up and down and round and round

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

To some degree anyway.

Work was a bit challenging. Started by taking care of something that someone was supposed to already have taken care of. Then, I settled in to work on CAD. For those who don't know, that is Computer Aided Drafting. In the last year, we got new computers to handle a new version of the program. Our IT guy has supposedly done magic to the machines so that CAD won't crash. However, I crashed it twice on the first computer I was on, then three times on the second. (We have a Citrix system, so all the information is stored centrally and tied to our log on, rather than a machine. That way we can work anywhere in the company without having a personal machine tied to us). Since I'm responsible for maintaining all the drawings for our location, I thought I could use this down week to get some things squared away. It's more challenging than I thought. Despite knowing the program being a requirement to work in this department and having personally done department trainings and one-on-one trainings on how to work with the program in a consistent manner...I still keep finding crazy things. Crazy. So, instead of being fully caught up, I will have just made a dent. Job security, right???

There were some pretty good things today, though. Like the kitty on the bus (in a carrier). She was a small tortie with wide eyes and a fierce meow. A little smile to head into work. Lots of treats to dodge and resist! Once a month, we get cake to celebrate that month's birthdays, annversaries, etc. I resisted the cake. The treat of the day (seriously, this is the third week straight of this woman baking something different each day!) was some sort of caramel chocolate bars. Then, there were potato chips as a side to lunch (I had to purchase lunch today). I thought about the cake, thinking one treat wouldn't be so bad. However, I thought about how it wouldn't be as tasty as I wanted it to be and I would only regret it. Then, I steered clear of the bars. Though, a coworker eating one in front of me and telling me I just had to try them, they were soooo good, almost derailed me. Oh those chips at the end of the food line stared me down with their salty goodness. I mean, I resisted the other treats, right??? Despite everyone having a bag on their trays around me, I slowly worked through my sandwich (that I made from fixings on the salad bar) and a wee bit of coleslaw. It was a good thing I resisted all that, too! I made it just inside my calorie window with only a few calories to spare!! I also got my run in today. I am still building. This is hard, because I am the kind of runner that has to get past those first couple of miles to enjoy the run. On long runs, I have to talk myself out of just turning around or stopping during those early miles. When I stick them out, it is so worth it! The rest of the miles are typically amazing! However, when I am only doing short runs...I can't stop during those early miles for those are the only miles! On this run, I decided to treat them like they are the end of a run. The end of that marathon I will one day complete. Cheesy, I know. But it got me through, and I even enjoyed the run despite bitter winds and lots of hills. (Living in a hilly city is great for training. It is also brutal for training.) It does help to have several beautiful parks to lap as I go. They are still all decked out in twinkle lights making for a little nighttime magic. I went to the fitness room after I was all done thinking I would get in some strength moves, but the room was packed. Weird for a weekday night, but whatevs. I can sneak in during the wee hours of the morning and get a jump on my day.

So, another five points. I need to replace my pedometer so I can track my steps. Walking to and from the bus definitely helps. I am thinking I may start leaving a few minutes earlier so I can take the stairs down instead of the elevator for a few more. I would be tempted to take them up, but while I have to slog my winter gear, that will have to wait. (I live on the 13th floor, so it is a it of a commitment to take the stairs up, FWIW.) I've also been getting a few extra steps in as our cat likes to go for wee walks in the hallway. Also, once I am getting to longer running distances, I can finally count points for an hour or more of exercise in a day. I just have to focus on the positive! Now I must get my butt in bed. My alarm goes off so very early. Happy Wednesday!!!
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  • RAVEN1025
    I am glad you think I am positive!!! I have been feeling pretty down lately, especially with all the work stress. It helps to have encouragement from Spark buddies!!!
    3078 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    WOOHOO!!!! You are doing fantastic. I love how positive your blog is and that you've been able to resist those "treats" which aren't.

    PS about walking up those stairs.... who says you can't walk up one or two flight carrying the extra winter gear and then catching the elevator?!
    Keep up the fantastic job!
    3078 days ago
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