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Floods, potato chips, validation and less-than-ideal workout spaces

Monday, July 11, 2016

So I closed my computer last night after finishing my blog entry, slathered some baking soda paste onto my hives and headed for my bath. When I crossed the threshold of our bedroom, I heard water running. I panicked, thinking I had started my bath before I sat down to write my blog; by now the tub would have overflowed. But the tub was empty. Six inches of water stood in the bathroom where the pipe under my sink had ruptured. And that was nothing compared to the torrent of water that poured down through the light fixtures and the seams in the sheet rock in the basement the hubby and I finished with our own sweat and tears five years ago. It's been 24 hours of wet dry vacs and sump pumps and the water is making its way deeper into the carpet in the basement, squishing between the newly laid laminate flooring in our master closet. It is awful, but that's what homeowners is for, so it will be fine again in time.

But today I was TIRED; I couldn't take a personal day because there was too much to do at work and no one else to do it. All I wanted to do was sleep, but I had conference call after conference call ALL DAY LONG. So to stay awake, I ate. And mostly I ate like crap. I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast because we were all (even our 13 year old daughter) trying to salvage things from the water until well past midnight and I thought everyone would appreciate something sweet. Then I had half a dozen cups of coffee before lunch. I am not even exaggerating. I had microwave noodles for lunch with a side of potato chips (I don't even LIKE chips). I managed a healthy dinner of quinoa and veggies, with a side of fries I totally did not need. For snacks/dessert, I had two servings of greek yogurt, which is mostly healthy, and one serving of ice cream, which isn't. I'm only over by 200 calories. Sodium on the other hand...twice my daily allowance! I logged every bit of it. I shudder to think that type of mindless eating used to be my norm.

But now its isn't, so tomorrow I will eat a little healthier and drink a few more glasses of water. No harm done.

I might have skipped today's run as well, but on my last conference call of the day, knowing I was exhausted after our flooding ordeal the night before a harrowing Monday, my boss mentioned he could tell I was tired, but then said "But you look great. Is it just diet or diet and exercise? You are transforming before my eyes." I was like...whoa...did someone just notice I had lost weight on a video call?

So after work, I did my 5K run on the treadmill in our soggy basement surrounded by boxes of winter clothes and tubs of food (the area that flooded was our storage room) because a bad day might lead to a few bad choices (potato chips...where the heck did those even come from??) but no longer a total derailment. On Wednesday, I have my first Super Turtles group run with an actual Turtle. I am excited and also more than a little nervous. I have no trouble organizing and leading a group at work, but I've never done anything like that on a social level. Until now.
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    Ugh, I'm so sorry about the water damage. Big kudos to you - after a really crummy 24 hours, you still got in your workout!
    1752 days ago
    So you guys had fire AND flood in the last few months...surely that's all for a good, long time. Congratulations on recognizing the eating for what it was, not beating yourself up over it and most especially for doing your 5K on the treadmill even being so tired.
    1770 days ago
    Ohhhh, man. So sorry about the water burst! Yikes! How great that you recognized the derailment and realized that you can get right back to it.
    1770 days ago
    And you logged everything emoticon And you still got on the treadmill at the end of the day emoticon
    Super wow indeed! Your tenacity rocks!!
    1770 days ago
    Wow super have an amazing attitude considering what you have just went through. Good got this! :-)
    1770 days ago
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