his lunch. He said that ONE of them was very sour. Oh goodness. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Congratulations, Tricia! You're such an inspiration when it comes to meeting your goals.

Take care on your trail run, Gloria. The weather here would be perfect if I were running again. It's a little cooler than we'd normally expect this time of year, sunny and 70s. I got outside for an abbreviated walk and now I'm multi-tasking -- Sparking and listening to a webinar about a new form of processing my company is thinking of adopting. I'm working on my attitude and trying to be more enthusiastic about the likelihood of taking on more work.
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Congrats on your weight Tricia, that is awesome! Great job! It's been so hot and humid here this summer and we've had so much rain. Usually by now we are having less rain and things are starting to dry out but not this year. Everything is so green and pretty.

I have a plan for work today, I need to stay focused. And I hope to go for a walk at lunch time. I miss my walks. Trail running is this evening. I need to "graduate" to the longer trail but I am not sure what condition things will be in - might be muddy with all of this rain we had, in which case I should just stick with the shorter trail.

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Gloria, I did get my phone. I've posted from it a couple of times. We're having unseasonal cool and showers here. I went on a walk at 2pm today, and if I hadn't been moving I would have wanted a sweater. It was cloudy all morning. I'm glad to hear work was a little better.

Aurlie, that's interesting about the holidays. And I thought Puerto Rico had a lot! I think they have about 20, versus our 10. I read about them when I was a labor and employment legal assistant.

Two of my sisters (I have five) had a falling out over the weekend. They both have really strong personalities, so that's a bit stressful. I was talking to my older sister last night when my husband got home from work, and felt bad about ignoring him. Though I guess I was also cross with him about his business website that he asked me to design, and I spent a lot of time on it and talked to him about some of the constraints involved in getting it to do what he wanted, and he went (what felt like) behind my back and complained it was too bloggy. So now it seems he wants me to go back to the theme I originally showed him.

But I posted my lowest weight since December, so at least that's something.

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Sounds like you are having a very busy day Aurlie. It is really not fair for your company to give goals based on a pricing structure that you can't control. Very strange. We have offices in foreign countries all over the world and we have the same thing, local holidays, summer holiday (month off), Christmas holidays, etc. We don't get any of that, of course.

Speedwork last night was interesting. We had a bad storm come through (lightning). Our running coach should have sent us home but we went on with it. Rain was pounding and sideways, wind was fierce. There was ponding water (and I mean many inches) on the track. Was very surprised and excited to find that one of my friends decided to sign up and so she was there too. We did eight laps of 400 meters, and with a minute rest in between each, at our race pace, which was determined by the mile time trial from last week. I had a really hard time meeting my pace goal, I was always a few seconds too slow, maybe because running through water is hard! And I didn't have a hat on so water was making my contact lenses float. LOL.

Work today has been a little better, not as stressful though there is always stress to hurry up and get this done. I had a report due yesterday but no one told me and the owner of the report apologized for the lack of communication but when I gave it to my manager to be approved I think he was going to ding me until I noted that it was by failure of communication, and not on my part. Had lunch with Jamie, and today is a rest day but I could decide on a walk this evening or yoga if I have time and I feel up to it.

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Just checking in quickly. I've got a couple of meeting scheduled that will have me working through lunch. Best wishes to all for a great day.

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Sorry, Tricia. I donít know much about the international holidays. Most are simply labeled ďBank HolidayĒ on the calendars I receive. There are also Church holidays (nationally-observed Saintís Days) and Civil holidays (commemorating historic battles). Additionally, most of our European and larger Asian offices are closed the entire month of August, plus a generous vacation surrounding Christmas and New Yearís Day.

O Gloria, Iím sorry you had such a discouraging day. Itís not right for people to treat you like that. Here we have a relatively large accounting staff (especially considering that the payroll function has been outsourced). The CFO takes very good care of his department, shielding them from layoffs and ensuring they get full lunch hours and never work overtime. Itís sad that youíre not appreciated for all your skills and effort. Still, it must have been very gratifying to meet that monthly deadline yesterday. I hope the rest of your job falls into line in a similar fashion.

Itís exciting for me to hear of your events with running groups, though. Best wishes with your speed work tonight. I hope that puts you in a better frame of mind than yoga did.

Iím finding that the financial situation of my company really weighs on my mind. I've never been obsessed like this before. Our office financial goals are based on revenue, gross margin and operating costs. Generating new business (from new or existing clients) is an ongoing process. Even though my department is busier than ever, our office not meeting financial goals established by the parent company. Thereís always talk that our pricing structure is not reflective of our costs, but thatís not an area of the business I can affect. It's just depressing.

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I'm doing this on my phone, might have typos and spelling errors! Tricia, did you get your phone yet?

