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I feel this weekend was overscheduled -- not good. I've still got a lot to do before I'm ready for the workweek. I feel I stayed on track with my fitness and nutrition, but I need to make more time for myself.

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2/7/16 1:00 P

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I got a four mile walk in at 6:00 a.m. with my running buddy. It was cold but it was close to sunrise so the birds were coming out and it was pretty. I've got a lot to do today and I should work for a couple of hours but I am not going to push myself too hard and stress myself out. I am going to do what I need to around the house and try to have some down time too.

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I eat fried food in small quantities and not very often. I don't make it at home. Gloria, Mike and I wouldn't eat each other's cooking when we first got together. Thankfully, now we're more in sync. Mike started to get interested in fruits and vegetables when he accompanied me to the Farmer's Market.

You certainly did a lot of running today! All of my walking today was on level ground. We did 4-5 loops around Echo Park Lake before we went to Mike's doctor's appointment that was in that area. I had planned to work a bit today, but I ended up doing a lot of other things. Tomorrow is going to be very busy.

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2/6/16 11:06 P

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Quick check in. I eat some fried food too but not every day like my husband does. That is because we eat out a lot. He doesn't like the food I fix because it is veggies and healthy. I did a four mile training run this morning for the half marathon training and then I went and did a half marathon. I am so tired and sore!

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I love fried food! But frying is such a pain in the a** that I rarely do it. It's not worth the trouble to fry for just hubby and me, and I don't have the facilities to fry for 20, so occasionally if I have 4-6 people I'll fill the dutch oven with oil and fry something. And when I do I will eat some, knowing it will be at least a year until I will fry again. This technique wouldn't work if I ate out more than a few times a year.

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Gloria, good luck with the audit, I guess it's part and parcel. I used to love fried food too. I still have it now and then, but it's easy for a treat to turn into a daily thing.

Aurlie, I love your macaw (I hope I've got that right. So happy and colorful.

Tuesday and Wednesday I did my first clinical intensives, working 12 1/2 hours alongside an RN. It was super interesting, as you can just imagine. The first day was a little nerve rattling with alarms going off every which way all the time it seemed. But by the end of the second day, I kind of wanted to stick around when the shift was over, just to see what happened with people. My preceptor had a fitbit, she said she had 10,000 steps by lunch, so I didn't worry about working out those days!


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I actually think my company does a pretty good job as far as the accountants not having it too bad. My husband's company has an office of accountants (he works for one of the largest healthcare companies in the world) and those people work about 80 hours a week all of the time. They have such high turnover there, they are constantly hiring. One guy I know went to work there and lasted two weeks. Another friend left her accounting job during the recession a few years ago and she didn't have another job lined up but she couldn't stand working those kind of hours anymore - she was at a different healthcare company. She had a really hard time finding a new job. Then another woman I know packed her desk up on a Friday and left that afternoon and never went back...no notice or anything. My friends that do tax work 80 or 90 hours a week for the first four months of the year and then it slacks off to 50 - 60 and the people who do audit, they work the craziest hours. I am afraid that this month is going to be another bad one because we have auditors in and also because the accounting team must assist the tax department with some research and I have been assigned to two of those projects. I've never done them so I am pretty clueless as to what this going to entail.

I got up this morning at 3:30 so I could get a three mile run in, worked about nine hours I guess because I didn't go to lunch, but it was fairly calm. Husband took his car to be looked at because the engine light was on and pretty much the car is on it's way to car heaven. I am not prepared to buy a car but it looks like we will have to soon. We went and looked at a few things this evening but we aren't committed to anything yet. I will probably have to hound him to do some research online. He is doing a mediocre job at his eating...he has made some very good changes, such as getting rid of the carbonated beverages and he is even drinking unsweetened tea now instead of the sugary kind, but every day he is eating fried chicken and/or bread. He says wheat bread is okay but buns at fast food are not whole wheat. Tonight he got a salad, with no dressing, so that was good, but he got it with fried chicken and he ate a frozen pizza with pepperoni and sausage for lunch. Sigh. I finally confronted him because he keeps saying he can't do this until he talks to the dietitian. Well, I beg to differ. He is not stupid and in fact his IQ is in the genius range, so I am not putting up with this idiocy. He is just looking for excuses to eat the same junk he always has.

