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The Danger Zone

Saturday, October 24, 2009

For some people, the danger zone is a big event or a large stress factor. For me? I get through those pretty well. My particular danger zones in terms of self-care are leading up to and event or following it. With large stress factors, I power through as a strong woman, but when I've got "past" it... ding-ding-ding-ding!

Well, that's the phase I'm in right now. I went to my Jenny Craig consultation today, found I had essentially maintained for the week, got lots of praise for progress to date. When asked about my confidence level for success in the next week and the next four weeks, though, on a scale of 1 (no confidence) and 5 (very confident)... I had to say, a "3", maybe.

So strategize, already! For the first thing - get through today. So, I left the house. It wasn't safe to stay here for the afternoon. I went and put myself into total sticker shock at the appliance store. My stove needs replacing. OMG, the prices. And it won't be a simple swap out, as the current stove is a built-in that came with the house. Methinks I'll live with this one for a while longer... maybe years.

Then I allowed myself to browse the aisles of a book store. Now that's another of my addictions. I hung in with the self-help aisle, the psychology aisle, and the calendars and date books. Amazingly, I left without buying anything.

And I made it through the day--Victory!! I came home to my planned supper. As for the rest of the week: one day at a time.

  
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NELLIEC 10/25/2009 12:28AM

    Definitely one day at a time -- and if necessary 5 minutes at a time!!!

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SMARTIEBEE 10/24/2009 8:13PM

    Wow Barb, Good for you! I don't know that I would have been able to do that! I think I could have gotten by without eating - but spending money is another thing altogether! LOL Particularly books! I am currently bookless - and have read every magazine in the house. I couldn't be in a bookstore unsupervised!

I am proud of you! Maybe the key to the whole thing is just what you said "Get Through Today"!

Keep Sparking!

Shirley


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I love baseball this time of year

Thursday, October 22, 2009

For some reason, I don't care to work out to football, but I love walking on the treadmill to a championship series baseball game. Those rallies make me walk a little faster. If it's my team coming up with the rally, great, if not, that's OK, too.

So, even if my team loses tonight, it means another game later... until the vacuum of the end of the season... which is a lot later than it used to be. Anybody else remember when the world series was the beginning of September?

  
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MSLZZY 10/23/2009 5:35PM

    Years ago, I remember when the World Series was in September. We went to a convention and as soon as the banquiet was over, we went back to our rooms to watch the games.
That was so exciting! May the best team win!

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MOOKBALL 10/22/2009 10:15PM

    I have been following the Phillies and I am sure glad they have another chance at the World Series.

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NELLIEC 10/22/2009 10:10PM

    I'm not sure exactly when it was, but I do remember that my grade school allowed us to watch the world series on a TV in the gym during our recess time. (It was the Yankees vs. the Dodgers.) Oh, boy, that was many years ago!

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SMARTIEBEE 10/22/2009 9:58PM

    Yeah, I remember that! I enjoy baseball, but I never watched it while on the treadmill! Of course, maybe if our Mariners were a bit better......... (LOL)

Shirley


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Love those endorphins

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I told myself I'd just walk the Yankee half of the second inning, but they started to put something together and before you know it, I was up on that treadmill 36 minutes. I stretched after, and I feel wonderful.

  
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SMARTIEBEE 10/21/2009 11:21AM

    Isn't that a great feeling? I just love it after a good workout, the way it feels to stretch and relax! Good for you! It sounds like your recovery is coming along nicely!

Keep on Sparkin'!
Shirley


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MSLZZY 10/20/2009 10:46PM

    Exerciose makes you feel much better! Good for you.

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AMACUBA 10/20/2009 9:23PM

  LOVE ENDORPHENS! HAVE THEM RIGHT NOW IN FACT! WHOOOOOO!

Keep up the good work!

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Readjusting, re-connecting

Monday, October 19, 2009

OK, so the biggies are now in the past:

1. Parathyroid surgery is done, recovery is on the way.
2. Son has departed, it will be a long time before I see him again, but there's not a lot I can do about that.

It's October, with the sunlight waning (in the Northern hemisphere, that is) and I find myself facing "what do I do NOW?" thoughts. The early snow shoved me into thoughts of the upcoming Winter and the usual struggles I have that time of year... with wanting to hibernate and eat a lot of warm savory foods.

One thing I can do is re-connect with folks who struggle with similar issues. One really cool thing about SparkPeople is that there are so many people working to improve our lives that there are bound to be at least a few with common issues to offer one another support.

I re-joined the Compulsive Overeaters Spark Team. After all, "I are one". "Hi" to anyone from there who drops over to visit "the new kid".

  
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CBIGELOW 10/19/2009 11:36AM

    Welcome to the life of a child in the military. My son is in the Army and is currently stationed at Fort Hood Texas. My DH is also in the Army and we are stationed ata Fort Drum New York so I understand the want to hibernate. I also say THANK YOU to all my spark friends because they do help me keep focused on my goals. Keep your chin up and just shout if you need support.
Cheryl

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The lessons of recovery.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

When they say take it slow, there's a reason for that. I tried taking my usual lunch break walk around the Capitol grounds, and came back quite fatigued. Tomorrow will be better.

Yesterday I went to my aunt's funeral, and peopled all day... meaning lots of conversation with people I haven't seen in years. My voice is tired. But I will say this: there isn't much more comforting than sitting in a corner listening to the family farmers of the area talking about crops, weather, and hunting on their land.

Memorable comments: "I have given five groups of people permission to hunt my land. I just wish they'd actually shoot the deer."

  
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SMARTIEBEE 10/16/2009 11:10AM

    It will get better as you continue to heal. Recovery from surgery takes a tremendous amount of energy - You need to rest so your energy is available to continue the healing. It is good you were well enough to go to the funeral - that is a kind of healing too.

Just keep taking it easy - I know it is frustrating not to be 100% - I am still battling this muscle cramp thing and get pretty frustrated not being able to get my long runs in - but I do have to let it heal!



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MSLZZY 10/15/2009 6:43PM

    The voice of experience! I do the same thing, thinking I should be 100% and finding out that take it easy means just that. It will get better so rest a little. Tomorrow will indeed be better! emoticon

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MARTINGE 10/15/2009 6:36PM

    i hope they will also.

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