After having such a great day at work yesterday, today was just horrible. Either I wasn't doing something the right way or I was working on Something I shouldn't have been or I had done it all out wrong. No matter what I touched, it was a problem. I am so tired of being criticized and made to feel like I am stupid. I am a CPA AND a CMA and I am only one of three people there to have both, the other two being high up managers....no I am not stupid. But I sure am tired of this. Feeling unwell and I am sure it is just stress but I was disinclined to come to speed work tonight. I did come though because I did pay for it after all and I don't like to waste my money. Also went to yoga today at lunch time.! I was hoping it would help my stress bit unfortunately I think it is even worse now. Sped work is in 30 minites

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Tricia, so what is your weather like there? Is it very dry? You are probably right about being up more hours (and more active maybe?) during the summer and so needing to get some catch up sleep. I try to get up at the same time each day (4:45, but really it should be earlier) but honestly, I get so run down that sometimes I just have to sleep in.

Aurlie, when your company says it is not meeting its budget goals, do they mean their financial goals, or do they mean not getting enough new business (even though they are growing)? Sometimes when companies are growing too fast it is hard to make money because all of the revenues that are being generated must be spent to keep up the growth cycle.

Today was the fourth business day and if you remember, the person who was doing this before me was working until 1:00 am sometimes trying to get this one task done. Deadline is 4:00 p.m. and that goal hadn't been made in MONTHS. Last month I made the deadline and today I was done by 3:45. So I left! emoticon Fleet Feet was having a gathering for a 1/2 marathon that is coming up. They are promoting it big time because it is a new to Nashville race. So I really wanted to go but knew that probably I wouldn't be able to because of work. As it turns out, I DID go. We did a three mile run, then there was champagne and cupcakes. This is a WOMEN'S half marathon. My friend who sprained her ankle during the other half marathon training was there and we ran together for the first time since that happened. So awesome!

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Gloria, I slept until 8 this morning which was quite unusual for me. I guess the longer days keep me up more to a point, and then my body wants to catch up. We had guests last night, so I had to hustle. I meant to do it sooner, but my husband wanted to just goof off all weekend. He played videogames for the first time in several months and then we watched a couple of science fiction movies on the 4th. I did walk to the canyon with my daughter for a few fireworks.

Aurlie, that's interesting about the different holidays. What do they celebrate in Europe?

Not having logged in for 5 days! I can see why I was so cross yesterday. Whether I'm able to long in here is a measure of what time I have for stillness. It's the kids as well as my husband, just the husband stays up later.

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It's great that you were able to sleep in a little, Gloria. You're in my prayers that this week isn't too bad for you.

We had an All Staff Meeting last Thursday which revealed that while business is growing, we're not meeting our budget goals. It left me feeling very discouraged. I'm trying to shake that off and face the new week with enthusiasm.

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Ended up not doing the 13 mile run today. Instead went with my fast friend and we did four miles, but we walked a lot of it. Probably ran less that 1.5 miles. The humidity here has been stifling and I just can't breathe that well, and when we went, it was already very hot. Did a lot around the house today, got groceries. I feel well prepared for the work week. I actually slept until 9:00 a.m. That is unheard of for me and this is the second time recently that this has happened. It is very telling as far as how exhausted I've gotten lately.

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Aurlie, I hope that you are able to run again soon. I know you really enjoyed it and I think it would be so great if you could get back into it! Jamie and I have been together for 22 years and I guess I have just gotten used to dealing with him. He is extremely laid back and easy going and is just kind of "easy come easy go." We are probably a good balance for each other because I am so much more rigid and structured. But sometimes it drives me nuts because he just waits until the last minute to do things and he is also very absent minded and forgetful (my mother has ALWAYS called him the absent minded professor).

I was at the office for 13.5 hours yesterday and the only reason I was able to leave was because my grand boss came and helped me. She asked that I not work today if at all possible. I got up this morning and went for a short run with the local crew and then had to go to the grocery store to get food for the party today and finish picking up around the house. Jamie had 12 people over (including kids). The kids stayed in the pool most of the day and some of the adults did too. We were lucky with the weather. We've had strong storms and lots of rain but even though it was cloudy and humid today (and not very hot), it didn't rain much. There were four kids between 6 and 12 and mostly they behaved pretty well. The guys shot of a lot of fireworks after dark. I still need to get my food tracked. I am not sure what is going on tomorrow with running because I tried to get my friend to commit or not to the 13 miles but she wouldn't because of the uncertainty with the weather. I guess if we don't run I will do a few miles on my own.

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Gloria, I don't know how you keep up under such conditions! Our office is always at odds with the international corporate schedule. They're often unwilling to accept our American holidays, but in return, we're not given the benefit of the extra-generous European holidays.

I don't think I could cope with someone like your husband. I'm infinately frustrated with the few areas where Mike and I are out of sync. I have to keep reminding me of the blessing of the many areas where we're very compatible.

Your running is such an inspiration to me. Right now I'm telling myself that as soon as I can afford to get new running shoes, I'm going to make a fresh commitment to running again. I may be kidding myself on that, though.

Enjoy your holiday as best you can!