I've got a huge day tomorrow, I need to get to bed!

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Gloria, you case does seem extreme! In our office the CFO takes very good care of the accounting staff. I share a tandem parking space with one accountant so I know she arrives well after I do and leaves prior to 4:30pm every day. They were also spared the work on SOX compliance because their manager refused to add to their workload. I hope you can get some relief from your situation soon. Maybe it's time to go over your manager's head.

I'm flying solo today because my boss volunteers at her daughter's school today. Over the past year, our job duties have diverged so I'm becoming less comfortable picking up her workload when she's out. It's the same situation for her, so we've got to be pretty careful about scheduling time off. I'm immersed in a new project of my own today so I hope I don't have to pick up any unexpected jobs.

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2/4/16 1:51 P

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Hey there, I have a tiny lull, not time to go to lunch but at least a few minutes. Aurlie, the extra work this month is just circumstantial. One is a yearly task and I had never done it before, the other dealt with an unusual customer transaction and it created havoc. I am working way too much regardless and it seems to never end. There is always something extra or special or unusual and I am constantly meeting my deadlines with seconds to spare. The stress is horrible. I had a couple of meetings with my manager last week and I really do believe he wants to make some changes but with the staff we have, I just don't know if there is much to be done. Nell, I am a CPA. I don't do tax or audit work but in general accountants work a lot of hours. This is extreme though and it is really getting to me. I don't make OT and I do have a life outside of work. My commute isn't the worst but it it is 45 minutes one way if there isn't traffic (and if there is it could be twice as long) so add that to the long day and I am exhausted, like about to fall over exhausted. My quality of work goes down and I tend to get frustrated. I've gotten no exercise this week and even with the carefulest planning, I ate poorly two days and am struggling on the other days. I think I've picked up a couple of pounds. All of this is kind of scary because I am afraid my body is going to crash if I can't get some rest soon. I have a half marathon on Saturday. Right now I don't feel like I can possibly do it but we will see.

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Gloria, I know people who work that hard in investment banking or the law as they try to break into the big income categories, and I know people who work that hard on Capitol Hill as they scrabble to be in the middle of the excitement and cash in later in the private sector. Are you in either of those categories? Why would your boss require 18 hour days unless there is a really big payday possible?

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My heart goes out to you, Gloria. I just don't see how your situation is workable. Have you had time to discuss this with your manager? You mentioned they've added to your workload and it sounds to me like it's crossed over the tipping point.

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I've got to log my calories - still at work but leaving in a few minutes. Got here at 6:00 a.m. and it is now 9:00 p.m. It has been a terrible day.

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You're in my prayers, Gloria. I cannot imagine working under those conditions.

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I am so exhausted, I have been here for 12 hours with no break whatsoever. I am getting ready to leave but it is storming fiercely and I am concerned about the long drive home but I cannot wait for it to pass. I did much better on eating today. I need to be here at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow to start anew. I am really behind and I am not sure if I can meet my 4:00 deadlines. I had several extra tasks this month. Probably got at least another couple hours of bad weather including the possibility of tornadoes.

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I don't know how you can deal with days like that, Gloria. I hope you've found yourself back on track today. I made a slight shift in my working hours last Fall to accommodate my new parking situation. It's really benefitted me more than I imagined it would. Maybe you can find a small change that would enable you to have a better work/life balance.

Mike has been ill for a few days and that really reminds me that I need to take care of my health. I don't want to get completely off track for even a few days.

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Stopping by for a minute, just got home from work and must get to bed but have a few things to do to prepare for tomorrow. I had a bad eating day. It is so rare that I have such a bad day as this, so I just need to chalk it up to one of those things and not worry about it. I ate a ton of almonds. I've done this before. Anyway, I got up at 3:30 a.m. so I could go to the strength training class and didn't get home until 8:30 p.m. Long day. Husband sees a nutritionist next week. I am trying to get him to change the appointment so that I can go too. He said he will do that but he is so forgetful.

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Tricia, it sounds like the party was great for your little guy. I know it's a tough call when weather can be a problem. I'm looking forward to your next blog. My current challenge in maintenance is the mealtime compromises I frequently make to keep the peace with Mike. I don't want to sacrifice our limited time together, so I go along with his choices, even when they don't serve me well.

