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Highlights & Hindsight

Friday, August 08, 2014

I think my mental crisis has somewhat abated as the week has gone on. I had a little funk and I had to work through it.

A few highlights of this week:

- Exceeded my step goal every day

- I have convinced co-workers to take our meetings outside for a “walking meeting” – twice this week!

- I had two people tell me I looked skinner/asked if I lost weight

- I made two new healthy pinterest recipes this week, one of which was pretty good and the second was AMAZING. My first try at kebobs on the grill was a home run! I still had a moment where I was in awe of the fact that I was eating whole mushrooms. Who am I?!

- Packed or cooked 95% of my meals. My intern and I went to a very fancy lunch yesterday for restaurant week. I only ate half of a roll and we split dessert and didn’t finish it. I got lobster tacos and they were TINY – like 3 were the size of 1 taco bell taco. It was the only non-fried option and trust me I really wanted some of that fried stuff but said no. So I guess that worked out? My BF and I also celebrated National IPA Day yesterday with 2 beers so a little slip there as well?

- I only went to PT once this week. My doc is on vacation and I do not like the backup doc. He hurt me on Tuesday so I spent my PT time walking on Wednesday instead.

- I went to the grocery store last night and STOCKED UP. Wegmans sells these portioned marinated chicken breasts. I bought five packs to freeze for easy grillable dinners, with steam bag veggies and brown rice. We’ll have five easy go-to nights. Work has been really stressful lately and one of my excuses in my brain for not cooking is that I’m too tired/stressed, but having these types of dinners on hand will be a BIG help in sticking with it.

- I got a few things taken care of around the house. Finally framed our art for the living room! Everything is really starting to come together. We’re seriously talking about getting a dog now. If anyone knows where/how I can adopt or buy a Boston Terrier, please let me know! Google hasn’t been very helpful for our area. I know a doggie will help me get those steps in too!

This week got off to a rocky start, but in hindsight I think I did pretty well! Tried to keep myself up and going forward and I think it worked?

I have family visiting this weekend and next week. Gotta try to behave (family makes me want beer! Haha). The weather has been SO BEAUTIFUL so it hasn’t been too hard to get my steps in because I haven’t wanted to sit inside. I need to keep that momentum going. I’m also starting to put some “personal plans” together – for example, I keep saying I want to start meditating, I need to DO IT. I am thinking about taking some career initiatives. Things like that. If I don’t work on myself and make my life better, nobody will do it for me. That’s my new mantra!

Anyways, hope you all have had a great week and have an even better weekend!
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  • no profile photo CD4043450
    I found my dog through puppyfinder.com. It's a website where you can search for specific breeds and they connect you with reputable breeders (not puppy mills). I wanted a very specific mixed breed (maltese / yorkie mix) so I knew I would have to go through a breeder to get her. She wasnt located anywhere near me so I did have to pay a shipping fee and they sent her to me in a crate in the cargo area of a plane. She was 8 weeks when I got her and she did fine. Since I live so far away from family, I fly to visit them a lot and bring her with me, and I dont think it was an issue. I paid about $750 total, including the airfare. I also signed an agreement that I would get her spayed.
    2062 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    Congrats on a great week! Walking meetings.. very innovative.

    I don't know about adoptions specifically.. but I got my pug from Just Puppies. They are a local family business- I believe they have two locations; Rockville and Towson. They are a pet store, but they only sell puppies, most of which are purebred and/or specialty breeds. They ONLY source their puppies from USDA/state licensed breeders- no puppy mills. The puppies come with their initial shots/exams and are micro chipped. You have to sign an agreement saying you intend on spaying/neutering, and the shop pays for any illness the puppy may have within 30 days. You have to use one of their specific vets during the warranty time period though. (The closest one to me was Owings Mills at the time, which living in Harford county, was fairly inconvenient. I believe they use a vet in Perry Hall now too.. which is a much more central location.) The prices were reasonable (my pug was in between what a backyard breeder and a general pet store would cost.. being a similar brachycephalic breed, I'm guessing Bostons might go for $800-900 like pugs, but I could be wrong.) You can go on their website and they actually list the puppies they have on hand at the moment, but you can fill out a request to be notified when a specific breed comes in. They also have a great FAQ section, and general puppy care info.
    2062 days ago
  • SLEE103
    Yay! That's my mantra too! If you don't work on something for yourself nobody else is going to do it for you (or, be inspired by you!) All of that sounds right on track--you're on a roll for sure! Ha IPA day included. Hope things went well with your family
    2062 days ago
  • IRP1114
    You are rocking it girl! CONGRATS!!!! Wooohoooo to being so on top of your eating and meals! That is just awesome. Totally worth the effort. It will all become a habit and progress will be inevitable!
    Keep up the great work. And good luck with the family visit!
    Ps Deepak has another 21 day meditation challenge going right now! It started on Monday so you can still listen to the first day. Each day is available for free for 5 days I believe. emoticon
    2065 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Talk to your local shelter. I think if you are honest with them "I want this type of dog" they may keep you in mind if one finds its way to your door.
    2069 days ago
  • RAINA413
    WOW!! You are a total ROCKSTAR!! Good for you for turning things around and focusing on the positives! I love that walking meeting idea. I am going to see if I can make that happen in my office as well.
    2070 days ago
    So glad you're week turned around! Hope the weekends treats you just as well :)
    2072 days ago
    sounds like you have a good plan. Even better things seem to be looking up. I love the idea of walking meetings!! that would be awesome. Keep up the good work girl

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    2072 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13956778
    Thank you for your blog post today.


    May God richly bless you and your family today and this weekend.


    Welcome to your Weekend!



    Daniel Walker

    2072 days ago
    So a good week in the record book. Now have a good day and then another and then it has ben another good week
    2072 days ago
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