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Aurlie, I have to work today (the 3rd). Our office is closed but corporate office is open and accounting must go by corporate's schedule. I will probably get another day of sometime later. The way things are looking, I will probably have to work over the weekend too. My husband is having a big party. He has not done the prep work that he said he would do. I am in a state of dismay. We have no food in our house and it is not clean. I am out of things that I need and have no time to get them, either on line or otherwise. I also have dry cleaning that has been at the cleaners for over a month and a prescription to pick up. I just can't keep on this way. I am in constant panic mode at work and am working way too many hours for my happiness. I am not a crying type girl but I am pretty much always on the edge of tears or a huge rage. Don't know if I will run tomorrow, told a friend I would do a 5k early (and it is close to home) but haven't registered so no commitment and no pressure. And I told another friend I would do 13.1 with her on Sunday - there is a commitment there and I will try to keep it. It is for a virtual run and we paid for it so I hope I can get it done. At least the commute this morning was nice, only 35 minutes.

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It feels great to be off for a long weekend. I thought I'd be stuck working on another long-delayed project, but it's been pushed to Monday. I do have a considerable amount of work I can do from home over the next few days, but I'm glad to be out of the office. We don't have any plans for Independence Day either. I hope Mike is feeling well enough to walk with me.

Gloria, do you get some time off for the holiday? Do you have any plans.


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Just dropping in for a sec, I am still at work and by the time I drive home it will be my bedtime. I sure am tired of this sitting and sitting and sitting. the only getting up I did today was when I went to the visitation before the funeral for my my friend whose father passed away.

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Aurlie, what a strange thing for the company to do. But people have very different ideas about what is productive or motivating.

Gloria, I can relate to frustration with the spouse not getting the healthy eating. Hang in there!

I'm feeling a bit better. I played some video games with my son who was injured, and that was a good time. Im not really sure what we'll do for the fourth. Take it easy, I suspect.

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Aurlie, I don't know what you company's modus operandi is but if they aren't careful, they are going to start losing good talented workers. I feel bad for you having to work in that environment, it just sounds so unreasonable and stressful. You are my hero for sticking with it and making it work. I hope that upper management gets a clue and makes some improvements very soon!

I am checking in quickly, I need to get to bed soon. I was at work 12 hours but ended up working 11 since I DID go to lunch with Jamie - so over on everything today (fat and sodium primarily). I am just so aggravated about eating that way, I guess my eating has gotten fairly clean so I shouldn't freak out over it but it happens over and over again and it isn't healthy for either of us. No exercise today, of course, and super low on steps. I feel very bloated and awful. I was able to finally get some stuff from the farm - first time this season because I can never meet them at the designated time due to work - this time Jamie picked the stuff up for me. I just got some green beans, a cucumber and blackberries because we are not home much these days so there is no need to load up on stuff.

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It was helpful to be out of the office yesterday, even if it wasn't any fun at home. I did quite a bit of work on Sunday and Monday so I didn't feel too overwhelmed today. The atmosphere in the office is pretty strained. Last week's presentation from the Corporate Talent Director has caused a huge amount of anger and resentment among my coworkers. I thought I was the only one, but others are speaking up, too. It's a very discouraging situation.

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Tricia, could your irritability be because of hormones? I noticed on the maintenance challenge you were very high on the list last week, which indicates you are very close to your center weight - congratulations on that.

I went to yoga at lunch time. I am really trying to commit to this and despite wanting to get outdoors (and most likely not reaching my step goal for the day), I am going to keep doing this. Next Monday I won't be able to do strength training class because the fourth business day is too chaotic so I need to get another plan in mind to make up for that - might not be able to this Friday either - will have to see how work is progressing. Today is the first day of summer sessions of speedwork. Distances will be shorter for this session. I hope that some of my old friends will be there but I don't know yet. Also hoping for good weather - storms are predicted - we run if it rains but not if there is lightning. Tonight we do mile time trials - all out running as fast as we can go.

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Aurlie it's good you're feeling better. Too bad its taking Mike longer, it's weird how different people react to what could be assumed to be the same problem but maybe he ate more.

Gloria, how upsetting to be compared unfavorably at work. I had a rocky start at my last job and felt like I was on broken glass after my first review.

I have been kind of irritable, maybe due to my weight loss effort. I am supposed to try and bring my old cell number over to my new phone but I'm feeling resistant about it.

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Aurlie, did you get the day off? Hope Mike is better.

I went to strength training today (Power Sculpt). It was nice out and I wanted to get outside but I am trying to stick to my commitment for strength training/yoga and I needed to go to this. Then by the time we got home this evening,it was too late and storming. Another meeting today with my manager about my workload. Now he has a new plan of attack. I hope it works. I don't think it is intended but I think that they are not happy that I am not getting it all done. All I keep hearing is that the guy before me did it all, played on the Internet for hours each day and was often MIA (gone for hours to get his haircut or whatever). So why can't I get it done? It's really frustrating and now they are elevating the urgency. I've been feeling urgent all along since I am the one working a ton and not getting anywhere. I let Jamie pick dinner out and I was on track for an okay day nutritionally but now I am over on calories, fat, sodium and saturated fat. I really don't want to eat out anymore but he doesn't want to eat at home.