Gloria, it must be tough coping with such a picky eater, especially when it's so important that he take control of his diet. Maybe meeting with a nutritionist would help him.

The rain has ended here but it's still dangerously windy. I encountered tumbleweeds on my commute this morning and a lot of branches and even whole trees are down in some places. I'm happy we still have electricity and things are expected to quiet down by this evening.





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Rushing by, I should have been in bed an hour ago. I had been doing well on getting to bed on time but this past week has been terrible and coupled with troubled sleep time, I am exhausted. I am not done with all that needs to be done for the weekend (like paying the bills) and I am going into crunch time at work - so getting stuff done around here is critical as I won't have time during the workweek. Worked several hours today but managed to get laundry done and got groceries but still have a few things to do. Ran this morning - I get up at 4:30 a.m. for that on the weekends so I can get home and get stuff done. Husband I walked about a mile in the afternoon. He is having a hard time figuring out what to eat because he doesn't like much. He ordered green beans at a restaurant and since they were fresh he didn't like them - he prefers canned. I ended up eating a few and brought the rest home to eat later.

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Nicky, so good to hear from you, but sad to hear about such problems for the Kurds. I gained a bit in October as well, I'm going to go back and see about that in my blog.

Nell, I'm so glad to hear your surgery was successful.

Gloria, I'm sorry to hear work is so stressful. I'd say hang in there, but I got in trouble saying that to my sister in law about her pregnancy (from my niece who is also expecting.) I am also glad the days are getting longer.

Aurlie, I hope your day was productive! I too my son who has autism to a friend's birthday party and then had a church dinner. I snuck a little homework in here and there between.

The little boy who had the party is from my son's special ed preschool class and has medical issues as well as learning challenges. He uses a walker now, though, so that was good to see and he can move pretty fast when he sees something he likes. They had a parachute game at one point and he sat in the middle underneath and just loved that. I was really glad we went, despite it being a pretty big snowfall here. It was at the children's museum and my son had a great time with the water exploration station after.

I'm working on some goals for February that I'll probably blog about later.

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Gloria, I'm sorry to hear your kitties are ill. I hope they all recover quickly.

It's great to hear that your DH is making changes for his health. I hope he continues on this path and really takes control of his diabetes.

We had a cooler and gray day today with rain predicted tomorrow. I've still got a long list of things to do, including the Farmers Market and a bunch of laundry. I worked until 9pm last night and put in a couple of hours this evening. It doesn't seem possible that January is almost over.

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I'm seeing a difference in how late it is getting dark, love that! Went to half marathon training this morning, had a nice run, it's a great group. Then coffee with three friends. 5k at the zoo this afternoon. We are having fabulous weather - last week we were snowbound, today it was around 70 degrees! Strangely there are still snow piles in places. All cats are sick, two went to the vet today. Lemur is sneezing and we thought he had a cold but the vet thinks it is actually an inflammation in his eye, so he will be getting eye drops fora week. They think Kitty has a UTI. She had that a few weeks ago too. They have checked her kidney function and it is pretty good, especially for 19 years old but still....it's worrying. She's old and difficult so thankfully I don't have to give her pills, though I can do it if need be. Earl has been throwing up, though to a lessor degree than it was a few days ago. We were going to take him to the vet originally but since we had to take the other two and he seems like he might be better, we will wait until Monday and see.

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Nell, so glad to hear that the surgery was a success. What a relief that must be!

Aurlie, I am sure I wouldn't deal well with the constant unknown that you have from day to day. As it is, I do get unanticipated requests and tasks fairly often but generally know what I need to get done. Annual performance review was today and that went okay, about what I expected and my manager is very encouraging and tries to be helpful. He is thinking about my workload but we are in a difficult situation as far as staffing so a resolution is uncertain. Went to the bookstore this evening so my husband could pick up some books on diabetes. He is making a few better choices as far as food but still has a long way to go - he had a fried chicken sandwich (white bun) tonight but he got fruit instead of fries and unsweetened tea rather than cola. Not perfect but It's a start. Last night he walked for about 20 minutes.

I went to the strength training class this morning then for a short walk at lunch. I've committed to the strength training before but never stuck with it. I hope I can keep this up because I am already seeing a difference.

