Thinking on Thursday

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thinking on Thursday
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Thu, 10-31-2013 - 7:49am

I think yoga has really softened my life outlook.  I feel much calmer, confident, in tune with the present moment, and serene, overall.  Or perhaps yoga has been the tool I have used to awaken this side of me.  The analogy is that I feel is that I can be silent, strong, and capable in my poses, and I don't have to let anyone know.  I like the latter as it sems to suit my nature.  Contrast that to my work life where the "game" is to let everyone know all of the good you are doing.  There are some players who just talk and talk and talk abouwheat a great employee they are, sometimes telling lies...and getting away with it.  It is sickening.  I have come to see that some of the biggest talkers are the biggest liars.  It's as though their guilt in the working is directly correlated to talking too much about how great they are (I.e., making the appearance that they are working hard.). i am not suited united for this.  As I see the younger generation playing this game and being arrogant about it, it makes me sad.  have seen my work pawned off own as their own, and I just sit here, silently, knowing that I did the work, I am strong, and I am capable, and I don't have to let anyone know.   the people in  immediate circle know that, including the liars.  I am blessed with so much, and I feel that I am doing the best I can, and that is good enough by me.  I think about what I would like to do, for me, now, with purpose.  Mid-life reevaluation?!  YES, I think so.  As the reality of my mortality sets in, I feel the need to do something with more purpose.

ok, back to reality...work, meet up with a friend, pass put candy while I hold the dogs "at bay," and possible Dogtraining tonight.  :)

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 8:25am

Fresh it is all very interesting. I've spent most of my life as a silent person hovering in the background of life but as I age I have become more assertive.

Thankfully whatever bug I had only lasted a day. I was able to eat  by last night and I feel fully rested and ready to go this morning. Halloween festivities have been cancelled in my area due to the possibility of severe weather so I will probably go to the gym and lift weights this evening. 

I had planned on grilling chicken for dinner but not sure how that is going to work with high winds and torrential rain. I may have to throw it in the oven. lol

Gym, how is your cat doing? That is terrible what happened! How did you know to take your cat to the ER? My cats hide when they are sick so I am not sure I would have known one of mine was in trouble. 

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 8:46am

That's great that yoga has done that for you. It's what yoga is supposed to do but I know so many uptight yogis!  I was reading a health book that recommended 5/7/8 breathing. Deep breath in for 5 secs, stomach area expanding, hold for 7, release through mouth for 8.  The doctor recommended it 4 times in the morning, 4 times in the evening but I do it whenever I feel stressed, usually driving in unexpected traffic that makes me late.  It really helps, especially since I'm a surface, reverese breather (my stomach goes in when I take a breath).  

it really sounds like you have a toxic workplace!  You've dealt w/ it for so long and it seems like it's getting worst.  Any plans?

My finger is a little swollen today. I've buddy taped it, just in case, since I'm teaching this morning.  It's at the base of the finger.  I have a client after and then passing out candy before I eat it all. This year, I'm passing out ful size bars. The thought behind it is that I might pop a few miniatures in my mouth but I won't eat an entire bar. We'll see how this works.






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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 9:59am

FSN, good for you on the reflection.  Feelings like yours seem to be the norm rather than the exception.  I wonder how many people are truly inspired by their colleagues.  

Jean, I hope your finger is okay.  I positively hate dislocations...  the thought of them makes my stomach queasy.  Let us know how the full candy bar plan works out.  Cool

Karla, I'm kind of an obsessive cat mama.  Since he's getting older, I watch him like a hawk.  The last several times he's been sick, I've just noticed things didn't seem quite right.  My husband often thinks I'm paranoid but I've been right every time.  This past occasion, I noticed he was having trouble standing up on the tile.  He kept slipping.  I watched him more carefully and observed that his coordination was really bad.  Our go-to these days when things are off is to check his blood sugar.  It was way low and that's how we knew something was very wrong.  

