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September 2016

Monday, September 05, 2016

The fact that today is the 5th and is my first blog in eons should speak volumes about my life. My last blog was just after a younger sister died suddenly and I have been working extra hours at both jobs since then. I must get the overtime $ when it's offered. BF's cancer has returned. My weight is climbing and, no coincidence, the lower back and hip aches have returned and the tendonitis has flared again. The vicious cycle of not exercising because I hurt because I weigh too much has started again.....

Looking forward: I will, once again, miss the Corporate Challenge walk/race around AT&T Park, home of my San Francisco Giants. I am still using a cane, more for security than need, but the tendonitis flare and the weird hip pain that I've never felt before will keep me from being in one of the most beautiful parts of the City on Thursday night.

After doing some reading, I am changing my food choices again. Not all-out, just some adjustments. Basic stuff such as adding more protein and veggies. I read an SP article that said to ask yourself when feeling hungry: Would I eat an apple right now? If the answer is yes, then the hunger is real. Eat the apple. If not, then it is emotional hunger and don't give into it. I can do that.

I have hit the vacation cap at job #1 so I am taking tomorrow off. I worked my butt off at job #2 Saturday and did not have to work yesterday. That means a rare consecutive 3 days off!

I will take the 19th off to stay under the vacation cap. That weekend, I will work my butt off on Saturday and spend Sunday with a very good friend. Her birthday is later in September and the 18th is the 10th anniversary of the day we met. She was hired to replace me when I changed jobs and I trained her. We became very good friends and have remained so even after her layoff. We're going to Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly sanctuary. She is a pro photographer so the trip will be well documented. We will eat at our favorite Black Bear Diner and I am not likely to be on plan that meal. We will do lots of walking....

Other than those two days, it will be a month of long hours punctuated with as much exercise as I can handle.

By the way, a shout out to Bobcat76. She posted a link to an awesome video that she made. If she gets enough likes on Facebook for it, she wins a starter jacket and other goodies from her alma mater. Check out her Sparkpage to read her blog and LIKE her video!
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    I'm so sorry for your loss. :( I'm an only child, but got a sister as a wedding gift and have found 40+ women I consider my sisters by choice (we met online over 20 years ago, and all have children born at about the same time!) - I can't even breathe when I think of dealing with the loss of any of them.

    I wonder if your "weird hip pain" is like mine. It feels like sciatica, but also like a grinding pain in the hip socket. But, I've decided it's not time for a hip replacement, after all - it's relieved by STRETCHING. I walk funny, apparently - I don't fully stretch certain muscles and I need to tip my pelvis forward more as I walk. I also need to sit less, but I think Yoga might be just what I need. Losing the weight, too, will help immensely - with hips, knees, ankles, and feet. I remember that from last time I hit 180 - that was really the sweet spot, for me, in terms of pain-free walking and stair climbing.

    Enjoy your trip and time with your friend!
    795 days ago
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    I was so very sorry to hear of your recent trails through your postings on the friend feed. Its no secret stress makes us sick and makes any condition we are suffering from worse. I have heard over and over from top health experts and influential leaders that having a daily meditation practice is one of the best things we can cultivate. You can get Apps for your phone to give you short, quick guided meditations anywhere, anytime you may be having a stressful moment. I am trying a healing diet, which turns out to be vegan. I am slowly transitioning as I find ways to incorporate plant based proteins that have all the nutrients you need. I am still maintaining my weight in spite of high fat (healthy kind), minimum protein and the elimination of gluten (very helpful as it eliminates most processed foods we don't need anyway) I have cut back on the amount of exercise I do as I am going through a very painful flare in my shoulders and back (which shoots pain and numbness down my leg to my foot at times). My calories are often over the range I am supposed to be in, but I have not gained weight. This is because not all calories are created equal. Our bodies want healthy ones and will reward us when we stick to them.
    I am glad you can enjoy some time off and have a friend to share it with. You needed this!! Enjoy! Please take care of yourself!
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    807 days ago
    Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time. emoticon
    I hope you enjoy your trip
    807 days ago
    I notice it too when I gain just a little weight - e.g., 5 pounds. I can feel it in my hips and back. It becomes a good flag to tell myself, whoa!
    Enjoy your time off and walk as much as your body will allow.
    807 days ago
  • no profile photo EVIE4NOW
    Sorry about the loss of your sister. Enjoy your trip. You have worked very hard and deserve it!!!
    807 days ago
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