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That's so great to hear, Nell! I'm glad the surgery was a success. I hope the physical therapy brings you back to where you can accomplish all you need to do. How is your new kitty fitting into the household?

Gloria, I often don't think I handle work stress well, but I've made it a priority to cope as best I can. Just a minute of venting lets me get it out of my head so I can move on. Sometimes I think that having a more predictable workload would make things easier. Then again, it must be wearing to anticipate facing dreaded tasts at the same time each month/quarter/year. I rarely know what my week will bring as urgent tasks take priority over important tasks which always crowd out the routine stuff. I spent most of the day working on a job that wasn't even on my calendar. The work I was scheduled to do had an unanticipated delay so things actually balanced out.

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Just back from the doc. My neck is doing great, I can lift more weight now. I am supposed to have some physical therapy for a few weeks to get my neck motion back. So much worry about something now behind me. I saw the xray and the surgery was a success, my neck is now safe.

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Do you think the headaches are from work stress Aurlie, since it goes away when you get home? I don't know how you do it, I really look to you as an example for the work thing. I'm afraid I don't handle it nearly as well as you.

Was supposed to run today but skipped lunch and things didn't work out for the evening. Ended up being a rest day and I won't meet my step goal. Nothing bad at work today but it is just not a happy place for me right now.

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Nicky, it's so good to hear from you. What a reminder that the "problems" I have here are quite inconsequential. I hadn't seen any news coverage of the horrors in the Kurdish towns, I can't imagine those conditions. Please take care of yourself. I hope you finally recover fully from that nasty flu. I enjoy FitBit challenges -- they keep me moving.

Gloria, I was sure I was coming down with something earlier in the week, but I seem to have fought it off. I seem to have a tension headache most afternoons, but that goes away as soon as I'm home and jogging Lola around the block. Yesterday, I was working on Financial Services advertising and I had to skim through hundreds to TV commercials to distinguish retirement ads from other investing. It was depressing for me because I don't see retirement in my future. I'm doing better at managing my day-to-day, but I don't see anything easing up in the future.

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You still feeling okay Aurlie? The woman that sits behind me at work has three small children and she, her husband and all kids have some sort of pneumonia, obviously contagious, and she is at work. Yikes! Take care of yourself! You are so positive and upbeat about everything, I know you won't let the office complainers get you down.

Nicky! Very happy to hear from you. I am so sorry to hear about the situation with the Kurdish people. That is so very sad and I am even more sad to say that we really hear little of this sort of news here in the U.S. I had no idea. This sounds devastating and so very unconscionable. Your ability with languages is amazing and wonderful. If I had more time one thing I would do is work on languages, perhaps Farsi since I have a tiny bit of that. I've done a few of those FitBit challenges with some friends, they are most fun and very motivating!

I went to the circuit class this morning. I had to pass on the planks with the TRX bands because I was afraid that would hurt my back so I tried for push-ups instead. But in general I do feel that I am getting stronger - we do different exercises in there every time but I can tell already that I am getting stronger.

Work was horrible today. I have been trying to hang in there for a few more years until I can retire but I am at my wits end and I am questioning more and more whether or not that will happen.

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Dear all, I am still in the land of the living! But very disorgamised and putnon 7 kilos... I feel the murderous attacks by Turkish government forces in Kurdish towns in Eastern Turkey, including one historic town centre of which I had happynmemories. Much of this cultural heritage site is now a pile of rubble. Government forces won'tnallow the injured to go to hospital, and familiesmare often not allowed to collectntheir dead off the street. Theyngetnshotnatnif they try, white flag and all.
Imhad a nastmgo of flu in October,mwhich put me outnof action formweeks. Imwas compulsive eating, eating unhealthily, and first no strength to exercise and then no motivation. Now I'm eating better and less compulsively and a friend has invitd memto some fitbitnchallenges, which helps no end with the exercise.
I finished mynTurkish language challenge and am now brushing up Hungarian, which I hadn't spoken for about 25 years. It's coming back amazinglymquickly. I've bookd a ticket tomvisit friends in Hungary ovr Easter. Then backmto KurmancÓ. Hope,to visit Turkey in July,mafter Ramazan, thomI don'tnknow if the situation in Kurdistan will bensuch thatnI shall choose to venture there... Nexcuse typos. I can't get on with ipad keyboard!