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Sorry to hear about your husband and son's injuries, Tricia! There's no substitute for experience in medical care. Emergency Room care is quite a specialty. I'm glad there were no broken bones in the incident.

I'm glad you had a good run, Gloria. People here are complaining about the humidity lately, but I don't find it so bad. I'm not a native Californian, so I've experienced worse conditions. It's been cool overnight so I'm not complaining at all.

Mike is still quite ill while I'm back to normal. I'm keeping an eye on him and it's a relief that he's finally keeping some fluid inside. He's only had water and vegetable broth so far today, but he seems to be feeling a bit better. I went out for a good walk while he napped so at least I've gotten my minimum steps for the day. I guess the rest of this day will be devoted to chores and household stuff until it's time for me to log into work this afternoon.

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Aurlie, hope you and Mike are feeling better. Tricia - oh my! Glad your son and husband weren't hurt too badly, hope that your husband's head doesn't hurt now that it is cleaned and stitched up. That must have been very scary. I think that some people are born with intuition and compassion and no amount of schooling can change that one way or the other.

Ran this morning with the local group(s). Weather is so much better and I felt like it was a much better run. I've got to work today but would like to do yoga and/or go for a walk later in the day. I've got a lot of chores and household stuff to do as well.

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Our outing took a bad turn when my husband and son fell off an ATV. We spent about 6 hours in the ER, but no bones were broken. My husband needed some stitches on his forehead and the wound cleaning was quite painful. Poor guys. But now I know how to do it. Three nurses came in and tried working on my son before one came who knew what it took. Kind of weird, but very informative for me. The first 3 were RNs, who have a degree, while the one who knew how to do it was an LPN, who also go to school and pass an exam but aren't as schooled. So you just can't tell by a title.


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Today was a down day for me -- I barely got my minimum steps. Mike was feeling pretty ill, too, maybe something we ate yesterday.
I went to Trader Joe's and did some laundry, but didn't accomplish much else. I'll log into m office for an hour or two and then go to bed early.

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Getting to go to an out of town cabin sounds pretty nice Tricia! I don't think I am going to get much, if any, time off until the last week of August. I have not heard of the movie Inside Out.

My running has been so poor lately, I end up walking more than I should. Today was no exception. My friend says it is because of the terrible humidity we have been having. It is hard to breathe. We went eight miles this morning. Good news is that we went a little later which allowed me to get an extra hour of sleep. Today, just stuff around the house and I worked for a couple of hours, should have put more time in to work but I did go sit out by the pool and read for a little while in the afternoon - the weather was just too nice not to.

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At this stage in life my husband is the one more likely to bring home mood issues, mostly being spent at the end of the day and escaping into a book. I'm told nursing is a very draining field.
Yesterday we got out of town to a cabin my sister in law invited us to. Good company, but lots of food too. I've been thinking about the personality islands from the movie Inside out and its helping me have hope about my social eating.

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Ouch Aurlie, sorry to hear about the work/home situation. I can so totally relate. I came home the other day in a foul mood and I didn't really take it out on Jamie but I was just so angry and cantankerous. Last night he asked me if we are okay...and I was surprised. I thought he realized my anger was toward my job situation and not him. But I guess not. But I hope that you have had a good half day off and that you and Mike can spend some quality time together. I am also keeping my fingers crossed that things improve despite the dismal outlook.

I am extremely tired today and not feeling so great. Stomach flu is going around the office again, the woman on one side of me - her baby had it, the woman who sits across from me is sick and both my grand boss and great grand boss have been out ill for several days. I need to get some rest to keep my immunity up. Went to strength training today (PowerSculpt). As much as I would prefer to do cardio, I am trying to keep up my commitment to either do yoga or strength training for a minimum of two times a week. This week I did three days and that is even better. I've had a few meetings with my manager over the past couple of days and we will regroup on Monday to discuss my workload. He kept telling me that he doesn't want me to work this weekend but at the same time, the deadlines must be met and I can't meet them if I am not working. Cable has been out a lot lately, I pray that it stays on so that I don't have to drive somewhere to use their wireless.

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Yesterday's All Staff Meeting with the Global Talent Director left me feeling more discouraged than ever about my job. I let my dispair spill over into my homelife which led to a horrible evening.

I'm scheduled to take a half day off today and a vacation day on Monday. I'm hoping to repair some of the damage to my relationship.

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Hi Tricia, SOX is short for Sarbanes Oxley, the act from 2002 which allegedly holds publicly traded companies and public accounting firms more accountable for their actions...it came about after the big accounting scandals of WorldCom, Enron and others....basically it is a federal law now. We do all of these tests throughout the year to make sure that we are doing our accounting properly and to look for holes in our processes where someone could attempt fraud.

