Thursday, March 06, 2014
Yesterday was not a good eating day for me, and not good in some other ways as well. I've learned that such "not-good-eating" days often lead to a kind of tarnished view of the world the next day and boy, is that true today.
For example, I have kind of high hopes of getting everything accomplished before a bit of vacation, and when that doesn't happen, my vacation suffers. I stew and fret about trying to work on things while I'm not at my office and can't really relax.
I'm feeling those same things today, and the dreary late winter weather does not help improved anything. Sometimes it seems like I'm glued to my chair and my keyboard. And if I stand up or pull my hands away, I sink into more worries about not getting things done.
My job is unlike most everyone else I work with, even colleagues with similar position titles. That makes it easy to feel misunderstood and not too valuable.
If you've been in similar circumstances, I'd like to know what you did. What helped you out of that state of "who cares"? What did you change? What did you do or say or eat differently?
Monday, December 23, 2013
A radio station in our area has done these Christmas Wishes for a long time, and this past Friday they aired the final one for this year. Because it was so well-received after the initial airing early that morning (popular doesn't seem like the right word here) they immediately went to work making it into a video and posting on the website.
Regardless of how we see ourselves and our current state in life, I think that putting ourselves aside is sometimes the right thing, the best thing -- yes, even the only thing -- that we can do. That's the story of this woman and her family. She put her family ahead of everything facing her. I can learn a lot from her.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I saw this blurb on a local TV station's Facebook page and had to click on the link. "It has taken one year and three months, but she has shed 110 pounds and is set to be sworn in on Dec. 12. Good for her!"
There were a couple of photos (probably before and after) but I wanted to read this story anyway. The woman featured in the short article could be a walking billboard for Sparkpeople, but she didn't use SP.
The final line of the article is what I experience, and what so many more of us experience on this site each day we're here. She didn't use SparkPeople, but she did learn what's most important in anyone's weight loss journey: being among those who understand, care and support you.
My hat's off to her, and all of us who choose the hard, but so worth it, way of losing weight with determination and a goal in mind.
Friday, November 01, 2013
I think I had a wake-up call a week ago. When I weighed that morning for a challenge I'm in (weighing's been a daily thing to help me gauge how I do and feel during the day/week) I was shocked to see the number staring back at me. It was higher than I remember it being for a very long month -- maybe years. My heart started pounding and I probably got red in the face like I was caught doing something I shouldn't.
Just to check that number, I reweighed myself after getting completely dressed, including shoes, and that number showed that the first big one was no fluke. It was real.
Not only that, but two days later when I weighed again (didn't want to be near the scale the next day) I saw a number that was bigger than the one which had just given me so much stress two days before.
Okay, I silently told myself, two things are changing. One, I'm not stepping on the scale until my next weigh day for the challenge in five days, and two, I'm going to be conscious of every single thing that goes in my mouth.
I did the first thing with little problem (how easy it was to break that habit). The second one really weighed on me because I had a full day and a half of professional development along with a retirement dinner to attend during those five no-weigh days.
It was a kind of mental agony to look at every single thing that I ate or drank and think about how it would reflect on my scale. But I think it was the right thing to do. With boxed doughnuts and rolls looking mighty good during two mornings, I ate one banana and two handfuls of green grapes. I've had hot tea most days and just two cups of coffee. I've mostly eaten at regular meal and snack times and I haven't bought anything from a vending machine all week.
This morning was my regular challenge weigh day and I was surprised again, but in a good way. The numbers were 2.6 pounds down from a week ago and down 3.8 from this past Sunday. And while I know some of that is water weight because of salt in processed foods a week ago, I'd rather focus on what I'm doing right and enjoy the feeling of watching the scale go down. Hey, scale, it's good-bye for another week. I think I like this.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Does anyone else ever wonder about the seemingly coincidental occurrences in life, or is it me? Times when I'm most down and disappointed and frustrated are turned exactly opposite simply by talking to a colleague or reading a paragraph or watching a short video. I can't plan these, but continue to be amazed at their regular appearances.
Here's my latest example:
Today was a regular early morning after a really late night. Up around 6 a.m. after going to bed close to midnight. Yesterday was wonderful -- sunny, breezy, warm. Today is rainy, humid and kind of ugly. A work commitment at 8 a.m. means I'm here early to get some breakfast first. Not feeling very competent or confident, almost like being ignored, during the meeting.
Then a supervisor wants to talk with me afterward. Oh, dread.
But not really -- he wants to tell me about a new student worker and ask my opinion on some things. Wow, didn't see that coming, but I'll take it
Then, I head to my office for what's sure to be some tedious work. But the office is bright with light -- so much different from the meeting room that I almost feel a headache coming on.
I do social media for my job and happened to see an intriguing link on Facebook, so I click it and watch a short video that makes my day -- and my whole outlook -- as bright as noon day sun (and it's only 9:30 a.m.)
For a lift and some encouragement in your day, spend two and a half minutes here. I dare you to not be affected in a most positive way.
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