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Congratulations on getting another final successfully behind you, Tricia!

It's great to hear that you've made good progress with your PT, Gloria. I'm so impressed with your running success.

Yesterday I felt like I was coming down with a cold, but I'm doing better today. I guess I was just tired and overwhelmed by everything going on in the workplace. I understand the stress that occurs with home remodeling, but I can't see why some of my co-workers are making such a scene about the workplace construction. In my mind it's a nuisance, not a catastrophe. With so many people in such a small space, negativity is contagious. I've got to be mindful about remaining positive.



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Back to cold weather today but thankfully there is little evidence left of the snow, other than patches of snow or ice here and there. Still feeling munchy, I think I was really craving either a latte or a chai latte more than anything. I am trying not to let myself drink my calories and I am trying to keep sugar under control but I've been low on calories lately so I had a chai this evening, not a good quality one but still, I hope it satisfied my craving. Work was still stressful today. Next week will be the crazy week, kind of worried that this week is already this way, makes me worried about next week. Got two short runs in today, one at lunch with my friend who is doing half marathon training with me and one with my local running pals who do intervals. Had physical therapy too. I will do one more week and then go as needed. I am making a lot of progress there, I just need to keep up with the strength training and exercises for that.

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Nell, how frustrating! I went to high school in NoVA and the pictures on facebook are just astonishing.

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It's a blessing that you have a snow blower, Nell! I grew up in a rural community where neighbors relied on each other for snow removal. All the mailboxes for a dozen homes were together and through an informal agreement we worked to keep them accessible.

I hope your work stress gets to a manageable level, Gloria. Take care to maintain your healthy habits as best you can.

As part of our Talent Review process, I've been looking back on the work I've done over the year. No surprise to me that the jobs that were the most costly in terms of time and effort are not the ones that had the biggest financial payoff for the company. I love many aspects of my job. I need to recognize and be grateful for the good stuff and learn to live comfortably with the rest.

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I just can't believe that the plow drivers have an option on where they go, though I have to say that here they go nowhere, so I guess so shouldn't be shocked but I just figured in places where snow is common they would just do it. It was icy here again this morning but it warned up nicely and though it is not all gone, the worst if it is. I did a short walk at lunch and had to be very careful not to slip and fall but when I ran in the evening it was better. Did strength training today. Kind of a mediocre at the office, a bit stressful due to the deadlines this week but not the worst either. I felt munchy all day but managed to keep it in check, snacked on fruit and drank herbal tea instead.

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Here we are afternoon of the second day after the snow ended, and still no plow. We have a snowblower to clear our driveway, but used it to clear enough of the road for my son to get out. He said he passed two plows sitting at 7-11 doing nothing. Meanwhile we will get no mail or other deliveries until the road is clear. If and when a plow does make it through, it will put up a mountain of ice at the bottom of the driveway. I don't know if my husband can deal with it, and my son has left.

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Wow, Nell. That dispatcher made it sound like each plow driver had the flexibility to choose where to perform their job duties, rather than a matter of policy. If safety isn't an issue, I can't imagine that would go on for too long. It could be tragic if anyone living in a cul de sac had an emergency. I hope things get back to normal for you soon.

Things are chaotic here in the office as the remodeling work drags on. The crews do most of their work outside of our core work hours, but the dust and clutter is everywhere. Carpet was replaced in one area over the weekend and a few people are reacting very badly to the odor. I'm just going with the flow.



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Still no plow. My son walked out to look at the connecting street, and the plow had gone through there, made a turn onto our street, backed up and left without plowing. I called VDOT and was told that plow drivers don't like plowing cul de sacs. The dispatcher said she would try to find a plow driver willing to plow our street. No idea when that will be. My poor son who agreed to spend the weekend here to help me out isn't going to be able to make it to work tomorrow. I would think that if VDOT's policy is not to plow out houses on cul-de-sacs that would need to be disclosed in real estate sale packets and a material adverse condition.

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Nell, stay safe and stay put sounds like a great plan. I'm sorry your DS in frustrated, but until the roads are passable, nothing else makes sense. I hope things are back to normal sooner than they predict.