So, good news and bad news on the kitty front.  He got his first alleve yesterday and was walking more normally last night.  But, we checked his blood sugar this morning and it read "High" which means it's a higher number than the device can read.  So, we go from hypoglycemic to hyperglycemic is four days.  Frown  We are nervous as this could be a sign of renal failure.  We are calling the vet as soon as they open.  

Oy.  I'm very sore from my yoga workout yesterday.  Felt good to do non-cardio.  I think I'm going to do cardio today... probably elliptical.  I have nothing else scheduled so I'm going to try to do some more writing (already submitted one article today) and maybe some relaxing.  It's been a really stressful week.  

I noticed the place that fired me backdated all of my articles that were on LiveStrong.  They're listed as being posted in 2011 rather than 2013.  Presumably, this is so they can "recycle" the title and have it re-written by an writer who they didn't fire.  Shady, shady.  In the meantime, I haven't yet found an outlet that isn't a complete scam.  There's so much out there that it's overwhelming.  I did get two fun jobs in the last week though...  I read a thriller book and wrote a review and wrote up an essay on my experience in the working world (which is for a website aimed at college graduates).  

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 10:45am

Ew Jean, Yikes on that finger. One of my worst karate injuries was with my finger. It took weeks to heal. The most ironic part about the whole thing is that I had just got done sparring a black belt and my finger got messed up when I went to shake his hand. My finger somehow got caught in his sleeve and we both turned to go fight other people and **POP** everyone in the room could hear it. lol

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 11:04am

Awww Gym, I hope it isn't renal failure. That is so sad. How old is your cat? I have three that are nearing 10 years old and I hate the thought they are getting older. 

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 12:08pm

He's 18.  If it's time, I can't complain but he's had a good long run but that isn't going to make saying goodbye any easier.  

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 1:31pm

OMG-18? That is a long life. I hope you don't have to say good bye any time soon. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 1:51pm

Sorry to hear about kitty. Have you had him his whole life?  That takes you through a good part of your life, too. :-(  How does the writing work w/ LiveStrong? Can any company post there, or do they do their own?  It's very confusing that they can predate your material.  I wonder if LiveStrong is aware of that?  

I can't think about dislocations or it makes me queasy, too. That's why I just put it back w/out thinking and try not to remember. Thankfully, it wasn't painful, probably because my ligaments are so loose.  The doctors where I work gave me the thumbs up on it--buddy tape if I want but it looks fine. The only limitation is the slight swelling that prevents me from bending it all the way but there is still good range of motion. Not enough pain to take advil but I took some before teaching because I thought the jumping, etc would hurt.

Oh, I taught the easiest class to put together and was so much fun today (if I can toot my own horn). I had the BOSUs set up in a line and just hand them do 1 1/2 minute drills across them and then run back.  The class really liked it. I have to do this type of stuff more.  It's so much better than step!  As I was teaching step the other day, I felt so old school.  As much as I hate to admit it, it's more than a decade past its prime.






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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 2:18pm

Yep, I know.  We've been very fortunate.  My little guy is a fighter... that's for sure.  Monday night, the vet was impressed that he had been walking around and jumping on the couch with the blood sugar levels he had.  He's always been a very strong boy.  

Since the initial test, his sugar has come down but it's still quite high.  We've got a call into the vet's office to see if they have any thoughts.  I really don't want to take him in again... poor guy has been through enough this week.  He's an indoor kitty so going anywhere is very traumatic.  

Yes, Jean, we've had him his whole life.  We adopted him when he was 7 weeks old and he's been with us ever since.  We got him in college and he's been our kid ever since.  I love him to pieces and am trying to mentally prepare myself for "it" while still trying to be hopeful that this is just a setback.  *sigh*  

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 2:50pm

Gym, I'm sure you must be worried sick right now. We have been pet lovers for years so I know all too well how special they can be. 

I wish you all the best with this difficult situation. 

Karla
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