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Days 262 & 263 - Big Mistake

Thursday, August 20, 2015

That title could be interpreted a number of ways. What was the big mistake? Was it taking this new job? Did I make a terrible error in a task that got me into huge trouble?

The mistake was not posting a new blog entry yesterday! I realize that my posts might be a little annoying, but my email inbox was a little lonely without a bunch of new messages telling me I had new comments on my blog post! It was also a mistake not to visit all your pages and check up on each one of you! This part of my day has become so important to me, just as your friendships are, and I don't want to miss a moment of it! I just need to find enough balance with my work and home life to also have some time for sparking!

I've made a few changes this week that have taken some time to adjust to. I decided to stop having a cocktail in the evenings on work days. When I was at Habitat, I would come home and want a drink first thing. It was a coping mechanism that I wasn't proud of. With the new job, I need to keep my wits throughout the evening (I get emails from the Dean long after dinner most days). There is also a chance that I would need to go to campus for some emergency, so it's better if I manage my alcohol consumption a little more.

That evening cocktail was adding about 300+ calories! I'm finding that it takes some effort to figure out what to eat that makes up that deficit (or part of it, anyway) without feeling like I'm totally pigging out!

It hasn't been easy finding time for exercise. I did get my time with Shaun T this morning, but had to cut short my Spark time at breakfast in order to get my cardio on. This week I have to be at the campus by 7:30 to put up the room signs (which gave me an extra 15 minutes walking around - always a good thing).

So, you see? It's not all hunky-dory and hot chocolate at my new job!

Just kidding! It's still pretty awesome!

My NSV today: someone brought in a birthday cake for one of my employees, whose birthday was Monday. I got a piece with some ice cream and brought it back to my office. I didn't eat it for about 2 hours. The ice cream had melted. I took a bite of the cake after eating my lunch and threw the rest away. The ice cream wasn't very good (and there's no point eating ice cream if it isn't yummy) and the cake was boring. I consider that to be a HUGE win, since I love sweet treats!

I hope you all had a victory of one kind or another today! Celebrate it!

Keep Sparking, friends!
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    I feel so guilty when I don't read blogs of my friends. Obviously I am catching up on yours. I have had low will power the last week and ate some things that I haven't eaten in a while. Now I am fighting to get back with the program. Reading your blog helps me realize that I need to take it all serious again. Thanks.
    2014 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    WTG!!!! I have a similar rule about sweets - I'll have a bite, and if it's not worth it, I will NOT finish it. I've also, recently, learned to have a bite or two, be satisfied, and push it away.

    So happy for you and your new adventure!
    2019 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    The most important thing is to take care of yourself. As you settle in you'll adjust to you new routine and your Spark Friends will be here when you are. emoticon emoticon
    2020 days ago
    All is forgiven if you will forgive me too!! I have been on a 4 day trip with my sisters. We had a blast but boy I ate and drank enough for about 3 people. So I am back on the wagon for sure today. It is a shame that I have to eat unhealthy to make me realize how good I feel when I eat right. I help get back by reading your blogs--always so up and positive!

    Thanks for keeping the blogs coming and I am truly happy about your new job and glad you are loving it.
    2020 days ago
    I thought your new job, commute and all the buzz going on would make it hard for you to fit in everything as before, but you will soon sort out a new routine! As your last job was not a Sunday School Picnic under that old toad, no wonder you treated yourself to a little wind-me-down drink in the evenings. Now that the feedback at your new job is so much more fulfilling, you could mix yourself a non-alcoholic cocktail instead. If you spike them with things like lime or ginger they will not be too sweet or cloying. I love apple juice with mineral water, ice cubes and a dash of ginger and cinnamon...
    My daughter is still wrecked after her c-section but the baby (Jonna) is a little dream! Enjoy your first weekend in the new job, Steve!
    2020 days ago
    I was wondering why you didn't have a blog that day! emoticon I'm glad it wasn't anything bad that kept you away! I missed you! emoticon
    Glad things are going so well for you! emoticon
    2020 days ago
    As long as you are happier at the new job.
    2020 days ago
    All is forgiven .. adjusting to a totally NEW routine takes TIME ... priorities will once again bubble to the surface. so go easy. Hope this is a gentle reminder for you.

    I can see the shifting of priorities already : not to have the drink, and to set the cake and ice cream DOWN and it MELTS. and then THROW it away: I mean WHO does THAT .. the NEW STEVE that's WHO.

    Wonderful weekend wished for you. HUGS
    2020 days ago
    I was actually worried that you had not posted. Totally pathetic on my part. I am so glad all is going well. I know the feeling that if you have not posted a blog, you haven't completed your day.

    You have a lot on your plate, and it isn't cake, so you can skip a day if your marvelous job precludes you making it here. Obviously, you have healthy eating and exercise in your heart, and that is all that matters.

    I am so glad you are settling into your job and you still sound so enthusiastic.

    Spark on.
    2020 days ago
    No worries, Steve. Time flies when you are having fun....
    2020 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    August has lots of birthdays with great LEO people who are big hearted and love to be center stage. My grandfather lived to be 92 and said he lived life like a dog since a dog was always happy to see someone, but he could smell out a crook every time. emoticon
    2020 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog !
    I'm glad that you gave up that cocktail, too !
    Alcohol consumption at night can cause sleep disruptions, which you do not
    want !
    Best Wishes ! emoticon
    2020 days ago
    I have a mega sweet tooth. And birthday cake is a favorite.

    But I've had a few of those 'what's the point in indulging if it's just average' moments. Makes me very hopeful that they will get more frequent.

    have a happy Thursday!
    2020 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Giving up a cocktail is a big deal and saving those calories is a real bonus. The cake strategy was just as good. One bite usually does it for me too, like the women in France. It's all we really need too.

    2020 days ago
    Awesome job !
    2020 days ago
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