Gloria, I'm surprised you ventured out in those conditions. It sounds risky! So good to hear that warmer temperatures are coming. I hope your workweek goes well.

We didn't get any of our predicted rain this weekend and the upcoming week is going to be dry here. I've wrapped up enough grocery shopping, food prep and laundry to have the basics covered for the workweek. Now it's time for me to log into my office and get some work out of the way.

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Conditions here are improved. Our road was treacherous this morning, very icy but it has been sunny and a little over freezing so some of it has melted. School is closed tomorrow, at least in our county, because so many of the back roads and side streets are still bad. But I was able to very carefully go out today and once I got to the main road, it was better...still gotta watch out though, ice patches are everywhere. It's supposed to be 60 here next weekend.

Was able to get out to the YMCA, still too dangerous to walk on the sidewalk or street. Ran on the indoor track there, about three miles, and then did a spin class.

Nell, are you feeling better?

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The storm left 30 inches of snow on the streets, and no idea of when plows will be able to get through. It won't be getting above freezing today or tomorrow, but at least the sun will be out. The news says not to expect any attempt to return to normal until Wednesday. My poor son is itching to get back to his own home, but there is no going anywhere until a plow comes by. Even 4 wheel drive won't help if the level of the snow is above the level of the bumper.

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Another day trapped in the house and no exercise. Husband did get us to the store so we could get some chicken and fruit. The roads are very icy. This is the most snow that Nashville has gotten in a 24 hour period since 1966.

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Stay safe, Nell.

It is interesting about the timing of bad weather. Often I can be flexible, but there are times my job is unbending and I'm stuck commuting in the rain. Here our biggest concerns are earthquakes and the aftermath. There's no predicting them. When storms are predicted here, we don't have the same rush to buy emergency supplies because they're all included in our earthquake gear.

I've had a short but busy workweek. We're in the midst of our seemingly endless Talent Review paperwork. HR has imposed today as a firm deadline for one step of the process, but the Review website is not allowing me to enter any data. I've got plenty of real work to keep me busy until the HR Operations Department (located in another country) responds to my problem report.

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Tricia, good luck on your exams! I agree, it would be rough to pay attention to a video for a long time - I guess the younger generations are used to that sort of thing. My resting heart rate is 48, that is not unusual for someone who runs like I do. My BP is around 100/60 and sometimes it is more like 90/50. So whatever is going on, BP is dropping and causing me to pass out, or nearly so. I hope that I can do pull ups one day but I have a long way to go. I am proud of how strong I am and of everything I have accomplished with my weight and health of the past three years but it is always a work in progress and there are great gains to be made!

Nell, are you feeling better? Can you eat?

The last time we got this much snow was 2003. That year we lived five miles from my office. My husband picked me up at work at 11:30 that day and we didn't get home until 3:00 or so - 3.5 hours to get five miles. That was seven inches...only. We do not have the equipment here to take care of it and that is because we don't get that much snow often enough to justify the expense. And it seems like every time it does snow, a salt truck flips at least one time, which just shows we that we don't have the experience to drive in it.

I went to the YMCA at 5:00 am and took the circuit/strength class and when I came out an hour later the precip was just changing from rain to frozen. By the time I got home (I live very close) the roads had already started to become slick and the ground was turning white. It is still coming down. Fortunately I am able to work from home.

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The big storm (I think The Weather Channel has named it Jonas) will start sifting it's first flakes in a few hours. I've lived my whole life here in the Middle Atlantic, and have lived through my fair share of nor'easters. I'm not looking forward to this one.

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Even though we have snow a lot, timing makes such a difference in how affects the commute. So it was fine when I took my high schooler in but by the time I was driving to preschool, there were people who couldn't get up the hill. And then three hours later the plows had got around and it was fine.

I mostly do body weight exercises, I just used dumbbells for curls and rows since using the chinning bar is a hassle (and that is with me standing on a bucket, I am a ways off from a pullup still). I do pushups on a bench or chest. On the knees is another method, but my knees don't like that.

I've got a clinical skills exam on Saturday morning and then the didactic exam on Tuesday, so I'm trying to study a lot, but the skills involve watching video demonstrations, which are hard for me to pay attention to for long.