I didn't know that analgesics could cause weight gain. I can't take ibuprofen or naxproxin because of colitis and my esophagus issues but I used to take tons of Advil back in the old days. Can't those things hurt our liver too?

I am checking in at work since I never know anymore if the Internet will work at home. Of course here I have very little time. Today is a little less stressful. I was able to go for a walk, thank goodness, and it looks like I will be able to get out of here on time, which means I will do the group trail run this evening. We are having extremely hot weather with temperatures in the 90s and heat indices in the low 100s so I have been trying to drink a lot today and I am having coconut water because it has a lot of potassium. I am out of fruit at home and I don't have time to go to the store so I went to the cafeteria at work and got an orange and some mixed fresh fruit. But I also got sausage (REALLY - WHY?). I mostly eat chicken and turkey these days and rarely now, a good cut of steak, so I don't know why I was so inclined to get sausage of all things. I've been in a huge fury about work, but right now I just need to keep on plugging away at this stuff and maybe one day I will get caught up. Hope everyone is having a great day! xoxoxo

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Gloria, I hope you survived the SOX testing. I don't know what that is. What happened to your internet? I have a hard time doing stuff on a tablet, I don't know how it will go with a phone. But that may be how I do more things, especially in the fall when I will spend more time waiting to pick up kids.

Aurlie, analgesics will up my weight about 2 pounds. I'm not sure what it is that makes that happen, but it takes at least 2 days off them for me to see something more like my real weight, assuming I'm not high on sodium or in a hormone cycle. But while each of those can add 2 pounds, it seems like all 3 together top out at maybe 4 pounds.

Sorry I've been so absent! I've been trying to do better at posting regularly but I had doctor's visits with my kids that have ASD this week. My daughter had been losing weight since January, which at first was good, but it's gotten to be concerning, and she'd lost enough that her medicine dose was probably too high. But the doctor switched her to a different med altogether, and we have an option on a low or high dose. So I'm stuck between my husband wanting to eat Paleo (except he can't tolerate beans or cauliflower/broccoli) and trying to provide foods my daughter likes.

I'm also trying to do my first web proctored exam for school and it's nerve wracking just because I've never done it before. But my neighbor walking group is going well.

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Good grief this is so hard with the phone! So to complete my thoughts, I worked three hours late this evening, but I did at least go to lunch with Jamie. No exercise though. I am not any further in my work than I was last month at this time and that is why I am feeling so discouraged.

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I don't think I knew you were having wrist trouble Aurlie...I gotta say, you are so awesome to be able to do the mouse with your left hand! I am very left handed and I totally can't do that! I'm a right handed mouser all the way.
No internet again tonight so I won't be saying much.

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hang in there, Gloria. I hope once you get the SOX stuff out of the way you can concentrate on what's really important.

I was patting myself on the back for leaving precisely at 5pm yesterday. Unfortunately, I checked my emails when I got home and ended up working an additional couple of hours. I keep trying to pace myself. I'm doing all I can to support my boss' ability to take off a few hours in the middle of the day when her daughter has summer classes. In return, I'm taking off at noon on Friday and taking a vacation day on Monday. I don't have any plans, we'll just see how it works out.

I was taking naproxen for my wrist pain and inflamation. Since I stopped, my weight has dropped a few pounds. The pain has resolved, too. I've got to be more mindful of switching my computer mouse from left to right to avoid so much overuse. Mike insists that wearing a splint day and night is the solution. My compromise is to wear it at night. We'll see how that works out.

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We've got no internet and this is about impossible to do on the phone. And I just dont have time to do it at work. Went to yoga today, then to step aerobics, except the step aerobics instructor didn't show up, so one of the upper level accounting managers coerced us into doing a Zumba video....not my thing but I guess it is good cross training. Aurlie, your work environment sounds just awful. My work environment isn't bad, it's just the amount of work that is getting to me. And I realized today that I am pretty much in a state of panic constantly. SOX testing should be done tomorrow but not sure if it will be, and I am months behind on my other work so I really don't have a lot of hope in it right now.

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You're right, Tricia. Trees are such a landmark. My street looks so different now. I was surprised this morning to hear a finch outside our window singing his mating call. (I used to live where finches nested on our balcony so I'm very familar with their behavior.) It's too late in the season to hear that song, but I guess destroying those trees disrupted their nesting behavior. I think they're resilient birds and I hope they adjust successfully.

It sounds like you had a busy Father's Day, Tricia. I agree with balancing nutrtion over a week to relieve the pressure on any single day. I've been allowing Mike's inclination to ignore holidays to influence me. It eliminates the pressure to step outside my routine, but it also removes the pleasure of anticipating a nice occasion.

Gloria, I hope that after the SOX testing some of your pressure is relieved. I've noticed the overall mood in my office has taken a bad turn. I sense that the management decisions that have many of us feeling overworked and undercompensated is beginning to impact how we treat each other. It's terrible. I'm trying not to catch the pervasive bad-attitude syndrome.



