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Saturday, June 14, 2014

I don't know why, but sometimes just the slightest change in my routine can throw me totally off my game.

I have been working since I turned 16 and I have done shift work, first in fast-food, then as a Nursing Assistant, for most of that time. I did mostly Evening (swing) and Night (graveyard) shifts, with the occasional day shift. When I switched to Unit Secretary in Late 2011, I worked strictly days. It was an adjustment, but I worked it out and settled in. This past April, I left the Unit I worked on for the last 19 years for a position in a new Facility. I am still working for the same company, but we have a new, campus that is half the distance from my home. I am in the Emergency Room, and they have a secretary 24 hours, so I am back to shift work. I was hired for Evening Shift and I can work either an eight hour shift (3pm to 11:30pm) or a 12 hour shift (11am to 11:30pm or 3pm to 3:30am). The eight hour shift isn't too bad, but the 12's are taking some getting used to. This past Sunday I covered a 12 hour night shift, and it was an eye opener. First of all, I was not able to eat all my food or drink enough water, because we were so busy. I got home after, and tried to sleep, but it was so hot, I only got about 3 hours. We went shopping when mom got home, and then I just crashed. I got called in early on Tuesday, to cover for a co-worker who was sick. Instead of starting at 3pm, I punched in just after 9am. I was going to do strength before work. I got off at 7:30, but I din't get home until 9. Dinner and bed after. I have just felt like I have been chasing sleep the whole week. I have done some cardio every day, just havent gotten any strength. And as far as tracking food went, It didn't. I don't think I got enough water, either. I have my fingers crossed that the damage won't be too bad when I weigh in tomorrow.

Well, today has been a day off and I finally feel rested. I need to get off my okole (butt) and do some exercise. I can't let it be about how I didn't succeed last week, but how I will do better this week.

Have a great week all !

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ONEDERLAND199 6/15/2014 9:20AM

  I admire your strength and determination. Enjoy your day off.. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/15/2014 8:48AM

    Changing around your sleeping schedule is TOUGH. Give yourself some time both to make the adjustment and figure out how your nutrition/exercise fits into the new routine!

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LIVEDAILY 6/14/2014 11:34PM

    I wouldn't call that a "slight shift"! You worked strictly days for 19 years, and now you're back doing shift work, and the shifts alternate between partial days to all night. That's a tremendous change that you've found out this week is going to take some getting used to! Give yourself time to adjust to that. Buy a new fan for your bedroom so you can sleep better (do you not have ac?). Bring a jug of water to work, and keep it handy so you can sip from it. I'm glad you rested today! Hope next week is a little easier on you!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I haven’t blogged for quite a while. I just couldn’t seem to find the time or when I did, I couldn’t seem to organize my thoughts into anything that made sense. There has just been so much happening in my life.

The biggest thing that has happened is I have taken a new position. I have been with The Queen’s Medical Center since April of 1993, and though I have been very happy, since I have moved to the west side of the island, it has been a pretty long commute, and a long day. I know there are areas on the mainland where a 2 hour commute is not unusual, but for an island that is less than 600 square miles, spending an hour in traffic (on the freeway, no less) to get home sucks. The hospital that served this area was originally opened and run by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1990. In 2005, a consortium of physicians purchased it and the original hospital in Honolulu. The Doctors were unable to make the hospitals profitable and a bankruptcy court returned them to the Sisters and they were closed in Jan. 2012. Within the first month, there were rumors that the Queen’s Health Care Systems were in negotiations to purchase the west O‘ahu facilities. The Rumors turned out to be true and The Queen’s Medical Center-West O‘ahu will open for business May 20, 2014 at 8:00 am. I applied for several positions, and interviewed for two, and was offered a Unit Secretary spot in the emergency room. I am very excited to not only be closer to home, but to be in a new and exciting position. The downside to all this has been an incredibly high level of stress in the last couple of months. They moved the opening date from the beginning of April to the middle of May; I wasn’t sure when my last day at my former position was going to be; they scheduled my training for a week when there wouldn’t be any one available to do it; and, quite frankly, I am still a little nervous about how busy the ER is going to be, compared to what I am used to. The result has been weight gain and falling off the exercise horse, followed by trying too much too fast to get back on and ending up with a knee injury.

