Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Short background for those who missed earlier blogs: The "gadget" is a BodyMedia GoWear fit armband. I was excited to get it wore it two days, arm broke out. Folks gave me some suggestions, some of which aren't feasible (clear nail polish on the metal would interfere with its function to detect electrical conductivity, etc.). Others suggested I take it back... and I am still considering doing that. But first... I just had to give it a second chance.
After the arm healed, I went back and read directions. Went to a website to read all about other people's experience with the arm breaking out. Got some suggestions of things to try, and being me, have been giving the gadget another try.
Here's the list of "caveats":
1. Make sure your arm is completely dry after your shower before you put the gadget on.
2. As soon as done with a workout that produced moisture (sweat, folks, yeah!)... take it off, clean and dry it! After your shower, again make sure the arm is dry before putting it back on.
3. Every so often, disinfect the gadget with isoprophyl alcohol, just as you would your earrings!
4. Don't wear it all the time. The recommendation says max at 23 hours a day... I'm saying for those of us more sensitive... wear it a good deal less. So if I know I'm going to be inactive (like overnight, if I'm not doing a deliberate "quality of sleep" measurement) or watching TV or Sparking... do I really need to have it on?
5. Some other folks have recommended moving it to different spots on the body, even though that's not what the instruction book says. They had "ok" results in using the other arm, and in some cases, a leg. I haven't tried this yet, but reserve it as an option.
All that said, I'm giving it another shot, and have been wearing it since Saturday again. So, four days, no breaking out... being very, very careful.
Wish me luck... I'll post what it tells me another time.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I started tracking this "have at least a good day, 6 times a week" goal at the beginning of the year. It kind of started as a measurement of whether how I felt about each individual day contributing to how I felt about the week, the month, etc.
What I found was that the mere action of thinking about and tracking whether the day was "great", "good", "so-so", "bad" or "terrible" has led to an interesting internal phenomenon. Like the "quark theory" in physics, the belief system of the beholder influences the observation!
I've found myself calling almost all my days "good". Even the mega-stressful ones had SOME good element. If I handled the stress without having regrets after, the day was good. Similarly, very few days have risen to "great" in my eyes. Even the ones where I totally ate right and exercised: this is kind of "normal/good".
So... bottom line, not sure how well this is working, as the experiment is influencing the results. But maybe, just maybe, that's a "good" thing?
Monday, January 24, 2011
While on my little trip last weekend, I happened into a gift shop, thinking about the folks back home on my little work team. I was looking for something that wasn't junk, wasn't too cheesy, and also fit in the budget. Didn't want to play favorites, either.
What reeled me in like a collection of magnets was a box of "Ponder Stones". These are obviously manufactured, but they are slices of stone, with words engraved in them. They are flat, oval shaped. Kind of reminded me of the Jenny Craig "Touchstones", but the words were different.
I bought five, with the following words:
All these words speak to me in some way and are my wishes to my fellow human beings. Not wanting to play favorites, I had the staff put them in their little gift bags, and when I got back to work, had each of my team pick a bag, leaving one leftover for me (yes, I do "gift" myself).
I do believe in karma... and sure enough, each woman on the team got something particularly meaningful to her. And what, you may ask, was left in the bag I was holding?
"Breathe". And for me, too, this was the perfect word after that hectic weekend. If you were to pull a stone from a bag with a positive message in one word, what would yours say?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
A week ago, swam here:
Today, 103 minutes of shoveling this:
Now, on to the treadmill and the football game!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
And because if my friends jumped off a bridge... Christurtle did this one, and now I'm doing it.
Feel free to copy and add your own answers...
Survey about me.
1. What time did you get up this morning?
5:44 am. I slept in.
2. How do you like your steak?
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The Time Travelers Wife. I don't get out much.
4. What is your favorite TV show?
NCIS LA. What can I say? Eye candy? Plus I LOVE the Heddy character. I want to be like here when I grow up.
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
6. What did you have for breakfast?
Haven't had it yet, but it will be steel cut oats simmered in skim milk, with whatever flavoring strikes my fancy and a banana this morning.
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
Italian? Today, anyway. This changes regularly. I like variety.
8. What foods do you dislike?
Lima beans and asparagus.
9. Favorite Place to Eat?
10. Favorite dressing?
I dislike salad dressings, as a rule, so will go with a little crumbled Feta cheese, some olives and dry spices: black pepper and oregano leaves.
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1998 Mercury Mystique. My son considers it boring. I was going to replace it this year, but the furnace trumped that plan.
12. What are your favorite clothes?
Jeans and tee's.
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Australia and New Zealand.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Definitely a half full kind of gal, here.
15. Where would you want to retire?
In my own bedroom, at night. Seriously, I expect to work for a long time, and when I get closer to that decision, I still think I'll hang around here, unless my son moves and wants me closer.
16. Favorite time of day?
Morning, either seeing the stars before sunrise, or watching the sun rise.
17. Where were you born?
Small town Nebraska, USA
18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
19. How many siblings?
Four - three sisters and a brother.
20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Reading. Sparking. Some TV.
21. Bird watcher?
On the side, but not proactively.
22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning! See the chipper grin?
23. Do you have any pets?
Geriatric dog (German Shorthair who turned 15 last Monday).
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
25. What did you want to be when you were little?
My siblings tell me I wanted to be a horse, but I don't believe them. I remember wanting to be the next Joan of Arc, Marie Curie or Elizabeth I of England. I read biographies at a young age and at that time had little clue that I wouldn't be at the top of the world class female thinkers and doers. No wonder I struggle with not being "good enough"!
26. What is your best childhood memory?
In the darkroom with Dad. He was a photographer... the smell of the chemicals, his voice calm in the dark counting seconds in the process... knowing he was there even if I couldn't see or touch him.
27. Are you a cat or dog person?
More dog than cat, but I like kitties, too.
28. Are you married?
29. Always wear your seat belt?
30. Been in a car accident?
Two, both minor, and both over 30 years ago.
31. Any pet peeves?
Intolerance, those who judge by appearance, rudeness....
32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Mushrooms and peppers!
33. Favorite Flower?
34. Favorite ice cream?
Coffee with dark chocolate chips
35. Favorite fast food restaurant?
36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
37. From whom did you get your last email?
Sparkpeople automated e-mail. Oh, from a real person? One of my sisters.
38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
In my dreams? Best Buy. In reality: car dealer or kitchen appliance place.
39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
All our free time last weekend was spontaneous: trip to the outlet malls and the swim in that gorgeous pool, mainly.
40. Like your job?
The secret to true happiness lies not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do. As an inveterate people pleaser, I, too, have liked all jobs that I've held. But my current carrer, in that it lets me play with technology and please people at the same time? Priceless.
42. What was your favorite vacation?
I don't take "real" vacations, more like day trips from a business destination. I'd have to say the tour of Mt. St. Helens ranks right up there. As does the jet boat ride up the Snake River through Hell's Canyon... both in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My son and daughter in law.
44. What are you listening to right now?
The dog, grooming herself on her cushion behind me.
45. What is your favorite color?
46. How many tattoos do you have?
47. How many people will fill this out?
48. What time did you finish this quiz?
49. Coffee Drinker?
Oh, yeah. More so since giving up soda. I mix caffeine-bearing and decaf so I won't overdo, or at least I like to tell myself that.
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