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Tricia, sounds like your family had a nice father's day. We really didn't celebrate it. We rarely hear from Greg on either Father's Day or Mother's Day. I used to celebrate my husband myself on Father's Day as he is a good father to Greg but he never remembered Mother's Day so I just kind of quit and it is really just a normal day for us.

Tricia, I have heard about dried fruit. I had really considered it as a better option than candy but I think that it isn't working that way because I will continue to eat it whether or not I am full, just like I eat things like brownies...I guess I just have these trigger foods, which is really unfortunate because that just means I have not been cured of my eating issues, I am just working around them by avoiding those foods.

Aurlie, I know when your boss is away thing are just crazy but do try to get up as much as you can because it really does refresh the mind and the body!

Well, I can't say my attitude was spectacular today. I am at the end of my rope but just don't know what to do about it. I worked yesterday and then I stayed two hours late today. I was being bombarded with questions as to why things weren't done and it just infuriates me to think that I am working this much (with no additional compensation) and then being practically attacked for not getting things done. The woman who is supposed to be helping me was to take over one big task but she said she wouldn't have time to finish it so I am doing it but I can't follow what she did and I am having a terrible time with it. I have SOX testing due on Wednesday and of course I have no idea what I am doing since this is the first time I have done these tests. My grandboss said that after this month things would be much better but I honestly don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. One bright thing, I did go to Power Sculpt today...and I have been enjoying the bounty of fresh produce. So there are blessings to be had despite the job!

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Thanks so much for your support, Gloria.
I'm doing my best to keep a positive attitude today.
It looks like my boss will be taking some time during the week, so I'm trying to keep organized and pace myself. I'm scheduled to take a half day on Friday and I'm looking forward to that. I just need to be mindful of how beneficial it is to get up from my desk as much as I can. Even if it's just a few minutes at a time, it helps a lot.



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Gloria, dried fruit is pretty concentrated, even if it still has the electrolyte components and many of the other nutrients. Even if you drink enough water with it, they say it still doesn't fill you the way actual fruit would, strangely enough. Your run sounds wonderful!

Aurlie, sorry to hear about the trees. I looked them up on google, how lovely they are. We have a nice flowering tree but it's probably behind the drain problems we have now and then. We've thought about having it down, but I don't know how we'd find our house if it were gone.

Father's Day is a pretty crazy day around here. My husband wanted a break from his diet (which is low carb). I tracked everything I ate, and came out "on budget" for the week. We made lasagne for his parents dinner, and worried there wouldn't be enough, but it got rather overdone, so few oeioke went for seconds. Most everyone made it, so that was great.

I've resisted getting a smartphone for a few years, but we have finally stumbled on a "need" which is an app that will forward calls to my husband's law office to me. I am suffering option fatigue a lot as I try to decide.

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Oh Aurlie, why in the world would they cut down those trees? That is terrible! I am so sorry. Hope that you were able to find some positive and happiness in this day. I am stopping by just for a minute to track food and check in. It is already two hours past my bedtime. I still have to get food ready for both of us for tomorrow and get my clothing ready, including workout clothes. I walked/ran with one of the running groups this morning, not inclined to do anything too strenuous after yesterday, and it was so very humid out anyway. Worked about 3.5 hours, went to the grocery store, got some bills paid, got my hair cut and did laundry. Honestly, the first day of summer, summer solstice, is my most favorite day of the year and I feel like I really didn't get to enjoy it the way that I wanted. I wanted to spend the entire day outside and I spent most of it doing chores and running errands. I did get out in the pool for a couple of hours so it wasn't a complete loss. Later in the evening Jamie asked if we could go to Barnes and Noble. I should have declined but said okay but it just set me even further behind. I need a day off, unfortunately none are coming up for me until the last week of August. I had been buying dried pineapple but I am not going to buy it anymore because I keep eating the whole pack at once, just like I was doing with the coconut. It is part of my sugar addiction I think even though it has no sugar added.

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Wow, Gloria! It's such fun to read about your good day and good run. Sounds like you were able to Run Happy!

I find myself feeling depressed about the state of the country, the state of my job, and the fact that our city cut down all the beautiful jacaranda trees on my street yesterday. I'm working to get refocused on positive things today.

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Doesn't it feel awesome to get out of the office on time Aurlie? I am really wishing that I could work at home more often...maybe once every other week, just to save myself from traffic headaches. My company will let us work from home for OT hours and very special situations but in general we must be at the office.