I have been slowly working back into a routine, and I am happy to say I have lost the weight and I am back to my lowest weight this year. I owe a big shout out to a great group of people on the “40 Somethings With 50-99 Pounds to Lose” team. They got together and organized 3 team challenges; March-Madness, the April Antics, and the MAY-niacs. I missed the March-Madness, but have joined in on the April Antics and the MAY-niacs. Everyone has been so supportive of each other and it has really helped me to be honest and accountable to myself. I also got a Fitbit Flex through the Wellness at Work program sponsored by our health insurance company. I was initially surprised by how much I actually do move, on average, each day, and it has motivated me to try and move more. It has also shown me that I actually needed to increase my calorie range a little. I am not eating as much as FB tells me to, but I am eating about 150-250 calories more that I thought I needed.

Over all, I feel like I am finally starting to move forward. I have passed my 6 year Sparkerversary, and I have yo-yoed back and forth, but I have never given up. Will this be the year I make my goal? I don’t know, but I would like to end 2014 under 164 lbs (the lowest I reached with SP). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NJGP1960 5/20/2014 8:57PM

    congrats on the new job and the renewed dedication to Sparkology! We are all behind you!

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LIVEDAILY 5/20/2014 7:44PM

    WOW!! Lots of changes in your life, and all for the better I think!!
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I know being closer to home will be fantastic. Personally, it takes me 20 minutes to get to work in the morning. I don't understand how people can commute for 2 hours out of their day, every day. Congrats on getting back with the program, too! I know you're feeling better for it!

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INSPIREMEFIT 5/20/2014 7:19PM

  congrats on your new position and that its' closer to your home cause that traffic can be aggravating sometimes...but at least most of the drivers still have the aloha.

the MAYniacs are great! they're one of the reasons I've been sticking to my work outs. and WTG on your weightloss...YOU are DOING it! To us, lumpia :))) and reaching our goals....IMUA!!! emoticon

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IWANNAGOAT 5/20/2014 11:49AM

    Congratulations on your new position! And as for the weight loss journey, well... it's a journey. with ups and downs and sometimes potholes! But you can do it!!!

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GYPSYGOTH 5/20/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon on your new position! My friends who work in the ER actually enjoy the frenetic pace... maybe you will, too!

I am so jealous of where you live.
I visited Maui in 2012 and it was the most amazing place I've ever been, and helped re-spark my desire to be physically fit. Now just to come up with a way to live somewhere I can play outside more than 6 months of the year!

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TERRY631 5/20/2014 9:02AM

    Wow! Lots of changes for you. Best of luck in your new job. I hope it works out well for you, and although it may take time to learn to accommodate the pace of an ER, I'm sure that you can do it! Hope your knee is doing better, and it sounds like you've got the whole nutrition/exercise thing well in hand. emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

I haven’t Sparked for a while. I have been having some major issues with my knees, especially my left knee. It’s been pretty bad, I actually had to stay home from work and I am a secretary.

It started just before my last blog post (February 16). I tried to see my doctor, but he was on vacation and wouldn't be back until March 10. I figured I would just wait, as it wasn't that bad. I stopped my walk/jog and stuck with just walking and the bike. I finished out the week of over-time, and the knee started getting worse. Monday I went to the beach and collected sea-glass. While I was there I found a dead cowrie shell in a small pocket and squatted down to get it. I thought I was going to start crying, it hurt so bad, and for a moment I wasn't sure I would be able to stand back up. Then on Wednesday I had to do something in town, pay bills, I think, so I decided to walk to each place, maybe a total of 3 miles. I was at a pace of about 19-20 minutes per mile, so that is more of a stroll for me. Thursday, I was very stiff, and walking was uncomfortable. Getting up and down from a seated position was torture. Friday, the left knee was 2 inches bigger than the right one, and even walking was very painful. I was taking prescription doses of Advil and not getting a whole lot of relief. My mom borrowed a car on Saturday and took me to an Urgent Care clinic. They took X-rays, and recommended R.I.C.E. and told me to stay off it as much as possible for the next week. I was also told not to do any lower body exercises, especially squats and lunges, for at least two weeks or until I can follow up with my PCP and he okays it. I managed to get an appointment with My PCP on the 13th. I told him what had happened and he said “Well, you’re getting old.” For the most part, I really like my PCP, but I really wanted to smack him for that comment. He told me to keep doing what I was doing and not to over work it. I have been frustrated and upset because I haven’t been able to exercise; I have been eating more because I am upset; I have been gaining weight because I am eating more; I am upset because I am gaining weight. It’s a nasty down-ward cycle. Because I have been on this cycle, I haven’t been Sparking. I have gained back all the weight I lost plus a pound.

