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Monday, September 07, 2009

I've had quite the week. I am rather tired so please bear with me if this rambles.

I started the week angry about my job, tired and frustrated. I've said before that I don't want to get into it, and I don't, but suffice it to say it was not a string of happy moments, and hadn't been. My husband and I had been talking about my job nearly nonstop, and that's not good. Not that I'm not a, er, thrilling conversationalist, but the bottom line was that it was dominating my thoughts and days and waking moments. The nadir was Monday night.

But then suddenly on Tuesday it just lifted, and while things are not 100% sunny (they never really are -- I'm not referred to as The Voice of Doom for nothing, dontcha know), they are considerably better. Essentially I took something I've learned here and been practicing from here, which is asserting myself better. If I'm gonna fight for my food rights then I will fight for other things as well.

Immediately I became less tired and irritated, and suddenly Mr. J and I had other topics to discuss. The Tuesday reprieve happened at the perfect time as Wednesday was my birthday (I turned 47). I went to work, I mean, it's what we responsible adult types do. I even got to attend a meeting. Oh joy. But hey, I got through it. My birthday treat was a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. They are marvelous.

Thursday passed normally, and Friday I took the laptop home, in an effort to get something done over the weekend. Due to the three-day weekend, some automated stuff will not work properly. Hence the idea was to get a jump on that. I don't adore bringing work home but this was not intended to take too long.

By Sunday things were zipping along when I received a notification that I was SP's Motivator of the Day. That is one odd honor. At least it was for me. I got online and immediately saw I had a ton of notifications to wade through. Since I'd finally finished wading through the birthday notifications (not just here, but also on Facebook), not that I mind but I was a lil tired, I was puzzled. How could so many people be doing the belated birthday thing? Then I saw, there was an email that said I was Motivator o' the Day. Ah, suddenly the notification upsurge made sense. I love them -- don't get me wrong -- but I like to answer people individually if I can, which can make for a lot of posting on my part.

Then today, a day off (by the way, I only got a jump on a few work things -- something ugly awaits tomorrow). And what do I do on my day off these days? I run a 5K.

It was good, I felt stronger and a tad faster, and those were correct beliefs. I shaved off 4 seconds from my previous time, for a new personal best of 43 minutes and 32 seconds. My husband shaved off a good 90 seconds from his previous time. The results aren't up as of this writing, but they'll be here:
Just go to Bad Habit Productions and click on Results. I suspect I'm last or near last (my husband's finish is something like 78th or so, out of over 300 participants), again, which is just fine by me. I do what I want to do, and I run or walk or jog or stride as I am able to. And if I am last then I am still faster than anyone who didn't race (take THAT, Usain Bolt!) and as for my fellow racers, it is my privilege and my honor to make them all winners.

Once we got home, we immediately grabbed the frisbee and headed out. Our walking was a tad slower than usual, and we only played for 10 minutes, but I was still able to jump and run after the disc.

Now my glutes are barkin' but I otherwise feel good. Things turned around incredibly quickly, and I am grateful that this week played out in this order and not in reverse.

The next race will be in October, then another one in November and then nothing until at least February, due to expected bad weather, family obligations and upcoming surgery.

What will this week bring? I'm searching the skies but I think it'll be another surprise. In the meantime, I'm takin' a nap. This week has exhausted me. But in a good way.
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  • MRSAKINS2005
    You are a wonderful friend and truly motivating.
    4058 days ago
    Great job on the 5k, and asserting yourself at work. Congratulations on being the motivator of the day. It's nice that you try to respond to all your comments.

    4060 days ago
    5K results!
    4064 days ago

    Hope today wasn't too bad fixing whatever was broken over the weekend. :D I'm glad you had a good 5k!!

    4064 days ago
    emoticon sorry I missed so much happy belated birthday and congrats on spark motivator of the day you rock
    4065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/8/2009 1:29:53 AM
    Congratulations are due on so many fronts! You stood up for yourself; you're a motivator !! emoticon and you ran the race! (and yes, you're faster than I am, who didn't run at all!) Happy belated birthday! and many happy returns!
    4065 days ago
    You did have an eventful week! I think what you are doing at work is the most exciting. We can't let these jobs that we must go to nearly every day of our lives make us miserable.
    4065 days ago
    Well Congrats to you on all fronts, Motivator, racer, and worker too. Sounds like you put a good bit of honest effort into all. I'm grateful to know you.
    4065 days ago
    Wow, it sounds like you had a great end to your weekend! Congrats on the improved time. I don't find it odd at all that SP acknowledges you as a motivator. Look at what you have accomplished - and continue to accomplish.

    I need to do a better job at asserting myself at work. There are definitely some things that need to change and if I don't speak up for me, who will? thanks for the kick in the pants on that.

    4065 days ago
    A good nap will work wonders.Here's hoping the coming week will be better. emoticon
    4065 days ago
    WOW ...that's pretty cool. I find you motivating myself. I'm glad you are being recognized for your efforts.

    4065 days ago
    I have learned a lot from here that can be used in my work life too! It is making a difference slowly but surely. Congratulations on new PR! I'm incredibly proud of you!!
    4065 days ago
    Congrats on the new PR! Whatcha doing in October? If it's not Columbus Day weekend, I might have to join ya!
    4065 days ago
    Congrats on your race AND on being the motivator of the day! Being assertive does feel good, doesn't it? It doesn't solve all your problems, but not allowing people to walk all over you makes the problems seem smaller!
    Have a great day!
    4065 days ago
    Good for you on improving your times. And your state of mind. Keep it going thruout this next work week
    4065 days ago
    It's not where you finished, but you succeeded in finishing. emoticon on following your dreams. Your journey is fanastic and will continue to be.

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    4065 days ago
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