Did my run today and it was awesome. My time was a little longer than I had hoped but I am still pleased. The description for the race said it was very hilly and it would be very hot so don't do it it not well trained. It is called the RC Cola and Moon Pie 10 Miler. I felt like I wasn't well trained since I have not been running much lately because of my foot and I was worried about the weather but it turned out to be awesome. I didn't push myself too hard since I didn't want to hurt my foot and so I did walk some of the bigger hills. It is in a quaint/charming little town and there is a big festival this weekend with art/craft vendors and a little parade. I rode down with one of the people from the running club here and we had a blast. We had to leave at 4:30 a.m. to get there, which meant that I had to leave my house at 4:15! Yikes! For a small race it was so well organized, the Porta-Johns were the cleanest I have ever used and didn't smell at all, they actually had SOAP AND WATER to wash with, there were showers available for after the race. The weather was amazing - in the 70s with a nice breeze and it rained on and off - perfect running weather! The food after the race was popcicles, bananas, grapes, muffins, chicken biscuits, Moon Pies and RC Cola. My friend and I went and checked out a number of the vendor tents and then we watched the parade. It was such a great time! After I got home Jamie and I got in the pool for a little while. Later we checked out a new Mexican restaurant....very nice, clean and very nice staff/service, but unfortunately we didn't love the food. It's been a great day, didn't work like I needed to and I want to get to bed early again, so tomorrow is going to be hectic...work, laundry, house cleaning, etc!

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best wishes on your race tomorrow, Gloria!

I'm glad to hear your tooth is getting a bit better, Tricia.

I was able to leave the office right at 5 pm today -- that was something to celebrate! There's always more work to do, but I was tired. I'll do a bit of work tomorrow. The real goal is to get to work early tonight.
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Tricia, sounds like your tooth is on the mend if you were able to take less ibuprofen today. I think about the bad things in our world and I realize that this stuff has always happened. When my mom's aunt was a little girl in 1927 her school was bombed by a school custodian. It is not widely known but it was and still is the deadliest school massacre in the history of our country. I guess at some level we become immune to it and that is sad but I also think that it is a defense mechanism because if we don't cope and carry on with our lives, we would all go insane.

I have a sewing machine but haven't used it in years. I would love to get it out and get it going again. For a long time I had my grandma's antique sewing machine but it kept breaking. Not sure if it is still here or not. That is the machine that I learned on.

Race tomorrow, it is a 10 miler. It is 1.5 hours from here and we need to be there at 6:00 a.m. Yuck. So I am off to bed soon. No exercise today. Lunch was with my old team at work and there was a disagreement about where to go. I won't go to any old junk food place, I eat too much of that with my husband and I have a race tomorrow so I need to eat healthy. Also I am up three pounds from the beginning of this year and my pants feel too tight so I want to eat well. We ended up with Panera, which they weren't happy with, and I had a salad. I've got just a few things to do before I can go to bed, mostly prep work so that I will be ready to roll in the morning.

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I've been able to go without ibuprofen today, so that's good. I'm trying to take a lot more vitamin C than usual.

I was feeling really contrary earlier, but realized it's probably PMS. I mean, on top of sad events in the world. But several people were updating their profile photos on facebook, and I was thinking "How can you do selfies when the world is so awful?" Then later I realized, oh, taking sadness and making it about everything, that's PMS.

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Aurlie, a sewing machine is a remarkable thing. I need to mend a lot of my preschooler's outfits. I'm thinking of cutting up my old jeans and putting a new panel over the blown out knees.

Gloria, what a shame they won't let you eat in meetings. But it's good you're getting more me time for fitness, it sounds like.

I had more done to my tooth. This is on the root canal that started in mid May. I was getting the tooth shaped for a crown, but I guess my gums were bleeding to much to make the mold of my teeth so they put a temporary crown on and have me come back next week. I'm taking double ibuprofen for tonight. One challenge this poses is having something to eat each time I take it. The other is needing very soft foods for the first day, at least.

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Wow, your day sounds pretty hectic Aurlie, hope it turns out okay. My weight is up about four pounds since the beginning of this year and my pants feel cozy. I don't need to drop the entire four pounds, just a couple so my pants aren't snug. Working the way I have been causes me to eat in a hurry instead of mindfully and then I think I am not full even if I am. And I tend to want to be noshing constantly. I've got to keep pushing myself so that I can get through this difficult period at work so that I can get back into my routines of exercise and eating more carefully. Today I was determined to get out for a walk. I think the days of my long lunch walks are over, at least for a while but I did get out for a while. It was 90 degrees when I went and the humidity/dew point is so high that the heat index was 100. If the weather holds out (no lightning) I am going to the Thursday night Fleet Fleet trail run.

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Passing through quickly -- it's going to be a busy day.
I stopped working at 9pm last night. There was more to do, but at that point I'm too apt to make mistakes. On top of the work pushed to today I have some regularly scheduled stuff, a 3-hour manditory workshop, and training for a new project that's been assigned to me. I just got an email reminding me to start the paperwork for my mid-year Talent Review.

Gloria, enjoy the concert! What a treat!

We do pay State Sales tax here, but it's the variable local taxes that I'm able to avoid -- it really adds up. My boss lives in a different county and she's in the habit of planning her shopping trips around the tax impact.

Ah, Tricia! You reminded me how spoiled I was when I lived with my parents. I was able to use my mother's awesome sewing machine any time I wished.