My employer has a “Wellness at Work” program and at the beginning of the year, they announced a Fitbit steps challenge. You order the Fitbit model of your choice at a 30% discount, the cost is deducted in two payments directly from your paycheck, and if you are one of the first 400 people to sign up, you could get an addition 50% off if you complete the challenge (50,000 steps a week x4 weeks). I ordered a Flex and picked it up on Tuesday. I have been using it since then, and I am rather surprised in the number of steps I actually take in an average day. I should have no problem completing the Challenge, if my knee doesn't give out on me. I went for a “power” walk after work yesterday, and I don’t think my knee is going to tolerate that yet. TANJAT88 has shared some really great chair exercise videos on YouTube, I need to go and bookmark them. I need to modify as necessary, and not let what I CAN’T do be the focus of my attention.

So I am going to make a big effort to stop feeling sorry for myself. I know there are people who are dealing with worse pain issues who manage. If ~INDYGIRL can lose over 200 lbs, I can lose 51 lbs; I just have to be patient and consistent.

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TANJAT88 3/30/2014 4:37PM

    I completely understand how pain plays in the game!!! While I want to say "I am so sorry you are struggling", I think letting you know how much you have encouraged me PERSONALLY would be better!!!

I know you can do this!!! When my rheumatoid arthritis kicks up, I try to look at it as a doorway to finding new ways to do old things -- including fitness :)

I really hope you join us in our April Challenge (once we find our leaders)... I know you would be such a great addition -- it is amazing how much not only being supported, but being able to BE support to others has impacted the folks that have been engaged in our March Fitness Challenge. :)

I am SO glad that you didn't just fold up shop and walk away -- you are STILL HERE and STILL fighting!!! That is what makes change happen!! :)

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KOFFEENUT 3/30/2014 1:03PM

    Good for you for stepping back from feeling sorry for yourself and instead focusing on what you CAN do. Doing SOMETHING that is healthy for you and keeps you moving in the right direction is powerful. I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey it doesn't matter how fast we're traveling - what matters is that we're headed in the right direction. It sounds like you're pointed in the right direction and determined to make progress!

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LIVEDAILY 3/29/2014 10:50PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee issue. I just read an article here on SP about using ice consistently, especially with chronic conditions. A large bag of frozen peas seems to do the trick rather nicely. Have you thought about using Celebrex? I know not everyone can use it, but I don't think I'd be able to function without it as I have osteoarthritis practically everywhere. I can also recommend a product called "Move Free". That helps somewhat. Also topical pain relievers. I use one called "Bio-Freeze" that I get from my chiropractor. You have to find out which things help YOU, and then use them consistently. Hope you're feeling better soon! I didn't know you find sea glass in Hawai'i too. I thought that was just a East coast thing. Interesting!!

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NJGP1960 3/29/2014 10:45PM

    I also am having a left knee problem. However I have 150 to lose. I have tried the sitting aerobic/strength/yoga video I found on Spark, but can't extend as much as they want you to nor have I built enough stamina to make as many repetitions needed emoticon , so I figure it's a work in progress. I do not have friends, because all I can afford is to work and go home, but my staff knows how much pain I have been in and have been behind me the past 3 weeks supporting my diet/exercise plan through Spark. I have one reminding to drink my water and another reminding me to walk at break. My point is if you can find someone to boost you, maybe it will help. Or, I can be your encouragement if you like. I know you can do it cause you have before. Let's do it together!

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Making Adjustments

Sunday, February 16, 2014

So once again, I have set up a work-out calendar with the best of intentions, and once again, those intentions are going buh-bye. I have missed 2 cardio sessions and I have only done 1 strength training day. I know I need to do ST, but getting in the mindset for it… I won’t beat myself up. No negative self talk allowed. I am beginning to think I was a little too ambitious when I set up the ST part of my calendar. Four days a week may be more than I can mentally deal with right now. I have a work out DVD by Gold’s that uses resistance tubes with short cardio bursts. It is a full body work out and takes about 40 minutes to complete. I am going to try and use that instead of my original plan to do sets of spot exercises. I am going to focus on 2 days a week. If I can do more great, but 2 days will have me doing at least 1 type of exercise 6 days a week with 1 rest day.

This will also make it easier to not make excuses in the upcoming week. I am halfway through my 4th day of work and I have seven more to go. I normally work 30 hours a week Friday thru Sunday, but I picked up hours to cover for the regular Week day secretary while she is on vacation. I will have 1 paycheck with an extra 10 hours and another paycheck with the extra 10 plus 30 hours of OT. Trying to get in a total of 2 hours of exercise after work plus having to work the next day is not feasible.

That’s about it for me, I hope everyone is have a good week.