P.S. I was just thinking about your test, Gloria, and in CPR class we were taught to intervene is someone's pulse is really slow. It was like 60 bpm for kids. I should probably look that up, but conflating "really slow" and "stopped" is what we learn.

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Yeah, we are supposed to get a bunch of snow but I think it is going to be much worse on the east coast. Timing is an issue. I want to work from home if it is going to get bad but they aren't sure when it will start so I will have to go in and risk a terrible hours long commute home if it starts mid-day. Got my friend at work and we ran three miles at lunch time. Pretty good day at work! Things have been kind of stressful recently so I am focusing on my blessings to take my mind if the crazy stuff.

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Stay safe in that weather, Gloria. I heard you're likely to get a serious storm this weekend.

Calf raises and balance exercises are really convenient to do while washing dishes or brushing my teeth. I really have to make it a point to do floor exercises like pushups, crunches and bridges so those are the ones I neglect. I've done walking lunges in the ladies' room at work and squats are good anytime I'm assured of some privacy.

I went out to lunch so I missed my midday walk today. It's going to be a challenge to get my minimum steps in today.

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Oh Tricia, that sounds like a frightening accident, for both you and the kids! Hope your little guy is okay. It does seem like head wounds do bleed a lot for some reason.

Aurlie, it's good for me to hear of your different routines. I tend to neglect a lot of areas - like you mentioned calf raises and I could benefit from those but I never do them. Seems like those are never done in any of my classes and I just don't think of them. I have so much trouble with push-ups too, I used to do them and had built up a lot but then I just started to neglect that too, and have never built up again. I feel like the group classes are a good way for me to work a lot of areas that I wouldn't normally give attention. I always intend to do them on my own but it never happens - it would be so much easier if I would do it on my own.

Icy out this morning - we had freezing rain and then snow, so I am working at home. If roads are better I will meet some friends at the YMCA for either spin or step aerobics later.

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Ouch, Tricia! I'm sorry to hear of your little guy's connection with the dumbell. I'll bet the blood was scary enough.

I've been using dumbells less often since my repeated bouts with sciatica pain. I work with bands fairly often, but mostly I stick to body-weight exercises. I mix in lots of squats, calf raises and balance exercises while I'm getting ready for work every morning. There are wall pushups, standing crunches and standing booty kickbacks for the ladies' room at work. I have a whole series of yoga stretches for the end of the day. I mix in various things for monthly team challenges. I'm not very focused, but I keep moving and challenging my muscles.

Funny that even when I invested in a "personal" trainer, I've never found a formal strength training program that works for me. I want to maintain good functional fitness, but left to my own devices, I tend to get out of balance. I guess I'm generally fit enough that I haven't made it a priority lately.

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Gloria, i wondered about the esophageal surgery and vasovagal interactions too as I was reading back.

Nell, sorry to hear you're in pain while your husband is recovering.

Aurlie, i really like strength training and have averaged twice a week for quite a while now. It seems our bodies need strength while our brains benefit from cardio.

My 7th grader was trying to use dumbells and one connected with the 4 year olds head! I am sure it was accidental, but very worrying. I was standing next to them but wasn't looking just then. He bled a lot but didn't have symptoms of concussion.

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It was really cold again today and they are predicting snow in the wee hours of the morning. School is already canceled. Until I get up in the morning, I won't know if I am on my way to the YMCA or to work or whatever.

Aurlie, what kind of strength training are you doing? I was going to that PowerSculpt class but it wasn't really doing much for me and my hips are so weak that I have to do something that is more geared toward that....so this circuit class has something like TRX bands....and we do some things with kettlebells and body weight. But I do worry about injuring myself so I am trying to find new things to try that will work on my lower body and core a lot.

Dr. today and they are putting me on LOW blood pressure medicine, can you believe that? And I was encouraged to take a sodium pill when I run and to drink G2 (blech) for electrolytes. The incident that happened last week was induced by what they did in the test - Dr. said my heart is very strong, not much chance of me having a heart attack but it was easy to induce this situation since my BP is so low (it won't take much to get it too low since it is already so low) and anything could trigger it - low glucose, dehydration, etc. So I must be careful. I am pretty adverse to medication so I am not sure what to do about this.

