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The coming year....

Friday, December 19, 2014

A few years ago, I was talking with a coaching client (I coach bellydancers! I coach them to prepare for competitions, round out their training, etc) sometime close to the end of the year. I'd asked her, as I'd asked all my clients, to give me three goals dance-wise for the coming year. She showed up with a spreadsheet of goals for her entire life - goals which were phrased in meaningful ways to her life. She shared the year before's spreadsheet and how well she'd done (remarkably well when you compare it to the typical Joe's New Year resolutions). She said she'd send me the link for the "guy she follows" where she had found this system. Subsequently she moved shortly after and we both forgot all about it. She posted the link I'm sharing on my Facebook page this week and it really got me thinking about the coming year.

In coaching, I start every session (usually phone/skype) with "Tell me what's going right in your practice?" then "What isn't going so good?" I was amused at the "coincidence" that this style of goal setting starts with two questions - What went well this year and what didn't go so well this year? And then you base your goals on those answers - rather than the typical "lose weight" or "be happier" or "have more money".

It got me thinking...and what was the first thing that slammed into my head with question #2 What didn't go so well? my health. Not just my weight, but my health has taken what feels like a swan dive straight into the toilet. This spring I turned 50...and today, I feel like an unhealthy 80 year old, no joke.
*Arthritis is screaming in my knees/hips/shoulders
*I have very little cartilage left in my knees and wow, suddenly can I tell
*Stamina...what stamina? I'm breaking a sweat walking to the bathroom.
*Skin issues - my eczema is off the charts horrible, looks like i have some kind of nasty VD of the skin, and the steroid ointment the dermatologist prescribed isn't even keeping it to a dull roar.
*Diverticulitis flares happening more frequently
*My stress level is somewhere around 372 on a scale of 1-10.

Health. You truly don't appreciate it until it takes off on a vacation without you.

So, this is what I'm reading and thinking about - the link below. I haven't picked my title for the coming year as he suggests yet, but I'm thinking along the lines of 2015 - The Year Of Health Restoration.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 11:07AM

    ((((HUGS)))) Yes, it sounds like it's a good thing to focus on YOU for awhile!

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LEXIE63 12/19/2014 9:10AM

    Interesting. May well look into this further. :-)

Should also say I am aging and aching pretty much the same as you. I haven't set foot on the scales recently because I know damn well I won't like what I see. Going to pull my head out of the sand and stop being an ostrich, and this plan you have shared sounds like a possible tool to help that process. :-)

Comment edited on: 12/19/2014 9:12:01 AM

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ROBBIEY 12/19/2014 8:20AM

  Thanks for sharing, I will definitely check it out!!!

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wow. really?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Had one 15 minute discussion with my boss about some problems in the department I supervise. Mind you, I am not in his office often, and extremely rarely do I complain - EVER. There are other supervisors who are in his office several times a week complaining.

I thought the discussion went well, I left feeling better, I had some ideas to cope with the issues.....

Today he takes me aside and says he's noticed I'm really starting to depress him with "all of these problems" and his 'assignment' for me is to bring him "some good news by this time me you can see the good as well as the bad".

REALLY? After ONE discussion in literally months? Discussing verifiable documented problems?

I feel like I've just been spanked. :(

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DJ4HEALTH 12/20/2014 1:40AM

    Don't know what to say! emoticon emoticon

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LEXIE63 12/19/2014 2:56AM

    Ravenbird would be an awesome workmate. :-)
I wish I had advice for you, but I would be shocked if that had happened to me, and would struggle to put a positive slant on it.
I hope you find a way round this, a way to point out that he is projecting his low mood onto you, which is unfair, and that you are the least complainy person he works with.
Or just hand him a cd of seasonal music and tell him to lighten up.
Actually, the positive here is that you've only had to come to him ONCE about issues, so you are really doing a damn fine job for him! :-)

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NOREGRET2010 12/18/2014 10:34PM

    Ha! If only I could think that fast, LOL! ;)

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NOREGRET2010 12/18/2014 10:33PM

    Ha! If only I could think that fast, LOL! ;)

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1CRAZYDOG 12/18/2014 8:26PM

    I couldn't top RAVENBIRD's advice by a long shot.

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RAVENBIRD 12/18/2014 7:41PM

    Being who I am, I'd take those same verifiable documented problem and reword the problems into a positive light. Then give it right back to him.

i.e. Jane was sexually harassed yesterday. Make it into: John had a great time feeling Jane's ass yesterday.