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TANJAT88 2/18/2014 1:54PM

    It is actually really good to see that you are adjusting your goals instead of beating yourself up and throwing in the towel. You just inspired me to make sure I give myself permission to do the same.

I will be sweating it out with you, my friend :)

Thank you for your honesty, accountability, and flexibility. Sometimes, after we have been at something for a while, we forget to take "baby steps" - so this is a great reminder.

One step, one rep, one healthy choice, one day at a time


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KENDRACARROLL 2/18/2014 1:43PM

    It's good to be flexible 'cause life happens - unexpectedly.
As long as you don't mis-define 'flexibility' as backing out just because you don't feel like working out...
Diversify your workouts, find something that you really love. That'll take the "work" out of workout and make it just plain fun.
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RECREATING_ME 2/18/2014 12:01AM

    I know what you mean about the frustration that accompanies trying to set up a schedule, but then it just seems to fall apart at the slightest challenge.

I think I need to adopt the mindset that my husband brings to his work. He is a production supervisor in a machine shop, and this is what he says about planning:

"I make a plan every day, knowing that things will not go perfect. So I don't have a problem when something goes wrong and messes up my plan because I expect something like that to happen."

Life tends to interrupt a lot of good intentions, so maybe it will help to embrace that instead of fighting against it when it occurs for the umpteenth time.

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LIVEDAILY 2/17/2014 8:25PM

    A schedule, ANY schedule, is just begging to be "tweaked" at some point, and you are wise to make the adjustments necessary so that your schedule works for YOU. Sometimes I find that short burts of exercise, 5 minutes at a time, can quickly add up throughout the day.

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NYARAMULA 2/17/2014 2:03AM

    Sometimes it is important to be flexible with our plans and goals. If things are not working out as originally planned, tweak your plans until you get what works for you. You can do it.

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KOFFEENUT 2/16/2014 11:56PM

    Sometimes where we THINK we can start is different from where we actually NEED to start. Strength training isn't working for you? You're doing exactly what you need to - adjusting and continuing to move forward!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/16/2014 9:02PM

    emoticon It is wise and TERRIFIC to make adjustments as we go along, if our plans are not proving to be do-able or realistic.

emoticon With the new plan, and all you have decided upon sounds VERY good!
emoticon And don't forget the water intake!!

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HOpe yo can do something really worthwhile with the extra $$.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Well I have completed the first 5 weeks for 2014, and I have had some success. I am down 5.6 pounds, so about 1 pound per week. I am happy with that. I did have some problems sticking with my work-out calendar, and my GI issues reappeared for about a week and a half, so my eating wasn’t so great, not necessarily going over calories, but definitely not the healthiest food choices.

I have set up my calendar for the next 5 weeks (2/2/14-3/8/14)
Monday-Core and Lower Body
Tuesday-Cardio and Upper Body
Wednesday- Core and Lower Body
Thursday- Cardio and Upper Body

I need to mix up my cardio. Between the weather and The Rice Crispy Guys taking a vacation in my left knee, doing the 5k your way wasn’t working. I dusted off my bike two weeks ago, and I could tell it’s been quite a while since I have ridden. I plan to either Walk/Jog for 40 minutes, Bike for at least 50 minutes, or, if the weather won’t let me do either, Leslie Sansone’s WAP 3 mile walk.

Oh, another bit of progress; last Saturday, I managed to jog for 4 straight minutes. Pretty awesome, for me.

I have kinda messed up the first week. Had some things come up that put me in a funk. I didn’t eat very well and didn’t track what I did eat, plus no exercise except for Sunday. I am working on getting back to it.

I downloaded the free RunKeeper app when the SP site went down for awhile last month. I like using GSP to keep track of my miles. I am really loving it. I can access my playlists without switching back and forth between apps, I can choose the type of workout from running to biking to crossfit, and there are audio cues. This is especially helpful when I walk/jog.

This is a kind of babbling blog, but just wanted to share and check in.

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JMC155 2/15/2014 12:36PM

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LIVEDAILY 2/13/2014 4:37PM

    5 pounds in 5 weeks is emoticon
It sounds like you have a great plan in place!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/12/2014 4:10AM

    emoticon job on the 5.6 lb loss!!
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That Runkeeper app sounds pretty cool... where do I find it? I assume it is on your phone? Do you need an i-phone?
And I LOVE your plan for the week!
Most of all... so cool about jogging for 4 mons straight. That would be huge for me, too!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RECREATING_ME 2/9/2014 1:47PM

    5.6 lbs down is great! Keep up all your hard work!

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