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Gloria, I don't know how you do it! I grew up in a colder climate, but I was never one for outdoor winter exercise. I stuck to circuit traiining for about a year, a few years ago. I read dozens of articles explaining about how wonderful it was, but I finally admitted it wasn't for me. It was just unsatisfying. I felt I was always working through injuries and never felt I made progress. I guess the point was that it was always challenging, but I felt I was shortchanging strength training by interrupting it with cardio.

I did a short run this morning and then we walked at the zoo. We had lunch out to celebrate my birthday tomorrow -- I brought half home for another meal and enjoyed every bite I had. Now it's time to jog Lola around the block. It's a little gray here today, but we didn't get the predicted rain yet.

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Nell, thinking of you, hope you are doing better. How is your kitty doing?

Aurlie, I really like to work from home because your are right, it's on my timeline and more relaxed - sans the commute.

Went to strength training/circuit class this morning with a few friends. It's at 5:00 a.m., that just wears me out! Then my friend and I were going to run four miles. We changed it to three when we figured out that with the wind taken in to account, the air felt like 0 degrees. Though we were bundled up, three turned to two and we barely made it to that. I don't know how people in the north do it. After that coffee with my friend.

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Enjoying my long weekend. I've got a lot of work to do today, but it's great to do it on my own timeline out of the office.

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Quick check in. Got a run in early this morning, picked up freggies and stuff at the store. Kind of feeling like I haven't accomplished much today. It has turned very cold here.

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So good to hear from you, Nell! I'm glad you came through the surgery safely. Prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.

Gloria, I'm glad you're having fun as a pacer. It's great that you give back to the running community. Running seems to be so good for you.

I'm easing back into running very gradually. My back spasms are resolved for the time being. I'm still looking for a good balanced set of core exercises. I'm at the age where I've got to be careful to avoid setbacks. We went out for breakfast yesterday, but other than what I imagine was high sodium I stayed on track with food. Today will be another good day as far as nutrition and fitness. I'm looking forward to extending my weekend a couple more days. I did a few hours of work last night and will do more tonight. Right now it's time to watch my team play football. Go Steelers!

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Nell, so glad to hear from you, sorry you are still in pain. I had surgery on my esophagus a few years ago and didn't want to take the pain meds. They said that pain increases cortisol production which is stressful on your body and causes it to take longer to heal. So they said it is really important to take the pain meds. I ended up taking them for a couple of weeks. Hope that your pain resolves itself much faster than that.

Tricia, I know you have been getting a lot of snow, do they keep the roads pretty clear there? Be careful! Enjoy your visit with your dad.

Aurlie, you are good at staying on track, as busy as you are with work and all, I think you are doing great if you are only dealing with a couple of pounds. I have complete confidence that you will get back on track, and since you are running a little now, I think that will probably help you.

Today was the first day of half marathon training at Fleet Feet. I am a pacer for one of the groups, and it is really going to be fun. I really had an off day as far as not feeling well but it felt great to be out there running and I didn't feel badly at all during that time. Later I went to lunch with my BRF. Got some errands done. I was getting Greek yogurt with chia at Whole Foods but I just can't get to Whole Foods often - just too far away, so I think I am going to try to make some of my own. I've been working for a while today. If I could also do that tomorrow and Monday, I will make good progress and feel better about work.

Gloria

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble." Rudyard Kipling

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." Scott Hamilton

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln


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I'm back from the hospital. I was trying to make it without pain killers, but the doc told me to take a pill every time the pain sets it. Funny that I went to the doc because of tremors in my arms and hands, are wanted to be assured that it's not early signs of dementia.

My neck, shoulders and the base of my skull are killing me. My throat hurts so badly that I can hardly eat. I can't swallow now very well. I'm told this will all be resolved within a week or two.

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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

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Tricia, I'm glad your hospital assignment is workable. Best wishes on good weather for your commute.

Gloria, I'm glad you got reassuring news. I hope they get to the bottom of your issues so you can run without being concerned. Sorry to hear about your DH's diagnosis, but not surprised from your description. A few healthy changes can completely reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Is he scheduled to see a nutritionist?

I haven't be on my regular routine lately and my weight is up a couple of pounds. I know what I've got to do to get back on track, but this weekend will likely pose some additional challenges. I'm just focused on not going too far astray. I've got a lot of things on my list to do this weekend.

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