I'm sorry. Couldn't help it. But, you get the idea. Let it roll around in your head awhile. You know how to do it.


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Hello, it's me again...

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Five months since I posted? wow, time flies. We won't say when you're having fun tho. Been a stressful first half of the year.

But then what's new?

Well, one thing is new...I started going to a personal trainer/training studio last week. Yesterday was my first class - 45 min circuit training class. The first 20 min, no problem. I was working, I could feel my muscles waking up (you want us to do what after ignoring us all this time?). Then came the last 15 min of active training. I hit the wall. My energy took a dive and I was huffing and puffing like a 75 year old chain smoker. When it was done, I crawled to my car and for a few minutes my muscles just.....quivered. Exhausted I drove home, and sat in the recliner. I was whooped for the majority of the day. Had some aches and pains, but overall advil took care of it.

This a.m. I'm feeling some muscles speaking to me. Not, however, as bad as it could be. Tomorrow I drag my butt back there at 6 a.m. for the next circuit class. Tuesday is a core and stretch class. Then I'm starting to move the end of the week and figure I'll save my energy for that and skip Saturday's class.

Something had to change - and I finally bit the bullet and did it. Was it the most fun ever? No. It was not. Do I dread going tomorrow? To be honest, a little bit, yes. Will I go anyway? Yes. Yes I will.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 6/1/2014 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like you have a good plan there. Hang in there!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/1/2014 10:01AM

    Keep on doing it! Good for you. It WILL get better. Glad you are back!

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CRAZYGARDNER1 6/1/2014 9:47AM

  Good for you! emoticon

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

7 days of prednisone....and I'm so crabby today I can barely stand myself. Weight loss has, as expected on steroids, completely stopped and in fact I regained 2 pounds even tho being pretty much on plan.

Today is allergy testing, and while I'm abjectly sure they will say I may now have water and toothpicks for the remainder of my life, I'm just going to be so glad to get off the prednisone I don't care.

Still not eating grains, overall not missing it. What I'm really missing is Dairy. Horrible mood says "oh, you're probably allergic to THAT too and you'll never get to have it again and...."

Yikes. This steroid stuff has brought my inner bitch right to surface. Blech. Keeping quiet mostly because I'm sort of afraid if I open my mouth....I might get myself into trouble.

blech. blech. and more blech. Here's to allergy testing day, getting OFF prednisone, and hopefully having some answers to this infernal constant itching....

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LEXIE63 2/10/2014 10:29AM

    So, what happened? please tell me you aren't reduced to water and toothpicks. :-)

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MOM2BOYZ1GIRL 1/21/2014 3:02PM

    So sorry about that! I hope they figure out what is going on.

Yesterday I was totally Snarky and couldn't be trusted to be on the computer making comments at all!


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Week one - Done

Monday, January 13, 2014

What an interesting week!

No sugar/dairy/grain for a week was an adventure...but then the cheat day came and that was really an adventure! The nutritionist built in a cheat day - and I'm so glad she did. Said this is the day to eat whatever you want. You may notice you don't feel very well when you eat some of the things you've been cutting out.

Ahem. Try a full blown allergy attack to the point I almost thought I was going to have to go the ER. All this after eating a hamburger bun and some popcorn. I dunno which one did it (they were eaten pretty close to each other) but I started feeling not so great about an hour after ingestion. Needless to say, I will NOT be partaking in either of those grains again in the near future! It was, pardon the expression, scary as hell!

Scary enough, I now have an appointment with the allergy/asthma doctor this week.

On the good side..I lost 5 pounds this week and I can really FEEL the "wheat gut/wheat belly" deflating! Before I ate the grains, allergies were really starting to settle down....since the ingestion and subsequent allergy attack, they are back to where they were before.

It's been an interesting process, and I'm well into day 1 of this week and right on plan....

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LEXIE63 1/19/2014 12:01PM

    Wow! Quite a bad experience on your cheat day, but at least it is a good lesson learned for the future. Keep going. You are doing great!

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MOTHEPRO 1/13/2014 8:03PM

    Wow! Glad you're alright! Congrats on losing 5 pounds!

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TERRYT55 1/13/2014 7:02PM

    Good for you, Lisa. I've tried going grain free but I didn't last long. Maybe I'll give it another try. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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