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We have to pay sales tax on internet purchases, including Amazon and our sales tax is 9.25% I would love to go to Costco, I wish it wasn't so far away. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are far too so I only go once every few months. We have a Sam's card through my in-laws business so we don't have to pay for the card but I don't get that many deals from there. For Amazon purchases we buy gift cards at the grocery store and they have a customer rewards program and we get discounts on gasoline - usually the points are doubled or even quadrupled for gift card purchases so if we are going to do online stuff, that is where we go for the cards. I wish I could get my husband to drink water. He drinks gallons of soft drinks....several cans per day. No water, ever.

Tricia, I do think you are right, hoarding and excess weight can be related. I wouldn't say I am a hoarder in the classic since since my stuff is well organized and not taking over the house, but I know what you are saying. I also think that my imagination is too wild and I relate this to things that I read about WWII and how people survived. Also, when growing up, my family was extremely poor for a while when the economy was terrible and I had to learn to scrimp and save...and my great-grandmother who I was close to told me things about the depression, so that had a factor. But I need to be realistic, I don't need this stuff!

Day at work is mediocre as has been the case lately. Stress stress stress. My old group understood if I was eating my meals in meetings and such but today I was told I couldn't eat during a meeting. I should have been paying more attention to time and adjusted my eating schedule but it upset me. I also was told that one of my reports is missing and it is going to cause a SOX test failure. Things are about the same as they were even though they have someone helping me, too much to do and not enough time to get it done. But I did go to lunch today, to PowerSculpt. He had us do 175 jumping jacks, which I have been modifying. And this afternoon I am leaving on time because we are going to the Rolling Stones concert. Jamie wanted to leave early and I had to tell him NO, I just can't handle leaving early and since I rode with him I got to work 40 minutes late.

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Aurlie, my husband spends a lot when he goes shopping too. I think he's just not in practice, like how I don't like to fill the compressed gas car.

Gloria, I think those things too, though my main plan is to bake bread if civilization goes to pot. We could make an oven from bricks, though I don't think we could stay here without water. Hoarding and excess weight seem to arise from similar thought patterns.

I need to do some mending today. My daughter needs shorts for camp so I'm going to hem a pair of athletic pants, and there's some other mending I've meant to do while I have my machine out.

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I've crunched the numbers and found that memberships with Costco and Amazon Prime both save me money every year -- more importantly right now, they save me time. We stock up on paper goods, coffee, pet and laundry supplies, and a few other items at Costco. The location is convenient for us. Amazon works really well for me with the free shipping and no local sales tax. My office has a system of reward points that I can cash in for Amazon.com gift cards which easily cover my annual membership costs. I still buy almost all our food at Trader Joe's and the Farmer's Market, though. Just keeping Mike from shopping alone saves us a lot of money. His little impulse purchases were really adding up. Getting him to drink water instead of soft drinks has been a huge savings, too!

It's funny to realize that Mike and I have different mindsets about both money and time. We're generally able to compromise pretty well, though. Being on the same page about food has reduced a lot of tension between us.

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We've never had a Costco membership but I know that everyone loves it. It is just too far for us to drive. We've got a Sam's membership and my husband gets his carbonated beverages from there as well as his bulk k-cups. Sometimes we get gasoline there too.

Things are going better today except people are asking me questions that I don't know the answers to and my manager is on vacation so I am spending tons of time trying to figure this stuff out instead of making progress on my work. I went to yoga at lunch and will probably go to step aerobics this afternoon.

I am in the mood to simplify and last night I got rid of some old junk - mostly cosmetics that I don't use and probably won't. My stuff is pretty well organized but I don't need all of this. I know this is bizarre but I tend to hold onto stuff (not just old cosmetics, but pretty much anything) with the idea that if the economy goes belly up I could use the stuff if I could no longer afford to buy more or as trade for food or services. I've got to get rid of these crazy ideas - I have so much that I can get rid of.

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Gloria, I hope today is better. That would drive me crazy too! Something I was surprised to learn is that losing weight has more effect on blood pressure than sodium intake. And then exercise has more effect on insulin resistance than diet. My husband is both chronically late but also kind of type A about a lot of things. Fortunately he has a job where flex time is the rule, though of course he's going self employed in a two months. I try not to borrow trouble on that. Either we will have a lot of time, or a lot of money, however it falls.

Aurlie, I haven't ordered many grocery type items online yet. One thing we did get was a case of mini oreos because it was the only thing the preschooler said with any reliability, and I didn't want him getting 75 calories of junk every time he said it. Fortunately, he doesn't say it as often as I would in his shoes!

I'm contemplating whether it's worthwhile joining Costco again. It always seemed like I wound up having to go to a normal store as well as Costco, so it didn't save time. Paper goods are one thing, but they don't have any paper towels that come in squares so that's another thing I'd still have to get at a normal store. (We have holders for both kinds in the kitchen.) I guess natural peanut butter is something we had more when we were with Costco.

I've gone on two walks with the neighbors now, and that's been nice. This neighborhood is great for that.

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